Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Today I was on facebook and came across the page for Run for Boston. Of course I liked it, and decided I would run today in support of all who were affected by the bombing. It's great what they are doing, and it shows how much people care, and how united runners are.
My son was just telling me yesterday he wanted to run with me again soon. Normally, I run after the kids get on the bus in the morning, but sometimes he's come with me on the weekends, and last summer he ran with me sometimes. He's a pretty good runner considering he's only 9 and it's not like he trains regularly. I think he's one of those people who is naturally good at it, and if he really practiced he'd be awesome.
Today when he got home I told him I wanted to run and why. He was very excited to head out right after school (also I think he was happy to not have to start his homework right away, lol). During our warm up he was asking me all sorts of questions about what happened in Boston. He asked me why anyone would do such a thing. I told him that there are bad people in this world, but we can choose to do good things. He didn't understand how us running would help the people, and he said, "If we run, that won't make the people who got hurt better." I explained how us running shows that we support them, and that we care, and sometimes that is what people need in order to get better and heal emotionally, and physically.
We ran about an 11 minute mile pace for the first mile. It's pretty warm here today (high of 81) and he was starting to feel tired, so we walked. He said several times, "Mommy, how do you run for so long and not stop?!" Practice, that's how. :)
About 2.25 miles in he started to get a little whiny. We walked as much as he needed to because I didn't want to push him, and having just run a 10k hard the other day and running yesterday, I was content to do an easier run. He was very proud of himself at the end when I told him we did a 5k! We finished in 40 minutes. He's done 3.5 miles with me before, but we usually just do 2 together.
I'll always remember our run together, on this day. It was so amazing to visit that facebook page and see runners from all over who participated.
Did you participate today? How did it go?
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I couldn't believe it yesterday when I heard about the bombs going off at the Boston Marathon. I'd been cleaning the carpets all day in our house, and sat down for a few minutes to rest when I saw posts about it on facebook. It was horrifying to turn on the tv and see blood all over the place. :( The tv didn't stay on long because watching those things for too long really gets to me, and you know the person who did it just loves all the attention.
When things like this happen, my first thought is always, "Why?" How can someone do something like this to innocent people? It's so sad to think of all the families and people there who were cheering on their loved ones on what should have been a great day in their lives, but it ended in tragedy. I read a little boy died and his sister was hurt. That poor family. My son is 9 and he's come to several of my races.
It's sad to imagine training for months to be able to accomplish a marathon and then having it taken away from me, or worse being injured and never able to run again. Of course I don't think people running a marathon is more important than lives lost, I just know it must be a disappointment to a lot of people. They must feel so many emotions right now. I know I was still on a high myself yesterday from having run a 10k on Saturday and then to hear this...it makes you think about something like this can happen anywhere, and no one in this world is really ever safe.
Apparently some runners ran over to a hospital to donate blood. That's amazing and shows you that in this world there are more good people than bad. It's really a shame when you think about the type of person who is capable of doing such things. They must lead a completely miserable life with no happiness if they are so focused on taking it from others.
Everyone who was affected is in my thoughts. I hope they find peace again soon.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Know that you CAN! Really. You have it in you to change, lose weight, and be healthy. If you want to improve your fitness and eating habits, you can!
A few years ago I never believed I could lose weight. I'd see success stories of other people and think, "Wow, I wish I could do that." I'd hear those people say, "If I can do it, so can you!" I thought they were full of it. Well, I never knew it then, but I had it in me all along. People constantly asked me what made me change, and all I can say is that I got to the point where enough was enough.
I was tired all the time, and I was sick. My blood pressure was borderline high (no one in their 20s should have that problem), and I didn't know it at the time, but my cholesterol was elevated. For a long time I did not admit to myself that my weight was starting to affect my health. My feet, knees, ankles and back hurt all the time. My stomach was upset a lot. Suddenly, I could not fit in booths in restaurants, I could not fit in rides at the amusement park, and I could not do many other things I wanted to do. You could say that I was fed up and no longer willing to accept things the way they were.
For so long I believed I was destined to live my life as an obese person and die that way. It's insane, but that is how I thought. Believing in yourself is so important. When you constantly tell yourself you can't do something, then you will never do it. The time passes whether you take action or not.
Just know that it isn't going to be easy. On my blog I have always tried to be honest about my struggles, as well as my triumphs. People have told me that I make it look easy, and I am flattered they think that, but it has not been in easy. In fact, it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do. There have been many many times I wanted to quit. I will not lie and pretend it's easy. However, once you come up with a plan and get in the right mindset, it does get easier.
There is no easy way out. You have to be willing to take the steps needed to lose weight. You have to be accountable for what you eat, and monitor what you eat, either by counting points or calories. You need to find a way that you can exercise. There is no need to work out every single day, or for hours. Simply starting out just walking a few times a week will make a difference. Start where you are. Do not feel bad if you walk slowly or can't go very far. Just do what you can, give it your all and vow you will keep doing it. Over time you will improve. I went from having a hard time walking a mile to being able to run for miles.
