Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Word of The Year

Can you believe that it is 2013?  Being that it is January 1, it is time for New Year Resolutions.  We all make them.... and how many of us are making a resolution to lose weight, eat right, or something along those lines.  What surprises me, well it really shouldn't is that 80% of New Year Resolutions are abandoned.  
I remember when I went to the gym, and I hated January and February   It was always crowded.  But come the end of February to the beginning of March, it was back to a the few true people who wanted to be there.  Now I don't have to worry about that simply because I workout in my basement.  That has made my life so much easier.  
So I have decided that instead of making a resolution, mostly because 2012 started me on a new lifestyle- and that includes eating healthier and making sure to exercise regularly; I am going to choose a word of the year.  As I was thinking of what word would define 2013 many words have come to mind.  First I thought of the word commitment.  That is a great word.  It defines all of my goals for 2013, but the more that I thought about the word I knew that there had to be a better word for me.
Another word that came to me was moderation.  One of the biggest lessons I have had was that you can enjoy anything in moderation.  It helps me to move forward. I feel that this journey that I am on is very obtainable.  There is moderation in everything good and everything bad.  However it just does not seem like the word I want to base my entire year on.
I have prayed about this.  I want to make sure that the word that I select is a word that will help me to reach all of my goals, and surpass them.  I want a word that is going to make 2013 simply amazing for me.  This is not a light decision, it is something that I knew I am going to have to really have to reflect on, and that is exactly what I did.  
The more that I thought about my goals, and realized that there are so many goals that I have not even thought of yet, Determination came to mind.  I know that to take my goals that I started in 2012 and the ones that I will add in 2013 I am going to need determination.  When I think of determination I think of someone who keeps going towards there goals, no matter what.  
Here is to a great 2013 - and Determination!!!
What is your word of the year?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Struggles, Catch Up, Future

I have realised that I have not blogged in a while, and honestly I miss it.  I have struggled alot lately.  Honestly there is lots of reasons on why I am struggling, but to get there I need to catch everyone up.

I have been focusing on my weight loss lately.  I know that is a constant struggle but I also know that it is one of the most important decisions that I can make.  I have worked with Beachbody and it has made a serious difference in my life.  I have been successful, now wearing a size 8 comfortably.  I will be doing another few blog posts on that journey, and it is one incredable journey, that I am still on.

I am flirting with my "goal" weight.  Yes I put goal in quotation because I am learning that is an ever changing process.  I have also learned along my journey that weight is just a number, and while I may not achieve my specific goals for a number on the scale, how I look and feel in my skin is much more important.  Lets face it weighing 130 would be amazing, but I may not look healthy or feel healthy at that weight.  This is a break through in my mind.  Being strong and healthy is so much more important than a number on the scale.

I have not been running much.  I miss it like crazy.  I know that my next goal is to start putting running back into my routine.  I know that I have many reasons for this.  First is simple - I miss my running buddies and miss running with them.  Second I know that I need to get outside.  I really dislike running inside, so I will run outside.  I know that sunlight will help me to stay happy and keep depression (Which I struggle with at bay)  I am looking forward to putting this into my daily routine. 

I know that one of my biggest struggles is my depression.  Some days are great, others are difficult.  When I get to get outside and soak in some sun it always helps.  And with that I have found that the time alone to just run and let my head wander helps so much. 

So going forward I am looking to get back on track in so many ways.  I know that by doing this so many wonderful things can and will happen.  I look forward to taking some time to blog and share how things are changing my life.  I know that these little hurdles will push me forward.

Suck It Up Cupcake - I know that I need to !!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Setting Goals

Do you have goals for yourself?  What stops you from putting them out there?  For me it is the fear that I will fail.  This fear has stopped me from achieving my goals, it has even sabotaged me from achieving them.  So I decided that it is time to put at stop to that!

See the weight on my drivers licence has not been right since I was 16.  I never changed it, (mostly because I did not want to admit my weight) but then again how many of us have the "correct" weight on our licence?  Well my birthday is coming up.  I have set a goal for myself.  I decided that I am going to be the weight less than what it says.  So how am I going to do that?

