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Saturday, February 11, 2012

I have had probably one of the worst food weeks, at least in the few years, this week. Ironically, it's due to the way I handled my dad having major heart surgery this week. I have not been this stressed in a while. I have successfully stopped the only form of exercise I currently do, roller skating, because I am either at the hospital or in class (my mom still makes me go even though I am 30). I have also completely ignored any of the healthier menu options at the hospital cafeteria and grabbed fried chicken fingers and pudding instead. I have even smoked a little bit.

I make no excuses for this, but I did need to air out my dirty laundry for a moment. Now that I've publicly declared my bad behavior, perhaps I will feel more obligated to cease it over the next few days until Dad's out of the hospital.

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CAROLISCIOUS 2/11/2012 12:57PM

    Hope your dad is doing well...and hope the stess is less for you. A few days of slacking off is find your way back to healthy choices. You know you can...I know you can!

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MRSHEATHERB 2/11/2012 7:13AM

    Thanks KAYECAN! I needed that!

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KAYECAN 2/11/2012 6:21AM

    First off, I hope your dad is recovering are a good daughter to care so dearly.
Second....I don't mind tending to your laundry...whats another load or two. You just feel free to put your laundry out there anytime it makes you feel better. We're all here to help in any way we can. Hope you are motivated today to make some healthy choices. Take care of yourself.

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2012 Fitness Minutes

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Since SP started its SparkAmerica campaign, I haven't adjusted my goal of 9000 yearly minutes (nor have I completed that goal. . .). I was just thinking about adjusting it, mainly based on how much I think I would earn with just derby practice. If I did the math correctly, that would put me near 15000 minutes for the year. Holy derby socks!!! Still, I am scared to set a goal that high. So, I'm thinking maybe I should either leave it alone, or set it for maybe 10000. Any thoughts or suggestions from the SparkLanders?

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JIBBIE49 1/6/2012 9:42PM

    I went through all of the activities that they count now as "exercise" and I get minutes for HEAVY CLEANING, going Bowling, doing Yoga, and Tai Chi, and Yard work, etc. All of these were things I didnt' think in the past counted. I certainly do 2 hours of housework daily.

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MRSHEATHERB 1/1/2012 9:33PM

    BLTSMUM, I came up way short, but I also spent 7 months out of commission when I broke my ankle. As far as practice time, we practice 3 times per week for 2 hours, and I only calculate between 75 and 90 minutes of that time, and still came up with 11,000-15,000 minutes. And you are definitely right about not making every practice.

Thanks for the advice to both of you ladies! If all else, I can adjust during the year, right?

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BTLSMUM 1/1/2012 11:09AM

    How short did you fall of your 9,000? I think it's fair to add practice as part of your goal minutes, but be realistic about it. I wouldn't factor in every potential practice because realistically, you probably won't make it to every practice. I also wouldn't use the full practice time because realistically, who practices the whole time? When I track my practice minutes I usually subtrack 30 minutes (or whatever seem appropriate based on the practice schedule) to allow for warm up/cool down stretching, team discussion, etc.

I'd assess the year's goal and why you fell short. If you fell significantly short, I probably wouldn't change the number. If you were pretty close, I might bump it to around 11,000?

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CAROLISCIOUS 1/1/2012 10:17AM

    I do suggest you go with will be a step up from previous years, but still an attainable goal!

Here's to 2012!

Comment edited on: 1/1/2012 10:17:40 AM

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Recovering from Injury

Saturday, November 12, 2011

That was April 19, three days after my last post, and 2 days after my first roller derby bout. The injury didn't happen during the bout, but at practice. Talk about a good excuse not to exercise for six months. For a while the broken ankle diet was great; I didn't have much of an appetite for at least the first week I was home, but that didn't last. Surprisingly, there wasn't much weight gain. The wheeling and walker-ing must have helped burn lots of calories.

But now I'm back. I've been skating three times a week for about a month, despite my parents' disapproval. Some of it is coming back quickly, like the technique, but my speed and endurance suck more now that it did before (and it really sucked before).

I've never experienced the physical inability to exercise before, and now I'm learning to deal with a part of my body that will never be the same again. It's tough, but it's doable. I am able to continue roller skating and training to play derby again, even though now I have to ice my ankle after every practice, or sometimes wear one of those unattractive compression stockings.

