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Crazy busy week ended with an "A HA!!" moment!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

There must have been something in the water or in the atmosphere this week....I have talked to more people that had one insanely busy and crazy week this week.


Talk about a "spiral downhill" for this girl! I got all caught up in the insanity of this week and really allowed it to foul me up good. Not on my nutrition intake although I had some major cravings that I had to kick to the curb but my exercise regimen was all messed up or shall I say I let it be messed up!

Monday...started out with a nutty drive to work on roads that disappeared because of blowing snow so you were blindly hoping you were staying on the highway.

And now your wondering if I have lost my mind...well pretty much!! LOL! We don't get paid for snow days, personal days or sick days so if we are a no show the money is a "NO GO". My finances have suffered this winter because of this horrible winter we are having. So I ventured out feeling the stress of financial strain and all I could do is pray hard that I would safely make it to work...and I did but only to leave early because conditions kept worsening! NO EXERCISE

Tuesay....late for work because snow plows were pulled off the highways and didn't come through until later in the morning so I could get down the highway. After work I went to a clients house to install the computer I had been working on that previous weekend and didn't get home until 8. Had just enough time to make supper, eat, do a little sparking and then off to bed. NO EXERCISE

Wednesday...we had a staff meeting after work that lasted until 7....drive 25 miles home, get supper, eat , spark a little, go to bed. I can feel that stress and exhaustion is setting in a big way at this point. My job is customer service/sales representative for our Company so I spend 5 days a week tied to a phone and trying to keep up a happy facade at the same time.

AGAIN....NO EXERCISE....see the pattern starting to develop here??

Thursday....finally a normal drive to work, busy day but nothing out of the norm. Errands to run after work but was able to get home by 6:30 so I jumped on my Noric track ski machine and my weight gym and went buck wild!! FELT GOOD! On both Wednesday and Thursday night while I was trying to spark and catch up with everything I actually fell asleep at my keyboard!! My head kept bobbing and finally I woke up with my head on my desk! I couldn't believe how exhausted I was!

I finally pulled myself together and as I was sparking later that night I joined some chat on my Shih Tzu Spark Team. I had been adding bits all week and had mentioned the crazy week I was having and how I didn't get exercise in and felt awful! Well thanks to my dear friend Amy and her wise words of wisdom I actually had a wake up call!


This is what she wrote to me:
"Ruth you know what they say all work and no work out means an upset Ruth..One of my friends will sit on an exercise ball and will bounce on it while she watches tv also sit ups on them are great.. Even if you can only get in 5 or 10 min it helps.."

Now for most people this only seems like logical common sense but for someone like me who thinks in terms of "ALL OR NOTHING" this was the right words that gave me that
" A HA" moment!! Just when I thought I was going to pull my hair out...

These words hit me like a bolt of lightning!!! Man it really hit home with me!

I have this crazy mind set that if I can't get a good 20 to 45 minutes of exercise in then I surrender to NO EXERCISE AT ALL!! WHOA BACK IT UP RUTH!!!! YOU ARE SO WAY WRONG!! This way of thinking is purely....


Isn't it funny how we get stuck in mud on single minded ways of thinking. Our mindset can be the downfall of even the best laid plans if not thought out and given serious consideration! So this whole week instead of missing exercise and beating myself to a pulp about it I could have been jumping on for a 10 minute run. Geez!
Ok that is over and I am back on the recovery wagon again... NO PITY POOLS...NO POOR RUTH...Hey this is life...get over and get on with the plan!! RIGHT??
THANK GOD I have good enough friends on here to keep me focused and help to stir a new wave of thinking within me.

Friday...Work, errands, home...Jumped on my Nordic track and had so much energy from this switch in my thinking that instead of doing my normal 20 minutes I pulled out 25 minutes on that baby, stretched and gave myself a huge pat on the back for my efforts. AGAIN I felt like I had won as I stumbled over another hurdle on my journey.


My weight stayed the same this week so it is time to get my booty back on track and get serious about this. I have been fighting being off track since Christmas on my exercising!
OK GUYS....THAT IS OFFICIALLY OVER! I AM HITTING THIS AND GET THESE SCALES MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AGAIN. NO MORE OF THIS CRAP!

I want to dedicate this to my good friend Amy on my Shih Tzu Team! She always follows my blogs and she is ALWAYS there for me. God bless you girl and may everything good come your way!! I really want to spread the word on how you changed my way of thinking with just some simple words that impacted me in a huge way....I really want to crow about that one!


Here is a wonderful quote that I think applys in a big way here....

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
~Albert Schweitzer~

Thank you Amy for helping me rekindle a new fire within!
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  • CELTICSOUL
    Great blog, Ruth....once again! I always love your insights. I needed a good reminder that it isn't all or nothing....sometimes it's little bits.

