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Starting over. Again. But that is okay. Starting weight 283.5 lbs.

I will never give up.

Monday: Drink 20 oz H20; rest, mani/pedi, join livestrong.com and check out gym schedules.

Tuesday: 550am spin class + 30 oz H2O

Wednesday: 30 minutes walk  + 30 oz H2O

Thursday: 550am spin class+ 30 oz H2O

Friday: 30 mins walk + 30 oz H2O

Saturday: 8am spin class or 30 mins walk + lift + 30 oz H2O

Sunday: 9am spin class or 30 mins walk + lift + 30 oz H2O

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Turned out to be a rest day which isn’t so bad. My eating is wayyyyy off the mark with all the holiday partying going on. I made it down to my parent’s house tonight and I’m happy to be here. I am going to be realistic in that Pescatarianism isn’t going to happen this week while I’m here so that will be my New Year’s resolution 😉

My goals for the week:

Monday: Couch to 5k Running Program kick off and Spin Class at local gym

http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml 

Tuesday: Couch to 5k Running Program Workout #2

Wednesday: Lift + Spin or Step Mill

Thursday: Couch to 5k Running Program Workout #3

Friday: Rest/Travel to Atlanta (??) and Ask SSB if there are any Spinning Classes at her local gym?

Week Workout 1 Workout 2 Workout 3

I don’t know where I *stole* this from, but it is fantastic in its comprehensive examination of what may/may not be personal barriers to getting more exercise and leading a more active lifestyle.

One of the things that has most recently become evident to me is that I LIKE spinning and I LIKE lifting, so they don’t feel so much like work to me anymore. They are more like hobbies now than “exercise.” I want to feel the same about karate, but I’m not there yet and of course I am wanting to fall in love with running but my schedule has been inconsistent at best with the snow/sleet outside.

I am filling my weekends with more active stuff like spinning, piano, karate, walking the dog, etc and trying to spend less time lying around eating and reading. Well, the reading part can stay! And despite the slow battle against the “lbs” I won’t quit because I love how I FEEL even if I’m still struggling with how I look. I’m also surrounding myself (easy to do in New England) with fit and active people who eat healthy and are full of energy. Josh plays 3 sports; Dawna loves to swim; Amy and Corey teach spin class, 1/2 my office does weight watchers or something therelike. So I have also begun changing who I associate with as well.

From the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention…

Overcoming Barriers to Physical Activity

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” —Anonymous

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330pm: Spinning

Wow! Amy led 4 of us (incl herself) in an inpromptu spin session this afternoon. We were aiming for a long ride 60-90 mins, but we got kicked out of the spinning studio by the Women’s Crew team who had booked it. So we got about 50 good/hard minutes in.

My arms are shredded from yesterday! Light(er) weights/higher reps is nothing to play around with! 🙂 I can feel it from my biceps to my abs and it feels good. Mikisha said today that I look like I’ve lost some. I haven’t been on the scale in a couple of days and I doubt that I really have lost anything, but I feel good!

I really am enjoying spinning/biking and Amy said she’d take me/us (Corey-the other spin teacher) out in the spring to learn mountain biking (how to be safe/where to go, etc.).

I will keep up the active lifestyle through the break by eating pescatarian and hanging out with active folks and going to the gym in charlottesville and hampton.

I’m thinking about making a book of the articles and exercises that I am seeing in all the fitness magazines I have so far. That way I can have reference material at hand and start recycling the rest of the magazine.

My biceps feel awesome! They are powerful enough to make fresh squeezed orange juice! LOL. Actually I need to do some push ups and plan on walking to the gym tomorrow for Corey’s spin class. I’m also about to look up the Couch to 5k plan AGAIN! And I think my “cycle” is about to start so I am going to try to get some good exercise in the next few days. But right now I’m off to dinner and wine at the Jones’!

645am: Spinning

 GREAT workout this a.m. My favorite instructor taught again. It was hard core, balls to the walls! And the music was good!

Unfortunately last night was a diet disaster. So in 2 weeks I have had two “pizza hut” incidents and two “sub sandwhich” incidents. LOL. The good thing about last night though was that I couldn’t finish the sandwhich, fries, wings and I just didn’t FEEL good after I ate what I did.  I slept funky, was over full, woke up feeling heavy and felt it during my workout.

