Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Emergency Stop!

I was 13 minutes into my run today when I accidentially hit the emergency stop button on the treadmill ... AND it was just a few moments after Jon had accidentially hit the emergency stop button! And yes, I promise, they were both accidents! I hate that button. The first time I ever tried to run the 5k mode on the treadmill I hit that button and I've hated it ever since! I was 0.95 miles into my run - so, I don't really count that as "needing or wanting to stop and run" so I hit quick start and ran another 0.50 mile. I was distracted during our run today ... and I didn't hit my goal of 2.0 miles, but there are plenty of days left this week to do that :)

And, BTW - no news was "good" news ... but I'll blog about that later!!!

Waiting Game

Waiting, waiting, waiting ...

... is no news "good" news or "bad" news ...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Blah

The-after-work-munchies + not-running-for-three-days + eating-not-so-healthy-over-the-weekend + being-really-sore = a bad run

Okay, the after work munchies were not that bad seeing as I only had one small snack worth two points - but the not running for three days and being really sore sure did make the first mile H-E-L-L. The not eating healthy over the weekend made my body feel weighed down and sluggish - but, I did make it to my goal point of 2.0 miles for today at a speed of 4.5 - it was tiring and I'm glad it's over! I hope tomorrow's run is better. I'm aiming for four 2.0 mile runs this week and some cross training and weights :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Jon is the biggest loser!!!

Twelve weeks into our diet/exercise/healthy eating life change and Jon remains the bigger loser. He's down over 30 pounds while I'm still hovering right at -12.2 for the third week in a row! Yep, that's right ... no loss and no gain again this week. It's a catch-22 for me ... I didn't loose, but I didn't gain any back - even after a day at the fair filled with deep fried food and ice cream! Yep, that's right ... we went to the California State Fair on Sunday and indulged in too much food and too much heat! It was hot yesterday! We spent more money on bottled water than anything else! As always, we enjoyed every photo-op ... here we are posing in front of the Hollywood sign. This years theme had something to do with "Going Hollywood" - there was even an exhibit filled with Hollywood memorabilia including the car from Back to the Future! In other news, Jon and I also embarked on an exciting new adventure recently ... we applied for a home loan and began looking at homes this weekend with our real estate agent (who just happens to be our best friends dad). We looked at 16 houses on Saturday! It definitely is an exciting and scary adventure! Wish us luck ... I think we are gonna need it! As a side note, we haven't had the opportunity to run since our 5k last Friday night ... sometimes, life just gets in the way of your plans. Back to the treadmill tomorrow ... here's to hoping I haven't lost any of the stamina I've been building up the past couple of weeks - my goal is 2 miles without stopping to walk.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Re-visiting ...

"Be the change you want to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

Race for the Arts

Jon and I ran the 10th annual Race for the Arts last night. It started at Crocker Art Museum and went along Front Street to Miller Park at the end of Broadway, looped through Miller park, then came back along the rail road tracks on the bike path and ended at Crocker. It was hot! I'd say the high yesterday was around 92 degrees ... and it was still pretty high up there at 6:30 when the 5k started. This was the first evening run we've done. We usually do morning runs. It was not a good run, but we did finish in 40:03 - but it was hilly and hot and I was thirsty and just did not have a very good run overall. I ran the first 1.25 miles without stopping - but if I would have been having a better run I probably could have made it to the 2 mile mark. All well ... the time was not that bad, only 30 seconds more than our last time and the most important part is that we got out there and we did it and we finished!

I also want to mention that my husband-to-be is my best motivator, my best friend, and the best running partner I could ever ask for! He motivates me and pushes me when I need it and lets my rest when I need to - he is encouraging and optimistic and I love him for helping me become the best runner I can be!

Here's to our next race ... TBD!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

What I've read so far ...

Well, I'm 85 pages deep after two days ... and there's only 161 pages to go!

