Apr 092014
 

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V is for Victory

I think one of the biggest factors that will lead to success in weight loss is positive thinking and recognizing how far you’ve come. Celebrating the successes is SO motivating. It helps us get through those plateaus; it helps us get back on track when we stumble along the way (which we all will at some stage).

When I first decided it was time to lose weight, I knew I couldn’t do both the exercise and the food part at the same time–not right away. I needed to take it step by step. I chose fitness first. I started swimming a few times a week and it was HARD. It was so hard. I hadn’t been swimming in probably 5 or 6 years and I was so out of shape I could barely make it down to the end of the pool. Instead of being discouraged or giving up, I made that my goal–to swim to the end of the pool without stopping.

The first victory came a month later. I hadn’t changed any of my food habits yet, but after just one month of swimming I was 10 pounds lighter. It was amazing! It was the boost I needed to see that this could really work! The next victory came a few months later when I was able to swim the length of the pool. As time went by I made knew goals. I wanted to be able to swim a lap (down and back) without having to rest on one side. The tenacity worked and slowly but surely I was becoming conditioned to swim. My next goal was to swim half a mile. It may have taken me a very long time, but I got there. Then the goal was to swim half a mile without stopping to rest!

Each step of the way I made mini goals for myself and focused on that. Instead of dwelling on the number on the scale I celebrated my successes at each milepost. It was such a good feeling to accomplish my goals. The day that I was able to swim 1 full mile without stopping to rest, I was ecstatic! When I got home I called one of my friends to tell her of my victory. I wanted SOMEONE to know what I had done! The positive support helped me in so many ways.

There were other victories on my journey. Each time I went down in a pant size I was euphoric. It was such a cool feeling to buy new clothes in smaller sizes! When I reached my first goal of losing 50 pounds I celebrated by buying some new clothes.

My suggestion for celebrating your victories is to choose rewards that are not food oriented. That will just sabotage how far you’ve come. Instead, do something nice for yourself. Get a pedicure. Buy some new clothes. Go to a movie you’ve been dying to see, ask a friend to help you celebrate. Basically, make note of your success and relish in!

Your victories don’t have to be the number on the scale, either. As I illustrated above, most of my victories were related to reaching a goal as opposed to the scale. Celebrate those NSV’s!!!

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You would think the ultimate victory for me was when I reached my goal weight (150 pounds). As I wrote about before in the post The Arrival Fallacy, that wasn’t the case:

“…the ‘arrival fallacy’ the belief that when you arrive at a certain destination, you’ll be happy. The arrival fallacy is a fallacy because, though you may anticipate great happiness in arrival, arriving rarely makes you as happy as you anticipate.”

Honestly, reaching goal was kind of anticlimactic. Once again, all the things that made me happy were the goals I accomplished as opposed to the scale. Finishing 55 miles in Reach the Beach made me happier than seeing 150 pounds on my scale.

Do I still celebrate my victories? Not as much anymore. My maintenance mode has become the norm for my life and I don’t really think about stuff like that anymore. I do still try to have goals for myself but even those seem to have less emphasis. Time will tell if that changes.

Do you celebrate your victories? What is one you can share with me? 

A-Abstinence * B-Balance * C-Calories * D-Vitamin D * E-Emergency * F-Fast Food and Fine Dining * G-Gym Bag * H-Happy Weight * I-Intervals * J-Jumping * K-Keeping Sane * L-Losing Weight * M-Measuring Mistakes *N-Nemesis * O-Open * P-Plateaus Q -Quitting * R-Runner’s Knee * S-Support * U – Unattainable *

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Jan 232014
 

It was the kind of day (and week) where everything was going wrong (or breaking) and I was disappointed about a lost opportunity and all I wanted to do was crawl underneath the bed covers (turn on my heated mattress pad, which is so freakin’ awesome) and just hide. Instead of hiding, I went to the Warrior Room to exorcise and exercise the bad mood out of my body.

I am so glad I did.

My friend Debby joined me for the Isolation/Tabata class. I think she needed a good burn, too. The class was pretty full. It was a surprise considering the evening classes I’ve taken before were pretty small (less than 8 people in the class). I think there were the max this time, 12.

The instructor turned on the soundtrack to Footloose and barked at us to get moving! The workouts were killer. My heart rate was high. I was sweaty, I was getting tired, I was loving it! We did the usually workouts–tabatas with burpees, squats, squat jumps, one-handed kettlebell swings, chest press and overhead presses. All good stuff.

If you want to read another review from a fellow blogger who went to the free class, check it out here. “Kettlebell training is no joke. I really don’t think you can prepare for the type of work they put you through. Despite taking a lot of breaks through the training session, I would definitely do this again.” Truth! Kettlebells are no joke.

Speaking of no joke…I did something new that kicked my butt!

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Yes, those tires are just as big and just as heavy as they look. Since the class was so big, we split into two teams and did a team “drill.” Everyone got to the wall and into the wall-sit position. The first team mate ran out and flipped the tire three times, then flipped it three times back to the starting position. Then they high-fived the next team member and they ran out to do it.

The first time we did this I was on the team that was flipping the bigger and heavier tire. I was surprised at just how much of a struggle it was! Those guys that do this for training make it look SO EASY. It’s really not.

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The trick is to squat down and use the power in your legs–not your back. Bending over and lifting with your back is a recipe for very bad things. I was trying to be SO mindful of that. When it was my turn to flip the tire I did my best. I found that I could lift it but near the top before flipping it over I struggled to push it. I often used my legs to help me flip it.

Want to see what I burned doing this killer workout?

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Over 600 calories! In one hour. Holy Moly.

I was also shocked that I was not sore the next day. I thought for sure my back and legs would be wrecked after flipping that monster tire. Just goes to show you how strong you can get when you’re not paying attention. :) Non-scale victory!

Have you ever flipped a tire? How did you do?

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