One Word

I feel like I have boiled down everyone I know down to a one-word description. I am tired, and things are grating on me right now, so I do not want to be wordy. Example – I had some foster kittens recently, and one of them was adorable, but out of control, I just call her Extra. I have a manager that reports to me, she is inclined to take the opposite viewpoint of anything anyone says so, she is now just Contrary. I have a friend who is always thinking of others, she is Helper (as in Mr.Rogers look for the helpers), so you see it is not all bad. But one more, someone else I work with always seems to be one step behind, he is now Obtuse. I am done, it is late, and sometimes people suck. But not you all that is why I am sharing this here.

Wine

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On this journey, I have enlisted the help of Weight Watchers.  It seems like a reasonable way to get help.  All it asks you to do is pay attention to what you eat and exercise.  Since this is what I am trying to do, and the online price has come down considerably, I am giving it a try.  (PS – I am not paid by them, although maybe I could be?).

Anyway, wine is four points for five ounces; you get about 30-points a day.  Who only drinks five ounces of wine? No, that is not okay.  In addition to the points per day, you get weekly points.  Having points for wine helps you realize that drinking wine every day is probably bad.  So, you need to figure out how you use those weekly points, just for wine, maybe, four days a week.

I have to do math for this, I do not like math.  Thankfully!  Weight Watchers has a calculator that does math for you!  If I keep my food to the daily points, I can use my weekly to consume wine!  Want to know the truth?  I came up with this as I am writing this, and it is brilliant!  Enough exclamation points, I will calm down now.

This is important, so let’s do the math now to figure out the wine.  Four days a week, and you get 42-weekly points.  This is not a whole number, so let’s use 40 points, four days a week for wine.  That is 10-points per day, and two points left over for like a Hershey Kiss or something.

Five ounces of wine is four points, ten points a day, four days a week is 12.5 ounces of wine, four days a week!   That seems reasonable, right?  Geez.  That actually sounds like a lot.  Guess I am going to survive this weight loss thing after all :).

Down eight pounds so far.  Have a great week everyone!

Give me a break! Or not…

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I have used this little bit of advice in my blog before; but it bears repeating.  Giving up is NOT a good idea, changing your course, changing your method, changing what you are trying to accomplish are OK, but giving up is not.

I took a break from my workout routine for the past couple of weeks, not really giving up, but I had a horrible sinus infection and some tiny bit of drama going on in my life so I “took a break”.  Here are the TOP 5 reasons it is not a good idea to take a break –

5.  You lose ground, all of that hard work to get where you were, and now that you have taken two steps back that is an extra two steps you have to take again.

4.  You know you want to workout, your mind is craving it even if you body is trying to convince you otherwise.

3.  You start to think of other things to do, like eat too much, or spend too much, or watch some awful reality TV.  I will not knock you for wanting to have an extra glass of wine though ;).

2.  People still ask you about your running, boot camp, progress and you either have to lie or tell them about your “break”.

1.  The number one reason not to take a break – your body will hate you for it!  When you get back to it and decide that an hour of leg work at boot camp one day and then a run the next day is a good idea; your thighs will scream at you like a colicky infant!

Understand that I do know there are times when you have to take a break, injury, severe illness, etc. even my sinus infection could have warranted a few days.  But two weeks!?  No way!

Do yourself a favor, the next time you think you are too busy or too tired instead of sitting down and resting go for a run or to the gym.  I have never regretted working out, but I have regretted NOT doing it.

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Why am I whining?

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Monday and Wednesday of this week we did ab work at boot camp, considering I am a couple of cases away from a six-pack, this has been a particularly interesting experience for my body.  Today I went on a short run, about 30-minutes, my normal morning run.  After eating breakfast I got up to get a shower and get ready for my day.  My abs screamed, my legs ached and all I could do was laugh on my way to the shower.  A small giggle to myself thinking “Why the hell am I doing this again?”

Then I remembered it is so I can be healthy and pester my children into having children so I can play with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren :).

