Saturday, March 28, 2009
This is my hubby, and check out down by his feet. Why, I do believe it's WATER!!!!!! Some melting enough to form pools, which he is trying to shovel the ice away so the water can drain. If we get enough of this going on, all that white around him will also disappear. Could it be???
At the same time I am trying to rush spring's coming in, my son is trying his best to get the most that's left out of winter. Here he is:
Walking weather is back! And I'm feeling it.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Sunday, March 22nd, is my three year anniversary from joining SparkPeople. It was one of the best finds I could have ever received. After looking at some pictures of me and my family taken at my brother's wedding, I was feeling very down about how I looked. I googled for a calorie counter, and SparkPeople arrived in my life.
I have learned so much along the way, both about health and fitness, but also about myself, and what I am capable of when I don't place limits on what I can do.
1) Be kind in your mind, when you are talking to yourself.
This one is huge for me. I used to always talk down in my mind, calling myself lazy, fat, stupid, and lots of other things not fit to print. A few SparkArticles later, and I have learned how to replace those thoughts with loving and respectful thoughts. If I don't love myself, how can I expect others to do the same.
2) Perfection is more trouble than it's worth.
I love to get myself all psyched up for a workout -- lots of conditions need to be right, and I also like to make it at least 45 minutes long. So in that spirit, I would blow off a workout if the wind was too high, or if I didn't have enough time, or if blah, blah, blah.... Now I know that any extra movement is good for you. Dancing in the kitchen while the soup is heating, taking extra steps in the parking lot, and using more manual type appliances when working. The perfect workout is actually any workout that means you are moving and not on the couch -- no matter how many minutes it lasts.
3) Brown is much better for you than white.
I have switched our whole family over to brown rice, brown (whole grain) bread, and basically more fibre in many types of foods. I like the fact that my decision to get healthier myself has led to our whole family eating better.
4) Goal setting doesn't need to be difficult, and baby steps lead to huge successes!
Through SparkPeople, I have learned how to set goals, and also how to take the steps necessary to make those goals come to life. A huge accomplishment for me was learning to run. The Couch to 5k program gave me the tools to get through the early steps, and then following a half-marathon plan got me to another major milestone in my life -- completing a half marathon with a smile on my face!
5) Buddies are GOLDEN.
Shortly after I started SparkPeople, I met Trish (RACING4ME) on a team thread. We hit it off and started really checking in with each other on a daily basis. Having her support behind me really helped with my motivation. We promised to support each other with a daily check in for cardio workouts and whatever else we wanted to share. After a year, we were able to meet in person. This very good friend is a result of SparkPeople, and I don't know if we would have ever met otherwise, and that would be sad.
6) Everyone has a story.
When I get down, I love coming here and looking at other people's pages. Some people are facing such huge obstacles, and still finding time to be healthy. Also, I like to post on the threads and provide encouragement and support to others. It really does help me out to help others. My teams keep me rolling in the aisles some days, and things are never boring. Getting to know others virtually online is a blessing.
7) Bumps are a part of life - get over it!
We all have those great weeks and months, when the weight is falling off as you expect it to. But then a plateau hits, and we just need to switch things up. It may take weeks to get over it, but we can get ourselves back on the weight loss wagon any time we choose to. Just take the time to start over whenever you need to.
So happy Spark-versary to me. It's been a wonderful find.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
So I just had a very tough week. We are doing a big project at work, and this was one of the weeks we had to hunker down and get things done in a big way. A bunch of us all got together at the head office to verify data, log failures, do clean-up, and strategize so that the failures come across cleaner next time. Long days, little sunshine, and working in one position for hours and hours. I feel like I've been run over by a truck.
A couple of good things happened cardio-wise this week though.
~ Deep Water Aerobics with Weights
Man is this a fun workout. We used little barbell looking weights throughout our hour long workout. When I picked them up from the box, I said "these aren't that heavy". They were weighted bars with 6 inch circles of styrofoam on either end. We had to do laps plus other exercises with this and the styrofoam drags through the water, creating quite the workout. When we were working abs, we were able to put the barbell weights under our arms to hold us up, and then do all kinds of ab work in the deep water. I absolutely loved it, and would do this several times a week if it was available here.
~ Track Running
I have never run on a track before, well other than the dirt ones in high school that would run around the school yard. This was a real, professional type track -- indoors and around a soccer field. I haven't run in about four weeks due to a back issue, so after a five minute walk warm-up, I did a 3 minutes of running / 1 minute of walking combo. I was able to do this for 20 minutes only, so then switched to walking and stayed for a total workout of 75 minutes. I'm surprised at how little I was able to run. I thought that I would be able to do the 3/1's for 45 minutes. Four weeks is a long time I guess, and I'll have to build back up to running more again.
Being in the city had some great opportunities for new cardio to try. We were working til between 6-7 each night, so the nights I did cardio I had to give-up supper with the work team. I didn't give up supper totally, just couldn't fit it in with the team AND do a cardio workout. Give and take - it's what this new life is all about.
This kind of a week sure gave me an appreciation for people who work long hours and try to fit in cardio. It's tough to fit it in, but it can be done.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Hubby and I were away yesterday and today. A much needed time to ourselves kind of road trip. I have been so busy with new responsibilities at work, and it has shown with more stress at home. Not only have I had a sore back that has sidelined me from my running, my time with hubby had taken a step back. We were arguing and misunderstanding each other like crazy. Stepping back and taking off was his idea, and it was certainly a good one. We are on the same page again, and the roller coaster ride has levelled off for us again. Whew!
But, when I got back home, one of my emails from SparkPeople was there to tell me that I had received enough votes to become a SparkPeople Motivator! Secretly, I have been wanting this for soooooooo long. I went to the Motivator pages, and found mine under "Positive Attitude". I am honoured with this designation and a huge Thank you to everyone who sent in a vote.
What a great end to a fantastic weekend.
And here is a picture of me and my sisters that was taken at the wedding last weekend. We sure had fun getting together again.
Friday, February 27, 2009
I have been having some issues with my back the past couple of weeks. I went to the Chiropractor on the 18th before our trip to Winnipeg. She adjusted it, and told me that I should be dancing by the wedding on Saturday. I did dance some at the wedding, but it was still fairly sore. Then on the trip home (eight hours), it stiffened right back up again. Then, it got to feeling better, so on Wednesday I decided to go for a short run. It was less than two miles, and I made sure it was one of the slowest runs I've ever done. When it was over, I still felt good, so thought I was on the road to recovery.
Then, I moved wrong at work in the morning, and my back was bad again. So again I went in to the Chiropractor's office, and this time saw a different lady. As she was taking my history, she wrote in big letters on the right hand side of the chart "DESK JOB".
Now, for some reason, that has been bothering me. I told her at the time that I wasn't inactive, and I'm training to run a half-marathon in April (and this sore back sure isn't helping with training schedules). I strength train and ride my bike and occasionally do yoga, as well as walk back and forth to work each day. Still, she didn't cross out that "DESK JOB" comment, and still, I'm finding it offensive.
So now the question is this: Why am I finding it offensive?
It's a true statement.
Has she assumed that I am inactive?
If she did, why do I care so much?
I guess I'll stew on this for a little bit longer and try to figure out why it is bothering me. I'd love to hear if you have an idea on it. Sometimes it is clear from someone else's point of view, while hidden from the owner of the thought.
Or perhaps I just need a new job!!!
Maybe a lumberjack!
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