Running but I did not find the high…

A couple of months ago Steve (my main squeeze) and I decided we want to add to our workout repertoire, so we hired our friend and awesome trainer Lanny to help get us to the next level of fitness. We have just finished our 10 sessions and I am happy to say I can now fit into my favorite pair of black jeans that last year I could not  button up. Now I can button them and still have a little wiggle room. SWEET!

Steve is just all around amazing, he has lost over 50lbs in the last two years, and together we plan to reach our fitness goals. So to get there we decided that every Tuesday and Thursday we will do a late evening 5K run.   

running

Yesterday was my first attempt at running the 5k with Steve and Lanny. It started off all fine and dandy; I had my breathing under control and I was able to ignore the different areas of pain I was feeling in my legs. However somewhere along the way I was overcome with anger, I was pissed that I decided this was good idea, pissed that I was not experiencing that runners high. I seriously had hoped by now I would be feeling like Leo DiCaprio in Basketball Diaries as he is running through the field. Sadly no feelings of euphoria came but oh joy what’s up ahead.. a hill! A fucking Hill!!!

I start-up the hill; it was rough going and it only got worse. As I watch my running buddies stride up it with ease,  my anger came back.  I could not ignore the pain in my thighs any longer and I broke the one rule we had and that was ‘No Stopping on the Hill’. Fuck the rules I say and I stopped! BIG mistake that was, suddenly my well controlled heart rate went through the roof, I felt like I was having an asthmatic attack verging on a panic attack.  I could feel the onset of frustration tears when I see my main squeeze striding towards me. Instantly I was overcome with that peaceful feeling I get when he is around and the urge to punch him in the face because at that moment I blamed him for this stupid idea of running.

In his calm manner he tells me to raise my arms over my head, and to take deep breaths through my nose.  I was able to get my breathing under control and the tears of frustration  that were hovering at that edge of my eyelids had slowly retracted back to be saved for another day. Needless to say this is one of the many reason why I love him.

We caught up to Lanny who was waiting for us at the top of the hill, they both made me feel better with words of encouragement and I was able to finish off what we started. The hill won this round but I will be back and I will conquer it!

Today I am a little sore but feel a lot better about the idea of running, I will give it another go on Thursday and continue until I conquer that hill!

If you have any tips to help me reach that runners high, I would love to hear them.

Are U Flexible?

Roll with the punches

So ladies it’s another year and well as with any new year you start thinking what do I want to accomplish, be and do? To be honest I haven’t really thought about things in detail and maybe it’s for the best. I say this because sometimes we set goals in our life that take over or trump opportunities that come up because they conflict or interfere with what we think we need to do.

What I recommend for anyone is to be flexible. One of my goals for the year was to go away for my birthday, as it’s a milestone. Things got a little complicated as my new move in date for my condo is close to my bday which made the timing less than ideal. So what did I do, I went away before (with Hopeful).  I also plan to postpone a bday getaway until the fall or winter of the next year (when other friends will be celebrating milestone years), this trip may be big or it may just be a weekend away but whatever it is, it will be fun and exciting.

As a women who is driven and motivated it’s easy for me to say I’m going to do this or that and set a date out. This is not a bad thing, it’s human nature, but if your goals don’t allow you to be flexible or to seize opportunities they aren’t good goals. I won’t lie I’m a little disappointed that my bday timing doesn’t work but it’s not like I won’t celebrate in a big way and who knows maybe more friends can attend, and if not, that’s fine as well.

Remember to live for the moment, planning is great and needed but you need to roll with the punches and make the most of situations no matter what.

Queen B

Queen B

Day Zero Project: 101 Things in 1001 days

Recently I came across a blog post made my Sarah on the Go! she had discovered the Day Zero Project – Day Zero is a community for people who love creating lists, setting challenges, and making positive changes in their lives. I love this idea, I think it is a great way to get things you have always wanted to do DONE. It makes life a little more fun and interesting. If you have a task on the list and the opportunity arises to be able to complete that task then you HAVE to do it, rather than procrastinate, or not do it at all. I started to compile my list on March 29, 2012 and will need to complete all the tasks below by Dec. 25, 2014. This blog post is my first completed task and the first $10.00 deposit being made into my Buddha bank.

