Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Week 2

Sooooooo the snow came down nicely today which gave me a day off work. This also left my wife Brook homebound so we decided to mix things up a bit and do some cross country skiing! I also got to do one of my favorite activities which is shoveling snow. It hasn't been deemed a sport yet by the winter olympic commitee so I did not include it as part of my aerobic activity for the day. We have been eating some yummy meals so far this week to keep things interesting at dinner time. Brook has made some great veggie stir-fry and shrimp corn chowder that was spectacular. Watching what and how much you eat is easy when it tastes this good!

I wanted to also mention that a great way to stay motivated during these twelve weeks is to sign up for a race to coincide with our completion of the program. It is a great way to keep yourself on track when you know you have a race waiting for you, plus what a way to cap off an already amazing accomplishment!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

One Day as a Lion

I finally had time to sit down and create a blog for the BTWG program I started on Monday with 34 other brave souls. This is new territory for me since I have never been part of a wellness program or had to keep track of what I eat. I feel energized and excited about taking on this challenge and look forward to what will come from this experience. I enjoy the (enough "e" words already!!) fact that we all have different goals for this program, some short term and some long. My personal goals are to have overall better health, eating habits, and a quicker recovery time from running.

A big reason I was interested in this program is my wife, Brook. Not only is she smart and lovely, but very inspiring when it comes to health, exercise, and overall well-being..... And the food she makes......OUT OF THIS WORLD YUMMY!! I saw this program as a different kind of adventure we could share together and also receive a myriad of benefits. I also hope to be able to make meals that are half as good as hers by the end of this program. (Any good recipes??) Another thing that really appealed to me is that this program could help me fine tune one of my passions which is running.

I was a late bloomer when it comes to running, I only started a little over two years ago and am still making progress everyday. I love the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits running provides me. I'm not saying that it's not tough at times, but the good times outweigh the bad tenfold. When it starts getting tough though I start repeating little sayings in my head like "pain is only weakness leaving the body", or one word over and over like "loose or fluid". My new favorite is also the title of my blog, "One Day as a Lion". To me it means today, I am going to give it my all and reach down and pull out strength I didn't even know I had. I find those words very uplifting and even had my wife write it on a bracelet at my last race to keep me going.

So now when things get tough at times during the course of the program, I plan to tell myself "One Day as a Lion".