I seem to have to fight this a lot. Right now I’m fixated on how tired I am and wondering when I’m going to get rest with how much exercise I want to get in. Why am I so worried about this? I think I’ll try to get a bike ride in tonight with the family, not worry about watching a Biggest Loser episode tonight and go to bed early to get the rest I need. I’m such a routine person and have my mind made up for what I want to do for a week, a day, or an evening, that anything that gets me off track gets me in a frustrated mood. I need to learn the word “adjust” and keep that in my head when these moments occur. I have to be flexible to life and hopefully it will be flexible back to me. I have no idea what that means……..
This weekend’s family reunion was too much fun but much, much too short. Everyone noticed the change and there was some good conversations. Particularly with my one cousin with whom I talked with for a couple of hours. She was interested with the hows and what has worked and not worked for her in the past. We went over the ‘not worked’ and what the reasons were. This cousin was very close in high school and I miss her not being around. It would have been fun going through this together although all she needs to lose is 20 – 30 lbs. She can do it because she’s just as stubborn as I am and has a determination like no one else I know. She just needs more info. Maybe now that I’ve got her email we can do this from afar.
My body is not into it at the moment. I didn’t work out last night. Too tired from some short nights. I did wake up at 5:30 this morning to go for a run but for the first mile and a half I had a hard time pushing myself. It’s like my body was taking too long to wake up. After that I did find my pace and got my heart into a great rate between 140 and 150. While it bothers me to be in the blah time of how my body feels I know it will be temporary and that I just need to push through.
Excited about this weekend as there is a family reunion at my parent’s cabin. Not much exercise planned after this morning’s 4-miler but there will be a lot of activities. We don’t sit around too much (although standing on the dock fishing isn’t too active either) and I’m hoping to get in a lot of moving around with all of the families there. If it’s only old folks that show up then we might be leaving early and let them have their time around the fire together and keep the little ones away.
I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Well, I could but then we’re talking really big dreams. The weather at the cabin was great. The lake is spring fed so it can get cold but I swam two of the days. Saturday morning I got a 13mile + bike ride and then last night after the fish dinner I ran the 25-step stairs about 20 times. My brother and his wife noticed the change right away and said I was looking good. I thought I’d get more satisfaction out of it but I remembered I’m not doing this for them.
We got some fishing in, a look at the local, 1 building town, parade, firework competition over the lake, all kinds of stuff. It felt so good to have reached my goal and to think about the weight that has come off. One fun thing our 1 year old is doing is lifting his shirt up to show his belly off. I have no idea where he got this from because I am not at that stage yet but it’s pretty cute. He also thinks that others should show their bellies as well and is always trying to lift my shirt and my wife’s shirt up to see what kind of belly action we’ve got going on. I know I’m a lot more comfortable with him doing that (although we are trying to teach him not to do that to others) than I would have been 6 months ago. It’s great to be at this point.
We came home this morning to relax before another big family day tomorrow. All of the family took a nap this afternoon which gave me some ‘tech time’. I got to play around with some new software for my mp3 player and catch up on some exercise blogs. I ran into one that is a former “Biggest Loser” contestant and he was talking about Jillian Michael’s podcast on KFI. I remember it from a while ago but this was a great reminder. I downloaded 4 episodes and went outside to work on the yard while listening to 2 shows. Jillian has a certain way of motivating me. I love her “well, duh!’ attitude and being fed up with people who use excuses. So many times I’ve wanted to be that way with other people but have to consider the friendship angle. Anyway, it got me pumped up, helped me clean and put stuff away in a good pace. Even got me to look at my bike and take it for a quick for mile run. I’m glad to have found it and encourage anyone who is looking for education, tips, or motivation to look up “KFI Sunday” in iTunes.
Well, off to wash the bathrooms. Have a great evening.
Just got back from my parent’s cabin. I was able to get my circuit training in last night next to a camp fire and under a blue sky. At first I stood there not knowing what to do but then I found stuff around me to work with and change it up a bit from what I usually do. It was fun.
This morning I was able to get a run in. Almost 3.5 miles in 45 minutes which kinda shocked me. I didn’t know until a few hours later when I drove it and watched the trip meter measure the distance. Maybe I am making progress towards that 10K run in August.
Otherwise today was just busy. I find myself being more active without thinking about it. I want to go do stuff and not sit around. I did about 4 biking trips today giving my kids and my neices rides on the roads around the cabin in the bike trailer. Then it was cooking lunch on the campfire, running here and there and enjoying the day. I would have loved to have stayed another night but if one of us wants to go back, we usually do. It will be nice to sleep hard on my own bed.