Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Mid-afternoon we had dueling cell phone apps saying 96 F and 100 F! So I took it nice and easy biking home. There was a nice breeze, so I didn't notice the buckets of sweat until I got home and came inside and the breeze stopped evaporating it in place. Additional hydration was in order!
And of course with that sun beating down, I didn't want to try to compete by watering at the same time, so this morning I did not go back to bed after taking my thyroid pill at 4:20, but got into sweats and started dragging hoses around in the pre-dawn dark.
This of course, messes with my normal routine of dress, pack lunch, cook the steel cut oats, and sit down to Spark.
Don't know about the rest of you Sparklers, but when I do things in an odd order, that's when I lose things or miss a step... thus my status... hope I remember to go get dressed before I go to work!
There's a method to this madness, actually two. One, I'm watering while the ground has a chance to actually retain some of the moisture. Two... my training schedule says "run" today, and I want to be able to go outside guilt-free after work to get my minutes / miles in! Win-win!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
But the advantage is that it is mild now, at going to work commute time. So... lunch packed last night... up early. Change of clothing in the back pack... and after my steel cut oats this morning, I anticipate taking Brenda Starr Trek to the office.
That means I'll end up doing this twice this week, as our local Trail Trek is on for Thursday after work. But it just feels so good to have decent biking weather (OK, the predicted 93 high is a bit warm for it... but the 62 this morning is perfect).
What a difference two weeks makes!
Reminders for the day:
* Hydrate, especially in prep for the commute home.
* Savor what's in the bag... be mindful of each bite.
* Love your work, but remember to go to recess!
LIFE is good, friends. Spark on!
Monday, May 13, 2013
But it was *wonderful*. It had all the elements of Master Living: meaningful activity (getting that bit of cleaning and laundry done), exercise (run on Saturday, walk and swim on Sunday), good nutrition, and companionship (visit from son). What more could I want of a weekend? Another day would be nice.
This made me think of what I would want in my "ideal" job. A 32 hour week would be about perfect... but it would have to have the same kind of creative side my current one has. Maybe "set my own deadlines, reasonable ones that don't require OT". The ususal benefits... health insurance and a paycheck that covers the bills and gives me "play" money to support my athletic outings... and enough vacation time to go do them. Oh, and I only want this job for about ten years, after which I'd want to move on to "other things". Riiiight... dream on.
Don't get me wrong... I love my work. Just would prefer it not to be quite so urgent and pressured as it is this year!
Part of what got me thinking about the ideal job has to be a conversation I had with my son yesterday about his future plans. He's still deciding about back to school in September.
That said, today's pep talk reminders:
* Drink your water.
* Savor the healthy things you put in the bag.
* GO TO RECESS when it's time to do so!
* And leave on time! It will still be there tomorrow.
LIFE is good. Spark on, my friends!
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Last year I blogged about how Mother's Day had changed over the years / phases of my life... as it does for all of us. Last year I was a mom with a child in a war zone.
Thank goodness the "in a war zone" bit is different this year.
Last year on Mother's Day I went for an early morning bike ride, thinking to potentially visit my own mom's gravesite. Blockage on the bike path due to construction stopped that, but I still "carried her on my shoulder" for the ride and silently talked with her.
This year, I thought last night I might show up at the gym at 6 a.m. for an early swim. This morning, had an attack of laziness, and cooked breakfast instead. Healthy, the standard steel cut oats, but I was cutting up fresh strawberries that were very affordable in a larger quantity than I generally buy at the grocery yesterday. Hopefully I will reward myself with that swim later today (my training plan calls for a swim today).
Remember the Friday I went in to work because my heating/cooling contractor couldn't do my scheduled maintenance check up that day? Weather wasn't cooperating? Guess when they rescheduled for. Yep. Mother's Day morning. During classic church hours.
So as I type this, the guy is downstairs doing his thing. Now THAT'S different for a Mother's day. I made sure he had ALSO made arrangements to acknowledge HIS mother... nag that I am.
My son has promised a visit at some point... even offered to take me with him while he looks at puppies. I wisely declined THAT part of the offer. I know myself too well to trust myself around furry cuteness of the canine variety. You see, though I have a cohabiting feline, I'm really more of a dog person.
Restless while waiting, I decided I would see if I could work my way to the surface of the dining room table. I'm amazed... piled high for the weeks and months since Christmas... with "unmade decisions" as my brother likes to call paper clutter. Expired coupons. Receipts that I do NOT need for tax purposes. Statements and reams of ads, including the political variety (we just had our general election last Tuesday). Books I hadn't put back on a shelf. And running and biking stuff, of course.
Success! Even Frosty the Cookie Jar got re-boxed and put away this weekend. I think I may have a touch of the Spring cleaning fever. But it feels good. Sunshine streaming in the window, a fresh cloth on the table, the revived laptop taking a spot for now, and the only little pile remaining are things that my son lent me, that are there because I want to send them home with him today.
Every surface clean? Heavens no... but it's a start.
To other mothers in whatever phase of life, may your day have a little of this and a little of that... but all that brightens and comforts you. I'm also sending up a special prayer for those who are hoping to become moms, and those who have recently lost their moms.
LIFE is good. Spark on!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I have started to suspect that I am discovering (in year 3 of maintenance) the "normal" cycle of a gain over the winter, loss with more active times come Spring and Summer. My "maintenance range" appears to be a little wider than Polly Perfectionist wants to see, but then I HAVE been trying to kick her to the curb, and she's still out there camped on the lawn (not so subtle reference to growing grass...) .
Anyway, I here present two Weight Commander graphs. Each shows two years of daily scale recordings, graphed. The first is from end date of May 4th, 2012.
The second is ending today, May 11, 2013.
Speaking of progress photos, theses graph pictures show the long-shot of how my weight has varied over the past three years. What is of interest to me is how the emotions and the swings of the scale interact, and how Sparkpeople interacts with the emotions... to remind me of two things: how far I've come, and that I don't want to go back to the 200+ pound range!
My friend Marsha (SLENDERELLA61) blogged a few months back about having to potentially choose between maintaining her "happy weight" and maximizing her athletic dreams, as some expert or other she read seemed to thing these were not necessarily achievable at the same time. She identified that the happy weight was more important to her, at that time.
Faced with a similar situation on my end, where I was about 10 pounds on the scale heavier for the Lincoln HM, compared to the St. Pete one last November? I ran 18 minutes faster this time. Hmmmm... given the choice? I want my body to choose what's right for it... I don't care to obsess about the number on the scale. Been there, done that, have the closet full of T-Shirts.
HOWEVER... I do use the scale and a clear and honest appraisal of my behavior to tell me when it's time to "get real" if I've been sliding. There are reasons for every tool we have in our tool box. Scale included. Graphs included. We just have to keep them in perspective, and use them appropriately. Don't take extreme action over one number. Just nudge ourselves back into the behaviors that lead to...
A HAPPY LIFE! Which is GOOD. Spark on!
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