Thursday, June 30, 2011
Have you seen the ad? It's a good one...the Women's U.S. soccer team and Nike...it goes something like this...
"Imagine there were no legends, no fans, no expectations. What if for the first time there were no pressure? Then we wouldn't stand a chance. Pressure makes us" then the Nike logo comes on screen. Now, I'm not a huge fan of Nike gear per se. Their stuff is everywhere, but I'm not a groupie or anything...I do, however, find that they tend to have very motivational ads-lol!
This one is not much on the face of things. Not flashy, not eye catching, though it did get my attention and got me thinking a bit. Of course when anyone mentions U.S. Women's soccer the first two people I think of are sports goddesses Brandi Chastain and Mia Hamm. This group playing in the World's Cup most likely grew up with posters of these two women on their wall. There is no telling how many girls have been inspired to be involved in sports because of Brandi and Mia. But, was their journey to sports fame an easy one? I think "hell no" would be an appropriate answer. I cannot begin to imagine the pressure they had to overcome to excel in their sport and become some of the most famous soccer players of all time (men included).
Pressure, it's a part of life. Pressure at work, pressure at home, pressure to be more, do more, achieve more, earn more, do more.
We are told over and over that we need to reduce the amount of pressure we experience, stress is bad for us. But, what if instead of ignoring the pressure, you focused it. Turned it into a laser beam. Well, then, I think that is where you find Mia, Brandi, Kara Goucher, Dara Torres, Picabo Street, Deena Kastor, and hundreds of others who have become stars in their field.
Does that kind of laser focus only benefit Olympic and/or Professional level athletes. Nope, what if we were able to turn a laser focus on the pressure in our lives, what would we be able to accomplish? Miracles, I'm sure.
Pressure creates diamonds. Without pressure a would be diamond is just an ugly lump of coal. Add a lot of pressure and some time and that lump of coal becomes a gem.
Maybe we don't want to do away with all the pressure we experience, maybe what we really want to do is focus it. Embrace the pressure and work hard and what will become of the lump of coal you are holding on to right now? Pressure makes us...what? What can a little pressure make you into? I'm looking at it making me a faster runner. Pressure to succeed in challenges. Pressure to meet a time limit on a race. Pressure to fit into a smaller size. Come on Pressure..bring it!! I'm going to turn you into a laser focus that turns me into a diamond!!
Had a great day yesterday, once I got over my tantrum-lol!! My mom took the kids and I out to dinner and while I didn't go insane, I did enjoy myself and ate what I wanted as opposed to what I thought I should eat. We even got dessert, but got a large dessert and shared it among us-a sundae on top of a chocolate chip cookie, sprinkled with Oreo crumbs. It was YUMMY!! And yes, the scale was up today, but not horribly and I'm almost certain the cookie had little to do with it and the salt in rest of the meal is more to blame. Confirmed when I weighed again after running and the scale was right back to where it was supposed to be-lol!! Birthday is over though and back to "proper" eating today. The kids also helped me with my garden, we yanked some of the dead pea plants and replanted some cucumber seeds which were not growing to see if we can't get something now. Today we did even more, I finished yanking dead peas and daughter planted some watermelon. My tomatoes are going CRAZY. I have a hundred or more small green tomatoes growing and a few already turned red or yellow (romas, beefsteak and yellow grape) and have been picked and sampled (yum). The kids also rode bikes and I ran up and down the street with youngest helping her. It was a great evening.
For some reason, now that it is summer and HOT, I am addicted to soup-lol!! Can't get enough. The good news is that I'm addicted to these boxed organic soups...curry red lentil and cashew ginger carrot soup or other vegi based soups I make myself (pumpkin soup, butternut squash, etc).
Up early for a run this morning that was WONDERFUL, except I'm REALLY sore-lol!! Yesterday I thought I hadn't gotten a good workout and was contemplating doing another strength session today, even though they would be back to back, but my legs are so sore. Tomorrow I'll stick to upper body so that my legs can rest for my race on Saturday. A 5K benefiting a local high school's cross country team. Looking for some of that pressure to bring my time down on this next 5K :).
Hit the grocery store for some bread and milk and got caught in the produce section, blowing most of my budget on grapes, bananas, plums and nectarines-lol!! Already dug into a plum-yum!! Love the summer fruits :)!!
