Monday, December 03, 2012
I had just hit goal weight last week and then TOM started and brought with it the usual monthly ravenous appetite!
I kept up the two brisk walks on breaks at work each day last week. I forced myself to do two cardio spark people videos one night. I thought my body was going to kill me!
I had a Mexican dinner night with friends Friday night. I overdid it so when I got home at 8:30, instead of comfy clothes and the remote, I started a load of laundry, running up and down the stairs. I ran around the house straightening up till the laundry was done. I think I was falling asleep as I crawled into bed!
Saturday morning, I took the dog for a walk, then headed to the gym for my second session with a trainer. She put me through a few upper body weight machines for an hour. I thought "really I'm paying for this, I could do this myself."
Oh nay nay! No way would I make myself do bicep curls with the machine set to 30lbs!!! While my arms were trembling on the 3rd set and tears welled up in my eyes, I pictured people on The Biggest Loser and told myself this is worth it!
I had another dinner out with friends Saturday night so I got on the elliptical for 20 minutes, upping the usual intensity before I went out. I couldn't resist the chicken panini with a side of about 20-some tater tots!
When I got home about 9:00, I popped on a playlist with dance music and danced myself silly for 20 minutes! It's good hubby was working, he may have thought I was having an epileptic fit!
Sunday morning, I went for a 3 mile run and took less walking breaks than I did last week. I was jazzed. I got home thoroughly spent and completely soaked but my lab was anxiously waiting for a walk so I put on some dry clothes and got that done.
Sunday afternoon, my son met me for lunch and a little Christmas shopping. I had a turkey unwich at Jimmy John's before we hit several stores and more walking.
So lesson learned, I must keep moving several times a day to be successful. A body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest!
And as The Baha Men sang... let your body move to the rhythm!
Friday, November 30, 2012
I was inspired by a member's status to search out this song from one of my childhood holiday favorites, The Year Without A Santa Claus.
Someone created a homemade version of this scene from the movie but I thought the lyrics are quite inspiring for any challenge in life. Who knew a childhood favorite would have so much meaning at my age!
I hope everyone decides to keep putting one foot in front of the other this weekend!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
So I went to my local gym on Sunday since it's only 9.95/mo, pay as you go. I need to keep running through the winter to get ready for the St. Patrick's Day 5K in March, then the Warrior Dash in June, then the Beach Dash after that... date to be announced. I thought I could layer up and power through cold weather running but it was not to be.
I left there with a folder of signed papers agreeing to five months wtih a personal trainer. He was good!
Tonight was the first session. I showed up ready to work out, went to the locker room to lock up my stuff. Ugh forgot the bracelet thingy to put the key to my lock on so I stuck the key in the side of my gym shoe.
She took several measurments which included my neck. Never had my neck measured before. Then weigh-in. It was just after dinner and it's glorious PMS time so bye bye goal weight! But it was still good for me.
I liked her, very muscular, great personality, no nonsense this will be a good match. She said this is the session everybody gets when they join the gym, not just those who sign up wtih a trainer. Cool, I thought, breeze right through this.
Oh nay nay! Many repetitions of various lunges, some utilizing a step with three risers. At any given time I was also lifting 8lb weights or a 6 lb medicine ball along with the lunges. There were squats while tossing the ball as I stood up.
I'm a people watcher, lots of people to see, mirrors everywhere. Lots of dialogue going on in my head. "Wow, look at the muscles on that guy", "Ugh, the key in my shoe moved again", "holy crap, that girl has been holding that plank forever", "GEEZ, how many more of these do I have to do", "HEY, is that my butt in that mirror back there???!"
I worked extra hard not to be distracted by everything going on around me and focus on my form. She didn't give me any direction on form but I wanted to be impressive. After all, I told her about all these intense workouts I've done on sparkpeople and my vaious DVDs. Yes, I did plug the website.
Next appointment Saturday morning. She was very excited saying we'll have the full hour to get to work. I am strong like bull! Or I will be in a few weeks!
Rock on everyone!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I never thought I would see this number on a scale again! I have been trying to lose these last 10 pounds all year. I have done better in the last three months since I got back on Spark People than I did on my own from January to August.
I have been working on my weight really since my son was a baby, 22 years ago. I had my daughter at 19 so I bounced right back in shape after her. I was a tiny 19 year old. I also didn't have a car so I was walking a few blocks to and from the bus to go to work every day.
