Thursday, July 30, 2009
Oh wait, it's a hummingbird and it is sitting on my fence, not my shoulder. Never did get that part of the song anyways, how is a bluebird on your shoulder supposed to be lucky? Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen to me. Oh cute!! He is scratching himself with his little leg!! Sitting here watching my little friend I am contemplating why I like hummingbirds. I am thinking that I should make a hummingbird my mascot. Team Heather with a hummingbird on my shirt! I've come up with three reasons why a hummingbird should be my mascot. First, they are fast and I want to be fast!! Hummingbirds are the cheetahs of the bird kingdon. I am doing my C25K program, today was the day off so we (we, not being the royal we, but my training partner-my sister Kristen and I) walked. It was a great walk! Little bichon Daisy kept us moving. She, that is Daisy, and I have a little competition going, she absolutely must be in front and so if I ever get ahead of her the race is on. I am steadily working on getting fast. I am breaking in some new shoes and I think they are slowing me down (yep! I'm blaming the shoes). They are not at that super comfy, fitted to my foot, stage yet. They get a little more breaking in time and then it is back to the old ones to see if there is a difference. Second reason I love hummingbirds, they seldom stop moving. They are always on the go. From here to there. I am sure my little friend stopped by on my fence only for two reasons. He is the only hummingbird around and has little competition for the food source (my neighbor's bush) and he had an itch that needed to be scratched and you can't give an itch a really good scratch if you are flying. Even when they are eating hummingbirds are burning calories. Now, I realize that the eating on the fly thing does not exactly work for humans so I have to adapt that part but, I want to keep the high metabolism, burning calories like crazy part. I read an article once on hummingbirds and they actually have a really hard time getting the nutrition they need. Their metabolisms are so fast that they literaly need to almost eat constantly. While I would want a metabolism so fast that I have to eat all the time, I would still like one the runs the rate normal for a human. I have hypothyroidism so my metabolism does run slower than it should. I take medication for it and hopefully the fitter I get the less I will need (it happens for others, hopefully for me too). The third thing I like about hummingbirds is that they are actually quite mean, sometime homicidal. Remember how it is hard for them to get the nutrition they need? If too many hummingbirds live in an area where there is not enough food the hummingbirds will kill each other. Again, the cheetahs of the bird world. Those fencing foil like beaks, yep, that is what they can be used for. If you like hummingbirds too, install a feeder, you might save a life!! Now, I am not going to turn homicidal on anything but fat cells!!! I want to make thier nutrition so scarce that they turn on one another, killing each other off in a battle of survival of the fittest until even those die a horrible death of starvation and malnourishment! So here is my hummingbird diet plan. 1) Continue with my C25K and start planning what comes next, if I want to get fast I need a plan and I need to keep running. Make sure I do ALL my cardio and ALL my strength and bring my yoga back, since starting C25K yoga has kind of fallen by the wayside. Time to make all the pieces work together to get flying. 2) Use proper nutrition to fuel the cells in my body I do love and enjoy having around. Use proper nutrition, combined with exercise to increase my metabolism. Time to create a calorie burning machine that runs at peak efficiency. I have nearly succumbed to fancy advertising and claims of an easy 10 pound loss, but I will tell Special K and Slim Fast to stuff their stuff where it belongs. I have a pet peeve about people who think that drinking Special K water for breakfast or anyother time is an actual way to lose weight. If you like it fine, but it is NOT a diet plan. I keep reminding myself that eating right is just as effective and healthier in the long run.Fruits and vegis continue to be a stumbling point for me. Especially lately, I've done better on the fruit, yummy grapes, cherries and peaches all being in season right now, but I've nearly forgotten what a salad is. It is just time to be DONE messing around with my diet. 3) Develop a KILLER attitude. Time to be that person that shoves aside everything getting in their way. Time to say I am DONE, DONE, DONE and I'm not going to take it anymore. It is time to create a hostile environment for all fat cells. Time to tell those fat cells to hit the road, there is not enough nutrition for them here, they need to move along. 4) Make it fun!! I am so excited about the Disneyland 5K that I simply cannot stand it. Yesterday I got an e-mail telling me I MUST download my "Official Race Number Pick-up Card and Waiver". Gosh, they make it sound like a bad thing. This is Disneyland's waiver of liability so that I cannot sue them if I die or get injured due to entering their race and a release to use an photos taken of me during the race. Trust me, this year they will not be using pictures of me, maybe after next year's race :)! It is also my ticket to pick up my t-shirt and bib number the day before the race. I've never been so excited about pushing the print key in my entire life!! This race is definately keeping me going. Now to find new races and new challenges that will be just as fun to keep me going. The Oceanside Turkey Trot looks very promising!! It is down at the beach on Thanksgiving Day. Move your feet before you eat!! LOVE it!! Oceanside is probably closer to us than Disneyland, if not mileage wise, then in time it takes to get there so it will be pretty easy to go, run, come home and still enjoy a couple football games, some turkey and even a SMALL slice of pie-well earned if we run a race that morning!! Oh, and my bib number for Disneyland is 3443-I LOVE that number, there is something about patterns in numbers that I think is cool. So 3 4 4 3 is a pretty awesome number for me. Hope eveyone has a great day!!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
