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Did somebody call me a PANSY BUTT?! Nah, I'm a ROCKSTAR!!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Well, I have gotten it into my head that I am going to become an ATHLETE. I’m not gonna stop at running 5k’s: I plan on finishing the 2010 season with a 10k in October – the “Great Columbia Crossing” – cross over the Columbia River. It has a STEEP bridge toward the end! It starts on the Washington side and crosses to Oregon. The bridge itself is like 4.2 miles long! emoticon

Not gonna lie, this mindset is freaking me out a little! I keep thinking about all the things I want to do – this year alone! I have six 5k’s planned – and I haven’t even run my first one yet! Horrible weather has kept me indoors all week, so I am a week behind on C25k and really bummed I can’t get out there! (I COULD drag out the treadmill, but it’s SOOO old and it makes me feel like a hamster!) emoticon

Once upon a time, I wanted to run a 5k just so I could cross it off my “bucket list”. Now I’m looking forward to a 10k to finish out the 2010 season! A friend at work offered to teach me river kayaking, and I used to be a huge white water rafting fan, so I’m all over that! Bring on the summer fun!! emoticon

I got my bike out of the garage for the first time in well over 5 years, aired up the tires, hosed off the spider webs and went for a 2 mile ride during the one tiny break in the rain the other day. Didn’t want to go further until I break in my “pansy-butt!” I live in the middle of a state park, with TONS of trails to ride. I’m going to hit ‘em all this summer! Don’t know what my summer work schedule will be, but biking and running will be a part of it! (Hopefully I will be working swing shift, because I love morning exercise the best!) emoticon

And that’s NOT ALL! I figure, why stop at riding in the state park? How about true trail rides? How about HIKING some trails? Geocaching? Holy cow! SOMEBODY STOP ME!! (Or JOIN me??!!) emoticon

So yeah, I’m a little concerned – what if I CAN’T do it? What if I get hurt? Am I setting my expectations too high? Am I cut out for this? Am I TOO OLD???? Do I read too many Spark blogs giving me high fallutin’ ideas???!!! Maybe I’m a PANSY BUTT!!! emoticon

But WAIT! There’s MORE!!

Earlier this week, I hosted a Salad Master Dinner party at my house. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s “high quality cookware.” Surgical grade stainless steel, cook with NO oil or grease, etc. (We had skinless fried chicken and it was GOOD!) ANYWAY, the sales pitch got me to thinking about my and my family’s general health. He made some points (and I realize that’s what a salesman does) about how it is cheaper to maintain good health than to cover expensive medical costs (later down the road). Yep, makes sense. (And don’t even get me started on debating the health care issue or where it will be in the next 10-20 years and how I/we will be affected!) But I do know, the older I get, the more members of my family develop some type of cancer. He said that most medical problems relate directly to our health and diet, and so much can be prevented simply by eating healthy and exercising. What do our doctors always tell us? Eat right, exercise more, lose weight. I look forward to getting off some medications that may be related to being obese. No diabetes or high blood pressure or heart issues - YET. But like my psoriasis, which the injections I use cause me to get teenage acne, and for that I take antibiotics every day – a vicious cycle! (Good news, though, according to my OB/GYN: I have virtually NO chance of contracting Chlamydia! That’s what I get when I asked for one with a sense of humor – my kind of girl!) And my “happy pills” – I am not sad or blue – just irritable, crabby and bitchy without them! My poor family and dogs!! They scramble for cover if I try to wean myself off of them! I am finally down to a half dose and maintaining a contented happiness though. emoticon


I came in 2nd place for the BLC at work: 5.95% (15.4 lbs) lost. Another lady (the 50-something year old who’s gonna teach me to kayak), came in first with 10.55% (24.4 lbs) lost! And I’m starting a NEW challenge to go until school gets out for the summer! Maybe that’s how I get silly ideas that maybe I CAN do this!!! Yeah, I’m feelin’ like a ROCKSTAR!! emoticon emoticon

There is so much going on in my head, my brain really does hurt! Kinda heavy too!

And yes, I bought a set of “high quality cookware!”

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  • TEMPEST272002
    Loved your blog! Especially the "concerned" section. Made me laugh out loud because I think I've had that exact same conversation in my own head!
    I worry that I'm setting my goals to high... but I'm feeling enthusiastic & I don't want to dampen that feeling in any way. My favourite quote at the moment is:
    "Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth." Katherine Mansfield.
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  • SGTMOM911

    I don't know if I'll even be able to do a 5k let alone a 10k, but as long as I've taken up running anyway, I figure I'll give it a shot! We have 2 hours to make the 10k on the bridge, otherwise they pick you up in a van! My goal there is to FINISH - and NOT get picked up in the van!

    Not really any rapids where I live (used to live in southern Oregon and raft the Rogue River). Don't know where we're gonna do that! But I'm pretty sure I'm gonna LOVE that!! A bike fanatic at work said he'd take me on bike trails when I'm ready too!

    It is great how people want to share THEIR passions with you when they see you making changes and progress! It really makes me feel like they care about my success, even if we're not best buds.

    And yeah, there was a lot to my blog. Maybe I should lay off the caffeine?? NAAHH!

    I can't WAIT to hear about your 5k next Sunday!! I almost feel your anticipation - like I'm living vicariously thru you! Do your kids go and watch? Do you have a race day ritual? (I just came up with that, and it sounds like a good idea! Breakfast in bed, pre-race massage... Hmmm. Yep. Sounds good to me!)

    3988 days ago
    Oh.My.God. emoticon
    You ARE a Rockstar!!!! emoticon
    What a jam-packed blog that was!!!!!
    I can't believe how awesome your summer sounds and I wish we had trails and rapids and hiking National Parks, etc. here, but sadly, where I live is really, REALLY flat...and kinda boring :(
    I am running my first 5K of the season on Sunday and I am getting excited (and nervous, too) but where I am with my exercise I couldn't imagine doing a 10K. Maybe I will be there mentally by the end of this summer since I have 4 more 5K's planned...we'll see...
    Good for you for investing in good quality cookware! That is on my wish list for Christmas this year!
    There is nothing wrong with setting your goals high...what is that saying again??? I think it goes:
    "Shoot for the moon - even if you miss, you'll still be among the stars"

    ROCKSTARS that is!!!

    Well I think this blog is motivating me to get off my pansy butt...I spent this Easter weekend doing too much sitting and too much eating!

    3989 days ago
  • SGTMOM911
    OH yeah... gotta give credit to SpunkyDucky for putting the biking idea into my head. How is your "candy ass" by the way? emoticon
    3989 days ago
    I have no doubt you can do all that! I need to get to looking for 5K's in my area, but summer is coming up in Houston and it's ALREADY getting humid! Ugh!

    Anyway, if you're a pansy butt, I must be a pansy thigh! I did 3 sets of squats last night along with some other strength training exercises (on top of yesterday's C25K day) and I'm feeling it now. Getting out of the car to come into work about killed me! LOL
    3989 days ago
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