I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. Making a statement like a New Year’s resolution is almost a sure-fire way to ensure you’re going to fail. So, instead of a resolution, I’m embarking on a new project. Though, I’m sure there will be plenty of house, crafting and decorating projects going on around here this year, the project I’m posting about today is a bit different. I’ve been calling it: Project Me. I’m beginning this project not with resolution but with enthusiasm and a little curiosity. Where will this project lead?
I’m on a quest this year to take a little better care of “me.” The older I get, the more I’ve come to realize just how wonderful our bodies are. They are beautiful, brilliant machines, machines that are always adjusting, always doing their best to correct or fix the “less-than-healthy” lifestyles we sometimes keep. You know what I mean…not sleeping enough, not exercising enough, eating too much of the foods that heap stress on our bodies.
I didn’t start out Project Me with any kind of plan. Most projects around here normally get started with some kind of idea or plan. This project has just sort of happened, created and guided by my subconscious I suppose. Weird, huh?
I think its been marinating for a while and somehow slowly a course of action formed without me even realizing it. Blogging full-time is often a very sedentary job. There are momentary intervals of physical activity, like building bookshelves , painting rooms or putting up Christmas trees. But there are many hours spent sitting, writing, reading and posting and as we all know, sitting can lead to Blogger’s Butté . ;)
So here’s the progress so far on Project Me.
I ordered a set of Dr. Fuhrman’s DVDs so I could learn what foods our bodies need, how to eat better so the cravings for the not-so-healthy foods go away. Do you ever watch him on PBS? I love his programs because he doesn’t just tell you to eat better, he goes into great detail explaining what the healthy and the not-so-healthy foods actually do inside the body. When you listen to him, it makes you want to eat better.
I also ordered these from Lands’ End…comfy, stretchy pants, great for exercising. That’s them in the bag above. They just arrived today and I’m wearing them now. It took a couple of weeks for them to arrive…they are so popular they are backordered.
And I ordered this. When it arrives, I’m going to set it up here in the office and hop on it several times a day. I know me and I know this me isn’t going to get in a car and drive to a gym. And this me isn’t going to go for long walks or runs on cold drizzly days. But this me will hop on something that’s just a few feet away and exercise while watching/streaming a movie or something entertaining for 15-30 minutes at the time. It was $129 from Amazon with free shipping so definitely worth the investment if it gets me moving a bit more. It folds up so I’m hoping it will store neatly behind the office door or in the office closet whenever I need to tuck it away. (Pic below from Amazon)
There were so many of these types of machines to choose from online. I was super tempted by the “Total Gym” available at their site online or the “Total Fitness Total Gym Achiever” available at K-mart, since those both have a special leg assembly attachment you can use to really work the legs. Actually, I think you have to pay over $100 more extra to purchase the leg assembly with the Total Gym, but the Total Gym Achiever (which was very affordable) comes with it or at least the Kmart ad said it did.
The Total Gym was a lot more than I cared to spend costing between $600-$1,000 and the Total Gym Achiever (made by Total Gym) didn’t have the foot thingy at the bottom or the handle bar thingies at the top, and I really liked those features.
I also looked at the “Jillian Michaels Ultimate Body Shop” on Amazon but it was almost double the price of the Weider unit. Jillian’s does come with a “Workout Card” you can plug into the machine and play to work out to, but I know I would never use it. I’m planning on watching a movie or something fun while working out on the Weider unit. If it isn’t fun, I know I won’t do it.
In a perfect world, here’s where I’d be…riding The Silver Comet.
For over a year I biked The Silver Comet trail 3-4 days a week. I always drove way, way out and started at the Florence entrance which was the 11 mile marker. I’d bike to the 22nd mile marker, known as Rambo, turned around and biked back. It was a 22 mile trip each time and I loved it! The reason I started so far out was because there are few roads to cross and almost no people or dogs to go around if you start out near Florence. It’s pretty isolated and absolutely beautiful.
So, 3 to 4 times a week I biked 22 miles on this little bit of heaven on earth. Then a biker was sexually assaulted and murdered while biking the trail. It happened near the 17 mile marker, the exact area I drove through every single time I biked. There’s a memorial there now…in the spot where it happened. There’s also a bench dedicated to her on the trail. I know it so easily could have been me; I don’t know why it wasn’t. After that, I could never enjoy biking there alone. I found myself always looking back over my shoulder.
When I bike, I prefer to do it alone. Biking was my therapy, a time I could de-stress while cruising through gorgeous scenery, up and down gently rolling slopes, listening to my favorite music or just the birds. I saw bunnies, deer, birds…it was paradise. I miss it. I told a friend the other day, if I ever win the lottery (I never play, so will never win) I would hire a body guard to bike about 100 yards behind me several days a week on The Silver Comet.
You can see more of The Silver Comet trail in this post: The Silver Comet
In the meantime, the scenery will be a movie while Mr. Weider and I get better acquainted.
Do you have a “Project Me” planned this year? Need something to motivate you? Watch Dr. Fuhrman on your local PBS station. He will light a fire under ya! Update: Here’s a few short videos I found online of Dr. Fuhrman speaking: Dr. Fuhrman, Part 1 and Part II and Part III