THATWOMANCANADA's SparkPeople Blog THATWOMANCANADA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Stress Challenge 1.1 The week ended up being nowhere near as stress-filled as I thought it was going to: a couple of things got cancelled and some of what I needed to do just fell into place. <BR> <BR> Meditating every day is definitely making a difference. I love it! <BR> <BR> <em>135</em> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 19:37:20 EST Cleaning Day Spent several hours cleaning the kitchen ... wow: it's clean! <BR> <BR> Started the day at the gym, again. I really didn't want to, and spent a lot of time thinking about what I wasn't going to do when I got there, and I did the sprint/walk treadmill and longer stretching than usual anyhow :D <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:07:55 EST Stress Challenge This is a task I need to do for the Stress Challenge... starting a Stress Journal. I'll just do it here... <BR> <BR> Most common or intense stressors I encountered this week: <BR> <BR> Today: time use --Mum & Dad, Christine, making dinner, Charlotte, all the ITC work, CM <BR> ... ARG!! Mon, 26 Aug 2013 12:32:33 EST Multi-list Today Many things on my mind today... <BR> <BR> ~ find the steel wool <BR> ~ bring up the chairs <BR> ~ check out the fabric selection <BR> ~ decide what to stuff them with (chips? Would that work?) <BR> ~ feed the girl's cats <BR> ~ flea spray <BR> ~ track spending for the week <BR> ~ plan Friday (ball game, Daniel party?) <BR> ~ find out how late the wedding's going (moving night?) <BR> ~ email the board with a date/time suggestion <em>248</em> Wed, 7 Aug 2013 12:22:33 EST Didn't 'feel like it' ... did it anyhow My feet hurt. I'm tired. I don't want to. <BR> <BR> Yeah... <BR> <BR> Yesterday I umpired two games (one in extra innings), and today my feet HURT! In fact, my feet hurt all the way to my knees. <BR> <BR> Today, I scrubbed the shower stall, anyhow. <BR> Today, I sprinted and skipped and lunged across the gym, anyhow. <BR> Today, I swam lengths for 20 minutes anyhow. <BR> <BR> I didn't feel like any of it. <BR> <BR> I did it anyhow. <BR> <BR> I win. <BR> <BR> <em>209</em> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 20:45:14 EST 21 Day Meditation Challenge Just listening to Day 1 of Oprah & Deepak's 21 Day meditation challenge... it's a 14+min recording, and so far, it's an ad for the program... not sure this is what I was expecting here... <BR> <BR> <em>414</em> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 15:48:19 EST Walking, and we're walking, and we're walking... Walked 4.5miles from a park to the pub, played 11 games of pool, had a beer and some appies, then walked back. We walked past horse farms, fields of grain, pumpkin patches and a bunch of bikers, walkers, horse riders and dog walkers... <BR> <BR> Left at 1:30, got to the pub at 4 ... the return trip was 1hr 40. <BR> <BR> Total steps: 20898 <BR> <BR> Good way to spend a sunny afternoon! <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>67</em> Sun, 4 Aug 2013 22:43:29 EST Find something.... Oh...kay... <BR> <BR> minutes of 'working out' vs. my 'goal' (which, I promise, I did not pick!) is ... 1000:1 kind of ratio... <BR> <BR> My weekly 'minutes of working out' are almost universally over 1300 (which doesn't surprise me much: 90-180 minute games to umpire --squats, sprinting, jogging, walking and running = LOTS, I know... my legs know.. my feet KNOW... <BR> <BR> 14 games a week is, I get it, a LOT.... <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> and this is, I know, a BIG but... <BR> ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 03:43:27 EST Been busy... Brought up my drawing table the day before yesterday, yesterday cleaned out my wardrobe (4 STUFFED bags of give-aways, one of garbage) ... Those were kind of in lieu of the gym. <BR> <BR> I have 2 more games to ump, Monday, and those might be the last for the year. :( <BR> <BR> Gym this morning was real sweat, but I'm having a hard time on the treadmill getting to really-winded the way I managed in the gym a few days