Thursday, February 27, 2014
Writing a blog for the third and final day of the challenge!
Nothing weight-related though. I'm doing well with exercise; I've been averaging 18,000 steps per day and keeping up with my classes. I've been sloppy with my nutrition and I've been up and down the same 5 pounds all of February. I hope I can get some traction in March!
We are planning our trips for the year.
In March we will take our travel trailer for Tennessee for a week. We are going to do a "trail run" half marathon in one of the state parks. It's a half marathon AND a 50K so there are bound to be mostly ultra athletes there. We'll probably wear hiking shoes and take our poles and HIKE rather than run or do intervals. I'm a sloppy runner on asphalt and can't imagine jogging on dirt and rocks!
In May we will start in Michigan for 2+ weeks visiting family. We will do a half marathon with my two brothers and two weeks later do a 10K with my sister. I've inspired ALL of them to lose weight and get in shape! We'll see how they're doing. TC and I may end up doing the half marathon by ourselves. Ha!
After that we are going to head out west. We will start near Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, then proceed to Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, then home. We think we'll be gone about 3 months. Of course we'll be hiking in all of the national parks! There's a TON of them out there.
The last big trip will be in October-November. We are going to hike in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in Nepal! It's a 17-day trip that includes trekking for 6 days and 5 nights on the "Annapurna circuit" which is view of 3 of the largest mountains in the world. We'll be going from mountain lodge to mountain lodge, which sounds WAY better than sleeping in tents like we did in Peru.
Then we'll fly over to Delhi, India and will spend 4 days on our own before joining another tour exploring the "golden Triangle" of India -- Agra, Jaipur, and Delhi. All told we'll be gone 30 days.
So I have lots and lots of reasons to get and keep the weight off!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I am reading through "100 days of weight loss" by Linda Sprangle with a group of Sparkfriends. We have a discussion thread on the Emotional Eating Spark team.
Today's topic is "Head Hunger".
The author contends that there are times when we crave crunchy or chewy foods when we are feeling angry, frustrated, or resentful. She says when we have the desire to eat these kinds of foods we should ask ourselves, "What do I really want to chew on?"
I'm not sure that I buy this premise -- I think I enjoy nuts, chips, and popcorn because I like salty foods! But I DO agree that when I feel hungry, but am not interested in eating an apple or baby carrots, it's not real hunger but some emotion that's sending me to the fridge.
With me, it's more likely to be boredom than anything else.
So rather than ask myself, "What do I really want to chew on?", I think I need to ask myself if a healthy snack won't appease the hunger. If it won't, then I need to just avoid eating altogether!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Thanks to everyone for their support on my blog Tuesday. I can always count on fellow Sparkers to be in my corner and have my back!
I guess I didn't realize how much that woman affected me with her disdainful "OH" at the fitness center on Tuesday. I really felt crushed! You see, probably unlike her, I've never been athletic. AT ALL. Not until about ten years ago had I even walked a mile for fitness. On purpose! Now I am hiking mountains and walking half marathons, and doing 75-minute classes at the fitness center, and all kinds of other things I never would have believed possible!
I am definitely what John Bingham calls "an adult onset athlete". I ran my first race at age 47. Every time is HARD. It NEVER gets easy. Yes, it gets EASIER. But it never gets EASY.
I wasn't aware that "post race blues" is a real thing until someone mentioned it yesterday, and that's probably what contributed to that woman's ability to completely deflate me. But I feel better now, it's over and behind me, and I'm happy to be the person I am. I'm doing the very best I can, and that's all that's in my power -- to be the best ME.
And, besides. No time to sulk -- we have another half marathon in Tennessee in less than FOUR WEEKS!
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
I forgot to mention a couple of cool things that happened during the race.
First off, about Mile 9, a woman & man passed us and she turned around and said, "Are y'all married?" I gasped, "YES."
She said, "I want to be just like y'all. Y'all are awesome!" She and the man (presumably her husband) were a few years either side of 30, and her taking the time to say that? It JUST MADE MY DAY!
After the race TC said, "People are really friendly around here. Did you notice how many people told us, "Good job", or "Looking good?" I said I thought it was because we were so much older than everyone else, we sort of were the race mascots or something!
I have to tell you -- we were so proud of ourselves. It's the first time we EVER did intervals throughout the entire race. As far as our time? I didn't mention what our finishing time was in my blog yesterday because I didn't feel it was relevant, but it IS relevant to my blog today. We finished the race in 3 hours, 8 minutes. Before this, our fastest time was 3 hours, 11 minutes (2012).
Yup, I was feeling pretty proud of us! Until I got home and looked at the race results online.
I came in 244th out of 249 female entrants.
TC came in 227th out of 231 male entrants.
In my age group, I came in 13th out of 14.
In TC's age group, he came in 7th out of 7.
But then I started to think....only FOURTEEN entrants in the female age 50-59 age group, and I'm 59 and 7 months old. Out of the total number of entrants, only 2.9% of them were females in my age group. Only 1.5% of the entrants were males in TC's age group. So even though we are slow, at least we're still out there!
After I wrote my blog yesterday I posted the picture of us at the starting line on Facebook but again didn't mention our time. Lots of people from the fitness center "liked" the picture and this morning in class we got lots of love from the regulars.
But one woman, who is older than me but VERY competitive, and SUPER fit, asked me straight out WHAT OUR TIME WAS. I was embarrassed. I KNOW in the overall scheme of things it wasn't a very good time, and this woman has done triathalons and runs 50K races. AND, she'll tell you that she's usually #1 or #2 in her age group.
Anyway. I told her our time was "over 3 hours" and she said, "OH" in a totally dismissive tone of voice. So I proceeded to say that TC can't run more than what we did because of his bad knee.
THEN I was angry and embarrassed that I felt I had to make excuses! And to LIE and blame it on my husband, who can run circles around me any day of the week!
So I am reclaiming my pride! We finished that race in 3 hours and 8 minutes, running across the finish line holding hands! I'm only going to remember the young woman who told me we were AWESOME and forget about the old one who made me feel unworthy because I am slow.
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