Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Another year is starting. Another chance for a do-over. I love New Year's Day, and I love SP for having so many resources available to us. It's just a matter of staying on track, once and for all......
I haven't done nearly as much activity-wise as I would like to have done. No excuses, just an inherent laziness and ability to be easily distracted. Plus--I hate to sweat because it takes me forever to cool back down to a normal temperature!! Must look for information about this....
I recently talked with a friend that I hadn't seen in several months--she had lost quite a bit of weight and looks AMAZING!! She asked me if I had kept up with my bike riding, and I told her that I hadn't, but recently bought a dual trainer (combination elliptical/exercise bike) and am enjoying using it. I mentioned something like "I should sign up for a 5k", and she told me about the Las Vegas Color Run, and that she and a few of our other friends were doing this in February. I went ahead and signed up for it--it's February 16!!! OhmiGOSH!! That's a month and a half away!! Good thing this is non-competitive. or I would be in BIG trouble!! So, looks like I am committed to this....
I am also committing to a few other things. SP is an amazing community of wonderful, encouraging people--plus great information and tracking devices for us to gauge our progress. I am committing to being a better me in 2013! A year from today:
I want to be at or near the weight I was when I got married (somewhere in the neighborhood of 150#!)
I would like to be able to quit my high-cholesterol medicine!
I am committing to exercising on my days off of work. Zumba, dual trainer, walking, riding, whatever! 30 minutes is NOTHING in the grand scheme of things!!
There may be a few more things added to this, but I have to start somewhere!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
John W. Gergel
Loving husband and father
Feb. 2, 1928--Sept. 26, 1991
This photo was taken when we celebrated his 60th birthday in 1988.
I am the youngest of 3 kids, and had my parents all to myself after my brother and sister left home. Those were three of the best years of my life. I grew very close to both my parents, and am still very close with my mom. I am very blessed to have such a wonderful family. We went to a lot of Cardinals games together at the old Busch Stadium, and he taught me how to keep score with a scorecard. He couldn't stand to watch the games on TV, though! Mom and I would be watching a game, and something exciting would happen--he'd hear us screaming, and would come in the room and say something like, "Okay--that's nice!!" Dad also taught me how to fish, and we spent a lot of time on Table Rock Lake in southern Missouri doing just that. Dad loved to golf, too--he played nine holes a week before he died--and a year later, my mom found his watch in his golf bag :) I'm thinking of him as I watch the US Open this weekend.
So many random things remind me of my dad. He loved the Muppets, the movie "AIRPLANE!!", Sherlock Holmes movies, but most of all--his family. He had a quiet strength about him that was such a blessing. I never heard a cross word come from him. One thing that always made me sad was that he died before I met my husband. What's funny is that my father-in-law Tom was a lot like my dad, in so many ways! I've told my hubby that if he wanted to know what my dad was like, all he had to do is look at his own. My mother even noticed the similarities.
So, every day, but especially today, I honor my father. I am truly blessed to have had this wonderful man as my dad. Love and miss you, Pop!
Sunday, June 06, 2010
I am getting excited about working out!!! Finally!! At age 45, a switch has flipped in my brain--it's about time, don't you think?!?
I have absolutely no excuse not to exercise. I have a very sweet work schedule (12-hour shifts, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday). It's difficult to get a workout in before I leave for the day, and prefer not to, since I tend to work up quite a sweat! BUT--on my days off, I get up early, get on the computer for a few, have a cup of coffee to jump-start my brain, and then I get my workout done for the day! It's becoming, dare I say, a HABIT?!? Who'd have thunk it?? I even find myself doing things like tucking my tummy in ("engaging my abs", in workout lingo!), and standing up straighter when I'm not working out, just in everyday tasks! What's coming over me?
Maybe it's the idea of getting rid of my tummy pooch and saddlebags once and for all. I'm almost afraid to dream of having a flat tummy! Sounds great, though!!
I did the PM portion of Debbie Rocker's AM/PM Walking workout today, and she said something that I loved.
"We are all athletes in training!"
Never looked at it that way! LOVE IT!!!
I give a great deal of credit to this fabulous Spark Community for the change in my attitude. I never would have thought I'd feel this way about exercise pre-SP--6 short months ago! I am a Sparker for LIFE!!!
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