Saturday, June 04, 2011
Today I walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This was my first 5K, but I can¡¦t even reduce my discussion of the event to 5K gibberish.
This was more than a 5K. This was truly an EXPERIENCE. Seeing all those survivors and families and friends who walked in support and celebration of them¡K and also seeing those who walked in memory of loved ones who lost their battle with breast cancer, but who walk in hopes of finding a cure¡K It was truly overwhelming and inspirational.
During the opening ceremonies, the Survivors (who all wore dark pink shirts) marched in waving their flags to one of the American Idol contestants (I forget who) singing a song he wrote especially for this event. I got a little teary-eyed and choked up. I really did feel emotional about it. Not because I have been personally affected by it--though I have an aunt who is a survivor--but just because of the stories that had to be behind these women being there... stories of OVERCOMING. I loved it! I just took that moment to praise the God who gives all life for preserving theirs. So many reasons to make us truly thankful!
(Sorry about whatever that green line is...something with my cameraphone no doubt.)
It was clear at the starting line that this wasn't going to be a race wherein we could go for a certain time. Amongst the walkers, I don't think there really were folks going for their "best time." There were just too many people. It took quite some time for us just to clear the mob. There were thousands of participants--more than 40,000 estimated. Some people were still *starting* as we were looping around at mile 2 headed for the finish. Soooooo many people. But, they walked TOGETHER, and we walked with them... a show of true solidarity for the cause. It was awesome just being amongst them!
Along the way, we had entertainment and walkers stopped and stood around them to appreciate it and to take pictures. I snapped a few.
Overall, like I said earlier, it was just AN EXPERIENCE. My sister and her friend and I finished in 1:27:16...
clearly not our "best time" but that's okay, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously AND we burned some calories too!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Spring always gets me in the mood to shop!
But, I don't usually buy anything because I'm always of the mindset that I'm "losing weight" so why waste money on new clothes that I'll have to replace. I've always been like that. Consequently, I usually don't know that I am down to the next size until I'm PASSED it!
I used to wear a size 14 in a suit, while my skirts remained a 10 and my tops teetered between a medium and a large. In my extra storage closet I have about four (4) suits that are a size 10; one that is a size 8, and two that are size 6! I've been up and down with my weight for quite some time. But, the funny thing is, I don't have ANY size 12 anythings in my closet. But, in my suits, I cannot wear a size 10 yet if the skirt is straight (these hips don't lie...and ain't trying to squeeze into a 10 bottom...yet...LOL)
So, for the last couple of days I've been window shopping. I've been picking up all kinds of dresses (I don't usually buy dresses...I buy skirts and tops...) and just trying them on. A couple at my church is paying for my husband and I to go to the Pastor's anniversary banquet so I need something to wear. I'm trying to figure out what size I might actually be in right now.
I can't say that I've figured it out yet because it varies depending on the type of apparel I'm trying on. BUT, I will say this.... every dress that fit was a 10!! The 12's were toooo big! That prompted me to go down into the basement and pull out one of my size 10 suits and just *see* if I could wear it. Well, I can *get into* them but not decently. LOL There is a little too much junk in my trunk. LOL So, I guess I have to be a size 8 in order to fit into my size 10 suits the way I like. (I don't like tight clothes!) But, I do fit a size 10 dress! Whooppeeee!!!
So, guess what..... I bought one! I bought a dress! And it WASN'T a size 10.......... it was an 8!!!!
Now I know that I don't actually wear a size 8, but this particular dress was very stretchy and it seemed a little too loose in a 10. Also, the banquet isn't until the last weekend in April, so with even a conservative 5 lb weight loss, it could be a little too loose by then. So, I tried it on in an 8 and it fit perfectly.....still stretchy with room to spare.
When I got home, I showed hubby the dress and I told him the story of the 10 vs. 8. I showed him the picture of me in the dress when I was in the dressing room and he said..with eyebrow raised and a smile on his face... "That's nice." LOL (Those of you with husbands and significant others, know the tone of those simple words. LOL) Anyway....I think he wanted to make sure I was going to be decent and that the dress wasn't tight (because it is form-flattering), so he requested that I actually put the dress on for him. I knew it wasn't tight...it is sooo comfortable. But for hubby's peace of mind, I tried it on.
I got the
Here is the dress:
Monday, October 18, 2010
As many of you already know...I'm the treadmill queen. I have a treadmill in my basement and I get every penny's worth out of it. It's my exercise machine of choice. I don't go to the gym. I don't like to exercise around people...and I'm un-motivated to drive to a gym and workout. BUT today I went where I've NEVER gone before.....
I WENT TO THE GYM!!! LOL
My sister (HEALTHYAMS) is a gym member and she goes faithfully pretty much every day. She's been inviting me to go with her one day when I'm working in her area. So today, since I was working in her area, I took her up on her offer!
I'd been wanting to try out this infamous elliptical that everyone talks about. Honestly, from the stories I've heard, I was pretty intimidated by the machine..not to mention the gym environment itself. But guess what?...
It wasn't so scary afterall (the gym or the elliptical). Most people at the gym are minding their own business and concentrating on their own workouts. It's a pretty inspiring place to be actually. Those folks be workin it!! You hear me? WORKIN it! And the elliptical.... not that bad either. I actually enjoyed it.
Just like my sister said, it's soooo much easier on the joints. It took me a while to get used to the motion of it and to get into a flow, but it came together.
I had planned to do only 30 minutes, but my sister had planned to do an hour. I was fine with that. I was just going to go to the treadmill after I was done on the elliptical. But after my 30 minutes were up, I just reset the elliptical and got right back to it. I even challenged myself with one of those hilly programs. It was on an incline of 15 and resistance of 6!! ...seriously worked my bum!!
So altogether I worked out for 55 minutes on the elliptical and burned a ton of calories (which I haven't even logged yet)! The time went by so quickly.
It was nice to have the motivation of my sister there with me. I don't know how long I would have continued without her there. Thanks HEALTHYAMS!! I look forward to our next workout together!
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