Goals and Dreams

I read recently how goals are dreams with deadlines. I really like this way of looking at things. Goal setting is hard work but dreaming is easy. The reason that I love this saying though is in order to make any goal come true, you really have to dream it out. Think about the very thing that you want at that very moment. You need to imagine each step it takes to get that thing all the way down to the finest details. What are you wearing, what are you doing, where are you going, what are you driving to get there, what color is the room, how about the decor? Each one of these details are vital to making your dreams come true.

So in goal setting, it is important to follow the well-known SMART system. Make sure the goal is specific and that you have a time-frame in mind. Do not limit yourself by expectations though. Imagine yourself in the place you really want to be. Something that you can track your progress is important too but do not limit yourself to only picking something easy because of this. If you can do it in your mind, you can do it. Now obviously you may not fly a broomstick but at one time, a plane was unimaginable. The best thing you can do for yourself is to dream. Each day imagine each step it will take to get to your goals.

An example that I am working with right now is. I get up and imagine my workout for the day. How far am I going to go, what am I wearing, what am I listening to, how do I feel, what is the speed, what is my intention. I visualize it all out as soon as I get up to make it happen. My goal with this is to improve each workout, to get faster and stronger. Through these visualizations, I will have already convinced my mind that I did so doing it is not a problem.

This is how you build your confidence in your goals. No going back because you let your mind believe you can’t go any further. Time to convince yourself differently. I have a few books that I can recommend to help you get there. Take that leap of faith and do what you dreamed you can do.

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Christmas time and keeping on track

This is absolutely my favorite time of year. Since the moment that I got married, I have been doing everything I can to make this feeling last. It comes earlier (except the last couple of years, we have waited until Nov). Decorating is so much fun. Putting up each special ornament, the ones the kids spent so much time making when they were little to our fancy ones that we spent a bit of money on. I love pulling out each Santa, the nativity sets, my stop in for cocoa sign, it all is just so wonderful.

Shopping- well I have this love/ hate relationship with this. I do not like the big crowds or if people are pushy (yes, I avoid black Friday with everything I have- lol). But to find the gifts that I know each person will love, that is something special.

Baking- Here is the where the trouble tends to sneak in a bit. I love to bake and I’m good at it. It is so hard to resist my frosting (and I really am not the biggest fan otherwise) or my carmel- oh so yummy). Then my sister makes my other favorites and wow am I done.

Cooking- Yes, this is another downfall for me. I’m great at it but the problem is this time of year, I get soooooo busy that we do nothing but eat out. Yuck! And then the pounds start to come….

And last but not least- exercise. Yup I make every excuse not to make it to the gym during this time of year. So what am I going to do to get back there? Well I went out a bought a few new things that I am excited to use and I hate to waste money. New running shoes- yay! These are my favorite. A new style of sports bra from Victoria Secret. I have always loved them for support as they have the double layering with the clip and zip. This one is lighter weight though and does not have the zip so I’m excited to see what I think. Then there is the new running log book. Yay! Something to keep focused on the marathon.

I also bought a Paleo book to try eating better. I’m committing to the 28 days of strict eating and will start to add somethings back but watching closely what I eat. Lastly I bought a new bag that I can carry my purse in if I want but most importantly carry my planners and some notebooks to stay really focused this year. I’m looking forward to an awesome 2018- how about you?

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Some questions that I get

I always think its funny the questions that I get asked when people hear about my workouts. I’m not super skinny, I’m a mom and well, I have a chest. I worked out with a trainer at my previous work and he would put us through a series of different workouts. One of his favorite exercises is jumping jacks.

Oh how so many of us hate this exercise and I think for a variety of reasons. Gym class as a kid, trying to figure out the coordination of this exercise to start. Well as you get older or if you had kids, you have a new reason to hate this exercise. It is hard to hold your bladder! So a question that I’ve been asked is how to I handle that. For me personally, just making sure that I’ve gone before a workout has been good enough. But I am a firm believer that the more strength that you build, the less likely that you have to worry about this.

