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Looking for quick results

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

In a SP article by Nancy Howard last February, www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=how
_soon_can_you_expect_to_see_a_change
, she wrote the following: "... sadly, for many, it may take as long as six weeks for the changes to become visible on the scale and even longer in the mirror. "

and again I had that feeling that SP is my psychic friend. I admit it - I am already prowling around for evidence and proof and results after only a few days of healthy living. I'm dreaming of what I'll feel like and planning what I'll wear and imagining what I'll look like and getting a tremendous rush of excitement about it.

And tomorrow I'm going to step on that scale and if it hasn't moved down ...or what if it's gone up?!? ... after all, I'm asking my muscles to really work hard ... they may be bathed in extra fluids as they recover from the efforts they're making and I may weigh more than I did last week!! Horrors!

And how I react to that number will have an enormous effect on me. typically I'd be pretty depressed about it and typically I would not exactly go on a bender, but I'd probably try to comfort myself by saying "well, you knew you were from a fat family anyway, honey ... why keep trying to do the impossible?" And even if I gritted my teeth with determination and plowed ahead with my good efforts, a little evil whisperer would be taunting me all week so that if an opportunity to slip in a little piece of candy or maybe have one more slice of buttered bread came along, well, it would be only a little bit, right? And I'd been good, hadn't I? I'd kept on trying even if the scale hadn't been my friend, right?

hmmm.

Once again - looking for quick results in a world that already gives us instant oatmeal, super glue and automatic shut-off valves.

so how am I going to combat this? What can I hold on to that won't feel like fingernails gripping the edge of a cliff?

Well - first of all there's the above quote ...

I could give myself 6 weeks before expecting to see the scale move. Like an aircraft carrier - that could take as much as 4-10 miles to turn around at sea - I could just accept that I won't "see" any results till mid February - and should I see any before than, they'd be a bonus.

Second - there's another quote from Ms. Howard. "...It isnít what we do or donít do every now and then that keeps us from our goals, but what we consistently do or donít do that will eventually get us to our goals."

Yeah. Consistency. Now that is something I really can hold on to - not in a desperate Grip-0-Death but really sink my fingers into and hold on tight with confidence and that sense of rightness. I will pick one thing to be completely and utterly consistent about for the next 6 weeks ... 5 now and see what the results are. And that one thing is the daily exercise of the SP Bootcamp.

Mind now - I intend to keep working with the nutrition tracker and the SP menus and recipes, but my devotion is going to be to reaching a lifestyle goal of 7 hours of exercise a week.

I love how exercise makes me feel and in spite of everything I've already written today, I actually am seeing results from just 3 days of steady and varied exercise. I feel calmer. I feel more confident. I feel happier. I feel stronger. I love feeling muscles adjust to demands. In truth - I am feeling great.

And I want this to be part of every day for the rest of my life. So for the next 5 weeks plus a day or two I will really focus on daily exercises and see if I can reach the first stage of that long term goal.

and after that I'll look to the scale goals ..hmmm?

May you all reach your own goals whatever they may be! emoticon

  
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MSLZZY 1/6/2010 9:01PM

    You are just oozing enthusiasm and positive thinking! I loved this! Concentrate on exercise and keep working on nutrition and drinking your water. The results should be awesome!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/6/2010 9:03AM

    Just remember to trust the process, and to revel in sticking to it. That may be the greatest satisfaction for a while. I can personally attest to the six week experience, and I griped about it regularly at the time. So vent away, but don't let yourself be deterred from your ultimate goal.

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BESSHAILE 1/6/2010 8:58AM

    Whoa good thought, JLITT62! More water. Great idea and it reminds me of similar advice I got from a very good physical therapist once. thanks!

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JLITT62 1/6/2010 8:23AM

    It's extremely possible you could see a gain. Just know that that gain will go away and then some as long as you do remain consistent. We have a tendency to retain water when we up the exercise -- initially. You can combat that, to some degree, by drinking even more water, too.

Funny, I just blogged on exercise on how it makes me feel. A whole lot of syncronicity going on lately!

