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!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Every day I go to the gym I come home and feel excited about where I'm going again. I thought I had lost my motivation and kept thinking I wouldn't be able to get it back. I have since realized motivation isn't some elusive intangible that we must go in search of, it's not something that just comes to us. We make our own motivation by having a plan, and executing that plan, by making the choice to be motivated. What I mean by that is when we say we aren't motivated, we believe we're not, but if we make a conscious choice to follow our plan, we find ourselves building a habit that lends to a cycle of success and positive thinking.
In the first weedk or two it's hard to see yourself succeeding and staying the course, but each day you take positive steps forward makes the next day easier. I was in this place before, and I'm excited to have brought myself back here. I'm luckier than most people because I have a partner who supports and encourages me and I'm so thrilled that this time Arline he is walking the walk with me. I'm not sure I would have gotten back to this point so quickly or easily without him coming along with me, but thankfully I didn't need to find that out. It's nice to walk out the door together each morning and get in the gym. He's doing awesome and that pushes me to make sure I don't slack off. For most people this doesn't happen, and I'm sure that makes it so much harder, but however you get it done it's worth every ounce of effort.
Deciding what you want to achieve and how much you’re willing to invest to be successful.
Making a commitment to change. Giving up the old way of behaving and deciding how to accomplish your goals, a process that requires self-discipline, scheduling, practice, and positive reinforcement or reward. This is the way to reach your goals!
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
It occurred to me on the ride home from the gym, that what I have felt over the last 3-5 months is that I was a fraud...I talked the game of a person who had made the lifestyle changes that led to a lifetime of health and fitness=happiness...but I had let many of the healthy habits needed to achieve/stay healthy were slipping away from me. I had stopped counting calories, and allowed my portions to increase-little by little-and finaly during the holidays(an exceptionally emotional and trying time) I had started "tasting/sampling" some of the foods I had previously gladly given up. (I had never thought of myself as an emotional eater before this past holiday season-but found out differently) Even when I went on Dr. Oz, I was only a "half-way right" person, and felt like a big fraud standing next to people who were still 100%-in. But today, I can honestly say, I'm not a fraud-I do live a healthy lifestyle and I'm all the way back to being that inspirational person I had become previously. It's nice to know that all the tools I had learned to use are now back in place and the driving force in my life.
I'm back to finding happiness routinely in activities that get me up and moving. I've found my "self" again and realize how dependent that is upon exercise and good nutrition. As a whole, my life is full of happiness, but I don't appreciate that nearly as much when I'm not living up to my own expectations. Expectations that I will eat properly and exercise daily. That's what makes me happiest with myself-and when I'm happy with me, I truly enjoy everything else more. Exercising and eating properly all me to pursue things that make you feel alive and fill me with joy and healthy balance.
One think I've learned about myself, is that allowing the work "can't" back into my vocabulary is the biggest reason for my lapse. "I can't go to the gym at night", I can't work out because I'm tired", etc., etc. I always find that the things I say I can't do, are only things that I "won't" do. I have a very bad knee, it has advanced osteoarthritis, and no meniscus due to surgeries from my teenage days, and I can manage(endure) the pain when I'm focused and fully committed, when I start allowing it to become an excuse for not working out, is when I'm not fully committed. I know I can, endure, manage and I will, because exercise is good for me in more ways, than it's bad for my knee.....
Here's to being genuine and authentic!
Monday, February 07, 2011
Monday morning is my worst morning! I hate getting out of bed when the alarm goes off, and briefly think, "I need a day off". In actuality I could have had an off day, since I went seven days last week, but I knew that extra sleep would'nt make me feel better, only working out would! So up I got and off to spin class where I worked out hard, and added seven minutes after the class ended to round it out to a full sixty minutes. Tat being done, I felt exhilarated and pleased with myself for overcoming the Monday morning blues! When I got back home I felt energized enough to then clean my bedroom and dressing room. Now, when I walk in there I feel a sense of accomplishment and relaxation from a job completed(with a little more sweat equity).
I was also pleased to see the scale drop 1.8 lbs this morning ! 9.4 lbs gone since 1/1/11! Greedily I would love it to be an even ten, but I'm happy! Additionally, I cano see a noticeable difference in my body in just theses four weeks past. My arms are smaller and getting toned again, my hips thighs and midsection are also noticeably leaner. I wished I had taken before measurements because I'm certain it's two or three inches less!
To anyone still resisting getting started in lifting weights(yes lifting weights-not just resistance or body weight exercises) I swear to you there is nothing that will transform your body into what you're striving for, like lifting weights! You will not become too "big" it just isn't possible for women! Forget all the myths you've heard, throw away all your fears and inhibitions and start pumping iron ladies!!!!! Besides the physical changes to your appearance, you also get more bone density, and stronger muscles that allow you to go about life's daily chores much easier and healthily, plus lower your blood pressure and sugar levels! What's not to love? What could possibly prevent you from getting into this?
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