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I DID IT! And Surprised Myself!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I've been working out regularly since November 2009 and I've seen my fitness and strength levels improve. At one point I couldn't last on the ellipitical for more than five minutes even at the lowest level. Now I work out at level five and can do a mile in about 13 minutes. The treadmill is cranked up to level 10 and my mile time is 17:10. In spite of seeing measurable improvements in my fitness, I've had no confidence that I could actually hike the Pinnacle Peak Trail. The last time I was on the trail was February 2009 and after 3/4 of a mile, sure I was going to die from lack of breathing, I was too discouraged to even try the trail again.

Tonight I barely made it before the trail closed, but I walked to the one mile marker in less than 30 minutes without stopping. I feel really proud of myself that I overcame my hesitation to try something difficult even though there was no guarantee of success. And I did it! Next trip I'll either increase my miles or try to lessen my time. My long term goal is to hike the entire trail 1.75 miles one way with a 40 lb pack in 75 minutes.

  
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MEDDYPEDDY 5/11/2010 1:29AM

    Wonderful - I hope it is still working for you!

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GLITZEGURL 4/21/2010 11:02PM

  Today was a great day for hiking!! Wish I could've made it up there too today! Not too hot!! I love Pinnacle Peak!!

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KYTHANA8 4/21/2010 1:50AM

    Wow! Grats! I need to start walking w/ weight, myself :)
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JABCLUB 4/21/2010 1:45AM

    emoticon You've got great goals set! emoticon

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DON'T YOU QUIT

Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's so easy to fall by the wayside and not remember my priorities. My retirement date will be here before I know it and I don't want to look back at 2010 and wish I had paid more attention to my number one goal...I want to be comfortable with my body and have a healthy relationship with food.

This little rhyme still holds meaning for me and I need to read it often.

JUST DON'T QUIT

When you've eaten too much and you can't write it down,
and you feel like the biggest failure in town.
When you want to give up just because you gave in
and forget all about being healthy and thin.

SO WHAT! You went over your points a bit.
It's your next move that counts, So don't
you quit!
It's a moment of truth, it's an attitude change.
It's learning the skills to get back in your range.
It's telling yourself, You've done great up till now,
you can take on this challenge and beat it somehow.

It's part of your journey toward reaching your goal.
You're still gonna make it, just stay in control.
To stumble and fall is not a disgrace
if you summon the will to get back in the race.
But, often the struggler, when losing their grip,
just throws in the towel and continues to slip.
And learns too late when the damage is done
that the race wasn't over, they still could have won.

Lifestyle change can be awkward and slow,
but facing each challenge will help you grow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
the silver tint in a cloud of doubt.
When you're pushing to the brink, just refuse to submit.
If you bite it, you write it, BUT DON'T YOU QUIT!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ALIMESSA 5/24/2010 4:32AM

    Great poem...going to share this one with others!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/12/2010 2:04AM

    Thank you - and dont you quit!

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ABBY_G 4/10/2010 6:13PM

    Nice poem. I wonder who wrote it.

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SUNNYTEXAN 2/9/2010 10:01PM

    emoticon poem! I love it! It's so true, it's what we put in our minds mentally that determines what we'll end up doing! Our thoughts have alot to do with what we'll do next! emoticon for sharing and reminding me of this! emoticon

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TREATL 1/30/2010 5:07PM

    Great advice for all of us!

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SPYKEY_RYE 1/30/2010 5:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I love it!

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My Exercise Program

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm happy tonight with my consistency in exercising. Goal setting has gotten me to four times a week. I'm still new with strength training but I'm trying three times a week with one of those times being with Jacob, my personal trainer. My left shoulder is so much better since he has me doing weights to specifically strengthen the muscles around my rotator cuff. In February, I will move my goals up...it seems like I was stuck at burning 200 calories a session for a long time, but now I'm burning between 350 and 450 calories secondary to increased time and more intensity. It's motivating to me to see the progress. So good for me! emoticon Oh, and I passed 100 miles walking, running, cycling on my walk to Cincinatti to conduct the symphony orchestra.

  


SLEEP

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The following is a comment I left after reading Coach Jen's Blog titled: 'Improve Your Diet by Getting More Sleep'.

I have known the information in the blog to be true for a long time. I do not have any difficulty falling asleep, sleeping well and staying asleep. However, what is amazing to me is reading the comments and finding there are other people who can't, won't, don't go to bed. Member Thersac40 took the words right out of my mouth when she said,

"My problem is that I have a hard time to get myself to bed. I could be sitting on the living room chair with toothpicks holding my eyelids up and still can't get to bed. Then... I pay for it in the morning. I know what I need to do, but there are times that there's not enough hours in the day and the only time I can get some relax time is when everyone else is in bed. :o( ."

Like her, even though I think I will be able to "get away with the loss of sleep", as I have gotten older this has become more difficult. I grew up in a household where sleep was NOT valued. Work was never finished and rather than stopping at the end of the day as most people would do, my family turned the lights on and kept on working often times into early morning hours, only to get up and start all over again.

Of course, I'm eating inappropriate foods for energy, missing exercise because I'm too tired and then beating myself up. What a negative cycle! I have goals set for bedtime, but this hasn't seemed to work as I seldom meet those goals. Any ideas?

  


PRIORITIZE

Thursday, January 07, 2010

So, when I talk with Christine she asks about prioritizing my activities. I tell her "I don't have to prioritize because I can do it all." Well, of course even though I rationally know that's not a true statement, I realize that is how I generally operate.

It's no wonder I'm often disappointed because a lot of little unimportant tasks got done, but not many of the big things that might make a difference. I need to reflect on this and think about making changes. It feels uncomfortable to me that the biggest change will be giving up the notion that I can do it all.

  


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