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Who Wants to Get Active? 2010

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Well, I have to be honest here. I have been dreading writing this post. Only because I knew it would be my last one, as a "who wants to get active" challenge participant. The race was over 10 days ago if that gives you any idea on how much I've been procrastinating!

So..... here it goes.

Race day. April 18th. Chicago. 36 degrees. COLD!!!!!

Ok, I have to pause and think a little bit about what I want to say. I had so many emotions going through my head that morning.

Well, I made the necessary changes after my practice run. I actually purchased myself a pair of decen running pants, it had an elastic waist band, AND a drawstring. They were NOT going to fall off!. I was excited that my new pants were two sizes smaller than the old yoga pants that I had been training in. They were really awesome, so kind of dry-wick fabric, with "reflectors" near the calf, and even a zippered pocked on the back side to hold stuff.

We pulled in the parking lot early, like around 8:30, even though the race didn't start until 10. I wanted to make sure I wasn't going tobe late and "miss it", and I didn't know how long the packet pick up line was going to be.

It was such a "NO STRESS" atmosphere, I don't know what I had been worried about! Lots of happing smiling people milling around.

I got my number,( # 528) and my  'free race day t-shirt". I snapped a couple of photos of the grounds. Lots of tents set up, with different "vendors", like local Chicago radio stations, a cell phone company, etc.

Right in the middle of the park, there was a HUGE table set up with bananas and apples, and lots of tables with cups of water. There was a giant stage they were setting up, for the post race concert. Lots of media tents, and lots of porta-potties!!

I did my carb loading in the car at 8 a.m., so that it was 2 hours pre-race time. I opted for 1/2 of a bagel, and some strawberries. It was a chilly morning, so I had dressed with my running pants, with another pair of baggy sweat pants over the top. Then of course the running sports bra, the running shirt I bought with the I -pod pocket, and topped it off with a warm sweatshirt. Then when I got my race day "RUN FOR WATER"       t shirt, I put that on over the top, and pinned my number on the back of my shirt. I asked if it mattered where we pinned it, and the general response was as long as it was on, it didn't matter where you pinned it. Ok, I was good with that.

When I registered for the run, I had two options. The timed chip run, or the fun walk/run. Since I was on Team Walk it off, and had been primarily training at the walk. at the time of registration, I decided I better not "bite off more than I can chew", and opted to select the walk/run. When it was time to line up for the race, all the folks who were in the "timed chip" race got to line up first, and they all had these orange tags tied to their shoes. All of us "fun run" folks lined up at the back. When the race began, it seemed like "FOREVER" before I got to actually cross the start line, because I had to wait for all the "official race" participants to go first. Now I have a better understanding of why they had the chips. Time didn't start for them until they actually stepped over the start line. It was a good 30 seconds before I was able to actually start. So I should deduct that from my finish time (ha ha)

Well we were all crammed together, shoulder to shoulder. Folks of all different ages, shapes and sizes. The young and the old. Bridal parties! One girl  wearing  a "I'm the bride" t-shirt, and 4 or 5 others girls wearing "I'm a bridesmaid" shirts.  Even a mom pushing two kids in a double stroller. The youngest person I saw looked around the age of 8. I secretly hoped I wasn't going to be the last one across the finish line, and wished that I would be able to "pass" SOMEBODY!!

Well, off we went. You kinda get moved along with the crowd, and at the crowds pace. Everyone jockeying for position. Someone stepped on the back of my heel. I stepped on the back of someone else's heel.

Oops, just cut someone off because they were too slow. Yes, I realized at this time.... I was jogging, not walking! OK, lets see how long I can keep this up! I'll try to get to the one mile marker without stopping.

Jogging, jogging, jogging. Lots of "police" or "people in authority" roles wearing orange vest holding stop signs, trying to keep the anxious cars back. We are running along Lake Shore Drive. I'm so overwhelmed. The route had not been "closed off" for race day, so people are coming at me on their bikes, couples walking holding hands. HELLO!!! Do you NOT see that we are in the middle of a race here??!!!  Could you please get off the road, and in the grass, and out of my way??

