Wednesday, April 14, 2010
RUN2MYDREAMS has really inspired me to get back to my blogging and get serious about getting a healthy lifestyle. (Thanks Girl!) So today is my first day of what I am going to call "Getting Sexified!" Sexy to me is not just physical. I think confidence is sexy and that I truly what I am going for. Lately, when I get home from work (I work third shift) I eat whatever we have in the cupoboards, read a book, sleep for 3 hours, get up, go to school, come home, eat whatever I can find, and then go to work. It is a vicious cycle and I am actually completely fed up with it.
I like working out (except strength training), so I am going to make it my goal to really work hard to incorporate some strength training into my workout routine. I bought Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, so I am going to try that and then continue with my EA Active workouts which has been gathering dust in the box. I am also going to stick to my running program because if I like it or not, I am signed up for the Madison Half Marathon on May 30th and I can't get that money back if I don't want to run it.
I hate summer. I really do. It is hot and humid. My hair gets frizzy and I have to wear clothes that I do not feel comfortable in. I don't want to be uncomfortable all summer. I want to be able to throw on a pair or shorts and a tank top and be ok with that. It will make my summer much more enjoyable!
I am ready to put in the hard work. I am ready to make this change and I am glad I have my Sparkfamily to come to when I am having a hard time. You all understand what I am struggling with and I can't express how much I appreciate each and every one of you. Stay turned for tomorrow- Day 2 of Getting Sexified!!!! Anyone can join if they want!
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thoughts: "Oh god. Am I really going to do this? I think I have to pee. Am I stretched enough? Oh he is cute. Ok, I will be fine. I just need to finish. It doesn't matter the time. Ok, they are starting. Here goes nothing."
Mile 1: "A hill?! A hill? A BIG HILL?! No one said there would be hills. I guess I never looked at the course. Ok, I can run up a hill. (Half way up the hill)- IT JUST KEEPS GOING! Man, all these people are passing me. They must be pretty upset that I am in there way. Oh, I passed someone! Ok, I can make it up this hill.
Mile 2: "Downhill!! Yay! Nice cool breeze by the lake, I can do this! Just stay with this girl in front of me. She will be my pace. Just keep running, just keep running."
Mile 3: "1,2,3,4. Just keep counting. It will keep you on track. Forget that girl! She is really fast. People keep passing me, but there are still people behind me. Oh the turn around! I must be half way."
Mile 4: "Are you kidding me? Why did I sign up for this? I have to pee. I have to pee a lot. My legs hurt and this man next to me is coughing up a lung. Maybe I should ask if he is ok. Maybe I should just keep running. THE HILL! IT IS BACK! Ugh, really? Really, hill, you are large, yes, but can't you just level off a little bit so I can make it up you?!"
Mile 5: "Ok! I made it up the hill!! YAY! Oh crap, more hill. Since when was Madison hilly. I guess I never knew. I should have prepared better. Oh man, more people are passing me. It must be like 2 hours already. I shouldn't look back because no one is behind me. Ugh... well hopefully I can finish."
Mile 6: "YES!! .3 miles to go! That is basically a sprint. You did it, Andrea. You are a runner. Who cares how fast you ran it! You completed your first of many races!! Oh, you can beat that girl! Oh yeah... run! run! "
Mile 6.3 (the finish line!): "YOU DID IT!! YOU RAN A 10K! What were you so nervous about?! You can do anything, ooooo a banana!"
Thank you all for your support. I really don't know what I was so nervous about. It was really exhilarating to be able to finish that race. I know now that when I put my mind to something, I know that I can do it. I know people say that about marathons, but a 10k was a huge accomplishment for me and I am extremely proud of myself. I finished it is 1 hour 2 minutes and 32 seconds. Now time to train for the half marathon!
Friday, March 12, 2010
I am going to run my first 10k on Sunday here in Madison. I am actually really nervous because I have never actually ran 6.3 miles before. The most I have done is about 5.5. I have talked to a lot of marathon runners and they say that you will finish on pure adrenaline or just because you are so close to the finish line. I guess I am just afraid of like if my clothes are uncomfortable, I get a blister, I have to pee.... As you can tell, I'm a worrier.
Also, I haven't had the greatest week- nutrition, fitness, and just life in general have all been really bad. I am afraid that I have fallen off the wagon, but that is not where I want to be. I don't want to be eating the things that I eat, pizza, chips, and such, but I do it anyway. I feel like I don't have control over it. Then, if I do workout, I feel like it is basically for nothing because I ate my body weight in chips the entire day. I don't know. Maybe I am just doubting myself, but I need to find some more encouragement. Life is really getting me down. :(
Maybe I will go take a nice relaxing bath, turn on some Jack Johnson and just not think for while. Yeah, I am going to go give my brain a break. Sweet dreams everyone. xoxo
Monday, March 01, 2010
1. Family- I have an amazing family, but they all have some sort of addiction, an unhealthy addiction. I stay away from those hazards, but at the same time, my family motivating me to be a healthier person. They are showing me what not to do.
2. Self-confidence- I have never been able to look at myself and say something nice or positive. It is not just my physical appearance, but I truly believed for a long time that I was a bad person. Exercising and eating healthy may help me lose weight, and yes I have to admit that I want that, but at the same time, it is helping me realize the things that my body can do are amazing and I am not a bad person. I am actually a really good person!
3. Not being winded when I go up the stairs- I hate when I spend time trying to lookg nice to go to work, but then I just ruin it all and sweat profusely because I have to walk up 3 flights of stairs. I am a runner and walking up stairs makes me tired?! Come on now! Hopefully this will change soon!!
4. Marriage/Babies- I am on the verge of getting married (hopefully) and I want to be able to feel beautiful when I walk down the aisle. Also, I want to have a healthy pregnancy and worry more about the baby on the way rather than the weight being put on.
5. Abs- I WANT ABS! Haha. Plain and simple.
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