Friday, July 09, 2010
For anybody that hasn't "enjoyed" that show at Disneyland, my title comes from the Tiki Room show. Tiki should all be said really quickly together so it is is like In the tikitikititkitikit Room....la la la don't know the rest of the words...LOL It's one of the cheesiest shows EVER!
Anyways, I'm a little late getting started but wanted to get my tiki challenge card posted!
~*~ TIKI SUMMER CHALLENGE ENTRY CARD ~*~
STARTING WEIGHT: 173
STARTING MEASUREMENTS :
CURRENT BMI or HIP TO WAIST Ratio:
Hip to Waist Ration: .82
Where are you posting your before picture? I'll see if I have enough guts to post in a blog, but I will definitely post some tomorrow here in the team photos.
(Optional) Choose a TIKI to represent your fearless journey through the sweltering Summer to the oasis of Autumn, and to act as a reminder of your greatest strength: (ex: love, longevity, strength, luck)
My tiki is WARRIOR! It is going to take me being a strong warrior to get through the summer!
My NUTRITION goals for the next two months will be generally focused on tracking what I eat and staying in ranges.
My CARDIO goals for the next two months will be generally focused on building running speed and conquering hills...becoming a BETTER runner.
My STRENGTH goals for the next two months will be generally focused on being consistent in getting at least 10 minutes of strength Monday-Saturday and pushing myself to the limit of what I can do.
My mantra/slogan for the TIKI Challenge will be Warriors NEVER quit and always give their all!
I am determined to change my body and my life in the next two months and I know I can do it because I'm a fierce warrior and I owe it to myself to do this!
The best way to motivate me is to cheer me on...I'm a sucker for praise, even my own!
I need my AB! teammates to stop by my page and tell me that warriors don't whine about silly things like heat so I can keep on fighting the good fight!
I, Kristen (AKA 4EVERDONE), promise to listen to my body and not push her beyond what is sane or healthy in the boiling hot months to come, and I promise to treat her with respect and dignity and love, because my body hasn't failed me yet.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Yesterday I talked about the fact that we encounter people all the time that have stories and things happening in their life that we will never know about...sometimes it's something great but sometimes it is something scary. We all experience loss and heartbreak and joy and excitement. One of the greatest things about us humans is that we experience so many various emotions! One day may be sad, but the next could be happy. So much of how we feel though is up to us. It is about perspective and seeing things in a certain way. We could be unhappy every single day if we wanted to. We all know people like that...people that focus on all that is wrong instead of seeing the one right thing staring them right in the face.
But we all know those people that seem to be happy no matter what. They may piss us off a little that they are so Pollyanna-ish and always see the bright side, but that is how they have chosen to go through life. It, ultimately, comes down to what our coping mechanisms are. Some cope by being unhappy, some cope by being terminally over-happy, and some us cope by finding a balance between it all.
Yesterday I read a blog of a young woman that is an artist but has a retina disorder that will eventually cause her blindness. She talked about how hard it is to realize that someday she will no longer be able to see the colors in a painting and eventually will be unable to see shapes and people. But all in all, she had a pretty good attitude about it...now. She has been grieving the loss of her vision for a year now. I would imagine that on normal days she probably goes about life and people never know that she is gradually going blind. It's not something that is broadcast visibly at this point. We take for granted so much the things that we see. The smile from a stranger, a bird in flight, the sunrise/sunset, a rainbow, a child playing. We even take for granted that we can read an email from a friend, drive a car, watch the person in the next car bopping along to a song or fighting with their spouse. I could go on all day!!!
I want to preface this next part with the fact that I'm not sharing my feelings so that I can garner sympathy or whatever...I'm sharing it because it has been a wake-up moment for me. Something that has caused me to re-think everything. Anyways, with that said, I appreciate that you all will have concern for me and my family but also don't want to make a big deal about it. I want this blog to be more about how we have so many reasons to treasure life! Okay...onto the point.
My husband's family has a history of cancer on both sides; maternal and paternal and it varies the spectrum. His aunt passed away of breast cancer at 38 years old. He has had some tenderness in his chest so his doctor sent him for a scan. They found an "abnormality" that had to be biopsied. During several days my thoughts ranged from nothing but good, to worst case scenario. During the worst case scenario I had to grapple with the fact that my husband may have cancer and what that could mean. I totally take for granted that my husband and I will grow old together. When I think about it, it is just a given without a second thought. But that may not be the case. The reality is that we don't know how long our life will be. We don't know that we will grow old. We don't know that we will get to grow old with the one we love. We don't even know that our kids will grow old (something I know NO parent wants to think about...me included!), but it is important to remember in those times when they are doing nothing but getting on our nerves! LOL There are too many parents that have lost a child and too many children that have lost a parent before their time to forget that tragedy can strike anyone.
