Sunday, November 21, 2010
It has been nearly TWO years since I have changed to a healthier lifestyle. During most of this time, I have alternated between working out the elliptical trainer and walking (which is now turning into running).
After I graduate college and are in a fairly secure career, I will buy a house. I already know in my house I will have a room devoted as my mini gym. This shouldn't be a HUGE surprise as my dorm room is already turning into a gym with the stability ball, balance board, 5# hand weights, yoga mat and jump rope.
With this said, I decided to look at the cost of the elliptical for my future home. Well, it was a bit of a surprise to discover what I call an elliptical trainer is NOT one at all.. rather an arc trainer. In fact, the true elliptical trainers... I hate working out on!
This is an arc trainer.
And, if you are curious, these babies run about $4000-5000 at average. Guess I need to start saving my pennies!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
It has been awhile since I have blogged... like seven days! That is a long time for me considering I have blogged twice! I thought I'd write a quick blog to tell you I am still around.. just quieter, I guess.. and some other updates my life.
In the last few days, I have become annoyed with a handful of friends. Of course, all for different reasons. I am having trouble trusting one of them while another is constantly asking me to borrow her money yet while another one is ditching out on me on an event that we planned for like a month. Needless to say, I was really happy it was the weekend and I didn't have to see any of them.
Another update is that I am fighting with the 180 number. Yup, you guessed it, I weighed myself every day this weeks. Oops! I am hoping to hide it away again until Wednesday. This month I really want to leave the 180s behind but I am not sure if it's going to be possible with Thanksgiving.
I know Sparkpeople has wonderful suggestions for a healthier Thanksgiving but what about us that do not have control of what is being prepared? If anyone has any ideas, I'd be open to hear them. I am going to be home for five days and scared I am going to be back up at 185 and all my hard work will be nothing.
Some thoughts and actions I am going to aim for are:
-Just because it is offered, it does not mean I have to take it.
-Just because everyone else is having pie, you do not have to have pie.
-Have ONE piece of pie for the entire day
-Eat slowly - maybe putting the fork down after every bite
-Eat until content, not until stuffed
-Aim for a walk everyday while visiting
I hope everyone has a happy . I was supposed to run with a friend but they had to work.. so off I go work out.. hopefully .
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Recently Sparkpeople had a poll asking if you current or have worked out with a buddy in the past. I took the poll and answered that I have buddy. Over the next day or so, I gave this some thought.
In the beginning, I worked out with my friend, Will. Over time, he started to say he couldn't go with me. I continued on without him. Since than, a two year span, I have worked out with basically myself. This was my me time to work out my frustrations, to think, or even read my smut, ah, romance books. Once and a great while a friend would want to work out with me. It'd work for a couple times but eventually, they didn't want to. Again, I would continue on without them.
Well, this week I have been more annoyed with people more than usual. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Last night, I just wanted to be away from like most everyone.. and today, I won't be hanging out with anyone until like 5ish when I go to Cultural Night. It wasn't until after my workout that I figured it out.
My workouts this week have been with people or rushed. This means NO me time for.. well.. ME. In the last couple weeks, I have been running with my friend which is great fun. This is where we catch up. On the other hand, the time where I clear my head is gone.
Anyhow, I found it ironic that in the beginning I needed someone to work out with and now I'd just prefer to work out with ME. It gives me time to think and straighten things out.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Today, I was chatting with an old friend, the same one that helped me start my weight loss, and he said this: "I heard u lost more weight and are looking better." I am trying to not let it bother me... but... it does. The part that really bothers me is.. looking better. Better than what? I'm sorry but I didn't have to lose weight to be an amazing person. I felt like it was an insulting compliment. Deep breath in, deep breath out.
Let's say some nice compliments to myself.
You are amazing... inside and out... always have been!
You have a bright future to hang onto old friends that do not embrace that!
You are excited to learn new things... like kettle bells!
Okay... I am done with all that jazz. Now, off to learn kettle bells and self defense.
Whoa.. I am SO tired from my 4 mile morning run. I am going to be SO tired tonight. Oh, by the way, guys, I got a B on my A & P test on muscles. That means I understand and know 80% of how muscles work!
Saturday, November 06, 2010
A few weeks ago, I worked out with my friend and she basically had me be a personal trainer for her. I loved it. I loved knowing what to do and being the person that she trusted. It was great but I didn't think much of it.
Than, last night a different friend asked if I wanted to work out with her. She called me an expert. Me? An expert? Really? I don't feel like an expert. Yeah, I have lost a chunk of weight. Yeah, I have learned alot of "tricks" on the way. But, I still struggle with motivation. I still have trouble with eating right. We went today and I got to be all personal trainer with her. I LOVED it! It was alot of fun to teach her how to work out effectively and to know she WILL get results with my help. I do wish I had more knowledge but that is easy enough to fix considering I am an Exercise Science major!
These experience got me thinking. I really do want to be "The Expert". Once I graduate, I think I could be a successful personal trainer... for many reasons. I have been there. I know how it is to be awkward and unsure of what you are doing. I get it. It's unbelievable. I have had SO many people be like you can practice on me. I might have to start taking them up on their offers. They could give me feedback and I could be one rockin' personal trainer!
In addition to that, a friend is going to teach me how to use kettle bells which I have wanted to learn for a few months now! In addition to that, I still want to be a Zumba instructor after thinking about it after the conference excitement settled. I know both of these jobs would be great part-time side jobs to get me where I want to go. Let's be honest.. they probably never will be secure, full-time positions but I think I'd love them nonetheless. If I decide to go to graduate school and become a Physical Therapist, they could help me pay the way! Win-win!!!
Update on No-weigh November:
I weighed in today. I maintained (with sodium retention going on). I think it is a in itself that I didn't weigh in all week. If nothing else, I wouldn't mind getting in the habit of weighing in on Sunday. For now, I am trying to not weigh in all November with a "possible" peek on Sundays.
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