Sunday, October 02, 2011
It's been a while and I'm trying to get everything under control and get my weight loss back on track. I haven't been active on SparkPeople since July when I went on vacation. I didn't have consistent access to a computer and it was just easier to not do it, which helped me fall out of the habit.
It's now 3 months later, and thankfully, I haven't gained any weight back, but I haven't lost any either. In these three months, I have lost my job, sent my only son off to the Army, and gone back to school full time. Lots of stress, lots of emotional eating, but I'm trying to keep working out.
I completed the Escape to Miami Triathlon a week ago. I got done with the race and I felt GREAT! But as soon as I saw my time, I became really mad at myself. Mad at not working out enough, not following the training plan, not meeting my goal time. The next day, I got my final results off of the website. I placed FIRST in my division!!! No freaking way! This was a killer course, and I probably could have done better than I did, but I still rocked it and I'm proud!
I'm working towards my next tri next month, and I've got an 8k the week following. I can't wait!
This win spurred me on to push further, train harder, and go for repeats. Lots and lots of repeats. I followed up my tri with a 5k on Saturday. It was an awesome run! I did my own personal best time and that was including the huge bridge we had to run... twice!!!
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Thanks to everyone for their prayers and not even knowing what they were for. It's been a very emotional week, with a lot of emotional eating. I've had several great things happen, and a couple that I'm still dealing with the fallout.
Let's start with the good things. My son graduated from high school last Saturday. I'm so proud of him for all that he has achieved, and yet, I'm saddened by the end of his childhood. He's no longer my little boy. Factor in the fact that he will be leaving for the military in August, and I'm almost a basket case.
Second good thing: I completed my second tri last Sunday, even having a touch of a stomach bug (which the little one threw up in the car 4 times the day before). It was a reverse tri so we had to run a 5k first. After the first half mile, I no longer had the stomach cramps and fear that I would have an accident while running. In the end, I had a great ending time, and I even had more fun just hanging out with my team mates by the pool, which leads me to the sad thing. I was almost in tears (yes, alcohol was involved) because this was going to be my last tri as a member of Team Physiofit.
I found out last Wednesday that my position is being eliminated effective June 30th. I was one of many. This was a major blow. It came out of no where. Not only did I feel like a failure to my family and to myself, I didn't know how we were going to manage financially. I think the hardest part was knowing that I was going to have to give up the group that I have compeletly submersed myself in. I had finally found a place where I belonged after living here for four years... and I was going to be lost again.
To say that I have the best husband in the world may be open to argument for some, but to me, he is the awesome-est! He assured me that we would find a way to pay for the team so that I could continue training with this wonderful group of women that I have come to think of as friends.
Now, I just need to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and find a job! The opportunities are out there. Trying to see which direction God has me pointed in.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I was on the phone last night with one of my best friends, whom I only get to see once a year as we live on opposite ends of the country. She was telling me how proud she was of me to see all of my activities that I'm doing, the weight I've lost, and competing in the triathlons now. I told her "You have to remember, I don't smoke anymore either, and that helps tremendously".
This lead into a big discussion about her not being able to quit smoking, or stop eating butter and potatoes. She asked me how I had quit smoking and lost weight. I told her there was no one thing that I could tell her that would be the "FIX ALL" for her. Everyone needs to find what is that one thing that helps her. I told her that everything we do is a decision. You can decide not to put that cigarette to your lips. You can decide to use only a dab of butter (or no butter at all) on the potatoes instead of (her words) drowning them.
Every day I fight with myself on decisions. I make a decision to get out of bed and work out, or not to. I make the decision about what food I eat. What are the consequences of my actions? I have to admit that I am far from perfect. There are many days when I hit that snooze alarm because I just cannot force my feet out from under the covers. There are some days I choose to eat a cupcake as a treat for myself. And I CHOOSE to enjoy it.
So, this morning comes along and at 4:30am the alarm goes off, and I really don't want to get out of bed because I was up half the night talking to my friend on the phone, I remember our conversation from last night, and I CHOSE to get out of bed, put on my swim suit and head down to the pool. I got in a good half an hour this morning and I am proud of myself; for following through with my workout plan, and for living up to my expectations of myself. I choose to be a little better every day. SPARK ON!
Monday, May 09, 2011
So, I finally did it. I did my first triathlon. After over a year of riding, and 9 months since the seed of competing in a tri was planted in my brain, I finally committed to it AND I DID IT!!! I am so incredibly happy and proud that I was able to accomplish this! I did it with a TON of help from my EMPOWERED Tri team, my amazing friends and my loving husband, who has helped cart me around, watch the kids, and do whatever needed to be done to give me the time to train for this event.
This particular tri was a Danskin, all women's tri in Orlando. Even though over 1000 women were registered to compete, it was extremely well organized and the amount of encouragement by not only the spectators, but also by the volunteers and the other competitors was completely overwhelming! People I was passing on my bike were cheering me on... People passing me on the run were rooting for me and everyone else! I remember one family in particular that stands out... A dad, two little boys and a baby girl in a stroller. The little boys each had signs saying stuff like "GO MOM" "WE LOVE YOU MOM" and "YOU CAN DO IT". The baby had a sign on the ground by the wheels of the stroller saying "GAAAA!" That gave me more enthusiasm to reach that finish line. If you ever want to get involved in triathlons, I strongly encourage you to do your first one at a Danskin all Women's event!
I was shooting to complete the tri in 2 hours or less. I finished in 1:47:05. Pretty good for my first time out! I posted my official results, and still cannot believe that I did it! I knew I did ok on the 1/2 mile swim and the 12 mile ride, and I knew I did horrible on the 5k run, but I am so happy with the combined results. 303rd place out of the 820 women that finished, and I actually placed 5th in my division out of 35!!
FT MYERS, FL
Age: 40 Gender: F
Clock Time 01:47:05
Overall Place 303 / 820
Division Place 5 / 35
I'll post pics as soon as I get them emailed to me!
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