Archive for December, 2012

You know, sometimes, life just happens.  Sometimes things don’t work out how you have them planned.  That’s been my experience with HBBC the last few weeks.  Between school concerts, choir practices, meetings, and just plain schedule issues, workouts haven’t happened.  Meals have not been the most organized thing happening.

Are those necessarily valid excuses? No.  I saw this picture (from Run with Jess).

Source: Run With Jess

Source: Run With Jess

But are they my excuses for the last few weeks?  Yep.  That doesn’t make me a bad person, that just makes my choices different than maybe they should have been.  I was focused on keeping my kids at their activities, getting my things done, trying to stay rested (and healthy), and keeping myself sane.

I had some HBBC Facebook interactions during those 3 weeks.  Plus, I got in a bunch of cleaning/cooking time on Christmas Day.  But I know my attitude suffered while I wasn’t eating right or exercising.  I know I’ve been more stressed out than usual.  I know that if I had followed through on my plans, all of that would have been different – even slightly different.

So what’s my goal for the last week of HBBC?  To make it through the last week with some kind of mileage and workouts.  We will see.


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A few weeks ago, I found a challenge for running 13 races in 2013.  It’s being handled by Jill Conyers and Jen Clement Shoemaker (Marathon Mom) and it looks like a lot of fun.  There are 2 main ways to accomplish this challenge.  The first is to run 13 of the same distance.  The second is to run a variety of races.  I have decided to do the variety pack.  I have a full marathon planned (my first), a 10k planned (my first), a trail run (my first), and several (ok lots of) 5ks.

I will be posting my race recaps here…hopefully with some pictures.  If you want to join, go to Jill’s website and sign-up.  Right now, there are over 500 people signed up for the challenge.  I have lots of hopes for this year.  My main hope right now is that I can accomplish them.

Wish me luck.

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you-will-tell-them-yesI have a lot of time where I hear “No” – whether it is a real “no” or a perceived “no”.  All my life, I have been the girl that would rather read about something than do it, or would rather read/watch TV than be outside.  Over the last few years, I grew unhappy with my appearance and my health.  I wanted to be healthier for our kids.  I wanted to get back to that person in the wedding pictures, only a healthier version of me.   It wasn’t until January 2012 that I did something about it, seriously did something.

Even at that time, there were a lot of perceived “nos” coming at me.  People didn’t think that I had any issues, or that I was doing the wrong thing, or pushing myself too hard, or whatever.  I won’t say that it’s been easy, because it hasn’t.  I will say that it’s been the best change in my life in years.  Every time someone said “no” or I heard a “no” implied in something else, I tried not to let it bog me down. I tried to take it and change it.  Even when someone would minimize my accomplishments, I tried to change that around in my head…or I used it as ammunition to get my butt off the couch and do something about it.

I’ve decided that “Yes, I Can” is going to be my motto going into 2013.  To all of those who don’t think I can achieve my goals for the year, or those who don’t think that what I am accomplishing is all that important – thank you for providing me the motivation to push past my blocks or to keep pushing even when I want to give up.

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So last week in the HBBC 2012 scores, I had a big, fat, 0 staring me in the face.  Sure, I got 7 points during the week for checking-in on Facebook, but there were absolutely NO exercise points.  Boy, did that suck!

This week, I slightly redeemed myself.  I had 6.85 exercise points (ok, so 5.85 exercise points and 1 fruits/veggies point).  Still not spectacular, but considering I waited until Tuesday to be “released” by my chiro to exercise and then my birthday was on Wednesday, I think I did ok.

Here’s how my week ended up –

  • Monday – 1 Facebook point and 1 freggies point (plus 30 squats)
  • Tuesday – 1 Facebook point (plus 35 squats)
  • Wednesday – 1 Facebook point (it’s my birthday!) (plus 40 squats)
  • Thursday – 1 Facebook point (had workout plans, but they were superseded by hubby & kiddo plans)
  • Friday – 1.75 mile run and 40 minutes of yoga = 3.75 points + 1 Facebook point (plus 1 set of 45 make-up squats and 1 set of 50 squats)
  • Saturday – 1 Facebook point (plus 55 squats)
  • Sunday – 2.1 mile run and 1 Facebook point (plus 60 squats)

Here’s why I like this challenge.  First, it’s introduced me to a bunch of new people.  Second, it’s keeping me accountable for my actions when I would usually give up and just let things slide.  Third, it’s motivating me to try new things – like a 13 in 2013 challenge.  I may not win any prizes during this challenge, but if I can lose some weight and inches, then I will be happy.

