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The Answer Is In The Adventure

Sunday, August 21, 2011

So speaking of Yoovie (as I did in my last blog), she wrote a blog last week that really hit home - go check it out if you haven't seen it yet:

Here's the important bit:

"If you could go on any physically demanding adventure in the world, within 5 years, what would it be? (and dont wahhhhhhhhh me about I CANT!!!! this is about your freaking imagination, people)

And... how could your next workout feel like the first step?"

One of the things that REALLY struck me about the last season of The Biggest Loser was seeing the contestants face their fears and going on adventures in New Zealand (my blog about that:

The answer is in the adventure. Seriously. (FWIW, that's a line from one of my mate's poems...see, there are reasons we're together.)

When I dusted off my sparkpage at the end of May 2010, I had what I considered at the time a pipe dream to do a full marathon before I turned 50. Well, I'm well into training for a half marathon coming up in October, and yep, I'm planning on doing the full Flying Pig Marathon this spring. Which means I'll actually be doing it a full year early (something I wouldn't have believed had you told me that in May 2010). AND I'm doing a Warrior Dash in a little over 2 (!) weeks - which I never in a million years expected to do this soon (no really, I'd thought "maybe in 2012" when I first heard about them).

So...then what?


The honest truth is that I don't really see myself as a "runner for life" - I want to do a marathon so I can say "Yeah, I did that - I rawk!" But marathons aren't the end-all and be-all to me (and I suspect once I've finally done one, I don't know that I'll care to repeat the experience). But there are other things. Like hiking mountains, maybe getting back into tennis or learning a whole new sport, or who knows maybe someday I WILL jump off the top of the Space Needle.

If I could go anywhere and do anything...what can I aspire to achieve?

If you can dream it, you can BE it.

What adventure do YOU want to make happen in your life?

Think about it. I know I am.

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MONETRUBY 8/22/2011 7:42PM

    Maybe the adventure lies in figuring out where the adventure is?

So Confucius of me, no?

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DRAGONSPITTLE 8/22/2011 11:51AM

    You know what I want to do? And I have been thinking about this and plotting how long and what training would be most effective. I want to go on Wipeout! So bad I can almost taste it! It looks hard and fun and waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone and I WANNA! SO! After this year of becoming a bike commuter and prepping for Burning Man next year (read next fall) I am planning to start a strategic training program designed to help me at least get past the first round.

Also, they now have a warrior dash in Oregon! I wanna go do that next year, too! (it's like Wipeout, but with more people and less TV LOLOL)

HUGS and I thanks for the good blog!!

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ESBELL 8/22/2011 11:10AM

    I have always dreamed of hiking the Adirondack Trail, but..... Not for a few years - let's get the kidlets out of high school first!

A closer dream would be a rim to rim Grand Canyon hike. But the more I think about that one, the less I want to do it. I'm tired of the desert.

I need to explore long trail options in the Northwest!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/22/2011 2:12AM

    Ah, yes, facing our fears. The hardest step to do, and probably the most valuable. Most of us don't step outside our comfort zones. I know I have a tough time with that. I am finally realizing that the only thing worse than risk is not taking any risk at all. Life cannot be lived without some risks.


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Meanwhile - This Week's Tracking Post

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Main Challenge : Shared Inspiration for 30 Points or 0 Points: 30 points
BONUS : Fresh Iron for 10 Points or 0 Points:
Each of us has many sources we lean on when we need a shot of added inspiration. Be it a book, a magazine article, a podcast, or a friend, we all have different resources that can help us gain perspective or fresh ideas to continue to progress towards our health and fitness goals. Over my time on spark, I've been happy to add fellow spark members to my list of inspirational resources. For the main challenge this week, share links of at least 2 people on another team (or on spark in general) that motivate you, share why they motivate you, and what you can adopt from their plan/approach into your lifestyle. Share this in the ALL-TEAM thread.

For the bonus challenge this week, create a new strength training routine and do it at least 2 times this week. Share your routine in the ALL-TEAM thread as well.

WRMC Week 4, 22-26 August (Mon-Fri)

NUTRITION: Each goal is worth 25 points a day. MAX: 100 points/day
1. Stay within your Calorie range
2. Stay within your Carbs range
3. Stay within your Fats range
4. Stay within 1,000 – 2,400 mg Sodium

M [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] = 100
T [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] = 100
W [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] = 100
Th [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] = 100
F [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] [ X ] = 100

WORKOUT GOALS: 100 points each day you make goal.
3 days of cardio, 30 mins each day (walk, run, dance, aquacise, etc.)

