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My Super Power

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Everyone has his or her own super power. You may not know it, but it's there. It can change, of course. For example, I've always been a great "tanner". I just don't burn and turn a nice brown when I'm in the sun. Of course, this super power ultimately failed me because although I don't burn my skin still shows the wear and tear of decades of silly sun time. So that super power has now been tucked back in the closet with shoulder padded clothes from the '80's. emoticon OK, I dumped those clothes but you get the idea.

Today my super power would be "likes to exercise." What an advantage over so many of my friends! Many people don't like to exercise and that's the first thing to go when it's crunch-time and responsibilities pile up. emoticon But that's when my super power reveals itself. I have a colleague who used to say about me, "I can always tell when the day gets stressful. That's when Karen disappears and heads to the gym." She was right. 30 minutes of "something" makes all the difference when things are crazy. That investment of 30 minutes would help me come back ready to GO! emoticon A brisk 20 minute walk made me formidable!

I learned pretty early that exercise worked wonders for me. Say when I had a nasty breakup with a guy. Instead of going crazy when those heart-achy feelings were beginning to overwhelm me (or God forbid, when I was about to make a crazy phone call I'd immediately regret) I'd call on my super power and hop on my bike and ride for an hour. Or go for a short run. I always found that I felt better when my workout was over. emoticon And my super power had saved me again. I'd tell my friends about this wonder power I had uncovered but no one else jumped aboard.

Basically, I like to move. Oh sure. There are times when I get in a slump and don't call on my super power. But I always come back to it and know when it's time to use it for good, not evil! And I feel so much better, so much stronger, so much healthier after putting in 30-90 minutes doing something I enjoy. Right now that's walking (had to say goodbye to running a few years ago), riding my bike and yoga. I need to add a weight component but so far my super power trifecta is walk, bike, yoga. emoticon emoticon emoticon

So that's my super power. And it's helping. If I were relying on being hyper vigiliant on the food side of things here, I'd be in trouble. But my enjoyment of movement is just what I need to give me a fighting chance. It keeps my spirit up. I try to keep my daily calorie deficit at -500 (in Spark reports). If I do that I'm successful (losing about 1 pound weekly). This past week I averaged at 455 and sure enough - I lost about a half pound. Today I'm taking advantage of a slow Sunday with not much on my agenda and I've ridden my bike a little more than an hour and will just go out for my final walk of the day (I take my dog out twice most days). My food will be a little loose as I'm going to dinner with friends this evening. So I knew to call on my super power.

If it's not a power of yours, all I can say is try it. Super Man/Woman will have nothing on you!
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  • TANYA602
    What a totally fun way to look at life! It will make me ponder what my own super power is.....tanning as well, maybe drinking water like there's no tomorrow. That's not very exciting though....I'll keep thinking.
    1753 days ago
    Great blog...voted for it. Love your super powers. I wish I loved doing bowflex...come on super powers.
    Have a terrific week.
    1754 days ago
    Love this blog entry, and love your super power! I've never thought of such things in that perspective, but I guess I too have a super power of loving exercise, specifically sports. No matter if it's hiking, badminton, volleyball, swimming, etc., I love to be involved and have that competitive edge. I do get perplexed when I come across people that think of exercise as a chore -- our bodies are meant to move!

    Keep up the good work and the blogging. I always enjoy hearing about your progress :D
    1754 days ago
    I voted for this blog!! Wonderful! Love your super power -- great way to phrase it. Loving to exercise is decidely a super power!! Go, Klong, Go!!
    1754 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Exercise of some sort always is great! I'm a walker and my dog loves it. I feel so much better too.
    1754 days ago
    Totally agree with you: exercise doesn't actually do much for me with respect to weight loss, but it makes me feel terrific and strong and happy. (And also look fit and toned and lean . . . ). So yeah: exercise is a super power that gives US super power!!

    (Always have to make myself go: always always always glad I did).
    1754 days ago
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