Saturday, May 07, 2011
I'm so excited,
And I just can't hide it,
I'm about to lose control,
And I think I like it! - The Pointer Sisters
I've just completed a whole week of the Spring into Shape Bootcamp, and I'm so excited!
Just when I was feeling in the dumps about working out, here came this wonderful regimen. Now I feel accountable for my exercise. It was just the boost I needed.
There were a couple of days this week when I did not feel up to exercising, but knowing that I had a goal to meet by a certain time motivated me to get up and move. Now I feel so glad that I did.
As of two weeks ago I had 65lbs to lose. Last week I lost an amazing 2 1/2 lbs when I did not expect to lose any at all. This weekend I will see if any of my hard work during this past week paid off.
I am not expecting to lose any particular amount of weight by the end of the four weeks, rather, I would just like to see how much I can lose by following this program.
My clothes do not feel any different, but I can feel a little something in my knees ... Or lack of something. That must sound funny, but by my honour I tell you that they don't feel like they are touching anymore. I dare not look, I'm afraid.
Sunday I will begin week two, and need I say again that I'm so excited?
This bootcamp was just the answer I needed for my dip in motivation. I can't wait to get started again, but for today I must rest. "Too much of a good thing is good for nothing" - English/Irish saying
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Sunday, March 20, 2011
It has been a long time, several weeks actually, since I last worked out. I've lost all motivation to go to the gym. I'm tired of the machines, tired of my video workouts, unable to find anything new, and just plain bored.
Today I decided to get out there and try to walk 1 mile as quickly as I could, but I apparently have no perception when it comes to distance. What I thought was going to be 1 mile turned out to be 3.88.
My goal now is to reduce the time on the walk until it turns into a run, and while I cannot predict how quickly I can do it, I'll just aim to see what my best will be.
After the walk I decided to do some strength training. I decided to do what was recommended to me in the very beginning when my weight loss journey was going fabulously. This was simple training which did not require a lot of time. It consisted of 1 upper body exercise, 1 core, and 1 lower body exercise, none of which involved any equipment. No sweat, I thought, it shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes.
Well when I got home, I thought "well, I'm only a few steps away from the gym, so why not just go and use the equipment?" I did, and it is certainly nothing to brag about, but I did start very small, completed all my reps and went home.
If I can keep up all that I've done today, I'm confident that only positive results will come of the effort, however small.
At the end of the day it was a wonderful workout, and I feel great!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I've been away from home for just over a week, but for vacation and not work.
I was visiting family, and I already knew that keeping up with the program was going to be a challenge, but I certainly did not expect it to go out the window completely.
It' strange how only one week can throw ones (my own) momentum. I mean I was on fire before I left. I brought my workout clothes, my sneakers and everything, but did I work out once? No.
I was immediately thrown into the routine of my hosts, and all of a sudden I was not even placed on the back burner but thrown off the stove entirely.
Yes, I do know that my body is my responsibility - period.
I have a whole list of excuses why I could not keep up while I was away, but none of which I can sell to anybody.
I came back earlier this week, and just got lazy. I intended to work out every day, but just never got around to it.
I am almost back up to my starting weight, and I really, really, really, do not want to go back to work weighing the same as when I left.
I keep saying that tomorrow is another day, and another chance to get back on the wagon, but when I wake up it's as though the wagon already left.
I have to go back to work for a couple of days next week, and I feel as though I have accomplished nothing. No matter, I will have three weeks after those two days to really make a difference.
I remember hearing once that it takes only 21 days of repeating a behaviour in order for it to become a habit. 3x7=21. After 21 days I will become a superstar! He, he!
So, up the ladder I go again, and hopefully it will start tomorrow.
Here I go!
Friday, March 05, 2010
I've been really motivated in the last week by two, maybe three things:
1. Being told that spending more than a certain amount of time in the gym is a waste
2. Being told that losing 50 lbs is going to be a big challenge
3. Finally being considered obese according to the BMI index
It did not have such a great effect on me that my clothes were very tight. It should have, but then to me they are often tight. I was actually considering ordering larger sizes.
