Thursday, December 31, 2009
I do know that I have a lot of will power and a lot of drive to get me to where I wanted to be, but I could not have done it without the wonderful support of my hubby! He has a schedule that allows him to be home before I am so he cooks, cleans and does the grocery shopping. He makes it possible for me to leave work and go to the gym on the way home by taking care of Logan's needs We sit down a plan out a menu and he makes it happen. On Sundays after shopping we make little individual serving sizes of my basic lunch stuff and cut up veggies for the week. He is the rock at home that makes my life easier so I can spend the time taking care of my needs. Thank you so much for being there for me this year! Here is to many more years with you my dear!
I don't know what 2010 has in store for me, but I'm anxious to find out!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Oh and I bought a TYR swimsuit yesterday! I can't believe I can fit into a TYR swimsuit! Yes it shows off my trouble areas more than my regular suit, but if I'm going to be serious about the Tri thing I needed a good sport suit!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
The coming week will also be challenging - I'm going out to late lunch/early dinner today at the cheesecake factory and then Christmas eve will be spent at the in-laws and Christmas day at my parents. There will be lots of food around and I'm going to try and make the best choices I can. I'm just going to take each day as it comes.
The one thing I wasn't really happy with was my lack of activity this week - I earned no activity points this week. One problem I have been having this week besides motivation is the fact that right now I don't really have a "goal" - I need to be training for something to keep me out there and with the ankle injury I can't run, so that puts another added challenge in there. I have decided that for this week I will get myself to the gym at least twice, Next Saturday I'm planning a bike ride and for my long term goal I have my eye on a Tri-For-Fun on June 5th - it is a .5 mile swim – 16 mile bike – 3 mile run. My wild card is the swim, I have not been in a pool much so I need to get going with the swim training!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Thanks for supporting me in my journey everyone!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Our "Rowdy Red" running group coach sent out the last email we will get from her this season. I say that like I won't see her ever again, but I'm blessed to not only call her "coach", but "friend" She is one of the great ladies that is making my dream of running a leg of the CIM relay come true and has been there every step of the way to see me meet my goal of running my marathon 3 weeks ago.
She sent out this quote and it is just perfect in every way - in every part of this journey I have taken. Thanks Betsy!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
--- Marianne Williamson
Sunday, November 29, 2009
In the bottom right corner is my place setting - to my left is the salad and my scale that I did use to weigh everything - right in front of my plate is two measuring cups that were also used to keep my portions in check. I started my meal out with salad and then made my other choices after I was done with my salad!
AND - This is what my Wii fit showed me this morning! A "Normal" BMI! The Wii fit and Weight watchers scale is a little different but only about a pound, so all I have to do is kick this last pound to the curb and I will be at my goal! I sure do like the cool sound it made when I have a normal BMI - a girl can get used to that!! I promise now though I won't get obsessive and weight myself everyday like I used to do!
On a side note - I hope I have not jinxed myself, but I have people coming to my next Weight Watchers meeting because so many people wanted to be there when I hit goal - I have told them all to show up next Sunday - most of them wanted a weeks notice - so the pressure is on - My leader has told me she will bring a sheet with her and if I have to I will take things off to hit my goal, but I'm hoping that will not be necessary!!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The weather was perfect and the first 10 miles were great, but then I started having a hamstring issue that slightly altered my gait. At the halfway point my hubby was there and I took some Tylenol and he massaged my hamstring which made it feel better, but it became obvious that my altered gait had put pressure on my other knee and it started bothering me later on in the race. I was hoping for a 6 hour finish - and at the halfway point I was on right on pace for that, but the last half was slower and I walked a majority of the last 9 miles. I did everything else right, my nutrition was spot on, my hydration was perfect - it's just sometimes on race days things are beyond your control. I kept my walk pace as quick as I could and kept chugging along even though I couldn't run any longer without pain. As I rounded that last corner I saw the finish line and something came over me that I still can't explain - I ran across the finish with no pain! I had pain again once I stopped, but for that brief moment it was like my body wanted me to have that experience of running across the finish line! I came in with a chip time of 6:34:24 and I am beyond thrilled with that! I will have some pictures to post, but I wanted to get at least something posted for now. It was a most amazing experience and there were times I just wanted to stop on the side of the trail and quit because I was upset I wasn't able to run, but then all my training would have been for nothing - I would have put in all the miles and not achieved my goal!
