Thursday, August 9, 2012

Daily Activity Log - Day 12 & 13

Hey, hey, hey!!!

I did walk yesterday and the day before!  Woohoo! Got rained out tonight though. =(

But overall, things are rocking and rolling!  So motivated, so hopeful, so expecting good!
Listening to the rain as I type, my dog is chewing on his rawhide, my hubby has our favorite bible teacher on the tube and I am thinking of how much I have to be thankful for...It is a very, very long list.


I recently was selling some things on Craigslist and a beautiful woman came to my home.  She was deaf.  She had a 3 1/2 year old son with her.  He was ADORABLE! We had the most marvelous exchange for about an hour and a half. I was amazed at her.  She was so full of joy and she was a great and loving mom!  She has worked for The Gap for 14 years.  Wow!  She and her husband are both deaf.  They have a beautiful boy who can hear. My mind was like racing.

I asked her a million questions.  How did you teach your son to speak?  How does it work for you, being deaf and working in retail?  And my questions went on and on.  We had the best time, she bought a table from me, and I felt like I had a glimpse at living life from a whole new perspective. Again, it really made me stop and think of how much each of us has to be thankful for and the choice we each make to make the most of what we have been given.  This lady was living her life to the fullest.  She so inspired me.  I am SO GLAD that I met her.

I hope you guys are feeling hopeful.  I hope you realize how much you have to be thankful for.  I hope you are enjoying your lives and your loved ones. I hope you are living inspired!

Gonna go get some sleep and listen some more to the rain....ahhhh, so thankful!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Daily Activity Log - Day 11

I walked 30 minutes today.  Yay me!  =)  As I walked in my neighborhood, I detoured a bit.  Decided to walk up to the area where we have all sorts of restaurants, shops, etc.  I walked past a ballet and dance studio.  I thought to my self, "I should so take up ballet again!"  I have been thinking of taking ballet in an adult for years.  I REALLY LOVE it and find myself flitting around my house from time to time doing the old ballet steps I learned as a small girl.  It makes me feel so girly and happy and beautiful... Gonna look into that....would be a very fun way to get my body back, too!

Gonna leave you with some pics tonight that inspire me.  By the way, if anyone's reading out there, you sure are quiet. ;)  It's okay.  But, I would really love to hear from you sometime.


Seriously going to look into an adult ballet class! (source)

Nothing feels better than stretching after a good workout! (source)

I SO want my body back! I especially miss my killer legs! 

This might be a fun and good way to incorporate some ballet work at home via video! (source)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Daily Activity Log - Day 10

As I sit here recording my walk for the day, I have sweat rolling down my back and I have to say that it feels great.  Tonight was a really big victory for me.  I had been super busy all day around the house. By the end of my day, I had to get out to run errands, etc.  When I finally got home, it was almost pitch black dark.  Opps!  I now had a choice to make.  Stick with my commitment to walk 30 minutes and walk in the dark or wait until tomorrow.

I told my self, I am going to walk in the dark.  I had already had my one day off and needed to get in my 6 days of walking before taking off another.  Fortunately for me, I live in a FANTASTIC neighborhood that is really, really safe and pretty well lit.  Or, at least that's what I thought anyway.  As I began walking I felt so invigorated that I had made a choice to follow through, in spite of the great excuse to blow off my walk tonight.  I started walking and as I got to a spot in my walk I thought to myself, "Geez, it's really dark right here."  I ended up picking up my pace a bit, carried my large bottle full of "Smart Water" like a weapon (if necessary) and even jogged near a really dark bridge and a couple of other dark spots.

I admit that I had to be a little more aware and kept looking back over my shoulder more than I would have liked, but all in all it was a great 30 minute walk!  The added benefit of my mishap was that I really kicked it up a notch and probably burned a few more calories and I learned to be more aware of my time as it relates to the sun going down. Ha!

I'm encouraged by my commitment.  Not bragging, just sharing and encouraging myself once again.  I going to keep working toward my goal of taking my body back.  I am going to take it back one day at a time. One pound at a time.  One thought at a time.  How about you?

If I can do it, you can too.  Come on, make a commitment to yourself.  You are so worth it!

Will share more tomorrow! Ta ta!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Daily Activity Log - Day 9

This pretty much sums up my day today:

I'm telling you, I really, really, really didn't want to walk today.  When I heard my thoughts thinking that thought, I heard another thought, "You are going to do it anyway."  So, I did.  I'm really glad that I didn't give into the first thought.  Just proves how much the battle of the bulge is really more of a battle of the mind! Ha!

Gotta go get some shut eye now.

Talk to you tomorrow~

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Daily Activity Log - Day 8

Today is Wednesday and I weighed on the scale after putting in 7 days of 30 minute walks.  Guess what?  I GAINED 3/4 of a pound. Bummer, I know! :(  Of course I would have LOVED to have lost a pound.  But, you know what?  It was really a victory for me.  I told myself (and I believed it) it doesn't matter.  I flipping walked for 7 days and I was doing zilch the 7 days before.  So, I celebrate (and hope that I may have built a little muscle that weighs a little more) and I am going to keep on keeping on!

I also got my 30 minute walk in today along with my new anti-bat wings exercises for my arms.  Man, I can feel my arms and my chest muscles after only 3 days!  I'm that much closer to getting my toned arms back baby!  I continue to feel all the muscles in my legs and butt today and I really, really am lovin' it!  It is truly cheering me on for the fact that I am DOING SOMETHING!  That is my greatest celebration right now. Each day is a day to celebrate that fact alone....the results are going to follow.

Gonna get some shut eye for now....

Daily Activity Log - Day 7

Yesterday was my 7th day of being back on track for taking my body back and I walked another 30 minutes.  Yay me! ;)  As I walked, I took in the beauty of the walking paths that I have in my neighborhood.  Man, it is so beautiful; gorgeous trees, amazing birds, lovely gardens in different front yards, just a whole lot to enjoy and take in.  I am including a pic of part of my view for you to share the joy.

Beautiful Views:  I get to enjoy this on my daily walks!

Hope you guys are getting motivated to take some action towards getting that body back of yours, too. You can do it!