Thursday, February 26, 2009

Training Oh Training

I miss training... I wish I was a nurse.... Agh!!!! I need to go to the gym, but I have a test to study. Which one should I pick?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Team CSD's First Race Race for Judicata 5K Run

At the turn of the year, a few coworkers (Dolores, Zoraida, Monica, Steven, and myself) created our own fitness team headed by yours truly. This is our first event, Race for Judicata 5K Run, held at the well-renowned, San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California. Zoraida couldn't compete in the run because of a prior obligation. After several weeks of training separately, given our hectic and non-condusive schedules, we all finished strong. Steven and I finished under 45 minutes while Dolores and Monica completed their first event in an hour. Lastly is our youngest competitor, Hunter, son of Monica, who placed 11th out of 32 children in the Kid's Race. Here are pictures of the event:
A cool slogan that I grabbed from Sierra Running Company, one of the sponsors for the race



(Pictured above is the kids race)


Monday, February 16, 2009

Putting Myself First

I have been a fitness fanatic for many years. Throughout my journey, I have witnessed many pitfalls of staying fit. Lack of time, school, or caring for others seems to be the common excuse. The factors mentioned leads to depression, low self-esteem, and lack of energy.

The key to staying healthy is to put yourself first. By allowing yourself a decent amount of time gives you a piece of mind. Most of you know my crazy schedule of attending school, have a family to attend, household chores to accomplish, and working full-time. However, that does not stop me from taking care of my body. With this reason in mind, I would like to share with you my key to fitness success:

1. Focus on you. You are in control of your life and own destiny. Put yourself on top of that pedestal and conquer the world.

2. Exercise. I can't emphasize this enough. There are 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week. Most fitness centers are open early in the morning to the wee hours of the night. Wake up an extra hour early before your spouse goes to work and the kids get ready for school so that you can make it to the gym. If that doesn't work, allow fitness to be a weekly family affair. Studies show children are raised in a healthy and fit environment, it will add years to their lifespan.

Most fitness centers offer classes that are suitable for everyone to enjoy such as Zumba, Spin (a personal favorite), water aerobics, pilates, yoga, cardio boot camp, and rock climbing. If you prefer to save money, do an outdoor workout such as walking, biking (another favorite activity), running, swimming (see pictures of me below), and hiking.

3. Create a "me" time. Again there are 24 hours in one day, 7 days in one week. Find a time when you don't have any distractions. This could be an hour at the gym (as in most cases with me) or a weekly bubble bath at home. During that time frame, think about you. Trust me, your spirit will be rejuvenated once you complete your "me" task.

4. Know your health and family history. If you are currently taking pills for health related reasons, that should serve as an alarm clock that you should be taking care of your own body. Educate yourself for a condition that you or your family has endured. Talk to your doctor or other health care professionals about a certain disease. Take a diabetes course at your local hospital. Read books and periodicals about the cardiovascular system.

5. Find an activity that you truly enjoy. If there's an exercise activity that you enjoy, stick to it. For me it's doing endurance events. As for others, such as my father and sister, it could be playing the game of tennis or basketball. It's whatever works for you!

6. Find a support group that will help you go the extra mile. There times when a person is frustrated because they are not training hard enough for an event or have plateaued because of their weight loss. Local and online support groups provide professional coaching and guidance for any event that you train. If there is a sports club in your area, join them. Besides your friends and family, they will be cheerleaders at your side.

7. Nutrition. A great boost of energy cannot last without proper nutrition. Eat right and stay healthy. Stay away from fast food and processed materials. Prepare your snacks and lunch beforehand rather than making an entrance to McDonald's, Subway, or the vending machine at work. I'm sure your body and pocketbook will be thankful.

Before I end this article, I wanted to show you pictures of my weekly exercise and training regiment, bike excluded:


Remember we have one shot at life. Take care of your body and enjoy it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

GO RED

February is National Heart Month. The American Heart Association says that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. To combat this disease plagued my family, I have decided to commit to do one more hour of cardio each day while training for my next event. Stay tuned!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

My Unofficial To-Do List Before 35

For the past 30 years, I have conquered many obstacles such as earning two collegiate degrees, completing pool triathlons, one half-marathon, and five century bike rides. Who would have known that I would have completed all of these events by the age of 35. With this in mind, I have set some goals that I would like to achieve before I reach the big 3-5:

1. Obtain a nursing degree. It has taken me 30 years to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. It has been a lifelong dream to work in the medical profession. I have always had the patientce to help others in need. Therefore, I feel that nursing is my true calling.

2. Ford Ironman- After completing my first triathlon, I had my eyes set on doing an Ironman, the mecca of triathlon, preferrably in a lake setting (i.e. Ironman 70.3 California, Ironman Louisville, and Ironman Coure d Ilene to name a few) If completed, i will be one of 10 percent of the world's population to ever cross the finish line. Remember, I will NOT participate in a triathlon in shark-infested waters (a.k.a. ocean).

3. A double century ride (200 miles)- I got the bike "bug" a few years ago when I attended a spin class at a local fitness center. From there, I met a few cyclists and rode with them. It wasn't until I joined Team in Training where I learned the fundamentals and mechanics of cyclist. I was immediately hooked to the sport after I crossed the finish line at my first century ride in Lake Tahoe. Afterwords, I was hungry for more. So I decided to train for a double century.

Fast forward to this present time. I have been putting this one on hold. For the past year and a half, I have had too many distractions! I work, go to school, exercise, and have friends and families to attend. However, I will squeeze #3 into my schedule somehow -- NO EXCUSES!!

4. Obtain a group fitness instructor and personal training certification- See #1.

5. BE HAPPY!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Destressor

After a week of stress, I decided to go for a ride a local triathlon club.



Go Sandy!



On top of a hill taking a rest....




Now ready to go home, striking a pose with friends...




And to the people who were giving me grief at work... BUT OUT!!