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Just a note to say that we haven’t been feeling very “bloggy” in the last few weeks, thus the sudden silence. We’re feeling wordy again, so look forward to more nagging, *ahem* I mean “encouragement” from us!

And no, we haven’t stopped with our exercise or weight loss, we’ve just been taking a break from writing about it!

Hope you are all well, and we are looking forward to continuing our discussion of health, fitness, nutrition, and of course, running!

Much love,
Rebecca & Nick

P.S. We’ve decided on the winners of the Mini-Food Challenge! Yes, winners (plural!)… stay tuned!

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I just thought I’d give you a sneak peek of a recipe that I’ll be posting later today in the morning. For a nice brunch this morning, we had a delicious Smoked Salmon & Neufchatel Frittata! It was really yummy! Check back later on this evening in the morning for the recipe (we just got home and I’m exhausted!).

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Well it’s that time again. . .

For me his new challenge falls at a perfect time.  For so long my focus has been on running a marathon, that I almost do not know what to do with myself now that I’ve done it.  That kind of stasis can lead to “Post Marathon Syndrome”:  eat more, drink more, sleep more . . . run less.  According to John “The Penguin” Bingham, the key to overcoming this kind of let-down is to “find a new challenge and set a new goal.”

With that in mind, here are my goals:

  • Get trim:  I want to lose at least 20lbs.  This will put me under 200lbs.
  • Get faster:  I want to run a 10k in under 50 minutes; and a 5k in 24 minutes or less.
  • Get  Stronger:  I am going to try and complete the hundred pushups challenge, maintain a consistent weight training program, and do some pull-ups (not sure how many yet)
  • Diversify:  I want to try as many new activities as possible.  To me getting fit is wasted if I don’t use my new-found fitness to try new things.  These activities may take many different forms: cycling, hiking, white water rafting . . . who knows?

Let the challenge begin!

As Rebecca mentioned in her last post, we have been out of town and out of sorts for a while now.  We are back, however, and hope to get back to our somewhat regular updates here in the blogoshpere.

Less than three weeks and counting.   The events of the past two weeks have really thrown marathon training for a loop.  Here was my original plan for the final three weeks of training:

3 weeks until marathon (1/25/09)–complete final 20 mile run;

2 weeks until marathon (2/1/09)–race a 10K to use as a time trial and gage my fitness level;

1 week until marathon (2/8/09)–Full blown taper (short runs with high intensity).

Week 3 came and went and I never notice.  Unfortunately, the final 20 miler is out of the picture now.  From my last long long long run of 20 miles I know that it takes me more than two weeks to recover.  Having missed the chance last week I am not going to make up for it this week.

No worries, though. I just think of it as mental training in the fine art of adaptation.  Here is my new plan for this weekend.  I am going to race the 10k as a fitness test.  This is important because I can use my time in the 10k to plan my pace for the marathon.  After the 10k I am going to take a break, eat some food, then run 12 more miles; which will give me 18 miles for the day.  That way I get the race I wanted and I get most of the miles I wanted!

Much has been thrown our way lately.  It has been hard, stressful, and both emotionally and physically draining.  But with each new challenge we’ve learned to adapt: we alter our thinking and ditch the conventional norms for what these hardships reveal to be True.  Thus, all facets of our life go on; though some with perhaps a new perspective.

In a very real sense, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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“We are all living in cages with the door wide open.”
-George Lucas

When you’re losing weight, it is difficult, at times, to process all of the changes that are occurring. Sure, you can appreciate that the number on the scale is changing and descending, but for me it has been nearly impossible to see how much I’ve changed.

Logically, I know all of the facts, the numbers and the sizes. I have watched them go by at an amazing rate, and am now at both a weight and size that is about what I was in high school. I also know that I feel strong, and that I feel terrific, and I also have seen disease and illness slip away from both myself and Nick. But in a lot of ways, I don’t FEEL like I’ve lost weight. Why is that?

Before I began this process, this journey, I felt trapped, and like I could struggle and try all I wanted, but it was all to no avail. I couldn’t regain my health, I couldn’t lose a pound, I just plain couldn’t.

As a contrast, now I know that I have so many valuable tools, techniques, and resources at my disposal, and I actually think it would be difficult to fail! Of course it takes focus and discipline, but I know with certainty that I’ve got that part down, and it has become such an integral part of my lifestyle. If I didn’t have my exercise, I would feel like something is missing. When I’m not able to eat exactly how I like to now (good, clean, whole), I don’t feel good!

All this was available to me before, but I had to choose it and put myself in the place that was uncomfortable. And keep choosing it, and keep being uncomfortable. And now, I can’t allow myself to call it a day unless I’ve challenged myself, sweat a little, and push myself to do something, one thing that I didn’t think I could do.

I think that once I finish losing all of the weight, perhaps the realization of how far I’ve come might catch up to me, but my focus and my goals have changed completely. I am focused on achieving fitness-related goals, building muscles, and being strong… the weight will continue to fall away as a result of all the other things I’m doing. That, to me, speaks of how much I have changed. Instead of hiding away in my “cage,” I have chosen to step out into the unknown and discover my destiny.

Hey Everyone,

Just wanted to check in and say hello. We’ve been in Oklahoma this weekend, visiting some family, and we’ll be driving back home today. So, posting will resume tomorrow!

 

We hope you’ve had a great weekend and that you enjoyed some Halloween candy, but not too much of it. 😉

Rebecca

Sorry that you haven’t heard much from me lately… I’m working on a few posts and will be back on Friday. For now, I wanted to make a suggestion of a DVD that Nick and I watched the other night, called Spirit of the Marathon.

This is an incredible documentary that follows the stories of six unique individuals, all training for the Chicago Marathon. It documents their training, and culminates in each of their journeys through the marathon itself. This is such a great film, and it had me tearing up in the first five minutes (and at different points throughout)!  It also has the fascinating history of the marathon all the way up to the way it is today. Put this on your Netflix, you won’t be disappointed!

Here’s the trailer for the film: