So many races, so little money

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I had so many friends racing this weekend, several of them running their first marathon.  It was awesome to watch the results come in and see their pictures!  It was so exciting I have signed up for three races that will take place over the next two months, this does not include the two I am already registered in 2014.

My husband and I were invited to a wedding this past weekend that was several hours away, because we are planning and paying for our own daughters wedding, and because of my husbands recent health issues we decided to forgo the cost of attending the wedding and just send a gift.  Three race fees later, I am thinking it would have been cheaper to go to the wedding.

It is no wonder so much of our country struggles with weight and health issues, the cost of healthy is expensive.  I pay for boot camp, I pay for race fees, I have running “gear” including shoes, and I like to buy fresh and organic.  I told myself when I quite smoking I would save money, not so much, not only is this lifestyle just as expensive, but now I am going to live longer and need to have more money :).

OK, those are all of my random thoughts for the day.  I am better than halfway through my workout and blogging challenge and still going strong.  Today was a short run, boot camp tomorrow, and so on for the rest of the week.  Next weekend I am doing a 1/4 Marathon, the following weekend a 15K, all leading up to another half in December.  Hope no one wants any fancy Christmas presents this year.

Until tomorrow…

 

 

T.G.I.F.

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That is right, it has been 11-days straight I am not beyond using an old school acronym and a cute kitten to fill my blog.  But, I still held up my end of this deal; I am here to share my words with you and I got down with the Beginners’ Yoga video today.

Beginners’ yoga by the way, is not necessarily easy, but it did feel good and it met my exercise requirement for the day.  I may even do it on days with other exercises, I know, crazy right!?

Tomorrow morning boot camp.  For tonight a continuation of Scary movie every weekend in October with Cujo!

Stay with me, I may not have anything exciting today, but you never know what life will bring.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

Until Tomorrow…

Thanks! I needed that.

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Boot camp was awesome this morning!  Our instructor had some tough workouts planned and he definitely kept the class going, and kept us challenged.

What was so awesome about it is that I could feel the difference in myself and what I was able to do and what I was able to push myself to do, it is honestly my first experience with that in boot camp.  The way it generally works is that the class is given a series of moves/segments to do, it could be upper body, cardio, power cardio, lower body, etc.  The class is 60-minutes and it is an hour of working hard.  My first few classes I would do all of the required moves but maybe not for the whole count, or I would modify something I thought I could not do, push ups for example or even jumping jacks, or God forbid Burpees!

Today I made myself do several of these moves longer and harder than before.  I did not stop myself when I felt like I was too challenged or it would be too hard.  At the end it was an amazing feeling!  I still have a long way to go, but knowing that I am actually progressing was a great feeling, makes me want more :).

Tomorrow is an easy day, some beginner yoga at home (secretly hoping beginner yoga means lying on the floor and stretching).

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Until tomorrow…

One week down, two to go

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– This man, Melamed Maickel, finished the Chicago Marathon yesterday.  What makes that so remarkable?   He is battling Muscular Dystrophy; it took him about 16-hours, but he finished.  I would like to state that any excuse I have or thought I might have, is now invalid.

I am on Day-7, or a third of the way to my goal!  This morning when my alarm went off at 5am, I did not hesitate to get out of bed, I won’t say I jumped out singing a tune, but I did get right up and start getting ready for 5:30 boot camp.

The next two days will be a bit of a challenge; I have to travel for work and I have been trying to work out in my head how I get my blog and my workout in over the next couple of days.  Tomorrow I have two options – 1.  Get up extra early, hit the gym at 5am for a quick 30-minute run, come home shower, and hit the road (have to leave by 6:15).  This option allows me to have a cocktail with dinner :). or 2.  Sleep in a little later, hit the road at 6:15, work all day when I get to my destination, have dinner without a cocktail, and do a 30-minute run at the hotel fitness center…decision, decisions.  I will likely go with the former.

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Have a great evening everyone!

