Tuesday, November 23, 2010
. . . and it's nice not to be roadkill once in a while.
When all is said & done, our journey is really about love, isn't it?
Sometimes we put our love for others before our love for ourself.
Sometimes we have such a distorted view of ourselves that we don't think we're lovable. BTW, the one day I wore the only 2 piece bathing suit I brought, DH said he preferred the monokinis.
We have to love ourselves enough to realize that we have to be first on our list -- so that our cup is full and can overflow to our loved ones.
We have to learn to love ourselves again, with all our flaws -- and all our strengths.
When we do love ourselves again, amazing things start to happen -- and not just better health or weight loss. Being comfortable in our own skin, feeling happy again -- and a whole lot more!
Ok, enough of the analogies. Just wanted to quickly share this next photo with you to see how editing your photos can really make a difference. Kind of hard to believe that I'm the same person as the profile pic when you look at this one.
I bought this dress (actually bought 2) just a few days before we left. Last time I was in Hawaii, only the mumu-type dresses fit. This time I wanted one that was form fitting. I'm going to use it as incentive to keep this body trim -- cause I'm hoping to go somewhere warm next October (DH's business trip to FL).
It also shows me that my collarbones won't disappear even with 10 days of richer-than-normal eating.
And finally, yes, it's nice to not always be roadkill.
Roadkill is the term runners use when they blow by someone. Usually that's me. Like last Sat. where the young kid smiled & waved hi, and that was basically all I saw of him except for his dust disappearing into the horizon . . .
Yesterday, while swimming, I finally passed someone. Is it roadkill if you're in a pool? Probably not. Anyway, I must say it made me feel good. I was doing intervals -- swimming hard to one song, easy to the next. I was actually able to easily pass the woman in the next lane.
In fact, I slowed down more than I might have normally on my easy intervals, so she wouldn't feel bad (if she did) -- I just know how it makes me feel to never be able to pass anyone! But I'm vain enough to be glad I finally could.
Remember, this journey truly starts with learning to love yourself again. Particularly important to remember on Thanksgiving. No matter what you've accomplished or not accomplished this year, you are a wonderful, unique person, and you deserve all the good things in your life and you are deserving of love.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Had a whole nother blog in mind, but there sure isn't time today!
So today's a quickie -- here are a few of the mantra's I've been using lately:
NEF (no excuses, finish) -- borrowed from my spark buddy KEAKMAN, who apparently borrowed it from her son's wrestling couch
WIT (whatever it takes) -- taken from one of my audio training MP3s
What you believe, you achieve
The first 3 I repeat to myself while exercising. I will usually start out with "what you believe, you achieve", move on to WIT, and end, of course, with NEF.
The last one has to do with food. It's so important -- and sometimes so hard to do. Food shouldn't be all bound up in emotion, but the hard truth is for most of us, it is, one way or another.
So a good mantra, to my mind, is short. 2 or 3 words is about the perfect length. Short enough so that you can remember it, short enough so that it doesn't take forever to run thru in your mind. That, to my mind, is the difference between a quote (which can be really long) and a mantra.
They can definitely help you, too.
What's your mantra?
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thought I'd give you a break from Hawaii today.
I went for a run this morning. It's in the high 20s (by almost 10 am when I left). And as I'm finishing up the last interval section of the run, where you do a 1:1 ratio of full out sprint to light jog, he talks about how you should really be feeling the lactic acid buildup.
Only my butt and legs were numb! Couldn't feel much of anything and it's not even THAT cold yet. It's actually quite a nice day, just cold. And the weather is supposed to go downhill from today. Still hoping for the best, as always.
I'm beginning to wonder if I need to buy more long underwear for myself. Do people run in long underwear under their running tights?
My upper body was mostly fine -- with 3 layers of long sleeve'd tops, I might add -- but my hair still in a ponytail. Yes, I do get cold easily, but as long as my extremities are ok, I'm usually ok.
Thanks for the kind comments on my new profile photo. I do love that photo! There were tons of photos where I don't look so happy -- mainly cause my husband doesn't tell me when he's actually taking a photo and you can only hold a smile for so long (altho I have another blog in mind for that).
But seriously, if you can't be happy in Hawaii, where can you be happy? It wasn't difficult, I assure you!
