Monday, April 04, 2011
According to Merriam-Webster online, impetus means:
a (1) : a driving force : impulse (2) : incentive, stimulus
b : stimulation or encouragement resulting in increased activity
Impetus has always been one of my favorite words. When used correctly, it is the *perfect* word. But incorrectly, it just sounds silly. Like when I hear people try to use the word "myself" in a sentence. "Give the paper to Mary or myself." No, "give the paper to Mary or *me*."
But I digress.
I was thinking of what my blog was going to be about, and the word "impetus" came into my mind. I don't know why, it just did.
Last week's race in Pittsburgh (JASR!) was really the impetus for my spring activity. This winter was miserable... weeks and weeks of COLD, nine snow days (alright, *those* weren't so bad), lack of excitement for running and working out...
Meeting all the Sparkers last weekend and hearing training stories, workout stories, eating stories, goals met and goals people are working toward... all this really made me want to get off my duff and get moving again.
I *thought* was doing alright on the nutrition and fitness fronts, but I was wrong. And I am comparing me to ME, not anyone else who was there. I realized that I had once been in love with running and in love with tracking my food. I ate mindfully and I drank all my water. So where was this girl? I think that girl got lazy. Lazy about tracking, lazy about water, lazy about getting out there and running, even if it was for 15 minutes.
So I came back from Pittsburgh and made a chiropractor appointment for my tight hammy (I had it today and it was wonderful!).
I scheduled workouts and STUCK TO THEM.
I filled up my brad-spankin'-new SparkPeople water bottle (thanks Coach Nicole!) and DRANK THE WATER. (Give me a new water bottle and I'm drinking like a camel.)
I didn't eat a single bag of M&Ms at work! Or a single M&M, for that matter.
And for the first time in a long time, I feel really really good. Not that I was feeling bad, but now I feel good. I'm ready to reevaluate some things and get back to really thinking about this lifestyle of mine. I know that I can change my lifestyle even more and get my body to live its life as a smaller and more fit body.
I cooked some salmon for dinner tonight. It's going on some lettuce with some raisins and maybe something else. I don't know yet. But I do know that I am very excited about this impetus I've been blessed with.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
I know this is cliche, but I really *don't* know how the days got away from me and I haven't blogged!
Last night was my final meditation class. This class has helped me in more ways than I know... I'm sure I will be reaping the benefits for the rest of my life. Last night was especially good for me. I won't get into it, but I found out a lot about myself and my feelings. One of the feelings I'm having right now is "sad." And the woman who runs the meditation class is really wonderful, and one of the things she always came back to was that it's ok to feel sad. It's not good or bad, it just *is*. And I really took this to heart. It's ok to not be happy all the time. It's important for us to be in touch with how we're really feeling, and important for us to acknowledge those feelings and not just push them aside.
So today I am emotionally exhausted. It was so wonderful last night to get all this out and to really just let it all out. If you have never taken up meditation and/or mindfulness practice, I highly recommend it.
The weather forecast for my area is 6-10 inches of snow tonight. I would actually LOVE to have a day off tomorrow - April Fools' Day is so UGH. I wrote on my Rookie Runners thread that I can't stand it - hearing that your shoelace is untied or that there is a bear in the room is kind of funny the first time, but multiply that by 300 six- to eight- year olds, and you can see how the humor quickly fades.
On the happy side of school though, yesterday I had a really nice moment as a teacher. Two first-graders were upset with each other about something and the nastiness was flying. So I talked with them, and long story short, the conversation ended with the two kids hugging, and then skipping down the hall back to class. It was a really special thing for me.
Off to school... i am stopping somewhere for breakfast today. There is nothing in the house to eat, save some bread dough, so I must stop for something.
Have a great day!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Since I did the 5K, I don't have a very long race report.
Wake up after less than five hours of sleep following a late flight into Pittsburgh.
Break my no-coffee-for-Lent thing. (But I went back to tea today.)
