Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Exercise: A Little Goes a Long Way

I recently had a fall off my mountain bike, and was unable to exercise for about 3 weeks.  I am used to getting my share of regular exercise, even if it is only a 2km walk after dinner, or some backyard badminton with my son.  No matter how much or how little, there aren’t many days that I don’t fit something in.

I was so uncomfortable that even walking flared the pain (bruised ribs).  So for 3 full weeks I worked, and then tried to find a comfortable position on the couch to wait it out until I could go to bed.

I was feeling pretty sorry for myself, but what amazed me is the affects this had on the rest of my day.  I realize that the pain was limiting me from doing some things, but I just didn’t feel like doing anything.  I got a little hooked on TV, and some silly iPhone game (I don’t normally do things like that).

Since I was sitting around so much watching TV or gaming, I started snacking a little too, and not on carrot sticks!

So after 3 weeks, I was hooked on “Juice Cubes”, watching “Suits” on Netflix, and eating bread and cheese, too much coffee, and too many chocolate chips.

Then came the day of truth, the ribs were feeling well enough that I could go for a short run, but I was feeling so lazy and sluggish that I didn’t want to go.  My husband and the dog got me off the couch, but I seriously could have happily stayed there and finished level 60 of Juice Cubes.

We went for an easy 4 km run, and it felt like I had never exercised before, but I was so full of energy after the run that I didn’t stop the rest of the day.  My ribs were sore after, but it felt so good to have oxygen and energy.

So now, a week later, I am back on track, exercising daily and eating my green smoothies and salads.  I could so easily have stayed on that couch and not started exercising and eating right, but I am lucky enough to know what it feels like to fuel your body with nutrients and oxygen.  Many people have forgotten what that feels like.

So I urge you to try it.  It doesn’t have to be boot camp or running a 10 km race.  A little goes a long way.  Even a daily walk around the block is a start.  It is 10 minutes that you are not snacking, and not sitting on the couch.  It is 10 minutes that you are fuelling your cells with much needed oxygen.

If you walk at 3.5 mph for 20 minutes (brisk walk), you can burn approximately 85 calories (this will vary depending on weight, gender, etc).  Doesn’t sound like much?  Think about this: that is 595 calories a week, 2380 calories per month, and 28560 calories per year!  If you changed nothing else, that is over 8 pounds of weight loss in one year!

Now what would happen if you continued this, but made some dietary changes too?  Oh my goodness, I’m excited!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ladybug in the Lampshade

At work the other day, at the start of a 90 minute appointment, I heard a “tink” in the overhead lampshade.  It is one of those shades that hooks onto the lightbulb, and is like an opaque bowl.  I looked up, and saw a lady bug climbing up the inside of the lampshade.  It repeatedly climbed about half way, until the angle became too steep and then she’d fall with a “tink” at the bottom.

As I can’t reach the lampshade without a step stool, I left the ladybug be, as I couldn’t very well interrupt a 90 minute massage to go get a stool.  The lady bug persisted the entire 90 minutes.

So why does this matter, other than us having to hear a faint “tink” every few seconds?  It matters because it is a big lesson in perseverance.  That little ladybug was attempting the unattainable, and yet never gave up.  Had it given up, I would have forgotten about it, and she would most likely have perished at the bottom of the lampshade.  

But because it persisted, the ladybug was in the forefront of my mind at the end of the session, and so in between appointments I got the step stool, took down the lamp shade and let the lady bug outside.  A little dusty, and no doubt tired, but alive and well!

The ladybug would have never got out of the lampshade on its own, but because it never gave up, it got my attention, and so I helped it succeed.  

The moral of the story - call it “The Law of Attraction”, or whatever you like, but if you really want something, and focus on it, giving it energy even when it seems all is lost, you might just achieve it in the end, whether all by yourself, or with the assistance of others who take note!

Although many times with a little hard work and perseverance, you can achieve more than you ever thought possible, sometimes even your best efforts just aren’t enough.  So do you give up?  Not necessarily, as you never know who might be noticing your drive and determination, and sometimes they will step up and help you over the next hurdle.  

The unattainable suddenly becomes attainable.  Days, months, even years of hard work suddenly pay off.  Success comes to those who persevere!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

August 2012 was my last post?  Really?  How is that possible?
I just stepped away for a week or two, honest!
OK, so I promise to post more than once every two years!
Welcome to the world of the "hockey mom".  Who knew life could get so busy!

So here is your homework for this week while I get my act in gear - is there something that you have been putting off for a while (like 2 years - yikes!).  If there is, then start to think about it this week, spend a minute or two each day organizing to get it up and running again.  And then do it!