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Just a fun day.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Went to a birthday party for two nieces today. Had a blast. Swam in the pool. Went down the water slide!! My goofy brother took pictures of me going down the first time, when graceful as I am, I kind of lost my form and went in the water cock-eyed and tushie first!! Great, just what I need more embarassing pictures of me! Kids had a blast with their cousins. Only ate one piece of pizza and one small cupcake, did munch on yummy vegis! Not a bad day food wise and an enjoyable day all around.

  
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KING*GET*FIT 7/13/2009 12:39AM

    Laugh at the picture with them. It is better than being embarassed over it.


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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/12/2009 4:21AM

    Life is all about having some fun Heather, and that sounds FANTASTIC FUN!
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CRAZYGAGRANNY 7/11/2009 11:50PM

    Now that is one of my days! I love to jump in and have fun too! That is what it is all about! Good for you!

Barbara

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/11/2009 8:49PM

    Wow impressive. What a fun mom you are.

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W1D3=I did it!!! I finished week 1!!

Friday, July 10, 2009

I did it, I did it, I did it!! I finished week 1 training of Couch to 5K!! And I shaved 2 minutes off my worst time!! Yesterday I missed my walk due to a bum knee I wanted to rest and I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the task at hand. Feeling like "why bother any more, just save myself the agony, I won't be able to do it, I can't do a 5K in less than 45 minutes, what am I thinking?" But today, I got up, my knee was feeling much better, I wrapped my knee, and went. The wrap really helped, even more than I thought it would and I pushed!! I started each jog slowly, but then tried to lengthen my stride and make each movement longer and smoother and faster. And, by golly gee, it seems to have worked. Even at the end, when my sister is usually outpacing me by a longshot, and jogging in place at each corner to let me catch up, I was still hot on her tail. During the jogging she outpaced me quite a bit-she is way ahead of me on this fitness thing, but when we reverted to just walking-I ALMOST kept up-she only had to jog in place for a little bit. Last Monday by the end I was dying-dragging my feet-anxious for us to get back to the start so I could stop. By today I was not dying-tired, out of breath, still ready to stop, but NOT dying!! I think I might be getting fitter. I still have a long way to go until I will be doing 5K in 45 minutes or better, but today I saw that, if I keep working hard, I just might make it!! Today I am digging through my storage chest, somewhere in there is a medal I won YEARS ago-before I ever had children. The only reason I won it at all is because there were only enough entrants in our city's Turkey Trot in my division that we all won a medal-LOL! But, I won it. I think that race took me between 50-55 minutes and I didn' t jog a step that I can remember. I am posting that sucker on my wall to remind me what I once accomplished because when September 5th is over I will have a second medal to add to my poor, lonely Turkey Trot medal (or was it the Bunny Hop-oops it had been way too long-better get it out just to remind myself of which race it actually was!!). So, I have two days off from running and on Monday we amp it up again. I weighed this morning and I am still a few ounces above the weight I was before my birthday week meltdown, but the scale is finally moving in the right direction again. The running has got me moving again in more than one way!! Hurray!!
Update on library day. Son received his award for 2nd place in the contest...a teddy bear. Oh dear!! Yep, six year old boy was not too happy. He would have been thrilled with books-kid loves to read. He gave me his teddy bear, telling me that I "could have it because it was kind of a girl thing anyways." Today, after the walk/run I stopped at our 24-hr Wal-Mart (it was about 5 am) and picked up a Star Wars toy-they have these little characters called Galactic Heros that come in a million different Star Wars characters. He got a super battle droid and a jedi called Luminaria something or other (a girl jedi, but he is okay with that because she is a jedi after all and girls who carry lightsabers are still okay). He was much happier with that reward.

  
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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/10/2009 3:53PM

    I am so pleased for you Heather that you improved today and managed it through that injured knee.
And what a great mum you are treating your son to something more suitable, bless him.
Have a great weekend hun, you deserve it
Luv
Caz


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KSW1963 7/10/2009 1:48PM

    Hey we are on the same schedule! I finished W1D3 today too! I'm so proud of us!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 7/10/2009 1:04PM

    I usually only jog a mile but you have make me want to try a 5K.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/10/2009 11:46AM

    I'm so proud of US!!!! We are doing so good! Week 1 down...8 weeks to go before we cross that finish line and scream "GIVE ME MY MEDAL!!!"

We WILL do it!! See you on Monday if not before...enjoy your days of rest!

