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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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The Magic Bullets: Sleep, Exercise, and Water

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I am truly amazed at the power of sleep, exercise and water. Because of these two elements over the course the past two months, that I believe I have rebounded in 24 hours from a common cold.

I'm sure it's no surprise for those of you who work in an office just how quickly the germs get spread around. So many people have been sick lately that I'm surprised that I did not catch it earlier. Even with hand washing and sterilizing, it still caught me.

I felt it come on the night before last- an ear ache an one angry tonsil. As yesterday progressed, I kept track of my decline. I took an Emergen-C at the start of the day (although I don't really know how well they truly work, but hey why not). I stayed hydrated. I ate. Once I got down to about 70% functionality and felt tired, I knew it was time to take additional action. I was in a rapid decline at this point.

Instead of pushing through the rest of the day, I went straight home and straight to bed. I was not exhausted, but I know my health patterns, and for me, getting straight to bed at the early onset of a cold is also one of my keys to speedy recovery, NOT waiting until you just can't stand up any more!

Woke up at 10 and still had not improved, so I caved and took an Aleve-D (mind you, I do not like taking pills that just alleviate symptoms).

This morning, I feel great. I mean GREAT. I almost sprang out of bed! Still have the sniffles, but I feel just fine.

I truly believe that I have rebounded so quickly because have stayed committed to healthy living. Even though the scale has not moved a single pound in 6 weeks, I think this is just one more testimonial to power of true internal health.

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CRANBYRRE 2/18/2010 11:49AM

    Glad youre feeling better! I agree, prevention is the best cure--and a healthy lifestyle is the best prevention there is!

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