Saturday, February 04, 2012
We went to Ludlow Reservoir but there was no parking so we ended up at Nathan Bill Park instead.
It was still a great time. We walked for a little over an hour, and stopped to touch base with our "inner child" along the way!
(The website is not letting me download all the pictures, so I'm going to add them to my photos on my sparkpage....I hope you will check them out!) Anyway, its all about being good to ourselves, giving and getting support, and just having fun doing something you love to do.
Regarding hikes, my goal for this year is AT LEAST 12- once a month minimum. I love the outdoors, and am determined to make my fitness coincide with my love of the outdoors as much as I can. Time flies when I am outside, with a friend or even alone, because I love it so much. Fresh air feels great.... sunshine even on a cold day provides Vitamin D that makes me feel so much better!
I post upcoming walks on Pioneer Valley Goalgetters team page under daily chat. I also list them on SparkAmericaMA.com under events. Anyone that can join me is welcome, and if not, I hope the idea of hiking gives you another option to add to your ideas for cardio.
Can't wait for the next one- I'm honestly thing about going to Heritage Park tomorrow if the weather is as nice as it was today! Because come Monday, back to the rat race!
Be good to yourselves, and find a way to incorporate something you love to do into your fitness routine as you continue on your journey!
Saturday, February 04, 2012
And we wonder why it overwhelms us sometimes!? For me, if I don't stay focused, I can pack on 5 pounds in a week with NO problem. My metabolism is nonexistent, dang it. My 150 pound husband in the meantime, burns calories as he's shoveling down ice cream, pizza, hamburgers, fries....lol
I love thinking about this lifestyle, knowing it will increase my longevity and make me healthier=happier. I do wonder though, if the effort I put into my focus, my nutrition planning, my fitness routine, etc. can be my downfall. I'm an all or nothing person, thinking in terms of black and white, there is no gray. But I recognize that 2 yrs. ago that is what burned me out and caused me to quit. I was exhausted from all the mental focus, sometimes "excessive" exercise, ever watching what I purchased at the store and fueled my body with. So after a successful first year with Spark, losing 37 pounds and going from a size 20 to a size 9/10, I quit. And gained every ounce back.
Needless to say, I have the tools and the knowledge to lead a healthy lifestyle. (thank you SP). I just have to learn balance. I have to stop equating a couple days without exercise means failure, that giving myself a yummy treat once a week or so is okay. Discipline is one thing, obsessive thinking is another.
I will live to be a ripe old age, free from high blood pressure, strokes, and heart disease. I will climb every mountain I attempt to climb without being short of breath and hurting throughout my body. I will quit smoking and allow my lungs to savor the sweet mountain air when I go on my hikes. All of this will allow me to love and hug my husband longer, adore my children and grandchildren for additional years...and enjoy the fun and support of friendships.
I will continue to learn and grow emotionally and physically. When I become overwhelmed (which I will because I am human) I will STOP- take a deep breath- SMILE- and adjust my thought processes so that I will overcome obstacles and continue to succeed.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
What a terrific way to start the year, with this crazy mild weather inNew England! "Crazy" and weather seem to go hand in hand up here, always extremes it seems. I've heard people say, "We're gonna get hammered", or "A Nor'easter is going to hit in April." I prefer to say, after the catastrophes and disasters in 2011 with the tornados, Hurricane Irene, the microburst, an earthquake...God's gonna give us a reprieve this winter! He already has actually- after all, we're through with January!
I guess it's another thing you can compare with: Is your glass half empty or half full? In other words, are you grateful for what you're given, or do you moan and groan and want what you don't have? I'm extremely grateful; we're all human and have our ups and down, but the important thing is to "be still and know....."
Know that regardless of what the weather is the rest of the season, Spring will arrive. Know that for every time you think you fail, you've succeeded because you're reading this blog which means you're still trying to work your program and be involved in this terrific community!
Know that alone we can do nothing, but together we can do anything!
I'm going to be still, and know that my higher power holds me up... my Spark family holds me up.... my husband and entire family and all my friends hold me up.... and I hold my head up high because I'm proud of where am I in my life!
Here's praying you feel yourself held up by Love, and that you see your glass as always half full, and never half empty!
Saturday, January 07, 2012
9:15 Started my hike- cold, but far from unbearable!
A view from the dock overlooking the reservoir, about 1/2 mile in:
I see so many walkers either staring straight ahead or looking down at their path in front of them; you miss so much if you don't pay attention to your surroundings! I couldn't believe this pine tree growing from a rock,
or this hollow, fallen tree.
Trivia fact I bet you did't know: "Enjoying the physical activity you participate in may make your facial muscles sore due to excessive smiling!"
I had to turn around and start back 2 miles in, time constraints plus I didn't want to be overly tired/sore....so on the way back I saw cattails blowing on the water's edge-
and a gorgeous blue sky broken by branches of a stark white birch tree.
When I got back to the 1/2 mile mark at the dock, I couldn't resist resting in January's GREEN GRASS!
What an awesome experience my first hike of 2012 was. I know New England Winter will rear her ugly head soon, but until then, I'm going to be out there. Walking in the neighborhoods, in state parks, anywhere I can find the quiet and serenity that I need to focus and take in the beauty that we are surrounded by.
Remember, next time you take a walk, don't stare straight ahead and don't keep your head down looking at your feet and the path ahead of you. Pay attention to your surroundings, and I bet you'll be surprised at what you see!
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