Tuesday, May 24, 2011
My least favorite song is by perhaps my favorite band.. go figure...
I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do by ABBA
Just hate it.
In other news: Keeping my eating under control is already showing some results... my jeans that have fit just right are getting loose! WOOT!
Monday, May 23, 2011
This sounds like fun!! I'm gonna' play! Rules at bottom of page!
So, my day one entry...
My favorite song has to be "Jig of Life" by Kate Bush... the best lyrics of any song ever! It also has a snippet of Irish jig that her brother found... mmmmmmm...
Here's a sample:
Hello, old lady.
I know your face well.
I know it well.
I'll be sitting in your mirror.
Now is the place where the crossroads meet.
Will you look into the future?
"Never, never say goodbye
To my part of your life.
No, no, no, no, no!
Oh, oh, oh...
and the poem:
Can't you see where memories are kept bright?
Tripping on the water like a laughing girl.
Time in her eyes is spawning past life,
One with the ocean and the woman unfurled,
Holding all the love that waits for you here.
Catch us now for I am your future.
A kiss on the wind and we'll make the land.
Come over here to where When lingers,
Waiting in this empty world,
Waiting for Then, when the lifespray cools.
For Now does ride in on the curl of the wave,
And you will dance with me in the sunlit pools.
We are of the going water and the gone.
We are of water in the holy land of water
And all that's to come runs in
With the thrust on the strand."
day 01 - your favorite song
day 02 - your least favorite song
day 03 - a song that makes you happy
day 04 - a song that makes you sad
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
day 09 - a song that you can dance to
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 - a song from your favorite band
day 12 - a song from a band you hate
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 - a song that describes you
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 - a song from your favorite album
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you're angry
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you're happy
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you're sad
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 - a song from your childhood
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year
Saturday, May 21, 2011
It's been quite a couple of weeks, hardly had any downtime for 12 days straight and I felt wiped much of the time. However I just put my head down and got through it... and I feel better now on the other end of it.
I worked my regular job and then had drill weekend in the middle, which makes for a long stretch, especially when the drill days are extra long too.
As usual, my best coping technique when things are tough is to simply get my eating and exercise under control, it gives me something constructive to focus on and makes the less controllable parts of my life easier to cope with. I work my stress out in the exercise, it really is my therapy. Even if I don't directly think about what is bothering me while I run, it still helps me put things into perspective so I can better deal with them later.
My eating had been really off the ranch for several months... I was eating crazy amounts and I did gain back a few pounds because it. So I finally got the bright idea to honestly track everything I was eating so I could really see how far over I was.... I think that helped me finally get back on track this week 6 of 7 days... my exercise really hasn't been a problem, but I have worked myself back up to an 1800 calorie per week burn. So I am slowly working my weight back down, just like 5-10 lbs. is all. I just want to get back into my 145-150 range.
This week was weird, though, I kind of got lessons (by watching others) in "don't be that guy"... just people being rude through their actions or inattention... or in the case of my job, how not to win friends and influence people unless you want to make assumptions about others and then stab them in the back and create a ladder to climb to success out of the bodies. It's making me self reflective in how I treat others and interact with the world.
I have also decided that I am going to run a 10K in September. I will start training in earnest next week. I am up to running a solid 2.5 miles now. Next week I will add 1/10 mile... and hopefully keep building it.
Every step takes you closer to your goals and farther from your problems.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Well I passed my APFT with my best score yet!
I dropped in push ups by 2 and sit ups by 3... but I sooo rocked the run! I ran the 2 miles in 19:48!
So, with the way it is scored, I rocked the APFT. I scored 226/300!
I will take the overall improvement.
The good news is that my shoulders actually feel BETTER after having done the push ups, rather than worse. I also worked hard to stretch them out, including some yoga movements and it all helped. I still hope to build up to at least 25.
It was a very full drill weekend. I am now wearing several hats in my unit... and am preparing for our yearly Extended Combat Training in a few weeks and then mobilization in just over 6 months!
I have also decided that I'm going to try to run a 10K in September here in town. It's during the Roots & Blues & BBQ Festival. If I can do a 5K, why not a 10K? I will start training soon for that.
I am also finally getting my eating much better in hand. I have been in range 4x in the last week, as opposed to weeks of not caring. I feel better, much better!
Keep your feet running, you will be amazed at where they will take you!
Sunday, May 08, 2011
My buddy Kimberly (DADAGINNY) and I got it together and ran in the Jay Dix Challenge to Cure 5K ( www.challengetocure.com/ ) yesterday morning. We had been planning on it for several months. She brought it to my attention and I was all for giving it a shot. Despite the cruddy weather we have had this spring... being constantly cold, rainy, etc, I managed to get in lots of training, steadily increasing my endurance and overall fitness. In the picture, you see us ready to go before the race. I also ran into my friend Kayla, which was great... she is such a sweetie.
The race started promptly at 9 am and off we went, the first stretch was a pretty good uphill grade and then levelled out for a most of the course with some up and downs, overall it wasn't so bad.
Unfortunately, Kimberly (DADAGINNY) had been sick earlier in the week for several days, so her resolve was to finish and we knew we wouldn't be able to run the whole way together. I ran steadily for the first 2 miles at about a 9:30 pace. Kayla caught up to me we ran together for awhile. Mostly I kept up a steady pace and did take a few walk breaks, but not more than 5 minutes in the whole race and the fact that I'd set a good pace out of the gate, the walk breaks didn't kill my overall time.
I just was filled with joy during the whole run, realizing that 4 years ago I was fat, unhappy and on the couch and that I couldn't have done this. I was thrilled to realize that Kimberly and I had lost the weight together and kept it off together. I realized it's been 10 years since my open heart surgery on June 7th. I looked at how my life has opened up and expanded and led to such a series of personal triumphs.
I also had several songs spin up on my mp3 player on my phone... I swear the thing is psychic... One was "Dream Into Action" by Howard Jones (Putting the dream into action, you are strong, we are strong, you feel it, we feel it, you are action)... that is the song my blog page here is named after.
I have put so many dreams into action in the last 3 years... I lost the weight, rejoined the military, have recovered from some severe emotional blows, and so much else. And the thing that has carried me through so much is being healthy. If I'd not had S*P and this healthy focus in my life, I would be a depressed mess. Though things are not always perfect, I know I can handle what life throws my way.
So how did I do? Inquiring minds want to know, eh?
I finished in 30:41! I shaved off nearly 4 minutes off my time from 3 years ago. I was 3rd in my age group (40-49 year old women)... that really blew my mind. I was 172nd of 313 runners overall and 76th of 181 women running. Despite my rankings, I was ultimately running against myself.
I went back to run in with Kimberly and she made it in 38 minutes and chopped off 14 minutes from her previous 5K 2 years ago!! And that is after having respiratory flu earlier in the week! She is such a trooper and I am so proud of her! Such a great friend, I am blessed to have her in my life!
We (Kayla too) ended the race feeling exhilarated and like we could conquer the world!
There was a Couch to 5K group sponsored by a local fitness business and they were chanting and getting psyched before the race... I thought that was fantastic.
It was a fantastic run. I cannot wait to do another one!
And I know I'm going to rock the APFT next week!
Happy Mother's Day!
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