ABC's of Maintenance: D is for distance
Many of us talk about what we're doing with SparkPeople as being on a journey. This lends itself to the metaphor of distance: where we started, where we are now, how "far" we have come.
Some of us have walking, running, biking, or swimmi... Read more
ABC's of Maintenance: C is for creativity
Once one has entered what we used to think of as "the promised land", i.e. maintenance, things change, and yet, they don't.
What changes is that we no longer see the steady reduction of the readout on the scale. We stop dropping dress or j... Read more
B is for brain AND for body!
Brain and body are not mortal enemies. Research has shown that exercising the body has direct benefits to the brain.
Growing up, I had the mistaken concept that you developed one or the other! I was very proud of my brain... I was that ... Read more
ABC's of Maintenance - A is for ambition!
Ambition is a great word to start off my maintenance alphabet for year two. Ambition encompassses both the drive to achieve a goal, and the goal one is driving to achieve.
"Does he (or she) have ambition?" is asked of anyone seeking office... Read more
Last year's alphabet
Last year I did the alphabet blogs, with the following words:
A - Assimilate, Adapt, Accept
B - Budget
C - Consistency, crazy, compassion, compulsions
D - Diligence
E - Experience
F - Fellowship
G - Genuine
H - Honesty
I - I... Read more
Reflections on training and racing
In the past year I have "done" several road race events, some of which I was in good training for, some not so much. This morning I was reflecting on the fact that my training has really fallen off in the past couple of months, and yet, I put i... Read more
The Governor's Cup... and why I should not try to race in the Autumn...
Ah-choo! Ah-choo! Ah-choo! I went running drugged with Zyrtec, which I took this morning.
I got through the race, and in good time, too. 5K in 30:53, for a sub-ten minute mile pace. I am thrilled with my performance... I did not run th... Read more
A good day
The body was ready to be up at the usual time, despite my having turned the alarm off. My Saturday early morning tradition has become watching the streaming video of the most recent "Biggest Loser" show, and usually working out while they work ... Read more
Leaders and followers
I'm in the midst of reading one of those great big books: a historical novel, set in the days before Henry II took the throne of England. The author, Sharon Kay Penman, is a historian in her own right, so her books are full of fact and flavor ... Read more
On days like this, routine truly *is* my friend
Woke up with the sinus headache miseries. I'd been feeling it coming on last night when the sneezies hit. I took my Zyrtek this morning. I will likely resort to Advil throughout the day, as needed. Despite all that, I just don't feel at the ... Read more
Routine is my friend... maybe
As I contemplate the habits of the workday... get up, shower, dress, pack lunch, put the oats on to simmer... Spark... go to work, take those vital walking breaks, come home, Spark some more, maybe exercise, fit in my "one thing" related to home... Read more
Prepping for Winter ahead
It sure hasn't felt much like Winter is coming the past week. We've had 80's several afternoons. This morning, though, because the calendar says so, I had the guy out to clean the furnace, change the filter on the humidifier, and all that jazz... Read more
Grandpa would have loved this race
Indulge me, I'm going to write about my mom's father. As a kid, I used to call him "mean", because I was a kid, and he was tough and gruff, and of a military kind of bearing. In fact, he had been to war, in WWII, and when he came home, he spen... Read more
Saturday's pep talk
We are facing the beginning of a three day weekend off work. I am determined that *this* weekend is not going to be like *last* weekend. I have taken steps to adjust my attitude and examine my feelings, my priorities and motivation. This morn... Read more
Let's see if we can reinforce positives without stirring up the negatives
First off, Thursday was a decent day with the food. I didn't write it down, but I know the drill, and know what I ate, and it was all pretty routine stuff, so I know I'm in range. No "extras" or slipped ins... and I can do that when I am *not*... Read more
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