Tuesday, December 31, 2013

14 in 2014 and 13 in 2013 review.

 Fitness Health and Happiness along with Marathon Mom hosted 13 in 2013 and are bringing it back in 2014.  You choose the distance or combination of distance and commit to 14 races (real and virtual) 2014. 

2013 Races:
01-01-13  Daily Vitam in K Virtual 5K 
01-03-13 5 by 5th Virtual 5K
05-25-13 Flood City 9K
06-02-13 Run the Dream Half

07-06-13 Rockwood Half

09-28-13 Que Challenge 5K

11-28-13 Turkey Trot

Monday, December 2, 2013

Goals for the week.

Goals for this week.

1. Continue to track on My Fitness Pal along with my logs.
2. Three days of three mile runs, and one mile each of the other days.
3. Continue the Plank a Day Challenge from Shrinking Jeans. Im at 45 seconds and I WILL make it to                  1.30!!
4. Give up diet soda, (once again)

A year ago, I gave up 'full test' soda. I switched to diet. Several months ago I gave up diet soda. The thot of aspartame gave me the willys!!! I was trying to move from processed fake foods to whole foods. Real foods.
I thot I had it kicked, but then stress happened, and I found myself downing Diet Coke again. Its my 'illegal substance'. I LOVE a good cold Diet Coke!!!

I saw this post on Toned and Fit. Ive read many articles, pros and cons. (I can be so easily swayed!!)
Dietitian Cassie. I follow quite a bit of what Cassie says.
Mens Health Magazine  and again. 
Huffington Post
And theres a gazillion more!!! Many are scientific, and I dont understand them!!!

I made this decision on Thursday, Thanksgiving day. I did great!!! Until Sunday at lunch. We took the kids out for lunch before running them back to college. I ALWAYS have a diet Coke when out to eat. Out of habit, I ordered it and took my first three swallows, and then the light bulb!!!

SO, starting over again at day one!! Lets see  how many days I can go!!

Linking up with Long Distant Girls Getting Fit.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Turkey Trot

thanksgiving 5k
Kiley hosted a Thanksgiving Virtual 5K.

I mentioned to my husband that I was doing a 5 K before eating on Thanksgiving. His ears perked up and he said he heard of one locally and he would like to walk it.   YES!!! He hasn't participated in one for several years, and I got excited!! I would love for him to start going with me again!!!
Today I didn't race, I paced!!! I didnt care what my time was!! I wanted to participate with my husband, I wanted to encourage him to keep going, to keep moving, to push himself.
Thursday, wasnt for time, I  paid it forward!!

It was cold!!! Like 20 degrees with 15 MPH winds, wind chill of 9, cold!!!!

Amber, almost PRd, but she got sick (puked) just shy of the finish line and had to stop so she didnt spray everyone around her!! So proud of her!!!
Husband finished in 49.50. Me 49.51. When we got to the finish line, I stopped and let him cross first, I was so proud of him!! He has a bum knee, but when I said, "speed up" and he sped up, when I said, 'slow and catch your breath, he slowed, when I said, 'lets pass  that woman, we passed that woman, (he never listens to me any other time!) : )
So, my Turkey Trot, was more of a walk, than a trot,
but I had a blast!! Thank you Kiley!!
AND dont forget to join up for the Christmas 5K!! Ill keep you posted for the details!!

Then we went to my parents and picked the chicken to the bones!!

My blessings!!!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Foodie Pen Pal

This month I participated in the Foodie Pen Pal organized by Lean Green

I exchanged boxes of goodies with Megan from the Lyons Share. Shes from Dallas!! Home of my Cowboys!!!
Her blog is full of wonderful recipes, and a wealth of health information.

The box I received from her was full of goodies!! Many on the go goodies!! I lead a busy life, and love to be able to grab something quick and run out the door.

I LOVE white chocolate/yogurt covered pretzels!! Perfect combination of salt and sweet!!! And look at these amazing bars with peanut butter!! I LOVE peanut butter!!!

Thank you for a wonderful box of goodies Megan!!!

If you would like to participate in Foodie Pen Pal, contact Lindsay at Lean Green Bean, at this link, scroll down to the link and sign up. She will send out an email with your match by the 5th of the next month. Spending limit is 15.00.
Foodie is taking a break for December, but will be back in January.

Friday, November 22, 2013

28,835 Days

The average person has  28,835 Days in their life. What will you do with those days/hours/minutes/seconds?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Virtual 5K and Christmas Sock Swap

Kiley from Daily Vitamin F is hosting a Virtual Holiday Series with cool prizes!!!
thanksgiving 5k
What: You can run, walk, swim, crawl, elliptical, row, bike, or whatever you can do to reach 3.1 miles.
When: On Thanksgiving Day. YES, on Thanksgiving, before you eat that Turkey, stuffing, and sweet potato casserole, get out there and move!!
Where: Thats up to you.
Why: To move!! This time of year I find myself using the cold as an excuse to stay inside, or take a break.

