Yesterday my training was like the wedding phrase, something old (the pull-up bar) something new, (my ear buds which Mitch bought me when we flew to NY but I never used till running yesterday) something borrowed, the suggestion that Carolina gave Carol and she gave me–(when building running endurance just don’t stop running–slow down—run in place—just don’t stop) I did about a mile—first full mile in a long time something blue, (the swim cap from Rita and Ted)– I swam 65 laps! It was a very fulfilling fitness day, keeping control over what I can, and inspired by watching the full episode of Extreme Makeover.
This week we met and watched Ashley transform from well over 300 pounds, to just over 150. I believe she lost 156 pounds in total. At 20 years old, she was the only one of her siblings who was overweight, and just like many with addiction problems, she had abandonment issues with her dad, an addict himself. There was a lot I didn’t completely get, like why she and Chris Powell, made such a big deal over the fact that she still lived at home. She was 20! These days, that is not at all old, to be still living at home. With out going into the whole show, my biggest take away is that there are always rewards dangling in addition to the big reward of the weight loss itself. Trainer Chris, always dangles some huge reward for hitting goals. Apartments, trips to far off places like Hawaii, and there is that $50,000 Wal-Mart card at the final weigh in. While most of us can’t afford these huge rewards, small ones when goals are met, should be included in everyone’s weight loss programs. We all work for the paycheck regardless of how rewarding the work is! Whether its a new outfit, a pedicure, a spa day, a special meal out, or even just holding out to revisit an old pair of favorite jeans, rewards work wonderfully!
Before I sign out and off, I have to express my joy over seeing old friends back in our SilverSneakers class. When Bally’s closed, our “family” went off in different directions and at Tamarac Fitness Center we blended 3 groups and had the opportunity to meet many new friends. I love walking into the gym and seeing people I haven’t seen in well over a year. It makes our family much more complete. Thanks, Fredda, for playing Pied Piper bringing Gloria, who then brought Iris. Yesterday was a treat!
I will be at the gym at 11:30 for Senior Fitness and back at 6 for a mix and 7 for our peaceful Pilates and yoga aka streccccchhhh reduction. Wherever YOU are, make sure to get in your fitness…and peace, too!