Wednesday, August 06, 2014
What have I accomplished over this last year? That's the question I need to answer in today's blog for the "in between" BLC challenges team challenge. One of our team members set up a challenge for any of us Mocharitas who wanted to participate while we await the start of the next round in September.
So what have I accomplished over the last year? It's not easy to answer that question because I am now in my third year here at Spark and one year runs into another so what exactly I accomplished this year isn't easy to identify. Besides some of what I accomplished this year was built on from the previous year.
What have I accomplished then? This past year I have kept off 55 of the 75 lbs I had lost. Now how is that an accomplishment you might ask. If you do the math that translates into a 20 lb gain. Yes, that it does. I know exactly when I picked up the twenty pounds back in December. No, I haven't given up on working towards my goal weight but I'm okay with the fact that I am where I am. That's a big accomplishment because you see in the past I would have long ago thrown in the towel. I would have not just gained the 20 lbs but I would have eaten myself back to my former weight and then some. You know the drill... I have shown myself that I can maintain, get myself back on track, and know I'll arrive at my goal weight.
I may be a bit heavier than last year this time but I know I am stronger. Fitness is part of my lifestyle. I know with confidence that I will get my workout in whether it be morning, noon or evening. I'll even get my fitness in when I'm away from home. Now that's an accomplishment. It's just second nature to ensure I've packed my swim wear, walking shoes, and exercise clothes when I head out of town. I've even been known to hunt down the local pool schedule to find out when their fitness classes are. I know I'm stronger because I walk, run, and swim faster and lift more weights than ever before. I am fit and that counts for a lot more than the number on the scale.
Though when packing my suitcase is heavier from the fitness gear I can pack lighter when it comes to medications. I no longer take my blood pressure medications or my cholesterol medications. If that isn't proof that I am fitter then I don't know what is.
Finally, I have learned what 10 lbs looks like on me. That might sound like an odd accomplishment but it truly is. Before I only ever saw myself as heavy, heavier, or heavier. So when I lost weight I was always just heavy yet anyways and what's 10 lbs or 20 lbs then? No big deal because I didn't see the difference in the mirror. It's all just heavy. Now I get what 10 lbs and yes, even, 20 lbs looks like on me. Like I said perhaps an odd accomplishment but it helps me stay motivated.
Focussing on what you've accomplished makes you realize how much you are capable of. If I'm honest, I'd say it makes me realize that I am so much more capable than what I ever expected I could be. I am surprised by what I've accomplished these last 2 1/2 years. I do wonder what more I am capable of. Admittedly, last night I checked a 10 km training schedule. Mmmm...not sure what to make of that yet.
Look at your accomplishments; however big or small. Celebrate them. Overcome your biggest obstacle. Believe in yourself because you are capable of much more than you realize.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
When it comes to the scale I have been stuck in a slump for some time now. So when I first read that I was being asked to write a blog about some progress I had experienced during the BLC25 I felt like I'd smacked right into a wall. I feel like I haven't any right to claim progress when I look at the scale.
But wait! The first week of this challenge we were asked to complete a fitness test and we were now redoing the test as part of the final Weekend Challenge. So tonight I went off to the gym to do my fitness test. Admittedly, it was rather half heartedly because I just didn't feel very positive about it.
Once there I decided I was going to give it my best despite my attitude when I left home because I am slightly competitive and had some numbers to improve. I had no idea anymore what those numbers were. So I set to getting my one mile walk/run, 1 minute of crunches, 1 minute of push ups, and 3 minutes of step ups on a 12 inch step completed. When done I did feel rather accomplished just having completed the test.
The biggest surprise was yet to come when I got home to enter my stats for the test and discovered I had improved considerably. Here are the results:
Test/ First Results/ Today's results
1 mile walk/run/ 15 minutes/ 11 minutes 55 sec.
1 minute crunches/ 34/ 47
1 minutes push ups/ 16/ 31
Step up Heart Rate/ 128/ 118
I am stronger! I am fitter! I have made progress! I will continue to make progress!
Progress isn't always measured by the scale. Have you experienced progress this last week, this last month, these last few months? Recognize it, celebrate it, and share it. I'd love to hear your story about how you are progressing.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lots of blogging for the BLC25 round for our last Weekend Challenge of this round.
We've been asked to write about an NSV for the twelve weeks of the challenge. I have experienced so many NSVs and shared many with my team throughout the 12 weeks, however, one NSV in particular stands out which I would like to share here.
Two summers ago, July 2012, I hiked the Seven Sisters Trail from our Campground for the first time ever. I had been invited to hike up the year before but declined because I didn't want to hold up my DBrother and family who were much fitter than I was. Truth be told I was afraid I would have to turn back hiking the forested mountain trail to see the seven sisters (seven old growth cedar trees). That would have been rather embarrassing. Honestly, if I had pushed myself up the trail who knows what kind of shape I would have been in the rest of the weekend.
So in July 2012 when I was asked to hike the trail I was eager to give it a try. I had started living a healthier lifestyle which included fitness, healthy nutrition, and weight loss. At the time I celebrated the NSV with pride. I kept up with the group easily. My much younger, always been fit brother, my younger nieces and nephew, and my much much younger sis-in-law were all on the hike with me.
This year while at this same campground I wanted to revisit the Seven Sisters Trail. My nieces were eager to do the trail with me and so we set out with my sis-in-law coming along as well. My brother wanted to know how long we'd be gone for. I told him likely 45-50 minutes up from what I could remember. Maybe even an hour. We'd be gone for an hour and a half plus in my mind. I could only go on my memory of the last time. It had been a "steep" steady climb at times. I distinctly remember having to stop to catch my breath several times along the way.
I'm not sure what happened to the trail these past two years. We were up the trail in about 20-25 minutes. I was sure it was much longer than that. I remember it feeling like a long arduous hike. In that 20-25 minutes I didn't have to stop to catch my breath once. But it had been such a steep steady climb up in my memory.
Of course, I knew, it wasn't what happened to that trail. It was me! Though I had felt so fit climbing the Seven Sisters 2 summers ago because it was such a victory to just be able to complete the trail, I was much stronger and fitter now. What had truly been a mountain two years ago, was now so much easier.
Climbing a second time to the Seven Sisters allowed me to celebrate my second NSV on that trail. Who would have thought? I certainly didn't expect it. But I was thankful I did return for that second hike because it was a great way for me to measure my progress.
Including a few photos from the trail which I found online.
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