Okay so I didn't follow the training schedule as written this week. But I did it with the best intentions. Knowing that Sunday was scheduled as a rest day, I rearranged my workouts so I could fit in a pre-scheduled cross training. My wife is a youth director and needed my help in chaperoning a group trip to the local ice rink for an outing. I thought I could get in a lot of work with some laps on the ice. But I didn't take into account that this area is still feeling the effects of a Winter Olympics hangover...and for good reason. Our local rink has seen a sharp increase in people wanting to learn how to skate and what better place to learn from some of the best, because the rink is the training home to 2 figure skating pairs teams. The teams of Caydee Denney/Jeremy Barrett and Amanda Evora/Mark Ladwig shocked the figure skating world in taking the top 2 spots at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and went on to represent the U.S. at the Vancouver Olympics.
With all of their success, it's great to see such an interest in people looking to get active. There were lots of little kids out their trying their hardest to follow in the footsteps of these Olympians. A lot of little girls crowded around the middle of the ice trying to master the artistic spins. But more often than not, the triple lutz looked more like the triple clutz! And then there were the boys, in their brand new hockey skates. Watching some of them was like watching the misfits in The Mighty Ducks movies.
Because their were so many people on the ice, it was difficult to call my time on the ice a "workout." I thought I could get a really good cardio workout in but the pace of the crowd was very slow. I would venture to say that I could have gone faster sitting in a tube floating down a lazy river! When I did see some open ice I wanted to just break free from the crowd, but I would just end up catching up to the back of the crowd. And worst of all, I now have some small blisters from the skates I wore. Going into this week's runs, I'm really apprehensive as I don't know how these blisters are going to impact my efforts.
This week has been challenging to say the least. I am happy to say I am down to 235! 20 lbs down and 35 to go. My pants are getting baggy. I am liking that. To think, a little over a year ago I had to purchase size 42 jeans. Now my 36's are baggy. Since I started thid challenge. I have been able to tighten my belt 2 more notches. No that my "I love me moment" is done, I am about to call it a night. But I want to share this with everyone,
Everyday is beautiful; some are dreary and others are pretty,
I love them all and you would to if you where me.
To see that wonderful sunrise brings a smile to my heart,
Reminding everyday; it’s a brand new start.
Then to see the marvelous sunset in the west,
It is there reminding us all that we are truly blessed.
To realize that I took so much for granted makes me want to cry,
I am so thankful that I did not die.
So many people do not get the same opportunity,
That is why I need to be the best person that I can be.
It does not matter what it is; everything happens for a reason,
Unexplainable events will happen everyday and there will be a lot more to come.
Some are to never be figured out; just because you can’t does not mean that you are dumb.
Take a second and admire the world around you and be thankful you are still here.
Make it a habit, day after day, year after year
I wrote this after my accident and three week coma. I sometimes lose sight of the little things and forget how fortunate I am just to be where I am. I hope everyone has a good night!
Ok, so I am borrowing this idea from my 5 year old, who is in her first year of girl scouts. I'm sure you have all been hit up at some point in your life to purchase girl scout cookies.How can you say no to the thin mints or the tag-a longs?? Well my daughter Eloise came home from her scout meeting a few weeks ago, all fired up to get out and SELL SELL SELL! You see, the troop had set a goal, that if EACH girl sold at least 120 boxes of cookies, then the whole troop was going to get this big pizza party. Well everyone wanted to sell the 120 boxes, because if the troop didn't get the party and it was because of YOU, everyone would be mad. And no one wanted to be "that kid" that made the troop not get the party.
BUT, in addition to the goal that the troop had, each girl was asked to set her OWN personal goal, and was given a list of "prizes" that they earned, as they reached the next cookie sale level. For example, sell at least 12 boxes, get a patch. Sell 50 boxes, get a bandana. Sell 100 boxes, get this statue of a panda. Sell 125 boxes, get a t-shirt. Sell 150 boxes, get a stuffed panda bear, sell 200 boxes, get a t-shirt for the stuffed panda, that matches the one that you earned! And it went on and on, all the way up to 1000+ boxes, where you could get digital cameras and even an i-pod!. So, the more you sold, the more rewards you got. You had the pressure of meeting your own personal goals, and also the troops. Bottom line= work hard, get rewards!
So, I thought, why not try to incorporate this into the "getting active" program that I am embarking on. Ok, so I don't have a "troop", but I have a "team". Maybe there is something we can do if we all meet our challenges? I realize we all live in different states, so maybe we need to get creative here. Maybe everyone email me a picture of themselves at the finish line of their race, and I photoshop them , and put all of us together in one " Team photo" that everyone can get framed?? Ok, open to suggestions here.....
Alright, but what about my personal goals and rewards. The idea is to make sure the goal is achievable, and the reward appropriate. (no, I don't want a pizza party, a patch or even a stuffed animal!)
