Monday, August 06, 2012
"I run like a girl, so try to keep up!" -Unknown
"Do not reward yourself with food. You are not a dog." -Unknown
"I am not LOSING weight because I have no intention of finding it again. No, I am DESTROYING it." -Becca-ism
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
― Steve Maraboli
"Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have." -Winston Churchill
"Every human being is the author of his own health or disease." -Buddha (Deep!)
And one for laughs...
"I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position. My chakras were aligned. My mind is cleared of all clutter and I'm looking out of my third eye and everything that I'm supposed to be doing. It's amazing what comes up, when you sit in that silence. 'Mama keeps whites bright like the sunlight, Mama's got the magic of Clorox 2." -Ellen DeGeneres
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
"When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up." -Les Brown
"Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can." -Unknown (I might put this one on my wall!)
"A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success." -Unknown
"Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change." -Jim Rohn
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Sorry it has taken me so long to write another blog! I've been so sleepy when I have come on here that I have just been using my tracker and visiting spark teams and not much else.
SNOWYOGA asked me 3 questions so I am answering those today:
1. How long have I been working on losing weight?
Off and on for 3 years. Now that I am unemployed, while unfortunate for my wallet, I have had more time to devote to nutrition and exercise. Before I did not have the energy to cook and make sure I got proper nutrition or the energy to hit the gym as often. I am using this opportunity to improve my health.
2. How much have I lost so far?
Well, I had lost 20 lbs. back in March but then I was bedridden until May with horrible flare ups and only got back to exercising a few weeks ago. So I gained all but 7 back. But I am working on getting it back off again!
3. What things do you find work best for you?
One, I am a soda addict so I try to keep it out of my house. And if I cave and buy it, I don't keep it cold. It is way too easy for me to choose a can of coke over water or milk if it is just sitting there staring at me in the fridge. I also buy flavored water because flavor helps me to drink more of it. I like Sobe Lifewater a lot. I also have found the more I choose healthy options, the more I crave them. I was running late yesterday morning for meditation class but knew I would not make it through without eating something. So instead of my usual cereal, I got a McDonalds sandwich. It made me absolutely nauseous after about 40 minutes. I got sick during meditation group. I can't eat food like that anymore. So while it was not fun to get sick, I think it was good to know my body is starting to reject those old standbys and getting used to the new healthier food!
Two, I do not have a lot of energy yet for lots of cardio so I will use the recumbent bike for 20 minutes and not worry that I have not done the elliptical, which is a better workout, or gone for 30 minutes. I do what I can and that keeps me coming back. If I push myself too hard, I will flare up and be in bed for days. It will also make me more willing to give up. Going slowly, I have noticed I can now do the Random Hill setting on the bike, which I could not weeks ago. So slow and steady does win out!
Three, support is essential. I have two friends I work out with regularly. One is my gym, pool, and walking buddy. The other is my bellydancing class buddy. It makes working out also a social activity. I don't wait for my friend to go to the gym, however. If we can't go together, I go alone and take a book to read (since I do the bike and don't use my arms) or listen to music.
Want to ask me a question? Leave it in the comments! I would be happy to hear from you.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I thought it might be fun to answer some questions I get asked a lot on here. Feel free to ask me questions here and I will answer them tomorrow!
Q. How much weight do you want to lose?
A. Any is good! lol But ideally about 50 lbs.
Q. Were you ever small or have you always struggled with weight issues?
A. I used to be much smaller before I had fibromyalgia. Even after. I gained a lot of weight during an abusive relationship and since now I have fibro, it has been a huge struggle to get rid of it.
Q. How does having fibromyalgia affect working out?
A. If you don't know what fibro is, it is a chronic neurological condition that affects a person's muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue. The nerves misfire and tell your brain that your body is in pain, whether it is or not, and distorts the intensity of the pain. It also causes heavy fatigue which can be debilitating sometimes. Some days it is all you can do to get out of bed. Fibromyalgia feels like having the flu every day, all day, while carrying around a stack of bricks. So, to answer the question, it affects working out because I do not have the same recovery time as a healthy person. I cannot work out hard or every day because my body rejects that and refuses to cooperate, no matter how motivated I am. It sucks because while I have all the motivation in the world, my body cannot keep up and if I work it too hard, it will shut down. But I don't give up. I will lose weight as best I can!
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