Monday, August 16, 2010
Well, I got my 8-mile walk in this past Saturday. YAY! I skipped Sunday due to some unfortunate tummy issues (I won't go into more detail here for your sake!). I am definitely beginning to understand why training, specifically outside in the elements, is so important. As a newbie 3-Day walker, I learned some invaluable lessons this weekend so I'll take a few minutes to share them with you.
Lesson learned: Account for the unexpected and over estimate the time you'll have to spend taking breaks. Your family will get a nice surprise when you show up early but will worry like crazy if you're five minutes late!
3. Texting while training etiquette must be taught for apparently is not an inherent skill. I was visiting family and took time to be sure they knew when I left, and how long I expected the trip to take me. I did this because I didn't want anyone worrying about me unnecessarily. I had also planned to text my whereabouts once or twice during the trip so they'd know I was moving along safely. However, what I didn't realize is how excited they would be and how often they would text just to see how far I'd gotten. I started getting texts about four miles in. I'm in the zone, already ½ ways finished and just walkin', ya know? Then I get a text. I don't want to stop, move out of the way, turn my waist pack around, dig out my phone and read this message so I ignore it. A few minutes later, I begin to worry that whoever sent the message will start to worry if I don't respond so…I stop, move out of the way, turn my waist pack around, dig out my phone, read and respond to the message. I wait a few minutes thinking they will respond back but they don't so I get back on the road. Not two minutes later, I get another text. Grrrr. I go through the whole rigmarole again only to see a text message reading, "k." Argh! This happened a few more times and probably ended up eating ½ hour overall. This was a huge lesson for me in that I must go through texting and phoning etiquette with my family.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
On a sad note, I reached out through the Susan G. Komen training Share List in an attempt to hook up with walkers in my area. I did this because I live in Sacramento, CA but am walking in Phoenix, AZ and have pretty much been walking by myself since I started training. To put it mildly, that was getting a bit boring. So anyway, I exchanged some emails with Barbara and we were supposed to meet for our first walk this Saturday. Upon emailing her to confirm, I discovered that she had lost her fiancé just a few weeks prior and was heading out of town to seek some family support. I cannot begin to describe how sad I was for Barbara and wanted her to know that even though we never met, we are bonded through the 3-Day and that I would support her anyway I could. Barbara's story is a sad reminder that life butts its way into our training schedules in many different ways. Some simply annoying and others completely tragic. No matter what life circumstance might be interrupting your training, please remember that the training plan will always be there – ready for you when you're ready to jump back in and that the MOST important thing is for you take care of yourself.
If interested, I am including a link to the article Barbara sent me telling the tale of her heroic fiancé.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Well, I've been down and out for a while now. At the end of week four, I was having some pretty uncomfortable foot pain and decided to lay off for a bit. After two weeks, with no real improvement I went to the doctor to have a look-see. X-rays determined there was no stress-fracture (Yay!) but there was arthritis (Boo!). The Doc suggested I take one more week off, continue taking anti-inflammatory medicine, then get back on the road. About a week after that, I got an infected cyst on my inner thigh, which pretty much made walking impossible. I was quite afraid this second injury was going to be a doosey but after a week of antibiotics, I'm good as new and ready to get back on the road. Seems like I lucked out since Week 8 seems to be a mild one so I'm anxious to get back out there and get training.
With the Boston 3-Day starting this weekend, I was definitely feeling the pressure of not being on track with my training. I have addressed some of the issue in my previous post about issues I've been having with getting my walks in…
- I have found a few other women in my area that are training for the 3-Day. One that is actually training for the AZ walk, which is pretty amazing and a few others that are training for San Diego. We haven't managed to hook up yet but I'm certain we will soon.
