Saturday, May 10, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
And, the muscle challenge class was especially good tonight. The cardio was a little lighter tonight which really allowed me to focus on the weights. And, I think I did a great job. I was able to do an exercise that was really hard to do without weights last week. Tonight I did it with weights. Baby steps will get you there eventually!
And, I was also sadly reminded of just why I am on this journey. If you can spare some prayers for a friend of mine, I would really appreciate it. She's a single mother of a special needs daughter and had a brain bleed today. So, if you can keep her in your thoughts and prayers, I'd appreciate it. And, if you're in the Pittsburgh area and can help out, let me know!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014
The PT session was really intense. My balance and coordination are getting better, and I am getting stronger. I love that I can do more and more. It's silly, but I love that my squats are getting deeper, my push ups lower, and my calf raises stronger. If I can ever get rid of all the fat, there is a really strong person underneath!
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
To be fair, I know most of the people who take the class regularly from other classes. They all said that it was hard, but that I could handle it. That I could make whatever modifications I needed. So, I decided to try it tonight. And I made a lot of modifications. But, I did the class. And my face was bright red and I was dripping in sweat. But, I was so proud. It feels so good to take on something that you know will be hard, but manage it. I never thought I would even think this, let alone do it.
So, today was a two hour day. One hour of the new class, one hour of yoga. And, I think I have a new Wednesday plan. So happy! So proud!
Monday, April 28, 2014
I really feel like all these changes have just become part of who I am and what I do. So, keeping to my routine on a day that I used to feel free to binge - that's just huge. I'm grinning from ear to ear with pride, and also with gratitude. I really appreciate everyone who wished me a good day today, and who made me feel so special. Thank you!
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Then, I went to yoga. It was an 'up' night tonight, and I was ready for it. And, it was a great class. I love that I am getting stronger each week. Tonight, I noticed that I am breathing better. When I first started, I couldn't maintain nose breathing through the warm up. Now, I can do it for most of the class. So, my cardio abilities must be getting a lot stronger. It just makes me happy whenever I see improvements, no matter how big, or small. Life is good!
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
I wasn't really sure if it was wise to stay for yoga or not. But, my stubborn streak kicked in and I did. And, as usual, I was glad I stayed. The class tonight was really good, and I got a great workout and a great stretch. Of course, now all I can think about is a hot bath and bed. But, it still counts as a great day.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
I celebrated the day with a lot of family time, petunia planing, and two 30 minute sessions on the elliptical. Great day! I hope you have had a wonderful Easter as well.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
So, that was the morning. The evening exercise was so much more fun. I was so sore and tired when I walked into the gym. The instructor for the Friday night yoga class has been switching things up a little bit each week. Tonight she did a really great quad stretch. When I left the gym I felt almost good as new. It's amazing what a good stretch can accomplish!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
But, it was so pretty out this evening, I really wanted to go for a walk. I gave myself permission to do a short walk and just enjoy it. But, when I got to the turn around point, I realized that I wasn't ready. I ended up doing my full 5k route! And, my average speed was just over 3 miles per hour. So, I was really, really proud of myself.
I love when a day I was skeptical about turns into a really, really good day!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Today was a fairly easy day. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical at lunch time, and then went to yoga tonight. It was a good day. I am really noticing that my flexibility is better. My tummy is getting in the way less. Overall, I'm thrilled.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
So, the morning was pretty wonderful. When I got home from the gym, I felt pretty good. I spent most of the afternoon watching a web broadcast of an autism summit. It had some really good information, but I was getting restless just sitting and watching. So, when it was done, I decided to go for a walk.
Steve warned me that I shouldn't do the full 5k path. But, did I listen? No, I didn't. I should have. My legs were still tired after the class this morning. I guess all those lunges tired me out more than I realized. By the time I got back home, my feet and legs were killing me. I took an Epsom salt bath this evening, but I'm not sure if it helped or not. Tomorrow is going to be an easy day.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Then, I went to yoga tonight. The Friday night class is usually really relaxing. But, when the weather warms up, she does make the class a little more intense. It's still my favorite class, but tonight it was just a bit more challenging. I love it! And, I love that I'm feeling more confident, and enjoy moving more. This is a good trend.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I got home and immediately went upstairs and changed into exercise clothes. Then, I did thirty minutes on the elliptical, and even set a new calorie record for this kind of workout. I was so proud of myself! So, tonight was all about planning ahead, and using willpower to make myself exercise. It's hard, but so worth the effort!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
I am so glad I listened! Tonight was a more intense class and I was really glad that I was rested going in. I think I had the best class that I've ever had. The best part was that I actually was able to do sun salutations tonight. Now, they were the ugliest sun salutations ever, but, I did them. Normally, going from forward fold to down dog is impossible. Tonight, I did it. By the time class was over, I was beaming with pride.
