Saturday, March 24, 2012
Even though members of the Spring 5% Challenge pursue exercise with unmatched vigor in an attempt to lose 5% of our weight, we are also encouraged to celebrate non-scale victories.
I was walking along today and my hand brushed my thigh. I thought, "Hmmm," and gave it a good feel. Yes, it's true, it felt firm--I mean hard. For someone my age, that's saying a lot. Since beginning SP, I can count a number of NSVs:
Toned leg and arm muscles
Ability to exercise for an hour and not become winded
Feel energized even at the end of a work day
Much better sleep pattern
Not derailed by potentially stressful situations
Great list, I'd say. I'm pleased. Do you have any NSVs to report?
Monday, March 19, 2012
Normally I walk rather fast, or even run/walk, but I'm taking it easy as my left hip is still a little sore from when I overdid something--I think it was the rope jumping--a while ago. So I decided to just enjoy the warm 80 degree temps. and take short steps so that it didn't hurt (I read this was good to do to aid healing).
I didn't take my ipod nor my step counter. I took my normal route backward, and just took in the sounds and smells of spring and began planning my retirement activities. I read a book that suggested things to plan before retirement--not how to save money, a bit late for that now, but activities to fill your time.
So I made my mental lists. Which months I would spend in a warm, sunny place during the Michigan winters, trips I would take, what I would do when I was back home in Michigan. What did I want to do.....? First I want to take a course or two in investing--after nutrition and fitness, that's a subject that I'd like to really understand better. Then I can better manage my own retirement. There are some business matters that I will also just make myself go on and take care of; I'll volunteer from time to time in the public schools; I'll meditate; I'll try lots of new dishes, and invite friends over to help me eat them.
A productive walk, I'd say.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Hope you are all having the beautiful weather we're having in Michigan, sunny and the perfect temperature for taking your workout outside.
I am so proud of all my SP friends that are doing the Challenge, whether we're on the same team or not--doesn't matter. I'm proud of you for stepping up and being willing to be accountable for your weight loss and general fitness! So much the better that we can have fun encouraging each other with swift kicks in the derrière when we lose heart or just start slacking off.
It's true that we can't keep doing what we've been doing if we want better results. My good friend Braverude commented on my last blog: "Ah, C'mon. We can have better goals than just to lose 4 lbs; how about inches to lose, stretching, or more ST for toning up?" She's right, and so I've taken my measurements and added to my goals. I know she'll accomplish her goal, and I'm not going to let her beat me!
I need that friendly push, and I'm ready to pass it on to YOU!
Now, I want to see some impressive exercise minutes today!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
I've weighed and set my goals--we don't post weight until Saturday morning, but believe me, I won't lose any more by then. During the challenge I will be exercising and tracking like mad to lose 4 lbs. -- 2 lbs back to goal and a 2 lb cushion.
4 lousy, little lbs, you say! Well, let me remind you that I'm 66 years old, which I tend to forget myself, except for my slow-almost-dead metabolism.:) Fortunately, I'm blessed with good health and great energy. And I'll be using it. If the last challenge is any indication, I'll be lucky to average the 1/2 lb loss necessary to lose the 4 lbs in 8 weeks.
No, let's revise that. I WILL lose the 4 lbs and continue exercising this time to keep it off. I also took my measurements today and had to note a few more inches gained, reflected as well in my slightly elevated body fat level. The challenge will get me firmed and toned back up.
Ready to get it ON! Rollin' in the Deep!
Friday, March 09, 2012
Yesterday, I happened the catch part of Gilad's workout and felt really energized in just a few minutes, so I set an SP calendar reminder to tune in at 6:00 a.m. today. He runs 2 half-hour segments 6:00-7:00 EST, doing updated routines that are really doable; the time goes fast. I can't get over how long he's been doing this, how good he still looks, and how well he moves. Maybe he's going for Jack LaLanne's record.
Anyway, if you want to catch his workout for a change (a little of everything--aerobic, upper & lower body ST and abs), I found him on the cable channel Discovery Fit & Health , DFH--used to be FitTV. It's so hard to find fitness on TV nowadays in my area. Most of the day this channel is showing horror ER stories. Reality TV has taken over (wonder why fitness isn't considered reality--oh, I know--not even manufactured drama).
Earlier another Sparker told me about On Demand having fitness programs on the sports channel. They changed it around a bit, but I found it today under Sports--Mag Rack--Fitness & Yoga.
Tomorrow I'll get back with Coach Nicole, but today this was a nice change. Variety is the spice of life.
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