Some Recent Lessons...
Friday, May 23, 2014
...just to remind you that even if you become a fitness professional, you will still be on the ever-improving track, not the laurels-resting track.
1. Peanut butter is not my friend.
I can't control its portions at all. I have never been anything like a binge eater in my life, but peanut butter's siren song is irresistible and half the jar disappears in two days. So, peanut butter is back off the grocery list.
2. 30 Day Shred workouts (and Ripped in 30) are still fun.
I have been doing these quick workouts as add-ons to my own training at home, or combining them with other videos to get the balance of workout that I need, and they are just timeless, great workouts. I love you, Jillian! If you've never tried these workouts, they are worth a gander. Quick, efficient, challenging.
3. Setbacks still lead to complacency...or secretly giving up.
My body did *not* like one of the low-low-carb plans that I followed for a few weeks when I was doing my carb cycling experiments, and it made me pay for almost a month. Hormones were all over the place, I was cranky and suddenly gaining weight, and I thought I was basically done for. So, I gave up! I got my "fat pants" out of the storage closet and settled in, thinking I was unable to fight the tide. My body worked things out, however, and I am glad to say that my abs are back and I was able to wear my little cropped top out dancing last night without fear of ...spillage. The lesson there is not that I do, in fact, have some nice abs. It's that I am still human, still vulnerable to discouragement, and still in need of the motivation tools that I used to keep myself going on my weight loss journey because they are still motivating to me!
4. Walking the dog is not optional! (Not a euphemism.)
Back when it was "winter" here, I got in a habit of letting the dog into the yard instead of walking him. He was cold, I was cold, it was late and dark and he couldn't wear his sweater for a walk without making a mess every time, so it seemed like the thing to do. Now, of course, it's May and I have forced myself to make his walks a habit again. Even 10 minutes makes both of us much more happy and calm. Good habits are good to have.
5. Stress is pretty lame.
I have hit a sudden productivity stride. Curtains are sewn and hung (after 10 months...). Landscaping is happening outside as I type this. Unneeded things have been posted on Craigslist. My office at work is clean and organized. My workouts are tougher than they've been since last winter. Coffee? Drugs? No, just a lack of stress. I finally shrugged off the remnants of last year's life hurricane and I feel much more energetic and clear, which means that I have an extra 2 hours in my day back since I don't have to fret over every little thing to the point of exhaustion. (I feel so calm, in fact, that it stresses me out! Surely I must be forgetting to worry about something! My brain is so useless sometimes.) This is a fitness tip in disguise, because the less stress you have, the harder you can work and the more you can focus. Less stress = more results!!