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Woodchic

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  1. Howdy Do All - Update - finding out about the boxing gym today. Yikes! Should I? Shouldn't I? I just don't know! What I do know is one of the owners & trainers is a woman who also runs an youth assistance organization in my town AND she is a yoga teacher.
  2. For this move I use a yoga strap (or hand towel) between my hands and I inch my fingers down the strap to my max stretch for the day then hold
  3. Today's post is brought to you from the floor of my hotel room. Stretching for the day is done.... and much appreciated after close to 4 hours on the road. In town for a training with a company that is known for their lavish meals. I don't think push ups will be appreciated in the dining hall so this weekend is going to require focus!
  4. Well now, 3 updates in one day... can you tell I'm done with my work for the day? This post is about fleshing out my goal achievement plan. 1.) I know clean eating is important to weight loss. Although I keep a pretty clean diet I do have some bad habits, coupled with some insulin issues, that keep my weight high. My doctor says "NO CARBS", research says "NO CARBS", my favorite food CARBS. My work has a huge box of chocolate, chips, cookies and other snacks that sit just feet from me at any given moment. I've tried simply "not eating" from there. Doesn't work. What I have found, in past successful jaunts into weight loss, is that if I'm exercising hard I simply don't eat bad foods. The exercise is too fresh in my mind and I cannot fathom eating something that will derail that. So, since I'm not exercising hard at this time my new plan is: I can eat anything "carb" that I want... as long as I do pushups to exhaustion first. So far the results have been 3 sets of pushups, no carbs. I have no desire to eat the carbs. Win win. It looks a little funny doing pushups in the office - but whatever! Plus, I know if I really want the carbs I can eat them... the pushups just give me that mental space to decide if that's really what I want or if fitness is the better choice. Plus it gets some of my bodyweight workouts (goal 3) in at the same time! Win Win Win! 2.) I love stretching. I am not good at making time to do it. My plan is to schedule it into my day - on the calendar, alarm set... stop what you're doing and stretch - just as I would for an important client call. 3.) In addition to goal 1 activities... I'm going to have to schedule this in just like stretching. It doesn't happen if it doesn't have a time allocated (ah hem... like dinner some nights).
  5. Annnndddddd Horse Pics! Introducing Cally:
  6. Hahaha - Nuala - pics coming soon! So this morning I decided that today is it. "It" referring to the day I clean up my diet. Later in the morning I read one of my very favorite blogs and the lady said she quit drinking coffee earlier this summer. That one morning she got up and said that's it! And drank a cup of tea instead. The next day she drank tea and the next and the next.... A decision made in the moment and a choice that happened every day until it was no longer a choice but rather matter of course. I like that concept... that if I choose to eat clean for enough days in a row it no longer becomes a conscious choice I make but develops into just the way it is. That it won't always be "work" to make it happen. I'm thinking of joining a new boxing gym that just opened up next to my work. A husband/wife team opened it and they are both certified boxing instructors. I've never boxed.... but it sure seems fun hitting those heavy bags. Now if I can get over my nervous concepts about going into a "guy" gym.... the free weight section at a regular gym doesn't bother me so I should be able to do this... right? right!
  7. Just sayin.... I'm super excited about this challenge!
  8. Oh this is my very favorite time of year! The air is crisp in the mornings and evenings while the days stay warm. The trees are changing colors and it seems everything is ready to snuggle down for the winter. Ahhhhhh. I'm plugging right along on my main quest: Win the non-pro championship at next year's (Nov 2014) NW Mountain Trail Challenge! Thus far I've: Bought a horse and put her into training with 6 time National Mountain Trail Champions. She will probably stay with them until February. I've put myself into training with them - which is a challenge in and of itself as they are 4 hours from me. Attended 1 clinic and signed up for 2 more this month. Signed up for this year's NW Mountain Trail Challenge (Nov 1-3) as a measuring stick to see how far we have to go to win the title next year. 6-Week Goals to Support my Main Quest: 1.) Weight - The biggest hindrance to my main quest is my weight and the athletic ability required for competition. My first 6 week goal is to drop 10lbs or 1 pants size. 2.) Flexibility - The second hurdle I have in my quest is flexibility. The competition requires getting on/off your horse in a variety of situations - which, due to my height, requires me to put my foot between waist and chest level into the stirrup... then lift myself up with that foot. Yeah. My second 6 week goal is to stretch daily. 3.) Endurance - The third challenge I have in my quest is physically holding up on the road to the competition. The one clinic had me in the saddle for 14 hours over two days. I was wiped out! My third 6 week goal - Bodyweight work out 3 times per week. Specifics into the "how" of my goal achievement plan to be outlined in another post. Side Quests: 1.) Life Quest - Super stretch goal: Personal debt free in 6 weeks (except mortgage).
