Thursday, September 02, 2010
As some of you know I have had a rough twelve months and took some time off of SP to find my way again. Well I don't know that I found my way, but I have found more time. Time that I need to dedicate to myself.
When my life went to heck I threw myself into some non-profit work that I loved. However since I can't ever seem to say no to anything I went from doing odds and ends for them to working 40-50 hours a week for them on top of my paying 40 hour a week job. Along with that came stress, bad eating, no time for exercise, no time for anything really. For awhile it was all good, it's easy to not think about your life or how you are treating your body when you are that busy. A comment from my mom about never being able to get in touch with me finally brought me back to reality. I took a breath and realized that I was using all this work as a stop gap to keep myself from having to really deal with the bad things that had happened in my life. While I was breathing I realized that I had put on 25 lbs in the last 12 months; I had started smoking again; I was really, really tired; my entire body ached; and I couldn't remember the last time I had a good nights sleep.
So I cut back on my non-profit work to just a few hours a week, tossed all the "bad food" and dusted off my tennis shoes.
I've decided to start off slow and work upwards. Small goals for each week, no major long term thoughts so I don't get discouraged.
I've missed you my SP friends and can't wait to spend some time catching up!
Friday, April 09, 2010
I often wonder about people in my groups who disappear from the SP radar. I worry about them and hope they are okay. I wonder if they met their goals and stopped SP or if they gave up completely.
That being said is why I am writing this blog. I have been on vacation for the last week and it gave me the downtime I haven't had in almost a year to decompress and to reflect on the last year. I came to the realization that SP isn't working for me at this stage. It has become a chore that I do every day, it has lost it's spark for me and I feel pressured to complete it.
I have decided I am going to take the summer to go back to the plan I was using when I started loosing weight. Watching what I eat and my simple mileage/time/speed excel chart to track my cardio.
After summer is over I will come back to SP and hopefully be able to find the things that I once loved about SP.
Monday, March 15, 2010
So I had a wonderful weekend and wanted to share a little Idaho beauty with all of you.
Saturday was my friend's birthday I let her pick where we wandered to for her birthday. Now she is the outdoorsy type, loves camping and hunting and stuff; unlike me likes to look but not be actually touched by nature - you know dirt and stuff is, well, dirty (sometimes we wonder why we are friends). But she is the greatest friend so I told her to pick whatever. So bright and early I was up and out of bed to be greeted by white fluffy snow (which doesn't happen much in Boise), got in the car and picked her up with no plans what so ever. So we opened the map and decided to drive north into the mountains towards a little town called Stanley (population 100). Now they get a ton of snow up there - the road leading to the town is closed for about 4 months of the year - those of you who know me know that I love snow, so this was bound to be fun.
30 minutes north of Boise on Hwy 21 this is what we found:
It was nature in all of it's glory and about 27 degrees. We got out of the car and walked in the snow (silly me wearing tennis shoes spent the rest of the day with wet feet) and took some photos.
Then back on the road we went further up the mountain, when we passed the snow line we came across this wonderful find:
Yep a hot spring flowing into the river and us with no change of clothes (we are going back later in the year to go soak up the heat).
Further up the road we ran into the 1st of 9 giant herds of elk (we counted almost 500 elk, 150 deer and 20 wild turkeys that day).
Again back in the car and up the mountain we went and stopped to hike along the beautiful clear river:
Then we turned around and stopped a little place called Haven Hot Springs where you can rent a cabin with a private hot springs tub right outside your room. While we didn't stay in the cabins we did eat lunch there. And can you say UMMMMMM.
After that it was back to Boise down the other side of the mountain where the sun was shining and the sky was blue!
What a perfect day filled with snow, sun, food and fun!
Friday, February 26, 2010
First let me just shout out my thanks to all my SP friends for all the encouragement the last few months.
THANKS THANKS THANKS SPers!!
With all of you surrounding me (I swear you were all standing in my bedroom last night) I went home from work and walked on my treadmill. I kept you all in my head reminding me that something is better than nothing. I just kept saying to myself at least do 10 minutes. Well guess what I did 31 before the pain in my foot got the better of myself. When I glanced at the time on the tread I let out a loud WOO HOO (scared the cat). It's been since about November since I did much of anything so I was so thrilled that I did those minutes without thinking about it. And guess what else? I felt good. I feel better today than I have in a long time and I'm looking forward to going home tonight and walking a little more.
Thank you all for your caring support, I would have just thrown in the towel without you there encouraging me.
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