So, sometimes, I think I need to focus on enjoying the here and now, and getting the most out of whatever I am doing. And, sometimes, I need to appreciate that I am getting stronger, and able to do more. Tonight, I'm just going to enjoy this feeling.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
The best part was about an hour after the session. I realized that I wasn't dead tired. I actually had energy to get me through the afternoon. And, I was really looking forward to yoga tonight. That is a major improvement for me. Normally, after a session, I'm so tired all I want to do is collapse in a heap. I'm still smiling that my energy lasted all day!
And, yoga tonight was really good, as usual. She mixed some things up tonight and tried a few new poses. Nothing overly complicated. But, overall, it was a great class. And, I felt like I was doing just a little bit better tonight. My legs felt stronger, my core felt tighter. Overall, an amazing end to a great day!
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I've decided that I really like doing two thirty minute sessions on the elliptical. I try to do one at lunch time and another at the end of the work day. I figure this way I'm getting two metabolic boosts during the day. And, since I'm breaking it into two sessions, my energy level stays up the whole time. So, I am definitely going to stick with this!
And, I still made it to my yoga class tonight. It's hard to explain the feeling of accomplishment after working hard, and then getting to relax at the end. It's just magic somehow and I love it!
Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
I started spring cleaning yesterday, and continued today. I spent half an hour doing come pretty vigorous cleaning. I scrubbed down the entire staircase railing, and cleaned three bathrooms. That's a lot more energy than I normally spend before noon on a Sunday!
The rest of the day was similar. I ended up doing 2 thirty minute sessions on the elliptical, and got to a great calorie burn on both. I was really happy with that. But mostly, I was happy that I got a lot done today. I even cleaned out Michael's closet and folded up a bunch of clothes he's outgrown. A very productive day!
But, it's not the productivity that I'm so happy with. It's the fact that I'm just plain feeling better. I can't explain it, but it's a wonderful feeling. I just hope I can keep it!
Friday, March 28, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
But, the best part of the day was when I took my blood pressure, and it was good. I've been off blood pressure medication for a while now, but my doctor wanted me to monitor it fairly closely. It's been high, but not high enough that I needed to go back on the medication. Today, it was actually good. I felt absolutely wonderful when I saw that. Good things are happening!
Friday, March 21, 2014
I started out the day with 20 minutes on the elliptical, followed by a personal training session. The best part on the elliptical was that I'm getting stronger. I was able to keep it at level 20 the whole time. That made me happy! And, with the training session, we were back to our full workout. My shoulder is still tender, but that didn't hold me back today. It felt amazing!
As soon as the session was over, I had to grab a quick shower. Michael had a talent show at school today, so I snuck out to see him dance. It was so much fun! I love seeing him have so much fun moving. If I could just bottle a fraction of his energy, I'd be skinny.
The last exercise for the day was my regular Friday Night Yoga class. It was absolutely packed. I have seen where some studios have to really discount Friday night classes because people don't want to exercise Friday evening. Not for our class. It's such a wonderful way to end the week, I don't think they could have fit another person in the room. That tells you how amazing this class is. So thankful to have found it!
We finished up the day with family movie night. Pure couch potato, but fun. And, I was so proud of myself for not snacking! Yay weekend!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
I got home from work, made a quick dinner, and even had a little time to decompress. Then, off to the gym. The class was pretty good, too. And, after the class, I spent about ten minutes in the hot tub. That's definitely a great reward for working hard. So, score one for Thursday night workouts!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
Yoga was actually a little harder. You don't realize how much you use your arms and shoulders, in almost every pose. But, I did the best I could, and modified where I needed to. It probably wasn't my best class ever, but it was the best I could do tonight. I can't ask any more of myself than that.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The only thing I could think of that's different is that I haven't been taking as many Epsom salt baths and I had been. So, I'm going back to a bath every night before bed. We'll see if it makes a difference.
For exercise, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and take a walk outside. I went for 2.7 miles in about 50 minutes. According to endomondo, I averaged just over 3 miles an hour. That's not bad for my first walk of the spring! I'm hoping to walk outside a little more often, and hopefully build up some more strength in my legs. I also did a couple strength exercises today - leg raises, crunches, and ball squats. Overall, a good exercise day.
While I was walking, I did a lot of thinking. I always hear in yoga to accept today's practice as perfect for me, where I am today. I really need to expand that out into the rest of my life. Some days are always going to be better than others. I still hear Betty's voice in my head, urging me to do my best. I also need to hear her voice telling me that there's no such thing as perfection. The best I can do one day will be totally different another day. I think if I take some of the pressure for perfection off myself, I'll enjoy the exercise more, and hopefully get more out of it.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
I was gentle with my shoulder, and didn't use as heavy weights as I normally do. But, I still got a great workout. And, I have a better idea of which exercises really use the shoulder, and which don't. Until I hurt my shoulder, I just never really paid attention. So, I guess a little knowledge is a good thing, right?
