Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Who I Relay For....

On June 14 I'll be participating in the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life.  I first heard about the relay 10 years ago, just after both pf my parents had been diagnosed with cancer.  I was so excited about the Relay and wanted to take part, only to find out it was happening the night before my wedding.  So thinking that wouldn't be the best idea, I vowed to take part the following year.

June 2002, my mom told us that at her physical the doctor had found some "lumps" in 2 different places that he wanted her to get checked out.  In late August, she found out that the lumps in one of those places was cancerous.  BUT, it was in her thyroid, and it is supposed to be one of the best places to get cancer.  They would remove her thyroid gland, and she's have some treatments, and hopefully that would be all.  In September she had her surgery, and was fortunate that it hadn't spread beyond her thyroid.  And then in November she had her first round of radioactive iodine treatments.

March 2003, my dad found out that he had cancer as well.  No one wants to hear that a loved one has cancer, but let me tell you you also don't want to be told this news again 8 months after learning that your mom had it, and now your other parent has to battle this disease too.  Dad started chemo treatments fairly soon after his diagnosis.  We shaved his head for him before he lost it all, and he looked mighty handsome if I do say so myself.  And I went with him one day to his treatment.  For any of you who have a family member who is having treatments, go with them one day if you can.

It is said that you never know how strong you are until it is the only choice you have.  My family seemed to live this in 2002/2003.  For me personally, I was working a full time job, taking some night school courses, finishing up some placements for these courses AND planning my wedding for June of 2003.  Some days I wondered how we would get trough all of it.

June 18, 2004 I participated in my first Relay.  We had 11 people on our team, and LOTS of visitors to our campsite.  Mom as a survivor participated in the "Survivor lap".  Later that night we lit many luminaries in memory of my dad who had lost his battle just before Christmas in 2003.

This June, we will continue to watch mom walk in the survivor lap (she has now been cancer free for 10 years!), we will continue to light luminaries in memory of my dad (who lost his battle 10 years ago this December), and we will have our kids there to experience their first Relay for Life.

While the heart of the reason I relay is because of my parents, we have added WAY to many names to our "In Memory Of" banner that we hang at our Relay for Life Campsite.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Forest City Road Race

I completed my very first 5K yesterday at the Forest City Road Race (#fcrr).  I have to admit that I had NO idea what to expect as I didn't know anyone else who was running.  But the volunteers were AWESOME.  From when I picked up my kit on Saturday afternoon and had to ask what to do when I got to the park the next morning, to the spectators and volunteers along the route, to the people handing out brown paper bags after the race - for the food in the tent (who knew?).

People talk about this runners "high" that you get.  I don't know that I had that per se, but I do have to say that I may be hooked on the races.  I had an AMAZING time.  It was incredible to see the variety of people who were out there doing it.  I have 2 more races lined up for this year - a 5K in July and a 1/2 marathon in September, but I think I'll be adding a few more.  I keep joking that I want to do one of the Disney ones, but I'm more serious about it now, and will be planning for that in a few years.

My kids (3 and 5) were so excited about the race, that we signed them up to run the fun run (1K).  My hubby and father in law ran with them, but my son left his dad in the dust.  I didn't even get a picture of my son running to the finish line he was so fast.  And I honestly think that the best part of them running, is that my son wants to do it again the next time we are at his grandparents house.  So I'll be spending some time finding some races that we can all do.

My goal for my first race was to finish in 45 minutes.  Well I did that, here are my stats:
Chip Time: 41:22
Place overall: 718 out of 810
Place for females:  478 out of 554
Place for age group:  91 out of 98
Time/km:  8.23

At this point my next race is July 10.  I'm hoping to break the 40 minute mark.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

One Week and Counting.....

By this time next week I will have completed my first 5K event at the #fcrr.  I have to admit that I am a little nervous about it - especially that I'm not going to be able to turn off that little voice in my head that says I can't do it.  But it's only 5K.  I CAN do it.  I actually "wogged" 5K earlier this week so it should be a piece of cake right?

