Saturday, May 14, 2011
I did it!! I ran a mud run!! It's been on my "to do" since last year and I finally did it. And, boy was it ever FUN!!
Got up nice and early and got ready in my oldest gear :). No point in ruining anything I like :). Turned out to be a cloudy and chilly morning, I was glad for that because I didn't want to wear a hat or visor.
Got to check-in and picked up my goodie bag, number and shirt. Let my son wear the shirt since he forgot his jacket :).
Goodie bag had some fun stuff in it, a small towel (that was cool), a water bottle (not a bottle of water, a water bottle-the plastic kind with a sport top spout (cheap-o but cute)), some little give-aways from some of the sponsors-a bitty football, a key chain, best thing in there was a coupon for $15 of my next purchase of a pair of shoes at the store where I got my pair that are starting to show their age!! Woot! $15 off is pretty good!!
After that we headed back over to the nice bathrooms before the lines started. This race was at a local baseball/soccer field and there are regular bathrooms over by the soccer fields so we went over there instead of using the portas (which there were plenty of by the way).
I still haven't opened my envelope with my number in it so I finally opened it and the bib itself was the most basic ever...white with red numbers no logo or anything...timing chip attached to the back though so that was interesting. My number was awesome...here is a pic of me with my number before pinning it on...
We hung around for awhile, found my mom and it was pretty much time to start. I was in the first wave and got to the start just in time...it wasn't very clear how to get to the start-lol!!
Got through the first of the mud pits (going down on a knee in both of them-lol-I'm such a klutz-lol). Then through the pipes. Remember, I was afraid about the pipes? They were so HUGE all I had to do was stoop over and walk through :). Not a problem at all. Wouldn't I have felt REALLY stupid if I had let that fear hold me back? Then over the cargo net. That was fun too. I did a pretty good job getting over :). Oh, before I forget, spectators could watch at the pipes and cargo net so my family is there cheering me on. As I run up to the net I say "how do I do this?" My sweetie 4 year old says "You just have to climb really good Mommy." Awwww...so I did, I just climbed really good :). Then it was off into the hills....lots of hills-lol.
Run through some tires, climb over some huge tires, down a HUGE hill, dodge some baby frogs (that was not a scheduled event-lol), up some HUGE hills, through some more mud, over some hay bales (that was easy), down a steep hill, through a sand crawl (where I tweaked my knee a bit, but it worked itself out), up a steep hill where there was a girl with a hose making the hill muddy (she was having a blast!!), down a hill and over the wall-the ONLY challenge I couldn't meet was the wall and I'm okay with that...I will be working on upper body strength before next year. Just before the finish was one last mud pit . (All that stuff in the middle is probably out of order-I was just trying to get to the end-lol.)
The bars kept getting shorter, forcing you into the mud, at the end I didn't feel like doing the limbo so I just dropped and crawled through the mud :)
Then to the finish, where there were dog tag style finisher's medals...I wasn't expecting that :).
It was a great race, I had a blast and finished!! Don't know my time due to a timing chip malfunction that had me coming in at 1:41:something....except I started at 9:00 and finished around 10:00 so I'm calling it an hour even :). My mom even ran it and finished. Most of the pics are "too large" to load so I'll try a little photo editing and see if I can get them loaded.
It was fun, I got dirty, and my clothes are all glittery from the mica in our dirt-lol!! Hope everyone else has/had a great day. :)
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Nope, has nothing to do with the latest hoo-hah on SP...today is MUD RUN day!! I've done my best to prep. I've done my runs this week. I've been doing my strength training. I've tried to psych myself up.
Honestly, there are probably obstacles I won't complete. A little sad, but okay with that. It's my first mud run and I still have A LOT of weight to lose. This is a trial run so that next year I can run this same race again (hopefully they will do it again) and conquer it with style next time. If I get myself through the pipes and the sand crawl I'll be happy with myself. You know, that fear of really tight spaces thing.
So, I'm trying to keep the nerves under control. I'm wearing my black running pants that won't show any mud stains. I'm wearing my old sports bra, not my newish Fiona. I'm wearing a really old shirt (not even technical fabric) because it's old and I won't care if it is ruined after today. It even has a small hole in the side-lol!! I'm wearing shoes I saved specifically for this purpose. I took off my wedding rings, because since they are loose enough to twist around I'm afraid they'll be loose enough to fall off in the mud. In fact, I'm completely jewelry free. I'll be running blind because I refuse to wear any pair of my glasses at this thing. That's okay I'm not that blind, everything will be a tad blurry, but I'll be able to find my way-lol!