Yoga was really good, too. We started off with some gentle stretching before we got into the hard work. It was a nice way to transition from one class to the next. Of course, when we got into the serious poses, it wasn't quite as relaxing. But, I still missed it. I do love my Monday classes!
Sunday, March 9, 2014
When we got home, my MIL came over for the afternoon. But, as soon as she went home, I went back on the elliptical for the other 30 minutes. That took a lot, but I did it. I have a feeling I will definitely sleep well tonight!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Then, I took Michael to his yoga class this afternoon. After missing two classes, I wasn't sure if we'd actually make it through today. There were a few rough spots, but he made it through the whole class. And, we both got in a good workout. I love doing yoga together!
The rest of the day was pretty much playing catch up from the week. I'm finally feeling like the world is getting back to 'normal'. I'm not totally exhausted, the laundry is mostly caught up, and the chores around the house are getting done. This next week will be a good one!
Friday, March 7, 2014
I started off with 20 minutes on the elliptical. I love that I'm still able to push to a higher level than I ever did pre-BLRC. And, by the time my session started, I was definitely warm. We started the session with some ab exercises, and then moved more into shoulder work. She had me do a bunch of rehab type exercises. By the time we finished, my shoulders we definitely warm from the exercises, but there was no sharp pain. That helped a lot!
We finished the session with a few ab/knee strengthening exercises. They were hard, and my quads were burning, but it was a really good session. And, for the rest of the day my shoulder felt really good.
I finished off the day with my regular Friday yoga class. It felt so good. I love that the class is fairly predictable and relatively low key. By the time I left the gym I was feeling like a relaxed noodle. And that was exactly what I needed.
So, overall, it was a great exercise day, and a great therapy day. Hopefully, I'll be able to sleep in tomorrow and get back to my 'normal' exercise routine. That would be a really, really good thing!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I'm also tracking my food with My Fitness Pal. It's mostly for a group challenge. But, if it works, I'll stick with it. I'm feeling so reenergized and hopeful. It's almost scary.
The down side is that my shoulder is really, really sore. I think I might have pushed it over the limit today. Tomorrow will definitely be an easier day. Probably just yoga. Maybe the shoulder will get better quick. I can push myself really hard, but when there is sharp pain, I turn into a wimp. But, I'll figure something out, right?
Monday, March 3, 2014
I started with a five minute warm up, then went right into the Pyramid Challenge workout. It was 1 minute of cardio, 10 burpess, 2 min 9 squats, 3 min 8 pushups, 4 min 7 plank ups, 5 min 30 sit ups, and then back down. I found out a lot of new things today.
First off, my old workout is now my warmup! I used to think level 15 was hard. Now, I use it as my warm up and was using level 30 for my workout. And, when I wanted to really push for one minute, I bumped it all the way to 65. That hurt, but, I did it! And, when it was time for the burpees, I did less modification. They were ugly, but they were intense. And, since there were no witnesses, I was really happy.
So, it wasn't the workout I was planning for the day, but it was definitely a success. And, the support group for those of us who went last week has already started the first challenge. I'm recording everything I eat and all my exercise in My Fitness Pal. The challenge is only for a week. But, who knows, maybe I'll learn a new habit.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The good news is that I lost 9.7 pounds, 7.7 of which was fat loss. I'm really, really happy with that! Now, the starting weight was probably higher since it was at the end of the day, and after getting off a plane. But still, I'll take it!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Anyway, this morning was just one workout, but what a workout it was! It was two hours long, and amazing. First we warmed up on cardio equipment, and then the real workout started. We alternated between one minute of hard cardio and weight bearing exercises like pushups, burpees, planks, etc.). While we were doing the exercises, two people had to run the hall. They did 10 ball slams at one end, put on a weight, ran down to the other end, ran back, did 10 ball slams, then came back into the room. Those in the room had to keep doing the exercises until both people were back. That was the first half of the workout, and went on for about an hour.
The second half of the workout was shorter, about 45 minutes. This time, the majority of the class was doing exercises against a wall with an 8 or 10 pound weight. That doesn't sound like much until you try doing overhead presses with it, forever. The rest of the hallways was set up as an obstacle course, and two or three people ran it at a time, while we did wall exercises. My course was fairly simple. There were two ladders on the floor to step in and out of quickly, a stop for pushups and a stop for more ball slams. Then, I got to run back as fast as I could to 'rescue' the group. You read that right. I actually ran. Fast. One of my friends said I had a look of pure joy on my face while I was running. I can believe that. It felt so good to actually be able to run. Not a long distance, but still, it was huge for me.
