Monday, December 7, 2009
Well, I'm no longer 44 having had a birthday in October. Should I rename the blog? "Alive at 45?" "I've arrived at 45?" "Diving into 45?" "45 is Jive!"
None of those title are grabbing me. I need a new title I think. I also need a new vision. When I started this blog, my goal was to learn how to blog (not hard, I know, but I knew nothing about it at the time) and to complete a half marathon on April 26, 2009 (loved it!)
So, what's the next step? I am making plans for New Year's Eve and it occurred to me that this blog really motivated me this year. I don't know if the "magic" will happen again, but I would like to try.
So, goals for 2010: another walk, but this time not for distance, but for charity. I would like to do the MS Walk in the name of my brother-in-law who passed away from it (he was my age) about 18 months ago. I may travel to Cincinnati where my family is and where they have had a family team do the walk for years. I've never joined them before and would like to. If the trip doesn't work out, I'll do the MS walk in Milwaukee, and get my own team together here.
Another goal: finish or almost finish my masters degree. I have 4 classes remaining on my Masters of Leadership Studies at Marquette. More on this one after I meet with my advisor on Wednesday.
I think this is good for a start. I'll blog again (promise!) within 2 days.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
More than that though, is that I feel encouraged to try a 5K now. I just need to find one....
Friday, May 29, 2009
Today, I have been out visiting rummage sales all morning, so I had my shredded wheat cereal for breakfast, then a Diet Pepsi. Now it's 1:30 or so and I'm having a big bowl of watermelon....yummy! My pedometer already has 3200 steps on it, and I'm planning a walk for this afternoon. Then, I'm off to coach my daughter's soccer team in a game at 5:00....that's a lot of pacing on the side lines! I'll keep you up to date, but thanks for your support!
I've already had someone ask why I didn't pose in the swimsuit....yes ladies....a (clueless) guy asked that question.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
In lieu of that, I'm setting up a new goal. I've been carrying around these 10 pounds of extra weight for years (too many to admit to) and I have tried numerous times to lose it. Well, since I've been successful with this method of posting and finding accountability on this blog, I'm going to try again.
I know from experience that you can't know when you get there if you don't know where you started. I weighed myself this morning at 158 pounds, so that makes my goal weight 148 pounds. I was feeling wildly optimistic last night and grabbed a swim suit off the clearance rack at Target while shopping with my daughter. As soon as I find my camera (it's somewhere in this house!) I'll take a picture of it (not with me in it....I'm just not that brave) and post it.
I'm setting a goal of 2 pounds per week. I'm going to try this first week without help, but if I can't get it going, I'll sign up for Weight Watchers.
Anyone want to do this with me?
Thursday, April 30, 2009
You can't believe how exciting it was to be a part of the 10,000 women in the Marathon. It was such a powerful feeling....and I know that I'm not the only person who feels this way. There were lots of women who walked/ran for the first time in this Marathon. (these first time walkers are probably the reason the marathon was turned into a "fun run.") There were lots of teams of women who came to NYC together. I saw a set of t-shirts which read, "It took me 60 years to look this good!" I loved that one! I don't know what our shirt will look like next year, but I do know that we will have one. Anyone interested in joining us?
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I have met my goal of the half marathon even though it was not exactly as we had planned. I'm proud of myself, and pleased with how my body handled the challenge. Next step: running the 5K at our parish festival the first Saturday in June. (no walking!)
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I'm still here, and I'm still blogging. Tonight, I met with the women I'll go with to NYC in about a month. There are 5 of us in the hotel room (2 queen beds and a pullout couch). We're hoping to see a show, do a bus tour and maybe even see New York's new Archbishop in his new parish for mass Saturday night. I want to get on tv for the Today Show but I don't know anything about that yet. I need to find out. We're staying at the Doubletree Suites in Times Square!!! I'm so excited! Please post your ideas for my trip. I haven't been there in 20 years.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Socks! Yes, I treated myself to new socks....the really cushy, thick, white ankle socks. It's amazing what a difference it makes in my running. Maybe if I had these thick socks a few weeks ago during the "rock" post, I wouldn't have even felt the dumb rock and could have saved myself some frustration.
