Sunday, March 27, 2011
I am always on the lookout for the next big thing. Jack of all trades, master of none. So excited about my latest passion that I can't help rambling on about it to my long-suffering husband, who knows that this passion will only give away to the next big thing.
There's been crocheting/knitting, cookbooks, cooking/baking, kickboxing, painting & now running. Oh, and of course the gadgets, the ecookbooks, the online fitness programs, weight watchers. And at one time my business & design.
Many of these passions have gone dormant for years, to resurface with a vengeance, go dormant again, and then to resurface again . . . eventually.
A long time ago I blogged about this, wondering what hole I am trying to fill. And while there's certainly truth in that, the thought occurred to me today what if instead of trying to repress my nature, I embraced it? How can I make it work for me?
I don't have any great insights yet - input certainly welcome. I do know that I've been blocked creatively for a long, long time. Like maybe as long I've been on this plateau? Like there's a correlation there?
I am that person - you know the one, it might even be you, too - always reading self help books but never doing.
I am a talented person; I know this. No picasso, mind you, but still with many talents. I've been meditating/praying for a while on what to do with those talents. Haven't received any answer there, either.
Just thinking out loud here. Like I said, no answers. Yet.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
It's so easy to get so stuck in our routines that we fear the least little change to it. But rigid things that don't easily bend DO easily break.
Yesterday was a rest day of exercise, aside from the nice, long walk I gave the dogs. Nut I wouldn't say it was a restful day. I baked the white bean blondes & the vanilla lentil scones from nomeatathlete.com . And I am proud to say that my kitchen doesn't look like a bomb went off in it - I cleaned it this morning as has become my routine.
The monkey wrench in my plans? One of the women I board the dogs with had apparently recently gone on her own vacation - and one of her dogs ran away from the person she was boarding them with. She emailed yesterday to say she was organizing search parties at 6 pm.
My DH & I said we'd come, which made dinner awkward, but ultimately we decided to meet for dinner. Dinner out wasn't planned for yesterday, but you do have to go with the flow sometimes. In fact, one of my spak buddies recently made the comment that if you're not enjoying your life, then you're not on the right lifestyle plan.
Of course, I should have checked my email before I left because the dog was found & we didn't have to search for it, which made me doubly glad cause it was really cold yesterday - and today! Luckily we did check it before going to the meeting place.
Today is hopefully a small group run - that's the plan anyway. It was posted fairly late so there's only a few of us, but most likely I would've not run outside due to the temps so that's a good thing. Maybe I'll tackle the chickpea granola bars from nomeatathlete today. Then tomorrow will just be ST, dog walking, and relaxing.
Oh, wanted to mention that itunes.com has a $9.99 album where part of the profits go to relief for Japan - you get 38 songs for that price! I forget how much goes to Japan, but it seemed well worth the money & I bought it this morning, despite the fact that I actually already own a few of the songs - I don't have most of them & there's lots of good ones. So check it out!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Seriously, I have nothing to blog about today. Just a whole lotta little disconnected thoughts.
How I love to wind my day down with a swim. I managed to miss the first 3 weeks of night swims mainly cause I was tired & I can't tell you how much I looked forward to last night's swim. When I swim at night, I just use it as a way to unwind & I'm not working all that hard. I was so happy that the snowstorm mainly bypassed us & I didn't have to miss my meeting or my swim.
Jeff Galloway says swimming isn't a fat burner. Seriously? Has he ever looked at Michael Phelps? It definitely can be & even tho last night's swim wasn't, I can sure still feel it in my arms - in a good way. I push it harder on my morning swims.
I have a waterproof MP3 player that I use on my swims (and when I shovel). It isn't a great one, and its clip already broke, but it still gets the job done. Problem is it doesn't play MPEG4s & that's what iTunes downloads. So I was frustrated that I couldn't load some of my newest music onto it.
Did a little research & figured out how to convert the files right in iTunes. I didn't actually get to those songs last night, but hopefully I'll have some new tunes for Monday's swim. I was getting kind of bored by the same songs!
Yesterday was another busy day full of chores & exercise. Today is a rest day & I'm looking forward to it. A bit tired. Hoping to bake the white bean blondies from
nomeatathlete.com . I find I can control myself with healthy baked goods - it's the high fat/high sugar stuff I still have problems with.
Finally figured out how to download ebooks from the library, so now I have "born to run" on my iPad for the next 3 weeks. I'm already 60 pages into it despite the fact that I'm reading 2 other books currently. Highly readable!
Not sure yet if you can download library ebooks to the kindle, since you need some sort of software to read them. Next research project. But it's really cool! Now I can get library books to take on vacation without having to lug around anything other than my iPad! AND I don't have to physically go to the library to return them! Yes, I am sometimes easily amused.
So there you go. Much ado about nothing. Don't say I didn't warn you. Hope it at least amused you.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
So I'm reading Galloway's half marathon book & just what chapter was I on last night? Yup, the big M again. His advice? Visualize, visualize, visualize. Talk about light bulb moment!
I'm a big fan of visualization. I visualize the weather conditions for a race, I visualize what the time on the clock will be when I finish, I visualize myself running easily, I visualize what I'll look like at GW.
But I never really thought that much about visualizing myself getting up & getting out the door to run on those days I'm really not feeling it. Visualizing how I'll feel when I'm done. Of course this applies to so much more than running - it applies to pretty much anything in your life.
And once it becomes a routine, it can be hard to NOT to do it even when you really don't want to. I'm proud to say I'm approaching 3 weeks of cleaning my kitchen every morning. It's become routine. What worked for me was finding the right time.
Yesterday was a busy day - walked the dogs in the morning, came back, had second breakfast, then did 7.5 miles of run/walk intervals on the treadmill. Had a snack, then walked the dogs again cause it was supposed to start snowing. Also changed the bed & vacuumed upstairs and then I was pretty much done.
Ate a bit more than planned, no doubt due to the run & the arrival of TOM on time for once. No big hopes for today's WI but hopefully next week's will be better.
Today should be equally as busy - thankfully we didn't get much snow but it sure is cold - and tomorrow will be a rest day.
So how do you use visualization, or have I convinced you to give it a try?
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?
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