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set gaolsGoalsetting – so simple yet so hard. It’s easy to say “Yeah, I wanna be in shape!”  But that’s so vague.  What exactly are you trying to change? Is your goal to have the beach body? Is it to gain muscle and be Arnold ripped?  Is it something a little less superficial (not that hotbods are wrong)?

What exactly is my goal?

That’s what you have to ask yourself.  Knowing where you want to go makes it easier to plan how to get there. Example: I want to go to be a lawyer. So I have to go to law school (duh!) and to get in I have to do certain things.  Example: I want to be in-shape, but I don’t care about the beach body. What do I need to do?  Well, first is make some major changes.

Three days in and I think I’m doing quite well.  That’s 18 more days until technically a habit is formed. Major change one: eat right.  NOT eat less, but eat RIGHT.  I think that’s why so many diets fail.  No one ever said losing weight meant cutting out food and depriving your body.  Moderation, right?  All in moderation.  That doesn’t mean eat cake once a week because you used to do it twice a week.  It means don’t deprive your body of certain (usually good-for-you) foods because then you deprive your body of needed nutrients.

Major Change Two: Be active! Your body, our bodies, need activity.  It’s not enough to just eat well.  You have to DO something.  If not, then all that good-for-you food will just store up as extra calories and well that means fat. That was the next change on my way to my fitness goal.  So far so good.

Notice I haven’t yet put a number on my goal.  That’s for two reasons. One: I think that’s a lot of pressure. I’d rather count sizes than pounds.  Two: I don’t have access to a scale that will accurately weigh me.  Remember, I’m an amputee and can’t use a standard scale. I need a chair-scale, a roll-on scale or a bed-scale.  All of which are not readily available to me. SO! I’ll just track my size changes.  That will be easy since I have at least three different sizes in my closet.

Maybe I’ll buy an incentive outfit.

Goals set.

This can be done! Now, just reach the goals. Make a plan. I’m sure there are some flaws in mine but, I’ll keep doing trial-and-error. I know what works for me and what doesn’t work. I know my abilities and limitations.  That’s important! Just because ABC wheelchair user does something doesn’t meant that I can.  And just because I can, doesn’t mean ABC can.

See, even we’re customized!


The First 21

I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to form a habit.  Healthy eating and lifestyle habits, then, should become a habit in about 3 weeks.  That means by the end of August this new journey will be like second nature…kinda like picking up that Newport that I should think about leaving alone.

So this is Day 2 of 21 of forming an healthy habit.

I read a blog yesterday on about meditation – something else I started to pick up and put back down.  There’s a pretty good blog post that answers some common questions about meditating. Can I? Why should I? How?  So, I think I’ll add meditation in as part of my journey.

My days are pretty calm. I work in a law office and when I’m not there I’m busy running a business ( or volunteering with a non-profit, or working with my sorority, or taking care of my family/friends…other than that  my days are pretty stress free.  So why should I meditate? That’s for the stressed! No, not really. I’m sure that a good 5 minute meditation in the morning may help keep me centered at the office, right? Or maybe 5 minutes before bed to help quiet all the thoughts of the day.  Yeah, I’ll add it in.

Today’s workout menu is cardio and chest. Actually, I’m pretty excited. I have one of those dance video games.  It’s one of the few cardio routines I can do and feel good/safe. I do have a gym membership and they do have an upper extremity bike

Upper Extremity Bike

it looks kinda like this

But if you couldn’t tell by the picture, it’s not always the safest.  The seat isn’t deep enough, so users would have to lean on their feet for support.  Not safe. BUT! where there’s a will, there’s a way!! Right?!

30 minutes of sweat inducing dance followed by about 3 sets or so of chest routines.

I can do this!

Because I have to!


MAN!! That was worth every sore muscle I will have tomorrow.  My work-out partner and I did 2 sets of chest workouts – including pushups. Yes, I can do pushups.  Actually, I think I did it better than he did.  And he’s able-bodied!  Then we split up to do our cardio. He the bike and I dance.  I wasn’t more than 10 minutes in before I was like “DAMN!”  But every drop of sweat, every tired, lactating muscle let me know that it will all pay off.  I think an epson salt soak and some lavender bubbles are on the menu tomorrow.  Tonight, I’m just too tired, so a shower will have to do.

Dinner: Whole grain spaghetti, broccoli and cauliflower. Pineapples for dessert. Water.  That’s pretty decent, no?

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