Saturday, March 19, 2011
Just a quickie here, possibly to be expanded on later.
This morning I'm going running with the tribe. Yay! The first three runs were 1:1 intervals for all, but today we're breaking into our own pace groups. I've been training at 1:1, but I cannot legitimately claim a 13 min/mi (which is the pace group for 1:1) I'll join the 30:30 group, at 14 min/mi. It'll be interesting to see how I do/feel. I my head that seems like not enough, but who knows, I may have been doing it all wrong the whole time LOL stranger things have happened!
After that I'm hoping to come home, grab a quick/healthy munch, get cleaned up and head out for some shopping! Please understand, for me to be excited about the prospect of shopping is... unheard of. I was born without a shopping gene, and it has greatly vexed my mom and sister all my life. Now, I look forward to it - sorta. I have trouble figuring what size I need to try on since nothing - jeans, blouses, shoes! - are a standard size any more. I don't like trying on clothes in stores, but I'm learning to deal with it.
I need warm weather clothes for our excursion to Texas. My sister says they're in the 70s and 80s lately. Katie (Bill's sister) reported the same thing for Houston. Alrighty then. I have NO warm weather clothes. I take that back - I have one pair of capris that I picked up at Ross last weekend, and a few blouses I got at the same time. I'm going to need more than that, as I'd prefer not to swelter away in my jeans the whole trip! It'll be interesting to see what I can find. I could always hang out in my running togs, but somehow that seems.. not quite right LOL
Anyway, that's the plan this morning. We all know what happens to best laid plans, right? I'll let you know how it all goes. Hope you have a healthy happy active day!!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
You know how, during soccer games, there's that excited announcer shouting "GOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"?
Yea, tonight that shout was heard this evening in PDX -
Seriously. I'm was so determined to get out and at least walk this evening. I haven't done any cardio since Zumba on Monday. Well, I did walk for a quick 25 minutes yesterday afternoon during lunch. I was feeling antsy, the sun was shining and the rain had stopped, and I have new running shoes waiting to be broken in.
I got home, and got changed into my running togs, and put on my new shoes, and got myself out the door. The bottoms of my shoes were very slick on the damp sidewalks, so I was cautious as I started walking. I did my 5 minute warm-up then started slowly carefully running. I stuck to my interval, and it felt like an ugly run, but I was determined to keep going, as long as it didn't hurt. And it didn't!
Slow and steady, I kept at it. The pain in my back simply wasn't there. I promised myself, and Bill, that if it got too bad, I'd walk. If that was too much, I'd call him for an emergency pickup.
2.6 miles, 38 minutes. No land speed record, but it turned out to be one of the best runs ever. I didn't hurt. I didn't stop. I finally caught my breath, found my rhythm, and celebrated moving again. I was so excited when I got home that I was chattering a mile a minute at Bill telling him how good it felt and how happy I am. And yes, I made sure to get down and do plenty of slow easy stretching after cooling down to hopefully stave off any further back pain.
Thank you all so very much for the well wishes and goodies and comments. I truly appreciate it, and believe you helped get me back out there again!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Here's a pic of my haircut!
It's not a good picture, I had Bill snap it of me after we got back in from picking up Shamrock packets, so I'm a bit tosseled and messy, but that's exactly what I wanted! I'm liking it, and I'm glad not to have all that overgrown hair hanging around still. Yay!
That 'easy' 2.75 mile run this morning? Yea, not so easy LOL I was a bad BAD Candy and did not run on Thursday, at all (and I whined about 30 minutes running not being enough? It would have been better than a big ole GOOSE EGG ZERO minutes!) I struggled, but made it through the rain and the puddles and the cold and finished, yes I did.
Back at the store, I hung around long enough to get fitted for new running shoes! Yay me! I ended up with a very nice pair of Brooks Ghosts! They fit much nicer than the ones I'd picked up off the sale table last year LOL I've been lucky though, and haven't suffered any ill effects or injuries from running.
I just knocked the crap out of wood after I typed that!
While waiting, I chatted with a few folks, getting to know them a bit better. Yea, I'm making myself at home with my tribe!
I've also decided to reset my goals here on SP. Initially it was to go from 285 to 165 - a cool 120 lbs released by May 2011. Well, guess what? LOL I'm not going to make that goal, and that's alright. I've adjusted and restarted my goal line tracker - to go from 225 to 170. I'm a mere 23 lbs away from being Overweight, BMI-wise. That's pretty awesome! SP says it'll be August before I reach this new goal, and I'm good with that. I may pick up speed again and start losing more. If not, I'm not complaining. I'm simply happy to keep on releasing the weight and feeling better and stronger.
Tomorrow is the Shamrock Run! Quite a few SP will be meeting up at the Marine/Maritime memorial at SW Pine and SW Naito. I can't wait to see Gaye and Chas again, and hopefully get to meet BankerChuck and Reaching4More. Anyone else in the area who will be running or walking is more than welcome to join in!
Just in case, here's another bad pic of what I'll be wearing tomorrow!
