Monday, October 08, 2012
I like to read "The Daily Motivator" by Ralph Marston. Today's post was just too good not to share, since it so pertains to our Spark journey...
When you don’t feel like making the effort, that’s when making the effort will make the biggest difference for you. Instead of giving in to negative momentum, interrupt it.
The best way to feel like doing it, is to do it. Step beyond your negative feelings and reward yourself with some positive action.
Feeling sorry for yourself will just give you more reasons to feel sorry for yourself. Ignore the temptation for self pity and embrace the opportunities for immediate self improvement.
Read more: greatday.com/#ixzz28kRWtPwL
(We're not supposed to reprint entire articles on our blogs, therefore, I posted the link so you can finish reading it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!)
Friday, September 21, 2012
Hello, Spark Friends!
I've gotten away from blogging, due to all the craziness at work with the library that I work at undergoing renovation for the next 18 months. My coworkers and I are "holed up" in a classroom together and we've been crazy-busy with construction "stuff."
A month ago, my dad landed in the hospital for 4 days due to dehydration (stop and drink some water, right now!), followed by a 3-week stint in a subacute care facility/nursing home to try to regain his strength. We pulled Dad out of the nursing home 3 weeks earlier than they wanted us to. He was so sad and despondent in there, I was afraid we were going to lose him. We feel he is getting more attention and better care at home with his personal caregiver and the visiting physical, occupational, and speech therapists. He's back to being a happy camper again!
Needless to say, I've gotten off track with my healthy eating, but I have kept up my exercise schedule -- mostly due to the fact that I enrolled in a strength training class and the teacher takes attendance! Plus, I love the class. I also joined a health club because the Fitness Center at the college that I work at is also undergoing a renovation for the next 18 months.
I read a blog earlier this week by Steve at Nerd Fitness. One of his statements really struck a chord with me --
"Put 90% of your effort towards healthy eating - an unhealthy diet can derail your momentum faster than a banana peel on Rainbow Road."
I've been off my healthy food plan for the past month. In addition to the work and family stress, there's been a lot of birthday and anniversary parties at work, and buffet dinners on weekends. I've been over-indulging, justifying that I will "burn off those extra calories." Well, guess what? My team weigh in's the last few weeks have been going up -- I think up 5 pounds at one point.
I'm so grateful for having read this blog. It has really helped me to check myself before putting food in my mouth. I just can't exercise enough to compensate for poor food choices.
It seems that when I’m supposed to learn a lesson, God, in His Almighty Wisdom, sends the message to me repeatedly so that I “get it.”
Here’s another “message from Heaven” that came to me this morning from SHERYLDS’s blog on Sept 20, “Push That Tush – Move Forward”. Sheryl posted some great photo sayings as well as her own words of wisdom. I’m going to chew on this instead of food today. Enjoy this wisdom from Sheryl...
"Good Nutrition not only feeds our bodies...it also feeds our minds.
Eat junk and I feel like garbage.
Eat healthy and I think, feel, and look better."
I drew a line in the sand this week. I was down one pound for my weigh-in today. Baby steps. For today, I will honor and respect my body with healthy food choices. Today is all that I have.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
While this poem was written by a soldier in Afghanistan, these words could just as well be applied to our Spark journey. Enjoy...
DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE
I could have given up a long time ago,
The doors were always closed,
Storms are always on everywhere I go.
But I don't give up cuz I know,
Even if they say you just can't win,
Believe and you can go
Where you've never been.
And you can fly high with the strength of all your friends!!!!
If you dream, then you can do anything,
if you dream, you’re half way to destiny.
If you dream, dream the impossible,
If you dream, then dream the impossible!!!
Dream until it's real,
Don’t let them kill you!
Just keep the faith,
Don’t ever break.
Even if the road to glory seems long,
The fire inside me could win a marathon!!!
Dream the impossible!!!!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Hello, my dear Spark Friends,
I have been MIA, but you have been on my mind and in my heart. I may not be checking in here daily, but I do think about all of you every day and hope that you are doing well.
So many things going on at work and with school that I just haven't had much computer time. In fact, I didn't have a computer at work for almost a week while my office was being moved. And, I'm training for my triathlon at the end of August, so any spare time is spent on the bike or in the pool. Most days, I come home exhausted and just go to bed without getting on the computer. I've been getting more sleep and usually making my 6-hour or more per night sleep goal!
A quick update on my July goal - I met my goal weight of 148 by the end of July! The fact that the library that I work at is in the process of moving, and I've been packing and lifting boxes for a couple of weeks certainly helped. My ultimate goal weight is 145, so I'm just 3 pounds away. The closer I get, the longer it takes to lose. So, for August, I'm going to aim for half of that weight - or 1.5 pounds. With my tri training, I may make it all the way to 145, but I don't want to be starving myself when I'm in training.
I've been doing well at my biking and swimming practices, but my orthopedic doctor said that training for the run will be bad for my knees. He said running on race day is OK, it's the training that will hurt me. So, I haven't been doing much running. I'm still in physical therapy for my knee. My physical therapist gave me the OK to participate in the triathlon.
A couple of weeks ago, the PT center that I go to got a new machine in - it's an anti-gravity treadmill. Totally cool - you wear these pants that are like a wet suit and then get zipped into a tent-like thing. Then they fill the tent with air and it lifts your body weight up while you run on the treadmill -- as much as 80% of your body weight can be taken off your legs. My therapist let me try the machine a couple of times at 65% of my body weight. My usual pace is about a 10 minute mile. On the anti-gravity machine, I can run an 8 minute mile - because there's very little stress or pressure on my knees.
Here's a photo - it's blury because I'm running so fast! Just kidding. The therapist didn't know how to use my cell camera.
See the "tent" around me. It is filled with air that holds me up. Talk about walking on air - that's what it's like.
I'm starting the cool-down here, so I'm at 75% of my body weight. The screen in front of me is a camera that is recording my run. Isn't technology amazing?
On Wednesday morning, I'm leaving for my Shaklee convention in Las Vegas. I'll be in workshops and meetings all day for the rest of the week, so probably won't be checking in. I may not be here daily, but I'm still thinking of you, my Spark Friends, and holding you in prayer as your journey to better health continues.
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