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A Good Day of Discipline!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I am proud of myself as I did really well today unlike yesterday where I just slacked - not doing any exercising and chomping down on anything not tied down after midnight. Well, it's past midnight now and I have no urge to snack. The feeling of fullness throughout the day, despite not eating as much as I used to, may very well have to do with all the glasses of water I've been drinking. I can't manage 8 glasses a day but I do drink at least 4 glasses and those glasses are huge.

This morning I went to the YMCA for some exercise. I had not exercised in ages so I decided to join an older adults strength training class. To my dismay, I saw no one younger than 60 and I'm 47. I worried that the class would be too easy and not challenging enough but I figured some exercise was better than none so I decided to go through the class. To my amazement, it was tailor made for me. I had been inactive for so long that the slow pace was a good easing into the exercising program.

Slow the class and movements may have been made but my body still had a nice work out. We worked out with weights and stretch bands. There were also 15 minutes of low impact aerobics. I didn't break a sweat but I could still feel the stretch of the muscles being used. I really enjoyed it a lot. However, since I felt that I had not had enough cardio in the class, I decided to ride the elliptical for 5 minutes and the treadmill for 15 minutes.

The treadmill was easy enough but that elliptical was a pain and I could barely complete the 5 minutes. I watched as two other Y attendants pedaled away with grace on the elliptical without missing a beat. I wonder how they could ride that machine for long periods without stopping to take a pant as I was doing every five minutes. This was my first time using it so that may have been the reason for my body's rejection of it.

Tomorrow I will be going to a more advanced class called Totally Tone which is supposed to strengthen muscles through props such as balls, bands, weights, etc. I'm looking forward to it. Since I don't anticipate heavy aerobics, I may do some swimming before I head back home.

As for food, I managed to stay within the caloric intake today! Go me! And I have 750 calories left over but I'm not going to eat the kitchen down to make up for it. The less calories I eat, the more weight I lose so I'm happy with the lot of calories left over. I also drank my 4 glasses of water which helps with the hunger pangs. Today, I drank two cups of coffee with half and half cream and sugar. For lunch, I had a Weight Watcher's spaghetti meal and for supper a small salad with a slice of King Cake as a treat for being good all day.

I was also somewhat productive in other areas. I dyed my hair with a semi permanent hair color to color out some gray. The pharmacy did not have the shade I usually use so I went one step higher, figuring the color would essentially be the same. Nope - my hair is too dark. Now I look goth - all I need is some heavy black eyeliner and black lipstick to complete the look. emoticon I also cleaned my side of the bedroom and unpacked from our hotel trip. Overall, I had a good day in which I accomplished all of my goals, except for one, job hunting. But I'll do that one tomorrow.

Take care, my fellow friends and have a good night. emoticon

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MISSFYING 2/19/2012 5:51AM

    I'm glad you found this place. What I like about it, is that it's not as 'competitive' as some of the other fora I have been on. I got a little tired of all the 'mediocrity bashing'. Coming from rock bottom, it's actually a step up, and we're all on our own journey.

Welcome to the club.

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LANEMAYHEW 2/14/2012 8:24PM

    When I am recovered from my foot surgery, I will be going back to Silver Sneakers at the health club, although they don't call it that anymore. I am a 67 year old out of shape kind of gal and the speed it suits me perfectly. We do the weights, bands, and low impact aerobics just like in your class. I also swim and am going to try the elliptical. Thanks for being an inspiration, and your hair will fade!

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