Weather It’s Hot or Not

WeatherThe noon time sun has been brutal this week with temperatures falling well into the 90′s.  Factor in the heat index and it feels like 100+.

Having said that, you might think it’s acceptable to bail on my daily lunch runs. 

                                        NOPE.

I can only cut myself so much slack when it comes to exercising.  And, I’ve already given myself a pass to avoid the dreadmill and gym when possible.  So, basically, my default option is the great outdoors.

If I also give myself a pass when weather conditions aren’t ‘ideal’, I’d be spending way more time than I’d like on my rump instead of breaking a sweat.  Not acceptable.

That leaves me pretty much operating like the U.S. Postal Service.  Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep me from sticking to my routine.

               I may be slower.

                        It may be less intense.

                                    I may cut down on the total time.

                                                     But, the job gets done.

                                                                     And, I’ll feel great about it.     

There you have it.  You can expect I’ll be out there the rest of the week armed with water, a ton of sunblock, and positive thoughts to power me through it.  And, if you wanted to send good vibes in support of a cool breeze on my route, I wouldn’t mind at all.  :)

Small Victories

ThumbsupTo achieve big life changes, it usually requires that you hit a number of tiny milestones along the way. It’s on this path where you can distracted, veer off course, and sometimes find yourself stopping altogether. 

Of course, it’s also along this path where you can discover yourself, pick up new tricks, and firm up some really good habits. 

Having said all that, last week was a good week for me.  I had 6 solid days of small victories.

Eating Right.

Exercising.

Keeping my head in a positive place.

So, I’m off to a good start.  And, on my way to ‘two weeks making a habit’.  From there, the sky’s the limit.

How about you?  Anything specific help you to hit your goals and stay on track? Do tell.

Living Life

LoveLifeKnowing that we would have a long weekend to play with, my husband and I decided to set aside 2 days for ourselves.  Last Friday and yesterday. 

Let’s call them date days. 

Days where we would throw out our schedule and do nothing but fun stuff - for no reason other than just because. 

On Friday, we hit the movies, grabbed a bite to eat, went for a drive and wandered about until we missed our little guys and it was time to go home.   

Yesterday, we opted for a scenic drive up to the Seacoast where we enjoyed a long walk, splashed around in the water, and checked out a new place for lunch. 

It was great. 

On our drive, my husband summed up what I was thinking well when he said, “Think back to 1996 when we met, would you have thought that it would have led to this place?  To such a good day together”.

The answer – probably not.  I would haven’t guessed what life had/has in store for us.  The mostly good.  And some of the bad.

But, the date days and his sentiment remind me to appreciate the moments.  The times we can spend together.  The blessings that we have.  The memories we can make. 

In the end, it’s about living life.  So, why not try to love it? 

We only have one, right.

A Reminder

July2013For whatever reason, sometimes we can get thrown off track from pursuing our goals, enjoying our passions or simply from living our lives.

It can be the result of one of life’s many curve balls – where you can clearly mark the point in time it happens- or it can be more subtle and you find that over time you’ve slowly drifted away from what’s important.

Either way, it stinks when you realize you’re in that place.  And, that’s where I find myself now.

I’m not exactly sure what got me here but I can tell you it’s not where I’m staying.   

The good news is that I’m ahead of the game by having a ton to be thankful for – my husband & my boys who are my heart, family & friends to lean on, being able to provide for ourselves and so much more.

The rest is about setting my mind on a goal and putting in a little (or a lot of) elbow grease.  Whatever it takes.

Like the picture says, I (We) really do have the power to make every day a bright day.  The rest is a matter of choice.  And, I choose ..me.

Ready for a snack attack

SoupI’m not sure what’s been going on with me lately….I’ve been SERIOUSLY hungry.  Maybe it’s the cold temp.  Maybe it’s the increase in exercise.  Maybe it’s really hunger.  Not sure.

What I do know is that if I don’t have good things to eat on hand, we could have a situation – one that I won’t feel good about when it’s over.

So for the last few days I’ve been getting my house snack-ready and stockpiling goodies of all types.

I made veggie soup (my fav veggies, chicken stock, fresh herbs) I can eat when I want without guilt.

I prepped snack-size portions of good-for-me treats – fruits, veggies & hummus, nuts, and cheese – that I can grab when I’m hungry.

Snacks

And, I picked up a few healthy indulgences to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Having done all this, I feel good about being able to handle my next snack attack responsibly.

Sometimes, a little planning and elbow grease can give you peace of mind – and a happy belly.  :)

Tearing Down the Excuses

Winter Wear - HeadshotI’d rather be outside than in a gym.  I barely tolerate treadmills (interesting blog name considering, right?).   The weather in New England has been brrr-tastic and has included sheets of ice on the walkways and streets. 

Add these things up and you have the recipe for bailing out on workouts. 

WRONG ANSWER.  This lady is passing up on the excuses.

This last week, I focused on proving to myself that no matter what the conditions outside…..I could still get er done. 

First, I had a 3-day indoor workout string – in my not so attractive basement and in the tiny gym at work.  These sessions included running 12 miles, getting in free weights, and giving the elliptical a spin. 

Then, this tanktop-wearing chick decided to pull together a medley of winter wear borrowed from Punky Brewster’s closet to take a pass at running outdoors in the cold and around the ice. 

Winter Wear - Rest

And you know what?  I did it.  And it wasn’t too bad.  In fact, it was kind of nice.  Plus, I got to entertain pedestrians and drivers who were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of my multi-colored outfit. 

Now that I’ve removed this mental roadblock, there’s no stopping outdoor workouts this winter.  How about you?  What have you done to get out of your own way lately?

8 Hours

Headband Yesterday, my husband and I were signed up to run the Hangover Classic in Salisbury, Ma – with the option to polar plunge after the race. He was doing the 5K. I was doing the 10K.

But life happened. The boys were up late. And, sadly we missed the event.

I could have so taken the easy way out without batting an eyelash and skipped a run altogether. But instead, I geared up and made a 6.31 mile date with my treadmill.

I think it’s my longest indoor run. But with beaucoup snow out in the neighborhood, it wasn’t happening anywhere but in my house.

So based on advice from my husband, I loaded up the iPad with season 1 of Breaking Bad..and distracted myself while I got my 10K in. Good news – it was over before I knew it and I felt great about it.

The lesson learned is that where there’s a will, there’s a way. And today my will got it done.

Now for the bit about the 8 hours. From the time I jumped on the treadmill at 11:30 to after 7:30 at night, I was sporting this mighty fine sweat band I got for Christmas (excuse the poor quality night pic). The old one that I loved disappeared last year and I was so glad to see a replacement from Santa this Christmas.

That’s it. I love it.

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