Thursday, February 03, 2011
I'm so energized today and all I can think to "blame" it on is that I exercised before leaving for work this morning. I'm still trying to follow the C25K program and have half of week 3 done now. I've never really exercised in the early morning before today but I notice a big difference in my energy levels. While most of my co-workers were dragging all day, I felt great. Would working out do this?
It might be all in my head but by the time I arrived at work for 8:00 I had my 30 minutes on the treadmill done, I was showered, and had 4 of my 8 glasses of water gone. When I exercise at night it seems to make me very sleepy which is not a bad thing either.
I'm feeling it now though as I've just returned from almost one hour out in the great outdoors with Maddy and Lou. I guess the fresh air and sunshine really did me in. What a great feeling though.
Now, if I could only get Maddy and Lou to cook something for our supper....
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
For today's blog I am taking the liberty of using a direct quote from one of my all-time favourite inspirational books. The book, published by Hallmark is entitled "If Only I Knew" and is about "gentle reminders to help you treasure the people in your life". The author is Lance Wubbels and his writings have touched me from the moment I laid eyes on them.
First of all, I saw this book in a local pharmacy and started reading. I knew when the tears started to fall that I had to have this book. This was shortly after my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and my husband thought I had gone and lost it for weeping in public....albeit in a very small store in my even smaller hometown. He also thought I shouldn't dwell on Dad's ultimate demise but treasure each moment.
Well, that is when we had one of our greatest arguments. Both my husband and mother were acting like Dad was going to be around forever and felt it would be more harmful to grieve for him while he was still alive. I, on the otherhand, made it my mission to make every minute I had with Dad memorable for both of us. Remember I was the one with the emotional issues and one of the best pieces of advice I received from my psychologist was to prepare for the inevitable. I wasn't hiding from the ugly truth but rather decided to embrace each remaining day.
Here is the quote that really got me through "If only I knew this was our last walk, I would try to express my feelings to you, even though my words have always been inadequate".
I have taken this on as one of my personal mantras. I had never been one to open up about my feelings (hence the depression that wracked my soul for much of my childhood and early adulthood) and here I was suddenly baring my soul to friends and family. This has been one of the most life-changing things I have done.
I don't always have the "right" words or know the "right" time to say them but I try to make sure that the people in my life know that I love them and I tell them what they mean to me. So this is one change I made for the better and it is such a positive thing to do. Today, why don't you try to form the words to tell those around you how much they mean to you. You might stumble over the words or flush a bit but I bet it will make somebody's day and I know you will feel like a million bucks....trust me on this one!
In closing, thank you to all of you who over the past months have gotten to know me and who like me anyway! Ha!
I took a chance on baring my soul to all of you and you responsed in kind! xo Susan
Monday, January 31, 2011
Last night was the first night I didn't sleep well in ages. I've been attributing my sound sleeps on walking outdoors although yesterday I was outdoors for well over 1 hour. Maybe I was overtired because I also did 40 minutes on the treadmill and afterwards couldn't get my mind to settle. Ended up falling to sleep eventually in the armchair where I stayed until morning.
So, I've been eating okay and doing consistent exercise but I still gained weight this week. If this was the old me, I'd have have given up by now but I'm taking it all in stride. I figure all this walking and learning to run has to be helping my body in some way and it just might take time to show up on the scale.
Hands up to see how often you weigh in? I do it first thing Monday mornings dressed in my underwear....thought you needed to know that! Anyway, I'm back up to 204.4. I'm still down 18 pounds but I need to get my butt in gear to reach my goal of 172 by late summer. Should I be weighing every day to keep fluctuations in check or is once a week what most of you do? I'm afraid of weighing too often in case I get a wee bit obsessive about the whole thing.
As for the exercise, I'm viewing every minute as bonus points. I'm walking about 12 km a week between walking the dogs outdoors and on the treadmill going through the Couch to 5K learn to run program. I can go further and further each week so I'm happy with my progress there.
