Archive for July, 2011

July 28, 2011

Nervous, and a look back to the first time…

So many feelings are going on right now. I really can’t share all the excitement/nervousness/fear/love I am feeling, so instead I decided to do an interpretative dance… [Insert dance here] I wish I had enough time to come up with a dance and then do it for you and somehow video tape and and put it up but I do not. So I figured instead I would post up some pictures of what my first race looked like and then we can have some awesome comparisons. In a way this kind of feels like my first race, I don’t know what to expect and I am doing something for the first time. Granted I have done other triathlons but this is the longest distance I will be doing to date! I really don’t think I will ever do an Iron man…..(think is the key word here)

 

The morning of the race

Betty's Debut!

My bike is on the left, look how pretty blue betty looks in the mist.

This is my girl Christina, she was such a savage new mama doing a triathlon I miss the hell out of you Christina!( Now that I look back, even though I weighed less my face is thinner now than it was then…hmmm. something to consider when being bummed about gaining weight.)

Hair braiding before the race!

My mom came to my first triathlon, It was so great having my family down in Monterey,CA cheering me on for my race!

 

Getting ready to Jump in the water!

Bike Bike Bike!!

 

Run!

This was a rough run, as they always are. I have to say that running during a triathlon is always the hardest part, maybe  because you just did two other sports? ya think?

Then things got a little crazy at the after party…..Lets just say Tri peeps know how to party!

 

That is a little photo recap of my first ever Triathlon. Looking back at it I remember how amazing it was. I loved all these people and I now know that triathlon training was more than just a race for me it was building a family. Maybe that is why I don’t have the same feeling going into this race as I did the last two. I had my team with me, My friends I made throughout the tough training days. I guess I learned that Triathlon training is meant to be with a team, training my my own was by far way harder than with the team.

In any case are we ready to kick some half Iron Ass or what!

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July 26, 2011

What I am thinking about right now…..

 

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Some steak sounds amazing right now….and I have to make it up to Jason that I have turned into a physcho hose-beast lately.

Who would have that that Half-Iron man training would turn me evil?(I tried to take an evil picture but I was worried that my coworkers would think I am crazy, and my stupid Android would not work with me on this issue! )

I am dreaming of doing Yoga again. When I first started getting into being healthier Yoga was my only form of exercise. I never thought of it as exercise, it was mainly something I did for  back pain, now I am learning that it would also help my state of mind.

Running and yoga will be my new focus now, I do plan to have things be a little lot more relaxed after I finish my Half Ironman. I might even take a week off completely besides walking and stretching, which is why I want to try to get to a yoga class after my race to help start a clear mind.

Peanut butter and jelly is delicious but is not a good substitute for lunch if you don’t have lots of sides to go with it. Lunch Fail!

I just ate so many Edemame beans I might throw up…see previous to understand why I started eating Edemame beans in the first place.

For some reason I don’t feel that stressed about my race. I am fully ready for it to come and be end honestly. I am not freaking out about what I have to bring or worried about anything really. But, It is only Tuesday come talk to me on Thursday!

Tonight I have acupuncture which I am so thankful for. She has really helped me with so much and is going to continue to help me as I make the transition from Triathlete to Bride.Let’s just say that I am welcoming the change and ready to embrace a different time in my life.

Just another Tuesday in the life of Aly.

 

July 25, 2011

Excited vs Anxious-Barb’s Race editon

This is the week before my race! Even though I am somewhat dreading this monumental event there are some things that I am really excited about.

Excited!
1. Crossing the finish line and proving that I can do anything I set my mind to.

2. Feeling stronger than I ever have before.

3. Eating whatever I want to after the race because I just completed a ridiculous amount of exercise!

In addition to the excitement I am also anxious about certain aspects.

Anxious

1. Realizing that I am done doing triathlons for a while and being really sad about it.

2. Wanting to throw up and die on the run!(lets hope this doesn’t happen)

3. injuring myself during one of the sports and having to pull out of the race.

