10 things I learned over the past 21-days

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Well, today is my 21st day.  I ended it at boot camp, which is appropriate since it is this boot camp that inspired me to try this in the first place.  Also, today’s class instructor was The Vince, see my post from my second day to learn about The Vince.

It was an exciting challenge; some days were harder than others, but every day was worth it.  Here are some things I learned over the past 21-days –

1.  Your body is an amazing machine; it will keep going if your brain tells it to keep going.  I am now a firm believer that the brain is the most important muscle in your body.  Never say never!

2.  There are an infinite number of ways to do a push up.

3.  There are an equally infinite number of types of squats.  And according to Vince he has several creative ways to do Burpees, I do not ever want to learn all of these.

4.  What you are putting into your body is important,  if you are going to work hard to get fit, you also need to change your diet.

5.  Support from family and friends is important, and any time you can get them involved it is also fun.

6.  Age is just a number.  Our classes at the gym range from folks in their 20s to folks my age and older; and certainly at races I am smoked by several folks in more advanced age groups than mine.

7.  Every time I had a new pain in my body, I found a new way to overcome it.

8.  Stretching is important.

9.  Physical exercise leads to better mental health, or at least takes so much effort that the small stuff seems less important.  In other words “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, sweat OUT the small stuff.

10.  I am important, you are important, we all matter, whether you know it or not someone is looking up to you.  You are inspiring someone and may not even know it.  I have met people over the past three weeks that inspired me to keep going, I will remember and be thankful to those people for the rest of my life.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!  My journey “from here to me” is not over, it is just beginning, this bridge to better habits has been fun and full of learning and today I am going to start to plan my next challenge, 21-days of eating better.

As for tomorrow, I am taking a vacation day!  I am going on my morning run and then I am going to come home, shower, and take a nap.

So today I will not say until tomorrow, I will say Until Next Time…

 

A few of my favorite things

Today I want to share a few of my favorite thing, things that make me feel good because of their humanity, because of their humor, or simply because they make me smile.

First, I live in an animal rescue home, meaning I have a daughter who works in animal rescue so we have a mishmash of animals.  Some rescued from the brink of death, some just so darn cute they were hard to resist.  Because we live the animal rescue life, I have a particular passion for rescue charities. One that is truly grassroots and does work that most will not is Stray Rescue of St. Louis; Randy Grim the founder of this rescue is one of my heroes.  Today I want to share the link for one of his success stories – http://www.strayrescue.org/DaddyLabToday – warning some of these pictures are hard to look at, but are the reality of rescue.

The second thing I want to share, my favorite funny Facebook page.  I am a nerd at heart, like sci-fi, tech stuff, and I am socially awkward.  So my favorite laughs on FB come from this page –Nerdgasm.  Things like this –

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I also like The Onion – but it is a bit more controversial in its humor and everyone may not appreciate it as much as me.

Lastly, things that make me smile.  This is my new addiction, if I am not at work, not working out, not blogging, or doing other fun or necessary things in my life, I am here – http://www.humansofnewyork.com/.  It is absolutely fascinating and I have ordered the book so I can have my obsession with me everywhere.  Below is just one of the pictures from this fantastic site.

Tomorrow will be my 21st day!  I am ending with a 5:30 am boot camp, figured I might as well end on a high note. I hope I have not bored you all too much with my daily blogs, but it has been fun, challenging, but fun to share each day.

Until Tomorrow…

The Amazing Race

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This is not a great picture but it is the only one I have from today’s race.  Today I ran a 1/4 marathon with my daughter, I love when my daughter races with me and it has been a while since we have done one together.

A little about the race course – The finish line was at home plate at our local minor league baseball stadium so the last bit of the race we got to lap the outfield and finish at home plate, that was a lot of fun.  Oh and another great thing about this race because it started and ended at the stadium there were actual bathrooms and not PoP…woot!  The course was almost completely flat, one small hill, and most of it was through our downtown area, lots to look at and talk about.  Not much of a crowd presence on the course, and entertainment and such was limited, which I found I really did not mind.  At one point on the course we were running through a neighborhood and one man was outside with about five kids, they had bubbles and were cheering us on as we went by, that was really cute.