Today I'm sore, but I feel great - I'm a marathoner and nothing can ever take that away from me! When I crossed the line yesterday I told someone (don't even remember who) that I was never running another marathon again, but this morning once again I'm looking forward to CIM 2010 - my second marathon!!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Here is the dialogue in case you can't watch the video. There are such great and wise life lessons in Disney movies!
Simba: I know what I have to do. But going back will mean facing my past. I've been running from it for so long.
Rafiki hits Simba on the head with his walking stick)
Simba: OW! Jeez, what was that for?
Rafiki: It doesn't matter. It's in the past.
Simba: Yeah, but it still hurts.
Rafiki: Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.
swings his stick at Simba again who ducks out of the way)
Rafiki: Ha. You See ....
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Oh and I have only 2 runs before I run my marathon! My taper schedule has me running 30 minutes on Monday and 20 minutes on Wednesday! I can hardly believe at this time next week I will have completed a marathon!!
On the food front - because I feel like being completely honest here - I didn't weigh in this morning - I stepped on the Wiifit on Thursday and I'm up over 2 pounds, but with the marathon coming up, I can not be limiting calories. I'm not going to go overboard either, but I don't want my focus this week to be the number I see at my weigh in. I might or might not go to my meeting tomorrow - I'm really hoping for once in a very long time, to turn off my alarm and sleep in. I don't know if my internal clock will do that since I pretty much get up between 5:30 and 6 EVERY day, but I'm willing to try! Wish me luck! I need to be well rested!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
There has been some people in my life concerned that I wasn't eating enough and lately I have been really starving most of the time - I consulted with a nutritionist that knows about running and food and she confirmed that with my higher mileage I was not giving my body what it need. She told me how many calories I should be eating on regular days and on long run days and I have been following that for almost two weeks and I'm still losing, but am no longer starving all the time. I have also noticed that my long runs go better as well. I feel so much better after doing them with enough food!
There is also the connection of food in San Francisco and my success at Nike - I PR'ed and didn't really try to and I didn't feel like I was pushing myself too hard - I stopped and took pictures along the way had a great time chatting with V-jam and just had a really good experience! I even walked around for quite a while afterwards with the left over energy I had! I think that was another wake up call for me. I did so well because I basically ate what I wanted and when I was hungry for the two days before that in San Francisco. I ate way more calories than I would have if I was home and I was rewarded for it in an awesome race. Like a good friend says - the car doesn't run with no fuel in the tank!!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Here he is with his official time 7:54:85!
After the run and seeing some people finish we went to the Folsom zoo and had a great time!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Today I ran 20 miles - I am ready now to taper (10 miles next week - 5 the following week) and ready for my full marathon! I feel so confident this evening that I can totally do this!
BUT - I'm very tired and I'm going to go to bed now - just didn't want to do that without posting my regular Sacfit post and weigh in post!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Me crossing the start line about 20ish minutes after the race started - there was music blaring, everyone was so excited and we had to wait a while for our pace group to be let out of our "corral" so all the faster pace group could go. It was great for building the excitement!! We started out running between tall skyscrapers and just taking in the view - it was amazing! So cool running through the big city! Then we went out onto the Embarcadero. We could see the Bay bridge and there was a cruise ship docked that wasn't there the day before and the pier was all quiet - you could see Alcatraz and it was the perfect weather for running. A little cool with a slight breeze. Just amazing!!
This is me in the middle of climbing one of the hills - in fact I think it was "The big one" - Alcatraz is in the background!
Vanessa with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge - we ran almost 10 miles together and had so much fun! I also after finishing thought I could see her since the full marathon people split from us and then met back right before a split again by the finish line so I went to find her at her mile 16 and only waited about 15 minutes! At that point she was having pain when she ran, but only had 10 miles to go and she planned on walking and finishing!
These were some inspirational signs at the top of another hill - pretty cool shot with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background!