2 days of strength training: Use this Spark video by Coach Nicole to get your S/T points. The video allows you to choose Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. No dumbbells? No problem! Use two cans of food, full water bottles, or even milk jugs (you choose what you’re able to work with – water, sand, gravel – and half full or completely full – half gallon or a full gallon jugs).

M [0 ] [0 ] = 0
T [ 0] [0 ] = 0
W [X ] [0 ] = 0
Th [X ] [X ] = 100
F [ X] [- ] = 0

WATER: Are you getting enough water? Read this Mayo Clinic article about how much water you lose each day and how you tell if you’re drinking enough. For this WRMC, we’re going to aim for “8 x 8,” or eight 8-ounce glasses, but if your doctor advocates more or less, then let that be your guide. Can you drink too much water? Yes, but it’s rarely done according to the article. Earn 100 points a day if you get “8 x 8” or whatever your doctor has advised.

M [ 100 ]
T [ 100 ]
W [ 100 ]
Th [ 100 ]
F [ 100 ]

DAILY AFFIRMATIONS: Repeat this three times a day:

100 points/day

M [ 100 ]
T [ 100 ]
W [ 100 ]
Th [ 100 ]
F [ 100 ]

Question Of The Day (QOTD): 20 points for each question answered
M [ 20 ] T [ 20 ] W [ 0 ] Th [0 ] F [0 ]

In The Spotlight (ITS): 20 points/question; 500 for being the interviewee
M [ 80 ] T [ 0 ] W [ 0 ] Th [0 ] F [0 ]

Huddling on the WR thread: 20 points for huddling twice a day
M [ 20 ] T [ 20 ] W [ 20 ] Th [0 ] F [0 ]

Fill The Pool: post the number of 8-ounce cups of water you drink per week on your WR template

56 glasses


No Challenge Challenge?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I'm torn.

I've got a couple of challenges wrapping up this week - both the DIY/Blue Valkyrie challenge on Yoovie's team and the BLC18 (from the 30 somethings team, which I petitioned to get into just so I could check out their BLC challenge) Bronze Warriors Team (see tracking post here:

I'm also 3 weeks into the Inspire Challenge (a challenge from the Done Being The Fat Girl team), AND I know BLC17 will be gearing up soon. Yoovie's next challenge (called Pimp My (P)Ride) will be starting the same day as BLC17 - it's supposed to be a ST challenge. No clue when the Bronze Warriors will start up the next round...that's kind of fallen off my radar (as you can see on the tracking thread by the fact I didn't get around to doing the drills and I just can't muster any enthusiasm to care much).

And I'm seriously thinking it's time to drop them all. At least for a while.

There are a couple of reasons - the biggest problem I'm having is roving weigh-in days. For Inspire it's Saturday, Bronze Warriors it's Monday, and of course the big BLC challenge it's Wednesday. Of all the days listed, Saturday is the best for me (primarily because I never work Friday nights, so getting enough sleep before weighing in isn't a problem). But I can't take the yo-yo affect of weighing in more than once a week - SO if I were to continue with all of the above I'd probably just take the weight from Saturday and apply it everywhere. The other thing is keeping track of it all - you've seen my "tracking posts", and for all that I'm "the goddess of spreadsheets" it's becoming overwhelming even to me. PLUS, my primary focus right now is getting ready for the Warrior Dash next month (2 weeks from this coming Saturday! Yipes!) and the half marathon in October. Getting the mileage in is kicking my butt as it is (and I'm going to try to keep this going to do a full in the spring? Yeah, I'm obviously crazy).

BUT, challenges help keep me on track, and push me out of my comfort zone.


So...pondering is. I'm definitely dropping out of the 30-somethings' BLC - NOT the friends, and I'll keep cheering everybody on, but I think that one needs to go. I want to give the Inspire challenge and my Wave Runners team a fair chance, so I'm going to at least stick through that to the end in November. That leaves Yoovie and my Wisteria Wolves...and that's where I find myself torn. Yoovie really challenges me to kick it up a notch, and ST is something that easily falls by the wayside when I'm training for races like this. But my wolves...well, they're my wolves. As it is I already backed off from being co-captain for the next round, and the very thought of the new round starting up no longer throws me into an instant panic attack... But I still feel fairly burnt out and I'm afraid my less-than-enthusiastic outlook will bring the team down. So I'm not sure the best way to go there.

Oh well, I've still got a couple of weeks to figure it out.

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SEYSARAH 8/22/2011 12:46AM

    You put a wonderful voice to my own feelings and the circumstances underlying it.