The last event was Graduation. It's a good thing they pass out boxes of tissues! We wrote ourselves a letter that they will mail at some point in the next month or two. That was really emotional. I wonder what it will be like when I get mine in the mail. Then, we watched a video montage of everything we did this week. Again, emotional. But, the most emotional part was the last part. We went around the room and told something we were leaving behind.
For me, I am leaving behind my fear and doubt. I have learned that I can do hard things. I also learned that I don't need to modify every exercise. A lot, yes. But, I really am stronger than I give myself credit for. I really want to push myself more often. Do a short run every now and then. Push harder on my intervals. Maybe I'll even try that kickboxing class at the gym. I want to stop limiting myself based on fear and see what I really can do.
Now, I am going to hang out with some friends and enjoy the rest of the day. I probably won't post my results until I get home tomorrow night. But, no matter what the scale says, I know my week here was successful beyond my wildest hopes.
Friday, February 28, 2014
The morning classes were C3 and MPower. C3 is a core/cardio class. Basically, we did three minutes on a cardio machine, and then did three minutes of core exercises. Three minutes of crunches, leg lifts, mountain climbers, etc. is really, really hard. I found out later it was supposed to be broken up into 45 second chunks with 15 seconds of rest. That would have been a lot less cruel. But, I did survive.
The MPower class used a lot of resistance band exercises. There were a series of stations around the room and in the hall that consisted of a resistance band exercise paired with a cardio exercise. For the first round, we did two minutes of strength followed by one minute of cardio at each station. The second time through we got to pick a minute of either exercise at each station. It was really hard, but kinda fun at the same time.
The morning lecture was on last minute strategies for going back to the real world. We all made sure we had our goals set, knew what we were going to have for meals the first few days back, etc.. It was a good, practical session.
The after lunch lecture was called Be Your Own Personal Trainer. Better had us make sure we knew what our plan was to get in our cardio and strength training for the first month home. I am going to be making a couple tweaks to my program, but nothing major. She also answered a lot of questions and made sure we were comfortable with our goals and plans. She also reminded us that stuff happens and that we have to be prepared for setbacks. If you plan for them, you can plan to overcome them. I like that!
We were supposed to have an outdoor activity this afternoon, but it was too cold to go out. Instead, we had a choice between a pool workout or a bootcamp class. I chose the pool. It was a great class. It was short, but intense. And, there was time to get in the hot tub afterwards. I loved that. When I heard how hard the bootcamp class was, I was even happier with my choice.
The last class of the day was Zumba. I hated every second of it. I have no rhythm, and I just can't move that quickly. Not to mention my lack of coordination. But, what was horrible was that all the twisting and quick movements really hurt my knee. It took every ounce of stubbornness I had to not leave the class and just walk the hall. But, I made it to the end. Once it was over, I pretty much had a complete breakdown. I was in so much pain I just sat down and cried. I felt so loved though. All my friends rallied around me to see what I needed, the teacher even got me an ice bag for my knee. Of course, that just made me cry more. But, eventually I calmed down in time for the cooking demo and dinner.
After dinner, we had a surprise bridal shower for Kim. She is the one who arranged this whole reunion, and is getting married next weekend. The shower was short since everyone was tired, but very nice. And, I think she was genuinely surprised. A dozen women really can keep a secret!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
After breakfast we had a class called Mountain. It was very different from the one at Niagara, and I actually really, really liked this one. The class was in 5 minute increments. You chose a machine and did two minutes at a high intensity, and two minutes at a high speed. Then you had a minute to cool down and/or switch machines. He changed up which was first, speed or intensity, but you always had the minute to recover. At the end of the class I was able to go up to an incline of 15 on the treadmill at a 2.5 pace, and do a 3.5 pace at an incline of 1. Now, I know that's nothing for most people, but for me, it was huge. I walked out of that class so proud of myself I had to be beaming.
The next class was MC2. It was basically muscle and cardio combined. Every two minutes you switched between cardio and strength. The cardio was riding spin bikes while doing bicep curls and lateral raises. The muscle parts were 3 sets of step ups with an overhead press, 3 sets of ball slams (FUN!), and 3 sets of kettle bell swings/figure 8s (not so fun). It was an extremely challenging class, and my arms were like rubber when it was over.
Next up was the label reading class. But, because we had that at Niagara, we got to go to a bonus class, Abs of Steel. It was exercises like crunches, leg lifts, roman twists, etc. But, between each exercise was a minute plank, and then they switched to 30 second side planks. By the end of this class, my abs were pure jelly. I will feel this one tomorrow!
Finally it was time for lunch and a lecture. The lecture was on planning strategies and it was really helpful. We set goals for the next month or two, and talked about how our goals fit in with our 'why' - the reason we are here in the first place. It was a great session. I wish we had more open discussions with the life coach!
The first afternoon class was a pool class. It was mostly intervals in the water combined with a lot of ab work. Again, I am going to feel that tomorrow.
