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.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
I've been sporadic with my logging in and tracking of my exercise and nutrition, however, I'm still in the game. While I've dialed back my cardio, specifically, spinning, I'm still doing no less than 30 minutes of cardio daily, and often still doing softball in the evening (most days). I've seen a marked improvement in my knee but I've been cautious to go all out with the spin for fear it will impede the umpiring. I'm still lifting 3-4 days a week and always find that so uplifting and mood boosting. Although my on-line info doesn't reflect it, my streak is still going strong for exercise!
All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble.
- William S. Halsey, WWII U.S. Admiral
Facing your worst fears
Your worst fears are usually the ones that never happen. Unfortunately, they're also the ones that keep you from trusting yourself and your abilities. Doesn't it seem silly to give up in the face of an anxiety that may be no more real than the fairy tale troll that lives under the bridge? If you approach a possible roadblock with hesitation, it might resist and break your resolve. But if you step forward with confidence, you can climb that wall, even one inch at a time, and pull yourself over the top. It's all about confidence, which you build by facing problems. Then you know that you can take on anything that comes along. The unknown monster under the bed is always scarier than the dust bunny reality.
For way too long, I wouldn't face those fears, but no more, I face them and take them head on. It's the only way to handle difficulties in life and it makes me wonder why I was always so fearful in the first place.
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