True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind & exercise of the body; the two are ever united

November 15, 2012

– Humboldt

Today’s quote is very fitting for me personally.  I think of the times I was on vacation and didn’t go anywhere, or last year when I was out of work for 6 weeks post surgery.  It was very easy to get into the habit of just sitting and watching junk on tv instead of doing something productive.  I find that I am much more likely to actually follow weight watchers and work out when I have a schedule that includes work.  When I have that variety in my life, I’m definitely much more content.  It’s a feeling I need to remember when I have “staycations”. 


Goals that are not written down are just wishes

November 5, 2012

– Unknown

And now I have “A dream is a wish your heart makes” stuck in my head 🙂  But you know, I’ve never thought of it this way.  I do admit to having a very generalized goal but I’ve been taking the “a little bit at a time” approach rather than having an end goal.  Having the shorter term goals has worked out a bit better for me this time around.  It’s less over whelming to think that I can do 10 pounds at a time rather than, say 100 pounds (no, that’s not really how many I’m going for overall). 

But actually writing down what I want to accomplish, I’ve never really done that, outside of activity anyway.  So maybe it’s something I need to start doing.  I could make that a monthly thing, at the beginning of each month set a goal, or re-iterate an overall goal and then at the end of the month see how well I managed to stick to it.  I think I’ll consider that for next month.  Wait, no, I’ll do that next month 🙂  In the meantime, I’m sticking with my average of 5 activity points a day which means 35 for the week with the week being Tuesday to Monday.  I haven’t yet succeeded in meeting that goal, I’ve come close, but I haven’t actually made it there yet.  I’m still working on that.

You will never find time for anything. You must make it.

November 2, 2012

– Charles Burton

Today’s quote is so amazingly fitting in so many different ways.  One would be the quotes themselves; I find that they really do help to keep me focused on my goals and to stay better on track when I’m looking at them.  And when I look at a quote for the day, I write about it.  I have found that there are several days last week and this week where I haven’t written about a quote, which means I haven’t looked at a daily quote.  A huge part of that is my workload.  It really is alot and it’s not unusual to find members of my team putting in 10+ hours a day.  The workload that I have means I haven’t even taken the less than a minute to simply read a quote and since I haven’t been doing that, I haven’t really been reflecting on how it applies to me and my life in general.  Which I find to be a problem for me, I really need to make the time to do this each day.  Even if I really can’t make the time to write about it, I really do need to make the time to read and reflect.

I do the majority of my exercising at lunchtime.  My job has a gym on site with several treadmills, free weights, weight machines and even classes.  I find that going there at lunch is a lot easier for me because I’m already here at work.  I don’t have to make an extra trip someplace.  I have a very flexible job in terms of when I go to lunch so if there’s a day I’m hungrier I can go to the gym earlier and get my workout out of the way.  I don’t do as much on the weekends, because there’s other things that come up or other things I’d rather do.  That’s an area I’m definitely lacking; I need to do more on the weekends.  I need to make time to do it. 

Tracking what I eat is another thing I must make time for.  Like reading a quote, it really doesn’t take long.  I do online tracking and most of what I eat already exists in their database.  But some days I don’t want to take the 5 minutes to do it.  In order for me to be successful, I need to do it, and I need to make sure I have time to do it. 

What do you need to make time for in your life?

Good friends are good for your health.

October 30, 2012

– Irwin Sorason

This was the Spark QOTD for October 24, 2012.  I didn’t use it for that day, but it spoke to me enough that I wanted to use it at a later date.

I guess today is that day as I didn’t really feel that the two quotes provided by the apps I’m using really spoke to me.  Every now and then I take stock of who I have in my life, and I have to say I think I chose pretty well.  I have friends who are there for me, no matter what.  And I definitely have friends who support me in everything I do.  So how are they good for my health?

In a couple of ways actually; not only physically in my weight loss journey, but also mentally.  A good friend will provide support and be a cheerleader as this path is traveled.  They’ll understand when you decline certain items and even gently nudge you back onto the path when you stray.  A good friend doesn’t have to even be physically near you; I’ve made a lot of good friends who are “invisible”; they are all people that I’ve meet during my journey online and we support each other and cheer each others accomplishments.  I think this journey would be a lot harder if I didn’t have such wonderful people in my life reminding me that I can do this.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

October 29, 2012

– George Elliot

If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.  – Ivan Turgenev

Today is a two-fer!  The first one is the Spark Quote from yesterday and the second is today’s.  I like them both, a lot.  And both seem to really be fitting.  Plus these two are so dang easy to put together, for me anyway. 