The last class of the day was Smackdown, a boxing class. I absolutely loved it! It was a lot of hard work, but I really enjoyed it. It was the first time I ever wore boxing gloves, and I was a little nervous. But, I soon figured out that punching things is a great way to get out anger issues. Half the class punched the bag and pushed it across the room while the other half ran the hall and sparred with the instructor. The second half of the class was even more fun. Half of us punched the bag in place while the other half did wall sits. The instructor would come by and spar with us in a line against the wall. It doesn't sound like much fun, but it was great.
I didn't really care for the last lecture of the day. I was expecting more on meal planning, but it was mostly identifying carbs, proteins, fats, and 'free' foods. That's not something I need a class on, and I really could have used the time for a nap!
A couple people have asked if my pita issue last night actually hurt me. And, I think it did. My knees have been killing me all day. I don't know if it's the gluten exposure, or just that it was a really hard day. Either way, it's been a painful night. I have arnica and ibuprofen on board, so hopefully I'll be OK.
Now, dinner is over and it's time to get ready for bowling. It will be my first night activity, and I'm looking forward to it. But, it will mean I won't be in bed early. I'm sure I'll survive. Have a great night!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
After breakfast was the first intense class of the day - Dumbbell Power. The room was set up with various stations that you went through with a partner. While one person did a cardio exercise for a minute, the other did an aerobic exercise for the same amount of time. Then you switched. There were probably 12 stations, and we went through twice. It was a great class, but you really feel how long a minute is when you are doing a wall squat and doing biceps curls at the same time!
The next class was a cardio class called even it out. Theoretically, you were doing a set style of cardio (speed, sprint, or intensity) for the length of a song. But, Betty can't resist changing things up in the middle. It was definitely intense, but the music was great. The class actually went by fairly quickly.
Next was lecture. Season 7 at Home Winner Jerry and his wife, Estella were the speakers. They were so sweet and gave us a lot of good information. It was great to be able to hear more about actual life on the show and how they managed to lose so much weight at home. I was so glad to be able to listen to them!
After lunch there was a lecture on Emotional Eating. But, it was the same as when we were at Niagara, so I opted to go to the Team Building session on timing snacks and meals around your workouts. It was a great session and I learned some good tips. From now on, I will definitely be eating a small snack on the way back from the gym!
The first afternoon class had everyone nervous. It was called !@#@^! on the schedule, so we figured it would be so hard we would be cursing. But, it was actually a surprise class, and kinda fun. But, just in case you want to come, I won't ruin the surprise. LOL
The last class of the da was a meditation. I loved it. It was a guided relaxation that took about an hour. The only bad part was lying on my back the whole time. While I generally love final relaxation at yoga, this was a long time to be still. Every muscle in my body had something to say, and it made it difficult to concentrate. But, I still got a lot out of the class, and have some great visualizations to try on my own. I loved that!
There was also a quick class on how to use Foam Rollers. It was good information, but very painful! This was followed by a lecture on Intuitive Eating. It was a great lecture. Even though it was a repeat from Niagara, there wasn't anything competing with it, and it is information worth hearing again. And, it gave me a lot to think about.
Dinner tonight wasn't so great. Normally they are wonderful about my allergies. Tonight, they gave me a 'real' pita with dinner. I took one bit of it and knew that it wasn't gluten free. I had to ask one of the instructors to have the kitchen check, and sure enough, it wasn't. I'm hoping the one bite isn't going to cause a reaction. Then, it took about ten-fifteen minutes to get a replacement meal. By the time I had my dinner, pretty much everyone else was done. But, my tablemates were kind and kept me company.
Now, I am going to have my nightly bath, read a bit, and get to bed early. Tomorrow's schedule is quite full, and not nearly so gentle!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The day started at 6am with AMRAP, (As Many Reps As Possible). Basically, we cycled through 6 crossfit style exercises with 2 minutes of cardio at the end. We were supposed to get through as many cycles as we could. I made it through three and I was incredibly proud of myself. It was only 30 minutes, but intense does not begin to describe it. But, at least when it was over, we felt we had earned our breakfast!
After breakfast we had two classes. The first was a Pyramid Challenge class, where we built up on cardio segments with exercises in between. So, one minute of cardio with 10 burpees. Then, it was 2 minutes of cardio with 9 squats, 3 minutes and 8 push ups, 4 minutes and 7 plank ups, 5 minutes with 30 situps, 4 minutes with 7 plank ups, 3 minutes and 8 push ups, 2 minutes and 9 squats, and finally 1 minute and 10 burpees. I really like the format of these classes. You never get bored with a machine (you switch machines at each change, if you can), and you give your muscles a change to rest by working another set.
