Sunday, May 08, 2011
This is the summer I will take my long awaited trip to Colorado. This trip was a part of my motivation for getting fit and loosing extra pounds. I had a thought, dream, idea that I would be at my goal weight of 147 by July 16th. For me to achieve that goal I would need to loose 19 pounds in 68 days...loose 19 pounds in 9.7 weeks. That's 2 pounds per week. Can I do that? I'm not sure.
My former self would have responded to this question with an enthusiastic "sure, I can do that!" And then I would have procrastinated until a few days before the trip. I would have not lost a pound. I would have felt defeted. Not good!
My past does not dictate my future. With the knowledge I've learned and the changes I've made in the last 3 months I am going to say out loud..."I know how hard I have to work to loose 2 pounds per week and with that knowledge I am going to work hard at achieving that goal!"
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Because most of us have it and those who do, want to be shed of it!
I think the word baggage gets a bad rap. Baggage alone is necessary. When you go on a trip you need a certain amount of baggage to make your trip enjoyable. It's when the word excess gets placed in front of baggage that it's a problem. When you check your baggage at the airline ticket counter, they weigh it, and it weighs over the limit...that is excess baggage.
My destination is 145 pounds. I am looking forward to the trip. I am taking time learning what I need to place in my baggage to make my trip enjoyable. The challenge is to identify what is excess, and not pack it.
I am ready. I look forward to all aspects of this trip.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
So, it's a lazy Saturday morning in my slippers. I have a fair amount of tasks on my to do list. After breakfast, my whole day was going to start with a workout on the treadmill. A little cereal and fruit, a little coffee, a little news, a little more coffee, a little internet surfing, a little lounging, a little coffee...you get the picture.
Time was quickly slipping away as I was spiraling down into deep lounge mode in my fuzzy, warm slippers. The more time passed the better my fuzzy, warm, faux lamb skin slippers felt. I saw my whole day pass before me in my mind. What I didn't see in it was my workout. My motivation was "slippering" away and I had no idea how to stop it from doing so.
Then these words popped into my mind...just put on your shoes. As I slipped my feet out of those fuzzy, warm, faux lamb skin slippers and into my athletic shoes, my attitude changed and so did my day. I was surprised to physically feel different. Instead of a feeling of lounging my day away I had the feeling of get 'er done. And I did. Within minutes I was working out and my day finally began.
A change of shoes changed my attitude.
Saturday, April 02, 2011
A Glimpse at Maintenance
I love my Mother. I lost her when we were both way too young. She was all kinds of amazing. She was especially a good country cook. Many of her recipes were handed down, including her potato salad.
It is always a special event when my family gets together. And what do you serve at special events? The families favorite recipe...potato salad! I have been trusted with Mom's recipe box. That's where you will find, on a small yellow scrap of paper written in red ink, the dressing recipe. Real mayonnaise...sugar...mustard...(the rest is too secret to share ;-) ) Talk about intense calories!
Well last weekend was one such occasion. To make a wonderfully long story short, between 7 of us we ate 5 pounds of Mom's potato salad. When I stepped on the scale on Monday I weighed 2 pounds more that I did on Friday. My weigh in is Wednesday and I did not want to show a gain!
Without even thinking about it I shifted into "maintenance mode". I ate the low end of my caloric intake per day and turned up the volume on my exercise. To my surprise I was back down the 2 pounds I gained over the weekend!
My ah ha moment of the week is the idea that someone who has reached their goal weight, someone who is in maintenance, someone who is "skinny" still pays attention to what they weigh. If they have a pound or two gain they don't freak out, emotionally eat, think it's the end of the world. They just buckle down and take it off!
A glimpse at maintenance...a great lesson learned.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
A body at rest will stay at rest, a body in motion will stay in motion.
I would have never guessed that Sir Isaac Newton's discoveries would have such an affect on my life 30+ years after I learned about his 3 laws of motion. Specifically inertia.
I know what it is for my body to be at rest. The idleness, the motionlessness, to be at a standstill. For many years my body has been at rest, and just like Newton says, it wants to stay at rest. For the last 75 days I have taken small steps to get my body in motion.
I started with 10 minutes walking on the treadmill. I have taken small steps to create more motion. First a faster pace, then a greater incline. I have been increasing my time I spend on the treadmill. I am now up to 60 minutes. I added hand weights during one interval, then more speed...2.5...3.0...3.5. Then it occurred to me, this body in motion wants more motion! So I did it. First 4.0...then right on to 5.0. I was still on my feet, running!! My body in motion wanted more motion so on to 5.5 I went. I was running! I am a runner!
Thanks for the enlightenment, Isaac, I'll take it from here.
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