Friday, December 14, 2012

Question of the week...... 'where do you get your protein?'

It is pretty funny.  I have been asked, 'where do I get my protein?' after sharing that I am eating a predominantly plant-based diet.

In fact questions this week:
    --- There's protein in spaghetti squash?
    --- Everyone needs meat.... why aren't you eating any?
    --- You lost that much weight in a week?  What are you doing throwing up?

Needless to say, I had several face to palm moments this past week.

Three weeks ago, I was gifted the book -- The Engine 2 Diet.  (I had wanted to read it, as I had read several other books similar in philosophies).

Two weeks ago, I cut processed foods and animal products out of my diet.  I have been eating a plant-based diet, enjoying fruits and veggies, and a some oatmeal.  Granted..... I have cream in my coffee, and had a crab cake with an amazing steamed veggie salad, and I had some yogurt the other day.  The difference now, is that the animal products are the garnish or the secondary segment in the diet.

The result:  week one:  I lost 8.9#
                   week two:  I fluctuated a bit with my weight -- hormones, those pesky little things.
                                      But I have managed to not gain any weight this week.  I will know on
                                      Monday the final result of the week.

Regardless of the result of this week, I feel great!  I have more energy than I have in a long time.

I am using this as a foundation and the beginning of a new adventure.  I have two more weeks in this process, and I anticipate more consistency in my running.  I have a half-marathon to tackle in February!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Week One Reflections

I realize how deconditioned I have become........ As a result of a multitude of things.

Yes, I can still teach spin and go for a brisk walk......

But, I am NOT where I remember my comfort to be.


Week one created challenges of its own. It was the week of Thanksgiving after all.

The result: I am down 4#.

I trained 3 days last week. I drove to NJ and rested.


The new week has commenced and I am committed to doing something everyday.

I was actually looking forward to fresh fruit for breakfast this morning. I feel lighter, albeit sore (training yesterday), and I am looking forward to an easy run this morning.

I trust my hamstring will start to cooperate and the run will soon be easier. Currently, I feel like I am dragging my leg behind me.


Monday, November 19, 2012

A new beginning


We need to take a step back and evaluate the direction we are headed.

I have been carefully examining and evaluating my athletic progress over the past year. I am regressing. Yes, I have my moments that I am doing excellent and have the passion, desire and motivation tomgomfor it all..... But most of the time, I feel tired, lazy, lethargic, unmotivated...... Shall I continue?


And in all of this...... I gained back the weight I lost a year ago. PFFFFT.


So today, I am recommencing my journey. I am refocusing and setting forth new goals and ambitions.


My first is to cover the next 100 days. My primary goal is consistency. Consistency in training, eating and attitude. I trust as I recreate that consistency, I will find my love for the sports in which I play.

I am tired of feeling dumpy and frumpy and fat. And looking that way too.


So, today..... My journey begins. And it starts with the first 100 days.


Won't you join me?

Monday, October 8, 2012

When An Injury Occurs....

I slipped at the field hockey game Thursday night.  I slipped on the wet grass, and managed to fall perfectly into a hurdler stretch.  And while the landing and execution were perfect, the problem is that I was totally unprepared for the excessive stress/stretch placed on my hamstring.  The result.... PAIN!


And the bigger result-- I have injured my hamstring.

I spent the last couple days realizing ALL the movements that place demands on the hamstring.  Just about everything.  AND I have learned quite closely where the hamstring attaches and all the movements it is necessary for.

Your hamstring is essential in weight bearing activity, and can be reinjured in non-weight bearing related movement, as I learned when I misjudged the step and landed rapidly on my good leg.  The injured hamstring was not able to prepare for the shock to the body and in turn tightened rapidly and caused more pain.    *I wanted to cry*

I am glad I live on the ocean, and that it is still warm.  I have taken two salt water ice baths.... these seem to help, as they challenge my balance standing in the moving water.  The bigger challenge is walking across the sand to the beach.

It will be interesting teaching my cycling classes this week.  I cannot afford to miss work, or take much time off.  I need to be well quickly.

I will keep you up to date on my progress as I rehab my own hamstring and return to running and cycling and training to compete in the races I have planned for the remainder of the year and moving into 2013.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Never Give In

I am sitting watching the sun set, wondering why the shorter days arrive sooooo quickly. It is still summer after all. And yet, the darkness is covering the eastern seaboard. I am reflecting on the week past, and preparing for the week ahead. I am adapting to my fall schedule, and was utterly exhausted this afternoon.

As I am preparing for the beginning of swim team tomorrow, i am reminded of the team's motto, NEVER GIVE IN! And I am challenged by this, as i am currently struggling on so many levels. I am working, and not seeing the rewards financially....... And as I am faced with the challenges of waiting to be able to take care of my stuff, I honestly don't know if I will be able to eat this week.

I am also preparing for my personal goals. After my birthday, I am determined to not be in the same position physically I was on my birthday...., yes, I am fitter than most, but I am NOT where I need nor want to be! I genuinely need to adopt the attitude of NEVER GIVE IN......

For my entire health, I need to truly encompass this attitude and challenge myself to accomplish the goals I have set out for my fitness and focus on competing again. It should be exciting to look to the next race, and prepare for it..... Not stressful because I am not prepared.


And so, this fall brings the motto...... NEVER GIVE IN!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

And so I ran......

I have been struggling with my commitment commitment to me. Granted, I am working crazy hours, and am exhausted justifiably so......but the commitment to me is NOT showing.

Today, I choose to put myself first. I got up and ran....... And I needed the run. I had woken from a very realistic dream in which my JEEP had been stolen. And i woke suddenly when one of my cars jumped on the bed.....thankful for small things.

As a result of the dream, I had unsettled energy. I decided to go run. Today's task was to run 30 minutes.... With 6x 30second burst scattered in. And off I went.....surprisingly, My pedestrian pace was faster than I expected, and I completed the run. Tomorrow, my legs will thank me as I will teach two spin classes.

But for now, I feel focused and ready to tackle the paperwork and planning to prepare for the rest of the week.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ride Your Way Lean

Reading an interesting book.... Ride Your Way Lean, by Selene Yeager, one of the staff members of Bicycling Magazine.

The thing that impressed me was she discusses how FUN cycling is!  And regardless of your starting point, physically, you feel like a kid again!!!!  She also is disappointed with the Biggest Loser whose contestants look like they are being tortured to ride a bike.