    Btw, I did finally post a few Bengal pics....as well as a couple of my new grandson. I have a lot of cuties in my life! emoticon

    Love ya, Karen...your gym suit sista =D
    4190 days ago
  • MEOWMAMA3
    Ruth my dear, we do live in parallel universes! I woke up the other night to Meowdaddy removing the remote from my left hand, with my lap full of essays and drooling all over myself! This was a great blog! You are so funny, I'm picturing you, your feet and arms in flames, burning up the Nordic Trak! I'm so glad your friend Amy was able to tell you just the right thing to jumpstart you back into action! When I do find myself in front of the boob tube with and without papers to grade I keep the stability ball and resistance bands right next to me...and actually use them! I don't own any weights, but I have 2 cast iron apple bookends that work just as well! Keep them handy too. I know one thing for sure, this summer I'm going to exercise like a madwoman with no school and schoolwork eating up my days! Keep the spark burning, you may need it to de-ice the door locks in the morning! lol... Hugs to you, my creative and most wonderful spark sister!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4193 days ago
  • KBUCKMASH
    I can so relate to this blog. Feel like I am the one in your first picture. I am also one of those all or nothing people and I need to learn that running the basement stairs for 5 min is better then nothing. Actually the next time I find myself nodding off when on the computer may try it.

    Stay safe on those roads and hope the new week will be a better one for you.
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  • PUDLECRAZY
    Argh! What a week! Sometimes it seems like nothing slows down and life is a giant roller coaster. You have such a great attitude about it. I hope you are getting some rest this weekend.

    I like my 10 Minute Solution DVDs for when I am in an All or Nothing mood. I figure I CAN do 10 minutes. The trick is, once I do the 10 minutes, I don't want to start there, so I do other segments as well.

    I hope you have a happy Sunday!

    Chris
    4195 days ago
  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    Wow, well, first of all...I DIDN'T KNOW that there was a Shih Tzu spark team. Second of all, I didn't know that you were in charge of any teams. Third of all, I might just have to join your team. Fourth of all and the best of all, I'm glad you had an AHA moment! They are the best...it's almost like you've been asleep and woke up. emoticon Good for you and it sounds like it was just what you needed!!

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    4195 days ago
  • FLOWERDALEJEWEL


    A HA!!!!! emoticon

    In any case here's somewhere to put all the crap emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4196 days ago
  • MICHELAR
    LOVE THIS BLOG!! What a great tribute to Amy! She is such a doll!
    I am also an all or nothing, thinking the same way you did but that is going to change for me too! Anything is better than nothing. So thank you Ruth for making it real by writing about it and thank you Amy for the lightening blot!

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  • TAKINGCAREOFKIM
    Good for you!!! Love those aha moments and always love the graphics on your blogs! Hope the weather soon starts to cooperate for you! Love ya!
    4196 days ago
  • AMYLOVESTZU
    RUTH MY FRIEND YOU ARE THE GREATEST !!!!! ONE DAY AT A TIME !!!
    WE ALL GET CAUGHT UP IN LIFE WE END UP PUTTING ARE SELF LAST..
    I AM GLAD THAT IT HELPED YOU OUT..
    LOVE THAT LADY THAT IS HOW I AM FEELING RIGHT NOW..ALL THAT PAPERWORK LOL
    LOVE you MY FRIEND ANYTIME YOU NEED A KICK JUST LET ME KNOW LOL
    YOUR THE BEST OF FRIENDS
    AMY
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  • MTNHIKER1971
    Good googa mooga Ruth... it's time to move your troops and furry, feathery friends to Florida.

    Love those AHA moments, just don't do any cartwheels at work during any breaks.... you might get some stares or at least a few rolling eyes.

    Keep up the momentum, this journey is about growth, being more than you were before and tweaking your workout routine.

    Proud of ya kid... the whole new you is very evident!

    Love ya

    K
    4196 days ago
  • CGREEN717
    That is a great blog. I love the graphics that you attached to it as well. I'm sorry you've had a rough week. However, I'm glad it's ending on a good note.
    We believe in you.
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  • WISLNDR
    I loved your blog today!! I think everyone had a strange week; thank God it's over!

    I hope the weekend makes up for all the nastiness of the week!

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  • JERSEYGIRL1950
    Oh Ruth this was such a great blog my god get out of my head. LOL I have the same mentally all or nothing..as a friend of mine would say "how's that working out for ya"...sounds like you need a smack like me once in a while...got to rid ourselves of those old tapes and record some new ones....Love the pictures your a hoot to be around...now let's rock this february..and stop the B.S. girlfriend emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 1/30/2010 12:36:16 PM
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