Some days just don't go as planned.
Today was supposed to be a celebration of sorts for me. Last year, on January 10, I made a decision to begin working out at our local health center. My purpose was to become more consistent in my walking--no excuses. I was going to get one more workout in today so I could have better numbers to share, but that didn't happen. My 94-year-old grandfather had to go to the emergency room, so I went to sit with my mom and uncle as we waited for him to be diagnosed. Thank the Lord, it was only vertigo, which is bad enough, but it could have been much worse. He was at his dining room table, waiting for some soup when I last saw him. :D I arrived home too late for a workout, but early enough to watch the BCS National Championship. ROLL TIDE ROLL!
Why, you ask, am I sharing this personal stuff?
As I told you in my last post of 2011, I want to be more open with my blogging friends. Blogging is an avenue to connect. So I’ve been contemplating exactly how to accomplish that. I’m a very independent person and dislike anyone dictating what I can or cannot do. I hate restrictions, which is why I personally don’t like the themed 365 assignments that many enjoy. But if you set a goal, you have to make a path to reach it.
In order to force myself to stay focused on this goal, I will “try” to share my personal life on Mondays. What do you think of “Me Mondays”? I know, it sounds pretty selfish. I don’t want to make it about “me, me, me, me, me”—you know, “I’m so wonderful, I accomplished this, I did that”—and I don’t want to make it mundane and irrelevant—"this is what I ate; this is what I wore, this is how I live"—I already give you plenty of that. :) I hope “Me Mondays” will be a mechanism that forces me to think about and share stories of my life, family, experiences, disappointments, and joys. Maybe you’ll be able to relate and feel motivated to share your life too. And even if no one reads a single word, pieces of my life will be written down to share with my descendants, perhaps some grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At least they will know who I was and where I came from.
My father passed away in February of 2006. I miss him terribly. But one of the best things he ever did was write down his memoirs before he died. It has been such a blessing to read stories about his life, his family, growing up very poor, meeting my mother, and the adventures he had in the military—much of it written in his own hand. My family heritage is my motivation. Dad is the reason I have the posts to my blog printed in a hardbound book each year. I want my family to have something sentimental and tangible to remember me by. And I hope I never disappoint.
So, how'd I do in my resolution to become more consistent?
358.27 miles on the elliptical cross-trainer
103.37 on the treadmill
49.85 on the elliptical cycle
For a total of 507.49 miles! I think that's pretty consistent and that's not even counting my weight training.
I'm still fat, but a much healthier fatty than before. One step forward ... :D))
From 2012 Project 365 + 1
Years ago I took voice class and was told that an audience only remembers the beginning and end of your song. If you start strong and finish strong, they don’t remember the not-so-good spots in between. Well, that may work with solos, but I wonder if the same goes for blogs.
I started 2011 by making a resolution (something I don’t normally do) to unclutter my life. Sadly, that didn’t happen. I still have too much junk and stuff that I don’t need and don’t want and don’t know what to do with it. How will I finish the year? Again, maybe not so strong–maybe with another attempt to go another direction. I’ll finish by sharing a little bit more about me; something I feel compelled to do. I want to start the new year by trying to be more open about my life–both my successes and shortcomings. That may be too much information and I may pull back, but I’ll try.
I’m not a perfect person and it’s only through my walk with Christ that I find purpose. I fall so short of the mark set for me every day, but get up the next day and try again. Everything in 2011 wasn’t always sunshine and flowers. Our family went through a lot of ups and downs. There were many joys–births, marriages, love, and laughter with family and friends–and there were hurts and disappointments, some of which cut deep–causing struggles to forgive and show grace. I find it easier to forgive one who has wronged me than one who has wronged my child or a loved one. If you’re a parent, I’m sure you’ll understand. Every day is a struggle, so ... here we go. I want you to get to know the REAL me during the new year and hopefully you’ll share more of yourself too.
From 2011 Project 365
In January I started back to our local gym. I did it not so much to change my body shape because everyone knows that pleasingly plump or voluptuously vexing has its advantages, but in order to become more consistent in my walking. Walking is good for your heart. I'm happy to say that I've kept up my routine for over 6 months now and have logged over 300 miles on the elliptical cross-trainer. I’ll say that again–300 miles!!
I have some good examples to follow. My husband doesn’t look it, but he power walks at least 25 miles a week–he did 10 just yesterday! My friend Samantha is a new runner and just started a new website chronicling her running and life. I don’t know how many miles she does a week, but she’s an inspiration too–and she makes me laugh.
When I started back, my goal was to walk on the treadmill at least 10 miles a week–45 minutes a day. I later tried and fell in love with the elliptical cross-trainer because I can cover more miles in less time. I eventually got up to 16-20 miles a week. That was a bit too much for my achy hips, so I have settled on 12-16 miles a week. My endorphins kick in at about 2.25 miles and propel me through the next mile. It works good for me and my schedule.
Hope you all have a good week--put on your tennis shoes and get going.
From 2011 Project 365