Saturday, March 08, 2014
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and think I will see this skinny fit woman in the mirror because I know I been working my tail off and then I look and see me. Then I have to remind myself that I have only been on this journey less then two months. How unrealistic is that picture in my head. The thing is, the picture in my head is not unrealistic, it is just the timing is wrong.
I do eat what the fit people around the office eat. Sometimes my food is even healthier. When they have office parties and birthday parties and candies I just say no. It is funny how people try and convenience you to eat junk. They will be like it just one little piece. Sometime if they are belligerent, I just say, I have had just one little pieces for the last 30 years and look at me now. That usually shuts them down. I chuckle a little because I use to be the one to get embarrassed about my weight but now I know I am living a healthier life so no sweat off my brow.
So the little surprise here is that my whole attitude about my weight has changed for the better. I am learning how to use food as fuel for my body instead of using food as a crutch.
I had decided to try the stairs at work instead of taking the elevator one day. After the few flights I took I was a little winded. I didn't know if I was just winded or if my body was getting ready for a workout. Either-way, I added some new routines in my aerobic workout and today (one on my strength days) I tried the cross-ramp. I have to admit I was a little nervous that I wouldn't be able to do it because of what happened with the stairs, but I ROCKED it. I started at the level I am on on the elliptical for resistance and increased the cross-ramp level to 12 (only two levels up) and I met my target heart rate and burned more calories then I would have on the elliptical. This was only my warmup for weight lifting. So I will be added that as the warmup to my strength training days.
I am challenging myself to an hour of walking up and down 6 flights of stairs on Friday.
So now I have two challenges, which are
1. Meatless Mondays
2. Walking up and down 6 flights of stairs on Fridays. My goal for the first week is to do two flights in 60 minutes. I will increase this goal every week. I won't stop at the two flights if I still have time on the clock.
Another observation is I don't have to do the little things I use to do to ease the pain my weight caused. Like gingerly going down the steps. Like arching my back a little to stand up for long periods of time or lean on something. Like walk with my backpack to stabilize my back when I walk. I catch myself getting ready to do it and then remember, hey, I don't have to do this anymore. Those little surprises are huge.
I don't get hungry like I use too. I guess because of the way I eat now and all the water I drink. I am starting to understand that some hunger is just thirst and not food hunger.
I still have a very long journey to go, but these little surprise are like little energy and confidence boost. This helps when the scale doesn't.