Saturday, August 20, 2011

Paradise Found!

It's called paradise for a reason.

It truly is! Maui is even more spectacular than I ever imagined. I'm from San Diego, and while it's beautiful, it can't compare with where I am now! The palm trees, banyan trees, blue waters that look like they were painted with colors I have never seen before, and the beach...oh my word, the beach! Just amazing. Oh, and the flowers! Plumeria and hibiscus in abundance, and in the most vibrant and yellow are my favorites. :)

So, halfway into our vacay I have managed one decent sized run/walk. Four miles along the beach walk, trying not to trip as I admired all the gorgeous scenery around me. We did spend a decent amount of time walking through Old Lahaina last night...didn't have my pedometer on, so I cant give an accurate mileage count. We get a lot of walking in each day...not the same as getting your heart rate up with a run, but still better than nothing!

Suffice to say, I am simply under the spell of Maui! Having a fabulous time, breathing it all in, and embracing each moment. Waking up each day, putting on my zebra tankini, and heading to the pool and beach...paradise!


Monday, August 15, 2011


I'm going to Maui tomorrow!

Words I have never uttered before, and I am simply giddy. My husband and I are celebrating 20 years of marriage with a trip to paradise. Ahh.

While I am so looking forward to some vacay food and drink, I am also thinking about how I will incorporate my workout into my trip. I don't want to lose any ground I have already gained.

I've packed my favorite hot pink Nike sneaks and other workout gear, and anxiously anticipate the scenery as I get my walking/running in during my trip. My husband has scouted out some cool trails for us to explore. And, of course, there is the beach (remember Rocky and Apollo running? Heh.)!

Fitness is really a lifestyle and its definitely a lifestyle I am embracing. I view it as something I get to do, not something I have to do. Running and walking can be done anywhere.

So, I will train while in paradise. I will walk and run as many places as I can, and I will enjoy every minute of it!


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Show up and Do It

I had an epiphany this morning while doing a 6 mile walk/run around my favorite lake.

Training is supposed to be hard. It is supposed to require me to learn something I've never learned before, and do something I've never done before. Hence the term, training.

And training my body is not easy. Running for longer periods of time is hard. It's dang hard! I was whining internally while running this morning and then the "duh" moment came. Oh yes, it is supposed to be a challenge, something to overcome, because I am training my body to do something new.

Duh, Adrienne.

My incredible trainer, Blitz, said: "There is no secret to super fitness. It's showing up and doing."

I am so pleased to report that I kept at it and ran longer than I have before. I focused my breathing and kept at it, and just ran. I showed up and I did it!

My lesson for the day:  show up, do it, and expect some discomfort. Accept it as all part of the transformation process. It will so be worth it!

"There is no secret to super fitness. It's showing up and doing." ~ Blitz Fit Now

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I'm In

So, I'm really in.

I decided secretly last week to run my first half marathon in March 2012. And then I told people. Namely, my husband and trainer. Ok, and some gal pals and other friends, because hey, chicks need to talk, and I am horrid at keeping things in!

I did text my trainer, Blitz, to see if he thought I was totally crazy, and was suffering from a lapse in clear thinking. He replied, "Adrenaline, you can do it! There is plenty of time to train. That's a fabulous challenge!"

I felt better after hearing him say that it was possible. But, you know what? I knew I could do it...I knew it was possible for me. I knew it in my gut. I am motivated to do this just to show myself that I can. Challenging yourself is a really wonderful thing to do.

This blog will chronicle my journey for the next few months, and I'd be honored to have you, dear reader, follow along. I am far from perfect, and I'm not a skilled runner...yet. I am a 41 year old type 1 diabetic woman who has transformed herself in the past 3 years from a sedentary, depressed soul, to an alive and in shape active woman. I've shed 60 pounds and dropped so many sizes its dizzying! My kids and I have done several 5Ks together, and the more I do, the more I want to do! I log in many miles every week walking and running, and can do 5.2 miles on my elliptical in 50 minutes. So, this 13.1 IS a huge challenge. Huge!

So, as we move ahead, you will hear my story, get to know me and the incredible people in my world, understand why this blog has the title that it does, and hopefully have some laughs too.

Are you in? I am!

"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, 'I'm possible.'" ~ Audrey Hepburn