- I still have a few more pieces of gear to get. I'm going to try out one of those little nylon backpacks and ditch the waist pack – I hate it. J I also need to find a hold for my iPhone. I plan of doing both of these tonight after work so I'm ready to go in the morning! J
Anyway, I just wanted check in real quick. I'll report back later with an update on my progress this first week back on the road!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
1. Gear. I am a plus-sized walker (5’8”, 275 lbs) which makes for some difficulty in finding correctly sized accessories. I’ve got stuff I have to take on my walk (e.g., phone, ID, keys, snack, etc.) and I can’t find something comfortable to keep them in (although I’m hoping to correct this with a very helpful post by The Pink Purpose titled Train with it, walk with it). I’ve been using a waist-pack (I call it this because a. I hate the term fanny pack; b. I would never and have never called my rear end a fanny; c. I don’t wear it on my fanny so that doesn’t make sense anyway; and d. a tummy pack, which is where I wear it, doesn’t sound any better). This waist-pack is anywhere from a few to several inches too small (and yes, I’ve got it extended as far as it will go) and though it doesn’t hurt while I walk (yet!) my waist is sore once I take it off and I’m certain that means I should NOT plan to use this particular piece of gear during the actual 3-day event, which also means I’m not doing myself any favors by training with it.
In a previous post, I included a few pictures of some other waist-packs I might try but I’m beginning to rethink the entire waist-pack idea at this point. To come back to the blog mentioned above, I think I will test out one of those super lightweight nylon drawstring backpacks and a hand held water bottle. I walked in the Fleet Feet Sports’ Women’s Fitness Festival in Sacramento earlier this month and carried my water bottle. I thought this was going to be a pain but I found that I drank more often and used my hands more (keeping them from swelling) so in addition to maybe solving the waist-pack/corset torture device I usually use and possibly improving my hydration and swelling – I’ll definitely be trying this one in the very near future.
2. Loneliness. I want to preface this by saying I am typically a loner, which is not to say that I don’t enjoy company or prefer to be alone but simply that I’m comfortable with myself and don’t require company. However, walking with myself (rather than “by myself” which sounds negative) has led to feel a bit lonely on my walks, which doesn’t really help the time go by faster. I have been walking on secure bike trails so I feel comfortable using my iPhone for entertainment but that just isn’t cutting it these days.
In hopes of remedying this, I am taking the advice of fellow the fellow 3-day walker known as 60 Mile Girl. Her post, Connections Really Count, has me thinking that I could definitely be doing more to break out of my loner shell and become a fully invested participant in the 3-day community. I created a Twitter account this morning (which I’ll admit is totally overwhelming right now but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it) and am committed to finding local walkers that I can join up with. The only possible issue with this is finding some local walkers that are on the same schedule as me (Arizona, Nov 12th-14th). The closest events are San Francisco (Oct 1st-3rd) and San Diego (Nov 19th-21st). I’m thinking that anyone walking in the San Diego event will be pretty darn close to my schedule so that might be my best bet.
3. Time. I almost feel lame putting this one down (although it is my last issue…YAY!) because I KNOW this is something EVERY 3-day walker struggles with so although these reason are nothing new, I still need to get them out there so I can work through them and LET THEM GO! I have two kids (10 and almost two), one husband (probably didn’t need clarify the number there), a full-time job, nearby family, too many summer activities planned, and just not enough time in the day! I tried getting up early during week to come to walk on the beautiful 32-mile bike trail by my office. This worked for a while but I was having such a hard time getting up early enough to be finished, presentable, and at my desk by 7:30am that I just stopped doing it. I tried walking in the evenings on a 1.5-mile bike trail closer to my home, which was okay until we hit 100+ degrees. Working is the evening is definitely tough. Once I get home, I usually do not want to leave again because I change clothes and get comfy and am enjoying my family. I find it hardest to sacrifice this time with them. So – I guess that just means I need to suck it up and drag my “fanny” out of bed in the morning, huh? Grrr…I HATE having to suck it up! I’ve heard of some folks splitting their walks up into chunks that are more manageable but I think for me, if I’m being honest, I just need to “get ‘er done!”
Okay so, there’s my semi-small laundry list of motivational issues. Nothing too surprising I’m sure but difficult to manage for me. Any suggestions on how to get over this hump?
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
So here I am, a first time 3-Day walker taking on this momentous challenge and feeling a little bit like a fish out of water at times.
