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Friday, July 25, 2014

Hola, how was your week? I hope it's been filled with a little adventure. I've been moving office locations.  I work in 2 departments and cover for a 3rd.  The upside to this move is I am back in a small house and I have inherited a wonderful executive desk and a window.  I snapped this picture today and I noticed two things... First, I love that my skin is so brown.  That's from all my outdoor activities. The 2nd is the FAT ROLL ON MY ARM.

See it?  We're never satisfied, are we?  Nope.  Just gonna try and focus on how wonderful I feel.

My workouts are going well.  I've had 3 free-style swim lessons since my last post and  I am making progress. I no longer need the boogie board. I can swim to the 4.5 feet side of the pool.  I'm still scared to go further. I'm pretty sure it's because of my breathing. I need to practice moving my head to the side to come up for air. Every time I do it, my feet sink and then I freak out... SWIMIN IS HARD.

Bike training is going pretty good. I feel more confident on the bike. Not sure why. I learned how to use the gears on my bike.  I practiced going up and down some hills.  Not gonna lie. I was scared. I was careful not to "brake" too much because I don't want to flip over. The speed scares me but I LOVE IT TOO.

I've been doing my regular cross-training workouts, except I missed last night's workout. I arrived there but was late. Tried to bike but then I got so frustrated with putting on my front wheel. Instead, I went straight to the bike shop to have the bike tuned up. Really, like that's going to help me with  my frustration.  I just wanted to make the best use of my evening.  I hate wasting time, don't you?

I'm off early today so I'm going to practice in the pool at work. Again, trying to make good use of my time.  Tomorrow, I swim in open water.

Pray for me okay?  I'm outie. I hope your weekend is awesome.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I kan Tri

Hello, long time no blog... Life  has been really wonderful and busy.  I spent 4th of July with this little one... My daughter woke me up at 4:30 a.m. to work out prior to walking all day at Disneyland. Who does that? Oh, I guess we do.

4th of July--me and Jellybeans

I hope you had a wonderful July.  Did you do anything fun?

I've been knee deep in my Kaia workouts.  Then I caught a cold and was off for 1 week. Don't you just hate missing your workouts when you're sick? Gotta listen to your body and well, I'm back in full effect.  Full effect means something really crazy.  In addition to cross-training, I signed up for a 10 week Triathalon training program. I'm on a team.  Crazy since I don't know how to swim.

Today, was my 2nd day in the water and I floated. I think this is huge since I never thought I would float. I am still using the paddle board but at least now, I know I can float and so maybe this will ease my fear.

I'm not having any huge expectations for the Triathalon. I haven't even registered.  The goal is to do the training. Use the pool time to learn how to swim and then by some great miracle I can swim, I'll sign up but if I don't know how to swim safely enough, I'll sign up for a dualathon in September.  Good enough, right?

I am still so much on the fence about this training.  Can I share a secret with you?  Before C, I was jogging 2-3 miles, doing zumba 5-6 days a week. I was at the top of my game... And then I got sidelined with C.  I hate that there is a BEFORE C and an AFTER C mentality but there it is... always sticking it's tongue at me.  I've made lots of progress in learning how to stay out of fear...  But it holds me back until I'm able to kick it in the butt.  It feels like I'm living on borrowed time and I gotta do all these things before the clock runs out.  It's stupid. I know...

I'm hoping to post some of my workouts. I think this is a major happening in my life and I want to document it... if only for me and to keep a record of how I'm feeling and how I'm progressing.

Anyways, just wanted to share my crazy news. Wish me luck okay?

Blessings,
PWC

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Relay for Life



Dear friends,

On Saturday, June 21st, my family and friends will join me in West Sacramento’s Relay for Life where we will walk for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society.  This has been a tough year. My extended family saw two deaths this year due to Cancer.  I was lucky. I survived breast cancer and am enjoying remission. I don’t take a minute for granted.  This is my second year doing Relay for Life and it’s become an important cause for myself and my family. I imagine many of us have been affected by Cancer in one way or another. I recently attended a Survivor’s dinner where I met a woman whose been in remission for 40 years.  I got excited to hear those words. But my heart dropped when she said she was battling her 8th diagnosis.  Imagine being diagnosed 8 times with Cancer.  But thanks to research she is still here, fighting.  If you have a moment, please support the American Cancer Society. Every dollar raised hopefully gets us a little closer to finding a cure and more birthdays.

