Thursday, August 01, 2013
In August, 2010, I declared myself "done" losing at my JC center, and entered "official" maintenance. I weighed about 2 pounds more than I do right now at that time. My weight over the intervening years has been as much as 7 pounds less than it is now... and it has drifted up to 4 or 5 pounds over at times... but in about a week, I'll be entering what I will consider YEAR 4 of the current maintenance.
What is the hardest thing to maintain in living a healthy lifestyle? Hands down, for ME, it's motivation. I fight the battle of motivation on a regular basis. I'm sure I'm not the only one. That's why we Spark! When one is down, another is "up" to offer a hand, or vice versa.
What am I proudest of in this maintenance, as opposed to previous attempts as "staying there"? That I have not allowed things happening around me or in other areas of my life to overwhelm my determination to keep healthy habits in my life "at some level". I have drawn that "line in the sand" I've blogged about. I haven't just wished... I've acted.
What keeps me going, when the going gets tough? The knowledge, gained the hard way, that not everyone HAS a choice. But that I do. I would be dishonoring those who have no choice if I chose to do nothing to help myself live healthier!
I am thinking of my sister in law, who succumbed to ALS in the past year. I am thinking of service men and women and first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty. I am thinking of those with debilitating illnesses that prevent them from exercising.
My own obesity was behavioral, and yes, I used food as my drug of choice, as a compulsion / addiction. It got in the way of living the life I envied others for having: an active life.
While I've been battling the number on the scale for my entire adult life (started the last year in high school trying to control that number)... I have learned things THIS time that just didn't stick before. I have learned that it is NOT the number on the scale that makes me happy. It is the sticking up for myself, it is the behavior that takes care of ME. It is a HEALTHY form of selfishness. It is that I am worth not MORE nor LESS than another human being, but worth AS MUCH.
And it is the behavior that drives my health. The number on the scale is not my grade. The time across the finish line is not my grade. But they are milestones, like a point on a GPS, that tell me where I am.
And know what? Right now? Today... I'm in a good place. I am living!
To dos for today:
* Drink that water.
* Eat what's in the bag, it's why you packed it.
* Prioritize what you work on.
* Remember to go to recess.
* And respect yourself. YOU are a valued member of the human race!
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
My week days are all messed up in my head. The OT made Saturday seem like Friday, the TRI made Sunday feel like Saturday, being sick lost Monday, and yesterday back to work felt like a Monday. So this is Tuesday/Wednesday.
The mandate for OT has indeed been lifted for my team, and I left on time yesterday, because I was treating myself gently and the headache lingered. I think a lot of it has to do with the unusual weather this week. I tend to be susceptible to barometric changes that way.
But I ate well, and took my recess breaks, and went to bed timely, and here I am, sipping my Spark mug and blogging before work with my usual reminders to myself to take good care of me today!
Work's a little crazy right now, even without overtime, because of the way the project was organized and EVERYBODY being on such tight schedules they haven't had time to educate themselves on what pieces they were not directly responsible for were supposed to do. So it's a process of education as well as testing right now.
It's exciting... but it can't absorb you, and you have to slow down and research when someone says "this is wrong" because it might NOT be.
So, with that... reminders:
* Breathe. Be conscious.
* Drink your water.
* Eat what's in the bag, that's why you packed it.
* Delegate, don't try to do it all yourself.
* Remember to go to recess.
and rejoice, for you are ALIVE on the planet! It doesn't get much better than this.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Most of these were captured by my niece, who had custody of my phone for the duration.
First, the obligatory, "before the race, the laid out equipment at the bike rack". I took this one myself.
Next the arty shot of the marked participant, courtesty of said niece's mom.
The rest are niece's... the lake, it was so chilly there was fog before the race:
Into the water in waves. Hard to pick out your swimmer here, or for that matter, in any open water event where all you see are the colorful caps once we're off:
Of course, by the time I got out, I was pretty much a solo act... others far in front, or out of the frame behind.
TRI is all about transition... well, maybe not ALL about transition, but you can get passed if you aren't quick on the change-up.
About to cross the bike mounting line here:
Grinning through the bike leg:
Blink and you'll miss the transition to the run:
And in half an hour, give or take, she's back, entering the finish chute:
And the obligatory finish clock shot - subtract 6 minutes to allow for the wave start and you'll have my "official" time for whole event.
It was a great experience, not to be missed. Next time, won't you TRI with me?
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Ah-one: Decision to TRI.
Ah-two: The day after aha moment... you really WERE coming down with something.
Ah-three: arise and shine, and appreciate that the fitness you have worked so hard to achieve speeds recovery from illness.
I'm up. I'm rested (of course staying in bed most of yesterday probably contributes to that, along with going to bed on time last night). The bag with the snacks and lunch is packed. The Spark mug is full of coffee, and breakfast is on its way.
I shall treat myself gently today... it's back to work. VERY grateful I took yesterday as vacation, planning ahead for recovery is a good thing. Today, we shall see what things were discovered during testing yesterday, and hopefully have a determination as to whether the OT has been backed off to optional, not mandatory.
Fitness is SO worth it. It helps in just about every area of life. Doesn't stop one from succumbing to illness, but certainly helps in the recovery!
Take good care of YOU today. YOU are worth it! LIFE is good. Spark on.
Oh, yeah, and especially important today for me: HYDRATE!
Monday, July 29, 2013
I bubbled about the good things about athletics yesterday. Today I'm coming out from under my shelf of blankets I hid under for pretty much all of today and blogging about the tough decisions that we sometimes make as competitors.
Yesterday when I had trouble sleeping and got up early, it was also with the niggling feeling that all was not well with the body. Headache. A little nausea. But this can be "nerves" or it can be "coming down with something".
As with most days and going to work, or in this case, doing an event I look forward to all year, I acted as if I was going to do it... and I went and did it! And it was in fact, great. But then I was spent... puttered around the house, but still had the headache stuff going on while I blogged and posted photos.
It's a tough decision: to compete when you're not at the top of your form. But all the training that you do, and the residual fitness, the excitement of the day... pulls you forward. I know from experience what a let-down it was when I skipped a 5K when I wasn't feeling well. So... I went. Of course if my symptoms had been more severe, it might have been a different choice... I'm not a complete fool... just halfway there.
Today, I ended up canceling two appointments and drugging up and trying to be unconscious for the day. I'm still not at the top of my game, but I knew I had to get up and eat a little something, and keep trying to hydrate.
The good news? TRI is so much easier on legs and joints and muscles in general... than running long distance, I feel no ill effects of that sort at all. Once I get over the cruds? Back to keeping that balance, which y'all know, includes back to training.
But first... tomorrow, hopefully fully rested and recuperated... back to work!
LIFE is good, even when not 100%. Spark on!
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