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Bouncing Back From the Ultimate Disappointment

I was finally going to drive my Harley Street 500 motorcycle into work today.

I planned it out.  I would be taking as many back roads as possible and only be on the highway briefly.

I was up very early too, so I could get on the road well before rush hour.

Once I made it into work my plan was to walk, walk, walk AND walk some more because I am currently in three different FitBit challenges.

I am winning the first challenge by a pretty good lead.

I am winning the second challenge, in this moment in time, by a slight lead.  I had that one in the bag too, until someone seems to have gotten inspired.

I am in 2nd place in the third challenge, battling step by step with the person who is currently in 3rd who really seems to want to be in 2nd place.  This same said person is also the one battling me in the challenge I mentioned above.

At this point neither of us has a shot in hell of winning the first challenge.

The leader of that one is waaaaay ahead of us.  I did tell her tho, let’s do this again next week and I will give you a run for your money! hahaha

From last Thursday to this Thursday I had a really crappy, stressful and upsetting week.

I didn’t talk with anyone about it, mostly because those I know would have said – You did what???  You said what??? Are you bleeping crazy???

Obviously, I was not in my right mind and I allowed bottled up emotions, disappointments and frustration to come bubbling out.

Rest assured all is well now, so no need to ask me about it. hahaha

But the ultimate disappointment is that my Harley would not start this morning and I don’t know why.

I have kept the battery charged (last time that is what killed the bike).  I have even shared my toy and had a co-worker over to ride it to juice it up.  And so he could practice his skills since he recently got his motorcycle license.

As I trudged back upstairs fully geared up, I was sooooo disappointed.

Then I started thinking, I really need a dude in my life to maintain my bike.  I’ll ride it and he can keep it maintained.

In reality, I just want someone to show me how to keep it maintained.  If you show me, I can do it.  If I read it, I am like, huhhh?

And then I remembered, hey, I have a credit for a motorcycle class and guess who are in motorcycle classes????

DUDES and TEACHER DUDES!

So I signed up this morning and will be training and doing drills on a Harley like mine on Sunday for 2 whole hours!!

And I sure as heck am going to try to sweet talk someone into helping me.

Wish me luck!

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Oh, this pic, this is the only thing that did go well for me last weekend.  I got my hair highlighted.

This pic also represents me telling myself ~ I’ve got your back babe, no matter what.

And we will find someone to help us one way or another! hahaha

 

 

 

 


Look Out Ukrops 10k, Here I Come!

I am pretty excited… I’ll  be joining a group of lovely ladies to participle with in this year’s Ukrop’s 10k on Saturday, April 1st!

It is something I’ve tried to do annually with my girl Janie since 2011.

In 2011, I was 40 and finished the race in 1 hour, 15 minutes and 53 seconds.

In 2012, I was 41 and finished the race in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 46 seconds.

In 2015, yeah I took a couple of years off, I was 43 finished the race in 1 hour, 22 minutes and 55 seconds.

And now in 2017, because last year I broke my foot and I could not participate, I will be 4 days into my 46th year of life and my only goal is…..to complete the race! hahaha

My times might not sound like all of that, but to me they rock.

You see, each time I just up and did 6.2 miles with no training in the middle of tax season and I have remained pretty consistent through the years.

I even get up at the crack of dawn, drive 2+ hours, do the race, have lunch and drive the 2+ hours back.

Now that alone has got to be impressive! hahaha

I am not sure what this year holds due to the extra weight I am carrying courtesy of the previously mentioned broken foot last year, but if I can remain consistent, I will be over the moon!

And even if I cannot, but I at least finish the race, well, I will still be as pleased as punch and proud of myself.

I hope you sign up to do something you think you might not be able to pull off this year too, it does wonders for the soul.

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Oahu Hawaii Here We Come!!

Ok. First things first.

I miss the hour I (read everyone, but I am self-centered in this department) lost when we sprang forward.

So totally down with the fall back version.

It is now 10am on Sunday.

Rats.

