Monday, December 29, 2008
Happy New Year, Sparkfriends!
I can't believe that 2009 is upon us. 2008 has been a great year, and so many good things happened:
- I reached my goal weight. (YEAH!!)
- Went on an amazing vacation with my husband in May as a reward for losing more than 60 pounds!
- Completed the Couch to 5K program and found out that YES, I can run for pleasure and enjoy it.
- Started an online healthy living column. (If you want to check it out, let me know and I will send you the link. :))
- Became a leader of a Sparkteam (What Not to Wear Fans — check it out).
- Met many, many wonderful new friends on Spark and strengthened my bond with the friends I met last year.
- Discovered fun new podcasts and the joys of the BOSU ball.
- Realized how much I heart Jillian Michaels! :)
- Amped up my fitness routine with more strength training and circuit training.
- Tried yoga and water aerobics! I LOVE water aerobics, but the yoga is a work in progress.
What I hope to accomplish in 2009 (I don't do resolutions. Too cliche.)
- Maintain my weight (Isn't maintenance the hardest part??) and continue to be active on this site to help me with that.
- Run at least a 5K, but hopefully a 10K.
- Continue to learn about health, wellness, fitness and (in the words of Coach Nicole) ... how to "tread lightly on the planet."
- Learn how to knit. (Totally unrelated to health and fitness, but it WILL keep my hands busy when I want an evening snack.)
- Incorporate new workouts and fitness classes so that my fitness routine never gets boring.
- Work on improving my daily intake of water, fruits and veggies.
- Figure out how to curb my sweet tooth.
- Try more new recipes and lunch ideas. Maybe get a cool bento box.
- Support my Sparkfriends in any way I can.
- Apply for The Amazing Race!!!
I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009. Cheers!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Last night was hubby's company holiday party. I'll have a pic of the two of us before we left for the party up later on my page.
We hadn't been to one of these parties in a few years, and I am so terrible about remembering people. It's always so awkward when he introduces me to someone and they say, "Oh, hi, we've met before." Of course, in my mind, I might as well be meeting them for the first time because I have no clue who they are.
On one such occasion, the guy said to me: "You look good. You lost a lot of weight." I must have had a surprised (or embarrassed) look on my face because he said, "I don't mean to be so abrupt" or something along those lines. The funny thing was, I had JUST picked up a plate with a couple of small treats from the dessert table. So I said, "Thank you, as I stand here eating dessert." I wanted to die! In my mind, I am not that noticeable or memorable. There are hundreds of people at these parties every year. Because I don't work there and hardly ever see these people, I never expected anyone to remember my face, let alone the fact that I was overweight before and now I'm not. Definitely a reminder to stay away from the dessert table. LOL.
On that note, I am trying to find the motivation within me to walk to the gym in the cold rain. So far, the lazy inner voice is winning but that little plate of dessert from last night is weighing on my conscience. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Before my Body Pump class today, the instructor announced that we'll be doing a mini BOSU workout before starting the class. My gym is introducing a new BOSU class in January, so I guess they are trying to give us a little taste of what to expect. Up until now, I've only used it for abs and pushups, but today it was an actual aerobics workout. I totally worked up a sweat! We bounced, jogged, did knee lifts, kicks, squats...etc. And it's not exactly easy to stay on this thing. But it was so fun!!
I can't wait till the actual class starts! I have a feeling it will kick my butt, which is totally what I need. I feel as if my workouts are becoming a little bit stale.
A few words of advice for the BOSU:
- The instructor said to tie your shoelaces tight. (Presumably so they won't come untied and make you fall?)
- Don't wear long pants! I kept tripping over my pants.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Hubby and I went to see the movie "Milk" yesterday. We used to have a tradition of going to the movies on Sunday afternoons to take our minds off the fact that the weekend was almost over and we had to go to work. LOL. We hadn't been to a Sunday movie in quite a while, partly because we are trying to save money and partly because there haven't been too many movies that we wanted to see. Plus, we have Netflix.
I love the theatre we went to yesterday; it is one of those indy movie theatres. Every time I go there, I am grateful that such a theatre still exists here in Baltimore. It is such a refreshing change from the gigantic multiplexes we see in every suburb today. The structure is 108 years old, and it's been a movie theatre since 1939. Next door to the theatre is a little crepe shop. Ever since I went to Paris in 2005, I have been in love with crepes. The crepes here are almost as good as the ones I ate in Paris. Almost. It's one vice I refuse to give up. A movie and a crepe...what could be better? I usually have an Orangina with my crepe (also a Paris memory) but yesterday I decided to be good and have water instead. ;)
As for the film, I found it inspirational. It reminded me how important it is to fight for what you believe is right, no matter how many people try to bring you down. Fight for equal rights for everyone. Fight for fairness in your world. If you don't like something, change it! This last thought also applies to everyone who is trying to lose weight. If you are unhappy with your weight or fitness level (or something else about yourself) change it. Fight for a healthy, fit body. It's worth it.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
BJ Hill passed through Baltimore this past week.
Know the name? Some of you might have seen him around town and stopped to chat with him. Maybe you've even given him a place to sleep for the night. But I see the rest of you scratching your heads. BJ Hill... Who??
Well, OK, BJ Hill isn't really famous ... at least not "Brad Pitt famous." But he's met people from all over the United States, and with any luck he might even get to meet our next president. He's a 32-year-old teacher from Massachusetts who has been walking across America since March. Yes, WALKING, from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to his final destination: Copley Square in Boston. His goal was to visit all four main regions of the country. Currently he's in Maryland, and the finish line is drawing near.
According to his Web site, he walks for 8 to 12 hours almost every day, carrying a pack that weighs anywhere from 35 to 50 pounds, depending on the weather and the gear he needs. He's worn through at least five pairs of shoes. He walks in rain, sleet, snow, hail. Why is he doing this? For fitness, of course, but he has a larger mission. As he walks across the country he stops to talk to people and asks them to write a message to the next president. Anything they want to say.
He's filled up three notebooks so far containing Americans' hopes and visions for the country, advice, words of encouragement (or maybe not) and the issues near and dear to them. They hope Barack Obama will listen and take their words and requests seriously. What the future president will ultimately choose to do with the information, no one can say. But Hill hopes to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Obama to present the notebooks to him in person, thereby making sure that the messages are delivered as promised.
He's done this once before. In 2006 he walked across Massachusetts and later hand-delivered the messages he collected to the newly elected governor in a face-to-face meeting. That notebook is now stored in the Massachusetts Gubernatorial Archives. Well, I for one am rooting for him and hoping he has the same success in meeting our president-elect.
Unfortunately I didn't get to meet Mr. Hill when he passed through my city. But after reading about him in the newspaper, I was fascinated by his story and wanted to find out more about his adventure. See links below.
I don't know about you, but I'm inspired. Next time I feel lazy and start to talk myself out of a workout, I'll think of BJ Hill's walk across the U.S.
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