Friday, August 30, 2013

Fitness Friday

I've come to realize in the past few weeks that I am really the only thing standing in my way of reaching my goals.  It's easy to make a lot of excuses.  It's easy to create lofty goals that never get accomplished.  It's easy to be an all or nothing person.  What isn't easy is changing my mentality and my habits.  So that is what I have to work towards.

I tried Crossfit.  I said I wanted to give it a try and see if it was for me.  I'm glad I tried it.  However... it's not for me.  I went 3 times which I think is a fair try.  The last time that I went, I felt like I was pushed too hard.  That day, I did 30 sit-ups, 30 pushups, and 30 ring pulls as a warm up.  Then the guy walked me through deadlifts and cleans and kept adding to the weight 'til I was lifting about 100lbs or so.  Then I did 50 squats, 40 sit-ups, 30 pushups, 20 ring pulls, and 10 cleans (lighter weight that time).  The next day...and really the entire next week, I did good to just function in my daily life  lol  It was bad.  And it was bad enough that it kind of made me mad that they would let me do that just starting out.  I live on the 3rd floor and I felt like I was about 95 years old every time I had to go up and down the stairs.  I didn't like the way they did things.  So I decided that it just wasn't for me.

So after that experience, I talked to a friend who has been in the fitness industry for several years and that I trust.  I had made this goal of exercising 4 days a week which never happened.  I was encouraged to just set a goal for 2 days a week.  It's about changing habits.  And the biggest thing, which I have now started doing, is to start praying for a desire to exercise.  When I don't feel like it, I need to pray about it.  I need to think of my exercise as an act of worship.  We are called to give our bodies to God as a living and holy sacrifice...the kind that He will find acceptable (Romans 12:1).  How can I do that if I'm so complacent with my fitness.

I read on Peak313's blog the other day a really great paragraph.
"Everything we have in life- our bodies, marriages, children, houses, etc- are ours to steward.  God OWNS all of it.  He doesn't NEED any of it.  He is giving us these areas to show us how we may honor Him, and also draw closer to Him! When I approach each day with this mentality, it is so much easier for me to let go and walk in wisdom."
 I wrote this quote on a sticky note and it's hanging on my monitor at work so that I see it everyday. 

I also had an eye opening experience with my nutrition yesterday.  I am re-examining my carb intake...starting today.  I've tried to keep up with everything in My Fitness Pal but sometimes I slack a little.  Someone on a facebook group for people who had weight loss surgery that I'm in posted a question asking people if they count the carbs that are in their multivitamins and calcium citrate chews.  So I added those in MFP for yesterday and it added 9 additional carbs.  I said I was going to try to keep my carbs below 50.  But now a days, I find myself craving my protein bars....which really means that I'm craving the carbs.  When I put everything in yesterday, I had 75 carbs! Yikes!  That's way too many for me personally (everyone is different!).  So I'm going to try to keep my carbs below 35.  It's those hidden carbs and the carbs in the "good" things (like protein bars) that really add up.  But I had gotten to where I was eating 2 protein bars a day.  I decided I have to break up with my yummy protein bars and only have one every so often.  I'm going to go back to drinking my Oh Yeah shakes since they are low in carbs and high in protein.  Hopefully that and the exercise will jump start my weight loss again.  I've been holding still for a little while and frankly...I'm tired of it.

Last night, I went home, changed clothes and went to the fitness center at my apartment.  I was the only one in there for most of the time.  I put my headphones in and put some praise and worship music on (which I NEVER did before!) and just went to it.  I did about 11 minutes on the treadmill, a strength training routine that my friend gave me that included a dumbbell chest press, bicep curls, 1 leg dumbbell cone touch, lat pull down, tricep pushdown, and a plank....and I added in crunches, Russian twists, and bicycle crunches...then I finished it with 13 minutes on the bike.  I know I need to do more cardio but was my first day trying something different.  I felt good about what I did.

So here's to setting more attainable goals and changing my mentality. :)


  1. Yes, don't be an all or nothing person...that just sets you up for failure. Do what you can when you can, and no excuses. Exercise is just like laundry, dishes, vaccuuming. You don't always WANT to do it but it NEEDS to get done. But pushing yourself to hard at first is definitely a recipe for failure (not to mention injuries.)

    Do you read Holly's blog?

    If not, she is great! Start with what you can and build on that.

    1. That's true. I don't want to think of it as a chore but I guess I really need to...until I actually get to a point where I enjoy it lol if that will happen. I will check out Holly's blog! Thanks! :)