Anyway, I walked outside today with my husband...twice. I clocked over 12,000 steps...I just couldn't resist being outside today. It was beautiful...maybe 50 degress!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sorry for such a boring post...I'm just not feeling creative today...I spent a lot of time in the past couple of days grading papers and I think I cooked my brain...(hate when that happens)
Friday, March 6, 2009
I'm a little sore now. But I made a decision to now follow the "walking" training for this race. I'm really happy that my body has responded so well to this workout plan (still wish that I have dropped a few more pounds, but that's another issue) but I don't want to put in the time, strain and psychic energy to run the 13 miles. I'd rather walk.
I can't believe it's week 9...that race is coming up quick! I need to start making specific plans for NYC. Five days is a long time...there's lots of things to do!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
caption for photo, "A bear in its natural habitat....a Studebaker!"
Monday, March 2, 2009
You know, after playing volleyball on Thursday night, I had every intention of doing an ambitious run to get back on track. I was on the treadmill, shoes tied, ready to go and....I started...and felt something in my shoe. I wiggled, I jiggled (my shoe) and thought that I could walk it off....I couldn't. So I sat down on the treadmill at Bally's, took off my shoe and sock, shook them out....put them back on and tried again. It was still there. Arghhh!!!! Frustrated, I went to the other side of the gym and started lifting weights instead...until I blew off some frustration. Then I took off my shoe and sock again, and walked my two miles on the treadmill.
Yes indeedy...took an extra bit of motivation to get some exercise today....
(yes, I know I am a dork....)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
OK, I'm almost halfway through my training. Halfway. The race is coming up. Fast. But I can do it.
I played an energetic game of volleyball tonight...worked up a sweat and everything. It kept my heart rate up, but not as good as a run or a mall walk. I need to get out Friday morning and get in at least one more work out for this week. I refuse to kill myself on Sunday at the race and not be able to do some fun things on Monday and Tuesday in New York! (can't come up with a theme song for today's posting....how about I go with "New York, New York a hell of a town. The Bronx is up and the Battery's down, the people ride in a hole in the ground....")
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Oh my....it's been a while. I didn't run for a week! Maybe it's time for that blog on motivation that I didn't write a few weeks ago. I did run on Thursday for my traditional 5K. It wasn't any record, but I proved to myself again all that I already knew: getting started is hard, and getting started again is harder. However, the important thing (so they say) is that I did re-start. It's funny...while I was on the treadmill, I forced myself to consider why I kept running, and decided it's because I have this blog for accountability. In fact, I went to a neighborhood gathering on Friday evening and was gently chastised for not posting (and thus not exercising) for a week.
Please continue to encourage me, and I'll continue to exercise. I'm still committed to my goal.
Oh,...and I finally was able to donate blood today. Yeah!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
So...the lesson for today is that "shuffle" doesn't refer to that button on your 5 disc cd changer (or if you're younger, an iPod)...it's the way to keep moving even when you feel you can't/don't want to so that you can finish your training.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
(singing) "they say you don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger..." OK, that was the song going in my head today (even though I had Dixie Chicks on the iPod) because it was so windy as I was running. And let's face it, you have to spit when you run outside....you just get the mouth full of gunk and since you're breathing so hard (I was) it's just easier to spit. (sorry Mom! I know it's not ladylike!)
I thought I was going to chat a moment about motivation, but I'm not motivated enough to do it. Maybe next post.
The "running" training for this week is a 3 mile run today (did it), a 2 mile run on Thursday and another 3 mile run on the weekend. Maybe I need to get a watch with a timer, but right now, I can only estimate that the 3 mile run took maybe 40 minutes. The first 2 miles were 12 minute miles, I'm pretty sure.
Let's hear it for beautiful blue skies and temperature in the high 50's...in February in Wisconsin!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
For the record, running on a treadmill (which is what I have done for the previous 5 weeks) and running outside is TOTALLY different. For those of you reading my blog and saying, "duh!" just realize that it's something I needed to experience, you couldn't really tell me, even though some of you tried. On the plus side, my brain clicked in and I remembered how my body felt when I ran in high school. (it's always good to listen to your brain...refer to Thursday's post) On the negative side, I may be a little behind in my training since I have only been on the treadmill up until now. At least I have eleven more weeks to make it up.
