Saturday, December 04, 2010
The 2010 5% Winter Challenge I have just become a part of, as part of the Spark Spirit team is, hopefully, the added motivation I need to get over the slump I seem to be in lately. I've been feeling really unmotivated, and have to force myself to exercise. When I do I enjoy it, and resolve never to think that way again, but next morning, back to that old finding-excuse- not-to-exercise thinking is back again.
The answers to the following questions are Challenge #3 -
WHAT DO I WANT TO CHANGE?
I want to wake up feeling positive, energized and ready to eat wisely - a wide range of healthy foods, prepared in ways I will enjoy. I want to enjoy exercising and to be more motivated towards making it a regular part of my daily routine. Come to that, I want also to work out a daily routine whereby I can fit everything I need to into each day, including some 'me' time just to relax and do the things I enjoy.
HOW DO I WANT TO LOOK?
I want to have clear, healthy skin and a glowing complexion as a result of lots of water, good foods and exercise. I don't want to have hips almost two sizes larger than the rest of my body, and I want to be able to wear fitted clothes which do just that - fit - all my body, not just parts of it. I want to get rid of those thighs of jelly, so I can wear skinny jeans which don't show bulges where there shouldn't be. I want to see my reflection and not wonder why I am not standing upright instead of slumped over, and to hold my head high and my shoulders back.
HOW DO I WANT TO FEEL?
I want to feel positive, I want to feel energized, I want to be filled with the joy of life and the fact that I am here on this earth and am blessed with a home, a family, good friends, better health and pets who love me. I want to feel that because of my example, other people can feel encouraged to try to improve their own lives by improved diet and exercise.
WHAT THINGS WILL I BE ABLE TO DO IN THE FUTURE WITH A SLIMMER HEALTHIER BODY?
Even at 56, I have a dream that one day I will be able to run - not marathons, not out in public, not race, but just run. I have bought myself a treadmill as an early Christmas gift, and I would love to be able to at least jog on that. For me, that is my ultimate fitness goal - to be able to run. I also want to be able to squat down and stand back up again without having to be helped. I was told by an orthopedic surgeon I needed 2 knee replacements, but have so far managed to eliminate all pain medication and can now walk and do some things I couldn't do before, thanks to my cardio twister. I want to squat or even kneel and get up again by myself - gracefully, not like a beached whale.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER THINGS I WANT TO CHANGE?
I want to get my front yard looking nice, not just neat. I want to put in more garden beds, and plant trees, add smaller plants between them, make it worthy of having people smile when they walk past. I don't want anything perfect, I will settle for welcoming and friendly. I want to work out a way of having a vegetable garden somewhere Ned can't either dig it out or eat it up. I want to paint the 2 bedrooms, lounge/dining/kitchen areas.
I want to set up a designated fitness area in Dad's near empty unit next to mine. I want to have that set aside for my own use, with my walk aerobics dvds, my cardio twister, my treadmill, stability ball, adduction bands, and somewhere cushioned on which to do my floor exercises.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Well, December 1 is here and so too is the thought of all the things I need to have done before Christmas - all the gifts, all the visits, organizing beds for Julie, Terry, Kurt and Emily, food while they're here, Christmas....
Last month was one of ups and downs, lack of motivation to exercise, lack of willpower/won't power, and changes to get me back on the right track again. Main reason was the pressure of getting all the assignments and projects done, checked and handed in on time so I could finish the course I was doing. I managed that, and also attended an information evening for next year's (hopefully) Aged Care course.
December now, and I will be trying to get back into exercising more regularly, hopefully incorporating more dog walks and walking into the pool into my daily routine. I will have the Brisbane contingent of my family here for a few days midway through the month. Julie, being a cook, loves to create really rich, calorie laden meals, so I am going to have to make sure we have some healthy lower fat/carb meals this time instead. Barbecue weather, so hoping to have lots of yummy salads with out barbecued meat/fish/poultry.
I've joined the 2010 Winter 5% Challenge after reading of it in a friend's blog, so hope this will be the thing to start me losing weight again. Seem to have been the same weight for months now, with a pound or three variation. I need to get the scales moving downward again. To lose 5% of my weight over 3 months sounds simple - only 8 pounds, which roughly works out to 2 pounds per fortnight - why haven't I been doing this already? In theory I should have be almost at my goal weight, but I'm not. Hoping this is the challenge I need to be losing again, and exercising, and eating right...
Wishing you all luck with your plans for December, and hoping the enthusiasm is renewed if its been lacking of late. Let's start the new year knowing we have done well in this last month of 2010. Thank you all for making Spark People, and our teams, the wonderfully supportive and encouraging resource they are.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Finding it more convenient to blog each morning, so...
...amost all the front garden cleared of the thousands of tiny saplings (?- are they saplings when they are only a a few inches high?), with some of the strongest saved for planting in more suitable places or to give to friends. I did offer them everywhere and to everyone I could think of. No takers though. Some will survive and grow to provide welcome shade and beauty for myself and friends in the future.
...an unexpected trip out of town (which explains why the above wasn't finished) which led to lunch out at a wonderful Italian restaurant who is known for their wonderful pizzas. Instead of pizza though, I chose to have caesar salad, and it was so delicious I ate the entire bowlful. Certainly better than pizza - much more diet friendly and really yummy.
...walked in the pool with a friend for the first time in ages, possibly 12 months, and it was a great hour of conversation and enjoyable exercise, which we topped off with a 15 minute spa, then a shower. We both left feeling great!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Today I am grateful for...
...being able to lie down and sleep when I wasn't feeling well, after which I woke still not feeling as well as normal, but did feel much better.
... having the time to sit and do some knitting this morning for 15 minutes, the afternoon for 40 minutes, and this evening for 60 minutes. This is the most knitting I've done in months, and is definitely going to be a regular part of each day while I'm on holidays from college.
... being outside early enough to watch the antics of the galahs, the rosellas and the young magpies all going about their business in the early morning sunshine, completely engrossed in what they were doing and not even bothering that Rhani and I were sitting watching them.
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