Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I only got in 1 office burst break. 2:35pm: 2 sets 12 squats; plank hold for 20 secs; calf raises, 2 sets of 20.
I biked for 18 minutes and went 3.1 miles. I also did a little errand biking around lunch.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I only took 1 office burst break yesterday. I walked to the library and back which was .4 mile. It was nice to get outside. During lunch I was running errands so I was biking a little. Last night, I totally organized and cleaned my house. A few times a year, I do a BIG cleaning/organizing session. I purge the closets/storage spaces of anything that hasn't been used in a year so I can donate, I get down in the lower depths and clean the spots that are typically missed during regular maintenance cleaning I do, I did ALL of my dirty laundry, vacuumed, dusted, got rid of clutter. It was GREAT!!!! I feel so serene and peaceful as a result. I also cooked some healthy meals and portioned them out so I have them on hand. I feel so much better when things are organized, clean and clutter free!!!
Monday, August 25, 2014
So, my birthday was yesterday as I mentioned in the last blog post. I turned 39. That means that in one year, I will be turning 40. Yikes!! I'm actually feeling pretty good about the age itself (age really is just a number), but it certainly gives one pause to think. If you look at life span averages for people today, if you make it to 80, you're doing pretty damn good. I want to live past 100 myself and be active, engaged in life and healthy. It's absolutely a possibility w/ all of the advances we are going to make in the next bunch of years--but it also relies heavily on how healthy I can be. So, if you think about it, you *could* say that your life is realistically half over when you hit 40. Whaaat!! Isn't that crazy to think about? I want to make my next 40, 50, whatever amount of years I'll be kickin' around the best yet!!!
I've made some great strides in my year on SparkPeople (when I was age 38 to turning 39 yesterday). This next year though (39 to the big 4-0) I want to be able to say once and for all, I love the way my body looks, I am the healthiest I have ever been in my life, I am tuned in to my body and its needs, and I look like a hot tamale! Heh heh! Kidding aside...I do want the rest of my life to be the healthiest & happiest part I have lived, and I want to be able to maintain this for the rest of my life. I'm going to be setting some step by step goals so that I can reach where I want to be by my 40th birthday on August 24, 2015. That's my deadline! My first goal...I'd like to get to 141 lbs by Dec. 1, which would be the max weight to be in the "healthy" weight range for my height (I'm 5'3" so the weight range is 104-141 lbs to be considered a "healthy" weight). This should be a reasonable and safe goal to hit. I'm not an elite athlete, so me weighing a lot more than 141 is not healthy for me (I understand people, typically elite athletes or those who have a lot of muscle mass, can fall outside their weight ranges and be tagged as "overweight" due to their height/weight chart, but they are perfectly healthy and not in jeopardy of health issues). 104-141 lbs is quite a range, so I at least want to get to 141 lbs and then I'll go from there as far as where I feel best/happiest w/ my body. So...here I go. Wheeee! I can do this. No, I WILL do this!
Monday, August 25, 2014
On Friday, I did the following office exercise bursts:
11:55AM: 2 sets of 12 squats; Went up to the 3rd floor and came back down (36 steps one way, round trip would be 72 steps total) 1x; child's pose, hold for 15 secs; plank, hold for 20 secs.
2:15PM: Walked a loop around my office building outside; went up to the 3rd floor and came back down (36 steps one way, round trip is 72 steps total) 1x; 2 sets of 20 calf raises.
3:15PM: Plank, 2x, hold for 20 secs.; calf raises, 2 sets 20 reps; sit up hold, 2x for 20 secs
4:35PM: Walked a loop around my office building outside; 2 sets 12 squats
Saturday, my band played a festival. It was our first festival show and it went AWESOMELY! We went up another level on the scene as a result. At night, I went to a show that my friend was in and I was able to sit in for a song w/ the great Ronnie Earl who was playing. What a thrill!
Sunday was my birthday! OMG...this will be my last year in the 30s (I turn the big 4-0 next year). I am determined to be at my happiest/healthiest body by my next birthday. I will be taking baby steps, like I have been, so that the changes last and are not temporary. I have made a lot of wonderful strides this past year and I have made new habits as a result that are helping me keep on track as far as my health. I am so excited to keep on keepin' on and making my health/wellness goals a reality. I went kayaking for an hour on Sunday with my friend. It was an absolutely perfect day on the water. Just beautiful.
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