Challenge!

I’m so EXCITED!!  We’re doing a challenge here at trytrytryathlete!

Stay tuned…

Health Challenge 2013

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Winner!

So, I thought I could use a plug-in (like an app) to randomly pick the winner from the comments.  Turns out, I needed to set up the website differently in order for that to work.  I can convert it, but for a non-techy like me that could be a all day job!  So for now, the winner was drawn like this:

DSC_1678And the winner is…..

drum-roll please………..

Tara!!!!!

So excited for you!  I’ll be contacting you privately about getting the book to you.  Enjoy!

Giveaway!

I am SO excited to offer my first giveaway!

made to crave Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst changed the way I look at food.  I had the opportunity to hear her speak a few years back.  She is an amazing woman whom God has given many truths.

It’s a book I’m glad I have in my own personal library. I can go back and reread or reference it again.  It’s an easy read and can be read in short spurts here and there…if you’re like me and don’t have a lot of time (or sometimes mental energy!) to read.  But it’s also a good one to sit down and absorb larger portions for the more enthusiastic reader.

A quote I just read, “Is it possible we love and rely on food more than we love and rely on God?”

Yowza.  That spoke to me people.  Spoke. to. me.  How many times do I run to the fridge or pantry cuz I’m stressed?  Who should I be running to instead?

I would love for you to have a copy of your own! I have one copy to giveaway.  There are 3 ways to enter:

  1. Comment below.  This is a must or I won’t know how to contact the winner!   You get one entry just for saying “hi!”
  2. Like trytrytryathlete on Facebook (see sidebar).  After you “like” me (aren’t Facebook terms hilarious?  Like me?!?) or if you already do, leave that in your comment and you’ll get two entries!
  3. For a 3rd entry, “Share” my giveaway post located on my Facebook page on your own Facebook page.  Let me know you did in your comment as well!

Do all three and get three entries!!  I’m so excited!  Can’t wait to see who wins.

*No purchase is necessary.  The odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  Entries will be received until Saturday, Sept 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm.  US residents 18 and older eligible to win.

Ode to a Mammogram

Oh Mammo, oh Mammo, why do you squish me so?

My 15 year old daughter is appalled that I talk about the girls getting squished. I tell her it’s a Mom’s job to embarrass her daughter.

Friday I got my second mammogram.  I did my first at 37 for a baseline.  They don’t really say that’s necessary anymore.  However, they do recommend getting one at 40.  An age I hit this very year.

It’s really not so bad.  As long as you don’t mind not having any sense of modesty.  But hey, I lost that when I gave birth.  If you can let that go, you’ll be fine.

Oh and the squishing.  But it’s mostly pressure, not pain.  At least for me.  Although you may not want to go at that crazy time of month where they’re most tender.

The highlight for me this year?  The attendant (I’m sure she has a much more highly esteemed name, but I don’t know it) asked me,

“Have you lost weight?”

Uhm, yes.

Sigh.  Three years ago I was 25 pounds heavier.  Pretty sure the first 10 pounds came off my boobs.

I still have about 20 extra pounds scattered across my midsection, thighs and bottom, but thankfully, my breasts are as small as they should be.

Why oh why is every woman’s cry.

The highlight?  I got a chocolate and a bottle of water as I left.  Maybe the calories from the chocolate will deposit where I want them to.  A girl can always dream!

But seriously.  Mammograms are important.  M doctor said every other year after 40 is fine, but every year after 50 is a must.

Who’s next?

Eating Late…Bad Idea?

Yesterday I posted a challenge on Facebook to not eat after 8 pm.  This has been a struggle for me the past few weeks.

I was surprised when one of the comments disputed the idea as having any merit.

Wanting to be armed with all the facts to prove my point, I went internet surfing.  I was a bit surprised by the results.  Apparently there aren’t enough studies to support the long-held fitness idea that eating later at night causes you to gain weight.

A study from 2009 has some merit.  Mice who ate during the day (they are nocturnal, so this was their “night”) gained 50% more weight than their counterparts who ate during their more active time.  However, scientists point out there’s not enough evidence to link these mice with humans.