One thing about me that I may never be able to change is that I am lazy. I stop dieting or exercising because of it frequently. But, with derby, which I love dearly, not only is exercise necessary to be competitive, it is a requirement. Perhaps, even after the injury, the best possible thing is to return to it, because I love it, and through derby, I may finally get over the hump.

***Note: I'm kind of tired right now, so I may have rambled a bit. Sorry... ***

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JIBBIE49 1/6/2012 9:44PM

    So sorry, but how now you are feeling well and healed. Are you an AQUARIAN? Aquarius rules the ankles. My son who is an Aquarian sprained his ankle while on rollerblades, and it resulted in his having to have surgery on his knee as it messed up his lower leg.

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MARYBETH_OHIO 11/14/2011 5:14PM

    Honey that made me hurt just looking at it, I sure hope you feel better soon..

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CAROLISCIOUS 11/12/2011 8:10PM

    Wow...that picture made me cringe! You are very brave to climb back on...but if that's what motivates you...I totally get it!

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Goings-on in BrysonLand

Saturday, April 16, 2011

What a couple of months this has been. I have been absent from SP for a while, but that doesn't mean I've been slacking. At least, not when it comes to exercise.

I attended my first roller derby practice on March 1, and it is one of the hardest things I've done as an adult. Most of my exercise is coming from being on skates, either derby practice or just plain ole skating time.

I've also been battling the sickness for a few weeks. The doctor said it is because it takes your body a few months to adjust once you've quit smoking--wait, I haven't mentioned that, have I? My husband and I made a resolution this year to quit, and it stuck. He was a smoker of ~20 years, and I was on-again-off-again for about 10. Neither of us has touched one since January 1. That is a remarkable thing alone, and I'm very proud of both of us for sticking to it. Anyway, I digress...

We've both been battling strep and colds and generally sickiness for a few weeks, and we're just now making our way back to feeling 100%.

Truth be told, I haven't seen a ton of weight progress, but I'm working on it. Now that I don't smoke and I exercise, the next thing to tackle is the eating. And that's the toughest part for me.

To my SparkTeams, I am sorry for my absenses, which are nearly continual, but if I can dedicate two hours a day to reruns I've seen a dozen times, I can sit at the computer and hash out my dietary day.

Love and Bruises,
Heather AKA Maestro CRASHcendo


Newest Goals

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

So, February was a little rough Spark-wise. I don't know if it's doldrums that I've heard about, or that I'm burned out at work, but it was not the most healthy month I've had. I did get 400+ fitness minutes in, but I didn't track my food very well. I know I overate, because I was hungry all of the time.

But it was still a big, important month. First of all, I celebrated my 5th wedding anniversary on 2/11, and then got a snow day the next day, which led to a four day weekend! That was nice.

I think I've finally decided what I want to do with my life, at least for now. After reading the chapter in The Spark about goals, I really got to thinking about what I ultimately want to do. I knew I didn't want to be a career teacher, but I couldn't nail down what else to do. But I think, after looking at it the way Chris did, I figured some things out.

I decided that I want to work with elderly people, and with Hospice patients. Maybe do grief or trauma counseling with these patients and families. And I've really been chewing it over in my head. I finally landed on Licensed Mental Health Counselor. So, I am planning to go back and get my MA in Psychology so I can achieve that goal. I have to take a few undergrad classes to meet the requirements to apply, and I plan to start that over the summer. I'm really excited about this prospect, and plan to do some more Hospice volunteering to 1) bulk up my resume, and 2) make doubly sure that it is what I want.

Also, I have really started thinking about and wanting to start our family. I know it's not time yet, because DH won't be done with his degree until December, but I really think I'm finally ready. But, and here's the biggest and most important goal, I have made a deal with him that we won't even start trying until I'm down to 185. I chose this weight because, at my height, that would be a shift from "obese" to "overweight" on the BMI chart. I have done a little reading, and see the risks associated with obesity and pregnancy. I have to fix me first. Priority One.

So, I hope this deal with motivate me to get off my butt and lose the weight. I've got to do some research to create my timeline!

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SUNLOVER12 3/10/2010 8:12AM

    Great, thought-provoking blog! Keep it up!

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CAROLISCIOUS 3/3/2010 9:13PM

    A new career and starting a family...2 fabulous goals to motivate you toward a healthy lifestyle!

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GIGIANDDAISY 3/3/2010 1:09AM

    Sounds like you have put some good thot into your goals!

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    Excellent goals! Getting your MA is a great goal to have and it's awesome you decided on a career that will satisfy you. Good luck with everything! emoticon

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