Now for the "D" word. I've mentioned my young friend Cathy who has been battling four types of cancer since last June. She was a student at our college and went to classes right up until Christmas break. She has been in the hospital for the past month and was moved to the palliative care unit a week ago. When I close my eyes at night I can see her and I am hoping that she will soon be out of her terrible pain. She is on a morphine drip and hasn't eaten in about 10 days. She is very aware of her surroundings but visitors are being asked to stay away to make it easier on all of her family. I know her time will come and I feel bad because I actually pray that god will take her sooner than later to ease her pain. Is it mean to pray that?
Okay, now that I've made you all sad I have a really funny dog story to tell you. Our humane society gets all kinds of calls from people who want to abandon their animals for the weirdest reasons. Well, today we got a call from a woman who complains that her 3 1/2 pound, three-legged, diabetic dog passes out when they are trying to breed him. I laughed so hard that I almost fell of the chair I was sitting on. Of course, my solution was to stop trying to breed him but they want to make money by selling the pups....I could just choke people like that who are only into dogs for the money. But you have to admit, the story does sound quite funny. Our foundation will take the little fella in and try to find him a foster home. Neutering him will be quite costly because on top of his other ailments, he has two undescended testicles. That coupled with diabetes makes it expensive.
Can't wait to meet this little trooper! One of our board members has offered to foster him as she has two teacup poodles now so is used to the tiny ones.
Okay, another funny dog story. A friend of mine who is quite religious rescued a Pomeranian shortly before we took in Maddy. Spikey is a lunatic, apparently and barks at EVERYTHING. One day he was on the back of the chesterfield and barked so much at a school bus, that he feel to the floor and knocked himself out. His mother prayed over his body and finally gave him mouth to snout but then accidentally lost her chewing gum down the little guys throat. He choked and sputtered on the gum and came to! We kept telling her that Spikey was going to "the light" when God himself came out and said he was too bad for Heaven to take him
Please share some funny pet stories with me.....I just love them....bet you can't tell!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Hello from snowy central Newfoundland,
I'm going to jump right into my blog title without further adieu because I've just woken up from a nap and my brain cells seem to not have rested themselves.
Last night, I went to a concert at our local arts centre by myself. Now my friend Linda, said this is something she has done for most of her life (going solo that is and not showing up in our province!) but this is the very first time I've done it. AND, it was liberating.
The production I saw was put off by a Celtic dance group which is run by one of my co-workers. For some reason, I put off buying a ticket but yesterday I was struck by a strong desire to go out. Hubby wasn't interested so I called ahead and bought one ticket for moi!
I was ridiculously excited to be going out (a sign I need to get out more?) but what thrilled me the most is that I was once again stepping out of my comfort zone. I found my seat and before the curtain rose I was chatting away with people on both sides of me. During the intermission (they really should be called pee breaks) I banged into a couple of friends who asked who I was there with. One of them who knows I battle with self-esteem issues was over the moon that I can the confidence to go by myself as this is something I've never, ever done in my whole life.
I arrived home more excited with my personal accomplishment than I was of the actual concert which is saying something because it was absolutely fantastic. Who knew I could have fun hanging out with myself?! Wow, I've discovered a whole new best friend! How cool is that?
As for the reaching for the stars, it is a reference to my fitness minutes. When I signed up for Spark, I was doing it because I hoped the weight would magically fall off each time I logged in. Truthfully, I didn't believe in it anymore than I believed in myself. I figured I would follow along for a few weeks and then give it up. Here I am a mere five months into it and I'm about to cross the 5,000 minute mark of exercise! Me! I really can't believe it but it goes to show that every minute you exercise does build up and count.
I often don't want to walk the dogs and it is really convenient when my husband is home on the weekends so I have an "out". Today, my excuse was going to be housework and then I figured that 40 minutes outdoors with my husband and dogs was going to do me more good than housework ever would and it also would be more minutes put towards my goal. I went with them and had a really good time and I felt so good logging those minutes.
So keep one foot in front of the other because it all truly does add up. Five months ago I wouldn't walk the length of myself if I didn't have to and now I embrace (most times!) how good I feel after I walk. Funny, isn't it?
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