Friday, November 08, 2013
I am behind in A-Blog-A-Day, but I thought I would still go in order of the intitial prompts provided - Here is #4:
4. What motivates you to stay committed to a healthy lifestyle?
In thinking about this question, a common thread that I find in my blogs and comments comes to mind: I want to be healthy so that I can DO THINGS and be active for the next phase of my life. That empty nester/mother-in-law/(gasp) grandmother/proud mom of successful children/and loving-aging-wife.
Guess it is that middle age thing creeping to the forefront. I think back over the past 15 years and I just cannot believe how much time has passed and the incredible effort it takes to be a supportive loving wife and supporting, nurturing parent(s) to 4 children - Exhausting. It was so easy to put all of that 1st. No regrets.
NOW - I want to come alive and take the remaining great years head on. To do this I need to get my mind and body in a good place. Energy and ability combined with passion, adventure and compassion are my building blocks to the future.
I am motivated! And here are a few things I want to do:
Volunteer for the true needy
Visit a community far away that has benefited from our charitable donations (through Catholic Relief Services)
Ski in Colorado, Vt., Western Canada and The Alps
Travel, Travel, Travel
Play more golf
Hike on a 3-day backpacking trip - sleep outside without a tent
Be the "fun" grandma
Research and present a new in-school program for getting parents to take ownership of their children's efforts and results at school
Design 1 of the many crazy "inventions" and ideas that come to me while washing dishes/doing laundry or making dinner (oh I have many!)
Could keep going -but my Motivation is kicking in and I need to get outside on this lovely Fall Day!
Friday, November 01, 2013
Have you set a new short- or medium-term goal or challenge recently? Do you have a goal or challenge that you have been working on for a while? What is it? What do you hope to gain from it?
This year, I set an overall goal to honestly go after my desire to drop a significant amount of weight and get more fit. I was watching my food intake and doing a variety of start and stop exercising. I would drop 1 to 3 pounds and boom, put it right back on. I took a serious look and saw that there was one part of my life-style that had become a serious HABIT and that needed to be changed. What was it? The nightly wine intake. It was a habit - triggered by the cocktail hour/meal preparation time frame and the enjoyable relaxation with my DH as he arrived home from work. So I took that head on (SP team: Cutting Down the Calories ((booze)) and have been very successful.
I am now into the second part of my goals - the exercise. So my new short term goal is gear up this effort to get me past the 13 pounds lost and into the strength is energy portion of my journey.
Strength is energy. When you are in shape, moving and pushing your body then the other portions of your day seem to just be more upbeat and active. You DO get a euphoric feeling. I am working toward a better fitness level so that I can get back to more outdoor activity - be it hiking, gardening, backpacking, canoeing, sailing, skiing - tennis, golf etc. I just want to be able to say: " Yes, let's go do that!"
So my short-term goals for the remainder of this year:
1. keep the wine under control
2. continue to exercise at the gym and push myself
3. Get outside as much as possible
4. Use the energy to have an enjoyable holiday season
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