Sunday, January 16, 2011
Well, ALMOST a week.
I went every day ... Sunday through Thursday - and I can definitely feel the improvement! I'm still very much a beginner at ice skating, but it's a fun new hobby, which means I will be motivated to do it a while longer, at least until the weather is too warm for the rinks.
INSIDE, I feel like this kid - happy, bubbly, ready to show off my moves. The reality is that I am a bit of a klutz. I go slow, which, on the ice, is actually a bad thing, because you actually have less balance at slower speeds. Well, I do. Momentum is your friend, but my body hasn't quite got the message yet!
To me, it matters more that I am doing a little bit each day.
I know the half-hours and whole hours of practice will do my form some good. And I know that just getting the skates on regularly will help more than anything else. After all, practice makes perfect! :)
So, the goal for this week is another 5 days of skating. Since I don't have a day off booked for this week, that should be very do-able, because I usually skate en-route to work.
Believe me, at 7 in the morning, there is no one else on the ice.
I've met a few people walking their dogs.
One little mutt went totally berserk and yipped his head off the first time he saw me on the ice. But over the next few days, he's got used to me and now he ignores me.
Another big fella comes over to be petted - he's just a big baby.
And all the owners are nice people, so I've made a few new friends this week! :)
Okay, I'm off. Doing laundry today so I have clothes to wear this week.
And yay, me: I actually cooked up a batch of healthy AND tasty food yesterday, so that should be enough to combat the "I want to eat out" thought that goes through my brain most days just around 11:30. :)
Hope you're all having a great week!
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Today, I didn't have a half-day at work.
But I still wanted to skate.
So I left home early. Out the door by 6, at the rink by 7:20 (never mind, I know I have a long commute).
By the time I got the skates laced up, it was 7:25.
Got on the ice, and it was just another perfect morning - balmy temperatures (given that it's winter, anything near 0 degrees Fahrenheit is balmy!), sunshine, no wind.
Best of all, at that hour of the day, there was no one else on the ice!
I basically had my very own practice rink!
Skated for more than an hour, going first clockwise, then counter-clockwise. Skating forward, then practising my backwards skating (I go about 3 times as fast forward as backward ... you can tell I am a rank beginner). I even had time to practice cross-overs in both directions.
That was a fabulous workout. I am always surprised by how intense of a core workout ice skating is - every single time, I can feel the muscles in my abs and back being put into use. I walk a LOT, and that's good for core stability, but I can tell that skating brings way more of those stabilising muscles into play.
Wish I could do this every single day. But winter only lasts so long. And I only do the skating on work days (the rink near home is tiny and crowded ...).
Ah well, I have a short attention span, so I guess it's a good thing I don't *have* to do it every day.
I also walked two miles - a mile to get to the bus this morning, and another mile round-trip to the library from work at lunch time.
So, another fun and productive day up in Toronto. (Yeah, work was great, too ... I love how much more focused and productive I am at work if I have time for fun before I do the work!)
Tomorrow I have the day off because I worked on a statutory holiday ... so it's a long weekend for me. I'll have to figure out something fun to do that keeps me moving!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Really. :) I know everyone has their own definition of perfect - my idea of perfection seems to hinge on being able to do a variety of things I enjoy doing.
Take today, for example.
It started at midnight.
While everyone else in Toronto was probably fast asleep, I was at work. Okay, worked from home, in bed, but I was working, logged in to my workplace.
Did that for 2 hours, then slept.
Woke up around 5 am, surprisingly full of energy.
Because I'd done a long day on Monday, AND had pulled the overnight shift last night, I decided to make today a half-day at work.
So, a whole morning stretched out ahead of me - what did I want to do?
I decided I wanted to swim. And I wanted to go ice skating.
Decided to do BOTH.
So I went downtown to my gym and got in a nice swim. While I know people (Mel, for example) who think nothing of swimming 3500 metres a day, mine was a very modest swim: just 400 metres. But it was plenty of work for me, I'm not a particularly good swimmer. :)
Showered and changed and then went down further south to the HarbourFront Centre and skated for a solid half hour. It's taking a while, but I'm slowly gaining confidence on those skates. It was perfect weather for a skate, too - balmy temperatures, no wind, sunshine! And the ice was only mildly cut up - there had obviously not been much of a crowd since the zamboni made its last pass. Bottom line - I did have a perfect morning.
Headed in to work, had lunch (a fabulous salad with baby greens, mango, avocado and a nice piece of tandoori chicken - YUM). Worked. Then I was still feeling energetic, so I walked two-and-something miles from work to the subway, even convincing two of my colleagues to head over with me on their way home ... it was a perfect evening for a walk.
Headed home and had a great dinner.
Now, last night's lack of sleep is catching up with me. Notwithstanding that, today was an almost perfect day, so I'm quite happy to let it go and look forward to another great one tomorrow.
Hope your day was perfect, too!
Saturday, January 01, 2011
Believe me, I don't want to.
I hate the whole goal-setting process.
At many levels, my brain just goes "Gaaaah!" at the thought of setting a goal and working to achieve it.
I am the poster-child for contrarian.
It sucks to realise that I gained 12 pounds last year when I'd been so good the year before. Well, NOT so good, actually - I'd lost 30 pounds, but by the end of 2009 had gained back about half. And in 2010 I gained back the other half. Grrrrr!
Veggies and fruit every day, with at least 50% of each plateful of food being a freggie (fruit or veggie).
Stick to 3 meals, try to avoid snacking (I think this one may be key for me - when I snack, I tend to do it ALL DAY LONG!)
No exercise goals - I'm active enough, just gotta do that whole FOOD CONTROL thing. :)
Hope 2011 is fabulous for you. And for me! :)
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