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Second (third...fourth...) Chances: A Hopeful New Year

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I'm a bit upset with myself for falling off the wagon, yet again. It happens every year though. I do great with my diet/exercise until September rolls around. Fall quarter is a super-busy time at work, and I never have time to even wash dishes, let alone plan fulfilling healthy meals and work out like I should. But now is the time to begin again. I quit one of my three jobs, so I'm down to two responsibilities at the college. My hours in the library are reasonable and I'm only teaching one course. I am going to be busy with graduate school starting next week (yay!), but I just ordered a planner and I am determined to stay organized, avoid procrastinating, and get myself back in gear.

Would anyone be interested in a check-in system? I find that I do better when I am accountable to someone. Anyone want to send and receive a quick encouraging text a few times a week to keep me on track? A buddy system? If so, feel free to SparkMail me and we can exchange phone numbers.

I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but a few days ago, I was ready to give up. Give up trying to be healthy, give up trying to be a healthy weight, and give up trying to have a baby. It's been eight years since my husband and I first started trying to get pregnant, and I have just been getting worse and worse every year. I have lots of problems with my hormones, and--sorry if this is a bit graphic--I have only had my period four or five times without the help of medication. This leaves little chance to get pregnant. And the medication I have to take does not cause ovulation, so even the medication gives me little chance to get pregnant. I have been super depressed lately, not exercising, not eating well, and just feeling my clothes get tighter and tighter.

I have been in a lot of pain the past few days. The pain was so bad one night, it was in all my dreams. It felt like period cramps times ten and I thought I was going to have to go to the emergency room. I never thought it could be old aunt flow, but it was! Happy New Year to me! It may seem odd, but AF has lifted my spirits. I feel like my body is finally cooperating. A baby doesn't seem impossible anymore.


Week 2, 11 miles logged, big smiles all around

Saturday, July 02, 2011


Since I ran about 10 miles last week, I wanted to add my 10% and log 11 miles this week.

It didn't look like I was going to be able to. This week was crazy busy. I had to work. Also, I ran around a lot. Hubby and I bought kayaks on Monday and had to buy tags and such; however, we're all set now and I'm super-excited to float the river next week! :)))

It was a difficult week for me. I'm not sure why, but I have been in a bit of a funk this week. Rather depressed and stressy and moody and such.

Monday evening, I logged 2.7 miles, and then yesterday I ran 4.3. It was ridiculously hot yesterday! Rocky and I were supposed to have our weekly workout this morning; we were going to bike today. I was happy about biking, but I knew that I wouldn't be able to fit in the rest of my running miles this week if I biked. He wasn't able to make it though. Since I was already up, I couldn't go back to sleep (bummer--I could have used some more zzz's), so I made myself lace up the running shoes. This is when I knew something had changed in me. It is not like me to workout like this, to push myself when I'm not motivated. I'll thank my SparkFriends for my new found gumption. :)

Today's tally: four miles, 48 minutes...

12-minute miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wahooooo!

Next week, I'm upping to 12 miles; I'm planning on dividing it over four days. I would loooove to maintain an 11.5 minute mile next week. Here's hoping I can!

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CATNIP14 7/4/2011 5:09PM

    Way to go!!! You can do it! emoticon

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OLLYBIRD 7/3/2011 12:11PM

    Isn't it interesting that you set more and more goals as you go? I am not a runner, but I Jazzercise and I do the same thing. I set more and more goals for myself and push harder and harder. It is awesome to wake up thinking that you just want to get back in bed, but decide to go ahead and workout anyway. When you're done you feel so much better. Oh, exercise!
Good luck on your next goal! Sounds like you are going to kill it!!

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I'm not listening!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I have until September to train for the Warrior Dash, but I seem to be pushing myself a bit hard already. This is typical for me--I get excited about something, jump into it wholeheartedly, and then zonk out after a few weeks. I do this with everything, not just workouts. I need to learn to pace myself.

This was my first week running on a regular schedule, and I wanted to log 10 miles. Success! As of this morning, my weekly total was 10.8 miles. But then I added four days of P90X on top of that, plus work and housework, and I'm feeling quite rundown today. My shins and knees hurt last night and I didn't get much sleep, but I still rolled out of bed at 5:30 this morning to run with Rocky. I thought I was being tough, but now I think I maybe was a little stupid. :-S After the run, I went grocery shopping and then came back and did P90X even though I DID not feel like it. It was Shoulders/Arms and Ab Ripper X today, an 80 minute workout, and I really pushed myself.

