Thursday, October 29, 2009

I am doing a Marathon!!!

A friend of mine kind of challenged me today. I was told that my little gadget is maybe not calculating the right numbers, because it seems it is unlikely to walk 10 miles in 2 and half hours. So, I had to prove to her and myself that I was walking as much as I have been saying. Today I drove my car the distance I usually walk and it was the SAME as my little gadget says. According to that, my calculations were correct. But that was not enough for me, so I did some research today.
The average marathon walker will require 6-8 hours to complete the event ( 26.2 miles) which is between 4.37 miles an hour & 3.275 miles an hour. At the peak of training , most walkers are spending 4-6 days and 10-16 hours a week walking. I walk each day for Two and Half hours (17.5 hours total).
So, if you look at those statistics would you agree with me that I am and can walk 10 miles in Two and Half hours?
Anyway, that wasn't enough for me either, so after doing more research during the day this is what I came up with.
Southern Indiana Classic Marathon and Half Marathon
I am doing Full Marathon (26.2 miles) on April 11th, 2010.
The 2010 Southern Indiana Classic Marathon is a Boston Qualifier for the 2011 Boston Marathon and all the proceeds from this inaugural event benefit The American Diabetes Association.
This is very close to my heart and I am very excited for doing this. The 18 week full marathon training program starts December 7th, 2009.
Wish me luck!!!
PS: I only walked little over 8 miles today and I finally did buy the battery for my gadget, lol.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dancing in the RAIN!!!

Ok, I wasn't dancing, I walked, but it was as much fun as dancing. The battery on my gadget died so I couldn't measure my steps and all. But I know for sure I walked over 8 miles. Anyway, on my walk this morning I was thinking I need to call my friend Lita for a little get together. I was listening to my music and thinking of all the things I wanted to do, sorta making my list in my head. Anyway, I looked up and guess who was right in front of me. My friend Lita, who was walking her dog. So, I joined her, we talked and walked together. The rain didn't matter, the chill in the air didn't matter, the fact that we were both getting wet didn't matter... What mattered was this little bit of time we got to spend together. So, call your friends and family and spend some time with them... We all get so busy with life that sometimes we forget or just take it for granted, what really matters in life.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Not too much to say!!!

I didn't do any walking yesterday, I guess it was my day off. I went out this morning and had fun. lol. They finally opened this trail through the woods and it is really fun to go through there every day.
I will leave you with this quote:
"I have found that if you love life, life will love you back." ~Arthur Rubinstein, Polish-American classical pianist
18353 steps; 11.01 miles; 1047 cal; time: 2:36,08

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I feel this is the norm these days!!!!

I was too tired last night to actually come on here and post, but I walked. Today I also walked, but had to squeeze in a doctors appointment in between my walking. After my first round of walking this morning I felt it just wasn't enough. Honestly I think I am craving more and more, so I have decided to participate in the marathon next year. What do you guys think?

Yesterday's numbers:
17.684 steps; 10.61 miles; 999 cal; time: 2:28.16

Today's numbers:
16.096 steps; 9.66 miles; 928 cal; time: 2:18.13

Friday, October 16, 2009

It feels so good!!!

If I walk anything under 4 miles, it just doesn't seem like I really did anything. So the last week or so I did walk some days and I missed some (we had a lot of rain) and finally yesterday I was upset and I was eating junk and I realised there was something really big "bugging" me. So after talking to my friend Tammy last night I knew what it was that was killing me inside. lol. I did not walk at all last three days. So to make myself feel better I went this morning for what I thought would be a little walk (at least four miles) and I ended up walking for about two and half hours. I FEEL great. Moral of this story, "Each and every day do something just for you". It truly makes you feel on top of the world.

17,302 steps; 10.38 miles; 992 cal; time: 2:27,18

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Just a quick note. My foot is much, much better. :) I don't have so much pain in it and I have been able to walk between 7 and 10 miles a day. NOT, every day, but close enough. As for surgery on the foot, right now we are just kind of waiting to see what happens. I have been really trying to focus on my home business lately to jumpstart it again, that is why there is lack in updating this blog. I promise I will try harder in the future.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Long time!!!

