"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter's Relation to my Healthiness Journey


This healthiness journey requires lots of hard work, but my experience has been that my faith in Jesus has helped me break down walls I never thought I could gain victory over with regards to food.  


"He is Risen!" are words that every year remind me of the hope and power we can all experience when we accept the free gift of salvation made available by Jesus' death and resurrection those many years ago.  

I pray each of you takes time to ponder what Jesus has done for you.  His forgiveness, help and healing are available to all who would call upon his name.  

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pausing...


See you next week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

My Week - Running with Daughter

A couple weeks ago I thought it would be fun change things up a little here and do a "photo Friday" of sorts on my blog to share a few snippets of my life in it's new ending.  :)  So, here goes.  
 My son is getting some rest after having pins removed from his knee.  Since I'm healing from my abdominoplasty I can relate to the vex of not being able to do anything you used to for a while.  I can also encourage him that it's not forever.
Take last Saturday for example when I ran 4 miles -- the longest run for me so far since surgery.  I even began to speed up a little towards the end and was so excited.  Right now to run a 12:00 mile consistently is "good" for me.  I started with a 12:30-13:00 first mile, so to finish with an average just under 12:00 mile was awesome.  
I was feeling very slow, but when I felt myself speeding up a little I told my husband I was overjoyed and felt like my legs were remembering what it was to run long distances.  Hooray!

Then yesterday afternoon my daughter and I did our two-mile run together.  This was slow for her and speedy for me.  Perfect.  We didn't talk much, but we did make note that it was amazing to see how far I've come that we can run together.
Especially when it was four years ago this past week that I ran my first 5K and it took me almost 45 minutes.  THIS picture reminded me of just how far I've come and encouraged me that things are not so bad now.  

And that's a little photo proof of what I was up to this week.  :) Have a good weekend!


April Goals Check-In #1

Here are my goals for this month...and how I did this week. 
  • Track food at least five days a week.  That would be better that I've done in a LONG time.  Done!
  • Run three days a week, training for 10K.  Done!  My 3rd day will be tomorrow and it will get done.  
  • Complete 1-3 days of the cross training listed on the training plan.  Honestly, if I get four days of exercise in per week that will be the most I've done so far.  I'd like to actually exercise all six days a week the plan calls for, but baby steps...  Done!  Confess..we had a busy week and I only got the one day of cross training in, but I was pleased with that plus the running.  *high five*
  • Work on eating a little less (and thus see weight loss), but at least stay within maintenance calories.  I'm not committing to a certain number of veggies and fruits, or no carbs, etc, because for now just tracking my food and trying to consistently stay in a healthier calorie range is a huge plus.  Pretty good.  This still needs work, but I did better and saw a little less weight on the scale one day.  I didn't weigh today, but I do weigh periodically to check.  
Overall, I'm pleased with how the week went.  I think having some goals to keep in mind helped me stay a little more focused.  We have had a crazy busy week and then there was the smell of something dead in my laundry room to deal with and so as I type I have a Venti Non-Fat, No Whip Iced White Mocha with and extra shot of espresso to be drunk here soon.  It's almost 4:00pm and I still have a downstairs to clean and laundry to finish.  

My dad is coming in town tomorrow for Spring Break and I want everything caught up tonight.  Then I can sleep in a little, go for my run and shower and head out in the afternoon to pick him up from the airport a couple hours away.  It will be a nice day and I will sleep good tonight knowing I got everything done.

And this drink will help me have the energy to complete...here's praying I don't hit a "wall" and collapse.  

Oh, and thank the Lord the "dead" thing seems to have went away when I moved the dryer today, found nothing, smelled it really bad in the inside of the dryer, called husband, he came to check at lunchtime and it didn't smell any more.  I'm hoping maybe there was something dead in the vent tube and when I moved the dryer it fell down under the house.  Joy.  Either that or the timing was perfect that whatever died finally quit stinking...good thing my husband smelled it just this morning, so he knew I wasn't joking.  ugh.

Anyway, I'm doing well and I will try and hop on here another time or two before next Friday.  We officially began Spring Break here and it looks to be a very nice spring week.  Have a nice weekend everyone and thanks for checking in! :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Thoughts on "I never made time for me."

I just posted about my April Goals, but I want to get this off my chest while I'm thinking about it.  

I was listening to a podcast yesterday wherein the interviewer made a comment about the interviewee being a nurse, and just like moms, she probably spent so much time taking care of others that she didn't take time to take care of herself.  

I've heard this topic mentioned a lot, especially when the person who lost weight is in any position where they were taking care of others -- be it as a parent, demanding career, etc.  And I always think back to my life and I just wasn't that person. 

You see, I've never really had a problem making time for myself.  When my kids were babies and toddler running around all over yes I was busy, but I always found little spots of time to make crafts or read a book. 

The problem I have had in my weight loss journey is that I have had to make the decision that exercise is important.  For me, I've had to sacrifice a little of my "me time" I would normally spend in crafting, reading or doing other leisurely activities to make sure I get exercise in.  