So....chalk this up to another learning experience, and a good friend hauling my butt outside to run. (next time, I'll bet I even remember the Tylenol.)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Here's my stretch goal for this week: I called my friend (C.T.) and asked her if she would run outside with me this weekend. (she said sure! crazy chick...) It's supposed to be close to 40 degrees! Whoohoo! (We're havin' a heatwave (sing with me now...) a tropical heatwave (come on, you know the tune....) the temperature risin' there'll be no denyin'..... (what do you mean you don't know the words?!) Sorry, sometimes I just break into song. So, we're going to give it a try. I'm not sure what to wear, but I think I'll just grab my husband's outdoor running clothes. (don't tell him--what he doesn't know won't hurt him)
- a few pounds lighter (but not as much as I imagined, or hoped I would be)
- more toned legs and back side (more than I expected)
- closer to my goal of the half marathon, and still excited about it
- still excited enough to talk another woman into joining me (Hi Wendy!)
- surprised at the number of women supporting me (thank you!)
- enjoying authoring a blog
Can't think of anything else right now. If you think of anything else, add it in the comments. Having a goal with a set date and measurable time really makes a difference in my motivation. I suppose that the SMART Goal Theory is true (must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I promise that this is not a weakening of my resolve to do the half marathon. I know that there are many of you reading this blog regularly and cheering me on, so that really motivates me. Thanks.
Forgot to mention....I couldn't give blood again. My iron count was still too low. Rats!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tomorrow morning, I'm going to try (again!) to donate blood. If it doesn't work this time, I'll give it a month off.
I'm still motivated and active, but I need to get to the gym again. It's a bummer training for race in the dead of winter. On a positive note, the days are getting longer, so more sunshine keeps me in a more optimistic frame of mind. I can feel myself getting stronger!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Two minutes....I knocked two minutes off my 5K time! That's not even the part I'm proud about, even though I'm pretty excited about that. I went to Bally's, stretched, warmed up walking for 2 minutes, then ran 2.25 miles without stopping!!! (the treadmill said that it was a 12 min. mile pace) I finished up with walking a 15 min. mile, finishing the 5K at 43 minutes! Time was short, so I concluded the workout with a bunch of sit ups and got home to the kiddies hopping off the bus.
Lastly, my pedometer reads 9,420 steps at 5:00.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I ate pretty well yesterday, but am still undecided on the WW dilemma. Any helpful comments in this area?
Not sure if I will watch Oprah today(I probably should...it's Suze Orman), but tomorrow's special, (on sex!) could provide helpful advice on horizontal cardiovascular exercise (wink, wink). Hey! I'm married! Aaaaand, it burns calories.......besides, they promise to tell me 5 things that I can do right now.....! (if the kids aren't watching)
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Would you believe I actually watched Oprah yesterday? I did! She spent a good part of the show talking about her weight struggles and how she believed that her weight challenge actually starts with "balance." She maintained that she continually put herself last, and so she was not taking care of herself. I can relate to that. As a mom, I spend a lot of time "doing" for my kids although before any of you comment, I will say that I have very competent, able children who do a lot for themselves. However, there are many times that I feel more fulfilled at the end of the day because of how many items I have checked off my to-do list, than if I had done something for myself. It's a guilt thing, I think.
Today I am painting my kitchen (w/Kilz since I have already stripped the wallpaper), but I will go to Bally's today and get in a good workout. The training schedule that More provides says that I need to do 25 minutes of fast walking twice this week, or run 1.5 miles twice this week. I'm feeling very motivated right now, so I'll say that I will run the 1.5 mile commitment at least once this week, and fast walk the 25 minutes for the other. I did buy new running shoes for myself, and because I know that motivation can wane after a while, a new running outfit. (oh stop! you'd do the same thing! Besides, it was big-time on sale!) I'll see if I have the guts to have someone take a picture of me in it to post here later.
I think I'll watch Oprah again today.....