Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Ok Sheriffs, we are far enough along in our training that I think it's time to prove ourselves. Are you worthy of calling yourself a SHERIFF? A SASSY SHAMROCK SHERIFF? Well now's the time to prove it. Below you will find your assignments for the final weeks. I expect every single one of you to pull your own weight (drop a few pounds and the job will be easier!). This is not an optional assignment. This is the chance to prove yourself.
RACHEL ~ 360FM with at least 5 days of activity, 142 at WIN, post 5 days
CAITRIONA ~ 500FM with a least 5 days of activity, 146 at WIN, post 3 days, participate in one challenge
MARSHA ~ 400FM this week, maintain 120 for WIN, participate in 2 challenges, avoid sugar, continue C25K and get outside as often as weather allows
SHIRLEY ~ eat as clean as possible, one double digit run, 80 oz of water daily, 187 at WIN, 6 days of 60-90FM daily, read BORN TO RUN and send it on it's way
CHRISTINA ~ 136 at WIN, 6 days of 60-90 FM daily, 80oz water daily, no sugar, post 3 days
CHRIS ~ 360FM this week, 80oz water daily, eat clean, take care of yourself, 191 at WIN, post 3 days
MICHELLE ~ 500FM this week, 80oz water daily, 202 at WIN, eat clean, avoid sugar
MARY ~ 360FM this week with at least 5 days of activity, 80 oz water daily, 171 at WIN, participate in one challenge, post 3 days
ANDREA ~ 360 FM with 5 days of activity, 80 oz water daily, 165 at WIN
LIZZY ~ walk 15 miles this week over at least 5 days, 80 oz water daily, no sugar, eat clean, 212 at WIN
VICKI ~ walk 2 miles daily, 360FM this week, post 5 times this week, 312 at WIN, 80 oz water daily, participate in one challenge
APRIL ~ 60FM daily for 6 days, 80 oz water daily, avoid sugar, 203 at WIN, post 5 days
DEBBIE ~ post 5 days this week, 80 oz water daily, 135 at WIN, 360FM this week
CARRIE ~ post 5 days this week, 360FM this week, 80 oz water daily, 210 at WIN, participate in one challenge
TERRY ~ post 3 days this week, 170 at WIN, 360FM this week, 80 oz water daily
LAURA ~ 400FM this week, 80 oz water daily, avoid sugar, eat clean, 207 at WIN
HANNAH ~ 400FM this week, one double digit run, 80 oz water, 8 hours sleep daily, 131 at WIN
MELISSA ~ 500FM this week, 80 oz water daily, eat clean, 218 at WIN, one challenge this week
KIRSTEN ~ 360 FM this week, 80 oz water daily, 155 at WIN, post 5 days
TAMMY ~ 500FM this week, 80 oz water daily, 168 at WIN, eat clean, avoid, sugar, log meals, 20 miles this week
As you can see, everyone's goals are as individual as each of you. I tried to come up with things I thought would be the most helpful and challenging for each of you. SPgoodies for everyone who is 100% successful. Want to add a goal I haven't covered? Add it to your post below.
I challenge EVERYONE to divide their FM, 1/3 ST to 2/3 CARDIO.
I also want to challenge EVERY ONE of our seasoned RUNNERS to ONE double digit run outdoors this week
for EVERYONE ELSE, if you're not a runner, I challenge you to WALK 10 miles this week, preferably outdoors.
OK, I've taken the time to personally challenge each of you. Now all you have to do is do your very best to succeed in each portion of your personal challenge. Good SKILL! I know we're ALL capable. The question is, are we committed?
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Who knew I could still surprise myself???
If you had told me on January 3, 2011 as I struggled to run a full 60 seconds at a time, that I would run a half marathon a mere nine weeks later, I would have laughed in your face while I wet my pants! (If youíre in your late 40s or older, especially if you given birth naturally, youíll understand the reality of that statement) A month before that I would have told you you were crazy because I was THE Anti-Runner!
You see, I hated running with a passion. This wasnít just an unfounded, emotional hatred. I had plenty to back it up! It hurt my feet. It hurt my ankles. It hurt my knees. My thighs rubbed so much I ended up chafed and raw. I was knee-knocking awkward. I had two left feet. I could go on and on but you get the picture. Who in their right mind would EVER call that enjoyable? Certainly not ME! I had tried to run more than once. This was the voice of experience talking. It never took me long to see the error of my ways. . I have no idea why I would ever have attempted such a foolish measure, JUST to lose weight! Usually the raw, inner thighs, burning balls of my feet and bloody toes brought back my sanity in a flash Ö or 10 of pain!
So, after all that, why on earth did I attempt the insanity ďjust one more timeĒ. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That was me, to a T! That being said, whatever made me think to try it just one more time is beyond me, but Iím SO glad I did!
Yes, you heard me right. Iím SO glad I did!
At some point in the past nine weeks, I went from total klutz and self inflicting masochist to Ö are you ready for this? ADDICTED!!!! I kept setting the bar higher and higher. I kept reaching my goals and setting new ones. At some point in this frenzy I had a lucid moment where I realized I had actually registered AND PAID for a half marathon! OMGosh, what was I thinking? I had only attempted double digits 3 times and none of them were pretty. My first attempt was a 10.6 mile run in which I did intervals for the first eight miles, at which time if you held a gun to my head and a pint of Ben and Jerryís in front of my nose, I could not and would not bring myself to run one more step. I could barely put one foot in front of the other, let alone try to boost my body into a run again. By the time I got home, every inch of my body ached and I was totally exhausted. The second time was more of the same. The third time wasnít quite as pitiful but it was far from pretty. In all three of those attempts I had never exceeded 11 miles and here I had gone and signed up to run 13.1!
Once that sunk in, I started wondering if I could really do it. I didnít want to be the one who caught a ride back from the local police, or worse yet, the ambulance! I didnít want to walk across the finish line after everyone else had gone home, or worse yet, as they were packing up to go home! If that happened, they'd actually SEE my pitiful effort! Last week I started thinking maybe I should have a trial run just to see how far off I was from actually completing it. I still had several weeks to train so I figured I should know where I stood now so I could develop a plan of attack that would help me reach my goal of actually crossing the finish line.
Well yesterday, after several days of deliberation, I decided to give it a shot. Much to my surprise, I didnít SUCK! In fact, I FINISHED in under 3 Ĺ hours, which was my goal.
But I did more than finish. I ran the first 7.5 miles nonstop. After a 2/10 mile walk, I went on to run 3 more miles while only breaking to walk 1-2/10 mile after each of the miles run. That brought me to the final 2 miles of which I ran 7/10 and walked 3/10 of both. All in all I had run over 11 Ĺ of the 13.1 miles! Not only did I complete the 13.1 miles, but I did it in 3.16:45. Well under my goal of 3 Ĺ hours!! Now I can confidently say, Goal met!!! I can go forward to my Half Marathon in 6 weeks with the confidence of knowing I can do it and the goal to better my time. I still canít believe it! And whatís even more remarkable is I can still walk today! Do you suppose that means Iím actually a (gasp!) runner? For real????
If all goes as planned, in 6 weeks Iíll have a medal to confirm that, yes I am, indeed, a RUNNER! FOR REAL!!
Friday, March 04, 2011
Iíve noticed something strange, odd and different about my mindset lately. Iím beginning to think like a thin person. In fact Iím even visualizing myself as a thin person. For the first time since I started my Spark journey a few years ago, Iím feeling like I can and will succeed at this ÖÖ and SOON! Funny thing is Iíve only lost a touch over 25 pounds. I began my journey at 197 pounds, so I still have over 30 pounds to go to reach my goal of 138. Iím not even at my halfway point yet but it feels like itís just around the corner. Iím looking at cute running clothes, bike tops and summer outfits and Iím picturing myself being able to wear themÖ.. NOW!
I did mention I still have over 30 pounds to lose, didnít I?
At one point in my adult life I actually weighed 124, but that was before my 4th pregnancy at 33yo and my 5th at 35. The two pregnancies left me weighing 150, and I felt fat then! A few years later I suffered a serious injury that laid me up for nearly 6 months and had me on pain killers for 4 months. That put me over the top. I hit 181 but for some reason I still didnít realize I was in trouble. It wasnít until that 181 slowly made itís way to 197 that I really started to see what I had become. Obese! I finally realized I HAD to do something and I had to do it fast.
In the first few months after joining Spark, I dropped 10 pounds. Then I coastedÖ. For over a year. Finally I realized I had to buckle down again. What had worked to begin with, wasnít cutting it anymore. So last August, I got serious again and lost again. Then I coasted again. I was taking baby steps and I was dealing with a big girl problem Ė quite literally. So again I buckled down. I made a New Yearís resolution to lose and another resolution to keep the first one. Then I got busy. Iíve declared 2011 as my year of completion and I think Iím just beginning to realize that I believe it.
Iíve set goals. Lofty goals. After only logging about 6000 fitness minutes last year, I decided to set my goal at 18000 FM for 2011. Thatís 1500 monthly and so far Iím ahead of schedule. I also took up running. That was huge for me because I have always hated running. Believe it or not, I also hated sweating. Not very conducive to success. Not only have I logged over 3400 FM so far, Iíve also logged almost 200 miles with my running plan. I started with the C25K program and could barely run the 60 second intervals to begin with. I pushed myself like my life depended on it. I am now averaging 20-24 miles weekly AND Iíve signed up for a half marathon in April!
Like I said, Iíve lost 25 pounds, 11 so far this year. Which makes me feel awesome but, thin? If you recall, I said I felt fat at 150 before. It makes no sense but I really am seeing myself as a thin person at 171.
All I can say is I think Iíve reached a turning point. Itís as if Iím saying, ďIíve come a long way and I look great NOW!Ē I LOVE hearing myself talk to ME like that! Thatís SO new for me!
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