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Inspirational woman

Sunday, February 21, 2010

So, I met this woman recently. She is an incredible inspiration. She is a Breast Cancer survivor, and she is currently training for a 100K in one day run! Wow! Here is a link to her website onerun.ca/story.php . I really enjoyed having an opportunity to chat with her one on one, and came away feeling totally pumped about running.

I didn't have time to do my long run again today. It was only 4 miles, but our day was just not making it possible to fit it in. After thinking about the struggles this woman faced and has managed to bounce back from to face such a huge challenge, I made sure that I fit in my run on my treadmill. Every time I felt like turning that sucker off, I thought of her, and it really kept me moving. What is a little bit of ache in my shin, when this woman survived breast cancer! It sure made me grateful for my health and abilities.

One of the things she talked about in our little chat was about how she was totally healthy before her diagnosis. Active all her life, a coach at the time of her diagnosis, mother of 4, totally dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle. How can this happen to someone who takes such good care of herself? Well, I guess that can never be known, but, her recovery times from all of the surgeries she underwent was half what the doctors had predicted, and they all said it was because of how strong and healthy she was. We never know when life is going to throw us a curve ball, but we can make our chances of hitting a home run off a tough pitch so much better by taking care of our bodies so they can take care of us, especially in the face of adversity! Just when I needed it, the universe sent me someone to remind me of the real reasons I started my weight loss journey.

Losing weight for me was originally about my health. I want to avoid the diabetes that runs rampant in my family. I need to reduce the symptoms of my arthritis. I want to be able to stay strong and healthy long into my life. I want to teach my children the proper way to treat their bodies so they never have to face the battles with obesity that I have endured. I need to be mindful every day of all the health reasons that losing weight is about for me, and stop focusing so much on my appearance and image.

  
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GOEGIRL 2/22/2010 12:34PM

    Fantastic perspective - thanks for sharing!!!

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AGINGDAISIES 2/22/2010 11:10AM

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AFRISAM 2/22/2010 6:04AM

    Thanks for this!!!

Motivational indeed - and I can use this too when things start getting tough for me, and they are!

Life is precious - we must stop completely focusing on the unimportant stuff (like how we look, or the daily small stresses with the kids) and make the most of everything!!! Carpe diem!

ps: I wish I could sign up to do the individual virtual run...
Are you going to do it?

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BEFIT014 2/22/2010 12:26AM

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I just read Theresa's Story! emoticon
What an incredible role model, isn't she???!!! And to run 50+ miles in one day? Now THAT is dedication. AND inspirational!

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SCRAPPYLADYV 2/21/2010 11:59PM

    Very wise. Health before beauty. I am glad you found someone who inspires you. Thank you for sharing.

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Fresh start

Friday, February 19, 2010

I am starting all over, I reset my weight loss goals on my front page. I have a new spark and dedication again, and I am ready to get this done. Some of the things I am doing to succeed right now are : No eating after 8 pm. I am finding it hard to stick to this one, but I am working on it one day at a time. Drink 8-10 cups of water daily. This one is going really well, once I started tracking it again, it is no problem. Small strength training 3 times a week. I started this last night, turned to an old print off I have from here. I haven't started tracking my food yet, that will come soon, I don't want to try and do everything all at once, and overwhelm myself. Eating is always the last piece of the puzzle to fit into place for me. Here I go again!

  
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CRYSBROWN1 2/23/2010 10:23AM

    I think that that is great that you made the decision to refocus with renewed spirit! Baby steps is the way too so I'm glad that you decided to make moderate changes & not switch up everything too drastically. Good Luck!!

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AGINGDAISIES 2/21/2010 4:56PM

    YAY! you can do it!!!

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BEFIT014 2/19/2010 8:41PM

    I hit the re-set button a month or so ago & have been doing good since. AND I went back to Stage 1.

Sometimes we all need a 'do-over'

Good luck to you!

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LISAW/3 2/19/2010 5:38PM

    Good luck! You can do it!

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MOONSCRIBE 2/19/2010 3:08PM

    Life is a series of fresh starts -- every day is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean, forgive yourself your past slip-ups and refocus.

You're definitely on the right track -- you have the tools, have set fresh goals, established your fast-breaks, worked out what you will work on next. You were just waiting for all the pieces of the puzzle to fit together, 'tis all :)

I have no doubt that will achieve and EXCEED your goals! You're strong, intelligent and motivated -- you are a Goddess, after all, LOL

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LYNNOTT 2/19/2010 1:33PM

    Great goals, good determination - you will succeed! Best wishes!

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HOGS08 2/19/2010 11:29AM

  good luck with everything. You are already achieving some goals so it will come.

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Garmin Forerunner 305

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

For Christmas just gone, I asked for only 1 gift from my husband. Usually he asks me to make a list, and he buys everything on it plus more. Our funds have been very tight lately, so I told him I wanted only one thing for Christmas, a new heart rate monitor that would help me train better in my running, usable also for biking and hopefully swimming. He purchased a Polar rs300 from a store in our closest big city. I opened it on Christmas so incredibly excited, I just can't tell ya! I started up the wrist watch, and loaded the batteries in the foot pod, and the foot pod didn't work. Darn! So, Dec 27, I called the store, they said they would order me a new entire unit, give it about 10 days to account for the holiday backlog and Polar being away until Jan 4. No problem, I can wait. Finally, at the end of January, over a month later, I gave up on them, and returned the product for a refund. So frustrated! I went around the corner to a different store who I had contacted the night before. They had one in stock and on hold for me. Yay! I was finally going to get my new toy! So, I went in and had a long chat with the manager about whether the Polar was the best option for me, and he ended up talking me into a Garmin Forerunner 305 with heart rate monitor. $40.00 cheaper than we had paid for the Polar, and much easier to use. I LOVE it! What a wonderful little device. I expect to be able to increase my speed and get some really good weight loss results with the calorie tracking. No more guesswork, I will know exactly what MY calorie burn is for each workout I use it for. I have used it on 2 runs so far, and silly me, forgot my chest strap for the second run. But, I love that I can tell me pace at any given time during the run. The thing that surprises me, is that when I think I am working really hard, I look at the display, and I am not going as fast as I thought! My faster pace comes when I am not trying so hard, and just enjoying the moment. I also love that I don't have to spend 15-20 minutes laying out a route before I can run. If I am going to run for 9.5 miles, I just strap the little guy on, and go! I can run wherever I want, and if traffic is too busy, I don't have to go that way, I can just change my direction at a whim! So, suffice it to say, I love my Christmas gift, and it was well worth the wait and the hassle.

