Friday, March 26, 2010
I'm not one to sit and wallow, I don't do negativity so find it hard when I listen to those around me being so negative!! Today's issue in the office is how very few luxuries my colleagues can afford, and how tough life is when you have to limit your nights out to 3 a week!!
Life throws such awful things at people and expect us to cope all the time, it's not that easy but I learnt that I have 2 choices:
Wallow in self pity
Change my life, I was the only one who could change me
My father died young and my little brother (6ft 2in built like a brick out house but always will be my little brother!) could drop dead at any moment.
My husband had an affair a few years back- he fell from the pedestal at that moment, we stayed together, I lost weight and now he is in awe of me. I didn't lose weight because of what he did (and wouldn't try post affair either!), I did it because of what I wanted from life.
I've had some dark times (both my daughters have had treatment for cancer in their early 20's).
I've had a hysterectomy at 35 due to a tumour and I still wake up every morning very happy, I never ask why my family. I'm so very thankful that my family and I have survived.
I have the most amazing daughters and grandchildren, and my husband is the most amazing man and I'm very proud to be his wife, despite his brief mistake (as we call it!)
I spend most of my day laughing, I have a dry sense of humour and make random comments, not always appropriate but people know me well enough to know it's just me.
I never forget, not even for a second, that life is precious and can be taken from you at any time.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Well today the aching has really kicked in, this weeks kickboxing class was harder as they were preparing members for the grading.
I now know where my stomach muscles are- I can feel them- ignorance is bliss I would've been ok not knowing where they were!! Think the 100 stomach crunches she made us do on Tuesday were a few too many, like 100 too many!!!! They felt ok at the time, now I think she was trying to kill me!
My arms ache big time- perhaps this is the 2 sets of 100 press ups! Again maybe there were too many, by 200!! I felt so virtuous keeping up with the class, so proud that I could do this, now I just feel that I should know better than to try to keep up as my body rebels afterwards!
My friend who I took along with me says that she isn't talking to me now! I know she doesn't mean it - she had such a great time and I'm sure she'll feel so much better, once she can move again!!
We both have said that although we ache and the only word we seem to be able to say is 'ow' we feel so much better for going, it's a good ache, a 'I've done something to be proud of ache'
Roll on Tuesday, I can't wait!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
When I moved to this area in June 09 someone told me that if I want to continue to run at my usual time of 4.30am I would need to be the speed of Linford Christie, as I'm built for comfort not speed I decided that if I can protect myself then I can carry on my 4.30am runs.
Since moving I haven't run early mornings but due to my new sport I'll be able to go back to my fave routine, and not have to be so concerned that I wont be able to protect myself. I always try to remain safe but rather than be sorry I opted for extra safe!
I took up kickboxing this month as one of my personal goals and thought I would update on my progress (if I can call it that!)
I'm doing well with the punches- not as fast as the more experienced but I got a handle on them early on
Not so well on the kicks and as the title of the sport suggests this is a big part of it! I seem to have a problem balancing on 1 leg and now know that I have two legs for a reason- so I don't fall over everytime I try to kick something!!
I have a few options open to me:
1.Grow another leg
2.Practice my balance more
Options one and three are not really options for me so I have chosen option 2!
I absolutely love the class, the people are fantastic and very supportive, the instructors are amazingly patient and the calorie burning is a def plus point!!
I have now taken a friend with me as she wants to lose weight- the only problem is the height difference, she's 6 inches taller than me!
I would def recommend kickboxing- even to the faint hearted, I know a lot of people take it seriously but to me it's about getting fit and having a good time. I laugh while I'm there and others now know that this is how I am, that I am giving it my all but rather than cry with frustration that I can't stand on 1 leg I laugh at myself.
I also take it a class at a time rather than plan how much I'll do next time, this works for me and doesn't add extra pressure.
Life is about living every day to the max and I fully intend not wasting a single moment
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I've been reading quite a few members blogs this week and notice that some of us Sparks are panicking!! Varying reasons but the main theme seems to be that they don't feel they are committed enough or have done enough.
I use the SOFT approach to record my day (and to plan for tomorrow) and monitor my progress:
Successes- what have you done well
Opportunities- did you work out, eat well, did you find you time
Frustrations- what is hindering you, standing in your way, what can you improve on
Threats- Is there anything that will stand in your way tomorrow, such as a birthday, meal out
I've been using the above since I started my weight loss journey, it does help and it keeps me focused on what I have done well, and what things I might want to improve on
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
When I moved last year I made a conscious decision not to take my TV with me, I thought that it would be too easy to slip back into my old ways when I moved to a new area- watching tv, eating and not joining a gym. I wanted to live my life rather than watch others (fictional) living their lives.
The first thing I did when I moved was locate a new gym, followed by the library, I ensured I had the internet too!
Most of the office chat is around what programmes were on the night before so at times I feel that I cannot contribute to these chats however I can honestly say I do not miss the TV!!
My best friend says that she would never cope without one, my response- have you tried? She hasn't!
When I walk into my home I feel a sense of calm, a tranquility I have never felt before moving. I feel I can shut the world out until I want to face it again.
I have 24 hours in my day, just as everyone else does however I do feel that I get so much more done since I have moved and have no tv to occupy my time. I now feel I utilise every moment of my life
I still visit friends with tv's and now the constant background noise drives me mad but for years I used to put the TV on telling myself it was just for background noise!
The amount of people that look at me as if I am not speaking a language they understand when I say I have no TV is amazing, they say they've never met anyone without a tv before and what's it like!!
I feel liberated as I no longer rush home to watch the latest soap, or build my life around which programmes I want to watch.
I feel I am now in total control of my life, which is the most amazing feeling, I wouldn't change this for anything
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