Thursday, October 15, 2009
Well I think it's time to put some thoughts down here...been putting this off hoping for more inspiration, more SPARK...but for whatever reason this hasn't happened.
Trying to put my finger on the "blahs" which have been hanging on lately. Haven't been feeling rested, haven't been feeling like working out (although I have, but without any real oomph) and while visiting relatives in MI picked up 4# due to over-indulging in relatively healthy food, just too much. Back in the saddle since returning on Monday. Those long 12 hour car trips really take so much out of a person! I just don't understand why sitting in a car for 12 hours should be so tiring! It's not like our bodies are being taxed in any significant way...
Medically I've been gearing up for attempt #2 at a colonoscopy...am chugging away a gallon of Nulytely after a day of clear liquids, including Miralax, Dulcolax and a quart of prune juice. Yesterday I ate only non-starchy veggies and 3 apples. I'm doing all that I can to make this routine colonoscopy screening happen successfully. Silly of me to do this, but I chose to schedule the colonoscopy for tomorrow...my 53rd birthday! Woo...hoo...? I put it off so I could get out to MI, but then wanted to do it ASAP.
Another nagging thing has been inner ear pressure on my right ear which is NOT an infection, per my primary care doc...however it has dampened my hearing which has had an odd psychological effect of creating a sort of buffer between me and the world...feeling more cut off from people and activity, missing small sounds which whiz by unnoticed... Next week I finally catch up with the ENT to find out what the heck is going on.
I'm just not used to all these medical hiccups and am pretty impatient and irritable over such things...which I realize are so minor compared to the serious health woes of others!
I DO have a Spark Rally to look forward to on Sunday as our local Binghamton Area Losers are going to join our local CHOW Hunger Walk in raising money for the needy. While I'm certainly looking forward to this, it hasn't yet given me the kind of boost anticipating these kind of gatherings usually do.
So it's like my Spark is there, but just sorta dampened lately...and I don't like it!
Will keep on keeping on...doing the work of striking stone on stone until I can get SPARKING the way I WANT to!
Friday, October 09, 2009
Although I had hoped to get out for long walks/jogs while visiting family in MI, it's just been too yucky outside...cold, drippy and dreary. So I had my son set up his bike in his bike trainer and tried mimicking what I imagine a "spinning" class to be like...whew! Great, soaking wet workout! :-) SPINNING the drearies away...! (I've YET to join a spinning class, but would like to someday...you know, like when there's TIME?!?!)
While traveling to MI I had a blast listening to Frank McCourt's Teacher Man in audiobook format. It was wonderful to hear him telling his own story with his Irish brogue mixed in with tough, tell-it-like-it-is New York City influences.
A couple of things he said resonated with my wonderful journey here at SparkPeople. When talking about his philosophy of teaching he drew a big letter "F" on the left side of his chalkboard and another big letter "F" on the right side of his chalkboard and said that when he teaches he hopes to inspire students to move from:
Fear ---> Toward ---> FREEDOM!
...which sums up what I and I think MANY of you are doing here through SparkPeople... BOTH actually MOVING and making that transition from Fear to Freedom, but ALSO to INSPIRE OTHERS to do the SAME! Chris Downie also echoes this sentiment in his book "The SPARK!" Which I've also been reading and nodding my head throughout. Chris uses my well-worn reference to Newton's Laws of Physics...an object at rest tends to stay at rest, while an object in motion tends to stay in motion. This is why missing a day of cardio is so risky for me...I IMMEDIATELY feel the pull of staying STOPPED and have to FIGHT it so!
Another thing McCourt said toward the end of his book referring to retirement was that he wanted to be "out IN the world before" he "was out OF the world!"
Which also sums up a driving force within myself: I want to do ALL those things I've passed up along the way in my life...things I either told myself I was too fat to do or too apathetic to do...I crave it ALL and want so much to catch up and do it ALL! Preferably YESTERDAY! :-)
So SPARK ON, everyone...be your OWN inspiration and pay it forward by inspiring OTHERS TOO!
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
With the help of some great 6 mph songs I bumped my 35 min. treadmill distance covered up to 3.1 miles today...woo hoo! The songs, if anyone's interested:
The Who - My Generation (Live @ Leeds version)
Swing Out Sister - Breakout (Live @ the Jazz Cafe) although the pace slows some after the frenetic drum solo intro...still a great song to get me going!
Pat Metheny Group - Eighteen (on one of Metheny's weaker albums, Offramp, but one of my favorite upbeat, fast-paced tunes!)
Gorgeous autumn day today! Had a stuffed up allergy-nosed-night, but once I got moving things cleared for me.
Going to be traveling out to see family in Kalamazoo, MI...leaving tomorrow morning, returning Sunday. Will be in touch but not as much....too much to get out and DO! Woo hoo! :-)
Monday, October 05, 2009
I don't often post when things go wrong, so at least let's put something out there when things go wrong...and then RIGHT! :-)
A combination of things just had me out of sorts yesterday...allergies acting up, despite taking allergy meds (happens now & then)....sneezing, runny nose. Right inner ear continuing to have a lot of pressure, just shy of an ache. Grumpy mood and worst of all...it felt like somebody pulled the plug out of me...energy was nil all day long! It was the first day in a long, long time that I just couldn't pull myself together for any cardio.
And of course that only made me feel worse...!
So today started with oversleeping...body is trying to tell me something...! I *truly* need 8 hours sleep and so rarely get it. Although I don't SEVERELY shortchange myself, a week of 6-7 hours sleep usually has me dragging by the weekend.
But the extra sleep helped and my energy is back today for a round of treadmill time and ST w/ dumb bells, resistance bands and push ups. Now THAT was more like it!
So with that said, we're past 10:30 pm and I'm already short-changing myself...night all! :-)
Friday, October 02, 2009
I've been ramping up my efforts on the treadmill...sticking with those "spikey" intervals and doing more of the 6 mph speeds. This week instead of the old 2.3 miles I've covered during each morning 'mill work I've been between 2.7 - 3.3 miles covered...breaking my old record...woo hoo!
One problem I've noticed, however is that my mp3 player doesn't have enough fast-paced music to pump me up to the 6 mph speeds...!
This morning I was surprised to find Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" worked for one of my 6 mph intervals and Steely Dan's "Bodhisattva" and a Santana tune were my others. I'm having to forward through a lot of my formerly comfy 4 mph tracks. Sometimes I find myself creatively doing DOUBLE time on a slower track which can work for me.
Anyone have suggestions for tunes that really rev you up at those higher speeds? :-)
PS...My tastes are kinda weird, running from classic rock, alternative, folk, *some* carefully selected contemporary country, bigtime jazz...but not big band or dixiland, new age, world music and hits from my earlier years, 60s-70s or so. Sometimes even slower music works for me because either the message or the power of delivery has such *punch.*
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