In learning to "not sweat the small stuff" this excerpt from the first lesson, also entitled "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff", really hits home:

'Often we allow ourselves to get all worked up about things that, upon closer examination, aren't really that big of a deal. We focus on little problems and concerns and blow them way out of proportion'

How true is that? I'm definitely guilty of this behavior, as are most, but as I've read it and re-read it a few times I have learned that in order to achieve a more peaceful, harmonious, and loving life then I will need to learn to let the little things go and understand that, in the grand scheme of things, they are not as important as I've made them. I'm sure this task will not be easy for me ...

The book is ... interesting. It's not quite what I expected, but I'm still reading it. After 85 pages I can say that I have more clarity and I'm observing my reactions and interactions more carefully. I have not yet had a chance to talk to my mom about how she feels about the book ... but hopefully I will talk to her about it tonight.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ...

For those of you how have met my mother I'm sure you'll agree that we are very alike. It's definitely evident when you look at photos of us together - and even more so if you look at a photo of me, at any age, then at a photo of her when she was that age. Here is a very recent photo of us. This photo was taken in mid-July. Other than the fact that she has blonde hair and I have brown hair (don't let that fool you - her natural color is brown, too!) we also have the same eyes, bone structure, chin, smile, etc. I am very much like my mother - but I didn't only inherit her physical attributes. My mother and I are what I call "stressers" ... we're the type of people who can find the stress factor in any circumstance and then dwell on it. Often we can be pessimistic (her more that I most times - I like to think of myself as more of a pessimistic-optimist and she's just more a pessimist) and search out the negative aspect of every situation. I'm aware of my behavior. I'm not boastful about it, nor am I ashamed of it. It's just part of what makes me who I am. However, that being said, I do realize that sometimes it can get the best of me and sometimes I can let all "the little things" stress me out and then I, of course, take it out on the people closest and dearest to me ... which, in turn, often makes me wish I had more control of that aspect of this particular character trait ... which is why my mother and I have agreed to read a book, together at the same time, that we both own and both have never read. We've decided to read "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and it's all small stuff - Simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life" by Richard Carlson, Ph. D. I plan on blogging about what I read and how if effects me ... or doesn't effect me ... and if it's helpful at all. I'm hoping it is. We are starting it tomorrow. We're both FAST readers ... so check back for updates soon!

In the meantime, what trait did you inherit that you often wish you had a "off" button for?

Monday, August 18, 2008

No loss & no gain

Last week was a rather trying week in terms of dieting and sticking to our daily points. We celebrated Jon's birthday by eating out multiple times. We managed to stay on track during the day by eating the same things we have been eating for the past 10 weeks (lots and lots of veggies and fruit and other low point options) and we ran 4 times, including a nice 2.04 run at the Elk Grove Park on Saturday after we indulged in greasy food and yummy beers the night before at one of our old "stomping grounds" in East Sac. This week, we are back on track with eating at home (which will also help us save money - since we're gonna need all the money we can get our hands on to pay for the wedding AND the house we hope to buy before the end of the year) and staying in our weekly points and running. Jon had a hard workout today, he always pushes himself - but he is a lot stronger of a runner than I am. I started with a 20 minute warm up on the Elliptical (because the treadmills were in use) and then moved over to the treadmill for a 20 minute workout - I ran 1.0 miles then walked an easy 0.30 to finish up. The warm-up on the Elliptical really helped my legs get warm which made my run a lot easier. I increased my speed this week to 4.5, up from 4.4 the previous two weeks. I'm slowing moving that up ... I want to stay at 4.5 for at least two weeks before I move on to 4.6 - I don't want to push it. Last week I had a bit of a shin splint on my left leg and this week its moved to my right ... I plan to ice it tonight. We also have a 5k we are doing this Friday night, the Race for the Arts. I didn't gain any weight last week ... but I didn't loose any either. All I can do is work harder this week, stick to our workouts and stay in my points. Here's to a week of healthy habits :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Shake it off and step up

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' - or - whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened...and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back ... a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shover load of dirt landed on his back ... HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow.

