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Hard

There are things in life that are hard.

Riding a bike for the first time is hard.

Learning to read when you are 6 years old, that’s also hard.

Enduring chemo, yeah that would be painfully hard.

Me trying to kick a goal for the world cup, yeah that would be hard too.

Seeing a loved one or pet for the last time at the hospital, gut wrenching hard.

But putting down the cookie and picking up a carrot, or celery, or even spinach, that’s not hard.  So stop telling yourself it’s hard.  There are harder things in life to go through.

So what’s your excuse?

2012 A Year in Review

2012 has been one very interesting year.

It has been a year of self discovery, of hard work, sweat and tears.

One thing is for sure.

I have definitely gone outside my comfort zone.

There have been things that I have done that I never thought would be possible. Setting goals has helped, but regularly re:evaluating those goals has also greatly helped.

At the start of the year some of my goals looked like this:

  1. Get to 65kg
  2. Run 5km race in 27 minutes
  3. Swim a 1km ocean swim in 25 minutes
  4. Read 24 books in 2012 with my eyes
  5. Have weekly family fun time

So how did I go?

Well I totally SMASHED them.

So let me break them down for you.

1. Get to 65kg

When I started goal setting back in October 2011.

I put down a goal of getting to 65kg.  Why 65kg?  Well It seemed like a nice solid round number that happened to be in the healthy BMI.  

I did however thought that goal would be a lot of hard work, and to be honest I wasn’t sure I would get there.  I thought that if I could just get to 68kg then I would be happy.

You see I was 78kg at the time and 10kg seemed like a lot to lose.  But as the weight slowly came off, I believed in myself more, and realised that 65kg was totally possible.  

On the 24th July 2012 I weighed in at 64kg.  I not only reached 65kg, I went one further and got to 64kg.

Not only that.  I ended up changing that goal to 62kg in May.  And I achieved that goal of reaching 62kg on 20th November 2012.

2. Run 5km race in 27 minutes

When I put down this goal, it was initally run 5km.  However a goal is not a goal if it is not SPECIFIC.   When you really are specific about goals, you really push yourself, and you will be amazed at what you can achieve.

The race that I had in mind to achieve this goal was Run For The Kids .

I knew I could run 5km in 30 minutes.  Wiping off 3 minutes is a lot when it comes down to running (I did not know this at the time, I do now).

Run For the Kids wasn’t 5km.  It was 5.2km.  I ran that race in 28mins14secs.  Not bad considering I had only started up running in October 2011 (and not even regularly running at that).

After running that race, I pushed myself even further.  I put myself down for an 11km race, and then I went on to run a half marathon!

I should also note that on the 24th August 2012 I ran my fastest 5km, at 23m42s. You can read about that here.

3. Swim a 1km ocean swim in 25 minutes

I put this on my list of goals, because at the time I was thinking that I could do a triathlon sometime in the future.  I mean I could swim, I could run, I could ride a bike.  Even doing a mini triathlon could totally be possible.  So I broke down that goal.  I knew that if doing a triathlon would be something I wanted to do then I needed to get into open swimming.

So I started training in the swimming pool to build up my swimming endurance.  I based this goal on swimming laps in a pool.  Let me tell you now, swimming in a pool is COMPLETELY different to swimming in the ocean. You have a lot more variables swimming in the ocean than you do in a pool.

So this particular goal I still achieved, because when you take into consideration I based my time in a pool, and not in open water, and also taking into consideration I swam breaststroke 80% of the time, and also currents to deal with, and a mass of people and so on, I’m crossing it off the list.

I swam the 1km race in 28mins. If you wanna read about it, you can see it here .

4. Read 24 books in 2012 with my eyes

Now you might think this is a weird goal.  Read 24 books with my eyes?  I mean wha?

Why eyes?  Why eyes specifically, well you see I also listen to audio books while I do housework, but it doesn’t seem fair to add them to the list.  So that’s why I was specific about this goal.

I ended up reading read 26 books in 2012 (I’m currently on my 27th book for the year).  You can see my list of books on Good Reads.

