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Who Wants to Get Active? 2010

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40 Days

Posted by walkinginthelight Apr 7, 2010

So it dawned on me today just how really close we are to race day, and how this program will soon be coming to an end.  I started thinking about these 8 weeks that we will be in training.  It really got me thinking. I mean really thinking deep.... DEEP!

Ok, so I’m training 5 days a week. That’s 5 times a week  for 8 weeks. That’s a total of  40 days.

40 days. 40. That’s’ it. 40. Will I be ready?  Can anything significant really be accomplished in just forty days? Can it?

40 days.  Just 40 days. Well, think about this for a moment….

Noah was on his ark when it rained for 40 days and nights when God decided to cleanse the earth from all evil (see “Genesis”)

Moses went up to the mountain top for 40 days, where God gave him the tablets for the ten commandments (see “Exodus”)

Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan ( see “Luke”)

There are 40 days of prayer and fasting during the Lenten season.

After Jesus’  resurrection, he was seen for 40 days, and spoke of the kingdom of God (“Acts”)

WOW! Yes, those are just a few POWERFUL THINGS that happened in JUST 40 DAYS!

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I  went back and read some blogs from my “Team Walk It Off” team mates.  

Ruth stated she feels in control of her life and of her eating. She has lost at least 9 pounds, and is enjoying time with her 3 girls.  She is saying NO to her temptations!

Megan went to her own mountain top, so to speak, when she climbed to the top of Diamond Head in Hawaii, no small feat I might add!

Jason made his own version of his personal commandments , rules he will follow. He will not give up, he will not let you stand is his way, he will not go down without a fight!

To my team mates, I say “ I SALUTE YOU” .  You are each unique, incredible people, and I am honored to have had the privilege of getting to know you, and see what  you have accomplished in just 40 days!

Stay inspired, do not give in to your temptations. YOU CAN DO IT!  Just see WHAT FAITH CAN DO

I’d like to leave you with the words to one of my favorite songs. It’s by a Christian group called Kutless. I am going to try to attach their You Tube video, if it doesn’t work, please google search it. Below are the words.  Very powerful, and with our recent journey during this 40 day training program,  also very appropriate. 

 

 

What Faith Can Do by KUTLESS

(Lyrics)

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

 

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

 

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

 

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

 

Overcome the odds
When you don't have a chance
(That’s what faith can do)
When the world says you can’t
It’ll tell you that you can!

 

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do
That's what faith can do!
Even if you fall sometimes
You will have the strength to rise

 

 

TO CAL, RUTH, JASON and MEGAN: THAT’S WHAT FAITH CAN DO!! GOOD LUCK ON APRIL 18th!

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3rd Goal MET!!

Posted by walkinginthelight Apr 5, 2010

So today was weigh in day.  I decided to break the  "who wants to get active" challenge into four 2-week personal challenges. Not missing a training day, remembering to blog, encouraging team mates, and losing weight. The first two weeks "reward" was to get a pedicure, which was great. My second two week reward was a massage. I got that when I was in North Carolina for Spring Break. We went to a spa, and I had a Volcanic Stone Massage. It was absolutely the most fantastic massage every. Hot stones rubbed all over your body. Oh, it felt so good! Too bad it was only for 50 minutes!

So today was the conclusion of the 3rd two week challenge. I have lost an additional 5 pounds, bringing my overall total in the past 6 weeks to 14 pounds!!!!! I AM SO HAPPY! I am rewarding myself with some new clothes! I was going to get a new pair of jeans, but since the weather is getting so nice, I'm getting a couple pairs of shorts instead. I am now two whole sizes smaller! and my legs look decent enough to be seen!

Now we are down to the final two weeks of the program! I can't believe its going by so fast!  I"m registerd for the race, and my 14 year old daughter is going to walk/run  with me. Going to really push for these last two weeks and finish strong.

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Well, I am back home to the Windy City, after spending a week in North Carolina visiting with family.  If I could sum up the week, I would say it was "VICTORIOUS!". Each day brought new adventures, challenges and SUCCESSES! The weather was gorgeous and we spent as much time out doors as we possibly could. The week was filled with daily walks for me, and bike rides for the kids as they tagged along behind me. We visited several different local parks and forest preserves. and one day even went hiking and climbing where we saw some awesome waterfalls!

 

Our favorite park by far was located in Summerfield, and it had EVERYTHING that the outdoor enthusiast could possibly want. Bike trails, walking paths, big open areas for flying kites (which we did!) , a fishing pond, playground equipment and even EXCERCISE EQUIPMENT!  I have never seen a park that had an "outdoor gym!". What a blast! Not only was I able to do my walking training, but use the "equipment" too, for that "complete workout " experience! I've attached some photos (and I'll try to attach video too)

 

Dining out for lunch and dinner every day was not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I made the best decisions I could for meals, opting for water to drink (instead of the calorie laced "sweet tea", and ordered fresh fruit plates as often as possible. One of the most rewarding days came at the end of the week, when I needed to borrow clothes from my cousin. Since I had only packed  "cool weather clothes", the 84 degree day took me by suprise, and my long sleeve shirts and jeans just weren't going to cut it. When I was able to fit into my cousins shorts, (which were TWO SIZES smaller than the size I wore!!)Then I knew that all my training was paying off! But the best part of the the trip, is the fact that nobody asked "what are we going to do today?" They had all been conditioned by then, they knew we were headed to the park to excercise. It was more like "which one do you want to go to today?"