It brings me back to the FUN part!  I teach indoor cycling and coach triathletes.  I need to remember the fun.  Peeps come to my classes because of the hard work, well maybe.... but because there is an element.   Whatever the element, they want to feel good.

I need to remember the fun.

AND to remember fun is why I began cycling.  Fun is why it doesn't hurt so much.  Fun..... riding outside, wind blowing through your hair, pulling your feet off the pedals, saying weeeeeee!!!!!  and laughing outloud....

Fun is the element I need to return to.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Beginning with a Cycling Class....


brought a 2# weight gain.  Not sure where or why that happened.  Hormonal, I am sure.

Pffffft..... monday.

But I am not going to let that get me down, I have classes to teach and peeps to coach, teach and inspire.  I am an example.... even if I feel, what not to be.

Alas, I started today with a new class in my repertoire... I am now teaching 4 cycling classes a week, and that will soon be seven.

After class, I enjoyed a iced coffee, and went off to do Day One of my six week protocol.
I lifted, ran and rowed.  Intervals to the max!!!

I started the day with a bowl of oatmeal with flax seed and almonds.  Leo (my maine coon cat) like oatmeal.  And well.... he was eating from my bowl.
And I had a meal replacement drink-- essentially protein shake.

Tonight, a low carb meal is in order.

So far, I feel great.  Now that could be different at 6am tomorrow morning.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

HItting Bottom

I feel like I hit the bottom.  I don't think there is any lower than I can go...... I have successfully gained the weight I lost prior to moving to MA.  Go Team.... Yay.... and for the life of me, I struggle to do anything.  And it isn't like I am watching hours of TV doing nothing.... I am actually working and living and exploring.... I just have no desire to train.  AND yesterday, when I actually wanted to swim.... the storm commenced.  It was Thundering.


This morning, I got on the scale.  YIKES!  And I took my measurements.  I need to lose the equivalent of a small person.  No arguments here.... I looked at my profile in a reflection the other day... wow.  and yuck.

My plan is to keep it light and fun.... and refocus on staying on point.   I buy veggies, and they sit in the fridge, b/c they aren't ready to eat.  AND I find myself picking at lots of things.... and then not really eating a quality meal.

I want to be the example and live what I preach..... and I am struggling with it all.

Perhaps, this is a good point for me to go.... b/c it is about me and my health.  My birthday is Wednesday, and I want to really look and feel the youth I am.

Monday, July 30, 2012

First Week Complete

And I have begun Day Nine today.....  I feel great.  I am down another .2#.........

This morning started with a bowl of oatmeal, flax seed, almonds, walnuts and blueberries.  Satisfying!!!!  I am now enjoying an iced coffee.... the first of the day.  AND prepping a MR shake-- basically whey protein, and some fruit.... Tonight, I am looking forward to some fish and veggies... not sure what veggies I will choose, but I have squash, eggplant, and yams to choose from.  

It is great when I enjoy the food I eat.

I had a grilled cheese sandwich the other day from my coffee shop..... and after the initial hot of the sandwich, it didn't taste good.  I am choosing food better, and carrying more with me for better preparedness.

The summer season has changed.  Swim team is now on break, and I am enjoying the down time.  I used some of it today to row for 40 minutes, doing intervals of 4 minutes hard with 3 minutes recovery.

Tomorrow.... Day Ten begins.  I am looking forward to the adventure.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

It's like.... thunder...... lightning....

Well, maybe not..... But that is how I was greeted with the day.  My little cat, Aries, decided that purring on my head at 4am was appropriate.... after all the food dish may have needed one more crunchy to satisfy.  And well.... he was awake.  *In his defense, I do wake normally around 4.15ish, to prep for the day, when I am training clients, or teaching spin.*

After walking through the apartment, noting how suddenly humid it had gotten, there was a big flash of light..... not normal or natural.  I wondered what could have caused it, not even thinking weather.  Moments later, the thunder joined the party..... and I read while the storm did it's thing.

It is now overcast and gloomy looking, like more rain, but I am not certain what the weather is going to do.  *Waiting on that inevitable swim lesson cancel*

Today is day two..... and I weighed in at .8# less than yesterday.  Part of the reason of the daily scale ritual, is to be aware, and part of my journey..... weight normally fluctuates throughout the week, and it can be devastating to weigh oneself once a week, and see an atrociously higher number, instead of following throughout the week.  I also don't like weekly weigh-ins... I do not like surprise.

Yesterday went well, except I did not train.  I took the noted rest day.  I needed it.  My neck felt twisted, and I was challenged looking to the left.  Today, it is better, but not 100%.  And I ended the day with a bowl of string beans and slivered almonds.

This morning began with two hard-boiled eggs.  I felt hungry.

I am not certain if I drank enough water yesterday.  

Today's focus is training.....
I am scheduled to run 3 miles, bike 55 minutes with 6 x 1 minute high gear, fast paced hills, and possibly rowing.  I will see how I feel for the row.

Food:  meal, fruit snacks, and a low-carb meal.... is the plan.   Although the fruit snacks might be a salad of sorts.

And the day is off and running..... I better go catch it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

A shell in my pocket, and sand in my toes.....

I cleaned my bag after returning from the triathlon, and I found a small handful of rocks and shells I had collected on my journey since the last bag cleaning.  And I was reminded that happiness is sand or mud between my toes.  It is great.

Day One finished pretty well.... the fast was successful, except I was hungry late afternoon.  I had a small bowl of butter lettuce, with some fresh crumbled blue cheese.  It was the perfect choice.  I felt satisfied.  Note to self:  I need more water available.  I don't necessarily like tap water, and I didn't have my supply available, as I haven't been able to food shop or visit BJs..... lack of cash flow.

Today, I am down .6#.... and while I am happy, I am skeptical, as I have been here before.  I am taking it in stride.

The goals for Day Two.... are eating:  meal, meal-replacement drink, and a low-carb meal.

I am also set to row for 30 minutes, and swimming 1200 yards.

The day looks overcast, so it will be a nice change of pace.

I will see you tomorrow.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Day One....

Today started bright and early, with a triathlon.  No, I wasn't competing.... I was lifeguarding.  It was a great way to start the day-- reminded me of the early morning run-swim-runs.... I should start doing those again.  Hmmmmm....

