Thursday, April 07, 2011
I started seriously working out. Zumba, Group Power, kick-boxing, walking, weight machines, early last December. I'm still going with it. While the scale is taking it's sweet time moving downward, I AM OKAY WITH THAT.
Yesterday after Zumba two of the ladies that I see sporadically in the class came up to me and asked me how much I'd lost. They told me how much difference they had seen. I had to tell them that I've only lost about 6 pounds overall. But it's all of the other stuff....
I have lost at least one clothing size. My stamina is up. My energy is up. I look down at my thighs, and know that they are more solid and less of them. My calves are more defined. My biceps go up now (the down will start going away soon they tell me ) . I will be doing a full body measurement with fat % at the end of the month for the "Biggest Loser" contest at my gym. (I don't watch the show by the way. I don't agree with their methods.)
35 pounds and countless hours of exercise ago, I had a nice, solid, round belly. It didn't jiggle, it just... was. Now, with the weight lifting, ab work and Zumba, I have done quite a bit of work on the abs and the muscles are getting toned. Right now, those muscles are under a layer of jiggly left over skin and "fuel", and loose belly fat.
All the muscle that I have been building are kicking into action now. That belly fat is now a target for my muscles to start burning. Like gas on a fire. Like moth to the flame (see previous blog). What is now a jiggly layer took years to build and will take time to go away. But there it is, jiggling away when I Zumba, when I walk, when I lift.
I think of my belly as like a deflated balloon. The balloon previously filled with fat, now half filled with muscle. Please note that while a pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat, it sure does take up less space!! So now my balloon is a little wrinkly and jiggly instead of filled solid. Soon, with more work, dedication, fun, enjoyment and support from my SparkFriends, my jiggly belly will be smaller, more toned, better shaped, less jiggly.
Until then, my body is a work in progress and I my jiggly belly!!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
My friend Stu is a wonderful, incredibly tall, person. He's one of those people who lights up a room just by entering it. The only problem with Stu is that his heart wasn't strong enough to keep pumping his blood. He has been waiting for over a year to have his heart replaced. A few days ago, he finally got "the call". His new heart was on the way to the hospital, and he was to pack his bags and get there ASAP.
All went well with his surgery and Stu is resting, somewhat comfortably. With his fiancé by his side and all of his friends sending thoughts, prayers and wishes, his recovery will still be long. But with fate on his side, he will recover.
It made me think about where his new heart came from. Somewhere, someone had to die for that heart to become available to keep Stu alive. Someone's family and friends had to say goodbye to a loved one. Someone, had to make a decision to let that person live on, in part, by saving the life of another person.
Ever since it was available, I have had the "Organ Donor" option on my licence. But did you know, that your family can override that decision? Did you know, that if your license is not with you in the hospital, the hospital may not have the right to use your organs? Did you know how short of a window there is to harvest your organs for successful transplant?
Talk to your family, talk to your friends, talk to your clergy. Put the information in your advanced directive, will or living will. Don't make your loved ones have to make the decision for you.
Organ donation is a personal and private decision and right. If you wish to provide someone a second chance at life. A second chance of sight. A second chance at being able of living outside of a hospital or being attached to machines. It is your decision and whether you choose to donate or not, you need to let people know.
I understand and respect the fact that some people will choose not to donate, that some religions do not allow organ donation. But if you do choose to become a donor, get registered on the Organ Donation web site. Please take a moment, read what you need to read. Fill out the expanded notice that goes in the wallet.
The following link shows the laws and availability of all of the States in the US. If you are out of the country, take a moment, do a little research. Find out what your laws and choices are.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
That used to describe me and my attraction to foods that I should have eaten less of, as well as my love affair with my couch, when I could have been active.
Now, I visualize something else…
Since mid December, I’ve been working out almost daily, sometimes 2 hours plus per day. Zumba (2+) times per week, Group Power (weight lifting/toning to music, 2 X per week), contact cardio kickboxing, yoga, walking, weigh lifting machines, dreadmill, recumbant bike… Whatever it takes, whenever I can.
And until the last two weeks, I hadn’t been losing weight. And I am truly okay with that. I even had to do something COMPLETELY CRAZY and eat MORE food. Some people call this a plateau, I call it storing power. I KNOW that I am losing inches, that I am feeling stronger, that my muscles are getting more defined. I KNOW that my fat is going away and being replaced by “fit”.
