Sunday, May 06, 2012
It's been an interesting year, I've run 6 Half Marathons this year, set a Personal Best in one, saw my Mom complete her first Half Marathon at age 71, saw my husband complete his first Boston Marathon. Also found out I have Costochondritis (info: www.webmd.com/pain-management/costoc
hondritis ). They're not sure what causes it, but it could be trauma like from a car accident which I didn't have, (possibly from running a Half Marathon every weekend lol?) I'd say a race is definitely trauma to the body. But I kept running and when I finally started seeing the symptoms affect my racing, I went to the doctor and they ran all the tests and came back with that. Makes it hard to catch my breath which is the worst symptom for me. It can last up to 6 months. So after my race on 3/18, I stopped running...or doing any exercise...yes it was SO hard. I was scheduled to be a Pacer at the Clearwater Iron Girl Half on 4/22 and pace the 2 Hour group. I was determined to do this race, since I missed it last year, so I opted to Pace the 2:30 group and I'm so glad I did. It went great and I felt good that after 4 weeks of no exercise I could just "jump up" and run a Half Marathon.
During my running season, my weightlifting changes quite dramatically. I have a Running Coach and do a simple but effective 20 minute workout using all body weight. So it's not the heavy lifting I "enjoy" but I'm coachable to do what I need for its purpose.
Back in January, I pulled something in my back from lifting, so I hadn't really lifted weights since then. I live in the Tampa FL area so this is the time it gets really hot and humid for us (no more Half Marathons in our area until end of October), so my plan is to be a gym rat during the summer.
Challenge is, I went back to the gym last Monday for a really light workout and couldn't believe how "weak" I was. I totally felt like I was starting all over again. I got through last week, but I know it's going to be a process to get back to the strength I know I can have.
So I plan to blog about my progress over the summer. Today I did a 45 minute steady HR Cardio on the Bike and sweat more than I ever had at that pace (70% max HR), so I know I have a ways to go but I'm determined and ready!
I'm so thankful for all my Sparkfriends, you continue to inspire me with your successes, comebacks and just hanging in there!
All praise and glory to Yahweh who allows me to wake up each day and find a new way to honor Him!
Here are some highlights from recent races (you know me, gotta have some pics, right!):
Was a Pacer for the Half Marathon & 8k at Gasparilla 3-4-12:
Sarasota Half Marathon 3-11-12:
Beach Halfathon 3-18-12:
Pics from Boston Marathon 4-16-12:
Iron Girl Half 4-22-12:
Friday, February 17, 2012
I am very close to my paternal Grandmother. She's the only grandparent I've had for over 25 years. She's outlived her children and yet maintains the most positive attitude I've ever seen and is such a woman of faith! Yahweh willing, she will turn 90 years young in April.
We talk several times a week and I visit her when I can (she lives about 500 miles away). When visiting her last month, she asked me to look through her pantry and refrigerator and make recommendations (she's been so proud of what I've done and how I've kept the weight off). So I did. I found she was eating a lot of canned & processed foods (i.e., Campbells Chicken Soup, Salmon, Vienna sausages, cheese crackers, etc.). So I brought to her attention the food labels and taught her how to read it particularly paying attention to the sodium and sugar amounts. When I told her how much she SHOULD have a day versus what she WAS having a day, she was shocked. She immediately bagged all those types of foods and made plans to donate them. I took her shopping and bought her 3-4 months of foods.
I made a list of foods she should stay away from at night (starchy carbs, sugars, etc.), and a list of food combinations (some protein with every meal, fresh fruit early in the day, dark green veggies as much as possible, etc.).
She's about 5'9" and 225 lbs, and generally in good health, though when I got there, she had been suffering from daily headaches, bad arthritis in her hands and high blood pressure. She said she doesn't necessarily want to lose weight ("I don't want to lose my figure" lol), but I want to be healthy. So I told her she may lose some but it will be in a healthy way and she'd never have to worry about being "skinny".
She started calling me "Dr. Tia" and each time we'd talk, she'd ask a question about what or when to eat something, as she wanted to do it right. :-)
I check on her each time we talk and has been doing great, always said she wasn't hungry but was satisfied since she's now eating 4-5 times a day instead of 2-3 and is drinking more water and exercising 30 min to an hour a day (walking and stretching).
It's now been a month since I was there and she called me today super excited as she's lost 12 lbs! She hasn't had a headache since I was there and her arthritis is not nearly as frequent. She can't wait to go to the doctor for her next visit!
I just had to share as I'm SO proud of her. At 89 she's humble enough to change to be healthy, or as she says "If God has let me live this long, I should treat myself right for every extra day I get!" Good advice for all of us I think! She also said "If you can be in Ebony magazine, so can I!" LOL! I hope you'll find her as inspiring as I do!
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I just had to share this!
After 12 weeks of diligent training, my Mother successfully walked her first Half Marathon at the St. Pete Rock 'n' Roll Half on Sunday, February 12, 2012!
It's such a great testament to you can do whatever you decide to and put your mind to! My Mom would have never dreamed she would do this, but as she trained and each week did a little more, she realized she would be able to do it! She knew she would have to maintain an 18 minute mile to finish in the allotted time of 4 hours and she was determined to do it! She walked a 5k over a year ago, but nothing else since.
The race itself was awesome! My husband had recently completed the Miami Full Marathon so he was in recovery, so he ran alongside me which was the first time we ran "together" in a race. It was awesome! He paced me and helped me get a Personal Best by over 2 minutes! It was wonderful crossing the finish line with him!
