Faith and Endurance: Running the Race

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Back on Track July 27, 2010

Filed under: Achieving Goals — jenniferburton @ 11:57 am

Exercise and weight loss can be quite the battle, but well worth the effort in the end. It is so easy to find excuses to get yourself out of exercising a day or two or a reason to eat a something not healthy. I sort of had that mind set the last week or so. However, I was still trying to stay on track for the most part, but maybe I did slack off more than I realized.

I had gained 3 pounds in the last week or so and was totally disappointed. I wasn’t sure how that happened because I still was working out and exceeding my exercise goals, and staying within calorie range of food. Maybe I did gain some muscle? However, I was really letting it get to me. I was tempted to give up because I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted, and I was set back on my weight loss by a few pounds, making my goal date less realistic. I wasn’t sure what was going on with my body. I was drinking enough water every day. I was making sure I was eating the right foods, for the most part. There were a couple of times a slacked a little, but I knew it shouldn’t be enough to affect me that badly. I was getting depressed and worried.Will I ever get this excess weight off? Here I am, been working out 4-5 days a week for 7 weeks, and only lost 6 pounds, only to find I gained 3 back in a week’s time. What was wrong with me?

Everyone was telling me that I have to be gaining muscle and probably need to consume more water, especially with this heat and humidity we’ve all been battling. I would love to think that, but wishing the building muscle was more evident that I could tell just by looking in the mirror than by making a simple guess. I wasn’t too sure because my measurements hadn’t really changed all that much, which was another disappointment to me. How do I go about this?

I decided that I just need to keep going. The weight will eventually have to come back off again, and continue to come off right? My measurements will eventually change. I can’t give up. I’m fixing to begin week 7 on the c25K, and the program is only 9 weeks long. I’m too close to the end!! It’s almost like dropping out of high school 2 weeks before you graduate. How stupid would that be? I’m not a quitter!

Over this past weekend, I wasn’t sure what exactly would be in store. I decided to not worry about my weight so much and still watch what I ate. I ended up eating some bigger meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I didn’t eat any snacks in between. We had a busy day, so I think that made it okay for one day. Then Sunday was also a busy day. Dinner ended up being some snacky foods, such as popcorn because lunch held me over for so long and didn’t want to eat a heavy meal real late. I did run Saturday night, ending my Week 6. However, over the weekend, I went back down 3 pounds!! I was ecstatic. I didn’t know what triggered it, but I wasn’t going to argue.

So, now it’s Tuesday, and it has maintained, which is great. It has helped boost my confidence again, to know that I wasn’t really as “stuck” as I thought I was. Now if I can just continue to lose more and stay on track, I’ll be okay. I need to be patient and continue to push myself as well as listen to my body. I began week 7 today. I still can’t run a full 25 minutes, which is kind of a bummer, but I have decided I am going to continue out the program and try to improve my time each day I run. I know I’ll eventually get there. From here on out, it’s all solid runs, so I’m going to go for as long as I possibly can and sort of create my own intervals afterward to complete each day, and trying not to be a sissy about it.

I guess the important thing is, if you’re struggling, that means you need to continue to work at it that much more. Don’t you dare think about giving up at that time because it will pay off in a matter of time, and you’ll be so glad. Don’t let Satan tell you that you can’t do it because you really can. You can do anything through God’s strength!

 

Gay “Rights” July 19, 2010

Filed under: Off Topic Thoughts — jenniferburton @ 5:03 pm

Okay, so I know that I will probably offend some of you if you continue to read my blog. Well, if you continue to read it, then it’s your choice, and I’m putting it out there anyway. These are just my thoughts and my opinions based upon my beliefs.

