30 July 2005

It's been a good few days with today being the best!!

I've really been eating well and exercise has been good. It's like something has happened and everything has fallen into place. I'm not sure what I did or how I did it but it happened. I no longer find myself craving sweets, I'm no longer stuffing myself but stopping when I'm full, I find myself making good choices even when not so good ones are available. I'm glad it's happened I just wish I knew what it was so I could tell people about it and they could do it too.

I've started walking the dogs in the morning. It's for them (Rocco and Nala both need to lose weight) and for me. Once I get my butt out of bed and moving I'm ready to exercise. So heading out with the dogs is a good warm up. By the time I get back I'm raring to go. I did take Friday off because I had plans of making today and tomorrow big exercise days. Today has worked out so far. I got up this morning and walked the dogs then came back and did the Firm Maximum Cardio Burn. Then it was off to WW with my butt and I was down .4 lbs - YEAH!!!! Before I left the house I was undecided about what I was going to do. I had planned on trying a run today but last night while walking the dogs I twisted my ankle yet again!!!! But after my aerobics this morning I felt really great so I threw my shoes in the car just in case. After WW I decided to take my old 6 mile walk so I headed off to the park where I start from. In my car I found my ankle brace that I had bought when I twisted my other ankle (oh where does this madness end??) and never really used. So I said to myself, "Self! If I wear this brace I can probably run some!" So I put on my brace, my shoes, my iPod, my hat and I was off. This is a nice walkway about 3.5 miles through a marshland so you get to see ducks and geese and all kind birds, it's nice. I started walking but pretty soon had to try running. I ran slow and stayed on the cement walk and it felt pretty good. I ran most of the the way out and was feeling pretty pleased with myself. On the way back I decided to try the gravel road. Now this was scary because some of the gravel is big enough to twist your ankle on. But I figured the fear is what's hurting me the most. I'm so damn afraid of twisting it again that I'm definetly going to twist it. So I headed off on the gravel walking. It was absolutely fine so I decided to try running. Again, I started real slow and was paranoid careful about where I stepped but after a few minutes I was picking up speed and doing great. I ran most of the way back and only stopped because my legs were getting tired. Since that's what happened last time I sprained it, I got tired and continued to run, I decided not to push it and walked the rest of the way. So it wasn't the 6 miles I had planned but I did do some running and it felt great. I've been wearing the brace all afternoon and my ankle is feeling awesome.

Well, that long rambing story took longer than my morning did :) After all that I went and did one of my favorite things: shopping!!! I had a 30% coupon for Lady Footlocker and they carry my running shoes so I went and got a pair so I'd have them when I need them. I also hit Sears clearance sale and got some seriously cute shorts and undies. Well, that was my day. Now I need to work on my website so as soon as my domain is propogated I can get it up.

27 July 2005

163 is where I'm starting....

Over at Renee's site she's having a little 6 week challenge and I've joined it. The plan is to lose 5 lbs by Labor Day. Since I forgot to weight myself yesterday I weighed this morning and that's where I'm starting. So 5 lbs would take me down to 158. I'd really like to hit 155 so maybe I'll secretly shoot for that.....

I am over my muscle soreness. The Firm on Saturday really killed me. Going for a long ass bike ride on Sunday didn't really help matters. Yesterday morning I could hardly get out of bed; so instead of aerobics as planned I walked on the treadmill for 45 mins or so. Even walking was hard my butt hurt so bad. This morning things were much better so I did The Firm again and although I could feel all my muscles I wasn't in agony.

Eating has been going really well. It really is like something has finally clicked in my head and I get it. I don't crave sweets or fatty stuff like I thought I used to. I really would prefer to eat healthy. In general it just tastes better and makes me feel way better. I did have Chinese food tonight, but hey, I can't be perfect all the time :)

Work has been insanely crazy for the past 2 weeks and it looks like it will be this week also. I haven't been getting my swimming in and I'm using work as my excuse; lame I know but the only one I got. I need to start swimming again though my tri is only about 8 weeks away. Hey, that's another good reason to lose 5 lbs - it will be easier to run and bike if I'm thinner......