Also, today, day-4 of the healthy eating challenge, mostly so far so good.  Yesterday I had a small bout of PMS related chocolate breakdown, then I read this…

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And had a couple of Hershey Kisses and called it a successful day.

Until next time…

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!?

Happy Mothers Day!

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Happy Mothers’ Day to all of the fabulous moms in the world!  I love this little saying I found today, it made me laugh out loud and I thought I would share it :).

It also lets us know that although we strive for perfection in our lives, we do not need to be perfect to be great moms.  It is OK to laugh at ourselves and it OK to admit we curse like sailors on occasion :).

For today it has been a Great Mothers Day so far! It is only 2 pm and I ran two miles, went to Target, got my front yard all cleaned up for planting next week, and did the weeding in the side yard, made lunch (just for me), and managed to get the men folk to clean out the garage and clean up the backyard. The rest of the day, will be chill time until dinner tonight with the family. Life is good!

Oh and one more thing.  What is up with Target?  Went there today for a trowel to help with cleanup in my yard; left there with the trowel, a small shovel, body wash, Q-tips,  two shirts, and a Three Musketeers bar.  I am convinced that the bulls-eye secretly spins to hypnotize us all.

Call your mom, hug your wife, and thank your grandmother – all of these women make life worth living.

Be a Crafty Runner

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So this weekend I ran my first race since the Half in Disney, and it was my birthday, and I got Bon Jovi tickets, and yesterday (Monday) was National Napping Day (which I celebrated in style).

What more could you ask for in a weekend?  At my age not much, it was a full and fun weekend!

The race was on Saturday morning, a local 5K, and the first in a 3-race series that takes place over the next month.  A 10K on the 23rd and then a 10-mile on April 6th will complete the series.  There is a local Half two weeks after that, I am still thinking about that one, not sure I am quite ready for another Half yet.  I really did enjoy the 5K; it was a fast and flat route which made it an amazing way to start a great weekend.  I will definitely not be giving up this running thing any time soon.

My daughter, who runs with me, had a great idea; she wanted to scrapbook all of our bibs, a way to save them and something fun to do.  So after the race we cleaned up and went to the craft store.  My other daughter decided she wanted to crochet again, they did a lot of crocheting with their Grandmother when they were little and thought it would be fun to start again.  We were already going to the craft store, so why not?

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At the store we picked up cute scrapbooks, scrapbook paper, stickers, glue, etc.  Then it was time to go get the crocheting stuff.  I should state that I know nothing about crocheting and the most creative thing I have done in a decade is buy a cute sparkle skirt and put it together with a t-shirt to make a costume for the Princess race.  That being said, there was a woman in the “Crocheting Department” more than willing to help.  She showed us which needles to buy and suggested some yarn.  Total, less than $10, for that price I can try anything…or so I thought.

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We came home from the store feeling all crafty and stuff, decided that the scrapbooking would be easier so we would save that for a Friday night dinner and wine evening and dove right into the crocheting.  We Googled You Tube videos to see how to start the yarn and the first stitches.  Let’s jump right to the end of this fiasco; the middle part of the story is painful.  By the end, my daughter, the one with the idea in the first place was cursing, I gave up, and my other daughter made a blanket while we were trying to figure out the slip knot (Not really but she definitely got it).  So this Friday will be a crocheting 101 tutorial taught by my daughter, wine, and scrapbooking.

Thankfully I have a long run planned for Saturday; it will give me a chance to relax.

Will Run for Tattoos

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Well, I will not run for tattoos, I have a horrific fear of needles; just listening to my daughter get this tattoo gave me chills.

Completing this half marathon is a big deal for me, my daughter, and many women I have met along the way; I think we all want to reward ourselves in some way.  For my daughter her reward was this tattoo.   It is really cute and I gave serious consideration to getting one of my own, but chickened out because of above mentioned fear.  I did buy myself a nice purse though; I think it is as cute as her tattoo.

I am really excited about my upcoming races.  I signed up for a race series that starts this Saturday with a 5K, then in two weeks a 10K, and then finally April 6th a 10-miler.  Should challenge me and will also be great training for a half I have planned for June.

