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I Swam 100M Today...

Monday, August 25, 2014

...without stopping. That's still a way from the 300 I need to do in order to complete my first triathlon at the end of September. Nevertheless, I'm extremely pleased with myself. I probably could have done it before now, but I'm not always one to push myself. I normally stop for 30-60 seconds after every 50M. It pushed today because by the time I was able to get in a lane at the pool, I only had 15 minutes until I needed to leave in order to get to work on time.


Fitness Minutes Goal Reached!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Last Tuesday, I reached my yearly fitness minutes goal. 15,600. Time for a new one!

Over 6,000 of those minutes were put in during June and July. The last 2 months of workouts have been a struggle. Getting up at 6AM five days a week, when I wanted to sleep in, in order to get in my meditation beforeÖ. heading to the Y to jump in lukewarm pool and flail through 300m (with a lot of stopping and starting) and then suffer through spin or body sculpting classes thrown in just for fun. 4-6 mile morning runs Louisiana humidity. Yoga 3 times per week with a strict teacher. My hips are tighter because of spin, so splits are harder, but that just means more yoga.

Every time I got on the bike, my mind kept asking, ďYou really think youíre going to keep this up for 7 weeks? 6 more weeks? 5 more weeks?Ē until it got tired. The truth is Iíve hated a lot of the workouts, but Iíve persevered because I had an end goal and date in mind. Lose last yearís teacher weight gain of 13 pounds by the start of the new school year. Just in case I found a job for the upcoming school year. It seems I have. And Iíve lost 11.6 pounds and 9 inches.

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GEORGE815 8/4/2014 6:50PM

    Congrats on your physical fitness minutes. Sounds like you had a whale of a June and July.

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I Was So Distracted...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"I was so distracted looking at how beautiful you are that I forgot my yoga stuff." That's what I heard a woman say today when she came back into the locker room at the Y.

I didn't look up, so I'm not 100% sure she was talking to me, but I'm fairly confident. At the very least, it was directed towards me and the other girl in the locker room me. Conceited? Yes. Ego puffing itself up? Definitely. I have to remind myself to detach from the feeling of validation that comes from outside of myself. Nevertheless, I have been feeling and believing my beauty and grace lately in a way that I haven't since I was probably 5 years old.

And I'm down 10 pounds since I kicked things into full gear 7 weeks ago! Good day!

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TORTISE110 7/23/2014 5:53AM

    It's lovely to get compliments. Enjoy!

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MJRVIC2000 7/22/2014 5:02PM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes every thing work; and Love makes everything beautiful. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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I Won't Start, But I Will Finish

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A run in the rain that is. It's been a while since I've encountered one. Today's was a little under 2 miles, but it was still truly exhilarating.

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TIFFFIT 7/20/2014 12:46AM

    As a Phoenician, I would GLADLY start a workout in the rain! It's SUCH a treat, and the rest of the country takes it for granted!!!

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RENATA144 7/19/2014 11:29PM

  "It's not where you start but where you finish." emoticon

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Days With _______ and Half Full

Thursday, July 17, 2014

At the end of May, I eliminated the unhealthy behaviors I justified indulging in because of first-year teacher stress. Iíve been keeping mental notes about the numbers of days Iíve gone without certain things in my life. Today, I decided to record the number of each for this blog post because seeing my streaks help to keep me motivated when my willpower wanes. Up until this very moment I thought of them as days without ________. However, I now see that they are days with _________.

Days withÖ.
a body nourished primarily by plants 34
a mind uninhibited by alcohol 48
a spirit less distracted by the wants of my body and ego 52
a consistent yoga and meditation practice 52
smiling so much during meditation my cheeks hurt 2

On a related note, I decided to buy lemonade from some girls selling it in the neighborhood. They poured all that was left in their pitcher into my cup. There wasn't quite enough to fill the cup. One of the girls said, "Just the right amount." As I walked back to my house, I thought "Just the right amount? Seriously? It's only half full." Immediately, I realized I said half full as opposed to half empty.

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AB1GAIL 7/19/2014 12:53AM

    Great outlook and perspective!

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