The other morning class was called Kettlebell. There was a whole series of kettlebell exercises. The way it worked you were paired with a partner. While one partner was doing the exercises, the other was running the hall. Then, you switched. If you finished the entire set of exercises, you started over. We didn't finish, but we almost did. And, while I was walking the halls, I had a chance to meet one of my goals for the week. I carried Betty down the hall on my back, and back! I was so proud of myself!
After the morning classes we had a lecture on life coaching topics and then lunch. Both were good. The life coach here seems to have a lot of good insights, and offered some good advice. She started the class out with a question of where you would rank your health, from 1-10 and how you could move up a half number. It was a great way to present the material, and I got some good ideas.
After lunch, we had a team building session where we made collages of pictures and words that were important to our journey. It was a nice, low key activity. This was one of the stayover choices. Everyone else was in a Calorie Challenge class. I'm glad I went to this one.
The first afternoon session was a water pilates class. The only problem was the pool was really cold. Otherwise, the class would have been pure bliss. It was basically a water stretching and ab class. And, after class there were a few minutes to jump in the hot tub to warm up. The second afternoon class was very similar to the pyramid class, but the amount of cardio was random, based on a deck of cards. Otherwise, very similar in format.
The day ended with a Facts of Weight Loss lecture and dinner. The lecture focused on sleep, digestion, stress management, and energy. There wasn't anything really new, but it did give me some things to think about. And, dinner ended with a fruit kabob. That was really, really good.
Even though today was a really physically demanding day, I'm actually feeling alert and energized tonight. Now, my body is sore and I have no strength left, but mentally, I'm happy. That's a big change from last night when all I wanted to do was come back to my room and collapse. I really hope that this means the rest of the week will go as well as today!
Monday, February 24, 2014
We ended the day with a really nice stretch. It was the second stretch of the day and felt really good. I love that they have two stretch sessions just casually built into the day. Dinner was a little disappointing in that it was a cold chicken salad with peppers and pineapple. It was delicious, but I really prefer dinner to be hot. Especially on such a cold day! Now, I am really sore and looking forward to an Epsom salt bath before bed. If I make it until 8:00 tonight, I will be shocked!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Once I got here, I was able to find the other ladies from the reunion fairly quickly. It took us a while to get checked in with the resort and get into our rooms, but once we did that, we did our first workout on our own. Lisa suggested a count down workout. You pick 3 machines, then do five minutes on each, then four minutes, then three, two and one. When you're done, you've done each machine for fifteen minutes, for a total of 45. It was a really fun workout.
After I finished the official workout, I wanted to try the Jacobs Ladder. It's scary! Really scary. I think it's just because I kept feeling like I was going to fall off it. Kim kept trying to get me to look up, but I was too scared to look at anything other than my feet. But, I made it a minute. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it was an accomplishment!
After that, it was time for dinner and orientation. It was nice to meet the rest of the people here this week. And, there is even a married couple. It's so nice to see couples getting healthy together! Now, I am going to finish unpacking and settling in. I'm a little disappointed that the tub in the room is beyond tiny. I'm not sure if I can even attempt to get in it for a detox bath, but I'll give it a try. Wish me luck?
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Then, if that weren't bad enough, I had to come home and make a batch of applesauce for him to have while I'm gone. I managed to cut my finger pretty deeply while cutting the apples. But, the sauce is on the stove cooking now, and everything will be fine. I am really looking forward to a drama free week at BLRC!
Friday, February 21, 2014
Then, I love my Friday night yoga class. We started on the floor tonight, but quickly moved up into some really active poses. But, I think I figured out what makes this class so special. She really focuses on the breath. She makes sure that we breathe deeply, and always tie the breath to movement. I know all yoga classes do that, but this one just feels different.
Between the two, I got a lot of exercise today, and am really ready for BLRC!!!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
For me, being on my feet and walking for 2 hours is a big deal. So, since I knew it would be a hard evening, I took the day off, and just counted the walking and standing as my exercise for the day. Not much in the way of cardio, but definitely counts!
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
I did get to my favorite yoga class, though. Especially after missing last week, it felt really, really good tonight. I had to ask Steve to drive me since I was a little nervous about the roads. You know your husband really loves you when he's willing to drive you to the gym, hang out in the car while you're in class, and then drive you home. True love!
A few ups and downs for the day, but overall, a great day.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
I also wanted to do some of my regular exercises that my PT has me do. I did two sets each of dips, planks, pushups, ball squats, and ball passes. I know they probably weren't as good as when I have Kathie looking over my shoulder telling me how to improve my form. But, I still think I did a good job. And, it really made today seem like a powerful day. And, as I get ready to head to Chicago, I need all the power I can muster!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
But, I had plans to come home and do some walking. What actually happened is that I took a two hour nap. I never nap. I only woke up because I forced myself to. Otherwise I think I would have spent the day in bed.