ago. <BR> <BR> Working... working.... <em>185</em> Fri, 2 Aug 2013 15:22:17 EST Busy Week I haven't been here in a few days... <BR> <BR> I have been working out regularly, and eating at home, which helps. I had a game Monday and tonight, and have done Billy Blanks once and went to the gym yesterday. <BR> <BR> So my life has been 'better' than it looks <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:08:13 EST Coffee: note to self So... if you drink a pot of coffee in the morning, when you go to do a boot camp dvd, you feel like you're going to faint, or possibly puke, or both. <BR> <BR> Poor choice, there... before breakfast, next time! <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 17:30:27 EST Ball season's wrap up I'm concerned about how to stay as active, with as much intense activity as umpiring, once ball season ends... <BR> <BR> Dh suggested skating, which is a pretty cool idea, actually... <BR> <BR> <em>196</em> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 01:16:33 EST Ball tournament today 2 games today, 2 more tomorrow... sweaty fun! <BR> <BR> <em>300</em> Sun, 7 Jul 2013 01:34:28 EST Billy Blanks is a Bully Pickin' on me :D <BR> <BR> Had a GREAT workout with his Basic Training Boot Camp this morning --sweat pouring off me... but I could DO IT! All but the pushups and situps (known strength deficits :) and I had energy when I was done. <BR> <BR> Hit the showers! <BR> <em>353</em> Fri, 5 Jul 2013 18:04:26 EST Heath Study I did my baseline tests today, for a long health study (20 years!) ... all kinds of weird exercises and measurements and questions and tests. Big fun! <BR> <BR> And it turns out that I really am 5'7"... who knew? Tue, 2 Jul 2013 16:49:09 EST Sudden Changes Like the Barenaked Ladies' 'overnight success' after 15 years of working their asses off in the industry, after 2 months of umpiring ball nearly a game a day (and sometimes 4!), I can now see the underside of my jaw... <BR> <BR> I've lost only 5 pounds since I started weighing myself a few weeks ago, but since the measurements 4 days ago, I've lost more than 3" ... a whole inch off my hips and 1.5" off my waist... I only measured because I was sure I LOOKED slimmer at the gym for yoga this m... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 01:38:03 EST An Hour of Yoga Started this morning with a high energy bunch of sun salutations, which gently slowed into long stretches of my hard-working legs that turned into 15 minutes of peaceful, seated meditation. <BR> <BR> Good day. <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:18:53 EST Recovery rate As a part of a health assessment I did yesterday, was a heart rate assessment. <BR> <BR> From resting (sitting) at 62bpm, to immediately after a 30-second period of jumping jacks --100bpm, after 2 minutes my heartrate was back down to 55bpm. <BR> <BR> I understand that 'recovery time' is a huge part of fitness... and I don't think these would have been the numbers I saw in November last year. <BR> <BR> Woot! <BR> <BR> <em>355</em> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:23:08 EST Dishes How do I manage to mis-spell dishes as die... anything. Maybe something about why I avoid doing them in that :D <BR> <BR> Two good games today, lots of running and no times of feeling winded, which is nice. I watched one player struggle after having to run for an in-the-park homer, as she still hadn't regained her breath almost 5 minutes later! A year ago, that would have been me <BR> <em>363</em> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:04:04 EST So many choices One of the big energy dampeners in my life is the So Many Choices pile. Nothing is really 'top' priority, there are a bunch of things I want to do... and then I drift through the day not picking any and getting nothing done. <BR> <BR> So, I wrote a poem: <BR> <BR> The Uncried Tears <BR> <BR> Bitter bites a palate <BR> Hungry with want, eyes hollow <BR> And empty & the sinus scent of <BR> Tears, uncried. Shoulders dropped <BR> In despair of bile not allowed <BR> To rise, to tears uncried. ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:34:06 EST