Posted: October 22, 2014
When people say “If I only knew then what I know now” makes me wonder why they aren’t using that wisdom now.
As much as Luke Brady prepared me before he left on vacation, I didn’t follow through. At the gym he went over all my exercises and weights and wrote them down. Today I have a training appointment with Luke and although I am looking forward to getting back on track, my feet are dragging.
What I did do while he was on vacation. Weights at home, Yoga at the Yasodhara Yoga Center, road my recumbent bike and walked Domingo at least once a day. Nevertheless, it was not enough!
Previously, I blogged about accountability and this is a great testament to my needing to be held accountable. Although my feet are dragging, I am ready to get back to it!
Wish me luck!
(And for all my clients who I hold accountable and know me to be a tough counselor or coach; this is your one chance to call me on walking my talk!)
Posted: September 10, 2014
”Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies.”
– Frank Gillette Burgess
I started the day today with working out at the gym with my trainer Luke Brady. It feels great to become stronger, but I have to be careful. As I wrote about in my book, when my energy was low, I worked out four or more days a week at Curves trying to increase my stamina and to become stronger. The problem was, my adrenals were shot! This plummeted me down into a health crisis and I could hardly do anything for about a year.
After my first full hour of training with Luke on Friday, later I realized I was wiped out. Today, although we had an hour scheduled, I knew it was too much. We both agreed that 30 minutes of weights and then some stretching worked better. Love the child’s pose!
Several years ago, after wiping out my adrenals with too much work and then too much working out, I was really afraid to exercise. That is when I gained all the weight and ultimately didn’t feel healthy. Now, as I work out at the gym, I feel like I am honoring my body by listening to it and knowing when it is too much. I want to push myself to become strong and build muscle, but when I feel light headed and dizzy and know it is too much. Today I can make up to my body by listening and honoring her!
Luke and I have both been on the same page as far as my workouts go and I feel really supported by him. It is really nice to have him to talk with and validate my experiences and give me the gems of knowledge he has as a professional athletic trainer. It’s all good!
Posted: September 8, 2014
“What other people think of you is none of your business.” – unknown
As much as this quote can be helpful: at times, what people think of me is important! The journey to health, eating less food, making healthier choices and working with a personal trainer is paying off.
One of my clients today said she could really see a difference in the changes in my body. Last week in one day, three people commented on how much thinner I looked.
It truly feels good to get this feedback. What feels great is how my clothes are fitting. I like that my waist is coming back and when I walk I feel lighter.
My tendency is to be loving and kind to myself and have positive self-talk. I also enjoy becoming my best Self!
Hope you are following along and seeing results too.
Today would be a great day to use your journal to start a gratitude list.
I am grateful that I am clear on my path toward health.
I am grateful that Domingo reminds me to walk every morning.
I am grateful I am motivated.
I am grateful I allowed myself a personal trainer.
I am grateful that I can use humor and laugh at myself.
I am grateful when I crave sugar I am happy to choose fruit.
I am grateful organizing a drawer distracts me until my craving passes.
I am grateful I have friends who are supportive of my journey.
I am grateful I can be honest with myself in my journal.
I am grateful I use my journal to process feelings that may cause me to eat.
Posted: September 4, 2014
“It’s probably my job to tell you life isn’t fair, but I figure you already know that. So instead, I’ll tell you that hope is precious, and you’re right not to give up.” ― C.J. Redwine, Defiance
This series of blogs called iwannabeaskinnybitch.com began July 30, 2014. This has been my journey into health, exercise and weight loss after having a breakthrough in the journal class I was facilitating on the Fifth Chakra – The Power of Communication. You can read the whole story in this blog, but it ended with clear communication with mySelf and getting a personal trainer for exercise.
Well, I just about lost it! I was on a great path, being motivated and eating well and losing weight. Then I had some oral surgery which involved Hydrocodone, the withdrawal from Hydrocodone. Ugh!
Even though, Domingo walked me daily and we took some incredibly beautiful long walks. The day I was scheduled to go back to the gym, it was a rainy day. After a series of really hot days, I really wanted to just curl up and read.
I could see how I would have found all kinds of excuses not to go to the gym. Then I would be upset with myself and possibly give up on the process all together.
