Friday, October 14, 2011
Is it just me or did this particular week whiz by even more quickly than usual? I can't believe we're at Friday already...not sure where the week went! I didn't even feel particularly productive. Just generally dumped upon at work and overwhelmed. Might explain why I keep having a recurring dream where I can't get checked out of my hotel because a) I can never get all of my stuff to fit into my suitcases and I'm afraid I'll leave too much behind and they'll throw it away when the next guest checks in and b) my flight out keeps getting canceled and then I need to go back to the hotel anyway (causing me to be completely stressed because I never get home). What the heck is that about? I'm sure it has some whacky parallel to my real life, but it beats me what it is! Maybe it's about how I just can't wait for Friday to come so I actually get to enjoy a stress-free weekend?
Deep breathing. Om mantra. I am a yogi. I am not the body, I am the spirit within. Ya Da Ya Da.
So my gym is offering to certify yoga teachers through a training program. 200 hours. Despite my super technical training (physics degree, engineering degree, MBA in finance) I'm actually contemplating becoming a certified yoga instructor. How relaxing would that be? How stressful could that possibly be? Wouldn't it be a great thing to consider as I age and become less desirable in the fastpaced frenetic corporate world and its crazy, crazy culture? Maybe I say, "To Hell with it all!" and turn my back on it?? I've been thinking a lot lately of another Director I once worked with at Rockwell who loved teaching at 24 Hr Fitness so much that 5-6 years ago she came into work during a particularly troubling time of 'downsizing' and humiliating demotions for many senior management types and proclaimed, "I quit!" and she then went to teaching at the gym full time. At the time I thought "OMG, she's crazy...how much $$ can a fitness instructor possibly earn?" vs the $150k+ salary she was earning on the day she threw in the towel. I really thought she had flipped her lid. As I said, I now think about her a lot. And I'm sure there is a reason for this. I'm beginning to think she may have made a good trade. Of course it was also rumored that she came from a family with a lot of money and really 'didn't need to work anyway'. I'm thinking a lot of satisfaction could come from helping people feel better about themselves. Maybe I'm realizing this from the great feeling it is to spread the spark.
So...Yippee, it's Friday Again...no work for the next 2 days. Only basking in the freedom of the weekend.
Be sure you all take advantage of the lovely freedom the weekend offers. Even if you don't work fulltime. It's still great to enjoy a few days of relaxation and 'me time'.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The net is cast...will any more fish be brought in? Okay, a really dumb analogy. But hooking them seemed even worse! And I suppose to a vegetarian any reference to catching even a fish would be inappropriate. Ah, but it is my blog and that is what came to mind. I suppose I'm in 'Fisher of Men' mode after seeing a Pastor Mike blog in another team I'm on...lol. Maybe I'm just tired and punchy? Guess that could be it too. Having given it a bit more thought I probably would have chosen an analogy related to leading a horse to water and not being able to make him drink, right? Especially with the importance of drinking water to SP success...but I digess!
Either way, I'm anxiously awaiting and hoping that a few more will sign up. I started thinking about all the people at work who have made comments about being envious about my weight loss and realized that they are all candidates for Spark-Spreading. Hopefully they won't take it wrong (that I think they have a few pounds to lose)...I only forwarded to people in the category of moreless saying 'you look great; I wish I could lose weight' who I hadn't mentioned Spark to before. Usually people ask if I'm on a special diet and I always say 'no, just whole foods and nutritious eating, no gimmicks or tricks'...but I don't normally mention SP because I don't want to seem like a salesperson (that doesn't ever seem to work). But emailing the link as a thoughtful afterthought seems to be connecting with people much better.
And so we will see if the cast net will yield any new catch....hoping so for those who can benefit. I'm beginning to feel like Chris Downie...it's a worthy mission to want to improve the health of the world. Just think of all the good that can be done by people who are feeling more energized, less pain, more alert and focused. The sky's the limit!!
PS Another friend joined SP today...update!! Woo Hoo!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Okay so it may not seem like such a big deal when I've been wearing size XS yoga pants for a while now...but I was fairly shocked to find myself in a changing room today only to conclude that size 4 pants were generally a bit too big and 2s were fitting the best.
Kind of an impossible situation standing there looking at the size tags. I've been standing in changing rooms buying progressively smaller sizes for months now. The last few sizes I at least learned to not stock up on as I was kind of getting the wastefulness of it all. The last few times I only bought one or 2 pair. This time, though, I bought 6 pair! I think I have the confidence to believe that this is my new size. Even if I lose another 5 pounds-ish this size will still fit I hope! Just can't imagine me being a size 0. That would be really too much to take. And I don't want to be 'skinny'. Right now I have plenty of flesh left and the 2s are looking not bad at all.
So I am, literally, amazed...I'm pretty sure that vanity sizing has something to do with this as I really am not super small. Really. I'm actually about what I bet was a size 6ish 20 years ago...I swear sizes are becoming 'roomier' as the population gains on average. I wonder if there are actual statistics on this?
At any rate, I've made it to size 2 and it seems just too good to be true. Too weird to be true as I've never thought of myself as someone who would wear such tiny sizes. It's really about body composition more than weight, I think. I am just much more muscle, less fat, and more compact. I'm sure of it.