If you wish to make a donation to Team Ladybugs, you can go here:  http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=58318&pg=team&team_id=1534936

Or perhaps you would like to join us?  If you're local, please come on out. There will be lots of vendors selling food, and other fun trinkets. I’ll be selling homemade Posole, pan dulce and Mexican chocolate. Hope to see you there.

Relay For Life of West Sacramento
Saturday, June 21, 2014
9:00am

Our Lady of Grace School


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Holding Onto These Moments

Hi friend, how's it going?

Work
It's been a busy month. Lots of stuff happening at work. You know I've been at my job for 24 years. There's lots of downsizing and even though it's scary to even think about starting a new job, I decided to have my resume professionally done. I was hoping to meet with the person and "talk" about my experience but alas everything is done "on-line." I knew this... but I guess I'm just old fashioned.  I probably could have written it myself but wanted a fresh perspective.  I'm a procrastinator and so having this done is a  huge step in taking care of my future.

Exercise
I've been doing my workouts steadily.  I love that I'm using weights and pushing myself.  Am I losing weight? Not like I want but I've lost 13 pounds since my last chemo which was in February 2013.  I'll take it.

I ran a 5k with my daughter.  Man, I accidentally recorded 10 minutes of my run and all I could hear was my heavy breathing.



Here I am a hot mess.  We ran on the levy which was pretty cool. Notice my hair is growing like a weed? Yea, it's a challenge each morning to calm the curls.  I found myself literally in tears out of frustration but then I realize how silly that was. After all, my grandson was graduating middle school and I have a new granddaughter. I'm extremely lucky.

I imagine the tears came from fear.  When you're so happy that it scares you. I just want to hold onto these moments. 

 Tonight I do a fitness test. I so hope I can run a mile faster than 12 minutes.  

Later gators. Hope you're having an awesome day. Gotta run. My little grands are all finishing up school and I'm planning a little grad party. We're going to swim in the back yard, then we'll watch FROZEN in the backyard on the projector and then have banana splits.

Yea, it's going to be epic.  I can just hear my granddaughters.... LET IT GO, LET IT GO. That move is carved in my brain. Guess I'm not alone, right?



Monday, May 5, 2014

N O T A N Y M O R E

Happy Cinco de Mayo... May 5th is not really something we celebrate in my family... September 16th is when we really celebrate Mexican independence day.  For me, Cinco de Mayo is an occasion to eat Chips and lots of Guacamole...

 Our dinner included grilled shrimp along with these veggies.  For an added treat, we ate stuff poblano peppers with cheese... Super bueno.  Even though Mexican food can be loaded with calories, there are occasions where you can HEALTHIFY it..
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Speaking of HEALTHIFYING.... Today I start another 6 week series at Kaia Fit.  Kaia is similar to Cross-Fit in that we do timed drills, lots of strength and cardio using kettle bells and BIG ASS tires. And every now and then we do a TRX session.  What is TRX? Well according to Google it's a form of resistance training that includes bodyweight exercises in which a variety of compound exercise movements can be performed. These are done with the aim of developing strength, balance, flexibility, and joint stability simultaneously.

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Well, that's the WWW's definition. Here is mine. Don't laugh.


At the end of class, I asked one of the woman to take my picture doing this move. It's hard. You really engage your core and well.. it's just hard.


I felt intimidated by most of the exercises but I made sure I did each one.  I thought, I'm too heavy. I'm too ... you get the point. I had lots of excuses. But felt wonderful for giving it a try.  I can't believe I am doing some of these workouts.  I am so appreciative of what my body has allowed.

I continue to struggle with body image. At first glance, all I see are the many rolls on my body... Normally, that would side-line me B U T  N O T  A N Y M O R E!!

Feeling "uncomfortable" when it comes to my workouts is so much more rewarding. I used to do Zumba all the time and thought that was a serious workout. And it is... but doing functional intense training at my age is so gratifying. It's just me and the exercise. Am I going to push it or do what's comfortable? 

