Wednesday, May 05, 2010
I am a person who you wouldn't look at and think "runner". I am a person who never thought of herself that way. Last year when I seriously starting Sparking after having my second daughter I looked through the Spark teams looking for inspiration. I had heard of the Couch to 5K program and had instantly disregarded it. Couch to 5K? Why in the heck would I want to get off of my comfortable couch to do a 5K - let alone RUN it. No thank you, I had better things to do. Where was that remote?
Fast forward to the present day. As I started getting healthier and making this a lifestyle change, things naturally, well, CHANGED. I began to LIKE veggies and began to eliminate things from my diet. I began to move and started challenging myself to go further. As some of you may know, I love Leslie Sansone and at the beginning could barely finish a mile. I started to do 2 miles, 3 miles, up to 5 miles. I joined a boot camp at my gym. I started running then for the first time since high school. I hated it. Boy, did I hate it. I was in a pack of about 25 girls and they were all slim runners. I was at the back of the pack. I was so far back that I had my own time - the fast ones would go first, then I would go. But instead of hurting my confidence, it built it up. Here I was, almost 300 lbs., and while I wasn't as fast as the other girls, I was RUNNING. This was a first step. This was when I first got the thrill of the run and started to see progress. The other girls helped build my confidence as well, always patting me on the back after the runs.
Then my sister entered me into an 8K race and I mistakenly thought I could walk it. It said on the application form that "walkers were welcome", however, you had to be a FAST walker. I have a separate blog with details of that (link below), www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3026454 but the main point is that I ran half of that 8K without seriously training. Where was I to go from here? How could I challenge myself? Run a 5K. That was it.
So I joined the C25K team and I have fallen in LOVE with running. Love, love, love. Now I am a working mother to two young girls and I'm sure many of you can relate - there is nothing I love more than my family. I can't wait to get home from work to see them. But, I have to fit in my training time. With my other workouts I could wait until they were in bed asleep or before they woke up to do them, but with this I sort of need daylight (not qualified yet to "night run" I don't think) and so I fit in my training when I can. I don't feel guilty about it, I make sure I leave work on time, stop at the gym or a park and get my training in, then go home. And I look forward to it. ME? I love it. ME? I can't wait to do it again. ME?
I've come up with my own Top 10 list of benefits of running. Here they are:
Top 10 Benefits of Running, or Why I Run:
1. If the world were to be taken over by zombies, I just might stand a chance.
2. I am now able to run with my daughter at the park or in our backyard, instead of just watching her wondering how she has all that energy.
3. I have increased cardiovascular health. Running not only improves my appearance, but also the overall function of my body, reducing risk of heart attack and stroke!!
4. I am slimming down. My thighs are getting smaller and stronger.
5. Increased confidence. The feeling of being an athlete.
6. Improved coordination.
7. The thrill of the race.
8. Running slows down the aging process. Need I say more?
9. The victory of being able to run three minutes straight without stopping.
10. Being able to run away from my problems - literally. When I am running I'm in the zone and not thinking about anyone or anything else.
MOST OF ALL I RUN FOR ME! I AM DONE BEING A COUCH POTATO!!!
I want to end with this quote from Nike:
"SOMEONE BUSIER THAN YOU IS RUNNING RIGHT NOW."
Make the time for yourself. Whether it's running, biking, jumping, dancing, loving, walking, hiking. Make that time because it will make you a better mother, wife, daughter, sister, lover, friend. It will make you YOU!!!
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
I am so honored to have the Done Page of the Month! I am so inspired each month by the Done Page of the Month and the person, the creator, behind it. Itís ALWAYS a phenomenal woman, someone who I aspire to be, someone who exudes inspiration. And this month that woman is ME? I am one big goose bump today because I canít get rid of these chills!
Thank you all for your awesome, inspiring, motivating, funny, DONE GIRL comments on my spark page. I havenít been able to get any work done this afternoon because of all the DONE LOVINí! (Not complaining!)
Thank you for those that have reached out and added me as a Spark friend to their page! I love meeting new people and the introvert in me sometimes shies away from adding a person to my page because I think ďOh, sheís too cool, sheíd never want to be friends with ME.Ē Or ďSheís lost over 100 lbs., what can she learn from ME?Ē
If you are reading this and sometimes feel the same way, feel free to add me as a friend! I stand with open arms to everyone and always try to inspire my friends.
How can I thank you all? I feel like in addition to belong to an amazing team I now have even more of a built-in support system!
I revamp my spark page every month to give myself an extra ďumphĒ! When I get discouraged on the path to wellness, thatís what I do Ė add fun quotes, new goals, or find a before picture of myself and see how far Iíve come. It helps keep the extra step in my day and keeps me focused on the positive, where Iím going, not the negative, where Iíve been.
Just like the DONE GIRLS do. This team rocks, and it always motivates me. Even looking at my spark page and seeing the Done Girls icon makes me smile. And this month itís one I created. How awesome is that??
THANK YOU DONE GIRLS! I LOVE YA!!!!!!
Monday, May 03, 2010
Weight lost: 4 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 17.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 58 lbs.
Fitness minutes: 485 (vs. 420 in March (UP 65 minutes) and UP 25 minutes from Feb. (460 minutes) BUT I had a total of 1,030 in January, my record high. I want to get closer to that.
Miles: 20 miles (same as March vs. 30 in February; 66 in January)
Measurements: Lost two inches and my waist to hip ratio has gone down from 0.96 to 0.92.
