3 sleeps until the Maui Marathon

What a crazy time it has been. My training is completely unconventional and I seem to have caught a bit of a cold bug BUT taking today off of work and resting, resting, resting seems to be helping big time. I didn't sleep much but I did stay lazy on the lounger per darling daughter's instructions and binged on NCIS. And I think she will approve of my warm Epsom Salt soak in the tub doing my personal development reading for the day. I strive for 10 minutes a day and today I did a whole whopping 30 minutes....pretty much until the water got too "cold" for me.

AND...the weather here as been BEYOND crazy. I am talking thunderstorms, lightning (yes, those are weird on Maui...well, at least until the past year or so and then it has just been weird), flash flood warnings left and right (never knew my phone gave alerts like it does!), a tornado, landslides, road closures, etc etc etc. All I can say is thank goodness I am not the race director of this race as I would be a basket case. There is road work along one segment of the course and a landslide (or two) on another. Cars stuck in water. Stress. Stress. Stress. But he may be more of a chilly type of guy than I am. I hope so. I don't want him overly stressed pre-event.

The good is I hear the weather should be done with its craziness tomorrow, which is good. Darling daughter has the Front Street Mile Saturday, dear hubby and I have packet pick up, and the Maui Marathon is Sunday. Woo-hoo!!!

This is definitely going to be a just enjoy the experience race. Go with flow race. Be happy race. At least, that is my plan because I do have lots of variables coming into play. Obviously the weather and its impact on the course. The new start and finish lines that kinda mess with my race course mindset. That is the downside of running a race for the 4th time (if I am remembering right). You get used to the course and minor switch up's can mess with you but then, they are really minor and I may like them. Female mother nature may also NOT be on my side. I am hoping for the best because I tend to have 10-12 hours of pure torture each month where I can't wander to far from a ladies' room. Those hours on the cruise ship were torture! My poor daughter had to be dragged away from fun so many times for me to tend to nature but all was okay. I just don't want to be hitting the porta potties every hour along the course but good thing I am not striving to PR. And honestly, it is all out of my control. But I do have to ask, why do marathons and female mother nature like to try to collide so many times for me?!

On the bright side, I am itching to run. I have been sticking to just a mile days all week and my cross training has been yoga and one 10 minute ab session yesterday. I was really trying to rest up as much as possible to combat the urge I had to run 20 miles since I decided to go for it and race two weeks ago. That would have been a bad idea.

I have faith I am trained well. I have been working out hard and am in the best shape ever. Really, I am. I have much more upper, lower, and core body strength since like forever and I can't wait to see how that helps on the race course. Plus, if I decide I can use this as a training run and add back in all my cross training PLUS long runs and run the Maui Oceanfront Maui come January.

Maui Marathon, see you in 3 sleeps!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for growing self esteem and confidence.

Daily Bible Verse: When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. ~ Psalm 56:3


If Girls Ran the World Update

It is almost October...kinda, sorta...and I am stoked to be part of this campaign through SweatPink.

I am also stoked that thanks to a wonderful supporter, Jeremy, I have already raised $43.76 of my $250 goal. That is WAY cool but I still have a ways to go and need your help to get there.

I am raising money for Save the Children.

From their website, Save the Children "invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours."

They operate in 120 countries, providing support for health, education, protection, disaster relief and so much more. This fit well with my desire to help the whole world....to extend my corporal acts of mercy to all the corners of the Earth.

I am also committed to running 125 miles in October so you can envision it as a sponsorship of $2 per mile. If I raise more than $250, I will run more! How about that?!

The bulk of my running will be done on my treadmill at home but I am hoping to hit the roads some with darling daughter now that she is falling in love with cross country running....although I may need to bribe her with a trip to the coffee house afterwards to get a cup of coffee for me and a nice fresh baked pastry for her. Hey, girls gotta have fun!

But I also am teaching her about charity through the gently used items we donate, contributions to charities, Med Packs, Action Packs, and I am thinking we need to do a "penny jar" with all October contributions going to this cause.

I love running for a cause. Won't you donate today? Every little bit helps! Thank you and may God bless you.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for Jeremy's donation and for yours!

Daily Bible Verse: What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. ~ James 2:14-26


Feeling egg-celent!

You gotta eat your protein!!!

For who knows how long, I wasn't getting enough protein. I don't really want to look back into it and find how long because it will only highlight how long I was being foolish. 

Protein is important for repairing tissues and is a building block for strong bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, hair, nails, and blood. Protein is also important in enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.

