Thursday, February 03, 2011
Busy and interesting day today. Started at the gym for my leg day lift and spin class...both went very well; showered at the gym-off to the hair salon, where on a whim I changed my hair color and style...kind of like it....then off to visit my mother and found her having an excellent day! We had a great visit, talked about the two babaies, Scarlett's wedding planning and her catichism and she was clear, lucid and sounding very strong all this after she was able to get showered for the first time in ages! She was able to enjoy having the newspaper read to her by the volunteer and ate three meals today. My dad was able to get out of the house to do some shopping and then go to the gym, which made my mom happy! So I'm sitting here tonight feeling extremely happy and savoring good days like this....I know I wont always have this but for today it was good!
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
This journey requires eating properly and exercising to drop pounds and get healthy. But I keep coming back to the most important tool, our brains. You can be your own biggest enemy because if we don't believe in ourselves, we'll never reach our goals. The key is using those unconscious thoughts to our advantage.
Be positive. Sometimes just thinking something over and over can make it come true. For example, if you believe weight loss is impossible, you'll never do it. Retrain your brain: Every time a negative thought pops into your head, change it to an upbeat one. Soon the new way of thinking will become second-nature.
Get visual. If you don't have a clear image of what you want to achieve it's harder to be successful. Close your eyes and see yourself as if you've achieved your goal. Every time you do this your unconscious becomes a little more convinced that it's possible.
Keep a happiness list. It's easy to dwell on disappointments, but paying attention to only what goes wrong can make you feel like a loser and sap your energy. Change your focus by writing down what you're grateful for. As you start to see all you've been blessed with, you'll feel more compowered to actually go after what you want.
My happiness list for today is:
1. I'm grateful for my husband! He's my best friend and partner. He's made everyday of my life happier and more fulfilling. I wouldn't change one thing about our life together!
2. My children. Each of the five has a special place in my heart, and has made our family complete.
3. My two grandsons--who knew they could fill your heart with such joy and happiness! Jackson and Jamison are such a joy!
4. My parents, who have shown me by example what love is. Watching my father care for my mother during this past year, without complaint, makes me realize what a special relationship they have.
5. My health--at 55 I'm fortunate to be able to exercise and do the physical things I love!
Monday, January 31, 2011
So my weigh-in today didn't give me the results I expected. I lost only .6 pounds for a total of 7.5 since January 1....I not certain why so dismal (0 last week and .5 this) I'm accurately tracking my food, and I upped my cardio significantly last week while sticking with my strength workout 3 x's....I get all the variables, like I'm not in horrible shape, and I get that I'v e been eating healthy foods all along, and my diet isn't changed all that much as far as quality, just quantity....but the numbers don't add up on my tracker....not completely discouraged however, as I can see the physical changes quite clearly, and my clothes fit better as well....Just wish the scale would move.....
That being said, I was a little late for spin this morning, so I stayed and did an additional fifteen minutes and then decided to try and change things up so I did 20 minutes on the elliptical machine...Tomorrow I'll try 20 on the treadmill after spin class....hopefully this will amp up my metabolism...
It feels good to be sweating again! I love knowing I'm doing something good for my body...and seeing myself getting stronger and fit is also awesome! I don't want anything to get in the way of my gym time again. The feeling of success is too good to forgo...
It's really interesting how much eating right and exercising can do for our mental image and well-being. For the past 6 months or more, I've just hated myself, and felt like a fraud and failure because I wasn't hitting the gym regularly and had let my calorie count escalate. It was a snowball affect that I allowed to happen little by little, until I really despised myself!Just regaining control and making the daily effort to get to the gym makes me feel good about myself and even if the pounds aren't melting away, I finally am proud of myself again!
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