Also in June; the anniversary of my very first 5k.  Last June I ran my very first 5k race for a local charity, my time for that run was 43:43, I am looking forward to see how much I improve my time one year later.  For me it will be the most important race of this year, maybe THAT will warrant a tattoo…probably not.

Someone asked me the other day, “Why do you run?”.  I run because I can, really that is why I do it.  A year ago I could not, now I can so I want to keep doing it.  Lots of people inspire me and lots of things give me reason to run, but the short answer is truly, because I can.  And a nice new purse does not hurt :).

Why do you run?

 

Fanny Packs and other things that inspire you

Today I did my five-mile run/walk on the river; I did five miles and it took about 70 minutes, about a 14:00 minute mile, considering the air quality was awful and humidity had to be 186% I was happy with it.

Before I finish this inspiring message, I have to tell you about my conversation this morning before my run.  I do not own a belt, pouch, or anything that I can carry my stuff in while I run outside and I have found I do not like putting my keys, etc in my pockets.  This is how I solved that this morning –

Me:  “Hon, are you awake?”

My Husband: (laying in bed, eyes closed) “Yes.”

Me: “Do we still have a fanny pack lying around (I am talking 1990s fanny packs here) anywhere?”

My Husband: “How many do you need?”

Me: (thinking we have more than one!? I am ashamed) “Just the one.”

My Husband: “Does April need one?” (April is our 22-year-old daughter)

Me: “April probably does not even know what one is and if she does, she may not come with me if she knows I plan on wearing one, so no, she does not need one.”

My Husband: “Go downstairs and finish getting ready I will find one and bring it to you.  What color?”

Me:  Exiting room hanging and shaking my head.

*As of this afternoon I own a new belt, slim with a small pouch.

I had my daughter with me for the first time and that was exciting and motivational!  She has agreed to run the Princess Half with me so we are going to start training together.  Oh, a brief side note, I do not look anything like the woman running  in the photo, but I love the saying, to see what I look like running see my post from August 21st :).

In my last post I gave a lot of information about where I am in my running and how far I have come and how my training is progressing.  Today I want to talk about how awesome I feel about what I am doing!

When I started working at getting healthy I took on a personal trainer for about four weeks, the thing I dreaded most was ANY cardio.  Give me some weights I am fine, abs go for it, stretching yes!  But get on the treadmill, the bike, the elliptical??  Ugh!

In May I signed up to do a charity walk with my daughter on June 2nd.  I thought it was a 5K; turns out it was one mile but I walked 5K because I could.  While doing light training in May to walk this 5K I realized how much I was enjoying myself, feeling motivated by this goal I set for myself; and by the end of the 5K walk that day, I was hooked!  I immediately found a 5K in our city for the end of June and started training to do it as a run/walk.  Got that one under my belt and here I am training for my 3rd timed 5K in September, a 10K in October and a Half in February 2013.

How did I get here!?  It just seems so crazy!  On Thursday at the gym I had the treadmill up to 6-miles-per hour at one point and kept that pace for a bit, in May if someone would have told me I would do that I would not have believed them.  Today at the river I realized I had run my first .75 straight, all running, no walking!  Heck if someone would have told me that two weeks ago I would not have believed it.

I could give you another dozen or so of these revelations, but I am sure you get the point.  Any time the voice in your head says that you cannot do something, call it out as a liar, you got this, no reason to doubt it!

So this week my runs will consist of more short runs to gain speed and longer runs (adding a mile to get to six next Saturday) to gain stamina, by the time my Half gets here I will be running the whole thing, with one pit stop to take a picture with Sleeping Beauty in Magic Kingdom.

Couple of other things.  I purchased a Nike+ GPS watch today, so far I loved setting it up and I am taking out on my run tomorrow, I cannot wait!  Also, I broke up with my scale I feel amazing and I am doing good things for my body with activity and food, I will NOT let the scale talk to the liar in my head.

172 days smoke free and 173 more nights sleep before the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  “More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.”   -Unknown Author