Friday, July 16, 2010
So some of my teammates from my dragonboat team are participating in an upcoming Relay for Life event. I participated with the team last year, but as I had done the 5k portion of a triathalon with other teammates the same morning, I was very tired (and out of shape!) so I didn't stay for the whole thing, or meet any of my goals for taking part in the event.
I want to participate this year and actually stay for the whole time, as well as meet a mileage goal. One of my teammates in particular has pledged to walk a marathon distance during the time we're there. Ever since I heard her talking about it, I've had it in the back of my mind that I could do a half-marathon distance. Granted, I have not been training for this at all like I should have been, but I feel like if I take breaks and stretch, 13 miles over the course of an afternoon/all night is really not that much.
So, I am going to publicly commit to completing a half-marathon distance (13miles) during the Gresham, OR July 31st Relay for Life event.
If you so desire, I would love to have your support - I'll be walking in honor of my grandmother, Eleanor, who passed away 10 years ago from lung cancer. Cancer has touched many of my patients lives as well, so I'll also be walking in their honor.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Just a quick note to drop off a photo montage I made this morning of my before and afters to date. These show my progression since October 2009. Maybe not super obvious changes, but I certainly feel it!
Have a great day all!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
*happy Snoopy dance*
I met my second milestone goal today! I am so excited to prove to myself that my eating and exercise habits are showing true results, as well as being enjoyable in terms of cuisine and mood.
I had been planning to schedule my facial for next week, but as I was already downtown today for other appointments, I called and was able to get in right away. It was blissful!! I felt so pampered and relaxed, and my skin is now as glowing and beautiful as I feel on the inside. As an extra bonus, I treated myself to a hair wash and style. I asked my stylist to blow dry my hair curly, something I almost never do for myself as it takes a long time with all this hair I seem to be blessed with. It looks (and smells - yum, Aveda products!) amazing! I texted my DH to tell him about my joyous day in the sunshine and now he wants to take me out to dinner and drinks to celebrate :) I have enough calories banked from all my activity today to do this without worrying about it. It was a pleasure to walk everywhere today and it's now going to be a help for going out later. I love my life and the positive changes I'm making in it.
Ahhhhhh, great day! I hope you are all having a great one too!
Friday, June 11, 2010
For some reason, I'm thinking "Alice in Wonderland" this morning - probably because we did the Jazzercise routine to Kerli's "Tea Party" song yesterday - fun song, strange but entertaining music video, just like the new "Alice in Wonderland" movie.
I am feeling so good! The past week and a half has been really on track eating and exercise wise. I am having to incorporate vegetables into every meal even more than normal to keep up with all our CSA veggies plus our own garden's production. I feel like I'm eating a giant salad with every meal, which is good, because all that bulk fills me up so I don't overdo it on more calorie dense items.
This week in particular, exercise-wise, has been really good. I've made it to double Jazzercise twice, and I've found that both times, the second class I had so much more energy than the first. DH is a little worried that I'm going to overdo it and get burned out on going, but I am totally enjoying myself. The owner of the studio was teaching again in my second class yesterday and called me out in front of the whole class (it was a packed room of about 35 Jazzercisers), saying "Don't you guys think she should be an instructor?!" He told me after class that he'd make an exception to get me in to the next round of training even though I missed paperwork deadlines. I'm still thinking about it, and I know DH is concerned about me overextending myself with more jobs, but I'm there 5 days a week anyway - why not get paid? Something to definitely ponder this weekend.
I read an article in Shape magazine a few days ago that has been irking me since I read it and wondered what you guys thought. It was one of their "transformation" type articles about someone who was overweight and overcame their bad habits, lost what they wanted and of course are now living their ideal, most awesome life. It made me mad because they described her as 5'4" and that by the time she was in her mid-twenties, after being fit in high school, she had "packed on the pounds to reach 154." The phrase "packed on the pounds" really bothered me. This is exactly where I am right now and I have worked really hard to get here. Their phrasing seemed so demeaning and rude, and I guess it struck a nerve. I've been considering canceling my subscription to this magazine because of issues like this in the past few months. Not only have they become more focused on stylized ideals of beauty, but they're also shifting to a lot more celebrity coverage, which I could care less about. Those people aren't anything like normal, everyday Joes and Janes and its a total waste of my time to read about what Kim Kardashain is doing to keep herself looking like she does. I'm not her and I never will be (and I don't want to be!) I guess I need to look more for a magazine like Women's Health or something that is more health and fitness based rather than image based. Shape used to be a much more fitness based magazine, but they are definitely shifting to more image focused features. Not sure that's for me.
I am so close to achieving my next big goal - 152 and a facial at the Aveda Institute! I know I'm going to reach it this weekend. Can't wait to call and schedule it!
Hope you all have a great weekend, wherever you are!
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