Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I'm slowly recovering from the holiday weekend. I ate too much on Thanksgiving and Friday. I ran on Thanksgiving and went to aerobics classes on Friday but then Saturday, Sunday, and Monday I couldn't get myself moving at all. I was so tired and yesterday I just didn't feel well at all. But today I went to the gym and spent an hour on the treadmill, including doing week 5 day 1 of the c25k program and some fast walking. Then I did about 20 minutes of stretches and physical therapy exercises. I've also stayed within my calorie range Sunday and yesterday and hoping to make it through today. It's 4 pm so hopefully I will do okay. Just gotta keep telling myself I can do this. My food has not been good for the past several weeks, with more days out of calories than in. Making it through today will be 3 days in a row and that's a great accomplishment for me. I would really really like to get below 160 before New Year's. I have 8 lbs to go. I can do this! I've been stuck bouncing up and down in the mid-160's for over 6 months now. I really want to get this scale going down again and the only way is if I really watch my food intake. I do a lot of exercise so the only thing I can blame is my eating. And only I can change that. I told my daughter (who lives with me) that if she sees me getting into something I should't be eating, like treats for the kids here, to tell me to get out of it. She said, she couldn't do that, it would be rude. I told her if I didn't ask her to do it, then it would be rude, but if I'm asking her to please help me with this then it's not rude it's helping me. She's still having a difficult time with that concept but I keep stressing to her that I need her to help me stay in line. Before they moved in, when it was just my son and me, there weren't many things in the house that I couldn't eat. But after they moved in late last spring there have been more temptations around. At first it didn't bother me but as time has gone on it's gotten easier to grab just a little of this or just a little of that. Gotta stop doing that. The kids are 3, 7 and 10 and although we keep a lot of fruits and healthy snacks, which they do eat, it's hard to eliminate all other stuff from the house. So it's up to me to get serious with myself. There will always be temptations, for the rest of my life. I have to ask myself why those temptations are so tempting to me and look at what's really going on inside. I will allow myself a treat or a splurge meal every once in a while, but I'm going to get the rest of the time back on track. Sometimes I wonder if the fact that I've gotten down into the 160's, which I've only been at once before in my adult life, going below that is totally uncharted territory and I wonder if there is something in me that has to get comfortable with the idea for me to really move on. Which is what I'm ready to do now. Examine what it is that's keeping me from achieving my goals and then going after them.
Tomorrrow starts the Santa Challenge at my gym and I still haven't decided if I'm going to go for it full force for 3 weeks of group classes but I am definitely planning on going after some of it and see how I do. That means 2 classes starting at 9 am tomorrow and then a night group water class. I'm ready for the two morning classes tomorrow anyway. I just hate going out in the cold in the evening! I will have to decide whether I really want to go for the 1st place prize of 4 months free gym membership or just attend some of the classes to shake up my routine which I found last week I needed to do when I was really sore after a couple days trying those classes out. I'll at least get the 6 classes total in 3 weeks to get the free t-shirt! Decisions, decisions. I'll have to get into it and see how my body handles it. Last year it was tough!
Hope everyone is having a great day today!
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I've been really busy and haven't had time or energy to post about my 5k on Thanksgiving. I had a good time and was really pleased with my results. I did the 3.1 miles in 38 min 35 seconds, which was a couple of minutes off my last 5k in Albuquerque last month.
This was held in Deming, about an hour from me. I left town about 20 after 6 after grabbing my coffee at the Snappy Mart for the Road. I got there a little before 7:30 and got my race packet. It was cold out there! I can't remember what the temperature was but I think it was around 35 degrees. I know some people run much colder than that but I'm not a cold weather person, nor a hot weather person either. I'm happiest about mid 50's to low 70's. However I don't live in a perfect world. I was just so grateful for my gloves. It was a small local event, with probably two or three hundred people there for the 1 mile kids race the 2 mile walk and the 5k run. It was held at the golf course in Deming and was on dirt paths. It was an out and back race, with turn around points for the kids race, the 2 mile, and the 5k. I walked this one last year in the 2 mile, and as I've said many times before it was my first ever timed event and got me started on the fun of doing timed events.
Also running this year was my friend STRINGI719 and her husband, and a friend of hers named Caroline. We didn't stay together but each went a t our own pace. When Colleen (STRINGI719) and I did the Whole Enchilada 5k in Las Cruces in September she beat me by a couple of minutes. This time I beat her by a couple of minutes. Who knows what will happen next time. We are both newbies at running.