So yeah, we could choose to think about those things and get depressed about them and lay around wallowing in a pit of misery. Sure we could...and it might even feel good for a little while. OR we could choose to treasure every moment. We could choose to forgive a little easier, love a little more, play a little harder. We could also choose to not beat ourselves up over a little gain or a little loss. We could choose to ENJOY our food even if it is a smaller portion...we could still enjoy every single bite! We could enjoy dessert once in awhile and in moderation. We could make our workout FUN by playing a game or even just playing against ourselves. Life is too short to waste even a minute. We have so many opportunities to not only make a difference in OTHERS lives, but we have the same, if not more, opportunities to make a difference in OUR lives.
We go to the doctor's today and I'm hoping they have the results of the biopsy for us and I'm hoping that whatever "it" is that it is benign and if it isn't that it is treatable and was found early enough. Regardless of what happens, I am confident that we will tackle it together and that all will be well in the end. In the midst of all this that has been going on the past couple weeks with me, my outward appearance and outlook hasn't changed in the slightest. I've been the same person I am every day. People have encountered me left and right and hopefully I have had a positive impact on their life in that moment. It's not like I'm wearing a sign that says "I'm terrified that my husband might have cancer and that my bunny will be taken away from me for forever". He's not wearing a sign either, but if this is that scary for me, what must it be like for HIM??? I certainly hope that in times that the fear of the unknown have overcome him that he looked up and saw a smile from someone that changed his perspective or gave him hope. :-)
Life is too short...so let's not waste even a minute! Treasure every moment...even the bad ones because they will make you stronger! Have a great day Sparkers...get out there and make a difference in your life!
Thursday, July 08, 2010
I'm a party, and party and party and party...
And party and party and party...
I'm a party, and party and party and party...
And party and party and party...
That's such a bumpin' song. Does anyone even say bumpin' anymore? I'm getting old...so outta touch! I need to spend some more time with my teenagers and get all caught up on the fo hizzy shizzy. LOL Alright...moving on!
So me and my food tracker are back on really good terms! I've promised him that I won't stray again, for at least a little while, and that I will have full disclosure...no hiding things! Now just to talk to the scale and tell that little bugger to cooperate!
I had a 4 mile run on the schedule this morning and it was AWESOME! I totally enjoyed myself...right up until the very end. Whew...the last 1/2 mile was TOUGH! I had to resort to talking to myself to get through it. I was having a little bit of tenderness in my hip...hmmm...seems like my ITB is causing a little bursa inflammation. So I have been stretching it out all day and will continue to hope for alleviation. I have hill repeats on Saturday and want NO EXCUSES to not going full bore on those bad boys!
I actually keep forgetting that today is my Friday! It's like getting a really great surprise every couple of hours when I remember that I'm off work tomorrow. That's the beauty of being a dumb blonde. Everyday is full of surprises ;-) I kid of course...I'm only a dumb blonde part of the time! Usually when I feel like it or it is convenient. hehehe
Alright - enough fun...time to get serious for a moment. So many little things have been reminding me lately of how important it is to realize that the people we encounter every day are more than just a customer, a student, a worker, an old person, a fat person...whatever. It is easy to forget as we go about our days that each person we come in contact with has their own little life going on with good things, or bad things...or even just indifferent things. Some people have so many people to love on and be loved back by, while others have none. We might encounter that person that has none and in that moment we encounter them we have an opportunity to possibly make a difference. The really overweight lady at the store that has tons of junk food piled in her cart...your smile may be the only one she receives that day, that week, that month. We just don't know.
Caring about others is easy on SparkPeople. For the most part we are anonymous people here. Occasionally we may meet up with others, we may even have meaningful long distance relationships with some of our Spark Friends. But many times how we treat someone on Spark may not carry through into our "real" lives. We could be the most supportive people on Spark, but at the grocery store we may give that woman in the grocery store the "look of pity and shame". I know we all know what that looks like. Of course we probably won't run up there and give her a big high five or a emoticon. But we can give a smile...a real heartfelt smile!!! Speaking of, don't you sometimes wish that you had a little arsenal of emoticons that you could carry with you and give out to people in real life? Wouldn't that make communication so much easier sometimes! LOL
I know I am using the overweight woman in the grocery store as an example, but I know all you guys are bright enough to know that I'm not being exclusive of others. Skinny people need love too! LOL Okay, I'm kidding right there, but only kind of. ALL people need love regardless of who they are, where they are, how they are dressed...whatever. You get the idea.
We make a difference in people's lives everyday on Spark. Let's take that same attitude outside of the cyberworld and continue to extend it to others we meet! Let's give the ones that look the most unlovable a kind smile (just don't get your butt whooped for hitting on some woman's man or something like that...) You know what I mean.
