Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 83 BTWG "Here today ... gone tomorrow!"

And so the final day has come and gone and as I sit and reflect on 12 weeks gone by and the journey ahead I'm amazed at how much I have learnt in such a short space of time that will stay with me:
  • Understanding that the choices I make can have a profoundly positive impact on my well being if I stay focused on my outcomes and enjoy the journey.
  • The ability to very quickly count calories without it being the chore I've always thought it would be.
  • Enjoying running in 33 deg F - what's that about!
  • Enjoying running at all!!
  • Enjoying and needing breakfast.
  • Needing more than 4 hours sleep a night!
  • Learning and enjoying making nutritious meals more than once a week!
  • Realising small dogs don't make great running partners : ((
  • Realising small dogs make great yoga buddies : )
  • Wondering how to get everything done with only 24 hours in a day!
  • Enjoying getting up at 7:30 on a cold Sunday morning to run with the GODDESSES.
  • Seeing my first coyotes!
  • Running 10 miles because I can!
  • Completing 3 races!
  • Getting joy from wearing "once too small" clothes.
  • Getting joy from giving away "now too big" clothes.
  • Running faster - feeling fitter!
  • Meeting new people!
  • Making new friends!
  • Ready for BTWG part II "going it alone".

And so if you've experienced your own journey and can reflect with some joy, look forward to what lies ahead with greater confidence. For all those excuses you had today must surely be gone tomorrow!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 74 BTWG "Troughing, flying and water retention..."

Wow how did I get here so soon with only a week and half left 'til the BTWG program finishes!

Last week I was sent off on an urgent project to San Fran. I made sure I packed a yoga mat, resistance bands, a Pilates ball, running gear determined to make good use of that hotel time. I got one run in and a yoga session but was pretty pissed at the lack of free time available. Couple that with "optional" meals out as a "team"and you get too many opportunities to fall off the wagon! Complete nightmare but I still tried to be as mindful as possible though wholly successful. By Sunday afternoon, when we returned on the red eye I was fed up, bloated and exhausted. Stupidly (or not as the case may be), I had the brilliant idea of weighing myself as soon as I got home - hmmmm - the extra 8lbs I had gained nearly knocked me out - @*^!?? Drastic action called for - I made a careful exercise and nutrition plan then ... errr ... went to bed!! Hey! I just said I came in on the red eye!!!!

Well this week I have had all day off-site meetings followed by "optional" dinners out with the senior management but I stuck rigidly to my nutrition plan. I was chatting with a friend who is pretty clued up when it comes to exercise / nutrition etc (well he used to be before he gained 20lbs, a wife, 4 kids and a dog) and he explained that my weight gain was temporary - just a combo of "troughing", flying, water retention!!!" I was bound to gain some weight. I weighed myself again just to check the theory and was pleased to see that 6 of the 8lbs had disappeared - hoorah!!

What an amazing journey and what a huge difference to the way I live my laugh. Tonight I had dinner with a girlfriend I have known since I have been in Indy and tonight she said "Vanessa you're just too exhausting these days with all this crazy energy you have I can't keep up you're just go, go, go!!" It made me laugh when I thought about the first time I met crazy Kelly - I think I'm morphing into another crazy graduate. Well to be fair I had just had my first X Fit class with Chris which is certainly enough to get you buzzing with energy. Another friend of mine proudly proclaimed that my BTWG life change had prompted her to sign up to one whole year of fitness coaching!! A year - wow!!

I think the BTWG program has made such a huge difference to my approach to food, exercise and well being. I'm at that stage of looking for my next opportunity to squeeze a work out in and feeling guilty when I indulge unnecessarily but brushing it off and focusing on the next day. I really focus on my food choices when eating out and happily ask for modifications to cut the fat out. Sometimes I feel like Sally from the movie "When Harry Met Sally" as she is very precise when she orders food modifying pretty much everything and the great thing is it's so easy to do that here in the US without the fear of the European reprisal!!

Saturday I have another race - the Jingle Bell Run and an afternoon of Harry Potter and girlie chit chat. Then there will be one week left to drop the extra 6lbs I'm carrying - eeek!! Do you think chopping off an arm is too drastic????

Sayonara ...

COUNTDOWN: 148 Days to OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon