Monday, July 02, 2012
For 13 or so years, my community has put on what they call the "Timber City Adventure Race". This starts as an 8 mile canoe leg, then a 14 mile bike leg, finishing with a 5k run. I was invited to take the running leg on a team of 4. Two guys did the canoe leg, and my massage therapist did the biking leg. I have been curious about this race ever since it began, and I had tried to get my brother interested in being on a two person team with me that year (both participants would canoe and then the biking and running could either be split or we could have both done it...the options were there) It never happened, but I wasn't sure that I could even think about biking up the first hill that the bike route has...it is one of the steepest hills around...and it's LONG!
I was excited to be a part of it, but I learned something about myself that I won't soon forget....the race began at 7:45 for our team as they took off in the canoe, and I proceeded back to town to kill time for a while before I needed to be in place for my part. The river is VERY low, and the guys in the canoe had to get out and walk with it 3 times! They also got stuck on a sandbar when the current pulled them right into it. That put them behind their time from last year by 20 minutes, so our biker got a late start too. The biker arrived at my pick up point about 11:00 AM....holy cow was it hot! It hadn't really gotten very hot until just the last week and a half here, so I haven't had much opportunity to run much in the heat ...especially "high noon" kind of heat. It was a challenge that's for sure. I felt like I did better last summer when I did a 7 mile race in the heat...I think the main difference is that I got an earlier start, so I was finished by 10AM....huge difference in the heat of the sun!
What I learned....I loved the opportunity and experience, but I know that I am not built for running in the high, hot sun, and I won't do that again....on purpose.
I don't know how we finished yet; the results haven't posted, but if you're interested in checking on it later....I'm on team #53, and the results should eventually be posted at this link:
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I'm reading the book, "Weight Loss Boss," by current Weight Watchers CEO, David Kirchhoff, and I am LOVING it. He writes in an easy-to-read way with plenty of humor (which I love). I especially like that he concentrates on not only the dynamics of weight loss but also the special struggles of maintenance after a loss...in particular a substantial loss. I am learning some new things, or in some cases, acknowledging some things I already knew, but didn't recognize their importance, for example, the differences in how naturally thin(never having been overweight) people view food versus the way formerly obese turned thin people view food, and how we don't automatically change our perspective to that of the naturally thing when we become thin. He gives some great insight to coping with this as well as a number of other really important and key elements to maintaining a healthy weight/lifestyle.
Read a snippet here:
I resisted this book for the first 3 or 4 emails I got from WW about it, even though the WW program has been the best thing I have ever done for myself. I was afraid this book was just basically advertising for the program, but while he obviously mentions his work with the company and his experience using the program for his own weight loss, he has delivered his message in a manner that is useful to those who are using any kind of sensible approach to gaining a healthy life (or aspires to).
I'm almost finished with the book (that I purchased for my Kindle-my reward last year for reaching my half-way there goal), and this is the first time I have used the highlight text feature. There are some really great messages that I want to go back and remind myself as I travel down the road of maintenance...especially when I'm struggling, so I wanted to be able to easily go back and find that inspiration as I need it.
I definitely recommend this book!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This is from a message board response, and after writing it, I decided it would make a nice blog entry as well, so if you've already read the message board post, this will look familiar to you.
You are right, Johanne, about me biking more than running now. I have still signed up for and competed in several 5k races and a few 4 milers. This past Saturday morning was the first time I had gotten up and went for a run from home in a while. I do a lot of walking with friends too. My best friend and I recently started "mentoring" another friend of ours with this program, and we have weekly "meetings" where we have a meal that we all contribute to, she discusses her week's strong moments and moments that she felt she needed more control over, and we go for a walk with her. She has another group of friends that she has walked with too, but the pace they take is more than she is comfortable with. Our walks with her are ones where she sets the pace, and we are fine with that. I vary my activity throughout the week, and that works really well for me. I have come to a point where I am fine with not doing scheduled intense workouts...but I do find something very active to do most days every week as part of my regular life. Yesterday, for instance, I spent a little more than 2 hours cutting pieces from a roll of rubber matting to apply to damaged areas of tile at my grandma's house at her request. I didn't put on as many miles as I would have walking or running, but believe me, it was strenuous work- especially when one considers that it's not part of my regular daily routine emoticon It makes me feel really accomplished though. My agenda for today includes more of that kind of thing for my grandma. It's in the 90's here the last couple of days too, and my boyfriend and I did get a chance to get out and have a walk in the evening yesterday. It wasn't particularly rigorous, more like relaxing and therapeutic...but it's also activity. I have done so much better now that I abandoned the "all or nothing" mentality that I had used so many other times in the past. Extra activity in any form is beneficial, and isn't that the goal--to learn how to automatically become a more active person?
I think of it this way too...our predecessors didn't plan out runs or weight workouts, etc- they just worked really hard all day long, and they--generally speaking-- had no problems with excess weight. Obviously I don't have to do the same kind of hard manual labor day in and day out in my world today, so throwing in some walks, runs, and weight workouts helps to replace that along with a good dose of the heavy manual labor throughout my days.
Well...that got a little long winded once I got on a roll emoticon I must have needed that little pep talk to myself- I have to do that sometimes- remind myself that I'm doing good things for myself, even if I'm not doing the exact same things I had done before. I have kind of moved to an auto-pilot kind of mode, but I don't want to get too easy on myself either, because I'm afraid if I skip too many planned workouts and justify it too often by telling myself I'm working hard in other areas that I will become less than honest about that- It helps to keep mentally re-evaluating what our routines are and asking ourselves "what am I doing that is truly good for me?" If we have to dig too deep to find good answers, then maybe it's time to get ourselves back on track- but if the answers come easily (and are honest) then we should be proud of our continued diligence.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
School has been out 2 1/2 weeks now, and I've just had a great time! Getting so much done at home, getting lots of activity in, and enjoying the flexibility of my time!
Today (and for the rest of summer on Wednesdays) my best friend and I worked out at Planet fitness, had lunch at Panera Bread (our favorite!!), and shopping at the Goodwill quarter sale (have to replace our wardrobe ya know!). We had such a great time, and we found some things for another friend who has been inspired by our success to start this journey too. We did this last Wednesday too, and when we all got together this Monday (another weekly appointment) with her for our "meeting" we gave her the new duds we found. It was so exciting for all of us!
We finished our visit today with a 2+ mile brisk walk. We never stop talking, and we are so excited about how much better our stamina is than where it was a year ago. We have such a great time together, and it's awesome that we both love being active together...of course we also both love to eat together...we just help each other make better choices now.
What a great day!
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