Saturday, April 05, 2014
I discovered that, at least for me, the biggest obstacle along this healthy lifestyle journey has always been me and the expectations that "this time will be different." The thing is, what has to be different is my mindset towards this journey and over the past 10 months I can honestly say that I have a much healthier attitude about myself and my lifestyle.
How many times do we make "plans" and then find that we didn't leave ourselves a "margin for error"? Then what often happens is we just give up and wander off the healthy lifestyle path altogether.
"We make plans and God laughs"....it's a great saying because everyday we get up with some sort of "plan" to do this or that and then all of sudden LIFE gets in the way.
A couple of weeks ago I had a great week of exercising...even received a Gold Medal for reaching over 60,000 steps. Then I woke up with a sore ankle and I have been dealing with that ever since. I am back at working out but now I realize that over-use injuries do occur and sometimes "less is more" in the long-term.
Taking each day as an opportunity to do something positive for myself and others is how I am choosing to look at life these days. Losing weight is definitely a goal but it isn't the end goal anymore. If all I wanted out of this was a number on a scale or a size on a pair of jeans, I would see myself as a failure. I am not now, nor will I ever be, a failure!!!!
I may or may not reach the weight that I set as my goal when I started SP. However, I have learned so much about myself through this journey. I have come to recognize that my weight issues pale in comparison with the struggles that some members have encountered and their stories have inspired me to not take my health for granted but to work on improving it daily.
For all of those who are struggling with the maintaining those "plans" they set out for themselves, I want to encourage you to allow yourself a "margin for error"....be flexible, adjust and readjust your plan, have a meeting with yourself to tell yourself all the great things you have accomplished.
As SP says "I am an experiment of one"!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
So, things have been going pretty good over the past several days. I actually am going to earn a gold medal for this week which is a first since I started tracking steps. I've upped by glow getter goal and although I still don't have it at 10,000 steps yet, I have been reaching 10,000 5/7 days and I am happy with that.
I realize however that this is a journey that is taken one day at a time. If I get ahead of myself I will forget about today and for me TODAY is what matters, not tomorrow---not one week from now---not 3 months from now. if I can stay focused on making good food choices, drinking water, working out and moving as much as possible, then I will reach my daily goal which in the end will add up to many daily goals reached.
I'd love to be able to challenge myself in the ways that many of you do here on SP but for me, it's one day at time, little by little and from one goal to another goal.
Good luck to everyone who is challenging themselves to do better today than they did yesterday.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I risk jinxing myself but I am going to say that the past week has been a really GREAT one! I've been making much better food choices, tracking my food most days, drinking water, Zumba, Bodyjam, interval training, 10000 step days, glow getter days, tracking my fitness, daily bible study, and sticking to my Lenten sacrifice of not voicing my opinion or giving advice to my children unless it is asked for.
Everything I did in the past week that made it a great week was a small step that started with making a choice. The power to make the healthiest choice is mine and mine alone.
This certainly didn't happen overnight! I've been at this for quite a while now and with every step forward, it seemed as though there were 2 backwards but I have chosen to focus on the positive steps forward.
I have begun to give myself permission to celebrate the small victories along the way. I am paying attention to my body and even if I don't see changes in the mirror or the scale, I know that Zumba isn't as hard and I can run for a longer period of time and I have more energy and am more positive about my life. I know that I am eating fish more than I ever have and I have fresh asparagus in my refrigerator right now. I know that I'm not taking any shortcuts by trying a new fad diet and I am challenging myself to do better because I deserve better.
There are a lot of us right now who are a little panicked because spring is coming.....I'm deciding right now to let it go. To relax and truly enjoy the changes I am making in my life. There are no do-overs and spring is coming whether I weigh what my head says I should or not.
For now, I am enjoying challenging my body to engage in new, fun and challenging forms of movement!!!
HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!!!!
Monday, March 17, 2014
Went to the gym yesterday morning to get in my workout and was happy to see that the rower was available.
I sat down and was readying my playlist when a man came up to me and asked if I would be on the machine for long. I said, "yes, for about 30 minutes." He then proceeded to tell me that he was using the rower for 1 minute intervals between his strength training. I replied that "I was sorry but the machine was empty and I intended to use it." I said if he was only going to be on it for a minute to go ahead and use it.
So, anyway he got off in a minute and I proceeded to do my 30 minute workout all the while contending with about 3 different men looking in the direction of the rower at various times obviously irritated.
Now, I have been a member of the Y for 17 years and in that time, the rower is the least used machine. I love to use it because it gives a whole body workout. I get it.....these men came together and had a routine planned out but where would anyone get off thinking that it's okay to occupy a machine for 1 minute intervals. At one point, one of the men actually came over and stood behind me.
The Y has a 45 minute policy on machines that people are waiting to use especially during busy times but I was only on it for 30 minutes. I barely had time to get up, wipe the rower down and walk away before the man was back.....again for a 1 minute interval.
If you have a specific workout regimen that requires you to hop from machine to machine and is dependent on no one else occupying the machine, then go to a private one-on-one gym.
I will not be intimidated by anyone who thinks their fitness is more important than mine!!!!
I am so tired of bad gym etiquette....not wiping down machines, talking on the cell phone, talking loudly to the person on the machine next the them, impatience with others, kids on exercise machines that they are obviously too young to be on. I come to the Y to get a workout. If I am in a class, I will talk before and after class but I'm not interested in talking during (a problem I had with water aerobics).
Friday, March 14, 2014
So a while back I wrote a blog about getting real with myself. Truth is, however, that until I took the step of getting on the scale it really wasn't possible to "get real".
I hate the scale. I can remember back in grade school and being weighed and the teacher yelling the weight out and even though I was only 90 pounds and I was in 6th grade, I can still remember the horror of hearing it out loud.
Then there were the monthly and even weekly weigh-ins when I was pregnant. I was once told by an OB I had to see in case mine wasn't available that I was gaining too much weight and I needed to limit my calories to 1400. I was so appalled I told my OB I would never see his partner again.
Anyway, when you are in your 20's and early 30's and you are pregnant you see numbers on the scale that you never thought you would see. Looking back, I realize that it wasn't that much but it was to me.
Fast forward and I now have scale-phobia. I have relied on how my clothes fit, what others say or even how I feel to judge the success of my eating and fitness plan. However, the truth is that while all of those are good measures of success, the scale is essential if I am going to actually reach my goals.
I have read so many brave and courageous blogs where people have faced their fears head on and even shared them with the SP community and I have been inspired by their bravery and it pushed me to jump on the scale. It wasn't as bad as I thought or as good as I had hoped. I have lost about 9 pounds total....not great, but at least it wasn't a gain. I also know that I have gained muscle weight but I'm not going to fool myself into thinking that it is anything more than what it is.
I am committing to a weekly weigh in on Thursday's from this point forward and I believe that the accountability of the scale will propel me to be more vigilant about tracking EVERY bit of food that goes in my mouth. I have increased the duration and intensity of my workouts and along with SP Coach's Plateau Busting Program, I am committed to significant weight loss over the next few weeks.
I know it won't be easy but for the first time in a very long time, I truly think I can do it.
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