Saturday, September 22, 2012
Link to TanyaP71's original challenge questions: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Today's topic: What is your current workout/fitness routine?
You'll be sorry you asked.
I am currently training to STAY in shape so I'll not embarrass myself in the Women's Half Marathon in St. Petersburg Florida mid-November. To do this, I'm following Jeff Galloway's "to finish" training plan, rather loosely.
Monday is a planned rest day.
Tuesday is a 30 minute run, which I do after work. If I'm feeling ambitious, I toss in a pre-work swim, so I don't lose swimming!
Wednesday is cross training... for me, I had designated Wednesday as strength training, to get one day a week of this in the mix. Lately, I've been skipping a few of these, so need to get back to it.
Thursday is a 30 minute run.
Friday is a planned rest day.
Saturday is a long run day every other weekend (unless I'm racing on Sunday)... last Saturday was supposed to be 12 miles... I build a mile every other weekend... except when racing... sometimes a shorter race substitutes for the long slow distance builder and I make adjustments. On the weekends it's NOT a long run, it's a shorter one.
Sunday is cross training day (unless I have a race). If the weather is nice, I want to make this a biking day... but of course, today being the first day of autumn, the weather could start interfering any time now.
So, in short, my workout routine is undergoing seasonal adjustments. I hate transitions and have been having a hard time this past week, so I gave myself permission to "adjust" back to my traditional "line in the sand". My line in the sand is my work-break walks, and some Spark strength exercises. But starting today... back to business!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Link to original question list from TanyaP71: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Today's topic: Did you or do you have any disordered eating habits - binging, purging, excessive calorie restriction or excessive exercise? How did develop (or how are you developing) a healthier relationship with food?
First, of all these mentioned, the only one I have not EVER done was purge. However, the "excessive calorie restriction" and "excessive exercise" was restricted to a single summer of my youth, when I was pretty ignorant.
The binging? Remains a problem at times, as recently as the past week... but is not as severe as it was in my youth. Since giving up soda, I stop sooner, even when I've gone into "I don't care" mode.
How I have learned to cope is to examine my feelings, figure out what's eating me, and get honest with myself. This helps me get back to more balanced behavior with food. Sometimes I find that I have not been properly nurturing myself in other ways: sleep, rewards... or that I've been training and did not compensate with the correct additional nutrition. I make corrections!
Will I ever have the "natural" healthy relationship with food that a "normal" person has? I don't think so. No more than an alcoholic can have a "natural" relationship with alcohol. BUT, I know that with the willingness and ability granted to me, I can BEHAVE better with food, and enjoy the food that I plan into my days.
Friday, September 21, 2012
I got to work yesterday morning and as I was sitting down at my desk, one of my team asked had anyone stopped me on the way in to tell me. No, I responded... tell me what?
R* passed away last night, she said. There was an incident there at work, shortly after I'd left. J* and L* tried to get R* to agree to call 911, but she refused. J* finally got her to the emergency room, but she died there at the hospital. J* was pretty broken up as he told the story to the group gathered together, because he didn't want to repeat it over and over all day to various individuals.
Poor J*. R* had resisted getting help. He did the very best possible, but we all teared up when he intoned "I can think of all the people I'd want to be with in the final moments of my life, and R* got stuck with me". The point of this blog is not necessarily the facts, themselves, or even how we're all coping up at work. We are, of course... they brought in the counselors, as tends to be the normal practice these days when "something happens" at a work place or school.
The point of the blog is my own self-pep talk about a common problem, that I believe many Spark people can relate to: priorities. You see, R* was a great gal. Always positive. Very dedicated to her work and the service she was providing to the children of our state. She had been ill, over the weekend, and out from work Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday was her first day back, and she looked pale.
R* was heavy. Many of us are (or have been). Her own health and well-being took a back seat to things she was doing for others. It wasn't just at work. In her vacation time she did volunteer work! She loved to camp... but while camping would clean the parks she camped in! She dressed up and told stories to kids at Halloween / harvest festivals.
In some ways I think she didn't want to know. Maybe if we ignore it, it will go away? It's just the flu, right?
But seriously, dizziness? Pale skin? Clamminess? Fatigue? Difficulty breathing? These are women's heart disease red flags, that we should know. More importantly, as women, we need to not shrug them off. We need to be willing to accept help, and take some responsibility for self-care...
Now that R* is gone... she can't do all those things she loved. A big hole is left in the workforce, too, where her knowledge, expertise, and spirit helped so many.
If you *don't* take care of you, who will? And, you know, if you don't have a bucket list: how about making one and starting to work on it? Few people regret things they did do... more regret what they never did!
LIFE is worth living... and we never know just when the journey ends... so take good care of you... TODAY!
My friend, your sign was for someone else, earlier this year... I'm sending the sentiment on with you. Be free. Be happy. Be blessed where you are now.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Today's topic: What are your favorite healthy foods? What healthy foods have you 'discovered' along the way to better eating habits?
Goodness, "favorite healthy foods" would be a long list. I love my veggies, always have. Fruits... I'm a little pickier, but learning to like more of them... especially when they are in season. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, especially have been great seasonal additions to breakfast.
Relatively recent discoveries along the way have been steel cut oats and quinoa... both grains. I read a friend extolling the virtues of steel cut oats and did not understand they were different from what I knew as oatmeal... and discovered a whole new food!
Here's to the discoveries! Healthy food is a wonderful discovery, adding to enjoyment of LIFE, which is good! Spark on!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I have the best Spark friends, you know? I'm sure you have them, too!
The Sparkers who posted encouraging words on yesterday's Pep Talk are one huge example. Thank you!
Their comments got me thinking... some suggested slamming the door on the "old / fat / victim" me in the first photo, "putting her in her place." Interesting concept, but... I believe that she's a part of me that needs to be recognized, loved, hugged, accepted... and gently put down for a nap, sent outside to play, fed (yes, fed), and rewarded.
Why? Because harsh treatment leads to a breakout. In my case. In the decades I've lived with her... I have found out a number of things about her. If she feels her voice has been stifled... if she's tired, or overhungry, or lonely... and I ignore her... eventually she will act out.
Imagine the child who is saying "Mommy?"
silence... "MOMMY!" She wanted attention!
After a few iterations of Mommy ignoring the child, or giving a dashed off response (Mommy's busy with problems of her own grown up nature)... I'll leave you to fill in the ensuing mischief.
Usually there has been some kind of external stimulus. We have those happening all the time, surrounding us. That's life. We have very little control over what happens outside our skin. That's reality.
The external stimulus is not the CAUSE of behavior, an internal response is what trips us up! Take the phone call I mentioned. Well intended by the neighbor, I'm sure. But I ignored the internal response, the feelings...worse, I did a short cut: essentially I told her those feelings are not acceptable. Guess what she learned as a child to survive when feelings are not allowed... hide in a cave and eat.
Feelings have to be let out, examined, and dealt with. Coming here, writing my little pep talks allows that airing to happen. I edit, and certainly would not want others to change the way they live their own lives based on childish inner responses... but writing them out allows me to accept and acknowledge that they are there. This comforts that child within. And when the child finally gets the message that "Mommy knows and Mommy loves you"... things are OK again.
All she really wants is to be understood, loved and accepted. If I as the inner parent can understand, love and accept her... she happily goes on to keep on playing and living healthy.
Here's to having a good day... a balanced day... with all the parts of ourselves loved, accepted, and nourished! Spark on!
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