Saturday, March 08, 2014
Usually, my trainer demonstrates each exercise, steps back and counts the reps as I do them. Today, he did all the exercises with me. It was fun working out side by side, him with 60-lbs barbells and me with a 40-pounder. It felt pretty cool. Maybe this is how synchronized swimmers or choreographed dancers feel
(1) Squats, deadlifts, hamstring curls & lunges : 3 sets, 15-25 reps.
(2) Dips, Push-ups & Pull-ups: 1 set of each, 15 reps.
(3) "Mountain climbers", chest flyes & back flyes using TRX straps for the first time. I did easier versions of whatever he did. Starting small, building up !
After the pull-ups, we collapsed on the gym floor - it really took the stuffing out of us ! Then we had a giggle-fit commenting on how ridiculous we must look to everyone else, watching us just lie there.
During the session, he had this idea that we should both hit to 155 lbs in April. He wants to add muscle to his very lean 150-lbs frame, while I shed 10lbs of fat from mine. If we both happen to hit that target together, he wants to take a picture of us and post it on Facebook - he NEVER posts anything on Facebook because he's very private, but this would be a big deal to him.
While it would be nice to hit that number next month, whatever I weigh in April is alright by me, 155 or not. 2 lbs per week is within the Spark guidelines, but my weight loss HAS slowed over time, which is normal. Some weeks the scales goes up. Some weeks I lose nothing at all. Which makes me extra happy on those days when the scale goes down :)
SparkPeople has taught me to be patient, especially during plateaus and scale fluctuations. I no longer feel pressure to hit weight loss goals by a certain date. Experience has taught me that making good choices AND getting back up after slipping really DOES make the scale go down eventually.
So, Onward, one day at a time
Good night, Sparklers !
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Had a long stressful day at work, finishing an iPhone app prototype for a demo, working through network issues AND getting a last-minute request from my boss to start (and therefore, learn) his presentation, in case he didn't make it back from lunch with the VPs on time.
Ironically, I missed my own lunch to take care of all that. Fortunately for us all, he showed up on time anyway and the demo went very well.
Right now, my new role at work is a bit stressful. I was chosen to lead a team in a field that I know very little about. So I've been reading books, watching videos and trying to find a method to this madness. It's challenging and I feel lost very often, but I'll keep pushing and hopefully things will turn out alright. My Dad keeps saying that I always underestimate what I can do. Maybe this is a good opportunity to throw fear of the window, put in a good honest effort and be confident that everything will be alright.
I got to the gym later on an almost-empty stomach, must have caused the dizzy spell I had during one of the sets. That aside, it felt good to be back in training.
Going to bed now. As Mom always says, tomorrow is another day.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
By the end of April, I would like to learn how to swim without a kick-board, flippers or any flotation devices. That'd be pretty neat !
Maybe there's a beginners program in my area. Google, here I come !
Have you heard of any good Learn-to-Swim programs for grown-ups ? I'm open to suggestions !
Do you have new fitness goals for this month ? What are they? I'd love to know !
Friday, February 28, 2014
LBS LOST -> REWARDS
30 - new clothes - done
35 - new gym shoes - done
40- Manicure-pedicure - done
45 - cooking class - done
50 - Facial - done (replaced by a visit to the dermatologist today)
55 - Archery class - done
60 - Hiking - done
65 - Get my ears pierced (it's time !)
70 - Rollerblading
75 - Sky diving or iFly
80 - Bungee jumping
85 - Skirts
90 - Dresses
95 - Bikinis
100 - Goal ! A day at the race track!
(Note/Edit - why piercings ?) My ears were pierced when I was 5 or so, but I had an allergic reaction to the metal in the earrings. They were taken out and the holes closed back up. I've only worn clip-ons since. I can't wait to do this now
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Once upon a time, a friend invited me to her place for lunch. Although I told her we could just skip lunch and hang out, she insisted on eating together. Sure, alright, why not ?
When lunch time rolled around, my friend instructed me to take one potato and not two ( I hadn't wanted or asked for two), said that I could have one square of chocolate if I wanted it, but only one (again, I hadn't asked), grilled me about why I hadn't joined the gym yet and told me I had only excuses. At the end of my visit, she insisted that I skip the bus and walk home instead. The next time I saw her, she made fun of me for getting lost on my way home. Sigh.
Needless to say, it was a rather unpleasant experience.
While her intentions may have been good ("I want to motivate my friend to lose weight"), I found her actions to be hurtful. No amount of ambushing, manipulation, cornering or controlling behavior could possibly have inspired me to start my weight loss journey.
Years later, the kindness and true compassion that my friend Karen showed me actually went MUCH further in finally getting me on this journey. She emphasized that because she knew me so well, she knew how much it bothered me to be overweight, and she knew that losing the weight would be a big part of me becoming a happier person. She showed me by her actions that she cared about me no matter what, but that as far as weight loss was concerned, she needed me to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. In that moment, I saw that she was on the brink of losing faith in my ability to do what I said I would, and it triggered something in me : I didn't want to disappoint her. Suddenly, I really needed to prove to her that she COULD believe in me. Since then, every time I lost a pound, I sent her a text her about it. She got me started and 66 lbs later, I am still truly grateful to her.
I see a lot of that same compassion here on Spark, and I am grateful that we have a forum to show that level of kindness to each other. Even in moments of Tough Love, the main active ingredient of it - actual LOVE - is clear and present and healing.
Keep shining that light, SparkFriends. You're doing something beautiful.
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