Friday, August 03, 2012
My 27th wedding anniversary was a week ago today and my husband planned a surprising great day of fun! He printed out several sheets of paper with directions leading to places that I had to figure out...first was breakfast out at a restaurant which was so nice. With money being tight we rarely go out anymore so this was really nice!
Next was the farmer's market - one of my favorite places to go - where he bought me real maple syrup - another luxury that I don't get too often - and so yummy!! In moderation of course! lol
Next was to Walmart where he took me to the sports equipment aisle. Hmmmm what are we doing here? Well, he wanted me to try different baseball gloves to find one that fit me. I love baseball - GO REDSOX!!! =) - but I also used to love to play softball in highschool. My favorite sport to play! Last year I asked my husband if we could play catch and it was so much fun. I had used one of his old gloves and it worked okay. So, he remembered that time and thought I should have my own glove! I found a nice brown one with pink trim - a little girly and perfect for me! For fun we checked out the bats...wow, are they expensive!! Then a Walmart worker told us there were clearance bats on the end and to check them out so we did. And, there was the perfect one for only $20.00! The only one of its kind - I still think God put that one there for us! =) So off we went with our new finds!
Next mysterious set of directions was to a ballfield. Well, he forgot to tell me to throw my sneakers in the car when we left the house so I kicked off my heels and played in my barefeet. We threw the softball back and forth - he put me through some drills, let me bat for a while and then he batted some pitches to me to catch and go after. It has been 30 years since I picked up a bat!!!!! It was a BLAST!!!! No, it wasn't your traditional romantic anniversary but it was the sweetest, most thoughtful day planned out by my husband! I had so much fun and yes I was filthy and sweaty!! lol But who cares! We had fun together and it turned out to be a great workout!
One of the things I realized as I was chasing down ground balls and learning how "not to throw like a girl" (my husband's words lol) was that all those softball moves were similar to moves I had incorporated into my workout routines! I was amazed!
I have a ruptured disk in my lower back and have had degenerated disk problems for 20 years now and never thought I could ever swing a bat again because of the twisting. What I didn't realize that since joining Sparks over 2 1/2 years ago and losing the weight and starting to exercise that over time I had strengthened my muscles all over and am now doing all these twists and turns in my aerobic dance that are the same moves for softball!!!
I can't tell you how thrilled I was to realize that - simply amazed! I'm ready to go back out again and do it all over again. My husband would like to see me actually find a softball league for my age (does that exist???) so I can really do something I enjoy again! Softball...who knew???!!!
Oh, he ended our lovely day by grilling steaks for me and making strawberry (virgin) daiquiries and eating out on our deck. It was so wonderful and thoughtful. He is the greatest! 27 years and it really does just keep getting better!!!!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I finally was able to get my dream elliptical! We have been saving money from birthdays, anniversary and other gift money to put towards a Sole elliptical and finally the day came...yesterday!!!
After "lusting" after the Sole elliptical it is difficult to believe that it is actually set up in my house! Rereading that last sentence makes me laugh. Me, coveting exercise equipment! I can't believe it is me loving exercise and exercise equipment. I used to exercise in spurts and then lose interest and not do it again for years. But since starting Sparks in January 2010 my life has changed - I have changed!
I now know how important eating right and exercising is for me and everyone. It has become a priority and not for weight loss, although that is a wonderful side benefit, but because it is healthy and life-giving. It is the way we are suppose to live. I also learned a difficult lesson...even if the pounds are no longer coming off, I must always continue to exercise and try to eat right. I must do it for me, my body, my heart, my organs, my blood vessels and all that is beneath the skin that I cannot see but is so important. We only see the weight that we carry around, we don't see the most important things which are hidden inside our body. That is a tough lesson and one I have to focus on daily.
So, after almost 2 years on Sparks and constantly pursuing exercise and healthy eating I have proved that I will be consistent and will use my exercise equipment...I could finally justify purchasing a quality piece of equipment that I will use almost daily. I have created my own workout room that I love and go to for health and to get lost in the world of adrenaline and sweat and I love it! It feels awesome! My space, my world, my pursuit of health. It calls to me every day and I respond most of the time with enthusiasm and those days that I am dragging my but down there because it is the thing to do; it is only a matter of a few minutes when I'm in that zone of energy and adrenaline. It is ALWAYS worth it!
So, here are some pictures of my dream machine and you can see a little of my small exercise space which I have packed a lot into. I have a used weight machine that I just purchased a month ago off of Craig's List and a nice stereo system that was my last Christmas present. I max out the volume on that and it really moves me to my burn-the-fat world.