LOLOLOL Those deely-bobbers are just SO me I had to have them. I'll also be sporting striped tights and Shamrock socks and green shirts and a green jacket LOL I've got the Shamrock Spirit!
Ok, enough mayhem and foolishness for now. If you're running or walking tomorrow - have a great outting! If you're only going to recover from losing an hour of sleep, have a great shorter but brighter day!
Friday, March 11, 2011
It's a two-fer! WooHoo!
Today is my Friday off, so we took advantage of that fact, by going to the gym and doing our first ActivTrax workout to get started. I got curious how far the gym is from our home, so I used SP's Map Route app to see what I could see. As it turns out, the gym is 1.5 miles away, and the route is simple, easy, and low-traffic! Awesome! We can walk to the gym and get in a quick'n'easy cardio warm-up before we even step foot in the place!
That's exactly what we did. It was mostly sunny, and not too cool/breezy, so the walk was really nice. We got to the gym and printed out our workouts. Bill's was supposed to be 19 minutes and mine was 13 minutes. We worked with each other, going back and forth between our 'tasks' and learning as we went. Pretty much each exercise that involved a machine was for a weight that seemed too light, so the next session should increase at least a little bit. I got in plenty of various crunches, which is good because I DO need to work on my core more than anything.
I'm hoping that by committing and putting more effort into ST and weights that it will help where I've been lacking and help with releasing more pounds. I've seen 224 and 225 this week, so I'm hoping I can hang in and not blow it tonight before my weigh-in tomorrow. I'm looking forward to our next gym session, which should be Monday. Unless we opt to go back tomorrow after my Galloway group run. We'll see.
Speaking of which.. I signed up for the half-marathon training group. Even if I don't manage to do a half marathon, I think the training will be exactly what I'm looking for. We meet at Foot Traffic downtown tomorrow for an easy 2.75 mi run along the waterfront. Yay! I'm still iffy about only running 30 minutes vs. running distance, twice a week, but I'm still going to keep at it, at least for now.
This evening, I'm going for a haircut! I purchased a Groupon for half-off services at Sparkle Beauty Bar on Fremont. I've been thinking about finding a new stylist/salon for a while now. I really like my lady, but she usually didn't know how to fix my hair to look good after a haircut, etc., so I'm trying something new.
My plan is to go from this:
Me, at work, just yesterday!
To something like this!
That's me from June 2008.
I don't know, I like my longer hair. It's actually been longer in the past, but with summer coming, I'm thinking it would make sense to have something a little easier to style and handle. I'd love to have hair that I could simply wash, tousle with a dab of product, and let it airdry but I'm not that fortunate. I have just enough curl/frizz to my hair that if I don't do a little something with it, it just goes every-which-way.
And yes! The pic from yesterday is a great example of what Ms Clairol Dark Auburn color can do for a grayhead. Heh. I like it, but sometimes I wish I hadn't colored it, and/or didn't need to keep it up. I can't give up and bear the shameful stripe of gray that would quickly show up at my roots, so I either embrace color for many years to come, or go for stripping the color out comletely and seeing how I like that. Hmmm.... Not this time, though. I'll stick with Auburn for a while.
I'll take a pic or two when I'm back and all styled up to let you see how it turns out!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
I know, I know - it's either feast or famine wiht me - lots of blogs, or none for weeks LOL Bear with me.
I work in IT - computers, software, hardware, technology. I read an article this morning at Tech Republic that states some of the best leaders are introverts.
I'm an introvert.
"They think first, talk later (In other words, they think before they speak.)
They focus on depth. They are drawn to meaningful conversations, not superficial chitchat, and they know how to ask great questions and really listen to the answers.
They exude calm. In times of crisis, they project a reassuring, calm confidence
[!!! OhYea!]They prefer writing to talking. This comfort with the written word often helps them better articulate their positions and document their actions.
They embrace solitude. The need to get away from people and recharge actually fuels their thinking, creativity and decision-making and, when the pressure is on, helps them be responsive, not reactive."
I think I for too long have confused and confounded being an introvert and being shy. They are not necessarily interchangeable.
My 10 lbs - 10 weeks team has a challenge this week of connecting with people - make a date with friends, interact with others socially, etc. A month ago, a year ago, I'd have balked or made some lame excuse not to try. Now, I find I'm seeking out opportunities. The running group - I know four people's names so far, and I've chatted a bit with other folks - normally not like me at all. The gym, and Zumba - you couldn't have PAID me to go do something like that by myself.
I'll continue to be an introvert - I do need my centered quiet time to recharge and regroup. I'm going to have to give up the 'shy' bit though. Shy should be replaced 'lacking self-confidence'. Shy should no longer be used as an excuse. Shy is simply going right out the window.
Maybe it's because I'm older. Maybe it's because I've released nearly 60 lbs now. Maybe it's because I can't be bothered to give a flying fig what someone thinks of me now. Maybe it's because I'm finally getting out of my own way and finding a spot in the world to stand firmly and say
"This is me - take me or leave me, your choice. I am awesome, and I am not going anywhere!"
You all have helped me make this stand and find my voice - not just here with words, but out amongst people and places in the real world. I am grateful!
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