Wednesday, February 23, 2011
So I guess I have a virus...I was light headed yesterday (but I still managed to work out for 10 minutes) and today, I am still light headed and have a sore throat and headache. So I didn't work out today but I'm not beating myself up about it. I think I need rest more than I need to work out.
I will try to do some mild exercise tomorrow!
Monday, February 21, 2011
I just had to celebrate the fact that I am 2 pounds closer to one of my milestones... 130 pounds. I am currently 132.6 and I am going to reward myself with a manicure and pedicure when I reach 130.
I was thinking 2 days ago that often it is negativity that drives some people to go to the gym. They are unhappy with their present state and want to change. Ok, it's great to want to change but it's the negativity I want to change.
I think we should inverse this equation. Rather than be displeased with our present self we have to embrace whomever he or she is at the moment. To strive to make oneself pleasing before one accepts oneself is a recipe for failure.
It is because I love myself, value myself that I want to feel better (physically, emotionally, mentally) and that is why I take the time to plan healthy meals, set a workout schedule (and stick to it!), and make myself a priority. If I didn't love myself, I couldn't spend all this time on myself. If you hated your house you wouldn't put time into decorating it, maintaining it. If you hated cooking you wouldn't spend time perfecting a recipe, tasting it to make sure it's just right. If you didn't enjoy restoring classic cars, you wouldn't spend time tinkering in the garage. If you loathed reading, you wouldn't curl up with a book every night. Is it correct to assume then, that if we are to spend time improving our physical bodies, that we must love and accept them as they are? Sure, we want to feel and look better. We want them to be able to carry us through life with as few problems as possible.
Then shouldn't we start loving and accepting them so that we can spend time making them the best they can be?
Saturday, February 19, 2011
So my brother came to visit last night. I'd just come back from the gym, so I was in my usual get up with spandex tight fitting moisture wicking gym clothes. He casually said, "You should do some core exercises," looking down at my belly fat. "You assume I don't do core exercises because of my layer of belly fat. I actually do do them and have strong abs underneath this fat," I responded.
This made me realize that I've never gotten rid of this layer. Even in my early 20s when I lost a lot of weight going to Curves and I got down to 117 did I ever lose this fat. Belly fat...the final frontier. Then I decided I would make that a Spark goal. I've accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. I have only been sparking for 7 weeks and I can see changes in my legs, arms, buns, face, energy level (way up), stress level (way down), and just general positive outlook. Spark people takes the guess work out of losing weight. It makes it clear to those who might believe they are eating right or getting enough exercise but to truly see it is incredible. I now feel confident about reaching my goals. While it's hard to imagine losing this belly fat that I've had for as long as I can remember, I think that I can do it! This is something I never would have imagined previously. Now, it seems possible and making that my ultimate goal will be something that would be truly amazing.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
So yesterday I did strength training, a slightly different routine, and it felt good to be using my muscles, working different parts of my body. So maybe last week's lapse in motivation was just a sign I needed to mix things up. I still really want to be healthy. I didn't fall off the wagon in terms of food. I was still eating healthy, so that's good. I did go to the gym 4 times--1 day of cardio, 1 day of strength, 1 day of spinning, 1 day of yoga. It wasn't a bad week after all. Of course I do more cardio and strength normally, but maybe it was just an anomaly.
So this morning I thought of a reward to give myself when I reach my goal (?!) weight of 125....a bikini wax!!!--I've never had one so maybe those who have had one are wondering why a painful torturous experience like that would be considered a reward. Well, I can do without it but I've always wanted to try it. So it's something I'm not going to do right away, not until I reach my goal! My other reward is a mani/pedi when I reach 130. I have been refraining for budgetary reasons but a little splurge when I lose 4 more pounds is in order. After all, I am doing the hard work and I deserve a reward!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
First time at a yoga class in over 6 months....I am so glad I went. Relieved tension, shoulder pain, back pain, stretched muscles, and also cleared my head--I have a million things to do and was thinking about them. The class cleared my head and satisfied my cardio goal for the day. It was a great stretch too. I feel great and I'm so glad I went. I think my motivation is back! I just need to mix up my routine and do somethings differently. Yoga is something I haven't done in a while.
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