Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Or a good swift kick!
Although ear troubles knocked me outta commission on Sun. and on Mon. I still felt "blah" and out of it...today? Just wasn't willing to let it slide by yet one more time! 45 mins. treadmill 1st thing this morning, 30 mins. ST tonight...YES! I'm not 100%, backed off my speed from 5 to 4 mph...we'll see what tomorrow brings. Felt good to be back in the SPARK of things!
Actually on Monday I DID take time to do something I hadn't yet concentrated on: using the balance board I got from the SparkStore. We were doing Wii bowling, so I decided while not bowling I would see how long I could stand on the balance board. Horrible at first but could see some nice progress as I persisted. Could feel the effort in my glutes of all places...! Also noticed the straighter I stood, the quicker I muffed it and stepped off the board. I think there's a DEFINITE parallel to cross country skiing.
Also called the company and got my Nordic Walking Poles straightened out...stay tuned!
I had a pleasant, unintended compliment today when I bumped into a nurse I worked with when back at the hospital. He asked me if everything was okay. I gave him a puzzled look and he explained: You've lost so much weight, I wasn't sure if you were ill!
Nah, just healthier than I've ever been! Woo hoo!
Now: let's kick this EAR thing already, right...? It's still bugging me, but diminishing. No point in speaking up yet as I have another few days of antibiotic left...going to have to finish that I figure.
Hoping to rally a meeting of local SparkPeople members for a book discussion this weekend. It's late notice...but we'll see if we can pull it off!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Just a quick one tonight as I'm heading for bed *on time* tonight...scary! :-)
Had a GLORIOUS walk in yesterday's January thaw day...around 40 degrees, sunny blue skies...had *intended* to walk one of our local parks (the Rail-to-Trail) with my Nordic Walking Poles for the first time. No go...just could NOT figure how to adjust the poles in such a way that they would "hold" and not slide in / out. Ah well, a regular walk it'll be then!
Only it wasn't a regular walk! Through the winter I had been upping my baseline speed from 4 to 5 mph pretty steadily. As fast as I could walk I still felt something was "wrong"...like an itch I just couldn't reach!
So I started to jog...ah, yes...THIS is what I've become accustomed to! More SPEED! Bring it ON! :-) Short sleeves and jeans...sweating away and loving it! A passer-by asked if I thought it was summer and I said: "Close enough for ME!" I really got into my music and at times was clapping along to the beat while jogging...must've been a SIGHT...lol!
I didn't jog the ENTIRE length (@ 5 miles), but a good share. When I was done, however, I had FAR more fatigue than I should have and it wasn't long before I could feel my right ear come back with it's aching once again...even though I'd been taking antibiotics & eardrops since Monday!
I slept 12 hours straight and woke up feeling all grogged out with sounds muffled again, ear aching. So here's another antibiotic to which I've become immune...great! This has become VERY OLD! I've never been an earache kinda kid, let alone ADULT! My energy level has been very much half-mast today, the infection seems to have so swiftly pulled the plug from that awesome high of yesterday. No cardio, no nothing...heading to bed and hoping to feel better soon...off to another doc tomorrow possibly.
I SO admire those of you struggling with any chronic illnesses...this recurring ear thing has me very much appreciating how TOUGH it is to keep SPARKING when it feels like your body keeps snuffing it out!
Don (who makes a VERY IMPATIENT patient!)
Saturday, January 16, 2010
If anyone wants to check out my musical preferences, check out my Pandora (www.pandora.com) radio station, titled:
ECM - World - Jazz Favorites
Looks like today is for sure going to be my Nordic Walking day...woo hoo!
I *think* this link will get you to my station:
Friday, January 15, 2010
Lately I've been shifting my baseline treadmill speed to 5 mph instead of 4 mph, with occasional bursts of 6 mph. One of the consequences of doing this is that songs which were formerly just right for 4 mph no longer are. BUT one of the cool results I'm finding is that the songs which were too SLOW for 4 mph are beginning to work out PERFECTLY at 5 mph...cuz I do them in DOUBLE TIME!