Here is what I came up with, breaking the 8 week training program into four 2-week segments.
Finish the first two weeks, never skipping a training day, never forgetting to fill out the log, never forgetting to blog, encourage my team mates, and lose at least 1-2 pounds. Reward= go get a pedicure! (cause my feet gotta be getting sore, right?)
Finish the second two weeks, (same requirements about not missing a day, etc), lose at least an additional 2 pounds. Reward= Get a massage! ( by now, my whole body would enjoy this, not just the feet!)
Finish the third two weeks, (same requirements as above), lose at least another 2 pounds. Reward = I'm thinking a new pair of jeans! You never know, I might be down by 10 pounds by now, and getting a pair of jeans in a smaller size would be AWESOME!
Finish the final two weeks of the 8 week program- are you kidding me? The reward is that I am going to cross that finish line, with a big smile on my face. AND I think we get a T-SHIRT along with our entry!
And to top it all off, when I reach my final goal for my weight loss, I'm going to buy myself a BATHING SUIT!!!!!!! Can you believe it!!
So, I challenge you all to join me, keep pushing yourself, set goals, and reward yourself for meeting and exceeding them. YOU CAN DO IT!!
p.s. in case you were wondering, my daughter was tied with the troop leaders daughter as the TOP SELLER for cookies, the troop exceeded their goal, and they get the pizza party! Lots of happy 5 years olds!
Wow, this week flew by! But, I have been feeling great and keeping on track. Little by little, I know I'll get there! I'm down 8 pounds (wish it was more), but I'll take it! I just keep telling myself Baby Steps. This time NO going back. It always amazes me how great it feels when we exercise, and yet so hard to get out and do it at times! It just feels good and keeps me all 'balanced'. So, between two softball teams, being the coach, Dance, Piano, school activities, church activities, preschool, and just being a mom and wife I think keeping it all together fits my blog post today!
I do find at times that I need a little extra motivation for ME. I have to remember to keep 'me' at the top of the to-do list. Like the saying goes..'when momma's happy, everyone's happy!' And who doesn't love a Happy Family!! So, keep on pushing through those tough days. I am so glad for this opportunity, it has been good for me!
I chose this blog title because one of my goals for pursuing running is to be a great example to my children. They are not as active as I was a child, playing outdoors, riding bikes and such. Now they'd sit on a computer all day if they had the chance. Since I've started training, my youngest has caught on to the idea and wants to run with me!! I'm so thrilled that he is seeing how important it is to me and that he is taking initiative to be more active as well! His personal goal is to speed walk on our treadmill for 20 min every day! I also visited a new 24 Hour Fitness that just opened in Issaquah, WA. I found out that he can get gynm membership when he turns 12. I don't think he ever thought about going to the gym. That was always something that mommy did. He was so excited at that idea!
As far as training this week, I've worked quite a few graveyard shifts and have been utterly exhausted. I ran on Monday, and then again today (Thursday). I'm going to try a new strategy and workout when I get home at 8am. I'm hoping that will give me more energy to stay awake for a bit longer so I can get through the homeschooling lessons with my son. I'll let you know how that goes. I've had to be very creative with my time to manage this crazy schedule, but it's all so important to me. In the past, exercise would've been the first to go. But now it's a priority in my week! Running is my way of loving myself! (Even though the motivation can be hard some days!!)
Hey guys...tough week here in San Diego. This past weekend a local 17 year old girl went on a trail run in broad daylight and was raped and killed by a registered sex offender a half mile from her car. Kind of tough to get out and run by yourself with that fresh in your mind. I just want to take this opportunity to remind all of you to please be safe. Walk/run with a friend if you can, take your cell phone with you, let folks know where you're going and when you expect to be back. I run/walk with my keys in my hand to use as a weapon if I need to. Keep aware of your surroundings if you're like me and run with an iPod on. Don't have it so loud where you block out who and what is around you. Okay, enough of me being your mom. Let's be safe out there.
Whew. Shake it off.
So, with that in my mind, I still have gotten out and done my workouts but have also supplemented with workout DVDs. Did a little Tae bo (oh! old school!), a little "The Firm". Good stuff and keeps working out fun. Something different all the time....perhaps I have exercise ADD? I used to paddle with an outrigger canoe team but took the last year off to deal with stuff and am now wanting to get back to it. Every chance I get, it rains. Shouldn't be a big deal but the water from where we put our boats in the water gets really polluted from the storm drains every time it rains and it's not something you want to fool with if you can help it. So, fingers crossed for no rain, I'm hoping to get out with my old team on Saturday and paddle. I'll let you know how it goes. When I was paddling with them, my husband and I ended the season with a trip to Hawaii and paddled an 18 mile race. That 's what I think about when exercise gets tough, boring, etc. "You paddled 18 miles before, you can get through this."
