Sunday, April 21, 2013
It's been a depressing week, the Boston Marathon, the horrible flooding here in my area among other terrible local news. I had to avoid the news as much as possible lately. I tend to absorb others sadness.
I focused on Spark People; I read blogs, diligently logged my food, I worked out and kept reminding myself this sad news and endless rain will pass.
The weather is finally spring like this weekend. It felt SO good to get outside. I had a great run yesterday. I took less walking breaks than I usually do, I kept thinking about those that cannot be active right now and pushed on.
It looks to be another beautiful day here so I'm thinking about a bicycle ride. My yellow lab is laying at my feet, patiently waiting for her walk. I'm getting the big eyes. The second I get up from this chair, she'll be on me like glue "are we going now? what about now, can we go now?" She definitely keeps me moving.
I think I hear the Brady Bunch singing....
I think I'll go for a walk outside now
The summer sun's calling my name
I hear ya now I just can't stay inside all day
I gotta get out get me some of those ray ay ays
Everybody's smiling, sunshine day
Everybody's laughin, sunshine day
Everybody seems so happy today
It's a sunshine day!
Check out the video, I dare ya not to get in a good mood!
Monday, April 15, 2013
I saw a quote by Mister Rogers posted on Facebook today. I haven't verified he actually said this but I thought it was a nice thing to remember on sad-news days like today...
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
Hugs to all!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
They say in Chicago, if you don't like the weather, wait a little while, it will change. We hit almost all of the seasons today.
When my kids and I signed up for today's Chicago Tragic Events 5K a couple weeks ago, we thought for sure the weather would be mild by now. The weather forecast all week promised today would be the only dry day. Oh nay nay. When we left the house in the burbs, there were snow flurries.
While waiting with my son for the train into the city, I got several steps in to keep warm. When we got off the train in the city, it was even colder of course. Every few blocks, we would stop in a restaurant just to warm up for a minute.
We met up with my daughter and the rest of the group in Millennium Park. There were only three others in our group, a couple from California and a woman from Louisiana. Louisiana said she hadn't run in years. I thought 'great, someone to run slow with me.' Oh nay nay. You couldn't tell she hadn't been running.
The tour guide was great. He had a great sense of humor and took fun pictures of us along the way. After he emails the pictures, I will post them. He was good at keeping our minds off of the increasingly cold temperature.
Soon the slight rain we had been running in turned to sleet. Heavy sleet. I looked up at a clock, blinking from the sleet hitting my eyes, to see it was 8:40am. We had only been running 40 minutes. About an hour and a half to go. I didn't think I was going to make it but I couldn't just quit.
We were very thankful he took us into the Palmer House hotel as part of the tour. Ah warmth! BEAUTIFUL hotel, interesting facts, then too soon, it was time to go back outside! UGH!
As we got close to intersections, traffic lights about to change, he would turn around and ask if we could make it across. Everyone enthusiastically shouted "Oh Yeah!" So I would take a deep breath and kick it into gear to keep up and get across.
As difficult as it was each time I did that, it was a rush too. I was freezing, my feet were wet, my lips were getting a little numb and my thighs barked but I was keeping up.
The sleet subsided turning back into a slight mist. It was fun running around, learning things I never knew about the city I grew up in.
As we ended the tour, the slight rain stopped, the sun peaked out and we saw patches of blue sky. We determined that we ran just over four miles in just under two hours. That was a pretty huge accomplishment for me considering the weather.
My daughter suggested a diner a couple miles away for breakfast, let's go for a leisurely run to the diner she said. Sure, make me keep running when I can barely walk! She has been into health and fitness the majority of her life and is the general manager of a women's health club. She is pretty inspiring!
I did it, I slowed down a couple times but quickly caught back up to them. At one point I even spoke a couple sentences while running. My daughter said "Mom, I am so proud of you!' That brought a tear to my eye.
After a long hot shower, I felt human again. I sat down to read my book and recover. My yellow lab sat at my feet, big eyes, big ears, tail wagging. Like she can understand me, I told her I couldn't possibly go out there again and that my calf was getting stiff.
The tail kept wagging and she never broke her gaze. I got up and took her for a walk. I just can't resist my walking buddy....
If you are ever in the Chicago area (maybe they do this in other cities too) I highly recommend doing one of these tours. It's not timed, it's just a good time.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I woke up achy from an intense workout with trainer boy the night before. Love it! I was ready to face the day knowing my muscles were repairing themselves and making me stronger.
Was it the cold, bleary weather, did I sleep too hard? I felt lethargic all day with heavy heavy eylelids. That ready-to-face-the-day attitude quickly withered!
Someone brought in sweets to work which usually never happens. I'm in week three of the SP curbing my sweet tooth challenge but I joined in the festivities anyway. I convinced myself it was okay because I really wasn't craving the snack, I was just being polite and fit people can eat a cupcake now and again.
I was fine for a while but after lunch, I wanted another cupcake. Instead I poured myself a large cup of green tea and had a special K fruit crisp. Yes, it's sweet but less calories than the cupcake. Crises averted. I did not have a second cupcake. HEAR THE ANGELS SING!
The afternoon dragged endlessly. The large auditorium I usually take walking breaks in was occupied all day. I was stir crazy all afternoon. I kept getting up every hour and walking all around the building.
I read blogs and spark people articles for a bit to distract myself. Most were about choices; it's-all-up-to-me type reading.
DH had a frozen pizza going when I got home. "YES!" I was SO ready for food and an NCIS marathon! I remembered the blogs I read earlier and the nutrition info I read a couple months ago on the pizza.
Did you know that the serving size for a frozen pizza is only 1/16 of the pizza??! It took me a while after reading that to cut myself down to two slices.
Tonight, I made myself a salad and only had one piece of pizza. HEAR THE ANGELS SING!! Did I really do that?!
DH fell asleep on my lap and I started to doze as well. I took a peak at my pedometer... ACK!
So I got up and walked in place while I washed dishes and got breakfast, lunch and snacks together for tomorrow. Still a ways to go on steps so I walked in place watching Modern Family. I made 10,000 steps on one of the laziest, most challenging days I have had in a long time.
It is indeed all up to me! I am going to bed now. I've been looking forward to this moment since I left for work this morning.
Nighty night all!
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