Thursday, October 21, 2010
At the end of 2008 I looked back over my first year with spark and could relate, in more ways than one, to how this journey is just like a Highway...Here is what I wrote:
"This journey thus far has had forks in the road, bridges that were closed, detours that had to be taken, plenty of flooded surfaces, traffic that was much slower than expected and many potholes that needed repair. Despite all of that, it has been a year of learning that I can do anything that I set my mind to."
After another year and half here, I could elaborate on all of the analogies for certain, but this is more about stumbling on yet another "Highway hurdle" that I hadn't previously put much thought into....the Foggy Patches!
Most everyone hits them at some point or another, those days, weeks, months that you seem to have tried every trick in the book, think you've pulled out all the stops but yet the scale and tape STILL do not reflect! I've been there now for far too long, trying with all my might to analyze patterns and crunch numbers...just hoping to stumble on that one thing that would shed some light! It finally came this week, but not before I'd sat down and wrote a little " Driving Lesson" to myself about how to deal with the thick fog patches! Here it goes...
When you're piercing your eyes through a blanket of fog and it just seems too thick, keep focus forward...a glimmer of light will mark the way!
When you feel the need to pull off the shoulder until the fog begins to lift , take a firm grip of the wheel and instead continue proceeding ever so cautiously!
When small clear patches come along, use them to refocus your eyes, for a thick patch could be approaching again creating fear and a destination no longer visible!
When you're afraid you've missed a sign somewhere for a turn you should have taken, remember there is no dead end, but always an opportunity to turn around and continue on!
When the normal drive seems to take so much longer given reduced visibility, keep in mind slower is always better to ensure safe arrival!
When you finally come out of the fog sit back, breathe a sigh of relief and be thankful that you continued onward! Congratulate each choice you made despite the fear and uncertainty...and know the next time you hit a thick foggy patch take it one minute, one mile at a time and know you have the experience to take caution, and arrive safely once again!
You're NEVER Lost on the Highway!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Put on your game faces Forest because this weekend we'll be competing with the Pirates, Dragons, Outlaws and Sapphire ! Winners bragging rights will be based on total team points AND participation...Let's "drive" home the win Pixies with 100%!
Challenge will run FRIDAY - MONDAY note Monday, NOT Tuesday!
50 Reps Upper
50 Reps Lower
50 Reps Core
50 Minutes Planned Exercise
Points are awarded for each rep/minute completed...max 50 each component!
Bonus of 50 points daily if you complete all 50 of each!
Max daily points 250!
Reps do NOT have to be 50 of the same exercise but always remember to work different muscles on alternate days to allow recovery time! Make sure to come to the Forest and let us know how your day turned out...Each day you get Max points come yell "Fore"
*Friday - Dumbbell Bench Press, Bi Curls 50pts, Calf Raises 50 pts, Crunches 50pts, Minutes (52)50pts, Bonus 50pts = Total 250...FORE
*Saturday - Tri Dips, Tri Extensions 50pts, Deadlifts, Bridges50 pts, Bicycle Crunches, Dumbbell Side Bends 50pts, Minutes (67) 50pts Bonus 50pts = Total 250...FORE
*Sunday - Modified Push ups, Dumbbell Flys 50pts, Forward Dumbbell Lunges, Dumbbell Squats 50pts, Seated twist w/ Med Ball, Reverse Crunches w/ Med Ball 50pts, Minutes(50) 50pts, Bonus 50pts = Total 250...FORE
*Monday - Push Ups Modified, Push Ups, One Arm Rows 50pts, Lying Adduction, Lying Adbuction 50pts, Swimming, Back Extension 50pts , Minutes(59) 50pts, Bonus 50pts= Total 250...FORE
Total Challenge Points: 1000 pts...Perfect FORE score!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
We'll be competing this weekend with the Troopers and letting arrows fly Pixies! Rather than allowing them to wander aimlessly, we'll be aiming at grouping them together, focusing on a target and hitting the BULLSEYE!
Challenge will run FRIDAY - TUESDAY!
*White Ring - 5 freggies daily = 1 pt
*Blk Ring - 8 glasses water daily = 2 pts
*Blue Ring - 45 minutes Planned Cardio daily = 3 pts
*Red Ring - Stay within nutrition range daily = 4 pts
"BULLSEYE" Yellow Ring = Max points of all other rings(white-red) earn 10 pt bonus daily
Total Possible daily points 20
(inside details of consumption and minutes)
F: W 1(14), Blk 2(10), Bl 3(74), R 4(1393), Y 10 = 20
S: W 1(10), Blk 2(10), Bl 3(74), R 4(1451), Y 10 = 20
S: W 1(15), Blk 2(10), Bl 3(84), R 4(1398), Y 10 = 20
M: W 1(9), Blk 2(10), Bl 3(60), R 4(1390), Y 10 = 20
T: W 1(14), Blk 2(10), Bl 3(96), R4 (1403), Y 10 = 20
Total Challenge Points: 100 WooHoo
Friday, October 01, 2010
Rather than create a long list of things for the coming month, that focus on all aspects of this journey; I've decided to focus on just One thing....One, that seems to be the base of starting the days off on the right foot and having the left follow suit!
One thing that keeps me wanting to strive for perfection!
One thing that makes me want to think outside the box!
One thing that motivates to keep making better choices!
One thing that turns focus to creating a balance!
One thing that supports the importance of having a plan!
One thing that creates an inspiration for success!
One thing that inspires me to get a little extra exercise!
One thing that reminds me to rehydrate!
One thing that regardless there's always room for improvement!
One thing that shows useful patterns when results don't follow!
Okay, if you haven't guessed by now, you're probably thinking "enough already" what's the One thing? Before I get to that here are a few more....
One thing that supports the "this is a lifestyle change" expression!
One thing that little do we often realize is the foundation to seeing results!
Oh yeah, and....
One thing that by seeing the numbers, gives a feeling of accomplishment at the end of each and every day!
That ONE thing....NUTRITION TRACKING!!
I'm not just talking about plugging in things as I consume them here, NO, NO, NO....
I'm talking about PLANNING the night before to avoid all the sneaky temptations, (eating too much, eating too little, skipping meals, not eating at all) that arise from not KNOWING what 's on the menu!
I'm talking about having a guideline to follow when the weekends bring broken routines so I'm prepared to "Eat on the Go"!
I'm talking about spreading calories through the day, eating 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks evenly spaced so my body is always in GOvation MODE!
I'm talking about tracking BEFORE putting it in my mouth so I know EXACTLY where I stand for the day!
Did you realize that just ONE thing could bring about so many important motivational emotions and a feeling of accomplishment every single day?
It's all about the ONE....One choice, One meal, One day at a time! Let begin!
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