Plateau and Positivity
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
My canoe trip on Saturday was ....new. And harrowing. And fun. I guess I didn't realize just how much the current and "rapids" of Elkhorn creek would turn this activity into an adventure. This girl hasn't canoed since I was around 25 years old and I have only ever canoed on lakes...never in a current. Fortunately, Manfriend has had lots of experience but even so, we still managed to flip and take a swim early on in the trip. Thank goodness I had tied our stuff to the boat! What I hadn't realized is that people usually go in their bathing suits and take a picnic to stop along the 6 mile stretch. People were definitely making the most of the experience. We had only taken a light snack and didn't have our suits on so we definitely plan to go back, with my daughter, and try this again. It was a good experience but it was far less of a workout than I was expecting, given the current. Then again, that's what made the trip as much fun as it was.
I have hit a plateau, I think. My rate of weight loss is slowing, which is to be expected and really, about 3 months in is about on schedule for me. So, of course, I need to up my game. Monday, I feel I pushed myself to do more than I have typically done for a normal workout. I went to the Y after work, wogged a mile, then did my strength training on the machines, then wogged another mile, then went to Zumba, and then wogged a final mile. Wogging on the indoor track was so much better than running outdoors right now. Even though the track is completely flat, somehow I wonder if this is better than using an incline on a treadmill *shrug*. Definitely didn't seem as interminably long as running on a treadmill does. I only have a few more weeks until the chaos of school schedules come crashing into my world. I have to make this time count. Going back to the Y tonight for more of the same routine.
Also, I am trying really really REALLY hard to be more positive minded and try to smile more. I get into such a negative groove sometimes and, intellectually, I know this isn't good, but sometimes I let emotions get the better of me. This aspect is a part and parcel of overall health. I need to look for ways that the universe is working for me. Silver linings and more smiling. I read somewhere that the act of smiling alone is physiologically tied to actually feeling better. I'm choosing to believe that is true.