BTW - I enjoyed my yoga workout this morning! Although, my computer didn't read the DVD you made for me. But I had downloaded a free PM Yoga podcast from iTunes recently. So I did that one. Definitely mellow...but good for a total beginner like me.

I downloaded two others - the Anytime Yoga - AM (the counterpart the free download) and Everyday Yoga - Beginners. I'll definitely have to way until I learn the poses better before I attempt the audio workouts. I'm looking forward to another yoga session soon! Thanks for turning me onto it...I don't think I would have tried it without your encouragement!!!

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HOME-BODY 7/10/2009 11:41AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYOU DID IT MY FRIEND!!! I'M SOOOO PROUD OF YOU!!! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING!!!

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I'm an avacado??!!

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The last couple of days I've been filling in the rest of the measurements added to the updated Weight and Measurements Tracker. LOVE the changes they made and the new things to track. I have always been disappointed in the limits set to the measurements section. I have always felt that arm, thigh, calf, etc should be measured as well as bust and chest (I think it is important for females to be able to measure both since the girls sometimes shrink pretty and the chest can be a better indication than the girls-plus if you want a bra that really fits you need to know both-hehe). Now, with the new changes I can measure all those things. I added bust and chest under the additional measurements section!! So cool-thanks for the changes Spark. Anyhow, I finally got around to using the waist-hip ratio calculator found under the Healthy Lifestyle-Fitness section to calculate my waist-hip ration. Now, I am good enough at math that I could have calculated that myself, but the Spark calculator also gives you your ESTIMATED body type as well as some information about each body type. I have always figured I was a pear. I am very hippy. Even at smaller sizes my pants are a size larger than my shirts to accomodate my hips. Come to find out I am not a pear and I am not an apple, but I am an Avacado! I have never heard of avacado before. The article says that avacados are not as common as pears and apples. Always I knew I was different from the norm!! Avacados carry a moderate health risk from their genetic body type-higher than the risk pears bear, but lower than the risk of apples. Interesting. The article says that your body type is genetically determined, but it also says your body type is an estimate. I suppose it is possible, once I get rid of some this padding, that I will actually be a pear. Have to wait to find out. The main thing is that, no matter what, I do need to get rid of the padding!! I didn't walk this morning, stupid knee is bugging me again, but tomorrow is our run-so I am resting it and stretching so that it will be loose tomorrow. I was stupid, the youngest was yelling at me about doing something for her while I was otherwise occupied, so frustrated, I jumped up to do her thing, but planted my foot at an angle instead of straight and wrenched it again. Ugg!! Good news is it is already feeling better today. Today is library day. Our library is launching their summer program today. A couple months ago the library held a contest for the children. Entrants were asked to decorate a printed letter. My kids got E, A and V. The decorated letters were used to create a sign reading "BE CREATIVE AT YOUR LIBRARY". My son, who decorated his E with dyed and broken egg shells in a mosaic rainbow, got second place!! He will receive his award today. We have no idea what his award is, but he is very excited!! (My daughters decorated their A with acorns we collected from the park and the V with violet tissue paper squares-only one other entrant followed the letter theme thing with an L that looks like a ladybug-very cute and hopefully first place because it deserves it-since we already know my son isn't first.) So, a busy, fun day today. Looking forward to my run tomorrow!!

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/9/2009 1:56PM

    Definitely missed you on the walk this morning, but I am also looking forward to W1D3 tomorrow! Can't wait!!! Have fun at the library and I will have to congratulate Matty later! How cool is that!?!?!?! What fun..

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Updated 7/10: I'm also an avocado! I would almost bet money that Mom is as well...that's our family shape! LOL

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RACE2WIN-CHELLE 7/9/2009 1:31PM

    I found out I'm an avocado too! I suspected I was a bit different too! ;) It's our library day today, too-- enjoy yourselves!-- it sounds like you have a couple of creative geniuses there!

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KING*GET*FIT 7/9/2009 12:47PM

    I'll have to re do my measurements to figure out what I am. Have fun at the library! Good luck with the knee and ankle.

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JOANNAMARIE 7/9/2009 12:39PM

    I'm going to check out the measurement section. I agree with you that I thought it was too limited, so I never used it. But now I will! And I didn't realize there was a waist-hip ratio calculator! I am going to go check that out also!

Thanks for sharing all this today, Heather.

Joanna

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Week1-Day 2

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Whooo. Running again this morning. I really tried to focus on form today. My legs are definately feeling the work! I need to do more inner thigh and hip work. My hips are so tight I know that is one of the things slowing me down (there are an incredible number of things slowing me down and this is just one of them). This morning I focused my pre-run warm up on my hips and kept my warm up a little bit slower and I noticed a difference in my stride. Even at the end I was able to keep my stride longer. Now to just get used to running-whew!