I started 2010 with the grand idea to improve the quality of my life. Here I am, 32 years old, 5'8", 290 lbs – taking my body and my health completely for granted. What was I thinking letting myself go so far? I really don't know. I have a great husband, two healthy and active boys and I'm doing what with my life? Nothing really. I'm an okay mom in that I take good care of my kids – they have healthy food to eat and we have a good relationship. I'm an okay wife. I treat my husband with respect and let him know every day that I appreciate him. Nevertheless, I'm not invested in this life of mine fully. I spend way too much time sitting on the couch watching TV, talking to my kids from the couch, reluctant to get off the couch sometimes. I was and sometimes still am a lump on a log! Even though I'm considered morbidly obese (yes – that is the ugly truth) – I don't have diabetes or high blood pressure or many of the other afflictions common to those that are overweight and I'm just sitting here saying, "Okay thanks body. Let's just see how much more you can take?" So again, what was I thinking?!?! So, like I said I'm okay but certainly not setting a good example for my boys or caring nearly as much about myself as I do for others and that's got to change.
Here we are, five months into 2010 and I'm not that much different. I haven't lost much weight, although I am working on it. I have been training, following a 12-week training plan to get me walking 3 miles per day – and therefore ready for the official 24-week training program which starts next week for the Arizona 3-Day. I have been fundraising, reaching just about 80% of my goal (which is the easy part for a fat person!). But I'm noticing that I do feel different and I'm being to forced to listen to my body in ways that I never did before. I listen carefully to what a hot spot on the inside of my right foot means, a pang in my left hip, inner ear soreness from my ear buds! But instead of complaints, I'm hearing "Thank you!" I'm hearing, "Man, this is kinda uncomfortable but holy moly it feels good to be moving again but please take care of me so I can keep it up."
As the final days of my 12-week training program come to an end, I am faced with new challenges. I haven't really been taking water with me, which is a no, no, I know! My mouth gets very pasty and I start to get headaches. I'm having a hard time find a waist pack that will fit my nearly 52" waist. I am also needing more than one sports bra (washing it every night just isn't a reality) but it's very difficult to find something that fits my 44" DDD chest! I'm noticing that my panties start buggin' after a few miles and large women lingerie is pretty pricy. But instead of feeling like these are insurmountable challenges, I feel grateful that I get to be the person latching on to a store clerk and sharing my woes so I can find just the right waist pack or non-slipping panties! I feel proud that I'm doing something to become an active participant in my life and no longer the person that's just looking for the nearest fast food restaurant.
I have met so many wonderful people on this journey so far. Some that are eloquent yet hilarious writers like Cat at FatGirlWalkin' and some that give the brutally honest advice we all need to hear, like John's post about potty breaks at 60miles3days. All of these people have helped me feel like I am part of a community – no matter my size or my ability – I'm here and working toward the same goal as so many others. There are also those who post about their personal experiences with cancer like Tracy Dart at Team Tracy who writes about being "Whatever it takes girl". I have been "the least I have to do girl" and now – having met so many wonderfully amazing people – I'm ashamed to have taken my precious life for granted. I WANT to be "whatever it takes girl" from here on out! I deserve it, my kids deserve it, my husband deserves it and I OWE it to all the men and women out there that can't!
Monday, May 24, 2010
I'm taking it easy right now - by easy I mean trying to focus just on my training. The start date for the 24-week training program is coming up quickly and I even though I'm scared of the time drain - I'm also ready for the challenge (I think).
I have been gobbling up the helpful information experienced 3-day'ers have been provding in their blogs. So many things I never would have thought of and will now be saved the embarrasement and/or pain of experiencing them first hand.
I have just over $400 left to raise but I'm taking my time to decide what other fundraising events I will do. I have considered a spaghetti feed, car washes, and poker nights. I'm also pretty confident that I do up a cool T-shirt design to sell if I can find someone to make me a good deal on printing...so many options.
Anyway, I'm exstatic to see so many other walkers suceeding in their fundraising. A few walkers posted they'd reached their goal recently on the Susan G. Komen 3-day for the Cure Facebook page. I can't wait to be there too!
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Well, I've been working out steadily and consistently for about three weeks now. (I started back in January but have been all over the place as far as how often or long I exercised.) I have been following a 12-week since March program to get me walking 3 miles a day. When this ends in May, I will transition to the 24 week program to take me right up to the 3-Day event in Arizona.
When I started walking - I was averaging just over a 20 minute mile. I was happy with this but it would mean that I would end up walking about 7 hours a day once I arrive at the 3-Day event in Arizona. Over the last three weeks, I have shaved about 3 minutes off my mile and 1 HOUR off the time it would theoretically take me to walk 20 miles/day in November. Wow! I feel great. Walking just over a 17 minute mile really get my heart rate up, gets me sweating, and gets my muscles burning. I can FEEL that I'm not only building up my strength and endurance but also creating a healthier being. I can feel the muscles in my thighs, calves, tummy and arms - all of them - and instead of being whiny about the burn - it actually feels good. I can feel my body thanking me for putting it to good use and not taking it for granted.
