Monday, January 14, 2013
"Stop worrying about every pothole and celebrate the journey."
Tonight's blog entry is brought to you by the letter C and the number 3.5.
Tonight I really need that quote from my poster. Some stuff went down here at home last night that was really hurtful and I am trying very hard to not to hold resentment. They have a lot of issues that are theirs and that they are projecting onto me. It's a long story, but suffice it to say that my daughter, her husband and baby need to launch... SOON.
So, tonight I got on my "physical" therapy treadmill. I picked a 4 mile route through the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. Sadly Google Maps doesn't have pix along the boardwalk... but I still love the stability of this treadmill. The new parts left Salina KS today, so they should be here on Wednesday, maybe it will finally get fixed this time!
Anyway, I walked .25 miles then ran 3.5 miles straight and walked the last .25. It was a good run. I am getting very comfortable with running at 7 mph and managed a full half mile at that pace, which is about a tenth more than the last time. I have run 3.5 miles twice now, so it's time to bump it up a bit.
Keep pushing and getting better and continuing to run run run.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
"Belief in oneself is often the best and wisest course."
That is the quote from my calendar today and it brought to mind one of the most profound speeches I have ever heard, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This is a small part that I think applies to weight loss, "Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. Nothing adds such dignity to character as the recognition of one's self -sovereignty..." (you can see the full text here: www.sscnet.ucla.edu/history/dubois/c
This weekend is drill weekend. We were supposed to have PT outside today, but it got cold and we had other stuff going on.
It was funny but when I was on the treadmill the other night, running in my regular Asics traditional tennis shoes, I noticed I was kicking myself in the ankles. Mind you, these are really GREAT shoes... but I really didn't relish the idea of kicking myself while running... and noted that I did not do this in my toe tennies, not a single pair. But I can't wear toe tennies when in PT uniform, so yesterday I went in search of a pair of slightly more traditional tennies that were also considered to be minimalist to barefoot.
After 3 stores, I ended up finding a pair of Merrell Pace Gloves on sale on a clearance rack. I like these as much as I like any of my toe tennies. I can wear them interchangeably with my toe shoes. I tested them on the treadmill this evening... and they are excellent. I can't wait until it warms up enough so I can take them out for a spin, so to speak.
Tonight wasn't a full out run. I only managed 2.25 miles running, 3.1 miles total. Even though I was going for 4... I literally just ran out of gas today. I don't even know why since I ate a good dinner. But oh, well...
I have achieved my ongoing goal, to increase my endurance and distance. I managed 3.5 miles straight running on Thursday evening. I am happy with that. Once I have run another one of those, I will up it to 3.6 miles, I think.
Blood That Moves The Body (A-Ha)
Rumour Has It (Adele)
Glamorous Life (Sheila E)
Original Sin (INXS)
I'm Alright (Kenny Loggins) (great 6 mph song)
Ridin' With The Radio (Crystal Bowersox) (so is this one!)
Indian Fever (David Starfire)
Set Fire to the Rain (Adele)
Sajanji Vaari Vaari (Sunidhi Chauhan)
Oh well, need to be thinking about bed or something like it, gotta be up way freaking early in the morning again.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
"What constitutes your abundance is not what you have, but what you enjoy."
I have this great A to Z poster with inspirational quotes for each of the letter of the alphabet and I am going to share them with a blog a day.
The quote above for tonight about abundance is wonderful... I am grateful to have the abundance that allowed me to get a treadmill that allows me to run and run and run all over the world. I am also grateful that my body can move, which I also enjoy.
Tonight I ran 3.5 miles total, with .49 miles brisk walking to warm up and cool down. It was great. I just increased my speed gradually over the distance, finishing up with my longest 7 mph stretch yet. I love the 7 mph, it's quite fast and I really feel like I can S-T-R-E-T-C-H my legs and O-P-E-N I-T U-P!!
I wish I could share how it feels... but just find your bliss, that thing that you enjoy, that keeps you Sparking, and celebrate your abundance!
My random soundtrack tonight included:
I Eat Cannibals (Total Coelo)
Suddenly I See (KT Tunstall)
Rock of Ages (Def Leppard)
Cruel Summer (Bananarama)
The Rhythm is Gonna Get You (Gloria Estefan)
Are You Gonna Move it For Me? (Donnas)
Electric Ladyland (Kila)
How Far (Apocalyptica)
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.
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