Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I wore them with a beautiful sweater and my skinny jeans. I was hot. I looked good.
Just ignore the velociraptor toe nails I have going on (I'm in desperate need of a pedicure). Do you see that blister?!?! What the hell was I thinking?! Two days before a race? I need to have my head examined!
So, for you running veterans out there ~ should I pop it tonight is it has a chance to heal before the race (Sat morning)? Or do I leave it alone and hope for the best?
Now, I'm off to kick myself ~ in the ass!!!! AAAarrrrgggg!!!!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I was going to say I'm considering this a plautea, but it's not. It's me being lazy. I haven't counted calories, I've hardly worked out (although that's a function of my schedule, not laziness). I'm just not working as hard at this as I was in the beginning.
My mom is in town this week and while I know there will be temptations all around me (out to dinner, birthday cake, alcohol, etc...) I will make the best choices that I can.
I'm still running and completed Week 6 Day 2 yesterday. From here on out on the program there are no more walking breaks. I have three 25 minute runs, then three 28 minute runs and then the full 30 minute runs.
The Hubs and I are doing a 5K this weekend. I can't wait to tell you all about it!
So, while the blog may be quiet while I'm hanging out with my mom, know that I am still on track and I'll be back sometime next week!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Many people have asked me "you eat such a healthy and natural diet, why don't you drink soy milk or eat other soy products?"
The answer is, I used to. I used to drink soy milk every day in my chai tea. I used to eat veggie burgers for lunch several times a week. I fell for the ruse that these foods were "healthy". No more.
I avoid soy products as much as possible (which is difficult if you eat processed foods). This is why:
Here is the article that accompanies this video.
Friday, September 17, 2010
"I'm going to start my diet next week because my Mom's in town this weekend." or "I really want to start a new running program, but the weather is getting ready to turn nasty, so I guess I have to wait until the Spring." or "I don't know how you do it, I don't have a single extra second in my day, much less an hour to spend at the gym everyday." "There is too much going on right now for me to even think about losing weight. But I'm going to start as soon as life settles down."
Do those sound familiar? Have you ever said something like that? I have. For years and years I thought I didn't have time, money, support, opportunity. You name it and I've used it as an excuse.
You know the truth, though? The truth was I didn't want to. That's right. I didn't want it badly enough. I said I did and I truly believed I did, but when it came right down to it, I didn't want it enough to make it a priority.
Life happens. Every single day. And it will continue to happen every day until we're six feet under. Just as there is "no right time to have a baby." There is no right time to start a new healthy life style. If you wait for that perfect time, you're gonna be waitin' an awfully looooonng time.
So, let me ask you this ~ if your mother is coming into town and you want to start next week what will you do the next time she comes into town? Will you throw your new lifestyle out the window and start all over again when she leaves? If you start running in the Spring are you going to quit again next Fall when the rain sets in?
I'm going to give you some highlights from my calendar over the next few months:
- Husband travels for work non stop. You already knew that. That's just part of my life, I feel silly even mentioning it.
- I homeschool = busy busy mama with no child free hours in her day (24/7 ~ see above fact).
- Sept 23-28 My mom is in town
- Oct 14-18 I'm back in my hometown visiting family
- Oct 20-24 Hubby is on a hunting trip with his friends
- Mondays ~ Aikido training (boys) 4:30-5:30, Chess Club 6:30-8:00
- Tuesdays & Thursday Boy #1 swim practice 4:30-6:30, Boy #2 swim lessons 6:00-6:30
- Saturdays ~ Aikido training 10:45-11:45
- Sundays ~ no child care at gym, can't go
This is normal. This is life. I can't wait for it to slow down because it doesn't. My time is NOW. I'm finished with throwing up obstacles.
So I'm going to challenge you all ~ if you are waiting for that perfect moment to make a change in your life ~ take three days and write down everything you do in your day. From the moment your feet hit the floor until your head hits the pillow, write it all down. Be honest here, I'm not going to ask to see your list! :)
These are the things you are allowing to trump your health. Eating ~ yea, that needs to take priority. Feeding/bathing/caring for the children ~ yup, that's up there too. An hour on Facebook ~ hhhmmm....?? Watching a movie after the kids go to sleep? I don't know. Maybe these things are more important to you than making changes. If they are, that's ok. Only you can decide your priorities. No one is judging you for them.
But I'm willing to guess you've never actually sat down and thought about them. I know I hadn't.
I recognize that I have abused you for the last several decades. I know that I have asked so much of you while offering minimal quality fuel. I have stuffed you with junk food and let you sit sedentary for years. I understand all of this. Through it all you still managed to take good care of me. You kept my blood pressure down, you did not allow the development of diabetes and you have worked hard to keep me relatively healthy.
I appreciate all of this. To show my gratitude, I've made big changes. I'm now providing you with the adequate fuel and nutrition that you need to keep me going properly. You do not have to work so hard, now. I'm giving you food that does a lot of the work for you. Thank you, body. I promise to take care of you and to help you from this point on.
