Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I always thought of Lent as a do-over for all the stuff I screwed up between the beginning of the year and now. Of course, that isn't exactly liturgically correct by a long shot, but I bet a lot of people think that.
I was slogging along on the treadmill today and really thought about offering up the discomfort as a sort of penance. But then I changed my thinking to, "I offer this up as GRATITUDE that I can push past limits!" " I offer this up as an alleluia (whoops not supposed to say that during Lent! Bad Deacon.) that I can actually move while some are wheelchair bound!" Boooya, God! And I hit that 6MPH button and went for it.
Only for about 2 minutes, but by golly I went for it. :)
When I was all finished, I had logged in 45 minutes, 2.5 miles and a whole lotta sweat.
That was some AWESOME prayer time. I am going to do THAT again. Soon.
Here's hoping that whatever your beliefs, you challenge yourself today. The feeling of accomplishment is better than any other I can imagine and I wish that for you.
Here's to health.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
On the treadmill today. I have signed up for an 8K in April and I would like to jog part of it. I was/am using the C25K program, but something...happened. I got to my time when I was supposed to slow down and, well, I just didn't WANNA. I slowed my jogging pace down a bit, but it was still a jog. I kept going to see how long I could keep it up before I really just wanted to stop. Here's the secret- I covered the timer on the treadmill dashboard, turned up the music, slowed my pace as I said, and went for it.
I jogged continuously for 8 minutes.
For some, that is a mile. For me, it was a breakthrough. I haven't run for more that 3 minutes at a time for about 3 years. Sad, but true. So now my question for myself is; do I continue with the program or listen to my body? One thing I know for sure- covering up the timer is a really good idea for me. I'm easily distracted. Oooh, shiny thing!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on the program vs. the voices in my head. :) BTW, I have some hip issues, and do not push too far past my limits because of that. Injury is not an option if I can help it.
Here's to a day full of breakthrough possibilities!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
What a day! Had a continuing education class for work about an hour away this morning, and wouldn't ya know it? Snow. Blurf. Took my time, got there a little late (hate that!) but the good news was the class was informative, well taught and I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help some clients with lower back pain.
The even better news? I had mentioned in a previous blog that I had a busy few days so I needed to plan. Well, that planning paid off with some venison stew all ready for me in the fridge when I got home. Put it on simmer and voila! Dinner is served.
But the best news? While waiting for the stew to warm up, I headed for the couch and the TV remote... and stopped....and put in a 20 minute kickboxing DVD instead.
PIIIIYAAAA Slug-like tendencies! I round house kick in your general direction!
Now, I know it was only 20 minutes, but hey, it was 20 minutes. Got done and hubby was pulling in the driveway. Now how's that for timing?
So I am full, exercised, taught, and now I'm off to sit with a book and a cup of tea. It doesn't get much better than today for a control freak like me.
Monday, December 09, 2013
A few years ago... eh, who am I kidding, about 15 years ago, I used to teach aerobics. I taught about 7 classes a week, I worked at 2 different gyms and I slammed down Slim Fast shakes for breakfast and lunch.
I was still 158 pounds.
So when it comes to exercise, I have this love/ hate relationship. I used to kid that I would only work out if someone paid me, that's how I became a certified instructor. I went to visit my brother in law and his wife, and one of their friends asked what I did for a living. When I told them I was a fitness instructor, he laughed and said, "No really, what do you do?" Mortifying.
So, when I started massage therapy classes, I dropped my teaching down to about 3 classes, started eating vegetarian (that's another story), and immersed myself into alternative healing.
My weight shot up to 185, more than when I was pregnant with my son.
There's a lot more to weight loss than watching what you eat. If someone told me to "just eat less/healthier/better", I would throw a falafel at them.
So years go by and here I am. I feel pretty empowered by my knowledge about food, muscles, and spirituality, but I am still fairly unhappy about my weight. Silly girl.
So I decided I would not be a slug anymore. I went downstairs, fired up the old treadmill and started on a mile jog. How hard could that be?
Hard. Very, very hard.
It took me 16 minutes to get through that mile. I was disappointed to say the least.
I became determined instead. That is a goal to beat! That is something to aim for! Who cares what I did FIFTEEN years ago. Right now, on this day, I "run" a 16 minute mile. It can only get better from here.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
The next two weeks are a little scary, I have to say. I have to order food for a Christmas distribution for the food pantry where I volunteer, get that food bagged up, get volunteers lined up and keep my fingers crossed that it all goes as smoothly as possible. On top of that , I have 3 sermons to write, serve at the Bishop's retirement service, attend a few holiday gatherings, and, oh yeah! work. If I look at it typed out, I can get a little freaked.
HOWEVER, I am planning. I have cooked on days that aren't so heavy with responsibility and packed them in the freezer. I have planned exercise so I can make sure I get in my 30 minutes somewhere in the day. I have said NO to people. (that was a toughie.) All this has made me feel so much better. And it is less likely that I will fall into a vat of pork fried rice.
Little tips I have learned that are probably glaringly obvious but here they are anyway:
-Buy containers that you don't mind losing to the freezer for a few weeks. I have limited space in my house, so I don't have a lot of unnecessary items, but a trip to the dollar store was needed to pick up some aluminum pans to freeze some meals so I didn't lose my pyrex dishes.
-Exercise can be done any time of day. Just because I didn't get to it at 7AM doesn't mean I can't do anything at 7PM. And 30 minutes is darned commendable.
-Sometimes, the easy thing is ok. Frittatas, leftover chicken over a green salad, soup are all valid and lovely dinners.
-If the rest of the family needs carb-porn (chips, cookies, crackers, etc., etc.) that's their decision. Just keep that stuff out of my kitchen. My husband has been known to stash Fritos in his truck and goes out to retrieve said junk to snack on while watching tv. Whatever, keep that away from me. I'll be having some almonds, thank you very much.
-Exercise and meditation are similar in that when you don't feel like you have any time to do them, that's when you probably need to do them the most.
Umm, I think that's all the pearls of wisdom I have for you today. After some yoga, I am heading to the pottery wheel to blow off some creative steam. Then maybe some sermon research. See? We all have the same 24 hours and we can choose what makes the list for any given day. Why is that such a hard lesson for us all to learn?
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