Thursday, December 05, 2013
But only temporarily.
On my drive home from work yesterday, I started having nasty stomach pains. At first, I thought they were just hunger pains, so I thought "Oh, I'll eat something now and work out in a bit." NOPE. I was in the fetal position pretty much all night, and I had some pretty bad "issues" early this morning.
So no workout last night. I feel badly about that, but I'm not going to beat myself up too badly. Working out last night might have ended in more frustration.
I don't think it's a virus. Maybe it was something I ate? I did have cherry tomatoes yesterday, and while they're sooooo good and good FOR you, my digestion does not care for them.
And, we can always point to the obvious, I guess. Auntie Flo is expected any minute now, and her anticipated visit is playing havoc with my entire self - mind and body. Not only am I feeling physically less-than-par, but my brain feels haywire, too; I've been on the verge of tears for DAYS - and for no real reason, either. Whilst curled up last night, I watched "Scrooged" and bawled my stupid eyes out at the end.
I'm feeling much better today, physically... and I'll be fine, emotionally, as long as I take good care of myself today. I have dance tonight, which helps... and I plan to go home and have a nice, sweaty workout, which always tends to make me feel better afterward.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I always walk out of my dance classes smiling and laughing - those people are such a hoot! It's about the most diverse group of people you could think of, from young to old and from all walks of life - and we all genuinely just enjoy the dancing. I especially love the folks in my cha-cha class; those folks just sparkle with personality!
It's very motivating to come to class each week because of those folks. I mean, usually dance is motivating enough for me because it's a passion I was born with, but seeing those people and laughing and having a good time with them every week is the extra Motivation Icing on the Cake of Physical Activity. :) It's partly why I loved going to my bellydance classes so much; I thrived on the social aspect of it, as well.
It's funny, too, because I always fancied myself as an exercise loner. I used to love my early morning runs by myself - just me and the birds, and saying "good morning" to the sun as I finished up my cooldown and stretch. Moreover, I am not exactly built for speed; anyone running with me would have to be of the slowpoke persuasion. And I certainly never thought of doing something like P90X with other people. Nobody wants to see me jump around like a flea on a hot brick, or hear me grunt and holler and curse to get that last rep!
But I wonder... I just wonder... what would it be like if I attempted running with a buddy? Would the company make the time fly by faster? Would my competitive side kick in and help me push my boundaries (or maybe push too far, and hurt myself)?
Maybe time to cruise the Sparkpeople Delaware team and see if anyone wants to meet me at Glasgow Park for a walk/waddle/jog/run/whatever...?
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
I am excited - I'm going to start Phase III/IV of Power 90 tomorrow!
I hope I do okay. I think I will. I've been pushing pretty hard with the I/II circuit (though strength training didn't go so great yesterday - not sure why - I think just fatigue?) - so my plan is to ease into III/IV and pace myself and see how I handle it. I can always go back to I/II if I'm not quite ready yet.
Tonight - dance! And I may try to snag either a yoga workout or a barre workout, too.
Monday, December 02, 2013
This year has really flown by... and it really hasn't been my greatest year ever, in retrospect. A lot of dumb stuff happened, and I handled it poorly. I got miserable, and I lost sight of taking care of myself... and so much fell apart.
I'm determined to make 2014 much, much better... in so many ways, not the least of which is getting my life back on track - mentally, spiritually, physically.
I know what I'm capable of when I'm at my peak in all three respects; one need only look at my pictures from June of 2012 to see that. But I am not going to live in the past, tempting as that might be. Though I know I did it once, I cannot ever be guaranteed to get those exact same results, and I think that looking back and comparing myself to that is not doing me any favors because it only makes me feel guilty and ashamed for letting myself backslide a bit. Guilt and shame are two things I've had just about enough of in this lifetime; I've had enough people make me feel those things without me doing it to myself, thankyouverymuch.
And so, I'm starting December with an optimistic eye towards 2014. I'm simply going to do the best I can, and I'm going to keep pushing myself to strive and beat my own personal best as much as I can. I don't think I could really ask much more of myself than that.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
So I'm putting in a little OT at the office... wrapping up year-end billing stuff, etc... and because I'm here all by myself, that means I can watch movies, listen to music, and make all the noise I want without disturbing others.
I'm watching Casablanca.
It's a classic for so many reasons...
I love the characters.
First, Rick. Played by the incomparable Humphrey Bogart. He's smart as a whip, romantic as all get-out, and he's completely unflappable under pressure. His moral compass is constant and true; he knows what's right, and all of his actions - regardless of how dubious they might appear - serve the ultimate end of doing good. For example: he runs illegal gambling - and a crooked game, at that. However, a young woman entreats him for help getting out of Casablanca, and so he tells her how to bet on roulette so as to win the amount of money she needs.
Men like Rick just do not exist. They are the stuff of fiction... though I'd like to think that most people might try to live that way.
But let's talk also about Sam. Sam is the piano player. (Did you know that "Play it again, Sam" is probably the most often misquoted film quote of all time? DOES NOT EXIST IN THE FILM. True! Watch it if you don't believe me!) Sam is always looking out for Rick. Sam knows Rick possibly better than anyone - and he is devoted. Sam knows what hurts Rick, and what motivates him, too. He protects Rick whenever he can... humbly, gently. Sam is the epitome of what a best friend does. Sam is the unsung hero of the film.
Every time I watch this film, I see different things about the characters, even the minor ones. It's fascinating, and it has endured through generations I think because of the themes it addresses as well as because it's set during a very interesting time in world history.
Again - nothing to do with fitness. Just felt like talking about it. :)
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