Thursday, January 20, 2011
I was very tempted to start out my blog with a very hearty, HOWDIE, in fine Minnie Pearl style but thought better. Does everybody know who Minnie Pearl is? If memory serves me correctly she was a country singer who's signature trade mark was wearing a fancy hat which still bore the tags hanging from it. Not sure if she is long gone but I'm assuming she would be as that was a memory from my distant childhood!
This is going to be a rather random blog so if you want to stop reading be my guest. If you are going to persevere I wish you luck keeping up with my wild thought patterns!
The first thing on my mind this morning is coffee. I'm wondering about the relationship between coffee, new clothes, and leaky chins. And, yes you Doubting Thomases...there is a link! Somehow everytime I wear something new, my chin decides to leak the coffee I'm trying to drink and I end up with splatters! Maybe I need a bib?
The second thing on my mind is, yeah, we finally have some snow!!!! You are all thinking I am completely nuts now but I think winter is not winter in the north atlantic without some snow and stormy weather! Yesterday was so much fun! It was snowing and the three of us (Maddy, Lou and I) had a blast bundled up and going out to "play". I really wanted to make snow angels but figured if I got down I might not be able to get up with all of the layers of clothes I was wearing! Ha!!!
Thirdly, also relates to snow angels but of a different type. I'm talking about those lovely angels who not only shovel their own snow but do yours as well. We are so blessed in our neighbourhood to have such caring individuals. Last night our neighbour cleared what the plow had put in our driveway and to return the favour my husband did both driveways this morning. Our neighbours all look out to one another which is great. If one leaves town and it snows, they are assured that there will be no snow left in their driveway when they return. Now, that is what I call human "snow angels"
Which brings me to another point...how do the snowplow operators know that you've just finished shovelling? Do they lie in wait and watch and just plow the roads to give us all more snow to shovel? Ha! I enjoy the snow and enjoy shovelling but I really enjoy using the snowblower......although my husband swears that I shouldn't be allowed powerful machinery that blows snow....couldn't be related to the time I buried him with the snow I was shooting out, can it? Ha!
Okay, another thing I'm going to bore you all with is how excited I am. Tonight is Week 1, Day 2 of my Couch to 5km program. I'm really excited and can't wait to get on that treadmill again. This is me, we are talking about.... Miss "I Have to Have All the Stars Aligned Before I Do Anything"! Yeah for me!!!
In conclusion, I'm sure you all realize I am a complete nutcase at heart...it is actually one of the few things I have always liked about myself. This journey has taught me to appreciate other things about me but I think my humour is the original of the "Why I Love Myself" traits. Hence, I'm surprised that nobody commented on my new profile picture. I just love it...as unflattering as it is! Why do I love it...because I can finally see a picture of myself caught in the raw elements that says "this is who I am"! I didn't see (at first) how awful my hat looks pulled down like that, how uneven my complexion is, or how fat my face is....instead I said look at the determination in those eyes!!! Now, I don't expect you all to see what I see when I look at that picture. I'm just proud of myself for posting it!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Well, I've gone and done it now! I did something last night that I was obsessing over and making elaborate plans to do. I finally said enough is enough with the excuses and waiting for the "perfect time" and just went ahead and did it. Now before you all think I'm involved in a torrid love affair, let me explain....
Drum roll please.......I, Susan, started the C25K running program I downloaded months ago to my iPod. This is a great milestone for me as I had made up all kinds of excuses as to why I shouldn't give it a try.
The top three reasons were:
1. I'm too fat and will start later when the danger of hurting myself has subsided.
2. I will start when I can finally fit into "running" clothes.
3. I won't start now because I don't think I can make it through one session.
Well, guess what? I was feeling out of sorts yesterday as I didn't make enough time to go for a walk. I was sitting on the couch and my husband suggested that I use the treadmill. I think I looked at him like he had three heads because all my treadmill does is take up space and serves as a curtain rod when I have laundry that needs to be hung up!
Anyway, off I went to the bowels of my basement and hopped on the treadmill only to bore myself to death within minutes. It was then that my personal light bulb flickered to life and I remembered I had downloaded the C25K program to my iPod several months ago.
I thought of all of my excuses and decided then and there to give it a try. Was it a perfect time? No, but I did it! AND, I actually enjoyed it! I learned by taking it slow even I could do this!
I feel totally victorious as not only was it a breakthrough on the physical front but it was an even bigger breakthrough mentally! I CAN overcome self-doubts, I don't have to wear spandex to exercise, I'm not going to hurt myself by being slow and steady and, YES, I'm going to see results! Wow! Is that what is called a Woo-Hoo moment? Yeah!!!!
Talk to all later....off to walk the dogs! Can't do another session of running program until tomorrow and I'm so looking forward to it!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Hello on this frosty morning~
I'm sure some of you are laughing at my greeting as I know it is not cold nor frosty where all of my SparkFriends live. Nevertheless, it is chilly here (-13 degrees C).
