Thursday, January 07, 2010
Nice one from Mary Chapin-Carpenter tonight while doing my ST...got me thinking about the lyrics in a different way. The obvious meaning relates to relationships. But how about our journey toward reclaiming our health?
If losing weight was easy and didn't take any effort, do you think there would be any obesity among us...? Course not! But we here at SparkPeople, we know all about:
The Hard Way
Show a little inspiration, show a little SPARK
And show that things that drew me to you and stole my heart
And tell me something I don't know instead of everything I do
And look at me as if I mean something to you
Our hearts are beating while we sleep, but while we're wide awake
You know the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way
Show a little passion, baby, show a little style
And show the knack for knowing when and the gift for knowing how
And have a little trust in us when fear obscures the path
You know we got this far, darling, not by luck, but by never turning back
Some will call on destiny, but I just call on faith
That the world won't stop, and ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER
Listen to your heart, to what your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard way
Caught up in our little lives, there's not a lot left over
I see what's missing in your eyes; you're searching for that field of clover
So show a little inspiration, show a little spark
Show the world a little light when you show it your heart
We've got two lives, one we're given and THE OTHER ONE WE MAKE
And the world won't stop, and actions speak louder
Listen to your heart, and your heart might say
Everything we got, we got the hard (everything we got, we got the hard way)
Everything we got, we got the hard way
Enjoy the tune...I find it a great one for workouts!
Monday, January 04, 2010
...it's what is left after one's Second Wind fades!
Did some great 'millwork tonight where I kept the speed at 5-6 mph throughout the entire 40 mins. No 4 mph tonight! Had a great helping hand near the end from Pat Metheny's song "Third Wind" which is just FILLED with exciting jazz/latin rhythms and percussion...guaranteed to ALWAYS get my feet movin'!
Sending out many thx to everyone giving me the high-five on being quoted in "The Spark!" What a THRILL! Got those page numbers burned into my brain...woo hoo!
Now if THAT isn't a motivator, don't know what is...!?! How can I NOT continue to SPARK my very BEST...? :-)
Let's keep SPARKIN' out there.
Remember this quote: "People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author Unknown"
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Rivulets running down the windows as I steam up my 50 degree workout room during my hour on the 'mill and a half hour with my dumb bells and resistance bands today. Been percolating thoughts for a New Year's blog for some time now...but somehow during my workout today everything seemed to come together. Seems to be ripe conditions for blog incubation!
2009 was one mighty fine year for me. It didn't really dawn on me until I finally paused to take stock while on my treadmill today, what a laundry list of accomplishments I made this year:
---Cross Country Skiing: No, I can't say I know what I'm doing, but for the first time in my LIFE this past winter I got out and TRIED! And am heading back out again THIS winter to try again and see if this is something I can get the hang of and enjoy.
---Kayaking: Another first! Had NEVER done this before jumping in with fellow members of SparkPeople and especially credit yakking enthusiast 4A-HEALTHY-BMI (her pics from our events shared below) for organizing my first kayaking outing with the Ithaca & Finger Lakes SparkTeam! I've since gotten out other times and thoroughly enjoyed myself and expect in time I'll probably buy one of my own to enjoy more regularly.
---Biking the Kal-Haven Trail: Did it! Biked 40+ miles from my son's apartment down the Kal-Haven Trail through the beautiful rural countryside of Michigan to the shore of Lake Michigan at South Haven.
---Maxed out the INCLINE on my treadmill! Using 10 or 12 (which is the highest) all the time on my 'mill...woo hoo!
---Traveling to San Diego to attend the very first SparkConvention
and for the first time in the 20+ years my sister has lived in San Diego to be able to visit and stay with she and her family and soak up all the wonderful things the San Diego area has to offer! Here's one of my favorite pics of my sister and I:
---SparkRally: American Cancer Society's Relay for Life! What a wonderful time our local Binghamton Area Losers had keeping someone on the tracks walking for 24 hours to raise money for such a great cause! Here's a pic of us in action:
---While in San Diego I had been interviewed for "possible" inclusion in Chris Downie's upcoming book "The SPARK"...and lo & behold I'm IN some of the videos shared from the Convention ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1sqOCjFjJc ) AND I had the pleasure of being quoted in "The SPARK" on page 120-121! Woo hoo!
During the past year I've had some great "light bulb" experiences which have taken me further along the path of recovering my optimal health and wellness:
1) I "discovered" personally that I could REALLY RAMP UP my workouts, but yet not achieve much in the way of weight loss. Of course I felt great and could see better muscle definition, etc. which was SUPER. The corollary was that I could maintain my weight and physical condition with a less intensive workout regimen...I didn't HAVE to keep pushing the envelope.
2) The biggie was, after all my resistance and muss & fuss over rebelling against tracking my food due to past negative experiences I bit the bullet and jumped in yet again and finally, after a few years of "intuitive" eating, in which I struck out my trigger foods (mostly highly processed carbie sweet things), bumped up my veggies and ate what I wanted. I accomplished much with this, but after a year or so of plateau-ing @ 226# I decided this was the only tool left for me to use in trying to bust through my plateau. SUCCESS! I've since been setting my sights on ONEderland and actually achieving a statistically "healthy" BMI, which would begin once I reach 194.
However, for all of these insights and accomplishments which added up to a truly STUNNING and AMAZING year I managed to fizzle and limp my way through the final weeks of the year, allowing the holidays to de-rail me from the healthy choices in eating and working out.
Part of me feels like I've reverted and taken a crayon to scribble all over the masterwork that this year had previously been...argh!
