My "alter ego" is Paula Bunyan.....
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
MY SP friend, Barbara_boo, has inspired me beyond words. (And Chris Downie was brilliant to include the "community support" of SP!) Check out her Spark Page...you'll be astounded! She's just completed 101 consecutive days of of burning more calories than she consumes (oh, yeah...BTW she's 68, on a great dance team which peforms at ball games, has several hours of scheduled fitness daily and just dropped 20# in 90 days! You younger gals don't appreciate this incredible achievement...but you will some day--unless you're smart and lose the excess weight NOW.)
So I decided to get serious about eating and fitness. I just finished 10 consecutive days (pathetic, compared to Barb.) of either scrambling up steep mountains or pulling, pushing, jumping on and ripping out dead trees by their roots. (ya think I've got some underlying control issues, maybe?)
Call me crazy, but I've discovered I really enjoy this & then hauling & stacking them in slash piles around our property. True, I don't get to wear cute little white tennis clothes or listen to a playlist...and my body is now "decorated" with more than a few bruises and scratches, but baby, I'm burning 800 calories every day!
Because the trees are dead, dead, dead, they're ligtweight. Some are also 20' long, so it's interesting hauling them up the slopes to the nearest pile (which might be across the creek). And then hefting them up over my head & tossing them on top of the slash pile. "I am woman, hear me roar!" (an oldie, but a goodie--just like me!)
The eating has gone well, too. I've identified several dastardly habits I re-learned while on a lengthy vacation and pulled them out by their roots, too.
I'm awakening at 5:30 am (with only a little help from a woodpecker who's excited to start his day's work, too) and feeling great. When I finish 2+ hours of "bossing trees around", I'm not even hungry. (Who am I and what did they do with the old Columbine2?)
The hardest part is consuming enough calories to support my new hobby. But I'm working on that part, too. Tough duty, but someone's gotta do it!