  
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CDNMSFIT 2/9/2010 10:51PM

   

I love my G305 forerunner too! Very good decision! =)

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DEUSMACHINA 2/9/2010 6:32PM

    *moan of longing* I've been eying off a Garmin. I just can't afford it! DAMMIT! HAve fun with your new toy!

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AGINGDAISIES 2/9/2010 4:12PM

    That is great! I got myself a cheap Heart Rate Monitor watch/chest strap, I just wanted to know if & how high I was getting my heart rate, and when I strapped it on and it sync'd with my treadmill I wasn't raising my heartrate as much as I thought. It is so nice to actually know what you are getting out of your workout! :)

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My very disappointing week, and how I have handled it.

Friday, February 05, 2010

So, I went to the website of the run I have been training for, for months now. The race I haven't had the money to register for, it is FULL. I can not register. emoticon. Will I let this bring me down? A little bit, yes, I have been so excited for this event. Will I let it keep me down? NO WAY! emoticon Picking myself up from my little pity pool, drying off the tears, and moving forward. I went today and registered for a half marathon event closer to home, only two weeks after the original event. All participants receive a deluxe technical running jacket and a custom medal! Also, the cause "Run for Retina Research" is one close to home, as my hubby's Grandmother (my grandma, in my heart) suffers from Age Related Macular Degeneration. So, I am looking at this opportunity to participate as a blessing in disguise sent from the universe, and will also be fundraising for the cause. It also made me look beyond this event, and think about what next. I have found an event on September 26, a full marathon, that I would like to participate in. I will start training for it a few weeks after Run for Retina on April 11, and have been invited to stay with two different family members who live in Toronto and would love to support my endeavour! I am all excited about running still, and after taking a break from it due to health issues, I am ready and raring to go! My next blog, in the next couple of days, will talk about my new toy, a Garmin Forerunner 305 with heart rate.

  
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CRYSBROWN1 2/8/2010 3:38PM

    I'm sorry that you didn't get to do the race you wanted but like you said maybe it wasn't meant to be & this new race that you've signed up for was! I NEED to purchase a Garmin! I realized this after my race this weekend that it could really help with training/speed. The marathon sounds like a good plan & it seems like you 'll be able to put in some really good consistent training too!

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GOEGIRL 2/5/2010 6:41PM

    Oh man, that IS disappointing. I'm glad you've been able to absorb it as a blessing. That can be tough to do. I *think* we might just be registering for the same event in September - that is, if I can keep my training on track and stop getting annoying injuries. Good luck - and take it easy on yourself. Don't try to jump back into the fray too quickly.

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BCGIRL74 2/5/2010 4:04PM

    You have such a positive attitude; I love it!! I've stolen my husband's Garmin Forerunner from him since I've started running and he's stopped (for now). I haven't played around with it too much yet, but I know it can do some pretty cool things.

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JOKERFAC13 2/5/2010 3:44PM

    What a great cause! Sorry to hear that you did not get into your planned event. You handled it great!

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MOONSCRIBE 2/5/2010 3:09PM

    Something even better will come out of your initial disappointment.

Bless :) emoticon

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NINJALINDA 2/5/2010 2:52PM

    I think you are viewing this through the correct lens. Sometimes the Universe knows better what we need than we do!

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DONNAZZ 2/5/2010 1:50PM

  Way to go! I am working on my attitude. Thanks for sharing.
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5 days of tracking is paying off

Friday, January 22, 2010

I weighed in this morning, and since last Friday I have lost 3.8 pounds! Even though I wasn't actually staying in my calorie range, far from it to be honest, I managed to lose some weight. That nutritional tracker is an inredible tool! Now, I am heading into a 3 day streak of staying in my calorie range. I didn't plan my food for today, but so far I am doing really well. My training run today was 14K, and I did it on the treadmill because my youngest kidlet is home sick. It was a tough one! I kept counting down how much longer I had to be on there. Got it done though, I kept thinking about what my kidlet said on Sunday about never giving up, and got it done!

  
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CRYSBROWN1 1/24/2010 6:59PM

    Congrats on the loss & putting in your run on the treadmill, it's definitely no so easy on that thing!

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BEFIT014 1/22/2010 8:51PM

    3.8 lbs is terrific! emoticon

Hope the kidlet gets well soon!

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CINDYTW 1/22/2010 6:40PM

  WOW!! You ARE my running hero!! I give up on the treadmill after like 20 minutes usually!! emoticon

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AGINGDAISIES 1/22/2010 5:39PM

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GOEGIRL 1/22/2010 3:00PM

    WTG!!!

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KEEPGOING87 1/22/2010 1:22PM

    wow thats awesome
congrats

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ALWAYSCHANGING 1/22/2010 1:13PM

    YOU RocK!! Way to go and congrats on pushing through, and losing the weight. Hope your kiddo feels better soon.

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ELISELOVE1 1/22/2010 1:11PM

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