Monday, January 09, 2012
I am born & raised in Georgia, but my parents are from Western PA - need I say more! I'm a huge Falcon & Steeler fan (I love me some NFL). My biggest dream would be that they play each other in the Super Bowl! My girl's always ask who I would root for and I always say the Falcons because I'm a Georgia girl! Well that dream is over this year. Nothing worse than the Steelers loosing to Tebow and the Broncos, (huge Tebow hater because he's a Gator! I also like college football!) except maybe the Falcons just not showing up! I also wanted New Orleans to loose (very badly) and the Bengals to win. So, every team I rooted for lost!
Oh well, at least DD#2's basketball team won Thursday & Friday, so they're on a streak!
Even with football & basketball, I did my weight DVD on Friday (which I hate - need to find another one or I'm going to stop) and ran on Saturday. I used my new stopwatch and was real excited about my time. I thought I had increased my run to 3.4 miles, but when DH got home that night he asked me where I had ran and then he corrected my math and I only ran 3.2 miles (nice of him huh!), so my time wasn't great, but I did increase distance and I did run the whole time. So I'm still working on my goal to lower my PR 5K time.
The sun is going in and out of the clouds right now, but it doesn't look like it will be raining when I get off work, so I'll go for a run today. The weather has been really warm (67 right now), but humid and rainy. Tomorrow & Wednesday a cold front will come in after the rain, so I guess I shouldn't complain!
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Well I hate to admit it, but I'm a statistic! I've let myself go rouge over the holidays. I think I have managed to put on the obligatory 5-7 lbs. I had an extra 2+ going into my vacation and have managed to put on about 5 more. I've been eating nothing but junk and lots of it! Thankfully DD#2 has had to run for basketball so I've kept up the running, but she only has to run 2 miles, so I've been doing about 2 miles instead of my normal 3.1. I guess anything is better than nothing, but I've been struggling with the 2. I know most of this is due to my, crappy diet.
I've really enjoyed spending the holidays with my family, but I'm actually looking forward to going back to work on Tues. I need my routine. So, I'm going to try not to stress over it. What's done is done. I was looking forward to a New Year and not having to loose weight, but it's good timing to get back on track and have a goal or "resolution".
So on Tuesday morning I will get on the scale for my official weight and get my plan in motion to get back to goal. I'm also going to work on improving my running. My next 5K is not until March (unless I find one earlier) so I want to improve my time.
Therefore, my official resolutions or 2012 goals:
Back to goal by loosing 7 lbs. (appx.)
Improve 5K race time to under 36 min. (PR so far is 36:28) by increasing distance & doing strength training 2-3 times a week.
Today I'll watch a little football (go Falcons), finish taking down the Christmas decorations (not as much fun as putting them up) and try to eat right (not doing so great so far, I ate the left over Chinese for lunch and am eye balling the brownies). Tomorrow is supposed to be real cold, but we're going hiking and then back to work on Tuesday.
Happy New Year and here's to 2012!
Friday, December 16, 2011
I guess I'm like a lot of people during the holidays, I'm struggling to eat right and exercise. My weight has crept up a little the past couple of weeks, but I'm still within 2 lbs. of my goal (although now I'm 1 lb. above goal instead of 2 lbs. below - so I've gained about 3 lbs.).
Running is my cardio of choice. The last 8+ months, I've managed to maintain running at least 2-3 times a week. Last week I went twice and this week only once. Any free time I've had, I've gone shopping. Last Friday I went for 3 hours, Saturday for 4 hours and Sunday we had our big family party. Monday shopping (and rain) and Tuesday I finally got to run. I used my new shoes and it felt great, but Wednesday was work late, pick up DD#2 from basketball and Christmas cards. Last night was DD#2's basketball game and tonight its a Girl Scout thing with DD#3.
DH has been working a lot of hours, but he managed to get in 2 runs this week (when he worked evenings), so I didn't have him to motivate me. He works this weekend, but I'm determined to run Saturday (either before or after more shopping - I should finish up!) and probably go on a hike Sunday morning and be ready for Live Nativity rehearsal Sunday late afternoon. DD#2 will get another running log on Tuesday for basketball over the holidays, so that will be some motivation!
