Wednesday, October 06, 2010
I am going to be out of commission for a day or two. My daughter brought the galloping cruds home from her school and now we all have it. I will try to work in some fitness minutes, and for sure I will be drinking plenty of water, but I just thought I should let my Lady Bugs know.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
It is not easy working my 120 + minutes of fitness into my day. I have never exercised this much in my life, and I am feeling it. But I'm sleeping better, and I feel like I am managing my emotions better. But it's hard!!!
I went to the gym, but I wasn't feeling it, so I made my husband go for a walk outside with me after we put in our usual hour. We talked about what we're "giving up" by using our free time together to work out. Mostly tv and movies, and video games, was what we discovered. Accomplishments that don't mean anything in the real world. Who cares if I'm caught up on Desperate Housewives? The tivo isn't going anywhere. And when I do get a chance to catch up, I'll have earned it.
Am I alone? Do you feel like 2 hours of your day is too much to commit to a healthier life? I want to think that I will continue my streak even when this challenge ends. It's been painful making this healthier change, but I'm hoping that what I get out of it will more than make up for the discomfort that I'm feeling now. Anyway, this makes 5 in a row. I'm going to see if I can log all 56 days at 120 minutes. Are you with me? Go Lady Bugs!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Okay, I don't have anything inspirational today. All I have is a sore booty. Like, unbearably sore, take 3 advil sore. Because I wanted to try something new.
I have a collection of workout dvds that I don't use. Mostly because when I was heavier they were too hard and would make me cry, and my number one rule of a workout dvd is that it shouldn't make me cry. But now that I have lost weight, and am in much better cardiovascular shape, I thought, 'Hey, I'll try something new today!'
Well, the belly dancing videos that I bought a year ago called to me. So I did the Belly Dancing Buns workout, which was a lot of isolated booty squeezes. Like, hundreds of isolated gluteal squeezes. I didn't even know that you could squeeze them seperately. Well, maybe I knew that in theory, but not in a real and practical way. I sure do now.
I don't know that I will be working this dvd into my regular fitness routine. I am kind of in love with my Leslie Sansone walking dvds, and they don't make my booty so sore that I have to blog about it. But it was fun for one day...
Monday, September 27, 2010
Today has been strange. This morning my husband went fishing with his step-dad and uncle, and I dropped both of my "girls" off at school (the 3 year old went to preschool, and the 89 year old went to the Braille Institute). I found myself, for the first time in years, with a completely empty house and nothing to do.
It made me realize that I used to spend my free time shopping or eating. Or thinking about eating. Or planning to go shopping. Or sewing, because I love sewing, but my machine is tucked away while our house is going through its accidental remodel (which means that sewing was OUT). So what to do?
I went to the gym! Ha!!! If you had told me 6 months ago that I would choose to go to the gym over going shopping I would looked at you like you were crazy. Heck, I looked at myself in the mirror like I was crazy, but I went anyway. I never go by myself, so I'm super grateful that Jake made me program our gym membership numbers into my phone "just in case". Ha!!! I am still a little giddy. It was nice and friendly and (most importantly) air conditioned. I got my workout in (Go Lady Bugs!!!!) and overall it was a super positive experience. It helped that my ipod was in my purse, loaded with great songs and ready to go. It also helped that it is 105 degrees out right now, and my house is NOT air conditioned, so going home after dropping off my grandma didn't sound like fun.
I love this challenge. It is making me stretch out of my comfort zones.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Yesterday morning I felt great. I was down 3 pounds, which in itself is the start of an amazing day, but it pushed me over the 50 pounds lost mark for this year, which I am just over the moon about. And then, because my old jeans literally fell off of me (on the way up a flight of stairs, so funny!) I got a new pair of walking capris from Old Navy which were marked XXL on the price tag, but were only a XL on the inside label (which I had neglected to check in the store) but when I tried them on, they fit! Yay!
I want to keep this as positive as possible, and I am completely thrilled with my victories, but why is it so much easier to let one little thing that went wrong undo all the good feelings of success? Is my 3 year-old's temper tantrum in a store really more powerful than losing a 3 pounds? And why would I allow that to deflate my day so completely?
Perhaps this is why I haven't had the success that I've wanted in the past. I've allowed the things that go wrong to be much more important than the things that go right.
I am sure I'm not alone in this messed up way of looking at things, but I am going to challenge myself to try to skim over the rough spots in my day and savor the sweet ones today. I know it won't be easy, but living in the negativity isn't either.
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