My diet this week has been much improved. I've totally skipped my 2:30 candy break. I've brought oranges to eat instead, I've eaten my lunch later to put off that 2:30 hunger. It's worked. My other Danger Zone (no TopGun music please) is evenings. I tend to graze at night so I've tried to be more concious of that and have a Skinny Cow ice cream after dinner and leave it at that.
Sorry for the ramblings guys...I'll be in a much sunnier place next week, promise!
I hope everyone is doing well and keeping up their hard work. I just wanted to say how grateful I am for a rest day. I am exhausted, but am very grateful for the results I have been seeing. I ran/walked last night and made a healthy vegan dinner for myself and my newly vegetarian friend( he started before I did so I have to give him props). Tomorrow I am going on a 5 mile hike after work at the park by my house. It should be fun and I dont think the trail will be difficult. I'm looking foreward to being outside. I am NOT a snow bunny.
I am need of some groovy new tunes. I am looking for stuff that is upbeat, fast temp-ode and or has a great beat. If anyone would mind sharing their ideas it would be deeply appreciated. But for now I am going to push my boys in the double stroller down to the park. Now that's a fun workout!! I hope everyone is "kickin like a chickin" today. The weahter is awesome hear in Houston today by the way!
This has not been a good week so far. I have a crazy sinus infection that has laid me on the couch and caused lots of problems. Who knew you could get light headed and dizzy from blowing your nose. Yeap, it is true, This is when being a stay at home mom is terrible. I'm sick and my little guy wants to play. I try, but can only do so much!! Needless to say, I haven't been to the gym or worked out since Saturday. Saturday, I walked for hours with friends shopping. When your shopping you don't realize how much you walk. I'll stop complaining. I'm headed to the doctor today and hopefully in 24 hours; I'll be back to my energetic self.
Taco Soup Recipe: (I had a request)
1 pound ground hamburger meat
1/2 onion chopped small
1 can corn (drained)
1 can Hominy (drained)
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 package taco seasoning
1 package ranch mix
3-4 cans of water
Brown meat with the onion and fat drained off. Add the following ingredients and bring to a bowl. Serve and enjoy!!! Very hearty and yummy!!
So last night I sat down on my bed and glared at my treadmill for a full five minutes. I knew I needed to workout, but I wanted to go out drinking with my friends, or do my laundry, or read book, or really anything else. So I was mad at the treadmill who is only trying to serve its purpose and help me. I did get on it and use it and felt good about myself after. For me personally the hardest part of working out is putting on my work out clothes and stepping outside or onto the treadmill. I have never gotten on a treadmill and not used it. Remember GI Joe's saying "knowing is half the battle" I feel like for me getting dressed is half the battle. If I can just mentally get myself in the game I will work out.
Just a note the vegan thing is going great. I cheated Monday at lunch and had wild caught alaskan salmon added to my salad I don't feel bad about that at all.
Today was glorious! It was a balmy 36 degrees here in Chicago, the sun was shining, and I decided I was not going to work out in my dark dreary basement today. I said "hasta la vista" to my treadmill and the same four walls I had been staring at for the last few weeks, and headed to the great out doors. Most of the sidewalks and bike paths in my neighborhood have not been shoveled yet, but at least the street were plowed, for the most part. I sure wish I had seen Coach Jenny's video about dressing approriately for cold weather l BEFORE I headed out. I was WAY OVERDRESSED! I had on a t-shirt, a thick hooded sweatshirt, my heavy winter ski coat, complete with winter hat and gloves. I was SO HOT after about 5 minutes, and had no where to toss the extra layers, so I just unzipped my jacket a little bit, and then stuffed my gloves in my pocket.
I brought a timer with me, so I could keep track of my training time. I decided I would try to incorporate a little bit of jogging to the training. The program I tried was a 30 minute segment, which consisted of a 7 minute jog, a 3 minute walk, another 7 minute jog, and a 3 minute walk, and a final 7 minute jog and 3 minute walk. I was so excited that I was able to complete the program! So all together, its like I jogged for 21 minutes!!
After I got home, I took the car out, and re-traced my path to figure out my distance. It was 2.3 miles! I logged into the active.com site to use the tools to calculate my pace. It said it was a 13 minute mile! I was so excited! Yes, I realize this is a pretty slow pace, but for me personally, it is an accomplishment. Just a few weeks ago, I was a coach pototato. Today I was actually jogging! I felt so good afterwards. I was really proud of myself. And I am looking forward to tomorrow. I hope the sun will be shining again, hoping to be outside again. What a difference it makes to be outside ! The fresh air, the slight chill. Something about it just improved my whole mood. I just felt healthier!
