Sunday, December 07, 2008
Been shopping till we're dropping, my DW & I both yesterday and today...not a lot re: $$$, but a lot of time as my DW is heading in for a surgical procedure (not a biggie, more of a diagnostic step) on Tues and figures she isn't going to feel much like getting out after THAT! So we've got gifts for the family pretty well nailed.
Problem is: we were out late last night, stayed up even later afterwards unloading, settling into the house and catching up on e-mail / SP stuff...
So...slept in today on Sun. My favorite thing to do on a Sunday...BUT that jams up the day's schedule as DW is chomping to get going as soon as we wake up.
Ugh! No morning workout...!
So by the time we're back home and settled it's 4 pm or later...I am on the wane as usual at that time of day. The pellet stove is running, as usual this time of day. In the morning I turn it off for it's daily cleaning and use my treadmill while it isn't running. This way I sweat only TEN buckets instead of TWENTY...! :-)
So two major strikes against me, late in the day & pellet stove running as it's COLD out there these days!
Do I throw in the towel and skip my treadmill time as I've been all to prone to do these days...?
For once, NO!
Turned the pellet stove down real low, got on and broke my jogging record...going 35 mins. at 5 mph...woo hoo! AND stayed on for another 25 mins. @ 4 mph...nice hour-long session, over 800 calories burned...woo hoo!
Now, finished making the beds, doing the laundry, scrubbed up the bathrooms, running the dishwasher and cleaned out the crockpots...next? On to de-bone the turkey and boil it up for soup, yum!
Looking forward to going to work tomorrow so I can *relax!* :-)
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!
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