I was just browsing recent blog entries and came across a great one from BTRTHANEVA in which she discussed an article (written by Martha Beck) she found on the oprah.com website.
I'm not sure of the title but it was about 20 things to think about of which BTRTHANEVA commented on four. Of her four (this is sounding confusing!), I'm concentrating on the one that struck home with me. So here goes:
#19 ARE MY THOUGHTS HURTING OR HEALING? Here is BTRTHANEVA wrote: "Why have I spent so much of my precious time trying to rewrite or understand my past instead of appreciating my present? Why have I chosen to be a martyr instead of a phoenix? Time to rise out of those ashes!!! "
Author, Martha Beck wrote "Your situation may endanger your life and limbs, but only your thoughts can endanger your happiness. Telling yourself a miserable mental story about your circumstances creates suffering. Telling yourself a more positive and grateful story, studies show, increases happiness. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, choose thoughts that knit your heart together, rather than tear it apart."
Both responses to this really got me thinking about me and how I've rehashed the past so much that I've given it control over me that it never really should have. I'm not saying we should just shrug off what has happened to us and magically be happy because I know this simply doesn't work. From my own experience, I learned that talking things through with a professional really gave me the confidence to move on. I learned that I was justified in feeling the way I did, but at some point you have to move on and use your own personal experiences for a launching pad for the new you.
Granted my brother and I were psychologically abused as children by our mother who was so caught up in her own world of inner demons that she didn't know any better way of coping. Now, I could continue to let this bother me or I can see it from her perspective. She was SICK and has since apologized profusely so we started our relationship afresh. Those negative experiences along with lots of powerful positive experiences have made me who I'm today....warts, beauty marks and all! It is my choice whether I use my childhood as an dead weight dragging me under or as a helium balloon lifting me to new experiences.
I'm choosing the latter despite being deathly afraid of balloons! I'm looking forward to discovering who I am rather than labelling myself with memories from the past! Watch me soar over mountains, dip into valleys, but most importantly, accompany me on my journey. We're going places TOGETHER!!!!
Monday, January 17, 2011
After gradually letting go of my goals over the past month, I'm back with a vengeance!
I am NOT going to stop even though I always find this a hard time of the year for weigh loss and fitness!
I am NOT going to stop because I was laid low by a nasty cold!
I am NOT going to let a a bad month erase all of my hard work!
I am NOT going to stop my journey because of one, err, several, wrong turns!
So, here I am! Today is my first day back to work in about a week. I've gone over my goals and have made some modifications rather than total erasures!
Today's weight: 204.4 (which is up in the short term but still means I have lost 17.6 pounds overall)
My goals at this point are to walk 4-5 times a week with my dogs for about 12.5 km a week. Everything beyond that is going to be gravy!
I will carry forth with my plan to drink 8 glasses of water every day and to eat 2 pieces of fruit before lunch time.
I am going to meal plan so I'm less tempted to eat the cupboards bare when I'm supposed to be cooking supper!
And, lastly I am going to track what I eat! That is what works for me and although I despise it, I am going to do it!
Okay, wish me luck and please stop by to encourage me as this journey is made so much easier when we all walk the walk together!
Here's to all of you, my faithful SparkFriends!
Friday, January 14, 2011
I managed to sneak out yesterday under the cloak of dusk and walk for the first time in almost a week. I think the fresh air and the laughing (watching Lou and Maddy chase imaginary bunnies) did me more good than both the medications the doctor gave me! All we have to do is say to them either "birdies" or "bunnies" and they go wild! They race around, looking in all directions, all the time with crazy facial expressions. Then to add to the entertainment value, John gave Lou a long stick and she raced around like a complete loon!
Needless to say, once we came home and had supper John had three sleepyheads on his hands. Speaking of supper, I ate one for the first time this week! I actually made the chicken and broccoli casserole I found on Spark. I'm not usually one for the kind of recipe that requires canned soup but I was looking for something easy. I might even add it to my mealplans for every now and then.
Okay, to finally get to the title of my blog! I've been thinking this morning of how little exercise I've gotten this week so I turned it around using my wacky sense of humour. I've come up with the following exercises for when you are sick:
Exercises for when you are sick: Rolling over, fluffing your own pillow, trying to lift a book to read, pulling the covers up when you are too cold, yanking them off when the sweat breaks out, shuffling to the bathroom, operating the remote, using the computer mouse, blowing ones nose, coughing...bonus points if you hacked up a lung in the process! Also, the greatest calorire burner.....mustering a weak smile when spouse asks how you are feeling....when all you want to do is throw tissue box at them! This one uses self-control which I think is a great calorie burner! Ha!
I also earned exercise points for trying to stay vertical long enough to let the beasts out to pee, fill their water bowl, feed them, rub their bellies, rub their heads, telling them to stop barking, etc.
I'm just going to write this week off to experience and treat it as a side trip along my journey.
Talk to you all later! Susan.....a.k.a. the The Queen of the Couch!
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