So…I’ve decided that to have a physique like Desiree Ficker I am willing to go without potatoes and meat. The two times I’ve lost weight in the past I was basically “pescaterian” wherein I ate fish and seafood but no other meat. I also ate dairy and eggs which I won’t give up. I’ve decided to have 6 days per year that I’ll indulge in beef/chicken/pork: My birthday; memorial day; 4th of July; labor day; thanksgiving and Christmas. This helps me control portions, avoid sub sandwhiches and the bread they come with (except subway’s seafood sub!).

I’ll continue to eat eggs, because I LOVE them and because they are awesome protein. I’ll keep you posted on how this journey goes. I believe I can live with this for life.

I am DONE with that. I just don’t like how I feel with the dirty “fuel” in my tank. Fortunately I did get to spin class today and will lift tonite and spin/lift Saturday and run on Sunday.

I’m also thinking about signing up for the Run for Kids 5k on May 12th. This might be a good target and the route is pretty easy and I can train on it since it is close (literally right out the front door of where I work).

I stole this from lord knows where…but I love these little “reminders”; whether you agree or not, it is always good to have something “jog” your desire to improve yourself!

12 Ways to Change Your LIFE

6 hours ago ago by np.

12 ways to change your life Make bold changes!
You may feel at times that you are stuck in a rut, doing the same things week after week, or maybe even doing next to nothing at all. This may make you feel that it’s time to make a fresh start or consider changing certain things – so that you can begin to get the most out of life! The following realbuzz.com guide gives you 25 top tips to change your life for the better – so get reading and plan some changes!

Travel the world
If it’s possible, then you should make sure you fit some travelling in. Okay, so you might not have the time or the funds to go on a round-the-world trip, but it certainly is a truism that ‘travel broadens the mind’. If you can’t manage that backpacking trip around the globe, then consider going to some far flung location where the experience will be totally different – perhaps even life-changing – rather than settling for the usual two weeks in the Costa-del-wherever.
Change job
If your job is getting you down, then change it. The only thing preventing you finding something that you’ll enjoy more is you. If only people could put as much energy into finding a new job as they do into moaning about it, then they could make a major change to their lives. Your workplace is where you spend a large proportion of your time, so it’s important to try and be as happy there as you can be.

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645am: Spinning

AWESOME class today! Amy taught again and we were dripping in sweat but had a great time.

I didn’t use my gel seat today! Yay! I’m a real spinner.
I also tried out some spin shoes that were in the studio and I kind of liked them, but kind of didn’t…so the jury is out on that!

My next issue is how to keep plugging away and stay working out 4x-6x per week and eating pretty clean over the holidays. I want to surround myself with active/healthy people and friends.

930am: eggs + bacon + coffee

12noon: banana + miso soup + tuna salad sandwich + chips

Treadmill: 48 mins (2.43 miles)

Arm Workout:
Bench Press 75 lbs x 8-12 reps x 3 sets
Tri Pushdowns 60/70 lbs x 10-12 reps x 3 sets
Lat Pulldowns 70lbs x 10-12 reps x 3 sets
Dumbell Bicep Curls (seated) 15lbs x 10-12 x 3 sets
IOWAS x 10lb x 10-15 reps x 3 sets

It has been a rough few weeks with the diet and exercise plan/routine. I hit a plateau, started nibbling more and making poorer choices and was exercising less and this all combined to make for a mental and physical plateau. The results haven’t been matching the effort (or the results that I want to see at least, lol).

I found myself overeating and realized that I was soothing myself! It was weird to be aware of that during the behavior and to realize that it worked for me in the past, but that it isn’t a long-term crutch that I want to revert to anymore.

The good news is that I am AWARE of what is going on with me more than ever before and I also realize that I have still made it to the gym 2-3/wk even in the midst of all of this. I also think that there’s alot more going on than just the weight battle. The weather is dark and cold, cold, cold. I haven’t seen the sun since…? That is hard for me. Also, work is ??? Not bad, but the people are what I love. The nature of what I’m doing isn’t all that engaging/stimulating so I have to push myself to do the details.

I met with my counselor today and we talked through all of this and then some and I came out of there and went home, changed and hit the gym hard. I don’t know why, but I’m just not going to give up. Actually I DO know why. Because I know how I felt when I got back from SAS. I was tired, lethargic, low energy and probably malnourished. I’m healthier today than I was 6, 9, 12 months ago and I don’t want to trade that away. Plus, I know that the laws of nature apply to me and though I can’t see it now, eat less+move more=weight loss, for EVERYONE, including me.