First as I have said before I am a BeachBody Coach.  This is the best job I have ever had.  Why?  Because I get to help others achieve their goal.  I have always wanted to help others!  I have learned so much and now have so many tools at my fingertips to end the trend!
I had some amazing results for the first challenge I participated in.  Now I am doing TurboFire.  I make sure that I am following the schedule every day.  I also  eat what is on my plan.  I also think that one of the key points to help me to achieve my goals is to drink my water.  All of these together is going to help me to achieve my goals.

I am amazed how in 90 days so much changed.  Not only is my body changed but mind has changed.  I am happier than I ever thought possible.  I am excited because I am going to be guiding another group of people in June.  I want to see them achieve the same changes I have.  I know it is possible!!  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cleveland Marathon 2012

Wow I can't believe that Sunday was the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon.  This past weekend was so much fun.  Over all I have to say I was very pleased with the event.  I wish we could have combine the weather from 2011 and 2012, and that would have been perfect.  But as we all know weather is out of our control.  As the Boy Scouts Motto says, Be Prepared.  As a runner you know that you have to be prepared for everything.  I chose to run this year for Autism  I am honored to have done that, and I still need your help.  Please consider donating to this cause.

Anyways time to review the race:)  Friday I headed to the expo.  I had lots of fun there.  I liked that there was plenty of space to move around and to see all of the different vendors.  I loved the fact that Rite Aid had the booth where you could test everything from allergies, to cholesterol.  Of course I got in line.  I was so pleased to see my numbers.  I love that everything low and that I am healthy.  I know that my Shakeology is part of the reason for that:)  I also decided that I needed to get my picture taken with Charlie...
If only I looked that good after finishing a race:)
I love the shirts this year, and I can't wait to wear it!!!
Great front!!!

Love that it has a back design
Saturday evening I picked up Lisa, and we stayed in a hotel the night before. I love this, however I don't like the hotel we picked.  Lesson learned, next year choosing a different one!  Then we headed out to meet Jodi, Deb, Missy, Kim, and Dave for a pasta dinner.  We went to Peppers, and it was amazing.  I love the food.  I felt like I simply couldn't stop shoving it in.  So yummy!!!  After a great conversation, lots of laughs, we headed back to the hotel to settle in for the night.

Sunday started early.  We got up, drank our coffee and ate breakfast then headed down to the start line.
Lisa and I getting Ready to Run!

 Lisa and I said our good lucks, she headed to the 10K line up and I headed to find the girls, after a quick bathroom break)
If your a Browns fan you know how awesome this is
I love that we got to use the Stadium bathrooms, and that the lines moved so quickly.  After I found the girls it was time to move.  I realized quickly that it was going to be hot and that I needed to run smart.  I still had a goal of a PR, but knew that a smart run was more important.  I felt strong as I ran, but as the humidity set in I slowed myself down a bit!  I wanted to stay with the girls, but fell back a bit. 

The first 6 miles were hot but not back.  Then as we started heading up the hill by the Animal Shelter, it was very hot.  I had found Kim on the course by that time, so I decided to walk up it with her, like most of the runners around us were doing.  As we were going up we saw a man pass out.  That was a real eyeopener.  It made me realize just how hot it was and how I needed to run safe.  I made sure that I stopped at each water stop, and drank.  I also made sure that my water bottles were full so between I would be prepared.  The volunteers on the course were very organized and kept the runners going, even when there was congestion.  I am so grateful for that.

Towards the end I decided that I just needed to kick it in an go, so that is exactly what I did.  I saw the finish, and I put it all out there.  I finished strong and I felt good about it.  My official time was 2:09.
I am proud of this.  I was off of a PR by 3 minutes.  That is ok by me because more importantly I ran a smart race.  

My Medal for OAR.  This is my favorite one by far

The Cleveland Marathon 2012 Half Marathon Medal!