 

We got home last night, and yes it was great to sleep in my own bed again. This morning I stepped on the scale and I was ecstatic to find I was down 2 and half pounds!!!!! I was hoping just not to gain any weight, but

actually losing weight was incredible. Sweet sweet victory!

 

 

Enjoy the photos!!

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2nd goal met!

Posted by walkinginthelight Mar 22, 2010

Today was weigh in day! I record my weight every Monday morning . I was pleased with myself to find I am down a total of 9 pounds since the beginning of this "who wants to get active" challenge! I realize its not a lot of weight, but I think that the 1-2 pounds a week slow weight loss, will help it become permanent weight loss. So, that means since this was the end of week 4, and I met my personal goals, I get my reward! ( see original blog called "incentive needed) I am going to schedule a massage for later in the week!

And, at this pace, by race day hopefully I will be down a total of 15-20 pounds! I'm happy not only about the weight loss, but just in general, my overall mood and disposition has changed. I feel happier and healthier, and I actually WANT to excercise, and I make it a priority. Its been great having my kids walking with me. We were at the zoo last weekend for a few hours and walked ALL OVER!   The best thing that happened recently, is that my 5 year old daughter Eloise brought home this picture that she colored at school. A couple times a week they do this assignment called "write and draw". They get a piece of paper, which mostly is blank, but has a few lines on the bottom. The idea is for them to think about what they did recently, write a few sentences trying to sound out the words, and then color a picture to illustrate their sentences. (this is kindergarden, mind you)

Well, her previous papers had been " I went to grandmas house" or " we made pizza for dinner". The one she just brought home though is the KEEPER!. It says " I WENT FOR A WALK WITH MOMMY, MADI AND JAKE!.  She was referring to last weekend when I took her to the nature trails, along with my older daughter Madi, and her boyfriend Jake. We walked on the trails for about an hour, and Eloise must have enjoyed that time spent together so much, it was on her mind when it was time for the "write and draw" station at school. I am so excited to see the change not only in ME, but in my  little daughter! So, I scanned her coloring page. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did (I'm the one on the far right with the dark hair) Notice that we all have big smiles on our faces!!! (We are walking on a blacktop path by the way) I LOVE THIS PICTURE! (click on the word "permalink at bottom of post, and then "attachment "  to see it! Its called "walk001"

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Race Day Count Down!

Posted by walkinginthelight Mar 18, 2010

OK fellow "who wants to get active 2010" participants!! Do you know what today is! Thats right, its MARCH 18!!!

That means we have ONE MONTH until our Run for Water Races! Keep up the training! You are all doing GREAT!

One month in to this program, and I feel so energized! My clothes are fitting better, I've got a spring to my step, and someone even told me that "my face looks smaller!" (which I am going to take as a wierd compliment??!)

I know today was a "rest" day, but I was out in the yard this afternoon with my husband, son, and daughter, and we actually played soccer for about a half hour or so! The weather is getting so nice, I just want to be outside ALL THE TIME!! I might actually purchase a pair of shorts sometime soon! My legs are getting so much excercise now, then don't look like tree trunks so much anymore! And I might actually seem some definition from where my calf ends, and my ankle begins! It won't be a "cankle" anymore!  Oh, Dare to Dream, huh?

Well, I will be at the CHICAGO race one month from TODAY! Give a shout out! Where will YOU be??

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OH MY GOSH!!!!     I JUST LOGGED ON AND GOT THE NEWS!!! TEAM WALK IT OFF- YOU GUYS ARE ALL AWESOME!!!! Can you believe we are all getting Omron Pedometers!! Thank you all SO MUCH for helping our team with this big accomplishment ! Keep up the GREAT WORK! I wish we all lived closer and could go out and celebrate!! So do something fun, and post a picture on your next blog!!

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In honor of making it nearly halfway through the program, I present you with the Halfway There Training Challenge. I want to see who can get the most people to join them for a single training session. Show the people in your life how exciting it is to be active! Invite your family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, even your entire congregation to join you for one of your workouts. You must take a photo for evidence and post it in the blog. You have until Monday the 29th to post the photo. And yes, there will be a prize.

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My Little Reminder

Posted by walkinginthelight Mar 13, 2010

Yesterday after my daughter finished a.m.  kindergarten, I loaded up her little bike in the back of my car,  and we drove to my favorite training spot, the wonderful South Trail (not to be confused with the non-existent and ever elusive North Trail).  I love this trail because it is marked every 1/2 mile, and has benches every so often to rest. And its a very scenic trail.

