Monday, January 02, 2012
Having begged off on Saturday, not feeling well, today was the day I went out with my son on the trails. Wore my Christmas running tights, they performed perfectly. Today's high is supposed to rise to all of 35F. It was sunny, though, and not too windy. And of course, having my son by my side chatting as we kept it slow for his old mom... Hallmark Commercial stuff.
We completed four miles in 42:40, for a 10:40 pace per mile. Felt good about that, and he promises me another run next Sunday. Weather permitting, of course. Mom does not run in slick. At this point it's looking like cloudy and 38 in the forecast, and no precip between now and then. And I will take every mom-son bonding chance I get in the next few weeks, which are disappearing far too fast for my liking.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
I went to the gym at 8 this morning, not remembering exactly when it would open, if it would open later than its usual 6 and not wanting to make two trips. In fact, it did open at 6 today, but even at 8, only the die-hards like me, who went to bed on time last night were there... all bright-eyes and determination. The included a range of current fitness levels, but mostly what I saw were people who had a plan and were going about executing it.
No problems getting the equipment you want. You know the best part for me? I felt STRONG! Going into the new year, I bumped up the dumbbell weights by a couple of pounds for my flyes, kick-backs, and squats. I did 15 reps instead of 12 on the later circuits involving bands, but I didn't move to a bigger band. And as I said, I just plain felt strong... and that to me says that everything I did in 2011 to maintain was worth it.
In 2011 my theme was "majority rules" for behavior. In 2012 my theme is "Strong just feels so good." Strong mind, strong spirit, strong body. In balance. It's going to be a great year. As Jean-Luc Picard would say, "Make it so!"
Life is good. Spark on!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
I am about to enter the third year in which I considered my major goal to be maintenance. I sort of declared myself "done" at this point, looking for fitness more than weight loss going into 2010:
Well, what I didn't expect was that I would continue to slowly lose throughout 2010, and I ended 2010 with a waist that was 5 inches smaller!
This morning, while the scale may be a couple of pounds up from a year ago (2.4, to be precise) the tape measurements are the same. I have to consider 2011 to have been a successful year of maintenance!
As for 2012, about to start? I plan on once again having FUN in this healthy body. I plan on enjoying and embracing my second childhood.
What does it mean to this little old lady in training to have fun? It's to do things one doesn't expect of a soon to be 60-year-old. It means I want to ice skate at least once this Winter. Ride a horse at least once in the Spring or Fall. And of course, keep on training, don't stop training, you want to run a race someday... (oh, yes, that last bit to the tune of "Keep on singing").
Race already signed up for: half Marathon in early May. I was lucky. I signed up the first day. It's already filled, so anybody who dragged their feet will have to find a different race to register for.
Race that's MINE, barring huge life events getting in the way: Triathlon in late July, sprint distance, my first official one.
Race that is in logical prep training spot for that half: a ten-mile outing in late March.
Race that is purely for fun... if I can get myself signed up for it... a color run in June. They tie-dye your shirt as you run, I guess.
Other races may come into my life, but that's the starting line up of stated intention. I have a half thought to start looking for races in the home cities of Spark friends... to give myself the double treat of meeting some of you all that aren't necessarily local to me here. Meeting Mary on her way through town Sparked this thought!
New Year's is a time to dream and plan, to assess and evaluate. And to start making those plans and dreams come to fruition. May 2012 be kind to each of us, and may we be kind to ourselves: mind, body, soul, in balance... building our lives, one day at a time!
Happy New Year!
Friday, December 30, 2011
A college chum of mine once quipped that as a child she had been warned to not talk to strangers, but she had trouble distinguishing between "a stranger and a friend I hadn't met yet"! Online friendships allow a certain distance in making that determination, in identifying kindred spirits and developing trust before meeting in person.
Most of my Spark friends are just that: kindred spirits that I have identified by reading their blogs, going to their spark pages, being on their teams and finding that they have similar goals, interests and motivations in this great journey to a healthy lifestyle. Many of them have similar challenges and road blocks in the path, or echo feelings and attitudes I have felt. Many are in similar life phases. It makes for the potential of magic.
Yesterday's meeting with Mary was one of those magical things. Another Spark friend described her first meeting with a fellow Sparker as being like an instant connection and level of comfort, as though they had been neighbors for years. That's kind of what it was like for me: we know a lot about each other already, as neighbors do, but not everything... there are a lot of little gaps and holes that getting together and interacting in a live conversation can fill.
And sorry but icons can't hold a candle to the real thing!
So, as I said after meeting other Spark friends last year: if you get the chance to meet a Spark friend in person - go for it!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
A friend of mine quoted to me once that people entered our lives for "a reason, a season, or a lifetime". It rang true at the time, as I thought back over the people whose words or actions have touched my life... seemingly at random... for a reason. And of those whose paths crossed into my life while we worked together or lived in the same town, or shared an interest... but then we went on with our lives and lost touch... for a season.
And then there are those that we meet that remain friends for a lifetime. Some may be those that we drop back in to the same themes when we meet, even if it has been years since we last saw one another. Some are in our lives by accident of birth, but somehow despite that are close (I feel this way about my siblings). Some started out as "for a reason" or "for a season" and then became lifelong friends... I have a collection of people with whom I worked when I was younger. Our lives took different directions, but this time of year, we write and play catch up.
And then there is my Spark friend collection. The semi-anonymity of an environment on-line makes it possible to share inner thoughts in ways we sometimes fail to do with those close to us "in meat space" (as my son calls it). The possibility of actually meeting face to face or doing something together is a transition or a milestone. Today holds the potential of such a meeting. COOKME123 (Mary) and her husband intend to be on the road and might just hit my city at a time that makes meeting possible.
I am trying to protect myself from having too high expectations, as I know that vagaries of travel can play havoc with timing and such... so this is a day of HOPE. It may not happen, but I am hoping that it will! I've cleared my afternoon calendar of work meetings just for this reason.
We have been Spark Friends for a while now, swapping encouragement, blogging back and forth... reinforcing our determination to live healthier. If this comes off, we've promised to take pictures and share.
But I wanted to say that even if I never meet some of my Spark Friends in person, these are folks that are definitely in my life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. We're in this journey together, even while we are miles, states, or nations apart.
Here's to YOUR Spark journey, and to mine, and to where those lines intersect: for a reason, for a season, or for a lifetime! Spark on!
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