Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Here were my goals from last year as posted 9/6/12:
-run a 5k
-read 5 books for me
-a routine to exercise for 150min/wk
I remember sitting at the kitchen table and making these, while a baby slept in the swing and breast pump was attached to me. I was in a rocky spot: postpartum depression was beginning to set in and I wanted to make some big life changes in addition to the HUGE life change snoozing away in the swing. I was overwhelmed and felt as though I was at the foot of a mountain with no map to the way to the top.
Then, I found SparkPeople in an All You magazine. I set up an account and began exploring all of the resources available. I was amazed that it was free and thankful I had found it. SparkPeople became my map to the top of the mountain. I told me to go slow, so I did: 10 minutes of planned exercise a day. I started tracking my food, incorporating more fresh foods, and making healthy meals. It became a game to see how many points I could accumulate!
Slow and steady, I made changes, big changes, lifestyle changes. My mood began to improve. I realized the importance of taking time for myself. I asked questions, I read books, I devoured any health information I could find.
I'm proud to say that I have not only achieved my goals, I CRUSHED THEM!
-run a 5k .... ran my first full marathon 9/22/13
-lose 30# .... lost 50# and have maintained
-read 5 books for me .... read 8 and have a routine of nightly reading
-exercise 150min/wk .... average 350min/wk
I couldn't have gotten to where I am today without the support of my SparkFriends and my family. My map was a slow and steady climb to the top, but I got lost a couple of times and had to take detours others. It was my support system who kept me going, pushed me, pulled me, forced me to keep taking one step at a time.
SInce I've completed my "to do" list for the year, it's time to make another! :)
By next year, I will have completed the following:
-eat a vegetarian diet 5days/wk
-lose 5# and drop to 23% body fat
-blog 4 times per month
-run a destination race (marathon or ultramarathon)
Right now, I'm trying to get back into a routine, so it feels like these goals are lofty; however, I know I can achieve them, one step at a time.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
All winter long, I kept saying, "If I can just get through the winter, summer will be easy. I can be more active and I know I have the food thing down." Bahahahahahaha! Anyone else struggle with the summer months? This was my first summer post-weight loss and I was pretty naive going into it, but I am proud of myself for maintaining. I met lots of goals: goal weight, jeans size, race distances, etc., but I wasn't prepared for the list of goals I have going into winter.
I want to lose the last 10 pounds and get a routine again. I've let the relaxation of summer and stress of marathon training take over my healthy eating habits. I'm starting small, just like I did in the beginning: fruit/veggie at every meal and LOTS (like pee every 5 min lots) of water daily.
The numbers on the scale never really tell the whole story: you'd think I'd have this figured out by now, but nope. The scale says I fluctuate 5 pounds weekly; however, my clothes are fitting differently and it's not in the "Hey I'm losing weight" way either! I feel like I'm on the bubble--I can slip back into my old, crabby, icky self or I can regroup and stay with the happy, new self I've created over the last year. I'll let you guess which option I want to go for! :)
I know it'll be a reality check getting into a routine and slowing the mouth to fork ratio, but I'm ready for it! One day at a time on this journey.
I got this...again! :)
Thursday, May 09, 2013
We've been on a rain delay from planting lately...grrr, but that's a whole different blog post. The good news about a rain delay is that I get more running time in, and lately my running partners have been night crawlers (aka worms). Oddly enough, I love the smell of them after a hard rain--it reminds me of picking them up with grandma and my little brother to sell to the grocery store for 25 cents a dozen. We'd get dozens and dozens and dozens. The proceeds would go toward ice cream bars and hoho's. :)
This morning, I couldn't help but admire all of the energy the worms put into just getting from point A to B. I've been having some off runs lately (I think I'm overtraining), so it just feels like I can't go fast enough. Watching the fragile worms cross the road inches at a time was refreshing and put my running into perspective. It's not really about a pace, medals, etc. It's getting from point A to B safely and with some enjoyment.
Some of the worms had gravel caked all on the outside, but they were still making progress. It's a good analogy for how I've been feeling lately: caked with gravel but still going. I know in the end, it will be all worth it and I'll have ran my half marathon and be proud of my time, no matter what it is; however, I need to remember that somedays are just going to be gravel caked and get over it! I guess I need to slow down and stop to smell the worms!
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I was shopping yesterday for some home improvement stuff and of course as I was checking out, I had to peruse the candy selection--what I saw made me chuckle:
I thought it was funny because I know that a King-sized Baby Ruth candy bar is not where I plan to get my protein for the day; however, this same candy bar is what I believe is confusing for so many people when it comes to getting healthy. The general public doesn't understand how their bodies work and process food. My mom, for instance, would think: Well, this must be good because it has protein in it. Ummm, no...it's still a candy bar loaded with fat, sugar, junk. I remember at one point in her life, she ate Hot Tamales like they were going out of style because they were 'fat free.' I tried to explain to her that calories build up to make fat, but she just kept saying but they're 'fat free,' they don't contain any fat. Finally, I threw my hands in the air and gave up (probably snapped my tongue and stormed off--I was a jr in high school :) )
I don't really have an answer to the problem of informing the general public, and frankly, I think ignorance is bliss to many of them, which is why the "4 grams of protein" claim works so well. For me, it's frustrating because I fell victim to this at one point in my life; however, until I decided I wanted to change my health, any one who would've tried to teach me about how to get healthy would've been preaching on deaf ears. I didn't want to listen, I didn't want to change, I wanted the candy bar!
Needless to say, I left the bar alone. It wasn't even a hard decision. The guy behind me did get a good laugh at me taking a picture of a candy bar though. I just told him it was an inside joke. :)
Monday, April 22, 2013
The weather looks terrible today: cloudy, rainy, just overall gloomy, but it's absolutely beautiful outside. It's about 60 degrees and there is a light rain that comes and goes. I was of course using it as an excuse not to run, but I didn't run all weekend, so I knew I had to get out there. I'm so glad that I did!
While running I listened to a podcast to switch things up a little bit. It was "Bigger Better Stronger Faster" and the episode is "The Importance of Sucking". It was not only upbeat and kept me moving but had a great message that transcended to my entire life: you have to be bad at something before you can be really good, but in order to get good, you need to get started!
It made me think about my whole journey to get to where I am now with my running, health and attitude. I sucked for a long time at being healthy, my attitude was negative, and tomorrow was when I was going to start running. I want to run a 2:00 half marathon and I know that it's going to take some major time management to continue my training over the next couple of weeks, but if I want to get it done I need to keep going. It's going to suck at times but in the end I'm going to shine. I might fall short of my goal but at least I know that I will have given it my all, and you know what it will just be another lesson in "The Importance of Sucking" because I'll work even harder to get to my goal at the next race!
While the podcast was great, the best part of running today were the people who drove by and waved/laughed at me while I was out running. I don't mean laugh in a mean way, more of a "I don't understand you #1 for running #2 for running in the rain" type laugh. I live in a rural area, and our road is one of the main paved roads around. I meet the same traffic out on my regular runs. I always wave and smile, just to make them wonder what I'm thinking. Today, I'm pretty sure they thought I was crazy running in the rain, with a goofy grin on my face--little did they know it was pure bliss! :)
Well, I better get into the shower. I have a nice mix of sweat, rain, and dirt going on right now!
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