Today is my birthday. I'm not 29, but that's what I tell people! I've gotten to the age where it's obviously not true so why do I keep saying that? Well, aside from being funny, it's how old I still feel!! Well, that's not actually true. I feel better than I did when I was 29! When I was 29 years old, I was a smoker, weekend partier, non-exercising, junk-food loving girl!! I didn't feel unhealthy at the time but upon reflection I'm going to have to say that that is because I just didn't know any better!!!
So how is it possible to feel better at ## than I did at 29? Well, it started with a diagnosis of high blood pressure. At my Dr.'s prodding I started to add more physical activities into my life. I didn't change my diet at first because if you've read my profile you know what a slippery slope I've been down on that road! I was not and am not to this day prepared to declare myself on a diet. Never again. I simply started to make a concentrated effort to really move my body a few times a week. I found a class that I really and truly enjoyed going to and after a while it didn't even feel like I was going to work out! (That was Jazzercise, of course!) It was work, don't get me wrong. It still kicks my butt to this day! But I have so much fun that it's not something I dread. I look forward to it! I started with 3 times per week and thought if I could keep that up, I was doing great! And I did! Eventually my fitness level improved and I added in a 4th class, and then a 5th! I still never gave a ton of thought to my nutrition but as my fitness level continued to improve and I started to feel better and better I began to notice that certain days were a lot harder than others. And then I started to make the connection to what I had eaten that day or the day before and how well my body responded to the demand I was putting on it. If I had a day of really poor nutrition I would go to class and my legs would feel like they weighed a ton! I would be more breathless than normal, I would feel like I did when I was first coming to classes! I also started to tune into my body a bit more and tried to make sure that I was getting enough water and getting some good vegetable and fruits every day. On the days that I did well with that I could get through my work-outs so much more easily than when I didn't. I slowly but surely managed to go from eating Pizza Pops and a Dr. Pepper for lunch to eating a nice big salad with some lean protein and water for lunch. What a difference!! It wasn't every day, not at first. But more and more days were seeing the salads and less and less days were seeing the junk food. And I continued to feel better and better!!
Our bodies are really remarkable things. After a pretty steady but slow change in my eating habits I began to notice something really strange! I would occasionally have a craving. But not the kind you're thinking about. If I had a week of vacation my nutrition would go a little sideways and eventually if I strayed for too long I would crave veggies!! I couldn't believe the first time I actually craved a salad! I realized then that I had come a long way from the junk food junkie I had been in the past! And I did it without dieting!! And I continued to notice that the cleaner I ate, the better I felt.
I started to make a habit of shopping the outside aisles at the grocery store. That's where all the nutrient dense fresh food is found and so I made a game with myself that I would not, unless I absolutely had to, go down an aisle. Now of course, that is almost impossible because I still drink coffee and my cat's still need their kibbles but I refuse to take my cart! I park it at the end of the aisle, walk in, get what I need and get back to the outside edge of the store. It's silly but it's a great way to avoid too many nutrient void, processed foods. I tend to think that if it can come out of a box and be ready in 45 seconds in the microwave, I probably don't want to eat it!
I have been eating clean for a long time now but that doesn't mean that I don't indulge once in while either. I try to live by the 80/20 rule. If I eat clean and get lots of exercise 80% of the time, 20% of the time is for those special occasions where you just want to have a piece of cake. Like a birthday!
So, here's to feeling better than 29 at the age of ## and here's to you and your good health!
And the answer, of course, is to blog! I just wanted to drop a quick note to say that I will be picking up my blogging again in the very near future, once I get settled into a normal routine!
Watch for a new blog coming in April! Until then, be still in the knowledge that you are absolutely lovely and worthy of love. And that I am so blessed by your presence in my life. Thank you for that!
So I’ve become a writer? I have agreed to write for a Webzine called “Vibrant”. Sounds cool! I feel like I live a pretty vibrant life most of the time. I definitely live a busy life!!!
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My most recent adventure was running in the Goodlife Fitness ½ <?xml:namespace prefix =" st1" ns =" "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"" />Marathon (formerly the Royal Victoria) in Victoria. The race was on 10/10/10. This was my third half marathon this year. I started running regularly just last year in November when I was inspired by some athlete friends. I started with the Bear Mountain 10 km in November of 2009 and then signed up for the Island Race Series which runs from January to April. It’s a great way to pass the winter months! Part of that series was my first ½ marathon in Comox. I had been running regularly for a couple of months by then so I was feeling really ready for that one. After that was another in May in Oak Bay. Still running fairly regularly, I felt ready for that one as well and did come in slightly faster than I did in Comox.