The Special Medal I got from Lisa
Hearing all of the sirens and seeing the different runners coming to the aid of those who were ill on the course was amazing.  I can say that the volunteers were wonderful for such a hot day.  The signs were so funny too.  Thank you Cleveland for another great race, and a wonderfully different way to see our beautiful city!!!  I look forward to next year!  

Suck It Up Cupcake And Move It!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Flying Pig Half Marathon Weekend

This past weekend Lisa and I took a little trip to Cincinnati.  She ran in the Flying Pig 10 K and I did the Half Marathon.  What a fun trip.  I have to say this was a well put on race.  Lisa ran Saturday Morning.  So we got up early and headed down to get her bib and get to the start line.
Lisa Getting Ready to star the 10K
I loved spectating this race.  What a high energy race to watch.  I was so proud of Lisa for getting out there and enjoying herself.  She did better than she planned, and came into the finish line strong!

After the 10K we headed to the expo.  This was one of the best expo's I have been to.  Lots of people but so many amazing volunteers - easily seen by there shirts, but there was no problem walking through and seeing all of the great things.  At the Expo I even got to sit on the giant toilet - how fun!
Sitting on a Thrown Fit For A Queen!
After exploring all the vendors, getting the rest of the swag - we headed back to our hotel and relaxed, grabbed dinner and headed to bed.  The race started at 6:30 am.  Of course as any good runner does, I got everything prepared the night before.
Prepared for the morning
I decided when I signed up for this race to make it a run/walk race.  I enjoyed it.  I liked the recovery that I got at each walk "break,"  I decided that I would run 10 minutes and walk 1 minute.  I was placed in corral E, which took lots of pressure off of figuring out where to line up in the morning.  Race morning was like most race mornings.  I felt confident and prepared.
Yes I am wearing a Tutu and wings:)

I found my Corral, and got ready to start the race.  I loved all of the different costumes I saw along the way.  During my first mile I ran next to Forrest Gump...
Thank you Cincinnati.com for this picture!
The first few miles went great.  I felt strong and was ready to keep going.  I got into my groove, taking the walk breaks, and using them to hydrate.  It was very humid out there, so I knew that making sure I was hydrated was so important.  I also make a point of stopping at each water stop for more water than I was carrying.  I was warned that there would be a hill at mile 6-8, and I thought how bad could that be.  Well lets say that a 2 mile hill with little breaks to recover that was pretty steep - yea not so fun.  I did shorten my stride and kept running up.  I stuck to my run/walk plan and it worked well.  I had to laugh because my walk was always during a little break on the hill or when we started down hill, ever on the hill.
not the most flattering self portrait but I conquered the hill!
I have to say the energy on the course was amazing.  People were lining the entire course cheering.  They had high energy and kept you motivated to keep running and push harder.  The water stop volunteers were on top of things.  I have never run a course that had this much support on it.  I loved the different music, people and even choirs that were along the route.  I was surprised that even up the hill people were out.  We started at 6:30 and that did not stop people from lining the streets and cheering us on.

Around mile 10 I started to feel the effects of the humidity and hills and started to get so tired.  That happened to be where the Cincinnati Bear Cats football team was.  One of the players gave the the extra boost I needed to finish the race strong.  When I saw the Finish Swine I kicked it in hard and pushed to the end of the race.  It felt great to finish strong.  
Yea I finished

Some of the decorated pigs

More Decorated Pigs

Lisa Enjoying Her Beer

I got to hug the Charmin Bear

Made in Honor of the most Wonderful Mother In Law!

Another Picture taken by Cincinnati.com
I headed over to the after party.  They know how to party!  I love that we got little slips of paper showing our times.  That is going in my scrapbook.  Then we started walking around.  There was so much great things to be found.  Overall I can say that Cincinnati knows how to party.  This was a great experience.  I know that the bar has been set high, but I know that other races will achieve them.  