The race raised money to help a local marine U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Dominguez who was injured in October in Afghanistan and lost both legs above the knees and his right arm at the elbow. Other events have been done to help him also. This event raised $3500 that was presented to his family just before the race started. He's still in the hospital and couldn't be there. They also had a Marine flag for anyone to sign who wanted to and wish him well and thank him for his service. This was very special to me because I have such deep respect and appreciation for our men and women in uniform. They also asked for donations of canned food for the local food bank.
When the race started I took off at a slow paced jog and didn't get caught up in trying to keep up with the pack like I have done at times before. I did have to take walk breaks a number of times, most of them probably 60 to 90 seconds although I didn't time them. Then I went back to my jog. I can see myself improving as I keep working on the c25k program, although I'm only halfway through it and have been taking it slow. I had to laugh after the 3-mile turn around on the way back because there was this young guy probably 18 to 20 years old. He was walking. I slow-jogged past him. I guess it bothered him that this old lady passed him by. He came running up hard and passed me, but a little bit ahead of me he slowed to a walk again. I ended up catching up and jogging past him again. Again he sped up real fast and then dropped to a walk before long. For a third time I passed him. I never saw him pass me after that. On the one hand, I was glad he was out there doing something, even if he had to walk, while on the other hand I think it's sad that at his young age he isn't in better shape, like so many of our young people. I had to laugh though because he kept making the mistake so many do of trying to run too hard and too fast and running out of steam instead of pacing himself. Passing such a young guy was a first for me! There was also this lady that was just ahead of me most of the first half that was going along at her own slow jog and keeping it up, which was good. But I was amazed at her because with each step she crossed one foot in front of the other and I was amazed she could do that without tripping as I would have. But everyone has their own running style and I did eventually get ahead of her but I don't think by much. Good for her for being out there.
Here's a couple of pics of me, STRINGI719, and her friend Caroline.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I just want to say thank you so much for being here for me to all of you who have touched my life so deeply over the past year. Here's a song that I love and think it is a good song to talk about what the support here does for me.
The song was first done by Josh Groban and I have loved it since I first heard it several years ago. I first think of it in relation to God, who lifts me up higher that I ever imagine. But it is also so true of what being a part of this amazing community has done for me.
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! I'm so thankful for each and every one of you!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Today is the day before Thanksgiving. I'm working today but it feels like it should be a holiday. Having a hard time getting my mind around work but got to get it done.
Last year there was a Santa Challenge at my gym and the prizes went to the people who attended the most group fitness classes between Dec 1 and 23rd. I jumped into it and won the first prize, which was a 4-month free membership. I attended every class I possibly could and had a couple of people who were hot on my tails. Altogether I did 50 classes in those 3 weeks! It was a killer believe me. I still go to some water aerobic classes, but hadn't been to the gym classes since the challenge ended. People have kept asking me if I'm going to do it again this year and I keep saying I don't know. It was a big big challenge and I was really tired by the time it ended after doing 3 classes or so a day and one on Saturdays. Luckily there were no classes on Sundays. This week I decided to do a couple of the gym classes to see if my hip could tolerate it. My hip did fine, but my legs are really sore!! I do a lot of other exercise including starting to run, walking, hiking, weight machines for upper body, water aerobics. But apparently there are muscles in my legs that are not getting worked! So whether I do the challenge or not, I really need to do these classes a couple of times a week.
Here's a couple of photos from my work picture ID. One was taken Dec 2008, about 8 months before I started working on getting healthy. The other a couple of weeks ago when I insisted I needed a new ID. The quality isn't great because I scanned them in from my badge but you can definitely see a difference.
Can you guess which is old and which is new?
Now for a few words on gratitude. We do need to think about the things we are grateful for in our own lives, and I posted some of mine earlier this week. But do you ever stop and be grateful for things in other people's lives that aren't so directly connected to you? For example, I was thinking the other day about how grateful I am that my sp friend Tempest272002's husband survived a life-threatening illness. I only know her from on here, and I do feel she is a friend. But my life isn't as directly connected to her as to my immediate family. What happens to her doesn't have the same effect as if she were here. I would be so sad for her if he hadn't survived, but even though my heart would break for her, it would'n't change my day to day life. I hope you understand what I mean. But I watched for her posts of updates on her husband and have been so grateful for each positive outcome. Or maybe you have a favorite charity that you don't receive direct benefits from, but you are so grateful when they receive funding to help them keep providing services. These are just a couple of examples. But do you really stop to think about how grateful you are for these miracles or whatever you want to call them in the lives of others. Not to stop and say so and so won the lottery and I'm jealous because it wasn't me, but to be truly grateful for whatever blessing came to someone else. Think about it and I'll bet you'll be surprised about what you come up with.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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