My daughters and I teach Sunday School. Yesterday, at Church, we were in the family gathering portion of the Sunday School hour. The director or missions had told one of my daughter’s co-teacher that I was doing the marathon with her. This lady, then asked my daughter how I run. And said that I was like her and she really wants to run. So E being very embarrassed called me over. It was funny. I told her that I get the double duty bras at VS. They clasp first than zip and I feel that they have made all the difference. I tell people about these kind of bras all the time. You can now buy them anywhere but I have yet to try other brands. Maybe, now that I’m starting this new journey, I’ll have to review some products and see what works and what doesn’t.

Isn’t life fun? Enjoy your Monday run or whatever exercise you are doing today. Just remember to get out there and do something- anything to move.

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Running update- week 8

I’ve been in a lovely roller coaster pattern of emotions and just plain and simple doing. Running is so fascinating. As you know, I started this journey with running about 2 years ago working out with a trainer. Sure I was doing great things with him but I was not losing much weight. My back was still bothering me regularly and well, I was always scared to try anything because of my hip. I still have these mental road blocks but today, I push right through them, which is probably something running has taught me.

So as far as the roller coaster goes. My first one is really my patterns. I was doing either yoga or running every day for a little over a month when a week where my schedule was getting the best of me and well, I could’t make it to the gym- yes an excuse. I have not done much of the cold outdoor running because well, it’s cold. I hate the way it feels on my lungs and it just seems so much harder but easier at the same time. Okay, yes- I need to do better with this, we will get there- goal for next year… 😉

With this one week of throwing me off, I did get lazy. I made more excuses the following week on getting to the gym and finally got myself there. I’ve been reading the book Running for Women by Danica Newon and in this, it suggested a different running pattern than I’ve been using (still sticking to the 80/20 but thought I’d give it a try this week). Much more math involved and well I definitely was not perfect but who is?

I did enjoy the difference but I do think it’s because I was changing it up- keeping in my for further reference. I also, took the tip of listening to a good book while running the long runs. I have been doing this my last couple of runs and I really don’t want to get off the treadmill because I want to keep listening. The fun part is I really don’t have time to do it any other time so it does help me to stay focused if I want to know what’s going to happen in this book.

Emotions- I hate missing a day. I beat myself up mentally on it. If I get a good yoga session in, I’m less likely to do that but it is hard. This leads to me questioning, can I do this? Will I be able to run 26.2 miles in a year??? Which brings on this whole new set of anxiety. Then I remember to take it one day at a time. I think of all I have accomplished. I remember my first mile run test with the trainer. OH man, was I going to die and what was it? 13. something mins for that run- not horrible but he had told me goal to be in decent shape is 12 mins. Then my beautiful daughters are doing it in like 8-9 mins. My son could in like 7 mins.

I thought man, I’m never going to hit 12 mins and at that time, I said I would never be a runner. Then a friend of mine posted to facebook her list of runs for that year. I’m like okay, everyone I know that runs is in good shape. They look great, feel great- lets give it a try. This friend was running in my town and why not sign up for that one. At the time, it gave me 3 months to learn to run 3.1 miles- simple enough. I knew I could do a walk/ run of 2 miles and adding a 3rd shouldn’t be terrible. I finished that race in I think 48 mins. First mile was 13 something, second 14 something and third 15 something.

I now can do a 5k in under 40 mins and run a 12 min mile. It isn’t easy doing this on the treadmill because on the treadmill, my mind gets the better of me and I really do have to push through mental road blocks. But when I’m outside and don’t know how far I’m running or how fast that I’m going, I’m free and run so much better. Knowing how far that I’ve come, helps me to focus on how far I can go. Now, to get myself feeling better so I can get back to my long run today would be great but probably tomorrow- now this is going to be hard…

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Biblical Inspiration this morning

I am on a 24 day streak and before you freak out- It is a movement streak so I am doing yoga or a light activity 2-3 days a week to give my body a break from the grind. It is amazing though- my longest streak ever but I was burnt out a bit this week from working way too hard the week before. I was need inspiration for sure the last couple of days. In fact, Tuesday and Wednesday became more about stretching and yoga than anything.

