HCB's Journal, 29 July 2012

Last night I watched gymnasts and swimmers at the Olympics in London! Can you say:

M O T I V A T I O N ? These folks dedicate their lives to developing muscle, endurance, and strength!

And I whine because I can only plank about 10 seconds without yelling for my husband to rescue me from myself! Thank-you Jillian Michaels.

I watch the amazing ways the human body can perform and then am astounded at how many people (including me) allow age, lifestyle, laziness, small medical issues, etc. to diminish our capabilities.

No, I will never be like these young folks with the amazing muscle and Olympic athletic skills - that is not my point or my goal. My point is WHY would I waste this physical body when it is capable of so much more? And, can feel so much better?

Just maybe we all can work to be our own "Olympic" selves - no matter what our goals!

Maybe I will plank 11 seconds next time!

Diet Calendar Entries for 29 July 2012:
1046 kcal Fat: 32.48g | Prot: 104.38g | Carb: 99.84g.   Breakfast: water, Egg White, Eggland's Best large egg, Smart Balance Omega Non-Stick Cooking Spray, BabyBel light, Mushrooms, olive oil, raw red bell peppers, scallion, coffee, milk. Lunch: water, skim milk, Body fortress superadvanced whey protein powder. Dinner: Pork Roast (Lean Only Eaten), broccoli, water, Olive Oil. Snacks/Other: Strawberries, Splenda, All Bran Buds, Kashi Go Lean cereal, pineapple, blackberries, water. more...
3197 kcal Activities & Exercise: Shopping - 10 minutes, Circuit Training - 50 minutes, Driving - 25 minutes, Desk Work - 6 hours, Sitting - 6 hours, Sleeping - 10 hours, Resting - 35 minutes. more...
on diet HCB's own diet  


I know what you mean - it's so incredible to watch these athletes!! I have had moments like that when people say "Why in the world would you want to run a 1/2 marathon?!" and I just say "Because I can!" There are so many people out there with diseases and disabilities that make them unable to do certain physical activities, so I feel like it's my duty to get the absolute most out of this body that I've been given.. I love the idea of being our own version or our "Olympic" selves... :) 
29 Jul 12 by member: erika2633
I keep thinking that all I have to do is be slightly healthier an stronger than yesterday. It makes my big goal so much less daunting! I love the Olympics too! 
29 Jul 12 by member: Heidijoy
I hear ya. Last night I saw that Ryan Lochte has been doing functional training and flipping tires. I was so excited because it's the type of stuff I do. He blew them away in the water! Almost beat Phelps world record. Go get 'em girl! 
29 Jul 12 by member: ppphhhttt
I will never have the determination and focus of these athletes. I've come to firmly believe it's genetic. I raised a gymnast who worked out five hours a day, six days a week. I remember picking her up after workouts and she would be in tears. I thought finally we can move on to ballet or piano or something less taxing. Wrong. Because when I asked how she was, she'd always respond, "Great! Fantastic workout. I LOVE IT!" Go figure. So here's to the rest of us mere mortal humans... we'll continue to walk, perhaps do a little Zumba, and maybe even pop in an exercise DVD or two. Our medals of victory will be healthier bodies wearing clothes in a smaller size and being able to climb the stairs without finding ourselves out of breath (for us older folks, at least). And at the end of the day, I plan to join my good FS buddies and try a little harder to be more diligent to be slightly healthier and stronger than yesterday and last a minute or two longer on my exercise tomorrow. Here's wishing the best to those who will be competing at the Olympics and to all those many more who almost did. 
29 Jul 12 by member: jenkie5
I watched some of the swimming and mens gymnastics last night. It was amazing to watch. My ultimate goal is to be a healthier version of my former self, and every day I get that much closer.... 
29 Jul 12 by member: kimjinxie
Beautiful post! Yes! **raising my virtual glass** To finding our olympic selves not just in body but mind and spirit.  
29 Jul 12 by member: pilliscn
Love this journal entry...kinda sums up my feelings as well. I've never aspired to great athletic accomplishments, but I always took my body's relative youth and resilience for granted. Now that I'm older, I JUST WANT TO BE healthy and fit. I do NOT want to "need" a walker in my old age. This requires me to take better care of myself than I ever have. Thanks for a great reminder...you, too, jenkie5 :-) 
29 Jul 12 by member: Baxie
Olympics are amazing. I was just talking last night about how the athletes have such low body fat. It's insane. But to be so consumed by one thing, at the expense of other aspects of your life. No thanks. And the doping, eating disorders, No thanks.  
29 Jul 12 by member: JessWhatINeeded
Every small step we take to better ourselves is worth a gold medal. Have a great day. 
30 Jul 12 by member: pam-u-la
I can not agree more. You are so right! I only wish I could stop whinning about how I ache and so on and do just a 1/4 of what these people do. I do not want to be an athelet, but one of my goals is to be able to someday get back into hiking without pain. Love this post! 
01 Aug 12 by member: NutBugs1


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