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Summer of Self Improvement - Day 2

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day 2 at the gym went well. It started out with some help from a trainer. We visited for a few minutes, then he did a body fat analysis on me with the little hand-held instrument. Next he showed me how to use all the various weight machines, helping me find a good starting weight for each of them. I think I could have figured the machines out myself, but it was good just to be sure I was doing things right from the very beginning. After all that, I did some time on the treadmill, worked my way through some reps on a couple of machines, and then did a few minutes on the elliptical trainer before taking some time in the sauna and heading back home. Not too hard of a day, but enough to keep me going and get me motivated. Thanks to Kenny, the trainer, for his extremely encouraging words! The summer of self-improvement continues! Here's to another good day on Thursday! emoticon

  


My Big Step

Monday, June 21, 2010

So, I took a big step today. For the first time ever in my life, I became a member of a gym. I signed up at the local YMCA and proceeded to work out. Tomorrow morning I've got an appointment to do a body fat analysis and get oriented to all the equipment in the weight room.

I've never been able to bring myself to pay for a membership at a gym. First of all, I think they're overpriced. When it's the YMCA, though, I at least feel like my money's going towards a decent cause, rather than to line some rich people's pockets. Second, I don't really have the money for it. Honestly, i can't afford it. But I'm making myself afford it for the summer, at least, because I really need to get in shape and because my next reason -- no time (which really has been true, at least this past year in grad school!) no longer exists. But I figure if I actually make myself pay for it, then I'll make myself use it. I'm not one to waste money, for sure, especially when I don't have an extreme abundance of it.

Anyway, all that to say, this is a new thing for me. One that I'm not sure I'm looking forward to, but one that I know will be good for me. So... go me!

  


this week

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Goals for the rest of this week:
Starting weight: 179

Plan of attack: drink 8+ cups of water daily
make healthy choices when it comes to food
do some form of exercise twice more this week

  


My Motivation

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Now I know it's maybe not the most noble motivation in the world, but I'm going to make it work for me!

I'm planning on starting grad school in August and will be moving to a new town at that time. My goal is to drop 15-20 pounds in the 2 1/2 months between now and then. So like I mentioned in my last blog post just a few minutes ago (where I forgot to write all this...), my start weight is 179, so my goal is 160-165. I want to look good and make good impressions on everyone I meet this fall, while feeling good and confident about myself and how I look!

Here we go!

  


Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off to Work I Go!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

All righty, I know I've said this before and meant it, but this time I'm actually going to do it! I'm back on board for weight loss! I've lost 15-20 pounds since April 2008, but most of that work was finished nearly a year ago, and I've just been maintaining since then. And I'm relatively happy with where I am. That's been the problem. I'm very happy with what I've accomplished and am proud of myself. But I've still got a bit of work left to do. And what I've re-realized over the past few weeks is that that work will actually require... work. Duh! But really, for the past few months I've been thinking about wanting to lose some more weight and kind of toyed around with the idea, but I haven't been willing to make the changes in my life that it will actually require. No more!

So today's my new start date, and I know I'll have good days and bad days, but my hope is that the good will outnumber the bad. That's my goal. Motivation's not my strong point, especially as I have yet to find some exercise that I really enjoy while at the same time I really enjoy dessert way too much... Small daily goals that I'll be tracking on paper instead of online. Makes it more real to me that way.

Start weight today: 180
Goal weight for Sunday: 178

Now that's going to require some real work, especially watching my calories and upping my water intake, but I CAN DO IT!!!

  


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