Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mule am I

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/21-Day-Workout-Challenge-All-Videos-41193620?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=fitness_newsletter_vChallenge_05082016&utm_source=fitness_newsletter&em_recid=puid0&ym_mid=1234579&ym_rid=13078670

The above link leads you to the Popsugar 21 day Summer shape up challenge which proved to be too challenging for me.  The very first video made me feel sick and I ended up spending an entire day feeling sorry for myself because I'm 60 and not 26. Then I thought of how it felt to start a new exercise program at 26....it was tough then, too. I remember my first "Jazzercize" class. I had a hard time keeping up that day. I had some friends make fun of me because they said it was easy and I was struggling but I got the last laugh on that one. Three months later, I was the one who'd stuck with it and I'd lost weight and gotten stronger, more energetic and pretty darn hot...if I do say so myself, lol. I don't expect to be hot at 60 but I also know that I'm not a quitter. I've just got to follow my coach's advice and start slower and lighter and at a pace that will challenge but won't leave me exhausted. My problem with that first 30 minute video in this challenge was all of the floor exercises. I wasn't expecting that. It wasn't the aerobics that made me sit down it was the ones that required upper body strength which I certainly don't have since injuring my left shoulder and my right arm. I also think this workout is designed for people who are already in pretty good shape...and sadly younger..look at the instructor, sheesh! So, this is what I'm going to do, continue walking, continue weights twice a week for my upper body (but lighter than before) and I'm going to find an aerobics dance workout for that 30 minutes that I know I can do. Then, as soon as my studio is finished (another goal for this month), I'm setting up my eliptical in there so I can move for ten minutes every hour. I'll let you know how it all goes. I'm not the old gray mare; I'm a stubborn ol' mule. lol

Happy Dance :) :) :)

One week on the Flat Belly Diet and I've lost 7.5 pounds! Yay! I'm not at all hungry. Yesterday, I didn't feel the greatest. It may have just been my body adjusting....and the fact it was Mothers Day which has bothered me since I lost my mom twenty-six years ago.....because today, I feel great. I went to the Amish market to pick up some more plants for out garden which we will plant later today. I went to the grocery store to buy organic ingredients for soup that I'm putting on today and for meals the rest of this week. I lucked out because the organic chicken was on sale and I got it for half price...another yay! When I was checking out the, the two ladies at the checkout asked me why I was buying so many nuts. One of them, Linda, asked if they were for baking and I said no, health. Then I started telling them about this MOFA diet and they became enthused....especially after I told them that I'd lost 7.5 pounds without trying and without being hungry or feeling deprived. I also told them that it is scientifically and nutritionally sound and developed by a Yale doctor to really target the hard to lose belly fat. They were sold. I wrote down all of the info I could think of and Linda, the checker, is planning on looking it up as soon as she gets home. She laughed and said, "These are all things I love!" about the list of MOFAs that you include in every meal. I'm excited, too and I'm ready to stick with this clean, healthy and high MOFA (monounsaturated fatty acids) eating plan. I think this is one I can stick with and even though I was hungry and had missed my lunch today, I avoided temptation, ignored the so delicious, luscious looking muffins and opted for a huge, very juicy apple, raisins and nuts. :) Another win for team Sande. :) I'm still overweight but I suddenly feel so much lighter and I can envision getting back down to a healthier weight for the first time in a long time. I will keep you posted on my progress and if any of you try the diet, please let me know.

Victory!

I missed a doctor's appointment this morning because somehow I'd gotten into my head that it was at 10:45 when it was actually at 9:45. I've been thinking for the last week that it was 10:45 and had planned out my day accordingly. It wasn't until I "accidentally" looked at my calendar this morning at 9:48 that I realized my error. Oh, well.... the appointment is rescheduled to later in the month...when I probably won't need it any longer....and I have a free day to accomplish some of my goals. I also had another epiphany this morning. I decided, since I had some free time, ha, to catch up a bit on my journaling which I've been sadly neglecting. When I write in my journal, I not only record daily happenings but also do five minutes of automatic writing. If you don't know what that is, you set a timer for a specific amount of time and then you start writing. You aren't concerned about spelling or grammar or even if your chicken scratch is readable. You just write whatever comes into your head. Try it because you will be shocked at what comes out. I've had many revelations about myself and my life this way. Today was no exception. I was writing about meeting goals...or not...when I thought of how negative that was. I've decided that I'll look at what I've been considering my failures as stepping stones, lessons learned. And I've decided to look at the often overwhelming goals I set as challenges to conquer. After my five minutes ended and just as I'd written that out and finished with, "I will be the CHAMPION of my own LIFE!), I broke those challenges down and went through the next month writing a few challenges for each day....one for the house...one for exercise...and one for the horses that I'm determined to not only spend more time with but to ride by June 1st. (the reason I'm not riding is a long story for another time) So, I do have goals still but the steps to achieving those goals have been broken down into small, doable challenges that will make me feel like a conquering she-warrior every day. :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Small Changes and a Cup of Joe

Small changes..... My husband says of me that it's always all or nothing. That gets me into trouble a lot. It seems I've been struggling with my exercise and diet goals for a long time. I physical hurt myself because I'd go full blast at a new exercise or fitness task. It seems that, over the last year, I'm always starting over. I guess a lot can be said for never giving up but I've made little progress....until now.
Yesterday, I simply walked the dog and walked to the pasture to feed the horses. After being off for a few weeks, that was effort enough. But today, I hope to walk a "little" longer and a "little" faster.... small changes, slow but steady start.
Yesterday, I threw myself into my new diet full force. I've been just eating healthier and monitoring calories for a few days but yesterday, I tried to follow the recommended diet to the T. It started well, I was satisfied after eating, I didn't get hungry quickly or have my usual stomach pains and I had energy. Then, right before lunch, the headache started. I thought eating would help. It didn't. So, I took something for it and decided I'd lie down for twenty minutes. Two hours later(!), I wake up so confused. I thought I'd slept through an entire day and I was panicked that I missed appointments. When my head finally cleared the solution appeared....coffee. On this new diet, I am suppose to get rid of food and drink that might bother my stomach and digestive track. I've long suspected my morning cup of Joe for the pains that follow a meal. Evidently I was right about that but I didn't consider the side effects of going cold turkey with caffein....yikes! A cup of steaming Joe later and I was back to my old self...and up most of the night for drinking coffee after lunch. Oh, well, there have to be some concessions. So, my husband suggested, no cold turkey, ease myself off of the coffee gradually. This morning, I had half a mug. Tomorrow, I'll cut back even further, small steps.