I need more down time! hahaha

Second things second.

Yesterday I was to run/walk the Rock ‘n Roll half marathon in DC.

Originally it was the marathon to celebrate the end of being 44 and ushering in being 45.

Then I scaled back to a half because I wasn’t honestly training to complete another marathon.

Yes I said another because I have at least completed one marathon in my life time and like to insinuate woo hoo me.

But marathons are no joke.

The training and hours it takes to pull one off plus the marathon itself, yikes.

Now I didn’t bag the half yesterday because I couldn’t physically do it.

Nope. I have been Fitbit racing a 23 year old quite healthy and active young man for the last month.

Although mama lost each time, mama got as close as she could and pushed herself right well.

No. I didn’t do the half because, OMG, what a pain in the butt (read ass) it would have been to get my package and get to the race.

I knew from the start – don’t do this – I don’t like big races in DC because it is too much trouble to get there.

Note to self – listen to that voice that says, um no, pick something else.

I even had a beautiful and kind friend willing to mill around DC for up to 4 hours just to accompany me into DC and get me to the race.

Small problem.

They wouldn’t mail the race items to me.

“Open House” to pick up the race items was Thursday and Friday in DC.

For me, it was a 40 minute trek ONE WAY to leave work to pick up my race stuff and then another 40 minutes to get back to work, um, during tax season.

Not counting how much time it would take to grab my stuff, nor if there was traffic either to or from.

Screw that.

Instead. To usher in my 45th year on this planet, same said beautiful and kind friend and I hiked a pretty tough trail at Great Falls (at least 4 miles)!

We then enjoyed a pretty yummy Mexican lunch and got a mani and pedi.

Plus I got an eyebrow waxed.

SA-WEET and HAPPY ENDING OF 44 TURNING 45 INDEED!

Icing on the cake?

I am headed to Oahu, Hawaii this Christmas with my sister and her family.

Mama is finally gonna get to surf with her niece!!

I have waited 13 years for this event!

Hello love, I have been waiting for you!

So happy and so cool with missing my half now.

45 and surfing in Hawaii baby, SO DAMN COOL!

Happy March People!

Surfer

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They Have An App For That!

Yesterday was a very sad, sad day for me.

I was FitBitless.

I had officially finally lost my FitBit.

And I was on a roll too in my FitBit group weekly challenge!

I was in the lead and had been pretty active since Sunday – 5 miles, 6 miles, 7 miles, 5 miles and then Thursday – zip, zilch, nada, and so sad lady go home.

Losing a FitBit is like losing a helpful and challenging friend, so, so disappointing.

It happened to two friends of mine this past year, but it could never happen to me.

Or so I thought.

Yesterday I felt naked. No FitBit to wear, my first day since June 22, 2015 going commando.

I was going to share that statement with someone yesterday and then thought better of it, saying naked in front of someone you don’t know all that well is, um, awkward.

But we are all friends here so – naked, naked, and NAKED! hahaha

I am only in a good mood because I found my FitBit safe and sound this morning.

And I only found it safe and sound and sooner because one of my FitBit group friends said – Hey, they have an app for that.

I learned something extremely important from this experience.

It is such a GREAT idea to have younger friends.

I was all prepared to buy a new FitBit.

So guess what I found out?

There really is an app out there to find lost FitBits!

In fact, there are several.

I googled (because Google is my very bested friend in the whole wide world, after my FitBit and iPods) – What app will help me find my lost FitBit?

I found two, both of which had 5 star ratings.

Really first I found one, paid $4.99 for it and began combing my house following a beep beep beeping signal on my phone.

It was a lot like a game of Hot or Cold.

You are hot (getting closer), hot, HOOOOT – totally cold and way off base lady.

My cats were following me around as I was following around my phone with its beep, beep, beeping.

After about 30 minutes and tearing up my house at the slightest of beeps I was getting frustrated (understatement).

Now I knew the FitBit was in my house from the get go, so that made it even more frustrating (again, very understated).

