Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Remember how I said I would open myself to trying new things as the opportunities arise?...
Weights. Yup. Weights.
I love a method that gets me strong, lean, curvy, toned, all in a short amount of time.
By that, I do not mean lose weight fast. I mean an efficient workout. You know, one that lasts maybe 30 min-in and out. Yet, produces amazing results.
I hear weight lifting, done right, can be that workout.
I am aligning some amazing looking women to help me with this endeavor. I can't believe I am looking forward to learning to lift weights!
But please allow me to clarify-I do not want to body build. No crazy puffed-out muscles for me. Just a strong lean body.
It seriously fills me with giddy joy to imagine myself lifting! I never thought I would feel this way. Hmmm, but I am also the cautious type. I do not want to get hurt. I've seen some good books out there. Gotta get one. Read. Educate myself.
So, do you lift? How did you get started?
Friday, January 18, 2013
I worked out Monday, Thursday and Friday (so far). Planning to go to a yoga class tomorrow. So that will make 4 workouts this week. But I only have two calories to burn according to the fitness tracker. Hmmm. I seem to be able to get it all in. Well, don't look at my food tracker...
But even though I have not been tracking everything I put in my mouth, I have been incredibly careful about what's going in it, every bite! I have been doing this "weight loss journey" for long enough to know what's the right size portion and what nutrition I need. It's not perfect, but it's close. I will track when I can, or when I realize the scale isn't inline with what I think. Tweaking can still happen. But I refuse to stress myself out over not getting it all done.
Moving more. Eating healthier. Feeling stronger. Those are my goals.
Not perfect tracking. Not perfect exercise days all in a row. Not numbers.
One decision at a time. Each and every decision.
Oh, and nursing school semester 3, week one, is done. And I survived. And I feel good about it!
I can live with that!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
This week I started my third semester in a four semester nursing program. I am overwhelmed. There is so much to know!
My teenage daughter is on the bowling team for her high school. They practice or have matches Monday through Thursday. They do not offer busing, so parents/students are responsible for getting to and from the various lanes. I do employ the aid of others as much as possible, but sometimes it all falls upon my shoulders to make it all happen. (most of the the time, really...)
It is time consuming to write a blog. To track food. To plan food.
Working out can be time consuming, but I do try to fit in snippets throughout the day. I don't feel the same as I do when getting a solid 30 minutes of cardio in a row, but it is an effort toward burning some calories.
I do not have a smartphone. Which is feeling like a necessity in my life. I could track much easier if I had one! I could check all kinds of info if I had one. But, I am in no position to afford one. Someday. Maybe. I will own one.
This is not going to be a particularly great weight loss week. But I knew this would happen. It's always hard to try and balance everything the first week of school. And, well, quite frankly, until my DD finishes her bowling season, it's still going to be hard. But I am not giving up! I am taking the small steps I can right now. I am building momentum. I am seizing opportunities. I am tweaking. I will be the woman I always thought I would be!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
This is HARD!
It's hard to not reach for food every time the urge strikes.
It's hard to find time to work out and to make myself do it.
It's hard to remember why I am doing this.
It's hard to tell myself repeatedly that I deserve to be healthy.
Sometimes I do not want to cook, move, plan, or count, measure, weigh.
But I do.
I'm not perfect.
My journey is messy.
My efforts are great some days and tiny on others.
But I make an effort EVERYDAY.
And that is the best I can do right now.
Friday, January 11, 2013
I've been on this site since 2009, off and on. My weight has gone up and down.
What I have learned so far:
One, small, good, healthy choice can lead to another and another and another.
One step repeated by another step can lead to miles walked.
One positive thought can lead to a smile.
One affirmation repeated can lead to better choices.
Cheering one other person on makes me think less about myself and makes doing the right hing more automatic.
Each day I struggle. Each day is faced with millions of decisions. Each day I have to tell myself "I DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY". And I have to repeat that over and over again. When I reach out to others and cheer them on, it makes me feel better. Feeling better in a positive way, makes me choose better. Giving in to negatives NEVER works to boost a healthy decision. Changing my mindset is important to getting this weight off and getting stronger and eating better. Changing my habits will take time, daily. But it will be worth it because I DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY!
I like challenges.
I like getting trophies and goodies and noticed.
I feel motivated when I know someone else cares.
I like the feeling I get when I push myself hard.
I like feeling successful.
All of those likes will keep me going!
Oh, and: I DESERVE TO BE HEALTHY!
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