I got a very good reminder today, from Ruben (FLEXCHEF) that words have power. Of course I believe words have power. I use my words to motivate, encourage and inspire others to want the very best for themselves. But, I am sometimes irresponsible in my use of words about myself. I referred to myself as being weak and heavy because I couldn't do a pull up. Ruben reminded me that there are many men who cannot do a pull up. That doesn't mean I am weak, it just means I can't do a pull up, yet. I am working on it. I am strong in other ways and I will be able to do one pull up by the end of summer.
I always want to challenge myself to do something that is hard. It makes me have to work for it. In the struggle of working towards something I learn more about myself and my character. Here are a few things that I never thought I would be able to do, but can now do:
1. I ran a half marathon! 13.1 miles is a long distance! But, I trained for it and completed something that most people consider hard.
2. I can now do walking lunges with perfect form. No step in between. Back knee comes all the way down to the floor. Abs tight. AND, now I do them with a broom handle held overhead, soon to be replaces with a body bar and then a barbell. Progress! I could barely do a single lunge in September, now I do a perfect walk through.
3. I can do perfect bicep curls using 30# weights. Abs tight, no leaning or swaying.
4. I LOVE doing High Intensity Interval Training. Love it!
And, I make some awesome food!!!! Let's talk food!
Low Carb Day:
4 egg whites + 1 whole egg + brown rice + spinach + soy sausage = YUM! I usually would have the eggs in a whole wheat pita, but I wanted to trim out my processed foods today.
Chocolate Protein Shake + Colombian Coffee = Great start to the day!
Fage 0% Yogurt
Grilled Chicken, avocado, cilantro, cabbage, lime, salsa, red onion
Chocolate Protein Shake
Tilapia, sweet potato, and broccoli
Night time snack is a chocolate shake.
Tonight was bikini picture night. The pictures do not reflect the amount of changes I feel in my body. I am getting narrower across my back and across my hips. My muffin top right above my bikini line is getting smaller. Since I promised to let you follow along with my weekly progress, I will sign off with a couple pictures. Practicing what I preach about focusing on your assets and remembering that words have power. I notice that my collar bone area is becoming more prominent, my shoulder and upper chest area is feeling and looking a lot slimmer. When I first started this journey, it was to lose weight and feel healthy. I have accomplished that. I am now in the process of reclaiming as much of my figure as possible. I am amazed how my body has responded to the healthy foods and exercise I do. Can I reverse stretch marks and sagging? I cannot. Does that mean I have to settle for less than the best I can achieve at this point? No, it does not.
The one on the left is from last week.
The one on the left is my before picture from 3 wks ago.
Bodies come in different shapes and sizes, this is mine. I'm taking the best care of it I can. Take care of yours. Say something nice about yourself.