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Healthy Bucket List

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I came across a posting in the Spark Cafe that asked what my Healthy Bucket list would look like; what a great idea to ponder!

Here is what I came up with-

In my life, I want to:
- hike Ireland, Machu Pichu and the trails in Jasper, AB
- bike and barge tour in Holland
- yoga retreat
- continue to scuba dive
- ride my bike in the neighbourhood, for fun
- run comfortably
- gracefully get in and out of the car (!)
- continue to ballroom dance and ice dance
- be able to hula hoop and skip rope
- carry my own backpack, suitcase and shopping bags!
- have the balance to walk a cement curb when I want to
- be able to play hopscotch with the kids
- curl on a team for a season; play a bonspeil
- snowshoe in the wilderness
- have the energy to simply GO, DO and BE part of anything I choose.

This isn't the most inspired blog - but I wanted to keep track of the list, and continue to add to it as things go along!

Great inspiration: I am still thinking!

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CRAUDI 5/30/2012 7:55AM

    I want to hike up Mt. Fuji and be able to walk in heels without wanting to kill myself. :)

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"Go gently..."

Monday, January 09, 2012

I was at the Banff Mountain Film Festival yesterday. (Google it and you will have an idea of the content: extreme outdoor activities!)

Interestingly, one line in the 3+ hours of film has resonated with me. The film was directed by Anson Fogal and filmed by Cory Richards; it was called COLD. It was about a group of mountain climbers ascending an 8000 ft peak in Pakistan, at night in -50 degree winter conditions. What caught me, was when the camera showed one of the guys chatting with his Dad on a satellite phone, just before starting the last leg of this unbelievable emotional/ physical challenge. Knowing it was entirely a dangerous, potentially life threatening task - his Dad's last words (yes - he was a climber too!) were, "Go gently".

The team did make it to the summit and returned safely, but it struck me that the Dad KNEW his words would carry many meanings and that they might have been the last conversation he ever shared with his son.

His words could apply to all of us - especially those who are baby-stepping goals and aspirations: "Go gently". As I stepped up my physio and started into a new yoga program this week, it keeps coming back to me...

Where in your life could you "go gently"?

(Follow the links at: thenorthface.com to read the Gasherbrum II web diary)

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DONNAKOVAC 1/10/2012 5:56AM

    Go gently, Baby Stepping all the way! Thanks for sharing. Also, if we go gently, it's so much easier to "stop and smell the roses" along the way, appreciating more of the journey if we're not in a rush to race through. (^_^)

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Dancing Solo

Sunday, July 17, 2011

"The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor." - Martha Graham

I have heard this kind of saying before... "The body is a temple". It doesn't really reasonate with me; I hear it, I read it, I understand it but it doesn't move me.

Something like the quote for Jenny Craig does it more: "Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run."

I think much of my own thinking and perception of eating (and consequent weight-gain) has to do with feeling overwhelmed, tired, responsible and a fear of "running out" of energy and self-to-give. As a child with a very dependant Mom, as a teen with a sense of responsibility for home and sisters, as a young adult returning home from university in a family financial crisis, as a young married woman with a husband who did not have the initiative to match mine... I turned to the only comfort I could find: food. Food didn't demand anything of me. It was often a solitary (yes, called closet-eating!) activity that was either frantic or peaceful. It definitely had a drug effect; I usually fell asleep afterwards, or in my hypoglycemic state, I could use sugar to actually give myself a pretty good spin on life! It was never a very healthy balance. The only thing, looking back, that brought perspective, was my skating. First, in lessons at the local rink, then as a coach, as a competitor and finally as an adult ice dancer. My exercise in the form of skating, was my sanctuary from all the rest and it likely minimized the crazy eating binges because I at least kept myself moving. All the significant times in my life: deaths, decisions, dilemmas -- I took to the solitude of the rink to sort out.

When I stopped skating in a frantic effort of trying to hold onto a new business, a failing marriage and mounting debts, I gained a fair amount of weight; I kept my eating habits, but short-changed the exercise component - and the self love. Simple math; it ALL added up. By ignoring the need for physical and emotional expeditures and keeping it all "inside" I simply spiralled into a funnel-like isolation and off the end of the scale.

And so - fast forward a few years - having collected my thoughts, found some perspective and moved forward in my life it is time to revamp my daily activities. I found an inexpensive public skating session and I have loaded my IPod with all my favorite ice dance music. I do not have a partner on the ice any more so I guess it is time to learn to dance solo! The best I can do right now is to honour that time I enjoy by myself and by doing that, I have opened myself to a wealth of new things... health, love and beauty. Somedays, things just become clear.

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RAESKATES 7/18/2011 11:10AM

    Good for you. I am glad that you have decided to ice dance solo. It is because of ice skating that I lost 40 pounds. I couldn't get my legs crossed over correctly in cross overs and was frustated. I weighed 189 at the time and have maintained that loss over the last 7 years. I am now trying to lose an additional 20 since I look better in skating clothes at that size. With your skating as motivation, you will get there. I think there is nothing better than skating.

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CRAUDI 7/17/2011 11:05AM

    I love that you had your "Aha" moment. :) I hope it's just the encouragement you need. I think it's wonderful that you're going to be getting back into skating! I know for me, my passion is swimming...it was always my stress relief after I stopped swimming competitively. I often forget that I can always go to the pool to relieve stress (and get a bonus workout!)...most of the time I think I'm too busy or it's such a hassle to get my suit and cap and goggles and then GO. The GOING is the toughest part. But it always pays off.

Good luck!! :)

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

One of my goals is to touch a piece of exercise equipment at least once a day. (I am making no promises on how long or how hard I will work with it, but I will show up!)

I dragged myself around last night... the last thiing I did before going to bed was slog through a session on my exercise bike. (Actually - it was a good way to unwind; I read as I was cycling so the time passed fairly quickly. Hmm... probably sounds familiar to some of you; STARTING is the biggest challenge!)

This morning, I got up and felt a little stiff. I grabbed my yoga mat and was well into some stretching when it dawned on me... I had completed one of my daily goals withing 2 minutes of getting out of bed!!! Woo Hoo... I am well on my way today!

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DONNAKOVAC 1/23/2012 5:09AM

    just wondering how this goal is still going?

Happy Chinese New Year - if you need a reason to get restarted, this could be a good excuse! LOL Actually I think it's important to celebrate every day!

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EDUKESS 5/12/2011 11:00AM

  Be careful, this whole exercise thing may become a habit :). emoticon

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Just do it!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The NIKE slogan really rings true for me; sometimes I am so wrapped up in trying to do things as well as I can that I get stuck just getting started. You know -- planning, setting up, thinking about it, changing systems... doesn't matter if it is a dinner party or losing weight, I get so caught up in doing it "right" that I lose perspective on the whole thing!

My intention in starting this blog is to JUST DO IT. I am not a computer-savvy girl... but I am going to try something new...

TA-DAA... here I am! Blog #1.

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ZUMBALOVER2 5/11/2011 9:16PM

    I agree....I wasn't sure what to write...wondered if people would think it was dumb...but it is good. Just write your thoughts...it is cathartic for you!

Keep it up!


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