Tuesday, November 27, 2012
One of my teams has a thread about looking back at 2012. And in writing up my reply, I realized that it's been a pretty good year.
My older daughter's engagement broke off and she had to come home to live, but she has a job now, is building herself a life here, and has been a terrific workout buddy for me. I'll actually be sorry to see her move out, even if it is in the same town.
My mother's chronic health problems reached a terrifying crisis, but she survived it and is feeling better than she has in a couple years, now that they've actually solved her problem.
My mother-in-law had a cancer scare that turned out to be only a scare, which was a relief. My best friend also had a cancer scare that led to surgery to remove a huge tumor--and it turned out to be completely benign. Since she's the mom of three young kids, I was very grateful for them as well as for myself.
My younger daughter broke up with her controlling, manipulative girlfriend and starting having a life again. She missed out on one terrific educational opportunity because of this girl, and lost all of her friends, but now she's remade her friendships and is currently on a sailing adventure in the Caribbean until after the first of the year--and gets college credit for it!
As for me, I lost 70 pounds and went from being a slug to biking over 2,000 miles for the season--that's outdoor miles, not stationary cycle ones. I participated in a 150-mile, 2-day bike tour and raised over $2,000 for MS, and even though I didn't finish the second day I still felt like a success. Just this last week I participated in my first-ever 5k Turkey Trot, an activity I'd heard of in the past but had always regarded as kind of insane. I'm married to the best guy in the world, and I love my cozy little home.
Life is good.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I am not a runner. I have resisted running most of my life. When I've tried it, it's usually ended in injury and misery.
But if I want to do triathlons next year, I have to become a runner again.
This year I signed up for my first ever Turkey Trot. The longest I had jogged (it's an abuse of language to call what I do "running") had been just over a mile, but I figured I could jog and walk and at least finish. I figured I'd jog until the second kilometer marker and then walk a bit. Daughter and a good friend were with me.
I jogged and jogged and started to get worried. Surely I'd gone more than 1k! Was I really in this bad of shape?
Then the first marker appeared. 1 MILE. Even though it was a 5k race, they were marking in miles. Well, at that point, I suddenly felt great! I was doing better than I thought!
I managed to jog the first full 2 miles, then walked for about half a mile, jogged a little more, walked a little more, and finished the last quarter mile at a jog. My time was just under 44 minutes. Not fast, but WAY better than I thought I was going to do! And I got an awesome t-shirt out of it!
It was so much fun that DD and I are signed up for another one next Saturday, the Reindeer Run. For that one we get t-shirts, plus jingle bells for our shoes. I think jogging along in the midst of all tht jingling will be fun!
Monday, November 12, 2012
I just realized that I have a HUGE project due two weeks sooner than I realized, so I'm not going to be around very much for the rest of the month. I will try to keep up the Sparking, I just won't have time for Spark People. Will be thinking about you all, though!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Something I said in a comment today, but I need to have it here to remind me:
It's important to stop thinking about a "finish line" and instead concentrate on the journey. Every day I eat better and work out is a day that I am healthier, and that is the most important goal. Reaching X pounds is not really an end point, because an "end" implies that you can stop what you're doing. If we stop what we're doing, we will defeat the purpose.
Accept that you are awesome RIGHT NOW. Not 10 pounds from now, not 50 miles from now. Your life isn't on hold because you are working out and eating right; you are working out and eating right because this is your life.
Friday, November 02, 2012
My allergies have been particularly hideous the last couple days. No amount of antihistamine has been enough to stop my left eye from feeling itchy and sore.
This happened last month, too. Right after I'd eaten a bunch of those silly Brach's pumpkins. This time? Halloween candy.
So I'm going to stay away from refined sugar products for two weeks, then try something sugary and see if I have a reaction. Now, some people might just plan never to have sugar again, but I am all about everything in moderation.
Except things that are trying to kill me. I don't eat shrimp or lobster because I am allergic--the kind of allergic that can kill you. And if candy turns out to be causing an actual allergic reaction, then I will be giving that up, too.
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