Tuesday, April 15, 2014
It's good to get a good dose of a world existing beyond your issues every now and again.
Last night I almost didn't go to yoga. Changing priorities at work aggravated me and it was cold and snowy after a beautiful spring-like weekend. But I went.
A woman new to the class talked to me afterwards. She will be 71 this week. She had been to water aerobics in the morning, senior Zumba and now yoga. I told her if I had done a water aerobics class, I'd be napping, not hitting two more classes! She said she couldn't do that and disappoint her workout partner, pointing to the lady next to me.
She said she had survived breast cancer, had both knees replaced and shoulder surgery. And I wanted to skip yoga because I had a bad day and some cramps (apologies to my male readers). What an amazing and Inspirational woman.
I took today off work to take my dad to the VA hospital to see if he would qualify for hearing aides he has needed for some time now. He's had a tough go of things since my mom passed away two months ago.
It was quite a sobering morning at the VA. A lot of people suffering in many ways, just trying to get through a day. Of course I am always in awe of anyone that serves our country in any capacity but it really hits you when you spend some time in a VA hospital, how important it is to take care of our veterens!
Afterward I took my dad out to breakfast at his and my mom's favorite waffle restaurant. The waitress was happy to meet me and spoke very highly of my parents and how much she misses my mom.
I've been moping because I will be hosting Easter this Sunday, first holiday since my mom's passing. I can't seem to make any decisions but the past 24 hours have given me a much-needed kick in the pants. Tons to get done.
Keep moving forward, even if you don't feel like it and always, thank a vet!
Friday, April 11, 2014
I posted in my Spark status that I would run last night because the weekend was going to be too busy. I post, therefore I do. It was a draining day at work, sitting in a dark room watching a webex all day.
I had to stop for a few groceries and gas before I got home. While driving, I had the following conversation…
“If I don’t get home quickly, I’ll lose my spark to run, the dog will want a walk, and it will be too late.”
“Stop it! It’s only 4:30, you have time, stop making excuses.”
“Okay, I’ll just get milk, I’ll get gas in the morning.”
“NO! You posted you would buy freggies for the weekend and you don’t want to get gas at 5am do you? You have time.”
“Okay, but I’m going to walk the dog first, I don’t like walking her after my run, it takes too much time to change into dry clothes and then I forget to stretch.”
“Fine, just put your running clothes on when you walk her so you have no excuse about running after her walk.”
So the dog got her 20-minute walk after which I grabbed my iPhone with the running playlist all ready to go and headed out for my planned 2-mile run. It was overcast but warm enough to run without a jacket, it felt wonderful!
When the nice MapMyFitness lady announced the one-mile mark, instead of turning around, I kept going just a little further. As I got closer to home, instead of waiting for the three cars to pass, I ran just a little further before crossing the street.
When the nice MapMyFitness lady announced two miles, I didn’t slow to a walk; I went just a little further to make 2.25 miles and then walked a bit. I don’t even remember my time, I was just so happy I felt good and that I didn’t NEED to stop. I’ve been slowly building my endurance since the plantar fasciitis event.
I showered and pulled out the three pairs of work pants I ordered on line that just arrived. I held one pair up and thought, ‘ugh, I ordered them too small’. I checked the tag, no same size I wear now, just a slimmer cut. Instant aggravation, now I have to deal with returning them. Look at that, THEY FIT! I do have a butt! I'm so used to wearing baggy clothes still.
I was so pumped I did three sets of pushups, triceps dips and then the Fitnessblender.com Lean arms video that I had also planned on but didn’t feel like doing.
Must keep listening to my Spark personality! She hasn’t failed me yet!
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
It hit me today, really hit me how you need to keep moving through the tough times to get to the good times.
While walking the dog, it occurred to me that it was just a few short weeks ago that there were still mounds of snow here and there that we climbed up and over on our walks. I remember the feeling that winter was never ever going to end, that I was living in Siberia, that the sun was never going to shine again.
It's kind of like pregnancy and childbirth. I was never the glowing, picture of health, radiant pregnant type so indulge me for a minute. I remember feeling like I was never going to get through a day without vomiting, that I was never ever going to sleep comfortable through the night again, that the contractions were never ever going to end. Then after each of my kids was born, I didn't remember any of that so much.
You always hear how spring is a rebirth but today it really hit me how true that is. That brutal winter that only recently ended seemed like a distant memory already today as I walked the dog, felt the sun hit my face, saw grass turn green and buds on the trees.
I feel thankful I made it through the winter with my healthy habits intact and weight maintained. Keeping active and eating right doesn't seem so much of a chore these days. They are habits now. Sure I slip up now and again but I jump right back in!
Remember, "if you're going through hell, keep on going, don't slow down, if you're scared don't show it, you might get out before the devil even knows you're there"
by Rodney Atkins
Plan for staying on track this weekend...
Shopping for veggies
Getting a run in
Keeping the water bottle filled
I hope everyone has a powerful and positive weekend!
Friday, April 04, 2014
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my first blog from my new iMac. I can be taught!
Last Friday, a woman in my office decided to start the day with Pharell Williams' Happy. We got up and danced. SO unlike us!
This morning, she decided to do it again only this time, she brought up the video and we tried to mimic the moves of everyone in the video. Let me tell you, hilarity ensued and we worked up a sweat. A great way to start the day!
Go ahead, grab the kids, grandkids, the neighbor and give it a try...
Whenever the day got crazy, someone started singing. You just can't have a bad day with Pharrell around!
I just finished a yoga DVD... Element for stress relief and flexibility with Ashley Turner. I highly recommend it! My legs and butt have been barking all day from the fitness blender workout I did last night. I feel all loose, melty, mellow and ready for bed. A great way to end the day.
Tootaloo my darlins!
Thursday, April 03, 2014
A blog written by a sleepy blogger for busy readers....
On call this week at work, snacked too much, DH has been home all week which tempts me to curl up on the couch in the evenings.
Pushed myself to move, walking breaks at work, even if only 5 or 10 minutes a few times a day, walking the dog after dinner, workout videos.
Tonight was the fitnessblender.com body weight cardio training plus lower body video. I'm gonna go ahead and say it, brutal, excruciating, lateral Burpees, plank jacks, side plank toe touches. Ugh! BUT so effective!
Two weeks till my next 5K, must keep powering up. During tonight's workout, I thought about Micky in the movie Rocky...."You're gonna eat lightning, and you're gonna crap thunder!”
Everybody get out there and crap thunder this weekend!
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