My daughter was excited to be going with me! She recently brought home this flyer from school, and it was an "exercise log". For every 30 minutes of exercise the children do, they can mark off a square. When she has all 50 squares marked off, she can turn it in to the  teacher, who mails it to the program sponsor, which happens to be an outdoor water park! Any child who submits the completed form, gets a free pass to the water park for this summer! This is a Win / Win ! Now she wants to exercise every day, and is a little reminder for me!  "I need to exercise today Mommy! Could we go ride our bikes? YOU BET! So, now we have our daily bike rides together, and I love the quality time we are having (and the fact she is getting outdoors, and away from the television set!) And we started doing other activities as well. Silly as it may be, I am exercising like a 5 year old!!. We've been roller skating, we've been skipping, we've kicked a soccer ball around. We've even hula-hooped! Yes, I can actually fit in that thing! Although the old hips don't move like they used to! I used to be a champ at that thing, and could make it go round and round forever. Great was my embarrassment the first time I tried it again, and it dropped right to the ground! After a few try's, I got my groove back ( a little....)

 

So yesterday after school, I took my 5 year old with me to the South trail. I did a walk/jog while she rode her bike a little ahead of me. I wasn't sure if she could do the whole loop actually. It was 2.4 miles. She was fine for the first mile, then we sat on the bench to rest. Then we made it a little further, before another rest. Had to stop to walk her bike up the big hill. Then finally  finished the loop. She was so proud of herself. "Was that 30 minutes mommy? "Can I color in another square?" YEP!  It was actually a little over 30 minutes. I had brought a timer with me, and started/stopped when she was riding, or resting to make sure she was actually riding for the full 30 minutes She loves exercising now, and  I love having "my little reminder" at my side.And I also know that when I take her to the water park this summer to celebrate her victory that  I will look much better in my bathing suit!

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Ok, I've got to be honest. I am still recovering from yesterday's fiasco. Getting on an unmarked " trail" that led me to the middle of nowhere, with out a coat, with out water, with out a cell phone. Pure stupidity on my part. And it was downright dangerous. What was I thinking!!! I guess I thought since I had done so great on the South Trail, I was ready  to take on the world!

I am still sore. I ache all over. I even skipped out on my Zumba dance class today. I needed to recover both physically AND MENTALLY!  Somebody/ Anybody-  please  re-iterate to me how ignorant that was for me to even THINK of doing something like that. Seriously. I am ready for your verbal bashings. I need it so that this really sinks in how stupid that was yesterday. See original post "search for the north trail" if you have no idea what I am talking about.

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Greens and Grains

Posted by mvalenti Mar 11, 2010

A while back I took the time to meet with a nutritionist twice a month for about six months. She helped me analyze my food intake and make adjustments that improved my energy and balanced my diet. One of the most important things I learned is that people in general need to eat more greens and grains. So everytime I sit down to make my meal plan, I ask myself if I have enough greens and grains. One of my favorite grains is quinoa so I wanted to share some tasty quinoa recipes with you all. Enjoy!

 

Cajun Corn and Kale Salad

 

  • 1 sweet onion minced
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 bunch of Kale--steamed, cooled and drained (you can squeeze excess water out of the kale once it is cooled)
  • 1 can of corn (or 2 ears of corn, cooked and cut off the cob)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • cajun seasoning - if you do not have any you can make it by mixing the following ingredients together: salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, crushed fennel seeds, thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa cooked and cooled (I'm not sure if this is the right amount for the recipe so just make a bunch and mix in the appropriate amount)

 

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and enjoy. This is great to eat as leftovers so make a lot and eat it for lunch throughout the week.

 

Almond and Fennel Salad

 

  • 1 C quinoa
  • 1 C seedless, red grapes
  • 1 fist-sized bulb of fennel, finely chopped
  • 1/2 C silvered almonds, lightly toasted
  • 1 T fresh thyme
  • 1 T fresh tarragon leaves, chopped
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1/2 t salt
  • fresh pepper, to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Wash the quinoa until water runs clear.
  2. Cook quinoa in large pot of boiling water for 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the quinoa and rinse with cold water
  4. In the same pot bring 1/2 inch of water to a boil, place the colander or sieve that was used to drain the quinoa in the kettle. The quinoa will steam in the pot-covered-for 10 minutes without touching the water. The quinoa is ready when it is fluffy and dry.
  5. When quinoa cools, combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
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Hi Everyone!

I am Farel Hruska and I have been a coach in previous "Bye, Bye Baby Weight" Teams. I am thrilled to be a motivator for this 2010 team, as well. I get that making change is hard, if it was easy everyone would be doing it! However, commiting to this process could be the step you all need. Stay positive and focused. You will make amazing changes and break-throughs!

 

Peace,

Farel Hruska

Stroller Strides National Fitness Director & Mom of 3 girls

 

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