Tuesday, December 07, 2010
This was the question that came to me this morning as I finished a "killer" cardio session.
Sometimes, we do everything right. We eat in our calorie range, we exercise, we drink water and the scale does not budge. It can be very frustrating and has the potential to derail us. No one likes to fail and if a number on the scale is my goal, I could very well "fail" week after week if I hit a plateau.
I am very competitive with myself. I love a challange. It dawned on me that my goals have shifted to things like being able to complete a "killer" cardio session like today. Better endurance, more muscle tone, eating food that will not only meet my calorie goals but also my fiber, sodium and carb ranges.
These are goals that are entirely within my power. "Power" is another concept that came to the forefront of my thoughts today. By exercising and eating right, I feel like I have taken back some power and control that I had given up to bad habits.
When it comes to exercise, I had to really work at it to get my head wrapped around the concept of doing it every day. What kept me going every day? What worked for me is writing down the exercise(s) I am going to do on a calendar. I do this sometimes several weeks at a time. I like to mix up cardio and strength training. Then, I do it. Not because I like it, but because it is on my calendar "to do". Although I do have a confession...I have been doing this consistently since I discovered SparkPeople and now I DO LIKE exercise. I even (gasp!) look forward to it.
So, why am I writing this? Well, I hope it can help someone who is struggling right now. Maybe it's time for you to take a deep breath and focus on different goals. I am also writing this for me. So when I hit a difficult spot in my health journey, I can look back at this and see that I may need to re-focus.