Thursday, May 17, 2012

I forgot the Garmin!

I have been so insane over my work mess that I nearly forgot that I got a GARMIN!  Ok - so it is a used Garmin but who cares!  It is awesome and I love it!  I got the 405 touch bezel.  So far GPS works great. so much easier then trying to use the apps on my phone.  They are good for a while but can be a pain.  So - I will be replacing my dailymile app - move over old friend!

Does anyone have this watch.  Open to suggestions and cool tricks and ideas!  I love to play with stuff.  Can't wait until I learn it all!


I am a stubborn girl and will push through just about anything.  This week I had knee issues.  I always have knee issues - they come and go but this one is not going.

Monday I went for my walk at lunch (wearing an ace on my knee).  Then off to Jazzercise where I grimaced my way through the routines and popped some ibuprofen to get through.

Tuesday was another brace day!  My knee was still bad and I babied it a bit.  Still walked at lunch.  Hobbled through Jazzercise and got the look because I am normally all over the floor and a loud mouth to boot.  When you go from that to barely bending and tight lipped to keep from crying you get stares.

Wednesday I still had pain.  Tried to leave the brace off for most of the day and was able to walk without it.  Only used it during Jazzercise for the routines that are hard on the legs.  Made it but I hurt.  Got home and my calf and hamstring were soooooo sore.

Today I walked at lunch.  Back in my office the leg starts to feel fevered and sore.  Let me say that I never cop out of a class but I am today.  With the relay coming up I need to make sure I stay injury free.  So - I came home and took another short walk as that seems not to bother the knee.  Hopefully this will feel better.

Writing this blog as I sit here with an ice pack on my poor leg.  Little cold but praying for a pain free tomorrow.  Have I mentioned that I also HATE the doctor???

Week of Worry

This week has been a hard one.  I work for a small department in a large company and Monday I lost a great employee.  Although I wish her well she will be missed a lot!  I am attempting to fill in for her while we work to fill the position but it is hard to keep up with my own work, the open position and still try to make time for myself and the family.

I know this will pass but it does get to you and you feel like you are spinning your wheels and not accomplishing anything.  Monday and Wednesday I worked from home until about midnight to get some of the mundane things completed and out of the way.  Still tons to do but at least I felt like I made  a little progress.

Please send luck my way that I find someone to fill the void and that she is as wonderful as the person we lost.

Still doing my best to stay positive.  Eventually it will all get done!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Relay for Life

So my office is sponsoring a Relay for Life team and my husband and I have signed up.

This will be our first walk both as individuals and as a team.  I am so syched and so happy to have him there with me.

It will definitely be a challenge.  I am already trying to guess what my limit will be...I mean my brain is calculating how many times I will have to take a break during the 12 rest.  If I walk the relay just how many miles can I complete?  Will I jog just a little to up those numbers?

My goal will be to push myself to the max and see what I can do.  Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised and it will be the boost I need to do more.  I am definitely competitive so if I make this a challenge of sorts I know I will push myself to do what needs to be done.  I can't wait to see what I am really capable of and I know I will have people around me that will cheer me on and support me!

Click on my badge to see my team and track our progress or donate and support a great cause.  We would love for you to cheer us on for our first relay!

To run...or not to run

I have been a little lazy with adding the jogs intervals in my lunchtime walk...

I think a part of the problem is that I am just too scared to pick up the pace again. 

To take you back, I started the daily work walks in January and was pushing to walk at a good pace.  I quickly found that by increasing my stride I developed some really painful shin splints and was pretty much out of commission with cramps so bad I was not able to finish what is now a pretty easy 3 mile walk.

I have been working on modifying my stride, bought new shoes to add some extra cushion and took it easy to allow myself to heal.  I do not like to take it easy!

I am now back to walking at a brisk pace and started to add a few minutes of jogging to the routine.  In less than a minute my knees start to ache and I pull back to walk a bit more.  It seems like each time I try the fear of my body failing me holds me back.

I have been reading several blogs lately and the success stories are inspiring.  I know they all say just suck it up and do it and you will be amazed with the results.  How do you get past this???

I desperately want to see if I can really be a "runner".  I mean more then the sprints that I used to pull off in high school.  I want it all.  Yeah - no paience here!  Then I think what happens if I blow out me knee or pull my back again.  Then I would be out of commission for god knows how long...


Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I hope to add to this list frequently and review it often to remind me of how lucky I truly am.

These are the things I am thankful for...

  • my children are happy and healthy - and too smart for their own good
  • my husband loves me unconditionally (and I am not the easiest person to get along with)
  • I have loving parents who give me more than I deserve or could ever ask for
  • my Zia celebrated her 100th birthday in March and is still happily ironing away
  • I have a job
  • when I make a birthday list there is really nothing that I "need".
  • I am healthy
  • I live with my family - there is always help if and when you need it
  • I have the cutest little niece in the world
  • my sister and I have grown closer
  • I always have clothes to wear and food to eat
  • I have people I call true friends that would drop anything for me in a second if I needed them.


A few friends have suffered the loss of someone very near and dear to them over the past week.  It really makes you think about your life and what is important.  I also read an article today in Self by Jillian Michaels about the upcoming adoption of a 2 year old baby girl from Haiti.  The article focused a lot on balancing your life to make sure you still achieve "me" time without leaving out your family.

Lately I have tried to fit in all I can without sacrificing the time I spend with my family and fiends.  I can definitely say that at times it is hard and there has been some crazy juggling needed to get it all done.  My husband is extremely supportive and I could not do this without his help.

I have seen a drastic improvement in my mood, my fitness and my outlook and I owe a huge thanks to those who support my decisions and make my "me" time possible.

I have also seen several friends struggle with fitting in time for fitness while battling their illness to try to improve their health.  They have been such an inspiration to me and I have adopted the philosophy that if they can push through it then so can I!

I think I have pulled out of the work funk and am on my way to a better mood because I am grateful for so much in my life!