I understand now why, when I eat (ahem) Chinese food and Mt. Dew for dinner, you would keep me up all night with cramps and send me to the bathroom first thing in the morning. I totally get why eating a bowl of Lucky Charms before a run would give you cause to make me want to throw up for the rest of the day. I get it. I really do.
But, this plantar faciitis pain you're handing back to me, now? No. I don't understand. Running, while a little painful right now, will only serve to help you in the long run. It will continue to make your job even easier. You're going to have to trust me on this one. I mean it. I won't stop running. So, while we're trying to rebuild our friendship, I'm going to have to respectfully ask you to KNOCK THIS SHIT OFF!!!
Oh good. I'm glad we're on the same page on this.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I ran 20 minutes straight tonight! Didn't stop to walk, didn't cry, didn't do anything but just kept running. I've never done that in my life. Even when I was in college playing volleyball, I'm not sure I ever made it 20 minutes without stopping to walk. Maybe I did, but I'm sticking with probably not.
Last week I did Week 5, Day 2 and instead of going straight on to Day 3 (the 20 minute run), I chucked the C25K program for a bit and went the full 5K distance in anticipation of my race this weekend (you know, the one I didn't actually run?).
It took me 46 minutes and some change to do the full 5K. Afterwards I cried. I thought it was because I was frustrated because I had so badly wanted to do a sub 45 min 5K, but in all honesty I wasn't that disappointed. I think, honestly, I cried because I had pushed myself so hard that crying was the only left that my body could do.
It felt good. But you know what ~ tonight felt even BETTER! BooYa, baby! I'm a runner! Hear me ROAR!!!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I remember serveral years ago I was watching Dr. Phil (don't judge me, I was a new mom and bored). It was right when he started that Weightloss Challenge that he did a while back. I remember he was discussing the proper foods to have in the house and how to stock your pantry & fridge. He was using his kitchen as an example and said that he and Robin stocked healthy, low fat, yada, yada, yada....all throughout the kitchen. He then went on to say that one cabinet is stocked with chips, crackers and some other snacks for his son (whichever one was still living with him). He mentioned that teenaged boys have a higher caloric need than the average adult.
I agree, I've seen teenaged boys eat. I'm still not sure how I'm going to feed my boys when they get to that age. One of them is already starting....
A few months ago I stopped at the local bakery with my older son to treat ourselves to a doughnut. I remember thinking to myself that "it's a good thing I'm heading to the pool today since I'm having this doughnut right now." I also remember it was one of the worst swims I've ever had.
Calories In/Calories Out. I'm pretty sure I burned off the calories from that doughnut. Plus some. But, can fried white flour really be enough to fuel a workout? I doubt it.
Calories = Fuel. If we use junk fuel, our bodies will not run at optimal performance.
I got to thinking about the Dr. Phil show again. It doesn't matter whether or not his son can metabolize the calories in those additional foods. Even the lankiest, most zit faced, highest metabolism teenager can't turn junk food into proper nutrition.
Our bodies need the vitamins and minerals found in whole, clean foods. Sure, I could probably lose weight with Lean Cuisines, Crystal Light, & low fat ice cream. But I'm pretty sure I'd feel like shit all of the time and I wouldn't have the energy to work out.
Instead, I chose to drink a green smoothie and eat a banana before my workouts. I drink a protein shake after each workout and I try to eat a high raw, mostly whole foods diet the rest of the time. I still make room for the occasional doughnut, but I then try to make sure the rest of the day is full of proper nutrition to help my body deal with that doughnut (or chips, or ice cream, or whatever it was).
I'm not only on a journey to lose weight, but to find health, too. It's taken me a long time to realize they are two completely different concepts.
Having said all of this ~ I'm pretty sure I know why I have zero motivation this morning and feel like crap.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
This was my birthday gift from my husband last year and he recently confided in me that he was skeptical about the purchase, but I've used it at least once a day since he bought it, usually twice. It was a good purchase, indeed! Next up: my ingredients. I keep these items on hand at all times....
First up....the milk. I use 3 cups of Whole Raw Jersey Milk. If you want to read more about raw milk, click HERE.
Two Egg yolks. Check out that egg. It's round, it's bright orangy/yellow. Mmmm....click this google image to see the difference between a store bought egg and a pastured egg. Store bought eggs are produced from chickens that are fed a "vegetarian diet" (even the ulta expensive, cage free, organic, etc...egs). That basically means they are fed a diet of corn & seeds. Chickens are meant to be able to walk around outside and peck at the grass. They eat bugs, they love grass/greens. I would never ever consider eating a raw egg yolk that was store bought. THAT is a recipe for disater, I'm sure!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
The gym has been closed since Thursday and doesn't reopen until tomorrow morning, so I wasn't sure what this morning was going to bring. I ran Thursday, did nothing Friday, used my kettlebell on Saturday (I'm still sore, btw) and did nothing on Sunday (except waddle around like an 80 year old woman).
So, my weigh in results for this week are: 216.0 lbs. That makes it a 1.8 lb loss from last week and a total loss of 9.2 lbs.