I ran what I felt was a comfortable pace and I kept thinking I could break 3 hours (my previous best time was 3:03:45 but a very different course) We walked all the hills (my angel on my shoulder telling me the whole time to not slow down, walk with authority!) and recovered some at the top and the ran the rest skipping some walk breaks at times and I felt so good. The miles flew by! I don't think I really believed I could break the 3 hours mark until I hit mile 12 and my Garmin said I was at 2:45 - I thought - I could power walk this last mile and still break 3! I ran the entire last mile with no walk breaks and came in with an official chip time of 2:56:01!! I was crying at the finish and some woman came in behind me and was crying and I told her I needed to hug someone and she grabbed me and hugged me, we must have stood there crying and hugging for several minutes! This was her first half marathon! Someone took our picture and after asked us our names, I don't know if it was media or race people, but I hope to find the picture! The rest of the finishers chute was a blur. I do remember sexy guys in Tuxes standing around, but couldn't tell you what the guy who handed me my necklace looked like (can you tell I'm happily married?? it's not about the guy it's about the bling!). They gave us a bag and then lots of food, drink, samples of stuff and a nice little aluminum foil blanket to keep us warm, the finish line was right by the ocean and it was cold and breezy!
We walked around for a while, walked over to see Vanessa and a TNT friend that was there cheering people on and then we got on the bus to go back to the Hotel and start our trip home. I was really emotional last night and again this morning, I guess it took a lot out of me. It was such an amazing weekend with so many positives, I don't think it could have been any better! I also want to thank my hubby for making the weekend so special and being so supportive. I am the luckiest girl in the world!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Then of course on Sunday is the run! I am torn between racin it and trying to break 3 hours or taking it slow and taking lots of pictures and enjoying the scenery! I have pretty much decided that that I won't decide until I'm running and see how things go. I have decided to play it smart though and walk the hills!
Hubby has taken today off to get things packed, Logan packed and ready to go to Granny and Papa's house and the animals situated and such. Tomorrow morning we get up, take Logan to school, run to weight watchers to weigh in and then leave for San Francisco!!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Love you my dear! Soldier on!!
So on the schedule for those of us training for a full marathon was an 18 mile training run! I have been really focused on Nike San Francisco coming up (next week!!) so I don't know if that is why I wasn't really nervous about the 18 miler or if I have truly changed my mindset by breaking that 14 mile barrier and now I have to confidence to do it. Yes some runs are harder than others, but I have to tell you - this one was amazing!! I ran it slower and we also changed our intervals to 2 minutes running and one minute walking and I can't believe the difference it made. I didn't have to walk anymore than just our walk intervals (on the 16.5 miler I had walked a long hot section) and I came in strong and felt amazing! I started out with two people who were really cool to talk to and they kept me in check making sure I didn't run too fast and then after a stop to administer first aid to a team mate I went with another from our group who is normally faster, but she slowed down some and I ran 9.5 miles with her and she was so great to talk to and I had so much fun! The miles just flew by! I will tell you it does help to run with someone who has done the mileage already - they have the confidence that they can complete the mileage because they have. Two of the ladies I ran with has done a marathon before so it was so great getting their perspective!
I didn't get my normal nap after the run, we watched a movie and I just wanted to spend time with the family - so when I went to bed I slept so good and woke up this morning feeling great! My legs feel great, my body feels strong and my only issue is a slight headache, I hydrated great during the run (with a little help from my friends) but didn't drink that much after I got home, so today I will hydrate and start getting stuff ready for my trip to San Fransisco to run the Nike Women's Half!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
In two weeks is Nike San Francisco - my second half marathon for the season which also has to be ran as a training run, nice and slow - this will be the biggest run I have ever done and I think it is going to be so amazing! I'm taking my little camera with me and I plan on having a great time and see the sights!
On November 14th is Run The River - my first full marathon! This is what it all comes down to this season - completing my first full marathon - this will put me in an elite group as only about one-tenth of 1 percent of the population will complete a marathon.
But wait - there's more! - On December 6th (three days after I turn 40) - I will run with three awesome ladies in a relay team at the California International Marathon - they are letting me do the last leg since it is my "Birthday Run" and I'm super excited about being part of this run. CIM is the run that put the running bug in my head -I watched the front runners finish in 2005 when my son was doing a fun run with his teacher and I was amazed - I thought to myself one day I would love to run - but at that time I was not fit, overweight and definitely not a runner. It took me some time to change that, but I did it and now I will be a small part of the run that started it all!