5. Have weekly family fun time

Family time has always been important to me.  I have so many fantastic memories growing up, and all those memories are ones that I created with my family. I want my kids to have those types of memories too. So I have been making more family fun events and it has been great bonding with my kids.

We have gone bush walking in the Grampians.  There are so many different tracks, and being in nature is fantastic.  The kids love seeing the wild animals, and love to explore.

I’ve also taken them to different playgrounds.  I tend to do this more so when we go to visit my parents in Melbourne. to different playgrounds, to the zoo, the movies, and play board games.  Some take up a lot of time, some a little, some a lot of money, some free.  Either way we have all had fun.

So what are my goals now?

Well here are a list of some of my current goals

  1. Read/listen 30 books
  2. Run 3 half marathons
  3. Be a pace runner for a half marathon
  4. run 7 fun runs
  5. have a veggie patch
  6. Do 5 chin ups in a row
  7. Have a chicken coop

I look forward to crossing them off and replacing them with new ones.

I’m already booked into 3 fun runs too.  One of those being a half marathon.  I’m super excited!

I also look forward to discovery more about myself, and enjoying quality time with my family.

Now vs Then

We live in a world of instant gratification.

We see something, and we want it, and we want it now.

People just don’t want to put in the hard yards.  They want the easy option, the easy way out.  But if it were easy then everyone would be doing it.  And would you want to be different?
For many of us we want to be different, we don’t want to be like everyone else.  I know cause I use to be one of them.  But not any more.

The difference between now and then? For me it was setting goals.  You’d be amazed at what you can achieve when you put your goals down on paper.

My list of goals varied.  Some were health related, some were personal, and some were work related.

I still write my goals.  I write them every week.  Some stay the same, some get modified, some get completely removed (either 1, because I achieved it or 2, it’s not something I want to do anymore), and those ones get replaced with new ones.

When I first decided to start running, I started with run walk intervals.  This was one of my first runs. I was using my nike+ on my ipod, so I’m not too sure if the distance is accurate (It was mostly way off – short), as I didn’t have a my garmin at that time.  However 3.3km in 23mins, is not bad considering I thought I was going to die.  Running was not my thing. Obviously it is now.
The difference between now and then?  Well I didn’t give up.  I kept at it.  It took a while for me to enjoy running.  I’m glad I kept at it, as I enjoy it a lot more now.

The other difference is that it took me ages in my head to look and feel skinny.  I know this sounds crazy? But when buying clothes I would still go to size 14 (this is last year).  It took me a while to get my head around that I wasn’t a size 14 anymore but a size 12.
Then the same thing happen this year when going from a size 12 to a 10.  Or a M to a S or even a XS.

You see my entire adult life (well since I was a teen), I was a size 14.  I was use to being this size, but once the weight came off (from being a size 16), It was goodbye 14 altogether.

I’ve also only now see myself as skinny and feel it too.  It’s taken me 18 months of exercise and changing my eating habits, and changing mentally to really see myself in a new light.

And yes of course I feel better for it.  I love the new me. I’m in a place I thought I’d honestly never get to.

If you want to change, then change, but it’s up to you, and no one else.

Allow Time

There is a saying that goes “if you want something done, give it to a busy person”.  Busy people are organised people (well they should be).  However at the same time, when you are involved in something that you enjoy doing, something that you love to do, the time just seems to fly by.

Sure there are always going to be some things that we may not enjoy, but we do them out of obligation.  Sometimes however you just need to keep at it, to really find the joy in it. I say this, because I believe it to be true.

You see, I never thought that I would enjoy running.  Running and I had a love hate relationship. But then I found the more that I did it, then more I enjoyed it.

Setting goals, and achieving those goals, also brings joy. Well I know that it has for me.  Seeing my goals get crossed off my list, and then adding new ones, and then having those ones get crossed off.  It’s a great feeling.

 

 

At the end of the day we all have 24 hours or 1440 minutes.  What you do with your time is up to you.  But remember this, it’s your life.  If you aren’t happy with it you have the power to change it.

