Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I had all the best intentions in the world to get to the gym this morning for my 9 a.m. BOSU class. However, I got completely sidetracked and missed the time I was supposed to leave. It's a snowy day so I decided to stay home and do my Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVD.
I know I've blogged about it before...but it doesn't get any better, people. Nope, each time it's worse than I remembered, even with her voice muted. March in place. Step from side to side. Walk backwards. Walk forward. Kick. That's about it. Gaaaaaaaaaaaah, it was soooo boring. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
I chose the 5-mile continuous option from the menu, and I couldn't wait to be done. I wanted to quit so badly, but made myself stick with it. An hour and 10 minutes later, I burned a whopping 300 calories. Although typing this feels like I am burning more calories than I felt I was burning during this workout.
I think I need to just give this workout DVD away to someone who will appreciate it. Any takers? I am supposed to be receiving some Turbo Jam DVDs in the mail sometime soon. I anxiously wait for the mail every day. LOL!
Sorry for the rant, I'm just truly annoyed with myself for missing my class. Winter has not been kind to my workout routine. I've got to stop using bad weather as an excuse. But I am giving myself a pat on the back for at least doing something today.
P.S. I did yoga on Saturday. I've decided I am NOT a Yogi. It's hard for me to keep my balance with the poses. I didn't feel "in tune" with my body. I wasn't burning many calories ( I know that is not the point, though). Anyway...I left the class halfway through. I did give yoga a fair shot. Three times. What is wrong with me? I'm just not enjoying any of my workouts lately. LOL!! :) :)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Today was kind of a weird day for me in terms of fitness. It's the first warmer day we've had in a while, so I had no excuse not to walk to the gym. It was a nice walk. Once there, I had planned to do 1 hour of the Arctrainer, which usually is no problem. However, after 10 minutes, I just wanted to get off the thing! Grrrrrr.... I made myself stay on for 25 minutes. I played a Jillian Michaels podcast on my iPhone and tried to just concentrate on that to pass the time. Then I did 15 minutes on the Stairmaster and 10 minutes on a stationary bike. This really helped to break up the monotony and keep me interested enough to get in a decent workout. I hope tomorrow will be a better, more energetic day. I might do yoga, followed by circuit training. Haven't done yoga in about a month.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I just heard a story about a couple in London who wanted to adopt a child but weren't allowed to because the husband's BMI (42) is too high and he is considered morbidly obese. The adoption agency is concerned that he might die.
Hmmmm...I don't know what to say about this. I can _kind of_ see their point, but how can they know when anyone will die? (I wonder if they also deny smokers the opportunity to adopt.) And how many obese people have children every day? If they are otherwise loving and caring parents, I don't think this should be a huge issue. I'm sure there are many, many skinny people out there who are unfit parents. Seems a bit unfair to me.
What do you think?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Anyone on Facebook? If so, maybe you have the same problem.
Lately, I've been thinking about people I've lost touch with over the years. The reason I am thinking of them is because ever since I joined Facebook many months ago (so much fun!), I've been reuniting with old friends and classmates.
There are people we lose touch with accidentally, either because we move away and somehow lose their contact information, or for whatever reason life takes you in different directions. Those are the people I am THRILLED to reconnect with.
But unfortunately, there are people we lose contact with on purpose — because you find you are no longer compatible, or their personality traits don't mesh with yours, or because you just don't have much in common anymore. The drawback to Facebook is that there is a good chance those people will also find you, even if you don't want to be found.
Of course, you are under no obligation to add them to your list of friends, and unless you do, they won't be able see your profile. But then the situation becomes sticky in terms of Facebook "etiquette." Do you respond to the request with a message telling them you do not wish to be in contact and the reason(s) why? Do you just click "ignore" (is that rude)? Or do you accept their friend request (thereby granting them access to your profile) but never interact with them?
Currently, I have two such "friend" requests hanging out in my Facebook queue because I haven't yet decided what to do. I need to consider what the circumstances were that brought our relationship to an end, whether they still matter all these years later, whether the person might have changed, and whether having the person back in my life would truly make me happy. It's a tough call sometimes, but in the end, the most important thing is one's own well-being.
You might be wondering why I am writing about this here. What does it have to do with healthy eating and fitness? Well, I believe that in order to be happy and healthy, it is sometimes necessary to weed out toxic people from your life. If someone isn't supporting you, or is bringing you down, or doesn't value or respect you as a person, you have a right to choose not to interact with that person. By eliminating your exposure to people who sap the positive energy out of you, you will be happier and better able to focus on living a healthy and fulfilling life.
It's important to surround yourself with positive people, those who genuinely want the best for you!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
I have to figure out my calorie range now that I am in maintenance mode. Spark has my range between 1530 and 1880, but how do I know that this is truly the range I need? I guess I have to trust the process. But I am scared of going too high in calories; lately I find myself at the top end of this range. I am just wondering how to figure out the sweet spot -- the perfect daily caloric intake that will keep my weight in check.
On another note: It is a nasty, rainy day today. I WILL NOT let this derail my plans to go to the gym. I walked to the gym in rain, sleet or snow last year. I don't know why it's so difficult this year.
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