I don’t think that any of these things will really happen but it is something that is in the back of my mind. Another thing I am thinking about is how I need to lose this weight so I can still fit into some of my clothes. I know I am not supposed to stress about it. I am trying not to, no really I am. Telling me to not stress about something is like telling a kid not to pee in the pool. They say that they wont but they end up doing it anyways, even if they are not conscious of it. I am doing my best, I have definitely not been depriving myself(Pizza and beer I am talking to you!), but I really have not been that bad with my food choices either. I know some of this weight is muscle but not all of it. I am ready to get back to my pre-race weight, Ironic I know. I am going to fight hard for this and also try to relax along the way. This is something that I am both excited and anxious about as well… What if I can’t lose the weight as easily as I think… Excited to get back to focusing on losing and not racing.

All in all I just want to get through this week and not be a giant stress ball! I know it can be done and I am ready for it.

What do you do about anxiety and stress? Do you have any tips for me this next week?

July 21, 2011

Thirsty thursdays!

Today my Thirsty Thursday is going to be consisting of water. I really need to up my water intake and get my hydration at it’s peak for my race which is in 9 days! Holy F I can’t believe I am doing a Half Iron man. But since I wanted to turn Thursday into a day to talk about booze here it is!

A few weeks ago we went to the Rock Wall Winery that is right on our little island here in Alameda. This winery, it was really cute and right down the street from my gym.(Potentially bad but still awesome) How cute does that look? We went there during the day but I loved this picture that I found here(just so I don’t step on anyone’s toes)

We came here after signing up for the new gym! We tasted some amazing wine and left the place with 3 bottles. One of them has been featured on this blog here.  This winery makes a few wines of their own but they also sell wines from other wineries in the area. We are definitely coming back here soon!

I have wine on the brain now, this is not good for staying dry for a week before my race.

July 20, 2011

Beating the guilt

Today is cake day at my work. It is the one day a month that we have a huge cake for the whole office and at 4PM the cake is cut and we sing the birthday song. Lets start by saying that I love cake. Forget it I just love sweets in general. Today I decided I was going to have cake. I was actually looking forward to it. Then when I had my piece in front of me(a smallish piece) I started to feel the guilt. I am not sure where this even came from. I had decided in advance I would have the cake, I had a sensible lunch and I plan to have a fairly healthy dinner after my hour long bike ride I am going on tonight, so why the guilt? I wish I knew. I am trying my hardest to just move on. I logged the calories, because when these feelings and things happen that is the best thing to do so I can eat it and move on. But now I am sitting at my desk wishing I would have had a smaller piece, or maybe not even had a piece at all. I know depriving myself is not the answer, but right now I just need to figure out how to beat the guilt. I am going to go home and get all my biking gear on and hit my hour long bike ride with the tires spinning(does that work?) I am still a healthy fit person even if I eat the birthday cake. I am just working on beating the guilt.

July 19, 2011

Weekend kat calls

I started writing a post on Friday and it has now turned into a mash-up of the weekend, I hope you enjoy the chaos.

I went to my acupuncturist on Friday night. I have been seeing her for a few months now and it has been an enlightening experience. I first went to her for chronic headaches. I would get headaches constantly, after a workout, during a workout, waking up with one, sometimes in the middle of the day. It was starting to effect my day to day functions. At first I was apprehensive about becoming a human pin cushion. How could needles being stuck all over my body make me feel better but it really did and I am glad that I did it.

Lets get to the meat of the story, At acupuncture she was saying that with all the training I should try to eat red meat more. Jason of course was like yes!! I have to say it might be tough but I think I can adjust 🙂 Here is what we had for dinner.With a little of this

And a side of

And we really can not forget

I am not sure why the battery was in the picture but hey the wine looks good.

When we were eating dinner someone wanted to steal my plate!He can be so sneaky!!

After fully eating as much steak and veggies as possible we went to the ice cream shop to grab some ice cream, sorry there are no pictures we devoured it too quickly.

On Saturday I woke up to get ready for a bike ride!

Can you see the excitement?

After the bike ride we went out rock climbing at our gym! It was my first time trying it and I made it up 2 walls! I was really proud, Jason did a good job too but I really kicked A$$! Sorry for no pics we were in a rush.

