Saturday, August 22, 2009
Today was the All Out Run, Walk or Crawl 5k for the participants of my Summer Shape-up Challenge! We had 14 people (including my Mom) get out there and get dirty walking and running through mud, water, and trails! It was awesome! Everyone finished under 56 minutes, which is incredible considering no one other than me had ever done this before! My husband's company paid for us to get TShirts made and they came out awesome! It was just a great team day! My goal was to finish under 29 minutes to match my best time from 15 years ago. Well I didn't do that, but I do finish in 29:02, so I can't be upset. I was proud of myself. The only thing I was disappointed about was that I was only 22 seconds from placing 3rd in my age group 40-44. Gives me the drive to compete! So I'll probably do a 5k each month while I'm training for the Half-Marathon.
So my highlight was seeing my Mom do her first 5k at age 68! She even had a bladder infection and still did it. What a champion, and to top it off, she placed 1st in her age group. I can't even tell you how proud I was. When I saw her coming down home stretch, I went to meet her, and we ran holding hands though the finish line. That will definitely be a life highlight for me. (Picture of me and Mom)
So after the 5k, I had already scheduled to work with a trainer in a group of 4 less than 2 hours later! Got home, showered and dressed for the gym, went and did some strength, cardio and resistence training for an hour, came home, showered again, and have been on the couch ever since!
It was just a really great day with a bunch of really great people!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Ok, I found a full picture of me in my Goal Outfit. This is from 2001. My husband and I were separated (fortunately we got back together and are about celebrate 19 years of marriage), and I lost a lost of weight very quickly. Of course when we got back together, I gained it all back and then some!!! I've kept this outfit because it's so cute and flattering. Once I can fit this, I'M THERE! I can pull the pants up but can't zip or breathe, so I have a little ways to go! They're a Junior Size 5. I'm posting this picture all over my house!!! So happy I found it!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Well the 5k is next Saturday the 22nd. I'm going for getting under 29 minutes! When I was 26 I did a 5k in 28 minutes (can't remember exactly), but that was 15 years ago. I actually placed 3rd in my age group for that race (only time I placed). Now that I'm 41 it would be such an awesome feeling to match my best time! So yesterday I went running with my awesome partners Nicole (NSG4729) and Toni (NYCOLA44) and I did get under 30 minutes with 29:57. I really pushed it and am feeling it this morning in my quads. I think I'll take the 11am Yoga class at my gym to help me stretch a little more. But I'm excited!
So this week I also officially started training for the Women's Half Marathon in November. I'll be running 4 times a week, so I figure whatever weight I'm still trying to get off, will come off during this training. I actually signed up with Team in Training, which is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. So I've committed to raising $1,800 by race time. That was my only hesitation since I had never done any fundraising and have always hated asking people for money for anything. But my Aunt Bea died of Leukemia in 2000 so I'm doing in memory of her, so I have something personal attached to it which makes me excited to do it.
So if any of you Sparkers would like to help me and the cause, here's my FUNDRAISING PAGE:
Thanks to all of you in advance, and super thanks to all my Sparkfriends who have been so supportive on my journey with your great comments. They mean so much!
Let's have a great day enjoying the process!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Ok, I'm into the 8th month of my new lifestyle and I can only say how much I love it. I love that I didn't rely on a quick-fix diet, or a quick-fix workout or anything else considered quick-fix. I've just been doing it the old fashioned way: eat right and exercise. It sounds so simple, and now it is so simple. Makes me wonder, why did it take me all these years to realize it? But as they say "the teacher appears when the student is ready." I had to be ready to change.
Today I started my official training for the half-marathon, nice and easy with a 2 mile run. I'm going for speed on Thursday when I train with Nicole and Toni. I really want to hit that 28 minute mark for the 5k on the 22nd.
The Summer Shape-up Challenge is going very well. You can see the focus of those who will be doing the 5k, and the focus of those who have truly taken this seriously. It's a win-win!
Well, I took a bikini picture on 5/3 for the Sweatsuit to Swimsuit Challenge, and I decided to take another one this past Sunday. What a difference! I'm not where I want to be, but I'm definitely on my way. I can only imagine where I'll be in another 90 days!
Isn't it nice to proud of yourself? We usually don't take time to congratulate ourselves, as we're too busy finding the faults. So let's take today and pat ourselves on the back because we're still in the fight for the best us we can be!
Still enjoying the process!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Well I haven't blogged in a bit, thought I would catch up.
So we're in the 10th week of the Summer Shape-up Challenge. I'm very happy with so many people's accomplishments. I'm especially happy about some people who hadn't been involved in a while, but made the decision to see this through! That's exciting! And there's those who have taken this seriously from day one! Many are seeing great results!
As for me, well, I've done more clothes shopping in the past month than I have in the past 3 years I think! It's so much fun buying size 6! I remember barely six months ago hating that some size 12's were tight because my thighs were so big! I specifically remember not being able to fit into a size 12 at Old Navy and I was so disgusted, I wouldn't even try on a 14. Well, on Sunday I bought a pair of Old Navy shorts and they were size 6! Woo Hoo! Love it!
So I've started training for the 5k on 8/22. Last time I did a 5k was in the '90's. I was in my 20's. Now it's 2009 and I'm 41. My best 5k I ran in 28:30 minutes and was 26 years old. So my first training run I did in under 33 minutes (goal was to finish the race in less than 36 minutes), and today, my second training run, I did it in 30:53 which shocked me! So my goal is to complete the 5k in less time than I did at age 26! I'm going for it!
On the 11th of this month, I'll start training for a half-marathon. I'm a firm believer in always having the next goal ready when you're about to complete your current goal. So I'm doing the 13 miles in November. I'm really excited. I would love to have a friend to do it with, but like my weight journey I don't mind doing it alone, because it's about me, and I'm a champion!
I just did my measurements and I'm excited that my waist is now less than 30 inches! Yay! Can I possibly get back to 36-24-36? Just kidding, I could care less about that! I just want to be the size that's great for me, and I'm almost there!
And I'm really enjoying helping others get there too with the Summer Shape-up Challenge! That has been SO rewarding! It's been a lot of work, but I wouldn't trade it for a thing! I'm loving it!
Still enjoying the process, and here's to everyone else who's still in the fight! My wish is to give hope to others!
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