Sunday, May 19, 2013
Hello fellow sparkers and welcome to Kellie's weekend in review.
In the spirit of joining the Flylady team, I took advantage of a slow Friday at work to clean and organize my desk. That mountain of papers builds quickly. Everything had a file or hit the recycling bin. I felt amazingly more at ease.
After work I took the dog for a 30-minute walk, did a load of laundry and read my book. I love Friday evenings with nothing to do but decompress from the week.
Saturday morning I took the dog for her one-mile walk, then I headed out for my four-mile run. It always amazes me what a mental game running is. Sure stamina is involved but I have found it is so much about mentally pushing yourself.
Instead of my usual play list order, I hit shuffle. It started out with All Fired Up by Pat Benetar instead of the usual slow, haunting building melody of Myth by Beach House. I had to force myself to take it slow.
I was amazed at how great I felt starting out. Sometimes I think to myself "this was a bad idea, I don't have it today" when I first start out. But forcing myself to take it easy during that song when it usually kicks me into third gear seamed to really do wonders for me.
When the Map-My-Run lady said I had reached two miles, I thought "this is good, I'm not so tired, I'm getting stronger". Then I thought "wait, I don't have the usual one mile left, it's still two miles away". I instantly got tired. See, it's all mental.
So to combat that thought, I imagined my SP runner friends with me. While Somebody's Out There by Triumph played, AMMORRIS87 came running up telling me "we can do it together, let's keep moving". BIGPAWSUP came running up to us with her fabulous pigtails and a big grin and the three of us kept a good pace.
SUGAR0814 came running up to join us followed by BROOKLYN BORN with her usual thumbs up to all of us. MJRIEMERS and her daughter caught up telling me "just don't stop". I slowed down to a trot for a minute to catch my breath and PUPPYWHISPERS joined in. Just then PMRUNNER ran ahead of us and said to follow him. Up ahead I noticed FUNLOVEN telling me to "come on, we are runners now".
No joke, this is what I do when I run, I give myself pep talks and picture positive images to keep me moving because I am a couch potato by nature! I felt SO good when I got home at what I accomplished.
Then it was time to shower, pack a bag and drop the dog at the dog sitter because I WON TICKETS TO SEE KENNY CHESNEY!!! Okay I was never much of a country music fan but DH is and it's been growing on me since we got married six years ago. He was singing along with Kenny in the car one day to Blue Rocking Chair and I fell in love with him and with Kenny.
We picked up the tickets at will call about 5:00, Eli Young band was already on stage. He was really good, then Eric Church came on, they ROCKED, then a short intermission and it was Kenny time! What a party that guy puts on. So it was about a six hour show and I was dancing and singing the whole time. My inner groupie woke up. She's been asleep for a while.
My voice is a little hoarse today because you know, the bands need to hear me sing from 40 rows back! I'm exhausted, everything hurts, my knees, my ankles, my back from all the dancing in heels for six hours. In my defense, I had no idea this was going to be six hours or that I would dance so much. It was worth it because the shoes made the SIZE EIGHT JEANS I finally fit into look good!!!! I haven't been in a size 8 in 15 years!
I had such a good time! It was probably a four or five block walk from where we sat in the park out to the car. Every step felt like I was walking on razor blades but it was such a great day and evening, I didn't care!
Tomorrow I hit the reset button. It was an active weekend but nutritionally it was an epic fail. Hey, everything in moderation. Tomorrow is another day.
I hope everyone had a good weekend. Let's rock Monday baby!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Radio stations do it so here we go....... two thoughts on my mind this week.......
YOGA! LOVE IT!
I started taking a free yoga class at my library a year and a half ago. For several months, I was not a pretty sight to put it mildly but little by little, I improved. The people that attend the class are all shapes, sizes and fitness levels so I've been comfortable from the beginning.
Last night was probably the most challenging the class has been for me since those first few classes. AND I WAS ABLE TO KEEP UP! It was exhilarating.
She started out with some moves that really taxed the abs. HELLO! I could feel my abdominal muscles curling and contracting in just the right way. It was pretty cool.
I finally tried jumping into plank from the forward fold and it was good. I nailed the tree and eagle poses. I love those, they make me feel powerful. My balance has greatly improved.
We spent a lot of time in forward folds and downward dogs than we normally do. I REALLY need to buy some slimmer-fitting tops! A couple times I came very close to giving the guy behind me a show.
I LOVE FEELING STRONG, POWERFUL AND BALANCED. Cuz those who know me know I'm a little off balance at times! bah ha.