The way I picture it, fat cells are like lazy, stupid, slow moving moths. Just sitting there, hanging around with no purpose other than to make me unhealthy.
Muscles are like a bug zapper. My muscles before December, were just sitting there, unplugged, at a wattage that was too low to zap even the slowest of fat cells. Right now my muscles are gaining power, getting charged up and ready to start frying fat cells, left and right.
I can’t wait (weight?) till the end of our fitness challenge that I joined at my gym. (-3 lbs and 1 dress size in 4 weeks with 4 more weeks to go!)
When my body gets to the point where I have built my muscles up to “full charge”… Let the Fat Fry begin!!
Spark on!! Or would that be Zap on?!?
Thursday, February 17, 2011
There are two discussion that come up at the gym almost every day:
1. What is the best shoe to wear for Zumba, treadmill, Group Power, or whatever exercise class you are doing?
and more quietly
2. What is the best *ahem* "support" to wear?
Today, I'm addressing the second question. Those of us that are more endowed know how bad it can be with the wrong kind or lack of support. The regular, step-through type of sports bra tends to give what has been termed "uni-boob", both sides, squished together and still, bouncing around. Since even my very fit Zumba instructor needs to wear 2 of this style at the same time to keep her girls from roaming, it's sure not going to work for my 38-D's!
Frankly, if I can find one of the step-through style sports bras that can fit over my curvaceous hips, it's too wide/loose to fit around the middle, and if I can pull it over my head, it ends up a twisted mess. So, I have to find a serious "fitness bra". I MUST have a brassiere that has clasps, a wide band, adjustable straps, and a whole lotta support. I know, they cost more $$ than Victoria Secret pretty thing, but I am worth it!!
Here's a great article that I found on FitBottomedGirls.com fitbottomedgirls.com/2010/11/sports-
There are also a few different articles and conversations on Sparkpeople... here is one message board post and there are more www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb
This one, however, has become my favorite. And not just because of the name... the Ta-Ta-Tamer by Lululemon shop.lululemon.com/Ta_Ta_Tamer/pd/c/
520/np/520/p/1642.html I was lucky to find a color that was going 'out of season' so it was on sale. Since my bra is covered... I don't care about the color!!
Get out there, try on something new. Let the lady at the shop measure you!!! Most women are already wearing the wrong size bra, wrong width, wrong cup. It is a free service in most stores. It will make you more comfortable. It will make you feel better. It will help you to exercise better and more efficiently.
Just remember when the price is wrung up at the counter that YOU ARE WORTH IT!!
Keep on Sparking!! And don't forget to keep 'the girls' in line!!
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Sometimes we get caught up in the details of calories, BMI, when to log activity/exercise as cardio/strength training or "other". How much, how long, pounds and minutes, weight and size. The numbers can drive you crazy.
A friend of mine and I were joking around the other day and thought about how "simple" weight loss should be. Eat Less, Move More. It is much of the attitude that I have taken, since this is a life change, not a diet.
To get to the size that I was over a year ago, I ate more (quantity and poor quality, than I should), and I sat on my ever expanding posterior (moving less). So it *should* be simple. If ate more, moved less got me to my "before" stage, then Eat Less, Move More should get me to the "After" stage. And that is what I am doing now.
Things to remember:
1. I can eat a couple of cookies ON OCCASION, just not the whole bag
2. It is okay to throw away ice cream (also known as, it is NOT okay to finish a pint in one sitting)
3. Veggies are your friend (just don't drown them in cheese sauce)
4. Chocolate is good in LIMITED amounts, so it might as well be the good stuff
5. Pizza is okay, just not the whole pie! (homemade with veggies and turkey pepperoni... YUM!
6. Protein is good for you, as long as it doesn't come deep fried or through a window.
7. It is okay to ask for dressing on the side. And even better if you leave most of it behind.
8. It is okay to say "NO!" when someone asks "Do you want fries with that?"
9. Despite what Grandma always said I do NOT have to finish everything on my plate.
10. Just because someone brings a box of Krispy Kremes to the office does NOT mean I have to eat them. If they are offended, that is THEIR problem NOT mine.
11. "I don't have time for exercise" is an excuse, not a reason. I have time. I MUST put in the effort (This comment is for me, myself, I, GolfChick 2-0, not anyone else. I won't make assumptions or presumptions of anyone else's life or lifestyle)
So there it is. EAT LESS, MOVE MORE!!!
Be Healthy, Spark On!!
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