When I am in bed and falling asleep and realize that I still have it on and am too lazy to get up and put it in my purse (so my cat Mozzie doesn’t eat it), I take it off and tuck it under my pillow.

I turned over couches, shook the tar out of every blanket I could find, looked under every piece of furniture in case Mozzie had indeed found it and dragged it off somewhere and I still came up empty.

I became angry and found myself thinking – Those 5 star raters are LIARS!!!

I sat back down at my computer and hit up my pal Google again to help me find another app.

This was the apps last chance. If this didn’t work I was going to buy a new FitBit!

The second app again had 5 star ratings, and even better, it was free.

I was going to be so pissed off if this free app found my FitBit and the one I paid cold hard cash for didn’t.

The first app had me focused on my living room, that’s where I feel asleep when I lost it.

But the second app was fonder of my bedroom.

The second app didn’t beep; it had a signal bar to indicate when you were close. The more bars you saw the closer you were.

Another round of Hot or Cold ensued.

This time I tore my bed apart, shaking out blankets, tossing pillows everywhere and nothing. Rats (understatement). Empty handed again!

But then I got a brilliant idea to toggle between the two apps, using them both and TAA DAA – I found my FitBit!!

I had tucked my FitBit INTO my pillow case.

I don’t remember doing that. I usually tuck it UNDER my pillow.

I would have found my FitBit this weekend when I did the laundry, but $5 and one less day FitBitless was worth it.

So long story short, it took me an hour and it was quite frustrating (by this point, so understated that it is mind-boggling) BUT I did not waste the $5 I spent on the first app and my friend saved me from spending $100!

All in all, it has been a pretty good morning.

Oh, and I am in second place FitBit group weekly challenge wise so I still have a chance to win by the end of today even with having logged zip, zilch, nada, and so sad lady go home steps yesterday!

Who’s your mama?

Me.

And they have an app for that!

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August 21, 2015

FitBit Challenge.

August 21st.

Issued a challenge by a dude who said he was going to smoke us.

5 am start time.

5 miles walked.

This was my morning –

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Time for a Change!

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Good Morning Sunshine!

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After 5 mile walk I ran up these stairs.

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And these.

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And these.

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Oh, and these stairs too.

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And holy hell up these stairs too!!!

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Feeling pretty proud of myself.

I won the challenge.

And haven’t done a darn thing since!

Epic fail.

Four challenges have since passed.

Lost them all.

#CouldYouBeAnymoreLazy

TIME. TO. GET. WITH. THE. PROGRAM.

Again.

May you have a happy and fit-filled week!

That’s what I have on tap.


Stumbling Across Peace

I stumbled across peace yesterday during my FitBit challenge.

I went out for a walk.

Lately I have been walking without an agenda as to where.

And it is pretty darn cool where I end up when I let go and simply walk.

The other night, Friday night, I walked around my neighborhood.

Then I walked around an adjacent neighborhood.

And then I walked over to a very upscale mall after it was closed.

It houses such stores as: Chanel, Coach, Gucci, kate spade, Louis Vuitton, Prada , and Versace.

It even has a Ritz Carlton attached!

The stores mean nothing to me, but I have been to the Ritz and it is the bomb. It is also pretty cool that it opens right up into the mall.

Since the restaurants were still open I was able to walk the mall even though the stores were closed. Honest, I checked with the security guard.

I walked the three floors twice, and thought, wow I need to do this more often.  Especially when I am working on pulling off a coup d’état to win the FitBit challenge there at the end on a Friday night.

Yes I know it is sad. That IS how I have spent four of my last five Friday nights.  I’ve been walking to win.

Anyway, back to yesterday, I stumbled across a Zen like area that stretches up a pretty big hill. There were loads of stairs or you could take a winding path up laced with waterfalls, beautiful stone work, plants and benches along the way.

I walked up the path, I walked down the stairs. I then ran up the stairs and I walked down the path. Then I jogged home.

I very much love the area I live in, and will visually share my experience with you to rest my case.

