Wednesday, March 23, 2011
As in motivation. As in how do you keep some? Cause if you're like me, motivation might be just a tad hard to come by right now.
You wouldn't know it from the dreary grayness I'm looking at outside my window right now - that says the promised snowstorm is indeed on it's way - but it was the most glorious sunrise this morning.
Full of bright magenta, midnight blue, royal purple, lively orange, and the palest pink. The sort of sunrise that makes you glad you're alive to see it & eager to get on with your day.
Only all to soon - in just minutes - it had faded to gray. Motivation is that way, too. We're so full of hope at the start of a new year. A fresh beginning. This time will be different, we just know it.
And somehow we just fade like the sunrise. Life becomes a drudgery- it's too hard, too boring, too inconvenient.
So how do you keep your motivation alive? By all the things I blog about, of course, cause you know ultimately it's all about me:
*You don't tackle everything at once. Pick a goal or two - small ones. Track them. Reward yourself for meeting your goals.
*Dream big. Pick a big goal (not weight related). Something that motivates you - a vacation, a new toy, a race, learning something. Maybe combine all three!
*Take photos of yourself every month or every 3 months - something on a regular basis. Don't stop when you hit goal. This will be painful at first, but trust me, in the end you'll be glad you did it.
*Blog, even when you have nothing to say. Don't do it for the comments, do it for you. You have no idea how therapeutic blogging can be.
*The 10 minute rule. If you don't want to exercise, just do 10 minutes. If you want something you don't think you really need, wait 10 minutes. There's a lot of power in 10 minutes.
*Read or watch something that inspires you.
*Put on some music. Music makes you want to move, even if you're uncoordinated.
There are as many ways to keep motivated as there are Sparkers. How do you keep motivated?
Monday, March 21, 2011
. . . Or almost not caring today.
It's been a mixed bag today. My swim thus morning was good, and I was so happy it didn't start snowing til I got home. We got a good inch or two but it's pretty much melted on the driveway so I won't have to shovel, which is more good news.
Too wet to walk the dogs, unfortunately (that's what they think, anyway) - & don't really want to run in the slush - so I got another treadmill workout in. Tomorrow will be grocery shopping (more snow expected on wednesday) & ST, so had to work in that run today. Fitting in 3 ST sessions, 3 runs, & 2 swims a week isn't easy.
Problem is it's a nasty, windy, gray day & I really don't feel like doing much except noshing. That's where IDI (I deserve it syndrome, as I like to call it) kicks in. I swam AND ran, I deserve it. Don't I?
Not really. But it's just one of those days where I almost don't care. Ate a black bean brownie after lunch without figuring out if it really could fit into my plan cause I felt like it. When they mentioned sweet potato chips as a healthy snack I was almost ready to open up the bag I have downstairs - bought like last summer when we had company - but then I know which way madness lies & I'm not even really all that hungry, truth be told - the power of suggestion.
And the reason I'm writing this blog so late is cause safari on my iPad went wonky, but the good news is that I finally fixed it. So now I know how to reboot my iPad.
So really, there's been a lot of good stuff today but I'm still just in a mood. Probably pissed off that winter rebooted just when spring is supposed to start.
So . . . not much to say when all is said & done. Don't fall victim to IDI, cause what you really deserve is a long, healthy life!
Forgot to warn y'all that there was whining ahead!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Nope, not a typo. My running group has a "frun day" once a year, where they try to get out as many people as they can for group runs. Luckily one was posted at a time, place, & pace that suited, so I went.
Don't let those blue skies fool you. This was at the very end of the run and it was a mostly cloudy, chilly run -- in fact, spitting a little snow/hail right before we began.
The people in shorts? Those were the speedsters. In fact, some of them had already been to an earlier run.
It's funny, running gear in particular makes me feel chubby. If you've got any sort of stomach, as most of us do, you're almost guaranteed a muffin top. And of course my butt & thighs aren't my best features.
But I like these photos . . . those trouble areas may feel chubbier in running gear, but they actually don't look so bad in the photos (or maybe I'm just delusional, been known to happen) -- must be all that spandex.
So sneaky fitness. This won't be what you expect, either. DH is always asking what I want in reference to . . . well . . . you know. So a while back I got the idea to look up some couples' yoga. Cause I really think DH could benefit from some yoga, but he's never going to do it.
It took me a while to get my courage up, but I finally asked him if he'd try some today. And he did! People will surprise you if you give them the chance more often than not. I just hope I can convince him to do it again. The man definitely needs some stretching.
So sneak in some fitness today & have some frun!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Someone commented on my blog yesterday that I'm an inspiration. And here I am ROFLMAO.
So DH had a potluck today. And yesterday I baked cookies - sorry, NATPLUMMER, no photos cause I figured we didn't need food porn here. I knew I'd be having some, so I planned for that.
I made the english toffee bars & giant bakery-style double chocolate chip cookies from "Vegan Cookie Conniseur" - best vegan cookie cookbook ever. Had some troubles with the double chocolate cookies that were entirely of my own making but it didn't effect the taste. I've probably already gone overboard just with the descriptions!
Was feeling pretty virtuous cause I made sure to eat well - all my freggies, a ton of water, and got a run & 2 dog walks in. And while I tasted the batter, not much - just enough to make certain they were edible. I would lick a spoon, then immediately plunge it into soapy water, which is an awesome diversionary tactic.
When the bars were done, I figured I'd just have a small taste. I cut them into very small bars, but when all was said & done, I ate 2 of those very small bars.
On to the main event: the giant cookie. I'd already planned to have one. And I did. And maybe a little extra.
That much sugar does not make me feel good. And I woke up extremely gassy - I don't think I've ever connected sugar to gas before, but it makes total sense, since bacteria loves sugar.
It's all gone. DH took everything into work with strick instructions not to bring any back home. The sad part is I was eyeing the little pieces still clinging to the drying rack this morning, but at least I've restrained myself from eating them & had a nice, light, but filling breakfast (banana-avocado pudding).
I will not beat myself up with extra exercise. You can't exercise your way out of a poor diet, even tho exercise is a very important part of a healthy diet. I will do my best to eat healthy today & drink lots of water.
I am signed up for a group run tomorrow & maybe lunch afterwards. And we'd planned to eat out somewhere this weekend, since I haven't physically been out to eat in about 3 weeks. Lots of decisions to be made!
We all have our crosses to bear. We all make poor decisions & choices at times. I think it's a lot like a healthy diet, tho: if you make good choices 80% of the time, you'll get there. Eventually.
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