Thursday, May 24, 2012
Happy Memorial Day to all my fellow SPARKIES. Thanks to those who serve and sacrifice for my freedom.
I will be off starting tomorrow for a glorious 4-day weekend, woo hoo and the weather is looking mighty fine. Sunny and in the 80's.
Tomorrow: 8-mile run, food shopping, lawn work [will be thinking of you 1HOTMOMMA2BE while I'm sporting the "dukes", lol] and an afternoon lawn chair siesta - heck yeah. Bought some goodies at the running store yesterday...you know new socks and a new headband will improve my run tremdously, gotta look the part ya know. I also bought some honey stinger waffles, they can very highly recommended by my Sparkette JLITT62, gotta maintain the fuel supply. I have to admit I busted open the package to try a bite yesterday - yummmy, yummmmmy.
Saturday: Strawberry festival parade [if I feel like getting out of bed early] then a blast at the beach- going away party - noon til whenever - a friend of ours is moving to Hawaii, darn his bad luck, eh? Wish I could be so lucky, lol.
Sunday: Cook-out at friend's house - bring on the turkey burgers and chef meg's three cheese macaroni
Monday: Chillin at the pool or beach
I've got my beach necessities already packed and ready to go:
Beach Towel - Check
Sunscreen - Check
Cooler - Check
Umbrella - Check
Beach Chair - Check
Book to read - Check - I just ordered "Born To Run" and it arrived just in time for some weekend reading in the sun
Sunglasses - Check
Ipod - Check
I'd like to give a shout-out to my creative friend SAMI199, who has made this weekend of relaxation possible. She got the monkey off my back so to speak. She challenged me to get an art project finished that I started and I did. She also did the artwork for t-shirts that I needed to make and they are done also. Thanks for your creative craftiness miss SAMI and for giving me the shove I needed to get it all done. Now I can relax....until the next project, lol.
This is the artwork SAMI designed for the shirt, I just love it.
Hope everyone enjoys a lovely Memorial Day Weekend, love to all.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Of course we all know that taking the stairs is so much better than taking the elevator. I heard a good one today....
Elevators are for freight !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let us remember that, lol.
I work in a two story office and I only take the elevator down because I have almost face-planted three times in the last two days, how's that for being a totally clutzy doofus?
There's a piece of carpet loose and my heels catch it every time, thank goodness I was holding onto the handrail. I feel like people are watching "miss running lady" [that's what I'm known as to everyone in the building] take the lazy way, the elevator, lol. People judge but they don't know the real deal - let us remember that too.
Still racking up those smiley faces this month, so far so good.
Taking the running a little easy this week, recovery time from the weekend, nice run scheduled for Friday, so I'm off to the running store now to stock up on some energy gels, etc.
Getting Buff NO EXCUSES !!!!
Monday, May 21, 2012
There are all types of mental road blocks out there, otherwise known as self doubt signs... I Can't, I Shouldn't, I'm Afraid. Have you seen any of these signs?
I'm not afraid of a challenge as a matter of fact I LOVE a Challenge... BRING IT ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My particular challenge has been my running. I've been able to comfortably run 13-14 miles, but last week's fail at 15-miles really made me start with the self doubt... I can't, my leg might hurt, what if my hip starts to hurt, a lot of what if's. Should I maybe not run that far again for fear of failing, fear of not being able to make it, fear of a little leg/hip ache afterwards. I really want to sign up for a marathon... but how can I possibly do that if I can't get past the "comfortable" run, do I have what it takes to train for that far?
My Sis decided that she would take the lead and map out the route for this week's long run (I usually do that). I kept asking all week, how far we running? where we running to? She said I should stop worrying about it and just show up, ready to run. Well I knew she was gonna put in a few extra blocks past my 14 mile limit (mental block limit), so I just decided to do what she said... Just show up.
We headed out at 0430 yesterday, it was really windy. We ran the oceanfront route we had run a couple weeks ago (not my favorite, but it was her turn to "map it out"). It was 7+ miles directly into a 20-mph wind, uggghh. It was totally grueling getting there, I kept telling myself... you can't pick your race day forecast, you have to run in whatever weather you are given, so I may as well suck it up and just "get there", and we did. Made a quick potty stop at the half-way point and then headed back, I was still really worried about the mileage since apparently our half way point was farther than last time, but I figured what's another 18 blocks, lol.
Heading back the wind was finally at our back - YEAH. Now a light mist was falling, uggh, a windy, cold mist, what next? My heart rate monitor stopped working, I freaked out about that one. Well since my HRM wasn't working I just had to listen to my body and not go by the numbers on the HRM. I think my HRM may also be contributing to my mental block. When I see the ole heart rate getting past a certain point, it scares me a tad, so I slow down, not really listening to what the body says. So maybe in a way, this was a great lesson too - don't let the HRM set limitations.
Sis said we were going to take a short cut on the way home, so I just followed her lead. We stopped three times on the way home, just long enough for a quick refuel/rehydrate (maybe 4 minutes tops).
When we approached the short cut I knew then I was doomed, lol....this was NO shortcut. I figured it at least added a mile or so onto our run, but I just kept going, now feeling a little tweaking in the hip, but nothing that I couldn't handle [was this a figment of my imagination for fear of going extra miles, or did it really hurt]. Yes it did "feel tweaky" but my sis talked me thru it and said that I should feel some difficulty and that if the pain was not unbearable then to just push thru it and see what happens.
We finished up our run, did our stretching and into the house we went. The DH and soon-to-be BIL had breakfast cooking, so Sis wanted to make the big mileage announcement at the breakfast table. She was the only one who knew how far we had run. Drum roll please......... 17.5 miles. Holy Ham, she tricked me...that was WAY more than 14 miles.