Up Next - Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon

Suck It Up Cupcake and Keep Moving!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Hydration Plan

The weather is starting to get warm.  I love the spring and fall weather to run it.  It is perfect.  But we are coming in on summer.  And with the temperatures in the 80 here in Cleveland, and my afternoon run it made me think.  Well actually during my run about 1.5 miles into my run I started having some abdominal pain.  I was able to stretch a bit and finish out the last 1.5 miles but it was still painful.  When I got home I was still in pain.  I immediately started to re-hydrate.

As runners one of the first lessons we learn out there is that we need to stay hydrated.  One of the biggest mistakes that we make is thinking that we will be ok and we don't need to take fluids with us on our run.  Today is exactly that problem for me.  I told myself that I am only doing a short 3 mile run, I do not need to bring water with me.  The problem with that thought is that the sun is hot, and it is humid.  We loose fluids so quickly on days like today.  We need to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves out there.

Hydration is not only important while we are on our runs, training or races, but during the entire day.  Actually if we are going to be doing any kind of exercise we need to make sure that we are taking the time to drink.  I drink green tea, water, coffee and Shakeology.  I stopped drinking any kind of soda a while ago, which I am thankful for.  The types of fluids that we put into our bodies is so important.  The same goes when we talk about what we eat.  We need to make sure that we are fueling ourselves with real food, and not crap!
Don't get sick out there.  Don't have yourself not reach your full potential.  Hydration is so very important it keeps us going.  It helps us to look healthy. It keeps us full.  When you are going to be out giving of yourself, you need to give back - and proper hydration is so important.

If you don't have a daily plan to make sure you are drinking enough water, there is no better time than now to make one.  If you are joining me in running the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, we have 17 days to get our bodies ready.  There is plenty of time to get hydrated so that on May 20, 2012 we can run to our fullest potential.  If you are not joining me there but you are adding exercise into your daily routine such as a Beachbody Challenge (if you want to hear about that let me know) it is just as important.  Either way before summer comes knocking on our door, it is time to start hydrating our bodies so that they will function the best they can for us!

Suck It Up Cupcake and Move It

Monday, April 30, 2012

Gaining Confidence

I can not believe that the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is right around the corner!  Seems like just yesterday that I started my journey towards the half marathon.  Yes I started training early, but it was the best decision that I have ever made.  One of the biggest lessons that I have learned is about confidence.  This is one that I wish I would have learned last year, however I believe that things happen for a reason.

One thing that we all struggle with from time to time is confidence.  Whether it is in how we look, or what we do, having confidence all the time is impossible.  I have gone through my life with little to no confidence for such a long time, that it has become second nature to doubt myself.  Something happened over the course of this training that has changed my life.  I have gained confidence.

Now I am not sure where it came from.  I know that it did not just appear out of thin air.  My thoughts is that it came from me becoming stronger.  I have focused more on cross training, and making that just as important as my running days.  This simple switch has allowed me to become physically stronger.  I have had to push myself past what I thought I could during the cross training so I became mentally stronger.  Then I started to see my runs become faster and my confidence started to grow.

There are days that are not as easy as others.  There are days that my head is not in the game.  There are times I read of a friend who is so much faster and I start to let that shake my confidence.  But I soon take a deep breath and stop those negative thoughts.  Running is about doing the best you can do that day. It is not about how fast the person next to you is going.  Ok so having someone ext to you will help to push you to the next level, but running is not about that.  I then look at where I have been, and this training season and see simply how much stronger I am.  Not only am I able to run farther with out issue, but more importantly that I am getting faster.  I never thought I could get faster that quickly, but I am.

Self doubt creeps in and tries to stop us.  We are strong and we can stop that from happening.  I challenge everyone on there next run, the next time they work out or what ever you are doing to push past what you think you can.  Believe it or not you can go farther.  Stop letting you head play games with you.  It does not matter if your goal is 1 mile, a 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon or even a full Marathon don't let your head stop you from achieving greatness.  You deserve it.

What Challenges are you facing?  What can you do to make those challenges seem so much less than they are today?  Be strong!!  You deserve the best.

Suck It Up Cupcake and Move It
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