Sunday, February 24, 2013
I just finished week one of a twelve week weight training challenge that I joined on Bodybuilding.com. (Grinning) I never, ever saw myself joining bodybuilding.com. I have been really encouraged and motivated by Clean eating and Oxygen magazine as well as Tosca Reno's blog. Tosca Reno was in her forties, overweight, unhealthy, and unhappy when she decided enough was enough. She studied nutrition and started working out, eventually competing in body building/figure competitions. She is in her mid fifties now and looks stunning. There is a fitness model/trainer named Jamie Eason and she is the one that developed the 12 week challenge I'm doing and the reason i joined the bodybuilding site. (It's all free and there are video instructions for 1000's of exercises).
One thing that has really been motivating me lately has been instagram. I found and started following health conscience people. It is nice to be 'surrounded' by other people who are working out, accomplishing goals, and posting pics of healthy food. I love looking at before and after pictures and seeing that it not only can be done, but it is being accomplished by people all the time. They are not special and if they can do it, then if i put forth the effort, I can do it also. I have also been collecting inspirational posters on pinterest. I finally took 'before' pictures of myself in a bikini (yikes). I wish i would have been brave enough to have done it 20 pounds and lots of inches ago, because I'm actually proud of how I look now! I've learned alot and worked hard and gotten up from various falling down points. This is my year to get what i want and I want to get into the best shape of my +40 life.
That said, week one of my weight training went well. I only got three of the four days done, but my sore muscles remind me that i worked hard. This week I will get all four days done since i joined the Y. (one of the days you needed to use equipment that i didn't have so i skipped it). I don't really get mad at myself for not being perfect. I already know all too well that i am an imperfect human :) I try to celebrate what I have accomplished, instead. I moved every day last week. I lifted weights 3 days. I ate clean 6 of 7 days (I shared a burger and onion rings with my sweetheart at a basketball game). I found a WONDERFUL substitute for my beloved buffalo chicken...buffalo cauliflower bites (skinnytaste.com has the recipe and it is SOO GOOOD!) It so satisfied my buffalo chicken love but was around 100 cal.
I am looking forward to week two of weight training and the great way it makes me feel mentally.
I hope this week brings good things to each of you and that you are attacking your goals one by one. If you have stumbled or lost motivations, don't beat yourself up!! Just spend a little time thinking about why you're on this journey and then get back up again. You can do this!! We can do this together!!