It's time for another blogging contest! This time I am adding a few new categories and I am excited to see how creative everyone gets. The contest starts today and runs through Sunday April 11. Awards will be handed out for the following:
Best true story posted about motivating another person to get Active. For example: "I motivated my lazy dad/cousin/friend to go running with me when he/she was visiting. They only made it around the neighborhood once but it's the first time in 15 years they have put on running shoes..."
Best training photo of yourself--have fun with this!
Most inspirational comment on another person's post
Most creative post--think video, photos, creative writing, etc.
Here is a post from last year to help get your creative juices flowing:)
Greetings Who Wants to Get Active Teams! I'm loving the energy and enthusiam in your words as well as the life changing that is going on. You're all making me a very proud coach:) It's funny how when you first start to get active and change your diet, it seems almost impossible but slowly, over time these changes become everyday, and the next level of changes become a little easier. Just like Rome wasn't built in a day, losing weight takes time and you're all doing a fantastic job of being patient and making the choices that count the most toward building a new life. Remember the key to preventing injuries is to take things in moderation and progress gradually. This can be tricky this time of year once the weather breaks. If you've been hibernating like I have on the treadmill, it is vital to ease into running and walking outdoors. Treadmills are a great way to be active, however they are vaastly different than moving outdoors due to the wind resistance, harder surface, camber arch) in the roads, and the fact that you're not keeping up with the tread, but rather propeling yourself forward. So this is a gentle reminder to transition one workout per week outside and ignore the pace for the next two weeks. Instead go by your effort level and make sure you're running and walking at a conversational pace (one where you can still talk)! If you've been outside all season, have at it!
An effective way to assure your next training session will be stellar is to invest in a solid recovery strategy after every workout. That is, eat a balanced snack or meal made of lean protein and complex carbohydrates within 30 minutes to replenish energy stores and repair muscle damage. Also, incorporate stretching and foam rolling post workout to maintain functional range of motion and hydrate regulary (not crazy) throughout the day. A few more variables to consider including in your recovery strategy is getting plenty of good-quality sleep hours (at least 7 every night) and lowering your stress level with a little down time with you and your family and friends. The quality of your next training session relies heavily on how well you recover today. Invest in it and you'll be a happy, more refreshed, much stronger camper...
As I was getting out of bed I felt pain shooting from my lower back down my hip. My first thoughts were "Awe, not again". That is part of the reason I am losing weight. I do not want to have back surgery and I want to be able to do more with my family. My youngest son, Jack, woke up so I got him a bottle made. I gave it to him and started doing some core exercises on the floor next to him. Then I heard my two year old hollering for "Pappa" to come. I went and got him and we ate breakfast. I looked out side and saw the beautiful sunrise. Beautiful day! Now as I write the boys are playing here next to me and my pain has subsided. Funny, how the power of laughter, joy and a child's radiant smile can ease pain and heal.
I walked 8.7 miles saturday. It felt good but I have decided this next half marathon might be my last one. I can still stay healthy and get plenty of exercise and satisfaction doing something other than walking and running half marathons. Besides, who am I kidding, I am not even built for running! Before my accident happened I was a fairly big muscular guy who was big and strong from working. Not working out in the gym. But, I have been enjoying myself none the less. Gotta go for now, duty calls!! Keep on keeping on!
FINALLY!!! I have finally found the time to sit down at the computer and blog...I think my last post was 3 weeks ago! So much has been going on! Daughter with Rotavirus, Niece and Nephew (both 5 months old) with RSV and one hospitalized, horrible rainy weather and sinus problems have had me tied down to the house. And unfortunately I HATE the thought of having to exercise on the treadmill. So, my workouts have not exactly been on the training schedule, as I'm trying to fit them in when the weather is cooperating! From the looks of the weather channel, it looks as though Spring has finally decided to settle in in Coastal Alabama. WHEW, finally! It will be great to get back on schedule. I have, however, managed to fit in a 5K over these past three weeks along with my regular training. It felt really good to get out and be part of a race and even better that my mom and daughter+stroller were a part of it with me! We had a fabulous time, and the weather held out which made it even more enjoyable.
