Friday, August 01, 2014
My weekends have been packed and I have not taken the time to do a 5k this year. I am not a runner - I am a walker. I have a knee replacement and running is not the best activity for me (however, there is that secret I have - I really WOULD like to run a 5k). My doc said if I lose more weight, it would be ok to do it one time to get it off my bucket list - but I shouldn't plan on becoming a runner. Soooo that thought is in my head and it is on my list of things I want to complete!
Now you know my secret!
So, back to my 5k. I have a friend, Lisa. She walks one 5k every year. She was in an accident and also has a fake knee. We joke about the various nuts, bolts and screws we have. Walking a 5k for Lisa is a huge challenge. Me, not so much.
Last year we walked the 5k in one hour and some minutes. Yes, one hour +.
I know I could have left Lisa behind and finished with a better time, but sometimes it isn't about finishing with a better time - it is about being there and finishing!
Here's our photo last year.
Here's our photo from this year I know you can't tell this in the photo, but we are both sporting a size smaller shirt!!! Yippee!
This year we rocked and finished - are you ready? in 59.03 minutes! We even ran across the finish line to beat the clock to the hour mark!
Now I am planning a second 5k to see what my personal time would look like. I will keep you posted on that one!
And the even better part, I finished the day with 30,476 steps on the fitbit - which is a personal all time high. Woohoo again!
Yep, I can and therefore, I will. On that note, off my lunch hour walk!
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
So tomorrow is the end of the month. I normally record my weight on the first day of the month - it was my official monthly weigh in day. The first of July I weighed 183.6.
I worked hard this month. The scale has not rewarded my work like I thought it would. However last weekend I did see a 7 on the scale.....yippee!
My original goal when I started this journey was to lose 5 lbs a month until I reached my goal weight. That has happened most months - accept April where I gained a whopping 7+ lbs. So May and part of June I relost some of what I gained in April and a couple lbs more.
Last weekend I was on a long weekend vacation. I did not eat like I normally do. I ate out every day. I ate two meals a day - we had a large breakfast late in the morning and dinner. I have no idea what my actual calorie counts were, but I tried to track and stay somewhat within range - except for that ice cream cone on Sunday and the piece of fudge on Saturday. My workouts were light - I normally have 20,000+ steps. I was running between 8,000 and 15,000.
Mr Scale has been very unkind. The 7 was once again quickly replaced with an 8. I am down from my July 1 weight, but not the 5 lbs I had hoped for. I have one more day before weigh in.
My silly head says don't eat and work out extra hard. I am not doing that. I know that isn't healthy or how it works.
I know the number on the scale is temporary. It WILL change. I just need to do those right things - but dang I don't want to see the numbers I am seeing. Sometimes you just have to suck it up, write the number down and move on.........
Soooooo, I am focusing on the path right in front of me, not looking down the road and becoming fearful. I am just focusing on what I need to do to take the next step towards my goal. I am going to stay within my calorie count, eat more veggies, drink more water AND keep moving. One step at a time.......
I am able. I am strong. I am fierce. I am not a quitter. repeat
I am able. I am strong. I am fierce. I am NOT a quitter. repeat
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
This past weekend I ventured to the UP (upper peninsula) of Michigan to gather with some friends from all over the state and some who live up there (who were our hosts). We had a great time catching up with each other, a cookout and bonfire - UP style. For those who haven't kept up with my blogs - each year I choose a word to focus on. This year my word was explore and EXPLORE I did!
Our first night was spent in Sault Ste Marie. After finding our motel, we wandered some roads and found the Iroquois Point lighthouse. Of course it was evening, so everything was closed.
We decided it was worth a return trip during daylight hours!
I decided to climb the light tower to get some steps in ...
By the time I got to the top the rain had returned. The view was great and I found myself wishing it was a better picture taking day with bright blue skies and water - but you can't always get what you want!
Then it was back down those winding steps... which was a bit tricky!
I loved the stone fence surrounding the property. It was so colorful!
Not far from the light house we stumbled upon an old Indian burial ground.
You couldn't help but wonder about the spirits resting there.....
There was this beautiful lake across the road covered with water lilies.
And this statue honoring the past, present and future warriors.
Later that evening we were treated to a bonfire - Yooper style.
I think the fire is finally catching.....
There we go!
That evening we stayed in a rustic fishing cabin. When they say rustic - they mean rustic!
But the morning view from the dock was priceless.
I hit the road for my morning walk... Which was a little frightening! No cell phone reception up there! Not a sole in sight anywhere and lots of animal, bird and bug noises! I think this might be the ax murderer's markings......
After my walk we headed to Whitefish Bay to see the shipwreck museum. Many ships have been lost on Lake Superior. The bell of the Edmund Fitzgerald gave me chills. The thought of going down with your ship in the icy cold water of Lake Superior in the night gave me goosebumps.
