Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Today's spin class was awesome! My HR was between 85 and 99% the entire 45 minute class. My legs were really fatigued for the final 3 songs, all of which were up-tempo with running and jogging the entire time. Physically my body was screaming-STOP-but mentally, I pushed myself to go harder and harder. At a few points my HR was at 100% so I dialed it back for a few seconds. It was a shorter time period today, 45 minutes, but it was totally intense and there were no real dips in my HR for the entire class. It makes me realize how much stronger and fitter I am now compared to just 1 month ago. I knew I was physically improved, but I didn't realize my mental toughness had returned full strength. It makes me feel really good to know that I'm capable of accomplishing anything I decide I want to do. It's a relief, but there's also a small part of me that is totally pissed at myself for letting things digress to where they were in January. I'm determined to make this permanent change last my lifetime. I knew the decisions I was making were the same kinds of choices that led me to be 299 pounds in 2006, but I kept giving myself a free-pass to make those bad decisions. Thankfully, I finally put a stopped to my gradual weight gain, and I know that being able to make that choice was a direct result of my Spark lessons. Self-recrimination, and self-loathing were all useless emotions that would only keep me from being the fit person I wanted to be, so ridding myself of those emotions was paramount to getting back on track.
I know that anything is possible if I get up each day and choose to eat healthy and workout. reminding myself how great the workouts feel and how much better good food tastes, is something that shouldn't be easily forgotten. Life is a struggle and leading a healthy lifestyle can be a struggle if I let it, but I don't have to accept it as a struggle. I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to take the power and control over the things that make me unhealthy. Saying I can't or I don't want to eat healthy, or saying I'm too tired to workout, are just unacceptable. I am strong and I am capable and I will succeed.
Because I've done so great over the past several weeks I rewarded myself with a little shopping spree at Dick's today. New sneakers and a new Under Armour shirt are my reward for staying strong and focused and getting myself back to my previous fit level. I still have weight to lose, I am very aware of that fact, but I can honestly say that losing 15 pounds has made an amazing difference physically including the health and comfort of my knee. I am able to climb the stairs much easier and pain-free, I no longer have to wear a brace to do my daily workouts. I know that with every pound I lose, I make it more comfortable and functional for myself.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Today was chest/shoulders/triceps day. This workout takes a good 60 minutes to complete. It's an awesome program that uses both low rep/high weight and high rep/lower weight in the same workout. So you are getting both leaner, and stronger in the same workout. I especially love C/S/T day because my shoulders and chest are my fav body parts to work out. The afterglow from this lift lasts most of the day--it really keeps me amped! it really is amazing how addictive working out can be. I also did a 30 minute HITT workout on the treadmill. I was a little late getting to the gym, and I knew the lift would take 60 minutes so I didnt have time to get to the 9:00 spin class...so insead i did a 30 minute 3 mile interval run/walk on the treadmill at 2.0 incline, it was great! i figure a little more cross=training will also keep my body from adapting to what I'm doing and that's good too. its funny how much you use your abs when you run...
