Friday, September 15, 2006

A milestone of a different sort

If your ISP is at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and you were blog-surfing instead of studying yesterday morning at about 10:05, you were the Shrinking Knitter's – drumroll, please –

10,000th VISITOR!
I'd serve cake if I knew who you were. Heh.

I know it's the same 12 people who come back repeatedly, three of whom are related to me, but still. Ten. Thousand. Visits. Look out, Dooce.

My 6.6-mile run yesterday was awesome. I was accompanied by one of DJ Steveboy's 155 beats-per-minute mixes and was able to continuously jog almost the entire course. I ran up three of the hills and halfway up two others. Of course I paid for it later, with muscle aches and quite a bit of heel pain, but hey … no pain, no gain, right?


Actually, I really do need to keep in mind that I'm not as young as I used to be.

I totally didn't meet this week's goals, dudes and dudettes. No yoga. No rowing. Only one weight training session. Far fewer minutes of activity than I've been getting. I don't know whether to keep those goals in the sidebar or yank 'em down. I'm not especially motivated by having them there; I'm trying, instead, to make these activities part of a normal routine. And I have to admit to being discouraged when I don't accomplish them.

On the other hand … if they're not written down there, if I didn't look at them every day, would I try as hard to meet them? More thinking needed here, but no time for it right now.

Finally, it's Friday Quote Day, and since I missed posting a quote last week, I'm giving you two today, both from American author Napoleon Hill, and both most appropriate for where my thinking is these days.
"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."
"Don't wait. The time will never be just right."
Now aren't you as inspired as I am?


Greta said...

No! Don't yank your goals! If you feel that they are too much of a stretch, then adjust the goals to fit what's a realistic expectation. I agree that maybe your goals are a bit (overly) ambitious to sustain forEVER. If you know you "can't" or won't do it at that level then what is a reasonable level? Post THAT. Goals are extremely valuable. Maybe it would be OK to walk instead of run once in a while for example but go the distance and walk a longer time. It's not necessarily all about "minutes". Meanwhile my goal right this minute is to head out the door on my second walk of the day. Just got back from a 90 minute walk with a friend and now I have to do one hour with my dogs. If they were not pestering me I honestly would skip it. That's the nice thing about having friends and dogs to help with motivation!

Teresa said...

Delurking to say hi, and to suggest that yoga can be as easy to add to your program as sitting in Hero or bound angle pose after a walk and breathing deeply for 5 minutes. I have been taking yoga classes for about 5 years now, and my instructor said just 2 weeks ago, "yoga can be anything you need it to be, from power yoga that is a workout, to relaxation/restorative practice, to concentrating on breathing."

I have started walking in addition to my yoga, and finding the right yoga poses to release/relax/stretch my legs and hips while working on my shoulders in a reasonable time has been an adventure. But, I think yoga is mainly about listening to your body and doing what it is asking for. It feels so good when you do that.

Now I just have to work on eating better, and the things you find about nutrition and weight loss is a wonderful place for me to start.

mehitabel said...

I'm inspired, but still need to work on my "attitude." Part of the problem is that I have a very active job, and sort of treat it as my exercise program. Hey, five hours of running around shelving books? Heavy books? But then I'm too tired to fix a decent meal, and settle for something easy. That's got to be my next goal: food awareness/seriousness.

Greta said...

Congratulations on the 10,000th visitor!

"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success." Napoleon Hill

I am a total believer in that quote!