Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I hit the big 45 on Monday. I feel maybe 25... really. Getting fit and healthy has been the best thing I have ever done for me, and secondarily for my family. So being 45 now isn't a downer...
The first weekend in October was spent at Archon 34, the convention that Mark and I met at... 24 years ago. It was a great weekend, but again, I came away troubled. So many folk at the cons are overweight... as one friend of mine describes it, "Wrapped up in their own heads..." So much so that they forget/deny/hate their bodies. I am even more determined to do a fitness and fandom panel. I want to bring concepts of fitness and small changes to this generally very smart group of people. I want to emphasize health... I will keep you all posted on the progress and structure of this.
After we got back from Archon, we got the news that a friend from the Convention circuit died. He was only 55, but he had been overweight and diabetic for many years. His health, I have no doubt, had a lot to do with his weight and the choices he made... which galvanizes me to start talking to Fandom about fitness... and to keep up my own running. It was a sad passing but I can use it as a catalyst for helping others and remembering why I have done what I have for my own health and why I continue to maintain it.
As to the new adventures... well I leave for Officer Basic in just over 3 weeks. I am scared silly but also excited about the challenge. I will be gone for the entire month of November and it will be the first Thanksgiving that Mark and I will have been apart since we met in 1986.
The dark stains of 2009 are mostly faded, some will never be gone completely, but they are moving well to the background as a contented sort of happiness settles over my personal landscape.
In the meantime I keep running, walking, and doing whatever else it takes to keep the weight off.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
While on my run today, I saw a young man, certainly much younger than I, very obese standing on his front step, smoking. This combined with one SP article I read this past week about how people estimate their weight one classification (ie. obese, overweight) below where they are... and a new SP health article today about Americans not being particularly concerned with fitness... and a conversation with our dietitian while carpooling... about how fatness has become the new norm in this country.
It seems like most people just don't want to put the work into being healthy, they want a magic bullet, a pill, etc. to just "make it happen". I wish I could count the number of times that I have been asked how I managed to lose the weight... and I tell my story and have heard, "I could never do that"...
I know I can only change me and it's up to everyone else to change themselves...
I've had an amazing productive day... slept in, cleaned the kitchen, then went and picked up our farmshare fruits and veggies, then I did 2 1/2 hours of yardwork, then ran/walked 3.35 miles in 46 minutes, then went to the grocery store and bought a closet rod for my daughter. My calorie burn was rather large today... made my week's numbers huge.
I have also found that I am wired funny... some people have sweaty palms, for me, the backs of my hands sweat.
Tonight though, I did manage to lengthen my running intervals. I have 2 miles of my route staked out in 1/4 mile segments. I figured that out today and it was really helpful in building up my running.
In my recent upswing of exercise and good eating, I have gained so much more energy. I wish I could share the magic that energy begets energy... the more active you are the more active you want to be. I have had people marvel at my energy levels too and I try to share the concept with them, but they remain convinced that they could never have similar energy levels. It's so sad to see people selling themselves so short.
I know this has been a ramble... welcome to my brain!
Friday, September 03, 2010
I've really had an incredible couple of weeks. I'm sparking strong and feeling great, even though work has been stressful. My personal life has chilled out a great deal and that has been a plus.
I am so looking forward to 3 days off! Sleeping in, hanging with friends, enjoying the beautiful weather and sunshine... does it get any better than that?
I love the feeling of my body working better, going to bed tired because I've worked it! Also having walked over 10K steps each day this week.
Tomorrow morning I will be running in the park. Sunday morning I'll be walking in the park with a friend and Monday I will be running a Changeling: The Lost game for some friends and family. I hope to get a goodly amount of knitting done in the meantime as well.
Hope every has a great Labor Day weekend as well!
Thursday, September 02, 2010
I just realized that I have been in maintenance for 2 years as of today... I can hardly believe it's gone so fast. I weight about a pound more than when I hit goal 2 years ago... not too bad. I am really happy about this and there is NO WAY that I could have done this without SparkPeople!
I have also really found a wonderful new source of energy and motivation by just getting it up and DOING it. My running is getting stronger, I have more energy and stamina and it just continues to increase. I am getting back to where I crave running. It is so exciting!
Thank you SP and all my friends on here! You keep me constantly inspired and moving forward!
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