Monday Project – The Shrinking Jeans of Thea


March 19, 2010 By thea

Technically, I’ve only been doing this for a few days because I didn’t read the original post until late Monday night and then it’s only half way through the day Friday and I’m staring the weekend in the face and stuff but….(gasp)

I gave up sweets/desserts/candy for Mini Lent.

I am happy to report that I have not had any kind of “treat” since Monday.

That includes the 3 Thin Mints that are left and some Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream in the freezer.

And you know what?  I’m going to keep going.  I’m going to see how long I can go without having any kind of dessert treat at night.

I miss it, but I’m not dying so that’s a good thing.  I just need to break the dessert-every-night-of-the-stinkin’-week habit.

Cold turkey is the way to go!

March 16, 2010 By thea

I was thinking that I was actually doing pretty good this past week.

And then I got my Daily Mile workout report on my e-mail.  And it reminded me that I didn’t log a single workout last week.

I guess there’s that.

But I started anew with my 10k training program this morning.  I went to the gym and found the weight machines I needed and then discovered some long lost muscles.

Who woulda thunk that my calves would be so weak?

And then there’s the dessert.  There’s some leftover Valentine’s Day candy that has been calling my name from his place of honor in the middle of the counter.  And the last of the Girl Scout cookies that have been around so long.

But they’re going to be around a little while longer.  For this week’s Monday Project, I’m giving up candy/dessert for a week.

Which I will start today because I had already eaten cookies yesterday before I read the post about the Monday Project.

The end.

February 19, 2010 By thea

Dude.  A super hero?  Oh yeah. I could totally be a super hero.

My super power? To feel no pain and have limitless endurance.

No matter how long I run, no matter how much weight I lift, no matter how long I work out for, I would feel no pain and I could keep on going.

Because, evidently, I’m the most selfish super hero ever!  LOL!

O.K.  Let’s see. How can I use my power for good?

I could raise money for charities because my race times would be so improved? I could help the environment because I would never have to drive anywhere anymore?

Aw, crap.  Maybe that’s not such a great super power after all.

Anyway, I would definitely NOT have a cape. Bad aerodynamics.  I would have a hot one piece number, like one of the X-Men. But not Cat Woman.  I may be a hooker, but I’m not ho!

So, a navy blue and green one piece number with a capital E for endurance.

That’s me.  Endurance Girl.

January 15, 2010 By thea

I created my motivation wall a month or two ago after reading about Christie’s wall. I thought it was such an amazing idea, but I had a bit of a hard time coming up with a place where I would see it every day, but also not be an eye sore.

Then I realized the inside of my closet was the perfect place. I could make it semi-permanent and if the corkboard messed up the wall at all, who the hell cares? It’s in a closet!

So I went out to Staples and bought myself a 4 pack of 12×12 cork squares and a box of push pins. I put it all up on the wall and started putting stuff up.

Yes, it’s a little bare. I have a little trouble actually remembering to look for motivational stuff to put up there. But I absolutely love what I do have. You can see that I have a “Challenge Yourself” banner and I have the picture of me and Jacob from World Run Day.

I seriously love how bad ass my 6 year old son looks. Is that wrong?

Anyway, I found that my biggest problem is getting over the demons in my head, so I picked stuff that I thought would help remind me that I have the power to change things.  Me.  Oh, yes I do.

I also seem to be super hung up on my times for my races.  It was a real stumbling block for me in the beginning.  I thought I was supposed to run a certain speed in order to be considered a “real” runner.  So, I hung up my race bibs with my times written on them to remind myself that finishing is the only thing I have to do.  Times are going to change, but I will always have to finish once I start.

This one is my head in a nutshell.  Really, this is what running is all about.  Getting into your own head and defeating your own self doubt and overcoming your own restrictions.  It truly is me vs. me.

Because you know what?