Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I'm beginning to achieve that "in the zone" feeling when I'm working out. It's a great feeling, somewhat hard to describe.
It's that point just beyond any point I've reached previously, where my body is working hard, but not too hard. It's a journey to a place where I feel closer to my dreams, my goals, and the healthy life I've always wanted to live.
I know good things are happening physically when I'm there, my heart is getting stronger, my body is stronger, my head is where it should be. I feel safe there. It's my Camelot!
Friday, July 13, 2012
I'm celebrating a non-scale victory tonight and wanted to share!
Last night I enjoyed dinner on the patio of a local restaurant with my DD. She had an interview in Harrisburg, PA (just under 2 hours from here) at what she believes is her #1 pick for an employer upon graduation in early August. It was warm, but there was an occasional breeze. I enjoyed a glass of pinot grigio (and 4 glasses of iced water) along with my dinner: blackened salmon, mashed potatoes, and fresh grilled green beans and a fresh bread stick dipped in herbed olive oil. I ate approximately half of what was on my plate and brought the rest home.
Tonight I enjoyed the other half of that dinner ... immensely!
I'm heading to the gym tonight, so I'll have to eat something more since my dinner only equaled 16g of carbohydrates, but I never like to eat heavy before going to the gym. Tonight was without the pinot grigio, of course, and without the breadstick. I'm not really sure how to count the "blackened" salmon as opposed to regular salmon.
It was pretty cool to get a "free" dinner tonight that was healthy, delicious, and high in protein. Just another non-scale victory!!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Last night I didn't exercise. I was having some pain beginning behind my right ankle and wrapping around my heel, about 2-3" up from the bottom of my heel. Sure felt like tendonitis to me. How do I know that? Because I suffered through Achilles tendonitis in the past and let it go before seeking treatment. That put me out of commission for quite some time.
So last night, I stayed home, took some Ibuprofen and iced/elevated my foot. It really helped and actually felt so much better today.
I figure I've gone from 0 to 150mph in just 5 weeks time. In addition to being diabetic, I'm 49 years old (not old by any means, but not the picture of youth I once was)! So I'm going to baby this injury for SURE!
Tonight I returned to the gym, but skipped the treadmill. I cut back the elliptical from 20 minutes to 10 minutes,, then did 25 mins. of strength training, followed by 12.5 minutes on a Expresso bike (2.4 miles). It was a decent workout.
I've had problems in the past by overdoing it, and this time, I'm going to listen to my body and adjust my exercise to accommodate the pain. I will take off a night or two per week if I have to and on those nights, I can work my arms and my core. It won't be an excuse to throw in the towel. We're supposed to mix up our routine anyway.
I will be careful ... but I will not give up. The naysayers would love nothing more ... I'm just going to show them how it's done!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I signed up for the 8-week program at the Y in early June and this week marks my 5th week of working out. It's a love/hate relationship. I hate getting off my butt to go, but I love it the moment I start my warm up on the treadmill. At the beginning, my mindset was, "I don't want to go, but if I can just drag myself there 3-4 times per week, I will develop a new good habit for myself. My mindset now is quite different ... I'm going because once I start moving, I feel great, and it's doing wonderful things for me!
My health is already improving. That alone is reason enough to exercise. Not to mention, I feel better, look better, stand taller, have better control of my blood sugar, and I'm feeling slight differences in my body. It's a habit now. Last week I exercised 6 out of 7 days. When others tell me I'm obsessed, I reply that I'm committed.
One person in particular made a rather sharp comment when I joined the Y. She said, "Oh, you'll go 2 or 3 times and that will be that." I wonder what she thinks every time I post a check-in on my Facebook page that announces I'm at the Y. I do it just for her. No, wait ... I am doing this JUST FOR ME!!!
Rock on, Sparkies!
Sunday, July 08, 2012
I was craving alone time last night, so it was just me and Aldo for the afternoon and evening. While shopping at farmers' market and the grocery store, I planned a healthy meal -- it's so easy to not fuss for myself when I'm alone.
I made broiled cod with fresh herbs, tri-color pasta (regular, spinach & red beet), fresh green beans and a salad made with Boston bib lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and green onion and an olive oil & white balsamic dressing. It was beautiful -- and quite tasty.
I used a placemat and made the table pretty -- almost took a picture -- and put my water in a wine glass with lemon. It may sound silly, but I really enjoyed that meal! I even played music ... LOL
I'm not opposed to one day having a companion, but after my divorce, I really had to the take charge and do what I needed to do to provide for my daughter and myself. I've worked hard and am very proud of our accomplishments. I had a long term relationship with a man I thought I would grow old with -- and after 8 years, that ended badly and left me gathering the shattered pieces of my heart. I'm not opposed to meeting someone, someday (no rush...lol) but they will have to be pretty spectacular because I'm some pretty darn good company for myself, and so is Aldo!
Sometimes I think I'm odd for being so content with my life ... but I really am! LOL
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