Sunday, January 31, 2010
Not enough snow for cross country skiing...yet!
So plan B...? Break out the Nordic walking poles and make like I'm skiing without the snow or skis...lol!
Couple of Nordic walking clips if anyone is curious to know more:
Had such a wonderful time! Really getting the hang of this Nordic walking and feeling the benefit up in my shoulders and upper back! Beautiful sunshiney day and worked up a nice sweat, wishing I hadn't worn my coat...! Unzipped it at least...! Kicked it up a notch here and there and even started jogging along with the poles. I keep getting *impatient* with this "walking" business...may make a runner out of myself yet! :-)
Well, off to bed, guarding my sleep...keep SPARKING out there everyone!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
A fellow member of SparkPeople (MIKIIO) posted a lovely blog about cross country skiing and a variant called ski skating. She included a couple of demonstrations from YouTube in her blog:
and ski skating:
It reminded me of the exhilaration which appealed to me about cross country skiing and I thought: 'Hey! I wanted to get back out there and take another crack at this!' The winter is half over and our snow is all gone from warm temps and rainstorms. So far there just hasn't been enough snow at the right temperatures...grrr! I am going to have to be more vigilant to make sure an opportunity doesn't slide right by without taking advantage of it!
I had a late workout tonight, as I overslept this morning, even though I went to bed on time...but I've been running the well dry lately, shorting myself of too much sleep. During the workout in my mix on the mp3 player came along an unlikely song. I DO have a few slow ones here and there as I listen to my music at other times besides workouts. Even though I was doing strength training and this music HARDLY suggests that activity, I was entranced by this mellow, jazzy, utterly de-stressing, soothing and relaxing tune by Madeline Peyroux, "Half The Perfect World:"
So if you've got a notion give this a listen and let the music transport you to a serene place such as basking in a tropical sun while lolling about on an air mattress floating on crystal blue water where the warmth is just perfect and one has not a care in the world. Or let it be your lullaby and head to bed as I am so I don't short myself on my sleep again tonight...lol!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Members: (Left to Right) SATYAGRAHA, MAZUR157, BYTHYSEA, EZMERELDA, TARA925, FRECKS96, DDOORN
One of the GREAT accomplishments of our local SparkTeam is that when adjusted for population, Binghamton is NUMBER TWO in the USA on the city leaderboards for accumulating Fitness Minutes!! We even beat Cincinnati...woo hoo! :-)
Our local SparkTeam the Binghamton Area Losers held our Spark Rally yesterday from 10:30 to 2 pm. Nine of us (including THREE SparkTeam Leaders!) met at a restaurant where we had lively discussions about "The Spark" along with other topics such as creating vision collages, some of the goals we had for ourselves, suggestions for health foods and food preparations, types of workouts we preferred, tips for maintaining a healthy kitchen and the importance of motivating ourselves through positive coaching strategies for ourselves. We also looked forward to types of gatherings we would enjoy in the future including returning to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser (and other fundraisers as well!), kayaking and potluck get-togethers at our local parks. We also want to be sure to have meet 'n greets which are "user-friendly" for those who have limitations which prevent them from being more physically active.
Another idea was to become more connected and involved with any / all local health events such as health fairs, conferences and conventions by doing presentations, discussions promoting SparkPeople and Spreading the Spark!
Around noon time we moved outdoors to our local Rail to Trail for a 4.2 mile walk on a gloriously sunny 40 degree day. We continued to enjoy super conversation while having fun moving along the trail. I even broke out my Nordic Walking Poles to *at long last* USE 'EM! A tad awkward at first, but I soon felt natural with them and was pleased by the upper body work they offered while walking. It's been said that they add another 20% caloric burn to one's walk...so hey, why not? :-)
I am SO PSYCHED and LOOKING FORWARD to getting to know more of my local fellow members of SparkPeople and getting together in the future for more fun and good causes!
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!)
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