Thursday, September 27, 2012

Goals from the Past

I guess you can say, that goals are always made in the past, and we just try and keep them in the present and hope we achieve them in the future.  A goal is something you always have to strive to achieve, something you have to be deliberate about.  A long time ago I ran a half-marathon to help me lose weight and prove to myself that I can do hard and amazing things.  It was wonderful to feel so ACCOMPLISHED and STRONG.  I remember feeling on top of the world.  Afterwards, I unofficially decided that I would run a half marathon after every baby I have.  Well, baby two is now 1 (how did time fly so fast!), and I still haven't run that half yet.  I have almost got back to my prepregnancy weight.  Because being healthy is now a lifestyle, getting back has been a slow and easy transition, although the last few pounds don't seem to come off (in all honesty, it probably doesn't help when I have sweets more than a few times a week... more on that later). 

Anywho, back to  goals from the past.  I made that goal a long time ago, and didn't think much of it.  My beautiful sister decided that she wanted to run one and asked if I would join, so to support her, and get my behind back in shape, I decided to do it.  We are now in week four of a ten week program and I am LOVING the muscles that are developing in my legs!  Oh, and I feel pretty good from the running too.  I have more stamina (somewhat forced upon me, as I push my two girls while running- ps. so tiring!), and its not as hard as the first time around, which I attribute greatly to the fact that I know I can do it because I've done it before.  My mindset this time is to just get-er-done!

I've had exciting things happen during my training thus far:

-When in California last week I ran a mud run with my daddy-o and my not-so-little little brother, and I had an absolute blast!  What a fun way to train!  I had to run any way, so might as well make it fun! (pictures to come)

-Also while in California my dad, sister, and I ran our long run, 6 miles,  barefoot on the beach.  That was definitely a first for me.  What an accomplishment!  I could tell it was a good workout because me calves are still sore!

-Yesterday on during my five miler with the girls I nearly ran over an Alligator.  That's right, an Alligator.  I nearly freaked out.  He was a little guy-maybe 3-4 feet long, and I didn't notice him until the last second.  Luckily he didn't either!  We took a slight detour on the way home to avoid getting our legs chomped off. Oh the joys of living in Florida. I don't think I run that fast with the jogger before!

Another goal that I'm bringing back from the past is eating sweets only on days that start with the letter S.  I've struggled with this one recently and if I have any hopes of losing the last ten-ish pounds or so, I need to be deliberate in achieving this goal.  If I want to use the half as a catalyst for losing the rest of the pounds I need to re-analyze my eating habits, and that is where I am going to start. 

Now, its time to go put the baby down for a nap and go do some heavy lifting! :)

STRONG is the new HEALTHY (love that saying and I've been seeing it around lately.  Wonderful!)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Be Deliberate

I've been doing a lot of introspective analyzing lately, which usually happens during my cardio sessions, I know weird, huh.  That is my time to think about my life, think of how I am doing spiritually and physically, and also try to figure out ways I can improve myself.  I've had ample opportunity to think because I've started training for a half marathon.  My sister wants to do one in California over Thanksgiving break and asked me to do one, so I'm being supportive and doing it with her.  I'm excited but not at the same time.  13.1 miles takes awhile to run, and sometimes running can be kind of boring.  Luckily I have the mormonchannel app on my phone so I can listen to church music, interviews, or discussions about gospel topics while I run, which makes it go by a lot faster.  Listening to the Mormon Channel also helps uplift me for the day ahead and usually puts me in a better frame of mind than I may have been in before (convincing the kids that it will be fun to sit in a stroller for 30 minutes can be trying at times...). 

Anyhow, lately I've been pondering a lot on the subjects of patience, scripture study, and improving my talents (I've finally started learning how to play the Organ).  I've prayed a lot about each of these topics (patience is in my prayers constantly EVERY minute of EVERY day it seems like).  My answers have come in the way of little impressions of what I  could be doing better, either when I'm reading the scriptures, or listening to something uplifting (yay for mormon channel!), and the major theme behind of the little impressions for the Holy Ghost I have felt is that I must be deliberate in my goals.