But I digress..... a triathlon.  And I was lifeguarding.  I spent an hour or so in the water, ensuring the safety of the swimmers along the route.  And I arrived home, cold and tired.... thankful for sweatshirts.

After a two-egg spinach omelette, I am now vegging.  I started the day with Chobani honey yogurt, and some fresh pineapple.  I was hungry when I arrived home.   I am going to go for a run this evening.   The goal is 3 miles.

Today, is a FAST day..... so, my omelette is my meal for the day.  All of you who don't believe in fasting, please breath now.... I fast twice a week.  And do what one would consider a controlled fast during the day.  Sundays, I fast after my breakfast...... and well, if I need a snack after my run or training on Sunday, I will eat some nuts or fruit.  If I need something more substantial, I will eat.  I am not afraid to break the fast if I need to do so..... But what i have learned from fasting, is that it provides the opportunity for my body to cleanse.  I feel lighter, and actually feel good.  I like it.  I do acknowledge there are some days that I am just HUNGRY.... so, I follow the rule--- Eat when you are hungry.  Don't eat when you are not hungry.  This helps create consciousness so I do not eat mindlessly.  And I enjoyed eating on my deck..... listening to the sounds of morning.

I will get back to you on the reaction of the day.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

My new challenge....

I am recommencing a 90 Day Challenge.

The journey begins tomorrow.

I have had an interesting debate with someone who has bought and drunk the Kool-Aid about BeachBody products.... they are the makers of P90X and Insanity.... And for some reason, peeps think that these programs are the ONLY way to be fit.  The reality.... it might be a 'good workout' or a 'hard workout'.... but my experience with the company--- is it is a multi-level marketing.... meaning peeps just need to sell, whatever they need to sell to make money,  and the only requirement to sell the product is to join the company--- so many of the 'beach body coaches' no absolutely NOTHING about strength training, periodization, and training in general.... and i am not sure why the 'good' coaches would have bought into the kool-aid to begin with..... and so, many peeps refer others to those who sell these products, as authorities, and the reality is they don't understand training.  ALSO.... while the videos may look pretty or sound professional (they need to, they want you to buy them)..... the workouts go hard every day.  That is not training.  Further, the videos do not train you for anything.

And so...... my debate..... led to the self-imposed challenge.   This challenge it to prove that one can lose extra body fat and actually prepare or train for something and become fit without a video.

The reality:

I have been struggling the last several months.  I lose a couple pounds and gain it back.  And I am not satisfied with how I look, feel or my training.  Summer has been a challenge, as I am also struggling with my eating habits.  Coaching swim team has not provided for a 'normal eating schedule.'


Tomorrow,  I begin.

Day one of 90 (perhaps 100 begins).

I will take and record my measurements.  I will also share my eating and some of my struggles.  I will also share the accomplishments, and achievements..... and my training.

Hopefully, I will also share some pictures.

90 days is 3 months...... or 12 weeks.  My first goal is to drop at least 20#.

My second is to train for the half-marathon in October.  And lay the foundation for a half-ironman.

I look forward to the journey.

My 'friend' doesn't know what his arrogance preempted.  In a way, I am glad for his ignorance.  I will be glad to rub it in his face when it is finished.  In the meantime, this is a self-imposed journey.... not a competition.  I am looking forward to seeing the results.

Until tomorrow.......

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Proof of the Pudding....

is in the eating.

Today, I took my lazy butt out for a run.  It is important for me to be able to do what I am coaching others to do.  My run lasted 30 minutes before the heat overtook me.... and I walked home.  (Yes, I had a late start.... Yes, I need to get up earlier....)

It felt good to run.    Will bike later on the spinner.  30 minutes with 6 x 1 minute hill climbs.

Today's eating plan is a meal, fruit snacks and a low-carb meal.  Looking forward to it.

It is supposed to be HOT out there today..... See you tomorrow.

Monday, July 16, 2012


After the last couple of weeks of down two, up one..... I am down six.  I like..... but my focus is not where it should be.  It should be on my training and performance, not the scale.  As I have said before, when the body is cared for and healthy the number on the scale takes care of itself.

I am using the rest of this summer to be fit, active and healthy.  I want to be able to run with my hockey team.  I want to be able to compete without too much struggle and swim because I enjoy it.  I want to get back to my lifeguard training condition...... and I want to be able to compete in competitions next summer.  I want to be fit to guard on the surf.

And today, I have begun the journey.........

My focus is eating.

Rule Number One:  Eat when I am hungry.  Don't eat when I am not.

And somehow.... incorporate that into my coaching schedule.  So far today, that is working.

Tomorrow my focus will be adding training..... it is easy and has been easy for me to blow training off, for lack of convenience.  I am reminded that nothing worth having is easy to come by.  I need to be a little inconvenienced and make it part of my routine, my habits.

For now, the sky is getting blacker, as it appears a thunderstorm is rolling in.

Tomorrow, I shall run.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Too Many Clothes in the Closet....

This is my new motivator.....

I have too many clothes.  Shocking coming from a female, who normally might say, I have nothing to wear!!!  The problem..... I have tons to wear:  much of it doesn't fit right.  I have a laundry basket of clothes that is due to go to storage, and four dressers full (yes, four!) in my room, with a hanging rack.... and that doesn't include the clothes in storage.

My goal and challenge....... is to use the next year to improve my training.... and overall performance, and drop the final weight I seek to lose, AND..... downsize my closet.

I know I work in performance as a coach.... and I have a great deal of sweats, and shorts and t-shirts, and I train and compete.... so the pile is bigger..... but it would be nice to have casual, professional and 'dressy' and training stuff.  AND clothes that ALL fit.

AND of course..... I am worried about all this on one of the hottest days of summer (and summer just began).  I was, well, um.... cleaning.... b/c I acquired another dresser.  Ultimately, I would like to downsize the quantity of stuff, and improve the quality.... and perhaps, upgrade on of the dressers for an armoire.  AND then.... really know and appreciate what I have.

So.... the first goal... drop 20#.... and then down-size.  Throw-away, donate.... but ultimately remove the clothing from my possession.  Over the next year, the goal is 60#.... and I hope to create a closet-full of clothing that is me, and not clothing hiding me.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Down Six....

This week has been interesting...... challenging, at best.  I have been scouring my fridge to eat.... that happens when funds are tight.  So, all the frozen veggies, the fish, the nuts, seeds.... everything to create meals so I would not be hungry, and able to train.  At weeks end I was gifted a card to Trader Joes, and managed to include some more fruit and salads.  Because of location, I cannot do 'real food shopping' there, as I visit TJs before work.

