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Boot Camp Week 1 reflections

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Been thinking a lot about this past week's January Boot Camp - and its impact on my life. Every day this week I've gotten in some sort of strength training and some sort of aerobic exercise and most of the time I've practiced some little special Good For You challenge like - eating 3 fruits or drinking water.

This is 7 days of ramped up exercise and some pretty careful eating. So how do I feel?

First off - I feel proud. As an ENFP I don't usually take much pleasure or pride in completion but in this case I really do feel proud of myself. I know this took discipline and committment. That I wanted to do this in no way dims the sparkle of having done it. I feel really proud of Bess.

Second off - I feel more confident that I will not only complete the boot camp but continue on to reach my final goals.

Third - I say goalS because new ones have blossomed this week as I felt my body and my habits and my attitudes shift from hopeful to confident. I realized I didn't want Mr.Scale as a life partner. I realized I would like to be an AFTER - as in those Before and After articles in magazines. And I realized that I COULD be an AFTER in my own world. I can do up the hair and the makeup and the new wardrobe and the photo ops myself because in the end, the reward of being an AFTER has more to do with looking in the mirror every day.

Fourth - I notice I have more energy. I knew at some intellectual level, that exercise gives you energy, but I also forget that sort of thing when I am not exercising. I'm glad it kicked in so soon.

Fifth - my thighs feel much harder - much more muscular. Not bulky mind you, just hard. Of course, my legs are my strong point. The jiggly stuff from hip to neck will take longer to firm up but ... maybe ... is it true? Do I sense a hint of firmness up in Jiggleland? Maybe. I'll wait till Day 28 to check on that.

Well. that's a lot to get from about 5.25 hours of effort. That's about .03% of the week. Yeah. 1/3 of 1 percent. Not bad. In fact - pretty durn good.

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WEDDWT 1/10/2010 4:37PM

    Here's an observation after reading the past week's posts: When I look at that photo of your lovely handmade dress on the hanger it seems to be symbolic of recapturing something from the past. When I read your words, they are all about Bess living and loving in the present and a reinventing of self for the future. The photo does not match the words, is it just me?
You are doing so wonderfully - proud of you!

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MOTHERBEAR4 1/10/2010 10:09AM

    emoticon Post! Keep that focus! emoticon emoticon

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PRAIRIE_MUM 1/10/2010 8:40AM

    Excellent! I too am noticing that I feel a difference after only one week of bootcamp. Keep up the good work!

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DEBBIEKAY1 1/10/2010 7:53AM

    emoticonGood for you
I too have been reaping the benefits of boot camp!
Good Luck with achieving all your goals this year!

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MSLZZY 1/10/2010 7:45AM

    Keep that positive attitude going! Your self-esteem and confidence will serve you well on this journey! You are special, you are unique and you CAN do this! emoticon

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ZUZUBEE 1/10/2010 7:37AM

    Glad to hear you had such a wonderful start to the New Year with the Boot Camp! Good luck in achieving your goals!

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Breaking up is hard to do

Saturday, January 09, 2010

can you believe it? After all those high flown laughing words of yesterday - today I got on that stupid scale ... and actually TOLD myself "Oh well, this doesn't count. this is just playing around. I'm not going to have any feelings about what Mr.Scale says today - so if I don't have any FEELINGS it doesn't count."

sort of like the old joke about the Virgin who said that as long as it wasn't any fun it didn't happen.

I am such a doofus! emoticon

See why it's so important for me to break up with that thing? I am entirely too addicted to it. Soft addictions I have heard this called - doing essentially harmless that get you nowhere or don't promote a mentally or emotionally healthy attitude about life.

Ahh well. I shall have to just start again with my newly single life. I am sure that I shall eventually be scale free and only weigh myself at my doctors because I will know that my weight is in a good place by the way I feel and the clothes that fit.

In fact - I think that's a goal I'd like to reach - better go add it to my SparkPage.

Off to the gym now, to do Day 7 and then to grocery shop. Ta.

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MSLZZY 1/9/2010 12:35PM

    Mr Scale plays fair when he wants LOL! I'd leave him in a dark closet for a month and then see if he changes his mind. Solitary confinement LOL!

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AMR6665 1/9/2010 8:02AM

    I applaud you realizing how unhealthy Mr. Scale is for you when you see him on a daily basis.. keep going..... emoticon

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Breaking up with an old ... um ... partner.

Friday, January 08, 2010

There's a trick to my scale that involves where you place your feet. If you step squarely in the middle of the two foot pads you get one weight. If you squinch your feet close together you get a different, lighter weight. There are other scale tricks too, like, going to the bathroom first and weighing early in the morning and taking off your shoes ... do you have any idea how heavy shoes are?

Of course. This is not news to anyone here on SP. We all know all sorts of tricks about scales because scales and their accusing or admiring numbers have played such a big part in our lives. In fact, I sometimes think of my scale as a bad boyfriend. A lover who insults you in front of your family and then looks blankly up and says "Well. It's the truth, isn't it?"

that's why I've learned to play that little trick on my scale - to make him say something that isn't true - so then I can answer that snotty question with "No. It's not the truth."

