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Double Cardio...Seeking Balance

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Well I did it: a second round on my treadmill last night to "make up" for missing my cardio on my "who pulled the plug" Sunday...lol!

PLUS I got right up to nail my cardio and strength-building this morning.

As I've been working on all of this, recognizing my need to jealously guard my sleep, along with my struggles doing cross country skiing downhill I realized the common denominator between all of this has been to somehow maintain better BALANCE...

Between doing for others / doing for myself
Between time for work / family / friends
Between being critical of myself / praising of myself
Between moving forward and learning from the past
Between acceptance of others / acceptance of myself

A member of my group therapy "graduated" a while back and as a parting gift she passed around a bag of smooth "worry stones" for each of us to pick. We reached into the bag and chose our stone and there was a word imprinted on the stone. My stone had the word "balance" on it...the symbol of Libra, my sun-sign...always able to see and weigh both sides to everything...except somewhere along the way I developed blinders for myself and have too often found it all too easy to lose myself in relation to my sense of being there for others.

My focus on physical health has been one way that I strive to "be there" for ME! I know there are other ways for me to "be there" for myself as well and I continue to work on them step by step.

Don

  
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JIBBIE49 1/27/2009 7:10PM

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JIBBIE49 1/27/2009 7:10PM

    Oh, Don, I'm a Libra, too, but we can "sit on the fence" to long looking at both sides of an issue. ACTION gets results, so we have to learn to TRUST ourselves and go with a decision.

One of my favorite sayings is NO DECISION IS A DECISION.

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Who Pulled The Plug?!?!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Wow! Yesterday was like no day I've had in a VERY long time!

I was totally without any energy or ambition whatsoever...my Spark had up and gone without any warning, rhyme or reason. I slept in till noon and when I woke up got about listlessly fumbling through some household cleaning, helping my DW halfheartedly with some big batch cooking and before long I got back in bed and zonked for another few hours.

I had no other symptoms beyond just being totally "all in!" Guess it was my day to crash and burn...after another night's sleep of 8 hours last night I'm feeling pretty much back up to snuff, although not exactly bursting with energy.

My biggest disappointment was that there was just no way I could muster a cardio workout yesterday. Everyone out there in Sparkland has been SOOO supportive and a great cheerleading squad, I REALLY wanted to, but just didn't have it in me yesterday. Got today's cardio done first thing, up on my 'mill. I'm considering "cheating" and doing a 2nd cardio session later today (which I NEVER do!) and designating that as "yesterday's" workout...lol! We'll see!

Whew, glad that is over now! Guess it is a lesson on just how important sleep is! I have never short-changed myself a LOT, an hour here and there...but I guess it piles up until the body says: "Hey you! You are going to STOP in your tracks RIGHT NOW and get the rest you need!" Wa-BAM! :-)

Take care of yourselves everyone out there!

Don

  
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FATNATALIE09 1/28/2009 3:42PM

  Being sleepy, tired and unmotivated.....just nature's way of saying "slow down". You can't be all out, all the time. Accept down time for what it is....a chance to slow down and recharge. emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/26/2009 12:43PM

    emoticon Sleep IS important.

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To Streak or Not To Streak...?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Yesterday I gave myself the pleasure of a good swift kick in the behind and when I was SORELY tempted to skip my cardio and strength-training I finally got up and did it at one of my latest times yet...beginning at 10:30pm!

I just knew I couldn't live with myself if I broke my cardio streak...haven't missed a day of cardio since January 7th...woo hoo!

Let's see if I can reclaim my earlier groove when I first started SparkPeople and go 30, 60 or maybe even 90 days without missing a single day of cardio...!

Don

  
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JIBBIE49 1/26/2009 1:21AM

    I need to get a CARDIO streak going. Just what I must do. emoticon

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RISSATRAIN 1/25/2009 12:17PM

    You can do it, Don!

Those swift kicks are sometimes the hardest things to do. Your will is amazing. Keep it up! emoticon

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Balance

Friday, January 23, 2009

One of the things I'm realizing as I tackle new endeavors such as cross country skiing and going hands free on the treadmill is that my sense of balance is TERRIBLE! I've always been a klutz, but I thought after losing all the weight I've lost that balance wouldn't be a problem. WRONG!

Today on my 'mill hands free again I found myself not as able to get "lost" in my music as usual as I realized my attention was riveted on my feet and making sure I don't wander off the tread!

I suppose as I continue these efforts it will become more natural with less attention to detail, but in the meantime I miss communing with my tunes and closing my eyes, nodding my head back and forth as I boogie. So that's when I reach for the rails at times to allow myself that indulgence.

I hear there are exercises designed to improve balance...must check 'em out!

Don

  
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More Hands Free...Woo Hoo!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Did a 50 min. treadmill session tonight with only 5-10 mins. hanging onto the heart rate handles now and then...woo hoo! What a DIFFERENCE in the workout!

Keep SPARKING out there everyone!!

Don

  
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JIBBIE49 1/22/2009 10:51PM

    Great, Don. That means you have improved a lot. emoticon

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