1000 miles in 365 days….

I have had an on again off again relationship with fitness and healthy food over the past couple of years. Well we are going steady once again. One of my coworkers had ordered me a running calender, which allows me to record daily how much I run/walk. The calender was provided by the site ilovetorun.org and it is a great motivator for me.

I have it right on the closet door in my bedroom. It is the first thing I see when I get up and the last thing I see before I go to sleep so it reminds me to stay fit daily. I get so excited to fill it out, attempting to outdo the prior day’s total miles.

So the challenge I signed up for is this… run/walk/crawl 1000 miles in 365 days for 2018. It sounds like a lot and kind of overwhelmed me at first but a saying I heard just recently helped me get beyond that feeling. “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”. So I am eating this 1000 mile elephant of mine biting off one mile at a time.

I joined Planet Fitness this year which has been an immense help in keeping me on point with my daily regimen of running. First I run on the treadmill, then I workout with weights and then I sit back and enjoy a 10 minute massage in one of the massage chairs. Planet Fitness is within walking distance from my home so I get in some extra miles walking to and from the gym. On occasion Donna will join me (with my Black Card membership I can bring a guest and get unlimited massage too!) and she’ll get on the recumbent bike and I’ll do weights.

I already can feel an difference. Notice that I said FEEL a difference. I am not obsessing about what the scale says but focusing on how my clothes fit and the increase in my energy level. If I should miss a day, which I try not to, but if I do I don’t beat myself up. The next day I’ll just push to run a little bit more than I normally would. Why would I beat myself up being I am doing this because I love myself. Makes sense, right?

Love yourself enough to be willing to make a change for the better in your life, whatever that change might be…

USC football, family & food…

I just started following the USC football team this year and my sister Kelly and step mom Yuri are teaching me all the ins and outs.

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Baseball, basketball and hockey I can follow no prob but football is Greek to me.  Throughout the entire game I asked questions and they answered, educating me on touchbacks, downs, incompletes, etc.  I hope that by the big USC vs. Clemson game on the Saturday after Thanksgiving I’ll be able to follow it like a pro!

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Dad and Molly relaxing
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Kelly multitasking…crocheting while she cheers our Gamecocks on!

Yuri’s diner was open for business tonight for all of our tailgating needs! What was on the menu?  Home made teriyaki & buffalo wings, floppy chips and beer battered onion rings.  OMG!

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Thank goodness I wore my sweatpants, along with my Carolina t-shirt & hat of course, because I was stuffed by the time I was done eating.

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Beer battered onion rings
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Teriyaki wings
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Floppy chips

Everything was delicious but those onion rings.  Oh lawdy!  Talk about addictive.  I asked Yuri what made these onion rings so good and she said it was the onion itself.  She uses Vidalia onions.

You know what I hate?  When you bite into an onion ring and the entire onion separates from the breading and you are left with an onion hanging from your mouth.  Yuri’s onion rings don’t do that.  Vidalias, that is the trick.

Well, our team won thanks to my new favorite player, Deebo Samuel with his 97 yard touchdown.  I am very proud to be a member of Gamecock Nation and look forward to cheering our guys on every Saturday.  Go Cocks!