I’m looking forward to the remaining weeks in this challenge and am hoping I can get back into the swing of things, even with as busy as my schedule will get.

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This was the longest week 3 ever!  It took me almost 3 weeks to finish this set of runs.  The first two runs were right before Thanksgiving and were pretty darn good.  But then I got injured and everything came to a standstill.  No running, no workouts, hardly any movement that wasn’t absolutely necessary.  I suppose it could have been worse, but it definitely wasn’t fun.

what you can't buy

If I could have bought anything – I would have bought time.  Time to feel better, time to make sure I didn’t get hurt in the first place and time to accomplish what I wanted to do.

Week 3 is a 90-second run followed by a 90-second walk, then a 3:00 run followed by a 3:00 walk – repeat those 4 steps twice.  My total distance for each run was about 1.75 miles and I averaged about 25-27 minutes per workout.

Here are my running interval pace stats for week 2:

Run/Interval 1 2 3 4
1 11:13 11:36 10:18 11:39
2 11:00 10:53 9:41 10:44
3 10:40 11:15 11:07 12:16

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I saw this on Facebook the other day.

You are a runner

I needed to see it.  I have been the kid picked last in gym class.  I have been heavier.  I have been the clumsy.  For too long, the “can’ts” have ruled what I do for fitness and weight loss.  Things were always too hard, too much work, too difficult to schedule, just too much.  I had to change how I thought.  I had to really look at myself and determine what I was going to do and what my end-game was going to be.

Then a few months ago, I decided to incorporate running into my life.  I entered a number of local races (mostly 5ks).  I was definitely not the fastest – I still haven’t run a full 5k without walking – but I wasn’t giving up.  I even entered a half-marathon.  I walked most of it due to pain, but I didn’t give up.  Even when I was in tears and texting my husband that I hurt and wanted to stop, I still didn’t give up.

I’m not perfect.  Yes, I obsess too much about how fast other people run.  Yes, I am always in pursuit of another training plan, more technology, comparing my run times & paces.  Yes, I probably enter too many races.  But you know what – that’s all ok.  Some of it, I need to figure out how to let go and let my run be at my pace, but it’s still ok.  Will I always be slow?  Probably slower than I want, but at least it gives me something to aim for.  As John Bingham says in the quote above “You are a runner”.


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In my recap from Week 1 Recap, I said I was thwarted in my goal of earning points about half-way through the week.  Well, that continued through this week.  I finally started feeling better on Friday, but not enough to push through an actual workout.

Yesterday, I tested my endurance by going Christmas shopping with my mom and my 2 daughters (ages 4 and 8).  For 4+ hours, we shopped and shopped and shopped.  I managed to stay on my feet and not fall over hobbled by pain.  I consider that a success!  Plus, all 4 of us came home safe and sound (and tired).

So how many points did I earn this week?  A whole 7 – and those came from checking in on Facebook each day.  Yep, I’m disappointed.  I have a hard time getting fruits and veggies in my diet – they are just not what I reach for first.

So how do I plan on changing this next week?

  1. Eat more fruits and veg.  I bought a bunch of clementines and apples at the grocery store, plus I always have blueberries on my morning yogurt.
  2. Workout.  I may not start Insanity right away, but I am going to restart week 3 of Couch to 5k and try to do some yoga during the week.
  3. Plan.  I need to re-evaluate my workout plan for December and redraft it.
  4. Relax.  I need to not obsess about my injuries and instead try to focus on my recovery and how to work with the pain to get better.

What are my challenges for this week?

  1. Schedule.  I have a lot going on this week, but I’m hoping to work within that schedule to get my workouts done.
  2. My birthday.  My birthday is on Wednesday and I need to make smart choices that day.  In reality, I probably won’t limit myself too much, but I will at least watch how much I eat, not what I eat.

And here’s my new challenge.  I have decided to join in the Holiday Squat-a-Thon.  I know I need to work on these and am hoping to strengthen my knees and legs with these.  Here’s the challenge:

Holiday Squat-athonYou should think about joining me!

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