Sunday, November 21, 2010
This year has been full of amazing changes and progress for me, so, know with the winter fast approaching, my transformation seems to be grinding to a halt. I know that's an improvement over past years, but I'm used to being able to see results either on the scale or in my running times etc etc etc. It is harder for me to gauge improvement when the results are not as measurable (ie., not whining and complaining or sitting around just stuffing my face). I guess I need to be celebrating that I am still moving, even if it isn't to the degree that I was over the spring and summer. I also can celebrate that I am still eating healthy and drinking my water (though more of it is in the form of hot herbal teas). I can also celebrate that I am getting better at getting my rest. I am striving for an average of 7 1/2 to eight hours per night. I am also getting a little better at the budgeting, but holding my breath on that one as the holidays are quickly approaching.
All in all, I am trying to learn to be content with what I am able to accomplish, and then, trying to push myself - however small the step - a little more forward to where I envision myself. Maybe this is the part of the journey where I need to learn to persevere, even though the forward progress is not where I want it to be, just for the sake of developing the trait of perseverance.....much like patience, not a fun lesson to learn.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
So, last night I felt so much better, and really kind of still do, that I figured I'd take advantage of this last "Indian Summer" and get in a nice long run before work this morning. I slept in an extra half hour or so, just because I could, and got up, gotthe animals cared for, made coffe, and downed some water and dressed. It is a little cooler than when I got home last night, but not bad, so I headed out.I still am not feeling 100%, but I guess I didn't realize what a toll this cold has taken on me. The warm up walk went fine and I felt ready to go, but within a couple hundred yards I was already feeling the strain. I'm kind of a purist, so I run, don't walk, unless I'm at a stop light or something, so I slowed way down and kept on moving. It was like running up hill without the leg strain, but the strain in my breathing and back was noticeable. I just couldn't pick up my stride no matter what. Everytime I tried, I felt the pressure in my head build and would feel unstable in my strides, almost dizzy. I knew half way around the park (at the 1/3 mark of my 5K route), that this was not going to be a long run day. Defeat hit me so hard.....I walked. I cried. It's a beautiful day, and I want to run. Feeling pretty defeated, I headed back toward home after the park, running for short distances, but still feeling the strain and in that, starting to cry...(new lesson learned, crying makes running all the more difficult.) Didn't even quite get in two miles.
So now I am sitting here sipping tea and honey and praying that this clears up more quickly. In the meantime, if any of you all out there have any experience with running when you are not feeling 100% or have a cold....I could really use some help and advice about now.
Thanks for letting me vent friends....
Monday, November 08, 2010
I just can't imagine ever not being a part of Spark. I've now been maintaining at goal weight (or within five pounds below that I set for a bufffer zone) for four months now, and I still continue to learn or get stronger in area of my life every day, week and month. So much of this program is about setting goals (and not just weight related) and then identifying the steps needed to take to get there. Baby steps, just moving in the right direction, but never giving up.
I don't just want to maintain this weight, I want to be healthier, and this past week proved to me that I am on the right path. Everyone at work has been coming down with those nasty first part of the winter season colds. You know the runny stuffy nose, headaches, body aches, hacking chest coughs etc etc etc.
I made it a couple of weeks before it hit me, but I knew it when it did. I haven't had a sick day in quite a while, and though I never took any time off, I cetainly was slowed down for about three days. The upside being that usually those things knock me out (totally) for at least a day or two and usually drag out for a couple weeks. This time I just did what I've been doing, living healthily. Ate a balanced diet, maybe a little less since I really couldn't taste, but had lots of chicken and veggie soup frozen that came in handy. I stayed hydrated and even got in some extra fluids with hot tea. Cut back on the physical activity to rest my body and forced myself to get extra rest - even an hour and a half nap on Sunday afternoon. I did take some thera-flu severe cold before bed the past couple of nights, but aside from that stayed away from medicating and just tried to take care of myself and this morning, I am feeling MUCH better. I am surprised that this cold never made the migration into my lungs. That always happens and thats what usually takes the longest to get over. I have had a slight sore throat, but have taken honey with the hot tea and it actually seems to have helped. Felt good enough this am to get up and do a very light work out...nothing to get my breath going to heavy, but some abs/core and stretching, made a batch of pumpkin, walnut raisin bran muffins for womens group tonight and got the reading, e-mails, sparking etc caught up this morning.
Working tonight from 11-5 then racing home to throw together sandwiches and pick up the muffins. Bible study tonight and then I'm going to make myself get another good nights sleep. The weather is GORGEOUS today, but that is supposed to hold for a couple more days, so tomorrow I hope to get in a good run in the morning and then another longer one Thursday and wrap up Friday or Saturday with a shorter one. Should be able to push past ten miles this week. I haven't been able to pass that mark in a few weeks with the cold and my schedule so it will be a great way to celebrate my birthday!
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Been battling for a few days with the threat of a icky winter cold. Thought I might win this one...but nooooo....hit me hard a couple of days ago. I am noticing that being in better physical health and shape has made it more tolerable, but none the less it is really annoying and inconvenient. Have little or no voice, but the upside is really no appetite to speak of since I really can't smell and my sense of taste of off if existent at all.
But the GOOD news is - ITS SUNDAY!!! (and I do love my Sundays). Had awesome worship and teaching at church...got a short nap in this afternoon, trying to get extra rest to curtail this cold. Went up to the big shurch in St Chas and had wonderful fellowship with great friends...and then came home and the bugs in the computer seem to have worked their way out so got to catch up a bit on Sparking.....
PLUS********my dear spark friend WINNINGSPARK is back. Gotta say, for having a cold this bad, I'm having a pretty darned good day. Now, to get some more rest so that I can enjoy the short upswing in temps this week. Would really love to get in a couple longer outside runs, but if this cold is as bad as it's been the past couple of days, I won't make it a mile......so..... , nite all!
Friday, November 05, 2010
About this time last year, my sis and I were sitting on the sofa, night after night, eating huge ice cream sundaes and commenting back and forth how we both needed to lose weight....after the holidays, of course. Thanksgiving came and went and Christmas and New Years and by this timek I was at 171 pounds. I still don't remember how it happened that I stumbled upon Spark People, but I thank God each and every day.
I got set up and started this amazing journey officially on Jan 2nd, 2010. (though my page shows that I actually logged on in December). By the end of February or beginning of March, I had already lost 12 lbs, but still had nearly twenty more to go to reach the goal that Spark had set...to be honest, I wasn't sure that I could do it, but I kept Sparking, and started exercising. First I started walking, then doing some exercise tapes, then when walking took to long and got too boring, I started jogging/walking, then I found C25K and started to run, and run, and run. Since then, I have lost a total of 40+ lbs and am at my leanest and healthiest since possibly my freshman year of high school.
Sis, never got on the bandwagon, however. I tried to et her set up on a Sparkpage, but it never caught her attention or interest enough to give it a go. I do a majority of the cooking, so she has been forced to eat a bit healthier, at least when I cook. And lately she has stopped referring to my lifestyle as a "diet". Tonight, while we were eating dinner, out of the blue, whe asked, "Did you buy that Spark book?" I told her I had and asked why and she said that she was reading something about it in a magazine. I kind of let that go and tonight after she got home, she asked again about the book and I happily let her have mine.
Here's hoping that she reads it and starts on a journey of her own!!!
Keep Sparking friends....you never know when a smoldering ember will ignite a Spark! WOOHOO!!!
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