I was not impressed with the fact that I have difficulty putting on my boots or picking up pens which happen to fall on the floor, but then I thought that I just have to workout out more.
All it had to be was that I was told that I couldn't. I don't like being told that I can't.
I worked out with much fervour during the week whenever possible. I tried to stay within my caloric guideline as much as possible.
Reviewing the last week I must admit that I did not lose the first few pounds in the most healthy manner. This is something which concerns me because I do not want to regain the weight. I know that the yo-yo effect on the body is very dangerous to one's health.
In the first few days of the week I did not meet my caloric minimum, and during the last few days of the week I surpassed the maximum. My goal for the upcoming week will be to find the in between and still feel satisfied.
The one thing that I did notice is that I tend to have an increase of appetite when I am exhausted. The funny thing is that I desperately want to go to bed, but at the same time I feel as though I am starving.
I know that the next few weeks are not going to be so difficult because I will be home where I find that it is easier to control myself.
The first few pounds inspire me to keep going, because I have seen the fruits of my labours. On the other hand the first few pounds have cautioned me to be careful because of the fact that I cheated.
I should feel elated, but I don't and I want to do better next week by doing it the proper way. I just have to develop a consistant zeal for doing what I have to do in a healthy manner.
The first few pounds are great, but the next few pounds will be better.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I've just finished working with someone who thinks that spending more than 30 minutes in the gym is a waste of time. "You just spend that time in the gym to just to spend time in the gym."
When I first joined Sparkpeople I did not really expect to get anything out of the program - not really. I did want to lose weight but after trying and trying for so many years, I did not expect to lose more than the usual 2 or 3 lbs.
Sparkpeople changed my life and my outlook on things. I now know that spending some time in the gym is necessary, but that it has to balance out with a proper diet.
I've tried the exercise alone, and that did not work. I tried diet alone, and that did not work. I've tried the quick workouts here and there, but it did not balance out with my dietary intake so I've gained back even more of the weight.
If there is anything of which I am certain, it is that the two must balance. There are no ifs, no ands, and no buts.
I now weigh more than I ever have before. I can no longer fit into my clothes, I can barely bend over to retrieve items which have fallen without difficulty, I have trouble reaching my own back so I know that something has to be done. I have to sit just to put on my own boots. Sad.
As a former gymnast and cheerleader, I cannot live in this body. This is not my body. Mine is somewhere under all these layers and I will get it back.
The first time I joined Sparkpeople, I had lost 18 lbs. I did not even really notice it until one day my skirt slid down to my thighs.
On average I would spend approximately 1 hour on cardio 3 times per week. Every second day I would spend 30 - 45 minutes on cardio and 15 - 20 minutes on strength training. In addition, one of my Spark goals was to spend 15 minutes in front of the television doing some sort of exercise. The weight was coming off like cheese melts in the oven.
Scheduling now makes it very difficult to spend that time in the gym so my time has been significantly reduced to 10 minutes here, 20 there, and perhaps 30 minutes once in awhile.
Sure, some exercise is great and better than none at all, but I do know from personal experience that a simple 30 minute workout is not enough for my lifestyle. If I were going to Curves and similar organizations it would be great. I, however, do not have access to these places.
To get a full body workout I would use a workout DVD, to which I do not have access when I am on the road, and in a hotel room late at night when the gym is closed.
Thus I say nay to the nay-sayers. Let me spend my time in the gym if only to spend time in the gym whenever I get the chance. Who does it harm when I workout my body for as long as I wish? I have a goal in mind and I intend to reach it. If perchance that means that I must spend more than 30 minutes in the gym on the not so frequent times than I can actually get to one then I will. In between the workout DVDs will certainly help.
52 lbs to go, so Nay to the Nay-sayers! 110, here I come!
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