Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Vacation Weight Loss

“I can’t lose weight on vacation!”  Conda said, “who goes on vacation and says ‘I wanna lose weight’?”  My response to that?  ME, ME, ME!  I do, I do!  And that’s just what I did at the beginning of this month and I lost over 5 pounds in just 16 days.  And I loved every minute of it.  My only regret was not going ahead and getting the new gym membership when I first went on vacation instead of at the end of the vacation.  I could have done so much more during my time off.  So much indeed.  Oh well, I have the gym membership now and for when I go on vacation next time…hopefully at the beginning of May.  One of my best friends, Jessica, will be here visiting me (hopefully my vacation time gets approved…fingers crossed) and we have loads of working out planned.  So, to answer Conda’s question again…Jessica ALSO goes on vacation and says “I wanna lose weight!”

When they were standing on the beach for the surfing challenge talking about their fears, Dolvett said to Kimmy “you’re only as good as the fear you conquer.”  I love that phrase.  It’s soooooo true!  I mean, seriously, you’re only as good as the fear you conquer?  Wow.  Just wow.  It’s like the “you’re only as good as your weakest link” but POSITIVE instead of pessimistic…instead of defeatist.  I have definitely become a “glass is half full” person over the last 14 months that I’ve been on my weight loss journey.  I survived the worst emotional crisis I have ever been through in my entire life.  After that, I figured if I could survive that, then I can do anything I want.  If I didn’t let him stop me from living my life, then nothing will stop me from getting my life back within my control.

Interesting factoid...during the Hawaiian pop quiz they gave the contestants, one of the questions involved how many calories the average sized person burns during an hour of surfing.  The “average person” used to be 150 pounds.  However, now that number is 200 calories.  What does that say about our country?  What does that say about us?  It says a lot, but for each person, it will say something different.  It’s sad really that it’s become okay to be unhealthy…that it’s acceptable to be unhealthy…that the new “average” is actually not only actually overweight but, in a lot of cases, is actually obese! 

Yesterday, at the gym, I had a little revelation inside myself.  I was busting out the side to side step jump I do on the stepper between exercises during the circuit training and I was seriously busting it out and keeping an intense pace and I was keeping it up for most of the whole hour that I made the rounds of the circuit training section.  The thought that popped in my mind was “I’m an athlete!”  When I had that thought, I almost teared up a little because that’s a very happy realization to make about yourself.  That means that what you’re doing is doing you good and you’re increasing your endurance and your ability to meet and exceed the expectations that you set for yourself.  How great is that?  Let me tell you, it’s an awesome feeling.

1 comment:

  1. I wish I could call myself an athlete, but I am far from there. I feel I am so behind you, that when I get to Texas I will dissappoint you. I am already fighting daily back pain, a sprained ankle, and occasional shin pain, but am pushing through it to exercise. I want to be tip-top and as the days get closer, I wonder... will I make it. Around 40 days left... hmmm. I wonder what I can accomplish in 40 days. I can't wait to EXERCISE ON VACATION!!!

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