So, here we are in week two ALREADY!!! I seriously can't believe it. My week one started out on an ok note...I was extremely disappointed to find that my endurance isn't even close to what I thought it was. I could only run for 1 minute at a time with walking time in between!! AHHH! How am I ever supposed to run a 6K in 8 weeks if I can't even run 1K? Then my daughter started running a fever...no biggie I told myself- that is until the next day when it still hadn't gone down (thankfully it was a low grade fever) so off to the pediatrician we go to find out she has Rotavirus. WHAT? My child has not been sick in all her 18 months with the exception of allergies! So there went another 3 days. I was able to sneak in some workouts and was pleased when come Saturday I was able to run for 2 minutes at a time before I had to start walking. So, there was some improvement in that department. NOW- the eating did not go so well last week. I've been using the fitday tool and it's been fantastic when I remember to put everything in it. I've been noticing that some days I'm eating more calories than I need to even maintain my weight, but some days I can't even fathom eating all the calories I need to eat to get to my goal weight! Can this be true? I would love some advice from anyone out there on the types of foods I should be eating! Thanks in advance!
So, goals for week two are to really watch what I eat, drink more water and up my minutes of running at one time! I'm proud to day that I was able to run 5 minutes at a time and I didn't feel like I was about to die last night! Tonight, for cross training, it was the stationary bike...I'm not really sure how I feel about it so far. I guess I'll be able to tell more in the morning. So, week two is off to a pretty good start....now if I can only get the weather to cooperate. I live on the coast of Alabama, it really is not supposed to be this cold in March. We should not be having snow threats!!! Doesn't Mother Nature realize this??? I hope everyone has a fabulous week!
I got on the scale this morning, and was so excited! From last week to this week, I was down 15 pounds! "Are you kidding me?" I thought, as I looked at the scale in utter amazement!. I stepped off, and stepped back on. Now I was down 30 pounds!! What the heck?? Then the realization set in.... Yes, it was kidding me. It didn't take long to figure out that the battery needed to be replaced in my scale. What a bummer! After swapping out a new 9 volt for the old one, I stepped on the scale one final time. The accurate weight loss from last week to this week was a mere one lonely pound. ONE! Thats it?? That stupid scale. Way to build up my hopes then just tear them to pieces! I wanted to throw that darn thing right out the window!
Not to be too discouraged, I remembered that "muscle weighs more than fat", so maybe I had built up a lot of muscle, and thats why it only showed a one pound loss. At least that the story I'm sticking with.
So I decided that every Monday is going to be the day that I check my weight. I want to see if I am losing weight or if I am gaining weight. This week I weighed in and realized I lost one pound. I was super happy with my results.I want to lose one to two pounds a week. I am going to check my inches lost in about three weeks (about half way). I decided this past Friday to work out and work hard on my legs. I manage to get my legs so sore that I was not able to walk on Saturday and Sunday. I then got food poisioning on Saturday night/all day Sunday. I am going to be subbing in the days this week to get back on track with my schedule. As far as my knee goes, I still feel pain. I am going in to the doctors next Monday. I am excited to see what they say. I am going to see if I can get an X-Ray on my knee just to make sure 100 percent that it is okay.
I think for me, if I want to lose weight I need to start writing down exactly what I am putting in my mouth. Starting today, Tuesday March 2nd I am writing down exactly what I am eating. I do actually eat really healthy BUT I love to eat a lot. I think this will help me to eat less and maybe drink more water too. I know I need to drink at least a gallon of water a day. I think I drink about one liter to maybe two liters of water a day. The days I go to the gym I can easily get two liters and the days I do not go to the gym I can easily get no water in.
Have a gym buddy SERIOUSLY. I have a good guy friend that has been training me. He seriously is my motivation to help me work out in the morning and get me sore. I have never been sore like I am when I work out with my friend. Group X classes at the gym are great too. I think everyone should take advantage of those cause our bodies get use to the cardio machines. We need changes... Our bodies want to stay the same so we have to take a lil challenge.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP. I am planning on looking online for stretches I can do for my knee. I messed up my back badly on Friday too cause I did not do my squats correctly. I think the correct forrm is important here too. Any advice or help is always welcomed. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you all soooo much!!!!!
We are going to spice up the Who Wants to Get Active? program with a blogging contest. Starting today we will be monitoring the blogs for volume, inspiration and creativity. The contest runs through Sunday March 14 and awards will be handed out for:
Most inspirational post from March 2 to March 14
Most comments on other participants' posts from March 2 to March 14
Funniest post from March 2 to March 14
Post from March 2 to March 14 with the most views. For this one we encourage you to promote your post--share it with family and friends, post it on your facebook page, etc.
And in the team category:
Most posts from a single team from March 2 to March 14
We will have some great prizes including pedometers, $100 gift certificates to a sporting goods store and more!
Way to go in your training so far and keep up the great work!
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