But I managed to get some foods that could be stored for an afternoon in the car.

My focus has been eating quality food.  Making the best choices possible within the limitations I have.

The result I dropped six pounds, although three of those were related to hormones.  But I will take it.

This week:  success!!!!

AND.... I feel better eating higher quality.  Still utterly exhausted Friday nights from the long week, but I feel great after 8 (or 9) hours sleep.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Too Many Almonds.....

I love the *garbage* that runs freely, like a disease in the fitness and nutrition industry.......  Rules like-- you can't eat after this time, you have to negotiate x calories, and well.... don't eat more than 10 almonds or 10 olives.  Two foods I absolutely love.

I always wondered about it-- b/c if you read any *diet* book, the impression is made that something EVIL will happen if you eat more than 10.... and yet, After reading the warrior diet, by ori hofmekler, the impression is much different.... one will drop body fat if eating 'live veggies' --ie: leafy lettuces-- with almonds.  SAY What???? And not an innuendo about ultimate demise regarding eating too many almonds.

So..... yesterday, I tested it.  What would happen if I ate the 11th almond?????

More out of need (I had no food in the fridge) than anything else, I ate 500 calories of almonds, or five of the prepackaged 100 calorie packs of almonds that I buy for the convenience of packaging more than anything else.  I must be committing diet heresy!!!!

Guess What???? Nothing happened.  Not a thing.  I ate.  I felt satisfied.  My body didn't implode or explode.  I didn't suddenly gain weight, in fact I lost weight..... which might have something to do with hormones..... but I survived, in fact I excelled.

I don't recommend eating that many nuts every day, but if you are enjoying these.... enjoy them.  You can eat number eleven!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mindless Eating

I am reading the E-Book, 'F*ck Calories, for the second or maybe the third time since downloading it.  This is a free download, and there is some potty mouth language in it.... but the overall book is a funny look on food, diets, and the nonsense that runs rampant in the industry.

One of the many things that the author discusses is when and where to eat......


This leads to mindless eating.

I too am guilty of this.... the eating in front of the television part.  
Living by myself, with the two cats, at times leads to eating in a room with some noise to generate the sense of companionship.  I am stepping away from this habit, and eating in my kitchen.... setting the table, creating a course meal with a salad or soup, or both, a veggie and meat-based side.  OR I am eating on my deck.  Summer is approaching quickly and it provides opportunity to enjoy some down-time on the deck and enjoy the coolness of the summer nights.  I can also avoid the cats jumping in my lap to help me eat, by eating at a table.  AND..... I can sit and enjoy a glass of wine, or a beer..... and just enjoy the end of day.

I am learning that this is delaying my TV time.... and in turn, creating a more active lifestyle....
Instead of feeling obliged to continue watching TV for the rest of the evening, I am getting out and walking after dinner.

**Note:  During the week, I am coaching until 8.45pm.  When I arrive home after coaching, I might enjoy a piece of fruit, or a small salad, if I am hungry.  I eat based on hunger level, as one of my iron laws is -- EAT when I am HUNGRY.  DON'T EAT IF I AM NOT.-- **

I am finding I have more time, when I am not using the television to keep me company.
AND I am seeing that I am spending more time in the kitchen and enjoying the food I am preparing.

I also view the computer like the television.  When I am eating, the computer is OFF.  The phone is in the other room.  Distractions are minimal, and I am actually enjoying my food.  I tend to eat less.  And I feel better.

I trust as I continue to develop these new habits, this will help me in my 60# weight loss goal.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

And.... We're off....

..... running.  Literally.

Started today, slowly with a 3 mile run, and 30 minutes rowing (distance 5588m).

Last night was tough.  Something I ate didn't agree with me, and I was up part of the night eliminating it.  EWWWWW.... and this morning, I woke feeling less than stellar.
But I was convinced to move onward.

Off to the YMCA where they have a rowing machine placed near the indoor track.  It is away from the hustle and bustle.  Peaceful.  I put my ear buds in and rowed to the mixes in my i-pod.

Later, I need to bike 45 minutes.  I plan to do that before practice.
Now to enjoy a late breakfast.  YUM.....

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Stepping Back to Move Forward

After struggling with the major part of this year..... inconsistency and lack of motivation....., I have decided to step back so that I can move forward.  I am going to spent the majority of this summer laying a foundation, getting back into the best racing condition that I can to be able to race.  My racing plans for 2012 have been shifted, and the races are going to be a stepping stone for training and preparation.

The goal is to become lean and fit, and fully prepared to train for the races I want to be successful at.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rowing hurts your bottom....

..... afterall, every stroke consists of a squat and an arm pull, and then recovery.....

I love rowing. Once I learned how to properly row, I have used it as a cross-training, fitness tool. Someday, I would like to have my own Concept 2 Rower.

This morning, after a dynamic warm-up, I rowed 3000m. I started with 9 repetitions of 30-30s, and moved to a recovery. The goal was 10 minutes..... I completed 5. I was bored honestly. I have decided that rowing is one of the few exercises that probably needs to be completed with head phones on, at the gym. If I was home.... I would turn up the stereo. Or.... next time, I could row with a friend.

Any takers?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

True Colors....


someone's true colors shown through for me to see......
someone who abused her position of authority.
someone who demonstrated that some people wear many different faces.....


I reflected as to what my true colors are, and what I want these to be.....


Am I showing these colors in my daily activities?

Monday, March 26, 2012

And welcome week two.....


BRRRRRRRR!!!!! It's cold outside!

After a gorgeous week of sunshine, winter has returned. Or perhaps, the weather more specific to this time of year. And it is freezing this evening!

Last week, I lost 3.0#.
Last week, I ate predominantly fruits and veggies.

I felt great. Looking forward to this week.

Tomorrow, the goal is to run and train. And teach spin in the morning.

Maybe it will warm up.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Third Law

The Third Iron Law is:

When you feel SATISFIED (not overfull),

Sounds simple....but how many times does mindless eating happen. The bag of chips, nuts, the plate of food is gone before you know it!

By eating away from the TV, focusing only on eating while eating, and putting my fork down between bites to chew.... I have been able to spend the time enjoying my food. Sometimes, I can eat more than other times. (I might be hungrier). And sometimes, I just need a bite or two or three and I am satisfied.