I want to apologize for not being on here much lately. Sometimes life gets you by surprise!!! I have had some family emergency I had to deal with and also injury to my foot. I have been walking off and on in the last two weeks but not as much as I used to. At this point it looks like I will have to have minor foot surgery, but not a 100% sure. I will update as soon as I can.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Discover what works for you...

"Enroll in this weight program and you'll lose 30 pounds in five days!" "Come to this free seminar and after spending one hundred dollars on books you'll be a millionaire!"
There is no quick fix, no panacea that will work for every person. Success rarely happens overnight or in five days. Even the Twelve Steps are only suggestions. Although proven to work, the details and decisions about how we apply those Steps in our lives are left to each one of us. And few things happen overnight, except the beginning of a new day. Listen to your mentors. Examine what's been tried and true, and has worked and helped countless others along their paths. The Twelve Steps are one of those approaches. But don't be taken in by false claims of overnight success and instant enlightenment along your path.
True change takes time and effort, especially when we're changing and tackling big issues. We can often get exactly the help we need at times from therapist, book, or seminar - the best things in life really are free and available to each one of us. The Twelve Steps, again, qualify in this area.
Discover what works for you.
Trust that you'll be guided along your path and receive exactly the help and guidance you need. Then give it time. There really isn't an easier, softer way. (Language of letting go)
I thought this was really appropriate for all the people who are trying to get better (fit). BTW, I really like my new gadget. No picture yet.
10783 steps, 6.47 miles, 644 cal, time: 1:28 08

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A new gadget!!!

I got the New Balance wrist pedometer and heart rate touch watch last week but today was the first time I used it. It took me few days to actually sit down and read the instructions and set it up. lol. So, after I walked for little over half a mile I realised I didn't started my new toy. :) Anyway, today I walked for what I thought felt around 5 miles. I was so pleasantly surprised when I checked my new toy. I walked 7.12 miles. Now add another half a mile to that. I did great and I really didn't get that tired. I guess all this time when I walked I did it longer that I thought I did. Pretty cool if you ask me...

I am sorry I didn't update each day this last week, but I did walk all but two days. :)

I will try to post the picture of my new toy tomorrow.

11867 steps, 7.12 miles, 679 cal.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Learn to say I am...

We hear a lot about becoming whole. "Become a complete human being." Start on the pathway to becoming whole." "You won't find romantic love until you're complete." Frankly, these kinds of comments often confused me. But than I decided that wholeness relates directly to the process of detaching and letting go.
It is admirable to go after our dreams and know what we want to accomplish. But after we identify what it is we're after, we need to let it go. We need to know in our hearts and souls that we're okay whether we ever get what we're after or not. (As long as we try). Another friend described it this way. "It's the old Zen Buddhist thing," he said. "When you're one with yourself, life becomes magical. You can get whatever you want."
The most powerful and magical words we can say in the language of letting go are these: I am. Then we step it up one notch by learning to say, I am complete just as I am. (Language of Letting go)
So I only walked 4 miles this morning. Not as much as I wanted to, but it got hot outside and I thought I would just go again at night. Weeellll, instead of walking tonight, I am watching one of the movies I love, Ever After. BUT I love myself just as I am...

Monday, August 31, 2009

Short Fun Walk!!!

Tonight I walked with my daughter. OK, we talked more than we walked, but still. We just had so much fun and we laughed and laughed. It was a good day.
Yesterday, I didn't do much at all. I stayed in and just relaxed. Sometimes you got to do that too.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

You don't know what you have 'till its gone!!!

25 pounds gone. I feel great. I am really starting to love myself. lol. I also think I am due for some new walking shoes 'cause I just got some new exercise clothes. Today I only walked for 4 miles and I would have walked more, but I was so thirsty so I had to go home. Note to myself "Bring some water with you".
August 28, 2009
Since I did not write anything yesterday I just want to let you know I walked 6 miles.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Stop ruining your fun!!!