  9. Woop Woop - Update time (I know it's supposed to be weekly but I've been too busy out doing instead of on the computer ) Got my girl home (Pics when I figure out how to use the my media bit - or you can click on my blog link in my sig) - And promptly started our program. Then she got her shots and had a reaction as was out of commission for over a week. But that didn't stop us and we just spent this last weekend at a clinic where I spent about 12 hours riding. Sore sore sore today! AND I have a lot of physically weak areas where I need to spend working on strength development. I left her with the trainer and will be travelling (3.5 hours each way - I'm financially committed now!) to receive training weekly for the next couple months ending with our first show Nov 1-3. This will be the show I will compete in next year hoping for the Non-Pro title! This year's show will be our base-line and give a really good idea of exactly "how" far away from that title we are... what our journey over the next year will entail. I also have a lot of pictures from our clinic this weekend. I can tell you, if we have any hope of winning that title next year... dropping the weight needs to become a higher priority. The overall "picture" you present as an athletic team is very important as you compete. I think after this year of surgeries and weight gain I'm about as far from that picture as I ever have been. It was rather shocking. I certainly do not feel like the person in those pictures - thankfully! So - on the horse related goals I've been doing good. On the fitness goals... I've been lacking. But now I see one will not be successful without the other - Time to get moving.
  10. I just bought a horse! Woop woop! After 2 years of being horse-less (after having horses continuously since I was 3!) I finally have a horse again and will pick her up this Wednesday. However, it has been 10+ years since I've ridden consistently - so I am way way way out of shape for riding. Quest: Win the non-pro division of the NW Mountain Trail Championship - November 2014.... approximately 66 weeks from now. First 6 weeks July 29-Sep 8 - 3 main steps: 1.) Get to know my new partner! Work together (riding or ground work) 5 days per week including 2 days per week away from home. 2.) Yoga 2 days per week to stay limber and increase flexibility. 3.) Education: Spend 1 hours per week reading / learning the competition rules, standards, scoring, etc... Attend at least 1 clinic during the 6 weeks. Side Quest: Drop 50lbs by November 2014 First 6 weeks July 29-Sep 8 - 3 main steps: 1.) Walk / jog at least 1 mile daily. 2.) 6 Weeks of Slow Carb Diet - a la 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss 3.) Bodyweight workout 2 days per week.
  11. I'm Back! 3 surgeries and recovery took up the first half the year... But I'm strong and back now! Excited to get started with this challenge!
  12. Summary Time Overall - B-ish 1.) Maxed out at 10 pushups per set - short of my goal (25/set) BUT maintained my pre-surgery count. C 2.) Jogging a 5k - Zero'd out on this one! F 3.) Eliminating processed foods - Really happy here! A 4.) Writing space - Another success! A Lesson learned - Goals are achieved DAILY. It's amazing to look back and see that I didn't get my jogging in - For 6 weeks! Those weeks were made up of 42 daily choices - and those choices add up to goal achievement, nor not. I rocked 2 really important goals - yeah me! I overcame my post-surgery fear of attempting something physical (pushups) while healing. I didn't expect this fear so it was a very interesting process to work through. I'm happy and ready for the next challenge!
  13. Summary time: 1.) Maxed out at 10 pushups per set - short of my goal (25/set) BUT I did maintain my pre-surgery count. C 2.) Jogging - Zero'd out on this one! F 3.) Eliminating processed food - I'm really happy here - A+ 4.) Writing Space - Again, another success area! A Lesson's learned - goals are achieved DAILY - It's amazing to look back and see that over 6 whole weeks I didn't get my jogging in... 6 weeks! Those 6 weeks were made up of daily choices... and those choices add up to equal goal achievement, or not. For almost 42 days I said "no" to going out hiking/walking/jogging. A few days I said yes, most days I said no.
  14. Updates! Most importantly = I've found my exercise drive again! Woo Hoo! I was so pumped at the beginning of this year, then 6 weeks of sickness, a surgery, flu for a week - I had lost motivation big time. BUT this time, I let life happen instead of fighting against it.... kept a positive attitude and now that I'm feeling well, my desire to get stronger is back! 1. Pushups are great - going to start on burpees now! 2. Jogging - need to work on it... BUT I did hike our fence line (steep incline/decline) in about 10 minutes. I believe that is 8 minutes off the last time I timed myself. WOO HOO! 3. Eliminating processed foods - Actually, I'm doing pretty good here. I'm quite pleased with my progress... Now to keep it up. 4. Writing Space - Is just about done... although I've discovered that it probably won't ever be done as I bring in and take out items that inspire me. However... the items that don't inspire me and were just cluttering up the space are mostly gone. Should finish that up this week! PS - I go in for another minor (much more minor than the last one!) surgery on the 8th - But I'm planning on keeping focused and moving forward despite imperfect situations... that's life after all!
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