Where to begin? How about a quick overview of this past year: last year around this time I weighed 212. This year? 214! Woo hoo! What a success!! My all-time low is 207, so this is really not bad at all...SO HAPPY!
Why is that? This has been a most challenging year for changes in my life which shall mostly remain private for the time being.
One of my big challenges has been work that has become totally unmanageable and I've allowed it for the most part to swallow up my workout time with an lip-smacking appetite and an impatient belch that sez: c'mon, the appetizer was great! We want the REST of you!
While I have managed to fight back with some workouts, there really isn't any comparison to what I used to do. Wimpy doesn't wear well. I have lost many of my fitness gains and starting over rolling that rock up the hill ain't no picnic!
However, feeling weak and unfit is a far worse consequence to suffer!
So yep, doing my best to roll the rock back up the hill.
The good fitness news is that while my preparation left much to be desired, I NAILED the Five hundred miles Across New York ride in July ( www.fanyride.org
) in July! It was quite the challenge, riding 70-some miles a day in extreme heat. I laughed out loud when I came across a Facebook post during my ride which exclaimed: "Upstate New York's weather is SO HOT that horse poop is spontaneously igniting!"
And we were riding in that heat! Tougher than horse poop, YEAH! ;-)
And yes, was I SORE after doing that ride!
And to be honest, in conjunction with work demands, AND feeling a bit over-done with cycling, both my workouts and bicycling efforts have dwindled since then. Except now I'm picking back up with workouts. Had a great early morning swim with my partner, followed by a round of weight-lifting and an hour-long spinning class today. PLUS the nice boost of getting on the scale after a far-too-long break only to find a couple pounds have been picked up this past year. So hey, life is GOOD!
I'm patting myself on the back for sticking with what I know works for me regarding FOOD! If nothing else, this year proved to me a terrific lesson on the vital importance of wise food choices for maintaining weight loss.
I continue to maintain a zero-tolerance for sugar and processed carbs in my home and my food choices. No bread, no cereal (other than rolled oats), no crackers, certainly no cakes, cookies and candies.
I continue to not track my food and eat lots of fresh veggies, some fruit (apples continue to be my favorite), dairy such as cheese, yogurt & sour cream, eggs (LOTS of hard boiled eggs...I boil 1-2 dozen every weekend to go me the week through). Also nuts and legumes. While I'm not a TOTAL vegetarian and indulge in tuna, chicken and on rare-dining out I'll snag some other seafood, my meat intake continues to drop. You can either credit or blame my vegetarian partner for that...lol!
I miss making more home-made recipes and mostly just eat my food in my typical grab-n-go fashion. I DID rustle up some home-made butternut squash casserole and maple-orange sweet potatoes...but no bird this year, thank you!
My 60th birthday passed in October and my partner treated me to one of my bucket list items: a glorious hot-air balloon ride over our beautiful Southern Tier of New York! This was like nothing I'd ever experienced before!
Additionally on a cold, terribly windy and horribly inhospitable November weekend I had the thorough pleasure and pride of witnessing my son complete his first full marathon in Philadelphia!
I've also had a total blast and gotten such wonderful inspiration hosting traveling bicyclists from 'round the globe (furthest one was from Australia...she'd already circumnavigated her home continent several times and Europe and decided to take another crack at America, having already done the southern Tier, this time the Northern Tier) through the wonderful partnering services offered through WarmShowers.org!
So as Mary Oliver says and I often repeat to myself, the people I love and many of my clients as well: "What is it that YOU plan to DO with your one, wild & precious life?"
Such an invaluable question this time of year when we take stock of where we've been, where we are and where we want to be heading!
Well it seems like an awfully long and yawning chasm between now and retirement which is less than two years away, but my challenge continues as ever to do my best to SPARK ON!
My apologies to folks for my scant time here among my SparkFamily. You continue to inspire me daily!
With such gratitude,