Creating A Healthier Lifestyle

Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t written here in a year!
I guess the old saying is true: Time flies when you are having fun.

2012 has been one freaking amazing year for me.
It saw so many good changes and accomplishments.
I mean, I really don’t know if I can describe fully how wonderful this year was.

Day by day in 2012, I became happier and happier.

Where do I even start?
Hmmm….let’see.

In March, I went to CA for the first time ever. I saw my aunt, uncle and cousins I hadn’t seen since the late 1980’s. It was so great to see them again, and it felt like we had always been in touch. They welcomed me with open arms and it was an instant reconnection. I loved seeing them again and really want to make anothe trip out there at some point. I dont want to let 20+ years go by again.

In June, I felt like I need a long weekend away. Work had been really busy and crazy with this refinancing we were doing, and since the hard part was over, I needed a breather. So I went to Puerto Rico for 4 days.
It was wonderful! Warm, but not unbearably hot. I stayed at this little resort area. There was so much to do there, that you didn’t have to leave the grounds. Yea, I did a few day trips, but there was more than enough to do at the hotel.
I even worked out while i was there. There was a gym at the hotel so in the mornings and evenings i would go for a bit. Some mornings I even went for a short run and then came back and had breakfast. It was so peaceful and I came back relaxed.

I’ve been back and forth with my weight loss. I really wanted to be at a lower weight by now. At one point, I gained some weight during marathon training too.
But at this point, there is no use dwelling on the past. I know what I have to do, and I plan on doing it.

My biggest highlight of 2012 though was completing my first ever marathon!
Now, if you know me well, you know why I am so excited about that!
Completing a marathon was something I always thought was out of my reach. I never thought I was good enough for it.
But i saw my friends doing them, and I wanted to be like them.

So I decided to train for the NYC marathon!
This is a huge, fun, and exciting marathon. It’s a big deal here.
I started the “real” training at the beginning of July. There were a lot of sacrifices; giving up for a while some things that I liked to do, but i had no choice.
I’ll admit, a few times I wanted to say “F**k this running” and stop training. I felt like it was all I was doing.
But I didn’t give up.

Then I noticed my running was changing. Changing for the better!
I was getting slightly faster, and running longer without walking.
I think this gave me a ton of confidence, which in turn made me think differently about running.
Since I was getting better at running, I started to become more and more excited about the marathon.

As everyone probably knows, the 2012 NYC marathon was cancelled due to Hurrican Sandy.
To say I was heartbroken was an understatement. I was so disappointed, but at the same time, I understand why they canceled it.
I was sad to wait another year to do a marathon, but also grateful that I was not really affected by the storm.
THen my friend told me about the Philly marathon on Nov 18th and how they opened up 3,000 lottery spots for the NYC marathon runners!
I applied, and got it! I was so damn excited again.

I went to Philly the day before the marathon to go to the expo.
I picked up my bib and it all became real.
Me, about to do a marathon. Omg!! 🙂

Long story short, the marathon went great! I finished in 6 hours, 23 minutes.
I saw that finish line before me, and thought I was gonna lose it! I started to tear up. 🙂
I crossed that finish line, and cried!! I was overwhelmed with the fact that I actually finished.
6+ hours later, I was cold, tired, sore and happier than all hell!
That was my crowning moment of 2012!
One of the proudest days of my life!

I have so much more to say about 2012, so I wll do another post in a few days.

For now, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! May 2013 be everything you hope for.

So, 2013 I tell you this: you have a lot to live up to! 🙂
2012 was an amazing year. Hopefully 2013 will be even better!

Reflecting

So hard to believe that 2011 is just 3 1/2 hours away from being over!
This year has gone by so fast. Way too fast.

I sit here and reflect on this past year and just marvel at how so much has changed.
I feel like a totally different person as I am looking at 2012 in the face.

This time last year, I was very unhappy with life and just miserable.
Granted, I was starting to come around a bit though. Just 3 months prior, I found something that would help me get started on this “Journey to A Happier Self”: Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp.
You may have heard me say it before, but tough, you are going to hear it again! 🙂

Seriously though, this bootcamp has done wonders for me, more than I could have ever imagined.
Yes, I had to put in a lot of hard work (all the sweat, tears, and puking!) but I was given the tools that I need to help myself.
I remember wanting 2010 to get the hell over with already, because the start of it was a nightmare.
I was so depressed, full of anxiety, and was always on edge. I really didnt want to deal with crap anymore.
When I started slim & strong, I was so nervous, self conscious, and wondered what the hell I was really doing there.
I also knew I needed a change of pace in my life, so I figured one month of it couldnt hurt. That after that month, I never had to go back again.

Well, four weeks later when the October session was ending, I didnt want it to end!
I loved it so much and I was starting to feel just a wee bit better emotionally. Then I signed up for November.
Each class I went to, I was able to smile just a bit more. Granted, I still wasn’t completely “right” emotionally, but for one hour 3x a week, I could escape from all the shit around me.