  
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JOANNAMARIE 7/9/2009 1:31AM

    Wow, you are really determined! I don't think I could get past the hip pain. I have pain in my hips quite regularly. Yuck. I'm a big wimp.

I had to laugh when you talked about form. I wasn't laughing at you; I was laughing at thinking about what my form would look like. I'd be too embarassed. I'd be running at 2 am when I wouldn't run in to anybody I knew!

Congratulations on all your hard work. Keep it up!

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HOME-BODY 7/8/2009 1:41PM

    Enjoy you run my friend!!! You are looking good!!!


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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/8/2009 12:36PM

    You know where I really feel it, I am noticing - in my lower abs/core and outer thighs/hips. Glad to hear that it should go away - thanks ANONYGIRL!

And yes, I tried to focus on staying loose today in my run...very different than walking form!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/8/2009 12:02PM

    Good going Heather, keep at it hun.
I know when I do a different type of exercise to normal it aches somewhere LOL,
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Caz
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ANONYGIRL 7/8/2009 11:50AM

    My hips were the worst in week one, I'm only on week three day one now, and the hip pain is long gone. The day after week one was the worst my hips ever felt. They recover quickly.

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Redefining my relationship with food.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

What is food? Is it my best friend? Hardly. Is it comfort and peace? No. Is it the source of a good time? Uh-uh. Yet, this is what food has been to me for so long. The friend I turn to in times of trouble. The source of peace when I am depressed. The center of every celebration. My son is seriously tuned into my efforts to lose weight. He notices that I will turn down certain foods and he has, by himself, made the connection to calories. He has seen me look at a box or carton of food, read the label and put it back. He and I have discussed what calories are. I have explained to him that a calorie is a measure of how much fuel is in a food and if we eat too much fuel and can't use it our bodies store it as fat. So, if I can so scientifically explain that food is fuel-why is it so hard to make that connection work. Food is fuel. People are friends, blankets provide warmth and comfort and the source of a good time is the people you surround yourself with. My eating habits have slipped lately. My husband made cookies the other day and yep, I ate them, I ate too many of them. WHY??? I have no idea. Probably because I was mad at him and I equated his cookies with an appology. Jeez, that was stupid. He had offered a verbal appology, I didn't need a cookie one. If food is fuel why do I keep getting the cruddy fuel that clogs your fuel filter and dirties your sparkplugs, why not invest in the fuel that that has the special additives that clean your sparkplugs and keeps your engine working at prime levels? I keep chosing that gas at Thrify Gas instead of Chevron. So, it is time to get back to work. I have hit a plateau and need to get off and that will only happen when I start eating right again and get back to work. I previously haven't set up a real reward system, I did that today, so now I know what I have to look forward to and what I need to do to get it. Right now I've got to do alot of housework, get in my strength, which I, foolishly, didn't do this morning after my walk, and then prepare a nourishing dinner (chicken and who knows what else), maybe I will bake some wheat bread, haven't done that for awhile.

  
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TOWANDA132 7/8/2009 4:32PM

    Good Job, just keep being aware and patient with yourself.

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LVNG4ME 7/8/2009 10:26AM

    I still like the saying " Each day is a new day, with no mistakes in it." Leave the past in the past, and live each day as though it were the perfect beginning.

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KING*GET*FIT 7/7/2009 7:07PM

    I watched a news show last night about what a big mac does to your blood pressure. After seeing that I really need to work even harder as to putting the healthier foods into my body. I do pretty good but I need to do better.

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GABY1948 7/7/2009 6:28PM

    This is an awesome blog, Heather, and I can relate to it so well. And BRAVO to you for teaching your son along the way! Keep up the good work.
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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/7/2009 4:33PM

    I love the fuel analogy! You are worth way more than the cheap gas - you are a high-performance, engineered vehicle that deserves the PRIME fuel. 91 octane with Techron for you from here out!

I'm super proud of you! Cookies are okay sometimes and we all have times in our life when food is about more than fuel...it's just making sure those times become less and less which is what you are doing!

Keep it up sistah!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/7/2009 4:16PM

    It's amazing how we equate food with so many emotions- you put it so well.
Plateaus are a pain but you'll get through it Heather as you are one determined lady.
Enjoy you day
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Caz
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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/7/2009 4:01PM

    Good luck with it. The step of deciding was the hardest for me. Once decided the first day is easier. Keep it up.

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