Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Earlier today I feel like I got hit by a one-two punch. A right jab and then a left upper cut! OUCH! I am still reeling from it and a bit dazed and numb. I made a phone call to a client which resulted in a very unexpected outcome.
Later in a phone conversation with my husband he reminded me of my new found cross training....boxing.. and painted an analogy for me. He told me to keep moving, diving and weaving. I countered with how I need to keep on my toes, to move and avoid getting knocked out.
Life WILL punch back, it WILL do the body slams, it WILL put me in a corner and want to beat the daylights out of me and watch me crumble and give up the 10 count! But to avoid that from happening I remember my boxing training.
Make a window with my gloves....protect my face...by being prepared and alert. Think ahead and be ready.
Keep my feet moving...stay on my toes and watch my surroundings. Don't let the other side get the best of me. Dance, dance dance.....
Find my stance before returning the punch.....be anchored in what I am doing and then move forward.... don't swing blindly...act with purpose.
Don't stop until the round is over..... it's not over until the bell sounds....stopping before could cost me the match!
So yes, today's event brought tears, fear, disappointment, annoyance, frustration, and knocked me down for an 8 count...but I am still here. I'm back upright and standing with my gloves still on. My stance might have been shaken up, but i'm still dancing, and diving, and weaving....till I hear that bell!
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Sometimes life tries to squeeze the life out of life....to steal away the tranquility, the serentiy, the peace that brings joy. Comfort can be hard to find when everything is zipping by like it's on a high speed conveyor belt. Where do you go to slow things down? Where is that place that brings the space back to life?
I found such a place, a place that when I go there I can't help but feel better. A place that only takes 5 minutes to get to but when I am there, I feel miles away.
Actually I can see for miles when I'm there, I can see out to the Irish Sea, 26 miles away, the mountains of far away Wales, the tips of the hills in the Lake District, and even out to the Yorkshire Dales. There's the wind farm off to the opposite side and then I'm back full circle facing west towards the sea.
My place is the top of the Moor up the hill from my village. When I'm there my mind escapes, my hair is russled with the wind and my lungs, heart and mind are refreshed. I am sure many other people have found this place as well, but to me that is my stress-relief, feel better place. A place I remember first finding 7 years ago. A place I showed to my youngest son when he came to visit. A place of memories of walking a beloved now gone dog.
Places like my hilltop Moore are necessary to me. I feel release, I feel rebuilding, I feel for a moment that time melted away and it's just me and answers come. Resolutions take shape and wholeness is restored. Where do YOU go?
Saturday, January 22, 2011
...and you will be successful!
I've heard that saying a number of years ago and am going to apply it to something I have recently discovered.
I enjoy boxing! Bet you wondered why the photo, and that's the reason.
My gym has a box-fit class and I've gone twice and am getting hooked! (no pun intended)
With the very cold days and icy underfoot conditions, I've been at the gym more this month than I have in ages. Saturday mornings I am usually out on the road, but it's between marathons and I have the time to try some other exercises.
I'm really glad as I have found something that I can keep up with here at home as well as at the gym. I can do that because today I bought myself my own gloves, pads, and wrist tape! YEP, I'm hooked!....or maybe it's a jab!
Sunday, January 02, 2011
This is the place where I should put my what I want to accomplish this year. The resolutions that I will work to achieve and the deadlines I will do them by. Instead I am just going to say, this will not just be another year, it will be THE year!
It's the year I turn 60 and if not now, when!!?
Monday, December 27, 2010
A simple idea, that is not just an emoticon. It comes from the story found in THE SPARK. Today is MY day one, again!
Just over a month ago I ran a marathon, and did a fantastic time. I ran it at my lowest weight and felt strong and nimble. The following week brought Thanksgiving and as we were away from home in a hotel, all our meals but breakfasts were eaten out. We attempted to make the best possible choices but that proved difficult with our specific inner city Philadelphia location.
Fast forwarding through the four weeks to today, I've seen my weight increase each week!! I forgot to mention that also during this time, in my part of the UK, we've had freezing temps for almost the entire time. We've also had inches of snow and freezing roads and hard packed snow covered sidewalks. My usual running was replaced with short dog walks in harsh conditons.
Put those facts together and it spells a recipe for increased weight, sluggish bloated feelings, annoyance, frustration, and on and on! Now with just a week until the start of a new year, I could wait until then to start making a change and feel better, but that is NOT going to help me TODAY! So that is why this is my DAY ONE. It all starts with doing the things I know that worked before. Doing the simple things that will help me turn a 180.
Here is my list of 5 things for day one:
1. Plan and Log my food
2. Keep my food within calorie range.
3. Exercise for at least 30 minutes.
4. Do something outside.
5. Get at least 7 hours sleep.
Repeat these for my next day one, tomorrow!
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