I was glad that I wasn't wearing the I-POD. The thing had died in the car, apparently you have to charge them up once in a while! Good thing to know for next time.  There was so much going on. Cars honking, runners talking. "On your left!" yea, yea, go ahead and pass me. I know I'm slow.

Hey, where was that 1 mile marker? Shouldn't I be seeing it by now? How long have I been running? Oops, forgot to wear the pedometer. Don't have on my watch. Seems like I've been running for at least 20 minutes. Maybe they were wrong when they said they were going to have water stops, and time clocks at the mile markers. Oh well, I just kept going. Getting tired.Having a hard time breathing. Wait! What's that in the distance? Something glowing! Hey, its the time clock! So I must be close to the one mile marker!! Wait that means I haven't even run a mile yet??? But I AM DEAD!!! AAHHHHH!!!! Keep pushing. Get to the one mile, and then go ahead and walk. Why am I so tired? Ok, there is the clock. It probably says 20 minutes or so. WHAT!!!!! It says 11:24 ,  Did I read that correctly????  11:24 ???? I've NEVER run a mile in under 13 minutes. THAT'S WHY I AM SO TIRED !!!! I am going too fast!!, I am not used to this pace! I am trying to keep up with the "fun runners", and they are too fast for me. I've shave a minute and a half off my "normal time". Hey wait a minute. If I keep pushing, then I am going to make my goal of finishing in under 60 minutes!!! This is it. This is what you trained for. Isn't the old saying something like "no pain no gain!". DON'T WALK NOW!! Just keep pushing yourself.

ONWARD!!!

I kept pressing on. And on. Finally made it to the 2 mile marker. 23:24. WOW. That means I just ran the second mile in twelve minutes! I am so psyched. But I am about to hyperventilate. An d the  weird thing. ?  My legs were not tired. My arms were not tired. It was just my breathing! I was out of shape cardio-vascularly. I couldn't go on any further. I needed to walk. I had to walk. I did walk. I walked.

At first I was upset with myself. I can't believe I'm walking. Then some of Coach Jenny's words came in to my head. Hey, you are here to celebrate what you have accomplished for the past 8 weeks.

I've lost 16 pounds. I've dropped two sizes. I'm down 4 inches off my waist, and no longer have the "muffin top". I took two inches off my hips. I've dropped 4 points off my body mass. So what reason did I think I had at all, to be pissed off at myself that I was walking. NONE! I had nothing to prove to anyone. I walked for a couple of minutes, until I was able to breathe again and said to myself, ok, lets do this. Lets finish this up.

I began running again. Run, Run, Run. I got passed up by the lady pushing the two kids in the double stroller. I don't care. I have nothing to prove. I didn't come here to win the race. I came here to FINISH the race.

Just finish. Do your best. This race is all about me, and not about anybody else. This was my dream, my goal. Finish the race Kim, just finish the race. I slowly approached the 3 mile marker. 36 minutes something seconds. Wait, WHAT!!! 36 minutes something???? Why, I CAN FINISH THIS IN UNDER 45 MINUTES IF I REALLY PUSH FOR THE LAST 7/10th of the mile.

Dig down deep. Muster up any last bit of strength and determination and true grit, and what ever else and give it all you got.You've got 9 minutes to go the last 7/10ths of the mile.  Yes, that's it. Look out over the Lake. It's beautiful and serene. Don't worry about the sand all over the path. Keep going. Don't let the sand slow you down. Keep going. Wait! There is a big tent! That must be the finish! There it is GO KIM GO!!! Closer.... Closer!!!  What the?????? Its not the finish! Its a bicycle rental shop! UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Push on, don't get upset by the "false" finish line.

No one is around me. Everyone must have already finished. I truly must be the last one out here on the course. So what If I am.

