Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!
I hope your Thanksgiving day is spent with people you love, whether that is family or friends. There is so much to be thankful for. In no particular order....
My hubby Brian
My family - near and far
My friends - old and new 
My pets
Being an American
Having a job
My health
Having a home
Being able to run
Having all my senses
The ability to travel
Having a car
Being able to indulge my hobbies/interests
Being able to read

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

December 29, 2011 ~ Negril, Jamiaca

With the temperatures below freezing here lately, I wanted to share a warm photo. This was hubby and my 10 year wedding anniversary trip to Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamaica. We did a vow renewal on the beach and it was such a perfect day. I can't wait to go back!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Rocky Run 10k

This past Saturday my hubby, two friends, and I ran the inaugural Rocky Balboa Run 10k in Philadelphia. We slept over our friend's apartment Friday night and we all headed down to the Art Museum Saturday morning.

It was a cold, cold morning! Seriously, I believe it was 33* when we arrived at the parking garage. None of us were prepared per se for those temperatures as this was really the first weekend it had been that cold! We realized in the shade it was way colder than in the sun since we could barely stop shivering, but in the sun we were ok.

Our friends dressed up as a chicken and Rocky, from Rocky 2. It was hilarious more for the looks and comments they received than from others than anything. They even got on the the local television station. It was funny.

Center City Philadelphia looking down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Center City. It was early! 
Hubby and I pre-race
The 5k went off at 7:30 a.m. and we saw them heading off as we arrived. The 10k went off at 8:15 a.m. and went off fairly on-time. As we waited for the race to start, there were a few drones flying overhead taking photos...we think! They played Rocky music the whole time and we had lots of announcements. The funniest thing were the guys selling Rocky hats and gloves in the corrals. Odd...but Philadelphia. And as I say this, there were people buying them, so...

Personally, I was too far up in the corral for my pace. I apologize to those who had to pass me, but my friends didn't want to go back further and thought I shouldn't either. I was uncomfortable, but...

We started off through the very large start banner around Eakins Oval, past the Art Museum, and out towards Kelly Drive. Many people passed me at this point as I am not a fast runner to begin with, but for some reason was feeling really sluggish this race. I thought many a time that I should have just done the 5k. Had the two gone off at the same time, I probably would have.

It was a good race, an out and back, very flat. Throughout the course there were DJ's playing Rocky music, there were three water stations, and the volunteers were great. It was freezing. How those volunteers stayed out there in those temperatures amazes me. I was running and warmed up, but them? They just stood around.

I saw my two friends and hubby on the course. This was the longest distance he has run since surgery. He hasn't gotten past three miles on a training run, so this was a stretch for him. He did great! He completed 5 of 6 miles running and only took some walk breaks in the last mile. He finished without pain during the race, after the race, or in the next couple of days. Woot!

As I came up to the finish, hubby was waiting. He got a few pics of me coming to the finish.

Afterwards, he found me {it wasn't hard, there weren't many people finishing at the time}. We got a finisher's photo together. I estimated about 30 behind me; I was close, there were 38.
Then I grabbed my medal. Which is huge! Seriously, one of the biggest and funnest I've picked up from a race.

We grabbed a couple photos in front of the Rocky backdrop too.

We met up with our friends, who had been finished for a long while. They had plans in the afternoon and we had to get back because we were meeting friends for a birthday dinner at home. It was funny how we all had things later that day.

On the way home, we stopped for our celebratory donut breakfast. Yum! And I earned an apple fritter!
Can you see how big that medal is??????
The race was fun! For an inaugural event, I was impressed with how organized it was. Hubby wished the water stations were spaced differently or were more. I would have liked food at the end. Maybe there was food at the end, but we didn't see it and I didn't see anyone with food as we walked to our car. Other than that, we both thought the whole thing was fun.

Anyone else run this race? What did you think?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Motivational Monday

Because sometimes motivation comes from a good laugh at our own expense.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A bit revealing

I was checking in on Facebook this morning when I came across a post a friend from college posted - 22 Habits of Unhappy People. There are so many blog posts/articles/books that give you x number of things happy people do that I was interested in seeing the opposite. Do I do them?

Wooo boy. It was looking in a mirror. Out of 22 items on the list, I could only cross off 5 as not pertaining to me. Wow. I know this list isn't by an educated medical professional, but when 17 out of 22 hit home, there's gotta be something to it.

Here's the list without the lovely descriptions the author wrote. Check out the article above if you see yourself in these habits:

1. Chronic complaining
2. Retail therapy
3. Binge drinking
4. Worrying about the future
5. Waiting for the future
6. Lack of hobbies
7. Eating poorly
8. Talking poorly of others
9. Holding grudges
10. Stop learning
11. Not following through
12. Hating your job
13. Loneliness (How you choose to socialize)
14. Letting negative thoughts enter your mind
15. Jumping to conclusions
16. Magnification
17. Minimization
18. Self-labeling
19. Not having a goal
20. Worrying about what others think
21. Let stranger's affect your mood
22. Wanting more money

Do any of these sound familiar to you?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day + 26 years & counting

While I do not have a photo of my dad in uniform at my house, here is my dad - he served in the Army in Korea, then joined the Coast Guard. He was stationed in Alaska was Alaska was hazardous duty.

About 4-5 months after I was born he had a heart attack - the first of three. He was medically discharged from the Coast Guard and became a stay-at-home dad when that was unheard of. I always say my personality is as odd as it is because of being raised by a dad. We would watch Hogan's Heroes, M*A*S*H*, The Munster's, McHale's Navy {though this one was not a favorite}, Thundercats...I think I just told you the t.v. line-up for Channel 17 in Philly in the early 1980s!

He had a routine every day that didn't change because of me. We would run errands and stop at various diners for coffee in the morning. He was a cook in the Coast Guard, so he was responsible for dinner each night. He would do laundry and clean the house. He helped me with my homework and special projects. I was a complete daddy's girl!

I feel that I had a uniquely special childhood. It all came to an end on November 11, 1988 when he went to the hospital with chest pains and never came home. It was the hardest day of my life and continues to be the saddest. Losing a parent at any age is devastating, but as a child it's just a little bit worse.

Today, I remember my dad and all Veteran's. It seems an appropriate day to celebrate his life.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Motivational Monday

I've been thinking a lot about this lately. I wish to lose weight. I wish I followed my training plan better. I wish I had the will power to not eat crap. I wish I had wishes to let me lose the weight without any effort.

So far, this hasn't worked so well. I wish and I wish and I wish, but I am still where I was before I started all the wishing. I think I can do it, then I sabotage my efforts. I just can't stay on track. I know I can do it. I've done it before, then fell back into bad habits.

And this is the result

This was taken Sat. at a wedding I attended. Sure, I'm leaning forward so not the most flattering angle, but that doesn't explain my face. In the last 2.5 years I went from being about 10 pounds from my goal weight to being 50 pounds from my goal weight.

So, I need to start standing up for myself more often {meaning standing up to me from me}. I have to tell myself the candy isn't going to get me to my goals. I have to tell myself skipping workouts isn't going to get me to my goals. I have to tell myself waiting to eat dinner will not get me to my goals {I snack uncontrollably unless I eat dinner at a normal hour}. I have to tell myself allowing others desires to eat/go out/etc. come before what I need won't get me to my goals. I need to stand up for myself. I need to ask for help. And I need to take advantage {not in a bad way} of those who are willing to help me.

Do you have a wishbone rather than a backbone?