I listened to my body but was frustrated since I’ve had a hard time wanting to run. This morning I opened my missions book- Poverty Cure- as I have missed a week and had to leave early this week. And this bible verse was blaring at me. (I will put it below)

I felt this inspiration that okay, I am going to do this marathon and prepare for it. So now, is there a book that will help me feel the inspiration and train me at the same time. I found 2 on audible. The second one was the 80/20 run. And wow was this just what I needed. So I found out that I need to really, really pace myself more than I am. Right now I am sooooo scared that in a year, I will be the slowest runner and it will take me so long to finish that I will quit just because I’m bored. So I’ve been pushing my slow runs.

You are suppose to have 2 slower, well paced runs that are more about distance than anything, 1 moderate run and then 1 all out run a week. My 2 slow runs have been moderate so no wonder I was burnt out. I use my 5 day for an alternate intensity activity. Mostly HIIT workouts so far but also will get on the elliptical or bike on these days.

So today, I forced a 5.0 speed on the treadmill- omgosh was that ever so slow. lol But I feel good. It was what it was supposed to be. I will continue to read this book to train myself more but I am always amazed by where reading the Bible takes me on my path- Journey with me!

Hebrews 12:1-2New International Version (NIV)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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Running is emotional

Running is full of tears and I am not just talking the “fat girl running” image of tears. That does happen (and for you that don’t know what that is- it is the kid that was in the back getting teased for running so slow in gym class- the one that constantly got teased for their weight- the one that never felt good enough). But what I’m talking about is the tears that come for emotional build up.

Running is a release, you have no choice to let go when you run because you need to breathe, you need to move, and you don’t have time to concentrate on holding it all in. Yesterday was hard on me with my girl still missing. Today, I ran the path that we run together. Running certain ways at certain times reminded me of her training and I paused to let a tear come out.

Did you know it is healthier to pause in running? Get a heart monitor- one for running- the app will tell you your ideal heart range and then when you hit your max, you back off and walk to get it down to the low end. Helps to not stress your heart as much as straight running- plus you’ll find you get faster doing this and it will take your heart longer to hit that high end so you will have to run faster to get it there. This will help prepare for those distance runs where you will want a nice steady pace.

Anyway, I wanted to just say it is okay to cry while running. Run it out though. Take a moment, walk, and then gather yourself and run it all out of you. Stress will go down and you will feel great!

On my journey- I’ve had a great week. Monday- Power Yoga, Tuesday- Ran 2 miles, Wednesday- Yoga for the back (was a little stiff and sore from Tuesday), Today- ran 2 miles and did my pre and post yoga workout. Tomorrow will be runner’s yoga and then bigger runs for the weekend. Next week, I will try and reintro my weights again on my shorter run days.

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All signed up

Well, technically I haven’t signed up for the race itself but for the cause. I joined our team at Church and ready to run for World Vision! Very exciting and scary at the same time. I will be running my 2 miles this morning and meeting a friend for coffee after.

I developed a schedule over the next year to get me to 26 miles. I really need a treadmill or gym membership! Or I will be running in snow in rain to start. lol Say some prayers for me and my dedication. I will need to learn a lot about eating right for running. I can only imagine how much fuel I will need to store. 😉

Thank you all for your support.

 

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Say what?!

