Yeah, I definitely pick goals of things I want to do and then train for them, even if it's a vacation. When we went to Italy we were doing a walking half marathon training program. I have no desire to go back to doing long distance races again (been there-dragged myself through that) but the training really helped survive the trip without killing myself.
If you're interested in skydiving, flexibility is something good to work on. The freefall position is sort of a back bendy kind of thing. For Scuba, weight training is key because those darned tanks weigh a ton on land!
Our next adventure is off to Niagra Falls. Not sure what there is to do there but I'm sure there will be something crazy. Worst case scenerio, maybe I'll get my tattoo that I've been wanting.
ADOPTMOM1, you've given me sort of an idea about inspiring myself to pick up the challenge again... I would love to do something adventurous like you (doesn't have to be exactly the same)... something to give me a desire to be strong, though, as well as look forward to. Just reading about the "skydiving" makes me feel kind of excited; like some colour in an otherwise gray world.
So now I have to think up an adventure!
p.s.-- thanks for everyone's kind words; I'm not really all that hard on myself. ;-)
Wow, ADOPTMOM1. You have the spirit of an airborne ranger.
Good description of the indoor skydiving. I can visualize it, but I have no desire to try it. Heights bother me. However, there WERE days when my children were young that I would have gladly jumped out of a plane. Those 3 little girls were a handful.
I'm glad your foot wasn't broken. You'll be ready for your next adventure soon.
I hope we can all get over the habit of giving ourselves a hard time over mistakes. When I yell at myself, it never helps. But when I try to give myself a break, I fear that I'm letting myself off too easy. It's a delicate balance to discipline oneself without spanking, isn't it?
I've learned that, for me, self-discipline over the long haul is tougher than it is for short term projects. One foot (or boot) at a time, mostly forward!
Futureself- winter time for those of us in colder climates is really tough. Give yourself a break with the recriminations and just start again. One foot and then the other. It's the only way to do it.
As for the indoor sky diving, it's a blast! We went to SkyVenture. There are several, I think but we went to the one in Orlando. skyventureorlando.com Basically it's a huge wind tunnel turned vertical that skydivers use to practice tricks and those who would like to experience skydiving without jumping out of a plane can do it too. Personally, I want to do real sky diving but right now, with little kids, it would be a bit irresponsible of me.
I just pushed a bit too hard off one wall and whacked into the door frame on the opposite wall with my ankle and dislocated it. It's alot better now but I'm stuck in a boot for a couple of weeks probably. It's healing too slow for my tastes, anyway.
My recent blog about juggling cats isn't really about cats. It's about how ambivalent I was feeling. I believe we had a similar experience this winter. I was behaving as if I was no longer overweight. And I had lost all sense of urgency about achieving my goals. I, too, wasn't sure if I "wanted" to lose weight.
After making a lot of progress and losing some weight, it's easy to feel so good that we don't think we're fat anymore. It's similar to how we feel younger than we are, until we take a good close look in the mirror.
I certainly agree with JULCAT. You are NOT stupid. When we talk about our concerns, we CAN help one another learn to be patient with ourselves as we strive to get over those bumps in the road.
I know we can learn from our bad choices. And I know that we don't have to give up on our goals and settle for getting part of the way to where we set out to go.
I've been going through a major slump lately, after several months of being super good. I was really riding my results; steady loss, building muscle, etc. But I live in Canada and by the time February rolls around it seems it's all I can do just to get out of bed. So my muscle tone has deteriorated and I've put on a few pounds and blown my healthy habits out of the water. In my head I know it's just a bump in the road, but the real difference is that I don't feel like I care anymore. It could just be the winter depression. But for me to ask "what would get me off my butt?" I first have to answer "why do I want to?"
Not too many productive suggestions, sorry... Maybe set a "spring goal"? Make the future, and future change, more tangible? Maybe just picking one thing we individually feel we've lost momentum in and focusing on that to jump start the inertia (and positive reinforcement)? I have to feel good to want to feel better. I'm stupid.
How about managing to stay out of a ^&%$ing surgical boot? Do you think you could help me accomplish that? I was doing really good on my exercise goals but went on vacation and managed to dislocate and sprain the heck out of my ankle while indoor skydiving. Now I'm trussed up again until at least Friday and probably longer.
I usually ask myself that question in spring time when my house is dirty and my clothes are tight. Maybe you do something similar.
This is an exciting and sometimes stressful time of year. What would it take to challenge us to achieve new growth and toughness? What would help us take off weight, get strong, look good, and get this healthier lifestyle into high gear?
Are you interested in a team challenge? If so, what would help you? Weekly weigh-in? Water? Sparkpoints? Monthly Team Gymnasium? Daily 10-minute exercise opportunity? Stay in calorie range? Night time eating cut-off? Virtual walk to an exciting place? Other? Do you like do work alone or in small groups?
What kinds of team challenges really turn you OFF? When would you like to start?
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