Wednesday, October 22, 2014
"It's the hard that makes it good...." -this quote was in the movie 'A League of Their Own" and I think is a good accompaniment to "Pick your hard"....
I have been having a bit of a sad time in the past week because of something that happened with my work, and found that I just TOTALLY stopped caring about things that were important to me before (which was weird, because I really had been caring about SP), and ended up on some binges, (albeit healthier than previously). The ennui and depressed feeling wore off as the week wore on, but I ended up not exercising much either, and missed the climax of the fall color here by stewing in my windowless basement office - I work remotely so little contact with others, and no commute. Without my regular hikes, and partly because of the rainy weather, I had no reason to go outside, or even see much beyond the windows, mostly just the wood paneled basement walls, and pc and tv screens.
BUT thanks partly to time, and partly to my 5% team commitment (wherein I depressingly plateaued right at the start) I checked in with Spark for the weigh-in, and then did a little workout, and today, had a good 90 min hike, and then went to the gym to do a 30 min weights circuit.
In the locker room, there was a buff woman doing poses as she made selfies. She saw me get off the scale, and mentioned how hard it was to measure progress on the scale, and how hard it was to make progress at all. I quoted the quote in the graphic above to her, because it has kinda become my new mantra- it is very hard to be fat - so self-defeating, depressing, and self-reinforcing, until one 'disrupts' this cycle, which is also hard.
However, the result on the scale, and moments before in my circuit, where I really challenged myself, and muscles, were good; several pounds lost all of the sudden, and muscles engaged, worked, and pumped: good.
It's the hard that makes it good.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
I haven't been online much lately, so little tracking of food, and no exercise, so no tracking of it. (Hmm-never really thought about how when I exercise, I am motivated to record it on spark, which motivates recording food, which motivates exercising to have something to record, and on)
The weather has been kinda crappy (cool, gray, rainy) even though the leaves are peaking at their autumnal glory, I have only seen it from the yard.
Gonna go for a hike in an hour or so though, and excited about it. Stupid phone/charger cord not charging phone, and don't like to go without it, plus watching Fareed, Candy, et al on CNN etc like I do many Sundays.
Plus I don't really like my gym much. Its very cheap, but the women's room TV is set to weather radar (which I'm a superfan of normally, EXCEPT when I'm exercising on fitness machines!) My old gym, which closed, and was 5-6x more a month, had ellipticals that had a view and personal tv's with cable; the ellipticals at the new one are in the middle of everything, no view, and just a few tvs with stupid sports (NFL etc) on most of them. I also don't feel as comfortable with the other people there; somehow I felt like my big body 'flew under the radar' at the other gym, which propelled me to go daily. Here I'm barely going weekly, which has also been part of why I have to re-spark - motivation can be so precarious!
Luckily, the 5% team commitment is keeping me tethered to Spark otherwise I might have drifted away already.
Instead, in Spark article: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellne
ss_articles.asp?id=1651 (Strategies for Long-term Success -which is really about maintenance, not yet for me) reiterates this statistic:
Multiple studies show that people who track or journal the foods they eat lose more weight and keep it off for the long haul. In fact, the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks more than 3,000 people who have lost an average of 50 pounds and kept it off successfully for five years, has found that logging foods is one way to stay on track well after they've lost the weight. In another study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, those who used a food diary while dieting lost twice as much weight as those who didn't."
TWICE AS MUCH. Okay. Re-sparking logging. Gotta get the phone app this week. May get spark fitness logging gadget too. Heard it's on clearance as new model comes in!
Thursday, October 02, 2014
Beginning of October; time for reflections, still time for change in 2014
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