Today's SP Coach speaks to switching up our workouts to keep challenging ourselves. For me this has meant being more diligent in completing about 4 ST workouts a week and keeping the cardio to 3x per week - with unlimited walking.
What I have really changed up is also the inclusion of dance as a form of exercise - through Zumba, my dance class (where we are learning a number to Beyonce's Naughty Girl) and my Jazzercise DVDs.
I honestly feel a shift in my body shape - my pants are loser in the hip area - and while the scale is not moving that quickly - my friend commented on how my figure was looking good and my arms were looking more toned.
I'm feeling sexier - and going out to buy clothes that I likely never would have before. It feel so good to not have the bloated feeling.
Interestingly though today - I had a slight wish to cave in and just enjoy a few drinks tonight - but I talked it through, texted my AF buddy (Kathleen) and got through it and feel so proud for having abstained. I truly want to make this the best month ever and April may be another month of pushing my limits.
I can't wait to get started with the Body Pump DVDs! And I am looking forward to Wednesday's weigh in too - hoping to see another 2lbs gone hopefully... I have to make up for my less than ideal month last month when I first started with the personal trainer/coach. I have to make sure I get my money's worth - so PUSHING big time now!
I truly want to be one of her success stories or motivation stories that she will share on her page. Loads of things to keep me motivated!
Today has been a great day - productive and quite busy - and you know what?! NO TV... My passion - music, moving and dancing! That's the ticket baby! Buring away those calories doing what I love!
I had a good day today - time flew by at work. I got 2 printed sample copies of my annual report and so proud of how it looks! I got to leave around 2:30 - visited with some of my former colleauges and I then had a dinner date with a gf after work which allowed us to catch up.
And then I come home - 2 sleeping teens (this was at 7:30pm) - messy place, nothing picked up... GRRRRR... So I pick up stuff because I can't stand a messy place, load the dishwasher and head back out. To my other gf's and when I get there I say 'let's go for a walk' because it was mild out - with her it was a brisk 25 mins walk and earlier with my other gf about 35 more leisurely stroll until the restaurant opened.
As the poster says - exercise really is a mood regulator. I was frustrated. Fed up. One of my DD's friend's mom called to express her frustration about things she's finding out and well - it is what it is and I have to manage as best I can.
It's now almost 10pm and I'm going to call it a night and start fresh tomorrow. I will do a full body ST workout tomorrow and maybe a walk with CHEFKATLEANER - weather permitting. I ordred the Body Pump program and it shipped today so going to be doing that as soon as it gets in 3x / week! I'm determined to DO THIS!!
Boudoir Photo shoot March 30th - Barbados T-60 days!! The new profile pic I posted - I love the pose and 'look' - it's my inspiration!!
I learned something today at our chapter meeting as he covered some very interesting topics about how hackers pick us or find us... if you want to see the slide show - go to: www.terrycutler.com/kids/ - it's about internet safety for kids - but really the info he shared was eye opening for me.
Through my dating - one guy told me about this too - and you will notice my profile picture here is now different. Did you know if you go to google images and upload any photo and search by image, it will pull up any site that may be using that photo? Well with my previous one - it brought up my workplace, my board volunteer position and linked in... which all provides my real name - so for the dating sites it's a big NO NO to use it as I try to remain anonymous there.
It's also bringing up some of my SP blogs - and while I am open and share with all of you my dear friends - in this supportive environment - I don't want everyone to read it.
Thus the change... so food for thought. Tonight's meeting sure gave me a lot to think about including coming up with better passwords, not using free wifi in coffee shops or McDonald's, etc... and maybe not being so open to sharing pics... which is hard for me as I love to do so.
Just proof of the benefit of these meetings - so much to learn!!
Overall today was a good day. I met my goal of having my annual report completed before my boss left for Malaysia (he flies out tomorrow morning).
The snow storm was not a nice thing - but I managed to get some of my own sunshine by treating myself to a tanning session (and please - no words of warning about them - they are time and controlled and for me, it's something I enjoy).
Then came DD - she was out at a movie with her friend - she got dropped off by her friend's mom but the mom didn't want to pick them up from there - so I had to go back out in the yucky driving weather to get them. She then started giving me attitude as I expressed my displeasure about her not completing some chores (something that she's been dragging out for 3 days now). It ended with her saying some mean words and that was it... I hope tomorrow will be better - but I won't see her much as I have work and then my meeting so won't be home until 9ish.
I have to remember - she is after all a TEEN and this is her March Break - when most kids get to do stuff and I have not planned anything for her.
I also have to remember a few other things (thus the part about letting go)...
And so she left and I proceeded to go workout for 55mins and feel better. Now it's shortly after 9 and I'll be going to bed... letting go of the argument and hoping for a better day with her tomorrow.
Thank you Universe for giving me the strength and ability to stay positive through the raising of teenage girls. Thank you for the knowledge to stay in balance and give just enough love - but also protect my heart against too much hurt. I am so very grateful!!
It is so hard for us to see our own beauty - but as this poster reflects - it truly is inherently part of us - we simply have to be more aware. We need to be less critical of ourselves and accept each other in the 'now' as we are today. While we are striving to improve our health and while most of us here are trying to lose weight - we need to appreciate the point we are at in this moment.
It's something I blog about and think about and affirm often as I'm trying to retrain my own thoughts - to shush away the negative self-talk.
I am beautiful. I am worthy of great love. I am love. I am grateful. I am healthy. I am strong. I am intelligent. I am witty and sassy. I am joy. I am light. I am a helper. I am a good friend. I am a great mother.
Share with me - your "I am" positive statements and affirmations. We need to speak those words more to muffle out the negative self-talk.