Saturday, November 19, 2011
T oday's sunshine
H ealthy heart
A lternative choices
N ew recipes for better nutrition
K eeping track
Saturday, November 05, 2011
I begin November with new energy, new goals, new outlook on life. I love life! Isnít 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 Iím 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 peoplesí 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?
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