Sofa to Half Marathon in 65 Days Part 3

We can all find a million reasons why we can’t exercise.

The Oscars kept me up too late
I have bad knees
I am too busy
Can’t breathe
It’s too cold
I don’t have good shoes
I don’t have cute clothes

All you need is one good reason why you should.  
Here’s mine

This week’s training: (days 12 – 18)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 2 miles
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 5 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

A peek ahead to next week: (days 19-25)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 3 miles
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 7 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days Part 2

“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” 
― Jordan Belfort

Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 days.  We are on day 6.  You can still start today and complete the half

Lace up.  Let’s go!  You got this!

marathon in April.  No excuses.  2 miles today.  Are you ready?  

This week’s training: (days 5 – 11)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 2 miles
Saturday – 1 mile
Sunday – 4 miles ( don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

A peek at next week: (days 12 – 18)
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 2 miles
Saturday – 2 miles
Sunday – 5 miles (don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)


Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days

Look!  No boxes!

We moved into our new home the day before Thanksgiving.  For a retail couple, this was insanity.  I worked Thursday, Friday and Saturday that week.  My hubby worked Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  But, miraculously, we were un-boxed and put away by Sunday evening.  All 4 of us.

How did we do it?  I learned a great term at a seminar (by Jason Forrest) called eustress.  Eustress is actually good stress.  Almost an oxymoron right?  It’s when you are at your maximum capacity and can work your absolute best.  We didn’t have time not to unpack.

Why am I sharing this story on a blog titled Sofa to 1/2 Marathon in 65 Days?
Because you may be thinking that 65 days isn’t enough.  65 days is exactly enough time.  It gives you enough time to train without enough time to slack off.

Here’s what Wikipedia says about eustress:
Eustress occurs when the gap between what one has and what one wants is slightly pushed, but not overwhelmed. The goal is not too far out of reach but is still slightly more than one can handle. This fosters challenge and motivation since the goal is in sight. “

2014 Pace Team

This will be my second year pacing for the Martian Invasion of Races in Dearborn Michigan.  If you want to finish the 1/2 in 2:20, then I am your girl.  This is a 10:45 minutes / mile pace or like having your treamill on 5.7 mph.

Not local,  that’s ok.  Find a race near you @ active.com 

Training for this weekend:
Thursday – off
Friday – 2 miles (it’s ok to walk most of it)
Saturday – 1 mile
Sunday – 3 miles (If you cannot run 3 miles yet, no worries.  Jog 1 minute, briskly walk 1 minute, etc.)

Next week’s training:
Monday – off
Tuesday – 2 miles
Wednesday – 3 miles
Thursday – off
Friday – 2 miles
Saturday – 1 mile
Sunday – 4 miles ( don’t worry if you walk most of this.  Try to run as much as you can)

Are you in?

Costco in the Kitchen; Chicken Tenderloin Stir Fry

Do items at Costco interest you, but you just don’t know what to do with them?  Do you buy them and end up throwing them away or just walk past them and wonder?

From our recent trip to Vegas;
Chinese New Year at Bellagio
I spotted these Asian noodles in the deli section and threw them in the cart.  The first few times I just tossed a little soy sauce on them and threw them in the microwave.  This is still the 10 year old’s favorite way to eat them.
Here’s a super easy recipe just in time
for a family Chinese New Year celebration. (you can get Chinese take out cartons at Michael’s to make it even more like a party).

Chicken Tenderloin Stir-fry

Ingredients

  • 5 frozen chicken tenderloins thawed and sliced into small pieces
  • 3 cups frozen stir fry vegetable mix thawed (do not try to use these frozen because the broccoli will never cook)
  • 3 individual packs Japanese Udon noodles
  • 1 Tbs sesame oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cilantro for garnish

Sauce:

  • 1 Tbs white wine vinegar
  • 1 heaping Tbs curry powder
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce (from the Asian aisle in the grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs ketchup
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs Sriricha chili sauce

Instructions

  • Mix the ingredients for the sauce in a medium sized bowl and set aside
  • Heat the sesame oil in a wok or skillet
  • Cook the chicken stirring frequently – about 4 minutes
  • Add the vegetables and cook until warm – about 4 minutes
  • Remove the chicken and veggies from the pan
  • Add just enough oil to lightly re-coat the pan
  • Add the Japanese noodles
  • Toss them in the pan until lightly brown – about 1 minute
  • Toss the sauce into the noodles in the pan until the noodles are coated and heat until the sauce is warm – about 1 minute
  • Add the chicken and veggies to the noodles and stir until coated
  • Serve

To change this recipe up

-use shrimp or beef instead of chicken
-save time by using a prepared stir-fry sauce instead of making your own
-toss sauce on chicken and veggies and serve on top of brown rice instead of the noodles

Items in this recipe from Costco:

frozen chicken tenderloins
frozen stir-fry veggies
Japanese noodles (refrigerated)

Stop Looking For Balance

Often, people ask me “how do you balance it all”? Work, running, parenting, wife, volunteer . . .

Balance?
The truth is, I don’t.
The bigger truth is, I would never want to.
I am sure it is the same truth for you.

Balance means everything is equal.
Most of us don’t want equal emphasis on career and family as other things.  These are the big two. An example from the book reviewed below, which illustrates it awesomely, is comparing fitness to your career.  You don’t need to exercise 40 plus hours a week to maintain your desired level of fitness.  Good news right?  Maybe just an hour 3 or 4 times per week.  Your boss definitely wants more from you in your job.  So are fitness and career balanced?  Of course not.

If not balance, then what?  Great question.
Purpose.
You have to know what you want and how important it is to you.
Will it be worth missing a few soccer games?
Is it worth being passed over for a promotion?
When you know what matters most and why, then you know how to cut up the pie.  You know which activities require more time
and
if you stay focused and true to your purpose,
you won’t be searching
for balance.

Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True SuccessTake the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success by Rory Vaden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What I love most about this book is that it reinforces what we all know and that is that hard work, persistence, and sweat equity is and always will be the key to success. There is no magic pill. There is no 4 hour body. There is only self discipline. I love this quote from the book

“Success is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day.”

The reason I love this is because you can replace the word “success” with whatever goal you are striving for.

“Fitness is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day”.
“Financial freedom is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day”.
“Great relationships are never owned; they are only rented – and the rent is due every day”.
“__________ is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day”.

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