I don't know if I'm just really tired after yesterday's workout and today's CST session, or if I'm fighting off a cold. Either way, I just wasn't up for a workout today. So, I'm calling on my resolution to listen to my body, and I'm not feeling guilty about taking an extra day off. I obviously need it!
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Then, I went to yoga tonight. It was wonderful! I love the feeling of working hard, stretching, and then rewarding myself at the end with a wonderful relaxation. It's just such a complete cycle, and very fulfilling. I don't know how I ever survived before yoga.
The one thing that was a little sad today was seeing so many people talking about this season's winner of Biggest Loser, Rachel. Everyone seemed to have an opinion on whether or not she lost too much weight, had gone anorexic, had dehydrated for the final weight in, etc.. But the thing is, it's her journey. She needs to get to the place where she is happy. And, as much as it hurts when someone judges me for being overweight, I would hate to turn around and then judge her as under weight. That's just not fair.
Of course, I want her to be happy and healthy. That's what I want for everyone. But, I don't know what she's going through, and I don't know what lessons she needs to learn. Like I said above, it seems like I have a few lessons that I need to really experience over and over until they sink in. We all do. So, I am going to be happy for her and just wish her the best.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Yoga was hard tonight! After the first class being so much fun, I had hopes for yoga. But, it was definitely more challenging than fun. That said, I always feel great after yoga. I love that feeling of working hard, and then resting at the end. And, I love that tomorrow is a rest day!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Saturday, January 25, 2014
After I got home I figured I'd get on the elliptical and do two sessions, just like normal. I did the first session and realized I was limping afterwards. So, I decided one session was enough for the day. Now, I'm on my way to an Epsom salt bath and an early bedtime. I know, wild Saturday night!
Friday, January 24, 2014
Tonight's yoga session was really great, too. It's been really, really cold this last week or so, and sometimes when the class starts off slowly, it's hard to warm up. That wasn't a problem tonight. Once we were moving, the class kept us nice and warm. I loved how she changed some of the static poses into flows, guaranteed to generate heat. It was a nice switch up for the class, but it was still wonderful and relaxing as well. Overall, a great end to a wonderful exercise day.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
At lunch time I figured I would move my rest day to Thursday and get some good exercise in. I started off with 75 minutes of walk it out. I managed to go 4.4 miles and over 15,000 steps. And, I had a lot of fun.
Then, I got a text from my trainer with today's exercises: planks, ball squats, ball pullovers, dips, and calf raises - 2 sets of each. I did the exercises and threw in two sets of push ups. I don't know why, but I always seem to add one extra exercise to round things out. Maybe I really am nuts?
The good thing about it all is that I'm starting to really clarify what my goals are right now. Ever since the trip to the Biggest Loser Resort last year, I'd been dreaming about going back 50 pounds lighter. Unfortunately, I'll be going back right about the same weight. That had me really depressed for a while.
But, today I realized that even though my weight hasn't changed much in the last year, I have. I have changed a lot. I'm so much stronger than I was. I am healthier. I have endurance. I understand the importance of taking care of my own health. I've learned some hard lessons in the last year, but I've come out the other side knowing more, feeling stronger. And, I've learned that the friends I've made are really and truly special. I've learned to lean on them when I need help, or inspiration.
Back to the goals. Right now I just want to focus on being as healthy and happy as I possibly can be. I'm breaking up with the scale and will focus on different measures of success. I want to improve my walking speed. I want to increase my endurance even further. And, I want to be even stronger. So, that is what I am going to focus on. And, I want to thank all my friends for sticking with me and letting me know that I am loved. That is truly what makes me smile at the end of the day, and, at the end of this year (since last year's trip to BLRN). So, thank you, and let's see what we can do this year that we couldn't do last year!
Monday, January 20, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
After doing 90 minutes of the DVD, it would have been easy to say that I was done for the day. But, today is one of my yoga days, and I hate missing yoga. It was extra tempting to skip, because I knew it would be a hard class tonight. But, I had something to prove to myself. So, I went to yoga, and ended up with almost two and a half hours of exercise for the day. Not bad!
Monday, January 13, 2014
But, I forced myself to go to my classes tonight. And, I noticed that I was able to hang in better this week than last week. And, my weights are still getting better. So, even though I am incredibly frustrated, I can't give up. Tomorrow morning I will ignore the scale, eat clean paleo, and just hope for the best. I don't know what else to do.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
The rest of the day was fairly calm. Steve took Michael into the HBOT, and I did an hour of Walk It Out. I'm getting faster. Today I did 3.8 miles in just over an hour. It was a lot of fun and the time went by really quickly.