The other theory is that a calorie is a calorie, no matter when you eat it.

So, even though it makes sense to me, eating after 8 pm may not be so bad for you.

HOWEVER!

Eating late does tend to make you gain weight.  Why?

Here in the States, the evening meal is usually our largest.  Consequently,  we are seldom actually hungry later in the evening.  We have nighttime snacks out of habit, boredom, or to satisfy cravings.  Many times its a way to relax or deal with stress.

What types of food are you eating in the evenings?  I’d dare bet it’s not fruits and veggies.  I know I don’t crave a carrot stick when I’m watching HGTV at 9 pm!  We tend to eat higher calorie, not-so-good-for-us foods that time of day.  Sweets, chips, and butter-laden popcorn come to mind.

How much are you eating that time of day?  Are you mindlessly eating?  Are you paying attention to portion size or just going for that hand to mouth motion?  We can destroy a healthy day by not paying attention and taking in more calories than our bodies need.

So, while the correlation of mice and humans is still up in the air, I’m going to stand by my resolution that eating after 8 pm is NOT a healthy choice.

If I have the munchies, herbal tea is a satisfying option.  Or I need to stop and think about why I’m having these cravings.  Am I stressed?  Maybe a walk or a hot bath (ok, shower, my tub isn’t big enough to be relaxing) would be a better solution for my overall mental and physical health.  Maybe I’m slightly dehydrated and I just need a glass of water.  Could I be exhausted tired? Instead of looking to food for a pick-me-up I should hit my bed early.

My mini-goal for the week is to stay away from food after 8 pm (unless it’s a carrot!).  Are you with me?

http://www.livestrong.com/article/411865-after-what-time-should-you-not-eat-if-you-want-to-lose-weight/

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=56681

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/diet-truth-myth-eating-night-causes-weight-gain

Practice What You Preach

Ahh…finally sitting down to the computer.  It’s been a stressful night.  Homework, homework, homework.   And guess what?  I’m not even in school!

I wanted to go to Yoga tonight.  I haven’t gone in a looooong time and wanted to get back at it.  It’s great strength training and at the same time restful.  BUT, many kiddos’ homework and my husband having a prior commitment nixed that.  Even though the yoga would have been beneficial, I was very glad I had gone for a walk/run this morning.

This morning laundry was waiting.  In piles the size of mountains.  Dishes were waiting (they still are). Clothes piled in the living room were begging me to mark them for our upcoming garage sale.

And yet…I worked out.  I knew it was going to be a long day and I would need it.  I was hoping I would have time to go to Yoga tonight.  I considered heeding the call of all things waiting and trusting that Yoga would come later.  So glad I practiced what I preached and took care of myself first!

As I coach women, I often tell them how important it is to take care of themselves.  “If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of others.”  What is it they say on an airplane?  Put your own oxygen mask on FIRST, then take care of the person next to you.  Why?  You can’t help someone else if you aren’t breathing!

The same is so very true with living healthy.  I can only imagine how much more stressed out about homework I would have been tonight had I not had those lovely endorphins pulsing through me earlier in the day.

How often do moms tell their kids to eat healthy?  Or… “Just eat one cookie.  No, I’m serious, one cookie is plenty.”

And then, turn around and sneak a second cookie for yourself.  Or dare I say a third?

Guilty as charged.

Or…don’t forget to take your vitamins!  Drink more water!  Finish your milk!

I take better care of my kids than I do myself.  (Although you’d better believe they are catching you eat those extra cookies and they are learning from that, too.  But that’s another post).

Because that’s what we do as women, right?  We are caretakers.  We don’t “have time” to take care of ourselves because we’re taking care of so many other things (men I don’t mean to exclude you, you may be in this category, too, I just have a better perspective on women, you know, being as I am one).

Ken Davis’ doctor told him that you can’t put into a pill what exercise will do for you.

So, practice what you preach!!  Make exercise a priority.  Eat more fruits and veggies, less junk.  Take those vitamins.  Drink  your water.  Get enough calcium.

