1st Group Bike Ride / Heart Walk / Our Journey
Sunday, April 25, 2010
We had a terrific turnout for our bike club's roadside cleanup, around 20-30 members...rounded up bags & bags of trash, including a box fan, shovel, countless liquor bottles and beer cans...ugh! Sad stuff, but SUPER to be RID of it and to scrub up our little stretch of Mother Earth!
Afterward around 18 of us gathered for our bike trip...yep, another 18 miler...lol! I had chatted with a few folks beforehand and tried to hang with them, but found after a while that they broke into two different groups so I kicked up the pace to keep up with the faster group, but couldn't sustain that pace so I ended up solo during the latter part of the trip in between the two groups. Although I could see the group ahead of me they made the left turn to go over the bridge.
I'm a bit shaky on left turns and it took a bit before I felt like I had the right of way. I had thought that we were going to meet for ice cream. So after crossing the bridge I turned right & went to the two different ice cream shops on the main drag (practically right NEXT to each other...lol) and was looking for folks, waiting for a bit.
Finally a member came along and he said folks kinda split up going to different places for lunch. He said he had some errands to run back home and was just heading up to the park and loop back down to return to our starting point. I wasn't really prepared to do lunch either so I joined him and we had a nice chat, enjoying the ride back together.
So although it wasn't glitch-free, it was a good time and has me looking forward to more rides to come!
Today's Heart Walk was fun, even though I was the only member of SparkPeople there. I had my bright red SparkPeople shirt on and although it had been raining it let up in time for the walk so it was only an occasional light misty drizzle. Silly me, I brought a windbreaker...I realized as we prepared to launch the walk that I would only sweat even MORE wearing it...so carried it along with my umbrella which I didn't use. There were two walks a 1-mile and 2-mile. The terrain was pretty darned hilly, but that was fine to me!
It really wasn't any kind of competition, but I set out right away to work my way up through the crowd and it soon became apparent that others had a similarly competitive, challenging spirit. I moved into the lead of the 2-mile group, but a few folks THOUGHT they could book it faster than me on the level ground...little did they know when the hills came up that I've had my incline 10 training on my treadmill...lol! It was only two miles, but fun to be first. Rather than have DW come pick me up I walked from the school down to the mall around a mile and half away. Then did some mall-walking too.
Recently a few message board posts inspired / rekindled some thoughts that I pass along here as well, FWIW:
I think one of the greatest gifts we can learn to give ourself, for which SparkPeople and our SparkFamily serves as SUCH a WONDERFUL catalyst, is to realize that we are capable of SO much more than we THINK we are! All too often we can be our own BIGGEST barrier to accomplishing our heart's desire...once we can break through that...?
One of the most powerful motivators for me was to be deep down in my soul SO sick and tired of being sick and tired that I was willing to try ANYTHING to get myself out of my rut. One of my eye-openers...LITERALLY...lol, was to try getting up earlier so that I could get my workout done right away before the day ran away with itself.
Lo & behold I found out something that worked!
Will that work for you? Who knows? Only YOU will find what works for you *IF* you can keep putting one foot ahead of the other and trying something new & different out until you find things that "click" and "work."
Keep banging the flint onto the rock until VOILA!...a SPARK IGNITES YOUR LIFE!
The SKY'S THE LIMIT!
Now a corollary occurs to me, regarding the pitfalls of maintenance: the longer we keep the weight off, the greater the distance between the present and the pain and agony (sick & tired yadda yadda) that LAUNCHED this lifestyle change.
I think this is a HUGE factor in relapse...! AND I think keeping active with the message boards and touching base with the newer members who are struggling so helps me to keep this old motivating pain fresh in my mind.
To those of us who've reclaimed our lives to our liking: NEVER AGAIN! We just CANNOT *EVER* allow our lives to get SO out of control! There isn't ANYTHING worth giving up this freedom and joy for which we've fought and struggled to accomplish!
To those beginning or still on your journey:
YOU ARE WORTH EVERY SECOND OF EVERY STRUGGLE!
TOGETHER we WILL reach our goals and MAINTAIN them!
Woo hoo! :-)