Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I think I'm in the right place – well, actually, I've heard it said that we are all in the right place for our own path, no matter where we are – but to recognize, acknowledge and actually realize it in the moment is sometimes difficult. Today is very unusual day, but today is a very normal day. From the outside, it's just another day in the life, but on the inside . . . .
It didn't start out being an unusual day. This morning, when the alarm clock went off an hour earlier than a week ago, I did not want to get out of bed. I most definitely did not want to put on clothes, leash up my walking buddy and head out the door for some "cardio." My shins and calves were aching, my hips hurt, my knees and ankles were twinge-ing away and my feet were sore; hell, even my butt muscles hurt. But I've set myself this goal, possibly ridiculous to some, and when I remembered that I'm heading for Boston to run, I decided I could walk this morning, even if it was only for 10 minutes.
So I dragged my achy butt out of bed and headed out in the dark, into the swampy Florida humidity where it was already 75 and climbing, and I walked. It ended up being 27 minutes instead of 10 and when I got back home, I wasn't feeling blissful, what with the sweat rolling off me in big fat drops smacking the ground in raindrop plops, but I was feeling awake and more energetic than I have for a long time.
Something stunning came over me today, sitting here, writing code with my headphones on and listening to an old Joni song: I found myself feeling wonderful. I found my head bobbing and my foot tapping and somehow that wasn't enough movement, so the shoulders started swaying and pretty soon I was chair dancing and typing away in time with the rhythm of the music. And I was smiling – I felt my face smiling and it dawned on me that I was smiling on the inside too. I think maybe I'm in the "Spark" place!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Okay, I might be crazy, but after 1 week in SparkPeople, I've got a dream: I want to run in the Boston Marathon before my 60th birthday.
The blogs & posts & success stores here have inspired me; the way I feel after just a week of sticking to the calorie/fitness tracker goals (well, most of the days anyway), has inspired me. "Fat Girls Can Run the 5K" REALLY inspired me (check out MOVINITMORE's page for details).
I'm 56 years old, have a lift in one shoe, a bad knee, sciatica, traumatic spondylolisthesis and those are just the "structural" issues -- oh, and lest we forget, another 97 pounds to lose.
On the plus side -- I really, really, REALLY want to do this. So look out windmills, here I come a-tiltin'!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Wow! What an amazing place this is! Just starting to explore and joined a couple of teams; Dawnwaterwoman is my current inspiration. Check out her page!
Tracking will be easier, once I get all my weird foods analyzed & entered.
Very helpful site for nutritional data: www.nutritiondata.com -- they have tool to enter your own recipes and get the analysis per serving -- which I then use to plug in here.
Hmmmm, wonder if sparkpeople.com could do something similar . . .
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