Around the turn, around another bend. Wait! More Tents!! This time, lots of them. Music playing. People Cheering! Yes, this time, it is the finish! Keep going. There's' my husband taking pictures. There's my daughter yelling GO MOM!  Look at the clock!!!!! PUSH, PUSH!!! Yes, across the line! UNBELIEVABLE!!! The time on the clock was 44:06. I can't believe it 44:06 ! I had done it!  Not only had I finished in under my goal time of 60 minutes, but I finished in under 45 minutes! I was so thrilled! I wanted to collapse. My daughter was right there. Good Job MOM! Don't sit down.! Keep walking! All good advice. I was in this euphoric state. I felt so good! I was so happy to have finished in that unbelievable time . FOR ME!  Couch potato to 6 k in 44:06 in 8 weeks! I had done it. I HAD DONE IT!!!004.JPG

Me in front of the concert stage (90 minutes before the race) Not too many people there yet.....

 

 

After catching my breath, and reveling the the fact that I thought I had done so well, I walked back over to the finish line. More people were still crossing the line. I had not been last. Lots of people were behind me . They kept trickling in for another 15 minutes or so. All the "true" walkers. Wow! Now I wished I had done the timed chip race! Now I was feeling empowered! Lets line it up and DO IT AGAIN!!!  The media crews were there. The concerts were about to start. A man went on stage." Attention, Attention! We need number 258 up on stage"    Oh Gosh! I think that's me? Isn't that my number? What are they calling me up on stage for? Do they want an interview? Do they know I'm an "ACTIVE.COM participant? Do they want to ask me about my training, and get my thoughts on the race? I look around for someone near me. "HEY" Can you check my number? (I had pinned it to my back!), Yeah,um,  you are number 528. YES! So it IS ME that they want. Again, the announcer says, "Can we get number 258 up here please? " oops, I'm 528, not 258!!! What an idiot I am.

258 gets on the stage. Its the winner of the race. They are giving her a medal or something. They announce her time.She finished in 22 minutes something.  She was already finished before I even hit the two mile marker!!! Well you know what!! SO WHAT!!

I had to remember, I wasn't racing against anyone. I needed to stop comparing. I had finished the race. That's what I came to do. FINISH. And I did.  IT WAS GLORIOUS!

 

The "blues" set it on Monday. Just like the big "let down" after Christmas. One day post race, and I already missed getting my email that said "today you are going to walk for 30 minutes at a RPE of 7-8. I missed knowing that I was going to blog about it. I missed everything. I missed my team mates that I never met! It took me several days to get out of my depressed state. I figured I needed to get back to walking, and get another race on the calendar. I'm eyeing something called a "Warrior Dash" that is coming up in June. I'm out of my post race blues, and am back to walking/running every day but Thursday and Sunday, just like before. But now I know I need to work on getting my cardio better. Lesson learned.

 

I jus want to finish my saying, to everyone at Active.com, to Michelle, to Coach Jenny, to my walk it off team mates Ruth, Jason and Megan,  Thank you so much for your encouragement, your support. You mean more to me than you can ever know. Thank you for this opportunity.

 

Until the next race.................

This is Kim, signing off. Remember to always WALK IN THE LIGHT. GOD'S LIGHT!

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One of my goals as I entered this training program was to re-discover the joys of running that I knew as a child. On the eve of my first race as an adult, I like to think I've accomplished that and a whole lot more. While I'm not as fast as I was as a kid, I think I'm prepared to turn in a respectable time and I'm really looking forward to seeing where my results are in comparison to others in the race.

 

As a kid, I believed the hype and thought that to be fast, I had to buy the shoe that looked the fastest. My parents recently shared with me that I would often try to persuade them in purchasing a shoe for me using this logic. Well...that theory certainly went by the wayside as I got older. Only to be replaced with a theory in my teenage years as I bought into the hype that a certain energy drink would give me wings. Using that product was like the Wright Brothers in the early stages of their work... It certainly got me going, but the crash from the sugar high came quickly and rather abruptly.

 

So now, I've bought into the hype that is the Who Wants To Get Active training program. And I've seen the results that training can bring. I've lost 30 lbs. since the first of January. I've increased my mile time by a minute and a half. And I have thoroughly embraced running to the point where I'm beginning to wonder if what I'm feeling is what they call a runner's high. Just this last week, I started working as a part-time sales associate for a local running specialty store! While the learning curve with the new job is intense as I am beginning to comprehend the technology behind the products, this position and my participation in this program has allowed me to meet and surround myself with an incredible group of people with the same dedication and love for running.