RUNNING! I LOVE IT!
This is a statement I would NEVER have imagined would ever pop in my head! I've worked out off and on over the last 20 years but have never thought about running.
After my divorce, I put on some weight so I got back into my walking routine. Every night after dinner I headed out on the one-mile path I had mapped around my apartment.
Part of the path was along the railroad tracks because it was well lit at night with some traffic, not too heavy but enough to notice me if the boogie man grabbed me.
One night I was going at a brisk pace and a freight train came through. Not sure what happened, I got this surge of energy, part fright I'm sure and I started jogging. IT WAS AWESOME, the rush of wind, the roar of the engine. The adrenaline was incredible.
I slowly built up to running two blocks and walking one block for a mile and then lost interest. Not sure why.
I started again a couple years ago by downloading the Get Running app. I've been at it for a while, progress did NOT come quickly. I've completed a few 5Ks, nothing spectacular but to me, it's groundbreaking progress!
Last week I started pushing myself a little more and ran 4 miles around my neighborhood. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I really did that?! Still doesn't seem possible but I'm doing it. I now have my sights set on a 10K by the end of this season or next spring. We'll see how this goes.
None of this has ever been easy, some days it's still a struggle but nothing worth having is ever easy.
Do not EVER underestimate yourself or give up on yourself. Every day is a chance to start over or to push yourself just a little more.
Terrific Tuesday wishes all around!
Monday, May 06, 2013
I have been living where I am for almost seven years. It's a heavily populated area with it's share of possums and skunks in the evening but I have not seen coyotes near the house.
None of the houses in our subdivision have fence-in yards so I have to take our yellow lab out on a leash. During the daylight, we walk out there with her without a leash. She's good about staying near us. Until.....
...she sees a skunk or possum at night. Then our loving, 70lb lap dog turns into a bad-ass! Knock on wood we have not been sprayed by the skunks and one night I was able to make her come back to me when she pounced towards a possum I didn't see and I lost my grip on the leash.
This weekend, we came close to three coyotes close to our house within a 24 hour period, all of them during daylight hours and all while DH was out of town!
One of them was yesterday afternoon. I walked with my dog off the least around the back of the house. As we walked back toward the house, the coyote came out of nowhere, darted in front of us and headed to the front of the house, our mild-mannered yellow lab hot on it's tail.
I stopped breathing but managed to scream for her to come back and took off running behind them. What a sight I'm sure! I can hear the radio announder now.... "aaaand coming around the bend now is Wiley Coyote and following in close second is Riley the lab closing in fast and wait, what's this, a last-minute contestant trying to make a name for herself, it's Kelliebean bringin up the rear...."
By the time I got to the front of the house she had turned around and was heading back. I guess she figured she showed that thing who's boss in her backyard and was done running. I needed CPR!
I wonder how many calories I burned in the frightening 10-second run to the front of the house to see if she got mauled or not???! Feets don't fail me now!
I definitely need yoga tonight!!!
Friday, May 03, 2013
Well, I got two good brisk walks in today, I did a brisk pace on the elliptical for 20 minutes, I'm going to do some upper body ST while I watch Silver Linings Playbook in a few minutes and all I can think about is Boris on the ceiling (Boris is my name for spiders).
He hasn't moved in over an hour which is fine with me. As long as spiders, any kind of bug really, stay put when they are anywhere near me, I'm okay. If it starts running, we're gonna have a problem.
I was thinking that I could get the step ladder and hold a cup or something under him to catch him and let him outside (I am a kind person deep down). Let's think about this, even on a step ladder, that thing is going to be above my face as I try to get him to land in a cup. No good could come of that. If he drops anywhere beside the cup, there will be screaming and there will be injuries.
Next thought, I could just leave him be, spiders after all are good, they eat other insects. But I won't be able to sleep tonight knowing he has free reign of the house while I sleep. Because of course since this is the only spider I see, it's the only one in the house right?! Rrrright. (that was sarcasm).
Then the next thought was about poor Jeff Hanneman, founder of the metal group Slayer. He just DIED from liver failure, possibly from a SPIDER BITE! So I'm in quite a pickle Dick (from the movie Fun With Dick and Jane.)
DH won't be home till tomorrow. Oh where is John Goodman when I need him (Arachnophobia). And yes, I did actually sit through that movie when an out-of-town friend visited years ago and insisted we rent it. It was extremely difficult on me.... and those around me!
Maybe I'll just close the door to this room and stick a towel under the door. That should work right?
Wish me luck!
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