My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou


Running Is My Crack

“Find the crack…In the darkness, there’s always a crack. It’s how the light gets in.”
~Fringe “Northwest Passage

A cat in a tiger costume lounging in a glass with his feet pointed at the camera, text reads "Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me some catnip treats".

My nod to the holiday.
Happy Halloween/Samhain/whatever!

(from C.A.A. on fb, click image for link)

I guess that should say “Hope you had a happy Halloween…”  I’ve been trying to write this post all day, but I kept doing stuff like mopping, cleaning, taking out the garbage, etc.  Where are my priorities??  But seriously, I am glad to be feeling a bit more motivated & energetic these days.  Sad I haven’t been able to run this week, but I get my new shoes Saturday.  Hurray!

This post has been sitting in my drafts for a while, & as you might guess from the quotes I was Fringe bingeing before this final season started.  I loved that line & it reminded me of something I mentioned in a post over the summer but never followed up on.  I mentioned I had started crying while I was running, but what was I crying about?


I was out running & suddenly wanted to dance.  I saw myself dancing in the road.  I saw myself going out dancing when I move to Portland.  And I cried because I realized I felt happy.  For the first time in a decade I felt genuinely, hopefully, enduringly happy.  Over the years I’ve had moments of being happy, but never anything that stuck, that felt real.  I used to love to dance.  I went dancing every weekend, I danced at home, I took dance lessons, & I even danced in the grocery store much to my roommate’s embarrassment   Years of living with Depression had taken that away from me; Depression is the thief of happiness.

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Virtual CurveFest | Curvy Yoga

Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it.  Yoga is universal.
~Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois (Lexi Yoga)

Virtual Curve Fest - Curvy Yoga

Virtual CurveFest — Curvy Yoga

Since Anna Guest-Jelley had to cancel her real world Curvefest this year, she has graciously decided to offer it up virtually & for FREE.  It will be held via Ustream on Sat, Nov. 10, 2012.

In her own words:

CurveFest is a body lovin’ bonanza. We’ll be doing gentle yoga, with options for people of all shapes, sizes, ages & abilities. We’ll also be building the bridge from body awareness to body acceptance and love through guided reflections and even creating your own MATifesto.

It will be broken into three sessions:

Session 1: Building Your Self-Love Foundation through Yoga – reflection, intention, gentle curvy standing practice
Session 2: Why Yoga is a Great Tool for Body Acceptance – discussion, guided reflection, create your own MATifesto
Session 3: Taking Self-Care with You – checking in, gentle curvy seated practice, next steps, extended relaxation, celebration

I’ve talked about wanting to get back into yoga, so this seemed like the perfect way to get started.  After signing up I received a detailed email with sign-in info & a list of things I might want to have available that day.

Who else is going?  Sign up here!


20 Super-Effective Stability Ball Exercises | Greatist

The Greatist stability ball exercises

20 Super-Effective Stability Ball Exercises | Greatist

I like stability ball exercises & this makes me want to pull mine out of storage.  I’m going to be getting into my storage unit this weekend…

Stability ball exercises can be especially good for people who have trouble getting down in the floor (or just back up).  For example you can do some good crunches on a ball.  They are relatively cheap (& if you find one used you can feel pretty secure buying it), easy to move around, don’t take up much space, & as you can see in this article there are a lot of things you can do with them.

Getting the right size is important, so here is some great advice on choosing the right size exercise ball.  It’s from Spine Health & includes not only a size chart by height, but some advice on adjusting for larger body sizes & to let some air out of the ball if it’s a little too unstable for you.  They also include a link to their own article on getting started with a ball routine.

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Weekly Running Update: Oct. 22-28

“I always loved running – it was something you could do by yourself, & under your own power.  You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet & the courage of your lungs.”
-Jesse Owens

JUST RUN. "I always loved running - it was something you could do by yourself, & under your own power.  You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet & the courage of your lungs." -Jesse Owens(Found at Favorite Run’s fb page.)