Print your bib, do your run/walk/swim/ etc and send Kiley a picture as proof at dailyvitaminf@gmail.com or upload to your blog or facebook and link it to her.

There is no registration fee, but if you go to her blog you can receive extra entries for the prizes.

Courtney from Third Times a Charm is hosting a Christmas Sock Swap.

Send a NEW pair of socks filled with goodies to your sock pal.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Restarting the logs

What happened to my exercise and food journal? I used to do that ALL THE TIME!!! 
Marc's blog post created an AH HA moment for me!! Got me to thinking, why did I quit? No clue!!
I still used My Fitness Pal to log (once in a while).

So I pulled out my forms and filled them out!! Its not near as detailed as it was the last time I used them, but that will come!! AND this will be part of my weekly update!! I LOVE to cross things off my to do list. (Sometimes I write things down after Ive done them, just so I can cross them off)  

I keep them in a notebook. I see I missed the date, I will add that! I will keep them in my notebook. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SO many worthy causes!

This time of year it is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, food, cooking, shopping, entertaining. I want to take a minute to highlight some wonderful causes Ive come across over the past few weeks.

Roni is raising money for a service dog for Judy.  Judy is a child with epilepsy, autism, cystic fibrosis, developmental delays, Duanes syndrome, club foot, and attention deficit disorder.
The following is taken from Ronis Weigh blog.
"I am hosting my first Virtual Turkey Trot 5k in honor of my Mom and Judy.
Our goal is to raise $13,000 and get Judy a service dog from 4 Paws.
4 Paws is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization that trains service dogs to work with disabled and special-needs kids in incredibly innovative ways. 4 Paws tailors the training of the dog to the needs of the kids and families they serve. Judy’s service dog will be trained to aide in behavior disruption, tethering, tracking and scent/seizure work."
Christy from My Dirt Road Anthem is running for ranchers.  She grew up in Montana and the recent blizzard in South Dakota left many ranchers devastated. Losing herds, their livelyhood!!
The following is taken directly from her blog.
The blizzard that devastated over 6,000 ranching families in South Dakota left me wanting to do something to help.  This is a short video that summarizes the damage from the storm and what they are going through. Coincidentally my birthday is at the end of this month so I am going to do a virtual run for my birthday to attempt to raise money for the South Dakota Ranchers Relief Fund

Shrinking Jeans This amazing 10 year old boy is giving up his Christmas gifts to raise money to provide clean water. They are hosting a dietbet and your winnings can be donated. Or you can go directly here to donate as well.
Taken from the Shrinking Jeans website.
 I have a special love for this boy, not only because he is extremely smart and cute {and mine!}, but because this is his fourth year giving up gifts to raise money for water sources for these people. All in all, he has raised over $13,000! Holy wow! This year, his goal is $10,000, so we are doing our best to help his cause.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Indiana Marathon Relay.

 Arrived at packet pick up for the surprise marathon relay this morning, and found NO LINES at the porta johns, AND they were CLEAN!! I was the first one!!! That has never happened to me before!!!
 There was confusion at packet pick up. The lady remembered my name, but they couldn't find my bib/shirt/packet.  I waited around for about 15 minutes while they searched. One of my relay teammates found my bib in her packet. "No wonder we had a size Large shirt left over". "Sorry we dont have any large left over but I do have XLarge or Medium." It was VERY cold and I was not about to try on both shirts behind the van!! So I took the XLarge. Its 100% cotton, so it will shrink when I wash it. Overall pickup was fast!! AND they had a Sheetz coffee truck!

Todays race was a marathon or marathon relay. First leg was 6 miles, second was 7, and I did the remainder. I did the last leg, so I waited in my warm van while the other two ran. IT WAS COLD AND WINDY!!!! They said last year it was so warm that the runners were having trouble with the heat. NOT TODAY!! It may have been 44 degrees but it felt like 35, and there was 25 MPH winds.
I saw a lot of this today. EMPTY trail. I was near the back of the pack when I started. Empty!! and no crowd support. DUH we were on a trail!!! I ran the first two miles and then my legs froze up. They hurt. I walked, and then tried to run, but I kept tripping. My legs wouldn't lift off the ground! So I started power walking. Every time I tried to run, I made it about a minute, and then Id have to walk. AND my lungs were on fire. I havent run outside in the cold since last winter, and my lungs new it!!! I wanted to lay down and throw a temper tantrum!! Or just stop!! But, I was on a team, and I WAS NOT going to let them down!!

I met this amazing lady at mile 16. She was running her first ever marathon, and she just gave birth 8 months ago. She said her motivation was that her family was waiting at mile 18. At 17 they popped out from behind a tree. The little girl went running to her, and grabbed her hand and said, come on mom!! And they would run a few steps and then walk. Brought tears to my eyes. As I was passing her, the little girl kept saying, You can do it, Youre doing great, Finish strong.  She passed me at mile 26 and I didnt see her again until the end. She totally rocked her first marathon!!

I cant believe I was smiling. I was cold and sore and stiff and just wanted to crawl into bed!!!

