The 2010 Olympic Torch Relay

I can’t believe it’s come and gone. My small part in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay was actually 300 meters and boy, did it go by fast. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because of the lightening speed I ran. (Lightening speed is overrated anyway.) It is just that 300 m is not very far, especially with everything going on around you. It was almost sensory overload. The atmosphere was electrified. I don’t think I can remember so many people happy, excited and cheering at one time… especially during a recession. It is something I will never forget.

Okay, so I may have looked a little like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the movie Ghost Busters in my humongous track suit, but I didn’t care. I was living something historic, something beyond me, something… dare I say, epic? I can now say I played a part in the Olympics. Unbelievable! This event moved me to tears (good ones), made me laugh and made me smile constantly; now I know what models feel like. Yes, I know I don’t have legs for days, nor the Linda Evangelista looks, and I certainly wasn’t trying to make a fashion statement, (No offense to Stay Puft Marshmallow fashion officienados.) but I just couldn’t stop smiling. I was on an omnipresent high at a time when I most needed it. (I, like many others unfortunately, am not recession proof.) I thought to myself, I wish I could feel this way all the time. When times are down and I am feeling low, I need to go back to this moment; this amazing day to bring myself back up.

Making my way down the road.

So, what’s next for me? I will continue my jogging; it would seem that participating in a Torch relay has great fringe benefits. Beyond that? Your guess is as good as mine. Looks like I’ll continue posting, jogging, getting healthier and hope you return here to find out with me.

The big day is coming

Saturday is coming up fast and furious and I am getting anxious… or nervous, or both. If you are not in the loop, that is the day I carry the Olympic torch. Yup, this coming Saturday. The 5th. The one after this coming Friday; I can’t believe it’s almost here. Am I ready? Yes. Am I nervous? Yes. I have had (and still have) many “Gawd, I hope I don’t… ” kind of thoughts running through my head, but every time I start this kind of thinking, I stop myself before I finish the phrase. Whew, that was close!

Last night I tried on my Olympic track suit (for the second time). It is still way too big for me. I am only 5′ 1″ (I think that is about 1.54 metres). Why did I order a large you ask? I am now asking myself the same question. Their lovely unisex sizing chart coupled with my hips that are genetically predisposed for hugeness gave me no other choice. However, I should have known that with the training I had intended to do, I could have ordered a medium. But at the time, I thought my past experience with the Buy it Now, Lose the Weight Later Plan hadn’t really worked all that well for me. So the only way to go was to err on the side of largeness. I could almost wrap the arms of the jacket around me like a straight ja… forget it… let’s not go there. The legs? We just won’t discuss the legs. Suffice it to say that at least I have ample room to layer. I may not look stylish, but I will be warm and comfortable.

What does sorting dust have to do with exercising?

I thought you would never ask.

Let me give you a bit of history first. I have been jogging regularly every second day… really. And, things are looking up. Okay, not because I’ve been posting regularly; I am trying to work on that. But, my improvement on the self-encourage front, along with the fact that I have a treadmill, seem to be working great.  I can no longer use the bad weather excuse, which seemed to come in handy on my low motivation days. As far as trying to stay motivated? I could never seem to find the answer to change my attitude towards jogging, or exercise in general.

Until now.

I had read somewhere that a woman who had basically the same lack of motivation that I have concerning running, had changed her thought process. She used to wake up and say, “Ugggh, I have to go running today.” Now she says, “I get to go running today.”

She went further to say that just changing one word in her language, transported a message of negativity to a positive and powerful statement, which she says can be used for a plethora of things, like:

I get to wash the tupperware. (I’d say wash dishes here, but I really dislike washing plastic stuff. Not sure why.)

I get to rake the leaves. (Thank God that’s finished for this year.)

I get to dust the furniture. (One of those chores that as soon as you think you are done, you could immediately start at the beginning again due to the constant bombardment of dust particles settling gently on your furniture.)

Hmmm… there may be a theme here. Anyway, I think you get the picture.

I was sceptical, but willing to give it a try.

I admit on the first go, I said it with a defeatist tone, “(Heavy sigh) Okay, I get to go jogging today.” You would think that I was about to undertake a huge and daunting chore, like having to count the dust specks on my coffee table and categorize them by genetic make up and label them one by one. Certainly not something anyone would want to do, but as the days passed and I used this “get” word more often, something changed. I went from looking at this “huge chore”,  to actually looking forward to exercising. Repetition really does work for many things.

Now, on my jogging days I say, “(Insert upbeat tone here) Hey, I get to go jogging today.” It’s a whole lot better than having to sort dust is all I have to say.

Oh, one more thing, in case you were wondering; I don’t really sort dust.

Little steps

Okay, I know, it has been awhile. I think I have to get used to doing this blogging thing on a more regular basis. Perhaps once a week would be better; not so overwhelming or daunting. It would also give me more time to come up with new subject matter. I will stick to a posting schedule every Friday and see how that goes.

You will be happy to know, however, that I have kept up my training every second day. Some days are better than others, but I am confident that I will have no problem carrying the torch when the big day arrives. This past week has been wonderful, as far as weather is concerned. I have to say that autumn has been much nicer than our summer was. I hope the trend continues.

I have not yet reached my new mini-goal of 165 pounds. I thought for sure I’d be there by now. I think this may be due, in part to my taking more walk-jogging days then complete jogging days. Also, I have to admit, that throughout this journey so far, I have not been the best at following a healthy diet. Actually, I have never been the best at following a healthy diet. I find it really tough not to succumb to the cravings I get that usually creep up after supper – I need to eat more veggies. Perhaps I should switch to jogging in the evenings, where the nightly cravings could possibly be kept at bay. Yes, I think I will give that a go. Little steps; that’s all it takes.

Technology as aid to fitness?

Don’t you just love technology? I’m not talking of the type of technology, where your computer crashes and files are lost just before a deadline. I am talking about the type of technology that motivates you.

Like the type of technology that allows me to jog on my treadmill. Actually, contrary to the normal sentiment of jogging in one spot, I quite enjoy it. I am hoping that this isn’t one of those things that you enjoy until the novelty wears off – the treadmill is only a few weeks old. I purchased it because I know that deep down I am a fair-weather jogger. It’s not that I mind jogging in the snow, it’s that I mind jogging in -30˚temperatures; if it ever gets that low.

And, yesterday was the first time I jogged with my “Nike iPod Sport Kit”. You know, that sensor thingy that goes into your running shoe and logs your distance, time and some other things that I haven’t taken the time to figure out yet. It is actually quite motivating with the female voice that notifies you of your progress every five minutes. I bought the runners a year ago, but I haven’t been motivated enough to use them until now. Just think where I’d be now, if I had started this a year ago?

I love technology. I can’t say that I am one of those people that have to go out and buy the latest things as they are released, but yes, I do love technology. And, if technology can help motivate me to a fitter me, then I’m all for it.