DETERMINEDDOLLY's SparkPeople Blog DETERMINEDDOLLY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... ...and that is my best assessment of my first spin class. At the urging of a friend and the offer of a free trial spinning class, I blissfully took on the challenge. Oh the naiveness. It started out well -- the instructor adjusted my bike and seat, added a padded seat cover and told me how to work the controls. So far so good. We had a few moments to warm up and that went okay as well. So about 8 minutes into the class, the instructor said stand up and peddle. Could not do it. Could absolute... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:58:34 EST Olympians vs Couch Potato So I have been watching the Olympics and though I have enjoyed them thoroughly, I can't help but feel a little envious of the athletes and the great shape they are in. Of course they are younger and they devote days, months and years on end to be competitive in their sport. But there was a time when I was like that. I was very athletic and played tons on sports. And now in retrospect, I am miles away from that fit girl. Sometimes now I am winded just walking up a flight of stairs. So you wond... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:28:20 EST YOU ARE WORTHY, GIRLFRIEND It's not everyday I have an epiphany, but today I think I had one. I'm almost sure I did anyway. I have struggled with my weight for some time now and today I wondered if it was due to a lack of self-esteem. Did I not feel I was worthy of looking good and being fit? Maybe the answer is yes. Do we view looking good as a sign of vanity? Maybe this is why people in general do not accept compliments well. If we get a compliment we're quick to say, Aw, this old thing or I just threw on anything or... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:38:49 EST Have You Seen Me? I went for a walk in the park this afternoon (and it was hot as you-know-what by the way). Walking is not only a great exercise, but also a good time to think and reflect. And so I did today. I walked about one and a half miles very slowly but determined. As I lumbered along, I thought about how 20 years ago I would have covered the same distance in half the time. I had no knee issues then and barely broke a sweat. I couldn't help but think 'where did I lose myself.' How had I become over ... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 17:28:55 EST Hopelessness: The Sequel It's been said that Love makes the world go 'round, but Hope is the fuel that makes it happen. Without Hope, people give up. Nothing matters. 'What's the use' becomes the motto. Hence: hopelessness. Hopelessness is a buzz kill. It is a death knell -- especially for anyone trying to lose weight. So today, when a feeling of hopelessness came over me, I decided to confront it head on instead of letting it have its way with me. So I asked myself why was I feeling this way. Answer: too much weigh... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 23:22:24 EST What I am vs What I want to be I don't want to be the host of a pity party. I want to say things like, "Way to go," or "You can do it." Yet, I feel pitiful. Not pitiful like I don't have a lot of blessings in my life -- which I do. But pitiful like I can't accomplish the weight loss goals I have set out. I have been off and on Sparkpeople since October, never really following through. I almost feel like this is some kind of doomed relationship that the people involved just keep trying to patch together but in their hearts,... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 13:35:16 EST 24 minutes That's it -- I did 24 minutes of exercise today. Now I know many of you would be saying, "And.........." But for an out of shape newbie like me, that is absolutely, incredibly, definitely fantastic. <BR> <BR> Well, now that I am done patting myself on the back, I seriously want to reach my goal this month to do 30 minutes of cardio three time a week. Up until today's 24 minutes, the most I had done was 15 minutes. So I feel this is a great accomplishment and another step toward the ultim... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 04:02:46 EST No Excuses.... Boy, if I had a dollar for every time I've heard that one. No Excuses. The trick is not to just say it, but truly believe it, then just do it. Yeah, Nike is really on to something .... Just Do It. I'm dropping all my excuses overboard and making getting healthy and losing weight my number 1 priority. Numero Uno. To be successful, this commitment must turn into a habit, something that becomes automatic. I am determined to get to the end of this year having faithfully accomplished my weight l... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:37:10 EST One Day At A Time <img src=""> I have been on a "diet" rollercoaster for more days than I care to remember. By joining SP, I have made a commitment to myself to stop thinking diet and just start living a healthier lifestyle. It really is the only thing that makes sense. I don't know what the future holds, but I know it starts with the desire and a commitment to myself to start the journey toward healthier living. Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:37:39 EST