Thursday, August 12, 2010
I am officially on Island Time (even though there is no eye-land in sight). We are on the second day of our cruise, and our status is:
That’s how I feel, too; it is possible to go to the gym and do my cardio and strength exercises, but I am not sure I can follow the boot camp videos in a room the size of a tortoise’s shell. AND—without relentless tracking, I feel a bit unanchored. (Ergo, tracking to follow).
I also feel the need to read some blogs and comments and success stories and articles, see some pix and connect with my Spark friends.
Whoa----! Is this me talking?
I am not complaining, just being realistic and trying to do what I can this far from shore.
So, I am doing the resistance band thing and the full body stretch and walking Everywhere. Wish I had my pedometer so I would know how many steps I have taken from one end of the ship to the other and back…. But I’d guess it is at least 10,000 per day.
There’s no sitting on your posterior with my sisters!
I am in no hurry to do anything right now though. Just relaxing, chillin’, taking it easy…
I watched the sun rise over a silver sea this morning, and the clouds above were muscular with promise. The azure sky stretched to the horizon, and I had that feeling children seem to be born with---that anything is possible.
Could I just maybe possibly really walk on water????
But a girl can dream.
Tracking for day 2 of the cruise:
30 minutes, 5 miles (on the stationary bike)
Full body stretch after workout
Breakfast: ¼ banana nut muffin
1 cup mixed fruit (melon, grapes, pineapple)
Coffee with 1 teaspoon honey and scant ½ & ½
Lunch: 3 ounces baked tilapia
Small salad, no dressing
Small slice dolce de leche cheesecake (OMG)
Dinner: 3 ounces baked fish
½ cup steamed green beans
2” square chocolate cheesecake
4 ounces chocolate pudding w/ whipped cream
AND I discovered that it is possible to do the boot camp video in a closet! Who knew???
Theme song for the day:
I'm Sailing Away (Styx)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
My 2 sisters and I went on a Carnival cruise two weeks ago to celebrate my mom's birthday. Although she died 4 years ago, we get together once a year to celebrate her life and do something she would enjoy.
I have been quiet for some time now, just reflecting on this journey (and recovering from my vacation).
Have you noticed that vacations can sometimes be as strenuous as a 9 to whatever job lately??
...the airport (enough said)
...the overbooked plane (with seats designed by LITTLE people--Very Little People)
...the crowds (talk about a seething mass!)
...the edible temptations (especially on a cruise)
...the weather (hot as a firecracker in the Bahamas, but I survived LOL)
...did I mention that four letter word, the F.O.O.D.?
But I feel so blessed to have a few days away from everything, and to spend time with my beautiful sisters. (Can you say DIVA? The two of them together can stop traffic!)
So--back on track...
Believe it or not, I tracked my food and exercised everyday. I printed out the boot camp video instructions, used the fitness room on the ship, AND drank my water daily. I even blogged (I'll post one of them later).
It's just that, on this ship, Internet access was expensive and unreliable, so I couldn't post any thing , or keep up with my Spark Friends.
Bummer with a capital B.
Am I on track, though? There's good news and there's not as good news:
...I didn't gain any weight!
...I didn't lose any weight!
But I feel like a million bucks inside from all the exercise (mostly walking), water, sun, camaraderie and---
...Did I mention FOOD? Fresh fruit everyday, luscious meals, attentive service---and I didn't have to clean up after myself. (That's a blessing right there!)
Thanks for all the goodies and encouraging comments while I was gone; it was great to come back to all that positive energy!!
I am glad to be home, though, because, as we all know....
...THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I can't believe it has been 14 days! I've never stuck to anything H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. that long before. The Boot Camp videos really are doable--I encourage any hesitaters to jump in and go at your own pace. You CAN do it.
Spark People makes it easier. I read in an article today "It’s tougher to quit when someone else is counting on you. In fact, with a team that’s pulling for you, it’s less likely that you’ll want to quit." It was a Spark article and I don't remember the writer's name, but I get what he means.
Today I had to ride the stationary bike indoors because we had Chicago-like rain/wind/lightening! But, I managed 14 miles and the sweatiest T-shirt you'd ever want to see. Phew!! I didn't get real close to anyone until I showered!
Right along with that super exercise, I ate at the top of my 1550 calorie range and I needed every calorie today.
Ancient Chinese saying: With great exertion comes great hunger, grasshopper.
Tonight I am packing for a cruise (don't hate me!!) 5 gorgeous East Caribbean days with my 2 sisters and a boatload of Carnival atmosphere.
I am soooo looking forward to it!! I need the break. I do intend to exercise and continue eating right on the ship, but I am not going to obsess about it. The sun will be shining, the pool will be sparkling, and the cold beverages are waiting!
I met all my goals today: water, fruit and veggies, exercise. It's starting to feel natural to make a good choice, and even when I don't, I am no longer beating myself up about it.
That's progress with a capital P.
You know, there is lots of time for reflection when you are riding a stationary bike (going nowhere fast). I found it soothing, and I think I'll do it more often in the future.
Congratulations to all my Spark Friends--I'm checking out your blogs and your comments and your weight trackers--you are all awesome!! I feel blessed to know you!!!
Theme song for today: Come In From The Rain (Melissa Manchester)
Friday, July 23, 2010
Not my best effort today.
I woke up with a head ache, a back ache, a stomach ache--if anything could ache, it did today!
"Work within your own range of motion" as Coach Nichole puts it turned out to be V-E-R-Y limited today!
But I believe tomorrow will be better.
You only fail if you quit--and I'm not about to do that!!!!
Thanks, Spark Friends, for keeping me in your thoughts, and for all the goodies and encouragement. I know we're going to make it, no matter how long it takes or how challenging it gets!
Theme song for the day: Shining Star (Earth, Wind & Fire)
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