Today was an amazing race!  Not because I PR’d or I won a place for my age, but because my daughter and I ran together and had a lot of fun doing it!  We kept our pace for the first five miles of the race, the last mile and a half of our 1/4 course was also the end of the 1/2 so we slowed down a bit and enjoyed watching some of the fast 1/2 runners whiz by us, we do not often (and by often I mean never) get to run with the fast folks.  We kept a good pace this last stretch just a little slower than the rest of the race.

Because our quarter course was the same as the half course for 6 or so miles we did not have to maintain a fast pace, which made it nice.  Do not get me wrong I like to compete and always strive to push myself each race, but daughter time is important too.

So, today was an amazing race, I felt so great afterwards, all that worry about my back, and thankfully no issues. If I had endless funds I think all of my training runs would be local races of different lengths, I love the inspiration of the elite runners, and the crowds, and the fun of having the other runners around.

Next week we have a 15K in Lexington, that one will have a LOT more hills, but looking forward to running with my daughter again.

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Until Tomorrow…

The End is Near

But really the end is not near.  The end of my challenge is only a few days away, but this is really just the beginning of a new lifestyle for me.  It is exciting to still be on track, to feel better about my commitment, and I will not lie, it feels good to be near the end of nearly 21-days of doing this every day :).

I am running out of things to say, at least until tomorrow when I can share my race recap with you. So I am going to post some motivational things that I have found around the WWW.  You may have seen some of these or you may not have seen them, but please take away their wisdom or humor as a way to brighten your day.

I just discovered this a few days ago.

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That is right I will run right past you with my skirt waving as I go by.  I love my running skirts!

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Yes!

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I love this quote, age is not an excuse, I feel better now than I did 10 years ago.  And the local runners 10-years older than me always leave me in the dust.

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And mine is getting quieter and quieter each day.

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T-Rex!

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Have a great day!

Until Tomorrow…

 

The Homestretch

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17-days down and coming into the homestretch!  I am feeling great and feeling committed to my goals.

Want to save my back for my race on Saturday so today was a little light yoga and some ibuprofen; I am going to go on a short run tomorrow morning make sure my body is ready for Saturday.  I also will not be going back to boot camp until Sunday because of the Saturday race.  I kind of miss it already but was afraid to overdo it so decided to stick to yoga and a short run.

Saturday is just a 1/4 marathon, 6.55 miles, it is downtown so mostly no hills and the weather should be perfect, cool but not too cold.  I am racing with my daughter for the first time since spring so I am pretty excited about that.

Saturday is a crazy day for me.  First the race, and then shopping, and then a local Trunk-or-Treat, and then a birthday party.  I have to say I have a pretty decent life, if I did not I am not sure I would be putting all of this effort into living longer :).  And tonight at dinner the conversation was around the next goal, Clean Eating to build a healthier lifestyle.

Today is a short post, I hope everyone has a great night.

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Until Tomorrow…

Bedtime Story

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There was an ambitious lady who thought it would be a great idea to work hard for 21-days straight so that she could be more fit and more consistent in her workouts and blogging.

She washed her best running tights, laced up her best running shoes, and loaded up her spell check, and off she went on a grand adventure.  Along the way she discovered that she was stronger than she thought she ever could be, and that with hard work and commitment one could do most anything.

While on her adventure she made new friends at boot camp, learned it was easier to run in cool weather than hot weather, that people will be positive and encourage you along the way, and that a lot of things are mind over matter.  You have to train your brain while you are training your body.

The end of her story has not been written yet, she still has a little ways to go, but like in all fairy tales I am sure there will be a happy ending.

To be continued…

So, I am getting this entry up late in the day and I am ready to go to bed, so I thought a little bedtime story would be nice :).   Sleep tight everyone.

Until tomorrow…