Saturday, April 07, 2012
It happens so rarely in my life that the realization I am actually "in the moment" comes as a pleasant surprise. Even when I engage in my meditation practice, I find I'm frequently battling urges to sneak a peek at the clock or let my mind go off on a list-making tangent. But yesterday afternoon, after a long week with too many short nights, I took the cat and a glass of burgundy out to the front porch rocker and basked in spring sunshine and a cool breeze on a stunningly beautiful day. My eyes rested on the stark contrast between deep blue sky that we usually think of as autumn-like and that color of green that comes only with new leaves. The birds had an entire symphony going. The cat, his fur soft under my hand, had his nose lifted to the breeze for all the scents only he could appreciate, and the wine had a peppery finish I love...something for all the senses. At some point I realized what was missing: no list-making, no thinking about chores I ought to be doing or SP or Facebook posts I should be responding to, no wondering what work e-mails or phone calls I missed answering, no stressing over taxes or bills. I simply was. And it was a most wonderful feeling that, while my senses were full, my mind was blissfully at rest, finally in the moment.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Well, it wasn't really THAT foggy, more a mist that softened everything, but it was pretty. I almost missed it because I just didn't want to go out to jog...too early, traffic, drippy humidity, blah, blah, blah. But I did lace up my shoes and head out on my 3.45 mile course in which I have a 5K measured (so I can do warm-up and cool-down walks). As if to reward me for overcoming inertia, four deer crossed the road ahead of me in the first half mile: 2 adults and 2 fawns. Seemingly unconcerned, they stopped in the woods and turned to watch me as I jogged by.
One thing I noticed was that the hills didn't seem quite as bad since I hadn't been out in awhile, and I was able to think about other things besides my labored breathing and keeping one foot in front of the other at a steady pace. I saw that neighbors on a side street have replaced a blow-up leprechaun with a blow-up bunny holding a colorful Easter egg. They have something for every season. And farther down that street is a house just like ours that's for sale at the desirable end of a cul-de-sac. At least it would be desirable if the people next door didn't use the cul-de-sac as their personal toy box. It's usually an obstacle course of children's bikes, tricycles, soccer balls, and other miscellanea, but someone must have talked to them, because there were only one bike and another toy tucked neatly at the base of the basketball goal. Farther on, I saw two shadowy geese flying over in the mist and heard others I couldn't see. All in all, it was actually a pretty nice jog, considering I don't really like jogging that much.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Well, I didn't make my original February goal of 75 pounds lost, but I was at least at 70.5. I've been reassessing where I really want to settle, and I have set that goal weight at 145 (so far I've revised it down twice to 150, then 140, and once back up to 145). The target date is April 15, tax day. When I changed my goal in SP, it was gratifying to see my daily calories go back up, now that I'm not on that "pound-a-week" train, but SP, the program plus ALL YOU WONDERFUL SPARKBUDDIES, has been veddy, veddy good to me! Looking forward to crossing the finish line.
Friday, March 02, 2012
MLIANNE inspired me to actually take stock of a month just to see what the numbers were. Maybe I can make this a new habit. Time will tell.
Weight loss: 0.5 pound.
During February, my scheduled weight loss line on my graph dipped below my actual weight loss line for the first time since I started this journey. However, I haven't been too bothered by that, since my brain thought 150 was a good goal from the very start. I revised my goal down just to give myself a pad to define a maintenance range that would top out at 150, but when 150 appeared, I stopped trying to maintain my calorie deficit every day, and honestly, I didn't exercise as much. Think I'll see what the next few weeks hold, then decide if I want to declare victory or go for 145 as the center point of my maintenance range.
- Meditate at least 10 minutes daily
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily
Goals Not Met:
- Walk 10,000 steps per day. Made 10,000 steps 15 of 29 days. Best week all 7 days; worst week 3 days.
- Move 25 minutes per day (Virginia Sparker Team Goal). Made goal 17 of 29 days. Best week 5 days; worst week 3 days. Have to figure out how I could not give myself credit for moving 25 minutes if I walked at least 10,000 steps.
- Yoga 2X/week. Six yoga sessions during the month. Best week 3; worst week none.
- Strength training 2X/week. Seven ST sessions (close on average). Best week 3; worst week none.
- Sleep at least 7 hours 5 times per week (I Need Sleep! Team Goal). Slept at least 7 hours 15 nights. Best week 5 nights (made goal 2 weeks); worst week 2 nights.
- Declutter at least 15 minutes 7X/week. Eight decluttering sessions. Best week 3; worst week 1.
- Sign into work gym 12X (average 3X/week). Two measly times. Need to reassess this goal to keep, pitch, or modify.
Observations: Did very little cardio during the week when time was short, then piled on the cardio/ST/flexibility on the weekends. Also, did very little while on travel, even though I had time and access to the hotel fitness center, but I was also suffering with a pinched nerve in my neck, so that didn't inspire me to lift weights or do a lot of bouncing around, so I walked a lot.
There you have it. Or I have it. I don't expect that anyone else wanted to stay awake through this whole thing ;-)
Friday, January 20, 2012
Finally Friday, and I'm so glad. Last week I was evaluating how much time I spend online and looking to cut down to spend more time on relationships and fitness. Then what happens? Our fearless leaders post a challenge that requires *even more* time online to complete. Being the driven person I am, I put off the "less time online" goal to help my team. Now I can get back to the goal. I'm not saying "buh-bye" to everyone; I just won't be checking e-mail, Facebook, and SP as much during the day. Enjoyed reading all your blogs, though!
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