Tuesday, March 11, 2014
This link was sent to me by my daughter, who encouraged me to join a gym and continues to inspire me every day.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Remember The Music Man? Professor Harold Hill was a con man who convinced a community in Iowa to hire him and invest in musical instruments for their children's school band. And because it was a con, Professor Hill, who couldn't read or teach music, tried to assure the students that if they just would 'think Minuet in G', they would learn to play-- as if this would magically work.
Kinda like weight loss, right? Just because I want to be rid of this extra weight, it does not mean that it will magically disappear. There is no wishing for it without doing the work. So I've decided to stop conning myself and have been dutifully tracking, eating (mostly) good whole food, going to the gym regularly, and setting my intention to change my view towards living a happy, healthy life. And it's working -but very slowly and that is frustrating to me. So I guess I'm still wishing for a little magic. Won't happen, I know-- so one day, I'll stop wishing and maybe then I will really understand about the forever part. I just have to stay focused on what I know is true. And maybe I'll download Minuet in G on my playlist as a gentle reminder that there is no substitute for hard work and lots of practice.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Too much shoveling and maybe not enough bending my knees... I pulled my back out last night and had a difficult time at work today so I thought it best not to go to Zumba class tonight. I got home and decided that I would do easy stretching and some strength training because it just didn't feel right to do nothing. Wow- what a difference a few weeks can make.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Pitchers and catchers reported this week which means six weeks until Opening Day. I still look forward to the opening of baseball like I did when I was a kid. Renewal, new possibilities, and boundless optimism are all part of the mystique of Spring Training. This year, I intend to make it very personal. I will be very selfish, like all atheletes have to be, and focus on myself: my mental and physical health well being. And although I will still be a work in progress by the end if March when the season begins, I will have 6 weeks of commitment under my belt toward reaching my goals. Hey, baseball is a long season. 162 games. I'm in it for the long haul.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I worked up the courage to participate in classes at my gym and--ta da -- I really love it.
The class that first caught my eye is called Shred 55. Ok, so I couldn't help thinking: 'cool, I'll shred 55 lbs- that's right up my alley'. I realized that the only quick shredding is of my inhibitions. It is a high intensity cardio and strength class that taxes every part of my resolve, but after 7 weeks, I'm beginning to feel as though I can do this! I have to modify lots of the moves, and I can't do a sit-up to save my soul, but the bottom line is that I'm progressing.
My other favorite class is Zumba. I am in awe the instructor, not just for her boundless energy and total absence of body fat, but more for her ability to encourage and inspire everyone in the class. And I mean to tell you that my coordination is almost non-existent. It's as if I'm part of a comedy skit - and I'm the comedic relief. But, hey, I'm moving for 60 minutes, and having great fun while I'm doing it. My knees are sore, but I figure that as soon as I begin unloading some of my excess baggage, I won't have as much stress on my knees.
My last group class is Sunday morning yoga. Just as hard, but in a completely different way. And there are some real pros in that class but they are very inclusive of the newbee's.
So what have I accomplished in the past 7 weeks? The biggest 'Wow' has been that exercise is not as awful as I was certain it was going to be. After all, I had spent many years telling myself that all that fitness stuff was just somebody trying to sell me something. But what I'm realizing is that, although I am sore, and sometimes a little cranky, and have not lost as much weight as quickly as I would like, exercise makes me feel better in my head. And it's my head that has to change first before my body is ever going to follow.
By the way, I do have to shred 55. So I'm going to keep on moving 'cause I have miles to go before I get there. And I'm beginning to believe that I can -- if I just keep on moving.
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