Wednesday, April 17, 2013
There was a time when my modest fitness goal was simply "for my arms not to get worn out from styling my hair." No kidding -- it takes some wrist and upper arm action to pull off a proper blow-out. But really, who's delts burn simply from making the bed?? *raises hand*
Now, just a hair past the halfway point, I'm seeing how my body responds to my daily and weekly choices. I feel like I've hit somewhat of a plateau numbers-wise, but my physical size is plummeting in a way I had not anticipated.
I'm between a size 16 and a size 14. I went down a size in panties. This is big. I was in an 18 in January.
I'm not hitting the weight training like i'd like to, and I'm realizing I actually need to SLEEP and not stay up till 3am for the sake of getting the kitchen clean AND knocking out forty minutes of Zumba.
I know there are some days I'm just plain NOT going to do an evening workout. On the rare days in the week when hubby and I are BOTH off work, we're going to chill, share a meal, watch Duck Dynasty and engage in ANOTHER kind of physical activity. But you can't track THAT :-P
The "challenge" part of the rest of this Spring Shape-Up is going to mainly be...
-- the planning of each meal BEFORE I partake
-- managing my time and energy so's I can be consistent and not crunch
-- break up my workouts into segments (except for those 30+ minute cardio sessions, where keeping that heart rate up for a certain stretch of time really counts)
-- keep the ball rolling through the weekend. 'Cheat' if it puts that craving to bed, but just....once. not all dadgum Saturday, etc.
-- eat what I need, not just what's gonna taste good in my mouth at the time. I don't "deserve" a dessert or need that sweet taste to round off my day.
I deserve to take care of myself and get the thing done. I can't project what I'll look like, but I can aspire for strength, energy, and the endurance to keep this life going. My relationships are better, my stress is down, what anxiety i had appears to have slipped out the back door along with a couple inches off my hips. It's too good to stop, and barring illness or some kind of accident I will NOT start over again.
I know this won't be my last challenge, or my last time interacting with the Spark Community. This has been a great intro to all the motivational support we can offer each other :-)
"E'erbody wanna be skinny.....nobody wanna put the work in!"