Sunday, January 09, 2011
I learned something interesting tonight. I renewed my membership at the local "Y", and as the young woman started going through the directory looking for me, I took out my membership card to assist her with the spelling of my name. She was somewhat chastened by my gesture, more annoyed with herself than anything else, as she remarked to me, "I should know you! You're one of my regulars!" Wow! I never perceived of my membership that way, albeit I do go at the least three times a week, and when I know I'm going to be coming up a tad short for the insurance reimbursement, upwards of six or seven times a week. Recently, I started tallying manually how many hours I go to the gym (as SP unfortunately is not pulling it in 100% correctly for the strength training sessions that I design for myself) and I'm finding I've been going lately about 4-1/2 hours a week. That's a mix of cardio (treadmill and swimming) and strength training.
I'm starting to see the changes in my body for all the effort I've been making. The recent photos, as well as remarks from family and friends (even neighbors I hardly see!) reinforces what I already know: I am changing. The gym (except for when I'm sick - hey! I'm not a fanatic!) is becoming second nature to me, like brushing teeth. I know when I don't go, my body actually craves the workout.
I AM moving in the right direction. And these changes are changes I can live with.
So, re-upping my "Y" membership for the third year in a row, apparently makes me a regular. And THAT is truly a good thing.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
In the hustle and bustle that is inherent in this day, I had to take a momentary pause to reflect. It's what I do, so bear with me.
What is so striking about this uniquely American family holiday, is that no matter what your faith, we all can participate in remembering what is truly important, as we gather with family and friends, and are grateful for this peaceful nation. As other nations contemplate war, we are at blessed peace.
As we reach a new holiday to celebrate, we Jews have a prayer that thanks G-d for allowing us to reach this new season. I am grateful for that as well.
I am thankful for the friends and family I have, even when they drive me nuts. And I've pretty much told them so already.
When many are seeking employment, I have a job. Ditto the thanks for that. I have decent coworkers and a boss that is any employee's dream. In a work environment, what more is there?
I am grateful for this warm, embracing community that Chris Downie created. Who would have thought that total cyberstrangers can be so supportive of other total strangers? I think it's safe to say that Chris' original dream reached above and beyond his own expectations. There's thanks to be given for that as well.
Take a moment, not a long one, but take a moment to pause, yourselves, and see the bounty that is in your own lives. And after that, enjoy your Thanksgiving, surrounded, hopefully, by people you love.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
If HE can do it, why not YOU?
How's THAT for motivation?
Here's hoping this link works,
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I have noticed lately that quite a few Sparkies have hit a wall. People who have been overweight for decades, let alone years, are disappointed with their:
(2) back sliding
(3) lack of motivation
(4) lack of progress
We, of the generation that want it all and we want it NOW, are growing impatient with the results we see. Yes, we know enough not to give up totally, but I'm also seeing a lack of accountability as well. It goes something like this: "I didn't lose the expected weight this week, so I won't be posting it." Or "I'll wait several weeks and when I lose all I have gained back, then I can proudly post once again." Or "I haven't been tracking in a while, so it is best I don't mention it" or if they do, it's weeks into the back sliding pattern. And then they declare it.
We got to where we are, one pound at a time, and we're going to get where we need to be, the same way: One pound at a time.
Knowing we have to do it this way for a very long time is very hard. Even on those folks who have lost 50, 60, or 100 plus pounds. It's almost like kids saying, "Are we there yet?" and if not "Why not?"
Also, something else I have noticed, and I, too, plead guilty, is "Can I get away with it, if I eat like I used to and not gain anything back?" Also, "How much can I eat and not gain anything back?" The dieters version of "Russian Roulette". This really makes me wonder, "What is it that is allowing us to do this?" We know that our bad, poor eating habits got us to this place in the first place. We know, too, that we had our "aha!" moment. And yet months later we grow weary of being good for the long haul. Why is that?
The one thing I do know is that, for myself, I cannot be away from this site, not even for one day. Not even when I reach goal (far, far away yet). I just do not trust myself to keep the weight off alone. We're all in this for life - for a much better life. Intellectually, we all know this. We're not stupid. Yet we need to keep motivating each other, and when someone slips and falls, we need to be there to extend a hand. We never never ever ever want to go back to where we once were. Never again.
So, please, please just get back on the wagon, and extend a hand to me so I can get in there with you.
We WILL conquer this! And we will do this together!
And if not now when?
Friday, September 10, 2010
Sometimes when you least expect it, life throws you a good curve. Kipling was right: When all around you doubt you, it's always best to remember that you, above all, must believe in yourself. It all stems from that. You cannot be a success, if you believe that you are too old, too fat, too tired. That no one will want you. Positive energy goes a long way. And if you do not believe yet, then pretend that it is so, until it is. It's a wonderful mind trick that will not fail you. Literally "become" someone you admire. Do what s/he does, and when you least expect it, the behavior becomes your own.
Go after the impossible. Oftentimes one is pleasantly surprised. You have nothing to lose, except another failed opportunity. Failure we're expert at dealing with. It's success that we find hard. I don't know why that is so, but I see a lot of it here:
We succeed in getting that incredible opportunity?
What if we lose the weight that has been an albatross around our necks and spirits for years?
What if we try something new and show ourselves that we can, indeed, be good at it?
What if we meet a challenge successfully?
Can we handle all this success? I'm betting that we can.
Be a betting person in the best sense of the word, and take a leap of faith. I'll meet you on the other side.
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