Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall In Love With Running

The itch to run returned with the change of the seasons. How can I stay inside and do Insanity when it is so beautiful outside? I went for a run Thursday morning and just wanted to run 3.1 miles. It wasn't about running a certain pace/time, it was just about finishing. This is what happened...

I guess Insanity has helped get me into shape a little bit. I was so surprised! So then I thought, might as well try to train for a 10k. It will give me a new goal and motivation to keep going. Friday morning I followed the first day of training and was able to run even a little farther. 

Now I just want to run. I pushed through the 1st month of Insanity and started the 2nd month, but that runner's high you hear about is so much better than how I feel after Insanity. I may try to combine them because the 10k training is 3 days a week so I can do Insanity workouts the other 3 days and rest one day a week. We'll see what happens. 

After my run on Friday.
Tomorrow morning I am teaching a Junior Achievement class for the 1st time. It's exciting and nerve-racking all at the same time. It should be a good experience, but I just don't know what to expect with the students. Hopefully it all goes well...

Sunday, September 15, 2013

1 Month

It's hard to believe that I actually finished an entire month of Insanity. I really was afraid that it wouldn't happen, but something was different and my determination was strong. Hopefully it continues into this recovery week and the 2nd month of Insanity workouts. I'm not really sure how much harder the 2nd month is going to be, but I'm going to give it my best effort.

This week we were blessed to be able to attend the National Quartet Convention Thursday and Saturday. It was an amazing time filled with beautiful singing and many great messages. The pictures didn't turn out too well, but I wanted to share a few of the better ones.

Dad and Mom. Awwwww...
The Isaacs

Grand Finale
Unfortunately the NQC is moving to Pigeon Forge next year, but they are having a Spring Break show instead so we will still be able to see a few of the groups perform. 

Tomorrow I will start the week Core Cardio and Balance. We'll see what happens from there. No matter what...I will finish!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Weighing In and Random Thoughts

Down 1 pound this week. I am almost back under 190! It's better than last week. A friend told me on Sunday that I am too hard on myself. This is something that I have always had a problem with. I've never been satisfied with myself. It's something I'm working on, but it's tough.

Today I was talking with someone at work about where we are and what brought us there. I've always wondered where I would be if I had made different choices throughout my life. I know that I'm where I'm supposed to be now and there's a reason I've crossed paths with all of the people I have met along the way (good or bad.) I've definitely been challenged by some of the people I've met and hopefully I have had a positive impact on them as I've passed through. I wanted to be several different things after I graduated and I don't know that I ever considered accounting. (I may have and just don't remember.) I wanted to be a youth minister, a psychiatrist or counselor and a writer. It's interesting to look at my life now: I teach the teenagers at church, I like to think that I help people by talking to them and more importantly listening and now I have a blog. So maybe I am doing all the things I wanted to do, just probably not the way I envisioned.

It's funny the way things work out.

Monday, September 9, 2013

National Suicide Prevention Week

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. To Write Love on Her Arms is doing a lot of things this week to bring awareness to the cause. Tomorrow is World Suicide Prevention Day so wear orange to show your support.

Here are some facts from The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention from 2010:

  • In 2010, 38,634 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. In that year, someone in the country died by suicide every 13.7 minutes.
  • In 2010, the highest suicide rate (18.6) was among people 45 to 64 years old. The second highest rate (17.6) occurred in those 85 years and older. Younger groups have had consistently lower suicide rates than middle-ages and older adults. In 2010, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of 10.5.
  • In 2010, 464,995 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm behavior, suggesting that approximately 12 people harm themselves (not necessarily intending to take their lives) for every reported death by suicide. Together, those harming themselves made an estimated total of more than 650,000 hospital visits related to injuries sustained in one or more separate incidents of self-harm behavior.
Suicide is a serious issue that people tend to shy away from talking about. It's also something that people associate with teenagers, but adults struggle with suicidal thoughts too. If you know someone you think is having thoughts/tendencies towards suicide, check out this page.

If you are contemplating suicide or having any type of suicidal thoughts please check out this page.

And always remember: 

Thursday, September 5, 2013


As the title implies, I was disappointed with this week's weigh in. I weighed in the same as last week. I really thought I would lose this week because I exercised every day and counted my calories. We did go out to eat a couple of times and I had to estimate how many calories I ate and maybe I didn't estimate correctly. That's the only thing that I can really come up with.

So now I need to focus on this week. I'm pretty sure I went over my calorie limit today. We had a food truck at work today for lunch and we went out to dinner. Ugh. I frustrate myself so badly sometimes. Do I want to lose weight? Yes. Am I making the choices I need to make in order to do that? No. See the problem? I've always been really hard on myself. It's a blessing and a curse. In the past, I have not always reacted rationally when I am disappointed in myself, but thankfully I have moved beyond that for the most part. There's nothing I can do to change the past, all I can do is focus and make better decisions now.

Sunday, September 1, 2013


Since I didn't realize I posted my 100th post until I was done writing it yesterday, I thought I'd do something special for it today. So what did I decide to do? Run. I thought it would be the best thing to do since I had a rest day for Insanity and it's one of the reasons I started blogging. Running got me through most of my weight loss so far and I was curious to see how I would do considering I haven't run since my race in June.

A major factor today was the weather. It was pretty warm and I know the app says cloudy, but the clouds were not hiding the sun when I was running.

I only ran 2.19 miles and it wasn't very fast, but it still felt good to just be running and it helped me remember why I hate running in the heat. I am looking forward to running in the fall/winter again. Overall, I'm okay with the run because it wasn't that long ago that I wouldn't have even taken the 1st step out the door. It's amazing the changes that can happen when you make up your mind to do it. 

It's a pretty big milestone to have 100 posts on this blog. Even though I have taken breaks from it, I always want to come back. Writing is a passion of mine and I've enjoyed writing each and every post (even the ones where I have had to report a bad day/week/month.) Thank you for taking the time to read and share in this with me. It really means a lot. Sharing this journey with you is amazing and I hope to be able to encourage you in your journeys just as you are an encouragement to me!