My scheduled appointment with Luke Brady was a godsend! I looked forward to his reminder text and showed up wimpy and disheveled. I just about lost it – I almost gave up. Instead – I left the gym energized, feeling hot, happy, motivated and back on track.
Whatever your struggle to get healthy, whether it be changes in diet, increasing your movement or educating yourself about your body, mind, Spirit connections – invest in yourSelf! Don’t give up!
Posted: August 15, 2014
“Continuous improvement is not a one-off project or ‘flavor of the month’ . . . it is a constant and never-ending commitment backed up by action. ” – Author Unknown
Wherever you are on your path, what is important is that you are going in the direction you want to be going.
I realized this in the journal class I taught this week. I found myself writing that I am happy, happy, happy and it is because I am on “my path.” What I meant by this is that I have in place what I need to continue in the right direction. In this case, a commitment to working with an athletic trainer and a commitment to this blog. Everything else will fall into place.
Whenever you are working on health and fitness, be it weight loss, weight gain or building strength, you have to start where you are and move into your next step!
Often I see people who are promoting diets, exercise, and health plans that are so far ahead of where the consumer is, there is no way they can envision themselves being successful. Therefore they spend a lot of money and fail. When you find your mentor or your muse, even if they may be far from where you are, also find others who are only a few steps ahead.
People are more successful when they find support from people who start with them right where they are, and build to the next step.
Health and fitness become your lifestyle, one step at a time. Find the support you deserve.
Posted: August 12, 2014
“Everyone needs a dog to walk them!”
This morning I looked at my calendar and there was a dilemma. I could fit my exercise in between clients in the afternoon, but I wouldn’t have time to shower afterward. Being in the north, I don’t adjust so well to the hot summer heat. The easy solution would be to use my recumbent bike instead, but then Domingo wouldn’t get his walk.
Rarely do I succumb to guilt, but in the case of walking Domingo, it’s difficult to avoid. Those beautiful, lovey, brown eyes turn into intense directives and he nudges me out the door.
Gratefully today though, I see he is still satisfied from the long walk yesterday. His 12 years are catching up with him. I’ll take the bike and finishing reading Cracking India!
So in the case with Domingo, guilt is definitely a motivator. It is interesting the many ways we can be held accountable and motivated. Help me out with some more.
1. Athletic trainer!
2. Committing with each other on this blog!
3. Being a good dog mom or dog dad!
Posted: August 11, 2014
“I want my muscles to ache because of exercise, not because my Barcalounger took me hostage for two hours!”
Thanks brightspirit24! Because of your response to my Training Day post yesterday, I was motivated to ride my recumbent bike for 15 minutes last night. This replaced the thought of relaxing on the patio with a cold glass of Pinot Grigio. That lead to doing laundry and changing my sheets. Sweet!
The focus today is movement. Luke suggested I get 30 minutes of cardio in a day. In my mind, I’m geared up to increase my movement. I am moving my body more than I would usually and stepping away from the computer more often. I now have sessions with clients, spurts of work on the computer and spurts of movement.
Having learned not to walk in the middle of the day yesterday (85°), Domingo and I had an early walk to the river. Shared this 45-minute adventure in a great tele-conversation with my dear friend and Intrepid Success Coach Katie Cavanaugh. It was on blogging matter of fact!
It feels so good move. I find that my eating habits are naturally changing as well!
Posted: August 8, 2014
Searched Trainers today on the website of the gym I belong to. Saw one that looked like he would fit. His bio read Spine/back strengthening, weight loss, muscle gain, progressing and regressing exercises as needed. Each client’s program is individually goal specific. It also read Interests: Basketball and spending time with family and friends. Of course, I checked out his profile on FB and continued to get a good sense of him.
I called and made an appointment.
Oh, did I tell you that I am doing some online dating now? I look at my dating profile and the one thing about myself that I don’t like is – I had to mark “a few extra pounds.” I screen out men who are hunters and smokers. I am sure some men screen out women who carry extra weight.
I’m not going to get into the issue of how society sees women, judgment of men who won’t date fat women, etc. The issue really is I don’t see myself as a woman with extra pounds. My internal self is fit and healthy and loves to work out. Just need to get my outer self to match!