Tuesday, October 13, 2009
How many times have you said, "I can't"
Did you try? How well did you try? Did you try again?
It's an amazing thing
The human spirit to overcome
My "I can't" used to be running
But oh how I wanted to
My eldest daughter joined the cross country team and I so much wanted to practice with her
But a number of health issues prevented it...besides my own "I can't"
She once told her coach that she runs for me because "I can't"
It actually hurt me...because I wanted so much to share this with her
Well since that time I have watched people run and wanted so bad to it would make me very sad. I used to jog a few seconds at the most 15, yes 15 seconds and thought I was doing something miraculous - for me it was, I didn't die. Since I have been on spark people I have been trying to do more things but run was scary. My heart rate would get high, I would have trouble breathing (I am asthmatic), and wasn't quite sure where my feet were. I have worked through these issues by talking to people who do run, talking openly and honestly with my doctor, and just TRYING. A month ago I saw a post on facebook about a Couch to 5K training and I thought "Couch?" well I ain't that far down but I can give this a try. Well I started out my plan by increasing my walking speed for two weeks and then started their plan.
I didn't think I could do it
Last night I was to start Week 3 and you have running spurts of 3 minutes. I was barely able to do 90 seconds last week and now I need to do 3 minutes - that's double! I was determined to give it a shot but I was scared too. What if I fall down? What if I can't reach the stop button (on the treadmill)? What if I can't breathe? So I told my youngest daughter, "You gotta stand right here in case "I can't" make it." She was really giving me a hard time but tells me, "Mom, you can make it." and "I will be right here." further away than I was comfortable with but I was determined and started running.
I did the first spurt of 3 minutes, Whoa! It felt good
Then the second came, I was growling the last minute but did it.
My max heartrate was actually below where my max has been before, so that is progress, I was breathing pretty good, and I never lost footing.
I CAN CAN CAN RUN!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I texted my gym friend the other day because I haven't seen her in almost 2 weeks
She texts back, "You are just never there when I am."
Couldn't we all say that
I was there when you weren't
We must hold ourselves accountable to someone if we are to stick to our plans
Once we start making excuses for not showing up, it's easy to continue to make excuses
I am not saying that my gym friend isn't telling the truth, I am saying I have said that and felt like I was dodging someone even though it was true
I tell people, I am going to the gym, I am on a plan, I workout everyday after work, and they come back with "How far did you run today?", "Did you run in the cold?", "What's next on the plan?" It's a two way system, I report, they inquire, I report, they inquire, it keeps me going.
Where are you? Who are you telling? Are you reporting? I am here, waiting for you, wanting to share with you, wanting to cheer you on in your accomplishments too, come with me, let's chat and run!
Thursday, October 08, 2009
What is your fundamentals? How can they help you lose weight?
Exercise: it's easier to take the elevator but the stairs aren't that hard
the gym is free for me so no excuse there
Vegetables: I love 'em but now I make them more important
Nothing for dinner? Pull out all your vegetables and see what you can make besides a salad...stir fry with tofu is my fall back (tofu freezes well and I get it by the case)
Water: Never had a problem there but I did eliminate ice, your body uses water better at body temperature or close
Accountability: never reallly had this before the BL site and I am finding that I am missing it with this site so somehow I must fix it for myself
Remember the fundamentals, eventually you will get there
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
and do quite well
My daughter wanted sloppy joes today
We stopped at the store for milk so I looked at the sloppy joe mixes
The 3rd ingredient on all of them was High Fructose Corn Syrup, there were things I couldn't pronounce but my daughter really wanted sloppy joes, so I decided to wing it.
Ground Turkey, 97% lean, onion, garlic, red pepper because I am not supposed to eat green, tomato sauce no salt added, salt free chili powder and some simmering....we had some good sloppy joes
Since I made such a big batch, I thought I could make chile for tomorrow night, but my beans were missing from the pantry, so I cooked up some lentils put them in added a can of diced tomatoes (no salt added of course), let it simmer and we have chili for our busy night tomorrow!
You can do it too! What tastes good together? Put it there, play with it, you'll get it eventually and the sense of accomplishment will help you through.
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