I guess this comes under the heading of ‘turn about’s fair play,’ or some such thing. After weeks of no ‘weather’ we have hit the bigtime. Three days of on and off snow. Heavy and wet stuff, evidently. Enough to make the power go out overnight. QUELLE HORREUR! You know I like my routines, and one of the chief routines is the well-worn path from my bed straight to the coffeemaker EVERY MORNING. No exceptions.
So this morning I tried to make the best of it. Made a list of things I could do without electricity. There were a LOT of things I could do. I just didn’t wanna do them. It was kind of dark and dreary, and darn it, I was sleepy without my coffee. So I made a plan to escape. Just as I finished dressing, the electricity came on. You never saw a person make coffee so fast! Because, as usual, the electricity cut off again about 15 minutes later. But I felt MUCH BETTER with some coffee in me, and I set off to the gym.
Man, did I have a good workout. I wasn’t in a hurry to get done, since I didn’t want to go home until the electricity went on. I made up a circuit, and did these exercises in the little studio:
- arm curls and overhead lifts, 10#, 10 reps each arm, standing on the bosu ball
- ball crunches, 15 reps
- bench push-ups, 10-12 reps
- pliet squat, 30#, 10 reps
- front shoulder raise, 5#, 10 reps each arm
- lunges, 20#, 10 reps each leg
I repeated this circuit three times and then I went out to the big room. And I did another mini-circuit:
- pec-dec machine, 35# 10 reps
- deadlift, 55#, 10 reps
- vertical press machine, 40#, 40 reps
Only this one I did the deadlifts each time between the other two exercises, so did 5 sets of deadlifts, and 3 sets of each of the other two. Most of the time I like to challenge myself and lift heavier, but sometimes I choose lower weights and more reps on purpose for a different kind of challenge.
I ended with some leg presses: 100#, 40 reps times two, and 140#, 15 reps time one. And for those of you who are interested, I WAS sweating by the end of this workout. I ended back in the little studio for a little stretching. And, I finally tried something I had been meaning to add back in for a while: did one plank for 50 seconds.
This morning I ate the last of the Fage greek yogurt, so tomorrow will be the first day of my no dairy experiment. Which, for me means no yogurt, no milk, and no cottage cheese. I will probably have a little cheese here and there on salads and such. As I said, its mostly a challenge to try other foods.
I finished the ‘Rethinking Thin’ book, which was interesting, but a little discouraging (the main premise being that it is very difficult for anyone to maintain a large weight loss.) So I got out my ‘Thin for Life’ book this morning, which is VERY encouraging. She uses a group of 160 people who have lost at least 20 pounds and kept it off for at least 3 years. Many of them have lost a lot more than that, and kept it off for a lot longer than that. A lot of her book is personal stories of their successes and struggles, and it is a ‘glass half-full’ kind of book. I thoroughly recommend it.
One of the funny things in the ‘Rethinking Thin’ book was a guy named Fletcher, who, in 1889, made a name for himself by promoting very thorough chewing as a way to lose weight. I remember this being talked about in the 70’s as a tool in weight loss. And what I thought when I read this was, yeah. It’s not the fact of chewing the food into miniscule pieces that makes you lose weight. If you take more time to chew your food, you will probably not consume as much volume before you start to feel full. That is something I try to be mindful of most of the time. Recently I noticed I was swallowing some food before even chewing it much and I corrected that (before I read this book.)
One sentence in the ‘Thin for Life’ book jumped out at me. It is quite a sobering thought. I believe it is true.
After studying successful maintainers, Drs. Colvin and Olson drew the following conclusion: “Weight loss is not an end in itself; it is the means to an end….It is a mans to more important goals.” In fact , they suggest that weight loss as a goal in itself is a guarantee for failure.
Now, you might start out with weight loss as your only goal, but if that doesn’t change along the way, I don’t see that it is a big enough motivator to do the difficult job of maintaining that loss. That’s just my cheap opinion, of course.
So, changing the subject rapidly, sometimes when I don’t have much time left in the day I will do just a little tiny bit of creating. This is enough to encourage me and keep me moving forward. Yesterday evening I sewed together these little squares (that were left over from another project.)
And then I put together another group of little squares to sew together tonight:
Gotta work tomorrow, so better sign off and get ready to go. Have a great weekend!