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 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…

The first time

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These two shirts represent the very first 5k I ever raced and the 1-year anniversary of that race.  They really represent for me the beginning of my journey.  The journey that is leading me to challenges like 21 straight days of exercise and blogging, the journey that lead me to sign up for two races over the next two weeks, and the journey that is driving me to get and stay healthy.

Day-12 of my 21-day challenge to blog each day and workout each day.  I also committed to eating healthy each day, but have decided to make that the focus of my next challenge.  It is not that I do not eat well, I stay away from most bad foods, but I want to really focus on clean eating and think that deserves its own time.  So, for now workout and blog for nine more days.

I can already recognize the change in me; before I would try to use excuses, now I just get up and do it.  I prepare my clothes for either boot camp or running the night before, I set my alarm, make sure I understand what the next days activities are.  All of these are things that feel comfortable and have easily become part of my day.

The blogging has been a challenge on a few days, just thinking of something to talk about.  But I know this is something I am doing to keep me focused on being more consistent, not something I plan to do every day forever ( you would all certainly be yawning if that were the case).

It is difficult to form new habits at the ripe old age of 49, but far less difficult than breaking old habits like laziness and smoking.  When I think about my weight a year and a half ago and I think about the fact that I was a smoker for over 30 years and have not had a cigarette for over a year and a half, I know if I can move past this; I can accomplish just about anything.

This is not easy and some days I wonder why I am doing it.  I am doing it because I am moving towards wondering why would I NOT do it.

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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…

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…

 

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.