Grade for the month: B- (up from a "C")
I have been training for my upcoming 5Kís and I am on Week 3 of Couch to 5K
I actually enjoy running
I gave away several more bags of clothing to the resale store
At a recent wedding I had the challenge of not having anything to wear because all my dresses are too loose
A dress that hasnít fit me in 9 years fits
Leslie Sansone sent me some videos and goodies
Iím almost at the weight I was when I got married
I was actually more fit than a class I was going to join
People are noticing a difference
I notice a difference and am starting to get my sexy back
More energy for my kids
Looking at my April calendar, I see a trend. I don't like working out or tracking my food on the weekends! I want to start doing that more.
(The blue represents the "good", the X's the days I didn't meet my goals). I didnít work out as much as I wanted to. I didnít hit my daily mile a day. I could have made time in the morning or at night, and I didn't. My goals were in 4 categories: water, exercise, stay within calorie range, and eat fruits/veggies.
I would grade myself a B- for the month, up from my C last month.
In January I did the boot camp challenge and exceeded 1,000 fitness minutes in that month. In February that number went down to 460 minutes, and this month that number went UP to 485 minutes. My goal is 500 minutes a month, and I want to aim for 1,000, but at least hit 500 minutes. So I still need some work to do here.
Iím tweaking my diet to eliminate certain foods I think may affect my skin condition, my psoriasis. I am eliminating dairy and gluten products and also adding more veggies and fruit. No junk food, fried food, processed food. I am noticing a difference in my energy and my skin and itís only been 2 days.
Iíve also changed my spark goals Ė I had wanted to lose 2 lbs. a week, but I just donít lose that way. So now I have changed it to 1.5 lbs. a week and that has given me a higher calorie goal to meet each day, which is helping me. I went from 1230- 1580 calories to 1340-1750 per day. I met with my dietitian and she said this was a good goal. She said to keep it under 1700 if I could and that I would see progress.
I am going to give it all I have in May.
My goals for May are:
1. Lose 6 lbs. (reaching 60 lbs. total lost)
2. Train for the 5ks Iíve signed up for.
3. Have 1,000 fitness minutes again. I did it in January, I can do it again.
4. Work out EVERY day even if it is only for 10 minutes.
5. Balance my life - family, writing and work. Take my breaks at work, or at least my lunch. Get out of the office and write. Leave at 5 sharp to get home to the family. No more staying until 5:30, 6 or beyond. Claim back my life.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Recently I posted a blog about my 3 yr. old daughter, Lucy, working out with me to a Leslie Sansone DVD (my favorite!) - she did an entire mile with me, and of course my husband was there taking pictures of this event.
I sent the photos along to the email given on Leslie's website, not thinking she would ever see them. Well Ruth, who works for Leslie, loved the pictures of me and Lucy so much that she just had to forward them to Leslie! She knew Leslie would love them.
And guess what?? Leslie responded!
Here are portions of her response:
"oh this does make my day ... how wonderful is this ???? !!!! Would you ask this sweet Kathy ... if she would give us permission to use the pics and some of her comments in a newsletter - also could we get her address so we can send some goodies to Lucy and Marlo!.... I LOVE HEALTHY POSITIVE MOMS! Lucy is so blessed to have a mom like Kathy ... and LUCY IS A BLESSING ... I remember the days well .... when the kids would not take naps ... I miss it so much! You can send my notes right back to Kathy and send big hugs to Lucy and Marlo."
And not only did I get such a personal, wonderful response from Leslie, and not only are these pictures going to be featured in an upcoming newsletter, but she was generous enough to send us goodies!!!! She sent us several DVDs, including the Family Walk and the Kids Walk, which had been on my wish list for the longest time. She also sent me a t-shirt and 1 lb. hand weights.
Lucy did the Kids Walk over the weekend and loved it. She also LOVES the 1 lb. weights. I have the 2 lb. and they are a bit too heavy for her little 3 yr. old hands, but the 1 lb. are perfect for her. The 5K walk is awesome, I love it! It is helping me train for my upcoming 5k. Also I am looking forward to the fat burning walk and my husband is excited to do the family walk together as a family. The t-shirt fits me perfectly, now that I've lost almost 60 lbs. with LESLIE's help!!!!!!
But most importantly, I thank Leslie for what she does - inspire people to start moving. I now have the energy to run with my daughter, to swing with her without a fear that the swing will break, to PLAY with her. That is so life changing for me.
Thank you, Leslie. Thank you so very much.
Monday, April 26, 2010
So I signed up for a class for training for a 5K, to walk or walk/run it at my gym. I figured it was perfect timing as my first 5k is 6 weeks away and would enhance my Couch to 5k training. I got there before the class started, and saw the class waiting for the instructor. They looked about 20 yrs. older than me and more out of shape than I am. SOÖI put my ipod on and decided to see how the class shaped up. (Spy, basically). I did my own training, running in intervals and then walking. I kicked butt. AND I am so happy I didnít join the group Ė I havenít had this experience often, so I hope you donít think Iím bragging or putting these ladies down, I am proud of them for being there - but I was so above their level! Now 6 months ago I was AT their level. But I am now so above it!!! They walked the entire class, I RAN half and walked half. I am still a slow, fluffy runner, but I am a PROUD slow, fluffy runner Ė and, in the words of Forest Gump, I was RUNNING!
Now I get to cancel my registration and do something else with those $24 bucks. Maybe a new sports bra.
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