Friday, July 08, 2011
I've been away from Spark for quite a while and honestly, I'm probably not really back. I'm not really sure why I stepped away. Probably had something to do with the fact that it suddenly started taking 10 minutes or so to log in, which I noticed is still happening today. Argh. Have I ever mentioned how impatient I am? About the same time that started happening, we hit an all time new low in our finances and healthy food choices just haven't always been an option. And summer hit which means it's 99 degrees and 4,000% humidity every day. And oddly, we've been blessed with rain. Normally, by this time of year, we are under drought conditions, the news is full of reports of wells drying up and you can't go barefoot outdoors because the grass is so dry & crunchy it hurts to walk on. Not this year! This year has brought us only one or two days a week without rain. And it hasn't just been rain, it's been huge, big whopping thunder storms. Not exactly good running weather.
Anyway, those are my excuses. Not good ones, I'll admit, but mine none the less. The excuses leave me at a point where I still care, but not enough apparently. Food wise, I'm trying to make the best choice based on what's available but I'll admit that that doesn't always happen. As for exercising, well, I really hate indoor exercise and while I long to get out and run, the humidity is just beyond miserable. Even at 7:00 a.m. My running career may be put on hold until fall when I can start complaining about how cold it is. Frankly, I don't think I'll ever complain about the cold ever again.
Ok, so, if I'm not really in the Sparking mood and I'm not considering myself "back", why am I posting? Because I've recently started following a blog about a woman who has started walking to loose weight & get healthy. I have no idea why I started reading her blog, I really thought it had something to do with knitting but I don't see a single post about knitting. But who cares why I started following it. The point is, I love the woman's writing style and if you want a little motivation, and hey - who can't use a little motivation? Anyway, for a bit of motivation, specially for those of us who are struggling to maintain or even find our spark, you have got to read the June 6, 2011 post. Not only are the photos great, but her words are just.... well, they make me want to get out and walk. Go check it out for yourself -
And I have to say - driving on the beach is one of life's coolest & naughtiest feeling things!
Member Comments About This Blog Post
It is good to hear from you. I was thinking of you this morning. I hope you find your way back. I miss you.
1975 days ago
Hey there! I was just thinking how I hadn't read any of your blogs lately & wondering how you're doing. Thanks for the update. I sympathize on the computer - slow/eratic is par for the course out here.
1975 days ago
Breathe. I'll play the devil's advocate, just for kicks and giggles, and come at you with love and support in a different sort of way! All in good humor!
Okay, so you're computer is slow to boot up, while it's booting pour yourself a cup of coffee, do a few sit ups, file your nails, fold some laundry, draw a picture, make a to do list...just don't make excuses!
If I remember correctly you live in Virginia. I live in Texas, we are in the worst drought in recorded history, in fact, I'm pretty sure the entire state is about to self combust. And it will be 99 degrees here everyday until October! The grass is never soft enough to walk on, and I can cook eggs on the sidewalk. I've resigned myself to running at 6 a.m., even though it's summer, and I'm off for the summer, and I have every desire to sleep in, and I don't, you know why? One morning I went out for a run at 8:30, I thought, well, it's only 80-something, I'll be fine. I was wrong, I thought I would die, I didn't thankfully, but the sun was beating down on me every step of the way, the heat coming up at me from the hot concrete was equally as bad, and there was not even one whisper of a breeze. It's 6 a.m. or nothing. And you know what, I HATE getting up that early, HATE it, but I feel FANTASTIC when I get back. And, oh, what I wouldn't give to run in the rain.
As for the lack of funds and healthy food choices, I can only say I feel your pain, I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers that those things we can't control will somehow find a way to be manageable.
Hope you get back on track my friend! I'm struggling myself, but slowly finding my way!
1975 days ago
I understand - I think overwhelmed by life this what you are dealing with. We are here for you when you get back.
1976 days ago
Well darn...that crazyauntpurl website is blocked here at the office so I'll make a note to check it at home.
We miss you around here!
And remember, if you can't run, you can always walk! I lost my first 30lbs doing nothing but staying within my calorie ranges and walking 30 minutes 5 days a week. :-)
1976 days ago
I have one of her books - yes, her writing is definitely engaging!
Sorry you're having such troubles logging in & just with life in general. We miss you! Glad to "see" you even if it's just once in a while.
1976 days ago
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