Best morning walk I have had thus far……

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In Search of the Right Change

I need a change.

I am just not certain which department(s) I want to make a change.

In my last post I shared my dream condo.

Since then I qualified for a loan to purchase a two bedroom condo in the same building. Not my dream condo, but a 2 bedroom condo at least.

Back in May when I started thinking about buying a condo I pulled into that complex, parked and called my dad. We usually talk every weekend and it was getting late.

He asked me what I was doing and I said ~ Oh you know, just sitting in front of the place I am going to buy a condo in one day.

Damn if I didn’t park right in front of the very building that currently has the two 2 bedroom condos for sale.

Last Tuesday as I drove into work, I decide, screw it, I am going to buy a motorcycle. I have wanted one for so long.

It is a commitment, but not a lifetime commitment like a condo could be.

A co-worker and I went for a walk at lunch later that day, and she asked me how my condo search was going.

I told her about my dream condo and shared that if I could not have that one, I wasn’t going to buy anything right now.

She told how her first place wasn’t her dream place either, but she bought it, kept it for a while, and sold it at a profit. The profit which then enabled her to buy her current home, the type she really wanted all along.

So then she clouded up my motorcycle choice! hahaha

I had to run down to the bank for my boss and one of the woman I had ask about mortgages before came over to me and asked me for my contact information again because she had misplaced it.

That led to me talking with a mortgage guy who has approved me for two different price points that I am currently sitting with.

I crunched numbers over the weekend and I’d be house poor if I proceeded.

I’ve been house poor before. It really isn’t any fun owning a beautiful home but not being able to do anything else.

I have also thought about going back to school.

You can make good money in accounting. Plus I like it.

I started down this path a while back, but it took everything in me to get an A in the class, to include all my time.

That idea isn’t very appealing to me at this moment in time.

And I don’t think I have it in me to go after becoming a CPA, which would be the next step.

I mean the amount of work and years that would take makes my head hurt.

Plus, I’d be a newbie.

I really wish I had taking the accounting/business path in college.

That is one thing I would do differently if I could do it all over again.

As I think about every which way but loose, I get frustrated and don’t know exactly what I want to change.

But there is one thing I am currently taking control over and changing, and that is my health and fitness.

I’ve got a friend who is a personal trainer who is going to create a workout plan for me and guide me via FaceTime. She moved to Texas, so this is the best option we have.

I might even be a model in an upcoming fitness instructional video for her business!

I am also in talks with my boss’s personal trainer.

We weren’t able to meet up this weekend, but he did present me with many options to choose from, so the ball is now in my court to get back in touch with him when I decide what I want.

Again, it is about creating a plan and showing me properly how to do the exercises and what to do to achieve what I want. After that it is all up to me.

My Fitbit, now that has been the very BEST piece of technology that I have ever bought!

It so totally rocks.

I have been participating in weekly Monday – Friday challenges for 5 weeks now.

I have won 3 of the 5, and one of the weeks that I lost was because I was on vacation and not going to move unless the building was on fire.

This past week’s challenge was the best so far.

We had a guy join us, and boy did I have to really work for my win. All the way up until midnight!

In return, I set a personal record of 95,326 steps in five days.

That is 38.05 miles in 5 days!

That is an average of 7.61 miles a day during the work week!!

I never would have gone that far, nor that hard had he not joined the challenge.

And I am pretty sure as I busted booty trying to catch up to him and then barely pass him; he was relaxing somewhere having a beer.

He could have beaten me too; all he had to do was walk back and forth to the bathroom or something a couple of times there at the end.

But I won, so I will take it!

We have another challenge starting this Monday, and 6 people signed up so far wanting to push themselves farther this next week too.

It is my greatest hope that a lot more of us are competing for 1st place.

It makes things so much more interesting, challenging and fun!

I’ll just let go of all of the other things that are driving me crazy, and go for a walk or something.

I’ll make a change in another department when I know what I want and when I know the moment is right.

Until then…..

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