Thursday, July 22, 2010
Funny thing--after almost 2 weeks of this, it doesn't feel like a chore anymore to do the boot camp videos. They are so short and intense that they go quickly.
I'm glad I started this, and I can see myself doing it again.
If anyone has any doubts about their ability to do the Boot Camp challenge--don't!! If I can stick to it, anybody can! So jump on in and try them--go at your own pace and don't stress. If you miss a day, just move on, or do 2 the next day! Just do what you can, and it slowly but surely gets better.
(Don't even think it's anything like the military. It's not. But it does require a little discipline).
Nothing big happened today--I just realized that, no matter what the results (or apparent lack of them), I still feel better for making an effort to live healthier. It's good to be good to yourself, So--
Theme song for today: Try a Little Tenderness (Al Jarreau)
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I am so disappointed!
I've been going along (fairly) smoothly and today--wham--lupus/arthritis flared up and I couldn't move at all.
So--tomorrow I'll be doing 2 boot camp videos (at my own pace) plus a cardio workout. Gently and slowly! Hopefully my joints will let me do that. If I have to I'll jog in the pool at the fitness center, because the water takes all the stress off of my joints. At least that's my plan tonight.
I also ate over my calorie range today because I felt sorry for myself. That will never do! I must keep a list of alternate activities for days when all I can do is lie in the bed. It's odd that I eat more when I am incapacitated than I do when I am on the go.
I can always: read, knit, crochet, daydream, write in my journal, pet the cat--I don't have to eat just because I'm in the bed!
This is a no self-pity zone, and if I am going to stick to this lifestyle change, I need to stop the inner whining when it starts!! SO--
I can do this. With...
...support of my friends
...a daily plan
...be kind to myself (that means silence the inner critic)
Tomorrow will be a healthier day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you, Spark Friends, for your help--you are so supportive, and I am grateful for you all!!
Theme song for today is: Time in a Bottle (Jim Croce)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I forgot to blog yesterday, but nothing exciting (or even remotely interesting) happened. I'm a little disappointed in myself, since I made it one of the things I want to do every day.
I've been doing the 7 day boot camp videos, and they really do provide a good overall workout. So far I feel just enough of a challenge to keep me motivated, and I can make them easier or harder, depending on how I feel. That's a blessing when you have arthritis and diabetes.
Today I weighed myself and Ms.Scale was as silent as a doorknob! But--I kept my cool. I didn't scream or cry or eat a pint of rocky road ice cream. My revenge on that stubborn scale was---
I rode the bike for 20 extra minutes!
There--take that, Ms Scale!!!
Besides, I was able to wear (comfortably wear--not just squeeze in to) a pair of pants that have been collecting dust in the closet for a year or so.
So I'm counting my blessings, and I am thankful for another day of healthy living. It's worth the changes even if weight loss itself progresses slowly. I have so much more energy than I did 6 weeks ago, and that feels fabulous!
Saturday, July 17, 2010
My weight and my health are my responsibility, and I am taking control of :
What goes in my mouth
What moves my body makes
What thoughts I allow to reside in my head, and
What words I let come out of my mouth
Today I heard myself speaking negative words about my progress--I saw my reflection in the glass door of the gym and almost cried!!
How did I let myself get to this state???? I'm the size of a baby hippo!!! I started life at 7 lbs, and I've been adding to that amount exponentially through the years. BUT---
I have news for this body. It is officially:
What would I do, how would I behave, what choices would I make if God handed me a pair of pants and asked me to wear them and take care of them until He returned to pick them up?
I think I'd take V.E.R.Y. good care of them!!! No problem! They would be cleaned and ironed and hung up and worn with love and pride!
So why is my body any different? It's something I have been entrusted with, a gift, and I am going to go forward as if God personally delivered it to me and asked me to use it and take care of it until He comes back to get it!
From now on I am committed to giving my body the care and respect it deserves, and that it was designed for:
NO BLAMING ANYONE (and that applies to me, myself and I)
NO MORE PITY PARTIES
I started doing this when I joined Spark People, and the spark is just getting stronger with every member's story that I read, with every goal I reach, and with every time I log in and participate in this community of like-minded journeyers (is that a real word or did I just make it up?). No matter:
I can't change the past, but I CAN leave it behind where it belongs
So what if I saw my reflection in the gym and almost cried--at least I was In The Gym, exercising.
And if the scale doesn't move like I think it should, I'll just keep putting one foot in front of the other, keep reading encouraging blogs and informative articles and following in the footsteps of folks who have "been there, done that". People who can help lift me up with words and examples.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Spark Friends--I wish I could hug you all for the kind words, helpful suggestions and continued support. Thanks for letting me go on and on and on--almost as long-winded as a preacher (-:
Since I can't, I'll say good night to the sound of the theme song for the day:
You Raise Me Up
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