Physical, Emotional and Mental steps on my journey towards healthy living on every level

Monday, November 24, 2008

OK, Now I'm MAD

last week I just checked out of this whole weight loss/fitness thing and I am so regretting it.

Is it really possible to gain 5.5 pounds in one week?

They are liars 'It took a long time to put on this weight, it will take a long time to take it off"

Apparently it doesn't take a long time at all to gain weight.


But i did go to the Y at five this morning, so that's always a good start to my week.

Even if I did get on the scales.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Working My Way Out of a Bad Mood

I did go to the Y on Friday last week, but did nothing all weekend long. This morning I was crabby as all get out by the time I got to the Y.
The day didn't start well. Salinda insisted we needed to go to the Y at 5 (when I was planning to go at 8:30) but then didn't get up, so I ended up going back to bed and not sleeping for 30 minutes before I got up to get work done. Let's just say that the morning routine was not smooth this morning and by the time they were all in school and I was heading to my workout, I was not in good shape.

Then when I got there, I found I had gained 3.5 pounds which made me even crabbier. The plan I'm working says I have to do 30 minuets on the treadmill, using intervals. I spent nearly the whole time on the treadmill slamming myself with negative self-talk. I almost got off with 18 minutes to go because my knee started acting weird. That stopped but then a guy stepped on to the treadmill next to me smelling of smoke. Almost got off because of that. I just kept telling myself to quit early and that it was going to be a lousy day.

But by the time I was done with the workout, I had a plan for the day that included getting a few things done. I have more energy now, and hopefully I'll get myself motivated.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Still Working Out

Yesterday I worked out on the Wii for 25 minutes doing some strength training and balance exercises. This morning, i went to the Y after dropping of the kids for school and did an interval workout that was pretty strenuous. I'm pleased that after all these months I'm still making attempts, though I really need to start paying attention to what I eat again....

Monday, November 10, 2008

Still Plugging Along

Did my strength training saturday.

This morning, I changed my routine a little and went to the Y after dropping the kids off at school. It seemed to work much better as I knew I wasn't going to be able to make myself go out into the cold and darkness at 5 a.m.

I did intervals -- 30 minutes, working on heart rate now that I have a monitor and know what my AT is. It was a good workout.

And I lost another pound!!! And that was with eating like a crazed madwoman all week.

Hopefully this week I can concentrate on eating healthy as well.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Strength Training

This morning I did a modified workout from my chair -- and i'm not feeling it in my muscles yet, so I guess we'll see if it was a good one later -- based on if I'm in pain.

I also did pushups against the wall - 20 of them. Not a bad way to strengthen my arms if I can't get down on the ground.

Used my 5 pound weights to strengthen my arms as well...

and spent some time on the Wii Fit.

I wore my new heart rate monitor and none of the things I did today got my heart rate up much. But tomorrow morning at the Y I'll work on that part.....

I always feel better when I'm up early to exercise.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I know this probably won't mean anything to most of you, but....

I have mentioned Jonathan Roche before in my posts. He has the No Excuse Weight Loss System and I have been using his tips and encouragement since June. I recently joined the Momentum Fitness System as Bart bought it for me for my birthday. I have enjoyed being able to post my workouts and receiving so much encouragement from the program.

This morning I needed to know where I could find a workout that I can do in a chair. His No Excuses six minute workout is done from the ground, and I still can't get up and down from the floor very easy.

In fact, the only time I tried it, I tried to do one pushup, and pulled the muscle that is attached to a lung or something -- just my luck. Not like I could stop breathing to avoid the pain. Only I would pull THAT particular muscle. Anyway, I digress.

So this morning I emailed the support team and none other than the famous Jonathan himself emailed me back. We've had a nice interchange this morning and I sort of feel like I have received a personal email from a celebrity.

The one thing that is most amazing about Jonathan is that he has the natural gift of encouragement. His kindness and empathy are so genuine and apparent in what he writes and in everything he says (he has a weekly call in show that I listen to on my IPhone while I work out).

So today Jonathan sent me a personal email that I received after my workout. And that is a pretty great way to start the day.

Slightly Embarrrased by My Lack Of BLogging

FOrtunately, my lack of blogging hasn't been indicative of me not exercising at all. I lost another 1/2 pound this week and went to the Y yesterday and then worked out on a new Wii game yesterday. Today, having finally bought a heart rate monitor, I went to the YMCA again. For some reason I haven't been making it there as regularly lately.

When I saw the numbers that were my targets I figured I could never do it, but I certainily did. I'm feeling quite proud of myself at the moment. I don't know why I don't make myself get up and do this 3 or 4 times a week like I used to. Maybe this will be the incentive I need.