05 November 2005

Weight loss vs Ironman

We were talking at work yesterday and it really got me thinking; actually, it started to put things in a different light for me.

First, a little background. My boss is an Ironman. She has done 23 Ironman all over the world. She regularly qualifies for Kona. She also does Xterra regularly. Me, I'm fighting the battle of my weight (one I've been fighting my whole life) and just getting into triathlons. Okay, now you know.

We were talking about someone yesterday who had had gastric bypass to lose weight. She had lost a ton of weight and looked great. Now, she's beginning to gain the weight back. We were mulling over the possible reasons why this is happening and one of the things I said (which turned out to be profound) was some people who have this surgery can't live with the fact that they will never be normal again. They can't eat like normal people. They have to watch every single thing that goes in their mouth. They have to count carbs, protein, and fat all the time. That has got to be hard to live with after awhile. My boss; who's never had a weight problem; then said, "It's like training for Ironman! I have to pretty much give up my life in order to train and race at the level I want to be at." Now my immediate reaction to this was, "UH, No Way!!!" But after I thought about it awhile I realize, she's right. When your trying to lose weight you, or should I say I get up every morning and make a decision about that day. What do I eat, when do I eat it, what exercise do I do, how do I live my life today to support my weight loss effort??? Training for Ironman is similar. When she gets up she says, what am I doing today, how hard do I work, what do I eat and when, how do I live my life today to support my training efforts? It's not all that different.

There are tons of people (many whom I know) who will tell you they can't lose weight. They have tried everything and they just can't lose weight. There are also tons of people who will tell you they could never do an Ironman. They don't have the endurance, the stamina, the body, whatever. To both types of people I say, You're wrong!!!! Anyone can lose weight just as anyone can do an Ironman. You just have to want it bad enough. Is it easy?? NO!! Will there be days when you just don't want to get out of bed?? Absolutely!!! Will there be days when you want to survive on cookies alone?? I guarantee it!!! Will there be days you feel like a champion for the decisions you made? More often than not!!!

I've been a Weight Watcher for 7 years straight now. Do you realize what that means?? Every single meal for 7 years has involved me thinking about it; counting points; figuring if it's Core. Not once in the past 7 years have I been able to just sit down and eat something. I have my mornings when I wake up and say, " I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE!!!!" But I can no longer turn it off. It's become as much a part of me as breathing. I haven't reached my goal weight yet but I now realize that's because I didn't want it bad enough. Every meal, every workout I have a choice; do what's good for me or do what I want. Although those two things are getting closer and closer they are not exactly the same yet. So I can do this. From this moment forward it's weight loss and 1/2 Ironman training. It's taking it one meal and one workout at a time. It's finally realizing deep down inside; I can do anything I put my mind too....

Next post, the new addition to the family! IT"S A BOY!!!!

03 November 2005


Your IQ Is 115

Your Logical Intelligence is Below Average

Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius

Your Mathematical Intelligence is Above Average

Your General Knowledge is Exceptional

Thanks Puddyrat......

I do feel a little depressed as I pride myself on my logical mind. Go figure!!!

02 November 2005

I'm so smart!!!

You Passed 8th Grade Math

Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct!

Thanks Flatman!!!

It's been a few days...

but things are going well. I made a decision over the weekend that I spend way too much time on this damn computer. So, I now have a time limit of 30 minutes; unless I have everything done and a few minutes to spare - like right now. It's 6:30 a.m. and I've done my core exercises, walked and fed the dogs, and gotten the newspaper. Now I need to shower and head out to work but I'm running about 15 minutes early :)

Sunday I went mountain biking which I haven't done in probably 6 months. It was really fun but the road I chose was really steep and I was not in shape for it. So I did as much as I could and called it a day; something to work towards.

I've been having a tough time following my program so I decided to only think about 1 workout or 1 meal at a time. It sounds kind of silly but it's working. I don't think of putting off my exercise because there is no later, only now. Also, for every meal I try to make the best choice out of what's available and it's been working pretty well. I've been following that Core Performance and I'm really starting to feel it. I can really feel it in my back, shoulders, and butt - just the places I need to work on.

Work is crazy. The end of the month in the lab is always busy and this month is no different - ugh!!! Today will be no different as I wrap up last month's tests. So I better get moving so I can get to work and get done.....

I'm counting the days till my vacation......

01 November 2005

About Me

So who am I? That's a question I've struggled with for years. Finally at 50 I seem to be figuring it out.

I've recently become a school teacher and I'm finally finding my place in life. I love being a teacher and I love my students.

My husband and I just purchased a house which we love. It is small, old, and needs work but it's on a great lot and we are looking forward to this adventure. Another step in my journey to being an adult.

I've finally reached a point where I'm happy with my body. I've always been overweight, at some points more then others. I'm still overweight and would love to lose 40 lbs, but if I don't that's okay. I'm happy with the way I am now and I could live with this for the rest of my life.

I've also reached a point in my life where I can envision the future. I've been the type of person who lives in the moment. I've done that almost all my life. I'm finally starting to see the benefit of planning for the future and putting off satisfaction.

It's a journey where I am learning things every step of the way. I'm a little late in picking some of this stuff up but I figure better late then never.

Social media holiday

I've decided to take a break from social media. I spend far, far too much time just scrolling through Facebook. Yes, I get a lot of in...