Thursday, November 28, 2013

Days go by...

"Days go by and still I think of you
Days when I couldn't live my life without you"
- Dirty Vegas
I think that's the first time I knew what the actual words to that song was.  It doesn't really work with what I was going to chat about today except for the title, but now I've got it in my head.  I'm not going to complain because for the last few days, when the radio wasn't blasting Christmas music at me, it was playing that holy grail by JT and Jay-Z (one can only listen to Jay-Z go "UH, UUUH, UUUUH" so many times), so I'm happy for a little break.
But as the title goes, the days seem to be going by and I'm trying to maintain some kind of handle on them, but besides this week (which seemed to move at snail's pace) the days feel like they're going by so quickly!
Girlfriend looks tired!
Contrary to many other weeks (okay, fine, ALL the other times), I was a little excited to get to the track today.  A little incentive never hurt anyone, right?  And today, my incentive comes in the form of THIS:
Gadget: PolarLoop by Polar
Source: Si11ySkitt1es on Instagram
I know, I know, I totally caved!  Are you even surprised? I'm so weak...
It was haunting me and it was actually the E-Mail announcing a "Black Friday"-ish type sale that kind of decided it all for me.  I ended up getting it last night and had it all set up so I was excited to get some numbers and data on the thing!  I hope to have a good hang of it over the next week or two so that I can get a good review up of it up - and not just a review, I'm really interested in how it compares to my NikePlus FuelBand.  Y'all know that I can get pretty brand loyal so I don't try out or switch to other brands very lightly *LOL* I'm *TRYING* not to be too biased about it...
Anywho, there was a little bit of a surprise when we got to the track today!
Excuse the blurry photo, I was trying to do a photo walk-by without being too conspicuous
Our local TV news station was setting up to tape or broadcast or something!  At first I thought they must have caught wind of my dedication and were there to make me locally famous.  But with each time I passed them and they had yet to flag me down to beg to interview me, it seemed less and less likely.  Unfortunately, by the time we left, the two who had set everything up were sitting down and hanging out so I never really did get a chance to find out what they were there for.  But if you're watching, they did take footage of our feet walking, so a pair of those walking by could be MEEEE!  My feet are FAMOUS!
Speaking of my session at the track...
Things are starting to feel...I wouldn't really call it difficult, numbers are still pretty much the same, I'm down to an average of 3 km per lunch session (usually about half an hour give or take a few minutes) and it's now a mixture of a 'walk + shuffle = waffle' as opposed to before when I was still able to woggle (walk + jog + waddle).  The only thing now as the weeks go by is that it seems harder to get the 3 km.  My legs seem to be cramping up more or just hurting/bothering me and I'm not sure if it's really for any specific reason or if it's in my head mostly because I don't really want to even be at the track anymore.  There's been times where I've felt cramps in my belly and I'm not really sure if it's something telling me to stop or if it's just normal and it's the baby stretching or Braxton-Hicks or again, just in my mind because I want to stop.  I don't want to be too easy on myself and just keep passing things up just because I'm not entirely certain what things are supposed to feel like, but I'm also trying not to be too hard on myself, so when I feel a bit crampy, I slow to a walk and when it's still there a few minutes later, I slow to a slower walk and then when it goes away I move to a shuffle and then a walk and then a waffle.  I try to listen to what my body is saying but sometimes I wonder if I'm not going too easy on myself since I see other pregnant bloggers who are still able to run long distances (at speeds faster than my waffle!) and I start to wonder if I just used pregnancy as an excuse to be lazy.
Gadget: Nike+ SportWatch

At the end of the day, I'm okay with my 3 km lunches 2 - 3 times a week and it's still more than I ever would have done a year ago, so I'm hoping that at the end of the day, it's contributing positively to my pregnancy and also for after my pregnancy.
Speaking of after pregnancy.  I'm trying to find a balance between realistic goal setting and reaching too high/far and I've set my FIRST race.
Source: WarriorDash Online
Boom! Now I know after I wasn't able to do the last one and instead watched Tara and Teresa run it, that I not-so-secretly promised myself that I never wanted to do it.  But this was pretty compelling.

...and at the end of the day...there's no pictures of me looking all bad-ass covered in mud and jumping over pits of FIRE! 
We originally signed up during the LAST pricing stage last  year so this price looks mighty attractive at the moment...
CONFESSION: So that if I REALLY don't feel like going, skipping it and losing out on only $35 doesn't seem to hurt as much...hehehe!  Also, I'm sharing the deal with all of you here in case you all end up signing up before me and I end up getting the message that the race is sold out, I'd be okay with that.  Because I intended on signing up and it's not really my fault that it got sold out before I could...
I'd like to say on the record that it was TARA who came to my office and convinced me that for $35 we should sign up.  Even though she was the one who said she would never do another one again...
In all honesty, if I just forget that the course description is being described as MOUNTAINOUS, I'm kind of excited for this and glad that we're signing up this Monday.  It's giving me some inspiration and accountability and a goal.  Yes, I don't know what life is going to be like once the little one gets here, but while I'm in this motivated mood and really sincerely wanting to get back into shape and back into the lifestyle change that I was on before my hormones decided eating only chocolate and deep-fried foods IS a lifestyle change, I want to keep the momentum going.  I want to set goals that are realistic and reachable.  I don't think this is asking too much of myself six months after giving birth.  I think it gives me something to work towards and will also contribute to my longer term goal of completing the Disney Princess Half Marathon in early 2015.  It will be a challenge, but it is also determined by me - as in, I can choose to run or walk up the hills and I can choose which obstacles to tackle.  It's putting the power of my goal to fitness and lifestyle change in my hands and I'd really like to be able to say that I gave it my all.
So there.  It's out there.  On Monday, I will be signing up and in 2014, I will not only be a mama, but a WARRIOR Mama!  WHO-RAAAH!

CONFESSION: I'll bet that news crew will totally regret not asking to interview me!

Q: Have you signed up for any races in 2014 yet? What are you most scared and/or excited about? 

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