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I AM RESPONSIBLE

Published July 29, 2012 by Jasmine

I have never really been one who blames others for problems in my life. However, I am very good at making excuses/justifying my own choices and behavior. At the beginning of 2012 I declared this year the year of “JASMINE.” Over half of this year is over, and not much has changed, not much has been accomplished. The only person I have to blame for this is myself. I am not a victim, I am simply lazy. It is time for me to stop waiting for someone or something to come into my life and make it better. It’s time to face the truth…I have been lazy, unmotivated, undisciplined, lacking passion, lacking direction, angry, bitter, and lost. I feel stuck. I feel like there must be some lesson that I am supposed to be learning, which I am not, and that is why I am not moving forward. A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there. What screws me up most in life is the picture in my head of how I think things are supposed to be.

For the remainder of this year, and really the rest of my life, my motto is: “I AM RESPONSIBLE.” I am responsible for:

  • My health
  • My weight
  • My diet
  • My thoughts
  • My words
  • My goals
  • My dreams
  • My happiness
  • My success
  • My failures

No more excuses, no more justifications.

Everyday and in every way, I AM RESPONSIBLE. Every morning I will remind myself of the following:

I believe something wonderful is going to happen to me today! I believe that I can successfully handle all problems that will arise today. I feel good physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is wonderful to be alive. I’m grateful for all that I have had, all that I now have, and all that I shall have. Things aren’t going to fall apart. God is here and He is with me and He will see me through. I thank God for every good thing. Today is my day of opportunity. Today my faith will be bigger than my fear. I am a force to be reckoned with.

Stay tuned…

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Week One of 300 Day Challenge

Published July 11, 2012 by Jasmine

Today is the end of week one of my 300 day challenge. For those of you who don’t know what my 300 day challenge is, here you go.

Time to get serious and down to business. I have my eyes on a PR at the Red, White, and Boom half-marathon next July 4th. I also want to reach my goal weight, which means losing 60 pounds. So I am repeating a goal from a few years ago…working out 300 out of 365 days. Since my normal workouts are kind of lengthy and I know I won’t always be able to do a full workout, I have to complete at least 30 minutes of cardio or strength training in order for it to count. This equates to one rest day a week, with 13 floating rest days!

All in all I would say the week was a success. I’m a little sore as this was my first week back to strength training after taking almost two weeks off, but it’s a good sore. It lets me know I am doing something right! Better sore than sorry!

This first month I only have two non-workout related goals: limit my Caribou/Starbucks habit to every other day, and no candy except on my cheat day which is Friday. For those of you who don’t know me both of these things are every day occurrences. I will make a trip out of the house just to get coffee and just to get candy, sad I know. I was a success in both areas. I only had a Milky Way this week because I had bought it last Wednesday and didn’t get around to eating it. I generally would be one to calorie count, but I am going to see how this first month goes without doing that.

Statistics from my first week:

  • Total time exercising: 6 hours, 2 minutes
  • Total miles: 14.09
  • Total calories burned: 2, 877
  • Total weight loss: 3.8 lbs

My routine:

  • Thursday: 2.02 run at 13:14 pace
  • Friday: 2.02 run at 12:50 pace
  • Saturday: 3.0 run at 12:27 pace
  • Sunday: rest day
  • Monday: 2.0 run at 14:20 pace; chest/back/biceps/triceps; stretching
  • Tuesday: 2.9 x-train at 9:18 pace; legs/glutes/shoulders; stretching
  • Wednesday: .50 run at 13:33 pace; core work; stretching

Other than my legs being a little sore, I am feeling fantastic! I have a 5k a week from tonight. My mom and ran this race (Torchlight 5k) together last year. It wasn’t chip timed then, but I think we came in around 41:38 or so. This year it is chip timed so I am excited to see how we do!

One week down, 51 weeks to go. To some this probably seems like an far-fetched goal. When I originally set this goal a few years ago that is how I felt. I needed a big goal though…one that seemed slightly out of reach, but was do able if I worked hard enough. It kept me accountable. If you have any kind of desire or dream get started now because the time is going to pass anyways. One year from now you will wish you had started today!

