In 50 years and other thoughts...
Thursday, January 14, 2010
So...I've had a very weird food day today...just wanted to mention that. If you're curious, take a look at my nutrion tracker. And yes, I know it wasn't the best of all days considering that I ate mostly carbs. I can pinpoint what it boils down to--a lack of planning ahead, in spite of knowing that today was going to be kind of crazy schedule-wise, thereby throwing off the whole meal-planning thing.
We had our first accountability group meeting tonight. It was nice getting to meet with two other gals and just talk about what is going on in our lives (however brief) and get down to the business of breaking down our goals into something that can be measured (sort of) and pursued. I felt accomplished doing just that. :) Never mind that I had already laid out some of the goals here on SP already.
My water aerobics class on Monday, Wednesday, Friday is full of older people. There are some really neat people in that class, too. Most of them are retirees, but there are a few who are younger that attend the class. I'm the youngest one there right now (big surprise). At any rate, there's this gal there who is just the neatest woman. She's in her late 70's (I believe), is having some shoulder problems, but she still comes to class each day and doesn't complain about it at all. She cracks me up because she'll burst into songs that I've either never heard or I've heard, but only coming from my own grandparents' mouths. She has all of these really cool experiences and is overall very interesting to talk to. But what gets me the most is that she's not as easily mobile as she used to be, but she still comes to class (and even works out afterwards doing circuit training some days). And she's only about 50 years older than I am.
So I have come to the conclusion that in 50 years, I want to be like her. I want to have led a full life, be continuing to lead a full life (she still does things like has season tickets to the ballet in Seattle and travels routinely with her husband to all kinds of interesting places), and be as active as possible.
And I won't lie, the conviction did cross my mind that I'm young and my body is able to move well and that I shouldn't take it for granted while I have it. But rather than let my past decisions make me feel guilty about where I am now and send me into what Chris Downie terms a "downward spiral" (yes, I'm still reading "The Spark"!), I'm choosing to let it encourage me instead and push me into making the right decisions today.
So, tomorrow morning, despite my schedule being messed up due to not having my regularly-scheduled half day, I plan on getting up early and working out somehow before leaving for work. It could be circuit training at the gym, it could be a Walk Away the Pounds video, it could be some time on the Wii Fit...it could be doing something outside (so long as the weather is decent). Whatever the case may be, I'm committing to being there.
And yes, you have my permission to drop by here and ask me whether or not I actually did it.
I almost forgot! The reason I got on here to blog was to update you guys on my dilemna with my exercise ball. Turns out that while my smaller ball was pumped up, it was not quite full enough. I added some more air to the ball yesterday using a different pump and am pleased to report that it worked quite well!