After grabbing a bite and enjoying some of the post race concert (FloRida was the headliner), I went to go find Mom to walk her in! Found her around Mile 11 and she was looking and feeling strong! We had a blast walking the last two miles together!
As we approached the finish line, I got out of the race area to watch her RUN across the finish line! It was awesome!!! She finished in 3:42 and I am the proudest daughter! I couldn't wait to give her her 13.1 magnet for her car!
At this race, got to see LOTS of Sparkfriends and even met a few new ones! Here's some pics of the event!
I met DSSECRET who was also doing her first Half and her hubby MIRAGE717!
Here are a few other Sparkfriends, though I don't have everyone's Sparkname handy:
A few race pics:
Moral of the Story:
WHETEHER YOU THINK YOU CAN, OR YOU THINK CAN'T, YOU'RE RIGHT!!!
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Happy Anniversary to me! Thanks to a friend telling me about this site, Sparkpeople has become such an incredible part of my life!
I was only 3 weeks into my healthy lifestyle journey when I started on Sparkpeople. I loved the site immediately and tracked my food and exercise every day for over a year without missing. Between doing that and setting fitness goals, in 9 months I was at my goal size by September 2009. Went from Size 14 to 4.
I never looked back! I just kept doing the things that got me there! Thanks to Sparkpeople, I stopped dieting and learned to live a lifestyle that worked for me and have continued that lifestyle.
It's allowed me to:
1) Run my first Half Marathon 11/09
2) Run my first Full Marathon 2/10
3) Run a total of 10 Half Marathons and 2 Full Marathons since then
4) Compete and place 3rd in a Figure Competition
5) Coach others to complete their first Half Marathon
6) Be a Pacer in Half Marathon races to help others reach their time goals
7) Be featured in 2 National magazines (First for Women July 2011, and Ebony Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 issue)
8) Meet so many incredible people via Sparkpeople, Facebook and many now in person at races
9) Start an awesome Facebook page called Running Friends From Around the World with now almost 450 people
10) Help my Mom with her nutrition and exercise and now, at almost 71, she is training for her first Half Marathon on 2/12/12.
11) Feel great about wearing a bikini
12) Enjoy shopping
13) Enjoy the empowerment of knowing I'm in control of the foods I eat and they're not in control of me
14) Love ME even more!
These are just a few of the benefits I've experienced. The ones that mean the most to me are those where I can help others.
It amazes me to think that just 3 years ago I was training for a 15k and scared to death. I finished it at an 11:37 minute per mile pace and that was 9.3 miles. Now I'm currently training to run the New Orleans Rock n Roll Marathon on March 4th to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I'll need a 8:23 pace for 26.2 miles! I love seeing progress!
Hubby's and my 21st wedding anniversary is on the 26th of this month. We've decided to make a trip to Miami Beach that weekend where we'll be participating in the ING Miami Full (him) and Half (me) Marathon. It's so awesome to do these things with my husband!
So I wish a Happy Anniversary to all my Spark Friends in the Class of 12/26 - 1/3, 2009! And Happy New Year to everyone! Let's make this a great year!
I feel so blessed and give ALL glory to my Heavenly Father YAHWEH!
Now if you've read any of my previous blogs, you know how much I love adding pictures! So here goes! Some "before" pics and some recent ones!
From New Year's Eve:
Some "Before Pics":
Some pics from the last few weeks of the year:
Me after completing 6 Half Marathons in 7 weeks! We left on a week cruise that afternoon!
This was my best Half Marathon of 2011, I hit a Personal Record and hubby did awesome too! Dec. 4th:
Mom and I on New Year's Eve:
Me and my best friend and husband:
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
After posting some before and after pics on my Facebook page, a FB friend said "Wow, you look great! I need to drop a lot of weight, going to start in the New Year!" Well that really bothered me. Reason is because I had done this same thing over and over and over, lost the weight, gained the weight, started exercising, stopped exercising, rat on the treadmill in a cage...
When we say we'll start "tomorrow" or "next week" or the "new year", it means we're still in DIET mode, and since we're planning a "start" we're going to plan a "finish". Diet mode says you're going to eat like this or that or exercise this much for so long.
A healthy lifestyle says start NOW and live that way! Diets are hard, healthy lifestyle is much easier!
I started my journey on December 2, 2008 while ON A CRUISE! I got home, registered for a 15k that was end of Feb (keep in mind I had not run any race in 13 years). I started tracking my food and exercise diligenty, and 9 months later when I got to my goal (size 14 to 4), I didn't change ANYTHING! I had developed a lifestyle and more than 2 years after hitting my goal, I'm still living that lifestyle.
Do I do everything perfect? Am I a super strict eater? Not by any means. I love food and enjoy it. But I love my health even more, so I make sure I still eat 6-7 times a day, still drink at least 100 oz of water a day, and still make good choices on what I eat at least 80% of the time. I still exercise 5-6 days a week. It's just a way of life.
So instead of starting next year, start leading a healthy lifestyle TODAY! Even through the holidays, you can do it if you've made the DECISION to do it!
As you make better food choices at holiday events, people may say things like "Oh you can't have that." Just say "I can have anything I want. I'm just choosing not to have that" or "not to have seconds".
I remember on previous cruises, I would have seconds and thirds of every meal! On this recent one, I picked my food, ate and enjoyed it and left. And I was just as satisfied, but just not in the food coma most people were in.
So let's make the new year start NOW!!! You can do this!
2008 - 2011: It's worth it!
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