Each month that went by, I was smiling more, a little bit less anxious, and was slowly learning to deal with stuff in a healthier way.
Fast forward to December 2011, and I am a much happier person. I feel better emotionally and love the way I look physically.
I’ve messed up more than I care to remember with the eating, but I am just really happy.
So many good things have happened this year. I made a ton of new friends that share similar interests, qualified for the 2012 NYC marathon by doing the 9+1 program through NYRR, had a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica, spent more time outside this summer alone than all the summers of my adult life put together, started biking and love it, did my first ever duathlon, beating the time I set for myself by 9 minutes, spent Thanksgiving with two crazy fun bacon-loving friends.
And the biggest highlight of 2011 was the unexpected promotion I got at work. I was so surprised by that, but on top of the world when they told me. I am lucky to work at a place that I can truly say I love going to every day and where I am appreciated!

You know, it’s funny because when each month of slim & strong ended, I said “ok, just one more month”.
Well, “just one more month” has turned into an ongoing cycle. January 2012 will be my 15th straight month of doing slim & strong (plus the outdoor classes!). It’s an amazingly positive environment for me and I love it.

So, as I say goodbye to 2011, I am also looking forward to 2012 and everything it will bring with it.
I have the NYC Half, the More Women’s Half, the NYC Marathon, and whatever races and duathlons I sign up for during the year to look forward to. (No Tri’s yet cause I cant swim!! lol).
Who knows whether it will all be smooth sailing or have a few bumps in the road, but I know I have the tools I need to get through whatever comes my way.
I’ve had amazing support along the way, and continue to have it, for which I will be forever grateful. I have the most amazing friends that are there for me whenever I need them! You guys know who you are, and I hope I am as good a friend to you as you are to me!
I’m happier than I ever thought I would be. The way 2011 started out, I never imagined I would be this happy.

Ariane, I could have never gotten this far on my own.
I’ll always be grateful to you for your constant support, butt kickings, and setting me straight when I needed it.
You’ve helped change my life around for the better!

Oh boy 2012, I can’t wait to meet you! 🙂
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I Need Help! :)

Yesterday I had my first of two work Christmas parties.
But yesterday’s party fell on my bootcamp day, so I had to miss that. 😦

The party was a lot of fun though. We had a great time hanging out and laughing.
I work with some of the craziest and funniest people!

But the whole time I wanted to be in class getting my butt kicked!!
Omg, what the hell is wrong with me?? 🙂
Seriously though, I love, love the night version of Slim and Strong. It’s in BK and she incorporates spinning. It is soooo much fun. I’ve found it a little more intense and I am pushing just a little bit harder. Every class so far, I have left soaking wet.
The 75 minutes goes by so fast, and we are getting an amazing workout.

A little over a week ago, I let something upset me way more than it should have. The problem is that I stupidly let that affect the way I ate for an entire week.
Really, Kathy??? What the hell were you thinking??!!??

I hate myself for letting that something bother me for so long and for screwing up with food yet again.
I mean, seriously, I know better than this.
What does this do for me besides letting myself feel like shit for a week, emotionally and physically?
Felt like shit emotionally because I held onto my bruised ego for too long, and physically I felt like shit from eating crap and too much of it. I felt lethargic, icky, and looked puffy.
I hate this feeling.

Thankfully, I’ve let it go and am getting back to eating right too. I am working too hard in bootcamp and the gym to keep backsliding and sabotaging myself.

Thankful

This holiday season has me thankful for everything and everyone that I have.

Before I get to that though, there are other things.
I had planned on November Slim & Strong as being my best month. Considering it was my 13th month of doing it, I thought it was about time! 🙂
I started off the month really well. Then for whatever reason (I have no idea why, but I know it wasnt emotional) I got really lazy with watching my diet and it all went to hell. The eating was horrendous.
I know it wasn’t emotional because I wasn’t upset at all this month about anything. In fact, there is one thing that I am extremely happy about that I will mention in my next post.
It was like I didn’t give a crap, and I really do.
Anyway, the only thing I can do now is get my butt back to where I know I need to be in order to make December good.
Plus, I have a holiday party dress I want to look good in! 🙂

This Thanksgiving was probably one of the best ones I had in ages!
I spent this holiday with Lauren and Drew, and it was awesome! The three of us worked together to make dinner and it went so well. The night before Thanksgiving we prepared some stuff ahead of time. Especially the bacon! Everything we made involved having bacon in it.
I finally went to bed at 2am. They stayed up until close to 5am I think!

When I got up, I got the stuffing made and turkey cleaned and stuffed. While waiting for that, we made the side dishes.
Finally, everything was ready and we could now take care of the most important thing: eating! 🙂
Everything came out awesome thanks to our teamwork!
We ate, laughed, and just had fun. It was the least stressful Thanksgiving I ever had.
Great day with great friends! How could one not be thankful for that??!!

This year has gone by so fast.
But it has been an amazing year for me. And for that, I am so thankful!

Simply Amazing!

