Really did I just say "Icing on the cake"? How about "Sunshine on the hike"? Yeah that sounds a lot better.
I organized two hikes over the past 4 days and the first one was not through Spark, the second was. The first one, we were just yakking along enjoying the weather and the hike when we discovered we had something besides hiking in common. YES!!!! "I am a Sparker too!!!" We had a really nice hike and saw lot's of Spring signs. "Let's do this again." YES!!!
The second one was with a fellow Sparker that I have hiked with before and it was great to see her again. We had a great hike with awesome temperatures, wonderful views and lot's of yakking. (I'm starting to wonder if I'm in it for the hike or just doing it to yak. I love hearing other people's stories.)
Anyway, I love when my online Sparkfriends become real life friends. I get so much out of Spark and I really have enjoyed the way Spark has enhanced my health and well being. I would love to believe that I can and would do this without Spark. I have found so much inspiration, education and motivation through all of you that I don't want to do it without Spark. (Oh geez, some times I think I sound like a Spark Commercial or something) Who cares!!!????
Thank you All!!!! Together we can do it!!! Keep Sparking!!!
I can almost live with it because I didn't feel like I was dying afterwards. Yes!
Some of you are aware that my asthma has been an issue for me all winter long and I have struggled with my running. It has been drastically cut because I just can't catch my breath. I have continued hiking and walking as I love doing those activities also. I have always been a walker and until 3 1/2 years ago it was my exercise of choice.
I am not going give up on running just yet. I am persistent and keep reading and searching for any tips that will help me run and breathe at the same time. One of the tips that I have found is to really pay attention to my breathing and breathe deeply into my stomach. By really focusing on my breathing I can control it better.
I also have pretty much come to the realization that like it or not, I need to use my inhaler BEFORE I run. I will be much more successful if I try to prevent the attack.
The other thing I have to accept and this is a biggie, is that if my breathing is getting too labored, I must stop running and walk until I catch my breath. I am finding that if I stop running before the breathing is out of control I have a much better chance of running farther without too many problems. I've had a problem with this in the past. "If I don't run the whole time I am a failure" Even when I know that I should stop and walk, I sometimes battle with myself because I want to run the whole way.
I am hoping that with Spring I will begin to breathe better when I run and perhaps not need the inhaler so often. I have come so far in my health and I kept thinking that I could go even farther. I have done things that I would have never thought I would ever do much less want to do.
I guess the bottom line is that I may not be where I want to be in my health and fitness but I am so grateful that I am not where I used to be. I am also proud of myself because I have not let any little stone in my path be a reason to quit. One of my favorite quotes is "Do not let what you cannot do stand in the way of what you can do". I hope that I always remember that and always find a way to do what I can do.
Today I went 4 1/2 miles in 60 minutes. I have done much better time in the past, but today it is what I can do and I did it!
Okay everyone, Winter is about to take it's last breath. Spring and Winter will have one last battle the next couple of days. I guarantee that Spring will triumph and come out with the last and final punch. I do not need that stinking Ground Hog to tell me this. I have consulted with Mother Nature on this myself and she agrees. Ha, ha!
I came upon this majestic oak tree today on my walk/run and called it "His Majesty". It has obviously stood the test of time and I know for a fact that this wonderful specimen has withstood some pretty ugly and torturous moments of weather in the years in it's life. What a testament to time.
Two years ago a tornado actually whipped within 100 feet of the oak destroying many other trees in it's path. This tree must have endured lots of nature's fury over the years. Obviously it has also known nature's bounty and has flourished in this spot in spite of what must have surely been some uncertain days.
Sometimes I really have to Self-Motivate and it can be a struggle. I have uncertain moments and days myself, more often then I would care to. Today I asked myself, will I stand the test of time? My weight loss journey has been a successful one, up to this point. But lately I feel like I am on very shaky ground. I have been expending less calories and consuming more and we all know what that means. (Where did I store those FAT CLOTHES?)
I have really got to get back into my tree. I have strong roots in solid ground and I know where to get my nourishment so that I may grow strong and flourish like "His Majesty". The Spark Community has the tools that I need to continue on my successful weight loss and fitness journey. Today I am making the choice to use them and together we will stand the test of time.
Oh and BTW, the tree was a case of mistaking identity. Excuse me, please.....it is "Her Majesty". I should've known the strength and beauty of a woman when I seen it.
Just putting this out to the Universe.....today my dad would have been 69. He passed away almost 4 years ago from cancer. I miss him a lot and think of him often.
Today though I will not be sad, I will be thinking about the wonderful memories and feelings that he left me with. I will think about his big BIG GRIN and I will smile at that thought. I will remember his love for me and feel the strong bear hugs that he gave. I will hear him say "Hey, I love ya kid." (and I will shed a tear anyway)
Back to the grin, it went from ear to ear. Happy Birthday Dad! I love you!