Friday, August 05, 2011
Today I found my alarm clock tucked under the covers and in my left hand. When I'm desperately tired and my alarm goes off I will hit the snooze button in a sleepy haze, grab the clock and pull it under the covers. Why? So not to wake the Mr if I feel a few more minutes of bliss are needed. Today, I don't remember the first alarm or the second snooze. I was out! I poured myself out of bed feeling the effects of my workouts. I stubble to the bedroom door to be greeted by the two fur balls ready to play and have a breakfast, unconditional love that early in the morning warrants a smile and a nudge.
I move on with my chores with sleep in my eyes and then settle in front of the scale. Yesterday's sneak peak showed a downward trend - today not so much. I step, look, reset, step again, look, and then just walk away. No need to be bitter about a number. The elusive 229.5 will be mine . . . maybe tomorrow or next week or next month. I've waited more than two years to see it - what's another day or week?! Okay, I'm a little bitter. Iím human!
When folks near and dear to me and those who I have just met have commented and asked about my weight loss over the past weeks I smile. When asked, "Are you losing weight again?" I reply with, "YA! I am! Thanks!" So it may not be pounds lost but my body is toning and shaping.
4 days & 480 fitness minutes = a tired KT! I'm tired, sore and have visible signs of water retention in my face. A slight headache has throbbed for 24 hours acting like a nuisance but not a hindrance.
Today I rest and repair. Tomorrow I begin again.
Today I rest. My body repairs.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Instead of running home after my Zumba last night I stuck around the gym. I took a short break to have a snack, then did 35 minutes on the elliptical before boxing was to start. I was determined to stick around. Fear was not going to win!
I stood alone at 8:05 wondering were the gang was and then I suddenly panic thinking, "What if it's only me? Alfredo will drill me into the ground if that's the case." HA! Fear not, two of my favorite veterans came to class and three newbies showed up. We all had a fantastic time in class. Well as much fun as one can have when being whipped into shape by a fierce boxing instructor. We punched, kicked, ran, drilled, foot work, jumped rope, and did pushups and situps until we were dripping with sweat. 120 minutes later we were done and completely exhausted.
The newbies were great and worked so hard. Last night I was no longer considered a newbie, I guess that's what three weeks of hard work get ya. I spared with Angelica, the youngest of the newbies. She was a real sweetheart looking for a place to fit in. Two weeks prior she had come out from Michigan to visit a cousin for a week and ended up staying, enrolling in college, getting a job and joining a gym. Talk about an adventure seeker.
To think, if I'd let fear win last night, if the fighter in me had quit, I would never have met Angelica. I would have missed an awesome workout too. I learned that sparing with someone different is just that different but allows me to expand my range.
Repeatedly people I know and don't know have asked me if I'm losing weight or have commented on how good I look. Courage. Determination. Health. They all look good on me.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Suck it up and Box is my mantra this afternoon. My sparing partner won't be in class tonight which means I will be paired with someone I don't know. Aak! My first reaction is to run for home after Zumba is over but that would only feed my fear and anxiety. I don't like the new and unknown and I certainly don't like proving myself to the veterans of the group. I've prepared my day mentally and physically around boxing tonight. When I got up, I gave myself a pep talk about going regardless. When I ate lunch, I ate a few more carbs than I normally do so I'd have energy to burn tonight. When I brought my snacks, I packed to go to Zumba, other cardio and boxing. When I packed my gym bag(s) I packed like I'd go to boxing. Therefore I must go - fear and anxiety in toe.
I can do this! I might be winded during some of the combinations but I can do this. I can only get better, fitter and faster when I participate. When I sit out due to fear, I quit on myself. Ya, that's not gonna happen! "Suck it up and Box"
Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear. ~Anthony Robbins
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
I thought I'd share the information from Doc. Enjoy. Take away from it what you will.
I am pleased to announce a recording of my free lecture on weight loss is available for any one who is interested. Please pass the link on to friends and family. Look for more of these "fireside" chats in the future and feel free to suggest topics of interest for me to cover.
Monday, August 01, 2011
Life can change in a blink of an eye - hug those you love today, tomorrow and each day that follows. Love yourself endlessly. Know you are perfect. Know that you are loved. Life can change in a blink of an eye.
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