Monday, May 27, 2013
Not ever again.
No more training for:
5ks, 10ks, whatever kind of race....
Nope....done. Hate it, hate the exercise. Never going to do it again.
The morning walks I take with my fiancé count?
The hula hooping I do counts?
The paddle boarding counts?
The bike riding at the metro park counts?
But those things are fun! And so I have a light bulb moment...wait for it.....
(you knew that was coming didn't you...lol) When I (emphasis on I) exercise it needs to be fun and not a chore. FUN! By jove what a concept! I have spend years exercising for a "reason", a race, a competition, weight loss....but have not lost weight nor had fun really...it's been about pushing myself, challenging myself, competing against myself and others....guess what?? NOT FUN...oh sure I loved the feeling at the end of a great workout, but the workouts themselves weren't really fun.
How did I figure this out? You would think it would be common sense....however today I was chatting on the phone and was bemoaning the fact that I had done no exercise. My fiancé said, "um, honey...we walked this morning, you hula hooped to that show and you rode your bike for ten miles....what counts as exercise if none of those do?" Hmmm....he is pretty smart!
So, no more. I am only going to do fun things....lucky for me that I love lots of things that fall under that exercise category!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I have puppies. Six puppies that are seven weeks old. I also have dogs. Three dogs that are grown up. That makes nine dogs in my very small house. (and the 55 pound male is trying to sit in my lap while I type this!)
The puppies will not stay with us - thank goodness! They start going to their very carefully screened homes on Thursday. I will not be sad to see them go - they are a lot of work, no matter how cute they are....they are sweet though.
At any rate - the puppies got me a paddle board for Mother's Day. Wasn't that sweet? How did they know? How did they get to the store? lol
Anyway I put the paddle board in the lake and off I went for a test paddle. Understand please that I have not been on a real paddle board except for once - in Cabo, in the ocean. The ocean, by the way, which is home to many many monsters...I did not do well as I was quite frightened of whatever monsters might be lurking, hungry, waiting to eat me!
The lake, however, is a different story. I grew up in lakes, swimming, boating, sailing, playing. I raised my kids by the lake. The lake holds no monsters for me. Also, the paddle board that I got was much wider than the one in Cabo, thus much more stable. Up I went on the board and off I went on my first paddle.
If there was a paddle board icon it would go here
I didn't go real far, maybe only ten minutes out so ten minutes back. I live in Michigan - the lakes are NOT warm yet...it was a long winter. I did not fall in, but did not want to push it. I went back a couple days later when my schedule cleared for a moment. I went for a longer paddle - so much fun!
I woke the next moring...sore - you know that good sore - when you have done a good work out and are pleased to know it. I wondered for a moment until it hit me - THE PADDLE BOARD IS A WORKOUT! well....duh!
But first and foremost - it is FUN!
Woo Hoo........my only question now is - when can I retire and move to where it is warm year round??
Thursday, April 11, 2013
We have all heard it before. Put yourself first, make an appointment at the gym and keep it, treat yourself like you would treat a good friend.
Yes Yes, I have heard it all before. But by golly just the other day a
went off in my head. DO IT! Hello! Anybody in there listening??
I joined a new gym a few weeks before Easter. Was doing great. Then I was felled by a horrid sore throat and a head that ached every time I moved it. No gym for me. Then just when I was feeling better.....
My sweet baby Jade had her pups......um.....they are like children and cannot be left alone when they are first born. My fiancée had to work, I had the week off....I stayed home with them...so ....again....no gym time.
They are two weeks old today. Cute as buttons, eyes opened yesterday and they all hover right around 2 pounds. They can be left alone because Baby Jade won't roll on them accidentally - they are big enough to squirm out from under her.
People are wild to come see them. Of course they are - I am wild to get home and sit in the whelping box and snuggle them. So people have been asking when they can come. One friend asked to come the other day at 6:00. Instead of me saying, "no I have a spin class", I kissed the spin class goodbye and told her yes. It was fine, she brought her niece, it was a lovely visit, but it made me realize something. This was a friend who had taken the whole day off work to go to the dentist AT 2:00 in the afternoon. So she could go to lunch with her sister who ALSO took the whole day off for an afternoon dentist appointment, followed by massages for both of them.
Don't get me wrong. I take days off work to fly to Atlanta to see my brother, to lay around my house in my jammies, whatever. What struck me was that this friend did not say to me, "hey what would be a good time to come?" She just asked to come at 6:00. I am perfectly sure if I had said, "Why don't you come at 4:30 or after 7:00 as I have a spin class - she would have. But I didn't.
