Friday, November 08, 2013
I wanted to blog about the change in attitude I've seen in myself during the past few BLC rounds but this one in particular.
I haven't seen much of a change in weight this round at all. In the past this would have had me completely down in the dumps and down on myself. Angry with myself and ready to quit, but again and again the knowledge of what quitting would mean would stop me. The thought of regaining the weight I've lost and then some would keep me on the team and making a half-assed effort.
This round is different, somehow. I see changes happening in my body even though I don't see them on the scale. I feel different, better. Stronger. My attitude is different, better. Stronger.
I am not mad at myself for not losing more weight this round. I am proud of myself for not giving up.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I don't belong to a gym anymore. Unless I walk outside, which now is becoming less likely because the weather is changing, I work out in my living room using DVDs or YouTube videos.
I really want to improve my muscle definition, but I really struggle with ST. Almost everything I do is cardio. I have seen lots of people post on SP about ChaLEAN Extreme and did some reading about it tonight. But I guess I'm hoping to get some feedback on it from other SP folks.
I think I get the gist of what it is. But like do you have to be at a certain fitness level even to start it? I don't want to shell out the money for it and pop in the first DVD only to be disappointed and mad at myself because it's too hard right from the very beginning. Many of the reviews I read on Amazon were like "I'm a 20-year-old fitness instructor ...". That's not me. I'm 44 and I have yet to see the 220s.
So I need some realistic feedback from some opinionated Sparkers!
Saturday, October 12, 2013
As part of week three in the Midnight Mustangs, my pack (the Sunset Stable) is to write a blog about our "plan."
I find that when I've been successful in the past, I've gotten my exercise in check and then the rest has fallen into place. If I'm exercising regularly, I tend to make better food choices. The reverse is true too. The less active I tend to be, the more lax I become in every area.
I signed up to streak this BLC and fell off the streak this week. I'm bummed about that but determined that I'll just do my best the rest of the challenge even though I'll be out of the streak.
I'm kind of happy to say good bye to this week because I haven't been very successful. My food choices have been bad, and a two-day migraine meant I missed two days of fitness minutes.
But tomorrow is Sunday and the beginning of a new week. I'm committing to completing intentional fitness minutes at least 4 times a week. I'll try for 5. At least one of those has to be strength training.
I'm also committing to taking my lunch to work 4 out of 5 days a week. At least the basics of a lunch. If I don't have leftovers at home, then I'll bring chicken or turkey and build a salad from the salad bar around the protein I bring. I also am committing to not indulging in a cookie more than one time a week.
The one thing I'm pretty good about is sleep. I commit to sleeping at least seven hours a night, each night.
That's the plan, Stan!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
This blog is just a few thoughts I've had knocking around in my brain that I want to take down.
* I think I've found the breakfast that keeps me comfortably full from 7 a.m. or so until lunchtime. 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1T chopped pecans, 1T shredded coconut, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, sometimes a few raisins. I throw it all together at night before I go to bed, heat it up in the morning for about a minute, and enjoy. Sometimes in midmorning I'll have a little snack, but more often lately I have not needed the snack.
* I had seen other SP members' virtual weight loss avatar/model thingies. Tonight I finally did a google search and created my own. Here it is.
* Before BLC 22 started and required a weekly weigh-in, I had been weighing myself less frequently. I've never been an every day weigher, but usually once a week. I had found myself really stressing over the scale, so I experimented with weighing only every two or three weeks. I'm going to resurrect this for the break between BLC 22 and BLC 23. See how it goes.
* I think BLC 22 helped increase my confidence that I Can Do This. Granted I didn't lose the full amount of weight that I had made my goal. But I lost a decent amount. I showed myself that if I'm serious, I can do this and I am grateful for that realization.
* Finally, I'm happy to have a long weekend but sad that this means summer is over. The heat and humidity I will not miss, but I already miss the long daylight hours. Nighttime is coming too early now.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
This blog's a few days later than I had intended but I have had a crazy week since I've been home. On Friday of this week I couldn't believe that just a week before, I had been on the beach, watching my sister and niece fly a kite.
We had a great vacation in the Outer Banks. I would definitely go back there again. Our house was cute and pretty comfy. Our air conditioning failed one day/night, which sucked ... but we got it fixed and got over it pretty quickly.
We didn't do a lot, really. Hanging out on the beach, playing in the water and/or reading and/or just walking along the water were my favorite activities. This was our little slice of beach.
One rainy day we went to one of the northern communities, called Corolla, to take a tour and see the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs that live around that beach. It's really a bittersweet thing. Eighty years or so ago, there were more than 5,000 of these horses. Now there are about 120. There has been so much development up there, people building huge beach houses where 50 years ago there was nothing. So the area where these horses lives is getting smaller and smaller. At any rate, they are beautiful.
Another day, my sister, niece and I were staying out of the house (this was the day after the night of the broken air-conditioner). We went to Jockeys Ridge National Park, which is (I think) the biggest sand dune in the world. The pictures don't do it justice ... it truly looked like a desert.
This is me and my sister on Jockeys Ridge. It was hot and humid! Fortunately I don't think you can see how my T-shirt is drenched with sweat.
Finally, here's another picture of the beach to leave you with. I loved my summer vacation!
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