Tomorrow is our anniversary, so I'll be taking the day off and spending it with Steve and Michael. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Friday, January 10, 2014
Of course, the afternoon had to go downhill. Michael's been in a bad mood ever since he stepped off the school bus. And, of course, it has to be the one night when Steve and Dan are out. So, no extras for me tonight, and I had to miss my beloved Friday night yoga. But, hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day. And, I'm tired enough that I will sleep well tonight. That has to count for something.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Today was another long day but I got through it. My trainer wanted me to repeat Sunday's workout again. I was skeptical but I did it.
The one thing I can say I learned today is that even though I give my all in each workout, each workout doesn't have to be the same. I found myself pushing too hard to 'beat my numbers' from last time. So I slowed down to what I could reasonably do today. That felt a lot better - in the challenging range but not completely exhausting.
I like that I keep learning on this journey and that every day is new. I just hope by the time my body gets to my goal, my mind will have a absorbed all these lessons!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The problem was, I knew I'd be tired when I got home, and I knew that I wanted to go to yoga tonight. I told her the day was a little screwy, but that I'd do my best. When I got home, I changed and did the first session on the elliptical right away. Then I did the other exercises. That took me right up to the time I needed to leave for yoga.
I decided that I really wanted to go to my yoga class. It's something I look forward to, and didn't want to give it up, just because someone told me to do something different. The old, too pushy me would have come home from yoga and forced the other 35 minutes on the elliptical. Tonight, I told myself that I had a fantastic exercise day, and I should enjoy it. If I tried to force the elliptical I would be way too tired. Plus, it was after 8 at that point and it would interfere with sleep. So, I listened to my body, appreciated what I was able to do, and let myself off the hook for the rest. My trainer might not be happy with me, but I am quite proud of myself.
Monday, January 6, 2014
I don't know if it was because of the new year, or what the motivation was. But, I swear, it felt like the teacher was trying to kill us tonight. We started out with fifteen minutes of step. Then went into full up weight work. Then there was another step interval, weights, etc.. Silly me, I had put in risers and was trying to keep up with the class. Dumb move. At one point I tripped over the step and almost fell. That was the end of the step for me (for that series at least). I felt so uncoordinated, out of breath, and terribly out of shape. Like I said, it was all I could do to complete the class.
At the end, most people said they loved the format. Of course, at least three people did leave in the middle. I'm not sure if I am praying for her to go back to the old format next week, or that I'll have the strength to keep up better. I'm leaning toward the second. Pray for me?
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Of course, whenever I'm in need of working off some stress, I can always count on a text message from my trainer giving me exactly what I need. Todays assignment involved two thirty-five minute sessions of intervals on the elliptical. Add two sets of 16 each: ball squats and pushups, and two planks. And, just for fun, I added in the dips. It just doesn't seem right to not do dips.
After the first session on the elliptical, I was pretty energized. It felt good to have some energy, although a little frustrating to be trapped inside with a grumpy kid. After the second session, I was pretty tired. In fact, I'm still tired. Something tells me it will be an early bedtime tonight. I am looking forward to school and work tomorrow and hopefully getting back to a schedule!
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Later in the afternoon I took Michael to his ASD yoga class. I was a little worried because the teacher that had been teaching since we started had retired, and two new ladies were team teaching the class. It actually worked out really well. They definitely put their spin on the class, but there was enough consistency with the old format that Michael was OK with it. Overall, a great exercise day.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Last night, when she sent the instructions, it seemed like a lot. Today, it was actually fairly manageable. I did one set of pushups and planks first thing this morning, then did the first 25 minutes on the elliptical at lunch time. I blasted 421 calories in 25 minutes. That felt great!
Then, when the work day was over, I did the second set of pushups, the second plank, and another 20 minutes on the elliptical. Another 351 calories gone. But, the most important thing is that I really think the shorter, more intense sessions are better for me. They seem to energize me more than exhaust me. So much so that I actually did two sets of dips just because I could. And I hate dips.
So, I definitely learned something about myself today, and what my body likes for exercise. I'm not sure how I'm going to make use of this information yet, but I will let it percolate for a bit until I do.
The only down side to the day was missing my Friday night yoga class. I'm not sure if the class was even held tonight. The morning classes were cancelled. But, I just didn't want to take a chance on icy roads since the temperature has dropped so much. And, I definitely got in plenty of exercise for the day. Overall, I think it was a good decision, and a great day!
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
What it does mean is that I'm not willing to let my mood, my self worth, my happiness be affected by a number on the scale. So, I am going to focus on treating my body with love and respect. I will still feed myself healthy foods, but for the purpose of giving myself the most healing, energizing foods I can find. But, I will not starve myself. I will still exercise daily, with appropriate rest days. But, I will not punish myself with exercise. I will not push myself to the point of exhaustion. I will move my body because it feels good, and I love the feeling of getting stronger.
This year is going to be an exercise in patience, self love, and understanding that I am perfect the way I am. I will do everything possible to take good care of myself, because I deserve it. And that is my resolution for the year.