I remember being told about the 80% rule-- eat until you are 80% full, and you will never over eat. For someone who hasn't taken the time to learn about themselves, this is hard to comprehend. But I am discovering where this is..... and I am less likely to overeat and feel 'stuffed' after eating.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

And the second law.....

The second iron law is to: EAT CONSCIOUSLY.
Eat slowly and enjoy every mouthful.

Someone suggested putting a timer on, set for 15 minutes. If you are finished eating before the timer goes off, you are eating too quickly.

Another reminded me that our stomachs do not have teeth. Digestion starts in our mouths, and yet, there are times I inhale my food. Especially, if I am multi-tasking, or sitting in front of the television.

I cleaned my kitchen and cleared the kitchen table this weekend. Regardless of what else is going on in my life at that moment, I am sitting at the table in the kitchen (or the one on the deck, now that it is spring) and eating. I am finding that this is giving me a break from the busy-ness in my life at that moment.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring!


I did two training sessions. A 3.5 mile run, at an easy pace, and a weight training/athletic development session. Med ball work, remedial mini-band work, and other stuff targeting on the core, legs and upper body.

I also ate like a vegetarian, having only some jarlsberg cheese with my lunch and a yogurt in my shake breakfast shake.
I am enjoying the variety.
And I really am not missing the 'meat'.... I know I will enjoy some fish or other animal protein at some point, I just don't want it now.

I feel great and am enjoying it.

Tomorrow evening..... I fast.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Day One is Complete.....

I am sitting reflecting as the sun is setting.

It was a good day. Soon, I will head off to the YMCA and do my training for the day. I taught spin this morning, and after work I needed a nap. I have learned that napping is a good thing after a 5.30 am spin class.

My day's focus was on the Iron Laws, specifically the first one: When you are Hungry, EAT. If you are not hungry, DON'T EAT.

It sounds simple. But as I have shared before, how many times do I find myself doing this. Sitting in front of a movie, and just eating for entertainment.

And.... how frequently do I eat when I should be drinking water.

My focus was drinking more water, enjoying my rest time, and limiting my coffee consumption.
How was your day?

Taking a step....

Take that step. Change your direction.
In a year from now, you will thank yourself for it.


You could stay where you are doing the same things you are doing.

You know, INSANITY, by definition is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

So.... I have begun in a new direction to achieve the same goal.

1. Eating in my kitchen. -- it is amazing how satisfied I feel without over eating since there is no distraction to my eating.

2. Eating only when I am hungry -- I woke this morning to teach spin, and I was thirsty. I drank water..... and I felt satisfied. I felt hungry after my spin class.

3. Choosing wisely -- eating junk, makes me feel like junk..... so, I need to choose wisely the food I want to put in my body.

These three steps are helping me in the new direction.

What step are you taking today?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Don't eat in front of the television!

Mindless calories.... is usually what happens when we sit in front of the TV to eat. Before you know it, that bag of 'chips' is empty, the plate of food clean.... even though you may no longer have been hungry half way through. When we eat in front of the TV, we are distracted. The focus is no longer on the food, the meal, and the enjoyment of it. I know if I eat in front of the television, I am distracted.

Living alone presents challenges. I eat many meals alone. It is easy to focus on many other things.... except when I am 'sharing' my meal with my cats. They like what I eat.

I was recently introduced to the book, F*ck Calories (you can down load here for free!).
The author shares interesting insights. I laughed through some of it, and thought much of it is wisdom I have shared. I encourage the read.... as the author shares thoughts that dispute conventional wisdom.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Today's assignment:

Run 30 minutes as fast as possible.

Sounds simple..... BUT: If I go out too fast, I will crash and burn. If I go out too slow, I will not cover the ground necessary.

I don't want to die. I need to be able to move quickly for a long period of time.
Another reason why consistency is important. Another reason why I need to continue to challenge myself, daily.

The result: it was a hard 30 minutes. 6K was covered. It was challenging.... but I made it.

NOTE TO SELF: squatting before a hard run may not be the best option, next time.

Monday, March 12, 2012


Comparison is the thief of joy. No matter what we do, most of us will never look like supermodels or celebrities, or perform like elite athletes. Accepting that will make our lives a whole lot better.

It is easy to look around at the starting line and compare......
It is easy to look at different body physiques, at body structures, at leanness, at abs, at legs, and then look down on yourself because your body is different.

All of us have something we might want to change about our physical self, our outward appearance. Instead of putting ourselves down, we need to embrace our differences. We need to work at being the best that we can possibly be.

I cannot change my height, but I can change the amount of body fat I carry on my frame. I can choose wisely my food. I can eat when I am hungry and not out of boredom. I don't have to eat the whole container. I can be more active. I can choose to be consistent. And I can love who I am every day.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I just love the smell of grapefruit in the morning. It is eye-opening, and wakening.

Last week, I bought a bag of grapefruit and it is absolutely amazing to walk in my kitchen and smell the fresh citrus. It is better than coffee. Yes, I am a crazy person who might buy several grapefruit just for the aroma.

Fortunately, these are sweet and juicy and taste as wonderful as they smell.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Tips for Living an Awesome Life

Mark Twain’s 9 Tips For Living An Awesome Life

1. Approve of yourself.
“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”

2. Your limitations may just be in your mind.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

3. Lighten up and have some fun.
“Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing.”
“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”

4. Let go of anger.
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”

5. Release yourself from entitlement.
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”

6. If you’re taking a different path, prepare for reactions.
“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

7. Keep your focus steadily on what you want.
“Drag your thoughts away from your troubles… by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it.”

8. Don’t focus so much on making yourself feel good.
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”

9. Do what you want to do.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday, 2 March

Today, I woke to snow. Not a lot... but the kind that goes crunch under your foot step. The cats enjoyed some 'play-time' on the deck to put their foot prints in the snow. Well, I am not sure Aries was too thrilled about it, but he wasn't going to miss out on something that Leo was doing.

I have been observing that I have been eating junk. It is easy to do so, when funds are short, or I am feeling lazy, and well.... it is sad, because my body is craving the good stuff! It is time to drop the extra few pounds that are the hurdle that haunt me. I had considered (again) different programs to follow.... but the truth is, I don't follow them, and do not want to be tied to a point system. I just need to eat clean. Lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats and resume my fasting. I feel good when I do that. And I need to train regularly and consistently. And do resistance training. The resistance training is the stuff that gives me the strength to do what is necessary to run, swim and bike. Period.

