Thursday, April 26, 2012
There's an ad on SparkPeople that comes up all the time lately from a Factory of some kind (hint hint).
In BIG letter it says:
And I have to laugh because I know she doesn't. My mom doesn't. She was inspired by my weight loss, and The Spark book that I left at her house, and wanting to enjoy herself around her new boyfriend so she ditched the NutriSystem and other unhealthy habits and exercised her way to her goal with healthy foods.
I've only seen her progress through a couple of incidental pictures on Facebook, but I'm sure that she's feeling great. I watched her struggle with her weight all through my childhood, sometimes succeeding at dieting. Mostly miserable with food choices, and unhappy with her body.
I hope that she's happier now. That's all I really want for her.
(But it doesn't include cheesecake, especially not A WHOLE GIGANTIC one for her 1-person household.)
And that's what I want for me, too. Cheesecake, no thank you.
(Anyway, I had a taste of cheesecake at a brunch last weekend- the tip of a small serving they had at a buffet. It really, truly was enough.)
Anyway, I need to post the new Done Girls and then go to work! Enough rambling. Haha.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
April 9th was the 100th day of 2012.
Shortly before that, my mileage on the Nike+ GPS app hit 100 miles. And it got me thinking... I WISH I could say that I did those 100 miles in 100 days, but I did NOT.
At least, not as much as I know. I haven't been diligent about tracking my fitness minutes or miles. I don't always use this app, often I use another one, sometimes they don't work and I don't have anything. The SparkPeople tracker could easily be the thing that ties all of my other tools together, a home for my fitness. I want to use the power of having that tool.
But, 100 miles is a big accomplishment... It made me start to think about the next 100 miles, and the next 100 days.
I seriously contemplated making a goal of doing 100 miles in the next 100 days. I decided that I don't want to do that right now. It wouldn't take much more walking/running than I am scheduled to do currently - 3 times a week. However, I'm not sure where I'll be living or how I'll be exercising in the next 100 days. And I didn't want to take on that commitment.
I think I will keep it in the back of my mind, though. I might be able to pull it off after-all. We will see!
Monday, April 02, 2012
I've called it that before.. "Exercise Medicine": There's nothing like exercise to help with healing, especially stress-related illnesses. But it also works for sore muscles, and hurting backs, and headaches, and cramps... all kinds of aches and pains.
So if exercise is so great, how come when I need it the most, it's the hardest to get up and do? Why, when I could use a little mild walk do I only want to lie around in bed?!?
It doesn't make any sense. By Saturday I was worn out from working a 14 hour day Thursday, and another on Friday. I still didn't sleep enough that night, and ended up being overly tired, emotionally wrecked with mood swings. (I was giggling in the store with Heather for a minute, and then laughing so hard I cried for no reason, and while trying to catch my breath behind a display immediate started crying with real sadness, inexplicably, before I admitted that maybe I was still tired.) I was dehydrated and feeling like I had run a 5k I was so achy.
I avoided exercise that whole day, though it might have helped a little. I know that what I really needed was rest.
On Sunday, we went to go have our normal run, but I had a head-splitting ache and more severe than normal back pain. I can tolerate a lot of pain, but during our warm-up walk it felt like I couldn't take another step, much less start to jog.
We ended up finishing our lap, and then hiking up a trail with a steep incline. My heart rate skyrocketed, my lungs were working overtime and so were my legs. Blood was pumping everywhere, but mostly hurting my head even more as all the circulation was helping my lower back feel better. I stopped just long enough to slightly catch my breath, and wait for my heart rate to slow just to ease pressure off of the headache, then forged ahead with the pounding beat.
By the time we got to a stopping point, my headache was feeling better. It didn't come back the rest of the day (although the espresso dessert drink afterward helped a little too).
For many things, exercise really is the best medicine. But so is having a positive attitude during, getting adequate sleep, and eating healthfully. These are the cornerstones of my Wellness Life. And the enjoyment I get from feeling better from all of it, and being able to do more contributes to my Adventure Life.
It's definitely worth that first bitter taste of exercise to feel the healing that comes from it. And it always gets easier the more I do it! So in the morning we will do the run that I missed Sunday; except now it'll be in the cool pre-dawn hour instead of sunshine. ;)
Monday, March 26, 2012
Me before at about 375 and recently about 250.
Now (250) and when I was 17 (under 200).
Today was International Waffle day. I thought I'd get a waffle after running for nearly 30 minutes straight this morning, with more fitness minutes walking before and after.... Instead I ended up going straight for the waffle. Belgian, at a local place. It was fun but I missed the running.
But between that and the sweetened White & Black Mocha coffee, syrup, fruit... I went on a major sugar high, and crashed. Then didn't eat lunch, snacked on some Trader Joe Roasted Seaweed squares, and PB M&Ms, showered and napped. Had a late dinner of white rice with Thai food for dinner; along with some caramel chocolate chip cookies I made. I mean, YES, we did over an hour of yard/garden work in there, but still....
My interpretation of the day is low on fiber (eek), low on protein, high on sugars, calories.
THAT is why I'm posting these comparison pictures. I am taking a step back, a deep breath, and not going to allow myself to come up with reasons that I want to eat this or that (instead of reasons that I want to live a fit life).
The week ahead is going to be a big challenge. I will succeed. I will come out of it with the triumph of knowing that I did the very best I could, and gave myself the healthy fuel I needed to do it.
After a challenging first day, and learning a lot the 2nd day, this will be my first full week at work - and it's their busiest. Being that it's financial, the end of the month rigmarole is their difficult time. I'll be going in 4 hours earlier than normal (as in, be there at 5 a.m.) for a couple days, and putting into practice processes I will learn on Monday (I hope). :D Plus, that 5k is just a little more than a couple weeks away. We are going to have to hit every running day planned from here until then.
This is not the time to throw fitness and feel-good eating out the window. When I say "feel good eating", I mean healthful eating that makes me FEEL GOOD. *REAL* feel-good eating. Hrmph, that's IT! I'm tracking my food 100%, darn it!
SO that's the plan, man. And I'm on it.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I start a new job in the morning. I haven't had a daily office job in a few years now, since I was laid off. I have so many mixed feelings. There are a lot of unknowns that will be answered in the morning (I hope).
But it brings some fresh unknowns, about what will happen next. This is really the start of (I hope) a little bit of security, a time to make decisions, changes. Financially, it will not afford me the freedom that I dreamed of (my own apartment), but it is a start. It just means that I need to come up with other ideas, all of which are better than being unemployed and homeless, for sure! I will simply try to plan and deal with the rest as it comes, that's all I can do.
That doesn't quiet the nervousness.
But as I told a friend recently (who was nervous to go to some parties and meet new people with me): NERVOUSNESS is just from the adrenaline, which is there to prepare you for the challenges ahead!
I must be *really* ready. LOL.
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