I have adjusted my WW goal weight so I can get there a little faster - my range is 135 to 164 and I had set my goal at the 100 pound loss mark, well my leader pointed out I can still lose the 100, but have my goal at 164 so I can get there a tad faster (think free membership once I hit my goal and stay within two pounds of it for 6 weeks.) So my official goal weight is now 164 - meaning with this weigh in I am 4.8 pounds away from my goal! I'm so close I can hardly stand it!!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Last years time - 2:29:54.8
This years time - 2:12:20.5
What an amazing day - there is nothing like an awesome run to build up some confidence!!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
They also had this box of brownie bites that come out to two points each for a pretty good size brownie bite and they are very good. Nice chocolate flavor and chocolate chips in them - they had several varieties, but I got the one pictured. You can check out the other products they have at their site I would love to get some more items from this company - I bet they are all as good as the brownie bites!
Monday, September 7, 2009
The leader who's meeting I was visiting (Sandy) did this wonderful introduction of me and both times I found myself totally in awe of the person that she was introducing - and then it would hit me - hey that person is me! It was also fun watching the reactions of the people when she would say that I had lost over 90 pounds. The best was this great mother-daughter team (the daughter was about my age) that I was sitting next to at the second meeting, we were talking a bit before the meeting (without revealing anything about myself) and they inspire each other and keep each other accountable and help each other out and it was so good to see them doing this together, how awesome is that?? So Sandy starts the introduction and the mom is sitting next to me and kept turning to me and saying "Wow that's amazing!!" The look on her face when I stood up to speak was priceless!
I'm closer than ever to having the Wii fit say my BMI is ideal and not overweight (by the way the Wii fit this morning has that pesky bounce back pound gone - so I'm back where I was last week..) Some days I can hardly believe that I am this person - who set out to do something and has followed through and is making my dreams come true. I have grown so much through this journey and I have met some amazing people and I hope to continue to inspire, motivate and help people - and more importantly be inspired and motivated by the great people who are in my life right now.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I have decided to make a change though - I'm going to start weighing in on Saturday mornings. There is a meeting early enough that will allow me to weigh in and still get to the trail to run with the group, but I won't be able to attend the meeting, but I can still go to my regular meeting on Sunday. I have found myself trying to minimize my water intake and food intake after I run on Saturdays and I need to give my body what it needs to recover. Last week I was very dehydrated and stayed mildly dehydrated for several days due to not wanting to drink a ton of water. If I'm going to be successful at the higher mileage I need to give my body what it needs and not have the stress of weighing in the day after my long runs hanging over my head. I think this will be a good change for me, it will just mean I have to get up earlier still on Saturday's so I can eat my breakfast early enough so I'm not having tummy trouble on the trail.
Next week I was going to have to weigh in on Saturday anyway due to the race on Sunday - so I will just start the routine there!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
My new water belt was awesome! I never felt worried that I would be out of water and topped it off at both the aid stations. I was able to fit everything I needed in it with room to spare! The one issue I had, but I don't think it is belt related is it did hit my on my hip bones and there is still a minor red mark on both sides where the belt was against the bones, these are bones that previously I dind't have to worry about because they were under so much fat I didn't even know about them, but now they stick out some and not covered anymore so things rub against them, like my water belt, my compression shorts, my blue jeans during the week etc... Oh the problems I have!!
So on to next week which is a fall back week for us and a 10 mile race - Followed by a parade in Nevada City that my hubbys band plays in! It should be fun! The following weeks will be a new mileage for me - 15 then 16.5 for the next week! Marathon mileage here I come!!
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Lake Natoma Loop
It was so pretty out there and had it not been so dang hot it would have been enjoyable at the end! Kidding - it was hot and I did have some trouble with the heat, but the body felt good and it was an awesome 12 miles!
