Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Good morning, Sparklers!
Today is the first day of August and I feel like a million bucks, you guys should, too! I've changed my Spark Login Name to something I find a bit more inspiring than SHLEWIS. You see, my little triumph last week was saying to myself "Quitter? I ain't quitting. Frack that noise." Well, I'm Fracking the Noise forever now, because there isn't any room for quit in my world. There's a difference between tired, lazy, and completely worn out and needing to stop - it's time I start paying attention to the differences.
The further along I get on my journey the more I realize that each day is a new one filled with promise and opportunity. I look at the progress I made last week on my runs and the challenges I'm having with eating right - and I realize that today and every day after is my opportunity to celebrate my victories and learn from each of my choices.
Yesterday I went paddling for TWO HOURS on the Allegheny river. I have no idea how far we went, but it was an AMAZING trip. If you live in the Pittsburgh area and have not tried Kayak Pittsburgh yet, I strongly recommend that you do. The city looked beautiful, we only got slightly rained on, and the temperature was perfect. Talk about an AMAZING trip!
I didn't get my run in yesterday afternoon as planned because work here in the office exploded. It's alright, I'm not sure I would have paddled as well as I had if I'd already run!
So, today is run day (Usually I take Wednesdays off), and I'm looking forward to kicking C25K's ass!
In other news my scale is refusing to move, I've been at 208 now for about a week straight. Not up. Not down. Just a flat 208. I've tried recallibrating my scale, moving it... everything. No dice. Someone needs to talk to my scale and remind it of just how flipping awesome I am!
Tonight is my makeup meeting of the Fat Kids Club, I had to miss last night for the Kayak expedition. Here's hoping I learn something amazing!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Well, last night I did something I've formerly been too shy to do - I actually put photos of my bare middle on the internet. It's funny, what inspired me was the scene as I was getting ready for my run yesterday. I wear dry-fit spandex gear to run in. I like the way it fits, I like that it wicks the sweat away. As nice as it is to see the results of my work on a t-shirt in the form of nice, big sweat patches, on particularly hot days I like for the sweat to not sit so close to the skin.
Anyway, I'm standing in the locker room last night and looking at myself. I notice how my top fits and I see that beneath my boobs is something else - indentations. To me, for a second, they looked like the start of my future abs. They looked like those nice, strong muscles hiding out under the layer of fat I've cultivated for 15 years. I look closer, I can see that my ribs are working at coming back. I notice that what used to be a solid blob of fat is now becoming something else - it's being consumed.
And I love it.
So, that's why at like 11PM I had to post those photos. I just HAD to.
I'm feeling so up right now it's like I could run my 5K tomorrow! Last night was week 5 day 1. I was scared. Three five minute runs? Really?
And I rocked it.
And I'm going to rock it again today.
There's my good friend the chart. The chart gives me feedback and I love it. What do I see there? I'm working my ass off and I'm not doing something exactly the same as I was to start with. That's right, my calorie intake has racheted up. Well, it's time to start paying more attention. Time to remember 1500 is not the goal, 1200 is.
In other news I've decided that it's time to re-frame one of my goals and rewards. I've mentioned in a previous post that I am going to DragonCon in September and my reward for losing 30 pounds is to get a photo with John Barrowman from Doctor Who and Torchwood. Well, It's looking like 30 isn't going to happen. I'm sitting firmly at 208 and have been for about a week or so now - that means I'd have to lose eight pounds in four and a half weeks. If it happens, great; but, I think 25 pounds is reason enough to celebrate with this once in a lifetime opportunity. So, I've got three more pounds between me and John Barrowman.
That's it for today - keep on Sparkin' on!
Monday, July 30, 2012
Well, I decided I wanted to do something insane. I wanted to show the world my middle. My stomach, abdomen, or paunch has been covered for as long as I've been an adult.
Well, I'm not hiding it anymore. Sure, those little ripples might not be the beginning of ab muscles as I pretend they are - but, you know what? They're not rolls. They're not a solid blob. They're progress and I'm proud. I got this. I ain't quitting. Just you wait and see.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Welcome to Monday, all!
This weekend wasn't quite as exercise-riffic as I wanted it to be on Friday. This happened mostly because on Saturday I got sucked into getting things done in my craft room and then ridiculous thunderstorms came through.
At least I can say I must have climbed my stairs about thirty times.
On Sunday I almost didn't go for my ride. I'm working on a rather frustrating costume piece of female body armor at the moment - and let's just say I'm having a hard time not giving whoever wears it a uniboob. Oh the joys of turning an animators art into real-life!
Sunday's ride was awesome. I had wanted to do a full two hours but I found myself really strugging about the hour and a half mark so I high tailed it back. 105 minutes and 13 miles, I'm pretty proud! Of course, my ride did leave me with a few tips I'd like to give my fellow riders. You see, here in Pittsburgh we're in the middle of a bit of a culture war. We have a burgeoning cycling population alongside a motorist culture that (like most) is impatient and resentful of many cyclists.
I can completely sympathize with the motorists and pedestrians, neither of which want cyclists on their roads or sidewalks. Why? Because three-quarters of the cyclists I encountered this weekend were completely rude, law ignoring, and dangerous. Yes. Dangerous. I'm talking passing without warning, not stopping at stop signes, and veering in and out of traffic. Four times I rang my bell to let someone know that they were about to be overcome by a cyclist who flew up past me.
It made me ashamed to be a cyclist.
These are my personal rules of the road, I'm sure most people would agree with some and a few people will agree with all.
Cycling for the Patient and Prudent
1. Just because the law says you can ride on the street does not mean it's safe for you to do so. Can you keep up with the speed and flow of traffic? Is there enough space for you to share the road safely with automobiles who may want to pass you? If not, you may want to choose an alternate route or utilize the sidewalk.
2. The sidewalk is there for pedestrians, if you must ride on it, be courteous - call out that you're there, invest in a bell, or simply walk your bike.
3. Do not assume people can hear or see you. Just because you can hear the click-clack of your wheels as you roll along does not mean that someone else can. Get a bell. Call. Don't just assume that someone psychically knows you're going to pass.
4. "On your left!" Use it. Always. Cyclist, pedestrian, crawling baby. Let people know where you are or where you will be.
5. When people move for you, thank them - it encourages the behavior from the pedestrian for other cyclists.
6. Stop signs. Traffic lights. Cross walks. Lane markers - they all apply to do. Do not ignore them. I have never seen a road sign that says "Except Bikes."
7. Share the road. Sure, it's nice to ride beside someone, but if you see someone coming in the other direction, make some space.
8. For the love of all that is holy do NOT wear headphones. You have a responsibility to be more aware of your surroundings than your average jogger - and taking away your hearing while travelling at 10+ miles-per-hour only puts yourself and others in danger.
Alright, I've ranted enough. I hope everyone is safe out there if they choose to bike!
Friday, July 27, 2012
Welcome to Friday, everyone! It's a rainy, humid, and a bit chilly at the moment here. It's alright, I like to run in the rain :)
The great news for today is that my scale again says I'm living in Oh-Burbia. I don't want to stay in Oh-Burbia forever, I'd much rather be in One-der land; but, I'm kind of enjoying the ride. For example, this morning I did my usual check of back fat. Yes, it's a very scientific method where I just feel back and see what's hanging out (literally.) For a while, I could get up toward my second knuckle. Now I'm just barely able to get past the first. My body is liking all this work I'm making it do! Other casualties of portion control and increased exercise are my double chin and the start of a dimple in the side of my thighs. Big butt, this is your official warning, you will be vacated!
Today I'm running C25K week four day three. I crushed my run yesterday and I feel confident that the rain and humidity will do nothing to make me falter today.
What is killing me today is that it's Food Day at work. This is worse than a buffet at a party - because everyone wants you to try THEIR dish. Yes, theirs. You must have egg bake, and fried sausage biscuit thingies and french toast! So far, I haven't suffered too badly. I don't think I'll be eating much for dinner tonight, though.
(I should also note that I did bring everyone cupcakes, because even though I can't eat them I would appreciate others being able to enjoy them!)
There are still eight pounds between me and John Barrowman! Time to step up the training!
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