Saturday, October 30, 2010
I've been inspired by CARRIEBARBAGEL! She completed 2,500 push ups in October and has now set a new goal of 1,000 crunches by November 30.
I've decided to set the same goal for myself. I'm going to complete 1,000 roll-ups by November 30. That's about 32 each day. A challenge, but I think I can do it.
Edit: I just did 15...this is going to be a REAL challenge!
Monday, October 25, 2010
I was hopeful that the last blog would get the blog rolling again, but yet I am still not feeling particularly blogy. Even so, I'm past due for an update...
Hubby and I had a great one-week cruise up the New England coast and into Canada. The foliage was not at its peak, but we saw some beautiful colors and scenery. The food was very good (of course!). Although I ate more than I usually do (as in my current usual, and not my past usual), I really noticed how my thinking about food had changed. I was much more moderate. I also noticed that even though my husband is fit and eats reasonably, when I eat less so does he. All told, Hubby gained a pound and I gained two, but one pound dropped off by the next day (probably from excess salt). I'm still hovering at the same weight I was when I started my volunteer position about 8 weeks ago. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Hubby and me on Cadillac Mountain, Bar Harbor, Maine
Since getting back, I've gone back to my eating routine for the most part. Exercise, on the other hand, has diminished a lot since I started working again. I walk to and from work (just over 3 miles round trip), but it isn't the sweat-inducing, muscle-expending effort that I used to put in on a regular basis. One problem I see is that I can't predict when I'll get off from work, so I've been missing the evening classes at the gym. So, when I was on the cruise (during which I did do a lot of walking and even ran for 32 minutes straight on the treadmill) I made a decision that I'm going to start getting up earlier in the morning and go to the gym before I go in to work. That way I'll be sure to get in some exercise. Great idea, but both Hubby and I got hit with a flu/cold(?) upon return from our trip. Illness postponed the re-gymification,but not for long. I'm almost recovered and expect to get started Wednesday morning.
Speaking of flu/cold, it was still pretty bad in my head yesterday so I was pretty nervous that I'd still be sick during my job interview this afternoon. Happily, I was feeling much better and the adrenaline took care of the rest. I forgot I was sick. I think I did as well as I could during the interview. Now, it is out of my hands. I have no way of knowing my chances, because I don't know who my competition is, but I'm hopeful. I should hear in the next two weeks or so. Please, Please, PLEASE!
Friday, October 22, 2010
I just read an article and the author wrote, "If I can do it, anyone can!"
I'm going to be frank...I hate that phrase. When I hear it I wonder why the speaker thinks so little of herself. Why would this person dismiss all her hard work, insights, and unique circumstances and abilities to say that she is the lowest common denominator? Also, why minimize the struggles of someone else?
When I hear someone say that phrase, it sounds to me like she is implying that she's the dumbest or the laziest or has it harder than everyone else. But what happens when the "anyone" can't do "it" too? That person is set up for a real mind trip. That "anyone" may think that if the speaker thinks so little of herself and yet still achieved success, how much of a loser am I if I can't achieve the same success? Afterall, "anyone can do it," right?
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I have used this phrase myself, and more than once. I won't do it again. I think it should be forever changed to: "I did it, so I can use my new-found knowledge to help enlighten others about how they might achieve the same success." Okay, so it's not pithy. But I still like it much better.
What do you think? How would you change the phrase to make it better?
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Over the last week or so, I was stressed and fearful about my impending internship. Part of my trepidation was the loss of my time to exercise and to attend the gym classes that I particularly like, which are held during the lunch hour. Also, I was afraid that I would consume more calories during the day by eating out more, indulging in office snacks and treats, and being more sedentary on top of everything.
Well, today was the second day of my internship and I think I just might be able to keep up with the healthy lifestyle I've established over the last five or six months. Yesterday I walked 40 minutes, ate only half a turkey sandwich at lunch (because that's all I wanted so I stopped eating), and did not even feel the least bit tempted by the piece of birthday cake offered to me. Today, I had the other half of my turkey sandwich and an apple for lunch, then went to the gym on the way home and ran for over 30 minutes on the treadmill before walking home.
I know I won't be able to work out as long or maybe even as often, but that doesn't mean that I can't continue to get a good amount of exercise. And if I continue to make good food choices I just might be able to continue losing weight even with the "temptations" that abound in the office and nearby restaurants and cafes.
I am very hopeful. And that says a lot!
P.S. My intership is working out better than I could have possibly dreamed. I feel so fortunate right now and very relieved.
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