Saturday, October 13, 2012
Okay, I'm happy. Nothing is quite so motivating as seeing the numbers on the scale retreat. And (surprise, surprise) this happened when I weighed myself everyday this week. Two weeks ago, I didn't, I only weighed at the end and I gained two pounds. And while I've read everywhere that weighing everyday is not good, I can't help but believe the opposite is true for me. I believe that weighing everyday helps me realize that there are and will be daily fluctuations in weight. So when I go into the dr office and I see two pounds more than I was expecting, I don't spaz out. Another thing is that it becomes a source of motivation. When I see the numbers drop, it motivates me to exercise to keep the number dropping. When I see the numbers increase, it motivates me to exercise to move the scale in the opposite direction. Those, I think, are very good reasons for me to continue weighing in everyday, even if I don't record it.
Another source of motivation is the way exercise, especially cardio, makes me feel after a workout. For example, I was determined to get up and ride the bike for twenty minutes today. That was my minimum goal. And I reached twenty minutes, and kept right on going. I hit 25, 30, 35 minutes. I just kept going for a couple reasons. 1. It felt great. I was energized and doing my body good. 2. I had a song in my head that I couldn't get rid of.
Which brings me to music. I love working out to music especially techno and dance. My nephews were taking a nap, so I couldn't crank the music. I set my pace and began to let my mind wander. And what popped into my head could be combination of watching two young children, and the fact that my exercise bike stares right at a bookcase. The "Reading Rainbow" theme song popped into my head, and it's still there an hour later. lol. But I just started play in my head and I worked harder, pumping my heart rate up. In the end I worked out 37 minutes on the stationary bike and I still feel energized. But who knew that public television could provide motivation to exercise 20 years later.
*Singing* "I can do anything..."