Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Hey, lost THREE more pounds this week TOO!
Woo Hoo! So nice to see pay-offs after several weeks of a plateau! It really DOES work, folks, to stick with what you know works for you, even during plateaus...sooner or later the rewards will become obvious!
One thing I think that helped was, after getting my feet recovered and returning to the treadmill I revved up my workouts by kicking up my baseline speed to 4.2 mph instead of 4.0. Then when a great song comes along I kick it up to 5.0.
Now: off to the Big Apple tomorrow to have a great time and walk away some MORE pounds... :-)
Spring is SPRINGING around here and I'm REVVED and PSYCHED for action!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I've recently finished reading The Kite Runner and was blown away by the courage shown by Amir, the protagonist, as an adult he faced the demons of the past and redeemed himself from terrible choices he once made as a child.
Similarly, Jimmy Santiago Baca displayed courage and tremendous self-confidence as he placed himself in harm's way, risking detention by the INS as he describes in his "Parting Words" available for streaming or download at this website: www.poetrypoetry.com/Features/JSBaca
These incidences have moved me to tears at times. I realize that they resonate so soundly with me because I'm increasingly aware of the kind of courage I need to break through old patterns of denying myself the freedom to express my true voice, my true actions.
One song which captures this spirit for me is "My Song" by Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek. It's available at Amazon for download for 89 cents...such a deal! You can also listen to a sample of the song: www.amazon.com/My-Song-Keith-Jarrett
TF8&s=music&qid=1204213962&sr=1-1 There is a childlike music box quality at times during this song, which swells with passion and pride at others. Highly recommended!
One area I've been neglecting over the years has been a serious lack of socializing with friends. My life has been primarily going to work and coming home and any socializing I've been doing has been within that context. Of course there's been the added wonderful outlet of SparkPeople!
So, I had cancellations last Sat. freeing me up. This was the opening I needed to call an old friend and invite him out for lunch/brunch. We had a great time catching up and during our conversation he mentioned that he had to go to New York City this upcoming week for a small business transaction and invited me to come along and spend the day walking about the city taking in the sites. I knew this was an opportunity that wouldn't come along often so I sprung for it and we are set to hop on the bus to Port Authority this Thursday!
Woo hoo! I'm psyched to blow the cobwebs! Weather should be mid-60's and sunny...made to order! :-)
Breaking out of old patterns can sometimes be painful, however this time? A glorious thing!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
A little bit ago I posted about a wonderful latino poet, Jimmy Santiago Baca. Here is a link to some of his poetry from a performance he gave in 2000 at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL.
I am so taken by the passion, intensity and conviction expressed as he recites his readings...and realize that this "voice" isn't too far astray from the one I use...my own inner coach.
His recital is available for download at this site. My favorites are What Kind of Poem Is Appropriate?, Grandma, Little Girl and Parting Words. He is so moving and inspirational!
Definitely someone who sets Sparks a-flying!
Saturday, March 15, 2008
...like excitable dogs left home alone all day, my feet hungrily hit the treadmill first thing this morning and gobbled up the miles!
My trusty mp3 player first served up a peppy live EWF from their live Gratitude album and my feet took right off at a 5 mph jog. Later Santana's "Song of the Wind" played as I felt like a wind had filled my sails...! To wrap up, Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark"..."can't light a fire without a SPARK!" Woo hoo! How fitting is THAT! Wrapped up my run racking up a record number of miles for the amount of time I was on the 'mill.
As one of my favorite acoustic guitar players, Leo Kottke once said: "My Feet Are Smiling"...and so is my spirit!
How terrific it feels to be BACK!!
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