Monthly Archives: February 2014

Better weather = 1st Giveaway

photo 2Last couple of weeks it has been pretty hard for us. For those of us fortunate to have escaped the snowy winters and cold, cloudy days, we become spoiled by relatively mild winters. That is my case. I remember moving away from New Jersey to Florida and laughing at the “snow birds” when they came down to hibernate during the winter to south Florida. It was a weird transition for me, spending Xmas at the beach just didn’t make sense. When we moved to Texas we were fortunate enough that we would get a taste of winter but nothing like what we’ve gone through this year. It just has been too cold or maybe we are just not used to it anymore.

Last year when were training for Ironman Texas we were actually able to make the workouts happen. This year we’ve just been too cold. A few bike rides and runs cancelled due to frigid temperatures and we are really getting sick of the trainer for the bike. On the running department we tried looking for a treadmill…. Yes a dreadmill. We think that if we have one in the house something might actually happen. We will see if we follow that one through and get one. Still debating to get one or not. If you have any comments on it… Feel free to comment.

photo 1So besides cold weather, trying not to get sick with all the cold/flu stuff going around we are getting back into the swing of things. We have our 2nd Cowtown Half this weekend and we only have a month and a couple of weeks before Galveston 70.3. We’ve been slowly building up for it and we want to do well on it, stay tuned for the next few weeks as training starts picking up. Hopefully as hours go up… Temperatures do as well. :). We need some sun and warmer weather. It looks like we’ll have good weather for it, so we are excited for it.  Since Felipe was team captain this year, we got the perks of getting packages early :). I’m still hitting the expo tomorrow to see if I find anything good. Normally we’ve been able to find 1 or 2 good deals. So we have a date after work to check the expo out.

logoIn the spirit of becoming more motivated and hoping for better weather, I’m also excited to do my first giveway on this post. Swim, Bike, Sell posted the other day on their Facebook that they would give a $25.00 gift card if I did a giveaway… being this one my first one I hope you get some entries and are able to hit the store. Click Here to Enter. Good Luck!!!

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People, fitness and open minds

It is funny sometimes how when you talk about fitness to others, to see how they don’t see fitness as we do and we get a few eye rolls, “you are crazy” statements, and on more than one occasion people stop talking to us…. Yup it’s happened. I guess being fit, or healthy is not as contagious as you might have thought.

When I started my journey with my hubby to become healthier, we started because we wanted to simply try something different. We were completely fine with our 8-5 jobs, going home, having dinner and lounging on the couch to watch tv or continue working. We weren’t unhealthy, we weren’t sick, nor overweight, we thought to our selves we actually feel great, didn’t have any vices, no smoking, social drinking and not a whole lot of it, but figured we were young and could do better.

That’s why we made a choice of getting off the couch and started moving. It wasn’t an overnight process. It took a while and it is taking a while. I wasn’t a runner, nor a swimmer and much less a cyclist. I liked going to the gym to do Zumba classes, and played tennis as a kid but never at the competitive level. Swimming was limited to the do not drown swim, and riding a bicycle was simply knowing how to ride one just in case I needed to one day. Needless to say running was non existent. When I got my job, part of the job was a training camp (similar to boot camp) where you have a physical portion and a classroom portion. I had to carry a 70 lb dummy for 1/4 mile, run a mile, and go up and down 3 flights of stairs with a determined weight. I was petrified of all that. We started with my hubby to “train” for all that… It seemed at the time like I couldn’t do it all. We figured doing hill repeats would represent dragging the dummy so we started doing that twice a week at a hill in our neighborhood. Did a few 2-3 mile runs and started to gain confidence that I could do it and that I wouldn’t embarrass myself, nor have to redo it all due to failure.

slow progress

 

Why do I tell you all that? I guess if I didn’t have an open mind or didn’t think I was capable of achieving a fitness state that would allow me to do all that 6 years ago, I probably would’ve just quit my dream job or find a bunch of excuses not to do it. But because I found motivation like keeping my dream job, and had my hubby besides me who was also motivating me and helping me figure out how to resemble the conditions that I was going to encounter I was able to succeed that time. It was all in small steps, it’s taken me close to 6 years to get to where I’m at fitness wise, and knowing that I can get better with my slow progress but making progress everyday is what keeps me going.