Saturday, May 01, 2010
Perspective has a funny way of changing when you don't keep a close eye on it.
It was just a bit over a year ago, in March when I signed up for Sparkpeople. As I explored the site, I found the Sparkpages written by those who had already found success within the program. As I noted their weight loss accomplishments and current weight and fitness conditions, I couldn't help but wonder "what are they doing here in Sparkpeople?" After all, it is supposed to be for people working to lose weight and maybe even get fit. I felt these successful people were intruding on a site meant for us imperfect people.
Here I am , actually a year and two months later; I've not only met my weight goal but crushed it. I went from 174 in January '09 past my goal of 142 to my present weight of 126 pounds. I've lost almost 50 pounds! On top of that, I started running again. I had gotten almost bitter, thinking I was too old at 56 years old to ever run again. I started running last June when my dog Tanner, couldn't keep up on our walks in the afternoon. I invite you to read my blog, "Speed Bump".
What a difference this past year has made; I've gon from "stocky" to downright skinny. I am running every day and really loving it! I ran 93 miles in April! I am probably one of those disgusting people a new member would notice and ask why am I on Sparkpeople.
Well, that's the funny thing about perspective.
Sparkpeople is here for all of us. It helped me to lose the weight and regain a fit lifestyle. It will help me to maintain my success.
If I can help to motivate someone on his or her particular Spark-journey; that would be a definite plus!
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Again, Central Pennsylvania avoids the worst of the winter weather.
Today that means we get a foot of snow while those in Maryland and Virginia (to the SOUTH of us) get about three feet.
It is 28F with a windchill of 17F. It is a great day to sleep late and stay indoors drinking hot chocolate or something.
So what was I thinking? I got up early, stretched and did my routine exercise before hitting the road.
Today, the road is more of a relative term. It hasn't been plowed for a while. Except that I had actually seen road plows last night, I wouldn't know they had been through.
I cleared some space near my front door then set out into the snowy beyond.
As I highstepped through the snow, I passed my neighbors in the process of digging out their cars and driveways. At the bottom of my street, a wolf bounded out toward me. It was the big German Shepherd that scares my dogs half to death. In reality, he is a (very) big puppy who wants to play. He knew me as the man with treats and wanted to play!
Plodding on, I got near the crest of the first hill in my run that is tough in good weather. The snow was too deep. I had to walk for a hundred meters or so until I got to run in tire tracks .
Ultimately, I just ran a mile. It took me 14:33.
When we heard the forecasts for the winter storm, some people worried about getting to the supermarket for the usual milk, bread and eggs, others worried about driving conditions or other activities they might miss this weekend. I thought I might break the running streak I had maintained since New Year's Eve.
In the balance of things, my running streak really isn't important. Running this morning may not even have been a smart move. I certainly have lots of other things to do -such as moving more than a foot of snow off my cars and driveway.
However, I did go out and run (even if only a mile). My running streak continues.
Life is good!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
It has been cold and rainy for the past three days yet to me they have been great!
Last week, well into a five mile run, I was brought up short with a sudden jolt in the back of my right thigh. A few steps let me know running "through " the pain was not an option. I hobbled home , realizing I had pulled a hamstring.
I checked with a Physical Therapist where I work only to confirm what I had already figured. The only real treatment for a pulled hamstring is time.
It is funny how important something can get in a relatively short time. I had only started running again back in June. Now, forced to rest until my leg was stronger, I grew really antsy and impatient.
I kept exercising. I stretched my hamstrings and went with my dog, Tanner twice a day for a mile long walk.
Finally, on the ninth day, I felt ready to run again!
It was cold, only about 39 degrees and raining. I ran two miles not wanting to push my muscles too much at first.
Any day you can get out and run is a good day!
Friday, October 09, 2009
Life can sure throw you a curveball from time to time.
Everything was going well. I met my weight goal last month, ran a 5K and had just gotten up to running five miles straight.
If it had been a movie, I would have heard the music change. But in real life, there is no warning. I was out Monday afternoon, well into a five mile run. I had just finished an uphill stretch and was beginning to coast on the downhill when I felt a sharp twinge in the back of my thigh.
I tried to slow down and run through it. Before I got 100 meters, I knew that wouldn't work.
I turned around and walked home.
Realization dawned the next morning when the pain was still there. I had pulled my hamstring.
I checked with a Physical Therapist where I work. Basically all I could do was to rest the muscle and let nature heal it. I could take Motrin for pain and apply ice or heat for comfort but otherwise not much.
A few days later, the muscle still hurts when I stretch. Obviously, running is out of the question but it is annoying!
In the grand scheme of things, this is not the worst thing that could happen. It IS annoying but I have to live with it. I expect I will be able to run next week or at least the week after that. In the meantime, I will continue to stretch and exercise and walk my dog.
Still, I have to admit, I miss getting out for my run.
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