Thursday, January 30, 2014

Holiday List - February 2014

February 2014

2 - World Play Your Ukulele Day
4 - Liberace Day
5 - World Nutella Day
6 - Canadian Maple Syrup Day
7 - Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day
8 - Laugh and Get Rich Day
9 - Read in the Bathtub Day
10 - Clean Out Your Computer Day
11 - Extraterrestrial Visitor Day
12 - Safety Pup Day
13 - Get a Different Name Day
14 - Ferris Wheel Day
15 - National Gumdrop Day
16 - National Almond Day
18 - Pluto Day
19 - Single Tasking Day
20 - Hoodie Hoo Day
21 - International Mother Language Day
22 - National Margarita Day
23 - Diesel Engine Day
24 - National Cupcake Day
25 - Quiet Day
26 - For Pete's Sake Day
27 - National Chili Day
28 - National Tooth Fairy Day

Friday, January 24, 2014

Fitness Friday - Back at It

Last Friday, I was all excited about what a big deal it is to go to the gym. Then, I didn't go back until yesterday. Yep, almost a week. And, you know what? That dadgum Lycra is STILL making my jeans too tight!

I really didn't go to the gym for a whole week, because some crazy kettle bell swings hurt my back. )Yes, I blame the kettle bell swings, and not my bad form. Don't you worry, I glare at those kettle bells every time I see them.) So, after I noticed back pain, I did not stay home and rest. I kept pushing until my back really hurt and I couldn't go to the gym. For three days, I iced it and took the ibuprofen, and now I'm better, and I'm back at the gym. Two days in a row even!

As I mentioned before, I've been going to the gym for a little more than a year now. I'm not one of those people who checks-in every time I show up in the parking lot (mainly because I'm afraid I'll click the wrong location and accidentally check-in at Chen's Chinese Buffet next door), but if that's what keeps you going, well hey, go for it. Ok, really, I didn't talk about the gym in the social media, or the literal media, or even in most conversations because I was afraid of it. I was afraid that I would say something about going to the gym, and someone would say, "Really? You go to the gym? Oh." Because, my progress is SO slow, I was a little embarrassed about it. Maybe a lot embarrassed about it.

I'm taking a new approach on this idea, though. I'm thinking if I talk about it a little (not too much, I don't want y'all to get all oh-my-goodness-not-another-post-about-how-much-she-hates-burpees tired of it), I will make better decisions about what I eat and how I work out, so that when I say I go to the gym, someone will say, "And you look great!" Now, I know it's not only about how I look, but nobody ever says, "You look like your heart is healthy!" or "I'll bet your cholesterol is super low."

So, Happy Fitness Friday!  If you're making changes about living a healthier life, share them in the comments below.

Much love and many blessings to you,

Oh yeah, if you see I've checked-in at Chen's, just assume I'm at the gym!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Welcome back, Collarbones!

I have a confession to make. I've been working out. At the gym. I know, I know...I haven't been checking in on Facebook every time I go, so you probably don't believe me. But seriously, I really have been going to the gym. I have witnesses. And work-out buddies. And collarbones! Yep, my clavicles have returned from the great white underworld.

You may be asking yourself right now, "Why in the world is she all excited about a clavicle? Because it's progress, people...progress! I haven't noticed those definite lines between my shoulders in so long I can't remember. You can see them in the picture. Barely, but you can. I saw my collarbones this morning, and boy was I excited. I was almost as happy to see them as I was when I noticed that my rear end is about two inches higher than it used to be. (Yeah, when I noticed my booty was looking better, that was a great day.)

You see, my plan for getting healthy and lean (read 'skinny') is going much slower than I anticipated. Sweet Hubby Ryan and I started going to the gym just over a year ago. He's lost a boatload of pounds and is down to sizes he hasn't worn in years. Oh, and he looks fantastic. No, really, he is hot! I, on the other hand, have only lost ten pounds and my jeans still fit the same. Some of my other clothes fit better, but those jeans are driving me crazy! It's that doggone Lycra. I put the jeans on, wear 'em all day and stretch 'em out. Then, they go back in the laundry and that stretchy crap shrinks up in the dryer, and they get a little smaller every time. So, I'm taking my victories where I can find them. Collarbones. Not-so-saggy buttocks. Arms that don't jiggle when I brush my teeth. It's the little things. (Or, the things that are becoming little, anyway.)

Which brings me to the real topic. In the Boot Camp class that I go to on Mondays and Wednesdays, there is a little lady in her seventies who joins us. She's in her seventies...that's a big deal.  She gets up early, gets ready and drives to the gym to be there at 5:30am and does almost all the exercises that we do for the day. They are hard, too. Trust me on this. Still, Ms. Sue is at the gym and taking good care of her body. And we all make a big deal out of it, because she's seventy something. And it is a big deal.

But you know what? It's a BIG DEAL that every other person is in that class with me.  Every single one of them, including our Boot Camp instructor, Tracy. Some of the ladies are about my age (you know, 25 or so). There are a few ladies who are younger and a few ladies who are older. There's even one guy!  The point is, each one of us gets up and gets ready and drives to the gym to be there at 5:30 IN THE MORNING to work out for an hour. Each one of us works hard. Each one of us sweats and struggles and (sometimes) swears our way through exercises that we never dreamed of doing. Sometimes we go slower than the next person, and sometimes we whine about it, but we do it. We are there. And it's a BIG DEAL.

If you are going to the gym today, tomorrow or this week, I salute you.  Whether you've struggled with a weight problem all your life and you've finally made the decision to take charge of your health, or you've been fit all your life and you work to stay that way, I'm proud of you. You are taking steps to improve your heart health and reduce your risk of cancer. Keep up the good work. It's a big deal to me.  If you are thinking about changing your eating and workout habits, do it.  If you are planning a new you, get on it.  It will be a big deal.

I know that sooner or later I will lose the pounds that I want to lose and those jeans with the stupid Lycra will eventually be too big. I'm going to keep working on it. Even into my seventies, when it will be a really big deal.

Much love and many blessings to you,

What are you doing to get/stay healthy?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Holiday List - January 2014

1 - Happy New Year!
2 - Mew Year for Cats Day
3 - Drinking Straw Day
4 - Trivia Day
5 - Bean Day
6 - National Weigh-In Day
7 - Harlem Globetrotter's Day
8 - Bubble Bath Day
9 - National Static Electricity Day
10 - National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
11 - Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
12 - Secret Pal Day
13 - Rubber Duckie Day
14 - Dress Up Your Pet Day
15 - Humanitarian Day
16 - Appreciate a Dragon Day
17 - Women in Blue Jeans Day
18 - Thesaurus Day
19 - Popcorn Day
20 - National Disc Jockey Day / Penguin Awareness Day
21 - National Hugging Day / Squirrel Appreciation Day
22 - Answer Your Cats Questions Day
23 - National Handwriting Day
24 - Belly Laugh Day / Beer Can Day / National Compliment Day
25 - National Irish Coffee Day
27 - Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
28 - National Kazoo Day
29 - National Puzzle Day
30 - Inane Answering Machine Message Day
31 - Fun at Work Day