Guess that's about it. Hoping everyone is having a great Thursday, almost the weekend :).
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
You have been officially warned, this is not a cheerful, happy, blog. It barely qualifies as fitness related, but I'll get there at the end.
Yep, my b-day official sucks...thanks for nothin' honey. Hubs is out of town, I'm alone with 3 kids (8, 7 and nearly 5), who seem intent on becoming only children by the end of summer...battle of the fittest, last one standing wins. First, yesterday I get a brief phone call while I'm making dinner and he is on his way to dinner. Later, when it is quieter, I text him...we text back and forth for a bit, but LONG before I think I've gotten my fair share of time I get "I'll let you get back to what you were doing"!!!! HELL TO THE NO!!! That is what I say to people on the phone who are gabbing on and on and on and I have NO interest in continuing the conversation. Okay, fine, he's off with the men for a week working and texting his wife is not cool, whatever, I ended up blowing that off.
BUT, come back in the a.m. and I am up and busy with the kids at 6:30. No call, no call, no call...8:00 rolls around...Mom calls, Sis calls, friends are sending FB wishes....no call...11:00 rolls around and FINALLY a phone call....I send it to message....I'm pissed...I'm not talking to him when I'm this angry. Listen to message and he STARTS with the news that the job will end a day early because too many guys want to get home for the holiday weekend. At the very end of the message..."oh, and Happy Birthday". Okay, I thought I was angry before, now I'm furious. Good thing I just finished a workout and already burned some steam or I'd be calling a locksmith and hubs would have a huge surprise when he gets home tomorrow.
I texted him what's up, he calls back...it goes to message again..."Sorry, it wasn't an afterthought...I'm sorry I was just busy at the moment." Seriously?
Text back "busy at 6:30? 7:00? 7:30?" I know work doesn't start until 8:00 and the whole reason the company is paying for food and hotel rooms is so that the guys are on-site bright and early without having to drive 3 hours first. They are 10 min. from job site.
Another call...this time I answer. "I'm sorry, okay." No, it's not okay...blah, blah, I explain why and hang up when he tries to say sorry again.
Another call and I answer again...Go back to work and make some money because there is NOTHING you can do TODAY to make this better. "excuses and more sorry". No, just go back to work, you can't fix this today.
I AM STILL SO MAD!! I'm going and doing dishes and laundry, mopping my floors with a vengence and then doing another workout. Good thing that those two challenges are starting I'll be kicking some proverbial ass this next week burning off this crap so that I don't strangle hubs once he does get home.
Maybe, I just have too high of an expectation for my BIRTHDAY, but that is crap. I'm tired of crying my way through my birthday though and am going to go kill some fat cells instead of my husband and I am NEVER celebrating another birthday or Mother's day again. NEVER, ever, NEVER. I am 42 forever because next year June 29th is just another day in the life of a busy mom. Done. Floors better watch out cause I'm coming!! I am not going to go attack a chocolate cake or raid See's candy (though that sounds like a really great option...been craving fruit flavored chocolate truffles (as well as chocolate through and through truffles...is it just me or does anyone else find it odd that a chocolate delight would share a name with a fungus?)). I am not going to binge eat my way through this day. I AM going out to eat tonight...don't have a clue where or what, nothing is striking me as sounding overwhelmingly delish...Mom's gift to me is not having to cook dinner or do additional dishes tonight.
I am going to take this emotion out on some inanimate objects that desperately need to be attacked anyways. I am going to go burn some MASSIVE calories cleaning and in a bit, in the pool. And, tomorrow will be a new day and a better day and it'll be good and I won't hate myself for falling apart and eating like crazy. I'm going into two new challenges fired up and burnin' hot :)!!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
DIY Challenge Entry Form
My Challenge Name: Operation Skim the Fat
My Starting Weight: 276
Four Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats: (body measurements, race times, crunch max, jeans size, whatever YOU need to track)
1. Waist/hip ratio
2. How my swim shorts fit
3. My average pace running
4.Can I do a burpee (just one with good form)
If I am going to be 100% honest with myself, the reason I am doing this challenge is because: Summer has me feeling more active, but a little extra, external, motivation never hurts :).
