Saturday, March 08, 2014
Another day of at least ten minutes of strength training is in the books. I did the Fitnessblender.com upper body workout I've been working on this week. This time I did the full two rounds... 20 minutes, instead of just the first 10 minute round. I like the shape my arms are taking.
I was in a bit of a fog earlier, caught up on some TV shows I had recorded and then read my book. I got on the elliptical for an easy half hour and read my book a little more. Then I took the dog for her one-mile walk. A lot of the snow has melted FINALLY but it turned my yellow lab into a half chocolate lab! But she enjoyed running back and forth between snow piles and splashing through puddles giving me a much-needed laugh.
I still needed about 3500-some steps to reach my 10,000 so I jumped on the elliptical for a faster-paced 30 minutes while the laundry dried.
A few inspirational songs that put a spring in my step today:
Michael Fronti & Spearhead, The Sound of Sunshine:
"And here I am, just waiting for this storm to pass me by
And that's the sound of sunshine comin down"
Stevie Wonder, Higher Ground:
No one's gonna bring me down oh no
Til I reach my highest ground
Don't you let nobody bring you down"
Move Along, All American Rejects:
"When all you got to keep is strong
Move along move along like I know you do
And even when your hope is gone
move along move along just to make it through"
Etta James, That's All:
"Now come here baby, get ready to go
Cuz I'm in the mood to rock and roll and that's all
I mean to tell you that's all"
Now I'm going to curl up with my cleaned up yellow lab and my book again until bed time.
Super Saturday evening and Superb Sunday morning wishes to all!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
So far so good committing to 10 minutes of strength each day for the Spark Streak Into Spring challenge. Tonight was ab work.
So I'm still a bit discombobulated from my mom's passing almost two weeks ago. Still having a hard time accepting this really happened. She was a force of nature; this just does not seem possible. You have all been amazing and DH has just been my rock helping me help my dad. So I feel blessed!
Concentrating at work has been an exercise in futility and I think my elliptical is going to catapult me off if I don't stop crying on there.
I went to yoga for the first time in a couple weeks on Monday. Bad idea. Two minutes in, she had us in child's pose, lights go down, the music starts and so did my emotions. I was thankful my face was in my mat!
I didn't have the strength to hold the poses I normally hold until we got to the tree. I dug deep and pulled it off. With my branches (my arms) stretched toward the sky, she had us lean slightly to one side, than the other as she said "Our branches may bend but they never break". That helped immensely!
This morning as I pulled into the parking lot at work, a message popped up on my Iphone from the Calm app that I downloaded on a suggestion from Spark member CAT-IN-CJ. I was a little early and was dreading the deadlines of the day so I fired up the Mindset exercise while sitting in the car.
It didn't make everything all better but it slowed down the 10,000 thought and images flying around my head. I decided I had to work on compartmentalizing. I need to focus on work while I'm there and focus on my family when I am home.
I was reminded of the movie People Like Us:
Sam: My father, he always said ‘lean into it.’
Josh: What does that mean?
Sam: It means that the outcome doesn’t matter. What matters is that you were there for it — whatever ‘it’ is, good or bad. Kinda like right now.
So as I streak into spring, I'm going work on calming my mind while I heal from the events of two weeks ago and I'm going to "lean into it".
I wish you all a wonderful rest of the week!
Friday, February 28, 2014
I think life is better with a little Disney...
Remember, you’re the one who can fill the world with sunshine. Snow White
The more you laugh, the more you fill with glee. Mary Poppins
Don’t be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what’s outside, but what is inside that counts. Alladin
Alice: “This is impossible.”
The Mad Hatter: “Only if you believe it is.” Alice in Wonderland
If your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme. Jiminy Cricket
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