Sunday, January 31, 2010
I returned to NE Ohio last night, where it was much colder than it ever was during the week in MT. However, I returned with some fabulous memories.
With the exception of 2007, while my niece Amanda was in the middle of her chemo for her leukemia, we have been skiing every year since 2002. Yes, I learned to ski downhill in 2002, at the age of 49, after some friend had bugged us to go skiing with them for years. At first, we told the people who invited that 'they were on drugs' - then we caved in, and a new world opened. I learned to ski at Whistler, BC. (Advise to anyone who wants to learn to ski - go to a big ski place and learn to ski. The instructors are outstanding and that is the reason I learned - and got excited about skiing). If you don't know where Whistler is - you will soon. Winter olympics. In fact, last year I was on the men's downhill course... at a much more leisurely pace LOL.
This year, like the others, was a blast. There were 12 of us (the owners included) in the same house, and although a lot of calories were burned on the slopes, the scale was up 5 lbs this morning. Part of that could well be sodium and water retention. But skiing, can cardio get better than that.
Our friends house is in Moonlight basin, close to the exclusive Yellowstone Club. The snow this year could have been better, but groomed well. Not a lot of people skiing (when did you feel you had a mountain to yourself).
The first days were grey. Thursday was blue bird, and Friday almost blue bird. The best skiing - long slopes and nice weather was Friday.
I could go on - but will save you the pain of a long post. However, I will offer a couple of advise.
1. Skiing is tough, particularly on the lower body. If you are a beginner or an experienced athletes - make sure your lower body work out gets in focus before you go. It is tough on your legs.
2. Most ski areas are at an altitude. Make sure you are well hydrated before you go, and hydrate well while skiing. Think hydration systems (i.e. Camelbak).
3. Make sure you eat well (bring snacks i.e. Powerbars or the like).
4.Spend time and money on lessons either to learn basic skills or to get rid of your bad habits/learn new skills.
Unfortunately I did have an injury. A minor one (I think) ... The visibility (flat light) made it impossible to see some powder... and down I went ... well the powder wasn't as deep as I wanted, so when I went down - shoulder first - I got hurt. I (still) doubt anything is broken, but the top of my shoulder is sore... the test will be when I go swimming in the morning. My plan is two days of rest .... back to work and working out tomorrow!!!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The other day my wife and I went shopping. After the shopping we did not feel like going home and cook. We stopped by the 'cheescake factory' for dinner. My wife had a salad as an appetizer, a pasta dish and a glass of wine. I had a beet salad and grilled salmon with mashed potatoes, and broccoli. I had water. (Of course my wife only ate part and had the rest for lunch the next day and I only ate 1/3 of the mashed potatoes). We had not been dining out for some time - and when we got the bill &%$#@ ... now I understand why we don't eat out more often. - Close to seventy $'s. Holy cow. I now have one more reason why I don't go out to eat.
I have also been looking at my lunch and snacks at work... and I am proud to say I am consistently bringing my own. I don't like to prepare my lunches (I never have), but I am can see the value of it by knowing exactly what I am getting ....
Sunday, December 13, 2009
If you are like most people, you are more than likely beginning to look at New Years resolutions. STOP!!! Don't do that!!! They don't work.
What, is this dude completely nuts. Nope. How did you get to where you are now. You got here by making realistic goals for yourself. You got here because of determination and by changing your lifestyle. You changed what you eat you changed what you do when it comes to exercise, and that got you to where you are today.
What I suggest - have an overall - and achievable goal for next year and look at what will it take to get there.
Rather than have new years resolutions - do some reflections. If you met or exceeded your goals - celebrate them. If you did not meet your goals, look at what you can do to adjust or change what you are currently doing to meet your goals. Often little changes can make significant changes. I have had issues with my cholesterol, and I changed my eating habits, which paid off (incidentally I shared some of the changes and It has helped another SP'er). I know it is difficult for me to workout at certain times, and I changed my time where I work out. That has worked for me, and I have talked with other people who have adopted it. Remember this is something you want to continue for years to come.
Do a self inventory. Look at you a year ago, and look at you today. See the difference? Write some of the key changes down - and some of the things you would like to see change. Put it in an envelope and don't open it until next year .... you will be glad you did.
Look at you physical. Dress size changes, energy, stamina, weight, and the list goes on.
Take care of your health issues. I know you already are by being here, but there is more. (I am sensitive to the people who are without health insurance - which is a whole different discussion). If you know you have high blood pressure - be compliant with your meds, your diet (yes, I used the D word because it is appropriate in this context), and exercise regularly. If you know you have high cholesterol, make sure it is checked and you do what ever you can to get it down. Make sure you do things that are preventive. For women - breast self exam, pap smear to mention a few things. For men - PSA, manual exam etc. If you are that age or have the risk factors - schedule your colonoscopy or mamogram.
Some of you may have heard this story. I talked with a co-worker and basically gave her the same 'sermon' as you have just read. She has high blood pressure. I encouraged her to see her doctor to get her blood pressure checked to avoid a stroke (editorial - less expensive to treat hypertension than a stroke - not to mention the financial burden on the family to have you in a nursing home).... she saw her doctor - he changed her meds. A month later she had a physical - and was diagnosed with breast cancer. (editorial - she had surgery is doing well).
If you have been successful in working towards your goal - help someone else reach their goal. By living healthier all of us can have our own 'health care reform'.
I will be remised if I don't specifically mention a couple of people (they know who they are). One person is going through a real struggle at present. My thoughts are with you. One person had a happy event happening recently (congratulations) - I am happy for you. One of my SP friends friend whose cancer recurred. - My thoughts to both of you - and I will keep fighting to find a cure.
To the rest of you - congratulations on your accomplishments - big or small.
Last but not least - Thank you for being you. I have had the privilege of meeting some of you in person this year - I hope to meet more next, and I hope to meet other sparkers too. Have a most wonderful new year.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Dear SP friends.
Thanksgiving for me is very important. It is the time of the year where I reflect - reflecting on the year past.
This year a special group of friends will be in my thoughts and reflections. They are called my SP friends, and because you are reading this - you are one of them. I have had the privilege to meet some of you for a bike ride and run. I am looking forward to see you again in 2010.
The poet Kumbel writes:
"Love while you have love to give
Live while you have life to live"
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