Tuesday, November 09, 2010
As I topped the third flight of stairs going to a client's home that I routinely visit, I suddenly realized I'd walked up them quickly, purposely, and wasn't out of breath as I reached the top. I owned those stairs. Its amazing to feel these changes happening physically!
At yoga today I was able to do a millimeter more, and after class I wasn't as worn out as last week.
Oh the times, they are a changing.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Today's mission, should I choose to accept it, was to do my ST and then rake up the many piles of leaves I raked Saturday into a large container and truck it up the steep hill in the back to toss over the fence for composting.
Being a frugal elf, I don't like putting leaves in plastic bags. Something just doesn't seem right about that.
Inner Whiner (we'll call her IW for short, as she is rather short) didn't like this prospect. "The hill's too steep" she whined. "I'm tired from the ST," although she did feel rather proud for accomplishing it.
So I made a game of chanting with each load.
One wasn't fun
Two we could do
"No more she whined!"
Three is easy, I huffed and puffed up the hill.
Four was a chore.
Five we're alive "just barely she wheezed"
Six, toss out those sticks
Seven ... I zoned out at seven and had no chant, had to stop for another water break
Eight was great
"I'm not great! This stinks! I want to be done!" Thighs were quivering and body was definitely tired.
Look at those rain clouds coming, I told her. We have to finish before the rain, which may turn to snow, which then will leave piles of sludge and wet leaves to haul, and then it will be really heavy, and...
Nine was fine.
Sweatin' to eleven (for sure and for certain!)
Twelve. Twelve was the last one. Twelve actually silenced IW. With twelve we delved into the forest and dumped the last load.
And that, is how just for a little while, this elf silenced her Inner Whiner, and got in 60 minutes of cardio.
Monday, November 08, 2010
This begins my third week with SP. I've been decluttering my mind and filling it with positive thoughts that are supporting the return to the real me.
I'm tracking what I eat off line in my journal, and making healthy choices on a daily basis. My thoughts are also supporting me whenever I feel a craving coming on.
What's different this time, is that I'm not going to worry when the scale takes a different turn, like it did yesterday -- a pound in the opposite direction. I've done this weight loss dance so much I know its not a fixed course. I didn't gain weight straight up, but veering side to side, sometimes up and down, so it's pretty guaranteed I'll lose it the same way. I'm just going to keep my focus on today, and do today's plan, and eat today's meals, and think today's thoughts.
I'm going to think like a sailboat that has to tack back and forth, sometimes going a tad back in order to gain momentum and move ahead, always filling my sails with Godspeed.
I'll continue doing ST three times a week. I can feel myself becoming stronger, and definitely more energetic.
Tomorrow I'll return to the new yoga class I've found, and am going to buy a punch pass for more classes. Eeghads, I may even go twice this week.
And in amazing synchronicity, my employment has just begun a wellness program with incentives, and I've signed up to get a digital pedometer and work towards walking 1,000,000 steps. I might as well get extra credit for the work I'm already doing. I've also been offered ways to get extra hours at work, which coincide with paying for my yoga pass! That was unexpected.
God and the Universe are telling me in many ways that this is the right direction, and the way has become easier to maintain and follow. I love it when that happens!
The spark is now a smoldering flame inside that I'm going to keep fueled with all that SP has shown me and my new habits. Today feels wonderfilled.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Yesterday I got in 3.5 miles of walking -- 2 from my regular routine, and the rest with a special needs client I work with. My spaghetti dinner with another client was extremely filling and I felt uncomfortable for hours after, thinking the scale was surely going to reveal the truth this morning. I'm already over for the week in fitness minutes and mileage, and my body could really feel it last night as I was exhausted.
When LO the truth that sets me free ... this morning it revealed I melted another 1.4 pounds! Woo freaking hoo!
Thursday, November 04, 2010
So grateful to see results on the scale this morning. I've officially melted away 2 pounds, so I put up a tracker and a ticker. I'm excited to see that what I'm doing is working. As they say, it works when you work it.
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