Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tonight I told myself to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, but I was REALLY uncomfortable with it. The more I tried not to focus on my heavy breathing and wheezing, the more I thought I should just stop and walk.
Yes, I run slow, and yes, it isn't easy for me even at that pace, but I'm doing it. I got off the couch, laced up my sneaks and attempted to do something that doesn't come naturally. So there!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
I have to start almost from square one which is a bummer, but I won't let it stop me from getting back to where I was. After I ran the mile I did sprints for a quarter mile each at 5.6, 5.7, 5.8 and 5.9. That pretty much used up any remaining oxygen in my lungs. It was hard but I pulled it together, remembered my mantra to FOCUS and am able to say that I achieved what I set out to do today. I haven't been able to say that in a long time.
"No road is too long for he who advances slowly and does not hurry, and no attainment is beyond his reach who equips himself with patience to achieve it."
I came across a great blog called Green Monster Movement that contains recipes for green drinks. A sneaky way to get in some much needed vegetables if I do say so myself. Last week I got myself the knock off version of the Magic Bullet, a high speed blender that creates the drink right in the glass so there's less mess to clean up.
I experimented with a concoction that I'm calling the Green Goddess and here are the results. I blended orange/carrot juice with some spring water, baby spinach and frozen tropical fruit (strawberries, pineapple and banana). Taste? DELICIOUS! The baby spinach is unidentifiable other than the color and it tastes like a tropical fruit drink.
Tonight I'm going to throw in a few baby carrots as well and see how many other veggies I can add without affecting the taste.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I haven't been focusing on much lately and it's time to get back. I Signed up for a 10K months ago and didn't train. Yesterday I showed up actually believing I could run 6.2 miles when I haven't run more than 1 in the past two months and have only run 5 miles once in my life. Yes, it was delusional. And more than that I disappointed myself when I ran the one mile I was able to, took off my timing chip and race number and walked back to the start line not making eye contact with anyone along the route.
It was proof that you get what you give. No effort = no accomplishment. Lesson learned the hard way once again but I'm not giving up. Tomorrow I start training again and looking forward to the day next year that I run the entire thing.
Monday, September 12, 2011
I've never been one to not achieve a goal I set, even if it takes me longer than it should. But once again, I've allowed myself to become distracted and end up further from where I wanted to be.
This Saturday is the 10K I registered for a few months back. I haven't run in a month and the last time I did I went a mile. Needless to say I'm pretty disappointed that I've made no real attempt to achieve this. I've also managed to gain a few pounds that are slowing me down even more making me want to work out less and less.
On Saturday I will go out there and take however long it takes to finish. Then I will find another race in the spring and get myself back to where I need to be to cross this off my list once and for all.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
This week started out well. I was planning my meals, bringing food to work, drinking water and going to the gym. Usually by Wednesday I start getting lazy and a lot of those things fall to the wayside. Today had a hard boiled egg, slice of toast and a protein shake for breakfast. But the day got too hectic and I had to "eat on the run," literally grabbing whatever I could because I didn't bring my lunch.
I ened up choosing potato chips, chocolate chip cookies and jelly beans as a not so well rounded meal. Then for dinner I had chicken nuggets, fries (baked at least) and blueberry pie for dinner. Skipped the gym, and now, not surprisingly, I'm exhausted.
Tomorrow will be better. I'm working from home so I'll eat a decent breakfast and lunch then swing by the gym later in the day. I have a plan, now I have to work it. I did ok the other days and I won't let one bad one ruin the whole week.
“Many fine things can be done in a day if you don't always make that day tomorrow"
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The answer to both questions for me is jumping off a diving board a few weeks ago. I like to test my limits and push past my fears, but it isn't always easy. My motto is "Feel the fear and do it ANYWAYS." I have a lot of things still on the list and hope I get to check all of them off.
My Bucket List
Surf a wave - I've taken one lesson and it didn't go well...
Swim with dolphins
Ride in a hot air balloon
See as much of the world as I can (Africa, Hawaii, and Prague are on the list)
Wear a two piece bathing suit
Skydive to celebrate turning 60
Run a 10K
Run a Half Marathon
Things I've checked off the listLearned to drive a stick shift (forced myself by buying a brand new car I could barely drive off the lot)
Driven cross-country and visited many cities including New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Dallas
Been to London, Paris, Bermuda, Aruba, Turks & Caicos and adding Germany to the list next week
Learned to swim (took my first lesson four years ago)
Worked in New York City
Found my dream job
Ran a 5K
Completed a half marathon twice
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
I found today's recipe on a great blog side called Oh She Glows. This woman is a true foodie who experiments with vegan and vegetarian recipes and makes them look terrific. I figured I'd give a whirl. What could go wrong?
I started chopping and "measuring" and throwing the ingredients in a bowl. After mixing them I realized I didn't saute the onion and garlic...oops. I eliminated the almonds and tamari because I'm allergic and eyeballed the spices. Started frying one up and realized I forgot to add the sunflower seeds. OK, that's 3 ingredients now missing.
My burger was looking kind of dry and dense so I topped it with salsa. No flavor whatsoever. I only cooked one so I added salsa to the rest of the mixture along with the sunflower seeds (see photo). This batch looked a little better so I will try it again tomorrow night and report back. If it doesn't work out, I'll look for something a little less complicated for next week.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
We all know that small changes add up and equal big success over time. My problem is patience. I don't have any. If I don't lose 5 lbs the first week, I throw in the towel and go back to my old ways. But my food allergies are forcing me to make changes that have me kicking and screaming. No cream in my coffee, no pizza or macaroni and cheese. Most every product in the grocery store that isn't an unprocessed, whole food contains soy or milk in some form. For a junk food junkie, this is a death sentence. How can my only options now be in the produce aisle, a place I have avoided like the plague for most of my life?
The key to success for me is going to be making small changes over time. I can no longer cheat and eat the foods I'm allergic to without consequences. My body is tired and telling me it's time to clean up my act and start treating it better.
Goal #1 - Eliminate diet soda. I'm on day 4 and doing ok. I've swapped out my morning Coke Zero with water and Crystal Light. Pretty painless. Even I'm surprised.
Goal #2 - Stop putting cream in my coffee. This one has been a thorn in my side for over a year. I've tried every substitute available and they are really BAD. Believe it or not, non-dairy creamer isn't truly dairy free. It contains casein, milk protein, and is what I'm allergic to. Soy-based creamers are out. I used to drink it black but can't reacquire the taste. I tried SoDelicious Coconut Milk Creamer for the fourth or fifth time and can finally tolerate it.
Two accomplishments so far. I'll keep looking forward and keeping my eye on the prize. I CAN do this.
- Be more consistent with exercise
- Cook from a recipe once week