Wednesday, July 10, 2013
A big shout out to Jolie for giving me a wake-up text this morning, gosh she's up earlier than me, like 3:30 even, sheesh. She was up getting ready for her morning workout and decided to make sure I was up, gosh it's great to have friends to get you motivated and great to have SP buddies to be accountable to.
I am known as the "Sarge" on the Motivators team, but who keeps the Sarge motivated? Every now and again the motivators need motivating, so I am thankful for all of you and your encouragement, which keeps me going.
Last night I packed up everything for today's trip, and even put my bike in the way of the door, I was ready, no last minute morning scrambling. It sure helped to have everything done. I have way too much junk, I had my protein shake, coffee and purse in the basket and I ended up wearing the backpack with my change of clothes, etc. in it (wouldn't fit in the basket), I need to lighten the load a bit, maybe I should keep an outfit already at work, and the clunky wedge heels weighed what felt like a ton.
So I did it..... I rode my bike to work. 9 miles
This blog is meant for keeping myself motivated and overcoming that silly snooze button. Boy did it feel great to get in a workout first thing in the morning, haven't done that for a while. It was very humid, and an occasional breeze, thanks to the storage place who had their sprinklers on this morning, woo hoo, a little cool off.
Took my helmet off on the back road leading to my office so my bangs could blow dry, lol. Then a dash to the ladies room for a freshen up and to change into the work outfit. A quick swipe of the eyeliner pencil, a comb and a squirt of hairspray. You would never know I was a hot mess when I got here, see.....(pretty ragged, I'd say)
I would like to do this at least 3 times a week, I have to make myself and fitness a top priority. I have come way too far to backslide and I will not let myself revert back to being a couch potato.
The weather forecast calls for a hot, humid day with afternoon thunderstorms pretty much every day during the summer, so I am expecting to get a little wet on the ride home, but cross your fingers I don't run into any of this...
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Hooo hum, I am stuck in a cloud of funk that is totally encircling me, I need to break out of it. I was going to ride my bike to work today, but I kept smacking the snooze, ugggghhh - totally UNACCEPTABLE. Think I need a bugler standing in my bedroom at 0430.
On a good note I did get a little something accomplished last night….we helped dad move his bed upstairs and we went to the mattress store and purchased him a mattress – yeah, check that off the list. I figured he would be anxious to get his new room all moved into and set up, but NOPE, he headed out the door this morning at 6:00…..FISHING !!!! I’m gonna have to crack the whip and make him hop to it tonight.
KP stopped by to use the computer, conveniently right at dinner time, lol. I love having her stop by, so I pulled up a chair and fixed her a plate. She was signing up for the college fall semester yesterday and was using my computer to “rate my professor”, who knew they had a website to check out the teacher – guess that’s a good thing.
Tonight it’s food shopping for a couple of things…the "men folk" ran out of cereal as evidenced by the empty Tupperware container that was strategically left on the counter so I will be sure to see it’s empty, sheesh. So big hint….they need cereal and of course milk and some quick grab-n-go foods (as I call them) otherwise know as stuff I don’t like to buy like honey buns, chips, etc. - el junko.
In order to get myself motivated, this is what I am GOINT TO DO and you (my SPARKIES) need to hold me accountable tomorrow, OK? I would hang my head in shame if I promised to do something and then did NOT do it. So I'm putting it out there for all of SPARKLAND to see.
Tonight I am going to park my bicycle in the middle of the living room, directly in front of the door, get my backpack ready with a change of clothes and all my work stuff bungee corded into the handlebar basket....that way all I have to do is get up and get dressed, then it’s out the door. Souunds pretty full proof, right?
Getting up is the real booger, uggghhhhh. I need a live-in drill sergeant, any takers?
MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT !!!!!
(image from google)
Monday, July 01, 2013
I was very nervous about my physical appointment with my doctor last Friday. I had went the week before to have blood work done prior to my appointment. I was being tested for diabetes as I have not had a physical in three years. Great news....
I scored perfect on all my blood work. EVERYTHING was in perfect range, so no diabetes, YEAH !!!! Doctor said that I scored perfect on everything and that whatever it is I am doing....it's working.
