Monday, December 20, 2010
What do they have in common? My past two weeks has been filled with thoughts of these 4 things.
We have 2 vehicles in our family, my sassy little sports car and my husband's Jeep Grand Cherokee. My car doesn't get to go out to play in the winter, because I live on a little mountain in WV. My husband *loves* his jeep. It was his second. The first one he flipped in an ice storm in Wisconsin several years ago...walked away without a scratch and promptly bought another one. Two weeks ago a texting 20 year old ran a red light and slammed into him at a 50mph - the jeep was destroyed...He again walked away without a scratch - guess what we bought last week - yup another Jeep Grand Cherokee. Red this time. Can't beat a car that crumples and protects the way it should...any questions on this, please refer to HarmonyBlue's recent blog
Two of my family died in the past 15 days. First my Aunt Patty (who was the last close family on my mom's side) and then my grandfather. I was close to both. Before my grandfather died I had the chance to spend several days with him during the Thanksgiving holiday in Wisconsin. We talked endlessly of flowers, which he loved and always remind me of him
My husband decided due to all of the stress, I needed a day to relax so he took me skiing 7 days ago. We are both aggressive skiers and enjoy flying down the steep hills. After several successful black diamond runs, we decided to hit an "all mogul bowl" Probably not the best decision for first day of the season. My husband picked up too much speed and went Wiley Coyote style into a rolling, ball of destruction. He was unconsious when I reached him and also had a shattered forearm. After several days on the trauma service and a day in the OR having his forearm reconstructed with titanium he is now home sleeping. We always wear helmets & I believe he would likely have died without one that day.
M & Ms:
Honestly I think I did a little emotional eating this week. In fact, I ate them by the handful on several occasions. You know what: I don't care. I forgive myself. It was an awful 2 weeks and I am so happy it is over. If they helped me cope, then I am happy for them. The few extra lbs will come back off. It is a journey and this is part of it.
I missed you all the past few weeks. It isn't the same without my Spark buddies. I look forward to catching up with you all soon.
Love to all,
Monday, November 08, 2010
Every once in awhile I think it is healthy to just be happy with where we are in the journey. Last week I celebrated my 40th birthday (on Halloween) and it was one of those times. I decided to be a peacock because I wanted to enter my 40s confident, beautiful and strong and the peacock seemed like a good symbol for what I wanted to project. I am not perfect, but I am very happy with where I am and who I am. Wearing that outfit made me proud of all the things I have done in the past year to become stronger and more fit. I have written plenty of blogs about what I still need to do, what I still want to accomplish...for once, I am just going to recognize that every once in awhile, it is ok to strut.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
LOL! Silly title right?
Today was the first time I realized how much I love doing these races (and running, do I love it?, not sure yet, but I think I might).
I have done 5 prior 5Ks, but previously it was to prove that I could (first 5K), make sure I didn't imagine it (2nd 5K), practice for my tri (#3 and 4) and then as part of my tri (#5). Today was the first time I did one when I didn't want to do it.
In truth, I really wanted to see Callikia again and her family, who Ron and I met at a 5K in Wheeling back in August. She and I had tentatively agreed to do this race today. I actually looked for excuses not to go (because I didn't want to run) but in the end, I wanted to see her so Ron and I loaded up the jeep and drove to Wheeling.
Here is me, Callikia and her husband before the race. Callikia actually raced with her dog Joey: I think I need to train my little monsters (who I love)!
So the run starts and since I haven't been training much, I actually have pretty low expectations. Amazing, how freeing that is! I relaxed, walked when I needed to walk and ran at a comfortable pace. Despite a little walking, it was still my 2nd fastest 5K ever. Oh, and the glow of accomplishment, the endorphins, the feeling of being a runner -incomparable - I actually had forgotten.
Ron and I at the end of the race
So where does the dramatic diagnosis of addiction fit in?
Something unexpected happened after the race: Ron and I actually won door prizes (gift certificates to a local running store).
So after the race we headed over to the store to get something to remember the race by. I bought a blaze orange windbreaker perfect for hiking during hunting season, and Ron bought a thermal compression shirt. But what was amazing happened at the cash register. Sitting there were brochures for a race. The race was the Shamrock Marathon. Everyone was looking happy and festive dressed in green and I thought, that would be fun someday. Then I saw the "1/2 marathon also available" and it happened I said "that wouldn't be so hard" (who said that, was that me?) I thought about it some more...nope, still not scary, really? Really?
I went home and signed up.
Any sparkies who want to join in, I would be happy to have you on my team.
The Shamrock 1/2 Marathon
March 20, 2011
TEAM: Irish Duckies
Here we go! New adventure underway...
159 days until race day
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
In the past I have focused on consistency. Until recently I have held consistency up as "the answer." Then I started to struggle with it and I had to step back and try to figure out why.
For some reason this morning it was obvious:
I have not considered sustainability.
I swear it was like a light going on in my head. I have tried to be superhuman at times and while I was able to achieve consistency, it was probably not as sustainable in reality as I wanted it to be.
I definitely need to think about this some more, but I am curious about what some of you thought. What have you done in your journey to assure that the changes you make are sustainable?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have on this subject.
Monday, October 11, 2010
I am very stressy today (is that even a word, if not I think it should be)
My job, which I usually don't blog about is FULL of stress
I am a physician, vice chair of an academic department, director of a residency teaching program and flight director for air medical teams
No emoticon for medical helicopters : (
I *love* my job, which makes all of the stress worthwhile
But sometimes, it makes me want to eat chocolate ALL DAY LONG
Today is one of those days...
The little devil inside is seriously trying to have his way with me
I am at home working on multiple projects and all I want to do is eat bad stuff!
Thus far, no giving in to temptation
My answer has been blueberry tea (lol, about 5 cups of it so far, I feel like a floating blueberry)
Luckily today I had a plan
1. Blueberry tea to keep feeling full
2. A mid-way break with yoga (probably coming up real soon!)
3. An evening break with 90 minutes of butt-kicking exercise
4. Logging everything I eat in advance...it's killing me (I hate the little details) but wow, it helps me get away from the fridge
Oh, and blueberry tea, pretty amazing
Just trying to get through the day
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