Saturday, March 31, 2012
We'll be returning home from the conference tomorrow, and as much as I enjoyed the sessions I attended, I did so hate having to eat on a schedule (never waiting until I was actually hungry) and over-eating at every meal. At an international conference, of course we sampled food from all over the world. Good intentions consistently went out the window. To my credit at the end of a fantastic African dance concert last night, I did join others on the stage to shake a few of those calories off.
Things will be back to normal when I get home. Thank goodness for opportunities to get away to experience something out of the ordinary, and thank goodness for the familiar routine of home.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I'm heading out today for a conference of the Midwest Institute for International & Intercultural Education. This year it's in St. Louis. So if any Sparker friends are in St. Louis, I'll give you a shout out.
I probably will have too many meetings to see much of the city by day, but we'll certainly check out the night life. I remember years ago going to the top of the arch and looking out for miles over the city.
Anyway, I'll take my laptop and certainly check in with you while I'm gone, and I will walk every chance I get. I did my weigh in for the challenge today because I seriously doubt I'll find a reliable scale.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Even though members of the Spring 5% Challenge pursue exercise with unmatched vigor in an attempt to lose 5% of our weight, we are also encouraged to celebrate non-scale victories.
I was walking along today and my hand brushed my thigh. I thought, "Hmmm," and gave it a good feel. Yes, it's true, it felt firm--I mean hard. For someone my age, that's saying a lot. Since beginning SP, I can count a number of NSVs:
Toned leg and arm muscles
Ability to exercise for an hour and not become winded
Feel energized even at the end of a work day
Much better sleep pattern
Not derailed by potentially stressful situations
Great list, I'd say. I'm pleased. Do you have any NSVs to report?
Monday, March 19, 2012
Normally I walk rather fast, or even run/walk, but I'm taking it easy as my left hip is still a little sore from when I overdid something--I think it was the rope jumping--a while ago. So I decided to just enjoy the warm 80 degree temps. and take short steps so that it didn't hurt (I read this was good to do to aid healing).
I didn't take my ipod nor my step counter. I took my normal route backward, and just took in the sounds and smells of spring and began planning my retirement activities. I read a book that suggested things to plan before retirement--not how to save money, a bit late for that now, but activities to fill your time.
So I made my mental lists. Which months I would spend in a warm, sunny place during the Michigan winters, trips I would take, what I would do when I was back home in Michigan. What did I want to do.....? First I want to take a course or two in investing--after nutrition and fitness, that's a subject that I'd like to really understand better. Then I can better manage my own retirement. There are some business matters that I will also just make myself go on and take care of; I'll volunteer from time to time in the public schools; I'll meditate; I'll try lots of new dishes, and invite friends over to help me eat them.
A productive walk, I'd say.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Hope you are all having the beautiful weather we're having in Michigan, sunny and the perfect temperature for taking your workout outside.
I am so proud of all my SP friends that are doing the Challenge, whether we're on the same team or not--doesn't matter. I'm proud of you for stepping up and being willing to be accountable for your weight loss and general fitness! So much the better that we can have fun encouraging each other with swift kicks in the derrière when we lose heart or just start slacking off.
It's true that we can't keep doing what we've been doing if we want better results. My good friend Braverude commented on my last blog: "Ah, C'mon. We can have better goals than just to lose 4 lbs; how about inches to lose, stretching, or more ST for toning up?" She's right, and so I've taken my measurements and added to my goals. I know she'll accomplish her goal, and I'm not going to let her beat me!
I need that friendly push, and I'm ready to pass it on to YOU!
Now, I want to see some impressive exercise minutes today!
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