Friday, June 12, 2009
I found out last night that I am not a "boot camp" aerobics person. The woman that was running our aqua aerobics was yelling at the class to do more, try harder... I had already started out full steam ahead, and try as I might, I couldn't help but take the comments personally. She yelled at us that we couldn't leave (as I was feeling light headed). Look, I'm no wimp, I pump up the intensity of my workouts to the highest they can go. The entire time, I wanted to do the opposite of what she said. I let her comments affect me, and afterward when she asked me personally "Did you have fun?" I admitted I didn't. I ended up crying in the shower - NOT my kind of motivation.
1. I am active because I love my body, not because I hate it. I will continually strive to be stronger, healthier, faster, and to take care of myself.
2. I am working out because it feels good, not because "Don't you just hate it? Hate the workout, but it burns calories" (Yeah she was yelling that.)
3. I am not a "big loser", EVER. I know people find inspiration from that show, but I am never a loser. I can't disconnect that word from the negative connotation. (Yeah she called us that too.)
I'm about to go hop on the elliptical at the gym, but before I go, I have to post 2 cool things!
A. A neighbor that I don't know stopped me on the sidewalk and asked if I lived in the apartment on the end. :D After I said yes, she said, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING? You look so great!" and later said that my husband and I look so wonderful and to keep it up. **A COMPLETE STRANGER complimented me. That was pretty cool.
B. I gave away my BIG clothes for the first time. :) LOL! I worked for a company about 6 years ago and we were required to wear a standard polo shirt with the logo embroidered on it. I picked up one of the 4X Men's shirts that I had from then and since my husband fits into size 3X now, told him it'd probably fit AND IT DOES! That's great because now he has a few extra shirts to knock around in. This'll help him keep his regular work clothes nice since we can't afford to buy new stuff. I still have plans to donate my other stuff to a local women's shelter (just down the street). I need to get some time to get it all together.
And, thanks to RONICA892, I was introduced to Picnik.com today, where I made this:
I recently went to karaoke and was sleeveless for the first time in my adult life (in public)! It was amazing, and part of my plan to become more comfortable with my body. I will not wait until I'm a size 10 to get adjusted, I will try to do a little at a time so that when I am a size 10 I'm not struggling to catch up!
Done covering up!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
~ Here's the recipe ~
Sunday: 5k with a tote bag slung over the shoulder; other hours of activity with a backpack
Monday: Unplanned out dumbell weight lifting, heavy on the arms & shoulders. Trying out the basketball/crunch game near the weights for the first time. Dribbling and playing basketball with friends... Well, okay, shooting hoops (each with our own basketball).
Tuesday: Ultra challenging 24 Hr Fitness YOGA Stretch class with EUGENE, body builder trainer dude that likes to hold the poses for an IMPOSSIBLY long time. **THEN** Bounce and hold your friend's 9 month old heavy baby... for like, 90 minutes. Oh yeah, and ignore all the pain and haul around a few loads of laundry and stuff.
Okay, my arms are SORE. My arms haven't been this sore in a long time... and it's not really in a good way. Yesterday while at the gym I noticed that there's FINALLY a Zumba class here. I wanted to do that at 8 a.m., but around 10 last night I realized that would be STUPID.... talk about overload! All of those dance/cardio moves have the accompanying arm grooves. It's so hard to not burn out my arms. I'm trying to rest them today because I know that we're planning on doing another Aqua Aerobics class tomorrow night. The only thing I lifted today was a load of laundry, then later 6 bags of groceries.
The good news is that I'm getting lots of activity in. I just want to prevent disability... After all, I need to be able to type! ;D
Sunday, June 07, 2009
I did my first 5k today. I walked the Del Mar Iron Girl event. And I was lucky enough to share my first 5k with LOTS of local SparkiFriends!!! Honestly, I can't imagine what it'd be like without them. Support from FHAMWEY, SPRING4FAL, KATHYK24, SOCALGIRL, WHITEDUC, DISNEYSMOM, BGAIL1, JENIUS_PANDA, AMISETTE (wait! crud, now I can't remember if I have her username right)... and anyone I might have missed... Anyhow, it was amazing sharing this with these women. The experience even convinced my friend Donna that she might want to join SparkPeople. She said, "Everyone was so nice!" and she even ended up walking with 2 of my SparkFriends instead of me. LOL!
Anyway, I also got to run into a few other Sparkers like CGEM61! There was a team of 3 ladies in Orange SP shirts with some kind of sign on them that I tried to talk to, but they needed to pick up their registration packet. Since I didn't have a SparkPeople shirt, I carried my I HEART SP bag from the SparkPeople '09 Convention. That group of 3 orange ladies saw it from across the street when we were all walking and we were all hollering "WOOHOOooo!"
I don't think I could've asked for a better 5k experience. And the rest of today I've really been thinking about everything that brought me here. (I'm trying not to cry right now because we're supposed to leave and meet my husband's friend from high school for coffee.) I used to not be able to walk 5 minutes without my legs and feet hurting. I couldn't walk less than a quarter of a mile when I started on SparkPeople. I went from walking 5 minutes to walking a 5k. And the enormity of this milestone hasn't escaped me.
THANK YOU so much to everyone that has helped me along the way, or encouraged me. Having that encouragement in person today meant SO MUCH to me. I can't even adequately express it here. I love my SparkFriends and I love SparkPeople.
We got a free shirt and a free AFLAC duck along with some samples.
I'm an Iron Girl for life. I want to do 2010.
WOLFKITTY, SOCALGIRL, DISNEYSMOM, JENIUS_PANDA
My friend Sarah & me
...More pictures later.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
I am not a challenge person. I get defensive, but I've decided to join the 10 pound DONE in June challenge with my team. I was planning on losing 10 pounds this month anyway! :D
Me too! Me too! DONE with these 10!
Starting Weight (SW) 259
Goal Weight (GW) 249
- 10 or more glasses of water/day
- Walk 20 minutes (1 or more miles) 3x week - GOYAAM!
- Strength train 2x week - GOYAAM!
- Clean 1 mini area in the house every other day
(The walking is in addition to my other cardio.)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I miss yoga! LOL! I am definitely feeling it. :) Oh well! I've convinced my husband to go to an aqua aerobics class with me, so I'm looking forward to that tomorrow.
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