Thursday, October 02, 2014
I just printed the manual for my PiYo Certification Course. I am super nervous, but excited. I think I'll do okay. I'm just worried that I won't be strong enough to make it throughout the day. It's a 9-5 class with a 30 minute lunch break. We have been warned to bring several pairs of workout clothes as we will be sweating a lot. Can't wait! I'll probably drop like 5 lbs. lol.
As nervous as I am, I still plan on walking into that gym with confidence. I may not be the most athletic or physically fit person in the training but that's okay. I am me and that is enough. I am enough.
In other news, I'm starting to feel overwhelmed. I'm trying to do too much and my workout routine is suffering as a result. I'm trying to develop a web site for healthy-living practices. It's going to be focused more on how to stay healthy while working in an office environment but that could mean a home-office environment, too. I didn't realize how difficult and time consuming creating a website would be. If I had, I wouldn't have started it, honestly. My dad, who's the Web Master for his company, will be coming over soon to help me get it up and running. When it's done, I'll share it with you all.
The leaves are changing here. Yay! I love Fall. I am making it my personal mission today to get out and enjoy it with a run! I need to do something just for me to clear my head and feel good about what I'm doing. I'm starting to lose focus because my focus has been divided on so many projects. Between coaching, my day job, freelancing, PiYo Certification, and being a mom and wife I'm going crazy! I need to start eliminating stuff from my calendar and working on my "blueprint."
I learned about the "blueprint" from Charlene Johnson, a Beachbody Trainer. She said that we all have these Vision Boards posted but very rarely do we create the map to get us there. Sound familiar? She suggested that we write out the plan, then take out our calendars and eliminate items that are not on our blueprint. For instance, did you volunteer to help out with a school fundraiser and immediately regret it because of time constraints? Now, I'm not saying to ditch the effort, but to try to avoid getting into the situation in the first place. If it's not going to help you get you where you want to go, then don't do it. Maybe you tell the PTA leader, "I'm sorry I won't be able to help out on Saturdays. That's a very special time for me and the family, but I believe in the cause so I'd like to donate some money to help." The reward is confidence, peace of mind, relief, and control.
I'm going to get started on my blueprint today. How can you turn your vision board into a reality?
Friday, September 26, 2014
Today, I will make squash/quinoa soup. I've had to split the preparation over a day, which has worked out pretty well. Last night, I threw the acorn squash in the oven for an hour then waited for it to cool before peeling it and storing it in the fridge for later. Today, I'll throw is in the saucepan with the carrots, onion, garlic, and veggie broth (low-sodium, of course). When Matthew wakes from his nap, I'll throw it all in the blender. Viola! Dinner.
My 21 Day Fix is almost over. I decided to start a 7 day challenge group to keep the lessons I learned from the Fix into practice. I learned from my Sparkfriend--Joanne-1968--that setting small, weekly goals is the key to success overall.
What little goals will you set for yourself this week?
Monday, September 22, 2014
I ran my first 10K ever yesterday. It was amazing!! My friend Amy ran with me. Thank goodness. I never would have made it up that last hill without her pushing me on. My longest distance before yesterday was 5.6miles, so I really didn't know what to expect from my legs yesterday.
We started the race slow, but then picked up to an 11minute mile pace at the 2 miles mark and kept it. We started to struggle at the turn around spot, probably because it was mostly uphill between miles 2-3.5, but at around mile 4 my legs went on autopilot. Before I realized it, I was running ahead of Amy, a marathon runner (!), at a 9:30 pace. It was at that point we had stopped chattering and just focused on the run. We were in the zone. I loved it!
Amy caught back up to me when we reached the dreaded hill at mile 5.5. After a yards, I had to stop to walk. I hated to do it, but Amy kept us going by clocking 1 minute run/walk intervals. We did that until we were almost at the top of the hill. We could hear the crowd at the finish line, which was on the other side of the hill. That gave us the SPARK we needed to full out sprint up the last bit of hill to the finish.
When we flew over the hill we saw local cheerleaders lined up on both sides of the finish line, cheering us on. I couldn't help but smile. Then, I saw my husband and my son at the line cheering us on and smiling. That made me giddy!
I looked down at my Nike+ app. I told myself that I would be happy finishing under 1:15 and would be thrilled with 1:10. You can imagine my surprise when I saw 1:07 on my clock. I couldn't believe it! Neither could my husband.
As we walked to the postrace celebration tent, Amy and I started telling Percy all about the race. When Amy told Percy that I pushed into another gear at mile 4 and that she had trouble keeping up, he looked over at me with a huge smile of pride. I've only seen that smile once before and that was when our son was born. It was a great feeling, one I'll never forget.
Amy and I coming over the hill.
Me waving to Matthew as we cross the finish. You'll notice that the race clock says 1:08 but I'm going to go with Nike+ ;-)
Last year, when I ran the 5k, I was 175lbs. I finished thinking, "I could totally do the 10k." I'm so glad I listened to that voice and pursued it. This year, I ran the 10k at 160lbs. Next year, I'll run it at 150lbs and make it under 1:05.
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