Friday, August 10, 2007
I have been doing great on my cardio this week. It's amazing what a little break from the heat and humidity will do for one's motivation. Well, that and my cold has lifted and I'm feeling way better. I truly am such a suck with a cold, and I don't know how to break that habit. I know it all stems from being such a sick child til my tonsils and adenoids came out, but still, you'd think as an adult I could move on sooner than I do.
Back to my great week of cardio -
Monday - caught up with my garden and yard from weeks of being away and then sick
Tuesday - ran 2 miles (hadn't run since July 20th, so easing back into it)
Wednesday - biked 5 miles (hadn't biked since July 24th)
Thursday - ran 3 miles (did the virtual 5k race for Rookie Runners)
Friday - biked 8 miles out on the gravel road with a killer hill to begin with to get away from the lake.
And as for my food:
Well, a week of camping doesn't produce the best of choices, so I'm hoping not to have done too much damage this week. I'll find out Monday morning when things get back to normal, and I'm back home to go back to work.
Friday, August 03, 2007
I really need to get into this more again. I used to write in my journal daily, and now I'm lucky to get weekly notes jotted down. And when I do come here, I have to try and think of what to say. And I know that I am realizing this on a day before I leave for a long weekend, and then a week at the lake. I likely will not get a chance to journal again til next Friday -- but I do recognize the value of a daily mapping of my thoughts. I think it's just the whole summertime thing that throws a wrench into good intentions. Last summer, I did so much better, but then it was also much newer for me (Sparks).
On a much more positive note, I have been able to resist ice cream so much better this summer than last year. When I do have some, it's a taste of someone else's instead of my own bowl, or at most it's a small blizzard at Dairy Queen as opposed to the medium or large. Ice cream and summer still seem to go together, but now it's not something that I *must* have.
An update to my shoulder...
Still on a waiting list for physiotherapy. The doctor advised back in June when I got my cortisone shot that it would likely be a three month wait, so I shouldn't be surprised. I've been doing all kinds of stretches and strength training in the mean time on my own initiative, and it has really helped. I can raise it much higher now that I could, and the knife-like pain from when I move it the wrong way has subsided (or perhaps I've finally learned not to move it the wrong way).
Yesterday I joined the team: 10 pounds to lose between Civic Holiday and Halloween. I am hoping to kick start a downward trend again. I have plateaued long enough to say that it is no longer a plateau, but a "happy enough place to stay for awhile". Well, now it's time to leave that place. I know I can do this. Maintenance for the past seven months hasn't been difficult to do. That has been a good experience for me. I now know that I will not be gaining back the weight I've lost. Spark People is an amazing program - so much more than diet alone!
Monday, July 30, 2007
Bought a big box of blueberries on Saturday morning, and I've found a delicious way to eat them (who am I kidding - any way to eat blueberries is delicious). Take a cup of blueberries, and top it off with a couple spoonfuls of mango flavoured non-fat yogurt. Yummy!
My exercise consistency has really gone down the tubes since my shoulder got the best of me. I've still been exercising, but not every day like I was able to over winter. I keep saying that I've got to get back into that routine, but something seems to come up and days go by without a bike ride or a run getting done. Right now, I'm battling a cold and would just rather veg out in front of the television.
Would it mean anything if I vowed to be more active in August? How do I follow through on a promise to myself like that?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Went out for a bike ride this morning, 7.63 miles in already hot and humid conditions. I have never sweated like that during a bike ride before. I couldn't get the sweat to stop dripping off my face. The temperature hit 38 yesterday, with a humidex of 47. Thank goodness we have air conditioning. Needless to say, I never went out last night for my walk, but had long island ice teas with my neighbour instead.
Those 2.6 pounds that I brought back from holidays? Well, 2.2 of them were gone already this morning. I figured it wouldn't hang around long. I always tend to gain weight (water) while away from home.
Last night, I had fresh potatoes, beets, peas and lettuce from my garden again, with enough lettuce left over for my noon salad today. I just love this time of year, when I can eat straight from picking. All the nutrients are still RIGHT THERE! And the taste of fresh produce just can't be beat.
I'm a little dissapointed that my sunflowers aren't blooming yet. I can see the heads wanting to come out, so hopefully they will be vey soon.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Well, we've met! Trish and I have been on this journey almost since day one, pushing and prodding and congratulating each other every step of the way.
The day was warm and sunny. I got the call that Trish was already at the park, and flew around gathering my crew up to go and meet with her family and friends. I was some excited!
We hugged and clicked immediately (was there ever any doubt??). It was like two old friends getting back together, and we had an awesome visit. A picnic in the park was just what the doctor ordered!
Then, a couple of days later, we met up again for dinner, with another sparkling friend, Gen. What a gang, and our families seemed to go along with it pretty well. Think of what we were asking them to do (er, hon, I've met these people online, and now we want to meet and drag you along too - just try to be nice!!). DH really was a good sport about it all.
And now we are back home, with some great memories to go along with our time away. I am so glad that we met, and know that it won't be the last time.
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