Friday, 18 January 2008
Perspective...and some shopping!
I was just digging around in some old files on the computer and found this photo of me from December 2005. I was visiting home and my mother brought out these overalls that I used to wear when I was fat. I bought those overalls for a journey to France when the French teacher and I took some students there for spring break in 1998. They fit me back then. They weren't tight, but they fit. My mother brought them out from the back bedroom and said, 'Here, put these on and let me take a picture of you.' So I slipped them on over the jeans and sweater I was wearing, held them out on the side and made the usual wretched facial expression you see on a 'before' photo. I have to add that in 2005 when this photo was taken, I weighed about 10 pounds more than I do now! (And I'm a bit depressed to notice that my hair looks the same in the 2005 photo here and the July 2007 photo on my profile. It was a bit different in between! Promise!)
This picture was taken in November 2001. I had lost about 30 pounds that year and in this picture I weighed around 175 lbs. I was 35 years old. Everyone told me I looked great. I thought I looked great, too. I'd had a makeover and was dating again after a divorce. (That explains the blonde streaks, contact lenses, overplucked eyebrows and excessive lipstick!) I never thought in a million years I would ever get much below this weight. For me, this was slim. Now it's my before picture.
Anyway, I ate chocolates yesterday, and this morning I weighed 135. And it's true I've only seen 133lbs a couple of times so far in 2008, and my dream muscled-and-sleek goal of 122lbs by the end of the year seems far away. I've been around the size I am now for a while, and you forget. You think 135 is a bad thing. (Which don't get me wrong, for me it is! ) But--I have photographic evidence of how far I've come. It's never advisable to be complacent, but it's always good to be reminded of where you used to be.
As far as the No Diet Diet goes, I've done okay. So far the challenges have not been terribly challenging. I got through the no TV day fine, wrote on the second day and only had one cup of coffee on the third day. (Forgot about it to be honest, but after that no more coffee. Actually, on a normal day after that I would have had no more coffee, either, so I should probably write that day off as a failure). Today I'm supposed to go for a 15-minute walk. Considering that I've done a 45-minute weight-lifting workout already today, it seems a bit anti-climactic, plus it's raining. So I am going to substitute 15 minutes meditation for it. The point of the walk is to get you moving and to give you time to reflect. I've already moved and I can reflect in front of my little image of Buddha instead. I haven't done any formal sitting meditation at all so far in 2008. Shocking!
Oh, man! Look what I ordered! It's slanted risers for the Club Step! And some 10kg discs for my Reebok Rep Set!
SLANTED RISERS put the Step on an incline for strength training and cardio.
I got the Reebok Rep Set last year, which comes with three discs. (If you squint you can see them--yellow, green and orange. 1.25kg, 2.5kg and 5kg respectively!)
But for Cathe's SLOW & HEAVY series, I need a heavier barbell for squats, so I ordered these 10kg badboys (in lovely purple!) I can also use the discs on their own for lat rows. (My 8kg dumbbells are getting too light for lat rows...and of course Derek will soon be outgrowing all the weights with that testosterone of his!)
It's my 41st birthday this month, so I will count it as my birthday present. (You couldn't have convinced on my 31st birthday that for my 41st birthday I'd be a vegan...Buddhist...compulsive exerciser! I mean, who could have predicted! And they say people don't change!)
Happy birthday to me!
May all beings be at ease.