March is upon us. It is the beginning of the third month of this year. AND 2012, is going to be amazing!!! It is already Rocking.... I have one race under my belt.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day Two....

Yesterday was certainly challenging. It only hurt when I walked.

Today was simpler. I know as training resumes and I am gaining a higher fitness level, the recovery from the next race will be easier. Training officially resumes Monday.... but I swam today, and hope to run Thursday and Friday. Not too far, just an easy little run around town.

Tomorrow morning will be interesting. I am teaching spin.

I need to increase the fruit I am eating. Looking forward to summer to return and the fresh berries, and oranges, and other wonderful fruits that come with it.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hyannis Half: The Report

The result: I finished.

Honestly, when I started this run I did not know how it would end. I had been struggling with training after being sick. My goal was to use this half marathon as a training day. I was using it to determine my fitness level.

The morning of the race was cold. It was windy, and I knew it would be colder as on the run by the water front.

Well.... the race unfolded.

First and foremost, I loved this course. I am looking forward to running it next year. I anticipate a much different run and scenario. The Hyannis Half is a gorgeous run.

As the race began, I was reminded of the words of Jimmy Radcliffe, a coach I respect and admire, 'The best way to get in shape is to stay in shape.' These words could not have held more true. I was reflecting on the fact that my base fitness was sketchy at best. This winter has not been kind to me in training.

My goal was to finish.

And the race unfolded. I ran a phenomenal opening 7 miles. As the course brought me to the water front, the cold air hit my chest like a ton of bricks. I knew then there would be no negative split; there would be no PR today. Not that I expected one. I wanted to finish.

The cold air felt like it froze in my lungs, causing me to gasp for more. I felt a crushing feeling in my lungs. I was hyperventilating. And as I was hyperventilating, the muscles in my body were reminding me they needed oxygen. And I threw-up. That changed everything.

I walked the experience off as best as a could. The next 6.1 miles were the biggest challenge or struggle of my life. I walked and slogged to the finish. I was lapped and passed by everyone. I kept saying I was not going to give up. I was photographed. I coughed. And yet, I continued moving toward the finish line.

As I approached the finish, I was struggling..... my calves and my quads wanted to cramp. I slogged to the finish. And I crossed the line. I finished the race. I did not quit.

The race that opened the 2012 season was not anything like I anticipated.
I finished the first race of the Cape Cod Trilogy.

I trust that my training will resume before the weeks end. I anticipate achieving competition fitness soon.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tomorrow is Race Day.....

I am home after my adventures of the day. I spent some time at the Race Expo for the Hyannis Half Marathon tomorrow morning.

I have and have not been training.
Not certain that I am ready by any stretch of the imagination, I recognize that this run will be a challenge. I was sick with some sort of flu at the end of 2011, and then again last week, when I was recovering from an eye infection.

Now, I am home..... I have eaten. I am hydrating. And I am thinking about tomorrow as the wind whips around the apartment. There is no mercy with wind gusts up to 60 mph. Earlier there were snow flurries.

Tomorrow, is supposed to be a high of 43 and sunny. Tomorrow, is a training day..... with several hundred other runners, and a medal as the reward. Perhaps, after my race I will get some pancakes.

Otherwise, I am just enjoying the evening.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012



I ran comfortably at cadence.... military running pace..... for 45 minutes! Psych.
No where near ready for Sunday... but I don't think I will completely die.

I also have been working on my training schedule. Considering the races ahead, and the A-races consisting of a full marathon, and a half-iron. Looking forward to the training. I enjoy training, actually. Sometimes more than racing.... and I do enjoy racing!

I also got on the scale this afternoon. The scale read less than my last weigh-in, by a pound, and it was late afternoon, after I ate and was fully clothed. Interpretation: I have lost more than a pound. YAY!!!

Tomorrow morning, chaos begins.... well, kinda! Training cycle begins and early AM cycling class to be taught. Looking forward to getting in the pool soon to swim!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February--- Reevaluating

It is almost mid-February.

After stepping on the scale this morning, I know it is time to reevaluate and redirect my goals and objectives. On a positive note, I am now comfortable riding an entire spin class with my participants. And do so in a manner that shows example, and makes the class about my peeps, not me. Because it isn't about me. My training time is my time.

Moving forward: my first goal is to get healthy again. I am fighting an eye-thing, and cold acquired from a pool I was teaching at. It is frustrating when I get sick from other people's negligence. I managed to get a chemical burn and this eye thing. Needless to say, I am no longer teaching at that pool.

As I achieve my health, I am going to run the Hyannis Half-Marathon on 26 February. I have decided to use this as a training day, not a race day. I know that sounds lame, but I do not want a DNF, unless I cannot run. So, I will use this 13.1 as a base training and move from there. I have the rest of the season/year to beat my time from this race.

I am going to spend the next six weeks getting in great running/training condition.

I have been reminded of something a mentor said: The best way to get in shape, is to stay in shape. I am experiencing this as I am moving forward to make 2012, the best ever!

Minor goals include losing 30#, and training for a half-iron. I will keep you posted on my races along the way. The only confirmed race this second, is the Hyannis Half on the 26th.

Well, I better go off for a run!!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Down Three in One Week....

I have been covering spin classes for a colleague this past week. So, I have added a class almost every day over the past two weeks. Madness, I say.... utter madness. The result. My exercise volume has increased.

Our bodies respond to increased volume in different ways.
Of course, as the caloric (energy expenditure increases), the need for more calories increases as well. I have been eating more.
And our recovery needs change. I have found it challenging to execute back to back classes, and those classes done at night and then the early morning. My body needs rest.

My final outcome-- I am feeling tired this morning. (I resume my regularly scheduled program tomorrow).... and I stepped on the scale, and was down three pounds. I am by no means complaining.... but as volume changes, it is important for me to remember the care I need to provide for my body.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I was told we create our own drama.... i agree and disagree. There are dramatic situations, which we did not start, that are draining, which we have no control over.... I guess if we reacted poorly, that would be our drama.

Yesterday, was one such day. I am teaching swim lessons for a local swim club. The club has not yet processed my direct deposit. So, I need to wait for the paper check to be mailed to me. Perfectly acceptable, since this is how it is done. I can be patient.