Some days it seems nearly impossible to be patient, especially when all you feel like you are doing is yelling and constantly telling your kids to stop complaining, fighting, crying, etc.  When those days are over I just feel exhausted and slightly unhopeful that I can become more patient.  My major question lately has been How can I be patient which it seems like something that I really struggle with? My handsome husband always says that I am fine and I'm a great mother, but I always answer that its my job to always strive to become a better mother.  The last few days that answer to this has become quite clear. I'm grateful for years of scripture study, because a scripture popped into my head-Moroni taught in the Book of Mormon that Heavenly Father gives us weaknesses so we can be humble and that if we have faith our weakness can be made into strengths.  Well, how do I do this?  I be deliberate.  I constantly strive to be patient, constantly recalling in my mind ways that I can respond to my children in a better manner.  Also by being deliberate in studying the scriptures about patience.  Most importantly I can pray for help to become patient and Heavenly Father will help me.  This doesn't mean that I won't have days that try me in this area because those days are tests to see if I can stay strong and so I can improve my patience. 

Being deliberate is so important in every aspect and every goal in life.  The only way to achieve is to do, and that means to be deliberate. 

My goal this week is to be deliberate in being patient, deliberate in organ practice, be deliberate in taking notes duinrg scripture study and to have scripture study and prayer in the morning before the girls wake up.  I will also be deliberate in improving my mile time when I run.

What are you going to be deliberate in over the next week?

Friday, August 24, 2012

How to be healthy:

First let me share with you the way one can injure a healthy soul:

Always desire for the next best thing.  Always want more money so you can buy more things.  Do you ever feel like that?  I do all of the time, and I feel like I've been more guilty of this lately.  I know its wrong.  I know that its improtant to remember everything you have and what a blessing it all is.  But it seems like I always add to the end of a sentence like that "but, it would be nice if I had a house.  Or it would be nice if I had a full weight set."  Or whatever it may be at the time.  When those thoughts are constantly bambarding my mind, its hard to remember all of the blessings I have in my life-including a roof over my head, and a supportive husband who watches the kids while I go for a bike ride, or whatever it may be.  I am so blessed. 

As I opened the internet this morning our homepage (lds.org) had a video on it of Jesus teaching the sermon on the mount. I felt impressed to watch it, and I'm glad that I did.  It was the reminder I needed that what is more important than any material treasure, is what I do to grow spiritually- to lay up my treasures in heaven.  I am so grateful for a Savior who knows what we need when we need it, and that He commanded prophets to write down His teachings so that we can read them in our day.  Here is the video I saw. Hope you enjoy?  What are your thoughts about it?

http://youtu.be/-3nN9-C1yKU

Monday, August 13, 2012

Down to 133!

The scale is finally moving down again! I've lost 2.5 pounds in the last 2 weeks! Ya buddy! What I've done differently:

1. I male sure not to over eat. I don't have seconds very often. I pay attention to my tummy. If I feel a the least bit full I stop. I often say out loud, "I'm full. I don't need this." Then I put my fork back down. I feel like I'm getting a little more control, although I'm a work in progress, but are not we all?

2. I've been lifting heavier. I workout at home now, I canceled my gym membership a few months ago, and I hat 10 pounders and 25 pounders. I've started doing 25 pounds for things like deadlifts, rows, chest presses, among others. I'm using the work out program from "The new rules of lifting for women" by Lou schuler. I like the program. I've tried new things with it, like a plank on a swiss ball-I feel so cool that I can do that! :)

3. Increase protein intake. I've starting using protein powder. I use EAS spy protein powder, and I like it very much. I may or may not be slightly addicted to it... There's no telling. ;)

I can feel my body changing and I'm loving it!

What healthy goals have you reached this week?

Friday, August 10, 2012

That Ye May Learn Wisdom

This week during my workouts I learned a few things:

1. I am ADDICTED to riding my bike.  I like to workout in the morning, but I don't have a bike trailer for the girlies, so the next best option is doing it before the hubs goes to work, which means waking up at 4:50 in the morning, ugh... but very worth it.  I've enjoyed the quiet hour of exhilarating bike riding before I get home to my babies, and yes, they both like to wake up around 6 am every day. yay... but seriously, bike riding is awesome!  I may be looking into doing some bike races, although its slightly intimidating. I just need to sign up and do it.  I want more time to ride my bike and feed my addiction!

2. Running intervals= new workout technique.  I've never ran intervals, but this week I started.  I hope it helps me with my speed.  Its supposed to we will see, I'm already building my endurance with it.  Wahoo!

3.  Sweat from running on bug bites from biking early in the morning makes said bug bites its times ten.

4. Listening to http://mormonchannel.org/ while biking/running is a great way to spiritually uplift my day.

5. Watching my three year old do "push-ups" and running laps is super cute, and exciting.  I hope she realizes exercise is really important!

