Category: On My Way to Ironman


Today, March 10th, 2016 I jogged my first full mile!

This is awesome! I feel sooooo good!

I’ve been exercising for a while, going on walks, hikes, bike rides, attempted jogging and walking together and today, as I went outside, I decided to go for a full mile jog. I didn’t know it was going to be TOday…I just went out and started jogging…I kept on going without walking.

It was uncomfortable, it was a bit harder than my last adventure outside, and when I stepped outside I saw in my mind’s eye, myself coming home jogging, not walking. Can I say how cool it felt to actually do it!?!

This is the beginning of the journey of a runner. The goal is to run a marathon in training for a full Ironman. Is it a huge goal? YES! Does it scare me a little? Absolutely! Am I worth it? You bet! I had the desire last year to do this, the excuses won and I failed. This year, the desire got backed up by necessity. Because of health issues, I am taking exercising to the next level of commitment!

So, here is my first personal victory! I DID IT!

I will post as I progress on my journey.

Continual, empowering progress is the goal!


I Gave My All!

20150401_120910Yesterday I went to the gym with the intent to swim for my workout. The plan was 10 laps and I thought that would be good. When I got to 10, I thought…I can sure get to 15…then 20, 25 and 30 laps (a mile is 35 laps). By the time I got to 30, I was feeling it…a LOT.

Then I decided that 5 more laps were not impossible…they would be more work than the others, more effort and more concentration to stay focused…not impossible.

My toe started to cramp, my arms and shoulders were showing me muscles I forgot existed and they were protesting, my breathing was harder and I was spent…

The cool and not so cool part is that you do a lap in halves. I mean, you swim one length and then you get to go back to the start to finish the lap. So I counted 30, 30 and a 1/2, 31…

I cannot tell you how wonderful it felt to finish at 35. I was exhausted, sore and elated all in the same breath.

When I got to my car, I could tell my body was hurting, and yet, my mind was telling me job well done!

I gave my all to get to the 35th lap. It felt fantastic to do my best and finish it!

I didn’t know I had it in me to do it. I wasn’t planning on it. It just kept me going and I got there.

This fitness journey has been the most challenging thing I’ve done in my life. It has been the most rewarding thing I’ve done in a while. Doing it for me, to be healthy and to live a good life.

Each day is another day on the journey…and I am finding joy in it.

“I no longer live to eat delicious foods…I eat to live a delicious life.”

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So, my journey to health began last year. I’ve done well and I’ve done not so well. However, I didn’t give up.

Last year, I heard an inspirational CD about this guy that went from completely out of shape to 4 timer Ironman. I listened to that CD several times. Then, a few months later I got a CD with him being interviewed by the guy that talked about his story. Again, I listened to that CD several times. In my mind, the thought kept coming “You ought to do this, train to do an Ironman.” It frightened me so much that I didn’t dare repeat it outloud…I would have to do something about it.

Here is another post of mine on this journey that mentions this guy, Chris Swanson.

Then in my church I heard someone give a talk and he said, “if you are not happy with your physical body, do something about it.”

To make matters worse, my cousin went to watch the Ironman in Kona  and was posting fabulous pictures on Instagram. Now the thoughts in my mind were present every day, several times a day. Still, I didn’t want to speak it out loud because I feared if I did, I would have to do something about it. When promptings come, it is best not to ignore them…God knows what He is doing, how He is doing it and through whom He is working on you. Listen!

So, a friend of mine came over and told me his story. Which was very inspiring, he became a trainer and trained himself from really big to healthy. If I remember right, he went from 383 to 235 lbs in a little over a year. It might be a couple pounds off, but the hundreds and tens are in the right place. I started crying…he asked what was wrong…I then spoke what I’ve been experiencing for the last few months and haven’t dared say it to anyone!

He said, “you are ready!” And, he became my trainer.

I really wanted to meet the guy I’ve been listening to for months. On February 21st, I attended a Leadership Conference and guess who was speaking? Yup, Chris Swanson, the Ironman! Not only was he speaking, he had written a book and was signing it for those that would like his autograph. I got to meet him! And on my book he signed something that I have on my locked screen on my cell…as a friendly reminder. “Sarah, Never quit, Never stop.”

To top it, he added a scripture to it.

Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (KJV)

Here I am, sharing with you a highlight in my life.

I am daring to dream bigger than I am right now. Why? Because with a dream soooooo big, I must change in the process to achieve it. And God must interfere or I will look like an idiot. 😀

I no longer live to eat delicious foods…I eat to live a delicious life! 

Today I walked into the gym with limited time and the vision of jogging  20 minutes without interruption.

So, I warmed up, started on my jog and kept my goal in mind.

Got to the 7 minutes mark (which would mean I walked for 2 minutes and jogged for 5). The goal was to get to 22:00 on that display.

I usually listen to inspirational CDs as I exercise, they keep me pumped and not willing to give up when it gets tough.

Today was no different. I was listening to the importance of having a dream, to get the guts to go for it and be able to tell your story.

Well, at 45, a lot overweight and getting in shape…that was awesome to hear.

So, I got to 12 minutes…definitely noticed a little more challenge…then 17 came sooner than expected. That meant I met my personal best…the thought crossed my mind that I should call it good. Time was short and I should just do the 15.

Then my thinking changed! I walked in with a vision of 20 minutes…which would mean 22:00 had to be on the display and then 5 more minutes for cool down.

