Sunday, August 21, 2011
So speaking of Yoovie (as I did in my last blog), she wrote a blog last week that really hit home - go check it out if you haven't seen it yet: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Here's the important bit:
"If you could go on any physically demanding adventure in the world, within 5 years, what would it be? (and dont wahhhhhhhhh me about I CANT!!!! this is about your freaking imagination, people)
And... how could your next workout feel like the first step?"
One of the things that REALLY struck me about the last season of The Biggest Loser was seeing the contestants face their fears and going on adventures in New Zealand (my blog about that:
The answer is in the adventure. Seriously. (FWIW, that's a line from one of my mate's poems...see, there are reasons we're together.)
When I dusted off my sparkpage at the end of May 2010, I had what I considered at the time a pipe dream to do a full marathon before I turned 50. Well, I'm well into training for a half marathon coming up in October, and yep, I'm planning on doing the full Flying Pig Marathon this spring. Which means I'll actually be doing it a full year early (something I wouldn't have believed had you told me that in May 2010). AND I'm doing a Warrior Dash in a little over 2 (!) weeks - which I never in a million years expected to do this soon (no really, I'd thought "maybe in 2012" when I first heard about them).
The honest truth is that I don't really see myself as a "runner for life" - I want to do a marathon so I can say "Yeah, I did that - I rawk!" But marathons aren't the end-all and be-all to me (and I suspect once I've finally done one, I don't know that I'll care to repeat the experience). But there are other things. Like hiking mountains, maybe getting back into tennis or learning a whole new sport, or who knows maybe someday I WILL jump off the top of the Space Needle.
If I could go anywhere and do anything...what can I aspire to achieve?
If you can dream it, you can BE it.
What adventure do YOU want to make happen in your life?
Think about it. I know I am.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
INSPIRE WEEK FOUR CHALLENGE - ENDS 08.27.2011
Main Challenge : Shared Inspiration for 30 Points or 0 Points: 30 points
BONUS : Fresh Iron for 10 Points or 0 Points:
TOTAL POINTS for WEEK FOUR: 30 points
Each of us has many sources we lean on when we need a shot of added inspiration. Be it a book, a magazine article, a podcast, or a friend, we all have different resources that can help us gain perspective or fresh ideas to continue to progress towards our health and fitness goals. Over my time on spark, I've been happy to add fellow spark members to my list of inspirational resources. For the main challenge this week, share links of at least 2 people on another team (or on spark in general) that motivate you, share why they motivate you, and what you can adopt from their plan/approach into your lifestyle. Share this in the ALL-TEAM thread.
For the bonus challenge this week, create a new strength training routine and do it at least 2 times this week. Share your routine in the ALL-TEAM thread as well.
WRMC Week 4, 22-26 August (Mon-Fri)
NUTRITION: Each goal is worth 25 points a day. MAX: 100 points/day
1. Stay within your Calorie range
2. Stay within your Carbs range
3. Stay within your Fats range
4. Stay within 1,000 – 2,400 mg Sodium
M [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] = 100
T [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] = 100
W [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] = 100
Th [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] = 100
F [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] = 100
WORKOUT GOALS: 100 points each day you make goal.
3 days of cardio, 30 mins each day (walk, run, dance, aquacise, etc.)
2 days of strength training: Use this Spark video by Coach Nicole to get your S/T points. The video allows you to choose Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. No dumbbells? No problem! Use two cans of food, full water bottles, or even milk jugs (you choose what you’re able to work with – water, sand, gravel – and half full or completely full – half gallon or a full gallon jugs).
M [0 ] [0 ] = 0
T [ 0] [0 ] = 0
W [X ] [0 ] = 0
Th [X ] [X ] = 100
F [ X] [- ] = 0
WATER: Are you getting enough water? Read this Mayo Clinic article about how much water you lose each day and how you tell if you’re drinking enough. For this WRMC, we’re going to aim for “8 x 8,” or eight 8-ounce glasses, but if your doctor advocates more or less, then let that be your guide. Can you drink too much water? Yes, but it’s rarely done according to the article. Earn 100 points a day if you get “8 x 8” or whatever your doctor has advised.
M [ 100 ]
T [ 100 ]
W [ 100 ]
Th [ 100 ]
F [ 100 ]
DAILY AFFIRMATIONS: Repeat this three times a day:
“I AM STRONG”
“I AM DETERMINED”
“I AM SUCCESSFUL”
M [ 100 ]
T [ 100 ]
W [ 100 ]
Th [ 100 ]
F [ 100 ]
Question Of The Day (QOTD): 20 points for each question answered
M [ 20 ] T [ 20 ] W [ 0 ] Th [0 ] F [0 ]
In The Spotlight (ITS): 20 points/question; 500 for being the interviewee
M [ 80 ] T [ 0 ] W [ 0 ] Th [0 ] F [0 ]
Huddling on the WR thread: 20 points for huddling twice a day
M [ 20 ] T [ 20 ] W [ 20 ] Th [0 ] F [0 ]
Fill The Pool: post the number of 8-ounce cups of water you drink per week on your WR template
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I've got a couple of challenges wrapping up this week - both the DIY/Blue Valkyrie challenge on Yoovie's team and the BLC18 (from the 30 somethings team, which I petitioned to get into just so I could check out their BLC challenge) Bronze Warriors Team (see tracking post here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
I'm also 3 weeks into the Inspire Challenge (a challenge from the Done Being The Fat Girl team), AND I know BLC17 will be gearing up soon. Yoovie's next challenge (called Pimp My (P)Ride) will be starting the same day as BLC17 - it's supposed to be a ST challenge. No clue when the Bronze Warriors will start up the next round...that's kind of fallen off my radar (as you can see on the tracking thread by the fact I didn't get around to doing the drills and I just can't muster any enthusiasm to care much).
