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Plateau and Positivity

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Good Morning!

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.

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  • LORI2562
    Being positive is something that I have also made a mission of. Every time I catch myself complaining or being negative about something or someone I force myself to find a positive in the situation. I can ALWAYS find something and it makes me grateful for the positive. Traffic was terrible on my drive home, but it wasn't raining, the sun was shining and the radio was playing some great music! thinking this way totally changed my mood on and outlook.

    Smiling is ALWAYS positive! For you and for everyone you meet in the day. Research has reported that smiling releases endorphins, which are natural pain relievers, along with serotonin, which is also associated with feel good properties. I smile will brighten your day and the day of all you share it with.

    Your trip sounds... scary, but so much fun! I wish I was not so nervous in the water so that I take part in this kind of activity. I LOVE the water and spend a lot of time in the lake swimming and bobbing on a noodle. Its the idea of going under that terrifies me and I'm not sure why or how that fear came about.

    Congrats on your workouts! I hope to have that much motivation someday!

    2062 days ago
    I have done the Elkhorn Creek canoe experience in Aug 2 years ago. We went with friends a large group and that was a lot of fun. The group however was split up by the rapids at different places. My canoe flipped and then I lost it just as I was able to dump the water and flip it. My faithful husband went after it and another unknown canoer stopped it for him to get it. I damaged my rotator cuff the next month and I am sure lifting the canoe was part of the reason. I guess there is a release that allows a safer way to rid the water in a canoe? It was a strenuous activity but not as much calorie burning as I would expect. We ate Mexican later and that really blew the day.

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    Sorry your summer ends and school starts soon. It's been a quick!
    Please don't give up on your weight loss and fitness. It's a long endeavor and just when you think it's not working you loose weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I just needed to loose 30 lbs and I still have 1-2 to go. I lost the same lb and gain it back weekly.

    Your health and happiness is worth the time and persistence! emoticon emoticon
    2066 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Sounds like a great adventure! Besides, it's not really fun until someone tips the canoe! lol Mind set is so incredibly important. One exercise I found profoundly life-changing was also one of the most simple. Every morning I would look at myself in the mirror with as much kindness as I can muster, smile at myself and say "you are worth it and i love you". Shocking how difficult it was to keep the ugly words at bay the first few days, but after a week it felt natural and good.
    2066 days ago
    Smiling makesus joyful, biologically. You cannot smile for fifteen seconds without AUTOMATICALLY feeling better. You are DEAD ON with that point, Mama!
    Positivity has the same effect. Gratitude is the key to positivity. There is ALWAYS something for which to be grateful, regardless of our circumstance in ANY GIVEN MOMENT :-). And that gratitude creates JOY immediately :-)
    You are the LIGHT, Holley! SHINE ON!!

    love you!
    2067 days ago
    You are doing amazing, just keep going. emoticon emoticon
    Your canoe adventures sound like loads of fun! Your daughter will love it, what a great way to spend a summer day with those you love.
    2067 days ago
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    you are doing awesome .. Day by Day .. Smile it makes them wonder what you have been up too !!

    hugs and love,
    2067 days ago
    Wow! That workout sounds tough! Don't think I could do it. So glad you had a great canoe trip. I have never done that! Might have to add it to my list!
    2068 days ago
  • SUMMER2203
    i love the focus on your attitude! totally part of overall health! and good luck w the plateau...i have been on a gnarly plateau since july 4th which i am DYING to bust through!!!!!! let me know what works for you!!!!
    2068 days ago
    I like the smiling idea, I am going to try it today. Maybe it will help, let's test it out?!

    Oh my goodness - I didn't even know you COULD canoe with currents?! Says the girl who has never been. Sounds like an adventure!

    Your Y workout sounds awesome, you definitely got your calorie burn on! WAY TO GO!!!!
    2068 days ago
    Yes, it does something physiologically to your insides as well as being pleasant on the outside for others. You might try reading something from Louise Hay who is big on positive internal talk. I'm reading: The Power is Within You right now. It's kind of "out there," but also opens new horizons for me in healing my inner child. Best wishes to you on this journey of life! emoticon JOY
    2068 days ago
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