So - here's to my body! Thank you for being so strong and staying with me even when I was abusing you. Thank you for staying healthy even when I tested I your limits. Thank you for being there to support me and being ready for the challenge when I finally woke up. Thank you!
Friday, April 9, 2010
I joined Weight Watchers at the end of March. When the year started and thus my commitment to LIVE HEALTHIER I wasn't sure where to start. So I exercised off and on – talked to a few friends about it but really hadn't found that "thing" to really get me motivated and committed. The 3-Day ended up being that "thing". So..two months into 2010 and my idea to live healthier – I finally got started. I was walking and making some general changes to my eating habits but wasn't really seeing or feeling the results. So, I happened to ask a co-worker out to lunch on a Thursday afternoon and she said she couldn't because she had a Weight Watchers meeting. Now – while I had a 1 in 5 chance of picking the day she went to WW (which are pretty good odds) I decided to take this coincidence as a sign. A sign that WW just may be what I need. SO…at the end of March, I joined.
The first week I lost 2.8 lbs and felt that was a respectable number…something I could live with. The second week I "only" lost 0.4. I was a little surprised but still positive – down is down after all. BUT later that night, I realized that I was desperately trying to convince myself that I should actually feel bad about only losing 0.4 and that a pizza would probably make me feel better about the whole thing. I know, I know – you're yelling at your monitor right now! What was I thinking?!? My cousin kindly reminded me on Facebook that slow and steady wins the race and she's right. I am on a steady path going in the right direction. Some days could be a sprint while others are a meandering stroll – but I AM moving in the right direction. After all, the numbers on the scale are not my only goal. I have walked just over 6 miles this week – precisely as my training program said I should! I feel better, have more energy, and have walked four days in a row – something I've never managed do…EVER! This is nothing to feel bad about!
So…what's the lesson here? I guess it's to remember that we can be our own worst enemies and are capable of sabotaging ourselves better and quicker than anyone else ever could. Leaning on my friends and family and even strangers to give me support when I don't have the motivation myself is the first thing I did right when I began this journey. I'm doing the work but I CANNOT get there alone! Losing 115 lbs AND training to walk in the Arizona 3-Day is no easy feat and even when the results seem like a drop in the bucket (e.g., just a few tenths of a pound lost, a few bucks in a donation, a few minutes to train instead of an hour) – it takes a lot of those drops to make the bucket full and they all REALLY do add up.
So I want to thank my walking and WW buddy Kit, for her companionship and inspiration (she also got me to sign up for a 5k in Sacramento in June) and the rest of my family and friends for the constant and persistent well wishing and support. I also owe a HUGE thanks to everyone else that has supported my effort so far through monetary donations, purchases at my fundraisers, providing ideas on how to raise more money, volunteering time to help me get ready for a fundraiser…and every other way one might support me.
I SINCERELY APPRECIATE YOU ALL and I hope you realize what an important role you are all playing in literally changing my life!
Monday, March 22, 2010
1. Lots of books to choose from. I received so many donations (really without much effort) that provided a wide variety of books and authors that seemed to be very appealing to the buyers.
2. Location, location, location. Purchasing a spot from Denio's for $22 (paid for by my first book sale - my hardback Harry Potter series for $40) gave me a huge audience of people already looking for treasures.
3. Signage. I purchased a 3' x 6' sign from eBay saying "100% of proceed will be donated to Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure!" People couldn't help but noticed this sign and feel compelled to give a little (or a lot!).
I cannot thank my family and friends enough for their overwhelming support. So many books were donated, well-wishers stopped by to cheer me on, and my husband and mom got up at 3:30 am to load up and head to the swap meet - then stayed ALL DAY!
The only things I will do differently next time are:
1. Bring pink baloons. I want to make my site much easier to spot and locate.
2. More water. I was dying of thirst so I will be bringing much more cold water to keep me in good spirits.
There's really nothing else I would change. I COULD NOT have asked for a better first-time fundraising event!
