Saturday, September 01, 2012
Simply because Barb can't shut up. I'm blogging now with the relief that the weekend's "long run" is in the bag. With my seasonal allergies and the 90 plus degree heat today, I opted for a treadmill 11 miler... to video streaming of Biggest Loser season... um... lost track... I think maybe 9.
It was the "I'm happy" season. I say that because in the interviews with the contestants, that was the word that popped out at me, over and over and over again. And it rang so true as I heard it. This whole Spring and Summer it has dawned on me how happy I have been in my active lifestyle. HAPPY!
What did I tell mom I wanted to be when I grew up? "Happy". Every time. Not a career, a mindset. So... here I am... keeping promises to myself... including "follow the training plan"... and I proclaim myself Happy.
May the Happy be contagious. Do something good for you, and let it make you smile!
Saturday, September 01, 2012
TanyaP71 has challenged folks to blog 30 days on a set list of questions. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Being me, I thought about it and decided, "why not?" Here is the first blog topic:
"Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September? "
First off, whenever I talk about starting stats, it all depends on WHICH start we're talking about, since I have been through this process many times over the decades. But to play it as straight as I can - this particular healthy initiative began on May 29th, 2009, when I weighed in at 198.6 on my home scale. At 5' 3", that's too much, by anybody's assessment.
I did not take tape measurements until a month later, on June 26th, and at that point, my waist was 37 inches... bust 43, hips 45. Sigh... with a month of progress, even.
At that time, I timidly set my goal down as 150, because I had to pick a number. (I was at a commercial weight loss center, they wanted a number.) But as I told them there, the real goal was not about a number on the scale. The real goal was to get back into the shape I was in when I did an informal triathlon with my siblings. That was August 2007, and I felt better than I had my whole life.
My current stats? Are you ready?
Weight, 7 day rolling average, as of today: 119.3 pounds.
Current phase in the process? Maintenance. Don't need to lose more. My goals are not so much about the scale (they never were, really)... but to maintain the level of fitness to participate in the events that give me so much joy. Eye on the prize right now of a half marathon in November, busy building mileage.
Goals for September:
1. Don't injure myself.
2. Follow the fitness plan, but modify as the body's level of energy demands. I.e. LISTEN to the body.
3. One 5 mile race, Sept 9th.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Looks like the past week has had a theme, and that theme is age-related. I won the age group gold in that mud run, the oldest female on the 10K course. I posted the link to the 80 year old Iron Nun article. And today, I'm pondering the word "old".
Old to me means powerful. All my life, I have looked up to older people. Old to me means wise. But old to me means playful, as well... my great-grandfather taught me to waltz and play cribbage. My grand-dad hiked 50 miles with a Boy Scout troop to celebrate his 65th birthday, (if I remember right which milestone birthday it was). My mom and dad taught square and line dancing to senior citizens.
I embrace the goal of "old". When I was ten years old, I met my great-great-grandmother for the first and only time. She at that time was 101 years young. She had been 4 years old when Abraham Lincoln was shot. She was a tiny, strong, opinionated woman who took no guff from anyone.
That's been my concept of "old". So when people say I'm not old? It may be true (59 is not really that "old" any more)... but I really don't mind the term. It's something I aspire to... I feel myself coming into the power and self-direction that I associate with the word... I feel the "me" coming to the fore in my life.
So here's to embracing concepts that the world might think are less than flattering... and cherishing the positives about them. I am a "little old lady in training"... training physically and mentally, hopefully in the cast of my great great grandmother!
Life is GOOD. Spark on!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
SANDIEGOJOHN has issued an Upbeat challenge for September on Team SDJ, and one of the posts there included the link above.
Edited to add this Note: The link above is from 2008. At age 82, Sister Madonna Buder finished Ironman Canada (August, 2012) this link to the article.
I found this link by way of following the bouncing links from today's "featured member blog".
Seriously, this gal is the major reason I had the courage to sign up for my own first sprint distance triathlon. I've had hints from the youngsters I have raced with (22 year olds in my tri, a few at the mud run) that they look at me that way (as an inspiration)... but Sister Madonna Buder really is incredibly inspiring. She puts the lie to the limitations of age. I hope that should I survive to that point, I'm still doing these kinds of things, at whatever level I can.
It makes me smile. Life is GOOD. Spark on!
Bonus photos from the Mud Run coverage... this was on FaceBook from our local newspaper... neither photo shows me, but I remember climbing up this slope!
And over this wall.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
What do I need to tell myself today? What do I need to process through the keyboard to come to resolution?
Those are some of the seeds that start me down the path to a blog... and today I think I want to meander through a conversation I had with my daughter in law last night. Both of us, by the way, have weight issues / habit / behavior issues around food and exercise (or lack thereof). We have different approaches for how we are dealing. This blog is a reverie on the experiment of ONE... and how different approaches work for different people, and that THAT'S OK!
Seriously... I'm on a calorie-restricted maintenance range, with a balance that is majority carbs (hopefully the healthier kind), sufficient protein, and modest amount of fats, preferably the healthier non-saturated kind and heavy on the Omega-3's thank you.
I'm not a vegan. I'm not a vegetarian. But I don't have a whole lot of red meat in my diet as a general rule. I do have dairy and poultry and fish, and limited amounts of beef.
Meanwhile, DIL is on high protein, low carbs. As much fat and protein as she likes. But avoiding sugar / flour carbs in general. She's allowed veggies, but she doesn't like either fruits or veggies.
My exercise routine... well, you've seen it... I'm actively training, for various athletic events. Current focus, long-term is another half marathon in November, but I have a 5 mile road race in a week and a half, and I'm thinking a 15K in mid-October, although there's this competing retreat at the obstacle place the week before that race, and I'm tempted...
Meanwhile, DIL doesn't care much for cardio, but loves lifting weights, and has become quite strong in the process. You should feel her biceps! (I did last night... wow!)
Bottom line: both of us are seeing success as we define it. It's OK to be different. Your program does not have to be the same as mine, in terms of physical behavior. We can still support one another even with these differences.
One thing I have had to learn over time is to go with what works for YOU. If it's not working, figure out why and make changes. But if it's working? (Working means your doctor is happy, too.) Go for it!
But back to the conversation: I blog publicly, here on Spark. We got chatting about The Biggest Loser and the popular blog post and all that stuff. DIL has NO desire to go public with her story... she's still at the point (I've been there, too) where life is private, and needs to stay that way.
I explained to her that the reason I go public (in the semi-safety of SparkPeople) is that perhaps, just perhaps, my story might give someone else hope and a spark to make changes they themselves want to make. Yes, there is a risk in the aspect that right now a lot of people are giving me positive feedback. That can certainly turn into negative feed back if someone's "rooting against you" and you trip and fall.
Being concerned about what others will think can be an impediment to doing what you truly desire. (Not that this isn't sometimes a GOOD thing... fear of judgment for crimes, for example!) I've actually felt a little of the "what am I doing, at my age, out here running in the mud, climing over walls... what would grandma think?"
But you know what? LIFE is too short not to go for it, and live your dreams. No matter WHO approves or disapproves. I think I may just have turned this corner.
LIFE is good. Spark on!
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