Why not?

By the time I was done with the argument in my head, I was at 18:30 minutes. I felt it in my legs, my lungs and my gut. I was jogging and keeping my stomach tight. That is work, let me tell you! 🙂

Then I started counting backwards…not I got to get to 22:00, I counted, I am on the 4 minute zone, Whew! I am entering the 3 minute mark…and then…it happened, the 22:00 was displayed on the screen!

I did it! My personal best, 20:00 minutes jogging without resting, without slowing down and with the vision in my mind’s eye.

Yes, it takes mind over body…even when it is telling you its done…the body can do more, it can go until it feels like it is going to give out…when I made up my mind to continue, my body had no other choice, it had to continue putting one foot after the other. I just got to stick with the vision and move on, one step at a time, one minute after the other.

Setting sensible goals clears the obstacles and empowers the person pursuing them.

If the last time I was on the treadmill I did 15, it makes sense to go for 20 next time…not 1 hour, that is not in a near horizon yet…it’s on its way. Five minutes increments will get me there. My mind will take my body to the next level if I let it. that is exactly what I am doing. One day at a time, progress is constant!

The brain can accomplish amazing things!

Are you letting your brain work all it is capable of working in your behalf?

Stop limiting your mind by believing your self imposed limitations.

My Personal Best was achieved today…simply because of a goal and a vision that kept me focused to finish the task before me.

Join me?

I no longer live to eat delicious foods…I eat to live a delicious life!

Did you know that as your core gets stronger, it is easier for you to keep balance?
So it is. I used to trip and fall or almost fall more often than I care to admit. Now, I have stopped myself from losing balance and stayed standing, my balance is more of a constant and I stand taller.


Doing what it takes to get in shape. Every small progress IS progress. To have a solid core, it takes exercise and persistence. I am working on it.
Today I jogged for 15 uninterrupted.
It felt amazing! I am happy!
Yup. Today was a great day!
I no longer live to eat delicious foods…I eat to live a delicious life!!!

My trainer said to do apples (squeeze the butt) and suck in the gut as I plank. Soooooo, I do.

I went on a walk twice this week  around a big block by my house, 3.35 miles to be exact. Both were brisk walks, one with my husband, we were talking, so I didn’t take the weights, when you talk and brisk walk, it is hard to keep the breathing going right…and one by myself, I took 2 3lbs weights to up the challenge.

It was hard. There is a big hill, it climbs 134 feet in 3/4 miles. And I did it! Weights and all!

I am so excited for the results I am seeing. The outline of my muscles are showing, my clothes are fitting better and I am feeling great. I have more energy, it is getting easier to exercise, go up and down the stairs and to keep on going.

I am doing this. Life is great! This year has the makings of the very best year yet!

I no longer live to eat delicious foods…I eat to live a delicious life! 


From the top left: chocolate balls, pecan brittle, English Toffee and butter/cream cookies  

When I first got married, my husband asked me to learn how to make Christmas candy from his mother. So I did. She made English Toffee, Pecan brittle, chocolate balls and butter/cream cookies. They have been a part of our Christmas tradition for years. I LOVE the toffee, chocolate balls and cookies…the brittle is good, but I don’t care much for it (too much nuts and no chocolate).

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And…I made some cinnamon rolls. You got to understand, these are fluffy and they have a butter/cream cheese filling. It melts in your mouth!

So, every Christmas I ate my fair share and then some.

Well, this Christmas is different!

I have tasted the goodies and they taste as fantastic as they did every Christmas before this one. However, that is all I have had, a taste. They don’t look as “I must have more” as they did in years past.

They are beautiful, tasty and sitting on my kitchen table. However, I am in control of what I eat!

Committing to get fit has its perks. It makes it easier to do what needs to get done. It makes it easier to stay focused and I am sooo worth it!

Going to the gym makes it clearer what I am doing. And walking by those pans of candy without eating all I can eat is not that hard.

So excited!

I don’t feel deprived at all. If I really want to have a piece of candy or a cinnamon roll, I do. The difference is, I savor it and enjoy it to the last bite and move on.

Love my new way of life!

I no longer live to eat delicious foods…I eat to live a delicious life! 

Last week wasn’t the best, this week is better. Working on it. Giving up is not an option.

No longer living to eat delicious foods…I eat to live a delicious life! 


Dessert size plate, my meal at Thanksgiving

I don’t know about you, but on Thanksgiving I used to stuff myself. This Thanksgiving was amazing! I made myself a dessert size plate, which you see here. And the pies, I had slivers of each of it with a little whipping cream and ice cream.

My daughter told me it was Thanksgiving, what was I doing with a little plate…I stuck to my choice and was fine. I ate until I was satisfied and didn’t over eat! It felt fantastic!

I am looking forward to doing the holidays this way. Eat enough to enjoy and be satisfied and not over eat and feel miserable.

Thanksgiving down…December to go.

It will work out 🙂

I no longer live to eat tasty foods…I eat to live a delicious life! 

Great Day at the Gym

Yesterday was good, today was great!

I did it! I finished the whole workout, all the reps, the sets and the time on cardio.

Woot woot!

My body is in shock, it doesn’t know what to think…I like it like that.

Committed to the journey.

Doing it again tomorrow.

I no longer live to eat tasty foods…I eat to live a delicious life!

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