Thursday, September 05, 2013
The really good news is that I like coming home now. Yes, I do. For months, no, for years, I entered my house with varying amounts of distress. It was often really good to be greeted by the dog, who didn't mind if we lived in chaos. And family was pretty tolerant of mess and contributed regularly, too. But I often stepped into my house with a cloud of failure hanging over me. Just seemed like the house had gotten away from me. Oh, sure, there were times I made islands of order and cleanliness. There were times company was coming and I did the mad scramble cleaning and fake orderliness.
But now, less than 2 months after meeting the Flylady, I am happy to step into my house. I feel much less burdened. Decluttering is very freeing. Is my house perfect? Oh, definitely not. Am I making progress? Definitely. And by me just being happy with our house, hubby has been influenced to create some order, too.
One thing I've discovered as I have developed my Flylady routines is that I am incredibly distractible. And I didn't know that about me. For years I worked, and followed time management principles and managed TO DO lists. I thought I was pretty disciplined in my work habits. But at home I flitted around the house, going to dust the end table I see a pillow that needs to be sewn and on the way to get the needle and thread I find trash that needs to be thrown away and then I see the trash needs to go out to the dumpster and then I see weeds around the dumpster and I may or may not get the end table dusted and the pillow sewn -- and that was without the phone ringing or the kids needing something. I am getting better and better at being able to focus for 10 minutes on one room or one project. Flylady's trick of setting a timer for 5 minute and 10 minute and 15 minute "missions" is really helping me to stay on task and accomplish more.
My new hobby is house cleaning, or as Flylady calls it, blessing the house. When I felt like I was behind and struggling there was no joy in it. Now that I'm on top of things -- and confident that if there is something that needs to be done, the daily routines or zone cleaning will get it soon enough -- it feels good to maintain an orderly and clean home. As Flylady says, "You are not behind. Jump in where you are!"
Now how does all this relate to SparkPeople fitness and goal achievement? Perhaps more than you think. To accomplish anything you have to have enough focus to stay on task sufficient time to achieve it. Losing and maintaining weight takes time - time to plan, time to track, time to grocery shop, time to cook, time to exercise, time to read and learn what to do. Right now I'm coaching someone going through The Beck Diet Solution and today is her Day 9, Create Time and Energy. Beck has you set priorities in your life and look for things to cut back on in order to have sufficient time to lose weight. Good idea. Then she has you develop a schedule for all the necessary activities.
I had struggled with a bad attitude about housework for many years. When I got serious about losing weight I really expanded my exercise time. (First it was half hour 5 days a week, then went to one hour 6 days a week.) And often I took what had been my housecleaning time to do so. I indulged myself. I really enjoyed the exercise more than the cleaning anyway. I'm not sorry I did it. It worked for me. I lost the weight (80+ pounds) and I've kept it off (4.5 years). But if I had to do it again, or I was making a recommendation to someone, I'd say for 2-6 months it might be a good strategy, but don't let your house get as bad as mine was!! Check out Flylady and learn how to maximize your home blessing time. I bet you will find, like I have, that you do have enough time to exercise and to bless your house enough that you are really comfortable in it. It is great to open up the front door and be totally glad to enter!!
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Diana Nyad, 64 years old, finished the 110 mile swim from Cuba to Florida, a challenge she first tried at age 28, sunburned and jellyfish-stung, but saying what many of us were thinking. She said to keep trying and never give up. She said that we are not too old! Her speech was slightly slurred after her 53 hour ordeal, but her eyes were full of life and joy and triumph! How inspirational!!
Today as I ran on my treadmill I thought about her, feeling blessed and strong and healthy. I also thought about a blog I read a year or two ago. Many SparkPeople blogs are profound and useful. Some, like this one, become part of me. One Sparker wrote about her dad and how he always inspired her to "finish strong." She told eloquently how she applied that to her life. I found myself today, as often in races and training runs, telling myself to "finish strong," giving the end of the workout extra uumphhh. That phrase gives me strength, reminds me I'm almost done, and it's time to give it all I've got.
So, those are my borrowed words of today: Finish strong!!
Monday, September 02, 2013
Diana Nyad is 64 years old, the same age I am. She is about to achieve a goal she set for herself years ago, swimming from Cuba to Florida. This is not her first attempt. As I write this blog she is less than 10 miles from her goal. Go, Diana!
Setting a goal and tackling it is a very powerful experience; achieving it is profoundly satisfying. Today I'm going to rethink my goals. Have I clearly defined what I'm trying to achieve? Are my goals big enough?
What are your goals? How do you use goals to motivate yourself?
Edit: She did it!! She arrived at 3:41 (or was it 3:14??). How exciting! She achieved her goal 35 years after first trying. I believe it was her 5th attempt. Never stop!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed my run this morning. As promised, I ran at the back of the group, and did not push pace in order to help my left glute and surrounding muscles heal. My Garmin recorded the following data:
Moving Time: 1:55:50
Elapsed Time: 2:02:28
Avg Speed: 4.6 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 4.8 mph
Max Speed: 10.7 mph
Avg Pace: 13:04 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace: 12:28 min/mi
Best Pace: 5:37 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 390 ft
Elevation Loss: 389 ft
Min Elevation: 156 ft
Max Elevation: 261 ft
Time Miles Distance
Minutes per Mile - Avg Pace Summary = 2:01:18.7 - 9.29 - 13:04
1 14:32.4 1.00 14:32
2 13:11.2 1.00 13:11
3 12:31.4 1.00 12:31
4 12:22.9 1.00 12:23
5 12:12.7 1.00 12:13
6 15:33.3 1.00 15:33 - Ooop! included the potty/water break.
7 12:05.8 1.00 12:06
8 12:14.2 1.00 12:14
9 12:54.8 1.00 12:55
(There was a tenth lap of .29 miles, but I must have missed copying it.)
The average temperature on this run was 75 degrees with 94% humidity. It was dark when we started at 6:12 am, but we soon saw the sunrise. We ran through lots of pretty neighborhoods. We had 10 runners in our group - one man and 9 women. The man and woman ran 23 miles last week and were running short in preparation for their full marathon in 2 weeks; they are running with their child in Dayton, Ohio. The rest of us are training for half marathons. Two of the runners are physical therapists, so I picked their brains as we ran just a bit -- they seemed glad to share. We had several teachers and just nice, friendly, smart, and fit people on this run.
I stayed at the back of the pack as promised for the first 7 miles then kind of moved up as some of the group faded. I finished with the leader. Although 7.5 miles was the farthest I'd gone this year up to this point, I had no trouble with the 9 mile distance. In fact, I finished up feeling more energetic than when I started.
I computed that I drank 72 ounces of water if I count what I drank starting an hour before the run to an hour after. I also consumed 4 Gu Chews for electrolytes and carbs. I felt like I had sufficient fuel, although I believe more is recommended at least by the company wanting you to buy their product. I did have a 190 calorie breakfast before the run so that might have helped, too.
After the run and cool down, I sat with 50 runners for 40 minutes, glowing and drinking water and coffee. Then I went to the YMCA, used the foam roller, showered, went to Weight Watchers (my nephew overslept and didn't make it as promised - oh, well), and then did a little shopping. What a great Saturday morning!!
Let me tell you one other funny thing. A couple weeks ago I also forgot to turn off the Garmin. On the way home, driving in a car, it suddenly started flashing. It said I had a new record - running a mile in 4:32!! Dream On!
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