Sunday, April 20, 2014
One week from today my oldest daughter and I will have run the Oklahoma Memorial 1/2 Marathon. It's her first and my second. We will be celebrating crossing the finish line together!
She is worried about the time. Can we say she's a bit competitive? I have no idea where she got that from! I assure her that she'll be fine and that we are running for the "fun of it" and to support the Oklahoma City Memorial.
I'm planning on us going to see the memorial. I've heard many things about peoples' reactions to it. I can remember when the bombing was on the news and I was trying to get through to my cousin who lives in Moore. (She was fine.)
My cousins have been running this race for years and now we are going to make it our annual event. Family, a good cause and a great run...what else could one ask for?
May everyone have a day of peacefulness, happiness and love.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
No matter if you believe in calendars (the Year of the Horse), astrology (the blood moon), or "just in life" we all know that change is a constant.
Nothing ever stays the same. Sometimes this change is gradual, under our control and purposeful. Other times, it slaps us up side of the head and completely surprises us! Either way change is always going to happen.
This year has been a year of changes for me. What they are really doesn't matter, but what I do with those changes or what I've done to cause these changes are important.
I am still maintaining my weight loss. Yes, it's fluctuated and I've had my share of peaks and valleys, but I'm still here and I'm still in my range. I have become a runner, not only in the eyes of others, but also in my own eyes. I have muscle definition. I no longer hide in my clothes, but I wear them.
I think one of the most surprising changes for me is that I learned that I need to slow down and live in the present. I've always been one of those people that feel the need to go, go, go. I felt the need to do more and prove myself. Maybe it's my age or that my children are starting to leave the nest or maybe that I'm finally comfortable (and happy) in my own skin, but I've learned to live in the here and now.
It's no longer when this happens or when I lose this much weight or when I can fit into this size. I live for today, this moment. Changes are inevitable, but I will take those changes and will make the most of them.
I will be a better me because of changes!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I love the saying,"Let go. Be." If you google it, there is a site all about the meaning behind it and products you can buy to remind you. It has become my mantra. I had a bracelet with the saying on it, now I have it as a tattoo on my left wrist.
The basic meaning behind it is, let go of the past. Let go of past failures, the self doubt, the mistakes, the old you, the people holding you back (friends and sometimes family), the mindset that keeps you down, the negatives, etc.
Be. Be in this moment, right now, where you are at. Be a better person, a better mom/dad, a better daughter/son, a better friend, a better co-worker/boss, be a better human, a better you!
I want to live this everyday for the rest of my life. We can't change the past and who we once were; we need to LET GO. This letting go needs to happen every day. Yesterday, even the past second is gone....LET GO.
However, we can change who we are now. We can BE better to ourselves by eating and moving so that we can BE the best person that we can BE now! When we BE for ourselves then we can BE for others and then maybe this world will BE better, too.
May we all Let go. Be!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
My daughter and I will be in Oklahoma two weeks from today. Fifteen days and we will be running in the Oklahoma City Memorial (1/2) Marathon. It will be her first and my second HM.
We both are a little nervous. I really want to help her get her goal time of 2:15. She originally wanted under 2 hours, but realized that she just doesn't have the time to put in for the long runs needed to train.
Today she played two soccer games back to back, but they were only 30 minute halves. Basically a two hour workout. Yesterday she played four games of intramural softball. Then she has soccer workouts, strength training and of course, college classes and studying, so I do understand.
My runs haven't been the "easiest." I feel tired, but then it gets better. I've only been running about 3 times a week, but maybe I need to put some shorter runs in there. Mine are usually 5 to 10 miles. I know I need to start tapering after this week.
I have no doubts we will finish the HM. I just hope we are happy with our time. I do know that I will love this time with my oldest and my three cousins that we will get to see!
Happy run, walking or what ever movement you do!
Friday, April 11, 2014
It's kind of strange how we all have a "new way of life." At first we struggle and stumble, but soon it becomes second nature. We no longer have to think about it, as much. We will always have to put some mental effort into eating the right foods and in the right amount. I find eating out takes a lot more work!
Once we get into the groove of this new lifestyle, we can "go with the flow." I personally like this new way of life. Add our exercise to it and we become a nice new healthy person.
Are we perfect, NO. Are we stick thin, I hope NOT. Are we strong, YES! At least that's what I want to be, strong! I want people to see a strong and healthy person when they look at me. I think I've got that....and I'm going to keep it. I love this new way of life!
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