We came home took a nap and went to dinner. I don’t want to bad mouth any restaurants but I will say the one we picked was not the greatest. It really boils down to this drink.

At first it looks nice and you want to try it. But then you taste the puckers and it reminds you of high school and you just want to get away…Far Far away!!

We obviously had to go make up for it

Yumm!

Then we needed dessert!

It was amazing and made up for our not so great dinner.

The next day I had a 12 mile run scheduled! I was all geared up to go around 10:45AMI managed to do the run in 2 hours and 40 minutes, not bad since it was supposed to be a slow run, I averaged around 12:30 minute miles.

After the big run we went for pizza and beer it was delish!

 

Thoughts

I am trying to come to terms with the fact that I am not going to be able to do much or try to hard to lose weight these next 2 weeks before the race. I am really trying to not beat myself up about gaining some weight back that I lost last year. It sucks, and I hate having my clothes not fit as well but I know I can get back to where I was and even lose more as soon as I have the time. There is more to life than losing weight and trying to fit a perfect mold. I am not doing this for anyone else but myself, I want to to feel good and comfortable in the clothes that I wear and be happy when out with friends. This is going to be a great year I can already feel it.

July 15, 2011

Friday Five!

Five things I am dreaming about right now
1. Doing Yoga, I really miss you sun salutations.
2. What my wedding dress will look like, Will it be mermaid or princess Hmmm…
3. Being able to sleep in, and not feel guity (this is the key people!)
4. Losing the spare tire, and maybe a little arm jiggle.
5. Going to Vegas in December, MMMmmm Vegas.

Five foods I love
1. Salads
2. Grilled Chicken Breast
3. Young Coconut Ice Cream (Try it!, I think some people call is Macapone)
4. Greek Yogurt
5. Brussel sprouts!

Five reasons to read my blog
1. I am awesome
2. I try to give an decent insight
3. I am just downright funny
4. Sometimes sadness makes you happy.
5. Why not, You at least read this list right?

July 14, 2011

Living the dream

For as sad as I can get sometimes I have to sit back and remember in some aspects of my life I am truly living the dream. Instead of looking at the negative aspects in life, focusing on the positive is really what should happen. I can’t say enough how lucky I feel to have found the man of my dreams and to be getting married to him. Things can be rough sometimes, but I would not have anyone else by my side. I am a healthy 25 year old who can do things like swim, bike and run. There are so many people out there who don’t have that opportunity. I have a great support system around me when I start getting down. I am making an effort to be more social now that we have reverted to being homebodies so I can really feel like I am living the dream.

On a side note I ate an amazing steak salad for lunch today with a crab cake on the side. I felt that this was a fairly healthy meal considering I had to pick something from a restaurant. To balance this out I had a yummy bowl of oats with almond butter and banana for breakfast and I am debating about having just a protein shake for dinner, or some sort of salad. I will have to hash out what I am feeling when the time comes. I am working on not feeling guilty when things like this come up. There are going to be dinners and lunches out. There are going to be lavish meals here and there. Feeling bad about it is not worth it it is only making the negative self talk stronger than I am, and I am stronger than this negativeness. Soon enough I will get back into taking pictures of what I am eating. To help keep myself in check. I am debating about doing it every day or just once a week.

PS I just ate the most amazing chocolate chip cookie This should be illegal. Thank god I have spin tonight!

July 13, 2011

Why I started Triathlon training and why I am taking a break.

When I was first introduced to triathlons I honestly was scared. I think the first person who mentioned it was my friend Katie, at least 3 years ago, when I was not in any shape at all. I remember how excited she was and she said I could totally do it and I should try it with her. I quickly dismissed it and sipped a cocktail(pretty sure this is how it really went down….GULP)

Then a few years later I started getting on a heath and fitness kick. In January of 2009 I graduated from college and really wanted to lose weight and feel better in general. I started working out with a personal trainer and counting calories. After a good 8-10 months I had lost close to 35 pounds. I was really close to what my goal weight 155, only about 8 pounds away.

