Monday, December 28, 2009
It all started a couple of months ago when I ordered some Sweatin with the Oldies DVD's. I saw some other great deals on different exercise DVD's on Ebay and I now have a slew of them. Each day, I'm challenging myself to do a new one. Let's just say it's been hilarious.
First of all, I can see why some of these were so inexpensive. I know some of these people are famous and I won't mention names as not to put anyone down. But they look like they are recorded in someone's garage or backyard.
I know that I don't have to be the workout leader's best friend, but I have to connect with the person on some level in order to enjoy the routine. It's a bit like enjoying dining out and part of the positive experience is the server.
I do like Leslie Sansone, and Richard Simmons makes me smile at the pure abandon of the dancing, but some of the people on these other DVD's are too much. There is one who shouts as a normal tone of voice during the entire hour. Another who is bigger than I am and supposed to be a role model.
It makes me wonder how they imagine, in the cardio segments, one is supposed to be a mind reader when the footwork looks like preparation for a movie requiring a choreographer. And in some of the exercise routines, it reminds me of the game Twister. Where do they dream up all of these contortions?
Okay, I'm really not digging DVD's and after I go through them all, I will probably wind up with the basics like Sansone again. And outdoor walking with home dumbbells and elliptical thrown in.
During tonight's workout, this particular trainer said, "now don't let those elbows touch down." No? I thought that was the way it was supposed to be. I'm lost. And I won't even go into what the Tae Bo DVD's are like. At least the one I already suffered through, and one scheduled for tomorrow. Why do I do this to myself, I ask. Because, hey, they were such a bargain. Remember?
After all is said and done, I guess I'm having fun. I just have to change my definition of fun.
Have a good day, friends.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Just some silly ponderings. Wondered if anyone else has:
-added sparkfriends, only to find, at some point, on your page that you need to add them? (so you do so again)
-tried to add yourself as a friend. (smiling)
-not been motivated by motivational stories. (I'm happy for the success of others, but have never been much of an externally-motivated gal.)
-tracked food until noon, and then didn't want to continue the rest of the day because you realized you exceeded your range. (not seeing it on the screen may make it less painful. yes, silly, i know.)
-made yourself laugh while doing exercise dvd's (the topic of a blog yet to be written) because your arms were flailing every which way and your leg work was nothing like that on the screen.
-not shown up on the leaderboards, or even in the lists, despite a large number of points earned.
Okay, just curious about these things. Have a wonderful day, friends.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
This is a complicated topic. Not only is sugar something that my body has always craved, but I've had psychological needs for it as well. Having always been sugar-sensitive, I believe that if I hadn't started this healthier lifestyle change in October '08, I would have certainly wound up with diabetes.
I made it from October '08 to September '09 w/o any sugar. Not even missing it. Amazing, but true as I'd balanced my insulin level with healthy eating. However, in September, I started the "just a little bit" syndrome. (thinking that I could teach myself moderation)
My idea of "just a little bit" is the entire pumpkin pie instead of the sliver. It is the entire Dove chocolate bar within 10 minutes of leaving the store (large size). I know that my 2010 list of goals will include continuing to work on this "all or none" approach to life.
It's a very simple, obvious point, but one that I have been reminded of during this holiday season. One reason that I did so well the first 10 months is that I didn't keep anything around. Now, knowing that there are goodies in here (for entertaining, of course), they call my name at very unexpected times.
I've noticed that I don't enjoy the sugar as much as I thought I did. When I have allowed myself to have it, I've made myself commit to no regrets. I figure if I am going to make a decision, I might as well enjoy it. Again, I was pretty surprised to learn that I don't enjoy it that much.
Which then comes back to the psychological pull, the topic that is written about in many books. Even though I consider myself a FORMER sugar queen of the universe, I still have to be very careful of that pull down the slippery slope. The cravings that are based in a number of situations unrelated to taste or satisfaction.
Knowing that I am in charge, and having made (mostly) good choices is very empowering. I can do this. So can you.
Happy New Year! (almost)
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wishing all of my friends a healthy, peaceful and joyous Christmas.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I tuned in to see this movie with George C. Scott and hadn't seen it in many years. What really dawned on me, when it ended, was that I'd been visited- in my own way - by each of these ghosts.
The memories of Christmases past have been making me smile as there are just so many to cherish.
The ghost of Christmas present has shown me some wonderful gifts and blessings, mixed with sorrows over recent losses.
But what struck me most, was the reminder of how I can make the difference in the future by making sound choices today. And that the best gift I've given myself, besides sticking to SP, was to start this healthier lifestyle in October 08. The changes have been many and I foresee many more to come.
Wishing all a merry, healthy Christmas.
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