For many of us we aren’t happy with the way we look.  It’s sad when you hear that 63% of Australian’s are overweight.  That’s a staggering number.  So it’s no wonder that the weight-loss industry is booming with different products for weight-loss.  Many claim to lose X amount of weight in X amount of time. We just want it now now now.

The thing is, it took time to put on that weight.  So wouldn’t it make sense that it’s going to take time to take it off. It took me from July 2011 to November 2012 to loose 16kg.  That doesn’t seem a lot.  But 16kg is the weight of my child.  I never thought I would get to the weight I am now.  I don’t even remember when I was this weight – 62kg (most likely back in high school).  My entire adult life I have always been plump, and I was ok with that.

I don’t know when my ‘ok’ became not ok.  But you will get to a point in your life when you realise that you can’t continue in this pattern/cycle. Everyone’s turning point will be different. And sure it’s going to be hard.  But if it were easy, wouldn’t everyone do it?  It’s hard, because hard is what makes it great.

So I will leave you in the thoughts of Nike.

So Just do it – even if you suck, you are doing it.

Just don’t put it off.  Start today, baby steps.  Little by little you will get there.

Down 16

Scales.

You love them or hate them.  Yes it is a number, and the number that comes up can be hurtful or joyful.

That being said, it is just a number.  That number doesn’t define who you are.  It won’t tell you how awesome you are, how smart you are, how funny you are or how beautiful you are.
It’s a number.

The number that I saw on the scale today tells me that I have put in a lot of hard work, sweat and tears to get there.

In July 2011 I weighed 78kg | 172lbs.
In November 2012 I weigh 62kg | 134lbs.

When I 1st set my weightloss goals, I never thought I would get to 68kg, let alone 62kg.  However I reassessed my goals as I went along, as should you.

Don’t compare yourself with anyone else.  The only person you should be comparing yourself with is you.

Also it’s not just the number on the scale.  Get the tape measure out and record you measurements.

Measurements 2011
1.8.11
weight – 78kg
waist – (1″ above belly button) 98cm
waist – (at belly button) 101
hips – 108cm
bust – 101cm
left arm – 35cm
right arm – 35cm
left thigh – 58cm
right thigh – 59cm

Measurements 2012
20.11.11
weight: 62
waist – 75cm
waist – (1″ above belly button) 81cm
waist – (at belly button) 87
hips – 94cm
bust – 93cm
left arm – 30cm
right arm – 30cm
left thigh – 49cm
right thigh – 48cm

Goodbye 16kg and goodbye 69cm of fat.

I hope to never see you ever again.

Sunscreen

This particular song was initial released in 1997.  That was the year that I graduated high school.

The Message of the song, always stuck with me, and today I would like to share it.

Everybody’s Free
(to wear sunscreen)
Mary Schmich
Chicago Tribune
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’97… wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT.
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
You are NOT as fat as you imagine.
Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.
Get plenty of calcium.
Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.
Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings; they are your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.
Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.
Song can be found on Baz Lurhmans Something For Everybody Soundtrack

Old – Excuses

I was going through my old blog (which was a combination of a personal blog and my business blog), where I came across a blog post on 7th Jan 2010.  So pretty much 3 years old.

I would post the link to the post, but it’s no longer public, and I thought I would just post it here instead.

I’m sick of people bitching and moaning about their life.
If you aren’t happy with it change it! It’s as simple as that!
People always make excuses for not making the change to their life that they are complaining about.

For example
“I’ll do it when I’m ready”, what they really are saying “I’m just too lazy to change my life”
“It’s just too hard”, what they are really saying “I just can’t be bothered”

It just shits me. And I’m determined not to be one of those people.

I can look back at this post and I can see how my life has changed.  But I can also see how for some people, that they are happy to complain about how their life is going.  

The difference between me and them, and even me back then is that, you have to be prepared to put in the hard work.

If you aren’t prepared to put in the hard yards, then you wont get the results that you want.

At the end of the day it comes down to how much you want it.