Monday, December 10, 2012
What a nutty day. All I could think about was getting to yoga to make it all melt away!
I was way overtired last night and never got around to laundry or putting my yoga stuff together. I got out of work a little late, hurried home to feed and let the dog out.
Noticed I did not have any good workout tahirts or sports bras clean. ARGH. The clock was ticking, so I threw on an old Tshirt I have not worn in several months, ran downstairs to grab my keys, ARGH! small backpack was back upstairs so I ran back up to grab that, threw stuff in the backpack, jumped in the car...Argh! forgot the yoga mat!
Ran back upstairs to grab that and got to class with a few minutes to spare and saw that my spot in front was taken by women who normally come in at the last minute and squeeze into the front row. ARGH! I need to be in front to get the poses right and push myself to do a good job.
BREATHE, let it go! Second row will be fine. Good practice for adapting and getting stronger.
Thanks to more downward dogs than she usually puts us through, I realized how much I have slimmed down as my shirt kept sliding down to just barely covering "the girls." ARGH! Thank goodness everyone was looking down at the floor and the lights were dim!! Not my best moment!
I learned my lesson.... a few minutes of planning helps avoid a lot of ARGH!
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!
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