Saturday, May 14, 2011

Day 322: It FIT!

Earlier this morning I boarded a plane headed to Mexico to spend the next few days in the sun and laying out just to sleep and something awesome happened. Wanna know what it was?

THE SEATBELT FIT- and there was extra belt to spare.

It has been a long time since the seatbelt fit without needing an extender. Man, the shame that comes along with telling the flight attendant that your seatbelt doesn't fit is something that most people have no clue exists, but I know all too well. While I was walking to my seat I was nervous because I just didn't know what was going to happen. The seats seemed extra small as I searched for seat "20C", but when I found it and sat down, I realized it wasn't as small as I thought. The weight loss has slowed up a lot, but I'm still loosing weight. And even if I don't loose one additional pound, I've lost extra negative thoughts about myself which makes me WAY slimmer.

The journey continues.......

Friday, May 6, 2011

Day 314: Slacker?

So I've been doing some thinking - well it really started yesterday while watching "The Biggest Looser" (totally love that show) - and I've come to the conclusion that I do way better when someone is either working out with me or pushing me to workout.  While I was watching TBL, I wanted to get a few push-ups done while the commercial was on (working on my core and upper body strength) and I did 2...... 2

It was like I couldn't push myself to get more done, but if someone else was there I would have probably followed thru on at least 3 (well maybe).  Why is it that some people have the internal drive/motivation to accomplish a task without needing the aid or assistance of others?  Does it make you needy if you need others to accomplish a task/goal?  I'm just letting you in on what's going on in my thoughts right now.

I think the reason I do better when someone is around is because I don't want to look like a goober or slacker in front of other people.  So I put game face on and get the job done.  But when no one is around it's like I don't push as hard and feel like it's ok to take a break.  Does that make me a people pleaser, or a... hum, I don't know the word for it.  Ok, I gotta think about this somemore, what do you think?


Monday, May 2, 2011

Day 310 (Part II): I DID IT

What did I do??  I rode my bike to work!!  I rode it all the way there.  All throughout I was saying inside my head, "Seriously Rochelle, this is too hard.  Just turn around, get your car and drive to work already!" But I didn't do that, I keep pressing forward.

When I got to mile two, I had to fight through and keep peddling through the monstrous hill that crosses over 214, but I kept going.  When I got to mile three, I had to figure out how to cross over 202 with all of the traffic with no real directional sign giving me the right of way and the construction blocking the way.  At mile five I had to tell myself that I'm almost there because the hill that I was trying to get up was beginning to wear me out.  At mile six I felt like I couldn't keep going and I was ready to go home (which was silly because it would have taken more time to go back home verses keep going).

At mile six and a half, something happened.  As I crossed over 495 on a bridge, I was slapped in the face by three separate branches.  It was the craziest thing.  I realized at that moment why cyclist wear sunglasses.  It's not just to keep the sun out, but it's also to protect their eyes.  I will be sure to wear them going forward.  Here are a few photo's of my journey

Photo's of my 'Biking to Work Experience'

Day 310: Scared!

My bag is packed and I just finished a good oatmeal breakfast. I guess it's nothing left to do but do it, right? I'm not going to chicken out or anything because I've talked about it so much (note to self: shut up sometimes!), but I'm definitely feeling butterflies.

It's now or never, here we go. More later!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 309: May Begins with a plan

They say that April Showers brings in May Flowers.  For me, May isn't bringing in flowers, it's bringing in intensity, focus, courage and overall determination.  I am less than a month away from a 5k walk (Weight Watchers Walk-It! which is a nationwide walk taking place in every major city) and a little over a month away from the Zooma Annapolis 10k.

Do I feel, no.  Will I be, yes!

This is what I have been working towards.  Have I slacked off, yes.  Have I lost focus, yes.  Have I lost courage, yes.  But I've never lost the desire to complete the task before me.  With that, I have been riding my bike just about daily because tomorrow is the first day of doing something that will take great courage from me.  I am riding my bike to work.  From my house to the office is roughly 6.7 miles.  But before going to the office I will be stopping by the track to have a "Track Date".  I've been talking about it since getting the  bike.  It's a way of training for all of these races, but it's also a way of saving GAS!  Man, gas is getting way to expensive so hopefully getting the confidence to ride to places less than 10 miles away from my house will save me some money.

What will May training include?
 - Workouts with a trainer twice a week
 - Bike 6+ miles three times a week
 - "Track Date" workouts 6 times a week
 - Incorporating a vegetarian food lifestyle  (just for the month to see if it is something that I can do)
 - Gallon of water a day

That's the plan, now it's time to make it happen.

Oh yeah, my hair is cut!  Is it how I expected, "NO!"  I just got more cut because it was too straight on the top.  I was very surprised to find that my hair is way more curly than I thought.  This is a huge transition for me because I've never had to style short hair.  I'll upload some pictures soon, I just gotta feel a little more better about it (that statement was totally not good english).