Monday, August 19, 2013

Fat Girl Still Running...

Yep, I'm still running.  Today I completed Week 3 run 1 of the C25K running plan.  I actually did it!!  This week we run for 90 seconds, walk for 90 seconds, run for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, repeat.  I have no idea how, but I actually completed it.  I find that I'm not as winded at the end of the run as I was when I started.  I feel like I could go back to week 1 now and say "this is so easy" when, in fact, it was very, VERY difficult for me during week 1.  I hope my success continues.  My goal is the Color Run in November!

I bought a new pair of running Orthaheel.  They hurt my feet and are not doing well for the plantar fascitis.  Tonight I can barely walk because my heel hurts so bad.  Anyway, I think I'm going to have to revert back to my old running shoes with the inserts.   At least I could walk around somewhat pain-free after I got home.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

REAL American Hero...

Last night I had the opportunity to go see Dr. Buzz Aldrin speak about his new plan to go to Mars.  If you'll recall, Buzz Aldrin was the 2nd person to step on the moon, after Neil Armstrong.  The event was held at the Robinson Center in downtown Little Rock.  The house was packed!!  In fact, I think every seat was taken.  The announcer said it was the most attended talk ever given by the Clinton Center (a part of the Clinton Presidential Library, also in Little Rock).  I got so choked up listening to him talk about his trip to the moon and stepping out onto the lunar surface.  Seriously, nearly tears because I was so proud to be American.

One of the things that hit me the most was when he talked about our current space program, and how it was SUCH A MISTAKE to stop the shuttle program.  We, the builders of the space station, have absolutely no way on our own to GET to the space station!!  Instead, we pay the Russians $65 million dollars every time we need an astronaut to "hitch a ride" on one of their rockets!!  This is NOT how the leader of the free world stays ahead!  We, as a nation, are quickly losing any power we have had in the past, and the space program is but one example of this.

Afterwards I started thinking about the attendance numbers and how everyone clapped and stood for ovation after ovation, and I tried to think of an explanation.  And then it hit me.  We, well some of us, are desperately seeking a REAL American hero...someone we can look up to.  I think we're all getting tired of the Kim K's of the world (I personally have never watched that show and have given up all of the Real Housewives) because they do nothing to make us feel any better.  We all live very busy, demanding lives, and we need moments that are "feel good".  Seeing Buzz Aldrin, this man who took a chance and went TO THE MOON is just such that type of hero we're trying to find today.

Last night after I got home I took Honor out to go potty before bedtime.  I looked up into the beautiful clear sky and saw the moon...and I thought to myself that Buzz Aldrin can actually point to the moon and say "I've been there".  I am so envious!  And so proud!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Know Your Virgo...

This sums me up fairly well.  Scary!

Modest, Shy, Meticulous, Reliable, Practical, Diligent, Intelligent and Analytical
Fussy, A Worrier, Overcritical, Harsh, Perfectionist and Conservative
Instinctively responsive to the needs of others, Virgos readily adapt to different people and changing circumstances by finding ways to make themselves useful. They do not have a desire to be in the spotlight. However, they can be very successful at promoting those who are.

Virgos are meticulous, practical perfectionists. They abhor sloppiness and disorganization. They are sometimes seen as being far too picky. However, when you want a job done right the first time get a Virgo to do it. Some Virgos are not above using an inability to achieve perfection as the excuse for their own idleness and unproductiveness, but this is out of character with their true nature.

Virgos have an inner drive to serve others, which must be met for them to be happy. They love to apply their analytical skills to solving the problems of others. They are generally perceived to be quite witty and entertaining, if a tad too critical. Because Virgos are worriers, they are prone to hypochondria. Virgos love material possessions and find it hard to accept anything that is not of the very best.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Too Much...

I spent this morning with the female colleagues in my department at school.  They are such amazing women and I learn so much from them.  I feel like we share our lives fairly openly, all working together to help each other reach a common goal.  I love that about us.

But then I got to thinking about some other people, and things that I've shared with them - struggles, happy moments, sad moments, things that I don't/can't say to just anyone.  What I've discovered recently is that I'm sad that I've shared some of those things because I feel like the friendship is no longer as strong as it once was.  And now I worry that I've shared too much, poured my heart out too much, and it will be used against me.

My point is this - that I need to start learning some self discipline when it comes to those I share my life with.  I need to stop being an open book and shutting my mouth a little bit more often.  Not everyone needs to know everything about me.  It's all about self preservation, really.  Having the forethought to save myself from hurting later.