Monday, December 09, 2013
Aieeeee! I've been a bit out of it the last few weeks: not tracking food because I'm eating chocolate during the day, since it is here, and then I feel ashamed and either a) don't want to tell Gareth because it is tantamount to confessing to the popular jock in high school that I am acting like a fat girl and stuffing my face when no one can see (that is, highly embarrassing), and also b) information I would rather not have, that is, I really don't WANT to know just how many calories too many I am consuming during the day. I have backslid, people.
Enter Christmas shopping. My wonderful partner and I, our two noisy children in tow, visit our local surf store because we are hoping to get wetsuits for each other and need to price/size them out. One of my favourite things about our store (other than the fact that it's a five minute drive from our place) is that one of the people who most often works customer service (when we are there, anyway) is this short little dynamo chick named Robin who is very friendly, super knowledgable, and by the way, RIPS on a board of just about any description. She won first place in Kincardine just last month! Anyway. Talking to her, looking at the boards, mentioning my upcoming trip to Orlando was like, oh oh, it's coming, now it's only 32 days away! Okay!
So: more push-ups in the morning, more serious about the goals again, and one day of good tracking to share with Gareth and get my moolah's worth. Arrrrrr!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Here I am in the fourth week of working out with a trainer. Okay, the first two weeks were really about getting organized and getting our plan laid in, but I have to admit that I haven't been using this as motivation to be more diligent about my tracking or food intake, and I KNOW that this is my biggest challenge. Then this morning another motivational email listserv I'm on sent me a message entitled "Stop making excuses and start getting results!".
Coincidence? I think not!
Step one: Make a plan
Step two: Have Accountability
Step three: Set a deadline
Working on it for all of these goals! And letting the knowledge that Gareth is watching be my motivation!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I did it, I got my orange belt in karate last Friday. So that's kind of awesome, given that the same day last year I was still recovering from surgery.
Annoying for the first thought that crossed my mind looking at the pictures of myself was oh my, I look huge--not about how powerful or intense I look, or how happy once I'm wearing the new belt! Oh well. Old habits die hard.
Now I have booked my lesson at Cocoa Beach in January, and looking at the webcams makes it feel very real. No screwing around--I am going to be in actual water and with actual waves so I had better get serious! What does SHOWING UP include for the next six weeks? Making sure that I'm doing my best. Working out and lifting weights. Really trying at the food. No more graham cracker parties mid afternoon! And appreciating the fact that I am able to prepare for and take this wonderful trip in the first place.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Amusing reason to work out #1: because my trainer is so gosh darned enthusiastic and thinks this will work for me! He's so optimistic. All right, I wouldn't want his efforts go to waste or for him to be disappointed. Okay, so I guess I'll try.
Big, dramatic sigh. Ask me how much I feel like trying hard right now. Go on, ask me.
Answer: I do NOT feel like trying.
Food plan: check.
Tracking apps and fitbit: check.
Strength training regime: check. (Well, almost. I get that on Thursday.)
Awesome, scary goal to work toward: check. (I.e., surfing, not drowning, in Orlando in January.)
Strategies to avoid temptation: check. (Nearly. Just have to navigate a month of holiday parties and baking.)
Now, all I have to do is show up. Contemplating eight weeks of virtue makes me die a little inside, so I've decided that I will give it three weeks. Three weeks of virtue should be manageable. And then, if I'm not getting anywhere, well...I'm not sure. It's not like I will quit. But still. Maybe I'll just plan a nice treat for myself in three weeks, and see where I am at then. In the meantime, I will sigh and roll my eyes like a teenager, even while I am getting up to go for my run like a good girl. WhatEVER.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Sensei told me this week (via Facebook, how modern) that I am up for promotion to orange belt next week. I panicked in class because I feel like I still don't know my kata, the series of moves I am supposed to do to demonstrate I am ready to move up and be graded. The black belt I was practicing with reassured me that promotion is as much about enthusiasm and effort as it is about the kata in the lower belts. Which made me think of weight loss.
It is interesting to me to observe my enthusiasm for weight loss, and how it waxes and wanes over time. Sometimes I feel like I nail it, and other days I feel like I barely show up. But generally, that little chart that plots my weight over time is still trending downward, so I must be going in the right direction. And sometimes I am rewarded with a little jump downward in number, even when I think I only got it 80% right!
Effort, consistency, and focus are three of the attributes of the earlier belts. If I can apply them elsewhere in life too, I think I can be successful. Wouldn't it be nice to feel successful in a bunch of different arenas--not just karate and weight loss!
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