Here are the rules:
1. Post these rules
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people!
11 Random Things About Me
- Though I'm a fairly outgoing person, I actually like to keep to myself much of the time.
- My husband and I do pretty much everything together! We're sick, twisted people who loooooove spending as much time together as possible.
- I rarely watch live TV. Everything is DVR'd because I like to fast forward through commercials.
- I sew really well. I mean....really, really well. I used to sew for a living making expensive boutique clothing for girls. Now I just make stuff for me when I feel like it.
- I no longer speak to my sister or brother. After many years of their abusive behavior, I decided I was done being their punching bag.
- I grew up in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, and I have no trace of a Texas accent....UNTIL I GO BACK TO VISIT! It's kind of creepy.
- I would someday like to not have neighbors. I want to live far, far away from people. Don't get me wrong. My neighbors here in Vancouver are all really nice. Especially compared to a few we had in Ohio. I just want to have some land. More room for my garden. A workshop for Kent. The ability to walk past a window naked without the whole neighborhood seeing my stretch marks.
- I was almost a Samantha or a Daphne instead of Heather. You can tell what TV shows were popular in October of 1972. lol
- I refuse to get into political or religious chats with people. I hate it when people try to push their church my way...or their political views. My thoughts? I don't want to go to your church, and I'm probably not going to vote for the candidate you're voting for....so shut your face!
- The conception of my children were very, very planned. I never went into labor with either child on my own. Both deliveries were "helped along" by my midwife or OB. I long to know what it feels like to have my water break and rush to the hospital! Is that weird for someone who is such a planner? Don't answer that.
- I hate board games. A lot. My children are probably traumatized by my lack of board game participation. There are 10,000 other things I would rather do than play a board game. At one point, when my daughter was 5, I told her "no" to Sponge Bob Monopoly. She burst into tears, and let out a big, "Where have all the good times gone???". Talk about mom guilt! It didn't change my mind, though. I really hate those games.
Answers To Kathy's Questions
What's your favorite race distance?
I like each distance for such specific reasons. I do have to say, I like long runs vs. short runs. My Saturday 11 mile run is so much more fun, interesting, and worth it compared to a mid week 4 miler. I don't like getting all dirty and sweaty to only go 3 or 4miles. I hate that about myself! That kind of thinking holds me back from following through with a lot of workouts.
Do you have any "bucket list" races?
Hood To Coast! lol I laugh at that because Kathy runs it pretty much every year, and doesn't consider it a bucket list kind of thing. Another one would be Haleakala Run to the Sun in Maui. 36.2 miles all uphill as you race to the summit of Haleakala. You go from sea level to 10, 023 feet, and have to do it in just 10 hours. Not for a novice like myself, but perhaps someday....
What's your favorite holiday?
Halloween! Everyone who knows me well...knows I am a huge Halloween freak. Check out the elaborate window display we did in 2011 (links below). This is the front picture window of our house. We had to pretty much clear the entire room just to pull this off.
Seen from the street:
It took us weeks to build it all. Months of thought and engineering to pefect the magic mirror effect...only to have a total overhaul once it was built. We are huge nerds, and the 2012 build will be even BETTER. I never get tired of hearing Madam Leota saying her lines. (She's the gal inside the crystal ball in the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World.) She's on a loop, along with the thunder and rain sound effects, and it made me sad every night when I had to shut it all down. That was an elaborate way to answer the question, eh?
Where were you born?
Irving, Texas...y'all! Tiger pride, baby!!!!
Why do you blog?
To prove that significant changes CAN be made if you try, I suppose. This is not my first blog. I've been keeping track of my lifestyle change since 2001. We didn't have blogs back then! I used a free web site and painstakingly updated it daily. Anyway, I blog to hear myself talk at times. It's kind of like therapy in a way.
What is the last book you read?
Ummmm, I skipped book club (the first ever for our neighborhood) Friday night because I didn't read the book. I am so not a reader. I read cookbooks. Does that count?
Any strange fears/phobias?
Snakes. Hands down, snakes. It's irrational, actually. I see them WAAAAAY too often here in Vancouver when I'm out running. I swear they're out to get me. I don't care that there are no venomous varieties here. A snake is a snake. Period. I actually peed my running tights once (just a little) when I saw one chasing after me on the Salmon Creek Trail. No kidding.
What's your vacation philosophy regarding exercise? Make sure to fit it in or give yourself a break?
I give myself enough breaks because I'm usually injured every few months, and the physical therapist forces me to take a break. So....I get plenty of real breaks. I made sure to take two full weeks off at the first of the year just to give my legs a break since I worked so hard to make it to the 1,000 mile mark. However, I workout while on vacation. That's part of the fun of going some place different is to see something new while running. Plus, it frees me up to consume a few more calories on stuff I can't or won't eat at home.
Any bad habits you're trying to change?
Too many to list here. To be honest, it's the same old habits I have battled for years. There are some days I'm stronger than others. My goal is to keep working my healthy lifestyle as much as possible. I honestly believe in my heart that if I keep reaching toward healthy 80 percent of the time, the rest doesn't matter nearly as much. It has worked for me since I decided to lose weight many years ago. I've found a healthy balance, and that has helped changed my habits more than anything.
What was the last movie that made you cry? (or tv show or song or whatever).
Uggggg, I watched Forrest Gump again the other day, and it makes me cry when he's at Jenny's grave talking to her about little Forrest. He's so sincere and childlike. As soon as he says, "You died on a Saturday morning, and I had you placed here under our tree." The tears start welling up. But when he says, "I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need....I won't be far away." I just fall apart.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
To sum up a very, very long story, I'm most proud of the positive changes I made when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Not only has it changed my life, but it has also had a drastic impact on my husband and children. I lost 80 pounds, and am determined to not go back to my unhealthy ways. When relatives poo-pooed my journey, I stayed strong. Did it hurt when they were snarky or badmouthed what I was doing? Of course. I powered through it, though. I will beat the odds. I have so far, and that's really something to be proud of, in my opinion. The fact that my immediate family benefit from this accomplishment makes it even sweeter.
Who I Tagged
Here's the list of blogs I've tagged. If you've already been tagged on one of these things don't feel obligated - you're off the hook!
My 11 questions for tagged bloggers
- If you listen to music while you run, what's your "power song"?
- Which race has been your favorite so far?
- What's your favorite training plan?
- What's your go to post run fuel/food?
- Do you reward yourself after a big event?
- If yes to #5, what do you do to reward yourself?
- Have you motivated others to run?
- Who motivated YOU to run?
- Is running part of a bigger journey for you, or is it just something you do?
- What's your favorite time of year to run?
- Is running a solitary event for you, or do you share it with others? (I run with my husband for the most part, but do enjoy running with friends from time to time.)
I can't wait to hear what all of these tagged bloggers come up with. Until then, happy running! :)