Until tomorrow…

The Laundry Still Needs to Get Done

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Day-6, the day reality set in on my adventurous quest to a better me.  I love the idea of getting in shape, the idea of being more committed, I really wish I could do it outside the confines of real life.  I did not think much about the everyday things like doing the dishes, sweeping the floors, and scooping the cat litter, but today was the day I had to really think about chores.  Yesterday was all about me in the morning and errands and grocery shopping in the afternoon, but today, housecleaning!

Got my 7-mile run in this morning, came home and my wonderful husband had made a delicious breakfast for me, I enjoyed that with a cup of coffee.  Started thinking, “What’s next?”, then…oh yeah, that would be laundry, cleaning the bathroom, more laundry, cleaning the floors, and so on and so on.

I know, I am just whining, this is stuff we all do, and those with greater commitment and energy than me do all of this and raise kids, and probably clean their house EVERY day.

Back to my run since that was the highlight of my day.  After five straight days of boot camp, running, and yoga, I was pretty happy with 7-miles today.  Certainly not my longest run but it is what was required for my 15K training; and it was a good run.  My pace was on point and I felt good after the run.  If I could have changed one thing, It would have been less humid, middle of October I should not be sweating before I start.

Day-7 more boot camp and hopefully a more exciting, or at least interesting post.

Until tomorrow…

 

I Can’t do That

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Day-5 of my quest and my 4th visit to my fitness boot camp.  The Vince was not the instructor today but Trenton was definitely as effective!  Today our BC was 60-minutes, 47 different moves of 60-seconds each.  The warm up moves, relatively easy, everything after that, all I could think was, “I can’t do that”.  But Trenton assured me that I could and in most cases I was able to do it for at least 10-seconds or so.

I think that is what I really love about the boot camp experience, it is like a personal trainer but less expensive; and with other people around you work harder so you do not look like a schlep.  When at the end of the hour my legs are so shaky that I have to wait so I can drive safely, that is a good workout!

I do not work for this boot camp and they are not paying me but I have to give a shout out to Body Evolution in Louisville, KY for being awesome.  The owner Walt is a nice guy and he must treat his staff well as they are equally kind and very good at their job.  Infomercial over.

As Day-5 is winding down, I am a little sore but satisfied with my progress so far and looking forward to my run tomorrow; 7-miles to prep for my 15K in a few weeks.

I want to thank my family for being supportive during this process. Love you!

Until Tomorrow…

 

The hardest part so far

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I am on DAY-4 of my 21-day quest to blog, exercise, and eat right every day.  The hardest part so far, blogging every day.  I am not as verbose, or probably should say I am not as interesting, as I thought I was going to be.

That being said, I can still tell you about my day and that so far, so good.  I did about 15-minutes of yoga this morning at home, I am eating more fruits and veges, and good cards, etc to stay full and healthy, and I am here to blog.  I am happy to say my commitment is still intact.  This is beginning to feel a lot like my first Half Marathon, like “am I done yet?”, no, you are only a third of the way through.  I am hoping this will continue to feel like that experience because when I was towards the end of the half it was easier than the beginning.

Oh.  About the yoga.  I had purchased a Yoga and Sculpting DVD months ago at a book store because it was on sale for $2.99, that is what I used this morning.  Yoga AND sculpting, is hard, so tonight I went back to that same store and purchased a “Yoga for Beginners” for $5, I am sure it will be worth the extra money.

Tomorrow morning, 8am, 4th session of boot camp, again with The Vince.  I am excited, I am nervous, and I am sore just thinking about it.

Until tomorrow…

Day 3 – for lack of a more clever title

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Is it too early for this quote?  It is not really LONG after I said I would do it, but it has been three days.

Actually it has been a good three days; still upright, have not really gotten mad at anyone, and I am here typing my blog.  I did not commit to a word count, so this may be short.

