Tuesday, February 15, 2011
physically, and most importantly, mentally! I realized when talking today to someone about my diet, that I'm as focused on eating clean and within my calorie range now as when I started back in 2006. I made a few tweaks to my diet today and yesterday, by making sure to eat in the higher end of my calorie range and increase my healthy fats (nuts/fish) so that I eat at least 30% good fat. This is in hope that I'm exercising outside my calorie intake, and the fat will help my digestive system(recently been an issue).
Secondly, I added some more running; 10 minute sprint on treadmill before spin class, and then at 4:00 I went for a run/walk ran 15 minutes out and power walked 15 minutes back...it felt great to get outside-all in the hopes of increasing my metabolism.
I'm so ecstatic to have my focus and determination back. It's a relief to know I could get back here. I thought somehow it was gone for good, I didn't understand how, or why, but it didn't seem possible to find it again. Slowly, I built the momentum back up, and of course what that means is that I found reason to make the choice to do whatever I'm supposed to do in order to get healthy and fit again. I'm talking the talk and walking the walk again. I know my family finds it annoying when I get this singularly focused, but they should be happy that I'm so much happier with myself now that I'm back on track. I feel so much better, and enjoy everything more. The self-deprecating attitude is gradually disappearing. With every rep or pedal stroke I get stronger and my self-image grows more positive. It is amazing how much besides strength and conditioning one gets from exercise.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Only lost 0.2 lbs today, very confused as to why it's so slow/hard. I'm going to try and cross train a little bit more this week. Tomorrow instead of my usual spin class, I'm planning to so the treadmill and elliptical, then spin Wednesday and Friday. I'll lift Tues/Thursday and maybe get outside a few days for a run. The other thing I'm confused about is that maybe I'm not consuming enough calories and I've definitely been under my 30 fat calories almost everyday. I have many other positive measurements to encourage my efforts (not that there is any other option--no quitting allowed), my body looks better, less fat around my hips/thighs/middle, my arms are smaller and my back and shoulders look cut again. Additionally, my cardiovascular fitness is most definitely improved. I've almost doubled my speed on the treadmill, I've doubled my duration on the bike in spin class, and even the strength in my quads is better, as indicated by the ease in which I'm climbing the stairs(due to chronic knee injury). So all of those indicators are encouraging. I'm not discouraged, really, just confused that the tried and true isn't working for me right now...I'll figure it out--and get it right!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Sunday mornings are my favorite gym days--my middle daughter Caitlyn goes to the gym with me, as my guest (she belongs to another gym) and we work out together. Today I had a new program that I'm starting that goes for the next 4 weeks, it incorporates low reps, heavy weight, and high reps low weight and it was awesome! First of all, it's great to have a spotter for the heavy lifts, and also fun to have someone working out with you, and most of all, my DD has the best personality and I just love being with her! Needless to say it started my day off great!
After that it was a bridal show with all my daughters and the future bride's mother in law and ending with dinner at my parents with the entire family, including my two grandsons!
My diet was a bit hinky today as far as complete nutrition goes, since there were only finger foods at the venue-none healthy of course-so I quickly ate a hard boiled egg when I got back from the gym and brought some Kashi GoLean Crisp cereal in a bag in my purse so I had something to eat. I'm a few calories under so I'll have a little sweet potato shrimp chowder a little later and that should bring it into range.
I'm hoping to see a loss at the weigh-in tomorrow.....
Saturday, February 12, 2011
keeping the flame burning may be the most important part of the journey. Of course there's keeping your metabolism burning by eating enough calories, working out regularly and generally just getting moving. Then there's keeping the flame of enthusiasm burning and that requires work too. I didn't realize this a few months ago, but in retrospect I've realized a few things about myself. In the beginning of any project/undertaking, my personality is such that I'm gun-ho and totally excited about what lies ahead. I read everything on the subject, research it, and totally make it mine. although my main goal when I began 1/2/06, was to get fit/healthy and lose weight, I also had the prospect of my son's wedding to keep me "all-in." But, without my realizing it, that enthusiasm started to wane and I lost some speed. I now know that I've got to find reason/ways to keep that fire burning beyond hitting that goal. Doing that requires certain actions. Keeping on with tracking food-weighing and measuring-staying within calories is at the heart of all of this because diet is still 90% of the equation to success. If I do that then when life interferes with working out occasionally, I'll still keep the weight off.
I'm totally satisfied with what I'm doing in the here and now. I was up later than usual last night and was thinking, when I climbed into bed last night, that the gym wasn't going to happen this morning. But, just in case, I set my alarm so I could make it to spin class. I was sleeping very deeply when it went off, but I did get up and I'm glad I did.
The usual instructor wasn't there, and the sub isn't my fav, but I had an awesome workout and I'm feeling very self-satisfied right now! Tomorrow I'll be working out with my daughter again-I love our Sunday weight lifting days...and then back to my regular weekly workouts. I'm not sure if the scale will reflect any losses, but I do know by looking at my body and the fact that I can get in clothes I couldn't wear before, so I'll feel good about my progress either way....
Friday, February 11, 2011
This morning when I came downstairs dressed for the gym, I was greeted by my DH with the words: " you look good, really getting toned up." that made my day! Not that my DH doesn't often give me compliments, but that he could see the changes to my body that I'm seeing! It was comfirmation that my hard work is paying off and I'm not the only one seeing it! Those are the kind of things that keep you going and focused on what it is you want to achieve. It makes you push harder when you think you're tired, and it makes you add a couple more pounds/reps when you think you can't. Truth be told, it's the best reward for hard work!
Yum time was great today, I worked bis/tris/abs and those are my fav body parts to workout...additionally, I met one of my gym friends, who, like me, had taken a little time off...we talked a good long time and it was great because we thinknso much alike...I hope to see her in spin frequently, it makes the class more fun...that being said I really wish the instructors would get their stuff together - not play the same cd's every other week and keep the class interesting by doing different things and not staying in e same position for the entire length of the song over and over!! Thank goodness I know how to make it my own and keep my heart rate up!
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