Payday was the 15th, which was a Sunday and Monday was a holiday. No indication of alternate arrangements with the payday, were made. (But I expected this, and anticipated receiving the check by friday, 20th). Friday came and went, no check. Saturday, a snow storm, and still no check.

OK.... It has to be here Monday. I need this money.... the JEEP is running on less than a quarter tank and I have to voyage to Rhode Island tonight to teach. Off to teach AquaFit, and then to check the mail (on the way to the mailbox, I put my last $4 in the JEEP to get home)..... AND, no check. NO CHECK. How could someone not mail my check???

After a go-around with my immediate supervisor, as I was clearly not going to be able to drive 50-miles, she ended up providing me 'aggravation money' and gas in my JEEP. She was equally frustrated. This was ridiculous.... and of course, the person responsible for payroll was unavailable for calls or text messages at this point.

This is really scary. I would like to eat. I would like to buy cat food. I would like to pay a bill or two. And my employer has yet to mail the check. The end of the next pay period is Saturday..... hopefully, I will receive my check by then. In the mean-time, I have begun the search for more gainful employment and am working on expanding my clientele..... as I cannot be delinquent in my responsibilities, because someone doesn't seem to care about putting a stamp on a check and mailing it.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

I recently was in association with a group of individuals, who under the guise of making changes and needing support were acting insanely. I am not judging.... but it seems that at times we (myself included) behave insanely, in attempts to make the changes.

It is at these times that I need to stop the madness and take pause and stop and listen and the answer comes to me. It is at times like these that I need to do something different to break the cycle of insanity.

Courage is necessary to break the cycle of insanity. Courage to step forward and try something different; to look in the face of failure and challenge oneself to do it differently, to make the change that is necessary.


And a little help from friends..... keeping in mind, that we cannot dictate the direction or means that the help is given. Sometimes, it comes in the form of a reprimand. Sometimes, a hug. Sometimes that still calm voice. I keep learning that if it is something I don't want to hear... it is probably is what I need to hear. I am also learning that I need to separate myself from people who are overly dramatic, and clearly are self-serving in their motives.

As for that group of individuals... i do hope they individually and collectively break the cycle of insanity. I do hope they achieve their goals. I do hope they realize that in their quest for creating a supportive group, extended none.... as they wanted only support for themselves, and offered none to someone whose goals were different from their own.


Friday, January 20, 2012

I don't want to be....

The type of woman who accepts failure, or makes excuses for my failures, or surrounds myself with people who make me feel good because I am failing under the guise of support.....

I want to face my failures and learn from them.
I want to have people in my life who support me, but help me face my failures, so that I step forward to be better and am challenged in doing so.
I expect my friends to challenge my beliefs and correct my illusions and thinking... showing me different thoughts to expand my parameters.

I want to be better. I expect my people to be better and continue to move onward and upward.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

And so I fasted....

I have been working on this on Wednesday evenings and Sundays.
This has been a struggle, until yesterday.... well, maybe not a struggle.... but i seem to be able to find excuses to eat. Granted, I eat when I am hungry.

Normally on Wednesdays, I teach swim lessons in the evening and because I am in COLD water, I am HUNGRY when I get out of the pool. Yesterday, my strategy was different. I ensured I had water available throughout the day. I was certain I was properly hydrated. AND I ate my 'lunch' later in the day.... partially because I had an on-line chatter session, and partially because I wasn't hungry. In doing so, I wasn't hungry in the evening. I did, however, drink a cup of mocha coffee after swim lessons.... I was cold.

And this morning, I woke feeling tired because of the early hour. I did not feel hungry. I drank water, and went to teach spin. After class, I enjoyed breakfast.... an two-egg omelette, with feta cheese, olives, slivered almonds and spinach. I feel great.

And BTW, I dropped two pounds since my last weigh in.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Morning Run....

Most difficult run EVER..... partially, because my running the last two weeks has been less than consistent. And I was tired. I taught a spin class last night, and did something to my calf.... which reminded me of that, this morning as I was pounding the pavement.

Also, I decided to interject the 'aerobic' portion of my resistance training protocol into the scheduled 3 mile run. So, after my warm-up I did fartlek, meaning 12 x 30 sec hard runs interspersed in 25 minutes. Let's just say, this kicked my butt.... and I found the need to walk in the recovery... and SO, i did.

I did however get a compliment on my new kicks.... the Asics Gel-Noosa Tri 6, in Neon Yellow, Glow White and HOT Pink of course. I guess I have to run fast now.

Scale down 1#. Nothing significant.... as I am playing this game 1 down, 1 up, well, you know!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Flight 2012

Welcome to Flight #2012.

We are prepared to take off into the New Year.

Please make sure your Attitude and Blessings are secured and locked in, in the upright position.
All self-destructive devices should be turned off at this time.
All negativity, hurt, and discouragement should be put away.
Should we lose altitude under pressure, during the flight, reach up and pull down a Prayer!
Prayers will automatically be activated by Faith.
Once your Faith is activated you can assist other passengers.
There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this flight.

The Captain has cleared us for takeoff --Destination - GREATNESS!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


So, this week..... I managed to 'over-book' my teaching.

I taught spin last night, and then this morning.... Will teach tomorrow morning and then friday evening. WOW. This is above and beyond my normal training.

I am glad that I enjoy this class.... and I teach on and off the bike, moving and changing positions, ensuring my participants are safe.

Monday, January 9, 2012


I totally get I am not perfect physically. I get I am not as fit as I would like to be.

I was training today..... did some med ball work, skips, mini-bands, as well as some weights....
I was minding my business.... doing my thing. I had a cool conversation with these basketball players, I was doing my thing.


this older gentleman approaches me.....

'I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but the best way to lose weight is 'weight watchers'... I noticed you were looking at yourself in the mirror, and I lost 65# following them.'

WOW. All I could think was wow....
What do you say to that????

He went on to tell me he noticed that I wasn't consistent in my workouts. (I workout there the two days/week, I work there). AND greater consistency might help me achieve my goals as well.


All kinds of thoughts......

I smiled... And said, if I am seeking a program, I will keep that in mind, but the truth is I am preparing for the triathlon season... any extra body fat I am carrying now, will be gone as my volume increases.

I was just utterly astounded that someone would be so brazen, so rude, so disrespectful of boundaries.... he doesn't know me, he isn't even a personal trainer seeking business....
and then I was like, do I look that bad?????


