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Deep work

Monday, February 08, 2010

Last week was VERY difficult. I don't yet feel free to explain exactly what is happening, but it is shaking my world.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing: the way I've been living has been unsustainable for some time, & it needed to change. I am experiencing profound peace in the midst of it all--a moment-by-moment clinging to God & a sense of safety at the deepest level.

I'm sorry to be cryptic; eventually I'll be able to say more.

This week our challenge in the Heart-Healthy Bootcamp is to be proactive in reducing stress. Always needed! The hourly reminders to "get up & move" that I've programmed into my work computer are serving me well in this way. Just now when the 11:00 one came up, I stood up, opened my window blinds all the way, & took big marching steps in place & swung my arms wide as I gazed out at the sky. It felt great!

I think I'll add a "breathing break" for half a minute or so after each movement break . . . just taking big breaths & giving thanks for my life.

Thank you all for being my Sparkfriends!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CTEMPLE 2/12/2010 2:11AM

    Dear Ruthie sorry to hear you're having a challenging time. You sound fine though. Anything I can do to help, I'm here, at a distance, but here.
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SHANSHE 2/8/2010 7:32PM

    God is sooo awesome and can get us through whatever it is we need gotten through, ya know??? We will be here when and IF you decide to go into more detail!

I like your challenge on the boot camp team!

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GETHEALTHY231 2/8/2010 2:18PM

    I'm glad you have a solid faith to cling to when times like this happen! What a blessing for you. God is only too happy to open his arms and wrap them around you and carry you through!

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Final January stats

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I'm ending January

Starting weight: 175.4
Current: 170.6

waist 34 - 33 - 33
hips 43 - 42 - 42.5
upper thigh 25 - 24.75 - 24.5
chest 32.5 - 32 - 31.75
bust 38.5 - 37.75 - 37.25
neck 13.5 - 14 - 13,5
upper arm 13.75 - 13.5 - 13.5
wrist 6.75 - 6.75 - 6.625

Total loss in inches: 3.875
Total loss in pounds: 4.8

Given the life complications that kept me from being as consistent as I would have wanted, this is just fine. I'm back on my way to looking/feeling like myself!

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CZARINA_TV 2/8/2010 6:04AM

    Hey -- sometimes you don't have to be perfect, just consistent enough...

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WESTCOASTGIRL1 2/1/2010 1:30PM

    Awesome! Congratulations on your progress...

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GETHEALTHY231 2/1/2010 1:00PM

    Great way to start the year!!! Keep making those healthy choices and you will continue to do an awesome job on your journey to a healthier version of your beautiful you! God bless!

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CHRISTYK08 2/1/2010 6:51AM

    emoticon You got great results! Life seems to just happen, but we still have to do what we can to improve our health. Remember the fable about the tortoise and the hare?! emoticon

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SHANSHE 1/31/2010 7:00PM

    I think your results are simply emoticon!!!!!

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CTEMPLE 1/31/2010 2:46AM

    Well done Ruth, it's a journey not a race!
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Did you see Coach Dean's blog today?

Friday, January 22, 2010

If not, I recommend it highly:

I had already read a couple of recent articles reporting that people who sit for long periods, EVEN IF THEY DO DAILY CARDIO EXERCISE, are especially susceptible to all sorts of health problems--& to gaining weight. Coach Dean explains it really well.

Before reading his blog, I had already decided to program hourly reminders to get up & move about for a little while here at the office. Apparently it really helps to interrupt the sitting regularly. So today has been my first day of that, & I'm loving it! Sometimes I use my 5-minute break to get water, sometimes to go up & down stairs, & sometimes to just march around my office a bit. I feel more awake & alive.


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SHANSHE 1/29/2010 8:22PM

    Thanks! I read the article and I think i need to do that myself!

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CTEMPLE 1/29/2010 4:43AM

    thanks for the reminder I saw it but didn't read it at the time. I have a little alarm program that comes up in my screen and makes me get up. It's a free software.

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Gonna get right back up

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I've had some setbacks this week. Monday evening I chose to attend a small group meeting (women gathering to tell stories from our lives & reflect on scripture) instead of staying home to finish the bibliography of the book I had been working on freelance for more than 2 months. The meeting was WELL worth it--very encouraging. That meant I had to finish the editing Tuesday night, though, & it kept me up late. So I didn't get in my cardio Wednesday morning. Then this morning the nasty insomnia recurred--I was awake starting about 3:00 a.m. Caught some brief Z's between 6:30 & 8; again no cardio.

But now I have a blessed reprieve from freelance work, & I am going to bed by 10:45 tonight so that I can get up & resume walking with Leslie tomorrow a.m. I'm going to keep my 120-cardio-minutes-per-week streak going, despite the setbacks I've had! My body is craving movement.

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SHANSHE 1/29/2010 8:17PM

    YAY, you are a strong person and very resilient!

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GETHEALTHY231 1/21/2010 9:00PM

    So glad you are back to your goal of exercising even though it hasn't worked out the last couple days! Getting back to your routine shows that you can do this for life even when you miss a day or two. That is life, but you know how important this is also and are making an effort to keep it important! Yay!

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Halfway through bootcamp

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Time to check in!

Starting weight: 175.4
Current: 172.4 (I haven't lost any more since last week, but at least I'm holding on to the initial loss)

Here the first number is the starting one, the second is as of this morning:

waist 34 - 33
hips 43 - 42
upper thigh 25 - 24.75
chest 32.5 - 32
bust 38.5 - 37.75
neck 13.5 - 14
upper arm 13.75 - 13.5
wrist 6.75 - 6.75

Total loss in two weeks: 3.25 inches. Not huge, but that's just fine since I'm making only modest changes in my eating habits & doing what would be considered moderate exercise. The SP mantra: lifestyle change, establishing a rhythm that I really can stick with long term.

Three pounds & just over three inches. Sounds (& feels) good to me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SHANSHE 1/29/2010 8:15PM

    THAT sounds AWESOME Ruth! REALLY I am happy for you!

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GETHEALTHY231 1/17/2010 4:16PM

    WOOHOO! Success is success and you are succeeding on your healthy journey! That is fantastic!

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CZARINA_TV 1/17/2010 3:37PM

    Hey, if you can keep that up, modest progress works much better than yo-yoing!

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