Sunday, April 13, 2014
Yep, I made it to my first mile marker. My first goal is finished, but I'm not! The great thing about goals is there is ALWAYS a next one. I don't want to get ahead of myself. I don't want to get tripped up looking at the future, but I also don't want to loose sight of my goal either. So, I made little goals along the way.
I have noticed many people want to learn to run. They want to put that big goal 5K, 10K, 13.1 or even the big 26.2. I have been in their sneakers. To get to those goals I had to learn to walk, then jog, then run. When I start a walk or run or bike or even a swim, I Have the finish line goal, but along the way I put mini goals. Sometimes it is as simple as I will run to that next tree. The important thing is that they are doable, they build my confidence. Most important, they add up. They add up to a finish line. They power me to keep moving on.
Life is filled with stuff. Life gets in the way all of the time. However, I still have goals. Along this journey, I have built in small goals. Goals that add up to the next big Goal. The important thing is that I keep going forward to the goal. Runners and Bikers are some of the greatest athletes. We don't care how far or how fast you go. We just get excited when you step up and step out. We are excited to count you amongst us.
So, today join me. Take that step and keep moving on. Celebrate with me! I don't care if you have been doing this and lost 100+ lbs or just excited because you made a good choice for your first meal. Celebrate your accomplishment. You deserve a
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Day 30 is my first mile marker goal and I am almost there. I am so excited! I have upped my exercise which has in turn upped my calories burned so once again, Spark has recommended I up my calories consumed. Well, by all means I would never want to say no to a Spark suggestion...LOL!
I was so excited about my walk today. I am increasing my distance and speed. Today I went 2.5 miles and averaged 16:41 per mile. I am going to be ready to start running again real soon. My legs are feeling stronger. I can't believe I am going to say this, but I love doing squats every night before bed. It feels amazing now and I am starting to see the results.
So, what am I going to do when I meet my first goal. Well, I am going to buy myself a new book for Kindle. I love to read. I am a huge Nancy Drew fan. I use to own most of the books in hardback, but donated them last year to some girls who wanted to read and fell in love with them also. I am now trying to buy them all on Kindle. So, that is my prize on Sunday. For 30 days of dedication to me, I am going to reward myself with a 5.99 Nancy Drew book on Kindle.
I am glad I am 30 days strong and feeling good. I am down 13 lbs and I have another weigh in tomorrow. Don't get me wrong I want to loose the weight, but today I can say I am more excited about the dedication part. 30 days is a big deal for me. 30 days of taking care of me. Something I forgot to do for so long.
Here is to Me! Here is to You wherever you are on your journey. We are in this together. Keep moving forward.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
So, I made it through the dreaded week 3. YEAH! It makes week 4 all the easier for me. I did not struggle during week 3 thanks to lots of wonderful people on my DBTFG team. So, now I march forward.
Last night I took the time to right out a bunch of mini goals. When I say a bunch I mean 25. I actually listed them on my reminders on my iPhone so that I could check them off as I do them. It felt good. I have never done that before. I mean I have always had the BIG goal and have laid out a couple of smaller ones. This time though I made different ones. I included some weight goals, days in a row I stick with it goals and athletic goals for running, biking and swimming. I also put wearing my wedding ring again on there. When I break up the big goals like this, they seem attainable.
I also thought long and hard today about the why do I want to do this. I will admit in the past it has always been for someone else, usually my husband. Please don't think for one moment my husband is one of those guys who is pressuring me to loose weight. He has, is and will always love me at whatever size. However, I always felt I wasn't good enough for him. That maybe if I was thinner it would some how make our marriage perfect. Silly me! No, this time I am doing this because I want to.
In the past, I would fail because I was afraid to meet my goal. I know that sounds strange, but I had so many what ifs in my head, like what if my husband doesn't find me attractive anymore. What if I gain it all back? OK, I never said the fears made any sense. They were just fears that I carried around. No more!
Last, I failed in the past because I put my life on hold until...... Yeah that's right. Fill in the blank. I didn't think I was worth anything until I met my big goals. I didn't think I would be beautiful until. I didn't think I could run until. I didn't think I could do anything until. Well, no more unties because they never come! I want to do what I want to right now! Today is what counts, not until!
So what do I do from here? Easy, I keep going forward. Change is good and it is always happening. It isn't waiting until and it doesn't matter how my life will be when it does. I am changing because life around me is changing. I am going to live TODAY! I am a strong, beautiful woman TODAY!
HUGS to all of you strong beautiful people out there!
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Week three is always a hard one for me. No strike that! In the past, they have been a hard one one for me. I am buckling down really hard and going to get through this one. So, there are many things in my life that I can't control right now, but here are a few good choices I am making.
1. I joined a challenge to keep me going.
2. I dusted off my old marathon training logs
3. I gave my self a chance to breath yesterday when I really wasn't feeling up to anything
4. I am NOT going to stop charting my food even if I know I went over.
5. I am going to find the BUTS in everyday. Like, I don't feel well, BUT I will still do some kind of exercise.
Yep! My goal for now is to just add another for TODAY. Before I know it all those todays will add up to another week and I will be past the three week blues. Then I will move on to the next mini goal.
Hmmm....I wonder what I can do for myself at the end of this week when I have made it through?!?! I will have to find some small way to celebrate.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Two years ago I was working on my first marathon. I actually ran it in October of 2012. During my training I spanned several 1/2 marathons. However, after my marathon life sent me a curve ball. For medical reasons, I gave up everything. I walked away from running and triathlons, my next bucket list goal. Last June (2013) my condition got worst and landed me in the hospital for two weeks. I gave up on me completely.
Two weeks ago at my largest weight ever, I put my foot down and said enough is enough. I was so proud of myself. I am going on three weeks strong and so I though what the heck lets start all over again with training. I got out my old training journal and started at the very beginning. However, while on the treadmill I started feeling sorry for myself. I started looking at the past and know where I came from and now look at me right back at the beginning. I got very disappointed. I wanted to get off and go curl up and cry.
Then I remembered that it is OK to look at the past and remember the good and bad, but it isn't OK to dwell there. It doesn't matter where I have been. Right now what matters is where I am going. Yes, I started at the very beginning today. I matched my first day in my marathon training journal exactly. That is OK. As a matter of fact it is GREAT! You see I know how that 10 months ended and if I keep my eye on the prize it will end there again. As a matter of fact, I hope it ends even better!
Look out triathlon here I come!!!!!!!!!!!!
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