Monday, July 20, 2009
I'm shrinking even if my weight stays pretty much the same!
Since my last body measurements in April I've lost inches all over my body.
My waist to hip-ratio went from an avocado to a pear, which is really good news, as the estimated health risk is lower.
I _could_ be discouraged about my weight since I first visited the weight I am today in April, and have fluctuated since, but the overall trend is downward and I'm trusting the process. And since the inches are falling off my body I'm chosing to be HAPPY.
I know I'm getting more toned (thanks to strength training!) and I'm in way better shape than I was. I can run my regular run without walking, and faster each week. And I'm happier. Whee!
If you struggle with a scale that won't budge, keep at it and see if you are consistent with your program. If you are, it WILL work!
Monitor other things beside the scale, like how clothes fit, how you feel, your stamina, your body shape changing.
Here's what I do:
I track all food, get consistent exercise (strength and cardio) and stay within my given calorie range (given the correct info of calories burned weekly). I drink enough water and get enough sleep (mostly).
I can live with that! In fact I can't live without it now!
Trust the process!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Can you taste it?
The aroma as you lift the strawberry to your mouth, tickling your nose? The juice filing your mouth as you bite into a red berry?
In my garden red jewels nestle and each morning I tip-toe out and pick two; one for me and one for my darling. We smile into each others eyes as we share the gift of the taste.
I want to eat all my meals with the same presence. The same sense of awareness.
Can you taste it?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I get to know myself a lot better on this journey, and I love that part of getting healthy. I didn't realize before I got started that I would do so much mental work alongside the workouts. I'm a work in progress, and I do a lot of thinking and mulling about how I react to things and ways to cope with the "why's" of becoming a fat person.
I still don't understand the shift in me, and do a lot of thinking about that, but I really cherish the change and want to keep cherishing that as long as I live - not being afraid of change is very empowering.
I haven't kept up with yoga as much as I would have if I still attended lessons, but I have learned to (re-)focus breathing and just centering myself a lot more, which helps my stress level and any anxieties I have.
My stress levels have plunged A LOT the last week since I started my vacation! Three weeks off work, and I'm staying at home enjoying the place and working in my garden, and will do some small chores.
We also do some running almost daily and I'm really getting into my "back to basics" tracking and feel that the "glass floor" I've been bouncing off in my weight loss has really cracked. My weight is on the way down again, and I believe a lot of that is due to consistently keeping at it.
Seems my body will take a while to catch up with what I do and take a breather before responding with weight-loss again.
Here's my weightloss graph broken into day of the month and I love how July isn't tangled up with April, May and June.
I've been doing some thinking of my year so far, seeing we're half way through 2009 and I'm really proud of myself for sticking so diligently to my workouts. It is truly getting to be a habit, and the feedback I get from friends, family, co-workers and even strangers help me to keep doing it. I also feel out of sorts if there's more than two days where I get to move.
As many of you have realized, I'm a numbers geek, and here are some of the things I celebrate today:
In 2009 I've done some sort of workout 152 of the 195 days so far, and I've stuck to my two-day rule for activities. Hence, I'm one of the regulars at my gym and we've been to the gym 83 times (the instructors and other regulars greet me).
I've tried lots of new things this year: I have started and keep up with strength training and work on that consistently. I keep track of the exercises I do and weights I can lift in my little black book.
I've tried spinning, and recently some yoga, and I am planning to sign up for a pilates course if the time fits me over the summer.
Foodwise I'm not doing badly either, I'm not eating aimlessly and I stick to my calorie range given by Spark, I'm supposed to eat between 1560-1910 kcals daily and burn around 2000 kcal weekly.
One of the habits I will focus on the rest of the year is to get enough sleep. I'm a night owl and never want to go to bed, and I believe I will feel better with better sleep habits.
I'll also keep working on my mentality and learn about myself and my actions and reactions.
I'll read your blogs and learn from you, because talking and reading about this subject is really fascinating, and I learn a lot from my spark friends.
And Coach Dean is one of those I learn a whole lot from, he has a way of writing which really resonates with me!
If you haven't read his "Drop the Fatitude and get a Winning Attitude" yet, please do:
Part of the shift in me and the change I cherish is that I have dropped my "Fatitude"!
I really feel I'm optimistic enough to put in an honest effort and see what happens. (TRACKING helps with this, I see the progress!)
I'm staying focused on what I CAN do instead of fretting about things I CAN'T do anymore. (TRACKING and blogging helps - I see the improved me doing more!)
I'm patient enough to take things one decision and one day, even one moment at a time instaed of wanting instant results (TRACKING helps here, I see the progress over time!)
See mistakes and problems as learning opportunities (TRACKING helps here - I can spot mistakes early, and I'm aware and present in my life!)
Have I told you lately that I LOVE SPARK PEOPLE?
Hope you have a lovely week!
Enjoy progress, not perfection!
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