Monday, January 4, 2010

What you think, is true.

In the recent Weight Watcher magazine there's a success story about a woman that has lost 159 pounds. Her yoga instructor's mantra is "What you think, is true."

I love this saying, and I completely agree with it. If we think we're a big, fat slob, a failure at weight loss and that we'll always be fat and even if we lose the weight, we'll probably gain it back, then it's true.

I'm a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. By believing in myself I can make things happen, things like losing weight and maintaining the loss.

No talk about "it's too hard" or "I'm tired of this." or heaven forbid "I want to quit!". That will get me nowhere except back to weighing in at 240 pounds.

I've gained 22 pounds since February 2009 to now (ten months). I was 154.6 for a brief moment on February 17, 2009. Am I sad about screwing up and basically wasting the last year? Hell yes! Am I going to do something about it? Double hell yes!

Weight Watchers
There's a 10-week Momentum challenge starting this week at Weight Watchers. I missed my meeting Saturday (I had numerous excuses, all of them bad). I'm going to a lunch meeting this Wednesday. I'll have my official post-holiday weighin and start the challenge.

Looking at my last official weighin I was 176.4 on November 19. I think I'm still pretty close to that. That's not really a great thing, but at least I didn't gain anything over the holidays.

If you have access to the Weight Watcher website, here's a link to the New Year, New Resolve Challenge Week 1. It looks interesting and even a little fun.

Book: The end to overeating
I'm still reading it, and I'm in the Rehab section. I'm working on a couple of the behavioral changes. Stay tuned for more on this book. I still think the premise is good and it makes sense. It's the "doing it" part that's difficult (isn't that always the case?).

Exercise of the day

I hate lunges. Like really, really hate them. They hurt like heck, and I feel like I'm going to fall over when I do them. I'm so worried about making a fool of myself that I mainly focus on my balance, not really working my butt and thigh muscles.

Now I use the Smith machine with two 25-pound plates, so I'm lunging with 50 pounds. It's difficult but with the machine I can focus on my form and not worry about falling over.

Check out this instructional video for the Smith Machine Lunge. If it comes up with a start button, just click it. Don't worry about the gender/height thing.

Picture of the day
My assistant while taking down the tree on Sunday.

Current favorite workout song
Hot Mess by Cobra Starship

Sorry Amber! I'm sure this will insult your ears. The official video is kind of disgusting, but it's a great workout song.


MizFit said...

I like that (and loathe lunges too :) entirely).
for me it is as simple still the concept I am what I repeatedly do.

that keeps me in "check" in a sense as I cant delude myself when I step back and realize I may wanna think ONE THING but my actions indicate otherwise.


Helen said...

When I read this:
"Am I sad about screwing up and basically wasting the last year? Hell yes! Am I going to do something about it? Double hell yes!"

All I could think was HELL TO THE YES!

(Me too.)

Anonymous said...

I love that quote too! Another (similar) one I have heard is that "Whether you think you can or you can't, you are right.

We are the only ones with the power to change ourselves and believing in ourselves is a crucial component!

PS I moved my blog to wordpress, the new address is

Tony the Pink Panda said...

Lunges are a great exercise to do. They definitely hurt like hell, but at least you are doing something worth your time in the gym unlike a majority of people doing bicep curls all day long.

Natalia said...

Lunges are evil. There's no too ways about it. Ever done an exercise DVD and you think, "Oh, this one's really good!" and then they start to do lunges and you suddenly want to quit? ;)

antgirl said...

It is a great mantra. Mine is similar: I am what I behave. Of course, how I behave as to do with how I think.

LOL Love your helper. How cute.

I hate squats. Mostly cause my knees get creaky in the winter. I also hate bridges and this swimming thing in pilates lying on the stomach. I do it, but I don't like it.

Yum Yucky said...

Excellent weight loss and mantra!

I'm not keen on lunges. My technique is fine, but they just don't feel right to me. Ack! But I can squat all day!

That cat. Looks exactly like my Smokey. I love the cats!

Kelly! said...

about the quote,"what you think, is true" it truly hit home. I never thought about it that way and it changed my whole thinking. i'm so glad i found this!

~ugly girl with a beautiful heart~ said...

OMG! My ears bleed Diana!!! When you come to Edmonton we'll get you some good workout music lol

The title of this post is a joke, there's no new me. It's just the same old me, doing the same old stuff. Just for fun, I went back...