Sounds like a lot of excuses to me, but I swear shopping has to be considered cardio because I'm exhausted when I get home!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
I was opening the refrigerator last night (as I often do!) and noticed there was a picture on the door. I have 3 kids, so there's all kinds of pictures, magnets & stuff on our refrigerator, but there's not any of me (except for a couple of team softball pictures where I'm one of the coaches). Anyway, the picture on the fridge was a family picture from Disney World taken about 10 years ago. DD#3 who is 11 was about 8 months old. It was a happy picture and the kids were so cute. However, I was "HUGE"! I probably weighed about 60 lbs. more than I do now. I quickly took the picture down. Later that night, DD#2 asked if I saw the picture. She wasn't being completely malicious by putting it up (although a little in her teenage way!), but she knew it would bother me. I said "yes and I took it down".
I don't even know where she got the picture. We are probably the world's worst picture taking parents in history. If I didn't get pictures from my sister, friends, family, etc., I would have very few pictures. I would definitely not have any to post online. I only have one "before picture" on my Sparkpage and that one is bad enough and I was only about 45 lbs. heavier. I never really hid from the cameras, I just don't have a lot of pictures period. Anyway, even though it was a little disappointing to see how big I really was, I'm so thankful that I started my journey to better health last year. I am often amazed at how much energy I have given I'm 51 with 3 busy kids and a full time job. I know I would be falling asleep more on the couch @ 8:00 pm!
So I guess "before" pictures are a good idea. I just don't want it on the fridge!
Monday, December 05, 2011
big time! The race on Saturday was not a "flat" course like I had blogged before (or had hoped). It was very, very hilly and very hard! I added 2 min. to my PR. It was a fun race though and I'm glad I went.
I was a little concerned because it was supposed to be in the low 30's at race time, so I ran out to WalMart the night before to try to find something to wear. It was already 9:30 pm. and I was already tired from DD#2's basketball game (they got creamed and the fans were obnoxious - come on people, it's middle school and your team is winning. Do you really need to yell at the referees. What an example - although the girls played like the parents yelled - dirty!)
Anyway, I digress. I woke up pretty tired, but the race was @ 9:00 am., so at least I didn't have to get up @ 6:30. I had my bib, so I got to the event @ 8:30, warmed up and headed to the start line. I did this one by myself again (I'm so brave!). This was a pretty big group for me. There was about 500 people and a lot were dressed in Christmas "stuff" and everyone was given jingle bells in their race packet (it was the Jingle Jog). It was actually about 40 degrees and actually got warm during the race, so the cheap WalMart stuff was fine.
The race started on a big hill, and when you got to the top of that hill, you turned right and started back up another big hill. At the top of that hill, you could see all the runners ahead of you at the top of the next big hill. I decided to plug along and just run as long as I could. A lady came up next to me and said she was going to run with me because she liked my pace (slow?!). She said she had done the Savannah Half Marathon and that was "easy" compared to this race. I asked if she ran the whole time and she said she walked a lot of it. We started to go down hill so she went ahead of me, but I kept my pace. We got to the turn around which was about half way and started back up the hill. This was a major incline and really didn't flatten out. I don't know how there were more ups than down, but I swear there was!! I had to walk most of that hill. The finish line was past where the race started, so we really didn't get much "down hill" at the end, but at least we weren't going back up again. I could just make out the clock at the top of the hill and it was already 38 min. so I turning it on and finished @ 38:31. My slowest race of the 6 I've done (even slower than the one that we ran back in July at 90+ degrees @ 8:30 am.) I did end up passing the marathon lady back up the hill, so at least I beat her!
I was worried about my shoes because I am in dire need of new shoes and my feet have been hurting me while running. My insoles helped, so my feet didn't really hurt during the race. I did notice that my toe on my right foot was bothering me a little. I had a small cut or something, but forgot to put on a band-aid. When I got home and was taking off my shoes, my right sock was soaked in blood and it had even soaked onto the shoe. I showed my daughters my sock and saved it to show DH when he got home. I was a warrior and was proud of my battle scar. Even though it didn't really hurt much during the race, I'm still awesome because it was a lot of blood!
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