Monday, July 07, 2008
It all began yesterday when my wife planned an outing...to visit an online friend who was coming to town for an overnight while en route to another place. As they talk a lot about crafting, etc...i.e. not the most stimulating conversation for yours truly...lol...I thought, okay...we're already into July and you have YET to get your bicycle out this YEAR!
We have a beautiful park nearby where my wife was going to be visiting, so I resolveed that I would bring my bicycle and go riding while they caught up with each other.
The last time I biked was last fall...and that happened to be the FIRST time I biked since my college days over 20 years ago! That experience was less than pleasurable...I couldn't peddle over even slight hills and when I was done my backside hurt for days. So...I dropped biking from my list of things to do and put the bike away for storage after leaving it stowed in my car to unsuccessfully tempt me into trying it again last year.
However yesterday's ride was a WHOLE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE! I felt like the former college student of yore who used to zip around Michigan State's forty-some acre campus...the only way to survive! But yet THRIVE as well!
I found myself able to peddle over hills and even the overpass which brings one over our local interstate so I could catch up with my wife.
It felt so WONDERFUL to fly like the wind again!
And THEN, this morning I wake only to find that I am featured on the Motivational SparkPages (go to "Community" then to "SparkPages" and you'll see me there!
I only found out indirectly because new folks, not on my SparkTeams, begain posting oodles of praise on my SparkPage. I began to wonder...what's this all about? Then somebody mentioned my being in the "SparkLight" and piqued my curiosity even MORESO...finally someone was kind enough to get back to me to guide me so I could find out where I was being featured....WOW!
What a feeling!!! Like Christmas in July! :-)
I headed out to my 'mill for a wonderful 45 min. (instead of the usual 35...lol) and my mp3 player was picking some gems!
It wrapped up with Oregon's instrumental ode to fulfilling oneself, titled "Yet To Be" ( www.amazon.com/Oregon-Concert/dp/B00
=1215453176&sr=1-1 ) and finally, Santana's song "Everybody's Everything" ( www.amazon.com/Best-Santana/dp/B0000
215453474&sr=1-8 )...what a BLAST that last song is! I was so pumped I nearly fell off the 'mill boogie-ing along with the band...lol!
Thank you, thank you everyone for your praise and pats-on-the-back! I'm not accustomed to basking in the limelight...so I appreciate the opportunity to "exercise" that ability! :-)
Hope everyone had a stupendous Fourth weekend!!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Saturday one of my aunt's and her partner had invited many family members to their home which is outside Kalamazoo tucked away in a small community and on the edge of a lake.
They have a SunCatcher pontoon-style boat which comfortably seats 10-12 folks or so and has a 115 hp engine which can MOVE when it wants too...my uncle named it the Flying Couch...lol! It sits so comfortably. It even has a stereo system and plays CDs! We were jamming to the tunes and sometimes a quiet one would come along, suitable for the quiet, marshy wetlands we would travel a bit through.
The lake is very sedate with few boats on it and one side is totally undeveloped marshlands. As we puttered through we could see a few families of swans, scores of redwing blackbirds and an occasional beaver bobbing along in the water...one had a lilypad in its mouth.
The weather was made to order! Times of brilliant sunshine, but a nice breeze so it didn't get too hot. Later it rained as we pulled up to the dock (trip #2) and later YET it cleared and was heading for 10 pm as we went out on our last trek as one could still see twilight circling the lake with the slightest glow...magnificent to catch the lake with extended family members, some of whom I hadn't seen in over twenty years!
My only disappointment was not being able to get out on the lake in a kayak. I've never used a kayak and have been REALLY craving the idea of it. My uncle earlier promised me we'd get out together, he in one, me in another...however the rain came along and it just didn't seem right to scoot off together when there was so much catching up to do with various family members. So it never happened. But I'll tell you, it is a MIGHTY strong draw to get back there again...FAR sooner than TWENTY years from now! My aunt welcomed my family and I to come stay with them anytime. Of course 12 1/2 hours travel time and gas prices will certainly slow me down a tad! But I figure this is probably one of the best opportunities I have to nab a kayak and get a chance to see if this is something I'd like to pursue further...i.e. buy one for myself!
All in all it was a very special time. I stuck with my healthy eating for the most part, with my only planned exception being to enjoy a piece of my uncle's home made lasagna. Other than that, passed up on the beer, passed up on the sweets, brought my veggie tray and chowed all day on it.
Hope everyone gets to spend some great times with friends and family in some way this summer!
Monday, June 23, 2008
I'm about to embark on a several day vacation involving 12 hours or so car travel each way! So I'm already getting nervous about keeping up a routine...especially as I've already allowed my recent medical hurdle take the wind out of my workout sail! (see my last blog for more info)
So strength-building has been determined to be off-limits and cardio has to be way scaled back. Sat./Sun. I did NOT get on the treadmill, however, I DID get out and work via mowing lawn, trimming hedges, pruning back trees, hauling the stuff away, etc. So even tho I did SOMETHING, I found myself too quickly settling into a "no-treadmill" routine...wrapping myself up in guilty feelings for not having used it, justifying myself...going back and forth.
Today I just got ON the darn thing! :-) Cut my speed a tad (from 4.2 down to 3.6 mph) but kept the same incline and put in 40 mins. Tomorrow I'm going to do the same thing.
Then? We depart early Weds. a.m. and will be returning either Sun/Mon 6/29-6/30. We are foregoing our laptop (withdrawal time...ugh! lol) so that we have a smidgen more packing space as my son will be returning home for a few months. (Give it away, I keep telling him...PLEASE! :-) )
So...I'm going to be running on lower energy, but with expectations that I'm going to STILL workout in a scaled back way.
My drill sergeant comes out when I find myself slouching on workouts...I scare myself by saying things like:
--- next thing you know you're going to see that scale going in the wrong direction and before you know it
--- your CLOTHES won't FIT again!
--- You'll be SQUEEZING back into restaurant booths
--- and theater seats
--- Your cheeks will start filling out and looking chubby again
--- Your fingers will begin to take on that sausage-like quality
--- You'll be sleeping all the time because you'll have no energy
--- Folks will be kind enough not to say anything, but there will be that *LOOK* that says EVERYTHING!
I can go on and on but usually before long, I'm back on the treadmill listening to my upbeat music, feeling like my old (NEW!) self again.
Along with myself, it seems many of my favorite Sparkies have for one reason or another been struggling to keep the momentum going toward ever improving health and wellness. Remember during the tough times how valuable it is to take a STAND on the GIBRALTAR of our HEALTH and WELLNESS!
It is the BEST anchor I know when the maelstrom of life begins swirling about us!
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