I was recently reading an article about the Summer for Marriage tour, and one of the rallies taking place in Providence. Some gay activists made their existence known at this rally voicing their deserving of equality in rights of marriage and so on and so forth. There were a few videos I decided to watch, which was in response to the rally and a clip from “The View” when they discussed gay rights. I was curious what all these people had to say. Most people I have listened to on these video clips feel that gays should have equal rights to marriage, just as a heterosexual couple does. Not all agree with some public displays some gays may put on, but they’re not against gay couples. Okay, everyone has their opinion. Everyone has a right to one, and that’s fine. However, with actions beyond those opinions come consequences.

Rights….everyone has rights. This is something that came in to mind that I feel makes a valid point. The Civil Rights movement was action taking place so that black people may have equal rights with white people. It was a necessary movement because all human beings should begin with rights. I think that’s awesome that America allows every citizen to have rights from the time of birth until they do things that may strip them of that, such as maybe some criminal activity at an older age.

I just don’t understand how people who choose an alternative lifestyle feel like they should fight for rights. It was a choice and therefore, making that choice, you choose to accept the terms and conditions which come with that choice, such as “inequality”. It’s just like a students who chooses not to do their work, yet they feel they have a right to an A because they are still a student. We all know that’s not the case. If a student chooses not to do the work, then they choose not to pass. I just think it’s ironic that people who make choices feel that everyone still should cater to their wants/needs. No one should even compare the Gay Rights Movement with the Civil Rights Movement. They are totally different and separate. I think anyone who was involved in the Civil Rights Movement ought to be offended by the Gay Rights Movement/Activists. No one chooses to be black, white, Asian, Hispanic, or any other cultural background. You can’t choose WHO you are, but you can choose HOW you live. No one should have to pay for or succumb to the choices of others. Certain choices come with certain consequences, and when you make that choice, just be prepared for what is to come afterward, whether it be good or bad. If you choose to be gay, then that’s the life you choose to go for, and you shouldn’t expect to have the same “marriage” rights as heterosexuals. That was your choice. Live with it, or don’t be gay.

I personally do believe homosexuality is a choice. I believe it is a legitimate struggle that people deal with just as everyone has that one thing/target they struggle with. Some struggle with alcohol, some struggle with drugs, some struggle with pornography, etc. However, no one is born an alcoholic, drug addict, or a pervert. People can be exposed to certain things, and it becomes a constant struggle. It’s one thing to struggle with the thoughts, but it’s another to choose to act out on it.

 

Frustrations Galore! July 17, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferburton @ 11:25 am

Yeah…frustration has set in. This has been a very crazy week, completely throwing off my running schedule and I gain a couple of pounds throughout the week. What the crap is that about? I have only run once this week. I need to try to run today, and try to fit in tomorrow so that I complete week 6. Honestly, I’m a bit nervous because it’s been 3 days since my last run. Not sure if I’ll make it. I did work out to Jillian twice, trying to add in something extra a different to help me tone and burn fat. I only worked out at Curves once because I have been out of a car for 3 days, and I just started Physical Therapy on my ankle. Fortunately, I can still run on it. I just don’t have its full range of motion. I’m not sure how the PT will affect my running.

As far as gaining weight, Even though my schedule has been thrown off, I still have managed to exceed my exercise goals in minutes and calories burned. Maybe it’s water retention. Maybe I need to drink more than 64 ounces a day, since I am working out about 4-5 days a week, or equivalent to. I am staying within calorie range, according to sparkpeople.com. This is just a frustrating time for me right now. This has hindered my motivation to try to run today, and the weather is perfect for it right now. Cloudy and cool. I just need to go out there and just do it. Hopefully next week will be a better week. How common is it that other people go through this same thing? I work so hard to lose 6 pounds in 5-6 weeks, then I gain 3 back in 1 week. WHY?! It also didn’t help with the fact that working out with Jillian 2 days in a row left me miserably sore for a few days. I need to work out with her more so that soreness can subside and get the muscle toning I need, but it’s hard to stick with something that nearly kills you. I wish I had the money to join the Y and do Zumba again. That is my favorite work out of all time. When I have done that before, it has helped with my running endurance (granted at the time it was on a treadmill), but I was able to run up to 2.5 miles straight at one time. That was an accomplishment in itself during that time. That was also about 3 years ago, I think.

