Saturday, April 21, 2012
I'm reading two books right now: Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet Recharged and Charles D'Angelo's Think and Grow Thin.
This weekend I will write our clearly stated goals - both long and short term, and reasons for getting fit and losing weight. These will be posted on the fridge, in the bathroom, and at my desk at work.
I also want to include the how's or the steps and behaviors that will get me to my goals, as a reminder of what I need to do to achieve them. Realistic yet pushing myself a bit to reach them, otherwise achieving them won't feel like I've really done much.
Here's something I've learned from reading this week - I need to just start adopting the behaviors that will get me to my goals, act as if it is already a done deal and I've made it. Think about what my life will be when I've achieved my goals so that also becomes part of my normal daily life. That way when I get there, it will be easier to maintain and keep my new (by then normal) lifestyle behaviors and habits in place.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Yesterday was my first workout session in over two weeks. I've been off work most of that time and ill with a fever and horrible cold. Fatigue, weakness, congestion. Ugh!!! During that time, eating enough was a challenge since most of the time I had absolutely no appetite at all. Soups, easy protein, and teas, water, water water. No juices
But now I'm back on track with both my eating and my activity. Only one month until my trainer leaves for the summer, so my goal is to get my workout schedule/plan down before he leaves.
I'm still reading the Eat Clean Recharged book by Tosca Reno and have also been reading Think and Grow Thin by Charles D'Angelo.
Today at work, I'm starting to build my time on my fitness ball for my chair. Over the next few weeks will continue increasing the time to at least one hour, and plan to switch between my chair and ball throughout the day to help my weak core muscles.
I notice my legs, arms, chest and back are fairly strong, its my core that is weak. So will learn to strengthen my core as well as keep working on all my body.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Today, I didn't enter my food for the day in the morning and ended up eating off plan. Went over in every category.
Yes, it was because I was tired - pretty exhausted really, from my kitty being sick the last three days. Today she went to the vet and one possible outcome was to put her to sleep. She's home again, on a different med, but still not doing really well.
What I learned is though that I need to have my food written down early in the day to be able to refer back to it during the day when I'm tempted to go off plan. That way, I can tell myself that I have it written down and its healthy and food I choose to be fit, healthy and have a positive outcome. Takes some of the emotion out of it, and I learn that I can rely on myself during times of emotional upheaval. Rely on myself to take care of myself.
So tomorrow - we start the day with food written down and my exercise planned and written in my schedule..Otherwise its too easy to blow it off.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Today I noticed some body measurements I entered in SparkPeople from last March. I decided to get my measuring tape and remeasure today and enter the new measurements in to see if there is any change.
Yesterday I spent the day doing housework and cooking foods for this week. Today I'll do some more cooking (lean protein) and go for a walk, plus more housework and church.
I realize there are no days off from good health and maintaining fitness, it isn't a hobby its a lifestyle.
So with that in mind, I'm grabbing a small protein shake and heading out the door with my dog for a walk.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The new kid on the playground and you stand out from the others - remember that feeling? That's how I felt today, the first day in the weight room with the personal trainer.
I'm 55 years old, overweight and clearly learning about the machines. The Rec Center gym that I've joined is at the university I work at, so most of the people in the Rec Center are students (18-26). Its free for them, since they pay a fee to pay for the construction of the building. And it helps them be active and healthy, plus there are programs there like Outdoor Pursuits, volleyball leagues, basketball, etc.
So first we walked around the indoor track for 20 minutes at a pretty good pace, and chatted. Then we went to the weight room to become familiar with the machines. I noticed people looking at us etc. The trainer showed me how to use the machines - they have new machines which are different than the ones I used in the 1980's and the late 1990's and about 8 years ago. We also watched some of the others use the machines and weights.
Many of the weights have a rubber coating on them! Great idea!
The trainer mentioned that he thinks I'm much stronger than he originally thought I was, from the few machines I tried today and the light weights. True, but I'm happy to start at a nice medium weight.
Next Tuesday we'll start getting the weights and the settings on the machines I'll be using.
Afterward I mentioned my awareness of others watching us; and that I know over time it will be normal to see me in the gym, either with him or not, using the machines and weights. It will take time and I just need to realize it and keep going back to become a fixture in the place. Hee - hee - hee that could end up being a crazy sort of thing now that I think about it.
Yahoo!!! working through each perceived obstacle as they come up
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