She said the reason she didn't tell me how far we were running is because she wanted me to get past my mental block, and guess what.... I'm over it. I busted thru that road block with the help of my SIS and her complete confidence in me and my abilities. What a super sister. Definitely signing up for a full-marathon now, both of us. What a super boost of confidence, when I surely needed it the most.
I did spend most of the day after our run relaxing on the couch, I did ice the hip and hamstring, it was a little sore after our run. DH was sweet to cook dinner last night. The hip is fine today, the hamstring is a little achy and sore, but all it all, I'm glad I got past my fear.
If I can overcome fear, so can you. Conquer yours today, you'll be glad you did.
DETERMINED to get bufff no excuses
Thursday, May 17, 2012
I was experimenting in the my laboratory [oops I mean kitchen] last night. Something sinister was a cooking...Muahahahahahahaha [cue the lightning bolt and the clap of thunder]. The DH has the look of terror on his face when I unveiled my latest creation.... Quinoa.
This was the first time I've ever tried it, not bad but I didn't care for the garlic flavor, it was too overpowering. I'm all about trying something new, at least once. DH ate a couple bites but he wasn't crazy about it. Next time I will flavor it myself and throw in some onions and veggies. I'm gonna keep experimenting with quinoa til I get it right.
Ground chicken patties with grilled pineapples turned out fabulous. I mixed ground chicken with garlic, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, 1 egg and a tad of shredded parmesan cheese and grilled to perfrection, topped with grilled pineapples, served with a side of sweet and sour sauce and the leftover squash I had cooked the night before. Can you tell I LOVE TO EAT? It is so nice knowing I can have a plate of healthy food and be full and satisfied...
Satisfied in knowing I ate healthy and that I'm finding the joy of cooking. [Did I really just say that?]
This morning I decided to make my morning protein shake "GREEN". I've heard if you add spinach to a smoothie you can't taste it, well it's taken me about 2 months to work up the nerve to try this and... you CAN'T taste the spinach, unbelievable. It was pineapple vanilla flavored, but it was green, that kinda played tricks on my mind, almost thought I was drinking something lime by looking at it. So getting used to the color green is gonna take some work. Don't know what the health benefits of adding spinach to your smoothie are because 1/4 cup is only 2 calories and no other nutrition values that I could find. But that is all the rave now... Green Smoothies - I'm gonna call it a "Shrek-Shake".
Guess I've turned green, muahahahahaha.
Happy day to all.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
This blog was inspired by a road rage incident that happened to me yesterday on my way home. I was driving the speed limit (35) and this car was on my tail, and I mean on my tail [back-off Buster]. I dare not exceed the speed limit because I know this road is a speed trap, I travel this way every day and there is always a police officer strategically placed to catch the hot rods. I wish I had one of those digital signs in my rear window to inform the tailgating jack-arse that the speed limit is only 35, HELLO !!!!!
[Couldn't find the exact pic I was looking for, but you get the point]
I wanted to just throw my hands up and say, what the heck? [well not my exact words, lol]
He eventually went around me and gave me the one-finger wave, well sheesh, how rude. Anyhoo, I was thinking.....
Everyone is always in such a hurry. Whether in a hurry to get somewhere on the road, in a hurry to eat, whatever the hurry, it's always RUSH, RUSH, RUSH. Let me just say, that "life in the fast lane" will burn you out quick and "surely make you lose your mind".
[Make sure to crank up the volume, if you dare before clicking the link]
Looking back on my life, BEFORE beginning my SPARK journey, I was always in a hurry for something... running errands, kids to sports practice, dash in the market and pick up a frozen pizza, etc. Does this sound like your life? Being in the fast lane had its consequences, just to mention a few...
No time to plan - just wing it, I can always do it later [later never comes]
No time to prepare a meal - stop at the fast food drive-thru [that really packed on the pounds]
No time for exercise - well I'll just skip it [I never exercised, not a priority]
No time for me - I'll just take care of everyone else and not worry about me [you become your last priority]
Over 3 years ago I decided to take a detour from the fast lane and merge on over into the slower lane, I even took an exit I had never traveled before...
There was a huge WELCOME CENTER at the bottom of the exit ramp. I stopped to see what this was all about. There were lots of friendly tour guides [fellow Sparkers], and they were happy to explain their experiences on the Road to Success. The SPARK Guy gave me a huge welcome and directed me to just keep following the road. He said the road was filled with curves, hair pin turns, steep hills, an occasional road block, a couple of detours, etc., but assured me that if I kept going I would eventually reach my destination.
Along this road I have discovered it is so much better than the fast lane...no rushing, no erratic drivers, just happy sparkers all headed for the same destination.... SUCCESS. This path has allowed me to slow down and enjoy the scenery. In the SPARK Lane, I ...
Plan - no more wingin it, I plan weekly outings, physical activities, meals, etc.
Prepare a meal - I enjoy healthy meals and have learned to love cooking [somewhat, lol] - no drive-thrus for me
Exercise - it's a daily part of life, No. 1 on the priority list
Me - I have made myself the No. 1 priority, it takes some flexibility to carve out the time, but I've realized... I'm Worth It. I have discovered that I can amaze myself with the things I never thought I could do... and I'm Doing Them.
Most of all I have truly made myself HAPPY. You'll find me in this lane most of the time....Runner's Lane.
I encourage everyone.... Take your foot off the accelerator for a while - stop being in such a hurry - share this roadmap with others. Take the exit to SUCCESS, merge on over into.... LIFE IN THE SPARK LANE. You won't regret it.
Images from google.
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