6. Taking a little bit of time out of the week for some creative outlets is important for my sanity and is important for learning in general.  We should always strive to be learning and becoming more intelligent and competent people.  I've been tailoring some of my t-shirts to fit my arms better.  I hope to get really good at refashioning my clothes, as there are quite a few that need to be taken in (ya buddy!). 

7. I've learned that sometimes I need to take breaks.  Today I did not exercise.  My husband said that when I climbed out of bed I looked like I moved like an old women.  I felt like one too!  My joints are buggin big time!  Dreaming about it doesn't help either.  I can't wait for the rainy weather/tropical storm to blow over, so that my joints don't hurt.  This overcast weather is killing me!  How can I increase the weight I'm lifting if my fingers/ hand hurts too much to grip just about anything?  Ugh.  Anyhow, today I took a break from my normal workout, and will hit it hard tomorrow on the bike trail.  Ya buddy!  I need to learn to listen to my body and give it breaks when it hurts.  I wish I could just wish this arthritis thing away.  25 year olds should not move like old people.  Who wants to vote on it?  I do! 

8. I've also learned that Heavenly Father answers prayers.  We prayed that they would pass some inspections at my husband's work and he did!  Sometimes, Heavenly father answers in ways we don't like, but when he answers in ways we do like, it is quite nice.  This was definitely one of those moments!  I love my Father in Heaven and I'm so grateful that he cares about me.  He cares about my desires and He wants me to be happy.  I think that this is one of the greatest wisdoms that anyone can know.

What little wisdoms have you learned this week?

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Runnin runnin runnin!

A month ago, my sister mentioned that she wants to run a half-marathon with me this thanksgiving when we are both going to be home.  I got so excited that she wants to do this with me, so I decided to start running again, now, so when my trianing begins, I will be able to work on speed as well as endurance.  We bought a double joggera few weeks ago.  The first run was killer.  I honestly think I thought I would die.  I took what felt like a thousand breaks, it took me forever, and I was so sore by the end of the day!  Pushing to kiddos while running is H-A-R-D!!!!! 

After a few weeks, and finding some sweet running trails here I have grately improved.  My endurance level has improved in all aspects of my life- I went biking the other day and it was a piece of cake.  I LOVED it!  Jumping rope is easier, as well as plyometrics.  Who knew running could do that to you?  Ya dude for exercise!

I'm working on some new goals, like losing body fat and gaining muscle at the same time.  I'll let you know how it goes.  My weight is at a stand still.  I would like to blame it on my nursing the baby girl, but honestly my body has always been very comfortable around this weight, so we will see what happens.  I'd like to lose the fat more than anything, so I'm doing a lot of research on how to change my diet to foster losing fat while building tons of muscle, so we will see what I come up with.

Anywho, running is great, exercise is great.  life is great!

Book Review and overeating tips

Have you ever had negative thoughts about your body?  I have and do often- definitely not proud to admit that.  I've always struggled with weight issues and its taken a long time for me to love my body.  Even though I love my body more than I did when I was a kid, I still have days when I wish I could change a few things, or that I forget how cool the human body is.  The battle scars from children (stretch marks via pregnancy) are simply a sign of my sacrifice and love for my children and that I should not hate them and my stretched out rinkly gut (who has ever done the bend over hangy-rinkly tummy thing?  Kind of gross sometimes!). Its hard to remember this sometimes. 

On one such particular day, after looking at some pictures from my high school overweight years ( was not but 30 pounds over weight, but on a 5'2" frame, it makes a difference), I needed something to remind me that my body is special, a gift from God.  So, I was looking online for a bood I could read, and found a book called, "Love your body" by Brooke Parker. My husband talked me into getting it (he was worried for me after my crying session).  I'm glad he did!  The author is a registered dietician who works at the University of Utah (bleh, go BYU!).  Ignoring her place of work, I decided to read her book, and in it there are many good tips for loving your body and tricks for controlling your eating habits.  She has a hungry scale from one to ten- one being not hungry, 10 being famished.  Another tip (my favorite) is that your body tells you that it is full and not hungry anymore when the food you are eating does not taste as good as your first few bites.

I've particularly tested that last few days because I want to be able to control my eating without counting calories (I don't want my daugthers to think they need to write down all of their food down, or count calories, and if they seem mommy doing that, they may).  So, I've been paying attention to my eating, and sure enough these last few days I have not overeaten, and I've been more satisfied, because I've paid more attention to how my food tastes.  Maybe I will actually get a handle on this overeating thing!  Give it a try and let me know what you think!