Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I love her body and curves. She's my inspiration!
Saturday, March 07, 2009
I'm going out for drinks with my childhood friend and sister tonight. It should be fun! I'll try my best not to drink too much. I rarely ever drink alcohol so this is a special occasion of a kind. But I'm sure we'll have a great time!
I've had a great day so far. Healthy foods, walking outside, some shopping, talking with my sister... It's been great. And I feel great too. So much more self-confident and happy! I know I can do this now. I'm ready for it.
Have a great Saturday night everyone! Stay healthy and safe - and have fun!
Friday, March 06, 2009
It can be difficult. I've heard it many times: the infamous frase that goes "Weekends don't count". Umm, excuse me? Since when? Many people work hard during the week and lose it on the weekends. And, to be completely honest, I was one of those people. There's something very tempting about weekends. It's time to relax and go out, sit in cafés, go to restaurants, meet friends... It's awfully easy to believe that weekends don't count and it's completely okay to over-indulge a little - it's just a normal way to relax and charge your batteries before another week of hard work.
But who are we kidding? I bet none of us want to wake up on Monday morning feeling bloated and regretting having the whole pizza or four shots of tequila with friends. Of course, weekends ARE the time for relaxing and charging batteries - but for me, that means that I can start the new week with a positive outlook and a feeling of pride for making the right, healthy choices even during the weekend. And yes, I might have some foods I wouldn't have otherwise - but if I do, I'll do so IN MODERATION. It doesn't mean binging. It doesn't mean putting your diet on hold for Saturday and Sunday. It doesn't mean skipping your workouts. No. It means staying within your calorie limits, working out as usual, relaxing, having healthy and delicious foods and desserts that leave you feeling happy and satisfied (instead of feeling guilty). It means commiting to your new healthy lifestyle AT ALL TIMES.
And don't get me wrong, I like having a bit of ice cream, some popcorn with a good movie or some dark chocolate after a meal. If I deny myself those pleasures completely I most likely will end up binging at some point. It's better to include all your favourite foods into your diet but also remember that all of your food and exercise choices must stay in balance.
So, this weekend I'm going to:
- Work out as usual
- Stick to my meal plan
- Stay within my calorie range
- Update Sparks
- Have treats IN MODERATION
- Enjoy myself!
And I promise you: By doing all this, I'll feel much, much better when the weekend is over! Have a great Friday everyone!
Thursday, March 05, 2009
This has been a pretty tough day with school from 10 am to 6 pm, a one-hour walk, grocery shopping, cleaning the flat and cooking dinner. But I'm glad I've still had time - and the energy - to do all the things I had planned for today. I wasn't feeling like working out after coming home from school but I did because I knew how proud of myself I would be for sticking to my plan. And I was right. I feel content. Today was another day of lifestyle change success.
I'm extremely motivated to do this right this time. And I want to stay motivated too when the times get rough and the cravings suddenly start. I just finished working with my Motivation Work Sheet and I'm going to hang it on my closet door (on the backside) where I will see it every day. I know it'll help me stay focused on my goals and remind me of what I really want - a brownie or a sexy bikini body for summer?
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I have never been a very athletic person. However, my father is (very much so), and when I was a child he did everything he could to make me and my sister fall in love with exercising. Little luck. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that we felt pressured and it was a huge turn-off for us. Maybe it had something to do with my in-born laziness. I don't know what it was, but exercise never became an active part of my life despite of my exercise-loving parents. Last summer, though, I started to take a 30-minute walk every morning and do strength training a couple of times a week. It worked well for about a month or so but for some reason I started coming up with new and new excuses for not taking a walk or working out ('I'm tired' or 'I don't have the time' etc.) until I finally had to face the facts: I had stopped working out - again. Completely. During my time here in Sparks, I've been fully aware of how important working out regularly (both cardio and strength training) when it comes to weight loss and overall health.
And yet, days turned into weeks and weeks into months and I still wasn't working out. Then, on Monday of this week, I decided something. NO MORE OF THIS; no more of these excuses; no more of slacking. This is my health and my future we're talking about. I'm not going to let anything stand in the way of the healthy new lifestyle I want for myself. And I want fitness to be a big part of it. I want a more active lifestyle - and I want to learn to love working out! Finally!
And you know what? I think I'm getting there. I know, I know, it hasn't been that long yet. After all, I've been working out regularly only for a few days but I already feel the difference. I thought I'd list a few of the things that I LOVE about exercising and remind myself why it plays such a huge role in a healthy lifestyle.
- While walking outside, you can really have some time for yourself. You can enjoy the break in your day and let your feet carry you to new places (and a new future!)
- The feeling you get after a good workout is well worth all the trouble (when you're tired and don't want to work out, remember this!)
- It helps your weight loss efforts
- It's good for your heart
- It's good for your health in general
- It builds stronger muscles that burn more calories
- Firms up your body so you'll look sexy in a bikini when the summer gets here!
- Working out regularly builds up momentum which will help you stick to your new healthy lifestyle
- It makes you more self-confident (when you realize that YOU CAN DO IT and start noticing all the great positive changes both in your body and your attitude!)
All I can say is that I definitely plan to stick to this new workout plan! I FEEL GREAT ALREADY!
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