I feel like the reason that I have not been progressing as well as I hoped I would be is because: I don't like to get up and workout and if I don't then I allow the rest of the day to take over.
This time, I commit to finishing my challenge because I know that: I want to RUN a half-not run a 10K and walk the rest. I want to RUN a half.
I'm scared of: injury
I want to: be able to jump and not make the whole house shake
But I have faith in: my ability to do ANYTHING I put my mind to. If I REALLY want it, I'll get it.
And THIS TIME, I will NOT quit, because THIS TIME: I do not want to miss out on really great opportunities by disappointing myself. Plus it is a birthday present to myself I can't return so I might as well use it :).
My top five non-health related motivations right now are:
1. Running WITH my kids when they run in kids races (not behind them or watching them go off into the sunset without me).
2. Running in the Disneyland Tinkerbell Half
3. Beating the 15 minute mile that has been oh, so elusive.
4. Making my husband say WOW in a really great way.
5. Making me say WOW in a really great way.
The best way to motivate me is to: listen to my triumphs and offer some positive reinforcement.
The best way I can motivate myself is to: keep the end goal in mind.
My name is Heather and I will be throwing out a whole bunch of old clothes by the end of the year.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Why is it that some lessons need to be learned over, and over and over?
Earlier today I posted a blog that was pretty upbeat and positive and almost as soon as I hit the "Post Blog Entry" button I was hit by a funk. I was suddenly tired, sad and down and didn't want to work out. So I didn't. I dealt with some kid things, made everyone lunch, pouted for a bit and watched some t.v.
But, as time passed I realized that letting my workout drop by the wayside was NOT what was going to make me feel better. Nope, that was not going to solve my problems. I REALLY did not want to do it. It was getting hotter and hotter and I was TIRED. Epic proportions tired, but I think that was mood as much as anything.
Eventually, I managed to get my shoes on and managed to click over to the On Demand fitness section with no real plan on what I was going to do. I knew I wanted to fit in a lower body workout that was expiring soon by Chris Freytag. She is, quite possibly, my new favorite instructor. She is thorough and kicks butt in a happy, cheerful way that is not over the top (like my LEAST fave instructor Denise Austin). So I started with her 20 min circuit workout for lower body and am hoping that it comes back quickly and is not expired forever, that or I have to buy the video-lol! My legs were JELL-O by the end of the workout and strange as I am I LOVE Jello-O legs :). Now that I was rolling I wasn't satisfied with just 20 minutes, so I went looking for another workout and picked something called Banging Body workout. I can't remember the instructors name. Not a fave instructor, but took a solid spot somewhere in the middle. I LOVED the workout though. Another 20 minutes of burning muscles and cardio moves. Can't wait to log in those :).
By the end of the workout I was a quivering mass of jell-o without being totally overworked. I could keep up with MOST of the moves and only needed to drop a couple of repetitions here and there instead of entire sets :).
Now I am getting the kids together for a swim so that we can all cool down and have some fun. My mood is lifted and I am feeling happier and SOOOOOOO glad that I did what I didn't want to do. Endorphins rock :). Tomorrow is a very early morning run and I won't have any excuses for just jumping right into a yoga workout when I get home :). Not sure if I want to keep strength on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I might want to tack it on to the end of the runs instead. That gives me more of a rest day inbetween. I don't know...just feeling like shaking things up I guess :).
Okay, see you all later when I come back to track everything and do a little reading :).
Monday, June 27, 2011
Oh, what a weekend...it was good, it was funny, it's over and now it is time to get on with a new week. Time is flying by.
Saturday was our regularly scheduled group run, this week was hill repeats at the Beast. It was an AWESOME Saturday run. I didn't run the entire Beast, but I haven't yet so no big deal there. But, I DID run more than I think I ever have before. I tackled that Beast and got in an awesome run. It did point out that I REALLY need to remember to pick up new batteries for the HRM. I haven't been wearing it due to needing a new battery, but wish I had on this run. I have a feeling the calorie burn would have been massive :). The Beast has become a beloved friend and I am coming to cherish our time together. I can't remember if I've mentioned it here, but the Beast and I are going to get to know each other even better. I've developed this plan to hit the Beast every Tuesday after I get all the kids dropped off at school. I still don't know if youngest will have morning or "afternoon" Kindergarten so the plan may change a bit as that is discovered. Morning starts 7:40-ish, I can drop off at 7:10 if she will be eating breakfast. This is ideal for my plan. "Afternoon" starts and 10 something if I am sending her for lunch before class starts. Not as ideal, but will still work. I just might have to shove off on starting for a month or two until the weather cools down a bit. School starts here in late August. Even into September and sometimes October the weather can still be quite hot, even at 11:00 a.m. Not ideal for running the beast. I'll make it work though. I'll change my Tuesday run for the weeks when we have the Beast on schedule for Saturday so that I'm not doing hills twice a week.
