Friday, April 19, 2013
The song stuck in my head this evening . . . Joe Purdy’s “I Just Can’t Seem To Get It Right Today” . . . which I’ve thought of often over the last few days. That's right . . . the last few days! As in more than one. It has been numerous days of me not getting things right. And I don't mean my food . . . or my exercise . . . I mean the big picture. The attitude, the motions, etc.
But the lyrics say “I guess I’m gonna give up, oh Lord.”
And thankfully, that part doesn’t apply.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Music has always been a huge part of my life. Lately it has played two really key roles. First, in motivation to exercise, as it really pushes me to move. Without music, I would quit any type of workout much quicker . . . no doubt!
And second, for relaxation.
I have been super-stressed lately. I'm doing new things at work. I have a new boss. And I'm moving into a work space that is half the size of my current space. Everything is changing, and I have little control over anything but how I handle it. I've not been handling it well. It's an interesting scenario because a few minor changes is no big deal. But these are some major changes.
As I sit here typing this blog, my iPod is playing a song that I think I've blogged about before . . . Trouble is a Friend by Lenka. "He's there in the dark. He's there in my heart. He waits in the wings, he's gotta play a part. Trouble is a friend, yes, trouble is a friend of mine. "
Trouble has definitely been looming for me lately, and my weight loss shows it. So best to get it in check!
Spark Cheers All!
Saturday, March 23, 2013
So one of the challenges this week in one of my groups was to go to a Farmers' Market. We still have snow here, so no local markets here. But, there is a local year-round farm stand a few towns over, and I went over last night after work and purchased some fresh veggies for the weekend. While most of what is there now is likely not locally grown, the produce always looks better at the stand then at the local grocery store (sorry, Stop and Shop).
I have a pineapple to slaughter later! It's going to be tasty.
Here's to fresh veggies and fruit.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
My two challenges have me feeling great . . . I'm starting to get back into my groove. While the scale only showed one pound this week for the Biggest Loser challenge, I'm hoping that my weigh-in for Springing to Action will be successful in two days. And it would be AMAZING if I could finally hit that 50 pound mark next week! I have to wonder what the difference is . . . because I feel more energy for this challenge than I have in the past. My guess is that I'm coming up on the one year anniversary of my restart . . . and with it comes this gnawing feeling that I could have done better.
Remember "Bob Wiley" in the movie, "What About Bob?" Bob was played by Bill Murray and Dr. Leo Marvin was played by Richard Dreyfuss. Bob and Leo say a lot of things in that movie that I can really make a connection with.
First, Dr. Marvin's theory on Baby Steps . . . he wrote a book about it. "Baby step onto the elevator... baby step into the elevator... I'm *in* the elevator... " Not such a bad theory, and one that I've been trying to take with this weight loss journey. Baby steps!
Second, Dr. Marvin's son Siggy is being taught to dive by his father. He's terrified of the water, and his father just let him drop into the water. Siggy said that his whole life flashed before his eyes. Bob responds with, "You're lucky you're only 12." I'm 51 . . . and when I think of where I was headed, my life needs to flash before my eyes. It has taken me so long to get here, but I can't go back. So keep that life flashing . . . all 51 years.
And third, death therapy. It sounds radical, but stay with me here. At the end of the movie Leo ties Bob to a tree along with 20 pounds of black powder, and I believe an ounce or so can blow a tree stump. Bob is cured because of death therapy. Tied to the tree with the black powder, he reasons his way to getting rid of all his fears. Death therapy . . . there's a little truth in that for me. Get healthy, or else!
So lessons learned . . . baby steps . . . life flashing before my eyes, so never too late to get on with this show . . . death therapy!
It all works.
I should mention that Bob was also afraid he would be looking for a bathroom and his bladder would explode! (I'm not saying I agree or disagree with that philosophy . . . I'm just saying there have been some close calls.)
Push forward folks! Moving onto Week 2 of my Biggest Loser Challenge!
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