Saturday, November 29, 2008
That was the question posed by today's "Healthy Reflection" email from SP.
It got me thinking a bit, as I agree with their point that "If you can clearly state and see what your vision is, you're well on your way to seeing it come to life."
While I have some ideas, I'm feeling a need to hone in a bit better on this and thought we could make an interesting message thread as we bounce ideas together.
Here are some of my "Signs I've Reached My Goals":
1) fitting into normal-sized clothes
2) fitting into normal-sized seating (restaurants, amusement park rides, theaters, etc.)
3) being able to enjoy physical activities either I'd long ago abandoned and / or never even attempted (biking, anticipating cross-country skiing, etc.).
4) cutting back on my prescription meds (for hypertension, cardiovascular benefits, etc.)
5) having greater energy levels, with less fatigue plaguing my day-to-day life.
However, since I've reached these goals to a great degree, what's next?
One thing that would REALLY make me feel I had TRULY arrived would be to feel comfortable going shirtless in public!
Another goal I'm GREATLY looking forward to is to bike the 34 mile Kalhaven Trail this spring with my son.
I'm also looking forward to tackling cross-country skiing this winter.
I think one way we know we've reached our goals is to always have MORE goals toward which we're striving! :-)
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Okay, so enough whining, time for action!
Before the pellet stove could get things to blasted hot in here this morning, I hopped onto the treadmill for what I hoped would be a longer, 60 minute session. In the good old days, 60-70 min. sessions were typical on Sat. / Sun.! But it has been a long time since I had done that.
One of the culprits was reading an article suggesting that one gets greater benefit from doing two 30 min. sessions than from doing one 60 min. session. So, I thought, why not get more bang for the buck?!
Problem: once I stopped after a shorter session, I could NEVER, EVER get myself back on the 'mill later in the day! So soon my longer weekend sessions gave way to shorter ones.
I guess this is how one can take good scientific information and turn it into a bad decision! While it may be true that two shorter sessions have greater benefit than one longer one, it just plain didn't work for me!
So...I really put the pedal to the metal today and broke my treadmill record:
84 mins. / 5.6 miles / One THOUSAND calories...woo hoo!
It was so cool to see the treadmill go back to "0" when I hit 1000! Kinda like I broke the bank...lol!
Here's how I kept going longer than I planned: @ 60 mins. I was in the middle of a good song and before I knew it I was approaching 70 so I figured I might as well get to a round number, but then I remembered my habit of wanting to go *just a tad* beyond round numbers so after passing 70 I realized I was approaching 1,000 calories and I thought "How cool would THAT be?!" so kept going and near the 1,000 mark, past 80 minutes I had a helping hand from a song from one of my favorite albums by Sara Lazarus and Birelli Lagrene: It's Alright With Me...super album along the Diana Krall, jazz vocal lines...however with Bireli's swinging french Django-style guitar playing backing her up...such wonderful FUN to listen to!
here's the Amazon link:
Deed I Do was the track, and it was just the light, swinging toe-tapper to bring me home and see the calorie counter on my 'mill swing over to ZERO for the first time: YES! Another track I love on this CD is "Down With Love"...it has such a frenetic pace with fun-loving swinging style that it is TOTALLY infectious! If your listening inclinations are anything along this line you really owe it to yourself to check out this album!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Lately, despite all my success, I feel like I've run out of steam. My Spark has been flickering for reasons I can't quite pinpoint. As many of you know, I would REALLY like to break into ONE-ville someday, but lately I just haven't been able to muster the food intake control nor the exercise UPtake control to accomplish this. And the plateau continues. As does my whining...
I know my trouble spots...not getting enough sleep, which handicaps my energy levels...but mostly I just can't seem to muster whatever it takes to bump up my workouts and kick down my food intake...I know late night eating is sometimes the culprit, but just don't seem care enough to do something about it. My schedule of work has been more demanding ("crazy / busy"!) than usual and I really "feel" it by the time Friday roles around!
I'm even getting a bit bored with my treadmill routine and my 'mill has been my best buddy throughout the past 19 months since I've joined SparkPeople! I have been varying my speed from 4.0 to 5.0 on faster songs, sometimes 6.0 for a bit. My incline is always set @ 9. I TRY to get on my 'mill every day first thing in the morning, but lately have been missing some days. My sessions are 35-50 mins. depending on my time available.
This summer I LOVED jumping into the wonderful world of biking longer distances to nearby towns for round trips of 20-25 miles. But now we are in the "dark" months and biking will be very hit or miss. And I'm missing it BIGTIME! I have a plan to check out cross-country skiing if and when we ever get enough snow here in southern upstate New York!
I'm just not ready for the long nights, short days of fall / winter...more than a dash of SAD going down here...! The blahs are running rampant!
Any ideas out there...? I'm getting tired of my own whining...lol!
ps...I have to admit also, that success makes it tough to come clean when troubles crop up! Even if I KNOW that's what we're all here for...! :-)
Saturday, October 25, 2008
My wife and I had a mini-vacation (Tues through Thurs.) to Niagara Falls and took a stupendous detour on our way home through Letchworth State Park, our own New York State waterfall wonder!
Unfortunately the wind was knocked from my sails the first day as I had come down with some weird fever and probable infection of some sort which made some of my hair follicles very tender and left a sore, quarter-sized lump on the back of my neck near the base of the skull. I just zoned out, slept a lot and bounced back on Weds. No cardio for me on Tues. tho! I enjoyed using the hotel's Star-Trac Edge for an hour on Weds. & Thurs.
Saw the doc yesterday and he believes this lump was a lymph node, put me on antibiotic and today it appears to have gone away entirely...go figure!
Needless to say, my one day of fever and listlessness did little to detract from our good times out and about!
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