Thursday, December 22, 2011
This is a Maxine joke that I received in email today. Can't say I agree with her, though. The tortoise always wins in the end!
As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don't really give a HOOT...
It's the tortoise life for me!
1. If walking/cycling is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.
3. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Just over two years ago, one of my college professors introduced my "Healthy Eating" class to Spark People. As a class assignment, she required us to record our food on the Spark Nutrition Tracker for two weeks. I completed the assignment, but while doing it, I started checking out other parts of the website, set up my Spark Page, used the Fitness Tracker, joined a couple of teams, and then I was hooked! Fast forward two years, and I'm still here using the Nutrition and Fitness Trackers almost on a daily basis. And having the time of my life making friends with other like-minded Spark People.
Two years ago, I wrote this as one of my goals:
To be able to walk/run with my dogs again after successful foot surgeries.
Not only am I able to walk/run with my dogs, but the day after my 2-year Spark anniversary, I ran my first race - a 5K for scholarships at the college I work at. Here is a pictorial of my first race experience --
Laps with the Chaps 5K Inaugural Run/Walk
(Chaps is short for Chapparals, the college's mascot)
Saturday, October 22, 2011
63 degrees and sunny
Bibbed, chipped, and ready to go!
The college offered a 5k training program with the cross country track coach as our instructor. These are some of my training classmates - Angel, me, Kamala, and Caroline.
Every time I looked at my Garmin watch, I saw "Make it Happen", the name of my Spark People team. It was my "Make it Happen" team mates who inspired me to take up running. It was their encouragement and support that sustained me through two years of double foot surgeries to running my first 5K race!
Just about to enter the track for the final push.
I didn't realize the race clock was the gun time. I was kicking hard to make it under 34 minutes and was disappointed when the timer clicked over 34. Only later did I realize that my chip time was 33:55.45!
2nd Place in my division with a time of 33:55.45. Not bad for an old lady running her first race!
Matt (my 5K trainer & the college's cross country track coach) and I both finished 2nd in our divisions. He was injured, or he'd have been 1st. I, on the other hand, gave it my all! The lady who took first place in my division was a marathon runner. She finished almost 7 minutes before me!
Getting a stretch from the PT guy. Harry thought I was crazy when I asked him to take a picture. I had to experience the whole thing - and have it photo documented, you know what I mean?
Celebrating the accomplishment! Harry was having football withdrawal, so we headed to a sports bar after the race.
Never in my life did I think that I would be a runner. Ten months ago, I was recovering from double foot surgeries and accidentally frost-bit three toes from constricting bandages and over-icing. I nearly lost one of those toes. Thanks to the support and encouragement I received here on Spark People, today I am a runner! And I can't wait to run another race! As my friend, Freddy (LONGBELT) says, "See you at the finish line!"
Thursday, July 28, 2011
If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without alcohol,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
...Then You Are Probably ..........
The Family Dog!
Friday, July 22, 2011
Thought I'd share this article that came across my email this morning. I know this works for me - I just didn't realize why it worked!
To feel more satisfied with your food -- and possibly avoid pigging out -- use this mind trick: Just focus on the calories.
Doing so could dial down your hunger big-time -- especially if you convince yourself you're indulging in a rich, high-calorie treat. Because new research shows that people's perception of calorie content affects their appetite-control hormones...
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
We had 8 days of sunshine on the storm chasing trip, so we did some site seeing around the great state of Texas! See yesterday's blog if you want to see the one day of actual storm photos. These are the sunshine chasing photos!
Nimitz Memorial Courtyard and view of the Japanese Peace Garden, Fredricksburg, TX. This was such a sacred space, very moving experience to walk through this courtyard.
Street performers in Fredricksburg, TX
I don't know if you can see it, but directly above the pole is a sun dog. As the sun is setting, it reflects a small rainbow off the ice crystals in the cloud. It was much more vivid in person!
"Stampede" (OK, it was a stroll around the block) at the Stockyards, Fort Worth, TX
Joke heard at the Stockyards: Do you know why the cowboy bought a dachshund? Because someone told him to "get along, little doggie!"
This is also the place where a guy rode up on horseback and ordered a Corona to go at curb service! Only in Texas!
Later that evening, a guy walked down the street with a dog that was wearing a saddle. Riding on the saddle was a cat. Riding bareback on the cat was a rat! Ok, I know we were drinking, but here's the photo I grabbed from my classmates FB page to prove it!
After going to the Stockyards, some of my classmates and I decided that we want to bring Texas fashion back to Chicagoland. We're gonna start wearing cowboy boots and hats with every outfit! We saw brides wearing cowboy boots with their veil; people celebrating a class reunion in "after 5" dresses and cowboy boots...I wonder if it will catch on in Chicago?
One of the highlights of my trip was meeting my "Making it Happen" Spark team leader, Jerome. He lives with his lovely wife, Chelle, in the Dallas area. He drove over to meet me and we had a nice chat on Saturday evening. Thanks, Chelle, for sharing your man with me that evening. Looking forward to meeting you next year and getting a taste of that Texas chili and cornbread!
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