Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Not A Team Player

Watching my body change each week is a new experience for sure.  I've never really lost weight before, despite all the "trying" over the years.  Even when I was a teenager and came home from school, rode my horse and did aerobics.  My mom would prepare a hearty meal filled with meat, starches and butter and our veggies came from cans or jars.  Sometimes I still crave those foods of childhood, but I find they are usually too rich for me now. 

Today I ran a little on the treadmill.  This is the first time since I had a little injury in April.  I had thought that I would want to just keep walking.  But my legs had other ideas - they were longing to run.  And that makes sense, because running has always been one of my strong sports.  I was never good at team sports, when the whole team depended on you to stand there, and hit or catch or block.  Maybe I was ok with basketball except I'm short, and soccer was a good game, except we only rarely played it and there was no girls soccer team at our school then. 

Instead, I went out for things that required myself to challenged such as choir and art and track for one season.  It's not that I was never athletic, even though my experience with team sports may lead you to believe that.  I was athletic - but not as a team player.  I needed the freedom to do my best for my own self, and not think about how it affected others.  And that is the truth in about anything I put my hands to whether it is following a knitting pattern or writing a blog. 

To my own self be true.

There is an athlete still inside.

This week's goal - to get to the 20 mile mark by Saturday evening.

You have walked 17 miles.
You have passed Last View of Hobbiton.
It is 1 miles to the next landmark.
You have 441 miles to reach Rivendell.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Scale-ing Back

I had an interesting conversation at the yarn shop last week.  The shop is where I get the best news around town, the world and interesting conversation.  Missy is a dietitian and encouraged me to get rid of my scale.  After some thinking, I think she's right.  I've seen more changes in my body than the scale shows. So on one hand, it feels as if I've become a bit smaller - but on the scale side, it doesn't seem like much is happening at all.  I've decided to put my scale away in our closet and only weigh in maybe once a month.  This is much better than my almost every day obsessive weigh-ins!

Changes I've seen lately:
  • My shirt arms seem to have become longer and the shoulder seems are hanging down my arms
  • Stomach continues to change in the way it carries the weight - looking like a slowly deflating tire
  • The shirt I bought a few weeks ago as an incentive because it was tight when I put it on - is not so tight now.  Just a little bit bulgy.  I may be able to wear it come summer.
  • I look and feel smaller and can see changes
On the other hand, or foot, if you will, my "official" exercising has been slow going this week. It doesn't mean that I am not moving around, though.  I still hope to get to the next landmark by Sunday.

You have walked 14 miles.
You have passed Last View of Hobbiton.
It is 4 miles to the next landmark.
You have 444 miles to reach Rivendell.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Long Journey for Joy

I drove 1 1/2 hours each way to a special shop today.  As for the item that I picked up, well, I am still taking pics and will post that soon.  So you will have to wait until I can take nice pics outside for the big reveal! 

Speaking of journeys...

You have walked 13 miles.
You have passed Last View of Hobbiton.
It is 5 miles to the next landmark.
You have 445 miles to reach Rivendell.

Not so many miles logged this week, I was a bit lax.  I am going to make it my goal to make it to the next landmark by Friday.

Monday, May 9, 2011

In Which We Realize There are no Dandelions in Our Yard and Rejoice

When we took a walk tonight, I noticed these funny yellow little flowers in some peoples yard.  And then it struck me - for the first time since we moved in, we aren't one of the first on the block to have them!  We've had a lawn service come in and spray, seed and things like that in our front yard.

And then when we got home, I walked the dog to the back yard and the rejoicing stopped; plastic pool, bags of leaves from last fall, dead spots from moldering leaf piles and assorted debris.  Yuck. 

You have walked 10 miles.
You have passed Last View of Hobbiton.
It is 8 miles to the next landmark.
You have 448 miles to reach Rivendell.

Go, Sheep, Go

Last weekend was the annual Shepherd's Harvest Festival at Lake Elmo.  4 barns of vendors, extreme sheep makeovers, sheep dog demos, good food, lots of fun to be had.

 My SIL and her adorable son met me there in the morning.  Oddly enough, Sam was more interested in the cute little girls than the sheep!
I went to the ravelry meet-up in the afternoon and had spindle envy.  Why, oh, why didn't I bring anything to spin or knit?  What is wrong with me?  On the plus side, I won some silk hankies in the drawing.  So spinning (or at least drafting of) commenced at home.

Today, I can sit and admire the plunder of the day.  I can reach into my basket and remember fondly the fun sheepy weekend, and savor the memories until next year.

Walking to Rivendell

In an effort to repost and update things at the same time, here's my update on Walking to Rivendell.

You have walked 8 miles.
You have passed Last View of Hobbiton.
It is 10 miles to the next landmark.
You have 450 miles to reach Rivendell.

Yesterday, I had plans of making my maiden voyage outside for a walk/run.  I woke up to sounds of rain and thunder and hit the treadmill.  I actually am enjoying walking now, not so much running.  And if I do it right, I still break into a nice sweat and get my heart going.  So I will continue to walk and add in a little jogging when I feel like it.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Well, if you found me here, then you are a better blogger than I am.  I started playing around with exporting/importing my blog posts into one blog, to simplify everything.  But in so doing, I accidentally DELETED MY NEW BLOG!!!!  All those lovely new posts gone.  Luckily, I was able to fish the export files of the other blogs from my recycle bin and add them all onto this blog.  Unluckily, I didn't export a copy of my new blog before doing all this. 

Well, and why not.  This was my first blog here on blogger, so the old is new again.


PLEASE - post that you found me here when you do.

I promise to try not to do any fancy blogging things for awhile again.