Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Today is November 22nd. When I was 11 years old and in the 6th grade in Southern California in 1963, an historical event occurred that caused me to forever remember this date. John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling through Dallas in an open motorcade. I was in class when the neighboring 6th grade teacher broke into our room crying and screaming incoherently. It was several minutes before our teacher informed us of the events of the morning, that will forever be etched in my memory. Regardless of political preference, this was an event that triggered others, and changed the face of our "happy little post war" nation. Harvey Lee Oswald was arrested but subsequently murdered by Jack Ruby, again shaking our false sense of security. Within the decade, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were also senselessly killed by crazed shooters. All of these events changed who we were as a nation and changed my outlook on the world. I was not hardened or darkened, just much less naive.
In contrast, in 1969 when I was 16 and living in Portugal on a student exchange program, we landed a shuttle full of brave Americans on the moon. The world was definitely changing.
I couldn't help taking a moment tonight to reflect on this important date in history. I don't know what my blog has to do with health, nutrition, or fitness, but it felt appropriate to share my thoughts.
Peace and Blessing to you all,
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I have learned the hard way that when I over commit and over do, I get crabby, negative, pessimistic, discontented, and reactive. So among many other strategies, I apply the principle of H.A.L.T. I ask myself, "Are you Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired?" If I answer yes to more than one of these conditions, it is time to H.A.L.T. and redirect myself. There are solutions and actions that I can employ.
This morning I was definitely crabby and short tempered toward my husband. I realized that I needed to remove myself from the room, take stock, and take action. I was definitely "A-angry or resentful" about work issues that I could not shake, and I was undoubtedly "T-tired". I made the choice to pray and meditate, make a quick mental gratitude list, and take a long nap. When I awoke, I immediately apologized to my husband and assured him that my behavior and attitude would change.
Tonight I feel like a new person. I can take deep breaths again, smile, laugh at myself, and reach out to others. I fixed my husband a loving dinner, talked to two of my kids, chatted with my sister, and committed to a relaxing evening.
So H.A.L.T. is a quick and easy tool for self evaluation. Hope it helps someone else find peace.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
After I ran (and walked) the San Francisco 1/2 Marathon in July 2010 I told myself that I was too old and had too many replacement parts (including a titanium hip) to run another 1/2 or any other long distant run. I decided with my doctor that 5 and 10k's would be more reasonable. My doc didn't restrict me........she loves that I exercise and run, but she is always cautionary. I appreciate that.
However.............................. I guess "reasonable" went out the window this week!!! I got a message on my page from SanDiegoJohn that he wanted to run the Palm Springs 1/2 marathon in February with me. The temptation and the fun got to me. I proceeded to get several more friends at school to join me in the challenge. We all agreed that we needed the motivation to stay healthy for the remainder of the school year. So we pinky swore to sign up and make it official.
Thank you John for Sparking me to challenge myself during the holiday eat-a-thon season. I will be less likely to gorge myself if I know I have to train. And I will feel and be more fit mentally, emotionally, and physically. My wonderful aunt calls this the "Happy-Hallow-Thanks-Mas" season of eat, drink, and be remorsefully merry. I'll just be saying, "hand me a small dessert plate, please. I have to watch my portions. I'm in training." Ha Ha Ha!!
We Sparkers are so fortunate to have a support system to keep us kicking field goals when everyone else is committing fumbles. This is my first holiday season with Spark. So Woo Hoo to all of us. Never say never!!!!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Today I kept taking deep breaths and inhaling the euphoria of my family around me. We have had some bumps in the past few years. All families do. With prayer, faith, and patience we have hurdled the cross bars in our path and come out the other end all the better for it.
We celebrated my husband's 61st birthday by gathering together, eating some great food, talking, laughing, and playing with my granddaughter.
I am attaching one of the pictures that they "allowed" me to take. I usually hear the complaining that I have the camera out again, but later they all want to see the pictures displayed around the house. It's a pretty cute "dance" we do.
I'm still breathing deeply and smiling as the night comes to an end.
Thank you, Spark friends, for sharing, caring, and supporting.
Monday, November 07, 2011
Tonight I met my husband at the gym after work. I left earlier than usual because I'm trying to continue on my quest to find balance. Work-a-holism......BAD..........Exercise..
......GOOD. I haven't been to the gym in several years, but my husband gifted me with a new membership to join him during the winter and standard time (early dark). I used the treadmill and, to my surprise, all my road running (jogging) has made a difference in my fitness. (Well, I wasn't terribly surprised.) I have never been able to RUN on the treadmill, but tonight I RAN 2 miles at 5.0-5.5 miles an hour. I walked a few intervals to do my usual "body check", but then picked it up and continued running.
All these small bits of progress are adding up to a new found confidence in my ability to keep getting more fit and healthy.
If I can do it, trust me, anyone can.
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