Lost and Found

I lose my beloved Garmin all of the time.  Not really lose, but misplace.  Most often it’s found in the bottom of a workout bag or behind the night table.  My kitten Charley likes to swat it around to make the face light up.

I usually have a mild panic attack when I can’t  find my beloved Garmin.  I mean how can I run if I don’t know the mileage, my pace or my splits?  What am I going to write down on my calendar??  How can I tell Brad I lost my very, very expensive toy and need to buy a new one??

When I completed the half marathon in early May, I again misplaced my beloved Garmin.  Thankfully I was recovering from the race so it wasn’t a problem.  Yet.  The week went along and it was time to get my butt on the road again.  With or without  my beloved Garmin.

Surprisingly I enjoyed my runs that week.  Well, to be truthful, I enjoyed that second week of running.  The first week without my beloved Garmin pretty much sucked.  I had not realized how much I depended on that green piece of plastic to tell me how my run went.   The second week I started to get more comfortable running for the pure joy of running.   I noted my time but didn’t let it rule whether I was having fun or not.

Well, my beloved Garmin has turned up.  I’d love to say that I haven’t used it yet but I strapped that sucker on my wrist for my run the other day!  I’m a work in progress, what can I say?

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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Trying Like Heck to Beat Those Odds

As I write this, my father is at the hospital having an operation to remove (amputate) his leg about 6 inches below the knee.  Removing his foot and lower leg will hopefully stop the spread of a severe bone infection and allow his body to heal properly.  Once he’s on the path to healing he will be fitted for a prosthetic.   While this may seem shocking to read, operations and a nip here and there have been commonplace for my family for a while now.

You see, both of my parents have Type 2 diabetes.  It’s often referred to as “adult-onset” diabetes because until recently it was the type of diabetes that struck later in life, generally due to poor diet and overall health habits.  Both of my parents were diagnosed in their 50’s and each have their own set of serious health issues they face related directly to diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes tends to run in families.  If you have one parent with Type 2 diabetes you have a 1 in 7 or a 1 in 13 chance of developing the disease.  If both of your parents have Type 2 diabetes your odds skyrocket to 1 in 2.  Um……thanks????

Luckily there are things I can do to prevent myself from becoming that 1 out of 2.  Since Type 2 diabetes can be attributed to lifestyle choices, I make darn sure my choices (for the most part) are good ones.  I exercise 5 -6 times a week.   I eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and healthy fats and while by no means perfect, I would say I’m a very healthy eater.   Also, my blood pressure is on the low side, my good cholesterol (hdl) is very high and I keep my weight within the healthy range.  I do not want to get diabetes . I’ve seen the devastation of this disease  up close and I work hard not to be a statistic.

If you are borderline diabetic or have been told that your risk factors are high, please don’t ignore your doctors.   Lose the weight.  Eat a healthy diet.  Do anything you can to avoid joining the growing ranks of diabetics in our country.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Overcome Emotional Eating

If you find yourself turning to food for comfort, stress relief, to shut out the day’s events or just shut things out period than you may want to keep reading.  There is a great book available that tackles this topic head on.  Skinny Thinking;  Five Revolutionary Steps to Permanently Heal Your Relationship with Food, Weight, and Your Body, by Laura Katleman-Prue. This book offers tips and strategies to have a healthy, responsible relationship with food by tackling the deeper issue behind the overeating.  Here’s a hint; you don’t overeat because you love chocolate.

Laura is also offering a free 91 Day Skinny Thinking Challenge.  Each day you receive a five minute exercise to complete as well as tips and strategies to help you on your journey.   Click here to find out more about this challenge on Facebook.    As additional support, Laura offers a weekly call-in program on BlogTalkRadio.  It’s online and is archived so you can listen in any time.

Personally I find this challenge and the information that Laura provides to be very helpful in reinforcing the healthy habits I already have and helping me to create new ones!  Let me know what you think.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Mill Valley Man Continues His Quest

Here’s an update on a story I posted earlier.  The Mill Valley fellow who is on a 3 week journey to spotlight childhood obesity by doing Burpees from Petaluma to the Golden Gate Bridge is still going strong.  I got a chance to see Mr. Burpee (as I’ve nicknamed him) live as he squat-thrusted his way into Marinwood.

As I was driving through Marinwood I noticed a man drop to the pavement on his hands,  kicked his legs back and did a push up before popping back up.   Now I may be exaggerating, because to be truthful, there’s not much pep in his step at this point.   The man is on his second week of doing this, 8 hours a day so he’s bound to be a bit tired.   However, he is still at it and that’s cause for some celebrating!   So I did a U-turn to drive past him and as I did, honked the horn gave him a thumbs up and got a nice smile in return.

You go Mr. Burpee!  Bring it home!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Attention Exercise Geeks!

I have to give a shout out to this great new book I just purchased.  The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises by Adam Campbell should be in your bookshelf!

You get 619 exercises with full color photos and explanations, photos of muscle groups worked, nutrition advice, goal-specific workouts and much, much more.  It’s the best $24.99 you’ll spend this week!

Check it out and tell me what you think!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Carving Out “Me Time”

Finding time in the day to take care of yourself is the biggest challenge for people today, but I think it’s harder for Moms.  All Moms work, whether we are paid or not, and taking time away from the family and kids feels like an indulgence.

When I worked in an office full time and kept the kids in daycare for an extra hour so I could go for a run I felt guilty.  Guilty that they spent an extra hour in daycare and selfish because even though I felt guilty, I still kept them there and went to workout.

Now that I work part time from home and want to go for a run after I drop the kids off at school I feel guilty because that is 2 1/2 hours per day that I can get my work done and make money. If I keep Jack in preschool an extra hour so I can work after my run, guess what?  I feel self-indulgent and kind of like a bad mom.

However, I learned early that in order for me to do any of this and stay sane, I needed to take care of myself.  That hour I spend at the gym helps release stress,tension and anxiety.  It helps me sort out any problems I am facing and take stock of situations.  I get my sweat on and things are ok in the world at that moment.  I come home clear headed and ready to tackle my day.  Yeah I feel selfish and guilty sometimes but you know what, I also feel that I’m setting a good example.  Nobody wants to raise kids that see their mom as this suffering martyr.

The next time you are debating whether you are selfish for taking that hour to go to the gym, spin class, pilates or yoga remember this.  When you are on an airplane one of the first safety instructions you hear is “…and if you are traveling with small children, secure your oxygen mask first…”  You can’t help anyone if you are passed out on the plane.  The same holds true in life.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