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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Well, I survived my first 5K. It was not an auspicious beginning since they couldn't find my bib when I went to the registration table. I got another one with a new chip, but somehow, my results don't show - it's almost as if I didn't run the race. I checked the official race photos, and my picture is there. Too bad, I actually broke an eleven minute mile for the first time! I do not like running in a big pack, though. I like my solitary runs when I don't have to navigate the ebb and flow of a large group of people. I am not sure when I will do another race. I am thinking that a Team in Training hike would be great...

1. Walk the Nike Women's Half Virtual Marathon - Done!
2. Walk/Run 1000 miles in 2012 Challenge (Nike+ Site) - In progress - almost 700 miles...
3. Walk/Run 212 in 2012 Challenge (Nike+ Site) - Done!
4. Complete a 5K - Done!
5. Complete the East Bay Regional Park Hiking challenge - need to sign up
6. Renew my USFA membership - TBD

  
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SUNONMAPLES 8/2/2012 9:29PM

  I think I'm with you -- I kind of enjoy being a solitary runner most of the time. So sorry about the mixup with your bib, what a downer that must have been!! Glad there was a photo of you to provide a reality check!! And congratulations on reaching that goal!

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Fear and Loathing of the Swimsuit

Sunday, May 13, 2012

My husband and I are taking a motorcycle trip next weekend and will be staying at a hotel with a pool. For most of the family trips that we have taken the past few years, I have avoided pools and in doing so, avoided having to wear a swimsuit. Since the weather will be nice and swimming is great exercise, I have decided that this is the time to overcome the fear and loathing. My last few suits (when I actually had to get in the pool because the girls were small and didn't swim) were always the basic black one piece that would allow me to disappear (or so I thought). Now, I haven't lost that much weight and I have never had a model-like physique, but I do need to get out there so that I can enjoy the water once again. Instead of grabbing an inexpensive black suit at Costco, I decided to brave an actual swimsuit department in a clothing store. I walked past the neon bikinis and the wild resort wear and actually found a few suits (not solid black) to try on.
I am pleased to say that I was able to find a swimsuit and that I will be back in the swim, so to speak.

  
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JJJ510 6/29/2012 2:09PM

    Hi, thank you for commenting on my blog. I glanced at your blogs and thought I'd read this one amazing how you felt about a bathing suit for I feel the same way i've avoided going swimming for 5 years or more only cause like you I was embarrassed to show myself in a bathing suit. Also like you I know its good exercise and with my 12lb loss I'm feeling a little confident . The hotel we will be staying in has a pool. too I'll have to admit I'm looking forward to the pool I know there will be a lot of thin people in beautiful swim suits but I've decided to admire their good choices in food an exercise and also will be thinking that one day I'll be one of them thin and excising. I'm looking forward to that day! Have a great day :)

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BEAUTIFULPATH 5/22/2012 9:55PM

    Oh, I love to swim but it's been a long time. Maybe this summer I will hit the beach or the springs - you've inspired me! emoticon

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THEMRSCAMP 5/13/2012 9:22PM

    Congrats on finding a swimsuit! I feel that facing the dressing room mirror is stressful for any woman, regardless of size. What I've learned, though, is confidence is a huge factor. You've found your confidence, and you are going to rock that swimsuit! emoticon

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Goals

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Reading Wolfkitty's blog about Adventure Goals for 2012, reminded me that I really need to get
some of my goals out on paper.

1. Walk the Nike Women's Half Virtual Marathon - Done!
2. Walk/Run 1000 miles in 2012 Challenge (Nike+ Site) - In progress
3. Walk/Run 212 in 2012 Challenge (Nike+ Site) - Done!
4. Complete a 5K - I entered the See Jane Run race on June 2
5. Complete the East Bay Regional Park Hiking challenge - need to sign up
6. Renew my USFA membership - TBD

I had been hemming and hawing about the 5K, but I went to the See Jane Run store near me this weekend and got new shoes (fitted for the very first time!), a new bra and shorts for the warm weather we are having for an early Mother's Day gift for myself. Now I look forward to a run on Mother's Day followed by a nice brunch (hopefully made by my DDs).

  


Spring in My Step

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Well, it is Spring although you might not know it from the rain and cool temps we have had the past few days. The various aches and conditions have also not made me personally feel very spring-y. I have a wedding to attend in a few weeks, so I made my way out to the local mall (dragging along my DH) to find a dress. Now I have not lost any weight in quite a while, despite improving my overall fitness level, so I was not looking forward to this task.

When I walked into the store, I actually was pleased because I saw the colors for this season. All of the corals, oranges, robin's egg blues and teals are MY colors. Many moons ago, I had my colors "done" as a graduation gift from my sister. As a dominant "Spring, " the clear bright colors are all ones I can wear (except for the yellows). On a daily basis, I tend to wear more neutral and dark colors in my conservative work environment. I also don't want my body to necessarily stand out in a dramatic way at this weight/fitness level. I spied a cute watercolor like shift dress (with horizontally stitched panels - uh oh). The dress was not available in the same size as dress I bought last year for my reunion, so I was bummed and relieved at the same time. It would take some courage on my part to wear such a dress.

I went upstairs to the events dress section and tried on one floral sundress that my DH liked. It was okay, but it had a crinoline and seemed too fussy for me. We went back downstairs to look at the other dress again. I took the smaller size and tried it on. It FIT and it emphasized the fact that I have been doing some work. Yes I am still a WIP, but I can and should feel good about where I am right now. Now I just need some shoes...

  
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AHAVAH123 5/1/2012 3:55PM

    Congratulations!! That's quite an accomplishment
for sure and it encourages me as well.
Thanks!!
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Status Check

Saturday, March 17, 2012

It has been over a month since my last blog post. I haven't lost any more weight - really the last few pounds tend to come and go. It is time to get off of this plateau and make some forward progress!

Work has been stressful and has taken a toll on my system with continual flare-ups. I am still finding new trigger foods. I may need to slip back into FODMAPs mode at some point to get a handle on the food triggers. I am still walking and running and fencing (a bit). I refuse to let the stress at work keep me from getting in my lunchtime workouts. I do need to pump up the strength training, though. The heavy stress also affects the blood glucose levels, too. It might be time to think about something like Yoga, It's just finding the time for it...

  


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