Sunday, January 09, 2011
It was the best of plans...
We were heading out to see "Unstoppable"...great flix! (only nitpicks are: WHY did Tony Scott have to take $$ from Rupert Murdoch and Fox, the most biased name in news, so they could do the faux reporting in the movie?!?! And why didn't they use the real names of the cities involved along this route in PA...?).
Afterward others wanted to go to a buffet for dinner. Me? Wasn't sure I could handle it yet. I've eaten healthy there in the past, but over the past few months I've committed crimes against myself, my heart and my SPARK by "straying" from what I know to be healthy choices.
So I came up with a Plan B: this restaurant happened to be near one of our local Rail-to-Trails! I'll go for a walk/jog while others eat and catch up with my healthy 15 bean soup later when we return home!
BUT! As we drove along we wondered: Do they light up the Rail-to-Trail at night...?
Nope. Neither cold, nor snow would have kept me from my appointed duty. But dark of night in the form of an unlit path...? I didn't think it would be too wise.
So I agreed to return to the scene of the crime...time to exercise that "psychological muscle" I've been speaking of here and there lately...!
BUT! Stayed right on track with my healthy choices: a heaping mound of baby spinach, grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, shredded carrots, sunflower seeds, garbanzo beans, chunks of broiled chicken breast, a little feta cheese topped with some balsamic vinaigrette and on the side a dab of cottage cheese, a few cubes of cantaloupe and a few bites of spicy (not saucy) pork.
Filled me to the BRIM! There wouldn't have been any "room" for "straying" no matter HOW weak my will might have been! My old strategy was back in gear!
So now, I haven't done my cardio for the day and I'm home and there's no other choice but the treadmill...not too keen on this so let's dilly dally the night away and I THOUGHT I'd get up there by 9:30 but it turned out to be more like 11:30 and I PUSHED myself through that "thing" I have against night time workouts
(Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them. ~Brendan Francis)
and thank you Brendan...and had a pretty decent 64 minutes on the treadmill. Didn't even look at the clock until 36 mins. had already passed.
Wrapped up with a great boost from one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs "I Am Singing"
I had planned to wrap it up after that at 60 mins. but then those Spin Doctors just HAD to get on and rock it out with Little Miss Can't Be Wrong! :-)
Couldn't resist, so kicked it up to a 64 min. session, mostly @ 4 mph, kicking it up to 5 here and there and always keeping the incline @ 10%...I never allow myself to set it lower. Just like I never set the speed any slower than 4 mph.
Now: If I could only draw lines in the sand that were EQUALLY FIRM on my food choices, tracking and weighing myself...! Those are the challenges ahead!