Tuesday, January 08, 2013
You read it correctly, the holidays were a success.
Confession: I lost zero pounds, not even an ounce over the holidays (Thanksgiving-New Years)
Excitement: I GAINED zero pounds, not even an ounce over the holidays!
Seriously, while I know many people had the goal of dropping pounds over the holiday season, realistically I wasn't certain that was a possibility for me, however, I knew I didn't want to gain weight over the holidays, so my goal: DON'T GAIN WEIGHT.
I stepped on the scale this morning (figuring the holidays are definitely past and I have now attended my last holiday party (last night) and decided to face the facts, face whatever that small scale would say..... she said.... VICTORY, she said SUCCESS, she said, YOU DID IT, she said WHOOOOOHOOOOOOO.... or really she said, YOU DIDN'T GAIN AN OUNCE!
Holiday season, holiday gatherings, holiday food, Christmas cookies and goodies, you didn't win. I WON!
Yes, I let myself eat some of the marvelous holiday food, yes, I let myself eat the delightful food. (I love holiday food) However, I watched my portions, I ate one cookie rather than four, I ate a small portion of the cheesy potatoes rather than a plateful, I opted for water rather than a can of soda and another glass of wine. I worked out, I ran when I could, I spent some time in the gym, I spent time playing games with my family outside, I went snow shoeing, I took a nap or two.
Holidays, I have proven you wrong, you don't always win (I know lots of people can attest to this), so HA!
When we meet again dear holidays, you won't win, you may have won in the past but the reality is, I have now proven to you and more importantly to myself, that I CAN WIN, I CAN do this! Bring it on holidays! Next year, I will be even stronger and next year I will go into the holidays much much more confident that I did this year.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Suck. I hate when I have to come back to the realization that I have slipped in the wrong direction again and it is time to climb back on the horse and go at it strong again. As frustrating as it is I am thankful that it hasn't slipped too far. I am getting up and starting over again.
Steps I am taking to move back into the right direction:
-get back to drinking enough water
-tracking my food intake
-making time for exercise
-making wise food choices.
Here we go again.........
Monday, October 22, 2012
This was the first year of the Fargo Mini Marathon, this race took place of the Oktoberfest run that had usually took place in mid-October. The race was moved to south Fargo and began and ended in the Scheel's arena. The race seemed well organized from the start & packet pick up was a breeze. The shirts are wonderful athletic shirts rather than cotton we got the same Asics bags that they use for the Fargo marathon in May.
The race took off late due to massive amounts of problems with traffic and being able to get to the arena on time, I was thankful our hotel was super close to the arena making getting there a bit easier. There was three races: 5k, 10k, and a half marathon. There was also a kids race at noon. The half marathon began last. The course was interesting to say the least, some of the volunteers were phenomenal and some of the volunteers were less than helpful. The race was a little hard to figure out because it felt like we kept running through a ton of different housing communities, all which looked the same and were to a certain degree switchbacks. There was even a few times that we got on paths that felt like we were running through people's yards. It was good but interesting to say the least. The wind blew strong and hard as there is very little to block the wind out there.
There were moments that I wish I had a camera with me because seriously there were arrows on the ground pointing in all three directions, thank God I run mid-pack and didn't have to try to figure out where I was going, I definitely would have gotten confused and turned around. I am not certain if I liked this year's route better than the old one, I know change is always hard, but this course felt so strange to say the least. Although I am sure I'll get use to it and as the neighborhoods develop a little that will help so then there is not construction workers and trucks everywhere. Despite the crazy route, I was happy to have set a new personal record. I am certain that for me any given race is about 75% mental game and 25% physical game. I have to keep overcoming the mentla game that sometimes gets the better of me.
I always love getting the medal placed around my neck at the end of a race and the runner's high that follows. Ahhh how wonderful - gives me reason to run. Overall I was satisfied with the race. The Running Reformers ran well for sure, we came in with three personal records and a fourth good run. I am proud to be a running reformer. The post race food was slightly strange, it was cookies, chicken noodle soup, bread, and peanut/candy corn mix. I missed the bananas and Cass Clay chocolate milk. I love racing with friends for sure!!!!
I am jazzed that this week is going to be a 2 medal week, this coming Saturday I get to earn my Crosslake Run series medal as well. I am running the Monster Dash 5k in Crosslake on Saturday, should be wonderful. This race also has me jazzed and re-excited about training for the Tinkerbell half marathon this January in Disneyland!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
This morning I did it, I feel like I can pat myself on the back just a little for a moment. Yes, I am a pastor, yes it people person, however I HATE going new places/to new things alone! Seriously I don't know why but it seems like the worst thing ever to me. Unless it is a state park or something where I can take Dakota and we can go off and hope to not see anyone. (I love people, but I also love time with just Dakota and me.) Anyways, back to the point of this story, for months (literally months) I have been telling myself that I should go try the group power class at the ymca here in town in the morning, and for months I have been making excuses: I don't want to get up (class starts at 5:40 am and you have to set up your weights and stuff starting at 5:30 am), I don't know anyone, I don't feel like it, blah blah blah insert lame excuse here. Well today I did it! I went to bed early last night (some days a small miracle to be home at a decent hour to go to bed early enough to get up to get to class) and set my alarm for before the crack of dawn.
This morning as my alarm went off I knew it was time to make a decision, to go to class or not. I couldn't come up with a lame enough excuse to keep me in bed, so I got up, let the dog out (she was not happy to see that it was still dark out and begged to be put back in her kennel before I left), ate a small breakfast, and was off to the ymca. I pulled into the parking lot, there was a handful of cars, none that I recognized (I secretly was hoping that I would know someone), and proceeded inside. After dropping my sweats in my locker I headed into class nervously. People were hussling and bussling setting up weights, bars, benches, and filling out little cards. I had no clue what was going on.
After all of about two seconds looking around someone recognized me, someone I teach swimming lessons with on occasion (she subs from time to time). I felt like I had almost walked into the Cheers bar off of tv, everyone knew everyone's name and were rapidly catching up on life, after a few introductions, a quick overview from an instructor, we were off and going for the next hour. While confused from time to time, it wasn't impossible to catch on to (which I had convinced myself time and time again that it would be [I Zumba-ed once - I am a rotten Zumba-er]), the work out was wonderful, I am certain I will feel it later, and dare I say I enjoyed the class and look forward to going back again.
Trying something totally outside my box wasn't as totally awful as I imagined it would be, it wasn't horrible and scary, and while lost for moments at a time, it was totally possible to catch on and I look forward to more group power classes. If I had a sticker chart for myself today I would totally have given myself one for trying something new.
How do you feel about stepping into something new and different?
Do you like group fitness classes?
What is your favorite group fitness class?
Friday, September 14, 2012
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