 

But I truly realized that I have re-discovered the joys of running that I knew as a child, while I was doing some spring cleaning. Going through an old box that I picked up from my parents, I saw what I thought was just a ratty- old headband. As a child of the 80s, I made a lot of fashion statements with those sweaty headbands. But this one in particular... it was special. Because this one...came with my own set of wings!  This was a headband that I wore a lot as a kid, and it's an awesome reminder that what I'm doing is helping me find that joy and freedom of running I felt many times as a kid. I've brought along this special headband for tomorrow's race, but I'm not sure the world is ready for a 31-year-old sporting a child's headband with wings!

 

So all along... I didn't need the fastest looking shoe. I didn't need the latest energy drink. I just needed a little push with my training, and now with my new (old) wings, I'm ready to fly around the course tomorrow! So thank you to Coach Jenny, the folks at Active.com, and my fellow participants for the motivation I needed to get me going on this incredible journey.

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My feet had been bothering me. Very sore feet, and really, my left ankle was really troubling me!  So I made an appointment with a chiropractor about 3 weeks ago. The doctor looked at my feet, and examined the way I "stood", and then took a foot scan.  A very painless process, you just stand on this glass scanner (much like the same kind of scanner that’s hooked up to a computer /printer), and it scans the bottom of your foot, and puts the image up on the computer screen.

 

Seems that I "pronate" (or maybe it’s "over-pronate?") Bottom line is that my feet cave to the inside. I think he actually said “collapse”.

 

The scan of my feet was interesting to see. The doctor put “my” foot scan next to a "normal" foot scan to point out the difference.  In a "normal" foot, there should be a “kidney bean” shape up by the ball of the foot, and a round circular shape at the heel of the foot. Two distinct shapes. Well, my “kidney bean" was connected to my "round circle” which is not a good thing. It looked like one big “blob”

 

He recommended I order a good pair of orthotics. They slip into your shoes, and it lifts up my non-existent arch. It will help take the pressure off of my ankles, and help my foot get in better alignment with my leg. Seems the tendons in my legs have been working overtime trying to hold the ankle in place, and just can’t hold up to the task anymore. While he suggested some “at home” exercises to try, along with ice and rest...... I explained that I had this Run for Water coming up….. He assured me I would be just fine, and that the orthotics would make a big difference. He actually showed me a special “athletic orthotic”, which I didn’t even know existed. It has lots of tiny holes in it, so that there is air movement / ventilation, and they stay dryer.  So that’s what I ordered.

 

We’ll after walking around in them now for a few days, and I can tell a noticeable improvement. At first, it felt like I had marbles in my shoes that I was walking on, but now my feet must have somewhat adjusted, and they are becoming quite comfortable. The pressure is off my left ankle now, because it’s  being lifted  up , and back into position. Looking forward to wearing them the rest of the week, and hope they make a big difference for Sunday!!

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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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The last few days I've gotten plenty of emails , letters in the mail, and notes home from the kids schools and coaches with the updates on their Spring sporting events and other activities. Letting me know about practice schedules and game days.

 

Madeline, my almost 15 year old, currently has track practice 5 days a week, and her first "meet" is this Thursday. She is also an avid equestrian, and takes riding lessons, and just registered for two horse shows coming up in June. Additionally, she  competes in a "tetrathalon" with her horse, which is a two day event, consisting of four separate phases: she swims, she runs, she shoots an air pistol (target shooting), and she then rides her horse over a combination of 12 or so jumps. Swimming and shooting practices will be starting up soon, too! She also participates in Polocrosse, which is "LaCrosse on horseback". Yeah, its crazy!

 

Patrick, my almost 14 year old, currently has baseball practice every Friday, and has his first game this weekend. Once school gets out, practices get bumped up to 2 or 3 times per week. He also takes guitar, and starting in June, will begin football practice five days a week  for the freshmen high school team. He got so busy, he had to give up tennis.

