I am one tired chicka this morning. It took me forever to get moving!
I left work almost 2 hours later than normal last night, usually done between 4:30/5 and I didn’t leave until 6:30 yesterday! We were super busy at work so I was tired and all I wanted to do was go home and chill, but then I remembered my goals and the gym clothes already in my bag. Off to the gym despite my excuses and reasons. I decided to take the plunge and purchase the Polar FT4 watch, so last night I took it for a spin. It comes with a strap and monitor that you wear around your chest and the wrist watch. I was uncertain of comfort, fit, etc…, but it was perfect, didn’t even know the chest strap was there. It was interesting to see the difference in heart rate calculations and calorie burn on the watch vs. the machine. I chose to push myself last night and I did 40mins on the elliptical and holy man am I stiff today! About 20 mins in I held the grips on the machine and it clocked my heart rate at 156, I looked at my watch and it had me at 138. Towards the end, the machine had me at 148 and my watch had me at 128. I always set my weight when using cardio equipment because I would like to get as accurate calorie burn as possible. The machine had me at 203 calories and my watch had me at 354. Intrigued at the difference I am more inclined to focus on what my watch is saying vs. the machines. I then proceeded to do an upper body workout. An hour later I was heading home with over 500 calories in my session. I thought I was tired before!
I am finding it easier and easier to stay within my base calorie amount. I need to start to pay more attention to watching my protein vs. fats vs. carbs, also known as macros. There have been a couple times where I have nailed my macros and I am not battling hunger and times when I am out of wack and end up battling hunger. It is all a learning curve. I have 6 days left in this challenge. I have gone 24 days without cake, cookies, candy, chips, pizza, fries, or any of the other things that I binge ate. Since my struggle at a company function a week ago it has been no issue. We have had cake and doughnuts in our office and I didn’t even bat an eyelash or want a bite. It feels amazing to have that power back. It gives me a sense of confidence that I have not experienced before. I will be doing a separate post on my breakthrough this week. It has been juicy, delicious and filled with growth. I didn’t really fully get it until I was in a conversation with my boss yesterday and a sentence came flying out of my mouth and I heard the next “click” in the puzzle of my weight loss journey. For now….
Because it’s resilient.
“Resilience is defined as:
1. an individual’s ability to properly adapt to stress and adversity
2. the ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever
3. the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens
Man! Is being resilient an incredible quality or what? ”
Mantra: ”My body and mind are incredibly resilient. They not only allow me, but encourage me to get back up after I’ve been knocked down.”
Action step: Take 5 minutes to write about a time in your life where you’ve displayed incredible resilience.
Molly talks about her journey of resilience that I identify with. I have faced death and lived in a hospital bed for almost 2 weeks attached to more machines than I could count. I have undergone countless surgeries, but the one period of time that really stands out? The fall of 2013 was a horrible fall/winter for me, work was super stressful, as working in retail management is, my father suddenly passed away, my hair was falling out in clumps and sleep was not my best friend. Come January I walked away from the job and for the first time in my life had no job to go to and no plan of what next. We all have periods of time in our lives where we are knocked down to our knees. My grandmother always used to tell me “Sweetie, when life knocks you down to your knees, you are in the perfect position to pray.” Not being terribly religious, I did take that as a time of reflection and what direction I was going to go. The person I am today is because of those times in my life. All because I chose to get back up.
This is one of my favorite clips to watch when I am feeling a bit defeated by life….