Friday, February 24, 2012
Do you know what's the most overwhelming aspect in all this marathon training?
What to eat. What not to eat. What days to eat. Getting the right ratios of carbs, protein, or fat. All these rules are enough to make anyone run for the hills.
Right now, I am sitting here thinking how I should eat something. Ideally, a pasta meal would be a good idea because tomorrow is a planned 8 mile run. But, I don't feel like eating pasta. I could to have mac-n-cheese or this other pasta meal which doesn't fill me up.
Or I should say carbs do not fill me up. Period. I really noticed that this morning. I wasn't feeling like my oatmeal so I had trail mix, greek yogurt, and a banana. I ate at 8:30 and was just getting hungry at noon. When I eat oatmeal, I am hungry a hour later. So annoying.
When I get to choose what levels to eat, leave me to my higher protein levels. Being educated, I realize this diet is not ideal for my body during endurance training.
Well, I will end up eating mac-n-cheese. It's easy, convenient, fast and cheap! I'll appreciate it tomorrow morning when my legs aren't dead.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
If you are judgmental, I have a problem with you. I do not stand for any type of discrimination.
Tonight a guy, N, friend of mine tried giving plasma. Another friend, H, which was there asked to talk to a staff member privately. After H talked to them, N could not donate because was bisexual.
I have a major issue with for many reasons.
He has never had sex with any other guy. Even if he did, it wouldn't matter. Did you know that more heterosexual individuals contract AIDS than homosexual? It's a statistic, making it a fact.
Besides I feel she think any orientation besides heterosexual is wrong. She is strong believer in God and Jesus. That is great. But, also, I feel she thinks she can judge people. No, you cannot. That is God's job.
If I was to put all that aside, she broke MY confidence and trust. I told her that my friend was bisexual months ago in confidence.
When N texted me about this tonight, my stomach sank. Sometimes you don't need to be there to know. You just know. I am sick to my stomach. I feel so bad for N. He doesn't deserve this treatment when all he has been nice to her.
So, let's repeat it. I do NOT stand for any kind of discrimination and nor should YOU. People that are open about their orientation deal with this crap everyday. It's crap! It's crap that right now many loving couples have to fight to get married.
Some debate that it says in the Bible it's wrong. Where? I'd love someone to show where it says in the Bible that we are to judge others. No, God will come one day and judge the heavens and hells. I, honestly, believe that God wants us to be decent and good people. Isn't that is what it is about?
Some of my good friends have a different orientation than me. I cannot imagine not having them in my life just because I was so ignorant and could not accept other people's difference.
Thank God I am not like that. Thank God my parents taught me better. Tonight I talked to my mom about it and I like how she put it best. It is like someone saying they can't be friends with me because I have blue eyes. How would YOU feel?
And, if you are still reading this and disagree with me. Fine. Do ME a favor. Unfriend me. Because I don't want to be YOUR friend. And, hit that red X in the upper corner.
Monday, February 20, 2012
In case you were wondering...
My new trainer is pretty awesome! She gave me lots of praise and no insults. In fact, there was a part that I could tell I wasn't doing it quite right. When she gave me feedback and I was able to do it better, she smiled. Which, in turn, made me feel good about me.
My last trainer was in favor of 20 reps. When I lift, I tend to stick to 3 set of 12. My new trainer had me do sets of 12.
I even have achievable homework assignment.
I really like the feedback she gave me about my posture. My back has been hurting lastly and not sure why. Kinda suspected posture issues but it's not like I can walk next to a mirror and figure it out myself.
I have a good feeling about this.. sometimes you just know that this is just way better.
..so now you know about my new trainer.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Motivation is key. Without it our workouts don't get done. With it, we reach our goals with grace. So how do we get motivated and stay motivated. Everyone is a little different.
Take me for example. In the beginning, my motivation to work is see that number on the scale go down. Now, I don't care so much about that but rather how I feel after I consistently work out. I feel less stressed and have less depression episodes.
Putting that aside, the gym motivates me which is crazy because I need motivation to get to the gym. Right?
Well, I work at a local Y. Members really motivate and inspire me. They come in everyday after work before going home to their families. They give it their all after a hard day of work. Sometimes it is close to 2 hours.
Wait, did I say inspire? What exactly does inspire mean anyhow? People constantly tell me this. Or people say, "If you can do it, maybe I can, too."
But, what does the word inspire actually mean?
According to dictionary.com:
1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
2. to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
3. to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
4. to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
5. to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
So, basically I motivate others to work out and change their healthy lifestyle? Awesome!
Even friends that do not need to change their lifestyle, apparently I inspire them as well. I wonder to do what... to reach for the stars?
What does inspire or motivate mean to you?
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I know some people do not believe in God. But, I believe in God. Sometimes He helps us in life but we don't give thanks to him. But, why not?
Anyhow, onto my simple story.
In the last week, I have been struggling with overtraining symptoms. I really want to train for my first full marathon but I was running into obstacles. Literally. When I finally had it all figured out, it gets changed.
That happened today.
I am supposed to co-lead step aerobics. Today, I got pulled out of my step aerobics lab to help assess the freshmen's fitness levels. Granted, not my passion.
But, it solves the issue of training. I can do take some time to rest and than train hard core for my half and full marathons.
In addition to this, I want to say: Happy Valentine's Day.
Before you groan, yes, YOU! I want you to take this special day and do something nice for YOU. How often do you do that? This may mean taking 10 minutes. Or getting a massage. Or getting yourself your flowers.
In fact, that is what I did. I don't need a guy to buy ME flowers. I am special and know it. I will celebrate it with myself. A guy does not deem my value. I do.
Because V-day sometimes brings us down, I decided to buy roses for a couple friends. If no other Valentine's Day tomorrow they will know they ARE special! Today I gave them the flowers and were able to make their day happy. It was a gift for me in itself.
So, in summary, I am back to training and do something nice for YOU! You are special!
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