Thank you SP! Thank you yoga, and cardio, and Zumba, and Brazilian Booty - it's all paid off! And I will wear these size 2s proudly for a long time to come. I'm not planning on heading out to buy replacements any time soon and I sure as heck don't plan to slide back into those larger sizes either. Maintenance is a lifelong commitment...and it feels so good!
Saturday, October 08, 2011
Today was the day of our annual trek to Julian, a quaint little town in the mountains seemingly frozen in the mid-19th century. It has the original storefronts that look like a movie set from a Western - because this is what towns in the west looked like in the 1800s. Only Julian still looks like this now. However, the buildings are well maintained and it is mostly a tourist attraction. It is way up in the hills (hence the reason why apples can be grown - they get cooler nights than we do on the coast). We come every year for the apples and this year we also decided to take another tour of the old gold mine still open for tours in town (it last operated as a commercial mine in the 1915 timeframe but they still give great tours, have an interesting museum and do a great job keeping up the tradition. The kids panned for gold and we enjoyed this tour guide more than any of the others in the past. He was filled with stories and was very knowledgeable about the history of the mine.
We also stopped for lunch at our favorite spot across from the cider mill (which has wonderful cider - overpriced but actually worth it at $10/gallon) for our usual chicken potpie'ish type homecooking meal and the rest of the group topped it off with apple pie a la mode. I hate to sound smug, but I passed on the pie because I think mine is much better and after buying as many apples as we did, I'm sure I'll be making plenty of pie. No reason to waste calories on one that's sub par when I know mine's a'comin'!
The Calico Ranch was open - that's the first apple orchard we ever discovered in the area many years ago and I'm happy to give them my business. Unfortunately, though, they were very low on my favorite apple - the Empire - so the pickings were slim (as they say - so true in this case). Either way, my very large refrigerator now has one huge vegetable drawer (about 8 inches deep at least) completely filled to the top with apples - $20 worth! Luckily this refrigerator has 3 drawers for fruits/veggies so we're okay.
After apple picking we headed out to San Diego County's reported best bakery, Dudley's (open since 1963), for the bread that my kids love so much - 5 loaves this visit! Hawaiian Bread, Julian Apple Nut Bread, 100% whole wheat (I was thinking lunches), and Sweet French...as always much of it will end up frozen. But DS is a big bread eater so we'll see about how much disappears in the next day just through gluttony. It is very good (and probably not terribly unhealthy).
On the way out of town and heading back home (a bit over an hour's drive) we stopped at the pumpkin patch that is our habit on this annual trek as well. The kids enjoy the cornfield maze, shooting corn from a cannon propelled at several targets 100s of feet away using some kind of hydraulic contraption and of course enjoying the steer, goats, pigs, llamas, etc wandering the place. It's a lot of fun!
Now that we're back home the kids took off to swim and I am actually ready for a bit of a break, so SP is perfect. That comfort food is sitting a bit heavy as I'm not used to eating like that anymore! It's funny to think that the last time we were up to Julian was before I joined SP...in fact I recall being pretty sure I was going to pass out in the orchard last year - I was so lightheaded, dizzy, and my back hurt so much. What a difference this last year has made! It's nearly a miracle...have to say it felt great to be up there breathing that mountain air this year. And no problem to reach up into the trees, or bend down to pick apples off the ground. Being fit makes everything that much better, doesn't it?
The loss of fat is more than worth that lost weight - in gold!! If you know what I mean...
Friday, October 07, 2011
Happy Day - Happy Dance! How many times do we try to spread the word about the wonders of Spark only to have our words fall on deaf ears? All too often, right? Well, a few weeks ago I sent a link to a colleague who asked about my weightloss and I was disappointed, but not surprised, when she didn't join. It has happened so many times before. What a missed opportunity for all of these folks, I think. Too bad for them. And I do feel sad that they don't at least try it out for a short while to just be exposed to all the great tools and the wonderful support network.
But here, low and behold, she joined today! Can I believe it? Not really! It is such a great thing for her...she's not really overweight at all but has gained a few pounds and is feeling badly about it. She can definitely do it and I'm sure the support here will be a great help - as it was to me and I know is to all of you! It was such a warm and wonderful feeling to see that new Spark Friend Referral note come up. I called her right away and offered my help with anything as she learns to navigate the site or even any help as a Spark Buddy. Perhaps she'll want to join me for walking at lunch?
Anyway, it is worthy of a blog entry and it brought a smile to my face today. I sparked someone else...Woo Hoo! On the other hand, the woman who took the 7 day free trial at my gym (and only took advantage of one Zumba class) came up with a super lame excuse for why she's planning to wait until the new year to join the gym and why she isn't planning to try any other classes for the balance of her free week (she was going to check out a yoga class each day for the last 3 days and then didn't). When people start saying they'll 'try' I've learned to recognize this as 'won't'. I am starting to like Yoda all the more - 'there is no try, only do'.
But to end on a high note - another member has joined us...and she is going to have a very successful journey, I'm sure. So glad to have helped spread the spark!
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