Friday, February 12, 2010
. . . a blast from the past. I went ice skating today! Now, for some of you who've lived in the northeast your entire lives, this may seem a very mundane statement.
You have to remember I spent the last 17 winters living in TX. When I first moved to TX, one of the shopping malls actually had an ice rink in it. But it wasn't close to my house, so I never did go skating there, and it eventually shut down.
There was one other rink, but it was even further away from my house, and I was busy starting a business.
I haven't skated in 25 years. At least.
I only fell once! Within minutes of tentatively getting out on the ice. I hugged the sides for maybe the first 10 minutes, but then I was out and about with everyone else.
I even did a couple of tentative crossovers (not back to back!), although I almost fell each time -- but managed to stay upright. And just a tiny bit of skating backwards. I also just enjoyed the people watching -- I'd stop every 5 or 10 minutes for a little rest.
At first I thought what the heck are you doing? But after a while I remembered why I loved skating so much -- that feeling of gliding. It reminds me of swimming. They're the only two sports where I don't really feel my weight. I'm sorry I waited so long this year, now, because there's only about another month of skating before the rink shuts down. Maybe next year I'll take some lessons.
I am not a good skater, but I sure do enjoy it. I really debated bringing my cell phone -- really kind of scared I'd smash it to smithereens. Thankfully I didn't, altho it's always possible. Never had to worry about that when I was younger (there were no cell phones).
I grew up skating outside on ponds. Never had any lessons. Couldn't do crossovers at all or skate backwards at all, but I've always enjoyed it. It was in college, when I took a couple of classes for my gym requirement, that I really fell in love with it. I would go skating on the weekends just for the fun of it!
And of course I've always loved to watch figure skating.
It will be interesting to see how the legs feel tomorrow . . . today is normally my running day, and even tho I didn't get a lot of steps skating, I got enough so that I'm not going to run today. The plan is to do it tomorrow. I am definitely feeling that my legs were worked! And my core, too, for sure.
So what have you done lately to push yourself out of your comfort zone? What fun thing have you been putting off? What would it take to get you to do it? Do you need to ask for some help from an SO or a friend? What's stopping you?
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Well, it isn't really a candy bar, but with 13 gms of sugar, it's darn close. So it falls into the treat category for me: the new Luna Protein bars.
I'd seen them on several foodie blogs, and had been keeping an eye out at the food store. And scored on Monday. I took it along with me to my meeting today (along with an apple). The chocolate peanut butter flavor -- of course!
And yes, it's somewhat reminiscent of a Snickers bar. Not quite the same, but with 12 gm of protein, it also kept me full for the next 4 hours. For less than 200 calories.
I've blogged about my love of protein bars before; the irony is most weeks I might eat one or two tops, unless they're home made -- and even then, I don't eat a whole lot of them.
But I love to try new things.
I wish I had my computer working. This is a drag -- I stopped at Marshalls for a little retail therapy (bad idea). I walked out with a very form fitting Calvin Klein dress. I even took a photo of it, but my husband's computer doesn't have a multicard reader like mine.
My WI today wasn't good, but I'm tired of talking about those, and I was still fairly shocked that I could pour myself into this very form fitting size 6 dress. I really have no where to wear this too -- I'll let DH decide whether or not I should keep it. In fact, I was even able to squeeze into the size 4 (I thought it was an 8 -- those darn hangers). With both dresses I might never be able to sit down, but they sure look good.
I also tried on a Ralph Lauren, size 4. This was also form fitting but a more forgiving fabric and it fit. And was sexy. But I wasn't sure whether or not it was a bit too clingy in some of the wrong places, and once again, I don't really need it. So I left it there.
I had actually planned to check out the used book store -- finally after 10 months -- but my GPS couldn't find the road, and even tho I knew where the road was, I had no idea where on that road of many strip malls it might be hiding. I'm thinking about going ice skating tomorrow, so maybe I'll try again tomorrow. If I get out.
Have you found anything new at the food store recently that we ought to know about? How do you lift your mood without food? Without shopping?
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Well, it's really true. I struggle, sometimes, with that green eye'd monster. Not so much in wanting to be someone else's height (altho a few more inches would really help with reaching for that top cabinet), but with the ease with which taller people shed pounds.
Oh, I know it isn't really easy for anyone. But I am having to make peace with the fact that I won't be losing 2 or 3 lbs a week. Not at this height. Not at this weight. If I lose half a pound or 1 pound, it's a true celebration.
The really hard part is that just because I'm a small person doesn't mean I have a small appetite. I could probably eat some big gals under the table. It's kind of cruel, when you think about it.
It's taken me a long time to realize that part of why I lose weight so slowly is my height. And there's nothing I can do about it. So yes, it means I have to work harder than some people. I suppose that makes the success that much sweeter. Wait, did someone say the S word?
But I can still do it, and I will.
Did you ever stop to think that because you're smaller, you have less muscle from the get-go? That it WILL be harder? How do you keep yourself from comparing yourself to others?
One thing I've learned from the last few weeks is that keeping myself well hydrated when I'm out is key. When I went out to the movies again on Monday, I made sure to get in 6 glasses of liquid before I left. It helped a lot!
I even went to Dottie's Weight Loss Zone (google it if you need it) to look up points at Starbucks. I never go to Starbucks, but I was thinking a chai latte or a hot chocolate might be nice. It was a very cold day. But man, once I looked up the points on those suckers, I decided against it! I would only be able to drink half of something, and that just seemed such a waste.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
No, I must admit I have no Olympic dreams. Never had. But I enjoy watching others achieve their dreams, and that's part of what the Olympics are all about. Not to mention that's part of what SP is about, too.
Which got me to thinking about how many past Olympic cities I've visited:
Vancouver (multiple times)
Montreal (multiple times)
Lake Placid (multiple times)
Really not all that many, when you think about it. I don't think there's been an Olympics in any of the other European cities I've visited: Prague, Dresden, Vienna, Copenhagen, Delft. None in Hawaii. None in Cozumel or Cancun.
Mind you, I've never actually been to an Olympic games. Doubtful I ever will, either, unless one lands on my doorstep. But I can still dream along with the athletes.
Dream of being my personal best. Dream of being at the top of my game.
How about you? What are your dreams? How many Olympic cities have you visited? Have you ever actually seen the Olympic games? Was it worth it?
Monday, February 08, 2010
Not much time today. It's my birthday week -- I'm taking a page from my sparkbuddy Slimmerjesse (whose birthday it is today, btw) and celebrating all week. Well, sort of. Chose to go to the movies again today -- went to see "The Blind Side", which I've wanted to see since it came out months ago -- boy, my husband thinks I'm a tough cookie! I've got nothing on that woman.
Anyway, as I complained to another spark buddy, it is frickin' cold today. Temps in the teens with very strong winds. The dogs still got their walk -- even more important when I'm going to be out for hours -- and I am so thankful that my calves are smaller. Because otherwise there's just no way I could tuck my jeans into my knee-high boots, and boy what a difference they make!
We didn't get any of the big snowstorm -- nary a flurry as I remarked to yet another sparkbuddy -- but the cold has got a death grip on us. I am thankful for the no snow. 30 would seem so warm right about now.
I know that spring is still a long way away and I know better than to wish my life away. Happiness truly is a choice, and most of the time I choose it. Spring will come when it comes, and until then, I'll deal with the weather as best I can (and be grateful for a roof over my head & a good heating system).
So what about you? What are you thankful for? What dividends has weight loss, big or small, brought you?
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