Wednesday, January 26, 2011
"One of these days I'll actually read all those interesting books I keep buying..."
This was my status update yesterday. Making time to read is a goal.
My newest acquisition is "The Female Body Breakthrough" by Rachel Cosgrove.
My new approach this year is moving away from endless hours of aerobics/cardio, and moving towards more strength training. And this is what this book is all about. Geared towards women and becoming what she calls a "fit female".
I'll read it through, I'll recap it here, and I will finish the book.
Chapter 1 - The Fit Female Credo
In this chapter Rachel outlines her 16 secrets to becoming a fit female. As we know by now, in this context secrets are really always hard work, but getting somebody else's input, and being reminded of what it takes is not a bad thing.
So here it is, secret #1: Act as if you are a fit female.
Her reasoning is, in order to become a fit female you need to change your mindset and start acting like one today. Even if you're nowhere near your goal. Picture it and live it.
It is her opinion that even if you lose the weight and achieve the body you've always wanted, you likely won't be able to hold on to it long term if you can't see it.
I call it the fat mentality, and I see a lot of this here on the SP boards. We seem to see what we want to see, not what is real.
If you see yourself as fat and frumpy you will be fat and frumpy. So, even if you're fat and frumpy right now, act thin and healthy. Strut your stuff proudly and fake it til you make it.
So I guess what she's saying is, get your head in the game and your mind in the right place first. Herein might very well lie the secret to end yoyo dieting once and for all.
Friday, December 31, 2010
2010 - it's been fun!
Well, 2010 turned out to be one of my tougher years.
Many lessons had to be learned in self preservation and letting go.
Here is the lighter side. It truly demonstrates the progression of my year:
While my computer password started out as "happy 2010" in January, I changed it to "2010 sucks" sometime in the summer and again to "still sucks" in the fall. This is a true reflection of how my year went.
Realizing that even if I lead by example I cannot control the outcome is a hard pill to swallow.
Keeping the faith when I see disaster strike, and still somehow believing that somewhere somehow there will be a happy ending is quite a stretch.
Being able to function, keeping normalcy in my life, and trying not to lose my mind, while things around me crumble, takes a great amount of self discipline.
I am thankful that I have made it through all of this year's tests, trials, and tribulations and I credit the constants, the routines in my life.
I have come to appreciate (and have relearned to enjoy) the little things in life.
Sunshine on my shoulders really does make me happy.
As we move into a new year I'd like to send best wishes to all my SparkFriends (y'all make me happy, too :)).
We don't know what the new year will bring, but whatever it is, no matter what the situation, let's work on making the best of it.
And since this is SP, I wouldn't feel right if I did not post my SP update for the year. I'm ending the year with a 3 lb. net loss and 700 minutes short of my activity minutes goal of 12,000.
I'll renew my activity minutes goal for 2011.
As far as food is concerned, the focus is on incorporating more veggies and fruits.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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.
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