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12 April 2008 @ 03:09 am
Week 1 over- Now to keep it up  
We managed to make it over there 4 days this week. We'd probably go again on like Sunday or something, but they're closed on Sunday, so we have to wait until Monday to go back. We did end up going Mon, Tues, Weds& Fri though. We have a weigh-in in about a month, and in 3 weeks, they'll personalize workout plans for both of us as well. I'm so impatient about seeing results, though, and it's frustrating. I know I'm going to have to wait months before I actually feel any better. I do think that my metabolism has had a bit of a kick-start, though. I find my stomach is growling a lot more. I'm making an effort to eat a little bit of something whenever that happens.. so a granola bar or a yogurt or a piece of fruit or something else like that. I haven't really had to compromise anything in terms of food, though, which is nice. Portion control is still difficult, but I think I'm getting there.
It probably has to do with the way they organize the machines and the time you spend exercising, because the whole process reminds me about something I read a while back about high-intensity training. I don't know much about it, but you're supposed to go all out for like a minute, and then go slower for a minute. You do this for as long as you can handle it, and it's supposed to kick-start your metabolism and help you burn more fat in between workouts.. so this might be something like that.

I can't say I've noticed any massive progress in the space of a week because I know it's going to take a lot longer than that.. but if there's any truth in this metabolism stuff, the weight should hopefully start to melt away within the next week or two. Even losing 30 lbs by Afest would be amazing.

I guess I should mention as a sidenote-

No, I'm not making an effort to lose weight for a convention. It's just that... I've been going to Afest ever since my weight started going up. It seems like every year, Afest is like the annual feel-bad wake-up call that tells me I need to do something with myself. As far back as 2000, I can remember looking at my Afest photos thinking "Geez, has it gotten that bad? I really need to lose some weight." But instead of having any success with any dieting programs, it just got worse. It's almost like I'm afraid to talk about how hopeful I am about this because I'm afraid I might jinx myself :P At any rate, Afest seems to be my annual self esteem/fat checker, which is why I wanted to set my goal for Afest this year. I still don't have hotel plans or know if I'm going to be able to make it, but I would like to be able to look back at my pictures this year and feel better about them instead of worse.
Current Mood: determineddetermined
yurikago: megmegyurikago on April 12th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
I think that you shouldn't be afraid to talk about how hopeful you are, because being outwardly positive and confident can only reinforce your determination and give you even more courage and energy... I really believe that being scared to hope can actually stop you from getting the results you really want, because if you feel apprehensive instead of positive, you will send the message to yourself and the universe at large that what you are doing for yourself is not something to feel good about. I actually think that putting effort into losing any fear (or doubt, negativity, etc.) is just as important as losing the weight itself, because even if somehow nothing you are hoping for works out, having been positive and hopeful is not a feeling that you'll regret having had... and I think anyone who cares about you will not regret your having felt so good about things either, no matter what the outcome. ^_^

For reading on this, check out Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine by Deepak Chopra, or for something a little heaver The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot. For something much, much lighter, there's also The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, which I can't recommend because I haven't read it, but lots of people talk about it because it was on Oprah and it is about a similar topic to the two books I am recommending, but is much more of an intro to the idea and less full of sciencey talk. ^^
yurikago: megheadyurikago on April 12th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
btw, if I've already recommended any of these, my apologies! They are some of my favorite books, so I can see myself repeating them. ^^;
HIDE your facekyonomiko on April 12th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Nope, the last one you recommended was "The China Study," which has been amazingly informative and helpful :D

I'm naturally skeptic towards much holistic medicine, but I really try to keep an open mind about it, because if it is actually helping people, it can't be a bad thing. Part of this, I think, comes from being married to a pharmacist. He's seen a lot of different herbal medicines that are touted to do a lot of amazing things, but can actually hurt people- Especially since that stuff doesn't have to go through the same approval by the FDA that normal pharmaceuticals do.
The mind-over-body stuff I think I can appreciate more, though. I have heard of Deepak Chopra, though. I'm pretty sure I remember my dad having a few of his books when I was younger. I'm not sure which ones, since he's written so many, but it was something in the mid-90's, I'm sure :p

The Holographic Universe sounds like a really interesting read. It does sound pretty heavy, though, because it's hard to find out exactly what the meat of the book is from the amazon reviews. It sounds hmm.. very complex and hard to understand. lol But it does sound really interesting.

I've heard lots of bad things about The Secret, though.
From everything I've heard, it reminds me of a huge pyramid scheme. The 1-star reviews on amazon are pretty funny to read, though. :X

I really think that I'm so cautiously optimistic about this whole thing because if I do fall flat on my face and totally fail at it, I'll feel horrible for it in the end. I'm not planning on giving up, but it's like.. only a week in so it seems like it's almost misplaced optimism, you know? But I will keep at it! >:D All I can do is keep trying and see what happens in the end, since I don't know the outcome yet