Saturday, September 11, 2010
My old dog can no longer keep up with what I need to do for exercise, but she still needs activity herself. So after I did the Week 4 Workout 1 of the Couch to 5K plan this morning on the treadmill, I took my "baby" out to walk. We took a DVD to mail back to Netflix and the ubiquitous cleanup bags.
It's autumn here, and cool. Cool weather and hunting dogs go well together. She's 14 1/2 years old but when the weather gets like this, she prances like a pup. She wanted to run, and tugged at the leash, so I obliged for at least part of the journey, jogging to keep up... and of course, suddenly interrupted by fire hydrants! Love my dog. Don't know what I'll do when she leaves me one day.
Here's to all the four-footed friends that encourage us with their eyes and wags to get out and move a bit!
Friday, September 10, 2010
Barb's on a philosophical bent this morning!
Must be back to school season, because I see alphabets cropping up all over Spark: alphabet games with a word per letter to motivate us. Mary (CookMe123) blogged her way through the alphabet. I threatened to copy that theme, but I'm not sure I'll do it one a day... it might be more spread over time.
This morning I woke up with a word on the brain: "Assimilate". The initial thought that was drifting through my brain was the re-integration of my son, recently home from overseas. The image that came to mind was the Borg, from Star Trek, the next generation: "You will be assimilated".
This led to thoughts of what I do, how I survive, how I respond to the new information that constantly enters the brain! Onward, to pondering the question of who is the assimilator and who or what the assimlatee? (Yes, spell check, I know I just invented words not in your dictionary!)
So, to our buddy Webster, just what is this "assimilate"? Its root is from the Latin, "to make similar". And the first definition has to do with FOOD! .oO(Sheesh, can't get away from it!)
"1. to change (food) into a form that can be taken up by, and made part of, the body tissues; absorb into the body". So the body assimilates our food. Who knew? Probably a lot of folks... which leads to the whole "You are what you eat" thing! But that's a topic for a different blog.
But being a thinker, I take it on to information, not just food. When presented with new information, we tend to do one of the three things in the title. We "assimilate" it to what we already believe, or we adapt our beliefs to the new information. Eventually, we draw and come to accept conclusions about it and how it fits into our world view.
The whole process of learning is based on evaluating information, whether it comes from personal experience or from reading or listening to others. From the moment of birth we're doing these three things: assimilating, adapting, accepting. And we may have to work our way through the first two to get to the acceptance part... which, to my way of thinking, is the most peaceful of the three.
So... in your journey to health, what are you currently assimilating? What are you adapting? And what have your accepted?
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Since I was dissatisfied with how workout 3 of week 3 of couch to 5K went (mainly because my heart rate really spiked up during the 3 minute jog portion)... and after reading Baileys7Of9's comment about week 4 and jogging slower than she was walking, I changed my plan.
I decided I'd do my own little "stress test" to see just what speed would support a proper heart rate for my jogging portions. After all, the goal is to become / stay healthy, not to kill ourselves!
What I found out is that to keep my heart rate in range, I have to jog slower: it took me through 30 minutes of mostly jogging, but with speeds ranging from 4.6 to 5.1 miles an hour, i.e. averaging 12 minute miles. So, folks... back to the regular program. Week 4, workout 1 - you're ON for Saturday. Me: go slow, but GO!
Adding the metaphors from the journey: I'm standing tall, being small and going slow. Sound like a proper turtle, don't I?
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
I've used this title before, but it fits.
Couch to 5K thoughts, after finishing week 3's three workouts: I may do another at this level. Why? Because I'm not happy with how they went... my heart rate is spiking too high during the three minute intervals to even think about upping it to five. So... listening to my body and being wise... I will stay on this week's plan for one or two more workouts or until that bit improves. If this puts a wrinkle in my schedule, so be it.
Joy in food thoughts... and Mary (CookMe123) is partially responsible for me writing this in the blog, but I had been contemplating this lately. I have really been savoring my evening treat of late: fat-free yogurt, in various flavors, with graham cracker and half an ounce of nuts (sometimes the nuts, sometimes not, depending on whether I'd got into my fat range for the day yet).
I've been feeling the texture and temperature of the yogurt, letting it melt on my tongue, making sure it lingered on the taste buds. I've dipped the graham cracker in the yogurt, and crunched it like a pie crust, and enjoyed the texture contrast and sound of it.
And it got me thinking of my old friends Ben and Jerry. There were times when I would purchase a pint of that ice cream, bring it home, and eat the whole thing in one sitting. By the end of the pint, I wasn't even tasting it. Why did I buy it in the first place?
And it dawned on me that yes, I am eating less now than I was in those episodes... but I am actually enjoying it more. I know that this experience is just for now. I know that I live one bite away from a binge, and that the gift of abstinence (from compulsive eating) is just that, a gift from a power greater than myself. There are no guarantees I won't succumb to the lure of the disease again.
But there is joy in eating healthy, there for our taking. And I want to remember this, for the future, when times get tough and tempting.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
The title is a reminder to myself to do silly things like take the trash to the curb (done), and go to the right meetings at work (not there yet, but will need the reminder).
Due to my brief (thank goodness) illness over the weekend, I have slightly adjusted the couch to 5K training schedule... I was doing every other day, first thing in the morning, but Sunday I did my Week 3 workout 2 in the afternoon, so today, I'm planning on doing Week 3 workout 3 AFTER work. I'll see how that goes, and adjust Thursday's workout accordingly, maybe even shift it to Friday morning first thing. Life changes. We adapt.
Speaking of life events and timing, I've been regularly looking at my calendar and contemplating that training schedule. I had wanted to do the Fort Hood memorial on November 6th, at Fort Hood, but it doesn't look like the finances are going to work out to travel there. So I'm looking for a local race to participate in and mark the memorial from afar.
Problem: 5K's around here... well, there aren't a TON to choose from. There IS one next Sunday, but I'm not ready yet. The race with the perfect timing for the end of training... coincides with my niece's wedding day. Oops, not going to do that one! The next best one lands on Halloween (or close)... so that's the target race in my mind right now. But registration isn't up for it yet, so I keep checking.
Shifting topics: I browsed several blogs this morning where folks were feeling a little "down" about their progress. I know there is that phase of dis-satisfaction that we all go through on the way to getting down to business of working on goals. Sometimes it's hard to see the progress we've already made. I'm hoping that's what I'm seeing, that phase. It's SO important not to give up on ourselves, to tough through those discouraging bits.
Each and every person who reads this is worthy of a healthy body and a healthy mind... may you be blessed today, and uplifted to know that YOU can do it, and that YOU are worth it!
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