Saturday, May 01, 2010
Don't be mislead by the Blog Title....
Sadly, I am NOT doing the St. George Ironman. I can give you excuse after excuse (1 or 2 that really are valid) but I'll spare ya. Truth is... it's LIFE. We all live it. I truly feel we all have similar feelings of: joy, sadness, depression, excitement... I am no different.
BUT... today I am cheering on my brother and all those that ARE participating in the St. George Full ~ Ironman, and I am picking my beautiful ASS up off the ground and establishing new life~goals. One of which is... I WILL continue to sign up each year for a Full Iron~Man until I conquer it!!!
I've also signed up for and am TRAINING for fun and consistently for:
The Utah 1/2 Ironman on Aug. 28, 2010
The St. George Marathon on Oct. 2, 2010... this is a lottery and I will find out if I got in on May 7.
And... Full Ironman ~ Coeur d'Alene June, 2011
The St. George Iron~Man today is a VERY tough one. My brother was telling me that if I wasn't sure about my decision to not compete, the course can re~iterate that I made the right decision.
INSPIRING / Positive People....
Another goal I have for this year and for my life is to surround myself with inspiring, encouraging, positive people. I get dragged too easily into the negative and of course it's a spiral from there.
Life is difficult for EVERYONE! Who am I to think my problems are any more difficult than the next person's???
What I DO know what works for me... Be nice, Live, Serve, and LOVE myself and others.
I also know... I feel better inside and outside when I am eating healthy and exercising.
I enjoy setting goals, and I learn a LOT from NOT reaching my goals. I must continue to strive for something rather than settle for nothing.
I hope to reach out and encourage others even when I am feeling less than encouraged.
Good Luck to my brother today and all those amazing, inspiring people that are out to conquer the Iron~man. I hope to join them one day.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
A friend of mine sent me this email asking me a few questions about my weight loss journey. I hope it may inspire or help anyone of you out there too.
This is what my friend asked me in an email:
Hello there my strong, amazing, beautiful friend!
I have been looking through your photos and the amazing ones of you in the triathlon and I am so inspired and amazed by you! So I wanted to ask you how a few things:
1) when did you finally decide that you wanted to turn your life around?
2) did you have any health problems you were dealing with?
3) how did you work up to the triathlons? where did you start?
4) any suggestions for me? I'm trying to motivate myself to get active again....
I've so fallen out of health and I'm just generally trying to figure out where to begin again. I've gotten so lazy since swim team and I just don't have the patience for gyms, I don't have the money either, honestly, and I need to start out slow since I have a lot of weight related health problems. I'm at the point where I just don't love myself anymore and I want to get back to being able to do that! You are such a wonderful inspiration I thought I'd start with you!
And this was my reply:
My dear friend.... Big *HUGS* you are the sweetest and....
I have to begin with... by your attitude you MUST be on the right track. Being nice and seeing life as the cup half FULL rather than Half empty is a huge part in feeling better about ourselves and taking better care of our body.
Thank you also for reaching out to me... Boy oh Boy do I have a story to tell, but right now that would take way too long. It will come out little by little.
There is a great, great website that is a health and fitness support group. IT is AWESOME!!! People there will encourage, support, and answer questions too.
This is my website: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
This will tell you a little more about my weight loss journey.
Basically I weighed 227 about 10 years ago now. I lost a lot of weight on Weight Watchers back in 1999-2000
I kept it off for about 2 years, and then I got pretty active and did a few triathlons back in 2001-2002.
BUT... then I got injured and quit. My weight started going back up a little, and I tried to keep dieting and I started Yo-Yo dieting really badly.
Then... in about 2002-2003 I started developing an Eating Disorder. It was AWFUL and still IS awful.
About 2 years ago I realized that my Eating had gotten completely, completely out of control. I wasn't even losing weight, it had become a terrible coping skill.
So... I started trying to get better. I've had times of success and times of failure, but the most important thing is:
Never give up HOPE that you can have a healthier lifestyle. Truly... the best book I've read on Nutrition is that book Intuitive Eating. It helped me understand how destructive and terrible diets were. Dieting is what really messed with my head. I thought that was what normal women ate and how they maintained weight loss. It is NOT... It is a form of starving your body and NOBODY can maintain that.
Ok... so there's a little history.
Now... here are a few things that work for me:
#1 LOVE your body as it is now. Do NOT focus on losing weight. Focus on taking better care of your body. Listen to when you are hungry, Love and Encourage your body.
#2 Journal: I try to keep my thoughts in my journal positive. The things that are going well. If I write negative in my journal, I write it, then rip it up and say F*** it! It's over I forgive myself... Forget about it. My journal is just a cheap 5 x 7 Mead notebook.
#3 Learn how to meditate or clear your mind. Slow down... especially when things are out of your control. Try to meditate and let them go. There's nothing you can do about it.
#4 (Actually this is #1 for me) This is like and AA or for me OA (overeaters anonymous) concept that I've learned. Turn it over to God or a Higher Power or Mother Nature or some other thing. For me... I turn to God. He helps me with all my problems and especially my out of control eating. He forgives me and loves me no matter what. He wants me to be happy and forgive myself too.
#5 Exercise... Yes! Start SLOW... and make it something you enjoy. And after most workouts think about how much you enjoyed it and how easy it really was (even if it kind of wasn't lol) The only way I've been able to train consistently for triathlons is by backing off. Listening to my body and making it FUN. If you like to run. Then run / walk starting out. If you like to swim swim a lap, then go easy a lap. Whatever you need to do to make it fun.