Are you getting enough? I found out I wasn't when I took a good hard look at my eating plan and realized I may have been getting 1-2 servings of protein and day and a million servings of carbs. And when I look at the signs that you may be lacking protein red flags were BLARING! Here are those signs:

  • You experience anxiety or depression (amino acids fuel the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine that prevent depression and anxiety) - CHECK
  • You recover slowly from injuries (protein fuels muscle recovery and regrowth) - hmmm….the pesky hip????
  • You are losing hair or it breaks easily (protein supports collagen production in the hair, skin, and nails) - CHECK
  • You are having a hard time focusing or staying focused (amino acids support brain performance) - CHECK
  • Your muscles always ache (protein helps muscle recovery and aids in repair)
  • Your nails are brittle or breaking (protein supports collagen production in the hair, skin, and nails) - CHECK

Now I start each day with a serving of protein (2 eggs) versus my traditional start of the day with carbs and fruit. I still eat my serving of fruit!!! And sometimes I add some veggies to my eggs especially when I am eating a hot breakfast at home. At work I traditionally bring two hard boiled eggs.

And eggs are an egg-celent source of protein. Each egg contains 6 grams of protein PLUS 5% of vitamin A, 2% calcium (good for dairy free me), 11% vitamin D (good for me again since I had to be put on supplements last year to get my vitamin D back up there), 10% vitamin B-12, 3% iron, 5% vitamin B-6, 1% magnesium (which actually can help keep anxiety at bay!), and 1% potassium.

Now let's talk the iffy side of eggs....cholesterol. Eggs have had a bad rep and I have to say, if you have cholesterol problems talk to your doctor about eggs and whether or not you should include them in your diet. For me, I do.  They are a good portable source of protein that is friendly on my budget. And eggs DO have nutrients in them that can actually lower your risk of heart disease.

Obviously, there is no one-size-fits-all diet for all of us but I have noticed a huge difference in my energy, life, hair, nails, etc. when I increased my protein intake and eggs, like a I said, have been an easy and affordable go to. But nothing in my life is set in stone and I would love to hear how you get your morning protein? And I do not want to turn to bacon and sausage.....

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for a more energized body.

Daily Bible Verse: Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? ~ Matthew 6:26


Fitness after 40

Oh my! Where did time go? In so many ways I feel I am or should be still in my more youthful days but those 40's snuck up and kicked me in my butt.

Let's be honest. When we get older, things change. Perhaps you are experiencing some of the same symptoms, ladies. Hair is getting a wee bit thinner and maybe a few grey hairs are sprouting out of nowhere. Skin is changing - maybe drier, maybe a few wrinkles, spots? Your menstrual cycle is changing, your energy levels are low, and as much as you focus on eating healthy and clean, you are gaining a few pounds. Not much maybe but you feel a bit softer. You used to be much more fit looking eating junk and now, what's up?

Life changes and I hate to tell you, you need to change with it.

For years I have been reading about the importance of strength training for women and their bones. I told myself lifting my child counted and didn't do much more. I ran, and ran, and ran, ate well, and was not where I wanted to be. I was softer and....tired.

A few months ago, by the grace of God, I finally decided to do something more. Invest in myself. Yes, invest in myself and my health. Financially invest in me to actually buy a better shake and fitness programs versus doing bits and pieces from magazines and buying the cheapest dairy free protein powder I could find. After all, I had a budget. I was eating "well" and turning to quick fixes and cravings in the afternoon hours to give me energy to drag my butt around through evening chores. I was miserable trying to be happy.

And then I did something different. I learned to eat better. Not a diet. A eating plan. I committed to not only running every day but doing 30 minutes of cross training every day. And I committed to varying that cross training to keep me into it and not bored. I tried things that "scared" me and things I thought I couldn't do.

I bought the better shake. I bought workout programs. I got a workout streaming service. I bought weights. I bought resistance bands and I am using them all.

I do yoga, weight lifting, cardio of all sorts, plyo, tabata, dance...anything and everything. I am having fun. I am finding my happy. And most importantly, I am finding a fitter me. I am finding muscles I honestly never knew I had. Yes, I "knew" I had them but thought I just would never be able to see them. I just wasn't one of those lucky gals.

But the thing is, luck has nothing to do with it. Hard work does and having a good eating program and fitness plan. Changing things up. Keeping your body guessing and working. Keeping yourself engaged, motivated, and committed.

The fitter body is cool but what is better is the more energy. I am a better mom who can play more and better. I am a better wife who is more confident. I love where I am today and just want to say, you can be fit after 40. You can GET fit after 40.

Are you ready to invest in yourself?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the support of others.

Daily Bible Verse: For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church. ~ Ephesians 5:29