Today has been a great rest day and I have a feeling that it's going to be the start of a fabulous week! We took the first boat excursion of the season! There is nothing better than to be out on the water on a sunny spring or summer day- it gave me some time to think about my goals for the week. They are to:
1. Try to get more sleep- my daughter is an early riser along with my husband- as his marina opens at 6 AM.
2. Lose 2 pounds this week.
3. NOT change up the training schedule!
4. Blog whenever I have the free time! I need to make up for lost time!
5. Really try hard to stick to my planned menu for the week! I'm sure if I can accomplish this the pounds will start coming off and it will start showing up on the scale as well as the inches!
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!
Well, I've been trying to think of something interesting to write all week. I can't come up with anything. The weather has been so nice, I can't help but want to be outside. I've been running after my hubby comes home from work. It has been such a nice treat. I've only been to the Gym one time this week and the rest of the week I worked out in the beautiful cool breeze. This week I have been eating really healthy, lots of fruits and veggies. I can totally tell that my body is loving the food. Last night my run was the fastest ever and I wasn't trying to speed up my time. It was great to run all 3 miles in under 12:00 minutes each. That is fast for me. Also, good news. Down 1.5 pounds this week!!! 5 more pounds to go to reach my goal weight.
I've been forced to change up my routine this week. I've been running the same route around my apartment complex since the start of this program. It's made it easy as it was a great way to gauge my progress. The loop around the complex was exactly 1/2 mile. It was close to home and I could easily keep track of my pace. But, for the past two weeks, the roads have been getting repaved. So I've been venturing out and exploring new routes. Depending on the time length of the run, I've been running in one direction for the first half and turning around at the midpoint to try and get back in the same amount of time. I've had no idea how far I actually ran until afterwards. I've seen success in meeting the challenge of maintaining the same pace for the second half of the run. Unfortunately, the pace has been slower because I've been apprehensive about going out to far in fear that I won't make it back in time. I've gone from about 8: 35 per mile to 10:00 per mile!
As far as the cross training goes, I'll be getting more than my fair share in the near future. I'm going to be working for the Pittsburgh Pirates new minor league team as their mascot. It's been awhile since I've put a costume on, so I'm looking forward to getting back out there. The sweating should help with my weight loss. I've just got to be careful to keep the diet going and not fall back on ball park fare.
This has not been a good week. The weather has turned cold and windy, and to top it off, my 5 year old has been sick and had to stay home from school Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We are leaving for Spring Break tomorrow, so just lots to get done, no time to do it when caring for a sick child. I found myself again, back on the treadmill (instead of outside)working out in the evening when everyone is settled in for the night ( when I am exhausted). All I really want to do is just go to bed myself. I just am so unmotivated to do anything after 9 o'clock at night. The last three days have been challenging to say the least. I found myself three nights in a row debating from the main floor, do I go UPSTAIRS and just go to bed, or do I go DOWNSTAIRS and get on the treadmill. Decisions decisions. I did choose to head downstairs all three nights, and can still say that I have never missed a training day. I guess that's a good sign, that I felt that "tug" to just go exercise and get it over with. I feel a certain level of commitment since I am on a "team". The "old" me would have just said "oh well, I can always work out tomorrow".
My daughter Eloise has passed her cold on to me, so I was glad today was a rest day. I am feeling miserable. With laundry and packing, it hasn't been restful. Tomorrow we leave for North Carolina, where we will be until Easter. I'm praying for good weather, and have packed my daughters bike, so she can ride along side of while I'm training. Hoping to find some wonderful trails and much better weather. I still wonder why I live in Chicago.
I did not pack my scale, so it will be interesting when I get home to see if I have lost any more weight. It is always tough on vacation, especially when you are going out to eat. I just have to remain focused, and remember my goals. I WILL FINISH THE RACE!