I will share with you what I have been doing for the past three years....logging my food on SPARK daily and eating fresh veggies, fruits, and lean meats with very little starches and sweets. It was a huge compliment to get a perfect report card from the doctor, it means if I can score an A+...you can too !!!!
So this means that diabetes did not cause my cataracts, which is great news but I still have to deal with the eyeballs, cataract surgery later this summer.
I need to work on improving the fitness report card since I have taken a brief hiatus from running.
GOSH, it feels great to be an "A" student.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The weather is heating up here in Virginia Beach, shewh. So that means the end of running season for me, a little running hiatus til cooler temperatures arrive (September). I'm not going to stay cooped up in the house....it's walking season.
This week's fitness challenge for the Motivators Team was to walk for at least 15 minutes per day, no problem....We CAN DO it !!!! There was a great article on Spark this morning about walking....
Walking is what originally started the weight to fall right off me at the beginning of my journey, I would walk every day and I would walk everywhere....to the store, to lunch, etc.
Some people may think this is a step down from what I am used to since I have been running for three years, but I don't see it that way. I see it as giving my body a little break, while still keeping active...moving and a grooving, and a little speed walking can give you a great cardio workout.
I will still run on nice weather days and I have a couple 5K's that I will be doing with some new runners (I love the excitement of newbies), but I think this may be good for me for a change. It will give me some quiet time to contemplate what I am going to do next with my life, I'm at a crossroads....my baby was just married last month, so the nest is empty of my little chickadee, so now what to do with this next phase of life...I want to focus some on "me" - getting more fit, carving out some muscles, but what exactly do I really want???? I'm hoping to have an "ah-ha moment" on one of my walks, lol.
Some quotes I ran across this morning on google:
And lastly, I'm going to remember this one...Walk away from the frig, hahahaha. Have a sparktastic day.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
While in Hawaii, you can't NOT visit a volcano, and what better way to see one than to...Hike it. I hiked the Diamond Head volcano with my BFF's daughter (AB), she was such a great tour guide the whole time I was there, and she was willing to take me to do lots of things and better than that...she was willing to do it with me, even though she's hiked Diamond Head several times, what a girl. We got there about 10 and boy was it a hot one already, sheesh, how hard could it be? I mean I consider myself fairly physically fit, but the heat can and will knock you back down to earth and let you know...you are not in shape for this kind of weather, so take it slow and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Off we go with my new hibiscus fanny pack, filled with water bottles and camera of course. The five-mile race I ran two days earlier was at the base of this volcano but I had not done my homework on the hike, so I didn't know what I was in store for and besides....I love adventures.
The path was winding, very rocky, had to be careful where you stepped so you didn't twist and ankle, quite a nice hike thus far, a few shady spots for a breather from the hot sun, and AB says we are almost at the top - yeah. Then she points and says "look at all these steps" - my jaw dropped to the ground. All I could think about was how bad my hamstrings and buttocks would probably be killing me the next day after climbing up all those (175 steps)....one super hamstring/buttock workout coming right up, ready or not - didn't know I was being treated to that kind of a workout.
I made it up the steps, no problem (glad no one had a spy camera on me or timing me to see how long it took, lol), we made it to the top.
What a view of Waikiki in the background. I had to zoom in closer.
WOW, that was worth the climb. The hike down was harder than the hike up, had to put on the brakes using those quads, I figured they would be sore too, but I was totally fine the next day, no soreness at all. The hike up was only 3/4 of a mile and the top was 762 feet and it took us about 2 hours for the whole experience, it sure seemed a lot higher than 762 feet.
At the park exit there was a truck selling shave ice, lemon-lime for me please, it's been a million years since I've had a "snow cone" but we sure needed something icy after that, the vendor was even giving out wet, frozen paper towels to cool you off - that sure came in handy to wipe the sweaty brow....Ahhhhhhh.
I am so glad to have been in shape for a hike, if I would have visited Hawaii 5 years ago, my story would not have included hiking volcanoes, what a great experience, so happy to have had the opportunity. Hawaii was fantastic thus far, and only day 4 of 14.
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