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9 weeks-still going strong!

Monday, January 14, 2013

9 weeks begins today and I'm thrilled to say I'm moving along still focused and committed! It definitely feels easier now that it's a habit. Of course I wish it could go quicker, but patience and staying in the moment are all skills that require constant work. I've almost gained my old strength back in my weight lifts. My bench press is up to 70lbs...I should be back up to 85 in 3 weeks....I can definitely see the physical changes, as well. Ditching the loose fit shirt helps me stay inspired to work harder. I'm on the final week of my current workout that I find is a great one to really see results quickly. It has me lifting heavy/low reps followed by lighter/higher reps all in the same workout. It takes longer, but it gets you stronger and leaner at the same time.

But, as with any workout, you must change things up every 4 weeks. Knowing I was finishing this workout, I spent Saturday planning my next program and putting it in my logbook. I found one that requires 4 day-a-week lifting for the first 4 weeks, then 5 day-a-week lifts for weeks 5-8. It's all written down and ready to attack starting next Monday. By the end of this program I should see a big difference, just in time for short sleeves/shorts!

I mentioned in my last blog, how an occasional slip-up shouldn't permit you to go complexly overboard, but instead, just get right back on track. As I was on the Internet today I found a video by Hannah Curly and Olivia Ward talking about the very same thing. (they were Biggest Loser winners.) It's always good to know that other people have the same struggles as I do, and it helps accept that it's not a weakness, but simply human nature.

As I've said, one of my big problems is the negative talk I have with myself, and it's very detrimental to indulge in such a waste of energy. Its always easier to be kinder to myself when things are going well, but I must not let slip back into that bad habit in times of struggles.
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    Climbing back aboard after a holiday backslide! Got the workout part down pat: now focusing on re-nailing the FOOD part of our healthy lifestyle...!

    Kudos to your success and cheers to a 2013 filled with SPARK! :-)

    1981 days ago
    I also have a hard time with the negative self-talk. I try to remind myself what it would feel like if someone else were saying that to me and how I would feel. It's mean....and why be mean to yourself! My trainer constantly reminds me...she says she does it to herself too and realizes it is difficult. emoticon
    1982 days ago
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