As far as getting healthier goes, I decided to bite the bullet and join Weight Watchers. I really need some help getting on track with my weight loss. The extra pounds are definitely having a negative impact on my training. Not because I can't do it but because my taxed joints and feet are feeling the pain afterwards. I'm starting to notice this arthritic type ache the day after that is none to appealing and something I greatly desire to end. I'm also noticing that my jeans are actually feeling tighter instead of looser. Something that has me pretty concerned. I'm realizing now that I have been focusing WAY too much on fundraising instead of getting healthy. A balance in this area is critical because no amount of money is going to get me through the 60-miles if I weight 300lbs! And, on the other side, no amount of weight loss is going to get me to the event without my $2,300.
The good news is that I know I'll get there. I'm struggling daily with my weight but feel better about the steps I'm taking to change my thoughts and my habits than I EVER have before.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I was up late last night finishing The Lightning Thief with my oldest son, Sean. We had to finish it so we can go see the movie together on Monday! Even though we were up late, we all got up early to eat breakfast together, then Carlos headed off to his golf tournament at Cherry Island and Sean headed to his friend's birthday party. That left AJ and I in the quiet house. We hung out for a bit and then got dressed and head out for a walk in the beautiful sunshine. We made it just about a mile and a half before he started getting antsy. Nice quick walk that got my heart-rate up and burnin' some calories! I plan out going out with him again after he wakes up from his nap.
It's amazing to me how hard it's been staying on track with my goals. Each time I was pregnant, I was able to quit all the bad eating immediately, walk everyday, stay healthy - but when it's just for myself - I can't manage to stay the course. Why is that? That's been the greatest thing about training for this walk in November though. It's been just the thing to keep me focused - not only on exercising and getting in shape but also on raising money. I'm even planning to get the kids involved to help me make posters for my upcoming used book sale! So...fun for the whole family! Quality time with the munchkins, healthy time for me - sounds like a winning pair!
Anyway, I'd better get going. I've got some housework to do before the munchkin wakes up!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Here's to moving my a$$! :)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Now I'm sitting back and relaxing and paying attention the soul for the rest of the evening...
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Also - drum roll please....I am down 6 POUNDS! Yay!
Yesterday I bought the new Wii Fit Plus game. That game is way too much fun to be called exercise and yet, after 1/2 hour of "playing" I'm also feeling the burn! The whole family was up playing, laughing, challenging each other - what a blast!
I can't wait to see what next week brings! Wish me luck...
Friday, January 8, 2010
I was able to horse around with my little guy, picking him up and throwing him around. That got my arms feeling really good. I ran around with him on the floor crawling, laying, getting back up and then back down again. It didn't take much of that to feel my heart rate rising and cheeks flushing. While I'm looking forward to getting a more specific exercise program in tomorrow, I'm happy that I was happy to find such a happy medium this evening.
I actually think that tonight was good lesson for me to learn. It's not about what you do or when you do it. It's just doing something and finding a way to fit it into your life. Taking time to play with the kids is an amazingly fun way to get some exercise in without having to sacrifice our family time.
So happy with how things are going right now!
Okay, so it's been a few day since I've blogged but I am still here and doing well. My first day of exercising was quite literally torture. Nevertheless, it was a morning of torture I'm glad I participated in!
Unfortunately, I became so sore as Monday evening wore on and in full sore mode Tuesday morning that I haven't been able to exercise since. In fact, I haven't been able to walk much or sit down gracefully since then – for those are activities that require the use of my severely shocked thigh muscles.
The good news is that my legs are now healed. This healing occurred much faster than I thought it would which I take to be a very good sign that while unhealthy, I'm not quite as out of shape as I thought and my body is clearly ready for the challenge. The second and most excellent piece of news is that I did not deviate from my healthier eating. In my past diet/weight-loss ventures, one setback usually led to a justification of all out slacking. "Well, if I can't exercise there's no point – I might as well just eat want I want too." Therefore, I consider this minor setback accompanied with award winning stick-to-it-tiveness a major success!
I am writing this as Part 1 because I plan to blog about my return to exercise this evening. I think my long-term success will be better served by trying a workout that won't leave me bedridden so I'm going to experiment tonight and share my findings.
Thanks for sticking with me. Talk atcha tonight!
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
So - with that, I'll post this first blog and ask for anyone that comes across it to share a motivating story, quote, or sentiment. I believe this is important because together everyone achieves more!