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Do you turn rest days into rest weeks?
It's amazing to me the amount of effort that's required to exercise 20-30 minutes a day, but how little thought goes into stretching a rest day into weeks and sometimes months!
I called out Monday as a rest day, as I had done 6 days in a r... Read more
A week of training
Last week was a busy one, folks! But through it all I managed to get it lots of exercise.
Tuesday I did a straight cardio session at home using Yourself Fitness for PS2. It's a great program and gives lots of variety while you work to unloc... Read more
I am always very inspired by RUNNER4LIFE08's monthly goals and recap blogs. So I decided to try it out myself. Here goes...
#1 - Climb stairs at work twice a week. I am team captain for my company team at the Fight For Air Climb on March 1... Read more
Aqua Endurance, part 2 - Land Ho!!
Tonight's session was a chance to see the other method this trainer uses to help people get in shape. Everything was land-based this time around, so no jumping up and down in a swimsuit (oh, gee, darn).
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Tell Me I'm Not Old!!
So, today I admitted to a friend that I hate going to bed at 10:00 pm because it makes me think I'm old. The logical part of my brain knows that people of all ages go to bed before 10:00 - it just depends on their schedule.
Every plan I've ... Read more
Aqua Endurance - yeaow!
Today I had a free session at the gym to try out a new training program. (Free = yay!!) It's called Aqua Endurance, and it was developed by one of the personal trainers in an effort to help injured and/or extremely out-of-shape people regain eno... Read more
Is it really 2012 already?
I just can't believe how fast 2011 went! It was not the best year for me, but it definitely had some high points.
During the first quarter, I trained for and completed my first 5k since my hip surgery. It was the Blarney 5k - which, in Wisc... Read more
C'mon Get Happy
November started out with determined focus to follow the 30 days to happiness calendar that Sparks created. As with all things, I started strong and fizzled. But there is hope! The month is not over. Here's what I missed:
12: Eat dark choco... Read more
I had a nice 11-day streak going and then something happened. It's something I've known for a long time, but I didn't realize it ran as deep as it apparently does.
The thing is...I'm a rebel. I have always rebelled aga... Read more
Greater Happiness: Day 11 + Patience
Today's recommendation for happiness is to start a journal and use it to record positive experiences and things you are thankful for so you can go back and use it as a mood booster when things aren't going so well.
I've tried journaling bef... Read more
Greater Happiness: Days 9 & 10
Yesterday and today were not good days for me. Work was extremely stressful. Yesterday I got home from work at 7:00 pm (I start at 9:00 am), and then had to log back in at 9:00 pm to deal with a security issue. I got done a... Read more
Greater Happiness: Day 8, Inner Voice + Living the Plan
Today Spark asks us to make time for ourselves. "Pursuing personal growth is just as important as spending time with others. Pencil in some "me" time, even if it's just a few minutes each day."
This I do. Thanks to FORBANDE, who pointed me ... Read more
Greater Happiness: Day 7 + Zen Lesson (Duplicity)
Happy Monday, SparkFriends! Tomorrow is my weigh-in day and I'm very excited. After 6 straight days of following my goals, I feel better, healthier, and maybe even a little lighter. Even if the scale doesn't reflect it, I am noticing differences... Read more
Greater Happiness: Day 6 + Zen Lesson
Today's Spark calendar for greater happiness says: Find Meaningful Work. The nature of your job isn't as important as how you approach it. A positive attitude and a focus on the meaning behind your work make it more rewarding.
I love my job... Read more
Greater Happiness: Day 5 + Zen Lesson
Today the 30 Days to Greater Happiness calendar says to Take Action. "If you don't life your job or other life circumstances, make a plan and take charge. You create your own reality, and you can change your life if you're unhappy."
I truly... Read more