Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I don’t think I’m a superstitious person, but a few hours after I posted my blog on Sunday about tripling my fitness minutes goal, I started to feel “funny.”
DH & I went for a nice 2 mile stroll while the weather was still nice. Another snowstorm was predicted for Monday.
By Monday morning I was in full sinus distress.
The snow arrived right on schedule knocking out our Internet access as it always does. I hardly noticed since I’ve just spent 2 days in bed with decongestants and an antibiotic. Forget “fitness.” Just getting up was a chore.
Internet is back.
How ironic to see a spark trophy for consistency when I’ve just broken my streak.
How ironic to see a trophy for February’s 1500 fitness minutes when March has started out as such a bust.
How discouraging after training so conscientiously for my first HM in 8 years to feel this bad 11 days before the race.
I’m going back to bed as soon as I post this. Hoping to get back to normal.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
No, I haven’t just decided to become an “Iron Woman” but sometimes it helps to step back and look at your own spark page. Somehow long ago I entered 4550 as my YEARLY goal for fitness minutes.
Anyone familiar with my situation knows that exercise, especially cardio, was never my problem. I always loved being active.
Math isn’t my problem either. I taught math and computer science for 30 years.
Where did that number come from? I think I just typed in any old thing.
When I joined SP, it was because eating too much food was my problem. HUGE amounts of food! Even healthy food! Way too much food to be burned off by running or sessions at the gym.
So when I filled out my goals, fitness wasn’t a priority. I was already fit. I was just carrying extra weight I didn’t need.
Tracking food was my priority and I did it. Conscientiously! Most of the time I didn’t even bother tracking fitness.
I wasn’t even concerned with spark points. My only friend was the guy whose job it was to be my friend. I was a hermit. It took years to even get to level 2.
Somewhere along with maintenance, I realized I liked being here. I liked the support and friends and just participating. I like seeing the spark points pile up. I like getting virtual trophies.
I think that’s MY particular key to maintenance (4 years and counting).
I still don’t intend to count steps or daily activity, only workouts. Let’s see if I can live up to my new fitness goal. Now it’s 14,000 fitness minutes.
And yes, continuing to track my food and weigh myself every morning will always be a priority. Avoiding those two things is how I gained the weight in the first place. I’m not abandoning them.
After reading comments from 2 friends, I want to clarify that in no way do I consider counting steps or daily activity as "devalued" points, only that I have no way of tracking those things. So my goal only reflects workouts that I'm able to measure either in time or distance.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Those who do not watch Downton Abbey won’t understand my reference. The series is set in England in the early 20th century. Mrs. Patmore is the cook for the aristocratic Crawley family in their 400 room “abbey.”
Everyone must adapt to times of social and technological change.
I cheered when Lady Edith defied convention and began to write a newspaper column. I wished Lady Sybil well when she eloped with her true love, the family chauffeur. I admired Lady Rose’s courage when she planned to become engaged to a black lounge singer at least until I realized that subconsciously she only wanted to shock her mother.
Reactions to new technology (the automobile and telephone) were amusing to me from my vantage point nearly 100 years removed from the setting of the series.
Now back to Mrs. Patmore. Electric mixers, a refrigerator and the electric sewing machine shook up her world. Again, how amusing.
This morning I am facing a Keurig. DH & I are staying with grandchildren while their parents are out of town. Fortunately, it comes with directions – our 12 year old granddaughter. OK, this isn’t hard.
DH & I drink several cups of coffee in the morning, something we’ve done all our lives. Either we talk about the coming day, or life in general or just get online. Right now I’m on my laptop and he’s reading away on his tablet.
Sometimes I don’t want another cup, just a little bit more and my coffee maker at home provides that. I want a bit more right now, but I would have to get another little K-cup and make another entire cup.
Remember frugal me from my last blog entry? Buying in bulk to save money? Waste not, want not and assorted proverbs?
“How much do these things cost?” I asked DH. My engineer proceeded to give me the prices of every brand available in his trip to the supermarket. I estimate each K-cup costs about 80 cents.
Since he is our coffee buyer at home, I asked how much we pay for the 6-7 cups we share each morning. $15 worth of coffee lasts about 3 weeks, so about 20 cents per cup.
DD and family have different habits, so this machine works well for them. One cup of coffee, one cup of hot chocolate etc. However, I feel downright decadent putting another K-cup in there as DH is doing right now. Hmm, maybe I’ll just boil some water and have a cup of tea.
For the record: I’m not a Neanderthal regarding technology.
I was a technology coordinator before retirement.
I bought my first computer in 1981, mail order from Apple, because computer stores didn’t exist yet.
I maintain my own website.
I check out the activities of family/friends on FB (even trying to communicate in Slovak with some)
Yet, some things I avoid.
I understand the need to text. I just don’t like it. I spent years working with voice recognition software, so kids with motor difficulties could speak and have their works translated into text. Now using a device designed to transmit voice and TYPING into it just seems backwards to me.
Again, I do understand why people like it. I just don’t.
I feel like Scotty from Star Trek movie #4, transported back to the 20th century trying to talk into a mouse – “computer! Do whatever…” and rolling his eyes that he has to type his command.
Note: DD is a Sparker and will likely read this. Fortunately, she’s already aware of my approach to technology.
As I used to tell the teachers that I trained in tech competency. You must learn how it all works, be able to use it and understand how others in your field are using it. Then decide how it will or will not help your teaching. Decide from a position of knowledge and strength, not fear or ignorance. After that it’s up to you , at least until some administrator decides otherwise.
There are lots of fitness devices that technology has provided for us. Some use them all the time. Some ignore them. It’s up to us to decide how they fit into or help our lives, or not.
Oh, breaking news! Something else I avoided.
Mt. Gox, the bitcoin exchange is closed and went into bankruptcy. I missed the entire rise and fall.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I eat this cereal every day, carefully measured as to a serving. I mix it into my yogurt. I didn’t intend to buy this much, but $3.00 per box was $1.50 to $2.00 less than I usually pay. So I bought 4 boxes.
My favorite peanut butter was on sale too for $1 off. So I bought 6 of those.
Then at the checkout, I got a coupon for $2 off my next purchase of 5 boxes of cereal.
Yes, I went back in and bought those 5 boxes.
About $25 saved in total and I’m all set until summer.
I got another coupon too, but even I wouldn’t do that again.
Looking at my groceries at checkout, I was reminded of my Dad who used to stock up too. One day he took advantage of a big sale on prune juice and toilet paper.
The clerk couldn’t stop laughing.
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