Saturday, September 27, 2008

10 Minutes, 8 Seconds

(note: cross-posted to Meanderings & Musings)

Today was the Race for the Cure ...... and I reached my goal!!!! I shaved 10:08 off last year's time of 1:06:34 by coming in this year at 56:26. I jogged in a few places to hit my goal, but it was worth it! I would have honestly been happy at anything around 57 or so. But seeing the actual number was fantastic. I went from a pace time of 21:24 (last year) to 18:10 this year. Holy Moses!

And this year, speaking of numbers, we had an approximate 25% increase in the number of participants..... amazing enough, but even more so in light of the very shaky economy. It's unbelievable and humbling.

Last year, I was very inspired by all the survivors. Seeing them do the walk -- especially those newly diagnosed or battling the disease -- was enough to bring me to tears. This year, there was a young lady who was walking it on a prosthetic leg. As she came down her side of the course (as several of us were walking up to the turnaround), all you could hear was "Oh my God, how awesome is that girl!" I found her after the race and told her so -- that she inspired me to keep moving, and that she amazed me. She was so gracious about it and almost seemed as if she couldn't believe all the people who told her how proud they were of her (I am betting her time was probably between 45 and 50 minutes). She was a hero to me today, as were all those who took part in the survivor ceremony.

My cousin was one of the competitive runners.... he fell a little short of his hoped-for time, but not by all that much. Instead of 24:00, he ran a 26:08 .... good enough to be in the top 225 (out of close to 900 runners!). TOP QUARTER!!!! I'm so proud of Brandon I could burst!

And I already can't wait for next year!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Going toward the light......

I opined a few weeks ago that the light at the end of the tunnel was coming into view....... It just got 4.0 pounds closer, for a total of 206.0 lost.

I'm still trying to let all that sink in. It's amazing because I now have gone past a personal milestone that I wasn't sure when I would reach .... or at the beginning, I wasn't sure I ever would.

A new member asked tonight what it is that keeps me going, and I answered this: "I am stubborn, and I just simply determined that I wasn't going to quit. And now, I can't stop." I'm not sure when it happened, but I reached a point where I realized that I had made too much progress to ever want to go back ..... I put the stubbornness and iron will that I always possessed to much better use.

Twenty-two pounds to go to hit goal. I can't believe it. I mean, it's almost here, and I am trying to wrap my brain around the idea that I only have 22 pounds to go. It doesn't seem real......

Race for the Cure is this weekend. I am excited about the event, and looking forward to my goal of shaving 10 minutes off last year's time ..... 57 minutes, here I come!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Time for some non-scale victories

The scale showed I gained 1.4 pounds, to move my total back to 202 gone. Whoop. I will lose that over the next couple of weeks, and I'm not worried in the least. I have a feeling I know what happened ..... I didn't follow my usual meal schedule today, and sometimes the scale doesn't appreciate that!

But the good thing is that this week, in spite of the uptake, I feel GOOD. I worked my butt off today doing some volunteer work. I feel good not only because I was helping a cause I believe in, but because I got some needed physical labor in. And I stood or walked for most of the day.... 2 years ago, there is no way I'd have been able to do that. Now that I'm in stop-mode, I feel the aches setting in, but I KNOW that 2 or 3 years ago, I could not have done that type of work. I'd have needed a sitting-only job. Instead, I was able to pull t-shirts, lift boxes, move and groove doing things, and enjoy it. I just hate that I forgot my pedometer, because I planned to track the steps I took.

And my clothes feel great. I have good health and stamina that I never would have had years ago. I'm getting older, wiser, and better. 1.4 pounds can't compare to that!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Happy, am I -- VERY!

This has been an insanely crazy week. I've met myself coming and going forty different ways. The only thing I've been able to do well is stay on track foodwise; exercise, not quite as well, but I've done some (just not my normal amount).

I still lost 1.2 pounds this week for a total of 203.4 gone. WHEW!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Rolling, rolling, rolling....

Keep them pounds a-rollin'
Hope you don't get swollen..... rawhide!

(Oh, sorry, I got carried away!)

Another week, and another pound gone for a total of 202.2 GONE GONE GONE!!!! I have another 1.8 to go to hit a very personal milestone ..... and another 4 to go after that for another milestone.

And if that isn't enough motivation, Weight Watchers has issued a challenge to all members called "Lose for Good" -- for every pound lost between this Sunday (Sept 7) and six more weeks (Oct 12?), WW will donate one pound of food for every pound lost by its members to two food bank charities (one for the US and one for worldwide hunger issues). I am setting my goal to lose at least 8 pounds in those 6 weeks. I'm really hoping for 10 pounds, but I'm going to set it at eight just for the safe side.

I am eagerly awaiting these challenges!!!! BRING 'EM!!!!