Monday, April 05, 2010
I get emails from Biggest Loser club all the time. MOST OF THE TIME, I just delete them because MOST of the time, it's all common sense stuff. Today, however, I thought it was kind of neat. It gave me an assignment and I like those. So here's what it entails : Try listing your top 5 choices in each category:
TOP 5 VICTORIES YOU'VE EXPERIENCED UP TO NOW IN YOUR JOURNEY.
(In no particular order)
~reduced my weight from 181 to 128(ish) ALMOST what I weighed in high school
~ran a dozen half marathons and countless other 10, 8 and 5 km "races"
~changed my lifestyle in a positive enough way that my children are adopting it, too.
~encouraged 100's of runners to complete their goals AND even got some non-runners to START running.
~cycled over 150 kms in two days and climbed 1512 stairs with little or no training (all just because I'm a healthier me now) I should add, not on the same day.
TOP 5 GOALS YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS YEAR. (tough one!)
~ Climb Crowsnest Mountain
~Score a new PB in a HM
~More than 6 sets at the Climb for Wilderness
TOP 5 STRATEGIES YOU USE TO HELP MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES CONSISTENTLY.
~try to equate what I take in with what it'll take to burn it off.
~remind myself that I'm a role model for my children
~remind myself that I post almost everything on Spark =) and I should practice what I preach (within reason)
~think about how I'll feel after if I don't make the healthy choice
~reward myself for being "good"
TOP 5 SKILLS OR PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES THAT YOU'RE PROUD OF.
~I can run 21.1 kms
~I (think that I) look naked (TMI?)
~ I have nice eyes... they change colour with my moods
~I can touch my toes effortlessly
~I can multi-task
TOP 5 PLACES YOU WANT TO GO - AND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING WHEN YOU GO THERE.
~Nova Scotia! (retiring)
~Oregon (Hood To Coast!)
~Regina (Half marathon)
~Victoria (Half marathon)
~Kelowna (relaxing on a boat with a little umbrella drink and a good friend)
And then as a bonus, my top 5 workout songs
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in other peoples lives, I subscribe to 100 blogs, that I forget that somebody, somewhere might be interested in what's going on in my world.
This weekend I'm away from home with PEHASS2 visiting his parents on their miniature horse farm. Actually, we opted to stay at the Ramada because we brought Hughy and the boys with us. ANYWAY... somewhere in the fitness centre, I found my ST spark. I'm so happy. I haven't done any in so long, that didn't involve my Thursday night Functional Fitness class, and I was actually giddy with joy when I dripped sweat on the floor - LOL.
My plan for April:
Running - continue training for my HMs in May (1st and 14th). This includes running steady, tempo and LSDs for the next four weeks. (ie: run 3x/week)
Strength training - this'll be the hard one. In addition to going to FF on Thursdays, I'd like to make a new habit of getting up early and going to my gym at least twice a week. I'm thinking Tuesday/Thursday or Tuesday/Saturday.
Nutrition - someone at work asked me if I always eat healthy and I told them "80% of the time". This month, I'd actually like to follow through. I gotta stop blowing my M-F's hard work on the weekends.
Speaking of work... let's get a job related goal in here - get organized. Get calm. My job is starting to effect me because some of the people I work with act like they're in high school. I can't change that... but I CAN ignore it and get on with my day.
That's about it. I'll check back in a week (or less) and let you know how things are going. TTFN!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
It's been over a month since I put anything up here that was "substantial" so it must be time.
Running. Today is my 6th anniversary as a runner. On March 24th, 2006 I entered my first "Women's only learn to run" class. We did 6 sets (?) of two minutes of walking and one minute of running and, by the time I was done, I decided that I was never running again. Boy was I mistaken. In the past six years I've lost count of how many 5, 8 and 10 kilometre runs I've done and I've also run 12 half marathons. I even walked a half marathon in one of the coldest days in February that I've ever experienced. BRR. I have so much respect for my walking buddies now.
Food. This has been a very different kind of month for me. I've tried to track everything but some days I eat so much that putting it out there is just painful.
Exercise. I've started posting all of my runs on Facebook so I have more accountability for those. I've run over 73 kms in 7 runs. Not a bad month so far. My only regret about my exercise is that I haven't done my strength training. That's my current goal for April: Bring back strength training. Even if I have to be at my gym at 7:00 in the morning to do it.
Weight. I weigh the same today as I did at the beginning of the month. There was a gain in the middle but it's gone again. I'd love to see 125 again but, apparently, I'm destined to weight 128. I'll take it. I'm by no means fat or unfit or unhealthy. I'm just right. And modest, too.
Stress. Well, my stress level is no where near what it was last year. I'm back in a salaried position making enough money to feed & clothe my kids, pay my bills and still buy running shoes. I can't ask for anything more than that.
Health. I'm good. And I'm grateful.
Sleep. I'm still struggling to get 7 hours a night. The good news is that, when I don't, it's for a really good reason.
And on that note,
Sweet dreams everyone!
Monday, March 01, 2010
Getting Past Mental Roadblocks
As the Vancouver 2010 Olympics comes to a close, where do you stand with your resolutions?
Have you made progress or did your motivation sizzle out?
Most people wait around for motivation to strike them like a lightning bolt. Well, I've got news: motivation isn't something that happens to you - it's something that you create for yourself.
If you don't feel motivated to achieve your goals, it is likely due to mental roadblocks that hold you hostage. Read the following 21 Mindset Tips and prepare your mind for success.
Success comes first in the mind, so visualize yourself accomplishing your goals.
Remember, you are the only person who can hold you back.
Forgive yourself and love yourself despite past failures.
Decide what is important in your life, and focus on that.
Conquer each negative thought the moment it enters your mind, when it is weakest.
Give up the idea that things won't go right unless you worry about them.
If you bring the body of your dreams to the point of resolve, then you'll soon be living in it.
Look towards your future, if you believe the best is yet to come then it will be.
You become what you think about most.
The margin between success and failure is very small and easily bridged by determination.
Start your day by accomplishing your hardest task first.
Set small attainable goals, rather than one monumental goal.
Convince yourself that exercise is fun, and it will be.
Know your big reason why.
Create a motivating play list of songs to use as the sound track to your workout sessions.
Every decision you make leads you either closer toward achieving your goal, or farther from it.
If you think you're a fat person, then you'll stay fat. If you think you're fit, then you soon will be.
Once you've set your goal, your attitude either pushes you toward accomplishment or failure.
If you don't know exactly where you want to go, you will likely end up someplace else.
You can have the body of your dreams, but first you must give up the belief that you can't.
You can only have two things in life: excuses or results.
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