"Shake it off and step up ... shake it off and step up ... shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blow,s or distressing the situation seemed the old mule forgot "panic" and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him ... all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

THAT'S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity ... THE ADVERSITIES THAT COME ALONE TO BURY US USUALLY HAVE WITHIN THEM THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT AND BLESS US!

- Author Unknown

What a looonnnggg week!

It was a long week ... both at work and at home! Currently we are without a manager at my job so it's been a bit stressful and emotional at work this week. And, to top that stress off, it was a busy week outside of work also with running, appts, and Jon's birthday!

Monday afternoon I made the dreaded rush hour drive into and out of downtown Sacramento so that I could visit my current doctor one final time for my yearly physical. It only took me about 15 minutes to get into downtown Sac ... but a little over 30 to get back to Elk Grove afterwards. Luckily I was on the phone most of the way home ... that always helps the time fly by when driving (and, yes, I have a hands free device). Once I got home, we went for a run and then ate dinner and made cupcakes for Jon's birthday while watching the Olympics way too late into the night. Of course that meant I was exhausted the next day.

Tuesday was Jon's 28th birthday! After work I iced his cupcakes with homemade mint butter cream and then we went to Paesano's for dinner with his family. And, of course, I was exhausted from staying up late watching Olympics the night before - so, after my two drinks at dinner and eating wayyyy toooooo much, I went straight to bed when we got home - but, stayed up again watching Olympics ... which meant I was going to be even more exhausted the next day.
Wednesday was your average hump day at work. I was tired. I was unmotivated. It was hot out on my lunch which I spend sitting outside eating and reading. After work, Jon and I went for a run - but I was so exhausted that I barely was able to run 0.25 of a mile and ended up power walking the majority of the time. Plus, I was super sore from our 1.7 mile run and 1.7 mile walk on Sunday in our neighborhood, on the concrete sidewalk ... ugh, my shins are use to treadmills now ... the concrete hurt! After our run we ate a quick snack and headed over to a new patient orientation for a family practice office we are joining. The orientation lasted about 2 hours. After that, we were too exhausted to go home and cook dinner so we decided to hit up Macaroni Grill for some wine, pasta, salad and bread. And we watched the Olympics while we ate. Then we came home and watched the Olympics some more. Yep, you guessed it ... I was exhausted all day Thursday too!

Thursday's are just dreadful. It's not Wednesday (hump day) and it's not Friday (the start of the weekend). I always wants Thursday to hurry by so that it can be Friday ... but instead they just drag and drag and drag. After work, Jon and I went for a run ... 2 miles in 28 minutes without stopping! Woohoo! It felt great ... except my shin was hurting pretty badly. After the run and a shower, we ate some dinner and I iced my shin while we watched Big Brother on the DVR and some more Olympics. Finally, I didn't stay up too late watching the Olympics ... I was exhausted. I fell asleep nice and early ... but, I still woke up on Friday, late, and exhausted!

Today was pretty uneventful at work. Just an average Friday. But, I'm sure glad it Friday. It's a rest day so no run for us after work today. Jon took a nap and I caught up on some emails and just hung out. I'm looking forward to some pasta for dinner and watching a movie ... and then a nice long run at the park tomorrow :)

Soon (like as in next week soon) Jon goes back to work teaching ... so I'll have my afternoons free again to catch up on blogging, emailing, and wedding planning. I'm gonna miss our early afternoon runs and spending lots of time together ... but, I'm looking forward to my "alone" time again!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Change

"Change is the only constant ..." -Author Unknown

I, like most, have experienced a lot of change in my life. Some good, some bad ... not always expected or accepted, but in the end it was always inevitable. I've learned that change is not always good ... not always bad ... not always instant ... not always sad.

