Sunday, July 24, 2011
The switch is being flipped and I am working on centering my life around me. DH wanted to go to the store today, and I told him I could go, but I would need to a) go workout first, and b) go pick up some produce. So he went to the store by himself and I went and handled my weight training (woo hoo) and stopped to get strawberries. I am proud of myself for not taking myself off the docket. I am also proud of how I got through the exercise. I rocked it!
Overhead press, chest press, row, arm extension, bicep curl, and drumroll please, ... the lat pulldown. It is an easy exercise to do and it does get strength and tonight for your back and delts, but the one issue I have struggled with is getting up after the lift. My legs are weak compared to rest of me and it is hard for me to get up without having something to push off of. I concentrate and focus on making my legs spring up and it helps me get up - 4 times in a row. (The last time getting off the machine.)
Patting myself on my back - I am proud of my actions and that I am rocking my plan.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Endorphin Kick! I have happy head. Induced from a round of Wii Country Dance.
Got the country IN CASE DH wanted to Dosey doe. For the time being, that seems to be a lost cause, but I will continue two-stepping just the same.
Feeling mentally well and able to handle curveballs better when I have my wheeee on.
Working my schedule and plan. Things are coming together for me. Here's a reminder for all of us sparkies, though I constantly have to remind myself. Put yourself on your to-do list. Without you, there ain't nothing worth living for. :) We have to be kind and loving to ourselves, even if sometimes kind and loving comes in the form of a shove to get moving.
What have you pushed yourselves to do sparkies?
Monday, July 18, 2011
I'm making adjustments and getting myself back into a routine that includes regular exercise, stress relief and sparking. All in all, a good thing. It is taking some practice to get into the habit of making real time for myself, not just squeezing out little bits here and there. It takes an effort. It takes a thought process and a commitment to make it actually happen, and not just be something I mean to do, but just never get around to it.
My office was renovated for me last week. It was a thought bubble in my boss' head but it materialized and he made it happen for me. Wow. It's a big deal to me. I didn't ask for the changes, but already I feel really good about it. It is nice when someone treats you like you really matter. It shows in their attitude. We should absolutely have the same good feelings aimed towards ourselves. We need that same good will.
Here's to arming ourselves with self worth, and the belief that we do matter and need to do things for ourselves that further our own cause. I am doing really good on the front to improve my blood sugar. It's been under 100 all week for my fasting pre-breakfast number. Good stuff! Now, if I could only get a better handle on my weight. I know if will start to drop when I pay more attention to portions and more attention to consistently exercising. I am working on it. For the meantime, the high number is not in the mood to budge. I'll fix that, among other things.
Happy day sparkies. Try to stay cool!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I've been exercising with intent for exactly one day now.
I had to go to an all day business retreat yesterday. I started the day off by getting up early, going to the gym, working out on the stationary bike for 20 mins.
I felt calm all day. In the past, I would be overly irritated by having to deal with the few people that royally get on my nerves. They didn't or should I say, I didn't let them. I felt relaxed and confident.
I neglected to take my blood sugar before I started exercising, but I still took it before I ate breakfast. 89 !!! That is my lowest score to date. My levels are a game of inches, everything effects the number, but minutely slow. My best reading until then was a 95. It took me months for it to be lower than 96. and then Bam, on the bike and it's 89. Whoa!
It blew me away that the bike could make that much difference. That is a GIANT incentive for me to keep it up. My blood sugar is telling me, Exercise, dammit! And I am going to do it.
I am doing other things lately which have also helped in cutting the number back - stopped eating late at night, and I am making progress on the eating more cleanly front as well. It's all coming together for the greater good. Mine!
What was your lightbulb moment, sparkies?
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
This has been a weird month for me, but I have come out on top. Unfortunately, that is where my weight is sitting also. Weighed myself this morning as a starting point, and I see now that I am at my highest weight. If I didn't face it, I would just be doing more hiding, and that only leads to more damage and more of the same.
I have not been exercising. Quitting the gym did save on finances, but it did not save on my health. I am not a disciplined person. If I am not forced, I will not do, even if I know it is the absolute best thing for me. It spills over into workouts, eating, and even homework. I do tend to go through phases where I become a virtual machine and nothing can stop me. Those moments seem to be few and far between lately. I need a little bionic man intervention!
In this past month, I have dealt with my uncle's death (and subsequent visit to a crematorium (now, that's a weird place!) my dad being hospitalized, followed by my mother being hospitalized within a couple of days of him getting out. She is still in there.
I am trying to pull myself together, and I will. I am working from home today and have jumped off with my to do list. Being active helps, and I am going to get myself in order. It has been too long where I have accepted that it is OK to be like this. It's not. I see myself on a crash course for death if I don't make some drastic changes pronto.
It's time for me to bury my past, and step out into the future.
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