Since 2007 I've been on various challenge teams and have enjoyed them all both as participant, captain, leader etc but there comes a time as you say where you get a bit burned out, have other responsibilities and well as you put it...overwhelmed.

I don't have any answers..each of us have to do what is necessary for the time...drop some possibly and come back later..drop them all, keep one..I just don't know...but you are in good company because I am in the midst of deciding what to do as well..for me it just gets to be too much to keep up with three challenges at once and take leadership responsiblities too...

Hopefully you will have a clear view soon for what you need and can do for yourself..any tips for deciding send my way.

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EUPHRATES 8/22/2011 12:04AM

I can't quit my wolves lady, just thinking that makes me want to cry too. I just need to figure out how to balance it all. :)

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MONETRUBY 8/21/2011 11:21PM

    Do I even need to SAY it?

Ultimately, you need to do what is best for you. And I certainly understand how one can get burnt out after several rounds of the BLC. But I'm still going to cry uncontrollably for several minutes if you decide to slink away from the wolves. And I'll probably cry on and off for several days thereafter. Then be in a funk for a while after that.

Not that I'm trying to sway you, or anything.

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HEY, that's my trainer!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


Okay, she's not *exactly* my trainer - that would be DOLLFITNESS (aka Christy), who's not a personal trainer, she's just one of the generic fitness coaches who help people learn the machines, etc.

But Jessica Leonard IS the trainer I mentioned in this blog the other day:

I knew she was deeply involved with Girls On The Run (you'd be amazed how many of those day-glow shirts I see around the gym, she gets EVERYBODY involved and there are a bunch of girls who train with her in groups in the afternoon), but I didn't know she was training for a triathlon specifically to raise money for them right now! Sweet! Now I want to train with her even MORE (I've been trying to figure out how to afford a few sessions with her, 'cause I can see how much she rawks just being around her at the gym).

See why I emoticonmy Gym Family?

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EUPHRATES 8/21/2011 7:58PM

    I go to the Mercy Healthplex at Western Hills (what used to be St. Francis St. George Hospital) - it's exactly one mile from my house. :)

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AIRPEACH 8/21/2011 6:52PM

    So now I am curious - which gym is it that you go to? Feel free to send me a message instead of responding here. I really need to find a place I like.

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KELLEEH 8/21/2011 1:36PM

    How cool is that? Awesome!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 8/21/2011 9:42AM

    Holy Ironman! That's too awesome! And I'm a huge fan of Girls on the Run...ever since I've heard of them, I participate as a running buddy at their events. It is a great program!

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MBUSSAN210 8/21/2011 8:33AM

    Wow! What a great thing. How awesome to be able to set that kind of a goal and achieve it! Super motivating. Thanks for sharing this.

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Rough Day

Saturday, August 20, 2011

It all started with the scale.


THIS is why I know better than to weigh myself more than once a week. And I'd been doing pretty well with that too, but for those few weeks where I was trying to figure out what day is best for weighing in ('cause gods know Wednesday as weigh-in day is about the worst possible day for me, THANKS BLC, thanks a bunch...grrrrr), I got back into the habit of stepping on the Foul Beast from Hell if not every day, at least pretty much every *other* day, and for me that's super dangerous in a "Well dammit why am I even trying?" kind of way. Seriously.

This week, I've seen numbers as low as 193.5. And just yesterday it was 195. Today? On the day it mattered (as my weigh-in day for the Inspire challenge)? 197 - RIGHT back where I was last week. And you know what? I know for a pretty darn near 99.99% certainty it'll be back down in the 195 or lower range after my next sleep - just watch. If for no other reason than I knocked out 8 miles for 900+ calories burned today. *sighs*

Okay, so that's how the day started. And went downhill from there, thanks to an e-mail that pretty severely hurt my feelings. I'm giving myself 24 hours (and a good sleep) before I decide how I'm responding to it - if for no other reason than I recognize we're still in Mecury Retrograde (so communication is fraught with drama in the BEST of circumstances), and also I suspect some of what was sent was fueled by PMS - so I'm doing my darndest not to take it personally. I know it wasn't meant that way, I truly do. But it really hit a spot that's pretty tender in general (in the "Okay, to the rest of the world this may not matter much, it's not a 'real wedding' or anything, so I don't expect people to treat it like one with showers or parties or anything, but it means a helluva lot to ME and it sure would be nice if other people would treat it like it mattered at least a *little* to them..." kind of way).

Dammit...NOT going to cry at work. NOT.

