Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Being in Daily Spark was interesting. I hope I have gotten back to everyone and thanked them for their kind words, friend adds and the like. I really appreciate the support! Even when you are in maintenance, it's nice to have a boost.
It's also nice to know that your own humble story can help others, even if it seems low key to you.
But the truth is that I am proud of the weight loss and maintenance. I am proud to be serving in the Army. But you know, without Spark People and the community here, esp. ANNIEONLI, I would never have made it as far as I have.
I did the work, but this site helped keep me focused and on track.
As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, I put up a very heartfelt blog entry on another site & on another topic, and it took off, getting over 300 recommends from other readers and 20 tweets into the blogosphere. It was kind of interesting to see something I wrote become the trigger of so much conversation about something important to me.
Every once in awhile, it's okay to be in the spotlight. But it's okay when the glare fades a bit too.
Tonight... back to the... wait for it... TREADMILL! It's going to be... LEGEND... wait for it... DARY!
UPDATE: My lengendary run in Paris... I have an iFit compatible treadmill and you can use Googlemaps to create workouts and it will show you pictures of the streets you are running.
So the name of the game tonight was intervals!! I started out running 4 minutes at 5.5 mph, and 1 minute at 7 mph. However, the 5.5 is getting too slow, so I had to bump it up to 6 mph. I am also seeing my heartrate settle out lower as I get used to running at higher speeds. I wonder if that explains the need to change up your work out because your bod gets used to one type or level of exercise.
It felt great. And someday my treadmill will have its incline fixed too! (Parts are on order, again and will prolly be in next week... if that doesn't work, then we start talking replacement.)
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
This has been an interesting day. I think I was mean to be at least a wee bit noticed today. I was reconized on the Daily Spark Blog, which was frakking HUGE and such an honor that I can't even begin to fathom. Me, I'm just out here stumbling along like everyone else, happy, but not feeling the least bit extraordinary.
The funny thing is that I also posted a blog on another site (and topic) that has gotten a great deal of attention.
I have been battling a flare up in my shoulder for the last few days, which I why my activity (both on SP and exercise-wise) lapsed a bit for the last couple of days. Luckily it's just a bursitis flare up, but it will keep me from push ups and similar exercises for the next few weeks. I have begin some light weight work to get things strengthened back up.
Tonight was a great 3.75 mile run on TM in 40 minutes. I realized that 5 mph is too slow for me now, and I ran 1/4 mile at 7 mph for the first time ever and survived! The numbers when I am on the treadmill tend to psych me out! And this was my soundtrack for tonight:
How My Soul Cries Out For You (Kansas)
Bring Me to Life (Evanescense)
Dream Into Action (Howard Jones) (my blog is named after this song)
Some Men (Daryl Hall)
Poor Boy Down (Mike + the Mechanics)
Tell Me Why (Berlin)
I Eat Cannibals (Total Coelo)
Meanwhile, I am on a long stretch of work... 11 days straight, this is because I have Army Drill this weekend. But then I will be taking a day off and getting a 4-day on MLK weekend.
Lots of changes are taking place and I am just trying to ride the waves as they come.
Friday, January 04, 2013
Just look around for a moment, or open your ears and you will find out how insignificant your whining is...
I was concerned about my race time not being what I want it to be... and today I did a WIC recertification for a young woman who is 2 months postpartum who had a stroke when she had her child in October. She is walking with a cane and her one arm is completely flaccid... and she is just learning to speak again.
I will run, but I will be grateful that I can run at all...
Friday, January 04, 2013
If I screw up on my eating or exercise one day, I just wake up the next day and look at it as a new start. Yesterday, I kept my calories in range (despite going out to eat), and did do a little bit of exercise in front of the TV... sit ups, squats, some weight work, push ups... and I jogged by the copier at work... so I can say that I did exercise... not a bunch, didn't reach 10K steps, but I did move some.
So yesterday was a good day, maybe not perfect, but a good day.
I have had days where I have gone much farther off track than I would like to admit... but it happens not matter where you are on the weight loss journey. But if you get off the path, it's always waiting there for you, like a road on into your future. However, whether you choose to stay lost in the woods is your choice.
So if you get off track, forgive yourself and put your feet back on your own yellow brick road. It's your journey and you can fill it with all kinds of things... but again it's ultimately your choice.
Every time recently that I have sat down with that box of cheez-its or whatever, I have known exactly what I was doing... and deciding NOT to care. But then I see those numbers creeping up on the scale and I vow to start again the next day. Then the evening comes and there I am again, knowing what I am doing and deciding not to care... and it becomes a bad pattern.
So I am working now to change the pattern, as I have done in the past... so I know I can do it again. I just have to choose to change that pattern. It's just harder to care when I am tired... so I have to remember the consequences of the choice that I am making to at least pull myself up short.
I am going to start subbing in knitting needles and water for when I am feeling the urge to walk to the kitchen for a munchie. One thing I learned long ago in psych nursing in school was that you can't take away one addiction/behavior/etc. without replacing it with something else. So I am forcing myself to choose a replacement for that serving of chips/cheese/chocolate... knitting needles and a glass of water, or even a diet soda (though not the best for you) are better than a bag of doritos/box of cheez its/etc.
Besides, if you mete out carefully a whole box of that goodie you love, it will last longer and you will get more true enjoyment out of it. Make it a treat, not a habit.
I don't know if this bloviating has helped anyone but me, but it helps remind ME that I have a CHOICE... every freaking day!
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Last night I let the cheez its take control... they are my favorite cracker of snacky goodness and I way over indulged last night. That and the salted caramel turtles... oh it was so good, and sooo bad.
Today I worked hard to stay in calorie range. I DID NOT eat the chocolate cake that someone brought to work. I did have one small bar of dark chocolate and two turtles after work, but otherwise ate fruits, vegetables, cheese, and plenty of good stuff. We went out to eat and I had catfish, carrots & broccoli. and a small treat of some onion rings.
I have been working out hard for the last few days, so I am taking the night off, to start afresh in the next few days.
The saga of the new treadmill continues... they ordered one part and had a guy come out, but it wasn't correct... so they sent out another part, but the incline still won't work. So yet another 2 parts are on order... meh. At least I can still run flat.
Getting my evening snacking in hand has been a real bugbear for me for the last while. I don't know why. I am eating no matter whether I am hungry or not. I think this has been the biggest culprit in my weight creep. I know that I have to get myself in hand. I am just trying to figure out the best way to do this. I think my main thing will be to keep a nice glass of water near my chair and just keep knitting.
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