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5 Things I Know For Sure!

Welcome to Finish This Wednesday.  By now, you know that this is a weekly link up hosted by Nicole (Three 31), Lisa (The Coastal Chicster), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama).  Bloggers, join in and add your post to the link-up below. If you don’t have a blog, you can answer the prompts in a comment. finishthis-small

Prompt for WEEK #8 (Feb 26) is — Five Things I Know For Sure

 

1) Boyfriends/Husbands/Lovers come and go, but friends will last forever.

As I got busy with my life and family, I took my friendships for granted.  I didn’t make time for my girlfriends (who were also busy i-wjNS9zz-Mwith their lives).  But when I was going through a difficult time in my life (separation and eventual divorce), my girl friends were my lifeline.  I reached out to friends who I hadn’t seen in years and they rallied around me.

I have learned to cherish my friendships and to make sure I nurture them.  I call, send cards, stay in touch via Facebook, and try to get together with two or more friends each month.  I plan to be a good friend for my friends when they need me.

 

2) What goes around comes around.

Call this Karma or the Golden Rule, but I believe in treating people how I would want to be treated.  I believe that eventually, what you do and say will come back to reward and/or punish you.  Sometimes the punishment may even come first, and then the bad behavior follows.  But in the cycle of life, what goes around comes around.

 

3) A good night’s sleep is imperative for a healthy life.

I have always been a little fanatical about sleep.  In high school, as I went to bed, I would calculate how much sleep I was going to get and would get very anxious if I wouldn’t have 8 hours to sleep.  (I still do this, but I don’t get as anxious and I strive for 7-7 1/2 hours).  When my kids were little, bedtime was sacrosanct.  You could say I was the “bedtime Nazi”!  7:00 on the dot we’d start the routine, shower, story, BED.  I was always amazed by people who let their kids stay up until 10 or 11!

I firmly believe that getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our physical, mental and emotional health, and it troubles me that our culture seems to devalue sleep in favor of long hours at work or in front of the TV.

 

4) Work Hard, Play Hard.

This has always been one of my life motto’s and I believe that in order to achieve balance in our lives, we must balance work and play and we must work and play to our utmost ability!

 

5) And to quote Mick Jagger,

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cramming for Fitness

Once again, I find myself cramming for my upcoming fitness events!

After laying low and not doing too much in the line of running or yoga for the past month or so I have signed up for a bunch of events in March.  On Sunday, March 2 I am participating in my 3rd annual Yoga Mala — 3 hours, 108 sun salutations, basically a yoga marathon!  Thn on Friday, Mar 5 I signed up for my yoga studio’s Rock of Ages Groove class.  An hour an a half class to the music of Def Leopard, AC/DC — you name it!  Also in March, I have two 5K races one on March 8 and the other on March 29 as part of the Smuttynose, Will Run for Beer series.  These should be doable on my minimal training as they are only 3.1 miles.  And lastly on March 16 is the annual St. Paddy’s Day 5 miler.  Last year this was a tough race for me as once again I hadn’t been training through the winter!  (You would think I’d learn).

So what have I done to train?  Besides shoveling?  Well I have been eating well and I do get enough sleep, but as far as fitness…

Thus far in February, I’ve been skiing, I’ve run 3-4 miles once each week (4x so far this month), and I’ve been to 2 yoga classes this week and I plan to make 2-3 more before the yoga mala.

I ran a very messy 4 miles on Thursday and hope to run tomorrow and at least once or twice during the upcoming week, and then again once or twice the week prior to the first 5K

As you can see, I’m not too hard on myself!  I should really write a post on how NOT to train.  Wish me luck!

A Spring-Like Run

It was 45 degrees this afternoon so I laced up my running shoes and headed out before the next polar vortex comes.

