Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This morning I had a nice run with my new RUNNING shoes! I believe this is the first pair of running shoes that Iíve owned. Iíve had tennis shoes, cross-training shoes, walking shoes, etc. So Iím pretty excited. All because I made my boss feel bad. Long story short, my boss was posting crazy stuff on my Facebook page and I cut her from my friends list. My birthday came up and she felt bad and got me a gift card, etc. I added her back and got myself some running shoes!
It was pretty early, but there were a few folks running and walking by the water. Even though we werenít all going the same speed or at the same point on the boardwalk, it felt like we were all there together. We were saying ďgood morningĒ or ďhowís it going?Ē and it felt like a community. Then this one dude ran by, who looked like he was in great shape and going at a fast pace. I said ďgood morningĒ. He looked all mean and tense and looked at me like I was a weirdo. I felt like saying to him, ďbeing healthy is more than being able to run fast.Ē
In fact, being healthy is much more than being able to run a marathon. It is a balance of so many things. Eating right, exercise, sleep are all great ingredients. But, sometimes we overlook the other ingredients, such as being happy. Iíve had my share of chronic depression, so I know what itís like. Iíve walked that same boardwalk with a knife in my hand, pondering if life is worth living. But now, Iím running that boardwalk, enjoying my life! Life IS worth living!
So this morning, on my way into work, I decided to take a longer path in. For one, I can use a little added exercise. For two, I wanted to go out of my way to greet as many people as I could. Usually I avoid a certain hallway where I know there is a lot of people. This time, I walked down and greeted almost everyone I saw. I want people to feel good about themselves. I want to be a positive influence in other peoplesí lives.
It just so happened, that I saw this quote walking into work this morning:
ďIt's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.Ē - Horne, Lena
So if something is weighing you down, maybe it is the way you are carrying that load. I know Iíve carried my lifeís load the wrong way for too long. Now it is time to move on and move into a newer and better me.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
On my way in to work today, I was remembering an old Marine Corps chant:
Moti-moti got a lot of motivation!
Dedi-dedi got a lot of dedication!
To the corps!
Iím sure we can mix this up a bit and chant about who or what we are dedicated to, but we are dedicated! And being dedicated makes us motivated!!! I donít know what your drive is, but recently for me it is some kind of innner fire. I canít really pinpoint it. I would have to say it came after a mixture of things. First was the positive doctors visit and second from stepping on Wii Fit for the first time.
Speaking of that docttors visit, that was terrifying for me. I was AFRAID of going. I hadnít been in years and the last time I saw a doctor they said I was borderline diabetes and high cholesterol. I hadnít done much of anything since then, but play Halo and eat pizza and drink beer. I thought if I went to the doctor, they would tell me I was going to die and that I needed to eat dog food the rest of my life.
What caused me to see the doctor? I changed my insurance. Instead of insurance through work, I decided to be seen here where I workÖthe VA. When I signed up, they automatically scheduled me for a check up. Well, with much nervousness and worries, I went. They did everything on meÖbloodwork, EKG, weight, etc. Overall, things looked pretty good. Iím coming back here for a sleep test and Iím seeing someone for depression issues (which spark has been awesome with helping me on), but overall I feel like Iím getting on the right track.
As for the Wii Fit, there is just something about it that makes you want to get on it and see your progress. I canít say it would work as the only exercise for me, but it is really, really good.
So thatís a long way of saying, Iíve got that inner fire going and I want to keep it going.
Monday, September 27, 2010
OK, third day in a row where I have either gained or stayed the same. I'm not concerned though because I've added strength training to my workout and I've done everything right that I know to do. I've set my goals in weight and workouts and have been hitting those ranges. I'm feeling great and my body feels more energized. Towards the end of the week, I'll take another measurement to see if I've lost any inches in my gut and hips.
As for today, back to work I go. I've got plenty of sleep and my goal is to limit the stress. I've got a new pedometer and plan on getting up and getting some steps in on breaks, etc.
Good luck today everyone! Make it a good one!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I just got back from my run/walk and started posting my spark status update to Facebook. Well, I got two instant messages from people on facebook, both asked, "why are you up so early?". One was going to bed after getting home from working a late shift and the other was going to work. I should have told them, "I'm going streaking."
You see, I'm already past a week on streaking 90 minutes of exercise a day. I've got nearly an entire month of spinning that wheel! Two weeks checking in with that Wii Fit. Lots of streaks everywhere. So yes, I'm up early to start streaking!
I'm thinking about adding another streak...getting 7-8 hours of sleep. So, so important. I've done this for the last 4 or 5 days and it feels great. Between stretching and sleeping, my body feels pretty good in the morning. Much better compared to the days I would stay up until 1 or 2 a.m. and then be woken up by the kids at 6:30 or 7. lol
Don't think I'm a perfect sleeper though. During my last checkup, my doc noticed a little blip on my EKG that might signal something like sleep apnea. I actually am going in for a sleep test this Wednesday. So, we'll see. Until then, I'm going at it!
Happy Streaking Everyone!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Last night, I scooped out and filled a bowl full of ice cream...guilt free. OK, to be honest, the bowl I used was a Tupperware container made to hold condiments or something. You could probably fit a pickle or two in it. But, I made full use of it and fit an entire half cup of ice cream!
Why was I able to do this guilt free? Because, I'm a streaker! No, you don't have to close your window shades. I'm fully clothed, rest assured. I am hitting my steaks on exercise, tracking food, and spinning that wheel! Yesterday, I walked home from work, which was just over 3 miles. Then, I danced like a fool, keeping my pants off the ground. And then, I scooped out that lovely ice cream.
Sure, sugar this and sugar that. But, you know what? This is something I want to do the rest of my life. I don't want to say "no" to ice cream forever. I want something I can live with. And, if getting one of my dairy servings comes in the flavor of mint chocolate chip, so be it!
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