Saturday, May 15, 2010
I've always loved the song "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears and today while riding my bike along this song has been stuck on my brain...nice driving rhythm:
I like the outdoor imagery used in the video of driving along, flying in an airplane, etc. It has that wide open sound which makes me think of the rhythm of biking out on the road.
Today was just wonderful! I was BACK! Between biking to the Annual Walk/Fun Run Against Obesity and biking the LONG way home I totaled almost 22 miles on the bike PLUS jogging / walking 4.8 miles for the event...woo hoo! What a GLORIOUS day!
It was SUPER to catch up with one of our fellow members of SparkPeople, FRECKS96 ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FR
ECKS96 ), who went on the RUN ahead of me. Although I mostly jogged, I don't feel like a *runner* per se, so ended up kinda in the middle of the group doing my own thing...but felt GREAT to be able to jog along as consistently as I did with just a little fast walking here and there.
One of the COOLEST things about the event was catching up with folks and turning them on to SparkPeople! I had a chance to speak at length with the social worker for the local bariatric surgical group which sponsored the event ( www.stscny.com/walk.shtml ) and shared much about SparkPeople and my own "failed" weight loss surgery background and how I came back with the support of my SparkFamily accomplished what I have the "old-fashioned" way: healthy eating and physical activity. I stressed the benefits those considering and / or carrying out weight loss surgery could reap through joining SparkPeople and passed along flyers.
ADDITIONALLY I met with our area's real-live successful Biggest Loser Trent Patterson www.people.com/people/package/galler
y/0,,20055177_20225996_20510013,00.html who has gone on to opening his own fitness training studio: Training For Life Systems www.trentpattersonsst.com/index.html
Trent's a terrific fellow, VERY approachable and open. I again pitched SparkPeople to HIM, suggesting it could be a SUPER adjunct to his efforts as a personal trainer. He was very interested and planned to catch up with me to talk further about SparkPeople.
There has been great effort undertaken through our local pharmacy / health center nearby Binghamton University: HealthyU www.clintwoodhealthyu.com/
They've been sponsoring their own version of Biggest Loser and a number of folks participating in this were at the event. We had fun sharing some of our experiences and I pitched SparkPeople as something that could be helpful. Their ears certainly perked up when I spoke of my successes!
Lastly, a sweet thing, I ran into my old primary care doc. Yep, the one who "knew me when"...back in the bad-old-days of morbid obesity. He was impressed and implied he thought I had lost weight through bariatric surgery, but I shared the "not this time" story with him and AGAIN pitched SparkPeople and suggested he pass this along to patients of his who might benefit.
It felt so wonderful to be both celebrating myself and to be Spreading the Spark so actively today! The folks to whom I spoke seemed like instrumental people who were in positions of affecting many MORE people by pointing the way to THE SPARK! :-)
My thighs are "talking to me" tonight..suspect the jogging worked those muscles sweetly...it's one of those pleasant, gratifying bouts of soreness...YES!
Stretching throughout the day and have another round awaiting me before bed...night all...and Keep on SPARKING!
Sunday, May 09, 2010
I've been appreciative of Mother Nature NOT teasing me with fine biking weather today...lol! Chilly 40's, snow on the car this a.m., can't remember the last time we had snow in May!
After our Mother's Day outing I got to taking care of some housework, including cleaning our laminate floors, which we had put in place last year. Although I LOVE the look of the laminate, I have yet to find a satisfactory way to clean them so that they have that impressive sheen they seemed to have in the store, despite following the directions. What I HAVE found that helps is to have nice white, absorbent socks on and to go over the floor with my feet to buff them to look better. Problem is, I usually don't have time to do this. But as I've been looking for alternatives to biking I thought 'what the heck?' Put on my mp3 player, boogied and buffed the floors with these skater squat type of movements:
Worked up a nice sweat to some of my oldies like David Byrne's Desconocido Soy (no, I have NO idea what the title or words to this song are all about...it's just a fun tune to MOVE to...lol!)
I can even enjoy some fun with the Jackson 5...yes, the disco era left it's stamp... www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjW1iq4IO2k
Later I put together my batch of hummus
l.asp?recipe=103857 ) for the week...I take it into work with fresh veggies for lunch. It's become my healthier alternative to cheese. I like to have fun customizing it each time I make it.
Today? I had soaked some Roman beans overnight...I enjoy trying a different bean each time I make hummus, black beans, garbanzo, pinto, whathaveyou... here's an interesting reference for beans: www.foodsubs.com/Beans.html
I never buy canned beans...avoid the BPA, save money and soak those dry beans!
Swapped out the sour cream for nonfat plain yogurt.
Instead of adding onion and garlic to this fresh I sauteed them first... tones down their bite. Had an old shriveled up yellow bell pepper, what the heck, in it goes! And then for a different tweak I noticed I had one too many apples getting a bit long in the tooth...diced 'er up and threw it in the pan too!
While running it through the food processor I jazzed it up with some crushed red pepper and a HEAVY dose of black pepper along with the cumin. I'm pretty liberal with the lemon juice too.
For pretty low cost I've got a stash of hummus that'll see me through the week!
Must run now, another round of stretches await as does physical therapy tomorrow morning @ 7:30! Hoping to consider resuming some of my former activities soon...will test the waters with shorter distances first.
Next weekend is our local Obesity Walk, which I'm hoping to join in with (c'mon all you locals...!) some others from our Binghamton Area Losers. They have a 1 mile & 3 mile walk as well as a 5k run.
Make it a SPARKIN' Week everyone! :-)
Thursday, May 06, 2010
It's been a nice bounce back with the steroid (Medrol) I've been taking. I'm not making the assumption that I'm CURED by no means, but the pain relief has been striking. The first day of having this sciatica I could not even walk upstairs to our 2nd floor. By the end of the next day I had gone up & down the stairs without a problem several times. Today I mowed our lawn with our reel (non-powered) mower. Feeling some twinges tonight as I've probably pushed myself a bit too far. I'll be quizzing the physical therapist BIGTIME tomorrow as I'd like to know what activities I can pursue, what to avoid. I'm fearing the bike may be problematic given the sciatic nerve that seems most affected runs from my *buttock* (hello sit-bone!) down my leg.
At least I was able to attain some speedy relief!
Now if only Mother Nature wouldn't tease me with some mighty fine biking weather...! :-)
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