Saturday, January 21, 2012
Well, I've been back on Spark now since New Year's Day and...for the first time in my life I seem to be sticking to a New Year's Resolution! I decided that I wanted to complete a Couch to 10K 'Learn to Run' program. I searched Google to find a plan and...lo and behold I was led straight back to Sparkpeople! Thanks for STLMary for sharing your plan
Tomorrow, I start week four of my training. Despite the fact that I'm not really enjoying it yet (and barely enduring it half the time!) somehow I find myself pulling on my trainers for each scheduled run/walk and getting out on the streets. I've been out in light, dark, wind, rain, ice and cold so far and nothing's made me give up!
I've also kept up with my regular gym classes - Zumba and Body Combat. I haven't yet been able to get to Pilates this year but that's been for genuine reasons so I'm still happy with myself.
On Monday, I'll start tracking my food & drink...this is going to be a challenge! January, in my family, is another celebration month with mine and my Mum's birthdays and Chinese New Year. Our Chinese feast is tonight, which means leftovers tomorrow! On Monday, it's time to cut the portions down and reduce my rubbish intake. This won't be easy as there's temptations and peer pressure everywhere but it's necessary and I am going to commit 100% to getting healthy and fighting the flab!
As always, my wonderful Spark friends and this amazing web community is inspiring me...you are all so awesome and positive, it's impossible not to be infected by the can-do healthy attitude on here - so THANK YOU so much for reading and for sharing your journeys with me, I KNOW that I couldn't do this without you xxxx
Saturday, June 19, 2010
I've always thought of myself as someone with a healthy outlook on life and, for the most part, I am. However, over the last couple of weeks I realised that my attitude had become a little skewed.
When I started my Spark journey a couple of months ago, I'd just lost a few pounds but was still another few over my 'happy weight' (the weight I never had to try to be at until I turned 30!). When I set up my account I set a goal of getting down to 112 pounds - my happy weight is 117 - but I thought, well, I'll lose a bit extra, so I've got some pounds to play with.
Since I joined, I've been eating better and exercising far more than I have in years. As a knock on effect, I've found myself sleeping better, with more energy and with an almost undentable positive outlook on life.
With my newfound sense of wellbeing, I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised that a couple of things have happened recently that have caused me to re-evaluate my goals:
1. One evening I was sitting in front of my computer catching up on celebrity gossip (I know, I know, total trash but hey, I'm a girl with very few other vices!). I found myself looking at pictures of Cheryl Cole. Cheryl is an undeniably beautiful woman with a figure I suppose, subconsciously, I've aspired to. Suddenly, it really was as though a light switched on in my head - the woman is too thin - I DO NOT WANT TO LOOK LIKE THAT! I contrasted these pictures with some of Katy Perry, a very slender woman, no doubt but one with muscles and curves who looks like she could fight off a cold or dance all night. Hmmm....interesting, I thought.
2. A few days later I was putting on my training shoes to go to the gym. As I tied my lace my leg tensed and I noticed that I had....a calf muscle!!! I've only been flabby (whether big or small) for as long as I can remember so this was big news to me - and I was so happy with it!
I had never thought of myself as one of those women who's scared of muscle but, I started to realise, that's exactly the way I had been. I'd wanted the 'lollipop' look, impossibly skinny with no discernible muscle tone - what was I thinking?!
3. With my new opinions on muscle, I went along to try a Body Pump class. This class is on a Friday morning, so very quiet. In fact, there were only three other people in attendance. The first was a young woman I've seen a lot in the gym, she joined about 18 months ago. I remember seeing her and admiring her commitment. She was heavy and out of shape; she'd come in, set the treadmill on a slight incline and walk - red in the face and sweaty - she never gave up. I started missing the gym so went I went back a few months ago, I was shocked by the change in her - she looked like an athlete and was working out as hard and fast as one ! I remember thinking to myself that she must have worked out and dieted sooo hard. It had never occurred to me that weight training might have played a part in this. I got talking to her and, to my surprise, she told me that she credited a large part of her 50 pound weight loss (and keeping it off) to pumping iron! When I got a close up look at her I realised, yes she's tiny but she is all (extremely feminine) lean muscle.
The other two people were a lovely, retired couple who helped me set up my barbell and explained the format of the class. When we got started, I was not surprised that athlete-girl could lift far heavier weights than me but I was surprised that the older couple were too....as was the instructor (fair enough, you might think, but I should add that she is seven months pregnant!!). I had to stick with the warm-up weights for the entire class - I'm a weakling!!! But am I embarrassed? Nope, not really, just glad I've found out and hugely inspired to stay a healthy size and get strong, rather than skinny!
I'm now at my happy weight and, thanks to the mental strength Spark has given me, I don't want to go below it. Instead I'm starting on a new phase of my journey, focusing on eating right and getting strong. I never in a million years want to look masculine or like a bodybuilder, but I sure don't want to look like a lollipop either!
Thanks for reading, hope you're having a wonderful weekend,
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