Wave Runners: Springing into Action – About Me

Monday, February 18, 2013

I don’t like writing about me! But I do like challenges, so here goes.

I’m Heather, I just turned 36 (how did that happen?!), I’m married to the best person I know, and I have a very spoiled cat, Missy.

I’m a technical writer now, which means I write (boring) manuals on how to install and remove parts on an airplane. I used to be a journalist and I ran the copy desk at a few newspapers around the country. I loved it. It was my passion. It was what I wanted to do since I was 8 years old and wanted to be Lois Lane (but with more attitude). But newspapers aren’t the best business to be in now, so for my own stability, I left. I still edit and write as a freelancer, mostly for marketing companies and a technical training company. Ideally, I would work for myself doing just the freelance editing and writing. That’s a goal I’m trying to figure out how to reach.

I’ve been on Spark for a couple of years, and I’m lucky to live close to an active group of SparkFriends. The San Diego team meets pretty regularly and everyone I’ve met has been great. I’m looking forward to a hike with the team next weekend!

San Diego Spark team at Iron Girl 5K/10K 2011

My program has changed quite a bit since I joined Spark. I started with just walking a couple of miles, which was challenging at the time. I joined a gym, despite having a horrible experience with a mean person several years earlier in a group class. I started doing Zumba, which I fell in love with! I loved the high calorie burn, the music, the sweat, all of it. I also discovered what a great workout you can get in the pool. I took a couple of Aqua Bootcamp classes and I was stunned that I was sweating in the pool! I went on to try yoga and kickboxing classes and different machines, anything to get my heart rate up.

(Zumba - I'm in orange on the right)

Then I got the crazy idea that I should start running. At over 250 lbs. So I started a Couch to 5K program. I would get up with the sun every other morning and run/walk around a little lake at a nearby park. I was embarrassed to be out there, knowing that everything was bouncing around and my face was beet red and sweaty – and I felt like I was barely moving! A friend joined me a week later, and I would check with her to see if I was actually moving faster than a walking pace because I couldn’t tell! We finished the program together and ran our first 5K soon afterward. We’ve run a few since then, and they do help to keep the training aspect in mind.

(Finishing C25K)

I recently discovered how awesome strength training is. I did everything in my power to avoid it before, and now I really like it. Well, I like feeling strong and I know that lifting heavy things (including my body) is the way to feel that. I would love to do Crossfit, but it’s pretty pricey. I discovered how awesome Nerd Fitness is and I do the free body weight workouts posted there:

Those are the highlights, I guess. This is the first time in about a year that I’ve done a challenge like this. I’ve always struggled with my weight, but the past year or so, the struggle has been overwhelming. I’m finally seeing some positive changes, so I’m ready to ride that momentum toward better things.


Bonus: Post your body fat info.

Body fat % - 55.78
Lbs of body fat - 145.04
Lean body weight - 114.96
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    Great blog!! Hope you wind up in your dream job. I was a grant (proposal) writer for several years. Writing is definitely hard work, but very rewarding. Once I had a memoir short stories published and couldn't quit smiling for a month!! Just something about seeing your own thoughts and words in print....

    Keep accomplishing all those fitness goals, too, even the ones that scare you! Again, thanks for the kind words on my page. It meant a lot to me! -Marsha
    1825 days ago
    Heather, wow! You are an inspiration - I have downloaded the C25K program but have yet to start it... I am waiting for the spring meltdown (up in Alberta we are pretty much in a deep freeze right now), so I look forward to giving it a go! I too am worried about people walking past me as I am running emoticon
    I look forward to being your teammate on the wave runners, you are amazing!
    1826 days ago
    Heather, thanks for sharing some info about yourself. I'm on the Wave Runners with you. Congratulations on the C25K. I want to start that program, but I have to find something for my knees. Wish me luck, because I love to run because it is such a stress reliever. Well, have an awesome night and I look forward to knowing you through the challenge!
    1826 days ago
    It was awesome getting to know more about your journey! Kick butt in the challenge!!
    1826 days ago
    I love this blog Heather, mostly because its about YOU!! I'm doing challenge too, after a huge break.

    Keep it up Wonder Woman! I am seriously inspired by your running and deadlifting.
    1827 days ago
    Thanks you for sharing. Looking forward to Wave Runners challenge team.
    1827 days ago
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    emoticon Heather! Rock your challenge! Looking forward to seeing you next weekend for the hike! emoticon
    1827 days ago
    woo hoo!!!
    1827 days ago
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    Hello, fellow Wave Runner Heather! So good to read some of your achievements! I just started C25K recently and felt slow as molasses at first, too. Ha. :) I'm actually restarting the program because I got sick quite a few times during my initial start and need to rebuild up to week 5 where I was. Anyway, glad to 'meet' you and can't wait to rock this challenge with you!!

    1827 days ago

    I love how you found running!!
    I love running myself and I love seeing fellow runners out there!!

    1827 days ago
    I love being part of San Diego Spark! Heather, you are so awesome! I can't even run 10 feet, let alone an entire 5k. I know you'll reach your goals. You deserve to.
    1827 days ago
    what can i say - fantastic!
    1827 days ago
    You've made positive changes fitness-wise--you've tried new things, gotten out of your comfort zone and it sounds like you've found things you really enjoy!

    That is awesome that you live so close to SparkFriends. I am surprised LA doesn't have a more active group of Sparkers, being a big city, after all.

    I think it's awesome that you are making a living doing what you love--maybe not writing about the most exciting material, but writing nonetheless. I love writing but have never been brave enough to write for a living.

    Exciting that you're doing this new challenge and that it is getting you to try even more things outside of your comfort zone.

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    1827 days ago
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