Just do it.
Or don't do it.
Then wish you did.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

What's Up?

Sometimes I think, "What's the point?"
Am I writing this stuff down in vain?  Who really cares?
And then I think back to when I started my "impossible journey"...
I looked to many-a-blog for answers.  For inspiration.
Then I started eating my "elephant".  One tiny bite at a time.
If I can help out just one person fight the fight, then I am happy.  Thrilled.
I lived in a "FAT HOLE"  for nearly a decade.
I have felt that pain.
I didn't think I could get out.
So, just know that I don't write this to show off.  Really.
It's more of a, "If I can do it, YOU can surely do it"!
And I REALLY want you to do it.



This is my sister.
Amanda.
She has always been in shape and always been my biggest cheerleader.
(It really helps to have one of those).
Back in the beginning, she would run with me.
(Then she found hot yoga.  But that's ok)
She has been an inspiration to me.
She is an example of constant consistency.  And she works hard.

Now we paddleboard together.
(Along with my other sister.  We don't often have a camera with us at the river...)
We even did a bike race this Summer together.
She was a good sport to do it on a mountain bike!
She always has flare.
I like that.
We do crossfit together too.
This is me and my paddleboard.
Can't you tell I'm happy?
Losing weight has made me happy.  Losing weight is freedom.
Freedom to move.
I forgot how sweet that feels.
This Summer me and my friend, "Legs" hiked to the saddle of Mt. Humphreys.
We didn't have time to get to the top.  I really want to go back and do it.
Not in a million years did I think I would ever go on a hike like that.
Total freedom.
Now I don't mind so much when my friends snap pictures with me in them.
Not TOO much.
I'm still critical of myself.
But I've learned to let go more and just enjoy moving.
Enjoying the ride.  The results come as I move along.
After two years of working out, I have now taken on healthier eating.
I eat Paleo.
I didn't think I could do that either.
I gave it a month commitment.
Now it's more than 2 months later.
I'm having to give away a lot of my clothes.  That's a good thing (Martha!).
I can share more about that.
But just know that you don't have to do it all at once.
I have taken baby steps.
Done things when I was ready to commit and add to my new routine.
Don't wait like I did.
Don't start tomorrow.
Just start right now!





Friday, June 8, 2012

Flybye Running Club

We are having a blast at running club...at least I am.  Is it just me or are girls some of the hardest, toughest beings on this planet!  (I say this in total respect to the one boy that usually comes, but he's away at scout camp this week)  These girls prance around the track almost effortlessly and push it when they start to get tired.  And it's no cool breeze here in AZ.  This week we've been working on our form, sprints, and learning about the different muscles in our legs and how to stretch them.  


Did I mention that I tried crossfit?
I got hooked.
I was reluctant to try it.  I'm honest.
But, sheesh, the body can get stronger FAST.
It never ceases to amaze me.
I really love the crew down at Build Up Crossfit.  So cool.

My physical life is reminding me much of college.
I have WAY too many interests.  I want to do EVERYTHING.
I never could pin myself down to a major in school.  (So I just stopped)
There's no option to stop working out, so right now I'm really trying to find some sort of balance.
Lately, my legs have been feeling really heavy when I run.  I'm not enjoying my runs as much.  Obviously I need to pull back a little there.
I also feel a need to set a goal in one of my subjects.  I'm not becoming a pro-paddler any time soon, so I'm thinking I'm going to focus on riding and set a goal with that.  There's a ride I'd really like to accomplish, but then self-doubt starts to haunt my brain...
What am I thinking!
I have no physical setbacks.  I am a healthy human being.
I should be able to accomplish anything I set my mind too!
Right?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SPOOK Hill

Today I did something new.
I went and ran/walked Spook Hill in east Mesa.
What's funny is that when my friend, Lorie, told me about Spook Hill, I had this image of grassy hills by the soccer fields.  I really thought we were going to be running in some grassy park.
When we pulled up to this rocky mountain, I was a little shocked.
(Seriously, we're going to run that!)
The plan was to run  up and down four times.
It was tough.  I think Althea passed me twice.
I started planning in my mind that I would do three and save doing four as a goal for next time!
I really didn't want anyone to have to wait for me.
After the third descent, I decided that I would start going up a fourth time and then turn around when Lorie came back down.
But before this could happen, Althea came up from behind me (on her sixth time up!) and started coaching me to the top.  "Run from that bush to that second boulder!", and then "Now from that bush all the way to the top!"  OK. 
(I'm pretty easy to boss around.) 
So I did it.
And I'm so glad I did.
It was hard.  WAY hard.
And getting that extra push from Althea was exactly what I needed to finish.
Makes me think more about helping others get up their mountain.
Sometimes all we need is a little encouragement to help us accomplish what we otherwise may not have been able to finish on our own.
Amen.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

   This weekend was full of exercise EXCITEMENT.  (Did I just put those two words in the same sentence?)
I'm slowly climbing my distance run up on Saturdays.  This was the third Saturday I ran 7.  Time to bump it up next week.
I had someone ask me what I was training for..."Nothing," I said hesitantly.  Should I be?  It kind of made me think about exactly why I am increasing my distance.  I guess just because I get a kick out of it.  If an event happens to come up, I'll be ready for it.  I guess.
We went to a really great bike skills class taught by Lorie.  Man, this girl is a WEALTH of information.  I think I hang on to her every word every time she speaks.  (And she's probably thinking I have some sort of learning disability.)
Lorie is always so helpful and you can tell she wants to spread the love of biking, running, and swimming.
I got my paddleboard.  SO in love.
I can't wait to get it out to the lake.  My sisters both got one as well, so I will be in great company.  (As long as Amanda doesn't start doing yoga on hers and make us look like total clumsy schleps.)
Running club shirts turned out so cute.  For those of you running this Summer, email me and I will get you the info on these.
I'm off to try crossfit.  I swore I wouldn't do it.  It feels like a trend...everyone is doing it.  But I can't knock it til I try it.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kids' Running Club

Summer is almost here and I am so excited to get the kids out again for running club.
I'm trying to entice them all with new t-shirts.  (I know that is sure- fire bait for me.)
We came up with our new logo:
Thanks to the talented Anna Mac for her expertise and help.  (What size shirt do you wear, Anna?)
If you are interested in getting your kids out to run 2 or 3 times a week, e-mail me and I'll get you the info. when I know our schedule.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Are You a Loner?

I am.
I don't know if it's by choice.
More often than not you will see me running or biking ALONE.
Who wouldn't like to be part of a group, a comraderie.  A club.
I do have friends I exercise with here and there.
But sometimes my friends cancel.  Sometimes they have doctor appointments, headaches, they're too tired...
All I know is this:
1.  If I am tired, I GET UP.  I can always take a nap later.  And I know I can take that nap guilt free because I got up and worked out that morning!

2.  I NEVER schedule doctor appointments in the early morning.  I schedule appointments AROUND my runs and rides.

3.  If I feel like I don't want to get up in the morning, I just think about how I will feel later knowing that I didn't get up and go.  That gets me up pretty fast.  I guess there's just no question in my book.  Even my cramps feel better when I run.  I feel worse if I DONT go.

4.  It doesn't hurt to visualize what I would LIKE to look like in a bathing suit and that I'm not going to get any closer to that image if I don't get out and hit the pavement.

I am a loner.
And that's ok.