Wishing everyone some alive butt runs!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
So often when we begin our healthy lifestyle journey, we are closed off. We have shut ourselves off from so much, often using food to numb our feelings.
Slowly, we begin to open up: to new ideas, to our feelings, to our loved ones.
And when we do, we really blossom.
We begin to step out of the background . . .
. . . and into our full glory.
We go from the drabbest, black clothes into living color. We bloom. We blossom. We nurture ourselves and others.
Have you bloomed yet? Are you blossoming? Cause that's what life is all about.
These are some flower photos I took in the gardens at our hotel. To show you why this will take so many blogs, these are just the flower photos -- I have more garden photos I want to share with you!
Which leads me to a few photo tips. I've learned a lot from my husband, who is a talented photographer (and took my new profile photo), and because I spent quite a few years as a graphic designer, I also have a few Photoshop skills.
1. Edit, edit, edit. My husband would tell you I'm still sharing far too many photos. That there's usually only one good photo out of what used to be a roll of film (about 36 photos). I don't show you the bad photos of myself, for instance, and believe me, there's plenty of them!
2. Crop your photos. You don't have to use Photoshop, there's plenty of free and inexpensive photo editing software out there. Don't just accept your photos as is!
3. Remember the rule of thirds when you crop: you generally don't want your subject smack dab in the middle of your photo. Try to put it in the upper, lower, right or left third of the photo.
4. Manipulate the color, the highlights and the shadows. Don't forget to sharpen it (almost all digital photos can benefit from some sharpening).
Now go and bloom!
Friday, November 19, 2010
It is amazing what the power of just a small trickle of water can do to rock, given time.
This is Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It was our second trip here, only this time we were driving ourselves, so we were able to explore just a bit more.
Unfortunately we didn't get to the end, where there's a really stunning outlook over the Na Pali coast -- while the road isn't long, it is winding & narrow and it takes quite some time to navigate. We did have a plane to catch that evening, after all.
It's hard not to think about how our little baby steps add up to a whole big result when you consider that just a small trickle of water, relatively, carved this canyon.
A couple of months ago I set a baby step to sweep our laundry room (where the litterboxes are) every day. I haven't missed a day since then, except when we aren't here, of course.
After one month of success there, I added the baby step of wiping down the kitchen once a day. It didn't have to be the whole kitchen -- as far as I was concerned, just one surface once a day was good enough for me.
Most days I do a lot more than one surface, and yes, I've also gotten into the habit of wiping down the cooktop each morning, too.
It made it easier to go away -- the kitchen & the laundry room were already in relatively good shape, with just a few minutes of time each day.
What does any of that have to do with weight loss, you might ask?
Well of course our little baby steps there can lead to a whole lot of weight loss, too. Everything is easier when we break it down into small, manageable steps. And those steps have a way of adding up into a whole lot more than little baby steps.
So next time you're poo-poohing baby steps, just think of this:
There are lots more vacation pics to come! I may not always have a theme for them, but I already have at least one more in mind. And DH took quite a few photos of me -- only I haven't been able to get at them yet since they're on his laptop, but there will be a whole egocentric blog about me coming (and I'll be changing my profile pic if I can ever get my hands on them).
Oh, and speaking of baby steps and just do it. I've been feeling a bit off since we're back. Nothing major, just very, very mild flu-like symptoms that I'm sure will go away with some rest (if only our next trip wasn't 2 weeks away AND going to the folks for Thanksgiving).
Still, I did about an hour of light yoga yesterday morning, and noted how much better I felt afterwards. So today, even tho I still felt eh, I decided to do my planned for run. And am glad I did! It's cold and gray and I really didn't want to go out there (I'd already just walked the dogs, and it took me almost the entire walk to warm up), but I decided to just do it. You can always come home if you're not feeling it, but I had a nice run.
Altho I really, really want to do a turkey trot on Thanksgiving, I think it's not in the cards. Will just take too much time, getting there, getting back, getting the dogs packed up, then the drive to my folks. I think I will just have to settle for a run in the neighborhood. And make DH walk the dogs, which I'm sure I'll never hear the end of, but will really do him good.
Right now I'm setting my sights on that New Year's Day 5k . . .
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