Sunday, October 20, 2013
I'm on a dating website whose name shall not be known. It is one of those sites that makes you choose what your build is: Slender, Athletic, Washboard, Average, I could lose a few pounds, and Large but muscular. For the past 5 years, I had been selecting "I could lose a few pounds". That is like the death knell in the dating world.
So, last night, I took a long hard look at myself for the first time since being on the site. I still selected "I could lose a few pounds" (which I still could...I'm still at 200 lbs), but I wear a size 14 in misses sizes. I'm now considered average. And I'm tall on top of that. So, last night, I took a deep breath and selected "Average". We'll see what will happen. I'm still super insecure about how I look and what I wear, but I'm starting to really gain confidence in who I am and what I'm starting to look like.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Assignments 4 & 5 of the 2013 Fall 5% Challenge pre-challenge assignments has us building a win list for today and tomorrow. Well, for me that is pretty easy to do as I have a daily checklist that is sent to me called a "Flight Plan" set out by the "Flylady" flylady.net/ . It's pretty cool. Everything from my morning routine, loving movement (workout), and bedtime routines are mapped out right there for me. All I have to do is tweak them to match my needs or lifestyle.
A win-win for me!
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
The 2013 Fall 5% Challenge is looming over the horizon, which means that the pre-challenge activities have begun. If you are in the challenge, I highly recommend you participate in these activities to prep for the upcoming challenge.
Activity 1 - Fitness:
I plan on 30 minutes of cardio a day 5x a week
I plan on two 30 minute strength training sessions each week
I plan on incorporating cycling, walking, Zumba, and BL Ultimate to my workout regimen
I plan on tracking my fitness and exercise minutes DAILY
Activity 2 - Diet
I plan on following a healthy, balanced diet using the tools SparkPeople has available
I plan on staying between 1390 to 1850 calories each day
I plan on tracking the food I eat DAILY
I plan on practicing mindfulness when I eat
Sunday, September 29, 2013
In a world where we are pushed to get things done right now regardless of what is already on our plates, it is good to stop and say let me rest. For a body heals and replenishes itself while it is at rest.
So, why do we often feel like resting is one thing we don't have time for. Next to exercise, it is one of the most important things our bodies need.
I'm being forced to rest this weekend. I came down with strep and feel horrible. Sure the antibiotics are working now and I don't feel like I am trying to swallow nails anymore...more like tacks at the moment. But while I'm sick, I've been doing a lot of reflection.
I just came off a period of working long days two weeks straight away from home. It took it's toll on me and now I'm in bed recouping from it. Life is not worth stressing one's self out over it. Meditation is important, whether it comes in the form of prayer or another. I choose prayer and I'm finding that with it comes a peace.
Peace. Hm. In a world where turmoil seems to surround us, peace almost seems impossible to achieve. But it is. We can't function in full turmoil 24 hours a day. Turn off the television, turn on some relaxing music and focus on your breathing. Let the worries of the world melt off you. Just relax. Focus on a happy moment. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy.
Love. If you are single like me, you lack the feel of the human touch....but did you know that stroking a pet can have pretty much the same effect? I have two dogs, and I just feel the stress drip off me as I sit down and cuddle with them for a few minutes.
Stretch. Something about reaching for your toes, stretching out those arms and back just seems to release the tensions of the day. It isn't just good for keeping muscles from tightening or preventing injury, it helps us destress, too.
So, take a moment to rest, find peace, love and stretch today.
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