OK, sooooooo, I'm on Day 18 of The 30 Day Plateau-Busting Challenge! (Yea me for making it this far. Actually, I would have given up last week except for sharing what I'm learning with a dear friend). I digress already...
I got really excited when I saw the title of the lesson for Day 18, "Rest for Success". My first thought was, "Oh boy I can get on board with that really easy! I've been sleeping more and more lately, and the "Living the Good Life" activity, (on the 5% challenge), for this week is sleep.
Boy was I wrong! The article is about exercise!
(I used to be able to do that, 40 years or so ago)
Ceriusly though, the point of the lesson is, "There is a fine line between challenging yourself and going overboard, though, and understanding where that line lies could help you break through your plateau."
The assignment is to write a blog reflecting on my current exercise schedule to see if I can make changes to optimize my workouts.
Reflection 1: I have no current schedule.
Reflection 2: When the 5% Challenge started I had a great schedule.
Reflection 3: Why did I interrupt my regularly scheduled workouts?
I'm getting too much sleep by sleeping in every day! I feel lethargic and pressed for time so my scheduled workout times have gone by the wayside. I've basically just been walking in place just so I could keep up with my commitment to my Shooting Stars Team
Go one step further than setting the alarm, actually get out of bed when the alarm buzzes rather than turning it off and rolling over.
Listen to Queen when she tells you it's time to get up and feed her!
So it's back to my aforementioned schedule:
Dance with the Stars on the rebounder
increasing my time each day. I was up to almost 2 full songs. This morning I barely made it through 1.
Step-ups daily increasing count. I was at 62 when I stopped. I hope I can make it to at least that number today.
I don't have a treadmill but there is no emo for a Gazelle. I do gazelle with resistance for at least 10 minutes and increasing daily.
Walking outside. I walk up and down the hill on my block increasing the number of times each day until I am in better shape to walk for endurance and distance.
Reflection 6: The moral of this story is, backsliding is not the same as backpedaling. Backpedaling at least moves your legs. Backsliding simply sets in motion the snowball effect until you hit a rock called bottom. I never want to get back there again! This is me at rock bottom.
This is my Spark before picture. It has been hidden away at the bottom of my photos page, and way in the back of my mind for years. This was the day I joined Spark. My Mom snapped this picture just as I came from a shower and I promptly burst into tears. Looking at it today and reading the comments bring back memories of one of the saddest times of my life.
It also makes me more aware of how far I've come in ten years. I've been through a lot, but thanks be to God I'm still here, still breathing and walking upright.
Once again I've rambled on and ended up writing about something totally off-topic, but reflection is good. It's funny how our minds wander from one thing to the next to something else, and then the next thing.
I feel like I've come full circle. I'm 37 pounds lighter than that day in 2009. I've lost and re-gained the same weight or fractions of it at least once a year since then. I've hit Onederland a couple of times and broken the promise to myself never to see that first 2 on the scale again.
Reflection 7: May this day truly be the last time I see 200.
Reflection 8: May I never hit rock bottom again
Reflection 9: I know I feel best when I work the plan
Reflection 10: Just 2 days short of 10 years and 4 months of Sparking my Bottom Line is this:
No matter what happens, I am resilient!
resilient [ ri-zil-yuhnt, -zil-ee-uhnt ]
1. springing back; rebounding.
2. returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed or stretched.
recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.
Yep! That's me!