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I am normal!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I’m Normal!

OK, not really, not by common definitions of the word. I remain securely off-center and unique. It’s impossible to be normal when you hear voices in your head (aka Crazy Me) whispering utter insanity (run the half marathon Rebekah, sign up for the local triathlon Rebekah)

But according to the SP BMI calculator…I am finally “normal” after starting out as “obese”…well, the calculator calls it “healthy” but “I’m Normal!” was a better blog title LOL.

So overall goal #1 – to get healthy – is met.

My May goal – to reach the 50 pounds lost milestone – is met.

And I totally left in the dust my other May goal to run 2 miles in 19 minutes. As GETSTRONGRRR said, I OWN that treadmill! I feel like I should slap it and say “Who’s your Daddy now?” (see, I TOLD you I wasn’t really normal!)

Three goals down and I still have half of May to go.

I’m at the point where I know the light at the end of the tunnel I’ve been seeing is not the local freight train about to squash me. Although I am up for leaving Crazy Me tied to the train tracks.

So where do I go from here?

I still intend to lose at least another 20 pounds although I suspect I just might add some more on to that goal once I reach it. I’m playing with the thought that I can get down to what I weighed in my early 20s.

I need to be able to maintain the 2 mile run speed throughout the rest of the year. But more importantly I need to be able to get to that same speed running outside. That will be my next running challenge.

I need to step up work on the pushups. I’ve held steady at 30 so far this month and have not really been working on them. Now that I know I can do the run this is the next hardest piece of the testing. I need to do a minimum of 50, I think in 2 minutes, without stopping.

And I need to really focus on getting the rest of the moves signed off to get ready for black belt testing.

I want to be able to earn my black belt by the end of the year. My stretch goal is mid-October. The testing date in October is just a few days before my birthday and it would be awesome to earn black belt in time for the b-day milestone. So that is what I’m shooting for right now, as long as I am comfortable that I will not re-injure myself to meet this goal.

And then…I need to figure out how to maintain everything I have learned this year into a sustainable healthy lifestyle. I’m concerned that once I leave the “weight loss mode” and enter “weight maintenance” that I will not be able to find the right balance and will end up a permanent resident in yo-yo land, gaining and losing the same weight over & over instead of just holding steady.

What is certain is that I would not have gotten this far without all my Spark Friends and community. You have all been a wonderful inspiration and help in keeping my focused & motivated. I do not have words adequate to tell you all just how much I appreciate all of your support.

Crazy Me, however, feels her words are adequate so I will put her on – be warned, she dances around like a cheerleader on speed & channels Dora the Explorer…

emoticonWe can do it! Yes we can! We can do anything! We WILL do it! We will do it together! It will be fun! We will love doing it! We can do it! emoticon

OK, New (Normal) Me back again. If anyone wants to take a speed-freak perpetual Pollyana insane alter ego off of my hands I would be more than happy to start the transfer. I am deathly afraid that I will wake up one morning to find that, in a moment of weakness where I combined caffeine & sugar, Crazy Me took over & signed me up for a marathon or worse. I am quite happy with my 2 mile run, thank you very much, and hope I have learned my lesson about the dangers of caffeine & cookies when sharing head space with the certifiably insane Crazy Me.

  
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ATURTLESPACE 5/20/2011 4:54AM

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You know, I have a bumper sticker on my car that says "normal people worry me", but I think in this case I can make an exception emoticon
You have worked so hard for this, way to go!!! Congrats!

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CALIKIKI 5/18/2011 7:20PM

    Woo Hoo for you!

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MCJULIEO 5/18/2011 9:41AM

    Crazy Me makes life SO interesting......

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DOODIE59 5/18/2011 9:22AM

    Congratulations on all your hard work and focus. Who knows where you'll go next!
Deirdre

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FREECANDY 5/18/2011 8:20AM

    So awesome...you have made so much progress! Yay for being normal! emoticon

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TIGGERJEAN 5/18/2011 8:11AM

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INIT2LIVEIT 5/18/2011 7:59AM

    I have said it before and i will say it again - you are a machine
Good job!!!
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ASEXYWITCH 5/18/2011 7:40AM

    I am so happy for you reaching the BMI "normal"! I dream of the day! But please don't go normal in any other way! Love ya just the way the you are! I feel that Black Belt is yours as you can accomplish anything! As far as maintaining, you just stick with what worked to get you to where you are now! I personally am a Sparker for life!
And really, Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!

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VYVIENN 5/18/2011 7:19AM

    Waait, wait... let's not put Crazy You out to pasture quite yet... I think... we should consider... CONSIDER, I said!... possibly-maybe-perhaps running a half marathon with Natalie next year. The Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon which she's doing in Vegas in December also has an event in L.A., and the SPCA has an open team for anyone who wants to participate. Now, I have two obvious problems with this at the moment: it's in L.A., practically on the other side of the world from me, and it's more than even the threepointone miles I'm training for right now. But... MAAAAAAYBE... the Crazies could mull it over... in the back of the head someplace away from the light for a while... (duck! sssssssst! and cover!!)

