Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A puppy mill was recently siezed in Iowa 88 total dogs, most of them Cocker Spaniels. I had already been considering volunteering at the humane society. But with the Cockers it was a now it is happening kind of thing. 16 ended up at our local shelter, many of them with hair so matted they could not even walk. Having 2 Cockers of my own and a good set of clippers I volunteered to help groom them. For the past 2 days I have spent some time clipping these sweet little dogs, they still have great spirit in spite of all they have been through, many will need a lot of patience. I will spend many more days working with them in the hopes of getting them socialized and adoptable. As of right now all 16 are in much better groomed condition and seem to be accepting of the love and affection that the community has shown them.
Friday, January 27, 2012
I know I'm sure that sounds a bit strange, but I feel cooped up most nights, I want nothing more to be slogging out a few miles or 10, or whatever. I'm blogging to stay sane, I am slowly going crazy 1,2,3...I get up at work and I move, but I can not move far enough or fast enough (damn safety department and their no running on site policy) Egads!!I just want my weekend to come to an end maybe I will have to knock out oh 20 miles on the cycle trainer in the morning or something... hmm drink water!!! Oh my awesomesauce news from yesterday (still today for this night shifter) I ran a 2 miler and I would have past my APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) (how many calories do you burn typing) that is awesome news because I have a (well for lack of better term) a slightly dysfunctional back and for like the last 3 years I was in the Army I did the horrid alternate PT test (speed walking from hell) . Felt good about that. Ordered a Fitbit hoping it will be that added push to get my weight going down even further ( and yes muscle weighs more than fat which is why I know I will never weigh the 159 I'm supposed to it's mathematically impossible with my bones and muscles well unless I'm minus a leg or something ) Sadly yes this blog is exactly how my inner monologue is so if you were ever wondering why I take on crazy challenges and feats it's because I am (maybe I will think of a good adjective by the end). Fitbit will connect to MFP account (if you don't know what that is I cannot tell you it may be perceived as advertisement for a competitor of spark, love you spark just love a different calorie tracker-oops! may have let that cat out of the bag, if you're on there to I am also wannabfit34 on there) Oy where was I oh yes, entirely to energetic for work, it's more than I can say for coworkers who just get by or drink lots of caffiene. I did have some caffeine tonight which might explain the added anxiety at work tonight and might also explain my desire to run the halls acting like an airplane...okay I might just wanna do that anyway...If you have stuck around for the silliness. I love you Spark peeps hope you all have a great weekend...!!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I will see where this goes before I title it. Thinking about the Biggest Loser season 13 (yeah I'm hating the drama too, so I have been loosely following this season) I got to thinking about the 2 girls that are the former athletes. I realize they both could easily be me. I realized why I love doing races and training for things. I am still that athlete, I crave structure, I crave competition. I know I have been blogging about the whole athlete aspect lately but its because I have stopped feeling like the fat girl, I'm still stuck in my less than ideal body but my thinking about losing is changed. Instead of saying will eating this (insert food here) get me to my goals, will it help me lose the weight I need to be faster on the run, bike, swim. While I don't always win the battle this change has helped me find much more success. When I trained for the marathon, my thinking wasn't here yet so I gained back the weight or while training didn't lose a pound. Now I'm calculating those 20 sec here and there that come from weight loss to see how much my times will improve.
Another thing that helped me really notice the shift in my athlete attitude is playing raquetball. The other night playing against the boyfriend I dove for the ball twice did a nimble tuck and roll (ala my volleyball days) and was back in the game. I think not that long ago I would have been thinking how can I survive and look like I am playing.
Cross country skiing has added a new challenge too, I'm learning to skate ski and for those that have done that you know it's a tough thing. But I am meeting that challenge working at the technique and challenging myself to go faster or farther and who knows maybe a winter tri is in my future.
I guess the whole point is for me to stay successful I need to challenge the athletic "skinny" girl inside me, sooner or later she is going to come on out full on and whip some booty!! 36lbs til onderland....
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This is me now, I am happy and getting healthier, and I am an athlete. And I have awesome eyes (my one feature I will not be modest about)
This is me then (2003) I was healthy and happy and an athlete.
That is my motivational picture, that is me at my happy weight, that is where I want to be come Pigman time. I may not be able to "perfectly" achieve that I know, I'm older and skin has gotten stretched with time but its that essence. I'm actually a better athlete now than I was then. My mental toughness is stronger than in that picture and that is nice, I want to keep that too. I am really doing it so far this year that picture is within my grasp and maybe I have to plaster it on the fridge as a reminder on those tough days, but I am working toward her. But one thing that will not change no matter what size jeans I wear is the fact that I have awesome green eyes and I am a good person with a good heart.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Friday I went XC skiing and then after the boyfriend got home we went to the gym. I wasn't expecting much from myself on the treadmill since I had already skied for the day. The night got off to a good start when my boyfriend stated how good I looked in my newish running tights (they are super cute). I started by walking at 4.0 for 2 minutes and then I upped the speed, to 5.7, .2 mph faster than I had been doing my run at. It was strange it felt easy and I told my boyfriend such and sped it up to 6.0 and it felt good so I did my 2 miles at that speed, I felt great and I was so proud, and I had a wonderful supportive person that shared in my excitement. My goal is to be able to run with Mike on his easy days (ie 10mph). When I got back into the gym at the beginning of November my cruising speed on the mill was 5.0, I worked it up to 5.5, and now apparently up to 6.0 a couple more months and I might be able to enjoy a short run with Mike at his cruising speed.
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