weight training and mindful eating

It’s a constant journey – this whole concept of living and not doing things to excess, finding balance…etc etc.

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Accountability, having someone guide you, finding experts who remind you of all the things you probably have already read/heard/seen but let slide,  are all factors in trying to be healthier.

Tendonitis hit me last fall and I’ve been seeking out different ways to inexpensively deal with it. Physiotherapy is not inexpensive, but sometimes you have to get that little bit of extra advice and manipulation to get you on track. Also, hearing how it’s going to take a long time to heal – it took a long time of doing things badly to cause it – means that I know I will have to keep working at it/ resting it when I can.

As I approach bridal season – it actually really kick started this past week – I know I’ll really have to pay attention and take the time to do the strength training for my back < here’s the concept – using the arm muscles more than the back to do things seems to have contributed to the problem, so increasing my back strength and “putting my back into it”  will help take the pressure off my arm and elbow>.

This morning I had my once/month training session at Free Form Fitness and we went full body workout. Everything was put through its paces.

My hamstrings are already talking to me as I have begun cycling 2Xweek, about 50 minutes out and 50 minutes home at the end of the day.  On the alternate days, I’m trying to leave early enough to get off the bus at Billing Bridge and walk the 30 minutes to the studio. And at least 15 minutes of walking past the end of the day before I hop onto the bus.

Mindful eating is the real challenge for me. I don’t mind eating stuff that’s notoriously bad for me, I don’t mind at all.  Alas < yes, alas>, it makes a difference in how I feel, the numbers I’m tracking < a bit of scale and a bit of measuring tape, but not being too tough on myself about it>.

While I have lost about 5 pounds since January, it’s very slow. I had a back injury, the elbow thing, still on my journey with anxiety and lots of factors are making ti seem like I’m not making any progress at all. And it can be easy to slip into that space of “what’s the point”, when it seems like the efforts are wasted.

<sigh> ….

Apparently, the possibility of age being a factor is coming into play as I approach “middle age” as well – whatever! Actually, if my grandmother lived to 96… oh, yeah, ok it’s looming. But what thought process – if you think about how the first “half” of your life involved learning to talk/walk/think/develop skills etc. and you potentially have that same amount of time to continue to learn and grow…oh.. too much thinking for a Monday.

Well.. this was more a ramble than a journey into deep insight, but that’s ok too. I’ll continue to dance with amazing friends, explore finding balance in food and activity, and take my #zeropeopledays very seriously as I am much better with others when I take some time to recharge and do other stuff…

here – have a Sprocket pic! and a great week on your own adventures!

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One thought on “weight training and mindful eating

  1. Congratulations on losing 5 pounds! That is great! It’s not an easy journey but that old saying is actually true… anything worth having is worth fighting/working for.
    I’ve already been where you are now and can empathize… as you well know. So, just a little ‘sage advice’… sort of. Maybe it’s just passing on what I’ve learned for myself. Slow, steady, safe weight loss is best. The more important ‘numbers’ to track are the measuring tape ones. A pound of muscle (which you are developing as you workout) is smaller, more compact, that a pound of fat. That is why the scales can be deceptive and often discouraging. Also choose your time-of-day for measuring both with the tape and the scale. Before you start retaining water throughout the day. I always use first thing in the morning. It gives you more encouraging results. Sounds like cheating but your most important tool is your brain and your own perceptions of what’s happening to your body. As it gets healthier (through treatments for the tendinitis and physical training) you will feel better, have more energy and that will give you a boost.
    The best thing you have going for you is Tom. A loving, supportive partner is so important. He will always make you feel beautiful and sexy and loved (not necessarily in that order) which gives you the emotional boost you need. For me it was close trusted loving friends but the effect is the same.

    And you also have us… your friends who are always happy to help and see you succeed at whatever you are doing.

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