Friday, April 01, 2011
I've noticed that sometimes when I just start out jogging, I can hear and feel a clicking in the back of my skull at the occipital bone. It sounds/feels like some little bone bits are rattling around, but eventually either I stop noticing it or it goes away. Does anyone else have this problem?
Sunday, August 08, 2010
A little poetry inspired by my morning hikes to meet the sun at the top of the Butte.
Once hidden, drowning in an ocean of cold mist. Furiously churning to break free from its prison and into the waiting sky.
Once slowly, effortlessly ascending the crest of distant hilltops. Its soft light illuminating the earth from which the deer graze.
Once late, and red, rising as the very heart of the earth and sky, pumping its copper light in nourishment, power, divine beauty.
Like wolves to moon, are birds to sun. A morning chorus salutes its arrival. A king into his golden court bids farewell to the silver queen.
All life wakes and blooms in the golden mist.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
I have been using a heart monitor since I started taking weight loss seriously. Or maybe I started taking it seriously once I started using a heart monitor. Either way, it ran out of batteries just before my hike the other day (and it was a butt-kicker too!). So I take it and get the battery replaced. Ever since then, I've only been burning a fraction of the calories I had been burning before. For example, My usual jog is 2.5 miles. Before I changed the batteries, I would have burned close to 400 calories, and even more if I went for a cool down walk or if I stayed on my feet for a while. Tonight, with the new batteries, I burned about 150, which seems odd. The amount eventually peaked at 229 calories total. Doesn't seem right. I mean, I've got dried salt on my face, for goodness sakes. I'm not sure what to think or if I should make any changes to my routine. It's a sad day when you can't trust your heart monitor.
I'm starting to get frustrated with my lack of weight loss. I know people say to just keep going and you'll get results, but seriously, I've been in this same place for months, and I've been doing super good. I feel stronger, and I've even thinned out a little. I've been told that people gain muscle weight, and this makes sense, but after some time you'd think that you'd start burning fat weight. I burned my first 8 pounds easily enough, then I seemed to get stuck, which I got past when I got sick back in the wintertime. I feel like I could be trying a lot less to be in the very same situation. Luckily I'm still motivated, but I want to stay that way. And that can't happen if I don't lose any pounds. My sparkiversary is in a few days and I'm not even half way there.
Please, weight loss gods, just one pound. C'MON! Seriously.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
I'm wondering if anyone out there could shed some light on a concern of mine. I just recently started working out again, after a few months of break. I noticed that my face gets really read after, but the rest of my body not so much. I think it has always been that way with me. Is it normal? I take nice deep breaths during my workout, so I'm sure it's not that. And I had plenty of water before and after. Also, I have something of a skin problem on just my face as well. Any idea why it's just my face that gets red during a workout?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This evening's hike up Mount Pisgah held many surprises. I had not planned to do any cardio today for several reasons; I was sore, the 90-degree weather was uncomfortable, and I was lazy. For whatever reason, we (my spark-mom and sister) decided to go anyways. A clothing issue caused us all to be late to the mountain. It seemed like everything was just going wrong, and I found myself thinking "maybe this wasn't such a great idea." This time, we took the back side of the mountain, which was longer, but less harsh (in theory, anyway). Along the path was an abundance of lovely little creatures. Little snakes, a lizard, lots of dragonflies, and some unknown thing that scampered into the bushes before I could see it. The path started off easy, then got steep. But despite our hardships, we made it in record time for our group. The view from the top was bathed in that golden light you get just before the sun starts to set. Lovely. Now we needed to hurry back down the mountain before it got too dark. We were just ahead of the darkness but it was slowly gaining on us. Eventually, we started seeing and hearing bats catching bugs above our heads. Our group started to feel slightly nervous about the possibility of tripping on the path, or cougars watching us in the night. Near the end of the trail, my mom spotted a strange figure off in the distance. Suddenly, with grace that left us all speechless, a great elk ran silently across the path ahead, and up to the figure, which we could now see, was probably his mate. We all looked at them, and they stood together and looked back at us. It was a magical meeting of two different species with the same love of the land and peaceful intent to simply enjoy it.
What I learned from this hike: If you have a feeling that you want to do something, even if you question yourself, do it! There is a reason for it! If it weren't for all the conditions being exactly the way they were, right down to being late, and how many times we had to stop along the path for water, we would have missed the reward of seeing those magnificent elk walking the same path as us.
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