Maybe it's just me, but I sometimes get tired of hearing ladies say being a mom they just gave and gave to everyone else so they never made time for themselves.  Maybe I've just always been that little bit selfish?   I almost see it as an excuse.  

How many of the people who give to everyone else so much they don't take care of themselves ever sit down and watch a favorite show regularly, or take time to go out with their friends once in a while, or read books?  

Maybe I'm playing devil's advocate here, but I know for me that while I feel great when I exercise making it a habit in my life has required some sacrifice of the "me time" I already had.  

I know we all have to walk our own journeys, but this concept of give so much away you don't care of me is the reason you gained weight just bothers me.  I simply overate and didn't want to do anything about it.

Now, before you get too upset with me, I will tell you I have always had a super supportive and involved husband.  I've never had to ask him to play with our children, when my kids were toddlers he encouraged me to use a gym whenever I wanted to and on occasion stayed home with the children in the evenings so I could go exercise.  However, most of my exercise has been done around my schedule and my weight loss journey exercise started with DVDs in the home, because he was in college and I knew he couldn't keep the kids.

But I digress...I really am blessed with a husband who will help me get my exercise in...take this morning for example.  He asked what I was going to make him for breakfast...just as I was about to get dressed to go run I replied, "Um, sorry you have to get your own...I'm going to run now."

We'd been up for about 2 hours already and I just had my protein bar and coffee, my usual pre-run breakfast, and then lazed around. He wasn't too thrilled at first, but then he realized that the kids had all grabbed cereal ... and our usual Saturday morning family breakfast wasn't happening.  He also knows the running is important to me, as well as good for me.  So, as I left the house I saw he'd prepared himself some breakfast without any negative attitude.

So, I know I am a blessed lady, and maybe many others aren't.  I just think some people need to quit using their jobs and families as excuses for why they aren't thin.  Even if you can only get two 30-minute "me time" sessions a week to go for a walk, you can do something.

Maybe more importantly people need to realize they are going to have to change what they do with the "me time" they probably already do have.  I know I had to, and while I miss doing some crafty things at times I feel so much better being healthy it's worth every minute.

April Goals

In my quest to get back on track and lose the few extra pounds I've gained (and hopefully a few more) I've decided to start doing monthly health goals.  Since I no longer post weekly weigh-ins, I am going to post check-ins every Friday to see how I'm doing with my goals.  

April Goals:

  • Track food at least five days a week.  That would be better that I've done in a LONG time.  
  • Run three days a week, training for 10K.
  • Complete 1-3 days of the cross training listed on the training plan.  Honestly, if I get four days of exercise in per week that will be the most I've done so far.  I'd like to actually exercise all six days a week the plan calls for, but baby steps...
  • Work on eating a little less (and thus see weight loss), but at least stay within maintenance calories.  I'm not committing to a certain number of veggies and fruits, or no carbs, etc, because for now just tracking my food and trying to consistently stay in a healthier calorie range is a huge plus. 
I'll be back next Friday to check in on my goals.  We do have Spring Break this month and my dad will be visiting, but I'm going to do my best to not let his visit derail me from living a healthier life.  

Here's to pressing onwards and upwards.  :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Shoes and 10K Training Plan

It's official ... My daughter and I are registered for the 9th Annual Wounded Warrior 10K Race in our city next Month.  :)

This is my daughter's first 10K race, so I looked around for a beginner training plan that I thought would work for her.  I like how basic Hal Higdon's plan was for someone who was new to running in general.  So, we are both following his 10K Novice Training Program.

Other plans I followed had cross training on Mon-Wed-Fri and running on Tue-Thu-Sat, so I tweaked his plan to fit that kind of schedule.  That schedule works very well for my life.  The runs seem very easy, but they are turning out to be perfect for my current state of fitness.

Of course, I had to make it cute to hang on the wall, so I can check off the workouts.  :)
Since I'm still barely getting back into exercise I have been using walking as my cross training, or I've even rested on the cross training days.  I'm taking it slow and easy.  My daughter is faithful to do a Jillian Michaels DVD or go for a walk on cross training days.  She's off to a great start!

We both were having some issues in our legs and I realized it was time for new running shoes.  So, we went out the other evening and got new shoes.  She picked another pair of Reeboks because she really likes how they fit to her more narrow foot.

I went straight for the Asics, my favorite running shoe this far.  I tried on a cheaper priced pair of shoes and they seemed to feel pretty good.  But then I decided to try on the style I usually buy, which is more expensive, to see what the difference was.

The laces were no sooner tied up and I was reminded why I invest money in good running shoes.  They felt amazing.  The support, the cushion...there was no question and I purchased the Asics GT-2000.
So, we're set.  New running shoes, a training plan and we're registered for a race.  This will be my daughter's first 10K and I'm super excited to be able to run it with her...or at least somewhere behind her.  :)