Saturday, June 05, 2010
So this morning I am sitting in McDonald’s doing my Sparking while I wait for my son to take his SAT. I drove him to Akron U because the parking is miserable, construction makes directions impossible AND I don’t want him to be traumatized by getting lost prior to the big test. I took along my heart rate monitor and workout clothes so I can go to a nearby Y while he finishes the test. Meanwhile, I sat here and enjoyed an egg mcmuffin and small coffee when along came one of the cashier- ladies I talked to earlier this morning. We were just shooting the breeze earlier. But just now, she gave me a jumbo-sized iced coffee they were going to throw out because they got an order wrong. She thought of me sitting over here on my computer and came by and gave me the drink! That is so nice. Now, I know some of my Spark friends may think that is a disaster! But I am smiling ear to ear because I think that was such a nice gesture. I’ll drink the whole thing and workout longer at the Y—I have time today.
My house is taken over by my college-graduated daughter and 4 friends from Boston, Pittsburg, Portland and LA who are all here today for a wedding. I cooked like crazy yesterday. After supper, the young adults took out the canoe and kayaks while hubby and I drove the pontoon to the middle of the lake where we swam and snorkeled. It was a great day. My 2 sons hung back, though, not wanting to join us. The younger son was resting and preparing for this morning’s SAT. The older son is a nerd and just did not want to join the group—probably because they weren’t his group of friends but hers and he was not comfortable.
Next week, I take off to look for an apartment at Dania Beach FL where my daughter will be in grad school. She gave up her spot in med school for this so I hope it is really what she wants. She’s working for a university and Lockheed Martin on thermal energy conversion off the coast of FL. She has always been a math/physics/science wizard and really wanted engineering over medicine—but couldn’t walk away from med school acceptance til she was quite sure. I see so much confidence and contentment in her now. She has done the right thing.
I have given a lot of myself for my kids. These last few days, I have been having difficulty keeping up my fitness goals because I fall back into the pattern of putting everyone else first. I decided this is not a bad thing but is a wonderful thing for them AND for me. I am proud of my kids and know that kids do not get ahead in a vacuum. It takes a lot of support and I am willing to do that. I can see how close I am to the end of all this child-rearing—then there is lots and lots of me time. In 6 months of having a lot of me time, I have accomplished many changes in my body. It’s transforming. I thank God the body is so forgiving. I am looking forward to my daughter’s final move, my oldest son moving out again (he’s been offered a job in Capetown South Africa), and my youngest son choosing a college. Second daughter is doing well, too, and will be living in Columbus for the summer while working between semesters (well, quarters, actually—she’s at Ohio State University).
Now—I’ll finish this drink and be off the the Y.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I participated in a 5k Saturday morning. At the end, as I approached the finish line, out of the crowd ran 2 of my coaches from the Y to run with me!
I finished strong and fast!! I’m in the walker/weight loss division and conform to a walk at all times. I improved from an 18 minute mile to 15:20 so far!! I have been incline walking on the treadmill at 15% and doing lots of squats, lunges, dead lifts, and leg machine exercise (glut machine & leg press). Wow! I am getting SOOOO strong. At the race, I stretched my stride and REALLY felt the gluts and hamstrings. I kept my heart rate to the 85%-90% range most the race. I love exercise and so enjoyed the 5k! I chit-chat a lot. Someone pointed out a 68 year old woman who finished around 27 minutes! She looked far younger than her stated age, but I looked her up and her old race times and sure enough, it’s true. That motivates me.
In the afternoon, I purchased replacement parts for a formal outfit for a country club dinner for my friend. My old skirt was ok but I needed to replace the tops since my weight loss. The country club has the best food in town. We were served continuous wine. We were brought course after course of delicious food. With the great conversation, feeling attractive in my clothes, and soaking in the experience of the event with the floral arrangements and food presentation, I kept my calorie intake low without even thinking about it! I had some of each course. Even the dessert--- which used chocolate in 4 different forms along with raspberries—I ate to taste and had the rest taken away. I was always careful to complement the food since the chef’s wife was serving our table. I ate slowly and mostly enjoyed talking to the people around me. I have known these people for over twenty years. This was the most enjoyable meal yet. I think it was the wine—it just relaxed everyone. And this group usually only gets together at Christmas time—it was nice to have a special event.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Like every warm-blooded American woman, the word sale makes my heart race and mouth salivate. Food marketers know exactly what they are doing when they package foods a certain way, time their sales promotions, distribute coupons, and so forth. For example, it is no mistake that M&Ms are packaged in bags that continuously rip down the side spilling forth multi-colored crunchy tidbits of chocolate people eat by little handfuls. I never buy M&Ms.
I wrote in my journal about my triggers the past couple of months and have re-trained myself. My favorite ice cream is frequently on sale at one local supermarket or another for $2.50 for 1.75 quarts. Yesterday, I discovered Wal-Mart always carries it for $1.98! But you know what?! It doesn’t matter!!! Sales will not effect my food purchasing for ice cream!! I will purchase necessary food items based on sales because I’m no dummy. But I will not allow myself to be motivated to purchase a temptation food based on it being on sale. I will only purchase it under controlled circumstances—that is, I will buy it when I have planned ahead for it and can share the carton with other family members (so there is nothing to sneak after my serving.)
I have been doing great lately with food choices and work-outs. I’m on a roll.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
And it has consequences.
Sparkpeople quote for today:
“When you stand still, you reject the struggle, and you refuse to change and grow. Ultimately, you reject fulfillment, happiness, the dance for joy and everything else that is eternally good.” Matthew Kelly, actor and game show host
Passivity IS an action and has consequences.
If you are passive about what you eat, you are likely to not be aware, make unhealthy choices and overeat.
If you are passive about exercise and activity, you likely will not challenge yourself and will choose comfort and sedentary actions.
If you are passive about relationships, well, then, you get what you deserve. Relationships need to be nurtured.
If you are passive about your education, career or professional pursuits, opportunity will pass you by and you will likely blame others for your bad luck.
I don’t know who Matthew Kelly is but I agree 100% with his quote for today. I have been passive at times in my life. Sometimes, I did it just to get along with others. In some situations, passivity is the best action. But be aware of letting it creep into other aspects of your life.
Monday, May 10, 2010
“Mom’s little pot stash in the glove compartment…”
I drove my minivan from Ohio to Florida to pick up my son in Ft. Lauderdale from an around-the-world cruise. To keep myself consistent with my new healthy habits, I brought along a ziplock bag full of my favorite breakfast--oatmeal, flaxseed, soy protein, raisins, nuts and flax meal. I packed a single electric burner and stoved a little pan in the glove compartment. On our way from the port, I overheard my son tell someone on his cell phone “Oh…I just discovered Mom’s little pot stash in the glove compartment!”
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