How come I am not fast? Why can't I run 2 miles in 20 minutes? How come the scale will budge just to stick or go back up again? Why do my hips and shins hurt when I run? Why is getting up in the morning to bleeping hard? Why wasn't I born with Heidi Klum's genes instead of Heather Reid's? Why do I have a pile of laundry that still hasn't been taken care of? (Oh yeah, that really has nothing to do with this blog.) I have answers to all those questions. I don't really like the answers, but I do know the answers. My problem is I want the answers to change and NOW!! I want someday to be today. I want to be a fast runner, I am tired of looking like the last runner of a marathon after I have only run for one 3, then 5 minute interval. You know what I mean, shuffling gait, slow as molasses, but still plodding forward. I want to be able to run not just 2 miles, but 3 miles in 20 minutes, right now it takes me 37 minutes to go 2.1 miles. Granted I am still doing intervals, but if I tried to run the entire distance, I would die (really, I think I would just fall over on some poor homeowner's lawn and pass on). I don't know why the scale is no longer my friend but, for now, I am pretty sure that maybe I can convince my body to be fit, but it will always be fat because for some strange reason, no matter what I do, the scale is being rude to me. Why do my shins and hips hurt-well, because I weigh way too much and they are not used to this kind of activity. Getting up in the morning-well, that is because I am a night owl and getting up in the morning will probably always be hard. And of course I don't have Heidi Klum's gene because I am Heather (although the German version of my name is Heidi so if I'd been born German...nah, never mind). So, some of these things are going to change and some aren't, like the pile of laundry (I have a husband and 3 kids laundry is my life for at least the next 15 years). Will my shins and hips stop hurting? Eventually, I am sure, like I keep telling myself during every run "this is making your muscles stronger and strength is good". Will the stupid scale budge-maybe, eventually and if it doesn't then tough because I am going to keep running even if it keeps telling me I am fat. Will all this exercise ever make me look like Heidi-HAH HAH HAH are you kidding me, even I am not that clueless!!! I am 5'3 1/2 (yes, I always count the 1/2) with a stocky, athletic build. It's currently hidden, but once it is uncovered it might resemble Shawn Johnson if I am lucky. So I guess Patience has to be the key word for awhile. Someday seems so far away, but maybe, if I am patient it will arrive sooner than I expect. Patience, Patience, Patience.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I didn't walk this morning and am beating myself up over that decision. I went back to bed instead. I have lots I HAVE to do. Lots I WANT to do and no plan for any of it. Later I will be making play dough for the kiddies. I have never made my own play dough before but found a well rated and easy recipe so it should be easy enough. I guess it is time to get off my keester and start a plan for today so I can get everything done and still have some fun too. Hubby has a church obligation tonight so it will be a good evening for me to get my workout while he is out. I can put on my guilty pleasure-old episodes of the Gilmore Girls-and work my tushie off. Strength training today too. Okay, time to get busy...
Monday, July 27, 2009
Today C25K bumped us up to a 3 minute run, 90 second recovery, 5 minute run, 2 1/2 minute recovery and then repeat. I thought I would never make it through that first 3 minute run. My shins were TIGHT today and I was feeling it before being half way through. But, I did it and stretched a little during my recovery time and then here came the 5 minute run...
"REALLY? You want ME to run for 5 minutes? Pretty sure I am going to have to stop and walk a little bit and then pick up running again. Okay, so far so good. Uggh, this is HARD. Okay, I'm running to that part of the sidewalk were it does that little zig-zag thing. There already, okay, I'm running to that street light. Ooops still not far enough, okay to that car WAY up there. What? We're done-I didn't even make it to the car..." That is pretty much what it sounded like in my brain this morning. There was a repeat during the second 5 minute run. We were slower today. Strangely enough, since we did alot more running, but that is why I was slower. My sister did quite a bit of back tracking-she's fast. I keep telling myself though, she is also considerably lighter and when we weigh closer to the same amount she better watch out-hehehe-love you sis!! I think by Friday we will be back down to where we were last Friday, maybe even faster. It takes a little getting used to-running 5 minutes that is. I like it though and am looking forward to September, and then another 5K in October and a Turkey Trot in December and a Jingle Bell thing in December and then maybe I'll start training for a 10K in June!! It'll be time to start upping the ante right about the new year. Plus, it'll actually be cool in January, February and March-can't wait for this heat to end.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Just having a restful Saturday today!! Down loaded a new workout mix from itunes today-remixes of some really fun songs like Xanadu, and Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, all done at a rate guaranteed to keep you moving. Finishing up some of the odds and ends of shopping that needs to be done. Went out and found a good pair of running shoes for me-ON SALE!! While in the shop we were also looking for church shoes for son and youngest daughter. Couldn't find anything I would accept as church shoes for son, so gave up the search for now, did find an addorable pair for daughter though for $5!! Woohoo!! Love the bargains. She loves them and wants to wear them today instead of waiting for church tomorrow. Went to the produce market and got some beautiful blueberries for muffins tomorrow along with the other basics I also needed. Sent husband in search of fresh corn on the cob-unbelievably the produce market didn't even have one single ear of corn!! Hubby is following up a lead from a friend that the Mexican market has corn and at a good price. This is Southern California, so we really do have Mexican markets, not much different from the American Supermarket, but all the signs are in Spanish. You can find really good deals there and they have the best carne asada and pollo asado. MMMM! Hope he comes back successful from the hunt. I need to cook and wrap in foil 30 half-ears of corn for a church function this evening. Pioneer day!! A Mormon tradition celebrating the day the pioneers entered the Utah valley. Since my ancestor was the leader of the second wagon train that entered shortly after the first I suppose 30 half-ears of corn is really the least I could do. Well, time to get back to work. Still have an entire house to get clean!! I am ready to toss out every toy my children own in order to have a more orderly home. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
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