Day 12 - How you found out about blogs and why you made one
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Well, the first part--how I found out about blogs--is a no-brainer, but I do have a reason for doing this blog.
I want to get back in the habit of posting regularly on spark. I know that when I lost weight before I was very committed to regular interaction on the site, especially with my teammates on the Light Blue Bombshells in the BLC. It's easy enough for me to check in everyday, spin the wheel, track my breakfast (I'm a creature of habit and eat the same thing every morning!), and track my cardio. I know that I need to go beyond that if I'm going to be successful in 2011.
I have some more weight to lose and need to get back to strength training. I've found acceptance and encouragement on spark, not to mention great ideas and a lot of self-forgiving.
By blogging I am committing to write something everyday, or almost everyday--things have been very crazy here for the last week since my daughter came home from her semester studying abroad in England. I know I will get back to blogging everyday, especially when the holidays are over and life falls back into a more normal routine.
I don't feel like what I have to say is particularly profound or is going to make any big difference in anyone else's life. It's good for me, however, to put my thoughts down in writing. It makes me think about them more deeply and determine what it is that I am feeling, or what it is that I am doing. That makes me a stronger person.
In this case, I want to be more committed to improving my health. At 51 I have been diagnosed with osteo-arthritis of the knees, and osteoporosis. Otherwise, I am in good health. I was pre-diabetic for a number of years, and thanks to a diabetes prevention study that I've been a part of since 1999, I have lowered my blood sugar along with my cholesterol and blood pressure. Keeping my weight down and exercising vigorously on a a regular basis is the best way for me to improve my health.
So I have my flexibility routine I do every morning, which is improving the range of motion in some previously tight and non-so-flexible joints. I have gone from sitting on my butt at home to a long distance walker (half-marathons) to a long distance runner (half-marathons following the Jeff Galloway program). I like the feeling of tight muscles in my arms and am looking forward to getting back in the groove with weight training. I enjoy cross-training on the elliptical trainer (my cardio of choice when not running or walking!)
The REAL issue is keeping track of my calories. Every day I feel more committed to starting fresh on this after the first of the year. I'm drawing strength from my fellow sparkers. So many of you have struggles that make mine look not so serious at all, and you are doing amazing things to improve your health. I know that I can do this again, and am anxious to get started.
But, I'm going to wait until after the start of the new year. 2011 is going to be awesome. I'm going to recommit to my healthy lifestyle program. I'm going to run a half marathon (the first since December 2009) with my husband and 5 children. I'm going to give my body the healthy nutrients it needs and the exercise it needs to be strong. And, I'm going to blog about it!