Monday, February 28, 2011
today was weigh-in day and I am delighted to have lost 1.2 pounds this week! Considering how difficult the week was with the viewing and burial, etc. I feel like this is a huge accomplishment. I've lost almost 15 lbs since January 1st and I would love to lose 5 more before April 1st, but just staying on track is the most important thing. I'm still not feeling completely well as I still have an obnoxious cough...which makes spin a little more challenging than usual, but today I had a great workout. I'm so glad I got a new heart rate monitor, I really love this one, it's easy to read, I can get the time of day without difficulty and it's easy to use, as well. It really keeps me focused during class, knowing when my heart rate drops below my prescribed zone. I also have loaded some fresh songs on my iPod and listened to them today, and really was pushing myself. All and all I was very satisfied with the workout. My energy level is still down a bit because I'm still sick, but with the weather turning nicer I'll be wanting to ge outside and umpiring will also be starting in about 2 weeks...all good things!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
- Michael Jordan
This is a new favorite quote for me! This sums up weight loss success/lack of in a nut shell. Before I lost the weight, I would always sit around thinking how much I wished to be thin. I dreamed of easy solutions that would bring me to my end result of not being fat anymore. Seldom did I actually envision how I would accomplish my formerly unattainable goal. When I finally made the decision to take action, and then come up with a plan to find success, that's when I "found" it. I also decided that there was no failing in this undertaking-it wasn't an option, and I knew I would reach my goal. In the beginning, I don't think I embraced every change as being a lifelong change, but gradually, I began to enjoy those changes. From finding the real taste of food again, sans sauces, and fats, to enjoying sweating! I always thought exercise would be bearable if I didn't need to sweat, but somewhere along the way, I realized that I look most beautiful with a full-on sweat happening! Now, I can't imagine not living this way. It's true I was off track, a bit, for the past few months, but I hadn't lost the habits, just my focus to maintain them, but now, I'm completely back and enveloped in the healthy habits that brought me to my fittest self ever! I love having my clothes, glide over my hips again, and watching my muscles become fully developed is such a source of pride and satisfaction. Every weight I lift gives me a renewed sense of self, and gives me energy for the entire day. I get frustrated when I cruise the site here at SP and I read posts by folks who don't really grasp the importance of the exercise component, or they are using some weird unorthodox diet, these folks will see success in the immediate future, but they will not sustain that success for a lifetime, it's not possible, or healthy to resist making the needed healthy changes, you are merely trying to sustain the same bad habits that brought to to be unfit, and unhealthy. Eating fresh foods, with lots of fiber, getting the proper balance of proteins, and carbs, and fats, is the key to a healthy diet. Those who choose, "moderation" are only kidding themselves, because even if they lose pounds now, they are still eathing unhealthy food that will continue to poison their body. Additionally, you must immerse yourself in the process of exercise, and learn to enjoy it, either because of the results, or just for the healthy benefits, it provides, either way exercise must be a part of your daily life-for life!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
My life is so full of blessings, I feel like the luckiest person on earth. My family, are my rock and exemplify all that is good and right. Yesterday could have been so sad and lonely, but it didn't feel like that at all. There were arms to hold me and voices to encourage and express love, surrounding me all day, and when I needed it most. My husband is the most wonderful man, my best friend and everything I could ever wish for in a man. He was so strong and supportive for me and my siblings and my father, as well. I thought the day would be so bleak and empty, but I could feel, through my family, all that my mother ever believed to be important and all that matters. Yes, I miss her, but I know in my heart that she is happy and at peace, and that she will always be with me, no matter where I am or what I'm doing. Just as she has for the past 55 years. Listening to my kids speaking of all their memories of their grandmother was so comforting, and it just makes me know that she is inside all of us and we will keep her alive forever.
Today, I was finally back to the gym after a two day absence, and though I'm still struggling with this stupid cold/flu, but I lifted legs today, and then did my spin class. The cough is getting really annoying, but I'm fighting through.
The good news is that I've lost another pound+ and it's awesome to see the scale dropping. I'm really encouraged by my progress and it feels so great to be back in the groove. I can't even begin to explain how great I feel when I'm in the gym sweating! I don't understand how I let that slip away from me. I know that there will be days ahead that are going to be difficult to get to the gym, and once softball and babysitting start, my energy levels will be a lot lower, than right now, but I have to remember that working out lifts up your energy and makes you feel so much better after, than you did before.
When I surf around the SP site, I'm always amazed when I see so many people (especially women) who still haven't gotten into weight training. Those who continue to believe the myth that lifting heavy weights will make them look like Arnold, those who think that doing a DVD on the TV is exercise enough--it makes me want to scream--GET IN THE GYM! Women don't get big ugly muscles, there is no fear of that, we don't have the genetic make-up necessary to build a body like that and getting "toned" is a crock! In just 6 short weeks, I've changed how my body looked, from being soft and bumpy to being strong and and muscular. My arms and thighs are still a work in progress, but they may not ever look exactly as I want--they've carried too much weight and have stretched too far to ever really get where I want them, but I'm ok with that, I'll get them to be the best I can get them, and I'll live with that. My shoulders are back to looking amazing, I've lost a bunch of the back fat I was starting to put back on, and my butt and thighs are much smaller already, than where they started in January. It's a great feeling to see the hard work paying off.
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