Hey guys, Ok I know it's been more than a week sorry about that. I've been busy, but in a really great happy way. I love Spring. LOVE IT!!! I have almost debilitating seasonal depression and it is FINALLY starting to lift. I had extreme depression through my entire pregnancy, so it has been exactly 12 months since the last time I have been happy. Honestly, the last year was hell I was suicidal through most of it and obviously gained a billion pounds. Finally finally I am starting to feel good. Training: Last week was ok. I got in the required number of minutes, but I felt like I wasn't pushing myself that hard. This week I have really been pushing and I feel good, but sore. I discovered this cool program on the treadmill in the gym in my neighborhood. It is called "random" and if you pick it will increase and decrease your speed and inclines very randomly. I like it because it reminded me of hiking and it kept my interest. I am trying to do an hour of cardio when I workout, but I am starting to get bored on the treadmill at my house. Now that it is finally nice out I will try to do more outdoors. Weight: I haven't lost any more and I'm not sure why. I am working out and eating very well. Maybe I am not getting enough calories... I'm not sure I usually get 1200 to 1400 a day. I always eat breakfast, I eat when I'm hungry, and I eat small meals through out the day. Diet: I am a rock star in the kitchen so lots of good nutritious food there.* Vendors please stop bringing donuts and breakfast sandwiches to my job every day. So far, I haven't had any of it, but there is only so much I can mentally handle. I made this awesome sweet potatoe curry for dinner last night. Here is the recipe from the International Vegan Unit Sweet Potato Curry From: Jen, Sunshine Coast, Australia * 1 large sweet potato (or 2 smaller ones), peeled and cubed * 1 medium onion, diced * 1 425g coconut milk or cream * 1 tbl red curry paste * 1 tbl soy sauce * 1 clove garlic * oil Heat oil in frying pan and cook garlic and onions until onions are soft. Add curry paste, stir and cook for 2 or 3 minutes until fragrant. Add sweet potato and stir through until it's coated in curry paste, cook for 4 or 5 minutes. Pour in coconut milk and soy sauce. Stir and simmer gently until sweet potoato is tender. Serve with rice of your choice.
Last week, I was so depressed with my weight gain. I wanted to go on diet pills because I was working out a lot. This past week I did something different. I finally found the key to weight loss. It does not include pills, dieting, or exercising. (Dieting and exercise are still very important) but it is all about SLEEP. Seriously, I know some of you think I am crazy but it is true. You still need to sleep, exercise, and diet BUT sleeping is something I did not think about. Michelle gave me a great article last week about sleeping. I am trying to aim for at least 8 hours a sleep a night. I was gaining week last week cause I was only sleeping about 4-6 hours a night. As a full time college student and working full time it is the only time I have to work out is 5am. I decided this week to rest more. It made a HUGE difference. Ohhh and this week when I weighed myself, I lost 1.2 pounds. Yayayayya.
This past week I decided to take my workouts outside. Can I please say something the treadmill is NOTHING compared to running outside. I was breathing so heavy outside and I started to get a cramp on my side. I could NOT handle it at all! I did eventually take my butt back to the gym BUT I went back today to run outside. I had support from my friend (thank goodness). Running outside (we actually decided to run up hill); it was not so steep but really got me good. My advice is to take the workout outside. I am going to try to start working out more outside cause it is way harder and I know I am burning more fat. I only ran for twenty minutes (with a break at the top of the hill) and I was dying. I was breathing so heavy. Is there anything to do about breathing heavy? Do you think if I lose weight it will help me or just working out and trying to get in shape is good? I am not too sure. Thanks everyone for your help!!!!
I am past the point of the where I was at last week. Whew! I still have not lost any more weight but I have had some wonderful food for thought and motivation given to me. I forget to relax and enjoy the ride. Instead I want to focus on the rear view mirror. I have been having some great workouts! I have been having fun too! Sometimes, being my own worst critic, I set my goals high and if I don't attain them then I am let down instead of seeing what I did accomplish. I may have not lost 55 lbs at one time but I have lost almost 55 over the last year and maintained. I just have to keep on keeping on.
Greetings Who Wants to Get Active Teams! Happy Spring! The greatest gift of getting active is the scenery along the way. By week five (this week), you should be able to review your log and see the difference from where you started. You may be able to go farther or faster and for sure it is easier. You may notice your energy level is improved or that you're sleeping better. Many of you have lost a significant amount of weight. Losing weight is an easy way to improve your speed! The scenery, or the signs along the road are great motivational tools to keep the momentum flowing and stoke the fire of your new active life. Here are a few other motivational strategies to keep moving...
Mix and match - now that you're on a roll, try a new activity. Take a yoga class, use the Wii EA Sports Activewith the kids or hike a new trail over the weekend. Being active means you can explore the world more actively and see it live versus behind a window. Get out there and explore your options with your own two feet!
Stay in tune with your teammates and connect with others who have successfully changed their lives. Studies have shown that you are who you hang with and being around other like-minded individuals can inspire you to live a healthy, active life. Think of it as relocating. If you moved to another city, you would have to make the transition into a new culture and learn where the store is, how to get around and meet new people. You are relocating your life from being inactive to an active, vital city. Life change is all about changing the scenery around you so you can have an easier time at living an active, healthy life.
