Friday, July 01, 2011
So much to do lately. As of midnight I am OFFICIALLY the PTA president at my kids' school for the next year (eek) and already I've had to deal with adults behaving as children and some people are going to be very disappointed to find I don't play games. I don't have the time or energy to play high school games. The kids being off for the summer is keeping me busy, I should be drawing a paycheck as a professional referee-lol! I am supposed to be finishing my classes for school and preparing for the next round, but am terribly behind (thank goodness I can catch up, but I've gotta get the program together), the kids are also keeping me busy in the pool-I think one reason I've been so sore is that they've discovered a new game...in the shallow end we each hold a ring (myself and one of the three children-ranging from 50 to 70-ish pounds)-it's a diving ring, but works great as a handle-anyways we both hold on to the same ring or two rings with one in each hand. I am then responsible for "a ride". I spin, push, pull, bounce and generaly propel the child through the water while also gently pulling upwards as not to accidentaly drown the child. They think it is a blast...I think it is an awesome workout for every single part of my body...active fitness...it's what it's all about-right? :) Anyways...busy, busy, busy. That being said, I also have two challenges beginning tomorrow and thankfully they somewhat overlap :). I can use activities from one as activities for the other to some degree. YAY!! I love things that kill the proverbial two birds with the proverbial one stone :). So...on to some challenge business.
First...here are the pre-challenge instructions and how I've been doing with them thus far :).
Step One: Enter by joining The Proving Grounds public team (you can see it on my page) and going to this link to fill out your entry card.
Got this done right off the bat-WooHoo
Step Two: Take your before picture and beginning measurements. DO IT BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF THE CHALLENGE.
Posting the pic is optional...I'm not posting it...yet. I purposely took the worst picture possible-lol! Well, maybe not intentionally. I did intentionally wear my worst fitting garb. I wore my form fitting workout pants that seldom leave the house coupled with a form fitting tech shirt. Nobody was around to help take the pic and I couldn't locate a working camera (the best choice camera had dead batteries), so it is an "in the mirror" shot. I'm partially blocking my own face and I am standing on tip-toe so that the majority of the damage is visible in the shot. I'll reveal it at the end with the "after" pic.
Step Three: Redecorate your sparkpage from top to bottom. Reinvigorate everything about. New colors, new pictures, new, fresh, vibrant, energizing, loving life happy happy joy joy sparkpage... capiche?
Yep, did it! Gone is the blue that has been here since the start of the year. The calm, peaceful, relaxing, dare I say it? Sleepy blue. In it's place is bright orange and green. My profile pic is my ulimate goal for this year (though the race is at the end of January, it won't be accomplished without a lot of work this year).
Step Four: Make or Buy or Steal a blank Calendar. Get stickers, or a colorful Sharpie, or magic markers or jack your kiddos' crayons. Mark the start day and the end day of your challenge. Keep this somewhere accessible. the crayons too.
I've got three kiddos. Calendar is on the wall and crayons, markers, stickers, etc. are all within easy reach. Gonna stop at Target in the a.m. though and will grab some fun and maybe sparkly stickers just for the heck of it.
Step Five: Find or Wash or Buy a new water bottle to drag everywhere with you. Every doctor on the planet agrees you need to drink two of those each day. That includes you, mermaid.
My favorite water cup and it's new friend have been getting LOTS of usage the last week. My fave cups are very similar...they are those plastic cups that look like fast food soda cups, complete with straw. Except the lids screw on and the straw won't fall out. I've had the first for a while now....clear with red polka dot. The second was added just last week. We were at Wal-mart as a fam and this HUGE M&M display grabbed our attention. I saw this cute cup with the orange M on it, I wanted Green, but they didn't have it and Orange is my second fave. Hubs grabbed it and put it in the cart. I've been using both simultaneously, whichever is closest and easiest to fill :).
Step Six: If you are the type that works out to music, then shuffle or rearrange your playlists, get new music from friends, go shopaholic on iTunes, download a radio app for your phone or iPod, or have your man make you a mix tape. Point being, FRESHEN YOUR TUNES.
Not done YET. There are several songs on my wish list and they will be added and the list will be juggled tommorow-pay day. Just in time for my weekend race :).
Step Seven: Wash all your workout clothes. Excuses are for people who need them. If you feel like there is cash burning a hole in your pocket, then getsome new workout wear or free weights or something.
They are in the wash to be hung and dried in the a.m. since it is getting VERY late and since it is kind of toasty here I let the wash run at night :). Hubs is in the doghouse from the b-day fiasco so there is a really good chance I'll come up with a new fitness something or other this weekend to provide some extra external motivation :).
Optional Step Eight: Buy a subscription to a fitness magazine such as SHAPE, SELF, Women's Fitness, etc.
Optional and not done YET. I've been hankerin' to resubscribe to SHAPE lately and will probably make that happen.
So there is the pre-challenge challenge mostly taken care of.
Step one of the challenge, officially starting in 90 minutes from here in California is to blog your declaration of independance...I've been thinking about this so here it is....
I, Heather, aka itshowyoulive, do hereby declare my independance from my lazy self. I declare that the fun-loving, running wanna-be, fit mom of three is now and hence forth free from the bonds of the sloth that stole my body years ago. I declare my freedom to get out of bed whenever I feel like it and go for a run. I declare my freedom to watch and enjoy exercise videos, even the cheesy ones. I declare my independence from doubt and fear. I have the right to live my life to the fullest and if that means running down the street with all my jiggliness jiggling as I go, then so be it. Anyone who doesn't like it can eat dirt. I declare my freedom from the fear of failure. I will give everything I do my best effort. It is all I expect from my kids so it should be good enough for me. If I try something and it doesn't work out it will not be a "failure" but a "learning opportunity". I declare my rights to be all I can be!!!
So there-lol!! That was very empowering :)!! Loved typing all that :). Things to do tomorrow...re-organize play list and add some songs. Make hubs fix my bike so I can ride with the kiddies. Finish typing up my workout plans for the month and print it out and post where it is visible. Finalize my Jillian plans (which DVD will I choose for the month?). Do an upper body workout and some yoga. Finish drying workout gear and lay it out for race on Saturday (yay). So much to do and yet so much already accomplished :).
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 :).
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