Sunday, August 04, 2013
That double half mary is only five weeks away. So this weekend, I set out to do two "longer" runs back to back. My five miles yesterday was joined by 10.2 today (with an additional 2.1 to get myself the rest of the way home with a cool down walk... I split them in RunKeeper so I wouldn't be tempted to overdo the build of total mileage... last thing I need is an overuse injury that will sideline me from either next weekend's trip or the race in five).
Where I ended up, at the far end of my jog was about 7 miles away (maybe a fraction more)... here: The lake is a place of peace, but so is the cemetary. This happens to be the one where my parents are laid to rest, and as I wended my way in that direction, the random thought popped into my head, "Mom, would you be proud of me NOW?"
Mom never much seemed to appreciate it when I lost weight and became more athletic. Don't know why, but she didn't. Maybe she thought she had to compete (I got that competitive streak from SOMEWHERE, right?) Still, I like to think that by NOW, she would be pleased to see the good that this has done in my life. No competing at this point with her on one side of the Great Divide and me on the other. But still, don't we all crave our parents' approval in one form or another? Or at least their understanding/support, even if our choices are different from what they would make for us?
Have a blessed Sunday out there fellow Sparklers... be safe, and savor LIFE, which is good. Spark on!
Sunday, August 04, 2013
Remember when you were a kid and had a wish list? Things you'd like for Christmas but wouldn't or couldn't spend the money on for yourself? I find myself this morning with a wish list growing in my head. It consists of fitness gadgets I've looked at and decided not to spend the money for.
At the top of my list is body lighting, so I can run outdoors before dawn and after sunset. I've never bought it... opting for the treadmill when it's dark or slick. But I've become fonder of outdoor activity over the course of time, and if I want to keep doing it much longer into the fading sunlight... this might have to move up into the "really invest in this" category.
Another thing I have looked at somewhat longingly but shrugged off is a Road ID. These are little bracelets or anklets that you wear or weave into your shoelaces when you're out on the road working out. Rather than carrying full driver's license or whatever... if anything untoward should happen, this links folks up with who you are and can be linked to an online data base that contains any vital health info someone would need when treating you (medical allergies, hidden conditions, anyone?)
And I have total envy of the fitbit you can wear while swimming. That's a somewhat bigger ticket item... but one of these days...
The fancy Garmin GPS watches, too... although I'd have to have one of the better ones if I wanted to wear it TRIing.
I use my wish list as my rewards list, too. For sticking with the healthy habits, I will get myself a new toy/tool. Feeds the geek in me, and supports the fitness work, too.
What's on YOUR wish list?
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Beware, Barb's experimenting with new software... learning to merge her Webcam talks with her phone video... and today I'm sharing it with my Spark buds!
The things I'm having to manage anger about range from losing my sister in law waaaay too soon to my way of thinking to the tight time crunch and unrealistic expectations. And it's not just anger. Add sadness. Add fear or anxiety. Add in any negative emotion that could use a little "management". Here's what I'm doing about them these days.
Friday, August 02, 2013
I got a really nice SparkMail message in response to yesterday's blog on entering Year 4 of maintenance. It included a link that discusses some research into what motivates us at work. And face it, it is WORK to maintain.
In case anyone else might be interested, it's a bit long, but definitely instructive from many perspectives: www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_what_ma
Thanks anja for sharing it!
Then this morning, I was looking at my statistics for the past year, in terms of the "drifting":
I've shown these graphs before... I deliberately made this one 365 days long, and it shows the drift going "up". Disturbing? Maybe, and maybe not.
In the wake of looking at THAT reality, another piece of this morning's motivation puzzle arrived in my inbox in "Today's Top Stories" here on SparkPeople.com. The question it asks is whether it can be unhealthy to be "too lean". www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
There are many, many aspects to a healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest, most important is the recognition that nothing is a constant. It is an interconnected collection. The body is complex, and responds differently to behaviors. There IS such a thing as overtraining. There IS such a thing as the starvation response. There IS an impact to the body and its tendency to hold on to weight related to stress. But there is the bottom line, for each of us: is what we are doing worth the benefit we get from it?
Every one of us has to answer that question every day. And we act on the answer, one day, one decision at a time. The trends, the cumulative effect, is what we see in the graphs. How we respond to those graphs, to the number on the scale, to setbacks... that's what determines how it continues.
And continuing the journey is what maintenance is all about for me. Today, is it worth it? For me, today... absolutely!
* Drink the water.
* Eat what's in the bag, that's why you packed it.
* Remember to go to recess.
* Encourage others... for someday you may need encouragement yourself.
* Breathe and know that you are alive on the planet, regardless of what else swirls around you.
LIFE is good. Spark on!
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!
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