Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mind Over Matter

As you all know, I've been doing Jazzercise for five years. It wasn't until the past two years that the weight started to come off. I never understood why it wasn't coming off before until I looked at myself and realized that I was not working as hard as I could and I wasn't eating right.

Since I started Pilates, I have had another realization about my workout style. I am still not working as hard as I can. Pilates has given me focus on my stregnth and abilities. I decided that my arms and my legs are not going to fall off. They may hurt, but they'll still be connected. And it's ok to sweat. Real women do.

This past week, I've really taken on a new mentality while working out. Saturday, I walked 7 miles and all during this week and I've put in the work at Jazzercise.

I haven't lost weight on the scale, but I can tell that I have built more muscle and that I am toning in places that I never thought possible.

I've also tried to drink more water. I normally drink at least 64oz., but for the past week, I've been drinking close to 100oz. It really helps satisfy me and nourishes me. Water is probably the purest thing you can put in your body.

Sometimes it really is mind over matter. What are some things you tell yourself when working out?


jill said...

WOW!!!! i could tell you what i'm thinking when i work out... except i just have to start the working out part. i'm so on-again off-again with the shred it's not even funny. so proud of you!!! :)

Natasha said...

I set small goals that are actually attainable... like fitting into that one pair of skinny jeans or when I'm running trying to go 1 more mile if I'm not too tired!!

Great for you Caroline-- perfect timing for spring and summer, too!

Heather said...

I drink a ton of water to. I really only drink water, tea, and juice. My body loves it!!

Good luck!!

Brown Girl said...

That's awesome, good for you. Looking toned is way better than losing weight, imo! I always think to myself while running "you can do it" over and over again! And I watch peoples butts in front of me! Ha!

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

I try to stay motivated by weighing in at least once a week and keep a "goal" pair of jeans in my closet. Nothing motivates me quite as well as clothing (go figure, haha)!

It sounds like you are doing awesome!

Cee said...

That is such a good outlook! When I'm working out I try and think about my fat pictures. Not sure how much it helps but I try!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I am trying to hard to drink more water too!

katie + bret said...

Right there with you on the water - I am constantly drinking HUGE glasses. I love it.

When I work out I am a big counter. Ok, I will fun for 10 more mins, ok, I will just got to 5 miles.. Well, I have made it this far might as well run a full hour, lol. The numbers gets me through!