Tuesday, November 19, 2013
When I started the challenge I created a blog of goals I wanted to hit. Our challenge is coming to an end after tomorrow's weigh in. Time to see how I did on my goals:
1. Tracking Food: I am pleased to say that I did track my food everyday. This is something that I started the end of the summer and it has really helped me. I was never a food tracker and it always felt like a waste of time. But I found an app that really helps me out and it makes it super easy. I like seeing that I stayed with in my calorie goals or it is a wake up call when I don't.
My Grade: I am giving myself an A+ for this goal.
2. Getting in my H2O: I don't know why this one is always so difficult for me. I do awesome when I am at work but when I am at home, I tend to forget to drink water. So usually during the work week, I end up getting in all my water. But then on the weekends.... I get dehydrated. I need to find something that will work.
My Grade: For this goal I am giving myself a C+ because even though I did great during the week, I am still slacking on this on the weekends. And I need to find ways to make this an easier task. Still more work to be done.....
3. Check in with my Diamond team: I did pretty good with this one. I didn't check in everyday but on most days I would. I also completed every challenge every week.
My Grade: Giving myself an A- because I did miss some check in days.
4. Get in at least 2 strength training sessions per week: I excelled at this goal. My weeks usually had at least 3 strength training days. I was lifting heavy weights through most of the challenge and actually started last week moving back to lighter weights/more reps. I love strength training and I am seeing more and more why it is so important.
My Grade: Giving myself an A+ for this goal.
I also had one small bonus goal for the challenge. I don't like to make goals on weight loss because of the past having so many disappointments. I learned to make other goals instead of focusing on the scale and if I lost weight, well that was just an added bonus. But I did make a bonus goal saying that it would be awesome to lose at least 10 pounds for this challenge. Well as of right now I am down 9 pounds since the challenge has started. I weigh in tomorrow morning to see my final weight. I am hoping for the 10 pounds lost but if it doesn't happen, I know I still did great. I met most of my goals, stayed connected with a great team, and worked my way through fall. I say that is a awesome way to end a challenge! And like I said... if I lose one more pound tomorrow, it will just be an added bonus!
Looking forward to the next BL Diamond challenge.... bring on WINTER!!!!
Monday, November 18, 2013
She heads out for a run with her group ready to tackle anything that comes her way. Today she gets to decide the route and chooses to tackle a different beast... a long bridge climb. The group has run this bridge before but it is always coming down not up.
They head out (one of the runners already dreading the run) and take an easy route to the bridge. As they come up to the bottom of the bridge, excitement builds up in her chest. Adrenaline starts to kick in full force and she is ready to take on this climb.
They start up the bridge and she is cheering on her running buddies letting them know that they can do it. "Nice and easy pace all the way up" is what she tells them. The bridge does look daunting but she knows that they can do it. They have tackled many hills before. Time to take on this beast full force!
One of the runners is already fearing the need to walk but she tells them "no walking... we CAN and WILL do this". They continue the climb and are surprisingly running faster than they expected.
Half way point and finally reaching the river, they can see the top but yet it seems so far away.
They keep digging in knowing that the bridge has to come to an end soon. Relief will be theirs at the top and the prize will be the over look of the city.
Almost there and she can now see the street signs. Pace picks up even faster knowing that the climb is almost done. Feet away from the finish and her hands start to go up above her head showing victory.
Finally at the top, hands are up like Rocky and now the high fives happen to her other running buddies. The over look of the city is amazing but what is even more amazing... knowing that she could do it! That they all could do it!
They are giddy and feeling awesome after tackling that climb. They finish the run adding in another hill climb for good measure.
4 miles... 2 hills... But what was really gained? Strength and determination!
Always believe you can do it. The mind is a very powerful tool!
Monday, October 28, 2013
What a busy but fun weekend we had. I was able to get so much done with house cleaning, food prepping, yard work, and even had some time to play!
Saturday was the day for parties. We had my niece's birthday party in the afternoon. Then in the evening we had a Halloween party to attend. I had fun running around with the kiddos and trying to scare them. Although I need better camouflage for next time because my white lace sleeves of my shirt were a dead give-a-way.
Sunday morning my hubby and I decided that we wanted to do a little mountain biking. We loaded up the car, loaded up his GPS with some geocaches, grabbed some water, and we were off!
We headed out and reached Lake Elmo Park Reserve. The temps were perfect... light winds and the bluest sky.
We saw a few hikers out and even saw a couple horse back riders. I love horses! The fall colors were beautiful and I was soaking up the sun. But man... if you have ever been mountain biking you will know what I mean when I say I was "pooped"! Riding through tall grass, sand, mud, going over holes, tree stumps, rocks, and biking up hills is very tiring. It was a lot of fun though! Wish I was more courageous like my hubby... going down those hills I was braking because I was worried about hitting a hole and flying over my bike handles. LOL
We were able to find 6 geocaches though and got in about 90 minutes of riding time. (And I was able to take some pictures....)
After the biking we decided to stop at another park closer to home and find two more geocaches. My son Andrew came along with us this time and we decided to walk instead of biking.
The ravine was very quiet and peaceful. But with the sun starting to go down it was getting a bit chillier.
I had so much sun for the day that I was even more chipper than normal so both my son and I were goofing around. Running down hills skipping! Then I announced out loud that my pants were falling down only to find a couple walking at the bottom of the hill... Oops!
Geocaching is a great way to get out and get moving! Plus you find some neat things and places when you are trying to find the cache. Here are some pictures I snapped while we were looking in the woods for a geocache.
The only down side of being in the woods is the ticks. I had a deer tick on me when we got home. YUCK!!! We need a few good hard freezes to get rid of those suckers.
But ticks and all.... can't wait to get out there again!
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