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.
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Well, I finished another blog on this same subject just now, but while trying to post it, I hit something other than the "post" button and deleted the whole thing. So now my topic is very relevant!!!
I will not beat myself up about not being perfect, Type A. I am a recovering perfectionist and was reminded today by my wise, experienced, loving, and kind Auntie, that it is okay to BE A "B".
Type A has been a wonderful way to survive a chaotic upbringing, overcome many hurdles, keep a marriage in tact, be a dedicated mom and grandmother, and have a beautiful career as a special educator. However, it can be very handicapping. It can paralyze progress by not allowing failure to be a teacher. The former me would either do everything perfectly or not try at all. The choice? Be a B!!
Type B still does life with gusto, energy, competence, enthusiasm, confidence, compassion, and excellence. The difference is removing unhealthy expectations, over emphasis on details that do not make a difference, and trying to control the outcomes. I made all this up because I don't know the definition of Type B, or if there is such a thing as Type B.
"Be a B" is my story and I'm sticking to it. Now the challenge. I must live by the words I speak.
Wish me luck, here I go.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
I will make this short. (people who know me are stifling their laughter right now)
I have been walking......then walk/jogging.......then jog/walking......and now, sometimes, jog/jogging for a year and a half. If you would have told me in January of 2010 that I would call myself a runner or even enjoy it, i would have questioned your sanity and judgement. But, here I am. Calling myself a runner and actually liking it. My knees sometimes object, but I listen to them.
Anyway, I have completed a 1/2 marathon, run several 5K races, and now regularly jog/walk 3-5 miles. I just completed the Trick or Treat Trot 10K with a pretty good time for an "older woman", 66 min. 34 secs.
Why do I feel so jubilant? Is it that I have kept an exercise commitment to myself? Maybe. Is it because I am more fit and firm? Maybe. Is it because I have so much more energy to teach my kids with special needs? Maybe. Is it because I am eating more healthy foods on a more regular basis? Maybe. Is it because my family, my friends and my doctor are proud of me? Maybe
I have landed on the feeling and the reason behind it. (I think)
I feel like Superwoman. I feel that if I can run the majority of a 6 mile course (or a half marathon) with a titanium hip and all the self inflicted health problems that I have overcome, I can do ANYTHING! I may not be able to do anything, but it feels like it!!
I am able to take on stresses that have devoured me in past years, without crumbling like a victim. There are many more factors that contribute to my increasing sense of strength and courage. I have worked diligently in the past 10 years to change my life. But, running has very simply made me feel SUPER.
I say this with humility and gratitude. I give thanks to God for granting me the time I needed to change. I now pray that I am able to continue to grow and change with each blessed day.
Peace to you all,
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