I have broken the Natoma loop curse! The last time I ran the loop I got a small rock in my shoe and ran 7 miles with it in there causing much pain and swelling and I had to be brought in by car from the last aid station (1 1/2 miles from the finish). That is when I found out my shoes were not only a size too small - (who knew they had to be bigger because on long runs your feet swell??) but I was tying them too tight! (I didn't want then to fall off!). Conquering this run shows me how far I have come in a year. I'm wiser, I listen more to my body and what it needs, I take time off from running if I'm sick, and I am making better food choices and not starving myself anymore. I have one more run to conquer - the 14 miler! Both 14 milers in my first season a year ago went badly and I have yet to run anything over 14 miles - so I will beat back that beast next week!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Logan my 9 year old says he wants to go down so we decide we will do it. We start down and I basically run down the stairs in no time at all. It felt pretty good flying past all those people struggling to come up the stairs - but of course I was going down...
One of my favorite shots of the day even though the sun was in our eyes and we are squinting!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thanks Ida! That was so sweet of you! I don't have time right now to pass on the blog love - Im at work! - so how about if you read my blog - I tag you! There are so many lovely blogs out there it would be too hard to choose!!!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
On a side note - I got no less than 10 people come up to me at the run today and tell me in one way or another that they have really noticed my weight loss. A Co-worker commented to me that it looked like had lost a lot of weight just this week! (actually my last weight in was up but thank you very much!!) I can tell a difference in the way my body feels again and I'm in one of those periods where I do actually look in the mirror and see what everyone else sees!
On the challenge front - I have not stepped on the scale at home at all - I will be going into my weigh in tomorrow knowing I had a very good week and not knowing what the scale will say for the first time in a very long time!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
1 - Not weighing myself at home (or anywhere else for that matter) - I'm doing great! This is a lot easier than I thought it would be for me - I say that now, but I think as it gets closer to weigh in day at WW It wil be harder not to know what is going on.
2 - Trying something new - I already mentioned the Jicama (which is a root kinda like a radish, but bigger) I really is kinda like tofu with not much taste but it makes nice texture in salad. I also tried the chopped dates which were yummy and as a weird coincidnce my boss had brought in two fresh dates and let me try one, just as yummy! Last but not least for the try something new cetegory was dried apricots - well I didn't like those too much, I don't think I will be eating them again - of course my daughter in law pointed out they are really good covered in chocolate!
3 - Exercise 4 days this week - so far so good!
So that is my little mid-week update - I have another post I plan on doing - I took a picture of what I tipically take in my lunch and I want to post it but just have been crazy busy and will hopefully get to that sometime in the weekend!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
1 - I will not weigh myself this week at home - I have been stepping on the scale everyday for too long and I need to stop because basically my mood for the day is dictated by the number I see in the morning and I have to stop obsessing about it NOW!
2 - I will try something new this week in the fruit and vegetable category - I was challenged by my leader today to try something new and I already have tried one thing - Jicama - it was pretty good, it added some nice texture to my salad. I have some dried dates that I bought some time ago to add to a granola bar recipe and then lost the recipe, so I thought I would make little portion controlled baggies and try those as well!
3 - I will get at least 4 days of workouts in this week. I had to take a break due to the virus, but I think I'm strong enough to resume my workouts at least 4 days this week.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I lost 2.6 pounds this week! Woo Hoo!! I know it has something to do with me being sick, but I had only 5 activity points earned and I worked extra hard at just sticking to my daily points and not using much extra since I couldn't work out. I earned my next 5 pound sticker - 85.9 pounds total lost now and that makes 14.1 left to go until goal!! Oh and for those keeping track that puts me squarely in the 170's - 176.6 to be exact!!
I'm feeling a bit better, but am still coughing and have gunk in my chest so I will have to play the workouts by ear. I don't want to miss too much, but I know if I don't let myself get better it will put my running even further behind
Friday, July 10, 2009
On a side note - I can't believe how much I miss my runs- even my hill workouts - I miss them! I'm going to miss Saturday morning so much - and that is much more than the running - it is the friendships I have with the people I run with. It is my release and my stress reliever. I have to get my self better soon so I can get back to it!!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I also want to thank all the people out there in blogland who stop by and read my blog and encourage me and cheer me on either here on the blog or in person!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I did well on my goals for this week - I earned 6 stickers on my activity calendar!
I will not be weighing in next sunday - we are going camping - but I'm hoping to come back on Sunday night and weigh in on Monday morning. I'm going to do some serious planning so my weight loss efforts are not derailed by camping. I only have 17.3 pounds to lose to hit my goal!