Friday, December 17, 2010
I had laser surgery yesterday, inside my mouth, right inside my lower lip, left and right. My entire inner lip is burned and very uncomfortable to say the least.
It was semi-okay yesterday but overnight it swelled up like a balloon. I can't eat, I drool when I drink, and I look like a freak. Lovely!
Okay, happy Friday to everyone. I'm off to work and hoping that the discomfort will subside a bit during the course of the day.
I will do this again soon...
Monday, December 13, 2010
I've been in a snag with my workout program for a while now.
My aerobics class, which I've been doing for years, has gotten really boring. I can do the moves in my sleep and while it is a good hard workout, there is no more progress to be gained by taking this class exclusively.
I started doing yoga a couple of weeks ago, and I really like it. While this is not a hard physical workout, it greatly contributes to my well being, and helps me relieve tense muscles as well as tense thoughts.
Strength training is largely missing, and I've been trying to figure out for a while now, how I could best integrate strength training into my program and into my life. Problem is that I don't do well working out at home by myself.
So yesterday a lightbulb finally came on. I do have a gym membership at Bally's. It's paid for and since the monthly fees now are so low, I just kept it over the years - just in case. Probably haven't been there in six years.
Well I decided to check it out and met with a personal trainer today.
I like what they have to offer and I signed on for 24 training sessions. I'll meet with my trainer twice a week for a 60-minute workout, plus I will take some of their classes (they offer abs, step and spin classes, and I've never done either). Plus I will be utilizing their pool. Since I don't own a bathing suit currently and generally hate water this will be a stretch, but I am determined to do some lap swimming.
What convinced me that I really need to get into strength training NOW is the fact that, even though my weight is fine (I am 5'5" and I currently weigh in at 130 lbs), my body fat is at 27%, which is way too high. (Oh and for those who are wondering if the scales that measure body fat can be trusted - my scale put me at 27% and so did the test at Bally's.)
So here it is, my new workout program for the next 3 months.
My goal: Get body fat down to 20%. I'm not attaching any weight goal to this, since this might be counter productive.
My first full session is tomorrow afternoon. I will report back.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Ladies & Gentlemen:
Here we go again. Being fat is now officially a disease.
Maybe someday, somebody will find a way to cure the lack of common sense that keeps spreading like wildfire. Hmm, must be a virus; maybe antibiotics will help here.
Go Big Pharma! The almighty Dollar rules! Ultimately, greed will kill us all.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
One of my Saturday morning pleasures is drooling into my coffee while messing around on the computer. I've been thinking about consistency, as it pertains to our quest for a healthy and fit lifestyle.
What, really, is consistency?
In my mind it's having a plan and following this plan in order to achieve my desired outcome.
The dictionary says:
* Steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.: There is consistency in his pattern of behavior.
* Conformity with previous attitudes, behaviour, practice, etc.
So, striving to be consistent sounds like a good thing.
Then I went ahead and looked up quotes:
* Consistency is the foundation of virtue.
* Without consistency there is no moral strength.
And as I was reading on, I came across these:
* Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
* Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
* Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
So now what? There is some truth to this as well.
Maybe this one sums it up:
* But change must always be balanced with some degree of consistency.
-Ron D. Burton
So, have a plan, but don't be so stuck with it that it impairs your flexibility.
Isn't this what often happens when life throws us a curve? Variations to our plan must be allowed. Like everything in life, this health and fitness thing needs fine-tuning as we go.
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