Friday, September 10, 2010
Since I totally spazzed it last week (remember that whole "too much to do" blog?), you get to meet TWO awesome new sparkpeople today! And by new I mean one who JUST joined and made a spark page, and one who's been on SP for a bit but just added pictures and their first blog yesterday. So, lets's get to it, shall we? Our Friday Friend Day features this week are...
DOLLFITNESS and REBOOTMYLIFE!!!
DOLLFITNESS is a trainer at my gym, and quite the little sparkplug! I can see why they have her as the first person to get people set up on machines, etc - she's as friendly and bubbly as they come! She says hi every time she sees me, and having sparked her, I'm hoping she'll help me spread the spark to the rest of the HealthPlex! She's a runner - I got evidence of how MUCH of a runner when she took FIRST in the women at the Cheetah Run last weekend! Wow! I'll take at least a LITTLE credit for that, as I believe she went mostly 'cause I badgered her about it the entire week before (she'd been invited to go to the lake with friends, and was debating which to do). She also does marathons (note the plural there...wow) - I know, for instance, that she'll be volunteering at a marathon in Dayton next month. So go welcome DOLLFITNESS to sparkpeople and cheer her on!
Wow...where do I start in describing REBOOTMYLIFE? (Not to give short shrift to DOLLFITNESS, I've just known him a lot longer). I've actually known him longer than this represents (I remember his posts when his daughter was born), but he and I really "met" on September 5, 2005 (yes dear, we just had our five year...anniversary? Not sure what to call it anymore, but there it is) when he'd posted up some stuff that had me worried about him on the Low Carb board I was frequenting back then (remember, did Atkins in 2003, lost 65 lbs, largely due to the support on said low carb message board and my friends there, one of whom - ZCTMMOM1 - you've already met). I sent him a PM while I was at work that night, and was surprised that he responded in a few minutes. "Dude, what are you doing up so late?" got the response that he was working, AND come to find out he worked at one of the telephone providers we used for our data circuits! We started e-mailing regularly, and a relationship was born, a relationship that started me back on the path of being MYSELF (because at the time my now ex-husband had insisted on closing the relationships to just him, me, and our wife who wasn't bi...and the situation was slowly killing me). Rather than go into the long meandering details (or this blog will probably kill SP's servers), suffice it to say I ended up building a relationship with him AND his wife (and their daughter, who dubbed me honorary aunt within moments of our first meeting) - I was their girlfriend for several years. We went through a lot together, including the birth and death (from SIDS at 2 months) of their second child, their move from Austin to Atlanta, my divorce and rebuilding my life with 'Yote (and THEIR ensuing friendship - I swear REBOOTMYLIFE was happier to see 'Yote than me when we visited them in Atlanta, 'cause he had a buddy to geek out with), the birth of their now 9 month old son, and their eventual finding of other loves who lived closer and subsequent divorce. It's been about a year and a half since the "girlfriend" relationship shifted to "friend/chosen family" - I don't consider them (either of them) "exes" exactly, since we never broke up really - we just transitioned into a non-dating role as they both found they were more suited to monogamy, and that's totally okay. REBOOTMYLIFE is now learning how to live as a single dad, and I'm REALLY proud of him for taking this time to reassess his life and discover who HE is and what he wants and needs in life. He's been getting himself together in all kinds of ways, and though I know he struggles with loneliness sometimes, he's doing what he needs to do for HIMSELF right now, and that makes him a hero in my book.
Oh, something else you should know? He's about twice my size...as in, he TOWERS over me at 6'8" tall. No really - he has to duck in doorways. :) He's also a brilliant IT guy, a gamer (he was in on the plot to get 'Yote the XBox), and total technophile. AND shares - he passed "The Borg" (aka his iPod) on to 'Yote when he got his iPhone...the iPhone which is now in MY possession since he upgraded to the iPhone4. Oh, and we're STILL on his "family phone plan" - which is why we live in Cincinnati and have Atlanta cell numbers (as does our ex-girlfriend too actually - we'd gotten her on the plan while we were together, and she's still using the same phone).
SO - go welcome my dear dear friend/family member REBOOTMYLIFE to sparkpeople! You're gonna love him as much as I do - guaranteed!
