Kelly’s Blog – Week 9
Rebuttal to Blog 8 comments from Angela…thought I might write one, but don’t have anything to rebut. She was correct on all points – although I don’t know if I can ever really bury the “proverbial mallet”. I have always been hard on myself, so it is a super hard habit to break. But, I will certainly try. I do think the fear of success thing is true too. I think it is stupid we (by we I mean me) fear success, but subconsciously I think we do. Very strange….so anyway, Angela is right again. I am proud of my success so far, and I will continue this journey as best I can. I did have someone tell me I look like I am shrinking, so I must be doing something right.
Now, on to this week:
I read blog 8 to my husband and he pointed out that being accountable is what works for me – either being accountable to a journal or being accountable to this blog (which is kind of ironic since that is the very first thing Angela wrote in her last blog). So, then he asked how was I going to be accountable after this time with Angela ended and I said…I DON’T KNOW. His reply was, “Well, why don’t you write about that next week.” So, here we go…I’ve been thinking about it and I am still not sure I have an answer quite yet. Maybe Angela will let me do a monthly update and be willing to post a “where are they now” section for the first three of us that have gone through this process with her. That would probably keep me motivated. I also have taken on a job with Fitbodies Inc. as an aerobics instructor, so I can go to resort locations and teach aerobics for a week at a time. My first trip is the week of my 40th birthday in October, so I think that will keep me motivated in the near future. I have put myself back on the aerobics sub list for some local gyms around here and I am personal training an elderly woman out of her house.
My exercise was again OK this week. I am finding it hard to fit in the weight training right now, but I am at least trying to do something 5 days. I did walk 7 miles one day and realized that you think about a lot of things and also a lot about nothing. I didn’t go through the question regiment again, but I did speak motivational things to myself a lot of the time. I am in a weight loss/inches contest at the Personal Training studio that I work out at and we have the final weigh in this week, so I am hoping to do well with that. Contests are motivational to me.
I feel like I have the food pretty down pat. Not much thinking required there. My weakness is chips (only at a party, because I don’t keep them in my house). And it wouldn’t be chips if I didn’t make this amazing homemade salsa to go with them. I do try to keep fresh salsa in the house (without chips) for my other meals…but that is what trips me up every time. Now, don’t get me wrong. I probably only ate 15 (about a serving) versus well…a lot more than that, so I am improving there too.
I lost another 1.5 lbs…so 18.7 total. I am 2.5 pounds away from weighing less than Greg, so I am trying to stay the course. I don’t think I will make my 24 lbs in 12 weeks goal, but I am proud of what I have done. Oh did I mention that I have done this without running!! I always use to think that was the best way to lose weight – or maybe the only way I could, but it is not. Thank goodness – not a big fan of running in the first place. Well, wish me luck on my weigh in this Saturday for the contest!! I will keep you posted if I won a prize.
I was flattered yet found myself chuckling upon reading Kelly’s blog…the irony is that sometimes I find myself, like many, to be my own worst critic and need to hear someone else telling ME precisely what I am often so good at telling my own clients, including Kelly! Human nature…<Shaking My Head>.
Based on her progress, it is obvious now that people are taking notice of her efforts – that in itself and AWLAYS a great motivating factor! Kelly seems to be more accepting that the journey is just that—a journey! Every step taken in the right direction is a daily, monthly and yearly process about self-improvement and evolution. Although that truth is frustrating it’s a BIG thing one must accept! I believe Kelly is accepting this, as well as becoming more aware of what will keep her going beyond our time together. That brings me to her suggestion of having a “where are they now?” follow up blog—GREAT idea, Kel! Therefore, at the end of this year, I will ask that Rhonda, Cheryl and Kelly provide us with an update—and perhaps a picture. My next client will not have the time to experience an aftermath, of course, until next year.
The other wonderful ‘side note’ that Kelly is really getting from all of this, is she’s truly experiencing that “to give—is to receive”! By helping others, whether in her group training classes, or one/on/one assistance for her elderly friend, she’s realizing how this actually motivates HER! Giving back what you learned from your own talents and/or transformations is one of those ‘to-do list’ items we all should have; I’m very proud of Kelly for realizing this!
As Kelly and I have just a few short weeks left, I am going to be helping her regardless of weekly blogs to see that she get to her 40th birthday happily! I sense a tone of doubt in her blog regarding her ability to reach her goal weight—again at approximately 2lbs. per week, it isn’t unrealistic to see her getting there! BUT—what she, as well as anyone with a weight-loss goal NEEDS to understand is that your overall health goes BEYOND the date of some event! It is a never-ending process. Even if she comes shy of a few pounds of that goal weight for her 40th, she has NO reason whatsoever to be frustrated—she needs to think of this beyond that “big” date!
As for not having to run…can I throw in an “I told ya so” <?>, lol. Human beings, especially women since we often have a misperception that weights make us ‘blow up’ like the Hulk, NEED resistance training AND building lean muscle in the body causes our metabolisms to crank up since muscle burns more calories—even at rest! Again, another realization I’m proud that Kelly’s experienced…keep it up Kel! We just had a Labor Day Holiday weekend—look forward this week to see how you did!!
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