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LINDYPAINTS 5/18/2011 6:41AM

    LOVE this Blog! So happy to hear you are "normal", but also understand that there is no such thing! emoticon
Well done on all that hard work and good luck as you go on to new goals!!
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Talking with the Crazy...or Why Cookies are Evil

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday is a regularly scheduled running day and since it was too cold & too wet to garden instead off to the gym I went, after enjoying a Turkey Flatbread from Subway with a single Raspberry Cheesecake Cookie for dessert. This is an important point and wholly to blame for what happened next.

"Self," New Me said to myself, "Saturday we cut a full minute off of our time. We are under our May goal time of 19 minutes by a full 15 seconds."
Crazy Me replied, "Yes we are, New Me. And I bet you that tonight we can do better"
New Me thought for a second and agreed. "Yes, I believe we CAN do better."

New Me got on the treadmill and started off at a respectable 6.5 miles per hour, which equals 1 mile in 9:13. So 2 miles would be 18:26, which is a 19 second improvement over Saturday's time. New Me was happy with this progress. New Me got into the groove, hitting the 1 mile mark, and started to zone out to the music.

Suddenly New Me noticed that the treadmill seemed to be going a lot faster. “That’s strange,” New Me thought. “I hope the treadmill isn’t breaking while I’m on it. It did seem pretty wobbly when I started.”

Then New Me looks at the display. It read 7.0 mph! “How did that happen?!? Crazy Me! She did this to me! I am so going to kick her ass into the middle of next year!”

“No, wait, look at the display” Crazy Me shouted, “1 mile in 9:01, we can do it! We can hit 18 minutes, we can, I know we can! We can do this!” (side note…Crazy Me apparently channels Dora the Explorer) “Don’t stop now, we’re halfway there! I did this for our own good, you’ll thank me in less than 9 minutes!”

And damn if the bitch wasn’t right.

My actual finish time was 17:36 but I lost 6 seconds pausing and restarting the treadmill so I could take the picture.

Crazy Me is now going to be impossible to live with. I have already found several race flyers in my possession with little recollection of how I got them. Some are for 5ks, some are for 10ks, some are for half marathons.

Crazy Me is insane. To keep the peace I have had to appease her by promising we would move up to a 10k…eventually.

And this, boys & girls, is why cookies are evil…they feed the Crazy.

  
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DENISEFOR110 5/17/2011 9:01PM

    Nice post. I think I like crazy you, she gets it done!

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/17/2011 8:30PM

    Crazy is as crazy does.....cookies alter your basic brain chemistry, making it easy for Crazy Me to infiltrate

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MCJULIEO 5/17/2011 4:19PM

    Agree with TiggerJean
"We definitely need a "crazy" emoticon face. "

You GO, GIRL!

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/17/2011 11:44AM

    Crazy Me sounds kinda dangerous.. but fun.

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VYVIENN 5/17/2011 10:15AM

    Mwahaha. Heeehee. Heheheheheeeeeee! Mwaaaahaahahahahahaaaaaaa! emoticonNutcase say: Go, Crazy, go! We take over world soon now!!! emoticon emoticon

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LP5200 5/17/2011 8:55AM

    Is your "crazy" available for play dates? I think I need to channel her next time I hit the treadmill...

Congratulations on the new time!!!

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KRISTIARLINE 5/17/2011 8:23AM

    Fabulous!

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DOG_MOM 5/17/2011 8:13AM

    Hilarious and awesome at the same time! Way to go on pushing yourself and getting to a new PR!!!!

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TIGGERJEAN 5/17/2011 8:12AM

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We definitely need a "crazy" emoticon face.
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ADDYSGETTINFIT 5/17/2011 7:58AM

    Love it! And emoticon on the emoticon new time! emoticon

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ATURTLESPACE 5/17/2011 7:32AM

    Okay, cookies definitely don't have that effect on me... or my Crazy is just of a different nature than yours...
Wow! (I seem to be saying this a lot lately with you) You give me hope for this whole running thing though.
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ROUGENOIRE 5/17/2011 7:29AM

    Well done, I wish the cookies made me run that far and fast!

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Did she...or didn't she? That is the question...

Monday, May 16, 2011

My goal this year is to earn my black belt. A requirement for the black belt test is to run 2 miles in 18 minutes.

Saturday I ran 2 miles in 18:45, reaching and leaving behind by my May goal of 19 minutes.

So how did I do tonight?

DId I reach my ultimate goal requirement of 18 minutes?
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I SMOKED IT!


'nuff said

  
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INIT2LIVEIT 5/17/2011 7:24AM

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OBLACK1994 5/17/2011 3:19AM

    GOOD JOB!! LOL yeah you did that! :) emoticon

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THISYEARSMODEL 5/17/2011 2:43AM

    Congrats!!!! emoticon

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VYVIENN 5/17/2011 1:41AM

    Haha, reminds me of EA Sports Active (the first one), when the fake trainer lauds your running efforts by saying "You're moving like you OWN that track!" Great job!!! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/16/2011 10:14PM

    You OWN that treadmill!

Good job!

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KRISTINKP 5/16/2011 9:52PM

    That is awesome!!!

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CRE8URHAPPY 5/16/2011 9:30PM

    Way to go girl! You are doing AWESOME!