I only ran a couple of days this week, & don’t plan to run again until I get my new shoes next weekend.  Since I decided to exchange the Brooks, I’m not wearing them anymore.  Tuesday turned out to be the one run too many on my old shoes. I knew they were worn (it showed on the sole) but I couldn’t feel it prior to that day.  Thursday I tried running in an old old pair of shoes, but they were way past their prime & hurt my ankles & knees.  So I figured it would be best to just hold off till I get my Saucony next weekend.  I heard back the other day & they are in just waiting to be picked up. Yay!

I mixed up my routes this week & ran one for the first time.  Pushed out a little farther than I have been.  I’ve been researching 10K training plans, & when I get my new shoes I’m going to start on one of those next week depending on how I feel.  I’m on another round of antibiotics & decongestants, but I am feeling quite a bit better.  Surgery is still an option, but we’re going to see how this goes.

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I Practice Yoga Because I Can! – Yoga for the Larger Woman

To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.
~Jerry Seinfeld (Brainy Quotes)

I found this video via Fit Fatties yoga group.  It’s for a yoga class in Portland, OR, but the message from the women in the video is for everyone.

The women in the video, old & young, talk about never thinking yoga was for them because of their size/age but how learning they were wrong has benefited them mentally & physically.  Depression, sleeplessness, Diabetes, self-esteem, all these women benefited from a yoga practice that worked for their bodies.

Our bodies were meant to move, & ignoring that imperative comes at a price.   Whether is mental or physical, too often these days the resulting problems are treated with pills instead of just getting out there giving our bodies what they need.  Sure it’s easier, but it isn’t better.  Pills come with side effects & the artificial mood boost of a pill is nothing compared to the natural boost you get from fresh air & exercise.  It’s not just your mood, it’s the way you feel about & see yourself.  It’s setting goals & reaching them.  It’s doing something you never thought you could do.  It doesn’t have to be yoga or running or anything fancy.  Do what works for you.  Don’t know what that is?  Keep trying things till you find something.  Just quit making excuses, get off your ass, & go do something!

Here is a link to the class’s site for those in the Portland area.

Here is a link to my post about yoga twist mods for bigger bodies.

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Weekly Running Update: Oct.15- 21

“We all have bad days and bad workouts, when running gets ugly, when split times seem slow, when you wonder why you started. It will pass.”
-Hal Higdon 
(Gibson’s Daily Running Quotes)

Woman running, "I can choose to let it define me, refine me, confine me, outshine me, or I can choose to move on & leave it behind me."(Found at Favorite Run’s fb page.)

Since I spent those two weeks in the hospital, this was my first week running since the 5K.  Decided to take it easy for that reason & because of all the crap currently trying to escape my cabeza.  I ran the big loop around the park this week, & it’s gone pretty good. Had to walk a few times Wednesday, ran it all Friday, & walked out the last little bit tonight.  However, my times have been great without even trying.

A couple of other things:

1.  I have been considering since the 5K maybe racing isn’t for me.  I don’t really like being around all those other people.  Being back out there alone this week has really brought home just how much I did not like running (or walking) with all those other people.  I do want to still do some for funsies, but I just have to accept that I am not going to be my best out there.  Maybe with experience it will get better, but it does have me worried for the HM.

2. Hated the Brooks Adrenaline.  Called Fleet Feet Huntsville today & they are ordering me the new Saucony Omni ProGrid for an exchange.  Hurray!

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Got My Life Kraze Shirt!

me wearing my new Life Kraze shirt

Me wearing my new Life Kraze shirt 😀

Since some of you helped me earn the shirt, I’d thought I’d share:)  I had this waiting for me when I got home.  It’s my reward for having at least five people sign up for Life Kraze through my account.  It’s so soft & it fits great!  I always worry with these things I’ll have to settle for too small. Continue reading