It's time for society to begin to treat people like people again. And people have stories. People have stuff going on in their lives. People may be battling cancer, infidelity, war, depression or they may be celebrating a new job, graduating with their degree, falling in love. There are stories but not if we are so involved in ourselves that we forget. Let's spread some real-world love, SparkPeeps! What can you do to make a difference today?
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Good News: If I was in maintenance mode I would be doing perfect!
Bad News: I'm most definitely NOT in maintenance mode just yet!
I mentioned in my blog yesterday that in looking back through my blogs at my year of running, that I noted I was at the same weight I was in February. FIVE-FREAKING-MONTHS ago. That's what I still weigh now. Not a good thing at this point.
But yes, finding the positive to my situation, I am now confident that WHEN I do enter maintenance I should be able to handle myself just fine...5 months at the same weight tells me that I'm at least good at balancing my current nutritional needs with my fitness levels. That's definitely a GOOD thing to know.
Also, even though I was 173 in February and I still am now, I feel different...a little slimmer and a little more tone. So that's also a good thing.
But what would be even BETTER would be to start ditching some of these pounds I want to get rid of! :-) So this is it...I have enjoyed not tracking my food for the past couple of months and I do have to say that I believe I have a much better relationship with my food...not that I had a bad one before, it just wasn't necessarily healthy. I see food much more as fuel now for my active lifestyle. I just need to quit topping off the tank! Maybe quit putting in extra additives that really don't do anything for my performance anyways.
But better relationship and using food as fuel aside, I NEED to lose the rest of this weight before I enter maintenance mode. This staying at 173 just isn't cuttin' it! So I'm back to food tracking. I actually started today and I am confident that I will start seeing some progress again soon. Because as much as I like sharing good news, I really don't like the whole bad news thing. :-)
So, hey food tracker - I've...missed..???...you old friend. Please don't be mad at me for staying away by punishing me with overages...or even underages. We can be bestest friends again, I promise!
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
So today my sister and I are celebrating our one-year running anniversary! It is so hard for me to believe that a year ago today we were just getting started with C25K. It was one of the hardest challenges I had ever given myself and I really didn't know if I could do it. So borrowing from Karvy09 who also recently celebrated her running anniversary, I am going to do a year in running review.
July 2009: I started the program with a beautiful full moon and remember how wonderful it was to be outside in the very early morning physically challenging myself. Running for the 60 second intervals felt like some of the hardest things I had ever done, but I was also so excited! The mornings were still cool and crisp and that certainly helped keep the momentum up. Here is what I said about C25K in my July 22 blog during week 3:
"Every time I complete another session of C25K I am just amazed at what I can do! I never would have thought I could run for more than maybe a minute and here I am doing three and not feeling like I am going to die! I'm actually beginning to see that I really can obtain this! If I start to feel myself lag I just picture myself at Disneyland running that 5K...looking cute in my Minnie ears with ponytail wagging and legs pumping in a steady rhythm! I can't WAIT!!!"
August 2009: I kept plugging along in the program and even though the cool crisp mornings were a thing of the past, we were able to steadily continue through the program. I'm kind of surprised now, looking back, that we never even contemplated repeating weeks! But here is what I had to say in my blog for August 5 after doing W5D2:
I made it - but I tell ya - I did have to dig deep to push myself through to the end. 8 Minutes is a LONG time! The first session I started to feel fatigued in my legs and thankfully, not much longer it was time to recover. Then the second session I again started to feel fatigued but I reverted to my mental image that seems to keep me going when I most need it...
That image continued to be running the Disneyland 5K. I can't tell you how many times having that visual in my mind kept me pushing forward. If I hadn't signed up for that race, I tell ya, I probably would have quit several times over! So glad we signed up for a race before beginning the program. It made all the difference! In August I also completed my first 20 minute run, and when I did, I actually teared up a little. I never thought I could run for 20 minutes straight and I can't think of many times I was more proud of myself than right then at that moment...
September 2009: On September 5, 2009 I graduated the C25K program by simultaneously running the Disneyland 5K in Anaheim. It was a very hot and humid day and I pushed myself pretty hard. There were several times I had to walk due to "traffic" jams, but my official finish time was 40 minutes, but I figured I probably was closer to 37 minutes with the couple of walking times and getting around people. In looking back at my race report blog on 9/8, I talked a lot about how I felt like an athlete...someone that has a SPORT. I think back to that time and I almost laugh at my naiveté! I feel so much more like an athlete now...but running that 5k was THE turning point! It was when I began to realize that I could do something I never thought was possible. Here's a quote from that blog:
We cruised around and checked out all the booths of stuff and merchandise and it was funny to be looking at running gear and realizing that it was okay for me to be looking at it! I wasn't just a walker longingly looking at it and dreaming of the some day in the future...but I was a RUNNER looking at it from the perspective of being a runner!