Slow and steady wins the race, right? I've been at this since July 1 (10 weeks) and I haven't even lost 10 lbs yet. I had a rough start, but the numbers are consistenly going down. I guess that's a good thing, right?
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
My husband is an amazing man. I recognized this from the first time I met him. He has so much ambition and so much drive. To be perfectly honest, I was quite intimidated by it when we first started dating. The man accomplishes everything he sets out to do. His dad took him to the local ski hills once as a child and by the time he was 13 he was a nationally ranked skier. He decided he wanted to learn how to fly airplanes when he was in middle school ~ he took his first solo flight before he could legally drive a car. He then decided flying is what he wanted to do for his career and he became a Captain at a major airline by the time he was 32 (second youngest in the company).
I mean seriously, how can you not be intimidated by someone like that? He's so humble about all of it though. Having lived with him for so long now, I can say that I've picked up a thing or two from him ~ like the secret to his success.
Have you heard of The Pacific Institute? The what? Yea, I hadn't either. The Pacific Institute is run by Lou & Diane Tice and let me tell you, it's changed my life. It's a three day seminar (or a book to be read at your leisure, but let me tell you the seminar is AMAZING!) about changing the way yout speak to yourself. Changing the pictures in your mind.
It's not just a warm fuzzy, prop you up, everybody sing Kumbaya type of seminar ~ those annoy me. It's about how we talk to ourselves. It's about the picture that we see in our mind. Our brains look at life through pictures ~ whether concsciously or not. The pictures may not match reality, but they will match what we think is reality. And our brains will do everything in their power to make reality match your pictures.
This is way over simplifiying it, but it boils down to "your mind leads you to what you think about." The self fulfilling prophecy. That wikipedia article gives an example of a woman causing the demise of her marriage because she is told (and subsequently believes) that her marriage is doomed to fail and she fears that failure. She creates the picture in her head of a failed marriage (and she gives credibility to this picture) and she then subconsciously sabatoges her marriage.
Not all self fulfilling prophecies are negative. And not all of the pictures in our mind are placed there by things we are told by other people. Who here hasn't said "I can't exercise because......" "I'll never be a runner because......." "I wish I could take off the weight but......."
Everytime we say those words ~ either to ourselves or to someone else ~ it just adds another detail to the pictures we already have in our minds. So, how do we change those pictures? Affirmations.
- I am a runner. Strong and fast.
- I am a healthy & fit woman. I set good nutrition examples for my children.
- I am able to complete all of my workouts because I manage my time well and I schedule in time for myself daily.
Those are just a few of my daily affirmations. Each time I say them I picture them in my mind as if they are reality. The stronger the picture in my head ~ the faster the goals will be met.
This is all fairly new stuff to me (in the last few years). My husband was raised this way. It's second nature to him. It's something I have to work at daily. But it works. It really really does work. Positive thinking is only part of the equation ~ we have to believe those thoughts. We have to see our new reality. We are the only ones that can change our pictures. Believe in yourself ~ You are worth it.
Recommended reading if you'd like to learn more about affirmations and goal setting:
Plus so many other great resources! Now, go write some affirmations!!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
And do you want to know the absolutely coolest thing about Sean? He linked to ME on his blog!! I know, right?! Little old me ~ all linked up on the weightloss king's blog. Holy Crap!!
So anyway, Thank You, Sean. I am honored. It is my dream to enjoy the kind of success you have had and I know that with the right attitude and determination, I'll get there.
And to those that have found their way here via Sean's link ~ welcome. I hope you chose to stick around a bit, read some of my archives and be a cheerleader for me! I could use as many of those as I can get!! Please leave a comment and introduce yourself!
I've cut way back this month on my cross training, focusing mainly on my C25K training. I need to get back into crosstraining.
Speaking of C25K training, yesterday I completed W4D2. Tomorrow I will complete Week 4. I've heard horror stories of Week 5, but I'm actually looking forward to it. It will be a challenge. This training is one of the biggest challenges I've taken on in my adult life ~ you know, aside from motherhood and all. I can't wait to say "I did it!" Suck on THAT Week 5!!!
Ok, let's get to the meat of this post, shall we? My statistics. They aren't as drastic as I'd like to see, but I just keep repeating "slow and steady wins the race." I'll get there, I know I will.
- Starting Weight: 225.2/217.6
- Height: 5'5"/5'5"
- Starting BMI: 37.5 (Obese)/36.2
- Bust measurement: 48"/47"
- Waist measurement: 48"/44"
- Hips measurement: 51.5"/50"
- Biceps measurement: 12.5"/12.5"
- Thighs measurement: 23.5"/22.5"
- Body Fat Percentage: 53%/50.4%
That's a total of 7.6 lbs lost. Do you see that waist measurment?!? I've lost 4" off my waist!! The rest isn't really much to write home about. I'm not the most consistent when it comes to measurements. My husband suggested I get tatoos all over marking the spots I measure. I think I'll pass on that option for now, but I guess it could be something to consider..... HA!