Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone last night and gave Zumba a try...you see, I'm not one to get out on the dance floor and shake my booty, so this was uncomfortable for me.
I was TOTALLY intimidated when I first stepped into the room; many of the girls there were college age, so right away I felt like I was "too old" to be there. As class time got closer though, more and more people filed in. I bet there were 35-40 people there, all ages, sizes, and fitness levels.
The biggest challenge for me was getting used to no cues. Every fitness class I've ever taken has called out the moves and counted us down. The first song was really tough for me, but I hung with it.
Once I got over myself and realized that NO ONE was watching me, I got a little more into it.
You know what? It was actually fun! I couldn't believe how sweaty I got, and the time flew by! The first time I looked at the clock we were 40 minutes in to the 60 minute class! According to spark, I burned 450 calories...not bad!
I'm going to go again tomorrow night :)
Friday, November 11, 2011
Yesterday I dabbled in a new breakfast--a green monster smoothie. I've heard a lot about the blog "Oh she Glows" and these green monsters have been popping up on my spark feed a lot lately. Don't let the appearance fool you, this was really REALLY good!
What's in it?
I cup of almond milk
2 cups of fresh spinach
1 Tbsp of cashew butter
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 frozen banana.
Throw it in the blender until smooth.
YUM! I was so happy with the flavor of this! It comes out to about 350 calories and you get 2 cups of smoothie to enjoy. My 3-year-old tried this too, and throughout the day she was asking for "Green Milk" If a 3-year-old will drink it, I think most adults would too!
I'm on the road for work and this morning I got up and headed to the fitness room. I didn't want to do it, but I made a deal with myself to just do 10 minutes, and if I still didn't feel like it I could stop. Low and behold I kept going. 3.25 miles--DONE!
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Monster Dash--a Twin Cities Half Marathon where costumes are encouraged! I was so excited to run this race, and then October came along and completely de-railed my training. I had a calf injury and it seems like I just couldn't get healthy. The 2 weeks leading up to the race I hardly ran at all because I couldn't.
I was still excited to race though, and even though I was still not 100% I woke up ready to go!
Initially I was going to run as a referee, but I had to rework that idea. I got my lady bug costume for $15 and decided to roll with that.
When we got to race village the butterflies started to set in. My sister-in-law was running her first half marathon and I decided to stick with her.
Before we knew it, it was time to head to the corral. We were off! The weather was perfect, there were several costumes that made me laugh out loud, and to start I felt great! My SIL and I kept about a 9:30 pace for the first 6-7 miles, and that's when I started to struggle. My cough came on full force and my sinuses were draining so bad...I had a stomach full of mucous and just felt icky. At mile 8 I took a walk break. I waved my SIL on ahead because she felt great and I wanted her to get the best time possible. At mile 10 I wanted to quit SO BAD...there was a 10-Mile option and seeing many racers exit to the left and finish made me want to stop, but I pressed on. I had to start walk-run intervals in order to finish, but at mile 12 my stomach had had enough. I ended up vomiting on the side of the road. After I got all of the mucous out, I felt pretty good! I was able to run the last mile and finish. It wasn't pretty, but I finished. My official chip time was 2 hours 18 minutes, the slowest time I had ever recorded for a half marathon. At least I finished!
I really think I was "okay" to run. If I would have been truly sick, I wouldn't have risked it. I really wanted to complete my Monster Series though!
I am very proud of these races. The medals are, from left, Polar Dash, Get Lucky, Minneapolis Marathon Relay, Minneapolis Dualthalon, and Monster Dash.
It's been a good year :)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
For the first time that I can remember, I have actually followed through with a New Year's Resolution. This year I vowed that I would run 500 miles, and with my run on Friday evening, I achieved it.
I still don't think it's actually sunk in. 500 miles. The same girl that could only go about a block in 2008, in just 2 and a half years time, has pushed herself to complete 5K's, 7K's and Half Marathons.
That's me "Before". All the way on the right. The fat sister who tried to talk her new step-mom out of having her in the wedding, because I was embarrassed of my weight. That bridesmaid dress was a size 26. I was mortified standing next to my sister and step sister in their single-digit dresses.
This year when my brother got married, my dress was a single-digit size 8.
This is me with my dad.
I have one more major race coming up next weekend. The Monster Dash Half Marathon. My training hasn't been perfect because of injuries and illness, but I know without a doubt I will finish it. I am proof that anyone can lose the weight...anyone! If you would have told me that I'd be where I'm at now just a few short years ago, I would have laughed in your face. Now I KNOW I'm strong enough to do anything.
You might be wondering what my New Year's Resolution for 2012 is going to be. I've already decided: I'll be tackling a full marathon in June of next year. Who knows? Maybe I'll shoot for 750 or 1000 miles in 2012.
All I know is that the sky is the limit.
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