Sunday, September 19, 2010
I joined SP 7/26/2010 after making the mental switch from “I should” to “I will.”
I can see outward change, but the support (THANKS SPARKFRIENDS!!!),
daily goals, and opportunities to learn through all the articles and emails has really helped me feel more confident that this is my life from now on.
Now is a good time to take inventory, get remotivated, and aim for the next short term and middle goals.
Drinking my 8+ glasses of water
More veggies, less meat
Making my own meals
Trying new recipes
Less back pain
– walk/run in preparation for half marathon 11/7,
-I’ve surpassed a personal goal of walking 1000 miles this year,
-biking group 2x/month,
-tai chi weekly,
-doing own lawn care
New geek connections to SP (laptop & smart phone)
“Tip the scales in your favor” workshop at Duke
Areas that still can use improvement:
Core strengthening (essential to reduce back pain)
Menu planning for the week
Anemic – physician prescribed iron supplement (still able to donate blood)
Sleep – going to bed earlier would help me with morning exercise goal
Continue to declutter
More time DOING, less time on computer
Finish reading The Spark book – do 28 day program
I’m in both the 10 by 10/10/10 and the Fall 5% challenges, but the scale is not going to be my main measure of success. I’m focusing on improving my fitness by aiming for my first half marathon, and getting the weight off will make that easier.
One step back - Two steps forward. Slow and steady wins the race.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Being a "single lady" who doesn't want anyone to "put a ring on it", I've either had to do the home repairs, delegate to professionals, or bribe male friends with my signature pound cake with lemon glaze...oops, sorry, didn't mean to mention food! Anyway, my disposal decided it was going to quit working, so I will find the broomstick to see if it is jammed or needs a plumber. Then, when I checked the oil before mowing the lawn, it was obvious it was time to refill so I went to the corner auto store and bought the appropriate brand of oil. Only, when I started the mower, it spewed out so much white smoke that I thought they had elected a new pope! Complete with smoke rings, and heavy enough that I could not have seen to walk forward. So I turned it off and called the Lowe's where I purchased the mower. The salesman asked me, "Did you recently put oil in the mower." Yeah... "You put too much in. It will burn off." If you say so...
So I start the mower back up, and after the smoke clears (which it did) I was able to get the yard done. But not before the bus driver who does the loop on the street in front of my house got out at his stop and came over to see if I was trying to start (or control) a wild fire! I reassured him that I, too, was initially alarmed but I had been assured by the professionals that I was not about to blow up the neighborhood nor violating the warnings of Smokey the Bear.
Reading the regular column of the exercise specialist in the local newspaper I had come across my new favorite word: chore-play. If it's not already in the dictionary, it needs to be. In fact, it should be added to all wedding vows and part of the first date questions for all couples. It's just such a perfect word! Be my Prince Charming, save me from the terrors of home ownership, update the Twelve Labors of Hercules and I will adore and admire you. Okay, I'm exaggerating. But I DO like that word!
I'm still going to have the mower serviced, and I'm glad to be able to enjoy my little home in peace and happiness. Soon it will be time to plant my daffodil bulbs so when March and April roll around, I can have a spectacular display of bright color.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I had taken an introductory chi walking clinic, then a half day chi running clinic earlier this summer, so I was REALLY excited to see my coach was offering local clinics for the next 4 weeks (I'd had to drive 45 minutes for the previous ones). I had several appointments, so I was running a little late and her husband waited at the New Balance store for me to arrive. When I finally got there, he gave me the waiver to sign and as I was filling it out he gave me the BEST COMPLIMENT EVER - he says, "I didn't recognize you - you've lost so much weight, you look great!" Boy, did THAT make me grin from ear to ear! It's been about 3 months since he'd seen me, so apparently, IT'S WORKING!
I was so happy I treated myself to a new purse (one that will hold my laptop). HAPPY DANCE!!!
Monday, September 06, 2010
Now that I've committed to the 10 minute a day exercise challenge, I know I won't go to bed before finding SOME WAY of getting a little exercise in. I sometimes don't stay on schedule for morning workouts, so like so many of us as the evening wears on the question becomes "should I just start again tomorrow?" Well, with a half marathon breathing down my back, I don't want to try to make up steps and risk an injury when just a little bit every day will help me get ready to cross that finish line (I can already see it in my head).
Knowing I just needed to get 10 minutes out of the way to be a success, I climbed on my elliptical and got pedaling. To distract myself, I continued reading The Spark book. And before you know it, 5K in the bag, followed by a 15 minute cool down. Now to do some core exercises on the exercise ball, stretch and get ready for a restful night of sleep - ready for a new day and another opportunity to see what my body is ready to take on in the morning!
So happy I didn't "start tomorrow!"
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Earlier this year I took Flamenco lessons (no partner needed, lots of attitude) and when I went to sign up for my Tai Chi classes they had a flier offering 5 sample classes. Each was only $5 for 45 minute class, and if you wanted to take 5 classes you got an additional discount. Since I am going to be chi running on the day my flamenco classes are offered, it didn't take much prodding to convince me to come for the mini flamenco class. Following it was a Zumba class, then bellydancing or Pilates. Two later classes were offered, but I wanted to see the new movie Mao's Last Dancer that just came to the theater this weekend, so 3 was enough!
You don't have do dance well to move to music, and it works not only your muscles and heart and lungs, but your balance, your mind (learning a routine), and can be so much FUN! If you're embarrassed to be seen in public (believe me, you can hide out at the back of the room and most people are NOT looking at you - unless you step on their feet), you can always do a DVD or just put on your favorite music and shake your groove thang!
Try it, you may like it!
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