Tuesday, February 19, 2013
To paraphrase the words from an old musical from back in the 70s ". . . and so, . .(you are) once again my guest. . . .we've not much time, and quite a problem here . . . ."
Yup, it fits . . . you are invited to read my blog at any time (this one as well as the one I use outside of SP for my crafting), so by definition of being invited,yes, you are my guest.
Lack of time and Problem . . . yup, also fits. I find myself on the go nonstop trying to get everything that needs to be done, done . . . you guessed it, stuff is still falling through the cracks so that I am not blogging here or on "ramblinsofafibreflake" . . .
Ironic because I just happened to catch a bit of a telejam that hit me broadside . . . it talked about BALANCE and the choices we make... . out of balance ? yup, I guess you could say that. So you ask, what have I done in the recent past to help myself ?
Well, let's see . . . last spring my employer did a variation of Biggest Loser Challenge. We were given pedometers, and basically could do whatever we chose in terms of diet and/or exercise method, with weekly weigh-in's for a total percentage of weight lost in the ensuing 12 weeks. I did manage to drop 2.7% -- not a whole lot I will admit, but all I did was walk. Yes, walk, 2-5 miles at a time, over hill-and-dale, fighting off mosquitoes, sticky humidity, and the ever-present deer ticks on my rambles through the woods. My gain: Better Lung Function (Yay! I can run up and down stairs now without huffing halfway through the first set), and a month into the challenge I found myself buying a pair of pants a size smaller than I had been wearing . .woohoo!
Then, to try something different (looking ahead to the fall hunting season when tromping through the woods is not a smart idea), signed up for a Step-Fitness aerobics class in September. This gal quickly discovered that she seemed to developed 2 Left Feet ! Here it is now February and I have finally gotten the hang of most of the Basic steps. I still struggle with tap vs step at times, cannot "shuffle" or "hop" at all, and frequently lose track of which foot a particular sequence leads off with (especially if I need to tap and change lead) . . . but at least I continued to move. The plus side? Unexpectedly hearing a piece of music on the radio and thinking "this would be a GREAT song to Step to . ." and you know in my head I already am . . .
Then, if this wasn't enough, I signed up to do a Learn-to-CrossCountry-Ski mini-class. I had a blast ! I already could snow-shoe, so figured how hard could this be ?! . . . Quickly discovered my problem is not 2-left-feet, it's actually more of a case of a weak ankle that for no reason at all will suddenly "lock" and/or "give-way" . . . .lots of laughter ensued in this class by all of the participants as several had never been on skis before either so we all had that learning curve to deal with. I have been out on my own several times since then, very short trips as I am no-where near ready to tackle any of the sloping trails around here yet. The plus side? My lungs are in great shape. The thighs however, are definitely feeling it having to work overtime to compensate for the ankle.
But I am still out there doing something -- perhaps not as much as I would like, but still definitely more than I was a year ago . . . am I in balance yet ? Not quite, still have some things that need to be pondered and adjusted in terms of my home life, work life, play life, and exercise life . . . I will discuss it with my physician when next I go, but as the instability is not "stopping" exercise and is not painful, drastic measures are not called for so will just keep on "keeping on" and work around what I must. In terms of that . .. . yeah, I guess I do feel somewhat in balance, so to quote something from my work life. . . I am going to practice a bit of "watchful waiting"