Thursday, August 21, 2014
I never thought of walking as being anything except exercise or a manner of transportation...until recently.
When walking alone there is lots of time to think without distraction. Walking in the country brings its own unique distractions. I love seeing the bobcat, cattle, horses, geese and chickens, fox and deer. Walking along the road, I often see those that played 'chicken' with a vehicle and lost.
I am a softie when it comes to animals and I feel profound sadness at the loss of an innocent life. After coming across a deer in the road that was critically injured 2 weeks ago, I wonder, when I see these dead animals if they died quickly or if they suffered.
It doesn't take much for my brain to make the leap to humans at this stage of 'brainflow'. My late husband had a long (26 month) painful dying process.
Yesterday when I was walking my 8 miles, it was hot. My feet hurt. I was thirsty and tired. I really 'wasn't into the walk'. I saw 3 dead deer in less than 1/4 mile and in my whiny state, the brainflow transferred those carcasses into all those who would love to be able to walk.
Those dying of cancer.
Those tethered to oxygen at home.
Those with debilitating pain.
Those with no legs or feet.
We all come from different backgrounds and different abilities. I am able to walk many miles in a day. Some of you are not. My husband is not. But you might be able to stand up and walk to the bathroom or across the room. You might be able to walk out to the mailbox. Perhaps, like my hubby you can walk a mile, though it might take you an hour to do so.
As I whined to myself on my walk yesterday, I asked my self, "Why do you walk"? The answer was this:
Why do I walk? Because I can. "My feet hurt" does not mean" I can't". "I'm too hot" does not mean "I can't". "I'm too tired" does not mean "I can't".
"I can't" means I'm lying in bed dying of cancer. "I can't" means I have no legs or feet.
I walk because
Walking has become a mission for me. I am walking for those who can't. The more miserable I feel, the more my feet hurt, the more that I am reminded of others who would love to be able to do what I can do.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Since I didn't go to the office today, I slept in, then used my mini-tramp to walk/run on before I had to leave for my meeting this afternoon. Between 6am and 11 am, I got in 11,000 steps while working. It was rainy and dreary, but the clouds didn't actually open up.
I decided to walk to my meeting. Eight miles from here. Over the mountain.
I ended up finally reaching 31,000+ steps today!
Now, the holidays will be coming on us soon. It is hard to stay focused on our programs, so I have created a challenge on Fi.tt. The is a Christmas Countdown and starts on September 25 and continues to December 25. No set number of steps, just 2.5% over your average, so if you normally get 5,000 steps daily, your challenge would be to get 5,125 steps daily.
Join here t.co/WDdjVMhEZp and lets walk with Santa!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Rich and I are having a dinner party tonight and won't be able to walk so the challenge was on to get my 20,000 steps in during my work hours.
I walked to the store first thing this am. Then I walked over to check on a donation. Then I had to pick up raffle tickets for an event that is coming up.
Now with 20,000 steps in, I need to pick up ant spray (I have ordered peppermint oil, but it isn't in yet) and ice before going home. With last minute preparations, I am going to try to get another 5,000 steps in before bed tonight. What do you think? Can I do it?
Friday, August 15, 2014
Well, that word evoked strong emotions, didn't it? Competition is a good thing. It inspires us to improve and 'do better'. It's the 'do better' part that I am going to address today.
I have viewed my 'Poundage Plan' as a Science experiment from the start. (I know. I am such a geek!) every body is different. We all have specific nutritional and exercise needs. Some of us have allergies, some have medical problems. What we have in common is our desire for health.
Ok, I digress (blame the ADHD). Even when I weighed myself during the weight loss phase of my fitness addiction, I never internalized it. A scale only measures the gravitational pull on mass. (I know, my inner geek is showing again.)
When I weighed, I did a comparison based on what I ate the previous week. How much activity did I do? How does my intake and physical output relate to the mass measurement on the scale?
You see, you have to have a comparison, or control, in any science experiment. It would do no good for me to compare myself to 'Barbara' who has different nutritional needs and body composition than I do. I can only compare myself to my previous actions and results.
Let's see, how can I make this a little clearer.... Ok, oldest stepdaughter, Angie, is 39 and 5'2 and has a very short stride. My baby, Molly, is soon to be 24 and is 5'11. Angie takes 3 steps for every 2 that Molly takes. When they walk 5 miles, Molly gets in 10,000 steps while Angie gets in 15,000. To take this a little further, Molly has been working out HARD for months and Angie has been going at it half- a$$ed. Who gets more of a workout? Is it reasonable for them to compete in a race around the 5 mile loop?
Hang on, I am getting there!
When they are walking, Angie (who is handicapped) will whine that it is hard to walk that far. Molly encourages her to do her best. Angie said, "It will take me months to get to the point that you are at". "It will", Molly told her, "but it took me months, too. Keep pushing and you will get there. We need to compete with ourselves".
This is what I have been telling Molly for the past year of my maintenance. Compete with yourself. YOU are the one that you have to beat. Not me. Not anyone else. You have your own abilities and starting points.
Find your base (or control level) and go from there. Did you walk 10 minutes yesterday? Do 11 today. Who cares that I walk 4 hours/day? I have a job and body that allows me to, but my control was that I didn't walk 5 minutes 2 years ago! Are you in a chair? Did you do chair exercises today? How did you do compared to last week?
Molly told me last night, that taking the stairs at work left her huffing and puffing, but when she did them yesterday, she realized that they aren't as hard as they used to be.
She gets it. Do you?
Thursday, August 14, 2014
I am the team leader for this class. This is not the fist class that I have coached, but let me tell you it is the best, most pumped and most involved class team I have had the pleasure to work with.
Normally by the time the month is done I am ready to cut loose and move on. Not so this time! This class cares for each other. They encourage. They commiserate. They cheer each other on and support like old hands.
This class is a, well, a team! I am so proud of them! I believe that this is one team that will make it! They have their ups and downs, their good days and bad just like everyone else, but they help each other through it.
Yeah, I'm sticking with this team. They can't get rid of me, yet, because I am enjoying their company. They could do it without me, as they are there for each other, but I have come to really like the people on this team.
So this class team is here to stay. At least for now. And I will add it to my few other teams that have become part of my life.
I am leader on 3 teams right now. I am the Vice-president (soon to be president) of the local Republican Women group. I work full time as a men's cancer awareness advocate. I am very active in our church. I have an amazing family locally and across the country.
I have learned to take care of ME first though so that I can do all the other things that I am involved in. And I do that by being involved with my groups here at SP.
So thank you to all of my teams, but a HUGE thank you to my Class team of July 13-20 because you make me feel proud. And hopeful for another class of "LOSERS"!
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