Monday, January 12, 2009
I rocked yesterday boogie-ing to my mp3 player while revelling in my cardio snow shoveling for a couple of hours...I was having so much fun I shoveled well into my neighbor's driveways on both sides of ours. My sweatshirt was SOAKED when I was done!
And...later we went out for Sunday brunch and a movie (Gran Torino...WHAT A FLIX! All THUMBS UP! :-) ). The brunch was LOADED with scrumptious, decadent stuff, but avoided all of it with the exception of allowing myself a forkful of their cheesecake. My old gastroplasty of 1992 still serves its purpose by curbing my appetite at such venues.
Hope everyone out there is SPARKING away! :-)
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I've been rocking this past week carving out my "haven" upstairs. My son helped me to move my 250+ pound treadmill upstairs just before Christmas so we would have enough room in our living room for the tree. So we set my 'mill up in our storage or "junk" room. Since then I've been whittling away at stuff, setting up a stereo, speakers poised at a perfect height for me while I'm on my treadmill. Getting adapters so I can plug my mp3 player into the stereo...
AND I dusted off an old full length mirror...one of those oval type that swivel at the mid-point...and positioned it right in front of the treadmill so I can see myself.
That is a REAL challenge as all my life I have been so AVERSE to mirrors and seeing myself. Even after losing the weight I've lost I still cringe at times when I see myself. I rarely have a "pat-myself-on-the-back," "you-look-MAHVALOUS" moment...lol!
I'm hoping this may help me to feel more comfortable in my skin and who knows? Maybe learn to feel like I actually look ALL RIGHT! :-)
Today I did my third GRAND of the week! In probably my latest night time treadmill session ever...weird! I just haven't been a night time exerciser in the past. But it seems on the weekend that it just cannot happen any other time.
Anyhow, it's super to enjoy my "haven" and knock off another 1,000 calories...even though it's the name of a town in Michigan, I'm tempted to name my workout room: "Grand Haven"...lol!
I almost tossed in the towel at around 750 calories burned, but hey, with Sly & the Family Stone chanting "Higher" over and over was I going to wuss out THEN?!?!
So folks, it's a new year, set our sights for "HIGHER" goals & accomplishments and keep SOARING and giving each other friendly boosts here and there...woo hoo!!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
More yucky weather, got up too late to do much more than 35 mins. on the treadmill, grinding them out when...
I received a phone call from work: Due to road conditions don't come in till 10!
Woo hoo! A SNOW (er, FREEZING RAIN) DAY!! Haven't had one of those since HIGH SCHOOL!
The only difference is back THEN I would have taken advantage of the time by vegging in front of the TV.
My treadmill session suddenly becomes inspired: Since I've got LOTS of extra time, I'm going to make it a GRAND and keep buzzing along on my 'mill till I've kicked out 1,000 calories...just like I did a few days ago! Woo hoo!
Felt super to be able to reach that goal again!
PS...water has been restored, but our well is seriously low...will probably have to re-drill it in the spring. In the meantime...don't shower, flush the toilet and do laundry at the same time...lol.
Saturday, January 03, 2009
Finally, for the FIRST TIME in this New Year, I found myself rocking under the least likely of circumstances tonight!
I'd had a busy day of going to the landfill with our recycling, seeing clients in my office, doing a smidgen of grocery shopping, troubleshooting our well which has suddenly stopped and left us high and dry (can anybody say *BOY SCOUT*...I have a bucket of snow thawing in front of the pellet stove so we can flush the toilet!) and THEN having a mini-cookathon / clean-out-the-fridge evening.
Of course I overslept in the morning again...hadn't done any workout and here it was almost 7 pm...typically my very WORST time of day to workout.
But workout I did...going OVER THE TOP and doing my 30 minute strength-training, followed with a 1,000 calorie treadmill session...woo hoo! I've only done that once before! I couldn't believe how inspired I was by the music and the time flew by...didn't even look at the clock until 31 minutes had passed, and that was a mistake in that I was checking out my heart rate my treadmill.
In my icebox workout room, the one with no heat and frosted windows, rivulets of condensation were coursing down all of the windows by the time I finished...lol!
It's workouts like these that help me to trudge through the dreary days when I'm lacking inspiration. Sort of like striking a stone with a flint over and over again until voila! A SPARK IGNITES! :-)
You know, I realized a HUGE part of what motivated me tonight was reflecting over all the kudos posted on my SparkPage and responding to my blogs and feeling like the folks in the Verizon commercial, realizing that I've got a whole AUDIENCE rooting for me while I'm on my 'mill! Like a musician who becomes inspired by the crowd cheering him on...! Like many of you, I've never been very good attempting to accept praise in the past...but hey, you all are giving me such a pleasant WORKOUT in this arena...lol!
Thank you SO MUCH all of you wonderful people here at SparkPeople! We are so blessed to come together and cheer each other on towards the healthiest lifestyle we've EVER enjoyed!
Time to SHINE in 2009! Woo hoo! :-)
Update: Son. 1/4...not quite as inspired...this must be one of those "banging the flint on stones" days...lol. Still not too bad...730 calories...62 mins. on the 'mill. Keep on SPARKIN' out there everyone! :-)
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