I’m BACK!! (and eating a salad and some soup. lol!)

I am really proud of the way I worked out, stuck to the plan and ate pretty clean today.

Workout Log:

645am: Spinning
630pm: Karate

I love this pic (no, it isn’t me..yet!). Today was a GREAT day. Not that anything has changed good, bad or otherwise, but my attitude just seems to have adjusted back to positive after a couple of “blah” weeks.

I hit spin class today and it was a good workout. I now have to factor in de-icing my windows into my time frame for the 645am class, but today wasn’t too bad. The music was “off” again for me, lots of 80’s and 90’s rock type stuff, better than last time, but not inspirational. I guess you can’t have it all!

I felt invogorated after spin class but also sore from Sunday’s heavy lifting session. I can feel my biceps and triceps for sure. They’re buried under flab, but they are in there!

I had to force myself to go to karate. It is no longer “novel” its now “work” and I found my attention wandering the last two weeks also hard to motivate myself when “blah” but my goal is to make it through Christmas and if I don’t like it, then I’ll move on to something else or just fill in with spin/run/lift. Tonight was hard, the crunches, the calisthenics, the kata…but I still felt like I had pushed myself and learned something after class. That is what I have to remember on those days that I want it to be easy. I learned the first Konshin Kata and have 3 more to go. The good news is that the footwork for the next three are the same, it is the blocks/punches that change. I have a private lesson with one of my favorite Senpei on Friday night to go over the other piece that I’ve been working on.

I’m trying to decide if I want to do spin on Tuesday or Treadmill train. I need to be careful that I don’t overdo it and injur myself and end up back on the bench. I also need to work on doing more weight training on my lower body.

My goals for this week:

Sunday: cardio (done!) + lift (done!)

Monday: Spin (done!) + karate (done!)

Tuesday: Karate + Cardio

Weds: Spin + Lift

Thurs: Karate

Friday: Spin + Karate (private tutoring)

Saturday: Spin or Karate + Lift or Cardio

Food Log:

8am: Large Coffee w/ Skim
930 am: Large Coffee w/ Skim
10am: Fruit w/ little cottage Cheese
11am: Slimfast Shake
1240: Salad w/ Tuna + grilled chicken (one onion ring!)
2pm: 1 choc chip cookie (this was hard!)
545pm: turkey + broccoli (light, pre-karate)
845pm: small piece of steak + broccoli (not much)

Yesterday was kind of up and down emotionally. The good news is that I didn’t overeat, the bad news is my heart is a little broken 🙂 but I will be okay.

“There are no shortcuts in life or in love. This pain must be felt. The alternative is much worse. It’s what makes us special, what makes us beautiful, what makes us worthy; the pain of how we love. But that pain is accompanied by something else, isn’t it? Hope. With your pain, there is hope. And that is where you are. Somewhere between agony and optimism and prayer. So you’re human. You’re alive. And that is what we have.”

All that said, this was my horoscope today:

Aries March 21 – April 19

For Thursday, November 15 –As each day goes by, you have been learning a little more about someone you’ve recently met. Today you will get the final clue you need to evaluate your feelings. Do not be surprised if the road to romance takes a giant detour today — but it will be for the best, whatever happens. Your visions of the future are not always accurate, but they should always be hopeful. If you discover today that your hopes are not going to pan out, then get busy building up some new ones!

 So, even though I’m disappointed and a little sad, I’m ready to consider what is next for me. What do I want to do? I still have 7 months of this contract which I love and probably 10 months that I’ll stick around in NH. What do I want to do with that time and what do I want to do after that?

Goals:

a. Lose 116 lbs (20 lbs down, 98 lbs to go!)

b. Deliver GREAT service to Tuck & MLT clients

c. Complete transition to highly active fitness lifestyle

d. Save $60,000

e. Leave NH in better physical, financial and emotion health than ever!

f. Relationship management: with clients, family and friends, but mostly with ME. Keep me #1.

I want to:

a) Love, love, love working out, lifting and increasing my fitness

b) Increase my self-confidence and self-esteem

c) Learn to play the Piano

d) Run 3-5 miles – 4x per week

e) Golf

f) Ride my motorcycle

g) Find Love