Commitment Day

Hard to believe that 2012 is drawing to a close. Truly it has been a year of challenges and changes. I am proud that I have maintained my weight and continue to eat healthy avoiding processed foods, grains and general crud.

i don’t know about you, but December always has me looking forward. The new year is always a great time for me. I look at it as the clean the house up time of year. Both figurative and literal. Christmas needs to be put away. Stuff gets purged and closets parred down. Rob and I finalize our plans for travel and we get the next calendar populated with all of our “looking forward to” dates.

Our gym, Life Time Fitness, has been promoting their 5k New Year’s Day fun run.
http://www.commitmentday.com/
In addition to the run, the also have commitment day tags.

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Rob has been training to do the 5k run. I am so proud of him! His goal is to do the Bay to Breakers on May 19th.
Me. I am looking at 2013 as the year to complete the weight reduction portion of my journey. I want to be at my goal weight and in peak physical condition for Bartle and Black Beard’s scuba trip in the summer.

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What commitment will you make this year?

Is your goal attainable?

Do you have a compass & map to get there?

Do you need any special gear or supplies for the journey?

Who will you hit the trail with?

You can do it!!!!! Take the plunge & conquer the monkey (bridge) that’s been on your back.

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Team Weights

Rob and I decided to add some home team weights to the mix. Last night after scouts was day 1.

Here’s my short work out
3 sets curls 8 pounds x 15
3 sets tri’s 8 x 15
Standing reverse rows 3 sets 10 lbs x 15
Kettle lift 3 sets 10 lbs x 15
Ball crunches 3 x 15
Quad lifts 3x 15

Poor Buck was beside himself that we didn’t play with him. Sorry dude!

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Hiding with HammerHead.

Fabulous Friday

Great walk on Friday. Busy day so I was wagging to get outside. We went as far north on Baltimore as we could. Then east past the federal court house. New long hills found. Ugh!!!!

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The building at north of baltimore is the Cayolic discuses bldg. love the bronze eagle. Lots of the kc hmmm odds. And also walked past a parade doing the passion. Always interesting.

Seriously? It is Thursday???

Geez. I can not believe it is thursday already. Beautiful weather but it is fickle spring weather. 85 yesterday. 55 today

Wallis today were on the 2nd floor promenade. Nice to see all our awesome building personnel. But I would rather be outside.

Almost easter. Chocolate anyone??

How do you walk?

Marie and I were out Sunday for shopping and lunch.  We decided that salads at Jose Peppers would fuel us up.  So, as we were chatting and people watching, I observe our waiter walking through the restaurant backwards.  He was slowly working his way across the bar area.  Carefully he spied around his shoulder but didn’t do a full look (like little kids do when they are walking backwards).  With raised eyebrows I asked, if he was practicing his best Monty Python “Silly Walk”.  Nope, he was simply bored and the place was empty enough that he could play and not run into anyone.  Yes, it was really a goofy public spectacle.

Well if you haven’t realized it yet, it doesn’t take much to get my brain thinking, so . . .

How do you walk?

Seriously. This is not a knock or a gag, especially to all you knuckle draggers out there.  But think about it for a minute.  How you walk says a ton about you, how you feel, how your body is working (or not), etc.

Me?  I have been really focusing on my posture this year.  So when I walk, I actively think about holding my head up high, pulling my shoulders back, and sucking in my tummy.  This is harder than it looks for me, because, let’s face it, I’m a KLUTZ.  If I can trip on something, I will.  There only needs to be a small sudden gust of gravity and I will do a face plant on the floor. For years, I have looked at the ground as I walk, so better gauge the terrain.  Mind you, there are pluses about watching the ground.  I have found some of the neatest things ranging from money to jewelry! But for a journey that has been about becoming healthy, I really had a way to go in this department.

As part of my New Year’s resolutions, I wanted to work on my posture this year because I was noticing that I still “felt” round and frumpy when I looked in the mirror. Not to sound vain, but I spent a some hard time looking and decided I liked how I looked when my posture was better.  Unfortunately, years of looking down had made for poor muscle memory.  My shoulders drooped forward, my belly stuck out.  AND it was down right uncomfortable to stand up straight.  Yup!  My core muscles were going to need some serious retraining and work.

Now that the first quarter is already done, I can give you an update.  I have made some significant improvements.  It feels much more natural to hold my chin higher.  My shoulders and core don’t get as tired working to “suck it in”.  Honestly it feels good!  I find if i forget and am hunched over my computer, straightening up makes me feel so much better inside and out!

So think about your posture the next time you are out walking.  What does it say about you?

 

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to GET OUTSIDE ALREADY!

-Julia

 

Monday Meyham

Well it is Monday again. I brought 2 of my 3 pound weights into work. We did our normal 30 minute 2 mile walk. I put in a couple sets of squats and arm / legs.

Unfortunately I’ve had a headache for most of the day. Can’t seem to shake it. Downing the water and added a little more protein.

So off to bed and get my zzzzssssss in.

Go KU!!!!