Friday, November 08, 2013
A friend had a link to this picture on her Facebook page and it reminded me of how I felt doing the planks in today's TNT. Enjoy!
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I had a spooktacular time this morning racing in a local 5K. A small crowd of 120 dressed in costumes raced through a local park and marsh. It was walking distance from my house. Easy to get to, easy and pretty to run through, and easy to get home. I would definitely do it again. Because the most of the course runs on a trail through the marsh, there are no spectators to cheer you on for miles 2 and 3. So it's just you and the beautiful scenery around you to keep you going.
For most races that I participate in, I'm in the middle of the pack because there are a good number of walkers signed up. Before signing up for today's race, I looked at last year's results. My usual time would place me in the last 10% to cross the finish line. The participants in this race are 99% runners and not run/walkers like me. I wasn't sure how I would feel being just about the last one to finish a race. Well, I didn't finish last but it felt like it. There was a dad and young son who stayed just ahead of me for most of the race. I just couldn't catch them. I don't know who was behind me but I was told there were at least 5 people behind me. I'll find out when they post the results online.
One lesson I learned: eating well in the days leading up to the race make a difference. I ate poorly the last couple days and I definitely felt sluggish today and had little energy. Just like a car, our bodies need the right kind of fuel. We can put garbage in and our output will be slow and sluggish. Or we can eat clean and healthy, consuming good proteins and fibers, and feel fast and energetic.
Here's a picture of me shortly after crossing the finish line in my costume. You can't see them but I was wearing wings. Wished they were real wings during the race. At least I was still smiling.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
(With Halloween around the corner, I guess I've got cobwebs on my mind, thus a little fun with cobwebs in my blog).
I've been fall cleaning my home (like spring cleaning, only because it's fall, I'm calling it fall cleaning). While cleaning, I've noticed how busy the spiders have been, putting up cobwebs in a lot of the corners. The spiders are diligent and persistent. I can learn a lesson from these unwelcome creatures. If I want to achieve a goal, I need to be diligent and persistent. One of my 2013 goals is to declutter my home, to only own what we need and enjoy. It's crazy how easy it is to accumulate stuff and how hard it is to get rid of it.
I started cleaning out my clothes closet tonight.
I have an average sized closet and until the kids moved out of the house a couple years ago, I managed to keep my clothes confined to my closet for 25 years. When the kids moved out, I started taking over their closets and stopped cleaning out the closets. My mission in the next couple days: completely empty out the kids' closets and confine my clothes back to just my closet. Less is more here!
Well, guess how many T-shirts I had in my closet (make that closets now)?
About 10 of them are from 5K runs (yep, t-shirts are generally part of the swag you receive for signing up for a 5K race). Another 10 or so are t-shirts with team shirts from my college or my kids' colleges. The rest are shirts received from family reunions, softball teams, vacations, etc.
I kept 10, mostly for their quality and color, and the rest went out the door to charity. Those 50 shirts took up 14 inches of space in my closet. Ridiculous!
So, today when I went to the packet pickup for my 5K race tomorrow, I was glad that the swag wasn't a T-Shirt. It was a light-grey knit cap, good for cold weather runs.
My DH returns home Sunday night. Hopefully, I'll have our bedroom back to normal. I've got piles of clothes to sort through after the 5K tomorrow. I'm determined to get my closet organized and filled only with clothes I like and that I really will wear.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Don't skip breakfast, ever.
Breakfast - it's the meal where you break the fast of not eating since the day before. It's the meal that provides the energy needed for the day ahead. Start the day by giving your body foods that provide energy and nutrients. Eating breakfast helps jumpstart your metabolism, which is at its lowest after sleeping, and this meal provides food that will be used for energy as you go about your daily routine.
Studies show that people who ate their biggest meal at breakfast or lunch lost more weight than those people who ate their biggest meal at dinner. Other studies have shown that people who skip breakfast are more likely to eat too many calories later in the day and have a greater chance of obesity.
Not hungry at breakfast? Eat less for dinner and go to bed a little hungry.
There's a ton written on what to eat for a healthy breakfast. What has worked well for me is a combination of protein and fiber. I love plain Greek yogurt (Fage brand is my favorite), mixed with a little muesli and some cut-up fresh fruit. I love oatmeal, with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg...no sugar, and some raisins cooked in it. Although I'm allergic to eggs, I will occasionally make a simple egg scramble (scrambled eggs with a touch of salsa on top). There are a million options for a healthy breakfast. Just don't skip it!
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.
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