Friday, March 14, 2014
If you are in the Portland, Oregon, area and go to the Portland Women's Expo on Saturday, March 15th, stop by and say "hello!" My husband, Bryan, will be in booth number 1028 for his company, Lk13 Development & Coaching, and I will be in booth number 1026 telling people about Mental Toughness Coaching for Weight Loss. We both have some great raffle prizes and it's always a great show.
See you there!
Monday, March 10, 2014
I'll admit, when I first started exercising again, I didn't really look forward to it. In fact, there were days when I simply dreaded going to the gym (or even going for a walk). But, over time, I really started to enjoy it - focusing on things that I liked doing helped make it easier, and I found the clarity in thinking (and sometimes a little time to myself) became something I really looked forward to. And, now I find I miss it if there is a day when I don't get some exercise.
Recently, a good friend was in a climbing accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. While she is making amazing progress in rehab and has started walking again, literally against all odds, there are some interesting observations she has made - including around balance. She often feels like she has to lean really far forward in order to feel upright, but when looking in the mirror, her posture then looks perfectly normal. It's an interesting connection between the brain and her physical body.
It got me to thinking about how exercise really is a privilege, not a chore. I am blessed that I am able to use my body without having to think about my posture (at least as much as she does), and I should be taking full advantage of that and enjoying it every day. I am no longer going to take this for granted, and instead, enjoy it.
My friend has a lot of people praying for her (literally around the world), and she has such an incredible attitude that I have no doubt she will make a full recovery. And, she has taught so many of us so much through all of this. So, Laura, I want you to know that I thank you and I think about you and pray for you every day. And, I want you to know what a positive influence you are having on so many people. Thank you for your continued inspiration.
And, I ask the readers of this blog post - how do you see exercise - as a privilege or as a chore? How can you reframe it in your mind so that it really is a privilege and something you enjoy? It's amazing how much easier it gets to stick to your routine when you see it as anything but a chore.
Just some thoughts for today.
All the best,
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
For those of you who watched the video linked to last week's blog entry, you'll know that my husband and I were surprised (wouldn't be a stretch to say, shocked) to find out in January that I'm expecting a baby in September. We are beyond thrilled. But, honestly, we had moved on. I turned 40 on January 15. We've been married for almost 18 years, and we tried for many of them, so we just thought having a child wasn't in God's plan for us.
I was looking forward to crossing the 100-lb mark by April of this year, and reaching my goal weight (a total of 165 pounds lost) before the end of the year. This was the year I would finally reach my goal weight (for the first time ever). But, all of that is now changing, of course, for a very good, wonderful reason. We are so incredibly excited and we feel so totally blessed that God would choose us to become parents, and we are over-the-moon about becoming a family of three now. But, it does change everything. Our normal busy travel schedule will take a big hit (hey, on the positive side, maybe I'll finally get everything unpacked from moving into our house last May). And, since we both work full-time, we have a lot of figuring out to do around how childcare will work (I had always thought if/when we had kids, I wouldn't need to work, but that is not currently the case). But, as my husband always reminds me, we're good at figuring things out, and that's exactly what we'll do.
I'm also not without worries about the baby. Of course, with this being our first child, combined with my age and the fact that I started out still in the morbidly obese category (even after losing 82 pounds), I worry about the health of the baby and whether everything will go well. We had to go public with the information last week because we publish a weekly weight-loss blog and I felt it was time to share our news with everyone to provide an explanation as to why it seemed like I was suddenly not that motivated to lose weight. But, this means that should something happen, that will also be very public, so it's a bit of a risk. So, from a mental-toughness standpoint, I'm doing my best to stay focused on a positive outcome (which means I've stopped doing internet research because all that does is freak me out anyway).
On the weight management side, I had originally thought I would just try to maintain my weight, and after meeting with my doctor, she thought that was fine as long as the baby was growing properly. But, at the same time, the nurse who did our orientation and nutrition class also reminded us that during this time, you can't always control how your body will react. And, I've had some trouble trying to figure out how many calories to track against given that I'm now trying to maintain and not lose. I will also admit that I let all of my emotions and thoughts derail me a bit. So, I have gained a few pounds, but, overall, am still on track. So, I'm trying to be realistic - working hard not to gain too much, but also not being too hard on myself. After all, this is a completely new experience for me! To add to that, my husband mentioned that he was concerned about the toxins that might be released by my fat cells if I tried to lose a few pounds. He probably has a point (thought it would also be a great excuse for me to use if I wanted to just eat whatever sounded good, so I'm trying to also avoid a sense of delusion).
It's an interesting situation to be in. I'm absolutely thrilled that we are having a baby and I'm so excited to meet him or her and move forward as a family, but it has definitely taken an adjustment to not be disappointed about not reaching some of my initial goals for the year.
The overwhelming feelings I have are certainly of gratitude and if I just stay focused on love and abundance (rather than fear and scarcity), I'm sure everything will work out great. After all, as my husband says, we really are great at figuring things out. :-)
All the best,
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
My husband and I were finally able to share our big announcement last night via our weekly video blog. You can view it here: mtwlb.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/video
Thursday, February 20, 2014
A friend of mine shared with me that she recently joined a new gym. We were talking about a good approach for her to get going. And, then she mentioned something interesting. This particular gym serves free pizza and free bagels once a month. They even have tootsie rolls on the counter where you check in! Apparently, their philosophy is that you just finished a great workout, and you deserve a treat. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you can't have pizza, bagels, and tootsie rolls, but it just doesn't seem to go along with the overall philosophy of a gym.
At another local gym, they have a full restaurant that serves hamburgers, french fries, and fully-leaded sodas (not to mention alcoholic beverages). They have "taco tuesdays," and even sell cinnamon rolls at their coffee stand. OK, so maybe they are going for the "club" feel, but I just don't get it. Why not have a good juice bar and some healthier food choices instead?
So, my question to you is... what am I missing here? Or, do you agree that this doesn't seem like the best match?
All the best,
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