*deep breath*

And then there's the whole work thing. I HATE working Saturday nights. I HATE working here period. And I HATE feeling undecided about how to handle things. Seriously. During my wog today I got myself all fired up and decided I was going to throw down the gauntlet, call a meeting between me, my boss and the mainframe boss and say "Okay, here's the deal - I will be your project manager for all mainframe maintenance (since nobody else can apparently handle it), but that means that NOTHING gets planned that isn't run through me, and I get the respect I deserve (currently totally absent from my c0-workers, particularly the person I directly report to) and some kind of title to reflect that respect for doing so. Or you can kiss my *ss, and do the whole shebang without me - your choice." Except I don't WANT that kind of responsibility...not really. What I want is out. But out in a way that won't destroy our finances...and there's no good way to do that. Well, no way I've come up with other than taking that Nurse's Aid course the 2 weeks directly following the handfasting (and considering some of what I apparently have to handle myself thanks to the aforementioned e-mail, I'm not going to be able to afford it).

But you know what?

I win.

I win because as low as I was feeling (and when it's low enough that Captain Oblivious aka my Mate notices I'm being too quiet, well you know it's got to be REALLY low), I still got out there and knocked out 8 miles today. It took longer than last week (because I had a hard time getting up the enthusiasm for running much until I'd been going for about a mile...then the endorphins - and the anger - kicked in, along with some awesome "kick butt" music I've added to my workout playlist recently), but I did it. And then, when we met up with our friend Jimmy and he took us to dinner (for picking up his mail while he's been stuck up north dealing with problems that needed fixing in the "old house" while trying to get moved into the "new house" down here), I ordered a *half* sandwich from Izzy's, thus making much better choices than I *could* have (because seriously, I love me some Izzy's).

So yeah. Take THAT Emotional Eating Monster. I totally kicked you to the CURB today.

Now to survive the next 10 hours at work without the headache I've been fighting since about 7pm becoming a full blown migraine. *glances up at florescent lighting* Yeah, here's hoping.

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ZCTMMOM1 8/21/2011 9:54PM

    I am sorry everything sucks....I think your handfasting is SUPERDUPERSPLENDIFEROUS! Does that help? (((eu)))

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    Great job on those eight miles and your food choices. emoticon


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AIRPEACH 8/21/2011 6:56PM

    *hugs* to you, and way to go on the exercise! I love Izzy's too.

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DRAGONSPITTLE 8/21/2011 11:53AM

    Go you and your bad self!!! I dream of the day i can go 8 miles on purpose. =)

And I shake my fist and threaten with a boot to the head the big jerkface that made you cry!
If by "real" they mean signing a financial contract with the state, then they are not terribly well informed about what a life time commitment to another person means.

Love and be loved and I send you new job juju!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 8/21/2011 10:24AM

    Hitting tender spots, scale battles, and hating your job would be enough to make even the strongest of us all hit the emotional eating button. Good for you that you didn't cave........and that you ran to boot!! Hope the headache stayed away.................

......and good for you for seeing the positives in all the negatives that the day threw at you.

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HUGS!!!! Sure hope your night gets TONS better than your day was!!!!! WOO HOO YOU for still running EIGHT -- count 'em --- EIGHT miles!! YOU ROCK!!

Will keep my fingers crossed for you about the headache subsiding! I feel your pain with florescent lighting!! BEEN THERE, DONE THAT TOO!! Hang in there!

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TWEETYKC00 8/21/2011 12:28AM

    major hugs for you dear! you're doing great even if others around you don't always say so. keep up the good decisions and the hard work, fight your demons with the good fight!

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 8/21/2011 12:17AM

    I'm one of those people that weighs almost every day, but I chose ONE day that will count as the official weigh-in day. And, the rest of the days are just guide-posts to see how things are going. Now this only is effective for me cause I have one of those bio-impedance scales, and with it I get the information of whether the increase in weight is water or fat. Before I got the bio-impedance scale I only weighed once a week. I do find that weighing every day gives me more of a chance of staying on plan - or getting back on plan if I fall off - than ignoring the scale.


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CHARITY_DAWN 8/20/2011 11:52PM

    awww hun I'm so sorry that you have all this to deal with you truly do not deserve that at all!! emoticon

Here's to hoping that the migraine monster doesn't get ahold of you... hope you have a good day tomorrow

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MONETRUBY 8/20/2011 11:32PM


Seriously, I think we need to throw something at Mercury to shock it out of retrograde. I still think we need to work on a human-sized slingshot, to send a *certain someone* straight at that blasted Mercury. emoticon

And big kudos to you for not letting the beast get a hold of you, and for knocking that run out, despite your mood. emoticon

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