Tuesday, November 01, 2011
It is the greatest feeling when every pair of pants you own fit with just enough room to spare to make you feel like a million bucks.
You ponder whether you should now go for the next smaller size, but then it hits you, you have arrived.
After years of hard work, and not so hard work, of being on task, and totally off track, of falling, getting up, losing, gaining, standing still, and wanting to run head first into a wall, you finally realize that you are at the finish line.
You look in the mirror and like what you see; for the first time in a long time.
And then you realize that in reality you have been at your current weight for months, and that finally your head has caught up, and you can now see the real you.
Yes, there is of course always room for improvement, and those abs can definitely profit from ongoing core training, and those arms need to continue lifting weights, and Zumba will help slim and shape those thighs.
But all that has nothing at all to do with losing more weight: you're 5'5", weigh in at 129 lbs, are not 20 any more, can fit into a size 4 but prefer the roominess of a size 6.
The mind is rigid, slow, and stubborn and can greatly distort your body image. Once your head/mind catches up to reality this battle is won.
But, maintenance definitely does not mean that you've figured it all out...
There are still so many things to work on and fine-tune.
My focus for November 2011:
Get 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. This continues to be a challenge.
1000 fitness minutes: Zumba, Kwando, Strength, Yoga.
At least 7 hours of sleep every night.
Cultivate my friendships (and don't be such a hermit).
Let go! Get out there and live, and laugh, and enjoy.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
We are training 3 days a week but have not exactly been following the intervals as prescribed by the training plan. We've been making our own intervals.
It's been going well so far. We actually ran 5K today - in 33 minutes.
Since this is the very first time in my life I did a 5K this will be my baseline.
I have 2 more weeks of training before I run my official 5K. So the goal now is to improve on the time.
Oh, and my chocolate bars are still resting comfortably in the pantry.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I got up way too early today, so I had time to mess around on the computer while drooling into my first cup of coffee (there's a visual for you :).
This morning I was thinking about hidden inflammation. Not sure if this is the new buzz word or the old buzz word, but there seems to be enough evidence out there that links hidden inflammation to all kinds of chronic illness. Some go as far as to say that every modern disease is caused or effected by it.
This is a huge huge topic, but here is what I gather:
Root causes are:
Lack of exercise
Focusing on 'poor diet', this article names the top 10 inflammatory foods.
I thought it was pretty informative, but at the same time I found myself wondering what was left after reducing and/or eliminating all those foods.
So here is the counterpart, the top 10 anti-inflammatory foods:
At this point I would like to insert a rant about consumerism, about how the almighty buck rules the world, and maybe even my conspiracy theories, hehe, but I'll spare you.
I'm meeting my neighbor for breakfast and it's time to go. Looking very much forward to a nice and friendly chat over coffee, toast, and a bowl of fresh fruit.
Update on my chocolate/candy bar challenge. They are still resting quietly in my pantry. Actually none of them have called my name yet, and if they do, I'm still prepared to stare them down.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
I claim temporary insanity when I picked up a 30-pack of assorted Hershey's chocolate bars at Costco this afternoon. No, not mini bars - the real thing. What was I thinking?
Well, I was thinking that the goody shelf in my pantry has been bare for many weeks and I'd pick up a treat for my teenager. Yes, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Okay, I have since come to my senses and have decided, I won't touch any of those chocolate bars. None!
I'm going to stare down this chocolate!
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Today started Week 2, Day 1 of my 5 week training program.
This week's intervals are 3 minutes walk and 1-1/2 minutes run.
I did 2-1/2 11-minute miles!
This marks progress! All throughout last week we ended up with 12-minute miles. Let's see if we can keep it up.
These are, of course, all flat ground miles. Actually, we're running the indoor track at the gym. Mainly because it's usually dark when we have time to run. Hopefully this weekend I can take my training outside.
Bonus about running at the gym - Zumba class started right after I finished my walk/run, so I went ahead and did 75 minutes of that.
As I said in my feed a couple of days ago: Hard workouts keep me sane.
On the personal/family front, life still sucks with no end in sight.
My crazy, stressful job keeps me sane. (See, I told you it was bad!)
My workouts keep me sane!
My SparkFriends keep me sane!
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