Sunday, September 26, 2010
I wanted to bicycle the half marathon route, but yesterday some of the streets were blocked off for an event. Traffic tends to be lighter on Sundays, so today I tried again. Found the start location, geared up, and headed out just as some raindrops started coming down. What to do? It wasn't heavy, so I kept riding. Then heard the thunder...uh, oh. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all. So I decided it probably wasn't the best choice to be on a metal object in case of lightning, and headed back. As I got to the car, the clouds opened up. Well, at least I made it back to the car! I was discouraged - especially after realizing the start of the event was UPHILL (YIKES!)
As I headed home, the little stubborn mule in me kicked in, and I went back and drove the route. I am able to walk 6 miles on my favorite route, but 13 miles is really daunting! I made notes about the uphill areas (which I will walk) and the downhill portions, which will allow me to use gravity to my advantage. Rather than think of it as one long distance, I'm going to imagine I'm doing a series of shorter races. At least the finish line is back down the hill the start goes up! I'll probably be exhausted, but I'll do my best to put a little kick into that finish, maybe do the Rocky dance at the line (if not that, the Julie Moss crawl, LOL). Oh the joys of trying something you never imagined you'd do
Here's hoping the weather will cooperate on the big day!
Today is my 2 month Sparkversary - I'll blog on my progress and what I've learned tomorrow when I weigh in on my usual Monday routine.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Got up this morning and thanks to Mickidee44 ran a 5K in Raleigh
(charitable cause: agency that helps domestic violence victims).
Normally, I am "just" a walker, but I decided to do some jogging to practice my chi running. It had been taking me about an hour to go that distance, then 55 minutes, then about 52 walking (faster on the elliptical). Today, I wasn't "competing" except with myself. Was able to do more jogging than walking, and finished in just under 45 minutes. Helped me think about some preparation for the half marathon coming up (like, how you have to appreciate the strategically placed Porta-potty, LOL). They are limiting the time allowance for the event in November, so with gradual increases in my training, I still hope/plan to finish it.
I'm a runner again, after all these years!
Now to stretch (again)...
Great way to kick off the Fall 5% Challenge - Go Butterflys!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Reminders that when it's easy, you're more likely to do it!
Put your workout clothes out the night before - put them on when you get up, and get moving.
*Keep a gym bag in the car - at least extra shoes/socks. You never know when an opportunity for a walk will pop up.
*Have a jump rope or resistance band available - quick workout on hand.
*Clear space to exercise - especially if you tend to watch a lot of TV, you can walk, do jumping jacks, lift dumbbells, do ab crunches, squat, or simply dance as the show is on and definitely while the commercials are playing.
*Put your workout DVD by the TV - pop it in daily.
*Get enough sleep - decide what time you plan to get up and count backwards from there to set your bedtime. Unplug and get your beauty sleep! That's when your body does its best rejuvenating.
*Water bottle (reusable) on hand at all times!
*Gum wherever you can stash a pack (to fight cravings).
*Fruit basket on the counter or table.
*Measuring cups/spoons - I just buy extra and stick them in the containers for correct serving sizes.
*Clear off your table, eat your meals sitting down and use the small plates and utensils (I bought demi spoons to eat slower). Enjoy your food! No distractions.
*Make baggies of veggies for snacks as soon as you bring the groceries home.
*Keep yogurt cups stocked in the refrigerator - we all need calcium.
*Out of sight, out of mind - put salty and sweet snacks in a drawer or on a back shelf where you won't see them.
MOTIVATION AND PLANNING
*Calendar - write your plan for the month and put stickers up for each day you exercise or reach a goal.
*Set goals for each week, month and season. Give yourself a suitable reward when you achieve those goals.
*Put your vision collage up where you can see it often.
*Declutter - "everything in its place." You'll be able to find things, save time, feel less stressed, and actually be more creative. AND you'll save money (not having to replace things you "lost.")
What works for you? Share your favorite tips.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Going through my friend feed, I am always smiling with the comments we share.
The past 8 weeks have been minor miracles to me - 15 lb GONE FOR GOOD, after YEARS of trying but not succeeding. I am confident and happy on this journey, expecting good things.
That's when it hit me - praise is motivating, it is a wind pushing us along toward the finish line, it is applause encouraging us to take a bow and come back for an encore. It's so much easier to make the changes needed when we have support of others who understand.
I remember the opposite - a basketball coach who had not worked with a girls' team before, and used the tactics he had with boys - yelling, criticizing... and how confused he got when instead of playing harder, we cried! It's like they say about parenting - catch your children being good, praise them and it will encourage good behavior. Kids just want attention, and if misbehaving gets them attention, hey - goal achieved, right? Frustrated parents, misbehaving children...
There is so much we CAN DO to take another step toward our individual goals.
That is why one of my favorite quotes is:
Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
Say "YES" to YOU by saying "NO" to those things that won't get you to your goal.
We are making choices every day, every minute. As Chris Downie says in THE SPARK (page 87)-
SIMPLY THINKING ABOUT YOUR GOALS BEFORE YOU MAKE A CHOICE WILL INCREASE THE ODDS THAT YOU'LL MAKE A HEALTHY, POSITIVE CHOICE. YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SAY TO YOURSELF: HERE'S WHAT I WANT AND WHY.
I'm worth it, and so are you!!!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Guilty pleasure - those talented kids and wacky adults on GLEE. I even bought several of the cast CDs (still want to call them albums, LOL). Tuesday starts the new season, and they are apparently travelling to NYC. I'll set the DVR and watch while on the elliptical, humming along to the songs (if I had a dog, he might start howling at my singing).
Are there any shows that you watch so faithfully that your friends know not to call you during that time?
Slushies for everyone!
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