Thursday, October 07, 2010
We bought a Harley this year, fulfilling my husband's dream.
I met my goal of getting on the back of the bike --- which to most, would probably not be a big thing, but to me, it was a hurdle. It comes with instructions. Step on foot peg, lean on his shoulder (while he is already sitting on the bike and swing my other leg over the seat and the saddlebags. (not mine, the bike's ..ha ha)
It took me about 15 mins of "lamaze type" breathing and sheer concentration and I did it last week. The intent was for me to get on with him, and then we would go for a short ride around the block.
That didn't happen.
I got on the bike, and he became frozen as to how it felt with a passenger, let alone someone bigger than he is. - Even if I wasn't heavier, I'd still be taller. When I asked if he was ready to go, he said, he didn't know. We just sat there for a couple of minutes and then I gave him the easy out -- Let's practice disembarking. Ha! Getting on was way easier.
I decided that we weren't ready for a ride. By "we" - in this case, I mean "he" --- and that's ok. I have a lot of heft. But it is inching away. It's getting colder; he is less likely to ride much these days anyway. Come the spring or maybe summer, I will be ready to try it all over again.
I did my thing. I got on the bike, like I said I would. Next time, though, I am going to get on and just keep going.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
It happened around 7:30pm tonight. I was walking to my car at work. I walked up the stairs (a set of 5 steps) like a NORMAL person. I did not hold onto the railing to hoist myself up. I climbed up, leaned forward a bit and did not feel anything but normal. big hurrah moment!
I am a recovering scaredy cat ever since I pulled my hammy a couple of years ago - I have had a prob with stairs.
This is giant success for me! Woo hoo!
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
My frequent quest for perfection has gotten me into trouble more than once. Initially, it sounds like a lofty goal, but in actuality (for me), it's a death sentence as I have a tendency to wait until everything is perfectly aligned before I take action. When are things perfectly aligned? Next to never. So, I wait, and in the meantime, I could be making small steps towards my goals, and chipping away at what needs to be done, instead of waiting for the perfect wave.
Here's what I am doing to change that.
MAKE A DOABLE PLAN; WORK THE PLAN
ASK FOR HELP (stop pretending I have everything under control!)
To get more organized, I have cut way back on watching tv. I am like a bump on a log if I am watching tv. I barely even catch the morning news anymore. I can find out what I need to know when I am in the car. Gotta love the radio.
Simplified plans work best for me. 20 mins cardio every day is where I am right now. It's more than I used to do. I am amping that number up. Today, I have made a goal for myself. It is walk outside around the perimeter of the building once every hour I am at work. It includes going up the BIG hill. That hill is shrinking. I still huff and puff when I get up it, but my recovery time is improving.
I am having a hard time sticking with a food plan, but I am staying in my caloric range. I know I could do a lot better in this area, and I am trying to figure this out.
I have an "I can do it all" attitude at work. I live by this code. Yesterday, I asked someone to sit in for me at a meeting. HUGE step forward. I had to avoid a panic attack last night when I read their email to see all the things that went "wrong" - but I calmed myself and remembered that I don't always have all the answers - nor do I need to have all of the answers.
What kinds of things do you do to keep yourself organized and on track? What plans do you have? How do you keep yourself on track? What do you do to move past wanting perfection and just getting it done?
Friday, October 01, 2010
You make it happen.
Change doesn't just show up suddenly one day and say hey - I think you have been waiting for me.
Change happens when you make it happen.
It's all about me, baby. And I am gonna make it happen.
Baby steps for sure, but it is still going to happen.
Heck, it is happening.
I had 4+ veggies every day last week. Wait? Really? Woot! Woot!
I am doing tons of cardio --- but slllllllooooooowwwwww cardio. I need to work on the intensity and not worry about the duration as much, and I will get there. It's happening.
Good things are happening.
I am happening.
Hope you are all have a GREAT Friday and a happy Spark week!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I found an old WW weigh-in booklet and realized my losing streak is in nearly the same spot now. I am eating much healthier than I have in the past --- but I still need a major overhaul and a drill sergeant to get me to exercise. What will it take for me to get my head in the right spot? I have made so much incredible progress - including today when I whizzed up the hill of hell. I have never gone up it so fast. Granted, I felt like laying on the ground when I got up it, but my attitude towards that hill has totally changed. I embrace it. I used to walk around the longer way to avoid it, and then, ahem, take the elevator.
I am doing it. I am moving along. I just need a kickstart to get myself going in a major way. I want to be one the downward trend again.
All is well. Just another rainy day on the east coast. We have not had rain for so long, I think i forgot how to deal with the dreariness (plus the allergies, and the work stress, and the tiny little bank account.) ha! I am slightly worn down but I will be back in action. I have come too far to let myself retreat now.
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