Wednesday, April 27, 2011
My computer was a bit temperamental yesterday, but here is my update on my Monday water class.
As a non-water person, I was surprised at how much fun I was having.
This is a morning class, so your general population in this class was 55 and over.
And then there was me and my daughter :) Very friendly crowd though.
The instructor, get this, is in his mid 80's. I'm not kidding. He could, however, easily pass for early 70's. So people, keep exercising, and keep eating right...
Music stuck in the 1970's. Imagine rocking out to Dancing Queen and YMCA.
What a complete blast, I was having a ball!
The workout itself, as with most workouts, can be as easy or as challenging as you make it.
Overall, it was a fun class and I'll do it again next Monday. This time I'll go in 30 minutes before the class and do some lap swimming to add to my overall workout.
Monday, April 25, 2011
I stumbled across this article today: "Nutrition Can Save America" by The Health Ranger, Mike Adams. I am subscribing to his daily newsletter, and while usually a bit controversial and cynical it's always a good read. (Actually, it's right up my alley :))
Sunday, April 24, 2011
This blog should be a lot less controversial than my last one, so nobody needs to get offended, 'cause this blog is all about me...
It is time for me to post another challenge to myself. The things I have in mind are rather long-term, so an Easter to Easter timeframe sounds fun. The deadline for this challenge is April 8, 2012: 350 days (351 days if you get technical, but I like round numbers).
Over the years I've become quite attached to exercise. Yes, really! I love working out! I'll keep my monthly goal at 1000 exercise minutes (and no, I don't count gardening, cleaning or any other routine activity, only real scheduled exercise.)
My weekly exercise routine contains cardio/kickboxing, strength training (body weight, bands, barbells, dumbbells - nothing pink anymore...), and yoga.
Starting tomorrow I will add a water exercise class. It may come at the expense of a regular cardio class, but I'm in desperate need to switch it up. Water exercise puts me way out of my comfort zone.
1.) Outside of the shower I don't like water.
2.) I had to buy a bathing suit.
3.) Did I say, I don't like water?
You will not find jogging or running on my list, not even as a future activity to get into. I don't jog and I don't run, never have and never will. However, biking and hiking are part of my spring/summer/fall plan.
Diet & food: I guess I can consider myself one of the "lucky" 5% who have lost weight and kept it off. But as we all know, luck has very little to do with it.
Regardless of my "scale success", I'm still struggling with balance in the food department. On a weekly basis I still yo-yo, concerning my food intake, and I'm not talking 200 calories over on certain days. When I go over it's more like 2000 over, and yes, it's all junk food, and then I spend the rest of the week making up for it.
The goal is to get a grip on this erratic behavior.
How am I planning to do this?
While I know much about food and nutrition, I want to know more. So, I have decided to sign up for a course in wellness and nutrition. This is where my interest lies. I have decided on an online course, so I can do my studying when it's most convenient for me.
Concerning dieting and getting fit, undoubtably, emotions get in the way. This process needs to be fact based in order to work efficiently and long-term. Especially us female types are prone to put way too much emotion into this process. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying turn of your emotions, but for the purpose of getting fit and losing weight they are not helpful. So, no whining and get on with it.
And before somebody says 'but you'll need to have short-term and medium-term goals in order to arrive at your long-term goals' here it is:
Short-term: Sign up for my wellness and nutrition class, add water exercise class to my weekly routine, get my bike tuned up.
Deadline: April 30, 2011.
Medium-term: Apply what I learn in my nutrition class and work out some sensible meal plans. Especially dinner leaves to be desired. Those bowls of cereal or greek yogurt just don't satisfy. Have plan in place and ready to implement for a week's worth of sensible dinners.
Deadline: June 30, 2011
Long-term: The main goal stays the same: Lose the last 10 and maintain at that level. I see now that I'll need to change my behavior some more in order to accomplish this goal.
Deadline: April 8, 2012
Well, this is getting way too long.
I'll blog as I go along.
Happy Easter to all!
Would you believe it's raining in Southern California on Easter?!?
Sunday, April 10, 2011
...here's a paradox.
And no, I don't believe you're a winner for trying.
As it pertains to losing weight and getting fit, trying is just another word for failing. Do or don't.
Get real, get tough, suck it up, and stop whining! You'll be so much better for it.
Is your diet failing you, or are you failing your diet?
Here's one to ponder.
Let's all be winners today!
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