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Boot Camp

Thursday, March 05, 2009

I've been in the my Community's version of a Boot Camp program for some time now and while I appreciate the workout, the cardio and the strength training... I seldom feel like I'm getting the most out of it that I could. That being said I went into yesterday's class feeling guilty for missing a couple of classes this session and decided to make up for it. I put on my hand weights and ankle weights and vowed to give it my all... and this morning I woke up feeling a slight tingle in my abs and arms here and there. This makes me come to the realization that while I get some benefits of class by attending as I do, I won't see (or feel) the full effect unless I work for it. The weights are back in my bag and ready for Monday's class... bring on the twinges because it's a good feeling to know I've worked for them!

  


40-something...

Monday, January 05, 2009

December has come and gone and with it my 30's. Do I miss them? Not really. But this adventure of being a 40-something is taking me a bit to get used to. I didn't have the huge party. My office wasn't covered in over-the-hill-black. I slipped quietly from my 30's to my 40's with some close friends and family sending me cards, emails and text messages (and a killer version of the birthday song by a few that will remain nameless) and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
I've started the New Year by not only being 40, but by setting a goal to be in the best condition that I've been in my life. I want to be not only around when I'm 80, but able to enjoy life then too. In 10 months I'll be running in my first complete marathon and I must admit, I can't wait! I plan on spending my 2009 being fit and 40!

  


Something to be thankful for

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away and my 40th birthday just beyond that and as I sit here and think of all the things I'm thankful for I decided to write this blog.
At 40 I may not be the sexiest 40 year old around, but I'm in the best shape I've been in years. I can run 7 miles in less than an hour (without stopping to pant!) and I don't have a single pair of pants that fit me in the waist. My abs, arms and legs have less fat and more muscle than ever before and I can run up flights of stairs without losing my breath.
In the coming year I plan on training to run the full Detroit Marathon and make my 40's be the start of something amazing.
I am thankful for my friends and family and the blessings I have in my life, but in addition to that I am thankful for a healthier and happier me!

  
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THEGARDENCHICK 11/25/2008 7:40PM

    What a great summation! Happy birthday early. Its good to take time and realize all the good we have done and to plan new goals to go with it. You will not be disappointed by doing a full marathon. Having my first just under my belt I am still amazed at what the human body and spirit can do and I am still smiling. Let me know if you need any help. Enjoy the ride!

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Finding it in myself... thanks SparkPeople~

Thursday, August 14, 2008

I've got SparkPeople to thank for a lot of things, but I think this one is at the top of my list.
Today, four months before I turn 40, I've discovered I can find it within myself.
No more looking to others to ask me to go for a walk, or attend a fitness class.
No more making excuses for not finding the time to work out, or not wanting to do it if I'm alone.
I've found I have a Spark inside me that fires myself up to do the things I know I should do.
I've found a desire to be the best shape that I could be in for "40".
I've found a wonderful attitude that makes me want to have those toned arms and legs and the beginnings of a washboard stomach for no one else other than me.
I've found that having those things I listed above makes me feel better... not because I think I'm turning heads, but because I can do things without it exhausting me.
Best of all I've found that I can make changes in my lifestyle gradually that will stick with me the rest of my life and thanks to SparkPeople I'll be able to enjoy that life without getting out of breathe or being uncomfortable in my own skin.

  
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SUMMERCAT22 8/14/2008 10:37AM

    emoticon you sound like you are now at a wonderful point in your life!

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What if I knew I couldn't fail?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Ok, I have to admit this started as a Daily Challenge, but, it's turned into so much more... and for that I am thankful.

What if I knew I couldn't fail? The phrase seems so basic and uncomplicated, but it goes way beyond that.

What if I started out in the morning thinking I would succeed at everything I did that day? Would I do things differently? Would I have different results? Would other people see me differently?

Thoughts guide us through our daily lives without us even knowing it. If we think we'll struggle keeping on our nutrition and fitness paths because it's a rough week, we will. If we think we will get passed up for that promotion because people underestimate us, we will.

Of course, there's a flip side to this as well. If we wake up knowing we will succeed just imagine the possibilities. Instead of my relay team in the Detroit Marathon, would I be running the whole thing? Would I try for an extra 10 push ups? Could I contemplate jumping to the next size of dumb-bells?

What it all boils down to is this... it's the same for me as it is for everyone. If we knew we couldn't fail then we would push ourselves because we wouldn't be afraid of not succeeding. We would be like the Wright brothers and the bumble bee and there would be no limits to what we could accomplish together!

Thanks to OUTOFCONTROL for this Challenge... may I take this from a daily challenge and turn it into a lifestyle. emoticon

  
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FITGIRL15 8/6/2008 8:50AM

    I've always been an optomist... and it shows! There is no gain in thinking or acting negatively!

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