Sunday, May 22, 2011
Ahhhhhh...I can breathe again without coughing, and talk without losing my voice...and I can return to my normal exercise routine!
I have missed boxing over the past 2 weeks, but it was truly best to avoid such intense activity. Over the past week, I did some gardening and Pilates, but really haven't done any cardio (I could barely talk without getting breathless, so it was wise to back off). I look forward to going to boxing tomorrow and returning to upper-body weight work.
I'm glad I had the good sense to back off the exercise when my body needed it, but that exercise is enough of a habit that I simply return to it as soon as I can. The balance is finally "clicking;" I didn't feel side-lined by not being able to exercise, although I did have 2 weeks of less-than-stellar eating. Thanks to my inspiring Sparkfriends, I'm ready to get back to it!
Sunday, May 01, 2011
I think everyone can relate to approaching a weight loss plan with some apprehension and doubt, being surprised to step on the scale and seeing a loss, hearing the quiet (or not-so-quiet) voice in the back of our heads saying that we will probably not be able to achieve what we have set out to do. Even though I have been losing consistently since January, I still had the sabotaging thoughts: "Yeah, I'm doing good now, but I'm sure I'll mess it up;" "It's too much to lose;" "I can't do it because ____."
Over the past month, I have had major changes in my appetite; that panicky feeling that comes with cravings is gone. My appetite seems to have regulated itself. I track diligently and plan my foods every day (and will continue to do so), but I find I naturally eat within my calorie range. I don't worry about going over my calories here and there any more, and am done punishing myself for overeating by eating even more. The way I have been eating has been satisfying and sustainable; I even have chocolate almost every day, and find the 1 ounce of dark chocolate to be plenty.
Luckily, I have always enjoyed exercise, and I have been exercising regularly despite having arthritis and a really bad right knee. Boxing has been awesome--major calorie burn with almost no impact on my knee. I miss lower-body strength training, but have been getting great results with Pilates. I walk and dance whenever I can. And my upper body has been getting lots of attention with the free weights, and I can see some definition. I have dumped the black-and-white thinking I had about exercise and have learned to adjust my program to what will be easy on my joints.
I was doing yoga the other day, and as I was relaxing into a stretch, I realized that the changes I have made are permanent. It was the moment when I didn't just THINK I would reach my goal weight, but that I KNEW I would reach it. It was simply a fact. Yes, 136 pounds is a lot to lose, but learning to enjoy the journey has made this a fun adventure, not a diet. I'll see you at the finish line!
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