So, here comes the Goodlife Fitness ½ in Victoria. I signed up for it months ago. And then I stopped running. Right after the Oak Bay ½ in May actually. It wasn’t that I wanted to stop running, but I suddenly got really busy! (Funny how that happens in the Spring.) I had a running partner all lined up and she actually sprained her ankle training for this run so we were in the same boat going into this race. No training, virtually no running for about 6 months. I was nervous, to say the least!
The day of the race I decided that my only goal on that day was going to be to actually cross the finish line. I wasn’t going to be concerned about beating my previous time because that was highly unlikely to happen! All I wanted to do was finish and have fun! I told a couple of people that this would likely be the last ½ marathon I ran because as busy as I am already, there is a big change coming in the New Year that was going to make me even busier! And besides, this is my 3rd race of this distance. I have nothing to prove.
The race started at 730 in the morning and the weather was perfection! It was cool, calm, and best of all, dry! My friend and I started the race together running for 10 minutes and walking for 1 minute. It was a beautiful course, the crowds were wonderful, lots of cheering and as usual you get bolstered by the people you are running with at the same time. I finished the race in 2:20:10 which is about 6 minutes slower than my last race. Not bad for someone who hasn’t run in 6 months!! And you know the funny thing? I felt so good and had so much fun; I just may do another ½ marathon after all!! I guess you really should never say “never again”!
And what am I doing next? The Bear Mountain 10km in November! I guess things have come full circle!
Oh my gosh, I can't believe it's actually September 20th today! In just a couple more weeks I'll be running another half marathon. This time it's the marathon formerly known as the Royal Victoria. It's being sponsored by Good Life Fitness for the next few years but that just doesn't have the same ring to it!!I've completed 2 half marathons this year but the difference between those and this one is the training. I was running pretty regularly when I ran those other two. I haven't run more than 5km in about 2 months now and so this time will be going into it with basically no training at all. Am I worried? Maybe a little. But thankfully because I work out regularly and gets lots of great cardio exercise at Jazzercise I am not nearly as worried as you may think! It's going to be a longer race than my previous two and I'll be more sore the next day but I think I'll survive. And hey, I get to celebrate with brunch with some wonderful friends and family on race day and then a turkey dinner the next day! Not too bad!!I will be doing the Bear Mountain 10km again this year in November, but that's another story for another time!Whatever you're doing to keep your body moving I hope you're having fun! If you're planning on being around for the Victoria Marathon, let me wish you happy running! Enjoy your post-race celebrations!!
I am struggling with my ego at the moment. I run, I enter races, I do okay. I'm never going to place in the top 10, but I'm usually somewhere mid-pack and I'm happy with that.Today I went out for the Esquimalt Navy 10 km. The race started at 8:30 and it was already very warm. I don't do that well in the heat but I thought it would be early enough to handle it. Boy was I wrong! I made so many mistakes this morning! I opted to not wear a hat for fear of my head getting to hot. Mistake. I didn't sleep that well last night. Mistake. I didn't drink enough water yesterday. BIG mistake. I expected more shade along the route. Mistake. All this added up to a first for me. I didn't finish the race. I've never not finished a race before. It's hard on my ego.If I could turn this around and was advising a client, I know I did the right thing. I was finished all my water by 3.5 km and I was overheating with the beginning throbs of a headache starting at the back of my skull. I know I did the right thing by choosing to walk. I could have easily ended up sick with heat stroke. The struggle is coming in the cool of the house, post-shower, post-water. I can't help but wonder... could I have pushed harder? Should I have pushed harder? If I were my client I would say no, you did the right thing. There are lots of races in cooler weather. Enjoy those. Leave the summer to the heat fiends. Now if I could get my ego to listen!!! Trainer, listen to your own advice! Enjoy the sun but remember to drink water, water, water!!!Till next time,Donna
This is interesting. I'm quite used to maintaining my Facebook page and I always seem to have a lot to say. I'm not sure the same will be true with a blog. Somehow it feels like there is more pressure to clever and brilliant and have all the answers to the questions that no one is asking. Does that even make sense? Oh well, here I am, blogging!!
I don't have a lot to tell you at the moment other than if you are wanting to come to a super fun Boot Camp and you live in the Greater Victoria area I invite you to come to mine. My boot camps will never be called "the toughest boot camp ever" but I hope they are considered the most fun! We laugh and tell stories and have the occassional post work-out visit. I won't ever tell you that you can't be working hard enough if you're laughing and having fun. I believe, truly, that if you aren't having fun while getting healthy and fit you are doing something wrong.
I like to consider this a mind-body-spirit approach to wellness. If you are interested you can join in at any time. You don't need to wait for a new session to start!!!
Looking forward to meeting you soon!!!