Monday, December 5, 2011

RISING ABOVE, 14 Day Health Challenge Update and Weekly Weigh In

Since Mondays are my weigh in days and I'm on day 5 of the challenge, I thought it would be a great time to communicate how I'm doing with the challenge and weight loss numbers to date. Yesterday was a difficult day for me because it was my Dad's birthday.  If you're a regular reader you know he passed away in August and I thought he was the greatest Dad ever!  On top of the emotions pertaining to the day, I had other personal stresses I was dealing with as well and had every excuse to emotionally eat.  I had to summon the kind of strength that only comes from God.  I definitely felt as if I was being tested and in that moment thought, "if on this day of great emotional strife, I am able to rise above and resist my desire to emotionally eat, then I can do it every other day of my life!  In fact there will be nothing I can't do."  It was that important to me.  I did it!  I made it through with no junk food or late night snacking.  I was successful today as well.

Since I've been successful with obtaining the daily goals I set, I was excited to weigh this morning to find out the results of my hard work. I weighed 157, a 3 pound weight loss!  I was very happy to see those numbers at this stage of my journey.

Since I'm new to my current gym I had the 1st of two free personal training sessions with Dane, my personal trainer.  My body fat percentage calculated today was 36%, so I still have a long way to go.  I think I'd like to see that number at about 25%. We talked for about 30 minutes and trained for about 30 minutes.  The training was intense!  I was doing heavier weights than I ever thought I could do.  For example on the shoulder press machine we started at 40 pounds for 12 reps, then 55 pounds for 10 reps, then 70 pounds for 8 reps.  Afterwards he said 40 pounds was too easy for me, so next time we'd start heavier.  O.K., maybe it was, but 8 reps was all I could squeak out at 70 pounds for sure!  He gave me a choice a time or two for doing more, but said if we start training together there would be no choices.  O.K. cool!! I love to be pushed like that in the gym!  If I couldn't complete a set, quitting was not an option, he was there to help me through it instead.  I know working with a personal trainer will give me better results than working out alone, so I really hope I'm going to be able to afford to keep him.  Fingers crossed.

Thought for the day:

(from Positive Outlooks)
Reading this brought this scripture to mind:

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

We are braver, stronger, smarter, and more beautiful than we imagined. So true.

I want to encourage you to set your goals high because you can attain them.  Anythings possible! I never thought I could overcome emotional eating and I have.  Just set your goals and establish the steps you will take to achieve them and stick with them.  If you "fall off the wagon" just jump back on immediately.  Forgive yourself and start again right then, don't wait!  This is what I've implemented and it works beautifully!  You can do it. 

I hope everyone has a fabulous, healthy Tuesday.

Take care.

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  1. This made me smile from ear to ear! I have told myself similar things in times of great pressure (if I can do THIS, I can do ANYthing) fact, I have counselled others with that very thought...but have NEVER applied it to eating. That is fantastic!!

    I'm sorry about your dad, particularly since you two were close. I'm sure you are grateful for your memeories, however. I'll be praying that the God of Peace will guard your heart and mind, and that the Comforter Himself will fill you with such peace and joy this season!

    Keep on keepin' on. You are inspiring me everyday!!

  2. Great advice! I believe that too, sometimes I get bogged down in the day to day stuff and forget. Its good to hear it again! Consider yourself part of my remotivation to be the best me I can be!

  3. Wow, congrats on the three pound loss, and in staying strong through the stress. I'm sure you thought alot about your Dad yesterday. Today is my dad's birthday, and I'm going to appreciate him even more after reading your post. Big hugs to you from me!

  4. Great job on the 3lbs Cat. I really admire you for all that working out you always do. Do some for me too. LOL
    Have a great day :-)

  5. Congrats on the 3 lbs Cat! W00t! Your advice is great too. Thanks for always sharing even, on the hard days.

  6. I add my congratulations to that 3lb loss, powering through at the gym, and fighting against emotional eating-that's amazing! I'm sure you miss your Dad, and that he's missing you too.



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