Also, realize that this is something that will take time. It will not happen overnight and the sooner you accept that this is going to take a lot of time and work, the easier it gets. You can't lose weight in a day, and you don't gain it in a day. Eating healthy for one day won't help you lose a bunch of weight, and eating badly for one day isn't going to make you gain a bunch either. If you slip up (and I have MANY times) you just keep going. Realize that there will be bad days, but many good ones also.
You have to be consistent (that doesn't mean perfect) and you will see results over time. What keeps you going is seeing the scale go down, or suddenly realizing your pants are very loose, or noticing you can bend over much easier or aren't as out of breath when you work out. Lose weight for your health and well being. If you are only focused on your looks and losing weight to fit into a wedding dress or for vacation, you have the wrong mindset, and as soon as that event is over, you will likely gain the weight back. Yes, we all want to look better. But, our health is the foundation for everything else in our lives. If you feel bad all the time because of not taking care of yourself, it will affect every other thing you do in life.
When I finally started eating and exercising in a way that I knew I could do forever, it changed everything. I haven't lost weight super fast, but I have kept it off and gradually lost more. I am proud of this, because as important as it was for me to lose weight, it was also important for me to change my lifestyle to one that was healthy and positive, and I have done that. That is how I know I will never be 300 pounds again. I know I could get sick or injured and put on a few pounds, but I also know I will never eat in a way again that will cause me to gain 100 pounds. I will not allow myself to do it, because I know how much happier I am now that I am healthy and able to do things I always wanted to do.
You can do it. Don't let anyone tell you it's impossible. You are the only one who can do this for yourself. So, what are you waiting for? What can you do today as a step toward improving your health?
Friday, March 29, 2013
I'm sorry, old Me.
Sorry for everything.
I'm sorry I didn't believe in you. I'm sorry I didn't take care of you the way I should have. You didn't deserve that. I let other people tell me you weren't worth it, and I lied to you for a long time. I'm sorry for making your body sick. I'm sorry I caused you to have high cholesterol, blood pressure, and a fatty liver. I'm sorry that at 23 you needed your gall bladder removed. There aren't enough words to say how regretful I am. Most of all, I'm sorry for the life you missed living because I didn't know how to change. That time can't be given back no matter how much I wish you had it.
So, I've said I'm sorry, and I hope you will forgive me because every day from now on is a new day. I am different now, truly I am. Things have changed. You can trust me not to ever let you down again. We will have a great life together, and be healthy together. I'm through with doubt and I have learned to be strong and persistent for you. I've learned to face my fears when I wanted to run and hide.
There is nothing we can't do if we want it bad enough.
So, I am going to keep running. I am going to keep eating well and taking care of myself, for you. You matter, and don't ever forget that.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
On the Friday before last, I woke up in the middle of the night and my throat was hurting very badly. I felt terrible, but I got some water and tried to go back to sleep. All that day I had no energy and felt awful. I even fell asleep during the day when the kids were in school, and I never do that. I am just not the type of person to nap, unless I feel really bad. The next day I was signed up to do a 5k. Needless to say, I wasn't able to run it, and that bummed me out. I was so excited to go and pick up my shirt and everything.
I ran a fever off and on for a day and my body hurt. I was sneezing and my head hurt SO bad, for days. Then a few days later I got a cough and the chest congestion was awful. I started to feel better the end of last week as far as the cough and sneezing, but I felt very fatigued. Any time I'd get up to do something for a while, like cook and wash dishes, I'd start to feel exhausted. So, I don't know for sure that I had the flu, but it seems like it. It figures that I didn't get sick with a cold for nearly a year and then I got really sick. I had some sort of cold or allergy issue and didn't feel well the couple weeks before this flu and I had gained 2 pounds around that time from just not working out and logging my food and eating whatever was easy.
Right now I am 176, so only up a pound from where I was a few weeks ago. Considering I went over a week and didn't work out, I am happy with that. I did eat pretty well though because I wanted to get better. For some reason all I wanted to eat was oatmeal, english muffins, fruit and yogurt. I felt so awful that I mostly just sat on the couch and watched tv or read. I didn't feel up to doing anything for too long because my head just hurt constantly from the congestion.
Yesterday I worked out and decided to do a Jillian yoga dvd. It's challenging, but I didn't think it would make me start coughing, which I am still doing a little bit. I really want to run, but I am worried it'll irritate my lungs since I still have a bit of a cough, so today I did a kettlebell workout. It felt good to workout again, even though afterward I just felt so tired.
I'm really hoping to run soon and as much as I can the next few weeks. I am signed up for a 10k in a few weeks and want to do well. I haven't run as much lately just because of doing Body Revolution. I completed one month and did all the workouts, and I am not sure when I will start month 2. My husband and I are going to Las Vegas at the end of next week, so that is going to throw things off. I am thinking I might just wait and start Body Revolution until after I run the 10k. I need to get in some long runs and trying to do that and the BR all at once is just too much.
Anyway, sorry I haven't been around much. I was having a hard time just keeping up with the kids and laundry and all that. I hope you're all doing well. :)
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