Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Saw this and wanted to share with cat lovers.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
For anyone reading this, my blog is asking for advice from your experience. Do you look at yourself differently day-to-day? Some days I look in the mirror and see how far I've come and feel strong and confident and think I look good in my clothes. Other days, I look at the fat that's still there and think I haven't made any progress at all. Guess I just need to know if others have the same confusing thoughts.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Look! The rain stopped. Let's go for a walk!
Naw, it's steamy outside, and you have laundry to do, and your knees and back hurt.
It's not THAT bad. I don't have to overdo it.
But you know you will.
Maybe DH will walk with me.
C'mon, he just worked all night. Would you want to go for a walk after working all night?
Sigh, guess you're right about DH, but I'm still going out for awhile.
I'm not going to win this one, am I?
No, but I'm sure you'll be right there trying to make me wish I'd stayed home.
Okay, okay, but just walking, no running. Give your body a break!
I can do that. See ya!
Monday, May 09, 2011
Today's healthy reflection quote is "We're always getting ready to live, but never living." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
My mother's philosophy was that the good china, the good towels, and the formal living room were only for company. When I got out on my own, I decided *I* was worth the good things in my life, even if something broke now and then, so I pulled out and still use the good china, crystal, towels, etc. Worth the good "things," however, is not the same as worth the good "life," and that's where my plan broke down. I thought the good "life" looked like TV commercials in which people partied non-stop, ate what they wanted, drank what they wanted, and always wore beach clothing that showed off their washboard abs.
Alas, such began the decades-long battle with my weight, that often resulted in drastic measures to make weigh-ins in the military. After the military, I breathed a huge sigh of relief that I'd never have to step on the scale in front of the First Sergeant ever again...and quickly put on 10 pounds. Then I got a job with a very long commute and put on another 20 pounds. Then "the change" hit and, you guessed it, more weight, over 20 more pounds. Along the way the good life slowly disappeared, as I was too heavy and embarrassed to wear shorts or swimsuits and started seeing disapproval or disappointment in the faces of family, friends, colleagues, and strangers. Yet I felt powerless to change the situation.
When this past January rolled around, I was feeling pretty low and out of control, and with a history of many failures at New Year's resolutions, I didn't make any this year. The most I could muster was a small spark (word choice intended) that said, "I declare 2011 the Year of ME." At the time, I didn't really know what that meant, other than that I was through with trying to function on 4-5 hours of sleep a night (sometimes less) for days on end just to have some life outside work and the 3.5-4 hour daily round-trip commute. But somehow that one statement seemed to open up my narrow sphere of existence to opportunities. On the day my eyes first focused on a SparkPeople link, I clicked it out of curiosity, and life changed in a marked, measurable, and positive way.
Initially, I looked at my goal of losing weight to improve my health as the starting point to life, i.e., I needed to reach my goal so I could start living. But as I've made progress, I've found I'm living more NOW...no need to wait. Halfway now to my weight goal, I'm finding these good things happening in my life:
- I don't hate the steep hill on my favorite walk route anymore.
- I can go up and down stairs with much less knee pain and without getting winded.
- I'm out of the plus-size clothes and into regular sizes!
- I wore a swimsuit!
- I'm jogging for the first time in over two decades (a few minutes at a time).
- I can almost get my foot forward from downward-facing dog to lunge in yoga.
- I'm thoroughly enjoying the rewards I've given myself along the way, because I'm worth the good LIFE!
Saturday, April 30, 2011
As promised in my last blog, I walked the labyrinth at YMCA of the Rockies today, this time with my husband and mother-in-law. Yesterday's snow was gone, and today dawned bright and clear here at 7500+ feet elevation. Such perfect peace in this meditation, surrounded by the beauty of the mountains and silence broken only by the wind through the trees (guess the youth groups were still asleep, tee hee). In the walk itself, I concentrated on my breath, marveling at how easy breath came in the Colorado mountains compared to my warm, humid Virginia. At the center of the labyrinth, I turned a slow circle to fill my mind with those gorgeous mountains and felt a profound sense of calm and belonging that remained with me as I walked the return circuit to the peace pole exit. Namaste.
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