Let’s hold each other accountable, shall we?

Set a Goal

It is so important to have goals.

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” -Zig Ziglar

That’s a pretty high success rate!  Not.

Setting goals can be scary.  My fear of goal setting can be summed up in one word.

Failure.

My fear of failure leads me to this type of thinking: if I don’t set a goal, I won’t let myself down.

However, if I don’t set goals, I may just look back on my life and look at it as one big let-down.  A life of coulda, shoulda, wouldas.

In 2010, I set out to run a 1/2 Marathon.

Only I wasn’t a runner.  I’ve never been a runner.  You know the one that comes in dead last on the mile in PE?  The one that looks like she’s dying, gasping for breath, wondering why her PE teacher is trying to kill her?  Yeah, that was me.  I hated running and was totally embarrassed by my lack of skills.

But I was inspired by the contestants on the reality TV show, the Biggest Loser.  They went from being hundreds of pounds overweight to running a full marathon.

In November of 2010, I bought a treadmill.  I tricked convinced a good friend to join me and together we picked out a race.

Signing up for that race was so hard.  My hand hovered trembling over the mouse.  I took a couple of big breaths and clicked.  Signing up made my goal, my dream, a reality.  An event where I could succeed or fall flat on my face (literally, cuz I’ve been known to do that).

There were a few reasons behind this lofty goal of mine.

I wanted to do something that seemed out of my reach.  Something beyond me.

I wanted to prove to myself that I could start something and FINISH it.  I tend to be the queen of unfinished projects.  Well, maybe just a princess, but you get the drift.  I truly wanted to set a goal, start, and finish.  I wanted to show my kids that you can reach higher than yourself. To be an example.

I wanted to lose weight and be healthier.  I feel so much better when I’m living a healthy lifestyle.  Mentally and physically.  Somehow, somewhere, I had let myself get over 200 lbs.  A number I hadn’t even seen pregnant.

Let me pause here and say that this website is about being and becoming healthy, NOT the numbers on a scale.  But being that overweight is not healthy.

I trained and trained and trained.

In August of 2011, I crossed that finish line.  I ran 13.1 miles in 2 hours and 47 minutes.  What an accomplishment, what a memory!  It was so very, very hard.  But I didn’t give up.  I don’t know how to put in words how I felt that day, or how I feel now as I look back.

What are your goals? You will do much better on your health journey if you set goals.  Attainable, but maybe seemingly just out of reach goals. My next goal is a triathlon.  A Sprint, not an Ironman!

I started training for it a couple of times earlier this year.  Once I gave up because of busyness.  The second time for injury.

Maybe I just need to sign up for one.  To tremble over my mouse as I move out of my comfort zone.

I will continue to try try try again.

I would love to hear about your goals!  Even the ones you don’t dare say out loud.  You can do it!

The Bible tells us Christians have the power of Holy Spirit living within us.  Don’t tell me you’re not capable, cuz that is POWER, man!  Let’s live a powerful, Spirit-filled life together.

Go for it!

Half Marathon copy

Let’s Get Started!

How do I find the words?

That’s what I’m thinking at the moment.

How do I find the words to tell you how important you are?  How special you are?  And quite frankly, how Jesus loves you just the way you are?

You don’t need to impress Him.  You can’t let Him down…cuz, uhm…you were never holding Him up!  He loves you forever and always.  Yes, just the way you are.  He died for you without you doing a darn thing to earn it.  The Bible lays it all out there, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8*

So why do we not act like children of the King?  Why do I not live Fully Alive?!  (Ken Davis)

He loves us the way we are.  But He desires for us to live and grow in Him each and every day.  Are you ready to live fully?  Are you ready to live a healthier life?  Are you ready to seek after all God has for you?

I am.  Join me.  The road is not the easy one.  It’s full of surprises and some potholes.  But it’s an exciting one.  It’s a fulfilling one.  Let’s journey together.

*If you have no idea what a relationship with Christ is,  or what it means to be a Christ-follower.  PLEASE feel free to contact me.