If this has inspired you to create your own list please let me know so I can knock #52 off my list.

My 101 things in 1001 Days List:

Places to Visit:

1) Rome

2) Be part of the Papal Audience

3) Visit Florence

4) Buy a Leather Jacket made in Italy

5) Visit San Francisco

6) Visit Australia

7) See 10 famous USA Landmarks

8) Spend a night at the Ice Hotel in Quebec

Writing, Education and Career:

9) Get blog award

10) Get blog featured on WordPress Freshly Pressed Page

11) Have a piece of writing published

12) Enter a writing contest

13) Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days is over

14) Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find

15) Write all my bad memories on paper, burn this paper afterwards

16) Once a task is completed blog about it

17) Finish my 101 things in 1001 Days list and post first blog about it

18) Graduate from my Holistic Nutrition Program

19) Complete the Personal Image Consultant Course

20) Answer 50 Questions that will free your mind

21) Make a list of 50 places I would like to visit in my lifetime

22) Expand my vocabulary by 100 words

23) Comment on 50 random blogs

Books and Movies

24) Read 10 books from Oprah’s Book Club list

25) Watch Clockwork Orange

26) Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet

27) Go to a book signing

28) Read catcher in the rye

29) Spend a rainy day watching films in my PJ’s

30) Read a Classic

31) Watch 10 Documentary films

Eat, Drink, Be Merry

32) Eat 3 things I’ve never tried before

33) Make poutine

34) Brew my own beer

35) Eat an apple a day for a month

36) Go on a wine tour

37) Don’t eat chocolate for a month

38) Drink a glass of Cristal

39) Eat Dinner by candlelight

40) Don’t drink alcohol for one whole month

41) Make a birthday cake for someone

42) Make every dish in my favorite cookbook

43) Cook Vegetarian Food for a group of friends

44) Learn to make 5 cocktails

45) Take a cooking class for a different type of cuisine

46) Bake 10 different types of cookies

47) Try on new recipe every week

48) Try absinthe

49) Cook a Turkey

50) Have Afternoon Tea in the Library Bar at the Royal York Hotel

51) Do a 3 day juice cleanse

Good Deeds

52) Inspire Someone to make a 101/1001 list

53) Randomly pay for someone in line behind me

54) Pay a compliment to at least one person a day for a week

55) Volunteer for Therapy Dog Services

56) Perform 10 random acts of kindness

57) Donate old clothes to charity

58) Send a care package to a solider

It’s all about me

59) Find out my blood type

60) Take a belly dancing class

61) Lose 25 pounds

62) Enter the Eat Clean diet makeover challenge

63) Get my teeth whitened

64) Go through my closet and get rid of old clothes

65) Identify 101 things which make me happy, or smile, and photograph them

66) Go on a date

67) Get a boyfriend

68) Buy a Vitamix

69) See a live taping of a TV show

70) Meet a celebrity

71) Buy a new car

72) Buy and wear a bikini

73) Go a week without buying anything

74) Do something out of my comfort zone

75) Don’t complain about anything for a week

76) Kiss underwater

77) Create a scrapbook for all my concert tickets

78) Send out Christmas cards of me in a tacky xmas sweater sitting under the tree with my pets. Retro 80’s style

79) Watch the sunrise and sunset on the same day

Things to keep life interesting:

80) Learn to Kite Surf

81) Play the drums in front of people

82) Dog sled

83) Go whale watching

84) Ride in a helicopter

85) Ride in a hot air balloon

86) Learn to shoot a gun at a Shooting range

87) Learn and play curling

88) Take a trapeze class

89) Ride a snowmobile

90) Learn to drive a race car – Exotic racing school Las Vegas

91) See a live UFC fight

92) Try a crossfit class

93) See Cirque du Soleil

The other totally random doable things to get done in 1001 days:

94) Plant a garden

95) Put away $10 for every goal completed

96) At the end of 1001 days use the money that I had put away for every task completed and take my family out to dinner

97) Buy a Magic 8 Ball and base all my decisions on it for a whole day

98) Whenever anyone sneezes say ‘ You’re So Good Looking’ for a day

99) Buy the WTF? Stamp and use it all day at the office

100) Buy and keep alive a houseplant

101) Attend an Elvis Wedding in Vegas

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