Friday, September 10, 2010
One of my biggest goals on this path to better health and fitness is to get to the point I can go hiking with my kids. Understand - both my sons (we're talking the red-heads here) were boy scouts, and were part of what is called a "High Adventure" troop - they went on some kind of camp out every month (yep, can you imagine sleeping in tents during the coldest week of January? My sons can more than imagine it...they've done it...brrrrrrrr). My older son also got to go on 2 High Adventure trips (which they did every few years or so) - one hiking trip to Boundary Waters in Canada, and one to Sea Base (scuba diving) with his dad. The younger of the two lost interest when his older brother stopped going, and never got to go on any of those major campouts - something I feel bad about. *sigh* So when I say hiking, I'm not talking about a walk around one of our local parks - I'm talking SERIOUS hiking, with a backpack and tents, out in the wilderness somewhere. So for today's inspirational photo, I went searching for images of people hiking - imagine my delight when the first pic that caught my eye turned out to be an image from the Vermont Outdoor Guide Association website! www.voga.org/hiking.htm I am SO bookmarking this link!
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Today's inspirational photo - and I'm not sure if it's the dancing, the landscape, or the swirling rainbow that appeals to me more, but this image just sings to my spirit.
Here's the site I found the photo on (first time I ever wished I lived in Alaska):
Meanwhile...guess what *I* just found while looking for dance inspiration...
POLE DANCING LESSONS! IN DAYTON! Yeah, it's an hour away, but on a Sunday? I could totally do that! And even better...they have a SWING DANCE NIGHT the first Saturday of every month, which is only $5 a person and includes a lesson at 8pm and then open dancing after...and my mate DID agree to go swing dancing with me...MUHAHAHAHAHA!
Pole dancing info: www.kirasoasis.com/classes/adultclas
Swing dancing info: www.kirasoasis.com/events/swing_nigh
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Euphrates, ever the helpful student, heads to meet Professor Lupin in the staff room to help him rid the wardrobe of it's current boggart resident. Apparently this boggart has a special “talent”: it turns into what tempts you most to not live healthfully. She nervously ticks off her various temptations in her head, trying to anticipate what may be awaiting her when Professor Lupin opens the wardrobe door.
Taking a deep breath, she stands ready with her wand outstretched, and nods to Professor Lupin. He opens the door and out pops.....
her BED! And not only her bed, but she sees her mate on his side of the bed, who then rolls toward the wall as she watches, lifting his elbow as is his habit to invite her to tuck her arm under his and cuddle up close behind him, warm and safe and content...and the desire to climb in next to him and forget any ideas regarding exercise starts to build...
Professor Lupin startles her out of her reverie, and wiping sweat from her brow and planting her feet in a wide confident stance, she points her wand and calls out "RIDDIKULUS!"
For about two seconds nothing happens, but just as she starts to worry she'd fumbled the spell, the bed rears up on two legs (unceremoniously dumping her mate on the floor where his startled image quickly fades), and then all 4 legs elongate...and the bed starts doing jumping jacks! And then goes into butt kicks, jumping rope and punches just like it was doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred! Snickering, Euphrates takes her foot and slides the trap over to Professor Lupin, who quickly springs the trap and the boggart is successfully captured! "Nicely done," the professor chuckles, patting her on the shoulder as he leaves with the trap in hand to dispose of the pest appropriately.
Ah for a magic wand and such easy solutions to temptation!
The trouble is, I'm a little worried about balance right now, which makes those healthy choices a bigger dilemma. I already nixed the hour and a half ballet class as taking too much time away from home, and have made great strides in getting to the gym early on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Zumba...but there's strength training to get in, and I'm feeling a need to look into more flexibility, and of course want to get more dance into my routine...but I miss my mate when I'm away. Not to mention keeping up with the internet lately - I've sorely neglected livejournal, and not just because of SP - mostly by the time I'm done reading e-mails and sparking after I get back from the gym, there's just not enough time left before bed. I'm feeling frazzled and a bit stretched. My mate is totally supportive (and he's usually killing zombies anyway), but still...*I* miss our time internetting next to each other (he'd be on his laptop at the dining room table right next to my computer desk, and we'd reach out and pet each other randomly to stay connected even though we were doing separate things...it was cozy).
SO - back up plan! (Ha! Two challenges in one blog - this one is for BLC) Which is, getting out of bed early to make SURE I get in a least 30 minutes of some kind of exercise before work. I have at least 2 belly dance DVDs I've been wanting to take a crack at, plus my 30 Day Shred. If I get a yoga DVD and maybe a pilates one, I can rotate around depending on what I expect the following day to look like - if it's a Zumba day I can go for something less cardio-oriented like yoga or pilates, if I'm not sure I'll make it to the gym the following day (or know I will have limited time there) I can do the 30 Day Shred and then at the gym I can just focus on strength training and hightail it home after. But the key is getting my butt out of bed and DOING it. So, the image of our bed dumping me on said butt (along with my poor beleagured mate) and exercising will hopefully get me moving ('cause you never know with us magickal people around...weird stuff happens)!
The point is - maneuvering according to circumstances, and finding balance between taking time for exercise and having time for family. *nods*
I CAN do this!
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