Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Been slogging through another "blah" period lately...lotta little things just getting in the way, nothing major...
No biking for several days due unpredictably drippy dreary days on the weekend and cold mornings during the week (30's are just TOO cold), yet later in the day nice weather which has me kicking myself for not having braved the cold of the morning...I think I'm psyching myself up to brave the cold on Thurs. / Fri. mornings...!
So if I'm not biking I'm getting up to use my treadmill, right...? Nope, haven't been getting up for 'millwork in the morning...have ended up trudging up to the 'mill late at night as a last resort...for 'millwork that hasn't been easy nor inspiring.
Since last Thurs. my Nordic poles haven't been working...they just slide up and down and don't "hold" into their position. Finally got a tool which I think may help to straighten this out. Too many days I've allowed my day to crowd out my RiverWalk option...and I get to negative thoughts like, "since I don't have my poles, what's the point in bothering with the RiverWalk..."
Well today I blew that stinkin' thinkin' out the window and got out for my RiverWalk sans poles...and had a GREAT time! It was another one of those GLORIOUS days in the Southern Tier and I challenged myself, since I was starting late into my lunch hour to nail it quickly. I wasn't satisfied with walking, no matter HOW fast I tried to walk, so kicked it into gear with a jog. Dress shirt and saggy dress pants (42's) being held up by 38 belt...lol! Jogged along the RiverWalk, yanking up my pants now & then yet still really enjoying moving along the 3 mile route in 35 minutes time. After work I had clients to see in my private practice which is also 3 miles away from my day-time work so instead of driving I walked back & forth to this as well. VERY nice day!
On the way home I picked up a tool which I HOPE will help me to straighten out my poles. I also MUST bring shorts & T & towel to work so that if I continue to jog the RiverWalk as it warms up I can at least freshen up as best as possible with a sink...lol!
Today I came across a blog by ILOST150POUNDS (star of the Dr. Oz 100!):
in which she asked a question that got me really thinking...
"Do you think the weight loss part is easier or the weight maintenance part?"
Maintenance is DEFINITELY HARDER for me than losing...! I'm beginning to realize how much I miss that ongoing positive reinforcement of seeing the scale drop, the clothes size drop, the compliments from others (not that I don't get them anymore, but certainly far less frequently). I suspect this was a MAJOY factor in the past when I have regained my weight. Lately I've been lacking the enthusiasm I would like to see in myself. I think this may be at least PART of the reason...! I need to learn new sources of reinforcement and rewards...or perhaps learn a new perspective on what I've accomplished.
I know I have SO APPRECIATED all the support from my SparkFamily! Time to shake off the small stuff and move on to bigger and better things!
Looking forward to joining our local bike club in their roadside clean up efforts this upcoming Saturday and walking in our local Heart Walk on Sunday. I'm hoping to have some fellow members of SparkPeople joining in the fun!
Keep on SPARKING everyone!
ps...forgot to add RUSSLANE's addition to the thoughts on maintenance posted above: "At some point, you have to stop showing off the fat pants. And then what?"
LOVED that comment...it boils it down to the basics of maintenance for me as I KNOW I've been relying TOO MUCH on the 'fat pants!' So 'what's next?' is the struggle...!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I figure at 50 cents a mile each time I bike to / from work I save myself around $9 on gas and wear / tear on my car...not to mention burning less gas! :-)
Couldn't bike today as I worked late...overslept this morning and got a haircut (my quarterly shearing...lol!) during lunchtime so no workout till LATE...finished my 'millwork & ST around 10...trying to pop in, and pop out so I can hit the sack...easier said than done...lol!
It's definitely nice to re-visit working out with tunes!
Thx for all your comments and support...going to Spark just a little...no, REALLY! :-) ...and then get some zzzzzzzzzzz's!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I enjoyed a pleasant 18 mile ride around town heading toward home this afternoon. Had originally intended on a 30 mile ride but a glitch and a trip to the bike shop changed my plans, which I initially did NOT take to very kindly, but made the most of the remainder of the day and soaked up the great outdoors.
Traveled some new roads, conquered some new hills...life is good!
...AND I'm back to trackin' the snackin'...! :-)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Been quiet this week...with me, no news is almost always NOT good news...!
I've allowed myself to get off-track through some great activities. I've learned over the years that some events can have BOTH progressive AND regressive qualities:
Cycling to the office for my commutes! Great thing! Succeeded twice in the past week. Mother Nature cheated me out of some other possible commutes. The fitness tracker lists 1152 calories for each day I commute. Whoa! Lotta calories! Good thing! I've noticed my appetite GROWING with my biking...but I don't need to worry with all these calories I'm burning, right...? PLUS I can sleep in a little longer and skip my morning treadmill routine. Oh, and eh, I'll pass on the food tracking while I'm at it...
Nordic walking...! Love it! Really working my upper body while keeping up a fast 4-4.5 mph stride (while I CAN jog at 5 mph, it really doesn't allow much working of the arms via the poles). It's been GREAT to discover our city's RiverWalk and get out for my lunchtime and sometimes after worktime walks! And like biking...I can skip my morning treadmill routine and sleep in a little longer... Oh! And since I'm working my upper body so, it's no biggie to pass on my strength training here and there...
Then Mother Nature pulls the rug out from under with rain and or cold weather which blocks either outlet. I've been so SPOILED by sunlight and warmth! Take it away and...where'd my motivation go...? This leaves me with no other choice but the treadmill...yeah that thing upstairs gathering dust...ugh! Getting up in the morning...! Or, worse yet, coming home from work when my energy is waning and realizing I haven't done any cardio but the treadmill is upstairs but...but...I pass on the whole shebang! Twice this week NO CARDIO...! If THAT doesn't leave me feeling awful...!
This slippery slope can be so danged devilishly greased and ready for a big long SLIDE! Well, not so fast...!
Catching myself tonight and getting my 'millwork DONE and surprising myself over how I really DID enjoy pumping it up for a 5-6 mph jog. Also found myself much more capable of reflecting over my slide and getting a better perspective. There doesn't seem to be any other activity that works better for reflection than my 'millwork and tunes.
I'm coming up on what I *HOPE* will be a SparkRally at our local Heart Walk on Sunday April 25th ( heartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/defau
lt.asp?ievent=320604 ) and even though it's not a competition I want to be looking my BEST for the event and am going to do my BEST to stick to what works for me: ALWAYS getting my cardio! Getting my THREE strength training sessions in each week! NOT looking at the calories burned by biking as an excuse for overeating! Getting back to TRACKING those pesky calories!
Later in June I've got the Relay for Life to be ready for AND I've got to make up my mind and choose either one or the other or BOTH biking events the Tour De Cure and / or Great Finger Lakes Bike Tour...BOTH of which I could conceivably tackle a CENTURY ride...which would be AWESOME, but only if I can rally to be READY for such a distance!
So tomorrow I'm hoping to bump it up to at least a 30+ mile bike ride and see how it goes.
To folks new to making over their lifestyle it might seem as though those of us who have *arrived* or nearly arrived at their goal weight have it made in the shade and life is just a breeze...
While the benefits and enhancements to my life have been absolutely WONDERFUL, the struggle continues...! Sometimes easier sometimes harder, but it's always there...
More thoughts: Had to chuckle over GRACEFULIFE's comment re: "NOOOOOOOOOO don't doooo it!"...sorta like when the creepy music comes on and you know the axe-murderer / monster is right around the corner and you KNOW the LAST thing you want to see is for that person to open the door nonetheless...lol!
I was VERY much reminded of 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's reaction to ALL those calories she was going to burn while cross country skiing and letting that thinking slip into a binge. VERY similar slopes!
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