Monday, March 10, 2014
This morning, I decided to try out the protein smoothie idea. I was short on time, but I figured it was worth the effort, so made it anyway. I used a 20-gram scoop of soy protein, some 2% milk (stupidly forgetting about the protein content in milk, DUH!) and some blueberries and raspberries. Might have been some blackberries in there also. I combined everything in the blender. Poured it into a tight-lidded container when it turned bluish and frothy.
Pretty well filled the container with a little room to spare. I tried to be EXTRA cautious when packing up my stuff and heading to the car. I checked on it a couple of times, it seemed to be staying mostly upright, with a couple of moments of looking like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
I gather up my gym stuff for later on, a spare water bottle, my gym lock, the normal stuff, set the house alarm, and I am off. I am very pleasantly surprised when stepping outside that it is really nice out. No mittens needed.
I lock up, get in the car, unload my stuff, needed for the ride, water bottle, check, phone, check, smoothie, check. Uh-oh. What had been a nearly filled bottle is now at half mast at best. Yikes. I have this awful feeling that the contents of the bottle are probably swishing all through my bag. It's happened a couple of times before (but happily, with only water.) I bravely put my hand in the bag and feel all around. Nothing. Huh. That was a pleasant surprise. I checked it again with the same results.
The only thing I could think of was in the few minutes it took me to lock up and leave, the drink deflated. I was so glad it had not taken a swim inside my bag, Whew!
I got some ingredients to make some different ones from Kimmy, my trainer, and I am willing to give those a try, despite the appearance of celery and spinach in them. I do need something to help me to get veggies in my system, so this will be a good start.
On the challenge front, I am one step closer to reaching my goal. I made it to the gym 5 times last week, and this week I am aiming for six. Every little bit helps, especially if I can keep my butt on the bike. The other portions are somewhat easier to do as they do not seem to require as much mental stamina. In any case, I am on the path to success, and I just need to keep moving!
Sunday, March 09, 2014
I am on track. The food is under control. I am organized for the week, and I am feeling like I am in a good direction. I still need improvement, in the veggie consumption, and staying consistent all around, but I am making good progress.
Tonight I rode the bike past the target time which boosted my spirits. I did weights and rope, so it was an all around trifecta of putting one foot in front of the other, and just doing it.
I am not 100% where I should be for the first challenge week under my belt, but I am still progressing. I need to see where I can grow and do better to keep going. My target time on the bike is 45 mins for 5 times a week. It is difficult, but here is what I conquered tonight.
I need to devise a strategy to get through those bike miles and just do it. The rope and weights are close enough to be right in the thick of it. 1 week down, 4 weeks to go. The challenge is having the desired effect on me - to get me to the gym more often than not. I am building my habit, and it becomes stronger each day.
Friday, March 07, 2014
As far as Fridays go, this was not the easiest. I did something today that I have not done in a while. I ate like I used to. Surprisingly, I didn't have guilt over it, but what I did have made me realize how far I've come. My stomach was upset and I felt out of sorts for a lot of the day. I ended up working late. It was very tempting to just drive home and not go to the gym. But a slipup in the food dept does not negate my planned trip to the gym.
I coached myself to show up (with my trainer Kimmy) mentally running through my head with a pep talk. It worked. I went. I told myself to just show up and do something. I felt tons better while working out and thereafter, not just for keeping my promise to myself - but physically I felt a lot better.
Life is not perfect, but we all have chances to help ourselves and that is just what I am doing. Little by little, I will get to where I want to be. I am off to a good start, but this is nowhere near the end. That's cool, because I have no timeline for success. I am going to get there when I get there, and just for today, getting to the gym made all the difference.
I'm only one meal away from a good meal. Everything is fine and tomorrow I will be right back on that horse. Just get back up and keep going. I can do it, and so can you!
Friday, March 07, 2014
Well, you can, but do you want to, and for me this week - the answer was no, not at all. There was a co-worker's bday and we had a dessert from the nicest place in town. Well, I was part of the team that purchased it --- but I chose not to eat it.
I could have - but it was not worth the hours in the gym that it would cost me on the other wise. I am making good progress, and I want it to continue. The last time I had as great as success as I am on the road to having now, I stopped pretending that cake was its own food group. I was a liberal eater of it and it did me, way more harm than good. I have moved it off of my plate. I "can" still have it if I want to - but right now I do not want to.
That's pretty good in my book, and I am happy I made that choice.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
As I sat here tonight, eating some berries for a snack, I was thinking about the day's events. It struck me how I have improved my eating, am making much healthier lifestyle choices and I am really turning myself around. What gives? I actually do care about the course of my life, the direction I am taking and I am wickedly encouraged about myself. I am enjoying my life, and I like who I have become.
I have come a long way, baby. I can't say what I really feel about my past behavior, because Spark would censor it. But, I didn't care about improving the quality of my life. I didn't care what I ate, how much I moved, where I directed my thoughts. I just didn't care about myself. Whoa Nellie. Those days are done.
I had a very forthright conversation with one of my doctors today. His clearest directives were to keep doing the positive things I am doing, lay off the caffeine, drink more water, and not fall into fad diets. I need to build my body up, not break it down. He is so pleased with the direction of where I am headed, and frankly, so am I! He also shared that the choices I make today are going to have a profound impact on my life in the next 10-20 years. (and I don't think that was an age crack!)
Today one of my trainers told me "the meaner I write about him", the happier he is. Guess which one that is? ha ha. I could say plenty (and have) even when I had no anticipation he was reading these. Sorry to let you down, Hadley - there is no meanness lurking tonight. If I had not been as terrified as I was several months ago, that death was knocking on my door, I probably would not have stumbled into those two trainers (heroes) of mine.
I pay them to push me, but I have gotten so much more out of the relationship than that. I am standing on my own, and doing what needs to be done. They have helped me to knock off 30 lbs, and push me harder when I falter. I can't help myself, I love these two. Hadley is probably cringing while reading this right now, but he doesn't have to worry.
Put a 25 lb bicep bar in my hand, and I will be hating him again in no time.
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