Sunday, March 28, 2010
I've completed 3 months of solid workouts with a trainer at my gym, 3 evenings a week. These have included strength training, functional training, stability work and cardio. I can see small changes in my body but I feel entirely different. I sleep very well. In addition I've added a few other workouts a week, depending. I've only lost 5 lbs. I've gained a lot of muscle and lost an inch in the waist.
March 28th I'll take a VO2 running test that will help tailor my various run workouts to the most productive design. My new Polar 800RX Heart Monitor, will give me data that I can share with my coach to keep me on track.
In April I am going to join a more intense training at the gym, a "bootcamp" on endurance, 3 nights a week. Functional training on the off nights and Saturdays. That'll be 6 days a week. I'll move my long run to Saturday to have a day off on Sunday.
SO THAT'S PROGRESS! Steady workouts evolving to a higher level. From a standing start in December, when I had not worked out in almost 2 years. I'm very encouraged, because I know this program will continue to have the right effect.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I know myself pretty well. I've known my innnermost thoughts for half a century. I am a keen student of myself. But things have turned wierd and I don't have an explanation.
Yesterday I ran for 5 miles. It was for me a historic run. When I came home I had a hunger for a huge salad, which I ate. Today I ate a large salad for lunch. At dinner I had two large salads with a chicken breast.
Now I'm a fan of good salads. But after a lot of workouts I'd expect a hunger for more carbs. Nope!
Now I know I said, "Do the program, get the results." But this is not what I was thinking would happen.
What a long strange trip... sounds like it's taking a healthier turn!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Just passed the 1,000 point milestone. In the big scheme of things, compared to the SparkPeople Giants out there with tens of thousands of points, it's not much. But, it is a good start! :-)
Today I ran 5 miles, a "long run" which I have built up to steadily, intentionally. It's a nice distance. I'm proud of it. Mostly I'm encouraged that I am this far into a development program. I am very regular at my other workouts, like functional training.
I'm feeling stronger and more energetic. I'm more confident. I'm more encouraged. I'm more relaxed. How good is that?!!!!
One of my favorite sayings is, "Do the program, get the results." It's so profound. The SparkPeople Program has many more skills for me to internalize to make progress at a faster rate, but I'm making progress at making progress.
And I'm very, very grateful for the work that the SparkPeople organization has done to present this whole system to us, and to the SparkPeople members who bring so much to the system. Thanks to several of you who have taken the time to offer a word of advice or encouragement!
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Usually they are unwarranted, as they are here, yet they live. My fear is that this isn't working. So, let's use the facts to "get a grip."
Right now the scales say I've lost a total of 2 lbs... a little dissappointing so far. I've lost far more in the past... 30 lbs about 3x.
BUT those times I did not change my life, and regained the weight. This time I've begun changing my life, but not enough yet apparently to lose more than 2 lbs.
So, what has changed about the way I run my life? 1.) I'm following the proven Spark methodology, and am now well into Stage One, tracking everything I eat and tracking my exercise. 2.) I have been exercising with a personal trainer since Dec 17, doing a mix of cardio, strength, and functional training. 3.) I've started running and how have my long run up to 4 miles. 4.) My strength training is making a big difference. I feel the difference. I can see it. My clothes fit a lot better. So, I know I've lost more fat than 2 lbs indicates. These are the facts and they are undisputed.
This is a life that has changed and will change more. The results will come in perfect time. I like living this way. It's not a burden, it's a pleasure. Results will come. I will judge myself by the process, and thankfully SparkPeople promotes that in 32 flavors! ...for which I am extremely grateful. So, myself, take heart!
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
I need to think a little smaller. I have some big goals, but one of my new SparkPeople Friends advises that I break these grand goals into mid-length goals and small goals. He's right!!!! Thanks, Mike!
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