Being 5 feet tall, it doesn't take much weight to make you look large. I would work out here and there and then give up. One night we watched the video we made of our trip to Florida. My ex husband filmed me and my son playing in the water park. My son who was five at the time said "wow mommy look how big your butt is!" I think I was 155 then. My heaviest ever.
I got determined, joined up with two other women I barely knew at work to lose a pound a week. I did really well. Got back down to 135. Then I got divorced and after the initial stress weight loss, I bounced right back up... this time to about 163 or so. Yay, new all time high.
I dusted off the Nordic track machine I was using for a clothes hangar. I got on it every other night after dinner, took walks at work, cut back on the junk food after 8:00 and got back down to 138 or so. My daughter asked me to join a gym with her. I was slacking off and the weight was creeping up again. It was wonderful. I attended a lot of fun classes, I was in the best shape ever!
Then I met my wonderful husband. He's a great cook, loves to watch tv and cuddle. I moved in with him in August of 2006. By our wedding in Key West that December, I was 172. YAY outdid myself again!
At my job, which I recently left, they had health challenges every few months that I would do well at. We received points for logging exercise, for pounds and inches lost and for how many points our blood pressure dropped.
I signed up to do The Warrior Dash a couple years ago. Look that up if you have never heard of it. Its a tough 5k obstacle course race. What a rush but I was EXTREMELY sore for five days! It really got me hooked on getting stronger. Then came the Beach Dash, not as extreme, I was only sore for three days afterward. Tons of fun!
I have watched my mother deteriorate physically for over 12 years from her sedentary lifestyle. Knee replacement surgeries, carpal tunnel surgeries and spinal fusion surgery. She has been on oxycotin among other meds for several years and she is still in horrible pain every day. She is 74 but looks older and needs a walker to be able to walk.
I am determined to be strong as I age and be active. I want to be able to run 5Ks without walking breaks and I want to be less sore after the 5K obstacle course races.
I will stay on Spark People this time even though I'm at my goal. This is the hard part for me, maintaining! I really enjoy my spark friends. I love reading blogs, they really inspire me. So many people out there facing challenges more difficult than mine and they are making things happen!
Not sure if anyone will read this looong rambling blog but it helped me sum it all up and see my patterns. So I'm throwing it out to the SP universe.
If you have stuck through this rambling, I hope you are having a great day. If not, I hope tomorrow is better!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Recently I responded to someone on the message boards who asked for help getting active when they had no motivation to do so. I said some of my better workouts came from saying to myself "I'm too tired, I'll just do 10 minutes on the elliptical" and ended up doing 30.
Tonight, I had a rough day, a big meal, a nutty bar, got in my sweats and watched the end of Jumanji. My eyes were closing when I remembered my response to that person and thought to myself "put up or shut up". So I did.
I got on the elliptical, set it for my 30 min course, planning to knock the intensity down a notch and quit sooner than the 30 minutes.
I hit shuffle on the ipod, first song up Zac Brown Band, Keep Me in Mind. I felt the groove. When he sang "it's gonna be funky" in the beginning, my mood lifted and I got into it, had a little fun with it.
Then Keep the Faith by Bon Jovi. "everybody's bitchin cuz they can't get enough, it's hard to hold on when there's no one to lean on... you're gonna live through the rain, gotta keep the faith" I felt inspired to keep going, my mood elevated even more!
Next up, King Nothing by Metallica. The intensity on the elliptical kept going up by this point but I forgot about knocking it down a notch or two like I originally planned. I went into a zone, worked out the demons of the day and my past..... "Careful what you wish, careful what you say, careful what you wish you may regret it,careful what you wish you just might get it."
As if the ipod knew I needed to lighten up, Baha Men was up next Let Your Body Move To the Rhythm. I went in total party mode, singing where I could when I could catch a breath, holding on with just my left hand, leaning back to the right, right arm swung back, switched hands, leaned back to the left. Thank you 10 months of yoga for helping me with my balance when I lose my mind! That could have ended ugly! :-)
A couple more songs later, I realized the intensity had stayed low, I regained my sanity, looked down and saw zero minutes left, took out the earbuds and then heard the beeping that I was done. NO WAY! I said out loud!
So there you have it. Another reason for loving SparkPeople. I am thinking about all of you throughout my day and you keep me moving. Especially when I open my big mouth! :-)
I hope you have a great day and always remember... Let your body move to the rhythm!!!
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