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SP Bootcamp - day 3

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I am really loving the structure of bootcamp - but my butt and thighs are a little sore today. And I'm having to change my plans, since my tuesday step class has been canceled. emoticon

So - Step Class at home ... uh... in oh la ... in 3 minutes ago. And stability ball upper body workout at the gym after work. woops. I'm seeing now what kind of real changes will have to be made if I'm really going to get in daily exercise! Looks like computer time is going to have to yield to body time.

Ta.

  
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MSLZZY 1/5/2010 8:31AM

    Got to get that exercise in so you can track. I'm sure your computer will still be there when you're done. Mine stays put. At least it is still in the same place waiting for me LOL!

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That" dress - or why I'm in SP Bootcamp

Monday, January 04, 2010

That" dress is now my profile photo - in part because I thought y'all might want to see it, but mostly to keep it always before me as a reminder of what I am aiming for.

I did more than that, though. Yesterday I pulled "That" dress out of the drawer where it's been stored for - oh - what? - 1990? 20 years? My goodness! Yes! ...

And I showed to my husband (a man singularly disinterested in women's clothing) and began telling him the story of "That" dress.

I made it myself from fabric I bought at the G-Street Fabric Shop's mother store in Maryland. We'd gone to visit my mother in law in the late winter or early spring. I'd gone shopping in that wonderland of fabric and picked out a length of this marvelous flowered cotton. I remember showing it to Grandma and her asking me what I was going to make with it. I knew exactly what I'd make - for I had a favorite dress pattern with both slim or full skirt options. I knew the dropped waist would lengthen my torso making me appear even more slender. I knew I already had the perfect flat round buttons to pick up the maroon in the roses. I remember the delicious anticipation of knowing just how the dress was going to turn out.

I told DH about wearing this dress and always feeling special in it. I wore it to a flower garden party at Katherine Neale's magnificent river house. She was one of the most noted gardeners in my community and many of the flowers in my own garden came from her. I remember at that party sampling one or two dainty morsels from the refreshment table and them wandering off to chat with other sun-dress bedecked ladies, young and old, scattered about the lawn like so many ambulatory blossoms.

Both Grandma and Katherine Neale are gone now and I miss them terribly. A tee tiny bit - I miss being that 37 year old "young thing" from 1990.

It's a lot of heritage for a dress to encompass - but this is a sturdy fabric, well seamed and perfectly finished. "That" dress can stand up to it. And by golly - I want to be in it again.

I was curious to see just how wide the waist was ... and took a photo of that too - 16 inches across, so, 32 inches around. With 2 inches for ease, it will fit a 30 inch waist. I have 6 inches to loose if I want to button that dress up again.

Pulling that dress out was a good thing to do. Sharing what it means to me with my DH was even better. He, too, wants to lose some Bad-For-Him poundage this winter and telling him about the dress prompted him to tell me what he would like to accomplish. This means I will get a LOT less friction from him if our meals seem a little skimpy or too "healthy".

In fact - we vowed that I would wear this dress and he would wear those 36" pants again and we would host a party in our favorite duds!

And so - here it is - Day 2 of bootcamp. Yesterday's workout was fun and vigorous. I've scheduled Monday's and Fridays as medium intensity workouts. Tuesday, Saturdays and Sundays are high intensity workouts. Wednesday I want to take a Yoga class and Thursday will be my rest day - a leisurely walk with the dogs out to the 1 mile point and back or - if the weather is wickedly bad - around the track at the gym or maybe nothing. Thursday is the day off day.

Wishing you all success in your efforts and may we each be able to wear our own "That" dress.

  
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MOTHERBEAR4 1/10/2010 10:16AM

    What a great memory of "That Dress".

You almost all the articles say get rid of your clothes you no longer fit into. I think what a waste of money, some quality, some good memories.

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WEDDWT 1/4/2010 4:03PM

    That sounds nice...someday I want to be an "ambulatory blossom",
heck, just being ambulatory makes me happy!
How great that DH is on board with you to fit into your smaller sizes.
You can do this! emoticon

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JLITT62 1/4/2010 9:44AM

    How wonderful that you are motivating each other!