"Be the change you want to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

I've learned that you can create change ... and change can be the essence of life. People change, circumstances change, outcomes change ... it's all apart of the circle of life.

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A nice little change ...

Tonight, instead of going for a run, J and I drove into Sac and met up with Linz & Andy for a nice little game of doubles tennis :) It was a nice change from running ... and a good little workout too! I'm not really the "athletic" type which means I'm not really that good at sports, and I have horrible hand-eye coordination (not good when you're playing tennis) ... but it was fun and I'm looking forward to our next "match" next week! Next time Linz I'll try not to hit you with the ball :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Xbox

I'm not much of a video game player. BUT - I have fallen in love with a few of the Xbox games we own including Saints Row (thanks Steve), Guitar Hero (thanks Zach) and Tiger Woods Golf (thanks Jon). And, I am highly anticipating playing our newest games (Guitar Hero Aerosmith and American Idol Karaoke) which we purchased about 3 weeks ago. We haven't been able to play them yet because we got the "red ring of death" on our Xbox and had to send it in for service ... but we just got it back TODAY! So, now I'm sitting here anxiously awaiting Jon's arrival home from training so that we can go for a RUN and then plug the Xbox back in and I can sing my to my hearts content. I don't know if you know this ... but I'm a HUGE closet Karaoke fan! I'm just too shy to ever get up and sing anything ... but, I have been known to belt out "Friends in Low Places" on a drunken birthday night :)

Here's to an evening of gaming with my sweetie :)

You may not know ...

... but I'm one of the many Americans who suffer from chronic migraines. I started getting migraines when I was in my early twenties, when I was still a full time college student and working at a local brewpub as a manager and server. They started out very infrequent - maybe one every few months ... then, as time passed, I started to get them more often. Before I turned 24, and lost my health coverage, I had visited my doctor numerous times about my chronic pain - I was even on migraine medication at one point. The doctor concluded that they were stress related migraines. For the most part, they were pretty much manageable and bearable. I considered myself lucky - when I had a migraine, I was pretty much able to function normally - with the exception of the pain - I didn't have many other symptoms. No sensitivity to light or noise, no nausea - jut the pain, throbbing on my left temple and behind my left eye. Occasionally my vision would get blurry, but that was the extent of my symptoms. By the time I was 24 and getting ready to graduate from college - I was getting my migraines about 3 to 4 times a week. They often varied in duration and intensity - and I was learning to accept that they were going to be something I dealt with forever. The past couple of years, they've just been a part of my life and I've accepted that. Except now, during the past year, they have decreased in frequency, but increased in intensity. Yesterday I woke up with a small migraine. It wasn't too intense, but as the day went on - it got worse and worse. By the end of my work day, it had developed into one of the worse migraines I've ever had. When I got home from work, I proceeded to lay down, in the dark, with an ice pack on my head to try to dull the pain. I no longer consider myself one of the "lucky" ones ... migraines, for me, now include nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, and after a few hours the left side of my face goes numb. The blurry vision doesn't happen quite as often, so I guess I've got that going for me.

So, along with all the other purposes this blog is serving for me, I have decided to also use it to journal my migraines - something I haven't done in a few years.

Monday August 4th
Woke up with migraine. I was very tired, and did not get much rest over the weekend. I was also dreading going to work. I took 3 Advil around 10am and 3 more around 5pm. It was not that bad at the start of my work day, but by the time I got off work and got home I was very sick to my stomach and dizzy and my head was throbbing and the light and sound was bothering me so I laid down in bed with an ice pack on my head. I was exhausted. I went to bed with a dulling throbbing in my left temple and the left side of my face was numb. I woke up today (Tuesday the 5th of August) feeling the same way I felt when I went to bed - by the time I got to work the pain was getting worse. I took 3 Advil and drank 32 ounces of water and I'm starting to feel better.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Inspiration

"Go confidentially in the directions of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined."

-Henry David Thoreau