Stop comparing and judging. Those two behaviors can drain all the joy out of a perfectly good life. We compare this time in our lives to another time. Than we decide that this time is worse, not as much fun. Or we compare our life to someone else's and we decide the other person is having more fun and success than we are. Comparison is judgmental. We judge this to be better than that, and this to be worse than the other. By comparing and judging, we deny ourselves the beauty of the moment and the wonder of the life that's in front of us now. Instead of deciding if a situation is good or bad, just be thankful for it-the way it is. Most things are neither good nor bad, unless we attribute those judgments to them. Most things simply are, and they are what they are, at this moment in time. Go into the moment. Let it be what it is-free of judgments and comparison. Can you believe how beautiful it is, right now, right here where you are? Why didn't you see that before? If comparing and judging is draining all the joy out of your life, start putting some fun back in it by applying a little gratitude, instead. (Language of letting go)

I really like this insert from the book. It reminds me of how I used to think. I always compared myself to other people and to myself from 10 years ago. That did not get me anywhere except more not liking myself. Once I stoped comparing and judging I slowly started to love myself. Now I try to do thinks I always wanted, like learning Korean language at the moment. I am planing to go visit Korea for three months in the spring of 2011. How cool is that? For the longest time I have forgotten all my dreams and wishes, but now I am finally being me, and I am loving it.

Today as I was walking my 4 miles, a mail lady stoped me and said: "I see you here every day, You do a lot of miles here, don't you"? I said: "I try to do about 5 miles in the morning and few more at night". She was like :"Very good for you, that is just awesome, you look great, keep doing what you doing". I smiled and said: "It makes me feel good". She smiled back and said: "See you tomorrow". I can tell you one thing, THAT comment from a stranger MADE MY DAY.

Don't wait another day to make yourself feel good. Do it now. Just start no matter how small it is. Walk for 10 minutes, even 5, but JUST DO IT. lol

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Journey to a better me!!!

Welcome to my first post about New Beginnings. I have started my journey to a better me in September of 2008. My friend Kari has given me an idea of starting a blog about it.
There comes a time in life when you stop and take a look at who you are, where you are and what you have done. I have had many life changing events in the last year and half that have caused me to really think about my life. After taking that long look I did not like what I saw. What happened to all my dreams and hopes, why did I given up on them? And who exactly was this person looking back at me from the mirror? She had a very slight resemblance of me, but she was 35lbs heavier than I ever was. And she had lost the happy glow from her face... It took me a moment to realise that "she" was actually me. But this was me who was NOT happy. Not happy with the way I looked, or the way my clothes fit, or my life at the time. People who know me will tell you I was never overweight, not really. But that is because I am really good at "hiding" the imperfections with certain clothes. I have asked myself so many times "where did ALL these pounds came from?" I don't eat much and I like healthy food. What happened? But than all of a sudden I knew. With every new stress that I was faced with I found comfort in food. I didn't eat much, but all the little snack I had were enough.
Than one day I woke up and I knew, I couldn't change other people and I couldn't change the circumstances but I could change ME. I can not tell you where my inspiration to "better" myself came from but I can tell you my biggest motivation. The "old, younger" me. I used to be very skinny (too skinny, if you ask me), athletic and full of life. I wanted it back. But there was this little problem, I hate gym, and who really wants to get back into the exercise routine again? So, I said to myself "I am going to walk every night by the river". I choose that spot because it has this calm feeling when you're there, it's pretty and to tell you the truth it makes me relax and think and just be me. Over last year I have had some bumps in the road when I couldn't walk and I took couple of breaks (almost three months of breaks) but in the end over period of 9 months I have lost 22 lbs. I am very proud of myself and I feel great.
I am hoping that with this blog I can inspire others to start getting fit or just to have a positive outlook on life. I am going to try to post daily inspirational quotes or stories too. I will let you know about many of the new beginnings in the future posts but for now join me in this journey and let's ALL get fit.