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The First Month of My Fitness Journey

Believe it or not this is my first time on a treadmill!!

I started working out with my personal trainer, Andrea Austin, on August 16th so it has been a month.  She is so impressed with my progress so far and so am I!

Yesterday I walked on the treadmill for the first  time.  Not the first time this month but the first time in my life.  I have gone  through periods in my life where I was working out but I never used the treadmill.  Like I have said before fitness hasn’t been a consistent part of my life.  Though I was a treadmill virgin, I acclimated very quickly and could have done it a lot longer than I did yesterday. I love how the sun is shining through the window over my shoulder.

Yesterday was also the first time I worked with the Pilates Reformer.  That was fun and I also did very well on that and could have done a few of the moves longer, but we are working on small steps for lasting results.

We also added weight machines to my workout so I spent time on that.  My total workout was about 30 minutes and was a total body workout.  A couple of routines were a bit harder because of old injuries in my neck and shoulder but I believe those things are going to resolve as a result of the work I am doing.

I did much better with food this week because we let go of the structure.   Structure around food just sends me into a tailspin.  I can be conscientious about my eating without having a strict routine.  I was able to maintain my weight loss, which wasn’t true last week.

Last week I believe the negative self talk when I over did, added pounds to my body.  I believe that thoughts become things and when I was telling myself I would gain weight because I wasn’t following the plan, I DID! If we tell ourselves we are fat our mind has to find a way for our body to make that so.  Our mind doesn’t know what is true it just believes what we say.

I did an experiment many years ago where I picked the weight I wanted to be and told my self that I weighed that amount.  At the time it was 135 pounds.  Whenever a thought came into my head about my weight I replaced it with “I weigh 135 pounds”.  Within a few months I lost 15 pounds doing nothing more than saying that phrase.

One of the things I have been impressed with about my new fitness program is my stamina.  I don’t feel tired or sore  after working out, even though I am doing things that have not been a part of my routine.  I believe that a product that I am taking is making a big difference.  It is called The New You , which was created to stimulate the pituitary gland so it secretes its own natural human growth hormone.  One of the impacts of this is that it enhances exercise endurance and helps build lean muscle mass.  I have been taking this product for over 2 years and I noticed a difference in my stamina before I started this fitness program.  I know it is helping me now in transforming my body.

Have you ever started a new routine after a long time?  What was the experience like for you?

My Fitness Journey+Rigidity Rears it’s Head, Oh My!

I am at the end of week three of my Fitness transformation.  Each week has come with some challenges, because my saboteur has been right by my side every step of the way.  I find this interesting because this hasn’t happened for a long time and it is helping me deepen my writing.  I have been on a path of personal and spiritual growth for 25 years so it is not like I have deep-seated issues and yet I am still visited by the voice of the Saboteur from time to time,

This particular aspect of the Saboteur is rigid, obsessive and concrete.  Most of the chatter coming from that little bugger was about food.  I found out today that I had misinterpreted my food plan, thinking I needed to cut out all carbohydrates beyond what was in my morning protein drink.  But here is the real kicker.  I went to both the Renaissance Festival and The Minnesota State Fair this past weekend.  It was a holiday for god’s sake, Saboteur, give me a break!  I did pretty well with eating at the Renaissance Festival and walked almost non-stop for the 6+ hours we were there.  The State Fair was a different story.  Even though my daughter kept asking why I wasn’t eating, I ate more than I wanted to.  And to my Saboteur the 5 hours of non-stop walking didn’t balance out what I ate.

No, to that task master I had screwed up the whole week because I ate things that were not in the plan.  My “Fat” voice kicked in and it took me a few days to get back on track with my thinking.  I reality with all of the walking I did, it really didn’t matter what I eat at the Fair.  It was probably burned off!

On a positive note, my body continues to change.  I am smaller, I am stronger and more flexible.  I am beginning to see a glimmer of liking my workouts.  Today during my workout there was only one exercise that I found a little challenging.

If you find this happening to you, just remember, much of our memory is stored in the cells and cellular memory is the hardest to access.  When this voice starts to come up and challenge you it is just cellular memory ready to be released.  I am actually happy that it is happening so it can be acknowledged and released once and for all.