Thursday, October 20, 2011
Yesterday was one of the more formal dinners & I wore a form fitting dress. And my husband's boss's wife (got that?) told me I looked hot in it! We've met a few times at these sorts of things & toured a bit together when we were in Prague, but never really clicked.
Later my husband did say I looked nice; he's a bit preoccupied with work at the moment since he's running this portion of the conference.
Today there's no rain - finally! - but it's a bit cool to go swimming. In fact, it's literally only a couple of degrees warmer than it is in Albany! Not really that great a shock to me, after all the years I lived in TX; I knew coming that the weather this time of year is a crap shoot.
Maybe I'll give it a try tomorrow anyway. It's supposed to warm up this weekend.
After a short, but intense ST + HIT workout on a stationary bike, I headed out to find the park I wanted to go to yesterday. I asked directions this time. They weren't completely accurate, but I found it. Walked around for a while & bought a shrug.
Then got royally lost trying to get back to the hotel. Back into a neighborhood I didn't like - til I saw a policeman who got me headed in the right direction again. Really had to walk fast to get back in time for lunch & got very sweaty!
I headed back out after lunch - to my other home. Some of you can probably guess where that might be . . . Marshalls. Hey, there isn't a whole lot to do around here - we're in the middle of the financial district!
Bought 2 tops & a dress. I got oil on one of my tops in the airport on the way here. It's not an expensive top, but I like it & hope it comes out when I get home. I already have a dress for tonight's dinner . . . the "real" vacation begins saturday, but we're on our own tomorrow night. May have to go somewhere nice so I can wear the new dress. Maybe I can even finally get DH to take some pictures.
So I've been getting plenty of exercise & relaxation. It's a nice combination! Tomorrow I have somewhere new to run & hopefully won't get lost on the way back again. Reading "The Hunger Games" which is oddly riveting & I don't normally like violent stuff.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Despite the truly miserable weather today, I decided to head out on a run. I wanted to check out some other parks & an outdoor shopping area. Well, I never found where I was supposed to turn & I didn't like the looks of the neighborhood & decided to turn back & go to the park I knew how to get to. That wasn't the scary part.
Which was all fine & dandy until maybe 5 minutes after I got there when the lightning & thunder started. I foolishly decided to complete my run. I didn't want to hunker down in the nearby grocery store, and the hotel was a good 10 minutes away.
I toughed it out. I know, I know, not one of my better decisions but thankfully I escaped unscathed. Must've been all the prayers "please God I really don't want to make my husband a widower on our anniversary".
In fact, as I headed towards "home" the thunder stopped. A sign? I'm just glad - I have to cross 2 bridges to get back to the hotel & one is a drawbridge which is already scary enough cause you can literally see it shaking where the 2 halves meet.
When I went to grab my honey stinger gels towards the end, I discovered the ziploc I was using to hold them was torn open & they were long gone. Some lucky dog will enjoy them.
Despite all the drama, it was a pretty good easy run. I even managed to finally snag a banana, along with just a bit of scrambled eggs & home fries. I've found the breakfasts I brought from home have been oddly filling & I haven't been super hungry in general.
There are analogies to be made . . . having faith in ourselves & our journeys . . . overcoming fears . . . making poor decisions . . . I'm sure you can connect the dots.
Oops! Forgot the socks when I first wrote this! But so glad I didn't forget to pack wool socks. I had to run thru deep puddles multiple times . . . wool dries out very quickly!
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I wanted to be slimmer before I went on vacation. Well, I want lots of things in life, but they don't always happen. No matter how hard you try. I already assume I'll gain at least a couple of pounds - I don't slack off on exercise & I try to eat healthy with sone indulgences, but I know that's my track record.
Looking at myself in the mirror this morning, it would have been so easy to dwell on the the parts that are bothering me right now.
Instead, I chose to concentrate on the things I DO like about my body. There's always something - even if it's just your smile, your hair, or your fingernails.
There are definitely things I DO like about my body.
I can't change where I'm at right now, but I can change the way I think about it.
Monday, October 17, 2011
When I asked the concierge about nearby running trails, he loomed at me like I had 3 heads. Either he thought I couldn't possibly be a runner, or no one runs in the rain, or he's just really bad at his job. He did eventually cone up with a suggestion.
The forecast is pretty miserable. Get rained on . . . treadmill . . . get rained on . . . but really, what better way to explore than on your own 2 feet? And it's a warm rain.
I made my usual wrong turns, but eventually I found the park he'd steered me towards. I ran, I walked, I meandered thru a small grocery store. It drizzled, and eventually settled into a pretty steady rain. It feels good when it's warm out!
People were out walking a variety of dogs. There were several other runners doing their thing. I counted 4 cruise ships in the harbor. I chose to go music less, even tho my MP3 player is waterproof, just so I could be fully present.
Swimming may be harder than running given the weather if the next few days. Sadly, we're not actually near a beach. Gonna play it by ear.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
I bet you have them: the spark buddies who are at goal & look like they have it made - they look great. they seem to be able to eat in ways you can't & still maintain that "perfect" body. But they don't seem happy; they're still picking their bodies apart, obsessing over every missed workout or overindulgence.
And you wonder why is SHE so hard on herself?
Of course, we never know the true story, only what is shared here. And there's the old "there but for the grace of God goes me".
But then I got to thinking . . . I'm sure some of my spark buddies think the same about me. So I'm not at my GW after 2 yrs . . . I look good, don't I? Most people meeting me for the first time in my WW meeting just assume I'm at my GW, even tho I range 5-10 lbs away from it!
I don't binge. I eat healthy foods for the most part. I exercise regularly. So why be so obsessed with a number?
I have my reasons, of course. Not paying for WW is first & foremost. Being comfortable in my body is a close second - I've been at the higher end of my range for a while now & I don't like it - my thighs rub together. I never completely lost that, which is just another reason I'd like to lose those last few pounds, but it's definitely worse now & it makes me uncomfortable.
I'd like to just relax about it all, but I just don't seem able to. And that got me thinking finally . . . maybe it's OK to be a tiny bit obsessive. Maybe it's even necessary. For so long I've thought the point is to be relaxed about it all but maybe I was wrong. We know what happens when we relax our efforts.
So next time when you're shaking your head over a spark buddy who seemingly has it all but still seems so hung up on it all, know that maybe that's WHY she "has it all". Because she makes it a priority - in a good way.
BTW, in the end, I did not have pancakes for lunch. Or dinner! I never had them at all. My body decided it wanted some real nutrition - no doubt because I'd had almost no fruits & veggies the day before. So I had a tuna waldorf salad for lunch & garlic pasta for dinner - an indulgence, but better than pancakes!
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