Hubs is taking the camera, so I'll be posting dirty pictures later :). Have a great day all!!
Oh, and I lost 3 pounds this week...WOOT!!
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Sorry, I've had a busy week :).
Successes this week-still no meat (except fish), that is amazing to me!! Tonight will continue the streak...hamburgers for the fam, nature burger for me. Also, ran twice already this week, and have exercised everyday except Sunday :).
Challenges-yesterday was a bad eating day...I didn't pay close attention and ate some stupid stuff and too much stupid stuff...back on track today though.
Also, yesterday I somehow managed to slice the end of my big toe. Have ABSOLUTELY no clue how I did it. We were rushing around getting ready to go to soccer practice, I put my shoes on as I ran out the door. When we get there I get out of the car, start walking and my toe hurts. WTH? So, I walk over to wall, take my shoe off and my toe is all bloody. I look more closely and there is a nice little gash right along the end of my toe. I check my shoe and there is nothing in my shoe. WEIRD!! The only thing I can think of is that in the rush I bumped my toe against one of the floor vents or something similar and didn't even realize that I'd hurt myself. Anyways, it hurt during today's run, but not enough to keep me from running. So that is good anyways.
So...this week, so far, has had its ups and downs. It is Thursday, we are almost to the end of the week so the theme for today is FINISH STRONG. I've got today, Friday and Saturday to make it great!! Saturday is the mud run, but also a friend's party (catered bbq). Not sure how the bbq is going to go. It might be the end of the meat free streak. I'm going to have to think and choose VERY carefully at the bbq though because on Sunday it is off to my aunt's house for a mini-family reunion/special event. My aunt is an Atkins fan so the chances of there being ANYTHING healthy at her house is slim. I'm hoping, fingers crossed, that she'll prepare the old family recipe for tostadas. If she does then I can skip the meat, and have a tostada salad with some refried beans. Have no clue if that will be the case though. Fingers crossed I make it through the weekend without making a hundred bad choices. I'm allowing myself two bad choices (one each day) and hoping I'll use those on dessert-lol!!
Here is to 4 upcoming days of success :)!!
Saturday, May 07, 2011
I LOVE that phrase...I can't take credit for it though. Got it from this awesome blog... zenhabits.net/weight/
Read the blog if you have the time...it is really good...if you don't have time stay here, I'll summarize it :). Essentially the blog talks about something most of us here at Spark have already realized...in order to gain better health you have to start with making one healthy choice. We all started somewhere, we all had a moment of realization where we knew something had to change and we all knew that we had to make a decision that would lead us to a healthier lifestyle and the one thing we ALL have in common is that our decision to do something led us to Sparkpeople.
We all, in one way or another, found our way here and have been striving to make those healthy decisions day after day. The decisions we make though are as varied as the people on Spark. Some of us run, some walk, some work out to videos at home and some at the gym. Some simply try to eat a variety of healthy foods, some are vegetarian, some vegan, some are pescetarian (lol). Some have "only" 20 or so pounds to lose, some need to lose well over 100 pounds. There are women and men. Multiple countries are represented and probably almost every ethnicity. The one thing we all have in common is making the choice to change something and become healthier through those changes.
Back to the spiral of success...I went off on a bit of a tangent there...the blog talks about how making that one choice can lead to a spiral of success. It's that spiral of success that draws us to certain sparkers who motivate us and keep us moving forward through their own success. They are examples to the rest of us of how the spiral works. Some of us struggle to find the spiral!! The blog makes it sound so easy, but I think there are many of us who struggle and might be wondering just where that spiral is. Take the time to really get to know those who we look to as examples and you will see that they, too, have days when the spiral seems to be hiding, the real trick is to hang in there long enough to find it again.
Let me share an analogy with you...where we live has long been a location sought out by gliders for our strong and steady air currents. Not hang gliders mind you, but airplane gliders. These gliders are towed up into the airstream by a plane powered by an engine and once in the airstream they are cut loose from the anchor and left to glide on their own. If the pilot loses the airstream disaster could strike and the glider could crash. As long as the pilot makes wise decisions and stays in the airstream though it is a beautiful ride, the glider staying airborne and flying free, defying the pull of the earth that wills it to come back down.