But it was a reminder to me.... in my work, to respect people's boundaries. Share what I do, and permit the person time to processing.

How was your training today?


Say, YES to things that are totally out of your comfort zone.

This is your life!

What are you waiting for?

Sunday, January 8, 2012


I didn't make the whole day. I was unreasonably hungry at 6.30pm.... After a cup of coffee, and a half liter of water, the experience was worse.... so, i broke down and had some vegetables. Just enough to satisfy. I feel great.

Tomorrow... three miles, and 'regular' eating.

Today, I fast

Today, is a fast day.

Breakfast.... a two-egg omelette, with grape tomatoes, and sliced Jarlsberg cheese and two clementines on the side. I am now enjoying a cup of coffee, and am looking forward to my run in a bit.

I am scheduled to do a 90-minute run.

I might have some protein powder mixed in apple sauce after my run, but I will see.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Does 'dieting' really work???

I was invited to a group (a virtual group through facebook) to promote lifestyle changes in 2012.... Several of the women are on weight watchers, and are consumed with counting points...

One woman indicated that she was starting again.... as when she stops measuring and counting and eating responsibly she put it all back on (with interest)... And as I was reading her post, I really thought.... is this working??? Does one have to count points for the rest of their lives, or are they learning something through this program??? And we see it all the time.... lose weight, gain weight, lose some more weight... gain it all back. Starting where we began.

What stops the madness?? What creates a new lifestyle? What creates a new 'you?'

And I keep coming back to the 'primal lifestyle'... the Spartan or Warrior way.....
I am in the midst of a 21-Day total body transformation... I am not naive and expect to have a completely new body in 21 days.... I am following a blueprint that is the beginning of adopting new habits, changing the old ones... things that I know work for me....

Eating more fruits and veggies.
Eating lean meats and fish... mostly fish.
Eating nuts.
Eliminating the gluten.... and the grains.
Enjoying long walks and exploring, challenging myself to run and jump and hop and skip.
Giving myself plenty of rest.

I feel better. I look better. And I enjoy this lifestyle.

I want to take a cooking class, to learn more about fish preparation..... since I am living on the coast and can 'catch' my own fish... I want to know how to prepare it, so I will take advantage of this.

I will keep you posted on the 21-day transformation, as I am seizing this year.

My skin is itchy....

I have been teaching swim lessons.... and the result, I am spending more time immersed in chlorinated water... and my skin is itchy.

Since I have eliminated the gluten and the grains.... I have lost that bloated feeling I get, especially during the hormonal fluctuations.

I taught swim this morning, and I was in the water 2.5 hours....
The result: I was freezing after classes. It takes forever to warm up!!!
And now, my skin is itchy.... I will need to moisturize again, and hope for the best.

Friday, January 6, 2012

6 January.....

It is now Friday!!!

This week took off like a whirl-wind.... and I was along for the ride!!!!
Two spin classes taught, one participated. Runs. And a swim!!!
This morning, I slept.

I woke to snow. It looked like someone had had fun with an air brush and sprayed the ground.

I feel good. A little tired b/c of the up late, out early routine that has been adopted, and the split shifts as I am adopting new work routines.

Eating feels good. I was 'craving' asian food... and so I bought wonton soup... the place i buy it from puts kale leaves and pork strips in the broth, so the soup is amazing with or without the wontons... which sometimes, i cannot be bothered with.... and beef with broccoli. It was perfectly steamed, and seasoned lightly.... and I ate it without the rice. (Granted they give you enough food for three or four people.... so, I had several meals through the week).

Swim lessons... i wish the pools would turn up the heat a little bit. If I am teaching lessons and shivering.... what are the kids doing that are taking the lessons??? It is way not cool.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Run Number One....

This morning.... I wasn't prepared. I wasn't ready to start the week.... I was still enjoying the peace and rest of the previous week. And the result, I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off..... I didn't plan ahead last night; I didn't pack my bag.

And so.... I arrived at the YMCA. I left my sneakers in the car. I forgot my training journal.
I didn't feel like going back to the Jeep. Horrible.

I came home and ate and rested and I debated, and I seized the moment.....
And I ran. The first 5K of the year is now under my belt.

Tomorrow.... I will do better. Tomorrow.... I will be better prepared.
Tomorrow..... I am running and swimming.

January 2

How much happiness is gained, and how much misery escaped, by frequent and violent agitation of the body. -- Samuel Johnson

The main goal of running is not to finish first, or run faster than you ever have before, or beat your competitors, although any one of these can be, at times, a very worthy goal.

The main goal of running is to enjoy yourself. Whenever you run, keep that in mind.

There is one indisputable rule of the roads: If you do not enjoy running, you will not run. If you do not run, you will not reap any benefits from it.

Everything starts with fun, a sense of play. Lacking that, all is lost. Though runners often work desperately hard at it, most love what do and get an elemental charge from it. To borrow a line, at the heart of every runner is a little boy or girl.

Inevitably some days seem more like work than pleasure. When this occurs, ask yourself, Are you focusing too much on the duty and routine, times and mileage? Every day is a good day when you run. Remember that, and you'll be fine.

*From The Runner's Book of Daily Inspiration*

Today, my running resumes. I have struggled the past week recovering from being sick, and I have missed running. I love the feeling of pushing myself to run faster; I love the ability to be outside, regardless of the weather. I love the sun and the rain, and I love running in each of those. I love running in the snow.

This morning.... I redirected my 21 day challenge. I recommenced the 21 days today. The month of January will be focused on and directed to challenging myself to be the best I can be.

And today, begins the new adventure.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Starting the New Year right....

This morning.....

I managed to clip my shin just right on the corner of my cedar chest!! YAY!!! Taking one for the team.... and it really, really, really hurt.... Well, I just thought that it was because I hit it just so... AND THEN, I looked at my leg. I took a big chunk out of my shin. OUCH!!!!

Yay!!! My first bump of 2012!!!

And then I weighed in after eating breakfast and drinking lots of fluids, so the results might be skewed... but I am up 2# after being sick. I don't think I am going to gain any more back. I will take it. I feel good. And I am continuing my goals for 2012.

I then went to Gooseberry Island, in Westport. There was a walking tour of the island. I ended up walking the island by myself.... LOL. But alas it was a beautiful day and a great day to be walking and smelling the salt air and enjoying/celebrating life.

How did your New Year's begin?