This past Saturday I went on a hiking trip up near Lake Mead on the Railroad trail. I went with a group of very awesome friends and we walked an hour in and then turned around and walked an hour back. I got a lot of dirt and rocks in my shoes and I had to stop to get them out occasionally. I packed stuff that I though I might need in my back pack for the trail. I almost felt like Cheryl Strayed and that I had Monster on my back. I felt it later in my upper back that I was sore. This will take awhile to heal and I can go to the gym and still get exercise, but playing Just Dance will have to wait until the weekend.
The Super Bowl was awesome! I went to my brother’s place and we were all rooting for the Eagles. This game has been the most interesting game in the last couple of years! There was some awesome plays too that were really exciting. 🙂
There was lots of food, rejoicing, cake, and fireworks. This weekend was really great. Also my books that I ordered came in and the covers felt wonderful and the smell of the them was phenomenal! I’m still waiting on one more book to be delivered. I got six new books…two of which I already own on my Kindle, but I love the series so much I am trying to collect them in paperback form. I’m up to “Heir of Fire” now with collecting and I got the “Assassin’s Blade” which is a prequel novella of lots of different stories of the main character from “The Glass Throne” by Sarah J. Maas.
Other than that the new list of books are as follows:
1. Clockwork Angel (The infernal Devices Series #1), by Cassandra Clare
2. Red Queen (Red Queen Series #1), by Victoria Aveyard
3. Anna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake
4. The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson
I’m really excited to read these and I can’t wait! Although, I am going to wait until I have a mini vacation in a couple of weeks to read the Assassin’s Blade cause I heard it plays on the heart strings and I will need to prepare things just in case I wind up an emotional mess. ^^;
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I am more than determined to write this novel and get it done before summer ends. This way all I have to do is edit stuff through out fall and winter. I know I can do this despite a lot of academic challenges and doubts that I may have. I have also been really thinking about using a pen name if and when it ever gets published. It’s something different from the usual vampire love story, werewolf, fantasy, sci-fi, or a story about wizards. You know the usual norm that kicks off as the latest story book trend. I’m putting some other creature in the spotlight this time.
I’ve been writing in parts instead of chapters because my mom edits it and she thinks chapters should end after five paragraphs and I argue with her that it makes it too short. Then when I started double spacing it for easier editing she allowed for more paragraphs, but I still think that makes for very short chapters. Maybe I should market my book with short chapters to teens with short attention spans? Well, I do want my book to get kids to think about reading and to actually get them to read. I want to revolutionize the young adult book genre.
So I guess I am finally getting very passionate about something. Not that I have never ever been passionate about something, but I have gotten excited and have hobbies and I have been passionate about them. The thing is I tend to not complete things because either something else catches my interest or I lose that passion or get unexcited because it’s not new anymore. If anyone is reading this just for your information do not judge my writing on my blog posts. I can write when I concentrate, but when I blog it’s just letting go and typing stuff up and doing free writes to have freedom. I don’t want to be worried about correctness at every turn because then that takes a toll on my brain. Wish me luck and hopefully more writing ideas pop into my brain. ^^;
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My running partner and I have decided that things are really busy right now so we are trying to do our own thing. But, starting in June we are going to the gym in the mornings five days a week then do our running on Saturday mornings. If it is even too hot on Saturday early mornings then we will just head for the gym again. I’m putting myself on a better diet. I am also replacing my favorite staple of mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower to cut down on the carbs. I got to get ready for that half marathon next year in September.
I would also like to apologize for not blogging more frequently like I have. I do not want my blog to be solely about my health journey, but other things like my other hobbies. I want to review films, books I have finished reading, and maybe game reviews. I could also talk about other things as well and maybe get more into cooking so I can update my recipe tab on here. I will be able to write more these coming summer months. 🙂
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I wanted to talk more about the 5k that I walked this past Saturday. I was really tired and a bit dehydrated, but I made it and next time I have to learn to drink water and walk. Even though the weather was perfect the sun got to me a little bit. It was fun seeing all those dogs there. When I walked a 5k before it took me anywhere from two to three hours to finish. I am happy that I got it down to one and half hours to finish. I still think I need a lot more training to do before I can actually start running a 5k. I need to keep the food demons away as well.
Since I used the race as a substitute for my C25K app Week 8 – Day 2 because there will be no post about that day because obviously the race counts. The last day of the training app is today. I will probably do that in the gym because now it is getting warmer outside. I will still run with my running partner early in the morning on Saturdays before sunrise so that we both do not bake in the sun. We will start the training over, but first we will take a week off to rest. Initially, in the app after you finish it says to take a week off before you to your 5k race. But, in this case it is going to be a week off and then start the training over to hone more running skills.
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I want to try and make it a habit or practice to blog everyday. I know it is hard to do when you have a busy schedule or you get tired or whatever the excuse is, but I am willing to try my best despite what may come up in my life. Having a health/fitness blog is a new concept to me and I am not used to having my own domain website. I have blogged in the past on other platforms so I am familiar with the blogging concept. I hope that makes sense to my audience of what I am trying to say. I want to blog about my life surrounding my journey as well. I do not want to lose readers so if the title has a fitness or training kind of title then it is more than likely about health and fitness. If it has a different slice of life title for the blog entry then that is what it is. If you do not care and read all my posts then that is great! I am happy either way. I can not promise to blog everyday, but I do want to promise to blog often.
