Monday, February 21, 2011
This weekend, MAKE ME BOLDER.
3'05" modified plank (hands and knees)
40 minutes Wii Fit
tons of walking at the mall
48 minute brisk walk
Days 6 and 7 of boot camp strength training
30 minutes of stretching
40 minutes Wii Fit
Day 2 of boot camp strength training
30 minutes of stretching
1. DH took pictures of me and Friday night I posted them as my baseline for this challenge.
2. I added fiber, sodium, and iron to my nutrition tracker.
3. I held a modified plank (knees and hands) for 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
4. I already have two abbreviated full body workouts that I don't use: a video for at home and a weight machine workout for the gym. So I'm going to stick with those. I haven't been using them because I've been doing the 7 day bootcamp videos instead.
5. I did 60 minutes of flexibility training, using SP's daily and advanced stretching routine.
6. Okay, so I went off the reservation for motivational maintenance. But it totally worked. Friday I went clothes shopping and bought a bunch of spring and summer clothes, mostly in 12s and mediums. That's down from a 16 and large at the beginning of this year, 7 short weeks ago. The rest of the weekend I washed all my clothes, including the stuff I brought up from the basement this week, and made room for them in my drawers by removing things that are now too big for me. This is the gift of motivation that will keep on giving: I'll feel great about myself and motivated to work hard every time I put on one of these items.
So where does the boldness come in?
I pushed myself with flexibility, doing things I didn't think I could do.
I chose some new recipes when planning meals for the week.
Oooh, clothes shopping. The pink leopard print skirt I bought for work and the pink front-zip dress I bought to wear to my grandpa's 80th birthday party are definitely bold. Particularly the pink dress: it shows off my cleavage nicely, and I plan to wear it with a teal cardi and brown sexy boots. Maybe even white fishnets, if I'm still feeling this bold in a couple of weeks. But that may be a bridge too far for rural Wisconsin.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
~*~ B2W Entry Template ~*~
MAKE ME fit and strong.
Current Weight: 177
1. Chest - 40.25"
2. Hips - 43"
3. Waist - 34.75
4. Thigh - 21.75
5. Upper arm - 12.5
Amount of time you can reasonably dedicate to exercise EACH DAY (oh yeah I went there): 45 minutes
Number of Rest Days needed per week (maximum): three
Is your goal for this challenge...
A) Lose weight
C) Lose inches
D) Prepare for a race
E) Surprise yourself
F) Get stronger
G) Start exercising
H) Exercise regularly
I) Break a plateau
J) Combination of these options: A, C, F
Do you have the balls to take a new before pic or use one you already have? (If using one you already have- please note the weight on the pic) Oh yeah! I will do this tonight and post it on my SparkPage.
Do you have any physical restrictions due to injuries, babies, vampirism, living dead syndrome, severe laziness, etc?
Which muscle group do you want to start with? (I will definitely be paying attention to these- so be honest)
A) Upper Body (back/arms/shoulders/chest)
B) Core (abs/back)
C) Lower Body (legs/ass)
D) **** Total Body (all of above) ****
Which of these things are you excelling in the LEAST and which do you think is your BEST area?
B) **** Strength Training/Toning/Scuplting **** best
C) Weight Training (heavy weights)
D) **** Flexibility Training (stretching) **** worst
E) Agility Training
F) Speed Training
Do you have a goal outfit or an upcoming even that is motivating for you? Box of old Size 10s
Which kind of Motivation has seemed to work best for you in the past?
B) **** Verbal/Written ****
C) **** Your own progress ****
D) Combining with other activities (such as gardening, volunteering, babysitting, etc)
E) Other _____________
Monday, February 14, 2011
No, this doesn't mean that I've gotten to my goal size. Or that my BMI is in the so-called "healthy" range. What it means is that I suddenly realized that I am the size of the "average American woman."
Saturday DH and I ran errands and made weekly purchases. At Costco I saw a coat that I really liked. Because I no longer have a spring coat that fits, I grabbed one and tried it on. The coat was too big. Slightly confused, I reached for a medium. Two ladies standing nearby spontaneously commented that the medium fit me much better. So I bought it. It's a sassy red trench coat and makes me feel like a million bucks.
While we continued shopping, etc., I looked around at the other women and realized that I'm pretty much dead median for size. And I realized that even at my heaviest I was not nearly as big as some of the women we saw. Body image distortion has been an issue for me since, oh, middle school, so being able to put things into proper perspective is hard for me.
Sunday afternoon I dragged two boxes of smaller clothes upstairs and tried them all one. 75% of them fit - including some 12s and even a size 10 blouse. My size 16 pants have all been retired, although a couple of sheath dresses that size remain. I continue to insist that they run small, lol. Gotta love the inconsistency of women's clothes... Anyway, my clothes are now mostly a mix of 14s and 12s, instead of 16s and 14s. The "average" American woman is 5'5" and a size 12. That's me! I'm now officially "average size!"
This is an absolute revelation. I'm used to thinking of myself as "big," "fat," "plus sized," etc. Learning to think of myself as "fit," "normal," or even - dare I say it? - "hot" is a giant adjustment. But one I will happily make!
Monday, February 07, 2011
Yesterday I read a blog here on SP about commitment versus motivation that really got me thinking. The nugget that I took with me, and have been pondering for two days, is that commitment is more durable than motivation; commitment is motivation's bedrock.
To me that means that motivation ebbs and flows but commitment is here to stay. Some days I just don't wanna. We've all been there. The couch is way cozier than the gym. Why should I eat a grilled chicken sandwich with a side salad when everybody else is digging into a burger and fries? You know the moments when beats poor little into submission.
That's motivation on the fritz. Commitment says the couch will be even cozier after a run. You love chicken and salad, so don't even try to pretend you don't. And you know why you're going to get up and exercise and then stick to your meal plan? Because you promised to take better care of yourself. Your goals are worth the effort. And YOU'RE worth the effort.
My new mantra is "Are you committed or not?" Yesterday it got my butt off the couch and out for a walk. I changed into my workout clothes and dashed outside to help DH for a minute. I had planned to do an exercise video, but upon discovering that it was sunny and almost 50 degrees outside I decided to walk. I wanted to go home after 7 minutes. But I asked myself if I was committed or not, and decided to do at least 30 minutes. I went home after 45 minutes instead.
I planned to have one beer and one cupcake at last night's Super Bowl party. Other than that, strictly healthy. Luckily for me, the party's host is a super healthy eater and I knew that would be pretty easy. But jeez, a second beer and another cupcake were sooo tempting. But I remembered that I weigh in on Mondays and asked myself whether I was committed to making that number go down or not. I decided that I was and stuck to the plan. The result of this stubbornness was a 3 pound loss today.
Obviously I can't credit the entire loss to sticking to my guns yesterday. Getting over strep throat and serious effort all week did the lion's share. But refusing to binge or be lazy yesterday let me keep the gains of my effort. And that's absolutely worth it.
And it's what commitment is all about: sticking to it even when you don't want to or it would be easier to cop out. And, paradoxically, the progress I make this way leads to motivation. Kinda cool, huh?
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