 

Eloise, my 5 year old, has ballet/tap dance every Monday, Bible school every Wednesday, and Girl Scouts on Thursdays. And she is starting soccer, with her first practice this weekend, and games starting in two weeks!

 

So as I look at my calendar, and update  the days of each child's practices, games, lessons, etc. it reminded me of why I wanted to be an "active.com" participant. I had written to Michelle that I was the chauffeur for my children, toting them  around to all their various activities, and also had the role of the " cheerleader"  on the side lines, yelling "You can do it!" "Good job!"  and "Way to go"!

My goal was to get active myself!  Not just sit on the side cheering, but "get in the game".

I feel now that the mission has been accomplished. I looked at the calendar and saw the entry for April 18th. It said "KIM" : Run for Water in Chicago.

It brought a smile to my face at the realization that "I'M" on the calander. Thats right, ME!  I HAVE AN EVENT TOO! And it will be great when my family will be at the finish line, this time, cheering for ME!

 

Thank you active .com for helping me reach my goal! I am getting off the sideline, and getting in the game!

  GO TEAM WALK IT OFF!

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Well after being gone for a week on Spring Break, we had put our mail delivery on hold. So I went to the post office to receive a huge box of what I presumably thought would be "junk mail". I was so excited to be wrong!!Buried in the 2 foot stack of magazines, papers and letters, were several padded envelopes. One of which was my new Omron Pedometer!!! Hurray!!! It's here!!!' I was so excited!!!!  THANK YOU ACTIVE..COM!!!  I opened it up as fast as I could, read the instructions, inserted the battery, set my weight, calculated my stride, set the time, etc. and IT IS SO AWESOME! I love that is has the extra safety clip, that's a great feature. I've been walking all over with it, and it is so cool to see how many calories I have burned, and how many steps I have taken. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!

But to top it off, ALSO in the mail was the $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of my choice, AND the $100 gift certificate to the sports store!!! Prizes I had won for my blog posts from on of the earlier contests! WHAT A GREAT DAY! Can't wait to go get some real jazzy outfit to wear on 4/18 for the Run for Water in Chicago.  I can't believe its less that two weeks away now!! GO TEAM WALK IT OFF!!

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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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So I am still trying to play around with the whole "adding pictures and video" concept, so bear with my while I am still learning!

 

Yesterday we enjoyed a lovely afternoon with my in-laws, celebrating Easter. Church in the morning, followed by a huge Easter meal of ham and leg of lamb. My mother-in-law is hands down the best cook I know. The meal was complete with sweet potatoes, asparagus , au gratin potatoes, fresh fruit and whole grain rolls. And of course the hard boiled eggs!

Planning ahead, I brought a change of clothes along, and after the meal changed into a pair of sweat pants and sweat shirt. I suggested we all go for an after dinner walk, and everyone agreed! Photos below include my daughter, husband, and both in-laws. It was great to be back out in the fresh air, and a great way to walk off our calories. ( I did still watch what I ate, and made sure to have small portions) I do confess that I did have a couple of malted milk eggs and jelly beans, but not too many!

 

 

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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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NO TRAINING WHEELS!!

Posted by walkinginthelight Mar 27, 2010

Well we arrived safely in North Carolina, and I was so ready for the change. The weather here is AWESOME. Everything is in bloom and it is BEAUTIFUL.

I explained to my cousins that I was in this "who wants to get active" program, and that I needed them to take me to a park today, so that I could get in a 45 minute walk. While I think at first they thought I was nuts, afterall, I am on spring break, and should be in "dont do a thing, just sit around and relax" mode.

But, they were easily persuaded and I was excited that EVERYONE decided to come along! They have this FABULOUS park near their  house, and my cousin Michelle walked with me, while her husband David was with the kids watching  them ride their bikes. Their son decided today was the day he was going to learn to ride with out training wheels, after seeing his cousin Eloise ride her bike without any . After about 20 minutes of trying,  he got the hang of it! HE DID A GREAT JOB!!!  He learned to ride the big boy bike, no training wheels! WHOO HOO!!  It has been a GREAT first day of Break!

Looking forward to the rest of the week, going to new areas and staying active with everybody!

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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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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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