But then another part of me is being more reasonable, stepping back and telling myself:
---I am a food addict. I can manage my addiction, but I can never vanquish it, and I must always be vigilant for this addiction to rear its ugly head and take steps to avoid conditions where this might happen and take action ASAP when I need to regain control.
---I have had these bumps in the road in the past...uh, yeah, a whole month ago when traveling over Thanksgiving...I've navigated holidays successfully in the past, but this year...? What a bust! But I HAVE bounced back and lost the weight, regained control and SPARKED ANEW!
---So I can and WILL do it yet again!
---Another thing learned: while there is much to be said for being "in the moment," I'm kicking myself in hindsight for not being more mindful, PRE-HOLIDAYS, of how momentous this year has been for myself. Instead of just living day-to-day, setting aside some time to gather my wits, take stock of my life, my accomplishments, give myself pats-on-the-back. Had I done this I suspect I would have been far less likely to slip as I did during the holidays.
What lies ahead...?
What must be UPPERMOST in the minds of EVERYONE who has lost the kind of weight we have lost is as 4A-HEALTHY-BMI pointed out: MAINTENANCE! If you haven't been following her blogs, I HIGHLY recommend everyone keep an eye on her thoughts, suggestions & "enabling food technologies" ...she is an AMAZING example of what SP is all about and MAINTENANCE is one of her top priorities these days. I suspect she will be helping to beef up the offerings SparkPeople has to help those of us who NEVER, EVER want to "go there" again and regain what we've worked so hard to lose!
Having backslid and skidded my way into 2010 I know I have my work cut out just restoring what I have accomplished, but there is no question MAINTENANCE will be my TOP PRIORITY!
The tough questions, goals, etc. come after maintenance...life beyond the numbers: what's next? There's nothing like nailing a goal that really SPARKS and REVS a body up!
Numbers are the easy part: ONEderland...here I come...along with a "healthy" BMI which arrives at 194#. More numbers: planning to buy a new bicycle this winter and to get ready to bike back and forth to work 2-3 times a week in better weather, racking up 20 miles each round trip. Would like to solidify and build upon my 40+ bike rides. There is another town to our north that is around 30 miles away, which would be approx. 60 miles round trip.
Beyond the numbers: A fellow member of SparkPeople recently blogged about working toward being able to be like her sadly departed friend...a person who was able to be so genuine, spontaneous, to bring joy to others and to find and celebrate joy "in the moment" when with others.
During the past few years I've learned to find joy by "being in the moment" with MYSELF during workouts and physical accomplishments. I've learned that 'yes, I have a pulse, I am truly ALIVE!' It's been wonderful, for instance, to finally climb that hill on my bike which previously forced me to walk up it and SWOOP down the other side WOO HOO-ING all the way!
But moments of joy shared with others...I need more of that! I see this as shifting from being ALIVE to becoming able to THRIVE in the world!
After being so focused on numbers and concrete, specific goals working toward something like this feels like I'm in a foreign country grasping for intangibles that are so tricky to measure and break down into baby steps...!
But here are a few ideas:
---Get the darned hearing aid! My old hard rock days have taken their toll. Several weeks ago I had a condition with one of my ears which was taken care of, but along the way I had a hearing test which confirmed what I already knew. My hearing is atrocious. How can I be more social, spontaneous and find joy within my contacts with others if I'm figuratively reaching for my hearing trumpet shouting "eh? wazzat sonny?" I have the prescription, must return to the audiologist and get this done!
---What could I do that might pull together my love of music, the thrill of being able to extend my physical capabilities yet even further and this new focus of being able to THRIVE socially? To find joy through my relationships with others? A shy, closet-dancing voice inside has nudged the idea of taking dancing lessons or classes from the back burner towards, but not yet ON the front burner. My recent encounters with the Wii has shown me just how stiff and imbalanced I am...coupled with my HIGH degree of self-consciousness, it will take a LOT for me to actually stop talking about this and DO SOMETHING! Stay tuned...
---My new Nordic Walking Poles are gathering dust...looking forward to USING them...wonder if I could rally some interest in others doing the same so that we could perhaps turn Nordic Walking into a social outing as well...?
That's as far as I can take it for now...don't know if you all could hang in there to the very end of this *novel"...lol!
I have found it SO helpful to read everyone's thoughts and ponderings for the New Year and have been SPARKED in so many ways by all that we share together here at SparkPeople. I can't thank you all enough!
Let's move forward to the very BEST of years ahead in 2010!
Friday, December 18, 2009
I enjoyed reading another members' blog about discovering that he could RUN and got to thinking about how I just can't BELIEVE I can run these days! It just doesn't even occur to me that I CAN run except once in a while like tonight while heading out to the car from the mall. I parked at the very end of the lot to give me some walking time...except tonight I thought, hey, you're short on time, why not RUN?!?!
So I DID! Felt GREAT!
I envy runners their fitness and the "high" they get from running....but still don't see myself pushing in that direction very much...at least now...but who knows what the future may hold? :-)
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Going crazy dealing with BOTH a pellet stove that isn't burning right and an oil furnace that isn't running and here we are zooming down to our first single-digit night...argh! Service fellow is coming to save the day...after hours fees and all, ugh!
Holiday festivities and foods continue to pop out all over...but have been enjoying them in healthy ways...no more stumbles on my way to ONEderland thank you...! :-)
Our local supermarket has been having these HUGE Cortland apples on sale 78 cents a pound and they are DELICIOUS! And no where NEAR the calories of other foods...been chowing on 2-3 each day...yum...what a treat!
Can't wait for some slack days...there WILL be some, won't there...?
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