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 . . .
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I spent my last morning in Hawaii going for barefoot run/walk intervals at sunrise along the beach. Apparently a few deep thoughts crept in there as well!
So yes, as I was running along, I realized that everything in life is a risk. I could step on something and hurt myself. I could be stung by a man o' war or a jellyfish (thankfully never saw either, but they do have them).
The surf was high, so sometimes I had to run thru it. And sometimes I got a bit wet running thru the surf.
And then I realized if I just stopped and faced the waves head on, I wouldn't get splashed. Just like most of the time when we face our fears head on instead of trying to run away from them, we find out they're really not that bad after all.
Like I could go away for 10 days in Paradise (with a capital P!), eat most (but not all) of what I wanted, and probably not gain all that much. I wouldn't be surprised to find I gained something, but my jeans still fit and I don't regret a single thing I ate.
Not being guilty is such a big key! I found I felt guilty more when I was presented with rich food and very few healthy choices -- when I had no control. When I chose to eat something rich, I savored it and I was ok with it.
One spark buddy blogged about how she got thru last year's holidays and still lost weight. She wrote about the 3 bite rule: how she can have whatever she wants, but all she needs is 3 bites.
I am not quite that advanced, but I, too, employ the 3 bites rule, only mine goes like this: leave 3 bites on your plate. That I can, and did, do.
Surfer guy knew to hit the waves head-on, too.
And sometimes when you face your fears head-on, your boat comes in too.
Corny, I know, but I couldn't resist. We were right by where the cruise ships docked. Five years ago that was us -- at that very same harbor. Life can be very strange at times.
It definitely was one of the best vacations of my life. But then I've been very lucky in my life, and I've been able to travel to many amazing places. I truly don't think I've ever had a bad vacation.
I would probably have told you that my last vacation in Hawaii, 5 years ago, was one of my best vacations. And that time I was suffering from some female problems, and was in quite a bit of pain for at least half the trip, and didn't swim a single time.
And yet I had a great time. But at the same time, I feel like I've been given a do-over. I swam almost every day (and loved every minute of it). The weather was glorious. I think we got 15 minutes of rain the entire time, altho there was a downside to that -- we didn't see a single rainbow. Not one. Our first trip rainbows were almost a daily experience.
There will be many more photos to come. This one I just liked the reflection of the sky in the water.
Oh sure, there were a few little frustrations. Being slowed down by DH at times. Not being able to explore on my own as much as I would've liked to. But the good way outweighed the bad. And at least for now, I've brought that feeling of being at peace back with me, for however long it will last.
It is a very long trip -- basically 24 hours -- and I'm very tired. And those tropical breezes are gone. But I'm smiling a lot. It was a wonderful vacation, but it's good to be home too. And it will be good to be reunited with the dogs later today, too, even if they're a lot of work. And of course I've got to do some grocery shopping today since there's very little food in the house at present.
Fear still holds me back from a lot. I know that. I recognize it. It's something I continually have to work on, and having a pictorial reminder of that ain't bad. Do you face your fears head on?
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