Draw a line on the road 1.5-2 miles from your house. As you train, you'll get closer and closer to reaching that line and once you do celebrate your success. Reaching mini goals along the way keeps the motivation flying high and your mind actively focused on the next step.
Watch a motivating movie! When my motivation is running low, I dust off my favorites (Rudy, Breaking Away, Spirit of the Marathon) and find myself refueled with fire by the end. I know I'm dating myself with my first two choices, but if it still works, why fix it!
Commit to a weekly session with a buddy, neighbor, or spouse and take in a few miles while multitasking and getting in some social time. Studies have shown walkers and runners go farther and sometimes faster when in a group, versus on their own.
Go easy on yourself. Motivation ebbs and flows and it is wise to be your own best friend. If you have a low motivation day, give yourself a day off. Once you gain the momentum after 3-5 weeks, it gets easier to keep it flowing and you can afford to take a day to refuel your spirit. If it lasts longer than a few days, watch that movie and re-connect with why you are doing this. Think about how good you feel when you are active and eating well - and then strap on your shoes and commit to a short 10-15 minute walk or run. A short workout will boost your self confidence and keep the fire burning.
Give yourself a big pat on the back this week for your efforts and set your sights on the next month. It's only going to get better...
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"
This past week started out great with the opportunity to meet Michelle Valenti down at the Bay this past Sunday. We went for a nice long walk and did a little interspersed jogging on the way back. It was a nice change to walk with someone else. Jogging was another story. I jog pretty slow on my own, but it's still faster than my walk pace. I really felt I needed to pick up my pace to accomodate someone 20 years younger than me but I couldn't sustain it for nearly as long. Still a really gorgeous day and nice to finally meet Michelle. We did have a nice lady take a picture of us that I planned to post but when I got home I saw that my camera was on "video" mode. So, if you'd like me to post a 10 second video of Michelle and I posing, I'll be happy to.
Got my non-dorky fanny pack in the mail so I can carry my phone with me, in addition to my housekey and iPod. I finally felt secure enough to get off the treadmill and get back outside for my workouts, which was great. The weather has been beautiful and I'm so happy for the time change because there's still a couple of hours of daylight left when I leave work. Now I have the option to get my walk/run in before or after work.
Took a self-defense class on Saturday (once again, thank you to Michelle!). It was wonderful, we learned some great defensive techniques and got all the good reminders about being aware of your surroundings, etc. A really great class and I'm so happy to have had the opportunity. Got up today and went for a 2.5 mile workout this morning. I jogged my normal snails pace, a mile out and then jog/walked on the way back (uphill).
I'm VERY motivated this week to push that little bit extra as my husband and I are going to Hawaii on Sunday. I'm originally from there and it's always nice to go "home" even though I'm in California now. I'm bringing my running shoes and we plan on jogging in the mornings and I promised to take him on a hike up Diamond Head which he has never done before. This time, I promise to take usable, postable pix to share of our workouts in Hawaii. Hope to even get in a little outrigger paddling!
In 5 minutes, it will officially be Spring!!! Bring it on baby!!
I'm blogging from work since I have some down time and want to take advantage of it. It's 11:55pm on Friday and the forcast for tomorrow is warm (65-70 degrees), clear skies and beautiful. When the sunshines in the Seattle area, you can't help but be outside enjoying it to the fullest! After taking a quick nap in the morning, I'm going to gather my family and dogs to head out to Marymoor park. The park in Redmond has 40 acres of off-leash dog park along the Sammamish River and Lake that it drains into. There's a bird sanctuary also to enjoy. It's a great place to go running or go for a stroll with your "best friend". I love going there and plan on taking advantage of the great weather to exercise and celebrate the first day of spring!
It has been a great week for me. Though I've gained back some weight, I know I will loose it. And with the arrival of spring and warmer weather, I want to look great wearing less layers!! My challenge is eating when there is little in the way of a routine for me due to my work hours. I'm a home health nurse. Since it's at night, and I have down time frequently, I've lately chosen foods that are carb heavy (in addition to Starbucks Doubleshots to keep me awake). I find that I crave carbs more when I'm tired, and since my schedule isn't going to change much, I need a plan. I bring carrots and other veggies to snack on but just can't bring myself to eat them at work. Tonight I have a footlong subway with Turkey and Ham. I've eaten half of it and am saving the rest for later. Now that I think of it, I probably need to eat more protein to sustain me during the night. Lowfat protein choices, anyone? One's that are quick to prepare?