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Summer Challenge Week 2

Monday, July 04, 2011

emoticon Fitness: Good. I completed the Bikini Workout for Beginners. Some of the exercises looked a little silly to me but I did them anyway. And tried very hard to focus on my form. One of the exercise called for me to use the barbell. I asked one of the trainers to show me as I have never done this before and did not want to hurt myself. I would encourage anyone to do this. Ask one of the trainers at your gym for help when using equipment that you are unfamiliar with. Don't think you are bothering them. They would rather you ask than to hurt yourself there. This week I will try the intermediate Bikini workout. Wish me luck.

emoticon Nutrition: This is a tough one as my financial situation is still lien. I feel like such a hypocrite. In earlier blogs that I have written I gloated about eating healthy is not as expensive as you think. But I had money to grocery shop that week and had a plethora of choices. But now that my choices are not there I had to make some hard choices to feed me and my son. I chose the bread with the 59cent sticker so I could have enough for the "butter" the one with hydrogenated oil was 69 cents. This left me with enough to buy the oatmeal that I wanted. The bright side of that is I picked the container of plain oatmeal and not the pre-packaged sugar laden one. I am trying to make the best decisions that I can but I have a thing or two to learn about cooking healthy on an extremely tight budget. When the choices you have are between rent and food, there's not a whole lot that you can do.

emoticon Lesson learned: Humility. The difference between a weight loss journey and a lifestyle change is the lessons learned. When looking to loose weight you can learn about diet and exercise and you may lose weight and you may even keep it off. But a lifestyle change (at least for me), has unexpected lessons. I am learning life lessons that go far beyond weight loss. I am learning about me and how I see the world. I guess being financially stressed this month was a good thing because it taught me a lesson in humility and empathy. I am humbled in my successes. While I know that my financial situation won't last long I have empathy for those who have to continue to make hard choices everyday just to feed their family.

BTW. Did not lose weight according to the scale but I am down to a size 12 as of yesterday! emoticon
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    I've had a few grocery weeks like yours and expect to have a few more. It's not easy but it can be done. Keep up the good work.
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    I appreciated your honesty. I think everyone has read an article about how easy it is to eat healthy. In reality, we are blessed to have so many choices. You did a great job in managing your money and your healthy selections. Where do you shop? After reading this, I could use the pointers to make more of my grocery dollars.


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    Great post, thanks for sharing and being transparent. emoticon
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