It was glorious after the cold and snow that we have been experiencing (and will experience again as soon as tomorrow!)…well the weather was glorious, the run was tough and very messy!  It was tough because I haven’t been running much at all this winter (due to the aforementioned weather).  It was messy because the sidewalks were snow and slush covered and the streets were full of puddles!  I figure that while I didn’t do anything for my speed, I did work on agility and balance and I tried to get traction in the snow and leaped (or is it leapt?) over puddles!

But I did manage to achieve on of my goals, I got my ugly, too bright and shinny running shoes nice and dirty.

They look (a little) less gaudy now!

What is Your Verse?

There is a commercial for Apple’s I-Pad that has been airing during the Olympics.  It is a beautiful ad and it ends with:

“The powerful poem of life goes on, and you can contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

It turns out that this quote is from a poem by Walt Whitman:

O Me! O Life!

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,

Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
 
Answer.
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

 

That get’s one thinking…wow, what is my verse? (What is the meaning of life?)

Is it my work? — I don’t think so as my work isn’t the type of thing that will have any lasting effects on the world.  Is the love and care shown to family, friends, colleagues and even strangers?

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I think my contribution to this life (my verse) is my wonderful son and daughter who are now grown and out in the world working on their own verses.

 

I’d love to hear you thoughts on your “verse” in this play of life.

 

Tires, Moguls, Cities and Bathing Suits…

Finish This #7

Welcome to Week 7 of Finish This! a weekly link-up hosted by Nicole (Three 31), Lisa (The Coastal Chicster), Jen (The Arizona Russums), and Becky (The Java Mama).  If you’re a blogger, join in and add your post to the link-up below. If you don’t have a blog, you can answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are provided at the bottom of this post. Let’s get started!

 

 

1. I plan on buying… 

Uggh, I am still recovering from all the shopping I did at Christmas-time.  I don’t think I plan on buying anything for quite a while…oh but I’m sure I will.  Let’s start a shopping list now — I will need some spring clothes (if it ever stops snowing!), and definitely a new purse.  I haven’t found a new one I’ve liked in quite a while.  The last 2 I bought I ended up giving to my daughter!  Oh yes, I will need to buy new tires.  When I had my snow tires put on, the mechanic told me that he couldn’t put my regular tires back on as they were getting too worn.

 

 I give ____ five stars because
The Olympic athletes because they are so focused and determined, and the best at what they do.  They are an inspiration for all of us and a reminder that hard work and perseverance pays off!

I was watching the mogul competition and one of the announcers mentioned that Hannah Kearney had done thousands and thousands of squats during her training.  That motivated me to get to the gym and do some squats in preparation for my ski trip last weekend.  Halfway through my first run I realized that I didn’t do nearly enough squats!

 

 

3. I felt courageous when

This is silly, but I feel courageous when I go into a city by myself and find my way around.  I am really not a big traveler and I get nervous about going somewhere I haven’t been.  Plus when I use public transportation, I am always thinking of the timetables and tense about making sure I don’t miss my train/subway/bus.  So when I do travel to a city by myself (usually for work), I feel very courageous (and a little proud of myself for doing it!)

 

 

4. I feel about swimsuit shopping like I do
Haha, no one likes swimsuit shopping, especially because in order to get a good selection, we have to try them on in early Spring when we are paler than a ghost!  Couple that with the greenish glow of the dressing room fluorescent lights and your underwear sticking out of the bottoms, it is not a pretty sight!  Not to mention, unless you bring 8 or 10 suits into the dressing room with you, the constant getting dressed to go out and get different styles and sizes is tiresome.

I must admit that I only buy one really good (i.e.: expensive) bathing suit every 2 years or so.  I don’t get an opportunity to wear them a lot, so they tend to last, and over the years I have built up a good collection. This year I will most likely get a new one and I wouldn’t say I feel anxious (like going to the dentist) about swimsuit shopping .  After this winter, it will be exciting to get into a bathing suits as it will be sign that summer is indeed going to come!

 

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Prompt for WEEK #8 (Feb 26) is:
Five Things I Know For Sure