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Day 132 - Countdown to spring

Saturday, December 14, 2013

It's been a while since I posted anything - 56 days to be exact. In that time I have injured my foot, and recovered, ran a 5k in stellar time and hit my longest run yet (6.2 miles). I'm still in awe at how far I have come with running in such a short period of time, but I feel a bit stalled at the moment.

The weather here (midwest) is so wicked cold in the winter that my ability to persevere through freezing temps, coupled with a wind chill that is unbelievable, is put to the test daily. I'm also running most days of the week in the dark. Not an ideal situation for a multitude of reasons. The 5k I ran last weekend was partially over the Missouri river during a day when the air temp was 1 degree without the wind chill! I actually thought I might have a bit of frostbite after that run. My toes are fine now and I no longer get shooting pains in them, but boy was that a wake up call for me about the importance of good cold weather gear.

I'm not dwelling on the numbers on the scale. It is what it is. My measurements are reflecting a smaller figure even if the scale isn't swinging wildly towards a smaller number. I feel so much healthier than I ever thought possible and in fact the best I have in 10 years. All of which supports my ability to make running a lifestyle change, not merely a passing fad. Who knew? I am a runner!

I celebrated my 37th birthday four days ago. I don't feel 37, but my drivers license says I am, so I guess I am. I mention this because a friend of mine who is an actuary used to send me life expectancy tables in an effort to get me to quit smoking. As a birthday present to myself I asked him to send them again. This time those tables showed a life span that reflects the conscious choices and changes I made over the last five months to actually LIVE! There is a huge difference in what a person can get out of this life who consciously decides to live and live well, rather than what a person who slowly poisons themself with all things toxic to their life and well being ultimately gets out of this life. I am thankful for learning this even if it did take me 36 years. I can be a little stubborn and knuckle-headed at times. LOL.

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Day 76 and the Zombie Walk is upon us

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I have been working towards the goal of losing 15 pounds before the Zombie Walk and have lost one third of my goal. What I didn't realize when I set that goal was how using the scale as the measurement for my success would be so completely wrong. This morning I ran 3.5 miles without stopping. I haven't smoked in 76 days and I have lost inches off my entire body (total unknown since I haven't measured myself recently). The inches lost make themselves known every time I put on a pair of pants that were previously snug and immediately put on a belt - something I have not had to do in a very, very long time. In short what I'm saying is I should have planned to measure my success by my overall health. I will use this measurement going forward and will make damn certain to be my own cheerleader, ignoring those untrue, misleading, archaic, defeating "tools" that work only to usurp any real feeling of success.

I've gotta run for now..the Zombie Walk awaits and I have much preparation to do. I will post pics soon.

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WHYTEBROWN 10/24/2013 4:16PM

    emoticon. The scale tells sooooo little about our progress. I mean WOOOW!!! 3.5 miles. emoticon . That is TOTALLY emoticon !! emoticon emoticon

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LUANN7 10/19/2013 9:48PM

    good luck at the walk and above all else have fun!!!

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Day 60...

Thursday, October 03, 2013

My family and I are going camping this weekend. We leave tomorrow and return Sunday. I'm really looking forward to it. Fresh air, campfire, leaves changing colors and s'mores. What more could a girl ask for? We tent camp, but we just bought a new tent and I'm looking forward to using it. It has hinged doors and is not a dome so it allows for dressing while standing up.

Onto other news I am on week five of C25K. I cannot stress how wonderful I feel this program is. I am actually counting down the minutes until I can do my week 5 day 3 exercise which is a 20 minute run without stopping. I NEVER thought I could do it and I am not only sure I can, but I'm sure I will love every minute of it.

I've still got lots to do to prepare so I had better get off of here and get those things done. Have a great weekend all!

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AMOS76 10/12/2013 8:38PM

    Whyttebrown, Thanks friend! Yes, it was a good time and now that it's getting colder I'm glad we went when we did. I'm horrible about commenting on other people's blogs, but I have to tell you I read yours every day. I'm super impressed with how far you've come! We'll both be thin and in great shape before we know it.


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WHYTEBROWN 10/10/2013 10:53AM

    I hope your camping trip was fun and emoticon on how much stronger you've gotten that you can be soooo confident about a 20 minute non-stop run. That is emoticon . emoticon emoticon .

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Day 53, but what does it mean?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

If the day 1 version of myself could talk with the present day (day 53) version of myself about how it feels to not smoke it would probably go something like this. "It can't feel that good and there is no way that you can run that far or for that long in that short a period of time." To which the present day version of me would adamantly explain that it is very possible and that I am proof of those possibilities. For so very long I identified myself as a smoker. You know, someone who is a bit of a risk taker, who likes the feeling, the taste and the buzz that smoking gives, but what I didn't grasp by being a smoker of 18 years, is that non smokers feel, taste and get such better buzzes doing other things like running.

Of course I had previously "successfully" quit smoking like every other smoker I knew. I quit with each pregnancy and while breastfeeding. I quit when I had the flu or was on a plane or in an elevator...lol. The list goes on. However, I never successfully found something else I liked more for getting that "buzz" than smoking. Strike that. Before now I failed to find something that provided a better buzz than smoking. Running smashes any euphoria or buzz that smoking every gave me. If you're a runner you understand this without any explanation. If you're not, let me just say it's wicked good. I will repeat that..wicked good.

The best part of all of this? My kids are shocked. I have uber impressed them. Something I was not able to do with any of my concert attendance stories like the time I saw Nirvana. "Who?" they ask. Or my stories about having the coolest Camaro with "T" tops. "What are those?" they say. Yep, I'm that cool. Only now I'm cool and have running shoes to prove it.

It's a good life and I'm so glad I'm enjoying this part of it that I never thought possible for me.

  
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WHYTEBROWN 9/30/2013 11:32PM

    emoticon emoticon . You've achieved sooooo much!! emoticon emoticon .

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LUANN7 9/26/2013 10:52PM

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Day 48 of smoke freedom!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I'm closing in on the zombie walk date pretty rapidly and have not made as much progress as I would have liked. I've lost 5 pounds (1/3 of my total goal), but I have to give myself props for having done that while quitting smoking. I have also become a convert at the church of running. I cannot stress how much I completely enjoy running. I was an athlete as a kid and finding that athlete again after the smoke lifted was really a surprise. I plan to run a 5k in November and December. Hoorah!

On a side note...I'm really missing jessermovick's blogs and updates. Has anyone heard from her? I hope she gets back on here and doesn't throw in the towel.

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Have a great day all!

  
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AMOS76 9/24/2013 11:25AM

    Thanks friends, I appreciate your encouragement. :-)

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WHYTEBROWN 9/24/2013 11:00AM

    Sorry you haven't made as much progress but at least you've made progress so emoticon . Also I'm happy you're enjoying running. emoticon emoticon .

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KPETSCHE 9/24/2013 4:08AM

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Keep it up! You're doing fantastic!

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FATTYBOY230 9/22/2013 2:50PM

    runnings hard enough without smoking emoticon

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