Thursday, September 10, 2009
Some of you may recall that I had my gall bladder pulled earlier this year around April...?
Well at the time my surgeon said I had a hernia that should get taken care of later this year. It was too risky for him to do both with one surgery, unfortunately.
Back then we all could see the hernia popping in and out of my belly...like Alien trying trying to hatch itself and do the two-step...lol! Didn't hurt or bother me. Just avoided ab-specific exercise.
So that brings us to TODAY! I'm all psyched up and ready to take care of business. I head out to the doc and...
The Hernia Is GONE!
We're totally baffled! The doc congratulated me on taking good care of myself and figures, since the hernia is a hole and holes don't heal, somehow muscles have grown to a point where they must be covering up the hernia and preventing it from popping. I was amazed! I mean, my abs are SUCH a long, LONG way from being a six-pack...and haven't deliberately worked them!
So I guess I can dust off that "Abs-by-Jake" thingy I got for $20 at a garage sale and see what I can do with it...! :-)
PS...A very pleasant surprise today also...SparkPeople has gathered up clips from the San Diego convention earlier today and put together a wonderful 10 min. video to give everyone a sense of what an SP convention is like. You will hear from Chris Downie (SparkGuy), Coach Nicole and Becky Hand, SparkPeople's Dietician as well as speakers from the panel of SparkPeople members and other members.
Yours truly was honored to have a few moments of fame in this ten minute video also...around the 9 min. mark. How cool is THAT?!?
It was so great to re-visit that day again...! I wanted to pass this along to others so you could get a "feel" for what it's like to attend a SparkPeople Convention:
I ALSO wanted to pass this along to remind folks that it isn't too late to consider attending the upcoming SparkPeople convention in Cincinnati on Saturday, Sept. 26th and later this year on Sunday, November 22, 2009, in Tampa, Florida.
Here are links for registering for the Cincinnati convention:
Enjoy the video!
Monday, September 07, 2009
Jogging down the straightaway with my manual lawn mower,
reach the end,
pause, turn around
jog down the next row with my lawnmower,
reach the end,
pause, turn around...
Worked up a nice sweat with my alternative interval training...green style! :-)
PS: one of the BEST perks to a reel mower...with my mp3 player (which I can't listen to when using the power mower...have to turn it up too loud) on, I'm just a-buzzing along...I'm sure I must look like I'm waltzing with the mower as if she's my dance partner...lol!
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Yes, us northerners must re-invent ourselves when the colder weather comes along!
Last winter I tried cross country skiing for the first time and was a bumbling, fumbling mess! My balance is SO POOR! This winter...?
Sigh...I guess I keep at it and try again...lol! Can't throw in the towel JUST yet...!
Beyond this? My 'millwork and outdoor walks / jogs continue unabated! :-)
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Thx to EVERYONE for the well wishes! A good night's sleep has made a big difference...not out of the woods, but coming around...! I HAVE been taking my penicillin faithfully since Sat., just felt a bit discouraged yesterday as it just didn't seem to be making any difference. I'm always skittish about taking antibiotics as I don't want them to lose their potency so that when I REALLY need them to work, they WILL!
Anyhow, I took the day off from working out yesterday, pretty rare for me! And listened to my body and got a good night's sleep.
This morning's 'millwork was fairly inspired as well. Remember the book / movie, 'Running With Scissors'? The scene where they randomly point to a name in the phonebook as an "omen" or "answer" to a question posed by the family? What fun! :-)
I sorta use my mp3 player in a similar way sometimes...it's always set to 'shuffle' so I never know what's coming up next. Sometimes it seems to 'pick' just the right tune and today was one of those times.
I have a surprising number of tunes on my player which aren't really fast-paced, some outright ballads...but often these tunes have messages which are inspirational and motivational...doesn't matter that they're in-sync with my steps!
John Lennon's "God" popped up...and after denouncing every deity he says: "I just believe in me!" I then remembered why I chose to put that song on my player: the declarative pronouncement that *I believe in myself* is what I do every time I get on the treadmill, lift those dumb bells, hop on my bike or into a kayak! And no matter what one's spiritual practices may be, I believe that when we believe in ourselves, take care of ourselves we are tuning into the will of our God, Allah, Buddha, etc.
Then came James Taylor's "Carolina In My Mind"...his singing of going to Carolina in my mind seemed to resonate a sense of *centering* and *grounding*...I can go to "Carolina" whenever I want to by hitting that *zone* during my workouts. Although this song didn't pop up, I thought of "Song For You Far Away" and felt a sense of channeling to my family which is flung out across America as if someone took a paint brush and flicked us across the continent far and wide...but this song seems to bring out a sense of connectedness nonetheless.
Although my player didn't seem to pick any up-tempo tunes (other than one, can't remember what it was...) which could get me to pick up the pace beyond my baseline of 4 mph @ incline of 10, I felt it was telling me to take it easy, enjoy your 45 minutes...you can kick it up a notch some other day.
Which I'm sure I will!
Have a SPARKING day everyone!
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