Monday, January 13, 2014
If you GOOGLE "100 Day Challenge" right now all kinds of awesome articles and YouTube videos come up - people losing weight, learning to dance, changing their life just by committing to something new for 100 days. For me its nothing new (except I'm never this consistent) - just committing to 100 days of checking in on Spark People and logging my calorie count. I am still exercising and drinking water but my MAIN focus is on being accountable for my food intake. I even decided for fun to reward myself for smaller milestones - 30 days = professional pedicure, 60 days = 5 new pairs of panties, 100 days = a facial.
Silly as it sounds this is kind of a big deal for me to commit to do something for 100 days in a row. I'm a slacker. Big on dreams and often low on stamina for the long haul. Not this time though - its only 100 days right? And so far I've done 3. Just 97 more to go...
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday my adventurous boyfriend and I went off road in his Jeep Cherokee, followed on the trail by our friends in their Jeeps as well. It was a crazy ride but I think I may have found some similarities of that experience with my weight loss journey.
1) The road is often bumpy. On the trail there were half mile stretches of nothing but rock filled trail. Not gravel, not stones, but big teeth jarring rocks as we drove over them. My journey is also far from smooth - the number on the scales goes up and down, my motivation is often shaken, and it keeps me off balance. However on the trail and on my journey there are periods of level ground, not something you take for granted.
2) Sometimes you feel lost. Our friends had a GPS but the signal wasn't always strong because we were so far out. In my weight loss journey I am striking a path I've never successfully gone, so it is uncharted territory. Occasionally I'll go in one direction only to find out the road is blocked - backtracking until I get back to the fork in the road where I can try another direction. The key on the trail and in weight loss is to keep moving.
3) We need to listen to our friends...let them spot for us. On the trail we were first in line, however at one point we stopped because we weren't sure we could make it over a steep angle where one slip of the tire and we'd roll down an embankment. Our friend who was behind got out and voice guided my boyfriend, a few inches at a time. Same goes for my weight loss journey - it really helps to have a friend with a different perspective who I can count on to be honest, even more importantly to listen to that friend. If we always do what we've always done then we'll always get what we've even gotten. Trusting someone else to watch for us is key.
4) The scenery along the way can be beautiful even in the scary places. The trail was often the most beautiful in the same places it was the most treacherous. And in weight loss the times that try our patience, work us the hardest, stretch our abilities are also when we see our inner beauty come out. Taking our time, not rushing through the scary stuff will allow us to experience what we'd never imagine.
5) The sun might be setting, and the trail seem like it'll never end, but once it does you'll be glad you drove it through. Although I'm far from over my journey I realize that I'm not limited by the sun or any other time constraint. I often feel like I am going to run out of time or that I'll never see this through. So it helps to remember that others have already made it to the other side, reading their success stories can keep me focused. We didn't have a success story to go by on our trail, but we did see tire tracks so we knew we weren't the only ones to go that way. I'm never alone on the Sparkpeople journey either.
Oh and just like on the trail, it helps if you don't mind getting a little muddy!
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Yesterday I raced in my 2nd ever 5k, the Runway 5k at the Asheville Regional Airport to raise money for mammograms for uninsured/underprivileged women. It was amazing - the start line in the general hangar area with old and new planes on display, a health fair, getting to race for 1st .6 of the course ON THE RUNWAY. All in all it was an unforgettable experience I'm so glad I decided to participate.
However it wasn't all fun - the very chilly temps and high winds, plus some bothersome shin splints seriously hampered my time. In training I'd done at least 4 minutes faster. But at the race I made some newbie errors - here's five things I could've done better:
1) I shouldn't have worn day-old shoes.
2) I should've dressed better and maybe my legs wouldn't have felt like stumps the first half mile - what was I thinking wearing a running skirt in 40 degree, high wind weather?
3) I drank too much before the race and even going 2x before the start felt a telltale wet spot near the finish line - aargh!
4) I wish I'd be able to train in cold/windy conditions but this was our 1st cold front of the season.
5) I shouldn't have let faster runners psyche me out - but watching runners lap me at the half way mark made me start second-guessing my own pace.
Not to "should" all over myself though I did learn some lessons of things I did right at the race:
1) I was glad I had new shoes despite having not broken them in properly. My old shoes were three years old and as I have become more active again really become noticeably ineffective in helping my overpronation.
2) THANK GOD for Body Glide-absolutely NO road rash between my thighs - that was amazing.
3) Cute running clothes make me feel more confident - however see #2 above in things I did wrong, where I learned fashion can't trump warmth when muscles are involved.
4) Really happy I followed the sparkpeople 5k My Way training program to get me from fast walking to adding jogging intervals.
5) This race I was very lucky to have my super handsome, super supportive cameraman and coach, my boyfriend there. He even surprised me by arranging for another of my friends to show up at the start line to cheer me on. That really helped me.
These lessons learned will help me for my next 5k which I'm already dreaming about. I've been so inspired by my sparkfriends like ON2Victory, Pixiemom13, and others who started doing races BEFORE they get to goal weight (especially ON2Victory's recent marathon - woohoo!). It has encouraged me not to wait on weight loss to push the envelope on fitness goals. I can keep doing my best and getting better - those are the lessons that mean the most to me.
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