So, thanks for reading my blog and looking at my pictures. I am so thankful for my fellow Spark friends who can identify with what I'm saying and encourage me to always move forward. It is great to be on this journey together!
The huge box that the elliptical came in...all 310 lbs of it!
Husband helping me (well, he did most of the work) put it together...half way there.
Me trying out - not in my exercise clothes..yet. It feels great though - nice and smooth! See my stereo system in front of the elliptical? Love it!!
The screen - it has lots of programs and I can program my own workout if I want.
This is my "new" used weight machine which I really enjoy using.
I also have a treadmill that folds up when not in use. I have a stepper that is leaning against the wall and I like to use that when I'm switching up my routine. I have been using a Gazelle but just moved that to the basement to make room for the elliptical. Wish I had more space!
There's my Zone where I lose myself in the exercise world. A lot happens here but thankfully doesn't stay there...I take all that work with me! =)
Monday, September 05, 2011
For the First time in my life I feel like I know what I want to do with my life. When I was first married I really only knew that I wanted to get married and have a family. I did that and it is great. Worked in the job world to help make a living in our house hold and generally lived life. Now that my son is in college and I've been jobless for over a year and a half I found myself thinking, "What do I want to do with my life?" I've never really known the answer to that question.
Talking to my husband about how I changed my life last year with healthy eating and exercise and exploring articles that explained how my body worked I got excited thinking about it. I have thought for over a year now that being a personal trainer sounded so interesting. I feel very passionate about this new life style. It feels right, it feels true. God made our bodies in a particular way and it is no surprise that they are intended to be treated that way - His way - which happens to be the healthy way.
I thought how cool it would be to be able to learn more about my body, how it works and then be able to touch other people's lives with what I have learned on Sparks and what I will continue to learn through a personal training course. I felt myself come alive thinking about it. My husband said to do what makes me come alive.
This makes me come alive! Becoming a personal trainer - establish myself further in this healthy lifestyle and touch other people's lives and help transform them. So...
I took the plunge and investigated different on line courses and enrolled in one last night. I'm soooooooo excited!! I can't wait to dive in and start learning. It is so hard to believe I have taken this step. How often in life we think of things that we might like to do "some day." Or we see other people living a dream and think "Wouldn't that be awesome to do some day?" Well... Some day is HERE! I'm doing it!
I don't know how all this fits together with the rest of my life and I need to find a job. I've filled out an application for a local gym - they weren't advertising but I thought "what the heck!" You just never know. I would like to have some experience with a gym, how they operate and how their trainers work. I need that kind of experience and wouldn't it be so cool to actually work at a place like that. It would only enhance my dream and help me to learn.
So, one day at a time. I've decide my first client is - ME! Yep! It has to be me. I can't preach what I don't know and practice. And I do know a lot but I've become sloppy in the past few months "forgetting" things I know to be true and giving in to my whims that I know are not good for me. So, back to what I know. Eat right - record everything in Sparks, continue to exercise (I've not had trouble w/that one, thank goodness), read articles, study and embrace my goals and dreams. Oh, and one last thing, squash that little voice in my head that says "What are you doing? You've never done anything like this. This is out of your comfort zone. It will never work - just go back to "normal" and watch from the sidelines."
NOT ANYMORE WILL I LISTEN TO THAT VOICE. I WON'T! When I start to hear it, and I will, I am ignoring it and forcing myself to think of what is true, what is right, what is pure! And it will go away. Some day, completely.
So, that is what is happening to me. I've been kind of quiet on here trying to figure out what is next and how to get back on track. This is it. And if feels right. I'm so excited. I know there will be tough days as there is with anything worth while but it is so worth going for and keeping at it.
Here we go. Blogging was one of my first steps. Eating a really healthy breakfast was second and beginning my on line course is next. It is a great day!
I finally know what I want to do when I grow up!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Why did the chicken cross the road? SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick! BARACK OBAMA: Let me be clear, the chicken crossed the road because it was time for change! The chicken wanted change! Real change!... Change he could believe in! JOHN McCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road. HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure, right from Day One, that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me. GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here. DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun? COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road. BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. AL GORE: I invented the chicken. JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it. AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens. DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems. OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens. ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road. NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks. PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American. MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information. DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told. ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone. GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough. BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it's lifelong dream of crossing the road. ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road. JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace. BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2011, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2011. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot. ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken? NANCY PELOSI: Chicken...thats my favorite word.....Chicken, it sounds so wonderful. COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?
(By: Allan Henry)
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