Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
I’m also lucky that my life is a bit interesting from time to time which gives me something to write about. For those who don’t know, by day I work for an insurance company with their catastrophe response division. (And yes, that might be a hint that my life may get hectic due to Hurricane Sandy and her antics!) This means I travel a LOT, eat out a LOT, and meet a LOT of interesting people along the way. And when I’m not on a work assignment (which isn’t as often as I would like) I have a great family and group friends (who’ll probably say they don’t see me as often as they would like) that I hang out with, I enjoy personal travel, and I always seem to have something going on.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Earlier this year during Lent I decided that I wanted to adopt some healthy eating habits. What ended up happening was that I decided to give up meat. And since that time I have continued to be a non-meat eater with the exception of seafood (also known as a pescatarian). What also happened is that I didn't take into consideration what I should or shouldn't eat, which has resulted in additional weight gain for me. So now, I am at my personal breaking point of trying to lose all of my unwanted weight once and for all.
A friend who I work with has also been struggling with weight loss. For her, it was joining Weight Watchers earlier this year with her cousin. Her cousin has had great success and has lost over 80 pounds...AMAZING! My friend? Her weight loss hasn't been then great and it also seems to be in a yo-yo phase - up and down, up and down. She is also diabetic which presents additional challenges for her.
So my friend (who I'll call 'L') and I decided to do a mini weight loss goal with one another: lose 25 pounds by the end of January (which also happens to be to time of our annual department meeting). This is a realistic goal since Weight Watchers states a healthy weight loss is 1/2 to 2 pounds per week.
So that's why I decided last week week to take another first step with Weight Watchers. I have had success with Weight Watchers before, and I believe I can have success again. I also know that I will be home for the next several weeks from any work assignments which will give me a good foundation to implement new eating habits. I also have my 3-Day training behind me. I struggle with training for the 3-Day and eating. For some reason I seem to think that I can eat anything that I want if I'm walking 20+ miles a week.
I already know this won't be an easy journey for me. I also know that I can achieve anything that I put my mind to too!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
|Day 3 is here and I'm ready!!!|
|Me and some of my team mates waiting for the Day 3 route to open.|
|Claire, Willis, and Me|
A couple of other unknown people who did my heart good were these two gentlemen:
Can you believe that she is a 3 time survivor out walking a 3 day, 60 mile walk?! Amazing! Although I didn't talk to her when I snapped the picture, I did see her later at a Pit Stop. I had to go over that I had read her sign earlier and how happy I wass that she was here with us walking.
|Me, Willis, and Claire at the Finsh!|
Closing Ceremony was just as emotional for me as Opening Ceremony. It is so hard to put into words all of the emotions that I felt. I thought about my family and friends who have battled this disease. I thought about all of the people I walk 'In Honor Of' and 'In Memory Of' with their names attached to hearts on my fanny pack. As we gave a One Shoe Salute to the Survivors, I thoughts about all of the Survivors that I know and who walked with me the past three days.
|One Shoe Salute to Survivors|
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
|Angels for the Cure - Walkers and Walker Stalkers|
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I had the honor of carrying the 'Grandmother' flag for 3 miles of the walk. My Grandmother was a breast cancer survivor and is the reason for my passion for finding a cure for breast cancer which will hopefully lead to a cure for other types of cancer. My Grandmother was always an important part of my life, and I could not have imagined growing up without her.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
|Photo Credit: http://www.pureology.com/systems/hydrate|
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
This past Sunday I walked 18 training miles and I’ll admit that it wasn’t pretty. The first 9 miles went fine but the last 4 miles were a bit much. It could be partially that I didn’t have enough liquids with me since I forgot my 24 ounce water bottle. Thankfully I had a bottle of water already in the car, and there was a gas station next to where I parked. I was feeling really fatigued by time I finished. I’m just hopeful that I will be able to make due during the walk since I haven’t trained as much or as consistently as I would have liked to this year.