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I think this says more about the psychiatrist than anything…

A psychiatrist has knitted an anatomically correct brain:

I guess that’s about the same as the knitted uterus we had in our natural childbirth class ‘lo these many years ago.

Sun, January 18 2009 » Everything else » 5 Comments

When I give myself time to think, it usually doesn’t turn out well

I find the trick to getting out and exercising is to do it with the least amount of self-talk possible beforehand.

That means being prepared: having the clothes ready, having the bag ready for the pool, or the iPod for the run, or whatever. Because, if I’m not ready… I stall. And think. And talk myself in and out of it. Usually out of it.

I’m not quite as bad about that as I used to be because I’ve come to treasure that time to myself. But it still helps me to just make it as easy for myself as possible.

No excuses. I know myself and I develop little tricks like these to deal with my weaknesses.

What about you? What little tricks to do you do to get yourself going?

Sat, January 17 2009 » Motivation, Persistence, Strategy » 2 Comments

Good walk/run, beautiful day, strange dream

I got the BEST NIGHT OF SLEEP in my life. For the first time since kids arrived, I slept early and woke up on my own in the morning (nanoseconds before the kids, but still, no one woke me up first!) I was having a funny dream, too — I was running the strangest marathon ever.

In my dream, we had to get odd large coins out of a tower to prove we had gotten to that checkpoint, but a partially eaten apple was blocking the way, so I picked up some that the previous guy left behind and hoped that was enough. I kept getting sidetracked, but I kept getting back on track. I wasn’t first, but I wasn’t last. And I just kept going — I felt how great it felt to run.

I did another 5K (walk/run) this morning listening to some of the GREATEST music I have ever listened to: Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Bill Kruetzman and Merl Saunders jamming at Pacific High Studios on February 2, 1972. (See the podcast on 12/12. Ria, take note! ;-))

That music, plus a crisp sunny blue sky day made for a wonderful walk and a great start to the day. (I did start out and turn back again, but only to get a scarf and mittens! So the neighbors still think I’m loopy, for sure.)

I hope you had a good day, too. (And, if not, this too shall pass.)

Thu, January 15 2009 » Everything else » 5 Comments

Humor is the best medicine, followed by sleep

A little Greek mythology humor…

Now for the sleep… 😉

Wed, January 14 2009 » Humor » 5 Comments

Wanting to hide under the covers, and true test of my changing behaviors

Well, I don’t feel like posting and part of that is because I feel generally crappy right now. I have a stomach thing, which is my immediate source of complaint. Feeling queasy stinks. On top of work and personal complications and being generally tired, it makes me want to go to bed and hide under the covers.

I prefer to post when I have interesting news or something fun to share or encouragement to offer. I don’t like to post when I’m all whiny and negative, which, thankfully, doesn’t happen often.

Quick, call the Wambulance!

I guess, because I’m ever the positive person, I can think of a few affirming things about feeling like crap today:

  • I’m not face down in a pan of brownies
  • I’m hoping I feel better in a bit so I can go for a walk/bike later as a temporary escape from all this

So I guess this is a true test of my changing behaviors — how I handle the valleys, not just the peaks.

Tue, January 13 2009 » Persistence » 1 Comment

No excuses

I went for my 5k this morning. I was looking forward to it.

But then my iPod wasn’t charged.

And as I started down the road, it was cold.

I turned back after a block. But then I turned ’round again and kept going. (Neighbors probably think I’m loopy.)

Then I felt a little nauseated. (Something seems to be going around the preschool.) But I kept going (I wasn’t on my death bed or anything, don’t worry — just queasy).

I kept going. Too much thinking today. Wish I had the iPod to drown things out.

But I did it. Felt good. No excuses. If I hadn’t gone, I think I would have been just tempted to pull the covers over my head and wait for the day to pass.

Mon, January 12 2009 » Persistence » 4 Comments

Rekindling my love for being outdoors

One of the things I’m most grateful for as I get more fit and more active is that I have been reminded just how much I love being outside. I love the freedom. The clarity. The deep spiritual connection. The time to think and daydream. The lack of technology. I feel relieved being outside. (Well, except for bugs. Not big on bugs. Snakes are OK, but bugs are yucky.)

My favorite walking memories include day hikes in Davos, Switzerland:

Also, locally, at one of our lakes here with my dogs. (This was before marriage and kids.) I’m excited because I’m taking the family to one of my favorite trails at a nearby lake this weekend, if the weather cooperates. And I’m excited because the kids are excited.

I guess that leads into another thing I’m very grateful for — that my kids are enjoying being out on the trails so much. I love sharing that with them.

Fri, January 9 2009 » Everything else » 4 Comments

Are fat bums a sign of good health?: Scientific American Blog

Are fat bums a sign of good health?: Scientific American Blog

Well, thank goodness! I’m healthy as a horse then. 😉

Thu, January 8 2009 » Everything else » Add Comment

The body: tool of exploration or place of imprisonment

First, let me say, we saw the most incredible rainbow ever today. Never saw anything like it in my life. My two daughters ran screaming into the house to get my husband. We all stood and admired it. Amazing. In a few minutes, it was gone.

Now — let me share another amazing thing. A profound quote from a book that really affected me today. An a-ha moment.

I’m reading one of Bingham‘s books called The Courage to Start.

I almost didn’t buy it because it’s about starting to run and I thought, well, I’ve already started, why do I need this? I don’t need convincing! I’m so glad I did get it.

One quote in particular really hit me tonight:

Being an athlete is having a body that is a tool of exploration instead of a place of imprisonment.

Wow.

Take a minute and think about it.

How many years have I felt at odds with my body? Almost my whole life. The only time I didn’t was when I was pregnant. But getting to this place — of being integrated with my body, partners with my body — is new to me. And it is making a world of difference. My body is no longer this other entity I have to conquer — my body is me and it is something to be nurtured and cherished, a partner.

I am an integrated whole, not a collection of defective parts.

Thu, January 8 2009 » Everything else » 7 Comments

Shopping for marathons; maybe not this one

Well, what fun! I’m deciding what races I’m going to commit to for 2009.

Perhaps I should avoid the Krispy Kreme Challenge next month, though, given my fitness goals:

“Beginning at the NC State Belltower, each runner runs 2 miles to the Krispy Kreme store located on Peace St. in Raleigh. After downing a full dozen of the famous Krispy Kreme doughnuts, the runner must run the two miles back. All in one hour.”

Tue, January 6 2009 » Everything else » 7 Comments