Wednesday, November 12, 2008

All things just keep getting better...

So, dear friends, it has been a while since i last blogged. Work and school have indeed been kicking my ass, and I had to cancel my training session with Seb last week because I had a late meeting with the city council... needless to say, an hour of training would have been far less painful. Seriously.

Onto brighter moments...

I had a bit of a rough go of it in the past two weeks... busy schedules make for challenges in being prepared...and one of my keys to success is making sure that my food and planning is all in order so that I have a successful week. But, the other demands on my time made it really easy to forget to do good grocery shopping, and get stuff together. But, it made it really difficult to make good and well-informed food choices that week. Let's just say I survived on Tim Horton's Bagels and coffee and hot chocolate... and did you know how many calories and sugar are in that stuff? If not, check it out at And when I didn't get to the Tim's for limited sustenance, I simply didn't eat... Deprivation gets you no further in this game -- and my weight increased... lesson learned.

So I worked hard to get back down to where I was two weeks ago, and my assessment tonight was a testament to that possibility. My weight is a bit lower than it was two weeks ago... which I'm happy about. But there's a bunch of other cool stuff that makes me even happier. My strength is increasing significantly. My grip strength, reach, and flexibility are going in the right direction. My cardio capacity is on the rise as well (the 1000-calorie burn on the elliptical this week is a fine example...). And I'm noticing changes in my body that feel good too... the belt continues to get tighter, the shirts are starting to get tucked in, I see the changes in my face, my energy is up, and the evidence is really starting to show in my measurements.

Every month, Seb does an assessment, which includes a series of girth measurements that are good indicators of progress. While the pounds are coming off, they're not falling off as much as I would like... but at the end of the day, the pounds are the only indicator of good things. My measurements this month show an overall reduction of 13" in my girth measurements since last month-- most significantly in my chest. There's only one way to describe that -- 'Man boobs be gone!' LOL!!! But seriously, I'm losing inches where I need to and gaining in good places (my quads are growing.... not sure how I feel about that, but they're growing because they're likely 'jacked' from a lot of leg work this weekend... ha! "Jacked" Whatever... LOL!

Anyway, all is well, and as one of my favourite songs says "All Things Just Keep Getting Better". Aches and pains are pretty much non-existent. I'm feeling better than ever, and even though the pounds aren't dropping in number as much as I would like, I know that strength and muscle-building are making up the difference. All good... all so very very good.

Kia kaha.
Stay Strong.