Thursday, July 09, 2009
time between blogs for me...it's been very hectic but thankfully I'm still on track maintaining and working out 5 days (three strength training, 5 cardio). Additionally, I've been doing a lot of umpiring (back to Harrisburg for 17 games over 3 days). I've also taken some time to go to the beach since it's finally stopped raining. Plus, we're busy planning the baby shower for my first grandbaby's momma.
I can't believe how quickly summer (and softball) have flown by, it's time to start running to get in shape for field hockey. I did go for a 30 minute (3 mile) run Tuesday morning. I have to say I really miss running outdoors and look forward to doing more of it.
It's funny how learned behaviors become ingrained over the course of time, to the point where you don't really need to think about them. Exercise is just part of a daily way of life, just like brushing your teeth and bathing. That's very comforting to know that it's now something that isn't "required" but is just what I do.
I'm not certain when this happened, but I'm glad to know that it has. There isn't a day that I regret having to workout, but instead, I mostly look forward to it. It's really who I am. I enjoy beyond belief, pushing my body to see how far I can go. There are still things I'm working up to doing (pull-ups for instance) but to think that I can actually do sit-ups and push-ups is amazing.
Well, I'm off to wash the car and then do a game tonight...enjoy the rest of summer...oh and of course peaches, as the first are being picked now.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
I've had a very busy couple of days here this weekend. It started Friday after my gym workout in the AM I came home and did some cleaning for 2 hours or so. I had let some things go since I was away on Memorial Day weekend, so I needed to get order back and tidy things up. Initially, we weren't scheduled for any games on Sat or Sun, but we got a call late Friday night and accepted 4 games between the two of us. Those 4 turned into 7 games, of which I did 3, back to back to back. Then on Sunday morning I had promised my parents that my husband and I would do some much needed gardening/weeding/general yard clean-up for them. So starting around 8 am we were out working hard and didn't finish until noon. After lunch a reading the paper, I went out and waxed my car, which always seems easier in my mind than it actually is in reality. In amidst all of this I did a number of loads of laundry, and various other chores around the house. Since our games didn't get over until 10:45 at night, I really missed some much needed sleep, which I hope to catch up on tonight..
Does it ever feel like trouble follows you around and won't cut you any slack? Sometimes it feels like you can't buy a break and everything you try just makes things worse. Who could blame you for feeling sorry for yourself or not forgive a little self-destructive behavior? Bad idea. The new, healthy way to spend down times is to lift yourself up and operate at a higher level. Remember that what happens to you is not who you are. It's history. It's past. Your true self takes that history and decides how to make the best possible future out of it. You have the power to keep your attitude and values from driving into the ditch along with the events in your life. From defeat, you can still emerge victorious.
Friday, June 05, 2009
The weather here is dismal. It's been raining since after my run on Wednesday and it's cool too. I really could do without all this stinky rain. On the bright side, and there always is a bright side, I did the entire spin class again today. It is indeed, a relief to be able to do what I want to do, and realize that it was just a bump in the road. I know that at some point, there will be no return to normal, as the past damage will finally catch up with me, but that's not happening any time soon, gratefully.
It's really amazing how blissfully ignorant I was when I began my quest to lose weight and get healthy. If I had read all the research reports that say how people either can't successfully lose weight or when they do they gain it all back again within 2 years. What if I had given credence to the experts who say that my metabolism being slower would affect my ability to lose weight? I would have been beaten before I started if I had believed all of these expert's facts. So, I'm eternally grateful that I blindly entered into this process not having any built in excuses, including my problem knee. It's often knowledge that can be the barrier or roadblock that keeps us from our goals. But even if we are aware of the so-called barriers we still have the ability and strength to overcome them with determination and dedication.
When you think of your goals, do you focus on the positives of making it happen, or the negatives of potential barriers? To reach your goals, you gotta really want them. More importantly, you gotta really believe that you can do it. Think more about why you CAN make it happen instead of why you can't. No more excuses.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Yesterday I added a few leg exercises that I've avoided for a few weeks due to my knee(like leg press, hamstring curls and glute work)and then today I did the entire spin class for the first time in weeks...hooray, no pain!!!!! I'll give back to back days a go tomorrow morning and see how that feels. I went for a 4 mile run yesterday and I felt great! It reminded me of why I love being outdoors so much and I plan to incorporate a few runs each week. The smell of honeysuckle and the beauty of the park just raised my spirits beyond belief.
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