Milk at the end!! YES PLEASE!!!
Stopped at Eat N Park for food. I had the Waffle, and hubby the Banana French Toast. (Spectating is hard work!! Especially on a cold day!! This is his second half marathon, and Im so glad he was there to help cheer, and help transport the teammates to the different transition spots. I started off with a VERY HOT cup of hot chocolate!!!

 Nice shirt! and a nice medal considering the cost of the race was only 26.20!!

I was very disappointed with my time!! I wasnt able to get the satellite when I first started, so this about half mile short.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Joy Johsnon

Joy Johnson loved to run. She started running 50 years ago AFTER she retired. This past sunday she ran teh New York Marathon for the 25th time, at the age of 86!!!! She was the oldest woman to run this year. 
She completed the marathon in 7 hours 56 minutes and 41 seconds. 

At mile 20 she fell and hit her head. She was bandaged by medics and was determined to continue on. The next day, she made her way to the Today show, and made an appearance with Al Roker. 
Afterwards she went back to her hotel room, laid down to rest, and never woke up.

WHAT and inspiration!!! Hard work, determination, and dedication!!! 
I want to be that motivated!! Not just about running, but about life!! About health!!

Thankful journal 

D.... Dancing in the rain, Daffodils, diversity, divine intervention ... I have no rhythm but I love moving in a light gentle warm rain!! Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers it brings spring and the refreshing new life! Im so thankful we are all different, diverse, what a boring world it would be if we were all the same!! Coincidence? Nah, I think He was there, Sometimes I dont like the answer or inconvenience of His intervention, but He knows best, He knows the whole picture... Late for work, maybe He protected me from the deer that bounded across the road.? Crock pot broken, He protected me from the short in the cord? Pants werent dry, He kept me from the embarrassment of the rip in that went unnoticed?

E... Edith, Eggs, Elbow macaroni, My amazing mom, she has taught me to love despite.... to work hard, and she taught some 'what not to dos', made me think and process why I do what I do, is it tradition (not always bad) do I do it because that's what I was taught to do, or is it truly what I think/believe. I love eggs, Love scrambled eggs!! Don't eat much pasta anymore, but elbow macaroni is a special treat!!

F....Forgiveness, Faith, Family, Friends, Fruit..... Learning to be thankful for fruit, (altho I wish it tasted more like chocolate!) Family and friends. Im so thankful to be blessed with family and friends when so many have hurtful painful and abusive relationships! Faith, the foundation of .. everything.. Forgiveness, both giving and receiving, even when its not asked for. Sometimes I need to forgive someone who has wronged me so that I can move on, even when they haven't asked, or admitted wrongdoing.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Scale Back!!

If this is truly how you feel, 1. Eat healthy, 2. Get up and MOVE your body!!

Thankful alphabet.

B..... Today I am thankful for books. I LOVE to read, but havent done much lately! My Body. Despite the horrible I sometimes feed it, it keeps going!! Balloons, they put a smile on your face, Hand a child a balloon filled with helium and watch them smile. What B are you thankful for today?

C.... Chocolate, Children, Church, Cowboys (Dallas ones). Chocolate is my coffee. Sometimes I only need/want a small piece and Im satisfied, sometimes I crave it. My kids sometimes make me weep, but more often bring me joy. Watching them grow in to adults. Making mistakes, taking chances, being independent, but still calling on me to help and share joys and sorrows. Church, whether the building or a gathering of Christian friends. So much more than a building! and My Dallas Cowboys!!!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Weekly Weigh in

My last official weigh in was June 24, 2013.
Then life happened, and the weigh ins and goal settings stopped. My mother in law was placed on hospice in Colorado, clear across the United States. My husband and his siblings needed to get to her quickly to say goodbye, and to mend broken fences. My husband drove 8 (ish) hours to meet up with his siblings. He spent the day with his dad and after they were finished at work, they took turns driving 17 hours to Colorado. They made it, had a wonderful reunion, spent 3 days with her, and then they drove back. She has since passed away.
Son had lots of problems finding an apartment and ended up driving 120 miles a day for a PART TIME job, that he had to keep so that he would have it once college started this fall. So much for saving money for college books!!!
And the list could go on, but this is NOT a post to hash out the whys. This is a post say, Im doing weekly weigh ins again and I need goals!!!

 The traditional scale photo.
06-24-13 188.2
11-01-13 180.2 8 lbs

Four pounds in 4 months. Time to get serious again, and stop 'maintaining'!!

My beautiful friend Julie has challenged me to eat a large helping of veggies every day. I DO NOT like vegetables. So one huge serving is a start. A sad start, but a start!!!

I took Romaine lettuce, and added some peppers, radishes, carrots, and one teaspoon of dressing. The peppers are new for me, and they were, um, ok. Ill have one of these each day for the next week.

Im also joining Shrinking Jeans in their Planking Challenge for November. Today was 20 seconds, so I did several of the poses.

My Thankful alphabet journal for November:
A: I am thankful for acceptance, allspice, and apples