Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I made a post a bit ago about little Noah, the child that wasn't expected to live to see Christmas. I just got an update on his story this morning. Noah passed away on Monday, losing his battle, but in the process bringing a whole lot of togetherness and different attitudes to those who's life he touched. My co-workers and I had sent along cards in response to his familys request to give him one last Christmas. According to the article, so did a million others... wow, what a response. May Noah's family find the strength in those cards and the reaching out of strangers to get through this difficult time.
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!
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