Friday, April 1, 2011

It's my body...might as well learn to love it.

I think that most of you know that I like to push myself.  I get such a thrill when I learn I can do something that I couldn't do before.  That is one of the biggest things that keeps me going.  I have two things in the last 24 hours that can make this list:
  • At Jazzercise, I do mostly high impact these days (I used to have to modify to do low impact because my feet hurt too much).  However, one thing I always kept low impact was when I would have to hop on one leg (to kick or something.)  Last night, I crossed that barrier.  I was able to bounce during those steps, keep my balance and not hurt my feet.  YAY!  Now, I think the only thing I have left (as far as bouncing/jumping) is when I lunge or do hips side to side.  Maybe next week.  :)
  • During yoga this morning, several of the routines have the same move during warm up.  While kneeling (butt down on the back of calves), you clasp your hands behind you.  Then keeping your hands clasped, you lean forward, putting your forehead on the floor and raise your arms behind you.  Always before, I had to unclasp my hands, put my forehead on the floor, then reclasp my hands.  I was afraid that I was going to faceplant on the floor.  However, my core muscles are much stronger now and I was able to control the movement.  YAY!!  I was able to do every move in the routine as shown.  It's not a super challenging show (Namaste Yoga on Discovery Health & Fitness), but I'm getting there!
Also, I'm learning that it is hard to love your body.  There are times I feel like I look good, but there are still so many things that I just don't like.  So, taking a cue from some of you out there, I'm trying to determine those things that I DO love, or at least like, about my body.
  • When I'm lying down, I can feel my hipbone.  That used to be hidden under a whole lot of layers, but now it protrudes a bit.  And there is an indention under the hips where my legs start.  Instead of being round, I'm developing curves.
  • As I mentioned in one of my pictures not too long ago, I have discovered that I have a neck and collarbones!
  • My new haircut has made my eyes more noticeable.  I never thought they were anything special but now they are one of my favorite features.
  • My calves look positively tiny (for me).  I have always had a smaller core body and larger extremeties.  Although my thighs and upper arms are still problem areas, my calves are looking so much better.  I think the running and Jazzercising are making such a difference with them. 
  • Right below my ribs and above my stomach, my body dips in.  I'm coming very close to having some abs people.  They are still buried down there, but they are fighting to get out!!  :)
Instead of focusing on the droopy boobs, the thunder thighs, the jelly belly and the flabby arms, I want to focus on the good things.  It is really hard for me, but I'm trying. 

Happy April Fools Day!  And Go Rangers!!



tagyourit said...

Great post! I agree that it is hard to pick out the things we are succeeding in and what we do like.

Dawnya said...

Great job on the exercise!! It is an amazing feeling when you no longer need to do the modified version of a workout.

You look amazing!

Amanda said...

I hear you lady. I am trying to focus on the good things and there are some..instead of the things I still don't like!

YAY on the yoga positions! Funny. We just did that pose a few days ago. There are a few modified positions that I do but not nearly as much as last year!

Go lady Go!

Debi said...

OMG I have hip bones too! I love feeling them :) I know that is kind of weird, but I also know that you understand completely what I mean!

That's great about your NSV's, I'm so proud of you!!!

Liz said...

Hip bones and collarbones are wonderful things :)

Bonnie said...

So good you are focusing on the positive.

Sarah Kopf said...

A neck AND hip bones! That's GREAT, Beth Ann!

And I'm so proud of your core strength. I would SO faceplant! For sure! (And people would laugh, because I'd make some sort of silly production out of my 'concussion!' :)

Have a great weekend!


FitBy40 said...

Oh, I can't wait to try that yoga move! I'm at work now so it'll have to wait until I get home. Congrats on all the victories!

Fluffy said...

More and more good stuff all the time! Yay you! Look how close you are to 100 down, exciting!