Saturday, August 20, 2011
I went up to Copper Mountain with a group of friends from our gym and did the Warrior Dash today. It was so much fun and a such a great opportunity to hang out in the mountains.
Here are some of our before pics and I hope to get during and after from some of our friends.
I think the best part was the mud which quickly turned to the worst part because carrying around several extra pounds of mud in various uncool places of the body is uncomfortable when running and climbing and jumping. But that's the idea right?
I also realized I have a slight mental problem with getting from one step to the next. It happened first when we were walking on on 8" wide planks about 4-5 feet off the ground and each time I got to the top of the plank I would completely freeze. It happened again on the rope climb, once I got to the top I completely froze and then images of falling back kept me frozen. Luckily Diane helped me and once I could see the other side I felt much better. I'll have to work on that... I was glad for the trail running I have been doing the last couple of years, it made me feel pretty confident in my footing on some of the rockier and muddier spots.
Overall a good day in great weather just hanging out with some quality people. I hear they are doing it all over again tomorrow, anyone want to go?
Stacy, Anson, Diane, and me.
Krystal, Katrisha, Lisa
the crowd, a view from the trail
an awesome costume
and my sunburn :(
Off to re-hydrate and nurse this senseless sunburn. If anyone has the chance and is wavering doing the Dash I highly recommend it. Lots of fun!
Monday, August 08, 2011
It's been awhile, nearly a month, it seems a lot longer than that to me even. I have a lot of excuses for falling off the Sparkpeople wagon (I stopped message board posts, tracking, blogging etc.) as well as faltered in my Paleo lifestyle (hello chocolate milk, potato chips, and candy). Truth is there is absolutely no valid excuse just a whole bunch of reasons in my head that justify my actions that afford me no benefit. It is a little frustrating to be "on it" and have few struggles regarding what I put in my mouth and then feel like I slip back to square one. Funny thing is looking back to my last blog I can nearly pinpoint the beginning of the landslide. Damn baked Paleo goods... for reals. I was thinking about when I began to falter earlier today (without having looked back on last blog) and I realized when I started letting treats (even paleo-fied) ones slip back in it seemed to open the flood gates for me. I know my limits and weaknesses (biggest sweet tooth in the world!) I need to bow to them. I have had to swear off sugar once again, this will be an addiction that I will never have control over.
On to other, healthier things. To offset one of the recent sugar binges I took another photo hike this weekend. It was good to get some time to myself to really mull over where I've been and where I am going. I am feeling at a major point of transition and the weather of the day seemed to reflect that. It was truly feeling like fall and I was feeling very nostalgic for the season. I don't like to wish away time but I am really looking forward to my favorite season. It was great to get up and out so early, everyone that I encountered was in such a friendly mood.
So I will leave you all with some pics of the past couple weekends as well as a statement of intent because my accountability seems to be much stronger when I put it out there to Spark world.
This was two weeks ago when my dad and two cousins from Arizona came to visit. I hadn't seen either of my cousins in 14 or so years and it was pretty much like re-meeting them. But as family goes, we didn't miss a beat. Always such a good feeling to realize you have people like that out in the world.
The view from Squaw Pass... Mt. Evans area.
To this weekend, on the summit of Meyers hike a view of Mt. Evans.
Some pictures previewing the coming change of season.
I really love the gradation of the color of the spots on the petals.
My statement of intent: Track my food for at least 30 days, once a week sugar in the form of dark chocolate.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
We went to Coors Stadium to watch the Rockies beat the Tigers. It was great weather, beautiful views, and some of our best friends and family with us.
The only thing that wasn't quite right is that I was starving with maybe two Paleo type options available. As much as I would like to just eat garbage because it's almost the only thing offered (plus fried food still smells heavenly) I have myself some goals that I would like to get to sooner than later. I ended up getting some ribs that were absolutely wonderful and tender but not a veggie was to be found. Previously I've gone to the sole salad place and got charged twice for a $10 salad and proceeded to feel like puking all the next day. If you have fresh food for sale, please keep it fresh! Anyhow... with all that in mind I made a ball park inspired lunch today. Turkey brat from a local farm, spinach, pickle, hot peppers, hot mustard and celery salt all chopped up together.
With a little mineral water and lime to wash it down. So tasty! Plus I recently realized mineral water has about 5% daily recommended value of calcium per serving, I'll take that any place I can get it.
It's been a nice chill weekend overall! Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there especially my own who has opened my eyes to so many interesting, fun, and thought-provoking things in this world.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I’ve said it before, when I started my body transformation journey, it was just that. Get Hot! Probably a willful ignorance but I didn’t anticipate the issues that would come up in my life along the way. First, facing why I got fat. Second, what the poor body image did for my relationships with other people and my self-esteem. As delusional that it may be I *thought* I was a very confident person, and in some ways I was… come to find out it was very much just on the surface. What I didn’t realize was that I was hiding, a lot!
I love to create ( www.flickr.com/annalissas ) be it paper arts, drawing, printing, photography, or sewing. It satisfies me like nothing else. When I first got into making things I did it for other people, I catered to an audience. “What would so and so think of this?” was the question that popped up more so than “does it look good? TO ME?” At some point along the way I realized that creating for me and only me was much more satisfying therefore I now create for no one else. While I believe that is the only reason to create it also prompted me to pull back and not share my work except with the few who I knew would “get it”. I was making things that were aesthetically pleasing to me but I was still completely consumed with the idea that people will judge it and at the end of the day find the fault over any of the beauty, or more devastating be embarrassed for me.
Now take that crippling point of view and blow it out to every aspect of how I conduct my life. I was (still am) censoring the majority of everything I put out into the world to protect myself. Yes, half of this equation is my sensitivity to what other people *might* think but the other half is I have had several people in my life who consciously or not seem to want to pick mine apart. There is nothing unique about this situation I am sure anyone who has any family, friends, colleagues, or lovers has those types in their life. Hell, I catch myself wanting to do it at times. But really it only ever took one person to make a remark about the skirt I wore to work, or the dinner I made, or the fact that there is dust on my baseboards. I am all for living to higher standards but on the other hand I am human, my house isn’t always going to be clean, my food concoctions aren’t always going to be restaurant worthy(oops, too much salt!), and yes I want to feel good so I dressed up to sit at my desk. Why question it? Why find the fault? But it is not for me to request of other people to change their reaction… unless I am going to hurt myself, bad form on Oly lift? Please let me in on that info. You see me smoking a cigarette… just slap me!
Finally… [Deep Breath] My Statement of Intent!
First and foremost, to live my life for me to my standards and not as if someone is judging my every move. No feeling guilty or embarrassed for not living up to someone else’s standards nor compromising my needs down for another’s.
Second, pay that same respect to others. Allow them to conduct their life in the same manner.
Third, when I find myself judging step back and take a hard look at myself. Most of the time that urge is there because I feel threatened so I need to make an effort to figure out why I feel like that.
Simple but not easy. If nothing else my next step in being mindful.
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