PUSH IT of course.  I wish the scale was going down.... sadly it has not but I did measure myself this past Saturday and guess what? I'm down 2 inches around my waist, hip, chest and butt...

It's nice when your hard work is rewarded...  My advise to you if you're struggling?  Keep pushing. Keep doing that which makes you feel uncomfortable. What's the worse that can happen?

Later gators.



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Late post

Whew, where has the time gone? I've been super busy at work.  I've been working three departments and I'm not going to lie... it's a challenge floating from department to department.  I want to give 100% to each task but when you have to pick-up and move to the next department, it gets tough. There are moments I feel like a man without a country. But I am doing my best to do my best if that  makes sense.

One thing I'm doing extremely well is EATING.

 
I know this is a "late post" but I ate the most amazing food in Los Angeles. I'm not a foodie by any means but I took my meals up a notch... This is a far cry from a taco truck.  One day, I ate Portabella fries... I was in heaven.

 
I was all about "small plates." I am so late to the food scene but I had this amazing eggplant parmesan dish.  The eggplant was sliced very thinly, coated and then stacked atop of each other. It was incredible.

 
Then there was the claim in pasta dish... Pasta, I've missed you...
 

Then there was the venturing outside my comfort and had this dish.. the broth was truly delicious.

I absolutely loved the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. It was insane but seemed to run very smoothly.  The restaurant was called Bottega Louie. If you're ever in Los Angeles, this place is a must.

I'm back doing my workouts... I've yet to get on the scale after eating these amazing dishes but I'm not feeling too bad as I made it a point to walk as much as I could.

I so want to blog more and reach more blogs... I do apologize for not responding to some of your comments and emails. I truly appreciate them...

Paula

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Plankin

Happy Tuesday all.  I've been wanting to blog about all that I'm doing but honestly, there are just not enough hours in the day.

Exercise
I've been doing my Functional Fit Training 3 days a week.  Can you believe I can now hold a plank for 2 minutes?


I'm getting stronger with each session. I can't do a pull-up, but I think most woman have issues with doing a pull-up, right?

Hair
It's growing like crazy! When I say crazy, I mean crazy curly.  I'm rolling with it.  Using bandanas and head bands.  Nothing more I can do but embrace it, right?

Traveling
Spending 7 days in Miami was wonderful.  I felt very alive under the warm sun.  I'll be on a plan again tomorrow. I leave for Los Angeles for a conference.  My goal is to stay sugar free which is always a challenge. I know I'll be faced with desserts at some of the dinner events but it's an opportunity to exercise will-power.  My strategy will simply be: If it's something incredible and you can only get it here, then I 'll try it. But if it's something that I can get anywhere else, then I'll pass. Somehow, this helps.  I realize I love experience and if I look at food that way, then it helps me to keep things in check.  We shall see.

Shopping
I'll be attending some events that call for Business Professional attire.  This lead me to Kohl's in pursuit of a suit or conservative dress. I found a pair of slacks, a blouse and a black pencil skirt which fit perfect.  I was shocked that it was a medium. I would never have tried it if I hadn't grabbed it by accident.  You know the best part of the shopping experience was that it WAS NOT PAINFUL?  I usually hate shopping because nothing fits right.  Clothes actually fit.

Gratitude
I'm feeling this emotion pretty much all day long.  Especially after my workouts. I know it's partly due to endorphins, but it's also due to how I embrace life most days.  I live in a state of gratitude. It's a beautiful thing... Perhaps it's the secret to life, maybe? I leave class thanking the Lord that I'm able to jump, squat and run.  Imagine how many of us take that for granted.

It's a wonderful thing when your body allows you physical movement. So many of us take that for granted. Not me. Not anymore.  Imagine what your life would be like if you were restricted? It changes your perspective.

Well, I'll get off my soap box. Just wanted to come here and catch up.  PWC is pretty much where I come to check in with self... that anyone reads is just an added bonus.  And when I receive a comment or email... well, that's just the icing on the cake.

Warm regards,
Paula