Monday, June 24, 2013

Finally More Progress

Finally.... Friday I weighed in and had a huge weight loss of 3.4 lbs!!  That is a grand total of 26.4 lbs!  {happy dance}  I finally hit my first goal goal of 25 lbs!!  It took almost 16 weeks, but I didn't give up!  I will tell you one thing I did different last week.....I drank LOTS of water.  {I must have burned a lot of calories running to the restroom. :O) }  We had a really busy weekend, so I took a logging break.  But I am back to the grind today.  I am going to keep doing what I am doing, because it is working!

I hope everyone is doing well! I hope to get caught up on my blog reading this week.  Have an awesome week!!

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Unexpected Motivation

It was Monday, and it was my first day back to the gym after our mini-vacation.  Tonight I was making myself work out.  I was feeling a little lazy after a fun weekend with family.  I walked to through the gym and since I have been going to the gym since January 1st,  I am starting to recognize the regulars.  This particular night, an empty treadmill was next to an elderly patron.  She comes very regular and we have only just greeted each other with a smile and a wave.   Tonight, she greeted me and asked me how long I have been coming.  She noticed how faithful I have been and she could see the changes.  You can?  I was so surprised at her compliments, but excited also.    This little lady is go getter!  I have been watching her, because she faithfully walks six miles on the treadmill,  with incline too!  Tonight she asked me how old I thought she was.  She looked to be my parents age, so I guessed in her seventies.  I wasn't right!  This amazing lady is in her eighties.  88 to be exact!  And she really IS amazing!!  

 She was really talkative this night and I just listened.  She exercises five days a week because she has to stay healthy.  She believes that what she is doing is keeping her out of a convalescent home.  She knows the day she goes will be the beginning of the end and she doesn't want that.  She exercises five days a week and does not eat after 5pm during the weekdays.  She is a little more flexible on the weekends.   She has not eaten a hamburger or hot dog for 25 years and never eats fried foods.  If she has pizza, she never has meat on it, it is just veggies.  One of her weaknesses is chocolate.  She does allow herself to have that.  She amazingly does not take any meds besides her vitamins.  That is fantastic!!   At her age, she says that her metabolism doesn't work anymore and she has to keep from gaining weight.  That is why she eats right and exercises daily.

I listened attentively to her talk.   She was proof of the rewards of a healthy lifestyle.  That night I walked in lazily, without a lot of motivation.  But after talking with Ms. Amazing, I felt ashamed of my thoughts and was more motivated than I had ever been before.  This is not a short is a long journey that will have long lasting results.  I can honestly say that I did not expect to be motivated when I went to the gym,  but I got more than I bargained for.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Where Has the Time Gone?

My sincere apologies.....I cannot believe my last post was May 28th.  What a horrible blogger!  I really have good reasons.  I have been busy with LIFE! :-)  But it has been a good busy.  I have gotten a lot of projects done that I have been wanting to do.  And also, I am still making my fitness goals which take time away from the computer.

This week has been my first week back to normal work out schedule.  Taking a week off really helped my calf to heal.  I worked out on a modified schedule of three days last week.  This week will be a little messed up because of vacation! Oh beautiful San Diego is calling my name!  My niece is graduating from 8th grade and we are looking forward to a few days down south.  Anyhow....I am so glad to get back to working out.  This week I am back to incline on the treadmill and alternating days I will be using hand weights.  Time to tone these flabby arms!!  I could not believe how much of a difference hand weights made.  I was sweating  like I was running a marathon!  I also read that you burn more calories using hand weights.  Tone and burn calories, that is a win, win situation!

Fitbit totals are down, but they will be back up next week.

I love to read everyone NSV's and at times I have a hard time of thinking of my own.  But I have two that I want to share.  We have stairs to our balcony at our church.  Usually when I walk up the stairs they are a killer and I am huffing and puffing and need an oxygen tank.  I was so excited to walk up the stairs our last service a few times and it was a breeze.  That is a huge improvement for me!   Also, I just made a new exercise skirt for myself.  Since the last time I made a skirt, I had to take two inches off the waist.  I am so excited that I am losing inches!

I hope everyone is doing well and staying encouraged!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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