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MSLZZY 1/4/2010 7:12AM

    A great visual reminder with a definite goal in mind! I am so glad your DH is thinking and planning a new year with you! You've got your own builit-in buddy! That dress will look fantastic and I would like to see a photo of you when you can wear it again. Summer will be here before we know it! emoticon

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Bootcamp starts to day, but baby it's c c c old outside ... and inside too!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

It's 18 F right now and right here it's only about 40 because we heat with wood and the computer is in the coldest room in the house. If you want to warm up on really cold days at my house you have to hover by the stove or take a hot bath. Fortunately, we don't get that many fridged days but may we're promissed a week of them as 2010 starts. Brrrrr.

But I am excited about starting bootcamp today. I watched the 10 minute video for 1/3/10 and was inspired - not daunted - by it. I already know that not all workouts are going to be right for me - so having to modify it to the lower intensity is not a problem. In fact, if I just did it stepping, with ramping it up in tempo and leg lifting to increase the intensity, I'd still be doing a great workout.

I'm surprised at how fussy some people got about it - claiming it was either too difficult or too easy or too boring or too.... well, just too something.

Not me.

What really grabbed my imagination was this ....

I love the idea of creating a visual line on the floor and moving back and forth across it - so imagine, you're in a hotel room (or I am in my office around 3 p.m. and falling asleep over the paperwork). so create your line and start stepping back and forth across it. Takes up almost no space. Makes very little noise. You can do this workout anywhere you have about 4 square feet and a little privacy. It won't wear you out. It won't really make you sweaty because the aerobic part is less than 10 minutes. The stretching takes up at least 3 minutes of the 10.

And when you're done? Imagine the glow you'll feel. Imagine how your brain will start functioning again and your breathing will deepen.

Man. this is just great!

  
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IGUANA44 1/3/2010 8:46AM

    I used to live in a 200 year old farmhouse and remember so well the days of my living room being 100 degrees and the far bedrooms being 50! Good luck with your bootcamp!

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BENDER7 1/3/2010 8:41AM

    I'm with you. I liked the video & it can be modified in intensity. Also like the "no equipment" part too.

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SAMMYLYNNE 1/3/2010 8:40AM

    I haven't seen the video yet. But I like that idea of the imaginary line. I'm basicily a shut in all winter because of my C.O.P.D. but any movement I can make will help. It is minus 26 here in Toronto, Ontario Canada with very nasty winds from the direct north. Our apartment faces north so we are freezing too.
Pray for spring. lol

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CUBBREW24 1/3/2010 8:34AM

    GREAT IDEA!

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31 things I want for my body

Saturday, January 02, 2010

I love to write New Years Resolutions ... to form action plans for getting what I want. But first I have to know what I want so yesterday I began writing, in a sort of stream of consciousness way, all the things I want for my body. So - here's my list - in the order in which them popped into my head. Maybe some of them are on your list too.

For My Body and health I want:

to weigh 143 lbs
to be off my BP meds
to be flexible and strong
to be certified to teach aerobic dancing
to have my hair grow back thick again
to be free of allergies and asthma
to incorporate yoga and meditation into my week
to have a great wardrobe of just the right coordinating things
to have really sexy underwear
to be able to move swiftly with grace
to be free from lapidary
to get 8 hours of sleep every night
to have great skin and to keep it great
to keep my nice nails
to always be able to swoop my preschoolers at storyhour
to work out every day, with weights twice a week and with one easy workout day
to be relaxed and confident around food
to enjoy ALL my meals
to own the right fitness equipment
to own the right fitness clothes
to retrain myself to eat ONLY when I'm hungry
to listen to the Paul McKenna CD's regularly
to wear a belt
to tuck my shirt in
to enjoy having my picture taken
to be proud of my looks
to be complimented on my looks
to have a SPA massage
to have more SPA massages if I like the first one

So. I have a little notebook to write these things down in and I am going to re-read the list at least once a month to see if there are new things I want or if I have figured out how to get some of these things ... and actually DONE those things and have my desires.

Because desire is the mother of action and if I am not careful, I'll let AutoPilot blot out my desires till eventually I forget I even wanted anything. No more. I intend to live my life consciously - alert and ready to act when the opportunity knocks.

Hope you do too. -

  
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JLITT62 1/3/2010 5:25AM

    Love, love, love spa massages. Now if I could just afford them! Awesome list.

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MSLZZY 1/2/2010 6:56PM

    Your list is awesome! WTG! emoticon

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