goals, Running

Oh Look, A Race!

Most of the time I have a pretty good head on my shoulders and for the most part I make smart choices.  But when it comes down to signing up for long distance races all bets are off.  All it takes is a little peer pressure, a dare, and the opportunity to earn some bragging rights to get me to throw my name into the ring.  I always start with great intentions when I click the submit button and get my confirmation number.

I WILL train, I WILL lose Weight, I WILL be in shape.

Every time without fail, I always find myself completely unprepared.  Usually 10 lbs heavier and in worse physical shape.  I seem to forget that every ounce of my free time is devoted to the activities of my 3 active children.  I also seem to forget that when something looks okay on paper that it doesn’t always translate in real life.  I always complete the race, I am always in pain, miserable and I vow I WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN.

This is my thought process:

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My last half marathon back in June followed this exact cycle.  Being quite over weight and not running a single mile before the race was painful (as it should have been!). I remember praying for death at mile 9 and swearing with every step I took.  I was certain, this time I definitely was done and I vowed that I would never run another race untrained. 

Well…Hello Moth, see that flame?

I just secured my spot in the 2019 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in June.  Without skipping a beat, I announced to the world that I am signed up and I will train.  My friends and family know me pretty well!

My Facebook Post:

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And then the comments from my buddies started coming in:

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Then some more comments:

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My husband’s reaction (if the picture isn’t worth 1000 words, There was a “Bitch please” and an eyeroll):

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My friends and family know me pretty well but this time I am determined to prove them wrong (insert their groans here).

Here is my plan:timeline

As you see from the timeline, I have quite a bit of time to train.  I am starting slow by phasing in with the Couch to 5K plan.  From there I will slowly add mileage.  I have a treadmill to knockout miles when the weather is bad.  I also have a extra driver to help with the schedule and I have this blog to keep me accountable. No excuses!  I will be ready for June.

Now I just need to find my running shoes!

 

 

Weight Loss

Whole 30 Bandwagon

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About 4 years ago I purchased the book The Whole 30 because I kept hearing of miraculous transformation stories of how people’s waistlines shrunk and their health was restored.  I was inspired by friends that completed the program and described their journey as “life changing”. I wanted to be part of this revolution and I wanted the results…I just wanted pizza more.

 

Over the years, I picked up the book many times and casually glanced over the program (usually while sipping on a beer).  I would always vow to start “on Monday”.  When the day came to start, it never took long for my resolve to break.  Someone would bring in donuts at work or I would be enticed with a weekend cocktail.  My 30 days usually ended in about 30 minutes.

I needed to make a major change.  I put on a significant amount of weight due to some health issues I experienced, the stress of a toxic a  job, and the diagnosis of Primary Lateral Sclerosis my husband received.  I gave up running and most other forms of exercise.  It took me a long time but I finally I hit my breaking point when the scale hit numbers I only saw at my highest pregnancy weight.  Not only was my weight out of control, I was dealing with a raging ulcer and brutal allergies.  I was all around unhealthy.  I knew I had to eventually get my money out of the book.

Being in my mid 40’s and feeling a lot older than my years is what ultimately gave me the motivation to start.  My husband and I chose to do this together.  My goal for the program was to break my dependence on sugar, lose a few pounds, and feel better.  My husband’s goal was to also shed a few pounds and see if it would help with his mobility.  I knew doing it together would be the only way either of us would stick to it.

We opted to start the day the kids went back to school, September 4th.  We had enough time to plan how we would get through the month and deal with events that would have normally derailed us.  I meal planned, grocery shopped, and even cooked.  These are three tasks that I do not love and I am not good at.  I am proud to say we survived the 30 days!

Here is the high level overview of my 30 days:

  1.  Easy Peasy.  Meals were planned and we weren’t hungry.
  2.  Still felt okay but my allergies were killing me but it was nice to have all my meals planned.
  3. Tired, unfocused and grumpy
  4. SUPER CRABBY.  Where the hell is my sugar???
  5. I stormed out of a car dealership, due to a limp handshake.  Need I say more.
  6. I truly could kill someone and need to be contained.
  7. Headache and Exhausted
  8. Even worse headache today.  Make it stop.
  9. Headache and more bloated than I have ever been in my whole entire life
  10. Still bloated.
  11. Feeling a bit better.  Can’t believe I haven’t caved to Booze…I went to a party and didn’t drink.
  12. Survived another BD party with no cake, no booze, and ate tacos with no cheese
  13. Feeling okay-ish.
  14. I think I am rounding the corner and feel a bit more energetic
  15. I feel pretty good
  16. Feel good but got a nasty cold
  17. Sneezy but feeling good
  18. Another Friday, another weekend kicks off without booze
  19. Great!  I survived a no booze for girls night
  20. Not hungry at all and I am craving anything
  21. Just fine and dandy.
  22. Softwar deployment night for work, ate my weight in pistachios
  23. Sinus infection takes over
  24. Headache
  25. Major Headache
  26. Relief-FINALLY and I am feeling good
  27. Over this and now I REALLY  WANT PIZZA!
  28. Counting down the minutes to be done with this where I can dive into a vat of gummy bears.
  29. I want a cocktail….and a Twinkie.
  30. OMG…..I my pants are baggy.  I am down 19.2 lbs!  My husband is down 22lbs.  IN 30 DAYS!!

30 days done, now what?

I feel pretty darn good and I want to keep going.  I like that my pants are getting baggy and my ulcer seems to have calmed down.  I like that I can walk away from ice cream or birthday cake because I don’t have wicked sugar cravings anymore.  I want the scale to continue moving south and I don’t want to go back to chomping handfuls of Tums to control my heartburn.  I know going forward I will enjoy a cocktail or nachos on occasion but I would like this to be my new normal.

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Back to Blogging (…again)

This blog has been dormant for some time but life in our house has been anything but!  There has been so, so much to write about.  Summer has come to an end, hockey try outs have happened, and the fall soccer season has come and gone.  I received a promotion at work and got a new car because my newly licensed driver totaled ours.  My husband and I completed Whole 30 and there is a little less of me.

I wasn’t sure when and how I should jump in to start documenting all of this.  I have struggled about the direction to take this blog and comparing it to my old blog.  I needed a fresh but with this blank canvas yet I have been feeling blocked.  I still feel compelled to write and love the idea of blogging….even if I am the only one that will read it.

I had some time to think about why I want to keep a blog and what purpose it serves.  I realized that want to keep a blog to document my journey though life trying to get (and stay healthy), raising kids, trying to kick ass with my career, and share the trials and tribulations of having a spouse with a condition without a cure.  It is easy to get lost because of the constant state of busyness and this is a good way to pause and reflect.