Today was my first ever duathlon! I was waiting 3 months for this day to come.

We got to Prospect Park a little early, which was fine with me. I don’t like feeling rushed the day of a race.
As we were waiting for the race to start, I became a little nervous and overwhelmed.
Seeing as I never did anything like this before, it struck me: Holy freaking crap, I am actually doing a duathlon!
The excitement of it all got a little overwhelming and I just about started to cry! 🙂
Then before I knew it, it was time for my group to start. There was no turning back now!
The distance I signed up for was a 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run. I did this one because I didn’t know how my legs would feel on the second run after doing the bike.

The first 2 mile run was easier than I thought actually. Yea, there were a few steep (albeit short) inclines that I walked up, but it wasn’t bad.
I amazed myself by doing those 2 miles in about 21 minutes! For me, that is great! It means I maintained approximately a 10 1/2 minute mile, which I haven’t done before.
The bike portion was great. There is once pain in the ass incline in the park, but otherwise it is a good course.
After getting off the bike to do the second run, my legs felt like a ton of bricks.
Since I am not used to a multi-sport race, it felt weird to me.
So I just walked for a minute or two in order to give my legs some time, then I ran.
I actually ran/walked the second 2 mile run. It wasn’t extremely hard on the second run, but it wasn’t a piece of cake either. I had to keep telling myself to keep going and not give up. I pushed through it, and before I knew it, the finish line was within view.
I can’t describe the feeling of crossing that finish line.

I crossed it, and then realized that I just completed a duathlon!
I cried because the feeling of happiness was just too much! 🙂
I beat my goal time by 9 minutes too!

I was just amazed at what I did today. It was made even more special by having 3 crazy friends to share the day with. Those guys are amazing! Lauren even made signs for us!

Today was one of those days that could not have been more perfect. It really was one of the best days of my life.

See Prospect Park, I told you I was gonna kick your butt and not let you win!!

Wow, I didn’t realize that I had not posted in almost 2 weeks!

Anyway, I am super excited! Just 4 more days until November 13th and my first ever duathlon!
I cannot believe it is here already.
I remember when I registered 3 months ago, and the whole thing seemed so far off.

I havent been on my bike in a month nor have I run that much, but I am not worried at all. I’ve ridden the loop in Prospect Park before, so I know what to expect. As for the run part, from what I’ve seen on the course map, it looks like a mostly flat section that we will be running.
It’s a 2 mile run (a mile out and mile back), 10 mile bike, 2 mile run.
I’ve set a goal for myself to complete it in 1 hour, 45 minutes. Honestly, I think this will be more than enough, but I want to allow for transition time as well.
I know I am gonna kill this event! 🙂
This will be a huge accomplishment for me, and I think when I am done on Sunday, I will be grinning from ear to ear.
No matter what happens though, it is something I will be proud of because I will have started and finished it, all the while putting my whole heart into it.

So, Prospect Park, I hope you are ready for me on Sunday, because I am coming to take you on! And I dont plan for one second on letting you win!! 🙂

12 Months Later

Yesterday I finished my 12th consecutive month of Slim & Strong.
I still have trouble believing I have stuck with an exercise program that long (and plan on continuing).
You know it has to be something special if it keeps me motivated! 🙂

The past year has been amazing for me.
The end of 2010 wasn’t the best for me emotioally, but it was better than the earlier part of the year.
Sticking to this program has done wonders for me.
I like the way I look now, and feel better physically than I ever have. I am also a million times happier.
I’ve met great people that share my interests and have been my bigggest supporters! You guys are great!
I must thank Ariane too for putting up with me this past year! Your motivation and patience are priceless. Thanks for kicking my ass this past year! It’s been awesome!

My final weigh in for October wasn’t what I had originally planned on when we started, which also means I did not reach my goal I set for the end of October.
The beginning of this month, I was stressed out and responded by eating crap.
Anyway, I still managed to end October with losing 3.4 pounds. It just goes to show you that I would have done a lot better if I had not let my emotions take over when it came to food.

Even though I am not at the weight I wanted to be at right now, I still have to be happy with where I am.
My goal was to be 173 by now. I feel short and am at 183.
Yea, I wasn’t thrilled with myself yesterday, but I am happy with it. If that makes sense.
You know why?
Because 183 is the lowest I have been in almost 20 years!! That is amazing in and of itself.
I know what I need to do in November to make it a good month, and I really will do it this time.
I am lucky, because I have friends that are always there for me when I need an ear to listen.

I loved October and all the fun I had.

November is shaping up to be a great month too. I have so much to look forward to in November.
Next Saturday, I am doing a hike, which I love doing. Sunday, I will watch my buddies run the NYC Marathon. (Hopefully I will be able to spot them in the crowd!). Next year guys, we will be doing it together! 🙂
Then the 13th is my big day, because i have my duathlon. I am so excited for this and cannot wait.
Then of course we have Thanksgiving Day on the 24th.

I really do have sooo much to be thankful for this year!

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