Hopefully soon, I can break past this barrier and continue to move on. I don’t want this to keep me from achieving my goals, but it seems so easy to give up when you’re not seeing the results you want, even though you seem to be doing everything right.

 

Defeated and Victorious July 9, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferburton @ 5:13 pm

Well, today was the day to run the Week 5 Day 3 on Couch to 5K program. My assignment was to run for 20 solid minutes without walking. Was I successful with going the full 20 minutes? Unfortunately, no. I was a little bit disappointed. However, I do have victory in today’s run for the sheer fact that I DID run for 12 solid minutes without needing to stop! Two days ago, I ran 8. I felt that was a good jump then.

Even though I had to break up my last 8 minutes, I still complete the work out. I am questioning myself if I should try to go for the solid 20 minutes again, maybe tomorrow, or should I go ahead on the Week 6, where there are intervals again until Day 3 and see if I can make 25 minutes then. Am I ready? I know my body is getting stronger as I continue to do this, but I also need to know what I am ready for. I try to listen to it carefully to make sure I am pushing it hard enough as well as not killing myself. Even though the hills in my neighborhood aren’t that steep, they still were a challenge. My legs were beginning to feel like jell-o. I also invested in some new running shoes, which also could have helped in the matter with breaking them in. They are made a little bit heavier than my previous shoes, so that could have added some resistance.

I know that as long as I keep going, I will eventually get to where I can run without stopping period. I am more than halfway through this program, and there is no reason to give up, stop, or become disgruntled if I don’t do exactly as the program calls me to do. As long as I am persistent and doing my best, I will reach my goal.

Now that I have been running and working out at Curves, I have considered throwing in the the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred in again. It’s a fabulous work out and kicks my butt every time. I have heard from others who have been doing the c25K, that DVD has helped with their endurance and stamina. I’m wondering if it will do the same for me. I may start that next week. I want to make sure I am also working all my muscle groups and getting the work outs I need to make sure I reach my goals, and not hit any plateaus. Do you think it’d be too much or should I go for it?

 

On the Path to Success! July 7, 2010

Filed under: Achieving Goals — jenniferburton @ 10:31 am

Words cannot describe the sense of accomplishment I am feeling right now. I am having an extremely emotional moment because I just finished Week 5 Day 2 on the C25K program. Just Monday, I wasn’t sure if I could move on just yet because I had to break up my last 5 minute jog (there were 3) for minute to complete it without feeling like I was going to die.

Today, I jogged two 8 minute intervals with a 5 minute walking interval in between. The last 8 minutes was a bit tough. I questioned myself if I was going to make it, then I convinced myself that I was. I just needed to push myself up that hill, to the crest of the hill, where it was flat, with only 1:30 left to go. I was breathing hard, but I was so close to the end….then next thing I knew, my coach spoke and told me to “cool down”. I did it!! For some reason this challenge hit home for me and brought tears to my eyes. I am seeing myself achieving my goals. I am disciplining myself, conditioning my body, making it stronger, my heart healthier. I thank God for every bit of what I’m doing because He is certainly helping me through this!

Friday’s challenge is to jog for a total of 20 minutes with no walking intervals. This will be a true test of endurance. My body continues to surprise me. Just 5 weeks ago, I could barely jog all those 60 second intervals…and look at me today. I have 4 weeks left on this program. WOW! As I am writing this blog, I continue to cry over this accomplishment, out of happiness and excitement. I have come a long way for this. I know if I can do this, you can do it, too. You really have to be willing to do it, want it real bad, and most importantly, believe in yourself. Every time I conquer a new challenge, my confidence rises, and I have more faith in myself, even though the challenges get tougher each time.” Can’t” is NOT in my dictionary for this! I won’t allow it! ┬áDon’t you allow it either!