Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Unfortunately, this is NOT the year to participate in the Turkey Trot. Insomnia made worse by some family troubles has kept me from early-morning exercise for quite a while now--so I am not ready. Plus the weather turned bone-chillingly cold last week. And there is still a vast amount of cleaning & cooking to do before family & friends descend upon us Thanksgiving afternoon.
But I still like the idea. Next spring I hope to look for a 5K to run in so that I can have a less demanding race experience first. If that works out well, I'll definitely sign up for the 2009 Chicago Turkey Trot.
My more immediate fitness goal is to get my recumbent bike set up comfortably in the basement so that I can make that my winter cardio exercise. I hope to get that done on Friday.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
The dailySpark blog about Turkey Trots (Thanksgiving Day races) today caught my eye, & I became curious about Chicago's trot. Beware: the search mechanism on the Active.com website, linked to from that blog, doesn't actually work; it told me that no event was listed for Chicago. I found that hard to believe, so I started paging through the list, & eventually I found Chicago's Turkey Trot.
It's an 8K, run or walk (you sign up for either). Eight kilometers is about five miles. My usual run is between 2.5 & 3 miles, but I've done longer ones occasionally. 8K would take me about an hour, assuming that I'm running most of the time but slow down to walk as needed. Obviously the point for me is not to win but to get some exercise & enjoy being part of a friendly crowd. Registration is $30 + at least two cans of food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
We will be hosting an extended family group, also including some friends, for dinner on Thanksgiving afternoon. Of course there's a LOT of prep to be done, though my sister & brother-in-law will bring some of the food. Am I crazy to contemplate taking 2.5 hours (including transport time) that morning to run a race?
I've never run a race before. It sounds like SO much fun . . .
Friday, November 07, 2008
This week I brought my Camelbak water bottle to work. It's the 22-oz "performance bottle" with a bite-valve nozzle--to drink you don't tip it, just bite on the soft plastic nozzle & suck. Oh, & it's made of the "good" kind of plastic, BPA-free. I fill it up with filtered water plus three ice cubes once or twice a day (depending on whether I'm also drinking herb tea).
It really helps with my mouth hunger! This week I have NOT been longing for chocolate. Apparently the sucking/biting is providing some kind of primal satisfaction. I feel like a nursing baby.
So this is one of my few product endorsements. Who'd have thought an $8 investment would make such a difference?
On another matter: On Tuesday night my husband & I attended the ginormous Obama rally in Grant Park as election results were coming in. It was a historic occasion & we wanted to be present. Well worth it! The crowds were peaceful & cheerful, & when the West Coast polls closed & the CNN analysts (we were watching on a giant screen) announced their projection of Obama's victory, we all erupted into long, long cheers. A couple of African American women near us (whom we had never met) & I ended up falling into each other's arms & crying & crying.
It's not that I think Obama is a kind of messiah who will work magic & solve all the world's problems. He's just an intelligent but fallible human being, a good person as far as I can tell, & he'll probably do some really good things & also make some big mistakes. My excitement is because I have lived to see the day that a black person was elected to the presidency of this country. Thank God!
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Looking at Cartagena pictures with my husband last night was fun--reliving some wonderful moments. But it was also sobering. I'm definitely looking chubby--& my scale & my clothes confirm that I've been moving in the wrong direction.
I think the main reason is stress. My financial burden is unremitting, & that means that my time is very burdened/limited too--I have to devote a lot of time & energy to freelance work beyond my full-time job. My husband is doing some new things to try to find work, but so far nothing. I'm pretty sure that chemical thing is happening in my body in response to stress--craving sugar & other comforting tastes, holding onto fat instead of metabolizing it.
Tracking feels like a burden, so I'm going to quit tracking even my exercise for a while. I know how much exercise I need, & I know how to eat to lose weight. I don't want to stay hooked into the compulsion to earn Sparkpoints (read this article quickly & get 3 points, spin the wheel for a few more, etc.). Even SP message boards have been feeling like an obligation rather than something that nurtures/helps me.
I'm just going to try to reduce stress, reduce eating, increase exercise, pray, keep expenses minimal, & take better care of myself.
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