Thursday, November 28, 2013
Credit where credit is due (DogLady13's blog post): www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
11. How often do you participate in physical activity and for how long each time? Are you satisfied with that?
Satisfaction is tough to determine. I mean, I feel pretty good but wish I was losing weight. Getting in shape is its own reward, and I know I'm not climbing into a bikini any time soon, but I would like fewer pounds on these creaking knees and toes.
In time, right? It's gotta happen and I'll figure out the method (or stay busy trying!).
Physical activity - besides housework and such - includes the following: My daily commute (40 minutes of walking), getting to the Y (each visit is another 15 minute commute), bowling on Wednesdays (still no beer; it's been over a month!) and group classes at the Y (typically yoga, Pilates and group cycle). I'm at the Y 3-4x a week and it's likely not enough. Strength training needs to get back into the mix, as does another day or two of high intensity activity.
Speaking of, the Y Holiday Challenge starts today. They didn't weigh us at sign-up this year, which bummed me out a bit (yes, I said that). But I did weigh myself right after signing up, so *I* know where I started. Since holidays aren't a huge deal for us, this is manageable.
Nine days to the exam and I'm feeling the push. I have one more domain to tackle and then it's review time. This weekend will be the pace setter as I come into the last lap. So far I'm feeling pretty good, but that's not uncommon. As a test taker, I usually feel pretty good... until test time. I've been known to blank completely. In fact, for a Japanese test in college, I couldn't even remember my name (since I was supposed to write it in characters).
My trick this time is to visualize taking the test as I study, actually viewing terms and charts as something that I will see again in a few days. I'm trying to focus on recognition, that the shape of the words will trigger a thought and lead me to an answer.
We'll see how that goes.
Have a super Thursday, whether it involves a holiday or not. We'll be watching football - GO LIONS! - and kicking back today. Steak and shrimp are on the menu, as we were too busy to get to the store in time to start thawing a bird. Not to worry, we eat plenty of turkey all of the time, so we will not go without.
Have an awesome day, SparkFriends!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I'll bet you thought that I was ditching this project!
Nope, this is just what I expected as the holiday weekend collides with my test preparation; crunch time!
The source for the challenge: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
10. What are the ways in which you are "slippery" and might cheat yourself in your efforts to reach your short- or medium-term goal or challenge?
You know, this doesn't apply to me (at least *I* don't think so). For me - like Yoda - it's "do or do not." I'm not going to cheat. I either do it or I don't do it.
I just don't have the patience for cheating or making excuses. If I don't meet my goals, there are reasons. When I meet my goals, there are also reasons.
So there you go!
10 days until the exam, a holiday around the corner, the parade season is upon us and my frequent readers/SparkFriends know what that means. Yes, you guessed it; the father-in-law is back in the hospital.
He recently had his eighth stent put in (is there a limit?), was released from the hospital within a day or two (seemed pretty short to me) and passed out when he and Mom stopped on the way home for a freakin' cheeseburger.
I am not making this up. I wish that I was.
My mother-in-law is driving the 90+ miles between home and hospital daily (maybe even more often). Why so far? Because anytime Dad doesn't like a doctor, they switch...
And then the lines of communication break and the med train is back on the tracks. He had accumulated more than 20 different meds that he was taking everyday...
And he is STILL on the list as a recipient for a kidney transplant.
It's at the point where it's to be expected. The Hubster and I refuse to get wound up about this. We simply cannot, not now and not ever.
Please, everyone, have a safe, healthy and happy holiday. I'll be here, logging fitness minutes in between bouts of studying.
P.S. I totally CRUSHED the "12 Y visits by the 20th" challenge with my co-workers. I'm on pace for my best month ever. I hope we do it again in December!
Friday, November 15, 2013
The source: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Answer one question each day:
8. Have you ever worked with a physical trainer? One on one? Small group? What skills or talents did the trainer have that helped you? What didn't help?
Yep, I bought a few sessions and worked with James. He's very knowledgeable about the YMCA itself, as well as most group classes. He is a spaz (and I say that with respect; really!) and is truly driven by his passion to help everyone be healthier. He is big on core strength and balanced training (right-to-left, top-to-bottom). He's helped me to identify options for some exercises, goals to shoot for and actually got me to try Group Cycle. The only thing that doesn't help is that he's not a morning person (his words, not mine), so he and I are often 'ships in the night' at the Y.
In other news, the no cocktails / decent bedtime routine really is a hit. Granted I've relaxed the standards a bit this week (The Hubster claims that I've been studying TOO hard; easy for him to say!), but it really does help immensely. I actually wake up on my own a few moments before the alarm goes off, which is MUCH nicer than jumping out of bed to make the alarm stop.
I hope that everyone has a terrific weekend. Make it your goal to relax and enjoy some time working on whatever makes you happy!!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The recap: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Answer one question each day:
7. What is your least favorite physical activity overall? at the gym? Explain.
Honestly, there's only one part of the gym that I don't like, and it's the stair climb to check-in. Yes, there's an elevator, but I'm not too far gone to take the stairs. Two flights up - minimum - every visit to just to get into the gym. My yoga, Pilates and Group Cycle classes are on the fourth floor, so it's up two MORE flights to get there.
To be fair, it's not as if they changed the building. It was like this when I joined and I still keep coming in!
It's been a busy 24 hours here on the brain front.
- I got the official word / schedule for my PEM exam, will be taking it on 07DEC (a day that will no doubt live in infamy). EEEEP; it's really real now!
- The Hubster and I both had our hearing checked, which was an interesting outing. I don't think that I've ever had a thorough hearing exam. We each went for different reasons; he's not quite hearing low frequencies (noticed with his Rosetta Stone sessions in Mandarin), and I have a non-stop ringing. We both scored in the normal ranges, which is good news, but it doesn't fix the challenges we've encountered. We shall see what time brings our way.
- We got a call last night to help with the Holidazzle Parade this year. We've done it for 15+ years, and enjoyed a nice holiday season last year because we sat out. This year is the last year for the event, and it seems that the staff is already checked out. As much as Patrick and I enjoyed not doing it (after all those years, we had no idea how to actually enjoy the season!), we know that our help is needed. We're discussing dates and finding a way to make it happen.
The Official Site: www.holidazzle.com/
The better way to see it online is to go to Google, search for "Mpls Holidazzle" and then click on the "Images" link under the text box. The photos are truly magnificant and they make it easy to see why we did this event for so long.
OK, off to work for this Sparkler. Happy Wednesday and be good to yourself!!
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