So my solemn vow to myself is to be selfish - to tell people they cannot come see the puppies between 5:30 and 7:00 because I have a date with myself at the gym, spinning, or lifting or whatever else I might be doing at the gym - did notice a boxing class going on today...um ...yep ...gonna try that! AND I AM NOT GOING TO FEEL BAD ABOUT IT!
And as I was thinking about this during my spin class, as the light bulb was going off...I realized how many of YOU do this. GSartor for sure tells me, "Yep I'll over just as soon as I finish at the gym" She has made incredible progress and should post her before and after pic - seriously!
So a great big thank you to my spark peeps - you all inspire me!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
In my last blog I wrote about being in a rut. About things having to change.
And boy have they!
My gym isn't doing it for me. My fiancée has been urging me to join a gym closer to the house. After my last blog about changes needing to be made, I went and looked at the gym closer to the house. He went with. Whipped out HIS credit card and signed ME up for two years. (Much cheaper that way)
Now instead of NOT going to the gym - which is right across the street from my work - because of being tired at the end of the work day and stressed about the doggies needing to get out of their crates, I simply go home.
Doggies out, work clothes changed, relax a little bit - change into gym clothes and go to the gym which is literally about two minutes from my house.
Oh so nice! But - the best part and this is the alone in love part......they have classes that are included in my membership......
SPINNING! I have wanted for years to take a spin class. Some of you know how much I like to ride my bike...I have never taken a spin class and now there is one offered five days a week! Last Monday was my first class.
Monday: Just trying to figure out the positions. The instructor calls them out over top of loud pumping music (Kid Rock anyone??)
Wednesday: Think I have the positions figured out but MAN is it hard, I am sitting down when I should be standing or hovering....
Thursday (today): Did every move (stand, hover and sit) without sitting down once when I wasn't supposed too! WOO HOO.
For me spinning is like this: I am in a group of people. However, I am not trying to be coordinated enough to figure out which way to move - like in Zumba (shudder - see my blog Zumba Hater). I am alone....nobody else rides my bike, just me. I compete against myself. Can I stand up the whole time the instructor wants us to? Can I do those crazy saddle lunges for this WHOLE song?
this! Each night I try to do a little better. I compete against myself alone. Nobody crosses the finish line before me. It's just me, by myself, alone and in love with spinning. Spinning and winning!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
So, I took the month of February off (and then some). I had to wrap my head around myself. Did lots of great thinking, went to Cabo for a week so do more great thinking as well as getting away from the snow.
Read my last blog. The gym is my rut. I am not getting anything DONE in the gym. Oh sure I go, and run on the treadmill, or ride my bike, or work out with a trainer, but really? Haven't lost any weight. Yes I have lost space...but still that number on the scale in the morning is important to me. Nothing is going to change that....
I am not enjoying the gym anymore, so something had to change. What physical activity do I LIKE to do?
Well, when I was a kid I loved to hula hoop. Interestingly enough, I have three hula hoops of varying sizes and weights hanging in my garage. Went and got one down a few weeks ago. OH! How I had forgotten how much fun it is! AND how much work! I am noticing a flatter stomach after a few weeks of hooping. THe dogs have learned to stay out of the way!
I also loved to jump of the trampoline(which is a word you have to spell out because typing "jumping on the tramp" just sounds bad! lol) when I was a kid - it was a wonderful treat since we had to go to the YMCA to do it - not like today when everyone has one in their backyard! I acquired a mini trampoline last year and so I pulled that out as well. When I watch Biggest Loser or Downton Abbey I "pretend" run on the trampoline....Much easier on my knees than actually running. Sweating up a storm while the dogs sit and watch.
Have I lost much weight? No. So, that brings me to what Miss Gina (GSartor), as well as many of you have told me. LOG MY FOOD.
Not gonna happen. I find it to be a hard and unpleasant task. SUre I can log breakfast and sometimes lunch. But rarely dinner......
So, something had to change. Recently I bought a set of 8 silver colored bracelets from Kmart for about $10.00. (nothing too fancy!) I start them all on my right wrist in the morning. Every time I have a serving of fruit or veggie I move one over to my left wrist. This showed me just how few servings I was having even though I thought I was eating healthy.
Now I work really hard to get 8 servings of fruits and veggies in a day. Tonight I will go out to dinner and I will look at my right wrist to determine what sort of meal I need to have. Currently I only have two bracelets left on my right wrist because my lunch now consists of a veggie wrap (instead of just tuna and/or chicken) as well as a piece of fruit.
This system has been working well, but my bracelets are starting to lose their color - because after all - they are not really silver! I ordered two real silver bracelets today, and if I can continue eating healthier as I go then I will reward myself with more - until all eight are silver.
Wanted to come back to SP because I miss the support and the people. I wonder what my friends are doing and how they are doing and what successes I am missing....that's enough for today. More later about other changes coming up!
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