After the run it was home for some strength and yoga...found Jillian Michaels' Six pack abs workout on exercisetv (exercise tv is one huge benefit of turning the cable back on-lol) and got through 7 minutes before calling it quits-lol!!! Today maybe I'll try for 10 minutes :). Found a couple other programs that got me working hard. Really felt the workout in my muscles. SOOOOO much more effective than the workout generated by spark. Not sure why...maybe I am just too used to the movements in the Spark workout or maybe I just need someone pushing me to do it faster and harder than on my own. It was a great workout in any case. Going back for more today :).
Sunday was nice and relaxing. The funny part of the weekend was Sunday evening. We had some guests over and where sitting at the table talking. The kids were at the table with us, but playing with paper, pens and scissors. I was turned slightly away from my 7 y.o., the daughter who cut her own hair last year resulting in a very short hair cut. We've kept the short cut, but grown out and cuter than her version. Anyways...sitting at the table, angled slightly away from daughter and talking with guests (btw-one guest and hubs are both facing daughter). I turn back towards daughter and have to do a double take. Her bangs are suddenly shorter!! WTH!! "Kaylie, did you just cut your hair?" She nods head yes. LOL!! "Kaylie, I thought we agreed you wouldn't cut your own hair anymore." Sad look. OMGosh. Guests, hubs and I are all cracking up. None of us could figure out how we didn't notice what was happening. The damage is not horrible, like before, but there is a marked lack of bangs and what is there is very choppy. I got my answer this morning when their grandma stopped by on her way to work and I told her the story. Kaylie showed us how she bent under the table, like she was picking something up, in order to snip her bangs without anybody seeing. Such a clever child-lol!! Too bad for me, I have really got to up my game to keep up with this girl. So, now I know, if she ducks under the table make her come back up immediately and find out what is going on-lol!!
Today, is some strength training and yoga and then up early to go running tomorrow morning. Say farewell to hubs for another week out of town which really has me stopping my petulant little foot because my birthday is this week. We'll do something on Saturday when hubs is back so I just have to be patient :).
Focus for this week is back to tracking. I kind of fell of the tracking wagon again and need to get back to it. I've been entering all my fitness info at the end of the week, but that doesn't give me anytime to fit in extra if I'm off track. I also forget how long I spent at the pool, etc. What I need to look for and buy is a watch I can wear in the pool to track my activity in the water. Because I always swim with the kids I have to stop and do things with them, but I'm always active. I'd just like to do a better job tracking the time I spend doing specific activities-like running/treading (treading water is SUPER easy for me-I don't sink-even when I was considerably lighter-I've always been able to float-so treading doesn't take much effort so I try to "run" while I tread and burn a few extra calories) or actually swimming. Plus, I KNOW I underestimate my time so that I err on the side of caution. I'd like to track that activity a little more acurately. It is my birthday coming up, that would be a good present combined with the blender hubs already bought :). Did I mention that? I think I did...hubs did already get me a drink blender (a la magic bullet, but it comes with a sports bottle. You put your ingredients in the cup, add the blending cap, attach to blender, when done you switch out the blending cap for a drinking cap). It is a fun little gizmo and has even the kids begging for smoothies :). I've been wanting to try going beyond the basic smoothy and adding protein powders or flaxseed, wheat germ, oats, etc. to make healthy snacks and breakfast drinks, so hubs did a great job there listening to what I wanted :).
Well, this is quite long enough and I've procrastinated my workout long enough. Time to get this week off to a rockin' start :). Hope everyone's week is awesome and filled with fun. It is my birthday week afterall, so help me celebrate by having a fitness filled week :).
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