Wednesday, July 17, 2013
This morning I glanced in the mirror and saw the toning I have lost from not being as "good" about my strength training, especially the core. I also ponder how much of it is stress, how much diet composition (despite calorie counts), how much sloth.
I know from the scale that I am carrying 7 pounds more than I was a year ago. I slipped on my skinniest work pants and had trouble buttoning them. Sigh!
This is the kind of diligence, watchfulness, etc. that is needed to alert oneself to the need for adjustment.
There is more than one internal dialog running. One has to do with assessing how this happened. The eating for stress relief part is clear, indulged several times over the course of the project, but not in the past few weeks. But it doesn't come off without effort. What about activity levels? I'm just NOT as actively training as I was a year ago. AND... the strength training... neglected.
A second has to do with "do you want to do anything about it?" Seriously. I'm still at a healthy BMI, I'm living active, just not AS athletic as a year ago. Is this an acceptable maintenance level? From a purely scale point of view... yeah, it probably is. The number is irrelevant... BUT, beware of the "giving myself a pass" while it keeps creeping upward.
From a fitness point of view? Naaaw... not really. I want it back. That feeling of consistency, not just "fitting it in and living on the residual fitness based on last year's efforts".
So, yeah, I'm a trifle grumpy. I want to fit those slacks. And it isn't all about pounds. Nor is it really about fitting the slacks. It's about being and feeling fit and able. End of story.
But I must be patient about getting it back. Trust the process, and it will come. To that end, today's reminders:
* Drink your water.
* Get your sleep.
* Eat what's in the bag. That's why you packed it.
* Even though it is "taper" time, remember to go to recess!
* And breathe... remember to breathe.
LIFE is good. Spark on!
Monday, July 15, 2013
Bear with me and suspend disbelief for a bit... let's use this model as a thinking/pondering tool. There's been a lot of discussion / debate over whether obesity is or should be considered a "disease". Like cancer, for example. Just for a moment, let us go down that path. I got started by someone here on Spark referring to himself as an "Obesity survivor."
Today there are many forms of cancer that people survive. Through surgery or chemo, or some combination... the cancer is removed. The survivors make some lifestyle changes and live with the possibility, usually given to them in statistics, that it might return.
A heart patient may have surgery to correct a blockage, but then also has to make lifestyle changes and live with the possibility that if they don't take those changes seriously, the issue could return.
From a purely external "talking point" model, it sort of fits... we lose the weight, are no longer considered "obese" on the doctor's scale... but we must make lifestyle changes. And we live with the possibility (particularly if we don't keep up with the lifestyle changes) of the return to the "obese" weight range.
To successfully maintain, we have to take maintenance as seriously as a survivor of a disease. We have to keep up the healthy habits. We have to periodically check up on it, and make course corrections when needed.
While semantically, obesity might be more of a symptom, and have mental / emotional as well as physical causes... do we, the survivors, care? Or do we just want to survive and thrive?
So... as a survivor, who wants to keep on thriving, today's reminders:
* Drink your water.
* Eat what you packed in that bag.
* Remember that whatever's bothering you right now, the cookie at the coffee kiosk won't make it better.
* But walking away for a few minutes might help. Remember to go to recess!
* Overtime is not forever! Remember to do what's most important first.
* Think about the fun you're going to have the next couple of weekends, and don't weigh yourself down so it becomes a drag!
More than anything, dear Spark friends... remember that YOU are worth this effort! YOU are precious and valued and loved. LIFE is good. Live it well and Spark on.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
I declared victory over the front door at 6:51 a.m., heading out for a long and slow run. My choice of activity today was dictated by the fact that a) it has been 10 days since my last long and slow, and b) NEXT weekend is the opening weekend of the Cornhusker State Games, and I have events OTHER than running on both Saturday and Sunday.
I warm up slow, people. I'm a "mature" runner... so this included a 5 minute warm up walk, and walking intervals throughout. But I do have this tiny little competitive streak, and when I got to the MoPac trail, there were these younger women right in front of me... and I ... um... skipped a walk interval or two... trying to keep up or at least keep them in sight. By then I had 4 1/2 miles behind me and a potty stop in the rear view, so I was well warmed to the task.
In the end I covered a bit over 12 miles, in 2 hours and a quarter, with much more walking in the final mile, to cool down, then stretching followed. And a well-deserved snack, of course! Must replace nutrients and fluids used. Showered... all clean. And ready for the rest of Sunday. And it will be rest... detach from the work concerns, breathe, do things that fuel my soul and prepare for the next week of work focus.
Ahhhhh! LIFE is good. And precious. Live it to the fullest, and Spark on!
Saturday, July 13, 2013
So, I went to work and was pleasantly surprised. About quarter of 8 a.m. the lights (which are on auto-programmed control) actually came ON, as did the A/C blowers. I even was able to comfortably change into the jeans I keep in my desk drawer.
After work... I went out and spent it all... every dime of difference between my regular pay and the first OT check I got this week. About half on bike accessory items: a new helment (the ten year old one... or was it 15 year old had developed a crack in the lining... probably from my tossing the bike into the back of the car on top of it... ). I also asked about the stem on the most recently replaced tube, and it is too short, the bike guy knew more than the new gal who sold me the tube, and when I explained about how it was too short for my pump he volunteered to replace it for free, labor included. Which fits in fine with getting the bike checked out before next weekend's games ride. He booked me in for Tuesday night / Wednesday, which fits in with a scheme to bike commute one day, and brick workout on the back end.
I also bought a set of tire levers, and some spare tubes while I was at it. This gal is going to learn to change a tube should need arise.
Then I went and got my haircut. Short, short! Now this should fit under the swim cap next weekend just fine.
In "short", I'm prepping for the Cornhusker State Games, and fitting them in around the OT.
Right now, got the sprinkler hoses out... it's HOT out there, folks, but life is still good. Spark on!
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I'm heading to work in running shorts and a technical T shirt, good socks and athletic shoes. Nope, I don't run for a living. I sit at a desk and program a computer.
But the building has "issues" with levels of heating/cooling. One corner will be beastly, another freezing. It's not that management doesn't TRY on our behalf. We regularly request the A/C to be turned on for special work schedules, but it rarely "works". So we have all learned that if we must be there on a weekend, dress accordingly.
With the mandatory OT, we get to pick what hours we intend to go in, it can be a longer regular day, a weekend day, or some combination. I've opted for an extra hour on four weekdays, and half a Saturday, this week. I was in a couple weeks ago on a Saturday, similarly, and was trickling sweat by the time I left work.
Wish me luck... staying awake and being productive.
But I must say this: the heat is a lot easier to handle at maintenance weight than it was at my heaviest! Right? Of course right!
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