Sunday, December 25, 2011
As I was working out on Th and F this week, I decided that "appearances" (my last blog) was closer to what I should be reading thank writing. I need to get some sleeveless workout shirts so I can see my muscles. They are developing nicely and I'm missing out on seeing them. Second, I need some capri workout pants, so I can see my calves, they are SO well-defined that I need to see them when I work out so I can appreciate the strength of my body. That said, I have a rash on one calf that I need to get rid of before revealing it to the world...I'm prone to skin issues so I need to get on top of this.
Christmas was wonderful! I was so blessed to see my kids appreciate their gifts this year. They were thankful and lovely. And my mom was so excited about her gifts. She really lives with so little, not like in her "old life" so she is triple/quadruple thankful for anything that she gets. What a lovely lady.
The gift that I got, that I wanted most was an interval timer. Such an easy, really simple device that can make interval training or even "working a muscle to failure" much easier and easier to track. I've worked on programming it a couple of times and it's easy. It's a Gymboss and that feels very cool! I've come so far in 2011.
No workout today, I certainly could have fit one in time-wise but honestly, if I ever needed a day of rest for all my sore muscles, it was today. I want to thank all my wonderful, supportive Spark Friends for all the gifts and kind words this Christmas season. I'm hitting the end of 2011 and the start of 2012 HARD. I cannot wait to share 2012 with all of you, seriously, you are a wonderful extension to my family. Hugs to you all!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I've had a couple of thoughts about "appearance" recently. I'm exploring my thoughts...
First, I was at Flab Fighter class on Saturday noon and I was looking at our instructor and my classmates in the mirror. Some who are getting fit, dress skinny. Some who are getting fit, dress fat. I dress like a fat girl. I said to myself that I was working out, do you 'dress up' to work out? Hm...that was thought one.
Second, I was at church this morning, we go to a very casual church and I was feeling pretty good in my much smaller size jeans, tight muscles, and cute shirt...well, the shirt was cute when I was 30 pounds heavier...and I started wondering how thin people dress...and I looked around and didn't see many thin people, and those I saw were not my style...
Like I said at the start, I'm only processing these thoughts, I haven't come to any conclusions...I know when I go to work, I look much like a slob, mostly because I own very few clothes that are my size. My clothing budget hasn't kept up with my weight, size and shape change...I really, really have to get 2 new pair of work slacks over Thanksgiving weekend. But until I figure out what to wear instead of pulling another knit flowy shirt over my head, I'm not buying new shirts.
You know, I had so little fashion sense as a "big girl", what are the expectations as I'm a "shrinking girl"? Or does any of this really matter, and it really is all "appearances"?
Sunday, November 06, 2011
What a week...I'll spare you all the icky parts and just hit the numbers...
Eating this week wasn't too bad. One day, Wednesday, I ate candy at work. It was icky, left my teeth feeling nasty, made me feel like I'd wasted calories...serious waste. I ended the week eating 5 days at the low end of my calories, one day at the top end and one day over. Candy day was not the over day...interestingly enough...not too bad.
My workouts were lame or non-existent this week. I worked out 3 of 7 days, that stinks bad. My goal to work out on Saturday in the am almost happened. I actually had a great plan for Saturday, got laundry going and went to work out. At 17 minutes I started coughing and honestly could not continue. I either had some Exercise Induced Bronchospasms or Exercise Induced Asthma or something. I coughed for a while, was just miserable. Chest hurt most of the day.
Weight...stayed the same, only by the grace of God.
My goals going forward...I really need a good week. I was hoping I'd have one of my best staff people back from a medical leave this week but she won't be back for another week. That means that stress won't be relieved this week. Stress wrecks me, the older I get the more I cannot handle it well.
So, let's look at the positives this week. First, I am meeting with my SP Friends on Monday night - love these women, enjoy being with them in person. It's a special bond. Second, I have food planned to be tasty, easy enough, and all within range. Third, I will work out. I will work out if it's the last thing I do every day...and it might be. I usually work out at night anyway, so if it's the last thing, it's ok! Fourth, I WILL HAVE A GOOD WEEK!!!!!!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
I absolutely have to start with the big news first!!! I lost 5 pounds this week!!! I have said for months and months that if I keep doing the right things, I will move that scale. I had NO idea it would move that dramatically...I was stunned. You know the drill, big or small number, we get on the scale, do a double take, get off, get back on, is the number the same? Get off, get back on - and in our house this morning I went running into the kitchen to say to my beloved husband "Guess what I weighed this morning?!? Go ahead, guess!!!" And he did and he was a pound lower than I was but I forgive him, I was glowing!!! So, total loss in 2011 so far is 38 pounds. Wow!
So, let's check in on the other goals...
Food, I was at the low end of my calories every day...some days quite a bit under the low end. I'm not sure that I like cutting calories quite that low, I'm not comfortable with it for the long term. So, I will just have to work on this piece of the journey.
Cardio...I didn't fit in workouts on two evenings. But on the good side of this, I walked, I did JM Shred DVD, I ellipticalled, I did hard ST, I mixed it up. Saturday, I didn't work out in the am, I worked out mid-afternoon. Still a good workout week overall.
I stayed off the scale...I slept well...I kept hours at work down to just over 40...yep, a good week overall and then there is that 5 pound loss!!!! Can't argue with that point!
I am on fire, I am inspired! In fact, I spent the last 48 minutes on my beloved elliptical! Yeah!!
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