Got up this morning at 6 am and was excited for my run.  Well sort of, I had just finished boot camp 12 hours earlier, so excited is probably the wrong word.  But I did run, it was slow and easy, it felt good and surprisingly I am not very sore today from last night’s hellacious squat fest, aka – boot camp with The Vince.

The eating so far has been the toughest part, I have to get better at planning meals.  I am not eating junk or even eating a lot, I just feel like I do not know how to eat to keep myself full.  I am thinking about a nutritionist to help with this.  One of my problems is that I have a sort of addiction to Mexican restaurants, I really like Mexican food, and margaritas.  I will starve myself for the day if it means a good enchilada and some tequila; I have to satisfy this craving at least once a week or I get really cranky.

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Tonight Mexican, tomorrow morning yoga.

Three down 18 to go.

 

Fear The Vince

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Day Two – This is Day Two of the 21-day commitment to workout every day, blog every day, and eat right every day.  See how this “It takes 21-days to form a habit” is going to work for me.

Today was my second day of this commitment and my third boot camp class.  Here is the thing about boot camp, it does not get easier.  You just push yourself harder the more you do it, and some weeks the instructor may be feeling a little more bold than other weeks.

Less than a week ago I discovered a boot camp facility had opened near my home, this is something I have always wanted to try, but really with my commitment issues and all, I knew I would not drive across the city to get to one, so the new Body Evolution location is perfect!

My first class was tough, it was Saturday morning, and by Sunday morning sitting on anything lower than a bar stool was PAINFUL.  But that is the way it is supposed to be, right?  So, I went back for more on Monday, that proved beyond a reasonable doubt that even though I hated Fifty Shades of Grey, at least a tiny part of me is a masochist.

My first two classes were tough, the instructor was a very nice young man, but that does not mean he was easy.  At the end of my second class someone asked me if I had ever worked with Vince, well naturally I said no since my first two classes were with the same person.  Then I got one of the “WELL, wait until you have Vince.” grand statements.  I thought, “not sure I ever want to meet Vince”.

Tonight I go again, this time my daughter went with me, it was her first night, I spent the ride over teaching her to fear The Vince.  Guess who was our instructor tonight?  That is right, Vince.

He introduces himself, he is very nice, almost mild, and very kind to my daughter when he knew it was her first visit.  He does not look scary, and how could someone so kind and gentle be a tough instructor?

Ha! Kind and mild-mannered Vince had me sweating like a…well lets just say I was sweating a lot.  And he was not merciful, but he was also not mean, and he was helpful.  I have been really enjoying the boot camp classes, it includes folks of all different fitness levels and I do not feel intimidated even when I am the last one back from a run and Vince still makes me do a rotation of 30 squats :).

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Tomorrow morning, 30-minute run, which after today seems like a piece of cake.  Speaking of cake, I did well with my eating today, tracking points with Weight Watchers, and so far so good.

Until tomorrow…

21 Days huh?

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So I think my inconsistent blogging, my inconsistent exercise, and my inconsistent weight loss would indicate I have some sort of commitment issue, and the saying is that it takes 21 days to form a habit, I am on a 21-day quest.

For the next 21-days I will exercise every day, blog every day, and track my eating every day; sort of a Mythbusters that will hopefully get my ass in gear.

So, today’s blog, “What the heck have I been doing with myself?”

Well, in the past two and a half months I have run a half marathon, joined a boot camp, resigned from my job (commitment issues), then changed my mind and stayed at my job, gained weight, lost weight, gained weight again, did a little traveling, and picked up a taste for Riesling wine.

I have scheduled out six days a week for myself, just have to figure out something to do on the seventh day, and considering my commitment issues and inability to form a solid habit, that thing will have to be somewhat easy, or I will just stop.  I have scheduled Friday as the one day I do not have a committed BC or run, so I am thinking 30-minutes of yoga at home in the AM, relaxing and energizing and I do not have to get dressed to do it…that should work.

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Well, wish me luck, see you back here tomorrow.  Good lord, what am I going to talk about for 21-days straight!?