Saturday, November 05, 2011
I begin November with new energy, new goals, new outlook on life. I love life! Isn’t it grand? As I look back over the nineteen months of being a SparkPeople.com member, I am amazed at what I have learned, all the old not-so-good habits I have tossed away, all the new habits I now possess, all the energy I have, and all the confidence within me. I have accomplished so much in my life since June, 2010. It has been and continues to be quite an exciting journey.
Nineteen months ago I would have never thought I could run a mile, let alone a 5K. Yesterday I participated in the Trick-or-Treat Trot 5K and ran my best time ever! What a great feeling that was!
As many of you know, I am an avid biker. If I’m not running, I would be biking after work every day. But now, with daylight savings time kicking in, there is not enough daylight for me to ride my local roads or trails after work. But that will not stop me from finding some fun activity to do in order to continue to have cardio workouts incorporated in my life on weekdays. Lunchtime power walks at work will be a great substitute along with adding the stationary bike and elliptical after work hours in the gym.
This new month presented myself with an opportunity to review my existing goals and add new ones to the short term and long term lists. With winter around the corner, you can be sure I will have my snowshoes ready to explore the trails of the Shawangunk Mountains (The Gunks) where I enjoyed hiking this past spring as well as early fall. I would love to see the Awosting Falls in the winter.
Aside from outdoor activity, I will schedule more time for my love of quilting. There are a couple of projects that need to be completed and I hope to gift them to someone by the end of this year.
As for my professional growth, I am preparing a portfolio to advance myself at my place of employ. At age 55+, some people say I should be thinking about retiring and taking things slower now. Well, I beg to differ. I have so much more to offer to help make a difference in peoples’ lives for the better. I will try my best to advance and leave the rest up to God.
What are some of your plans/goals for this new month?
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Today was a day I planned to spend at home. I wanted to try my luck at baking bread for the first time. So I searched SP recipes and found PUNKIN7743's Honey Oatmeal Whole Wheat Bread. It listed a few ingredients that I already had in my pantry and the instructions seemed easy enough for me to follow. Well, I really surprised myself with the outcome:
Can you just imagine the aroma of baking bread? I could not resist enjoying a warm slice of it with a cup of tea. And, yes, I tracked it on my nutrition tracker.
A while later it began to snow, first lightly:
and then 30 minutes later, like a blizzard:
I always enjoy doing cardio work-outs outdoors and, since this was not a day for my all-time favorites of biking or running, I decided to get the shovel out of the garage and get to work with the snow removal. After an hour, the driveway was cleared for my husband's evening arrival from work and my work-out was completed. I tracked this work-out on my fitness tracker, too!
It's always good to enjoy a variety of activities in your daily life. That's how I keep from getting bored or "burnt out". Whatever work has to be done around the house, I try to make it part of my exercise program. Gotta get Sparked! How do you Spark?
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Several months ago I decided to schedule my vacation from work during the third week in October with tentative plans to visit my sons in Utah or Massachusetts. If a trip to either state didn’t materialize, I would still enjoy the week taking in the beauty of Nature on the homefront. The third week in October is generally known as “Peak Week” in New York.
A visit to either son did not materialize due to their work schedules, so I decided to take one day at a time waking up each morning without the sound of an alarm clock, hitching my bike to the back of my car and explore familiar as well as unfamiliar trails. My old time favorite, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, was first on my list.
Parts of the trail is under construction. However two sections which total 15 paved miles are surrounded by farmland, mountains and streams.
I rode on one section of 8 miles (16 round trip) that ended in a quaint little town that possesses the warm feeling of “old time America” with a tree lined main street, coffee shops, general supply store and the old depot.
On another day, Lake Minnewaska and the Shawangunk Mountains (commonly known as “The Gunks”) was my destination. Instead of biking, I decided to hike. The beauty of this area of New York is simply breathtaking. This adventure began with a view of the 60 foot Awosting Falls. After 6 hours, my hiking adventure ended with a view of the ridge, a refreshed soul, and tired feet.
Even though I did not get to visit my sons this week, I made it a point to refresh my mind, body and soul in my immediate surroundings. Have you ever enjoyed a “stay-cation”? If so, what kind of activity did you play?
Friday, October 14, 2011
Autumn season in New York is so beautiful with the trees dancing and showing off their brilliant colors. The views of the local mountains, valleys and hillsides are breathtaking. I truly enjoy riding my bike with this scenery all around me. Year after year I look forward to taking in the views during the third week in October. And, year after year, it always feels like it's just for a brief moment. So, I try my best to get out on my bike or go for a long hike to absorb as much of the reds, yellows, oranges, and browns the trails have to offer because shortly after that third week, the trees become bare.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
It was such a beautiful day here in New York today. The weather has such an effect on people. It was nice to see so many people at work wearing smiles and it wasn't even pay day! I couldn't wait to walk around campus during my lunch break. The afternoon hours flew by as I sat at my desk completing one task after another. Before I knew it, the clock read 4:30PM. I flew out of the office and headed home thinking how awesome it would be to run at the local park. Quickly I changed into my running gear, picked up a water bottle and headed out the door. My run takes me along local farms whose residents posed for pictures. It was such a great feeling to have the Spirit move me with inspiration and motivation to complete 3.1 miles.
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