Thursday, August 29, 2013
Again, thank you everyone for your encouragement and support. I appreciate it a great deal.
I'm about three weeks into the "90 Day Fitness Challenge" at the gym and it's going real well. Perhaps the biggest thing I've gained is that I'm now tracking my workouts with a Polar Heart Rate Monitor. I've found it to be so helpful. Plus it totally appeals to the tech geek in me. I seriously recommend training with one, at least once in a while, to anyone. That, in combination with some metabolic testing and VO2 testing, has really given me a good understanding of how workload affects fat burn v. cardio fitness.
My weight continues to jump around on the scale. That's cool with me for the most part. As long as it trends down in the long run, it's fine. The Personal Trainer who did my metabolic assesment, and who is tracking me through the Challenge, tells me I am gaining muscle. I'm just going to take her word for it. :-)
In the long term, as much as I would like to lose the weight, I am doing this because exercise really is one of the best treatments for MS related fatigue, MS related depression, improving circulation (which probably - not anecdotally - protects the brain), as well as lowering blood pressure, managing stress, lowering cholesteral, improving bone density, and preventing the onset of various other neurological ailments. I keep telling myself that. :-) But, I must believe it on some level, as I keep committing over and over again to myself and my health rather than just giving up. Every time I go to the gym, and lift some weights, and walk around the track, or on the treadmill, I'm giving the middle finger to the old MS, saying "F-you... you haven't got me yet, and that this rate, you aren't ever going to me me."
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Thank you everyone who offers me encouragement and support, especially when the application reports weight loss. In reality, I've been bouncing on the same +/- four pound plateau for a while now. Hoping to break through here any day.
Monday, March 19, 2012
I've been listening to the audio version of "The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" by Charles Duhigg. I've made it through the first third, which is about personal habits. It closely follows some of the same thinking as that illuminated in "Influencer: The Power to Change Anything" by Kerry Patterson et al. One of the core tenets of both is that in order for change to occur, there must be a belief that the change can occur. Without a belief in the ability to change, it's a non-starter. Duhigg's book indicates that one strategy or characteristic of individuals who are able to change their habits is a network or community of individuals who believe, even if and when the person attempting the change does not. For example, a network of individuals in AA who provide support in someone's believing they can overcome their addiction to alcohol. (Or, dare I say, a website of people attempting to lose weight and get healthier.) Even when an individual doesn't believe they can do it, being surrounded by those who do believe they can has the ability to transmit or instill the belief. Perhaps it's a bit of the idea that "belief is contagious." Or, even if I don't trust my own experience or reality, it is harder for me to dispute the reality of the collective - those who have lost weight, or been able to abstain from drinking. Both are interesting books. I do recommend them for some additional insight into leveraging oneself to be successful at change.
I am attempting to create a behavior trigger for when I leave the office after work to go directly to the gym. This will then become a habit. I think my attempting to shift back and forth between getting up in the morning and going, and then going after work on other days, has not helped. I find that if I actually get there, I do the workout. No problem at all. So, the key is getting there. I really don't suffer from lack of motivation. I just feel like I need and want to take it to the next level. By attempting to go every day I may need to scale back my intensity a bit - not lift weights every day, and not do HIIT every day - but I think the overall affect will be beneficial. This will get me off of my 4.3 average per week to more of a 5.5 average, which is where I want to be.
The food is going real well. I've cut out my morning sugar habit SOOOOO well. I am so pleased about that. Saturday was the first day I had donuts in 2 weeks, and I wasn't obsessing about them or anything. It felt completely normal and fine. I am lucky in not being a binge eater in that respect, or those would be my ultimate weakness. I'm finding that when I have healthier snacks around, it's a lot easier to not eat the high sugar stuff. I know. Rocket science.
Once again, thank you everyone for all of the encouragement and support! I appreciate your thoughts and comments. I'll weigh in today for my weekly check-in, and hope it goes well!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I think I've pretty much given up on the idea of trying to go to the gym in the morning before work. My fatigue in the morning is just too great. However, I am still very motivated to go after work. That seems to be working for me. I'm getting used to the newly refurbished Anytime, and I like it well enough. I'm liking the Precor elliptical machines. They have a 33 minute fat-burning routine that I like a lot. That and 10 minutes of walking as cool-down, plus some weight lifting, is a great workout.
I stood on the scale yesterday, and I'd lost a pound. That made me feel good. Of course I can vary by a single pound just by looking at a cupcake. Still, it feels like progress. The low glycemic index breakfasts are going well, and lunch as been going well, too. Evening snacking on things with a lot of refined sugar has gone WAY down. That is a big win. Doing the right things. Today I'm even substituting a bottle of water for a diet coke. What is the world coming to.
Monday, March 05, 2012
Oh my. Today I am "feeling the burn" from yesterday's elliptical in my quads. Haven't felt something like that in quite a while. It's a good thing. Means I'm working it. Planning a workout at Anytime Fitness after work - maybe notch it down a bit after yesterday. Shoulders are the weight group tonight. Yay. Gonna get nice defined delts and amazing traps.
I think I have decided to stay at Anytime for sure, and probably join the Y for the pool. The one near me doesn't have any joiners fee currently, and no contract. That's the good thing about SNAP - no contract. At least I won't be out a bunch of money leaving it.
Thank you everyone for your responses to my blog posts! Appreciate you taking the time to read, and your encouragement!
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