Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I am deeply upset about Heath Ledger's death at such a young age. He was truly talented (and a hottie to boot). I feel so sad for his little girl. I hope his family finds peace in this difficult time. What a shame!
Sometimes I think our society has sunk to a new low when it comes to our obsession with celebrities and their lives. People flocking to his apartment building. Bothering his family. Exploiting his life and speculating on what happened no matter how true or untrue it will turn out to be. So tacky!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
As I have mentioned here before, I usually walk to the gym. It's about a mile each way. Today, we are having a snowstorm. Unfortunately for me, I've noticed that it seems to rain or snow a lot on Thursdays, which is when I go to my favorite fitness class: Body Pump. Not wanting to miss it, I have been known to walk to the gym in snow and icy drizzle. And that was totally my intention today. But I got halfway down the block and turned right back around. It was just not going to happen this time. LOL! I am looking outside my window right now and I am so glad I decided to stay home where it is warm.
So anyway, instead I found a Walk Away the Pounds DVD that my MIL gave me in December when my husband and I were visiting. She had ordered it for herself but realized that was not the one she meant to buy and offered it to me. I hadn't used it until now because I am more of a gym girl than an at-home exerciser. But today seemed like a great opportunity to try it out.
I apologize to any Leslie Sansone fans out there (I know there are a lot) but BOY is she annoying! I noticed there is a feature where you can select "music only" instead of "music and instruction." I chose the instruction because this was my first time doing any WATP DVD, but I am DEFINITELY going to select "music only" next time. As for the workout itself, it was pretty good. It's a relatively low-cost and simple option if you want to get a workout in at home. I read and sometimes post on a Spark message board thread called "How to Actually Start Exercising" and I think a WATP DVD would be a great way to start out, as there are beginner levels, you are not using any heavy equipment and you don't do anything crazy -- just move your arms and legs.
As for my workout today, I only burned 234 calories even though the DVD says "advanced." However, it is 234 calories more than what I would have burned sitting around and not doing any type of workout since I skipped the gym. I worked up a sweat. Got my booty moving. I feel good.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Currently I have my goal date set at February 27, which is my 33rd birthday. Will I make it? Can I do it? I have 21 pounds to go. That is a huge amount of weight to lose in a month and 13 days. I really want to make it. It will be tough, but I don't want to reset my goal yet again.
I didn't know quite what to expect the first time I didn't make my goal on the date I specified with Spark. As that date drew near, I thought that maybe Spark would send me an e-mail saying something like, "Sorry, you didn't make it. Would you like to reset your goal date?" But I got no such e-mail and that day came and went just like any other day. I just reset it on my own. That is probably a good thing, since Spark is all about encouraging its members and positive reenforcement.
Since I am in Stage 4 with Spark, I do get "checkup" e-mails from time to time asking me to rate how I feel about different areas of my progress.
With me, that is a tricky question. I just never know how I am going to feel about my progress tomorrow or the next day. I am consistenly going back and forth between being super proud of my accomplishments (wow, I have lost 42 pounds!!) and being impatient and stressed out (yikes, I only have a little over a month to make goal)!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
So yesterday, I weighed in at 136 pounds. According to my BMI, that means I am now at a normal weight!! At 137 pounds, I was still overweight. So this 1 pound loss is actually a milestone of sorts. Woo hoo!
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