Well. I have never continued a relationship with a person who played mean mind games with me. I reject unhealthy relationships much more quickly than I do unhealthy physical habits. And this year I have decided to break up bad relationships with things like Mr. Ice Cream Box and, this week, with Mr. Scale.

A bit of back story now - when I joined SP I didn't really want to know the truth - and I ceratinly didn't want to hear it from Mr. S. So I squinched my feet together and accepted the lowest weight I could trick him into giving me. Then, each week, I'd do the same - figuring directional movement and proportions would be relatively true.

Fast forward to Wednesday night, when I realized how unhealthy ( really I want to say how sick ) this relationship was, as I faced my Thursday morning weigh-in and a decision was made. I am divorcing Mr. Scale. But, like a divorce where there are children, I know I'll have to see him now and then. To make our visits as brief and as infrequent as possible I plan to weigh only once a month and I plan to weigh with my feet squarely planted on those foot pads. Though I can't say Mr. S is no longer a part of my life, I can state emphatically - he is no longer a part of my DAILY life.

Instead I plan to keep on seeing Mr. Nutrition Tracker with whom I have a much healthier relationship. He helps me along the way with suggestions of nutrition packed meals and opportunities to hydrate. He makes no statements about me in humiliating ways - such as "Good Lord, Woman! Do you realize you weigh a gazillion pounds!"

Instead he says "Congratulations! You've met your goals in calcium (or protein or, one day, potassium!)" I think Mr. NT and I will have a wonderful relationship together.

As for Mr. Scale. We'll get together for supervised visitation once a month but other than that we are through.

Oh! And I did take a walk yesterday and what did I see?

What is that speck up in that tree?

Yep. King of Birds - ready to soar. Just like me!!!

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SKIRNIR 1/9/2010 4:31PM

    I also love your sense of humor. I laughed out loud a few times. Not something I do often reading spark blogs. Keep it up!

And why I stopped by. Sounds like you had a great week for the first week of bootcamp! Congrats!

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CINDYDIANNE 1/9/2010 8:04AM

    On our scale if you put a bit more weight on the back of your left foot you get a more favourable number. I also am trying not to play the scale game, but I find it motivational to see the numbers going down or at a minimum not going up. I am addicted to the daily weigh in.

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AMR6665 1/9/2010 8:01AM

    I love the way you view your relationship with the scale as well as that with the ice cream! I have never looked at my relationship with food or other objects the same way as I do with people. It makes sense though, we let food and the scale make us feel bad.

Keep up with these wonderful blogs...I look forward to seeing how the divorce process goes!

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MYFEETHURT 1/8/2010 12:01PM

  My doctor's scale is almost exactly 5 pounds different then mine. And it's not going in the RIGHT DIRECTION. So I've convinced myself that I must wear 5 pounds worth of clothes. Can you say...rationalize? Thankfully I may get to see a new number on my scale this month. It should be next week if all goes well. So I can't say farewell to my scale right this minute. You can't go wrong with Tracking. That cute little dress is going to look great on you. We are gonna want pics!

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BLUEANGELLK 1/8/2010 10:46AM

    You are too funny, but truthful. I think we all have our own unhealthy relationships that we need to break. I think mine might be with Mr. Ronald McDonald and his fench fry Band. they sing to me, they call to me and they sometimes lull me to sleep. I have been able to "mute" their song, but I can still hear it. I am working for the day that I can just change the radio station.

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JLITT62 1/8/2010 7:56AM

    Oh, how cool to see an eagle!

And hey, what's that green stuff? I used to live in an area with no white stuff. Sigh.

I think you've got a good thing going with Mr. Tracker.

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OHYESITSME1 1/8/2010 7:45AM

    LOL! I love your sense of humor. I can relate. I have done the "weigh-in" dance on the scale also.

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"Lite" exercise day today with bootcamp

Thursday, January 07, 2010

I don't know what other's have planned for their off days but I am definitely not giving up all that luscious extra time the weekend offers for really working out. I have scheduled Thursdays as my "off" day, which doesn't mean I won't take a walk, but it does mean it will be a liesurely one that involves strolling around outdoors, enjoying the sights.

Because I intend to get in 30 minutes of movement 7 days a week. some days I'll move really vigorously. Some days I'll give it a good effort. But one day a week I intend to just move. And that's today. And boy am I looking forward to it. It's a clear cold day today and I've already packed my lunch. I will dine at noon and then head out for a stroll around town. I think I'll take my camera. Who knows .... maybe there will be a pretty photo to post tomorrow.

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OPAL50 1/7/2010 7:18PM

    Great idea for a "lite" day of exercise. My abs are feeling it from yesterdays video. Oh yeah, I wouldn't want anyone to see my very awkward movements, but it must have done something for me to be feeling it like this. emoticon
I got home late, so I still must do todays video...wish me luck. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/7/2010 8:19AM

    I like this idea! I haven't given myself a planned off day in a while, so what happens is the off days are the ones when I can't move: I'm either exhausted or I've overdone it and am injured. So NOT the way to do it. I'll have to think about this a bit to figure out how to give myself more than 30 minutes of 'me' time. emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/7/2010 7:42AM

    A good plan. My pretty picutre would inlcude blowing snow and drifts all over so I'll walk inside today!

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Looking for quick results

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

In a SP article by Nancy Howard last February,
, 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?


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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