I keep hearing the No Excuses message lately, and since I believe everything happens for a reason, I know I must need to hear it.
Biggest Loser this season is all about No Excuses, and each week they’re tackling a different excuse that people try to give for why diet/exercise is too difficult. This season has some contestants that I love (Emily, Chism, Mark, Daphne) and those that I love to hate (Conda (and Kim, lately). Bob is getting a bit more competitive with Dolvett this season, and we’re seeing a whole different side to him (and not a good side, in my opinion). The show is my Tuesday night tradition, and I’m enjoying seeing them show that each excuse is easily overcome.
Have you guys watched The Revolution? I’d heard about it briefly, and then BeautyJunkie824 recommended it to me, and I’ve been DVR’ing it ever since. The format is a daily “magazine-style,” with different segments all relating to a certain theme. They have 5 experts: Ty Pennington (design), Tim Gunn (fashion), Dr. Jennifer Ashton (medical), Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry (therapist), and Harley Pasternak (trainer). Each week they follow a new “hero” who needs to revolutionize her life through health. Each day off that hero’s week shows her progress in the different areas, and a month has elapsed between video clips. So over the course of the 5 days, the audience has seen several months of the hero’s progress toward her goal. I really like the five-pronged approach, and I look forward to watching it. This Friday when I got home I was exhausted, and I decided to watch The Revolution, and I’m so glad that I did. The message that Harley shared with the hero was exactly what I needed to hear:
Just remember why you’re doing this and all the excuses will just fall away.” ~Harley Pasternak, trainer on The Revolution.
Truer words were never spoken. I’m going to print this out and post it around the house for myself so that I can keep it in the forefront of my mind.
Then this morning, I was watching YouTube videos, and I saw that BeautyJunkie824 had entered LosingitwithRebecca’s Challenge. I’ve never entered a video challenge before, and I thought to myself, “why not?” This weekly challenge might be just what I need to get myself to that next step – making my pre-surgery goal. The challenge itself is going until March 29th – for 8 weeks – and I can do a lot in that time. I’ve never made joined a challenge, heck, I’ve never even made weekly videos on YouTube before, but I think this might be just what I need to keep myself accountable. Plus, I’m sure to meet a lot of great new friends.
Here’s my intro video that I made to join the challenge – most of you know all of this already, but I thought that maybe some of the newer readers might like to know more about me:
Each week I’ll post my challenge video on this blog, too. I really don’t care if I win the prize at the end or not – I’m really doing this so that I can stay on track. Of course, if I do win some fabulous prize, all the better!!
Yesterday was a beautiful day – sunny, high 60s – perfect. So after LC and I dropped the dogs off at the groomer’s, she and I headed out for a bike ride around our neighborhood. Of course it’s been about several months since I last rode my bike, so my back tire was all but flat. Luckily there’s a gas station about 1/2 a mile from our house, so off we rode. LC told me that she was afraid the tire was going to pop completely – that’s how low it was. Luckily we got there in time. I have really strong legs and I just powered through, even though it was really hard and I was huffing and puffing the whole way there. Once we filled the tires with air, we were off. I had originally wanted to take a different route, but that would involve crossing a busy street with the traffic light, and for some reason that sort of freaked me out yesterday. I think because it was 11am, and lots of drivers were out doing their Saturday errands, and I wasn’t confident that they’d be patient enough for me to gear up after waiting at a light. Next time. As it was, we had a fantastic ride and wove in and out of our neighborhood for an hour. It was so much fun, and this morning I was reminded what good exercise biking is. Not only did my butt and thighs feel it, but my arms, too. My arms? Not sure exactly why, but hey, I like it.
After the ride I relaxed, read more of Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2), and just enjoyed the day. Later in the afternoon we picked the pooches up (who looked gorgeous, by the way, as you can tell from Sofi’s photo), and took them for a long walk in a new neighborhood. I love seeing how much Sofi enjoys exploring new territory, and I want to make it a habit to find new places to walk at least once a month (weather permitting). Then I made myself a great dinner (see MyFitnessPal for a peek) and my sister and I hung out and did our taxes. Not a glamorous way to spend a Saturday night, but hey, it had to be done sooner or later. I wasn’t happy with the results, but then again, I never am (I’m in that weird segment of the population who gets hit hardest with taxes because I have noting to claim – no children, no house, and I’m single). It is what it is, and I just accept it and move on, right?
Today has been a bit of a lazy day, too. I did clean/do laundry/change the sheets, but I’ve also spent lots of time online and reading. Sofi and I took a nice walk. You’ll notice not much mention of the Super Bowl – that’s because I really didn’t care. Once my 9ers were out of it and both teams playing have won many, many times, I was over it. I had it on in the background, but it wasn’t anything important to my day. At all.
One thing that was important for me to do was to get all my food ready for the week. I chopped, cut, assembled and organized until I was left with this…
And even this…
I can’t tell you how much I love getting everything organized on Sunday afternoon so that I can go into the week with everything set and ready to go. Now all that’s left to do is to figure out what my workouts will be. I didn’t make it to yoga at all last week, but I’m absolutely going this week because I missed going, especially to the hot yoga. This weekend I also got a Yelp deal on doggie daycare for Sofi ($15/day for up to 5!), so I’m planning on taking her once a week for the 5 weeks, which makes me feel less guilty about going to a long workout after she’s been “cooped up” all day. When she goes to doggie daycare I know she’ll be so tired that she’ll gladly spend an hour or two sleeping. Can’t wait.