Tuesday, June 22, 2010
O.k. so here I am not losing weight but not really gaining either. I keep plugging away at the exercise and diet lifestyle and most days I feel pretty good about the day. I have noticed that my life is taking on all sorts of unexpected challenges. I'm working at downsizing my home life by discarding a lot of things I've held onto for no really good reason. I am gaining some big boxes and bags full of stuff and hope to have the charity truck here in the next week or two. Some of the progress seems so slow but other days seem to net some more rapid results . For example, I cleaned out, reorganized and filled new storage containers in my clothes closet a few days ago. When I feel like I'm not accomplishing much I can stand in front of that and admire my handiwork. That inspires me to keep going on the current project. Hopefully, I can make a really big dent in this really big house before my daughter's family arrives with a U-Haul full of stuff the middle of July. Yes, they are moving back in for the third (and last) time. In the next few weeks I'll share the progress related to cleaning this house, finding another place to live, remodeling that place as needed before moving in, welcoming the kids before school starts , and, yes, either joining a gym near our new home or finding a condo that has one built into the complex. Now, if I can just remember what it is I'm supposed to be doing now...
Friday, June 18, 2010
So, I heard this wonderful motivational speech about living each day so that at its end I would have no regrets. As so often happens, the moment I focussed on what I didn't want to do or eat or think or watch or play - those are exactly the things that captured my attention the most. So, here I am at the end of the week and I have many regrets. In fact, each day I ended up with a few. However, it hasn't been all tears and pity party time. I also looked back each day to some positives. I got in a lot of treadmill time and some time with my stability ball, weights and general bits of exercise amid my daily activities. I also stayed within my calorie range on all but two days - one day was a bit high and one a bit low. By this morning I had lost one of the three pounds that I'd gained over the previous few weeks. So, I think I may be getting on track. I still struggle with balancing exercise and calories. But, thanks to Spark I'm tracking everything and that makes it all real for me. I joined the Slowest Loser team since I think his blogs are hilarious and so encouraging. So many teams have brought such encouragement my way. Each time I read an encouraging word from one of you I get all energized once again and so it goes. I am determined to begin each week with renewed resolve. I know that eventually I will be where I want to be - the healthiest me I can be! I wonder if there will be fewer regrets in the days and weeks to come???
Sunday, June 13, 2010
O.k., so here I am beginning another new week. As with most of my "new" beginnings I'm starting out with great anticipation and enthusiasm. I recall the past couple of weeks with mixed emotions. I did try out a gym and worked pretty hard while a week-long member. I also fit in quite a few other challenges along the way. I noticed that while working out alongside others I did get a mental boost, I did push myself harder, I did feel stronger even after those first four trips to the gym. So, armed with that post gym glow (sweat), a gym bag that's at least 20 years old, and workout clothes that were out of style some years ago...I contemplate this week just beginning. I've begun by mentally charting a course that includes several obligations, but one that also leaves substantial chunks of time that I can dedicate to me. If the past two weeks are any indication, I'm convinced that I will make some progress and that finally that scale will reflect what I'm already sensing in this aging body.
I heard a host of motivational speakers last week and one that keeps popping back to mind is Apolo Anton Ohno's remarks about his 'no regrets' training days. He trained and lived each day so that at the end of each day he had no regrets. He had eaten the right things, done the right workouts, lived the right life to get him back to the Olympics and to his history making performance last February. (closest I could find to short track emoticon)
I will never be an olympic athlete, but I certainly can set goals and try to meet the end of the day with a sense of no regrets. So, that is my goal for this week. I want to have no regrets as I lay down to sleep -- no regrets about what I ate, about what I drank, about what I accomplished within my home and without, about how I exercised. I hope others might join me in this endeavor. Who knows, with a little encouragement and success I might be brave enough to issue a real challenge out there on the message boards next week.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Well, I did it. I actually got to the gym four times during my one week free trial membership. I discovered that I do still enjoy watching others work out nearby and that I push myself harder in that environment than I do alone at home. However, along with the elliptical, stationary bicycle and many weight machines I used on each of my visits to the gym, I also felt more motivated to add more to my week. So, I pulled weeds for four hours at my church during our work day there (I've never done that much in one day before) on Saturday. I also discovered a ball workout on television and did that one day for an hour before heading to the gym. I also found myself doing random exercises around my house (on ball, with weights or band or just lunging as I walked about). It seemed the more I did the more I wanted to do. But, even after all of this I barely saw the scale change numbers. In fact, at first I gained a couple of pounds. Well, that came off as did a tiny bit more. I'm about to my low end of the bouncing up and down I've done for several years. The real success will come when I break through that low number and can actually start recording some real progress. I feel stronger and have more energy than I did I week ago. So, I think next week I'll find another gym to try out.
This adventure has just begun anew for me. One day I will probably give in and actually join a gym. I'm watching the promotions out there and see some sales coming up. Since I pretty much refuse to pay full price for much I'm anxious to work the best deal I can find. I have discovered that I really want a pool. The gym I tried did not have that and I felt I could use a swim or even a hot tub after the weights. So, the saga continues....
Monday, June 07, 2010
So, there I was sitting at my computer reading about so many of you and the successes and struggles you've been going through. Well, I've been very stuck for the past several years at about 145-155. It has been so discouraging. I've allowed health problems to keep me more sidelined than necessary. Somewhere along the line I decided that I'd rather try and fail than to just e content with never trying. So, one day I mentioned in a forum that I wanted to look at the possibility of joining a gym. Many years ago that was one of my passions. My husband and I worked out together when we could and individually the rest of the time. But, what I remember most is that there was such support from the others at the gym. That is the kind of support I've found with Spark. It has rekindled a desire, misplaced or not, to also once again try my best at a gym. So, since I said it, I had to do it. Last week I took advantage of a free one week trial membership. I'm not really enthused with this gym (no pool, sauna or other extras and really no people support that I can see so far). But, I've gotten acquainted with a whole new generation of equipment and it has been an encouraging experience. I've got just two days left, but I came across another gym with a free one week trial so I may try that one as well. I suspect I will end up at the gym my husband belongs to, but thought I'd first test some other waters.
So, Sparkers, you got me going on this gym business. It's great to have not only support from all of you, but to know there is some accountability out there. Thanks for encouraging me to take this first step. I know you will help me keep going. If a gym, terrific. If that doesn't work well for me, I know you will help me find another direction. If I write about it and you respond, I know it will be a done deal.
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