Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Fitness Minutes: (15,339)
9/2/09 2:56 P
I decided today I need to mix up my workouts and get the furnace burning. Our bodies are so weird. Last year I couldn't run to the end of the driveway and now although I'll never be a marathoner I can run enough to impress myself. I'm pretty proud of that by the way! lol What i've come to realize though which came as a bit of a shock, although I've gained in the this area of fitness, I'm totally and completely out of shape in other areas and using other muscles is a real challenge. The worst being my core. After 3 c-sections I simply have no abdominal strength at all. I started doing a few crunches on the ball because on the floor it killed my back, but trust me if I do 25 in a row I feel like I'm on fire and about to die!!! lol
So today I picked 4 different workout videos from sparkpeople and did them. 2 were dealing with the core. OMG....I'm glad they were short videos...lol
One thing I learned was I was actually doing the crunches on the ball wrong, by the way I held my arms. When I did it the way Couch nicole said to do it...Holy Toledo batman within 3 crunches...I thought...I'm going to die and it really hit me, this is worse than I thought! Having a strong core is key to everything eles so I've got my work cut out for me. I'm going to try to do that workout every second day...oie its only 5 minutes...but OIE again! Just like I couldn't run last year but can now, I know if I'll just buckle down and do it, I'll see progress there too and I'm looking forward to that. Its so embarrassing to be able to do three perfect crunches and think I'm on fire and not in a good way. lol
On the bright side...I caught a glimpse of myself today in shorts and t-shirt and it was like being smacked upside the head. Thru the summer I haven't lost a huge amount of pounds but my body is changing so much. I haven't been this small in 20 years maybe more. My stomach where I held most of my weight is pretty much flat now, but its pretty jiggly not toned so the abdominal workouts should tighten everything up.
It still blows my mind sometimes when I look in the mirror. I know intellectually I did the work and it was quite a long time...but its like in my mind all that is forgotten and when I see myself sometimes...I'm just struck dumb...Is that really me.
But it is...teehhhheeee and I'm thrilled. People keep asking me around town "heather what did you do to lose all that weight and I'm so happy to share the how, the where, and let them know...Hey...this really can be done...I tried and failed a zillion times, but once i started focusing on a lifestyle rather than a quick fix it all fell into place and before I knew it...I was looking like I do now.
Anyway I'm babbling....My scale is doing this wierd vibrating needle thing the last few days it keeps shaking between 158-157....Come on all ready!
The best thing about this year is I got "FREE". Free of the kind of fatalistic thinking that kept me overweight the last 20 years. This is as good as it gets, might as well turn on the TV and eat another cookie, try to live with it, try to accept yourself in this body you don't like, just get comfy and don't dream toooo big. Thats no way to live....and being trapped in that fat suit...makes that lie seem like reality. But thats it...its a big Fat Lie! You can be healthy, fit and strong no matter your age, you can be the one doing the fun things, the adventurous things rather than watching on the sidelines. It really can be you...So get free of that Lie...and by taking small little baby steps, the weight will come off...you will get more fit, and as you do this...suddenly the opportunites of life, the adventures of life...will start appearing as something you can actually do too.
Whooo Hoooo I'm freeeeeeeeeeee!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
All provincial beaches here in Nova Scotia were closed as of 5 pm today.
Before that though we loaded the family and headed out for Rissers Beach in hopes of some great waves for boogie boarding. Whooo hoooo did we find some. Some though I must admit were pretty scary and slammed into you with alot of force. All of us took a few tumbles, but the fun out weighed the bad. Now were home and tired out and yes I'm gonna hurt tomorrow...but I had a ball, made some great memories with the kids, and food tastes so much better on the beach doesn't it!
So now we are getting ready to batten down the hatches for Bill who is arriving around 11 am tomorrow morning. I have to work alone at the hotel tomorrow so I'm really hoping Bill will just go back from where ever he came from. lol
Heres a picture of the surf at Rissers Beach today around 3pm. They closed all the beaches at 5 pm. and won't be opening them again until next week.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I went to the beach yesterday and had a fantastic time...so much fun!
The waves were huge and we had a ball riding them with our boogie boards.
The thing that really made this trip to the beach special though...occurred to me afterwards. It was the first time in years that the experience wasn't marred with thoughts of my weight.
I wasn't in a bikini...not ready for that...don't think I'll ever be ready for that. hahaha
I had on a one piece bathing suit that I use to swim laps in at the pool. The thing was how I looked or didn't look wasn't in the forefront of my mind. I'm at a healthy weight now, and I went to the beach to play in the water and have fun and thats what I did. No bad thoughts about are people looking at me, or seeing all the thin, beutiful people walking by and feeling bad about myself. It simply wasn't there. I was just there to have a good time and did and how I looked really never entered my mind. It wasn't until later when I thought...wow...you really weren't feeling self conscious at all on the beach.
I'm celebrating...I'm free from all that fat, that kept me hiding and not fully taking part in things I really enjoyed, because I felt self conscious. Its a great feeling and although there are days I'd rather not run, or swim, or I'd kill for a big piece of chocolate cake. I know the person was right who coined the phrase....Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. When I don't want to run...I just remind myself of the rewards regular exercise has brought into my life.
A healthy weight
freedom just to be myself
I dream more..things I thought were impossible to do, now seem possible.
I embrace life more
I'm not so easily overwhelmed by obsticles
and do not see setbacks as failures.
Life is good and its meant to be enjoyed...Don't let an unhealthy weight keep your from enjoying it. Do something about it. One baby step at a time and celebrate every little victory on your journey. We get one go round in this life...lets live it to the full. I wasted to many years sitting on the couch, letting one day mesh with the next day. BORING!!!!! Feeling bad about myself and my weight. I don't ever want to go back to that. Losing weight isn't easy and it takes time...but its soooooooooooooooooo worth it.
Now I need to take my own advise and get busy and lose the rest.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Its day four of my quit smoking journey. On the forum I'm using to help me quit the following was posted. I decided to post it here because it not only encouraged me to keep on quitting, but to get on with reaching my weight loss goal that is so close.
I hope you will be encouraged by it too.
Do what it takes:
What if you knew that you could reach your goal by taking just one more step? Would you take that step?
At some point in the process of achievement, the final hurdle is reached. What a shame it would be to stop just short of that one last obstacle.
Achievement does not require extraordinary ability. Achievement comes from ordinary abilities applied with extraordinary persistence.
You already know you can do what it takes. To reach any goal, simply do what it takes for as long as it takes.
It's really not that difficult to take just one step, to do just a single task, to make one bit of progress. And if you can do it once, you can do it again, and again, and again without much problem.
Keep the faith and keep up the effort. Your persistence will get you there.
-- Ralph Marston
Have a super day...I'm on Vacation..whoooooo hoooo.
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