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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 10: Inspiration
What inspired you this year?  How do you think this will impact the year to come?

I don’t mean to sound conceited or self-important, but I can honestly say that this year I have inspired myself.

For so many years, weight loss was this elusive dream, this faraway goal that was just beyond my grasp. For every positive step forward, I’d do something that would take me 3 steps back.  This cycle went on for years. Yet through all the struggle and frustration I never gave up.  Perseverance was my mantra.

So this year, when everything finally clicked in my head and I stopped allowing myself to make excuses, I started to achieve what had been unattainable for so long.  My actions brought on positive momentum, and I started to motivate myself.  My new body meant that my outside finally started to match my inside. With each success on the scale, I gained strength.  I’ve always been a strong woman who believed in herself, but now I was unstoppable.

I have been inspired by my weight loss, and my greatest hope is that through this blog, through my photo status updates on FB, through my TBT pics on Instagram I will inspire someone else who is feeling as desperate as I have.

My story makes me proud. My journey fills me with joy.

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OMG! I had so much fun tonight at the Aqua class. There were people of all shapes and sizes at the class, and it was so nice to feel like I wasn’t the heaviest one in the room, for once. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, which was great. I can’t even tell you how many compliments I got on my suit, which was so sweet.

I got to the gym and was changing into my suit and started to feel a bit self conscious about taking off the towel I had wrapped around me. My fears were totally unwarranted, though, because as soon as I entered the pool room, I saw lots of women who were bigger than me and didn’t seem to have any problem showing their bodies. I really admire their confidence. I think this class is going to do so much for my image of myself and my body.

The only complaint I have about the class is that the water was really COLD! Talk about a shock to the system as soon as you get in. I have to wonder why our gym fees are so high if they’re not really going to heat the pool. I mean, it wasn’t freezing cold, but it wasn’t anywhere as warm as I expected it to be. As soon as the class started, though, I warmed up right away.

I was surprised at the number of people who were in the class; I’d say there were at least 25-30 of us in the pool tonight. There were a few men who took the class, but most of them were older, or had some sort of injury and they didn’t make me feel awkward in the least. Really, I can’t say enough how kind these people were.

The regular teacher was on vacation, and tonight’s replacement wasn’t awesome, but the group of people in the class are so much fun, so they made it fun. I think another substitute is going to be there tomorrow night, and supposedly she’s like a drill sergeant, so I’m sure to get a good workout in. This teacher wasn’t the clearest with her directions and explanations of how to do some of the moves, but you know what? I wasn’t upset in the least that I couldn’t do some of the moves perfectly well. Since some of the instructions tonight were a bit difficult to follow, I figured as long as I kept moving, that was all that mattered.

There were so many times during the workout that I noticed myself really short of breath, which is always the sign of a good workout! I haven’t had that feeling in a long time because with walking, I’m so slow that I don’t build up enough speed to really lose my breath. This was great tonight. In fact, I looked it up on WW eTools, and 1 hour of Aqua Aerobics earns the same number of APs as 1 hour of moderate bike riding! That’s really phenomenal.

I left the gym feeling as if I had really used my muscles, but I didn’t feel overworked, in pain, or sore. I felt so free in the water, and it was an amazing experience. The whole thing was so positive, which is so good for me. I needed this tonight. I needed to start feeling good about my workouts and what I could do with my body.

I’m definitely hitting the Aqua class again tomorrow night, and I think I’m going to make it a regular thing on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights.

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This week has been pretty exciting: new shoes, first track practice with TNT, and lots of love from family & friends in the contributions to the fundraising.

I haven’t been feeling particularly OP this week.  I should be walking on my own in order to prepare for the half marathon, but I haven’t.  Sunday and Monday nights I did a workout DVD, and I walked 3/4 of a mile on Wednesday, but that’s about it.  I’ve also had a bit of an increased appetite this week because of TOM.  I’ve been staying within my points (using my extra 35), so I shouldn’t have anything to worry about on weigh-in day, but I wasn’t as diligent about my tracking.  I did keep track of what I was eating in my head, but that never makes me feel as confident or organized as when I’m actually imputting what I’ve eaten into my Points Tracker. I usually track every day using eTools, but this week my main focus was on setting up the TNT fundraising page and making sure I thanked everyone for their donations.  I guess I should cut myself a little bit of a break, because the whole TNT thing is a whole new world, and sometimes you can only concentrate on so many things at once.

Tomorrow we’re scheduled to walk 4 miles, which is incredibly daunting.  I haven’t walked that far at once in years.  The Turkey Trot was a 5k, and that almost killed me.  Now that I have the new shoes, I’m hoping that I will be able to go a lot farther without too many problems.  They’re giving us 2 hours to walk the 4 miles, which means 30 minutes/mile, and I know I can do that.  I’m hoping I can average a 20-minute mile, but I’m going to keep the whole “slow and steady” idea in mind.  I’ll be really proud of myself for just completing it.

So next week (beginning on Sunday), I’m going to make a point of getting in more practices on my own.  Which means I’ll have to hit the gym.  I haven’t been inside my 24 Hour Fitness in months because I’ve been finding that I like working out outside of the gym better.  I’ve kept up my membership because I know I’ll use it a lot more frequently in the summer when I’m off.  I’ve been avoiding the treadmill like the plague, but now that I’ve signed up to walk the half marathon, it only makes sense to get back on it.  I’m thinking I may ease my way into it, though.  Maybe a warmup on the elliptical for about 20 minutes and then 40 minutes or so on the treadmill to start.

All in all, this week has been wonderful so far.  Lots of new, positive experiences.

I’d better get to bed now, since I have to be up at 5:30am (on a Saturday!) in order to make it to the TNT training.  Wish me luck that I don’t hit the snooze button too many times.

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