Friday, January 02, 2009
It's been two years. Exactly.
In that time, I've lost 45-49 lbs (depending on the day). In the past year, I've walked 1,229.87 miles and logged 1,753,164 steps (probably more, I'm on my third pedometer for the year). I've kayaked, salied, whitewater rafter, climbed hills, hiked, conquered my fear of heights by walking across NINE suspension bridges (biggest being 500 ft long and 300 ft above ground in the center). I trained for a half marathon, messed up a foot, ended up in a foot brace for 3 months, and never did the halfie.
Those are the physical accomplishments.
Mentally, emotionally, I've changed my thinking. I have a new lifestyle that focuses on normal portions, drinking fluids, eating more vegs (I've always been good about fruit). I can eat just 3 squares of good chocolate, I don't need to scarf down the entire bar. I've developed a normal relationship with food. It isn't a crutch or emotional support. It's nutrition in forms that I enjoy.
I've also developed a normal relationship with exercise. Some days, I take a long long walk. Other days, fitness is little bits of walking, from far ends of parking lots across town to a store on the other end. Or two hours in the garden. Or walking the beach with DH. Exercise is part of my life, partly to keep me active and in shape, and partly because I do things that are fun (such as the kayaking and sailing and river rafting).
Gifts received on this Sparkiversary: better health, renewed energy, more self-confidence, greater stamina, more fun, and looking and feeling younger and younger.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
We're going to dinner at a friend's house - she makes Slovakian food for New Year's Day each year.
I offered to bring dessert - the sour cream coffee cake my husband loves, and that I rarely make since we don't need the calories.
The butter and sugar needed to be creamed. The butter was frozen. Do you know how long and how much work is needed to cream frozen butter (8 oz) with sugar?????? Right, I don't have a clue. Let's just say it took over 45 minutes of banging and mashing and bashing and scraping with a plastic mixing spoon, in a large mixing bowl, to accomplish the task.
And all I could think was, wow, this must be burning way more calories than if I used the electric mixer!
So I mixed in the eggs, the vanilla, and the flour and sour cream (alternating), still using the spoon rather than a mixer - straining to mix the incredibly thick batter - because, well, it burned more calories than using the electric mixer.
Hence the burned but not counted calories. The keeping active as much as possible calories. The not counted as cardio or ST but still burned calories.
I've gotta find more of these!!!!
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I usually don't exercise first thing in the morning. Our school starts early, my first class is at 7:30 and I arrive at school about 7 AM to get ready for my students. This means I wake up at 5:30 AM to get ready and drive across the island.
But it's winter break for us. And the sun shines into our bedroom by 6:30 AM, making it impossible to sleep much later.
So I arose early, and headed down the hill to do errands. And walk.
I had breakfast (skim milk cafe au lait, and a carrot muffin) and watched the water and the yachts gathering. And I walked. To one end of the marina, then the other. To the post office to mail back jeans (hips fit, waist didn't). To the butterfly farm to consult with the experts on milkweed (what monarch butterflies and their caterpillars eat). To the end of the cruise ship dock, and back again. Then across the marina back to my car.
It was lovely. People waking up and getting off their boats and looking for breakfast. Shop workers arriving with cups of coffee in hand. My "adopted" student from years ago, who is now grown and married with 3 kids, who works at the marina and always has a ready smile and hug. Butterflies and flowers and fish and the lone barracuda, all waking up and moving around.
By 10 AM, I had logged 3.5 miles! More errands (plant store, jeans shopping, parking far from the entrances and getting in more walking).
And by 2 PM, I was up to 4.5 miles! 9000 steps! And counting!!!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Yes, friends and relatives sent/gave holiday gifts. Calendar, candles, candle holder - C seems to be the operative letter. Because they almost all included chocolate. Dark chocolate. Except from my father, who sent ONLY dark chocolate.
I have trouble saying NO to dark chocolate. I have trouble saying "later" to dark chocolate. I looooooove dark chocolate!!!!
I know that my friends/family are sending these things because they love me, and they know I love chocolate.
But just one chocolate gift would have been fine. FOUR?????
Friday, December 26, 2008
In a week, I'll hit my Sparkiversary #2. In those 2 years, I've lost 45-49 lbs. I've gotten healthier. And I've gotten way way way more active.
My DH has also lost 30-40 lbs, as a result of my increased fitness and better nutrition - and because he feels self-conscious NOT keeping up with me.
We now arrange adventures for gifts - yesterday, I took us on a sailing excursion/race for his Chanukah present. Last Mother's day, he booked a kayak/swim/snorkel trip for us. And this past summer, we spent a month in Costa Rica hiking, whitewater rafting, patrolling a beach for nesting turtles - an adventure vacation!
I feel younger NOW than I did two years ago - younger than I felt five years ago! Losing weight and getting in shape, strengthening my muscles and building my endurance, has done wonders for my outlook on life. I might be 54, married to someone who just turned 61, but no way are we going to act middle-aged and slow down!!!! We are going to keep moving and doing and enjoying life until we can't take another step!
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