Sunday, October 30, 2011
For months, I guess you could say I was chilling on a plateau. It wasn't a huge concern for me. I basically floated around 160. In fact, since July, I haven't even been close to 158. Today, I weighed in 157.8. I think the is moving again!
Not only am I losing weight, it is FAT I am losing! How do I know? I did a InBody 230 scan where they can accurately tell me how much muscle vs. fat I have on my body! My muscle maintained while losing three pounds of fat since last time I did it! WIN!
A few factors have played into this change...
I have lifted different muscle groups Saturday through Wednesday everyday.
I have been trying to win a sister challenge where I have to do 60 minutes each day!
I have been trying to have quality workouts. This means focusing on working hard so I DO get sweaty!
Today was the first day that I was excited that I lost weight in a LONG time so I am not caring (right now) about my measurements/photos not showing a change. Usually I do not care much about losing weight and am like, "Oh, who cares." In fact, for a period of time, I felt more energized when running a new distance or time.
This week, I talked to my counselor about my body image and how I want to love ME.
She said two things.
1. I should try to focus on intrinsic feedback rather extrinsic. For those that do not know, intrinsic is how I feel and extrinsic would be external factors like any sort of measurement (i.e.: scale, tape measure, clothing). Honestly, I am not sure if I know how to enjoy intrinsic feedback because I have been measuring for so long extrinsically.
2. My assignment this week is to write a letter to the 260 me mentioning what she did for me and what I learned from her. I will probably write it in a blog in the next week so look for that!
With this said, I think I have some simple goals for November.
-Attend 2 spin classes in November
-Gain 1# of muscle through lifting three times a week
-Try new recipes/snacks (Got any you want to pass on?)
Time to hit the books!
Monday, October 24, 2011
When I started this journey, I wanted to feel better about me. Basically, I wanted a better body image. Truth to be told, it doesn't matter if I am 160 or 260 if I am unhappy with how I look. I realize even through I have sexy calves, more defined arms, and higher confidence, I still hate my tummy with a passion.
Whoa! What? Hating myself? After all I have done? It seems just wrong, doesn't it?
Than, this morning I was thinking.. yes.. I don't like how my tummy seems to resemble jello but with wrinkly stress marks. I know, not pretty or sexy. But, that's the thing. I shouldn't be ashamed or feel down about my unsexy stretch marks. Like a mother with stretch marks, they are one unsightly thing I get for a beautiful thing. Instead of a child, I got a journey to get to know me and how to live a healthier life.
So, no, I probably will not ever be able to wear a bikini on the beach. Like like phoenix tattoo, it is a reminder who I was before and how I do not want to go back to that place.
I need to learn how to accept and love myself. Eventually, I hope to get there.. just like get to the big goal of losing 100 pounds!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Eons ago, when I was unfit, I basically just had to show up for my workouts and in the end, I would be drenched in sweat every time. In my eyes, if I am drenched in sweat, it was a great workout!
Lately, more often than not, I am not drenched with sweat. In fact, I am lucky that I have broke in a sweat. The only times that I seem to get sweaty is when I run and go to step aerobics.
This morning I went to spin class. Spin is supposed to be intense but I barely broke a sweat. So, here I sit, frustrated and disappointment. A second work out IS be in today's future. But, what? I NEED a good workout for my sanity!
Why can't I get a good workout done?
Have I plateaued mentally?
Have I plateaued physically?
More importantly, how do I fix this?
Friday, October 21, 2011
Midterms are here yet here I am still trying to figure out my work out routine during the week. In the last couple weeks, I had no plan and just made sure I did some sort of work out. It works.. but it could be better!
For example, Tuesdays and Thursdays are the busiest but yet I try to get my runs in on this day. It just doesn't work to run when you are feeling rushed. I need to feel relaxed. So, running is getting moved to twice a week. Yup, one day less. Sunday will probably always be a day. It is my Sunday thing right along with church. Pretty lucky for my non-existent future boyfriend. He can watch football and I don't want to hang out.. because.. well, I want to RUN!
Also, I feel like some days I get stressed from going from one place to another so I am adding simple mediation. This goal consists of taking ONE 10 minute break from the world, laying on the floor, closing my eyes, and listening to all the sounds around me, letting the world soothe over me, like water does with a rock in a river!
My last goal is to focus on lifting. I stopped lifting. I was doing so well, too! I know my down fall. I started doing machines again... and they bore me! Now, kettle bells and free weights don't.. but they do take more time. I wish I could find a 30 minute lifting routine that I could everyday.
Okay, before you mention how you can't lift everyday.. hear me out! I plan to create a routine where it is upper one day and lower the next with either Wednesdays or the weekends off.
Why do I want to lift everyday? How I figure it is if I lift everyday I know I can't put it off because I am doing it everyday keeping me consistent!
Also, I have noticed that my routine is dry. When I go to the gym, I seem to be looking at the equipment like this rather than . In fact, I have been trying new machines at the Y and taking spin classes.
I am hoping this revamping.. adding lifting everyday and meditation weekly will help!
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