Monday, October 12, 2009
Growing up I was an active kid, never had any extra meat on my bones to worry about, as a matter of fact, was just plain old skinny. Then the years passed and while I didn't have a lot of extra meat on my bones, I had more than I did and I began to not like it. When I took a look at what was going on I realized that all the things I did as a kid and even in college, I wasn't doing anymore. Sure, I went for walks and did the occasional hike and canoe trip, but nothing that could be considered a real work out with any regularity. As I crept closer to 40, not only was I seeing an increase in the numbers on the scale, I was finding that things I used to do with regularity with ease were now a struggle. A friend of mine shared a SparkPeople article with me an BAM! I was hooked. I joined up, started posting my weight, exercise, food and joined a couple of teams. At the end of a year I was at my goal weight, posting on the message boards and ~gasp~ not only leading teams but creating my own. I've gotten others addicted to SparkPeople as well. Sure, it can be a real eye-opener when you post all your food for the day and see you've consumed enough calories for a small family, but it's the only way to see what you have to change. I've gotten used to logging in for my Spark-fix in the mornings and using a video to get me jump started when I need a little oomph. I no longer have to enter my stuff in before I do it, because it's become a habit and I know what my ranges are. The best part? I can do stairs with no problem, I did the hike from the lower to the upper falls at Taq. in the UP (8 miles- branded a "moderate intensity" hike) without getting out of breath... and even my stress test that I had to do when I had some health problems this summer had the cardiologist commenting about how good of shape my heart was in.
The best part about this? I've made the journey from having very little fitness in my life to being 40-something and being in the best shape of my life. My arms don't have that little swing that I've started to see in my friends, my legs are able to get me up multiple flights of stairs without making me pant and the rest of me is in pretty good shape too. I never would have thought that at my age I'd find fitness something I enjoy, I always thought it would be something that I'd make myself do when I needed to... now I realize that when you see the effects and you choose things you enjoy, even boot camp can be something you look forward to.
I'm running the Dump The Plump program at my work and we're in double digits now for our ten week sessions. Sure, we haven't hit all 4000 employees at my facility, but those we have gotten into the program have lost 2500 pounds! That's over a ton!!! It's amazing what sensible tips (like keeping a food log... and of course, joining SparkPeople) can do for people... it's not a diet, it's a LIVEit! It's about the glow you get from seeing the positive things in your life and knowing that it's no longer a workout but something that's fun. It's about making tiny changes in your life that have huge impact and it's about embracing fitness to invest in your future. Who knew it was that big of a deal?
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sat at my desk this morning and watched the sun rise with the lights turned off (lit of course with the glow of my PC) and while still basking in the stress free moment I logged into SparkPeople to record my food, fitness, etc for the day. I happened to glance over at my fitness minutes and TAAAA DAAAAAAAAAA I've reached my yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes.
Hmmmmmmm wait a minute... now what do I do? (Besides give a little internal "yeah me" cheer) Do I try for 25,000? 22,000? Or do I just keep on doing what I've been doing and see what I hit, then bump it up a bit for 2010?
Thinking I'm going with the last one... we'll see where it gets me!
Makes me feel good though, knowing I've had to cut back since my health issues in July and I still made my yearly goal!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
We've all had it happen to us, especially when you were a kid. Someone put something in front of you and said "eat this, it's good for you". So, in the midst of my physician trying to put her finger on what's causing my blood pressure spikes and the chest pain, she tells me that ladies "my age" (speaking of chest pain... thanks so much for THAT term) need to watch their intake of Vitamin D and that most people, especially here in Michigan don't get enough. So I go through my diet and admit that perhaps it wouldn't hurt for me to increase my Vitamin D intake... and i go and buy the cod liver oil she suggested.
I should have been tipped off when the store had two kinds, flavored and unflavored... after all... the only time you add flavoring to things that are good for you is because they taste vile (fluoride as a kid... that pink medicine you had to keep in the fridge...). So I buy the "cherry" flavor and take it home. I'm all proud that the moment I take it out of the bag, I grab a teaspoon and go to take my first dose... the cap gets removed, along with the safety seal, the spoon goes horizontal and gets filled and I bring it up to my mouth. My nose wrinkles a bit at the scent (although I like fish, I don't like the smell), but I buck up and put it in my mouth and swallow.
One second, maybe two pass and it's like I'm 6 again... my eyes water, my tounge comes out of my mouth and I'm cupping my hands under the faucet to get water to wash that taste out of my mouth because I can't take the time to go and grab a glass out of the cupboard. I grab a napkin from the basket on the counter and scrub my tounge with it in the hopes that it works as a taste bud eraser and my poor little taste buds will recover from what I just did to them.
I'm up to maybe 30 seconds post-swallow now and it's not getting any better... my stomach is doing it's version of a tilt-a-whirl and letting me know it isn't happy either. I grab the sides of the sink and take small slow breaths in the hopes of preventing a full rebellion. I'm still making horrible sounds like I've just been poisoned and a somewhat lucid thought crosses my mind that's somewhere between "what have I done" and "yippee I'm alone".
A minute or two more and I'm still trying to get the smell of the oil out of my nose and the taste of it out of my mouth with no luck whatsoever... milk... almonds... water... a tortilla chip... and the Sparker in me thinks "you have to log in all this stuff" and I finally give up.
I may be Vitamin D deficient and cod liver oil may be good for me... but unless someone has some suggestions on what I can do to make this a better experience for myself... I don't care!
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