I have plans to link my YouTube channel on this site for videos of when I go on hikes or 5K’s or other adventures. Maybe I might put a slice of life video about my life. This is still up for debate because I do not know if I want people to see me. I am not camera shy, but I do not know if I could handle it if my site or the YouTube channel got popular. Being popular or a web success does come with the cons as well as the pros. No matter what you do and I do not care what anyone else says, but there will always be haters, trolls, and whatever dark things you can imagine. I also have to think about if I can handle those situations too or how to handle them. I mean obviously I can ignore and/or ban people and move on with my life like it is not a big deal. I just do not want to stress about it and then again I want to inspire people so that is one of the big reasons I am blogging. I am not a shallow person and my goal is not to make money off of YouTube videos or my blog. I want to be able to connect with people and meet different types of people, smile, enjoy life, and enjoy laughter. Life is short so make the very best of what you have, do not take things for granted, enjoy what you have and not chase after material things or people, cherish the people in your life, and cherish every moment.
So it turns out that my running partner did not do day three of week six this past Saturday either due to the torrential desert rain that seemed to turn into monsoon season. We decided on our running day two days ago, on Tuesday, to make it up instead of starting week seven. This throws me off and it throws off my moderate OCD-ness and now we will not end on a Saturday, but a Tuesday with the App.
Today will start week seven and I thought I was going to die doing the last day of week six. My sides hurt, my calves hurt, my feet hurt, and my muscles are still sore from Tuesday. I need to take a warm shower and then a bath to ease my muscles. I know I took one the second week of training because I was not used to it at all. There are only two more weeks left in the training app. This is the final stretch and I have to see this thing through. It is not over until I either puke, faint, or die.
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I did not run this past Saturday due to torrential rain in the desert. I know this sounds like an oxymoron, but it really happened and also I was not feeling well that day. I said I would make it up somehow to my running partner, but I never got the chance to make it up in fear it would screw up week seven and make me unable to bear the first day of that week. The first day in a new week of the training app is always the worst and I did not want to be too tired for it.
I am stepping up on my food intake and what kinds of foods I am letting my body ingest. I decided for portion control to invest in getting small cake plates. The trick is I can eat my meals as long as they fit on the plate and that does not mean make a small mountain either… -_-;
This week I am going to try harder and it is okay once in awhile to take a break from your training routine…just do not make a vacation out of it. ^_^;;
Rest is important for the body too and make sure to drink plenty of water, eat lots and lots of veggies (I can not stress this enough), eat some fruits, and get plenty of sleep. Oh and I need to cut out the caffeine, but I needed it today so I had mom put on a pot of coffee and I made myself a nice 15 oz. of glorious happy battery life giving juice. I am going to be a bit hyper today, but also my anxiety will run higher today and I hope I can manage it as well as the extra energy. Have a happy wonderful Tuesday! ^_^
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Yesterday’s workout seemed to just take forever, which made my muscles more tired. It was a five minute warm up walk, then ten minutes for running, three minutes for walking, and then finally ten minutes for running again. Oh and then there is the five minute cool down where I just keep walking, but at a slower pace. My muscles, feet, and sides were paining me. I will reiterate and say that my Saturday runs I enjoy more and it is not as bad. My running partner said it would have gone by faster if I remembered my earbuds for my phone for music. She is right in a way and then I am not looking at my phone constantly to see the countdown of each section. But, the thing is I either forget my Fit Bit or I forget my earbuds and I have to have my steps count.
Tonight I go to my dance class and work on my belly dancing which shapes my stomach. It is raining outside pretty hard. It is a rare sight out in the desert especially in the middle of nowhere, so when it rains it floods, and when it floods no one can get anywhere. Also, there is this thing about people who live in the desert do not know how to drive in the rain let alone if it floods. Hopefully the weather is not too bad so I can get to my class.
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Yesterday, I made the mistake of running uphill in the parking lot. Because I did not realize it was slanted. I pushed my way through even though I verbally told my running partner I was going to die. She reassured me I was not dying and after the run I actually did not literally die, but I felt like I metaphorically died in every sense of the word. My next run is Saturday morning at eight in the morning. Tonight I do my two hours of dancing because I am a glutton for punishment.
In hindsight though, this will all be worth it down the road. If I keep at it and and I do not give up I will then reap the rewards of my efforts. I just have to stay focused and positive…right?
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Yesterday I did my run, but this time I am officially calling week four of the C25K app the week of hell. Now it starts getting harder and it pushed my limits and I thought I was going to die. Even if a lot of my muscles were screaming at me I did not falter and stayed in running mode and walking mode when it told me to. I think my running partner is doing better than me, but I am not in competition with her I am in competition with myself. I want to do better from the last year when I did this app and I did complete all eight weeks. So, towards the end of my run yesterday when I had to run for five minute intervals (and I have stated multiple times that when I say run that I jog…so just a reminder) I started to “baby jog” them because I refuse to walk because then what is the purpose of the training? One day I want to be able to actually run and I think I will as soon as the weight comes off. I weighed myself this morning and I weighed 314 pounds. I weighed myself because today is February first. I want to make a goal or a promise that my next weigh in should be March first, and then after that it should just always be the first of every month so that I do not drive myself crazy.
Nothing is ever perfect and neither is diet and exercise. It is a process and when we fall we have to get up, dust ourselves off, and try again. We must learn to be stubborn with ourselves and stay the course. Even if our brains scream “ice cream”! We must not give in. I just want to remind myself of that. If you want something it takes hard work, discipline, and dedication. Rome was not built in a day and so the weight is not going to come off in a day. We must be patient with ourselves and pick ourselves up when we fall or have a bad day, but do not pick up that candy bar or drive through that fast food place. There has to be other ways of coping with stress or a bad day than food. This is geared towards emotional eaters or bored eaters. I mean if you really want something you’ll work for it and find time to do it and if you do not then you’ll find an excuse which means you must really not want it that bad.
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