I started in September with a 5 month goal. (read my earlier post To be fit or not to be fit) In December I said “Whoa…..what happened here? I’m nowhere near where I planned to be”
How many times have I done this in my life?? Too many to count!! And each time I say “This time I will do it. This time I will reach that goal, finish that project, do everything on that list……”
So in December, I attempted to pick up where I had left off. I obviously had to change my end goal of February but decided not to make a new month. Why set myself up for disappointment? This is is meant for success and success cannot always fit into traditional time frames! Plus, I want this to be a positive experience (Remember…. a lifestyle change….not a prison sentence!)
I found that I had to adapt some of my methods. My gung ho gym progress was not progressing! Rather than skip exercise because I couldn’t get to the gym, I began to build myself a mini home gym. I bought free weights and a bar. I bought a mat and a belly band. I bought a ball and researched on line various programs.
I will be talking about some of the things I have been doing and interests I have added throughout this blog.
Since December I have lost 10 lbs , 1 inch and 1 pants size! I feel better and am excited to continue!
“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
― Albert Einstein
Lately I’ve been reading a lot of inspirational, motivational quotes. Many of them published by groups with the word “positive” as part of their name or description. They’re good. They are REALLY good. When I find one I especially like, I put it on a “sticky note” and post it on my desk top. Sometimes I write it on a Post-it® – and put it somewhere I can see at appropriate moments.I have bags of these all over my house. I love these little sayings.For the most part, they make me want to be that person. The hope, the strength, the morality….all of it so admirable. Sometimes I look around and recite each one in my collection. Almost like a mantra.They make me happy. I have several posted on my Facebook page. Check it out!
“I have notes in my bathroom, yellow notes, and I stick ’em on the mirror, things that happened that were uplifting boosters for me. Notes that say, “Today is special, make today count.” And then I have one note on the mirror in the middle that says, “Look at the other notes.”
― Burt Bacharach
Have you noticed how easy it is to start a new trend on Facebook? Ok….stupid question! But….seriously, post something, share a link and all of a sudden-it’s viral! One day you’ve never heard of something and the next day everyone is quoting “Hi, I’m Debbie and I…love… cats”! But…I will say this, a post or shared link on Facebook definitely trumps “Chain e-mails” any day and they are much more expedient!
“We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.”
A couple of days ago, I had a decision to make. Not an earth shaking decision. Not a major life decision. But….something that would affect me. Not an end the world thing (maybe a little “rock my world” thing!) Nevertheless, it was important to me and I wanted a sounding board, someone to bounce the idea off of. I needed the voice of sanity. The one voice that would either say “Go ahead” or “What?!?!? Are you nuts???” Alas, she was in a different time zone…..2 hours ahead! So, I made the decision myself and I will wait patiently until she comes back so we can spend endless hours hashing and rehashing if I made the right decision. After all, this is how we do it!
A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.
Read more athttp://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_friendship.html#dqf6qAYwWpmc3cjE.99
Norman Vincent Peale
There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
Today I won the lottery! Ok…I really didn’t but it feels like it. You know the kind of day where everything goes right? I love that! For me, it’s like winning the lottery. I woke up in time to exercise and call my mother before getting to work Yes, I call her every morning! If you haven’t called your mother in a while, pick up the phone and CALL HER! Life is short! I was off today and I was determined to figure out how to publish this blog and BINGO…..done! What a sense of accomplishment that was for me!
Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!
Next order of business was to catch up on e-mails when I spotted a familiar address. An invitation to participate in a special program at work. Yay! So excited. My work was done so I decided to catch a few rays outside. I was out only half an hour and got great color! After that, I left to meet my friends (early for a change. Something I rarely am!) The minute I pulled out, I heard a noise….flat tire. Bummer! It had been such a good day. But….there was one tire place open that could fix my tire right away. And….….the sun was still shining, there was a beautiful breeze and I had a friend willing to save me a seat (AGAIN!) It doesn’t get much better than this!
I do love my food! I want to eat what I want when I want it….without consequences! Sound unrealistic? I spent the first 30 years of my life doing just that! I couldn’t gain weight no matter how hard I tried! Of course having Crohn’s disease ( a digestive disease) and several bowel resections also contributed to size. Along with that I took lots of steroids that kept my hunger abated so even though I could eat what I wanted and not gain weight, I didn’t really want that much. Though I miss my 100 lb body, I don’t want to be sick like I was then to be that thin. Another problem I have is that I can’t eat too much roughage. It wreaks havoc on my stomach and we all know that’s the best diet food. And….I love it! So I have to figure out ways to trick my body into accepting it….
After careful consideration, I decided I should probably join a gym. A little pricey, but I wanted the full range of options as well as accountability. In addition, I don’t have a lot of money to spend so I am not going to waste it by not going! I went online and printed up several free trials. When I visited the 3rd club, I instantly felt relaxed. My salesperson was not only charming (as most of them are) but was a genuinely nice guy. The air was comfortable and it smelled good in there! We walked around, checked everything out and I have to admit I was sold. I just felt good there. The next day, I met with a trainer and we made a rough draft of what I needed to do to get where I wanted to be. I am going to lose 30 lbs of fat and add 10 lbs of muscle. I will do this by engaging in cardio, core and strength/resistance training as well as maintaining a healthy, low calorie diet. Oh and the target date is February, 2012. When I attended my first class, Body Pump, I had no clue what to do. A young girl (customer) walked over, showed me what equipment I needed and how to set it up. The rest was up to me! I have since attended several other classes and am getting the hang of what I need to do to achieve my goal. I do need to do more but I am starting and that beats nothing!