LIFESTYLE CHANGES IN FULL EFFECT
I am doing better than I thought I would, which makes me so happy. It is about the SWEAT! and, I am sweating a lot!!!
I know that my changes have to be more than just the food I eat…it is total lifestyle changes…from exercise, to managing stress, and taking better care of my physical health. Since I have so many illnesses that force me to rest more than I would like, or have such pain and fatigue I cannot do much, I used to feel hindered. I am learning that is ok. I had a couple of rough days this week, so I walked and did Yoga instead of CIZE. (but I hate missing CIZE, it is my most favorite workout, ever!) I decided to stick with the Bruno Mars song, as I really wanted to nail down the dance. It was harder than last week’s routine. This coming Monday I will move on to the next one. It is fun to really feel like you are a Superstar Dancer!
I have to lose 90 Pounds. 82.2 pounds TO GO!! My initial weight loss goal was 10 pounds, so I will be celebrating soon, I am sure. What should I do to celebrate?? I think I will do something fun…I am sure I have at least a week or two to think of something.
I went on a Yoga Retreat this past weekend, and it was very empowering. I learned a lot about myself, and came home with a totally new attitude. I am no longer going to be so hard on myself about my body image, as I will not be the perfect weight for many months. In the meantime, I still need to love myself. It is depressing to think so negatively all of the time. But, I am going to make more time for yoga, prayer and meditating. Even journaling. I am not going to just change my diet, and add exercise to my days…I am completely changing my lifestyle. My college roommate/sorority sister came with me…and we met a group of amazing women. I am now really working on ME! And, I love it! I deserve this!! and, we all need a group of positive people around us…I am blessed to have that!
Ok, I had to rest for a day because I had to get a shot in my Hip, due to the RA…but, I just made sure that I stretched my upper body out a bit. I have had to learn to modify my thinking, as I cannot commit to the same exact workout each day, etc. My body cries with different needs each day, and my health comes first. I never know how I will feel when I wake up. That is what makes things tricky. While I know that losing weight is going to be the best thing for me…I also know that if I overdo it, I will be back using a cane, walker or even that wheelchair again. That is not my future. I am smarter now.
I am still getting my butt in gear! My Beach Body Coach, Christine Olson, suggested I read the book PUSH by Chalene Johnson. I am really enjoying all that I am learning. There is not a ONE-SIZE fits all diet and exercise program for everyone. We are all individuals, with different ways to get to the same goal. I love how Chalene Johnson is teaching me this. She really has me really seeing things differently! My changes are happening one day at a time…one habit per day. Like one more glass of water each day. I should be drinking 136 ounces of water per day…I am still working up to that amount, but each day, I am adding a few extra ounces. I realize that I cannot change everything at once…or I will fail. It is all a work in progress.
FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION! My new habits, are eating a great breakfast and drinking water each day. I am not perfect, but, I am making changes that are going to make a difference in my life forever. Eating breakfast each day is a huge change, as I used to skip it. I have two poached or boiled eggs, veggies (I have been using kale, spinach, tomatoes and peppers this week) and quinoa bread. It really gets my day started in a positive way with a nicely fueled body. I really feel the difference!! It is amazing! I never thought to have veggies for breakfast, until I started with Beach Body! Their advice is marvelous, and nothing is crazy hard! I am eating so many veggies, so many different ways. I am LOVING my new good choices. I am in love with Quinoa, who knew?? So is my husband. This lifestyle change is not as hard as I thought it would be. My Fall into Fitness Group is helping me so much! Accountability is key! I am learning a lot of new recipes from my Fall into Fitness Group. I actually look forward to learning new ways to cook vegetables. I am having mashed Cauliflower this week, and cauliflower and veggies patties.
I Repeat, I will not give up this time! I am happy with the woman I see in the mirror, because I know I am doing all I can to become the woman I want to be. I want to enjoy the journey! Thanks to the women I met this weekend, the Beach Body group, my friends and family, I am inspired!! I need all of the inspiration I can get, and inspiration is abundant! I sit here in sincere gratitude.
My Rhythm. “CIZE. The End of Exercise”. This week’s dance is about a one hour work-out, from learning the steps, and then rocking them out to Bruno Mars. I am having so much fun! It was fun doing it the days I was able to. Those days are gifts to me. Makes me so HAPPY!
I am perfect just the way I am…I am just becoming a better me, and I like her. That is this week’s Reward!
Please join me next week, when I will fill you in on the new CIZE routine I learned, tell you about my new Scale (it is awesome)!!! Hopefully, I will be announcing more weight loss, too!