Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I'm smack dab in the middle of my 10-week training program, and loving every minute of it! I'm up to running for 3 minutes at a time, with a 2 minute break for 2.5 miles.
Weeks 1 and 2 were tough, I couldn't breathe, I couldn't keep up and I was hurting from head to toe! I took some pressure off of myself and fell to the back of the pack, got fitted for running shoes and the rest is history. The greatest lesson I've taken away from this group is to stop comparing my successes and failures to others. Running is NOT a group sport, it is an individual accomplishment. So what if I'm the last to finish - I FINISHED!
The fact that I'm held accountable and that I won't be able to keep up with the group if I don't stay on schedule has really helped. I just returned from a cruise to Mexico and while on vacation I worked out at the gym once and ran 1.5 miles on the ship's track twice! In my previous mindset that would have NEVER happened.
On another note, prior to leaving on vacation I received some interesting test results that show I have Hashimoto's disease, which is a hypothyroid disorder, insulin resistance and PCOS. All of which can contribute to my inability to drop pounds.
So now that I have running on the brain if I add my new meds and a lower carb diet, I should be on track to be in a single digit size by my birthday in April!!!
I hope all are well - Spark On!
Monday, September 23, 2013
Last night I sat through orientation for the Fleet Feet No Boundaries 5k training program! Today is day 1 of week 1 and I'm expected to run/walk 1 mile with 1 minute running and 2 minute walking intervals. I set my goal to be able to run for one mile straight by the end of the program - Thanksgiving!
Wish me luck! Happy running.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I recently had a pretty serious health scare and it put a lot of things in perspective. All of my metabolic levels were elevated, my BP was 140/100 and I was having chest pains. Since my father passed suddenly of a massive heart attack at age 41, I was immediately ordered a stress test.
At the ripe old age of 35, my results came back negative and my eyes were opened to the fact that everything that was happening to me was of my own doing and I have the power to change it. Over the summer I was super lazy, ate horribly unhealthy and felt terrible inside and outside. I think I was probably suffering some depression and medicating myself with fries, pizza and nachos.
So HERE I GO AGAIN ~ I'm currently following the Charles D'Angelo plan from his book, Think and Grow Thin. It feels a bit drastic and prescribed but at about 1300 calories a day, it's exactly what I need to get #backontrack.
I'm about 2 weeks into the plan and have lost almost 7 lbs in 10 days. I know that sounds like too much, but I'm sure it will taper as I keep going. I do have to say that one of my most motivating factors is my friend Judy. She's been checking on me everyday and is so encouraging. We're Fitbit buddies and we have some friendly competition going to keep it light. She's my new Monday night walking buddy which is not only good for the body but good for the soul. Nothing like clearing your head and chatting with a good friend!
I've also signed up for my first half marathon (did that before the scare). So on Sept 4 of this year, I'm taking a selfie to compare to what I will look like on Sept 4, 2014, the day of the Run Like a Diva Marathon in Atlanta, GA! To get started a friend and I have joined a 5K running group that starts this fall. I figure that I better start now if I'm going to be in any condition to begin half training in May.
It feels so good to be motivated again and to read my SP friends blogs. I forgot how supportive this community is and how much I need it.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Today is the 6th anniversary of my 29th birthday and again I'm saying to myself, on my next birthday, I'm gonna look HOT!
I'm still trying to figure out how to balance life and to stay on track. It seems like once one "big thing" takes over I lose sight of the things that I want to care about but feel like I don't have time for.
Managing a house, a job, grad school and life is a lot. People keep telling me that I should be proud of myself for all that I've accomplished - I just wish I wasn't an all or nothing personality!!!
Today's image on the SP FB page really hit home, so I'm sharing it today to remind myself that I have to keep trying until it really sticks.
Here's to a new year and a new me!
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