This is the spiral of success...when we KEEP making wise choices we stay in the airstream, able to resist the pull of gravity, able to fly and be free of the tethers that are trying to bind us to the earth. One wise choice leads to other wise choices. The trick is to stay in the airstream, to stay inside the spiral of success and not fall out of it. Sometimes, you will see a plane go up and it takes awhile for the glider to find the air stream. The tow plane will fly around for quite awhile trying to find it before cutting loose their glider. Sometimes I feel like my tow plane can't find the airstream. Other days it is the easiest and most natural thing in the world. Almost like the airstream comes down to meet me while still on the ground. Other times I get airborne and then the airstream cuts out from under me...in those cases you just have to hang on and work hard to find it again.
One wise choice everyday is all it takes on most days. Then there are those days that come along that will try your resolve time after time after time, but those are the days that reinforce our faith in ourselves.
Just one choice. How am I going to live today? What am I going to do that is a healthy choice? How will I handle "losing my airstream"? Will I follow my plan for the day? Will I let myself fall back to earth or will I keep climbing? Will I work out today? Will I fly free of tethers today?
Answer just one of those questions or one of your own each day and you will be making that one decision that needs to be made to keep you in your airstream and keep you in the spiral of success. I'm not saying that there won't be days were you won't have to answer every single one of those questions and then some, but by starting with just one, you are on the right track, you are staying in the airstream. Start with just one and the others will come, some sooner, some later, but your flight plan will become more clear the more you stay inside the spiral. It is a different journey for every single one of us. Out of all the many members here on Sparkpeople, no two will ever have exactly the same journey and that is actually pretty darn awesome. But, it also means each of us has to make our own decisions on a regular basis. The spiral is always there, waiting for us we just have to start with that one decision.
What is your decision for today that will put you on the spiral of success?
Friday, May 06, 2011
Gotta be quick today...sooooo much to do and so little time to do it in!!
First, the tuna melts did not happen last night as planned. The boy who comes over after school had to stay later than usual and we had baseball (he ended up going to the game with us) so the kids ended up getting something at the snack bar and I had hummus and pita chips when we got home. So that makes it official...I went one week without consuming any meat (except for the hamburger cooties clinging to my daughter's pineapple slice that I snagged-and I'm not really considering that as meat consumption-my VERY vegan cousin would disagree, but hey...I'm allowing myself some leeway since I'm not vegan and just dipping my toes into the waters here-lol). How does it feel having gone one week without meat? Pretty darn good. I know that there will still be meat in my future, but I am enjoying the vegetarian eating. I've done far better in all areas this week than normal and my food has been filling and delicious. Gonna keep it up as much as possible...oh and BTW....another perfect day on Calories, Carbs, Fat AND Protein!! Woot!!
Quickly...how to make cottage cheese patties...this is a recipe of allrecipes.com I'm giving it to you as they have it, but I am in the process of changing it up and trying to eliminate SOME of the sodium :).
3 eggs (or equivalent egg type product-anything that is going to act as a binder will work)
1.5 cups of cottage cheese (I don't drain it, but will in the future, patties turn out a tad too liquidy if not drained)
1.5 cups quick rolled oats
3 tablespoons wheat germ
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion mix (if you are vegan or very strict vegetarian watch out for this ingredient...many have beef broth in them even if not listed in the title...this is the ingredient I'm trying to eliminate next time I make these)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 T vegetable oil (for frying)
1 (10 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup (totally eliminated this when I made them on Wednesday).
I add as an ingredient dry bread crumbs (seasoned)
Everything except the oil and soup gets mixed together in a bowl. Shape into 8 patties and if using bread crumbs roll in the crumbs then brown in the oil...this also works just fine if you spray a pan with cooking spray and brown them. If you are making it with the soup you can also completely skip the browning step and put them in a pan and bake them in an oven until browned. After browning I stop here and then add my own sauce or whatever...however, the recipe then has you put them in a pan and add the soup diluted with half a can of milk or water. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes (this way was good too, but REALLY packed with sodium). I made "sweet and sour" sauce...for enough for the entire recipe combine 1/2 cup catsup, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 Tablespoons up to 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard and heat to low boil in a pan. That makes more than enough and I drizzle just about a tablespoon or so over each patty (more or less sauce depending on each person's tastes so I always make plenty).
There you have it cottage cheese patties complete with what I do differently...here is a link if you want the full recipe and comments (which I always find helpful for additional ideas)- allrecipes.com/Recipe/Vegetarian-Cot
Okay, so off I go...I have a Mother's Day Tea at my daughter's class later and then a Mother-Son dance at the school this evening and I have no idea what I am making for dinner tonight since I only planned out one week and never got back to the menu-lol!! Maybe the tuna melts will come out tonight :). Happy Friday all.
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