Friday, April 23, 2010
I finally remember what it's like to push through the pain and reach that place on the other side. That place where you feel like your legs are moving and you're just along for the ride. That place where you feel an invisible hand pushing you from behind, a voice in your ear whispering "better, faster, stronger, harder." That place where you feel 20 pounds lighter, the wind at your back, the troubles of muscles stretching and pain melt away. That place where you know that in 10-20 minutes reality will snap you back and remind you that your legs are sore, your left middle toe is numb, your breathing is strained, and there is a small fire building in the lower half of your body. And you know that moment is upon you, but you don't care because all that exists in that place is that moment...the feeling of weightlessness and ease...the feeling that you can and will do anything today. It's all about that moment in that special place.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Not completely done with today, but I found a way to reward myself for my good deeds - Sobe lifewater! I love the stuff, but I refuse to drink it all the time because I think regular water keeps me on track better. However, now and again, it's nice to know that I can reward myself with this little (naturally) sweet treat and still feel like I'm following the plan! (Much better than the peanut butter cup that was staring me down all day!! I threw it across the room to the other side of my desk - fyi!)
I'm still having that lull feeling during midday, but it was later today - around 4pm or so, so I think I'm on the right track. Can't wait to plan next week's menu and finally do my first shopping trip for this new lifestyle! When I started this week, I kinda just had to find what I could in the fridge and pantry because we'd already been shopping. This week is different. I know what I should be eating and I should be able to find things that will accommodate a lot better!
Might squeeze in that 20 minutes of exercise I missed from yesterday...but only if I can get my work done in enough time (had to bring some home or I'd still be at that desk). This assignment is due tomorrow so I have to make sure it's completed (or at least 90% done) before I head to work tomorrow.
All in all, another good day of learning and feeling good! (My digestion problems are starting to get better as well...SCORE! I knew they would once I started eating the right things...I just had to make myself take the time to do it.)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I interrupt this program to bring you a special announcement.
Alright, I admit it...I sneaked a peek at the scale tonight. Truth is I'm exhausted (and full) and was getting a little anxious waiting around for Sunday...so I hopped on, knowing I probably shouldn't because it could be really discouraging. Well, the scale says I'm down almost 5 lbs already! I'm not counting all these chicken eggs as chickens yet...I swear I'm not. I'm just hopeful that I'll add a pound before the end of the week, or at least stay at this weight so I can have a little celebration (sans food) on Sunday when my OFFICIAL weigh in day rolls around.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Too many times a day people of a larger size say, "I wish I could do [insert activity here], but I can't because I'm too fat/not in shape/have no energy." But when I stepped on the scale years ago and saw that 466.6 staring me down, I made a conscious effort to question myself everytime I said this. "I wish I could go swimming, but I can't because I'm too fat." What? That's just stupid. "I wish I could go running, but I can't because I'm not in shape." Really? But you'll never get in shape to do it if you don't start moving.
Recently, my husband's college basketball team (and mine by default) made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Championships, a feat they hadn't accomplished in more than 50 years. When a few coworkers at the Charleston Gazette ran an article about the team's motto - "Do what we do" - I found myself wanting to know what exactly that meant.
The story goes a little something like this. WVU Coach Bob Huggins said that when he first went to the school and started training (and at the beginning of training every year since) he encouraged his teammates to show him everything...to show off. They spent a few weeks trying to make free throws, 3-pointers, nabbing rebounds, etc. They dribbled their fancy ways, passed like a Harlem Globetrotter, and put on quite a show it seems. After those three weeks were up, he sat his players down and said, "Alright," he said, "now I've seen what you can't do...now show me what you CAN do."
His point was simple. Too many times in a game, especially in those high stakes, winner take all type of games, players want to show off for the crowd or for NBA scouts. You'll have a player who isn't exceptionally good at making 3-pointers taking every basket from 'behind the paint', as they say. Now this same player may be very good at blocking, or at grabbing a rebound, but he's putting all his effort into those stupid 3-pointers, of which he seems to miss more times than not. If that same player would just focus on what he COULD do, and not try to do the things he can't, well he'd be known for being a pretty darn good player and the team might actually win a few.
Good story right? And sound logic. Logic that got the team to the final four for the first time in half a century. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that we should all be trying to follow this motto. "Do what you do."
If I've learned anything, I've learned that there are two rules to live by. The first is "Do what you do" and the second is "don't be afraid to try something new." Now, we don't have to be afraid to try things we can't do because we're not playing a championship game. Want to see if you can row a boat for an hour? Try it...could be a blast! (Or you could hate it completely. I honestly love it, though my kids tend to get bored pretty quickly.) When we try new things we often find we can do more than we thought we could and our list of things we "can do" grows. But when that little monster creeps back into your head saying, "I wish I could..." push him away with a "Hey, I can't run no marathon, you're right about that...but I can walk a mile this week and maybe make it a mile and a half next week!"
Don't sit by thinking about what you wish you could do. Do what you do.
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