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NICKIEBH 5/16/2011 9:26PM

    Congratulations on smashing your goal! emoticon

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4EVERFIT011 5/16/2011 9:09PM

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TWEETYKC00 5/16/2011 9:08PM

    whoohoo, great job!

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Another rainy day

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I am so tired of rain. Warm rain would be somewhat bearable but all of our rain has been cold. And we have several more days of rain forecast.

Blah.

At least Friday was nice & I was able to get started in the garden, filling in the beds with soil & compost. Even in the cold Saturday I got a lot done. More than half the beds are filled & planted. Last year I got an arbor with a gate on clearance in the fall & stored it all winter. I wanted an arbor for a long time & need the gate to keep Fat Doggie out of the garden so when I so it for 75% off I grabbed it.

But...after assembly there is a 12" gap between the gates. It decidedly does NOT look like the picture on the box; double checked the installation & I did put it together correctly. Now I know why it was on clearance. Grrrr...

I will have to improvise, which is not always my strong suit.




If today hadn't been a rainy day I would have been able to finish filling the beds & planting & put up the fence. I have a colony of rabbits living under my deck who are VERY fond of my garden and especially love my pepper & peanut plants. They will completely ignore as unworthy the extra lettuce I plant just for them and go for the good stuff. Fat Doggie would get the rest if given the chance although he has learned to leave the peppers alone. I plant HOT HOT HOT peppers.

In other news....

2 more lbs. to go to hit 50 pounds lost. However, life in yo-yo land predicts that since today the scale went down tomorrow the scale will go up. So it will probably be a few days yet before i hit that milestone. Here is progress to date:

At the beginning, 195 pounds (after losing my 1st 9 lbs)


Today, at 156 (48 total pounds lost to date)


Making progress!

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

  
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DOGSTARDADDY 5/16/2011 11:35AM

    That is some progress you've made! Good for you.

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MCJULIEO 5/16/2011 9:51AM

    I am trying as hard as I can to send you some of our drought!!!!

Your garden looks FANTASTIC! Doesn't it just warm your heart???

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VYVIENN 5/16/2011 1:28AM

    Feel free to send some of that rain overseas. We've been threatened by the weather forecast several times now, but nothing much has happened after that. Still, the dang weeds grow and grow... (we live in an apartment complex that has caretakers who are supposed to mow the lawn, but since this crap has really started sprouting, nobody's been around)

Will you just LOOK at that amazing progress you've made!! emoticon emoticonI hardly know what else to say! But I'll be ready to wear out the party emoticon in another couple of pounds!!! emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 5/16/2011 12:36AM

    Oh, my GOODNESS!!! You are doing FANTASTIC!!! I just bought a bathing suit yesterday and I can't WAIT to do a new suit picture for the record! Have you seen the older ones on my page? You had the best idea, though, taking it with the same suit and everything!!!

Can I PLEASE have some of your rain? Just put it in a blimp and have them fly it over our house and just DROP it! We've had 1/4 inch in four months, total! Ugh! Brown, dry and windy, every day these days! We should get a balance, shouldn't we? emoticon

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MKGARNER1 5/15/2011 9:29PM

    Hey girl, its sucky here in SW Michigan too! cold as heck and raining like crazy. Spring will get here soon, I hope.

The pictures are great. You can really see your progress!

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GENEVIEVE_KING 5/15/2011 8:54PM

    YOU ARE SO AMAZING KEEP IT UP!!!!!!

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JEALOUS OF YOUR PIC! hope i get there someday... yours, jen

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DLGILBERT 5/15/2011 8:10PM

  I know what you mean. It has been raining here everyday and it poured today. I can't even get my garden planted. I pray the rain will stop soon, and dry off so I can get my plants into the ground before we leave for vacation.

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We're not gonna gain it

Friday, May 13, 2011

With apologies to Twisted Sister's song We're Not Gonna Take It. I sometimes have way too much time on my hands in meetings...

Oh we’re not gonna gain it
No, we ain’t gonna gain it
Oh we’re not gonna gain weight anymore

We’ve got the will to lose it
There ain’t no way we’ll choose it
This is our life, this is our song

We’ll fight the cravings that be ‘cause
Fat’s not our destiny just
Here’s the truth fat, you don’t belong

Oh we’re not gonna gain it
No, we ain’t gonna gain it
Oh we’re not gonna gain weight anymore

Oh you taste too sweet and gooey
Your nutrition is sadly lacking
We don’t want nothin’, not a thing from you

Your lure is old and jaded
Boring and confiscated
If that’s your best, your best won’t do

We’re right (yeah)
We’re free (yeah)
We’ll fight (yeah)
You’ll see (yeah)

Oh we’re not gonna gain it
No, we ain’t gonna gain it
Oh we’re not gonna gain weight anymore


  
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SPARKLISE 5/15/2011 9:50PM

    You should record this rapody. It's the best! emoticon

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7356WILMA 5/13/2011 1:03PM

  I have to say the same!!! I love it!!!! emoticon

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NINJA_SMOO 5/13/2011 11:13AM

  Awesome! Loooove it :)

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