Wednesday, May 23, 2012
"Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true." ~Unknown
"The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them." ~ Denis Watley
Here I am just 3 days before the Marathon Walk and still very excited!!! One of the ladies doing this walk said she is sooo excited she can hardly sleep! Well, maybe that is why I am not sleeping enough. I wanted to go to bed earlier but that is not working out so well. So I try to nap - some days I am able to do that, others not. I am waking early - very early like on walk days and will not try to change that - will need to get up even earlier on Saturday. I predict that after the 8 hour walk I will be like the cat in the hammock above.
Yesterday I went to ask a friend to donate. Hubby had told me that he already spoke to this guy and did not think it was a good idea to go back. HE was sure the guy would turn it down. I asked hubby if the guy said no; no, he did not say no. Well then let me at him! And would you believe it?! He handed over a nice donation!!!! I had hubby take our pic in front of the guy's store. We also went to two other donors for a photo. Want to get another one today. Think I will get them printed as a thank you. I have 18 donors and possibly one more. Thrilling to realize!!!
Did not make much progress on the presentation yesterday but am already re-scanning a few old photos today. When I scanned them over a month ago, they did not turn out well. So trying again and they are much better. I am coming up on the halfway through revision which is taking much longer than I thought it would. It is good though and I am sure it will be great. Praying for no more computer program glitches!!!
The lasagna for our colleagues came out exceptional - that is, in fragrance! Hah! I am NOT going to taste it. It cut beautifully this morning and is now in the freezer. I decided to do that so they don't need to bake it and can thaw individual servings. I will make a coleslaw Friday then see that everything is put in their fridge for their arrival on Saturday.
Must get on with other things now, so - I appreciate your cheers and encouragement as I make a dream come true!
Keep Walking, a short poem by Rumi
Monday, May 21, 2012
"There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise. One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it." ~The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes by Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell, Stephen Colagiuri, Alan W. Barclay
"People say that losing weight is no walk in the park. When I hear that I think, yeah, that's the problem." ~Chris Adams
Planned to walk this morning. Yesterday - the WHOLE day - I was exhausted and could hardly keep eyes opened as I tried to get some things done. After a 15 min. struggle to read, I closed my eyes for a much-needed nap and was unable to sleep! Soo, hoped for an early return from church so I could go to bed, but, alas, it was not very early. So I told hubby I would not wake early and we would not take that walk - today. But count on it for tomorrow morning!
Tomorrow will be my last long walk before the Marathon. I am planning to go to bed a little earlier each night to change my internal clock a bit so, hopefully, I will be able to sleep before sunset on Friday. Unlike most of the others who will be walking on Saturday, I do not have children at home so can do this. I will be up and about today and want to grab my weights this afternoon. Need to strengthen one knee or, rather, focus on those thigh muscles to relieve the knee, and do some back strengthening exercises too. I usually feel it in my back after 4 hours or so of walking.
Yesterday, I finalized the food items I will carry with me: 6 hard boiled eggs (and salt, maybe), 4 small slices whole wheat bread, 2 tangerines, 8 small packets of rinsed, plumped raisins with unskinned almonds, 2 packets of pitted whole olives, 2 cut-up peeled raw carrots, 8 packets salty peanuts, 4 packets dried banana, 2 Exceed Gel, plus 4 gatorade and 8 500ml water bottles. (The packets I am using are pill packets which hold roughly 1/2 oz. of whole almonds.) This will probably be more than I need, but whatever is left, I will consume in the car ride home as my after Marathon meal.
One of the challenges I have is with eating as I walk. I must keep the bites very small, slowly chew it up well, then swallow. I keep breathing in bits and then hacking to get it out of my windpipe or upper throat, which takes a few minutes. It is terribly frustrating. I have the science down - 2 raisins and 1 almond maximum - chew, chew, chew, and chew some more.
I cut out the insole from under my toes in my older shoes to give my toes a little more space - it helps. I think for tomorrow's walk I will take out the insoles from my ASICS and use an old pair cutting back from under the toes and see how it goes - might be just the space I need. I am looking forward to picking out a new pair plus a pair of hiking shoes over the next several months. Have any suggestions for me?
Okay - gotta get a move on the day. Lots to do.
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