Okay, I'm exhausted I have to go to bed NOW!!!!

24 July 2005

They call the wind Mariah.....

So me and the black Mariah went for our ride and it was awesome. I rode probably 16 miles in under an hour - woo hoo!!!! Of course, now I am dying. My ass and legs are sooooo sore from yesterday and today, it's hard to get up and down. It's a good sore though; something I haven't felt in way too long. So after bathing and eating breakfast I decided to go hang on the beach with the kids. It's an absolutely beautiful day here in Hawaii and I just couldn't resist. It still amazes me, even after 12 years, this is where I live:

That little island is known as Chinaman's Hat because it looks kind of like the hats the chinese used to wear when working the sugar cane and pineapple fields. Those mountains behind the Hat are the Koolau Mountains of Kaneohe. They run down the center of Oahu and are some of the most beautiful mountains in the world.



This book is the story of Chinaman's Hat and very cute. So yeah, this guy is hanging out under the water right by my house!!







So once we got outside the kids had to immediately head out into the water even though it was low tide. They love to swim and will just go swimming all by themselves.












Rocco will just sit in the water if the tide is low enough. Silly boy.....












Meanwhile Nala heads off to find something to play with; oh, this coconut frond will do nicely..












If I start at this end I'm sure I can destroy the whole thing......











Meanwhile, after a nice dip there is nothing like a good roll in the sand....












Now for a little crab hunting......














Whew, it's really hot out here. Maybe it's time for a little break in the shade....







At this point I layed down in the hammock and the picture adventure was over. There was a gentle breeze blowing swinging the hammock just slightly; there were boats on the water; the dogs were laying in the shade of the hammock resting; all was peaceful and quiet and achingly beautiful. God, how lucky am I to get to live in a place like this???

Something new and different.


So I'm trying this new blogger publisher that I picked up off Renee's site (Renee I hope you get something out of this). Sometimes I like to work on my entries for awhile and logging onto blogger each time can be annoying so I'm going to give this a try.

Well, about 5:30 this morning tons of sirens went flying by our house causing Rocco to howl like an old hound dog. This is Rocco; all 98 lbs of him.
So he sits on the end of the bed howling up a storm as all the emergency vehicles go by. After a few minutes of this both the hubby and I are wide awake and no chance of going back to sleep. So, I've been up since around 5:30 on the first Sunday in a really long time where I don't have to work :(.

I did get a chance to see the end of the Tour de France. Lance took #7; that is truly amazing. You know, over the course of the last 3 weeks I've seen a lot of info on Lance and it really stops and makes you think. First off, clearly he won the genetic lottery. I heard a Dr. say that if Lance never exercised he would be in the same shape as athlete who exercised for 2-3 years. So clearly genetics played a huge part in his ability. But he took that and made the most of it. He trains for hours a day. He has built up his aerobic capacity to amazing levels through his training. This really makes me stop and think; I'll never be like Lance but I should take advantage of the natural abilities I do have. I should keep moving and training and pushing myself to find my limits. I don't have the time to train like Lance does but I have time to train a lot more than I do right now. I use any excuse to stay in bed in the morning. I use any excuse not to do what I have planned for the day. Well, if this man can battle testicular, lung, and brain cancer and go on to win 7 Tours, I think I can drag my fat, lazy ass out of bed in the morning to do an hour of aerobics.

When I got up this morning it was raining; so I almost immediately wrote off my planned bike ride. My plan B to do aerobics is a no go as I am so sore from yesterday. Well, as I'm sitting here typing this the clouds are moving and the sun is coming through. Maybe if I wait till 7:30 or so I will be able to do my bike ride.
So from now on I'm going to use my LIVESTRONG bracelet as a talisman. If he can do what he did, I can certainly move my butt more.

So I'm off to ride my bike and think about the coming week and what I want to do health wise.
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