Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Today it is sunny outside (yay!) Not too cold - but definitely not warm. A chilly 41 degrees (weatherman indicated it would be in the upper 50's - don't know why I listened).
I wore a dress today to work and yes, I knew that I would be walking at lunch - outside. I purposefully left my sneakers at work yesterday so I would not have the excuse of forgetting to bring them. I even remembered to bring socks!
I thought about skipping out and just going over to Walmart. Back and forth my mind went. But I knew I needed to get out there and just DO IT.
My walking partner skipped out on me today....leaving me another out if I wanted to take it.
But no....I took off my heals, put my sneakers on, put tissue in my ears (my ears are really sensitive to the cold and wind), grabbed my gloves and phone (gotta have music) and headed out the door.
I'm fortunate that where I work has a perfect place to walk around the condo area. It is rectangular and is .20 miles to complete.
I must admit that I felt kind of silly in my dress and sneakers, but I plunged ahead. At first, it wasn't too bad....
Then I rounded the first corner and was walking AGAINST the wind.
....head down....with one hand on my dress trying to make sure it didn't blow up revealing more than intended....
One lap down...five more to go.
The more laps I made, however, the more my underwear started creeping down.
Do you have any idea how uncomfortable that is?
Do you know how hard it is to discreetly pull up your underwear while you are walking?
By the sixth lap, however, I had it all down - one hand tugging at my dress holding it down, the other discreetly pulling up my undies.
I would love to be able to write what the moral of this story is other than if you are going to walk in a dress, wear a long one with good fitting underwear.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I suffer from headaches. There are stretches in time where I have them on a daily basis, all day, for a week at a time.
Sometimes, I'm lucky and I have a day without a headache, but returns the following day.
Yes, I have done testing. No tumors, no clots. Not much in the way of explanation.
But today I realized that I haven't had a headache in about 2 weeks. That is truly a miracle! Now, I just need to back track to see what I have done differently so I can keep on doing it.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Shouldn't this be what we think every day.....
Today is THE day that I will do the best that I can do.
Today is THE day when I won't let negative people influence me.
Today is THE day that I put on a smile and make someone else smile.
Today is THE day that I will drink all my water.
Today is THE day that I say " I am important".
Today is THE day that I get off my hiney and do SOMETHING.
Today is not yesterday and will not ever be tomorrow. Today is just today. So concentrate on that.....what can you do today? Not what I did or didn't do yesterday, and not what can be done tomorrow.
Today is THE day.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
How many of us have either heard or said, "I'm just not very motivated to do _________(fill in the blank)?
The dictionary defines motivation as:
1. the act or an instance of motivating
2. desire to do; interest or drive
3. incentive or inducement
So you're motivation to lose weight or become healthy could be almost anything. For me, it was my health. My blood pressure was high, I felt pretty much like crap all the time and I was ready for a change. And from there, I would set little goals and rewards for attaining those goals. For others, sometimes, it could be to be able to get in a new bathing suit, an upcoming wedding, to be able to fit into that ___size jeans, a trip....etc.
Sometimes, you have to create your own motivation....but what happens when you have started on your journey and that motivation is just not there any longer. A lot of people just give up...they become discouraged. Maybe they have slipped and they now believe that the goal that they have set is unattainable. They lose their motivation.
Motivation can come and go and sometimes you don't have control over "motivation".....it's what you do that counts. That's where Determination comes in. You control determination. It is something that comes from within you....not some outward thing that you strive for.
Determination is what causes us to keep going no matter what.
Some of the definitions from the dictionary for determination are:
determination — n
1. the act or an instance of making a decision
2. the condition of being determined; resoluteness
3. a resolute movement towards some object or end
So....no matter what your motivation is to reach your goals....it's your determination that will get you there.
So, set your goals, be motivated, but above all, be determined and resolute in your purpose of getting there.
Monday, November 01, 2010
Sorry it has seemed I dropped off the face of the earth. I just needed some time away from the computer and blogging. It was starting to take over a large chunk of my time that I needed to spend elsewhere. But I am back and hope all my spark friends have continued to excel on their journeys.
I did complete my first 5K in October...whoo hoo! It started at 6pm on a Thursday, which meant I had to work all day prior to running. On top of that, our office had a baby shower/potluck luncheon on the same day. I'm already pretty picky about what I eat now, but throw a race in the mix and I became extremely picky - meaning I really didn't want til "fill up" on anything that was heavy. The days leading up to it I kept getting a barrage of, "Are you going to eat at the luncheon?" "C'mon, you gotta eat" "Are you going to be able to eat" On and on it went. I wish people would stop being so concerned about what I am eating or if I'm going to eat. Give me a break....I eat all the time! I just choose NOT to eat certain foods. That day I did eat at lunch....I had a small turkey sandwich, some corn jalapeno dip with a very small amount of corn chips. Around 4:30, I had a bowl of oatmeal. End of my food story.
I arrived at the check in early and had done early registration. I was starting to get pumped up at this point. I loaded my mp3 player the night before - my husband bought a new one and gave me his old one. But I still had 1/2 hour to wait before starting. Finally they called all of us to the starting line, explained the route, etc. Then we were off!
I was going at my pace and trying to get the stupid mp3 player working. I'm not the most electronically gifted person. Up a hill we went, down a hill we went. I was thinking....I can do this...I can do this..
By the second mile, however, I started thinking, "What have I gotten myself into?" But I kept on going. A few times I slowed down to a walk to catch my breath, then I would start up again.
Near the end, I started thinking, "I'm really doing this...and I'm going to finish....and I'm not LAST! When I crossed the finish line, two of my friends surprised me by being there and cheering me across. I wanted to cry. I finished in 41 min and 10 sec. Not the greatest, but pretty darn good for a first time. And I thought to myself about what I had just accomplished. To some, it was just what it was...a 5K. But for me, it was much more. And I'm sitting here wondering if I can even put it into words. By accomplishing this, I know that I CAN do anything that I set my mind to and work hard at achieving. If you would have told me a year ago that I would be running a 5K, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. But you have to believe in yourself.....and that's the real prize.
Second part of the story.....my tattoo. I have been wanting one, but I wanted it to mean something special. So I finally decided on a phoenix. A phoenix is a mythical bird who rises from the ashes to be reborn. It symbolizes, re-birth, new beginnings and change.
And that is how I feel....I feel that through this journey, I have been given this new life. A life with limitless possibilities. A life that I want to experience and not just passively watch go by.
So, two days before the race, I took my idea to a wonderful tattoo artist who took my idea and gave it life. Two days after the race, I was at the tattoo studio having another new experience. Did it hurt?...Ummm...YES! Was it worth it?....Ummmm...YES! I absolutely LOVE my tattoo! My kids think I'm a really cool mom (my oldest two have tattoos). Will I do it again...probably yes.
So below are pictures of me finishing the 5K and a pic of my tattoo.
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