K... this is kind of a lot starting out with.
And Please, Please, Please.... Know how beautiful and wonderful YOU are. Absolutely LOVE yourself. We are all unique and offer are own special gifts to the world. You have cheered me on and kept me so up~beat. You wouldn't believe this now, but only a year ago I was completely isolating myself and really not talking to many people. I even had to reach out to the women in my church (totally weird and embarassing) and ask them to come visit me. It was awful. I was in the depths of my eating disorder and feeling helpless.
So.... I LOVE YOU and I know you do too. Focus on your strengths and the many things you excel at. Like those wonderful papers.... LOL!!!! Not on our negatives... that's too easy to focus on. be STRONG. :-)
Have a great day too!!! Thanks again and again for the email.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
What a race! I can't believe how far I've come in 1 year and then to think back 2 years ago. WOW!!!
I was so excited for this triathlon. I had some goal times in mind and was excited to get out there and hopefully place top 10 and finish about 2:30:00-2:31:00. I really just over~and~over kept thinking back to the year before and how there was no pressure this year. It was just for fun! I knew I could do it!!! Last year I was just hoping to finish, and I just barely did. I remember how spiritual it was because of my knee pain.
Well... This year was very different.
As the race was getting ready to begin, I did the "normal" preparations. Got all my stuff laid out, checked my stuff (not well enough) and was set to go.
I am not afraid of the wetsuit at all anymore, so I was excited to really go for it on the swim. I got to the front and held my position. The women were really kicking and pushing around even before the gun went off. Off it went! I was out pretty quickly. I saw one girl head out in front of me. I got into a really nice rhythm. I was confident and going strong.
As the swim was ending I was quite tired, and I didn't know for sure if it was because I went a ltitle harder or what?
To be honest, as I checked my watch I was shocked! My time was not much faster than the year before, and I did not have a wetsuit the year before. Hmmmm... after seeing the final times and comparing several women's times to the previous year, they were all on average 4 minutes SLOWER, and I was 1 minute faster. The swim course must have been longer this year.
So... out of the water 2nd overall female, and my brother informed me I had the 7th fastest swim overall out of all males and females. WOW!!! Super excited!
Next, the bike. I was hoping for a great time on the bike. I got some new wheels, and I've been training a lot more on the bike. I felt strong. I actually passed the one girl that was ahead of me out of the water, so I was actually leading the race for about 1/3 of the bike. Then... a pack of 4-5 women passed me. I was a little bugged, because it was quite obvious they were drafting off each other, but oh well... what can I do? It was just kind of weird that they were sooooo obvious about it I guess.
Well... I finished the bike strong, but again... I was bummed that my split on my watch was not faster. I was really hoping to be 3-4 minutes faster. After the race as I was riding my bike back to the car, my husband noticed that the rear break pad was rubbing a little on the tire. WHAT??? Oh well!!!
So... I'm headed into the run. I decided to try my run without socks this race, and I had a little different routine I wanted to try. I set out a water bottle and gu and was so focused on that, that I forgot FORGOT to put on my race number. FREAK! Oh Well! I was also thiking that I was about 4-5 minutes off what I was hoping to go.
I was really thinking finish this run strong. I had run the course the week before, and that was HUGE mentally. I felt great then. So... off I went and within the first 1-2 miles, my feet hurt! I could tell something was rubbing funny on it. I knew it was just going to create a blister and thought oh well... this is NOTHING compared to the knee pain I fel t the year before. But, I will not run without socks again. It's worth it to me to lose 10-15 seconds to put the socks on.
I had a great run pace going. And... with it being a 10K instead of a half marathon, I was NOT so worried about going out too fast. I was cruising. 8:15 minute miles, feeling strong, and really good.
By the way... I have been eating so WELL!!! I really have focused on fueling my body better every day and during races and training. I think this was a HUGE part in why I felt so great this race. I followed my pre~race meal plan, and I had a drink mix on the bike and a gu' between the bike and run. I picked up a few cups of water on the run as well.
So... At the turn~around I could see that there were a few women about 2-3 minutes behind me. WOW!!! I was totally planning on being passed in the run. I am not a strong runner. A lot of the top age=group women are strong runners. Like 6-7 minute miles. Not me!!!
As I was going though... I realized I was holding close to 8 minute miles, which is HUGE for me. Keep it up. Strong and Steady Netty!!! NO SLOW this time. :-)
I pushed through to the finish and was overjoyed that I finished 6th overall female and #1 in my age group. WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!
And... my run split completely made up for the slower swim / bike splits. I went a 48:59 10K I was hoping to go around 51-52. I was So~ Happy and Surprised.
Here were my splits 2009: Final Time= 2:31:12
Swim 1500 Meters: 23:26 T1= 2:18 40K Bike= 1:15:09 T2= 1:18 10K run= 48:59
2008 Splits: Final Time= 2:40:43
Swim 24:24 T1=3:24 Bike= 1:16:33 T2= 1:41 Run= 54:44
All splits were faster this year!!! Woo~HOO!!!
I had an incredible race! And... I can't tell you how much I appreciated my husband's support and all the volunteers. Thanks to all my spark~friends too for encouraging me this past year. LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
*First in my age~group(
6th Overall Female
2nd Female out of the water...
2:31:15 Overall 9 minutes faster than last year.
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