On Saturday I did the Bride of Frankenfooter 5K at Starkey Wilderness Park; an absolutely beautiful area to run in.  Heck that’s a great area for any kind of outdoor exercise.  We’ve been feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the form of cooler temps (it was 54 when I left for work this morning!) and breezy conditions.  Saturday was very breezy and I was a little afraid that it would affect my running.  I didn’t even notice the wind!  Starkey Wilderness is an area that actually reminded me a lot of Northern MN, lots of trees and I really think they helped keep the breeze at bay. 

What does that have to do with today’s quotes?  Well, isn’t it obvious?  I was meant to be more active, to be a runner.  And I’m glad I haven’t waited for the “right” moment.  It would have been so easy to say that I would start when I lost so much weight, or had gotten down to a certain number.  But then I would have missed out on the fun on Saturday.  I wouldn’t have experienced a gorgeous location for running (or walking or bike riding) and I wouldn’t have had the fun I did; I wouldn’t have seen all the creative costumes.  Although I’m still a bit irked at myself for letting Hawkeye Pierce and BJ Hunicut beat me; I let two lushes beat me for cryin’ out loud! 

Nothing is ever going to be perfect and the exact right time to do something, to make positive changes in life, is when you make that decision to do something and follow through.  I’ve made the decision to be a runner; granted I will never be very fast and I will probably never win my category.  But I’m finishing, and that’s an accomplishment.  What about you?  What might you be now that you know it’s not too late?

Somewhere, deep inside, we all can fly.

October 24, 2012

– Fortune cookie

Today is moving day at work, well for some of us.  My department has been a bit scattered and now we’re all together and in the process of packing up my desk I found this one.  I guess I brought it in and forgot to add it to my collection. 

Today’s quote seems fitting.  I had a very good weigh in last night, I lost 1.6 pounds.  It’s amazing what happens when one tracks what they eat and works out.  But it is the belief that I can do this, that it is up to me to do this that lets me fly.  When I remember how easy it is to track, to make good decisions, and how proud I feel when I accomplish something I couldn’t do before, then I’m flying.  And flying is a pretty dang good feeling.

A friend can tell you things you don’t want to tell yourself.

October 23, 2012

– Frances Ward Weller

How many people truly have friends that are this honest with you?  Are you this honest with yourself?  I can truly say that while I have really good friends, I don’t know that any of them would be this honest with me.  Except maybe J, but I’m not counting him because I truly think that his perception is a bit skewed.  Not only because I’m his significant other, but because we live together and see each other every day.  It’s like looking in the mirror every day; you don’t always see your own physicaly issues because you are so used to seeing that image. 

I feel like society today, regarding this, is of two extremes.  On the one end is the people who will tell you everything no matter how it sounds; they will not sugar coat or take a gentle approach.  On the other end is those who will not say a word because it could be considered cruel and none of their business.  The question is, where do I fall on this spectrum?  I think I’m more towards the “keep my lips” zipped end of it with a few exceptions.  I feel like most people are aware of their physical issues, mental and emotional ones on the other hand…. 

The way I approach this, I think, is the way I want most people to approach me regarding it.  I know what I need to work on; I’m actually aware of how I look and why I need to lose weight.  I don’t need everyone asking me about it or telling me what to do.  But I do think that, as a part of self improvement, I could reach out to the people in my life and ask them what about me they think could use improvement/changing.  Hmmm, that’s a bit intimidating.  I’ll definitely have to think on that some more. 

I do have happy news to report.  My heart rate monitor gives me weekly totals, I believe it goes from Monday to Sunday for tracking.  So for the last week I actually burned over 2700 calories.  I’m really looking forward to weigh in tomorrow.  And I joined a fitness challenge at work.  It just started yesterday and this week is the baseline week.  Once exercise is entered the system then converts it to units.  Which is honestly a bit screwy because apparently my 30 minute total tone class yesterday got me almost 3000 units.  I’m still working on figuring that one out; but I probably won’t succeed.

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