A couple Sundays ago, I was watching the TC Marathon app for my friend who decided to do a marathon this year. I saw her train all summer to get there. And thought I’d never do that. I’ve said never a million times. It’s crazy 26 miles who has the patience for that? Then in Church, I found out the missions leader was running too but not just because but for a cause. And next year she was bringing it to the church to join her. Suddenly I thought I want to do that. I didn’t say anything. I went home and napped. I checked in on my friends and said I can do this. I’m going to do it. So I’ve been mapping out my year of running to get to 26.2. Every time I say that number I’m like what the heck am I thinking!?!? I decided what better to keep up with this than to have you join me? So here I am starting my path to a marathon and by the way I’m turning 40 this year so that’s encouraging me a bit too. Lol

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An Inspirational Run

As I do many times while running, I was thinking about a blog that I’m going to write. Today was going to be all about my journey recently and how today marked the day that I am starting my running journey again. I will get to that in a minute but I first have to talk about what happened at mile 1 today. I was in the midst of thinking about how would say yet again I will never run a marathon when my cardinal friend visited me out of no where and stronger came on at the same time, by Mandisa.

So let me tell you a little about my cardinal friend. He and his family started to visit our home shortly after mom passed and I knew she was with me. He has made an appearance several times when I’ve needed it. The last day we were moving out of our house, just 2 days ago. I let him know that he would need to come see us at the new house now. Every time I see him or smell the lilacs- I saw hi mom as I know she is with me.

So today, I’m thinking about how it’s been a month since I ran 3 miles and probably a month before that since running 4. I’ve ran a mile here and there but not well. We have been focusing so much on moving and cleaning and making the house perfect for the graduation party that I let everything go. (so glad for my Plexus supplements and business to help fill in the blanks during this time)

But I’ve been looking to the runs that I have or want to sign up for soon. I have a 10k at the end of next month. I’ve never ran that far before and I really want to sign up for a 15k in Sept- it’s at Jesse James days!!! So that means I need to get my focus back on. Then I was thinking about how my marathon runner friend said to me at the last race we both did, that I just need to focus myself on the distance not how far I run but how far I go. It is okay to walk just get yourself to the distance you want to go, the speed will come.

At that moment I was like I will never run a marathon, I do not want to run 26 miles ever. That will take me forever and it is just not for me. Seriously that was the very moment the cardinal came, I recognized the markings to know it was my friend. I thought to myself my angel is here cheering me on and stronger started playing and I’m like oh wow God is really trying to talk to me right now and tell me that I’m being made stronger. That whole song was my best run during the 3 miles that I ran.

That inspiration was amazing. The next 3 songs that I heard was about doing too much and rushing through life, which is partly why I haven’t blogged in a while so I will take heed and rest a bit more.

Ephesians 6: 10-11
10 Finally, let the Lord make you strong. Depend on his mighty power. 
11 Put on all of God’s armor. Then you can stand firm against the devil’s evil plans.
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I am a runner

Today I was out running and this happens frequently while running. I was thinking about how I need to get my speed down. How if I do not do this, how I can’t be considered a runner. My time is not good enough. Then I flash back to when I was that kid- kids made me believe I was fat and slow. I was not skinny but by no means when I look at my pictures do I see fat. But…

At that time I believed them. I was not athletic and I hated the mile run. I always came in as one of the last kids to finish.  This was torturous. I mean seriously it stressed me out. First because I knew that I couldn’t run it. Second, I knew that I would come in last and third because I knew that I would be teased.

So now back to me being a runner. I have worked hard to tell myself this.  Why? because I started to think you are a fake, you can’t do this. What are you thinking? You have a bad hip and back. This isn’t going to work out. You are still fat and you think you can run that? It is so hard to overcome the past and move on but guess what?

I have been running for 1 year. I started racing in June of last year and start practicing now. I walked part of my first race and it took me 50 minutes to complete, if not a little more. Today, I can do it under 40 and working on getting it under 36 mins. My first mile that I did today was 11:30! The wind psyched me out so my second mile had more walking and was tough, plus that is the part with the huge hill but I still ran that part. Yes, I powered through those thoughts.

I am strong and am capable. I AM a RuNnEr!

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