Red, White & Boom 5 Mile “Half-Marathon” 2012

Published July 4, 2012 by Jasmine

It’s 6:10 a.m., 20 minutes before race time, and I am already dripping sweat!

This run was originally supposed to be a half-marathon, but due to extreme weather conditions the decision was made to reduce it to a a five mile race. Turns out this was probably a good decision because at 4 a.m. it was already 80 degrees with 89% humidity. We were slated to hit a heat index of 109.

This was my first half-marathon last year, in fact, it was my first organized race as I had just running in January so I was a little bummed when I heard it was only going to be five miles. At the same time I was kind of relieved. I really wanted to set a course PR, as well as a half-marathon PR this time around. My finish time from last year left a lot of room for improvement…my average pace was 13:32 min/mile.  Based on the way my training had been going I knew a PR wasn’t going to happen. A month prior to the race I was already feeling defeated. I felt like I was backsliding when I should have been getting better. I got to the point where every time I came home from a run, I said I wasn’t doing the race!  Then I would have to be reminded that it didn’t matter how slow I was, finishing in and of itself was the accomplishment. Hence the relief when I heard it was only going to be five miles. I have never run a five mile race, so it was an automatic PR! I also knew that now I had an entire year to get it together for that PR I was chasing. So it is definitely game on for next year!

Ironically I had just run five miles this past Saturday so I had an idea of what my time should be. However, it wasn’t nearly as hot and humid Saturday morning; and I got a few rest breaks when I had to stop for the traffic lights. My time on Saturday was 1:07:46. I would like it to be faster, but I am still run/walking. My goal for today was to finish between 1:05 and 1:10, and I knew this was rather ambitious goal because of the heat. I originally had a pace plan that I was going to stick to, but then about half a mile in I realized I was going to have to take walk breaks so the plan changed. I decided I would run .20/walk .05. This worked pretty well for me, the walk break was just enough time to take a sip of water and a couple deep breaths. I can’t wait for the day when I can run more than two miles without having to take walk breaks. I am pretty sure it is a mental game with me right now, and I am using walking as a crutch. I have a game plan for this. Stay tuned for my next post entitled, “I’m Responsible.”

I had no idea what my time was until I got close to the finish line. The only things I had displayed on my Garmin were my current pace, distance, and my heart rate (which averaged 173). I didn’t want to know. I needed to run this race based on how I felt, and not whether I needed to go faster or slower. So I was a bit bummed when the clock said 1:10 and some change…I had missed my goal…or so I thought. Then I remembered that was gun time. My OFFICIAL TIME was 1:08:03. Even though my pace (13:37) was slower than Saturday and slower than last year I AM PROUD! I ran in probably the hottest heat index I will ever run a race in, I didn’t have any rest breaks, I didn’t quit, and most importantly as far as I know I finished without injury! YAY!!!

I feel blessed because someone was definitely looking out for me today. The race was reduced to five miles, which saved me from feeling like a failure for not hitting a PR. When I picked up my packet this morning, I found out I was one of the lucky 1.000 to win a pair of socks. Then my mom and I stopped at Caribou after the race. The man ahead of us paid for our drinks (I have never had that happen to me!). We paid it forward and paid for the car behind us…I hoped they kept it going.

My snazzy shirt and medal. I definitely liked the medal from last year better. Kind of feel like a fraud because I didn’t do 13.1, but I don’t make the rules!

Could these by “lucky” socks?

I still seem to have a love/hate relationship with running, but I couldn’t imagine my life without it.

One of the greatest things about running is that everyday it gives you a chance to be extraordinary, the chance to start a race unknown and finish unforgettable. Every run gives you the chance to feel like a different person, a person who inspires others. It all comes down to perseverance and resiliency, and knowing when the gun goes off all of your hours of training are for this single race. Whether you come in first or last, get a medal or not, the real victory is in learning that the person you thought you were is no match for the person you have become.

Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July my friends!