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Victory over unwilling spirit.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Quick post today- was proud that I hauled myself out of bed this morning, dog tired, to get in a quick workout. I already feel accomplished for today.

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MINDBEND 3/11/2010 10:53AM

    Congrats for taking that biggest step -- getting yourself out of a cozy, warm bed! It's so hard, I know! I get up at 4:30 am on my running days and it's not easy! The voice in our heads are so loud and convincing, encouraging us to stay in bed instead!
What works for me (maybe for u too) is I tell myself "Oh, I'll only do 10 minutes, and then go back home". Then by the time you're there and 10 minutes fly by, you're already into it and happy you are there!
Again, a big pat on your back for making yourself get up. Many people chose not to take care of themselves like you do!

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DIDMIS 3/11/2010 10:50AM

    I liked your title. I need to get that victory sometimes.

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Varying the routine

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In an explosion of spontinaity, I jumped off of the treadmill at the gym and went for a run outside. At 6:30 am, I was running down a pretty residential street, my fingers and nose cold, my body warm.

Ran to the infectious beats of Fergie and The Roots and Hector Lavoe. Enjoyed the smells of wet grass. Didn't enjoy the toxic gas seeping from the 101 freeway.

Got in a mile and a half run.


Commending Small Improvements

Monday, March 08, 2010

Today was a lesson in the significance of small markers; those small physical changes that continue to mark my success. As I walk this journey, I often only see the uphill climb, ever-challenging me- to remain consistent and faithful to maintaining and improving a healthy lifestyle. I very rarely comprehend the significance of where I am now, versus where I was when I started this resolution in January. When I see them or feel the rewards- however small- I must take a moment to absorb them to the fullest of their beauty, and not discount their full value.

Today's marker came in the form of a shadow. A soft, beautiful shadow. While dressing this morning, I caught a shadow on my thigh- it was the faint definition of quadricept definition extending seven inches from my knee up my leg. I did a double-take. I'll be honest.... the next thing I did was flex and pose to be sure I wasn't seeing things!

have been 170 pounds for three striaght months. Can you imagine what that feels like- how discouraging it has the potential to be? How many people out there would have given up? How many women would have silently reprimanded themselves as failures? How disheartening and abusive one's self-dialogue can become in the face of that fact?

I'm glad to say... That's not me. I deserve better than to give up, or talk to myself negatively.

If I did not whole-heartedly believe in the values and principles supported by this sight, I would have long given up. I must admit, however, I have been thirsty for a sign of change. I felt so rewarded this morning. To know that my three-month effort, where my scale has not moved ONE SINGLE POUND does not matter much. I am stronger and more toned. I have energy. My knees dont' hurt (as much) as they did before.

Please, do not fail to recognize your successes. Enjoy your journey, not just the end goal. As for me, I'll keep walking down that road, and I hope to meet you.


The Make Over continues...

Thursday, March 04, 2010

To continue on with my life's make over, I got a great new haircut and new glasses.

There's something to be said about the rejuvinating powers of positive change, both internal (of course!) and external.


Daily report

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Trying mix up the workout, so I added stationary bike and went for 50 minutes between it and running/walking. The muscles will tell tomorrow.

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PSYCHABOO 2/24/2010 1:56PM

    My muscles always tell the second day!! The day after they're still trying to figure out what hit em!!

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