Then we wandered to see the light and lakeshore. In the distance, a freighter was passing by.
After a brief stop in Paradise (a small nearby town) where the gun toting bear didn't look all that friendly, we turned our car towards the south and headed for our long drive home.
I didn't get all my steps in this weekend. I ate some fresh caught lake fish (which happened to be fried) and some Mackinac Island fudge, but also managed to get a walk in every morning (even in the rain), spin the spark wheel, and explore some areas of my state which I have not seen.
Now back to my daily routine, walking, working and sparking! Working hard to get Mr Scale back where he was when I left! I think I can convince him to move if I work real hard!
Explore the world around you!!!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Last weekend I saw a 7 on my scale - as in I was in the 170's for the first time in years. Woohoo! Granted it was barely in the 170's as in 179.6 - but it was in the next lower decade of numbers on the scale. Hmmm decade isn't the word I want - but I think you know what I mean.
Well, Monday it was back to 180. Tuesday it was 180.6 Yesterday it was 181.4. Today back to 180.6. Hmmmmm. What happened to that 7? What gives?
Go figure. Mr. Scale. I really don't like him. I feel he taunts me all the time. He can be a bit of a bully. I usually try to avoid him, but doing this 5% challenge, I have started weighing daily again.
I know the daily fluctuation is most likely water weight and not really weight loss. However, it messes with my head. Especially on days like today.
My knees hurt. They ache. They are swollen. I think I need to get in to the ortho doc and have some fluid pulled off them. It hurts to walk. I feel fatigued before I even start. I feel lazy. I don't wanna. Really, I don't. I just want to do nothing. However, I made up my mind to push through it ---- and then Mr. Scale flashes his stingy number and I want to say "Why bother".
OK - so why bother? Because I want to take some of this weight off my knees and give them a break. Because if I don't keep moving them, some day I won't be able to move them. Because I want to keep my mobility as long as possible. Because I want a healthier body. Because I feel better when I get outdoors for a walk. Because I am determined not to be defeated by a number on a silly little box. Because I am committed to a healthier me and sitting in my chair eating those tempting bagels and cookies is not going to bring me closer to that goal.
Why bother? Because Mr Scale and I play this game together. He tosses out a lower number, then it goes up by a few ounces then it goes up a little more then it goes down then it goes up a bit more. However it seems each week my base number has been going slowly down. Four weeks ago it was 183 - now it is 180. Hopefully next week it will be 179.
Sometimes I just feel lazy. I want the results but I don't want to do the work. I will do the easy work - but I don't want to do that hard stuff. I will do this but I won't do that. I want the paycheck, but not the job! Well we all know that doesn't happen.
Sometimes you just have to have faith. Sometimes you just have to trust in the process and know if you do the right things, eventually the scale will catch up. Sometimes you have to do the right things even when you don't want to - because they are the right things and doing the right things seldom leads to regret.
So tonight I am taking another walk on the pier with a girlfriend. A long, slower paced walk. I'm going to give my knees a break, but still move.
Why? Because I am determined. Because I am committed. Because I am not going to quit just because of a silly number on the scale. Because I am fortunate and I CAN move - so - I shall. Because I have faith.
Because I gotta have faith, I gotta have faith (you singin with me???)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Sometimes you just have to take a chance.
Last night I decided instead of walking on the treadmill I was going to drive to Grand Haven and walk the waterfront and the pier. The weather forecast was calling for rain later in the evening. It was so hot and humid here, the waterfront had to be better! When I left my wooded neighborhood and got to the main road I notice the sky was a threatening gray.
Hmmmm, do I drive the 40 miles and have it possibly be raining when I get there? If it's raining and I turn home, I lost over an hour of my evening and still will need to get my walk in.
I kept driving, went to pick up my friend who joined me on the walk. As I got hear his house, the gray clouds got darker. Uh oh. Oh geez and the umbrella is home.
Onward we went. We got to the beach and it was breezy and overcast. We parked the car and headed out on the boardwalk. I joked about my bad luck at catching sunsets at the beach. We laughed at the way the wind was messing up our hair and neither of us had a comb or brush. We joked about what might happen if the clouds let down some rain. In my mind I pictured a bad wet tee shirt contest. Oh well, who better to get caught in the rain with than a friend?
The breeze was so nice, the air temp felt cooler and we finally made it out on the pier. We sat and watched the sun sink into the clouds. Just as it was making it's farewell, you could see the huge orange ball of the sun masked with the hazy clouds dipping into the horizon. After the sun was gone, the clouds continued to turn shades of pink and orange.
The rain never came until after we were home. It ended up being a nice evening. Nice walk, change of pace, good company - what more can you ask for? Sure beat getting on the treadmill in the basement! Sometimes you have to step outside of the box. Sometimes when things look a little iffy, you have to take a chance! You may be presently surprised.
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