Friday, July 27, 2012
Don't judge a book by it's cover. I reminded of this Lilly, the substitute Zumba instructor at the Northridge LA Fitness.
I managed to drag myself to class last night, committed to working out even when I was not terribly positive about it. Betty, or normal instructor, was nowhere to be seen. Instead, standing there is a short woman- say 5'3", 50 years old, and a little round. "Oh, great", I think to myself sardonically, "another slow-paced Zumba class".
As soon as the music started, I knew that I was oh so wrong. This lady had MOVES. And Stamina. and Joy. And Flavor- something desperately missing from the now watered down Zumba movement that is inexplicably sweeping the nation.
It reminded me that the love of dance will manifest itself through all shapes and sizes. I was doubled over and had a smile from ear to ear.
Friday, July 27, 2012
I spoke to a co-worker yesterday that listed a roster of reasons as to why "it's hard" to lose weight. In my mind, I silently reflected that for every issue she mentioned there was an answer, a group, or a blog about someone else going through the same thing, and finding ways to move past it.
I showed this site and encouraged her to check it out. I hope she does.
I didn't want to be overbearing. I figure if she is really ready, I've left the door open and she'll step through it.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Had a co-worker notice my progress yesterday, and her mouth literally fell open. Ya- that felt good.
Monday, July 23, 2012
If ever you need help refocusing, or reminding yourself of your progress, I suggest trying what I did this weekend. The intended goal is to focus on your accomplishments and outline your progress. While there is some self-congratulating built into this, the most important part of the exercise is to generate motivation to move forward.
Below is a Progress Report that I wrote for myself. It lists where I started, and where I am today. Using this site, I fished around and pulled the data together. I encourage you to spend more time on a social media site that you can actually get something out of- say goodbye to Facebook. :)
In each item below, the starting measurement is listed first. Start date was May 6, 2012.
Starting Body Fat %: 31.2, currently 28%
Starting BMI: 28.6, currently 24.4
Size 14 to size 10
Starting Weight: 176.5, currently 161
Upper Abs: 33", currently 30.25"
Thigh: 28", currently 26"
Hip 44.5", currently 41.5"
Running: 4 miles at start, 6 currently
Cardio- couldn't make it 30 minutes through Zumba without doubling over. Can now take two 1-hour classes in a row.
MOST NOTABLE FOOD HABIT CHANGES
Eating whole grain for breakfast almost every day (Kashi, or Cheerios)
Almost no dairy now
Fruit for snacks
Hardly any read meat now
ONE soda per week, if that
Fried food only once per week
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Did a double class yesterday- whew!
Zumba, then Bootcamp. Was great. Lots of things I haven't done in a while (mountain climbers, jumping squats, burpees.
I'm sure it was water loss, but the pendulum swung a little lower this morning.
Will hydrate heavily today to be safe.
Get An Email Alert Each Time IAMARMSTRONG Posts