I actually can't wait to go back to an Expo (the last couple races I have run have not been large and didn't have Expo's) so I can REALLY check it all out and take it in...It would definitely be a much different experience now after running for a year than it was then! I just remember being overwhelmed by how much stuff there was for just running. HA! I also remember longingly watching the half marathoners picking up their packets and thinking to myself...perhaps someday I will be one of them!
October 2009: I ran my second 5K...all by my lonesome which was really weird for me. It was the Komen 5k in Temecula, CA and I realized then that me and hills were NOT friends in the slightest. I finished in just over 36 minutes, which was a decent time, yet I didn't really feel like I did a very good job because I walked a couple times due to the hills. But throughout October I continued running and I even bought my first pair of REAL running shoes! LOL They have been very good to me!!!
November 2009: My sister started dealing with shin splints and the holidays began to work their way in to my lifestyle. LOL But I kept on running although I was feeling a little weird without a plan.
December 2009: I wrote a blog on 12/9/09 titled "I Heart Running!!!" and I really do!! I can't say that running was always fun or easy but here is what I had to say about it at that time:
Sometimes your lungs open up, your feet fly, your brain gets lost in the rhythm and you just SOAR!! It's just awesome and I was completely reminded today that I truly do love running...I missed it during the past week and I just want to be able to do it forever!
At this point my "long run" was probably 2.5 miles including warm-up and cooldown, and I did battle my first slowdown due to some ankle tenderness. I believe it was my Achilles tendon tightening up, but nothing a little extra stretching and some walk breaks didn't take care of, thankfully.
January 2010: I was very much on the fence during January. I started the year off really strong with lots of positive thoughts that were melding into a Positivolution. But at the same time, I was feeling like I was running in place without a "plan" to move towards. I realized that when I was working on C25K, I was happy because there was a plan with a final goal. So I decided that to get back some of that momentum I needed to look at what else I wanted to do in 2010 and decided on a 10k and then a 1/2 marathon. I also changed my spark name in January to the current 4EVERADONEGIRL because I really needed something that would say who I was and this was it...because I am a DONE Girl and always will be! So here's what I had to say in my blog from 1/22/10 about being a runner:
I need to push myself to be a better runner...not a harder runner...a BETTER runner!
February 2010: Okay - first thing I notice in looking back at my blogs is that I am currently the same weight I was in February...that's 5 months I have been at the same stupid 173! That just irks the crap outta me. GRRRRR. Alright - moving on. I continued to run in February and began planning for the 10k in June. I also came to the realization that my little Daisy pup wasn't going to be able to continue being a full running buddy...so we worked on scaling her back in March. :-(
March 2010: In my 3/20 blog I celebrated my SparkVersary by doing a year in review and noted that March saw the return of my running mojo. Towards the end of February I had noted that running joy was few and far between. I was super glad when it returned, that's for sure! March actually saw little to no blogging, but I did continue running throughout that time and really enjoyed myself.
April 2010: I did my third 5k with the Race for Humanity in late April. I finished it in 37.52 which was okay. Not my best...but it is what it is, right? My long runs in April were in the 4-5 mile range...that was really far for me at the time! LOL
May 2010: My 10k training took me into the 5-6 mile range for long runs and I think I was somewhat surprised that 1) running 5 miles or more WAS possible and 2) that running 5 miles or more really wasn't all that bad! LOL
June 2010: I did it - my first 10k! It was in the mountains and literally kicked my behind...but I did it. I can't say that my training was all that it should have been leading up to this race and that was a big factor in my performance. But my time was 1.22.12 with a lot of walking in there. I am excited to find out how I do NEXT year in the same race! LOL With June I also put together my Summer Training Plan that scaled back my distance, but added in hill and speed work. I am bound and determined to not get beaten by hills again!
July 2010: We are still young in the month but so far I have completed all of my summer training running workouts including speedwork and one day of hill repeats thus far. The next one is coming up this Saturday and I'm scared and excited all at the same time. I also signed up for my Half!!! That's right - I was afraid, but conquered that fear and hit the submit button. So it's a done deal. My half is November 14, 2010. :-) SCARRRRRYYY!!! But at the same time I know that over the past year I have become a better runner, more efficient, quicker, stronger...the half will not beat me. I will OWN IT! WooHoo!! And with a good plan, there's nothing I can't do!!!! So I will complete my summer training plan in mid-August and will have a half marathon training plan to jump right into.
I have truly enjoyed the last year of running...it wasn't always stellar and I didn't always feel like "real" runner. But the thing I realized is that even with the ups and downs...I kept going. I never quit. I have run pretty much 3 days a week on average for the past year. That's kinda crazy! I'm really excited to see what the next year will bring me in my running career!
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