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Is it All About the Sweat?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

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Eight days till I take my trip to see my parents in Wisconsin. I’m hoping for some pretty leaves. I’ll be sure to include a photo or two if I can get some good shots.

For once, I’m not stressing about the food I’ll be exposed to there. I am in control of what I put in my mouth. No one is forcing me to eat useless calories. I will be able to stay in my calorie range. I’m really hopeful about that. I will not let myself eat out of stress or boredom. I will allow one day each week I’m there to have some extra calories in my day. I’ve decided that if I want to bake anything, I can make rice krispie bars, or angel food cake. These I know I won’t go crazy with. Nothing gooey and chocolatey, which I have a weakness for!

I know I can get some exercise. I’ll miss my new bike, but Dad has an elliptical, and I will bring my computer so I can do videos if I want.

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Today is day 34 of my binge-free streak. Speaking of streaks, I’m having my longest streak in NOT getting ST twice per week! I really want to rectify that! It seems so easy to get it done once I set my timer and get down on the floor and do my 60 push-ups, which leads easily into my minute long plank, which leads to my bicycle crunches, bench dips, bicep curls with squats, and on it goes! I have no problem once I start my timer, but I resist doing this. I do not know what my block is. Sometimes, I use the excuse that I don’t want to get all sweaty. That is actually my consistent excuse! Once I do it, I decide I want to do it again tomorrow. The next day I am sore, so I rationalize needing to let my muscles recover. The next day I’m sore still, so I remember hearing that it’s ok to wait two days in between workouts (ST). But on the third day, I am no longer motivated. Then a week passes and I decide, I better get this week off to a good start! So I’m getting one good ST workout a week. I do have a long streak doing that, but I don’t track once a week streaks of ST.

Some people schedule their workouts as appointments they must keep with themselves. I’ve never tried this; I like to wing it. I know, that’s probably my problem! I just need to get serious about this. My main motivation for ST is to strengthen myself to arm against osteoporosis. What motivates you to keep up with your ST workouts?
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    Great job on your streak of 34 days binge-free emoticon . I'm with you on the ST and I like your idea of setting a timer and just start doing them. I'm going to have that as a goal this month to do at least two ST sessions/week. Have a great visit with your parents in Wisconsin. I live in central WI and the leaves have not started turning yet. We just came from Northern WI for a short vacation (Hayward area) and they are just starting to turn there. Hope you have a fabo time!
    1748 days ago
    Like you, I want to prevent bone loss, and I know muscle supports the bones...

    Sounds like you are really prepared for your visit!
    1749 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan for visiting the parents! I have a hard time doing my ST at home, which is why I take classes at the fitness center. They are T/TH and are 75 minutes long!
    1749 days ago

    I hate strength training but I just bought a sleeveless dress for my daughter's wedding in May, so if that's not motivation for me, nothing is, LOL.

    I so appreciate that you said that when you go to see your parents you will stay within your calorie range. So many, it seems, blame others for "forcing" food on them. The words, "no, thanks" are so powerful.

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    1750 days ago
  • ANGGEL40
    I do ST and sike myself up every time I do it.I like to sweat because I know that I am burning fat..there is this quote I like(Sweat Is Just Fat Crying)..Enjoy your parents and have a safe trip..Have Fun!
    1750 days ago
    I must schedule myself in as I haven't been at doing anything at all. Thanks a bunch.
    1750 days ago
    I found I have to schedule my weekday workouts (which are at lunchtime) -- mostly to keep coworkers from scheduling meetings in "my" time. Saturday and Sunday I do more "winging" -- depends on my mood, what else is planned, etc.

    Bottom line -- whatever works for you!
    1750 days ago
    I can relate.

    I do not keep up with ST workouts! I start and like you, I get sore, I wait a day, and another day, and then....

    1750 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/4/2013 3:03:03 PM
  • LARISSA238
    I don't like ST very much, but I do it because I need to ward off osteoporosis. Yes, I'm young, but I'm on the Depo shot which can cause bone loss. I've made it my goal this month to do ST 3 times a week at least. I'm going to volunteer today, so when I get home it will be ST time. I also plan to try and take a walk besides walking to work and back. I don't have my FitBit yet, but I want to get ready for when it comes.
    1750 days ago
    I use the same excuse when I don't feel motivated for a workout.... "I don't feel like getting sweaty now."

    I have ST 3 days/week on my Other Goals page so it helps when I look at that page and see how many days I have not filled it in.

    In your list of strength exercises, are you working all muscles each time? I try to break it up through the week... arms, back and chest one day, abs one day and lower body another day. I agree it's good to rest muscles a couple days, have to get those micro tears repaired so they get stronger.

    I like that you set a timer to get it done. Great idea and congrats on 60 pushups!! That is fantastic. I'll get there some day.

    1750 days ago
    Great thoughts! I am sure you will do fine with your eating. It is a mental mind set and you seem to have it.

    I am motivated to strength train because since I started over 1 1/2 years ago, I do not have back pain because my core is so much stronger. Not to mention the fact that I can now see arm muscles for the first time EVER! And my leg muscles are back in rare form. I am finally happy about the way I look and FEEL!!!! That is motivation for me!
    1750 days ago
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