But now I REALLY don't feel so great. :( People always say to listen to your body, but today I ignored my body's cries for recovery, and now I am paying for it. Now that I've reached my limit, I'm going to take it easy for the rest of the day and make tomorrow a rest day--no running, no P90X...I am tempted to go for a leisurely bike ride though. I took my bike in nearly six weeks ago to get it tuned up, and I FINALLY got it back yesterday. Oh, bike, I have missed you so!

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CATNIP14 6/26/2011 1:32PM

    listen to your body! I pulled up mid run this morning with calf strain and it's been hurting ever since and I have even less than you till this flippin' race...4 weeks!

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HOPE2BMOMMA 6/25/2011 4:18PM

    I totally understand how you feel... My husband says that I over do it in the gym, I guess he's right. I get so excited and always feel like I want things to hurry up and get to where I need them that after going full throttle to get it done I'm like whoa... I can't move ...

I guess I need to learn that you can't always do things quickly some things take time, like loosing weight. But the need to be fast and go all the way sometimes can be overwhelming. I feel like the hare gotta go gotta get to my goals fast... but sometimes what we need is to be the tortoise!

I think that you are doing great. You look great! I think that it is awesome that you are doing the warrior dash! Best of luck... and something I need to tell myself as well, when your body says whoa, slow down relax and pace yourself you will get there faster in the end! emoticon

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

I was really hoping that this year would be the year my hubby would get to celebrate Father's Day.

The years are quickly slipping by us, but I guess the only thing I can do is pray that next year will be our year.

I did have a good visit with my parents today, though. I'm so thankful for them and my husband!

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HOPE2BMOMMA 6/25/2011 4:23PM

    emoticon Your not alone we will get there together! emoticon

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ALLIB22 6/20/2011 12:05AM

  Me too. As the day draws to an end I try to ignore the tears that slip out. At least I managed to hold it together all day in public. I pray next year is the time for us both!

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SARARUTER 6/19/2011 8:13PM

    I am praying that you can celebrate mothers & fathers day next year! You are in my thoughts today!

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Advice from a Craigslist Friend

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I feel like I've had a pretty successful day today. I ran with my friend Rocky again (we finished five minutes quicker than last week--woot!) and then I came home and did P90X. Ug. This isn't a workout routine I'll do everyday, for sure, because I ended up logging two hours of fitness minutes. My muscles have that wobbly, wonderfully sore feeling when I stretch or flex. Love that feeling!

I'm trying to train for the Warrior Dash in September. I met a guy last year--I fondly call him my "Craigslist Friend" but it's not what you think!--I bought my motorcycle off of him, and I found his ad on Craigslist, thus, he's my "Craigslist Friend." Hehe! We found that we have a lot in common like hiking, reading, sarcasm ( emoticon), and such, so we've maintained contact through texts and Facebook. This guy is such an inspiration to me. Last year he quit smoking and took up running. He also finished P90X a few months ago. He says he wants to be in the best shape of his life for his fortieth birthday later this year. So he runs trails. He logs outrageous miles. He started out slow, but now he will often run twenty miles at a time. He's training for a 12-hour trail race in July (50 miles!), and he will be competing to be the "Toughest Mudder" in December (a 24 hour race!) since he was a top finisher in the Tough Mudder competition.

I figured who better to ask about running? His advice to me was simple. I was hoping for an inside secret (he did mention trail burritos, but that's another story! lol!), but he assured me it was simple. This is another thing I like about him--he makes you feel like you can do it. Even though he runs marathons and outruns men half his age, he doesn't make you feel inadequate--he has confidence that you can achieve your goals.

So his advice? Mainly, slowly add mileage. Don't add more than 10% each week. When I told him I was impatient, he said that my knees and connective tissue will thank me. Okay, I can accept that. But 10%? I would like to start at 10 miles a week--I think this is a reasonable start since I can already do 3.5ish miles at a time. So if I run three times a week, I'll achieve my goal. Next week? Add 10% for 11 miles. The next week will be 12.1 miles. Maybe this won't be so bad after all.

In short, I'm not a runner yet, but I hope by the end of the summer I can be logging outrageous miles myself.

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VEGGIE8 6/23/2011 3:38AM

    Sounds like a great plan! You can do it! I find that signing up for races has been a great motivator for me to keep on training. Good luck!

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CATNIP14 6/19/2011 6:43AM

    what kind of landscape / town / terrain are you running in? I can't visualize it - I'm picturing 'Rocky' mountains and 'muddy' treks with eagles and racoons (oh no wait, maybe that's a disney film I saw)
(also - for your English friend - what's Craigslist?)
and finally - emoticon

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SARARUTER 6/18/2011 11:51PM

    great to know! Hopefully I can be starting to add up some miles too :)

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MISSY455 6/18/2011 10:36PM

    Sounds like great advice! Wishing you much success as you reach for this goal!

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