Saturday, April 24, 2010
Everyday Enlightenment: The Twelve Gateways to Personal Growth is the title of the book I started reading. I always thought these "enlightenment" books sounded dumb because of the cheesy titles, but there are lots of Spark Buddies out there right now reading books like this. I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did!
The First Gateway: Discover Your Worth
This chapter was about making choices that are based on what you think you deserve. I don't want to sound all high and mighty, but I *do* make good choices because I *do* believe I deserve good things. I know I'm worthy; this chapter was good to read, anyway.
The Second Gateway: Reclaim Your Will
This chapter just blew me away. The author writes about willpower - to paraphrase, it's not willpower that most people lack, it's focus. Bam. Hit the nail on the head. I couldn't figure out why I was stuck in this little rut on the way to reaching my goals, and lack of focus is exactly my problem. This chapter had a little bit of educational philosophy in it - do one thing, and do it well. Like in education, it is beneficial to learn one thing but learn a lot about it.
The author suggests that we stop trying to do a million things and instead focus on what we really want. I thought "geez, this sounds exactly like me!" I have been running, swimming, biking, yoga-ing, Pilates-ing, dancing, strength training... and none of it has been focused. My goal is to have visible muscles for the summer. While dancing, Pilates, and yoga are great, they really are not contributing greatly to my goal. I need to focus on those activities that are going to help me reach my goal. I have taken enough classes at the gym for long enough that I know which ones I really like and which ones are just kind of "eh."
For instance, I only kind of like dancing. I tried it a few times, and it's just not my bag. And while it burns calories, I'd rather be burning calories on my bike or on my running legs. So instead of spending my time doing something I kind of like, I'm going to start spending my time doing something I *really* like.
Maybe instead of taking three yoga/Pilates classes each week, I'll only take one (because i really *do* enjoy them) until I am close to or at my muscle goal. My goals are certainly free to change, but until then, I need to choose one goal and give it 100%.
"...the best way to get something done is to do it."
Today is a group run, and then a shopping afternoon to get a bike rack and helmet. Yahoo! I am going with a very good friend. I always look forward to spending time with her. She is a great friend and I know I can always count on her. Neat thing about her - she has a beautiful voice, and she just won a trip to Las Vegas in a karaoke contest. How cool is that?
Today I will:
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Read some more about enlightening myself
Plan next week's workout schedule (based on my recent enlightenment)
Have a super sunny day!
Friday, April 23, 2010
I learned something very important last night. If I have a 6:15 class at the gym, I can just forget about the to-do list. When I come home, I have dinner and veg out on the couch. Good lesson.
This week was a really good week for me. I finished my school work! I can concentrate on my fitness and "ME" goals now. Last night I reflected a little bit on April, and it was kind of a bust as far as my goals. Sure, I did my workouts, but I did not eat very well. I went out to eat too often, I drank too much wine, I had too much takeout on days when I didn't feel like packing my lunch... Next Thursday is my measurement/weigh-in day with my trainer, and I'll be amazed if I didn't gain any weight.
But on Wednesday, it was a new Carrie. I woke up, went swimming, had a super day at school, and came home in a really good mood. It was a little strange to be at the gym and thinking "I don't really *have* to get home for any reason." Nice.
Tonight I'm going to re-vamp my goals (I thought I'd do this last week, but that idea feel flat on its face) for the rest of April, and I'll start thinking about May.
And finally, thank you all for your wonderful encouraging and congratulatory words. I haven't met any of you in person, but that doesn't diminish the support I've gotten from you. There have been days when I wanted to drown myself in Ben and Jerry's, eat brownies until I have to roll into bed, and drink wine like a sot, but I didn't. So thank you!!!
Have a super Friday!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
When this afternoon is over, I will be done with my masters classes. Totally done. No more papers, no more lectures, no more tests. Done. I am SO excited. I think the best part will be no more nagging thoughts - "I really should work on my paper..."
And hopefully my "blah" blogs and my "blah" attitude will disappear, too.
So my new "me" project is going to be an action plan. An action plan to get me back on the weight-loss trail, not just on maintenance. I am amazed and thankful that I haven't gained any weight during these stressful couple of weeks! But there is work to do. There are muscles to grow, biking to do, and running miles to fit in. The action plan will include all of this and more. Maybe some trips to look at some art, maybe some time to work on my San Francisco scrapbook (I went on the trip last summer!). Time to get back to playing my piano - I love the way it feels to play the piano.
I have some great book suggestions (thank you!), so I'll be making a trip to the library soon. I have read some wonderful new ideas of ways to spend my free time (thank you!) and I might even try some new things.
Drink at least 4 Siggs of water
Pack Thursday's lunch
Pick clothes for Thursday
SEND FINAL PAPER!!!!
Get a 15 minute run and some strength training done this evening
Have a super day!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Today was one of those days. I came home from work yesterday not feeling so good. It was that feeling like a cold was coming on; achy body, stuffy nose, sore throat... Stayed home from running club and took a sick day today. Slept for hours today, and I guess I feel a little better.
I honestly don't know if it was a day off I needed or if I should have made myself go running last night - maybe it was some exercise I needed.
I have been SO stressed about getting my school work done; I have a big paper due tomorrow night, and I had three more assignments due this week. And I really want to do well with these last two classes. So I worked hard on my papers today, submitted three of them... tonight I have a quick question to ask my prof at chat time before I submit my final paper. And then I'm done. Not just done with these two classes, but with my master's classes. As soon as I get the results from my comprehensive exams, I will know if I have earned my degree. It's going to be a little strange being totally done with school... it's been such a part of my life!
So I have to work on thinking of activities I can do in the evenings since I don't have schoolwork to do anymore. i would LOVE suggestions. On Saturday I am going to buy a bike rack for my car and a helmet, and I plan on getting out on the bike pretty often. I can spend more time working out at the gym, I can get some swim laps in, and who knows what else. But I definitely need to take some selfish ME time after this week.
Off to get my sweet potato out of the oven...
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