And I'm seriously thinking it's time to drop them all. At least for a while.
There are a couple of reasons - the biggest problem I'm having is roving weigh-in days. For Inspire it's Saturday, Bronze Warriors it's Monday, and of course the big BLC challenge it's Wednesday. Of all the days listed, Saturday is the best for me (primarily because I never work Friday nights, so getting enough sleep before weighing in isn't a problem). But I can't take the yo-yo affect of weighing in more than once a week - SO if I were to continue with all of the above I'd probably just take the weight from Saturday and apply it everywhere. The other thing is keeping track of it all - you've seen my "tracking posts", and for all that I'm "the goddess of spreadsheets" it's becoming overwhelming even to me. PLUS, my primary focus right now is getting ready for the Warrior Dash next month (2 weeks from this coming Saturday! Yipes!) and the half marathon in October. Getting the mileage in is kicking my butt as it is (and I'm going to try to keep this going to do a full in the spring? Yeah, I'm obviously crazy).
BUT, challenges help keep me on track, and push me out of my comfort zone.
So...pondering is. I'm definitely dropping out of the 30-somethings' BLC - NOT the friends, and I'll keep cheering everybody on, but I think that one needs to go. I want to give the Inspire challenge and my Wave Runners team a fair chance, so I'm going to at least stick through that to the end in November. That leaves Yoovie and my Wisteria Wolves...and that's where I find myself torn. Yoovie really challenges me to kick it up a notch, and ST is something that easily falls by the wayside when I'm training for races like this. But my wolves...well, they're my wolves. As it is I already backed off from being co-captain for the next round, and the very thought of the new round starting up no longer throws me into an instant panic attack... But I still feel fairly burnt out and I'm afraid my less-than-enthusiastic outlook will bring the team down. So I'm not sure the best way to go there.
Oh well, I've still got a couple of weeks to figure it out.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
It all started with the scale.
THIS is why I know better than to weigh myself more than once a week. And I'd been doing pretty well with that too, but for those few weeks where I was trying to figure out what day is best for weighing in ('cause gods know Wednesday as weigh-in day is about the worst possible day for me, THANKS BLC, thanks a bunch...grrrrr), I got back into the habit of stepping on the Foul Beast from Hell if not every day, at least pretty much every *other* day, and for me that's super dangerous in a "Well dammit why am I even trying?" kind of way. Seriously.
This week, I've seen numbers as low as 193.5. And just yesterday it was 195. Today? On the day it mattered (as my weigh-in day for the Inspire challenge)? 197 - RIGHT back where I was last week. And you know what? I know for a pretty darn near 99.99% certainty it'll be back down in the 195 or lower range after my next sleep - just watch. If for no other reason than I knocked out 8 miles for 900+ calories burned today. *sighs*
Okay, so that's how the day started. And went downhill from there, thanks to an e-mail that pretty severely hurt my feelings. I'm giving myself 24 hours (and a good sleep) before I decide how I'm responding to it - if for no other reason than I recognize we're still in Mecury Retrograde (so communication is fraught with drama in the BEST of circumstances), and also I suspect some of what was sent was fueled by PMS - so I'm doing my darndest not to take it personally. I know it wasn't meant that way, I truly do. But it really hit a spot that's pretty tender in general (in the "Okay, to the rest of the world this may not matter much, it's not a 'real wedding' or anything, so I don't expect people to treat it like one with showers or parties or anything, but it means a helluva lot to ME and it sure would be nice if other people would treat it like it mattered at least a *little* to them..." kind of way).
Dammit...NOT going to cry at work. NOT.
And then there's the whole work thing. I HATE working Saturday nights. I HATE working here period. And I HATE feeling undecided about how to handle things. Seriously. During my wog today I got myself all fired up and decided I was going to throw down the gauntlet, call a meeting between me, my boss and the mainframe boss and say "Okay, here's the deal - I will be your project manager for all mainframe maintenance (since nobody else can apparently handle it), but that means that NOTHING gets planned that isn't run through me, and I get the respect I deserve (currently totally absent from my c0-workers, particularly the person I directly report to) and some kind of title to reflect that respect for doing so. Or you can kiss my *ss, and do the whole shebang without me - your choice." Except I don't WANT that kind of responsibility...not really. What I want is out. But out in a way that won't destroy our finances...and there's no good way to do that. Well, no way I've come up with other than taking that Nurse's Aid course the 2 weeks directly following the handfasting (and considering some of what I apparently have to handle myself thanks to the aforementioned e-mail, I'm not going to be able to afford it).
But you know what?
I win because as low as I was feeling (and when it's low enough that Captain Oblivious aka my Mate notices I'm being too quiet, well you know it's got to be REALLY low), I still got out there and knocked out 8 miles today. It took longer than last week (because I had a hard time getting up the enthusiasm for running much until I'd been going for about a mile...then the endorphins - and the anger - kicked in, along with some awesome "kick butt" music I've added to my workout playlist recently), but I did it. And then, when we met up with our friend Jimmy and he took us to dinner (for picking up his mail while he's been stuck up north dealing with problems that needed fixing in the "old house" while trying to get moved into the "new house" down here), I ordered a *half* sandwich from Izzy's, thus making much better choices than I *could* have (because seriously, I love me some Izzy's).
So yeah. Take THAT Emotional Eating Monster. I totally kicked you to the CURB today.
Now to survive the next 10 hours at work without the headache I've been fighting since about 7pm becoming a full blown migraine. *glances up at florescent lighting* Yeah, here's hoping.
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