I often shift the length of my stride to suit the beat of the song. One song which works really well in double time for me is Earl Klugh and his trio doing Insensetez (How Insensitive) a gem written by bossa nova maestro Antonio Carlos Jobim. Here's a link to the album where you can listen to a sample of the song or buy a download of it for 99 cents:
Speaking of Jobim and Brasil, later during my treadmill time this morning came a song by Brasilian Girls, yep a sucker for their name...conjured the beautiful voices of Brasilian women such as Rosa Passos, Astrud Gilberto, Flora Purim, Joyce, etc. Well, as it would turn out NOBODY in that band is from Brasil and NONE of the music they do is bossa nova! But I still tried REALLY HARD to find a song of theirs that I liked and came across their hit "Jique," a funky, jangly electronica piece with a great beat.
For anyone looking for some extra and free music to check out Amazon offers a selection free mp3 downloads...limited selection, but worth checking out. I even found Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (song title "Under The Hedge") a band recommended by ZIRCADIA that I enjoy
Lastly, I finally took time to measure myself last night. First time since Sept. 09 and found some rewarding numbers!
Waist: 44 to 41.5, Hips: 47 to 43, Neck: 15 to 14.5
So let's get out and have ourselves a SPARKTASTIC weekend! I'm hoping to FINALLY get out and try my new Nordic Walking Poles at one of our local parks over this upcoming 3-day weekend...woo hoo! :-)
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I thought I would pass along one of my motivational strategies for folks to consider. On one of my SparkTeams a relative newcomer posted for suggestions on how to stay motivated. Many positive ideas were offered such as being kind to oneself, forgiving oneself, taking baby steps, etc. All of the suggestions were great, but I remember taking a different tack. Still use this now & then...! Here's my post:
Okay, everyone else has given great POSITIVE advice and these are SO IMPORTANT but...(and what follows is said with the UTMOST of respect, kindness and caring)
Sometimes I know in the past I have needed to take action more like fetching my own switch, i.e. Here's what works for me when I want to give up: I give myself the Dutch Uncle, 2 x 4, kick-in-the-pants talk:
So you're tired of all this working out, you crave all the food that will keep you fat? You want to give up and throw in the towel? Then you must not be sick and tired enough of being sick and tired...you must want some MORE of that... RIGHT?
It all boils down to that wise quote from the Shawshank Redemption (paraphrased): Either you gotta get on with the business of LIVING or you gotta get on with the business of DYING.
Kinda boils one's choices down to the bare essentials and for ME it makes it a little easier to PUSH myself through the rough spots until, in time, yep: the old SPARKS are FLYING AGAIN!
On another note...another newbie sent me a really positive SparkMail chock FULL of compliments which got me thinking about how MOTIVATING it is to be here sharing with all of you. Here is what I wrote back:
"I'm always surprised, honored and more than a bit 'aw shucks' when someone outside of my circle of SparkTeams stops by to compliment me. It truly means so much! Another example of how we all pay it forward, inspire others who inspire us and the positive cycle continues and ripples through our SparkFamily!"
AND on another note yet again...
Today back at the state psychiatric hospital where I work (but as a shared staff, not in the hospital itself, but out in the community) I returned today for a lunchtime teleconference. I'm not usually one to bother with such things but today's topic was about obesity and weight surgery. Well! Old home day! Time to head back up to my stomping grounds and Spread a little SPARK! :-)
After the program was over I gave a little talk about SparkPeople, handed out a few flyers and told them how much it has meant to me to be a part of this wonderful online health and wellness community and shared a bit about my weight loss. Some at the conference knew me during my "dark" days of life-threatening obesity and offered compliments along the lines of "if your success is any indication of what SparkPeople has to offer you can count me in!"
I followed up later in the day with e-mails to folks including various links to SparkPeople, my SparkPage, etc.
Super day of paying it forward....! Doing these kind of things are SO motivating for me!
Everyone keep on SPARKING and SHARE your SPARK! It's great for others AND for yourselves!
ps...yep, I'm on antibiotics for my ear infection yet again...sigh...
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