"Warm up" at the Rose Barn. And I noticed today that in all the pictures I *still* have on about 39 layers. Inside! I am the one wearing a hat, ear warmers, a scarf wrapped around my neck, and a sweatshirt over two other shirts. And I'm from the Poconos!
Race starts. Big WooHoo!!!
Think, "Shoot, it's cold."
Think, "Shoot, this hill is crazy."
Notice my left knee. The good news is that because I was wearing my knee brace, my *right* knee didn't hurt. I made a chiropractor/sports doc appointment for next Monday.
Take off my gloves and shove them in my sweatshirt.
Take off my scarf and tie it around my waist.
Run a little bit with a girl who was running her first 5K and her friend! I was SO happy for her. For that little bit of time I was running with them, I didn't even notice my knee.
Crossed the finish line with a big smile on my face! I have to search for my finish line photo...
But the real story about this weekend for me wasn't the race. It was the amazing time I had meeting Spark Friends. Typically, getting picked up at midnight at the airport by someone whom you've never met is a little odd-sounding. But I *knew* John.
And when I came into the hotel room at 12:30 and Suezette was peeking out, I *knew* that face.
It was a very liberating experience for me - not for one second did I feel like anyone was judging me. No "do they think I'm fat? does anyone notice the giant bags under my eyes?" and the BEST feeling was that I never thought for a second if anyone was thinking "*SHE'S* a runner?!?!?"
When I met my first live Spark Friend (Hi Mike!) I wrote about how it kind of felt like meeting a celebrity. I had seen his picture and his blogs and everything and then there he was! In his car! Ready to run! Up lots of hills! (The first Spark Friend I meet and the evening was spent running hills!)
So this was like some kind of movie opening for me! To put a voice with the blogs... a real face with the avatar... a hug with the ...
This past weekend was such an amazingly wonderful experience. I learned so much from everyone and I got back my excitement for running. It's one thing to read someone's post about how they ran in the nasty weather, but it's another to see their facial expression when they *tell* you about it.
And it's funny - we were all brought together by running, but there is so much more in common. As I talked to people, I learned that perhaps we were brought together by something more. People on SparkTeams come and go, but this group of people was different. Why else would anyone travel to Pittsburgh in the FREEZING cold to run hills?
And now as I sit here crying, I feel like you all aren't just Spark Friends anymore, but Friends. I can't explain how Spark People has changed my life, it just *has.* And how you all are such a wonderful important part of my life - I can't do it justice with my words...
You are the best!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Today is going to be a busy day!
- coffee/tea meeting after school
- return a jacket
- finish packing for Pittsburgh/make last-minute packing list
- meditation workshop
- pack tomorrow's lunch
- call dad to confirm Friday's ride to the airport
- check weather for Sunday
- drink all my water (BAH this has been such a challenge for me!)
I am sitting here as long as possible before I have to go scrape off my car. Scraping off the car is the worst! Especially since I don't know if it's a lot or a little, icy or not...
Monday I get a hair cut. I am considering going short again. I kind of miss having short hair. Brad really likes it short, and it cuts down on getting-ready-time considerably. I am thinking Emma Watson/Ginnifer Goodwin short... I'm getting the itch.
Off to get a glass of water and assess the snow...
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
You know the rhyme "Engine, Engine, Number Nine"?
Today was Snow Day #9. We will be having school on Flag Day.
Brad and I had pizza for lunch and I got to be lazy (again). Cleaned a bathroom and did some laundry. Got almost everything packed for Pittsburgh this weekend. JASR!!!
I tweaked my right hammy at the gym, so I didn't do any strength training today. I would like to make it through the 5K this weekend! If only I wouldn't be a fair-weather runner...
I can't wait for this weekend! It is going to be great meeting so many Spark Buddies. It's a little weird that I've been on Spark for over two years and I've only met one Spark Buddy (Hi Mike!). So this will be a big weekend for me. Yahoo!
Not too much to report today... off to pack tomorrow's lunch and then a hot bath.
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