A good girlfriend, Emily,  had not stopped talking about mentioned Triathlon training with Team in Training. I didn’t really know anything about Triathlon training or Team in Training in general. I believe I sipped a beer(gulp) and dismissed this conversation saying sure I would go to an information meeting with her. A few weeks passed and she kept mentioning the information meetings she would be working and that I should come. I went to an information meeting and, hook line and sinker, I was in! I loved the idea of training with a team! I will be honest the fundraising thing scared me and I really didn’t have much connection to Leukemia or Lymphoma or many other blood cancers but it sounded like a good idea.

I started training and it was an entirely new world for me. I had all this support from coaches and the team, I made new great friends, and I truly felt great all the time. I was excited to do the workouts, everything was new and exciting! I completed my first Triathlon at Pacific Grove September of 2010. Then when I was done I wanted something more, I wasn’t ready to stop training for the team, I wanted to keep going.

I signed up to be on staff for Team in Training Winter team to go to Hawaii for a triathlon April of 2011. The season was long and cold. I still loved it, mostly. I had a great team and amazing staff and I have to say it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Somewhere between training and getting close to the end I signed up for a Half Ironman. I still felt that I wasn’t ready to give to up and I wanted to push my body more.  When I went to Hawaii to do the race, my boyfriend at the time had another agenda, he proposed on our Vacation. It was amazing, we had been together for over 5 years and it felt so right.

Since I have been back I have started my half Ironman training. I am working with private coaches, who are truly amazing and have helped me improve drastically. The one downside is  I don’t have that social interaction that I had with the team. I have a few amazing ladies that are training for this race with me but it is just not the same. I am also getting really burned out. This is my 3rd Triathlon this year. I have gone from one to the next back to back. For some people this works and it is great, but for me I think it was a little too much. I am glad that I did this, I am so proud of myself to have completed this many races and to push through to this half Ironman that is happening in 17 days (EEppp!) But after this race I need a real break.

I am not sure how long of a break I will be taking from Triathlon training. I know that I have a half Marathon in December but that is all I have planned so far. I am slightly nervous about this new found freedom, this has become such an important part of my life. But, I know in my heart I will be fine and strong like I have learned I truly am.

Another reason I am taking a break, so I can lose the weight muscle? that I gained back from triathlon training. I am not trying to be vain, but I have gained a little since I started training this hard and I would like to get bride ready for next September. O ya, there is that little side note that I need time for wedding planning as well, and triathlon training takes up a ridiculous amount of little time.

I know all of your support me in whatever I do, I am not sure who I am even talking to but that is the story and I know you will be around to see how I grow and figure this all out in time.

July 12, 2011

Something old, something new….

Old- I am so over the pity party that was going on in my head for a while, now I feel like a new woman who has better things to worry about than weight and feeling bad.

(Enter stage left in the return of the fashion/wedding obsessed Aly)

New- I am more and more obsessed with wedding blogs on just a fun note. I have been looking at them daily and getting more and more ideas.

The constant comment I hear on a fairly daily basis(if not multiple times a day) is how is the wedding planning. Well here is your answer.

Super, Amazing, Fantastic (insert adjective here) AKA we haven’t really been doing too much planning as of late.(oops)

No but really, we really haven’t planned that much more, we have the venue booked, and that’s about it. I do plan to go down to meet more caterers as soon as I get a free Tuesday, Which currently is going to be August 9th!

I am not looking at dresses at least until September at the earliest. But I have been gawking at a million a few online, who would have thought I would like lace? The only problem is that lace isn’t found on too many ball gowns. Not that I have anything specific in mind 😉

Every time I bring something up to the future hubs he brushes if off that we have so much time. Yes, Yes we do but pretty soon it will be only a year! Then it will be less than a year. Moving on. Thank god the man can cook! I just love him so much.

But don’t you fret you little bloggies that want to know so much about my wedding plans, there will be more to come as things start to hash out. For now I am thinking Vintage/Garden/Pink and green/ princess….Just a few ideas of mine. Oooo and I promise one little blog reader that I will not make getting skinny be part of my todo list, I swear this girls loves my curves more than my man. (I think you know who you are 😉

 

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