This is what I need to remember......

Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Sunshine

Have you seen this months' Stamp of the month yet?  Here it is... My Sunshine.

I can't wait to use it on some upcoming thank you cards.  I have an order going in on Saturday if you'd like to add anything.  Don't forget to check out the while supplies last items on my website as well.  Some great retired product at a great deal!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Squat Challenge

On a few of my different Facebook groups they've been talking about the 30 day squat challenge.  So tonight I search for it and (finally) found an image that I could print off that didn't have a pictures of someone's almost naked behind.  And hubby and I completed Day 1.

So, are you going to join us on this challenge?

Monday, April 8, 2013

A New Me....

Many of us talk about eating better, losing weight, and getting healthy.  But how many of us do it?  Or how many of us start, have a bad day and then just stop altogether?  That's me on and off the wagon.  Well I will now be running my first race at the end of this month and I'm so not ready - and it's because of this on again, off again mentality.  Now it's "only" a 5K I'm doing, but that's 5K more than I have ever run at one time before.

So over the next month I may use this blog as a way to "journal" my accomplishments in my training.  Perhaps it will also hold me accountable to my training.  Don't worry I won't post any scary pictures of myself, although I've been thinking that I need to take a picture in either my workout gear or a bathing suit and post it on the fridge so I have a visual of what it looks like.

My kids are going to help me with this too - my 5 year old is always asking about what food is healthy for you and what isn't healthy.  After all they are a big part of the reason for my transformation - teaching them how to stay healthy.  And now that the warmer weather is starting to return we'll be walking to school rather than driving.

So ... I have my first 5K set for April 27, another 5K set for July 10, and a 1/2 marathon set for September 22.  And honestly as of now that 1/2 marathon scares the crap out of me. 

So here's to the beginning of a healthier me.  :)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Alzheimers Disease

I thought today I would share with you a cause that I am helping to raise funds for.

When I was growing up my brother and I spent our summers at my grandparents cottage with them.  Now, we may joke about being at "boot camp" because of the rules that we had while we were there (bed by 9, up at 7, etc), but we really did enjoy our time there.  I remember the fun activities that they found for us to do, like making a plant holder for my mom by gluing seashells onto the outside of a plastic green plant holder.  Only to have the wind pick up moments later and have the table fall into the lake, seashells and all.  we had games of cards, rummycube, puzzles, and swimming.  We had our trips into town (Parry Sound, ON) twice a week, it was always early in the morning, especially the trips on Friday's because we had to leave before the "weekenders" or "vacationers" came in to pick up their supplies.  But on Fridays I was always able to go to the library and pick up some books.  And by some, I mean anywhere from 8-10 of them.  I'd read them through the week and return them all the following Friday (going to bed at 9pm while on summer vacation wasn't so bad after all.)  In fact I think I actually read through all of the books in the pre-teen section one summer.

Over these summers at the cottage, my grandmother would forget things - where she'd put her book, her knitting, how to play one of the card games.  Nothing really out of the ordinary when you consider that she was in her 70s.  Hey I just spent most of the day searching for a book that I realized has been missing for a week.  There were other symptoms as well and eventually my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

Now while Alzheimers Disease may be a horrible one to watch your family members suffer though, she did make some things quite humorous - such as referring to my husband as a "dirty man" when he made some type of sarky comment.  And other times the comments she made, you weren't sure whether you should laugh or cry...  I went with my mom to pick up my grandmother from a Alzheimer's Day program at one of the nursing homes.  We were chatting in the car, when she asked who that person was behind her.  My mom said it was her grand daughter, and my grandmother asked when all of this had happened, she didn't know she had a granddaughter.

My grandmother lived with this disease for many years and passed away in 2004.

This year I am supporting this cause in 2 different ways.  First I am thrilled to share that Scentsy's charitable warmer for this catalogue is in support of the Alzheimer's Society.  The Scentsy Family Foundation will donate $9 from each warmer sold to the Alzheimer's Society.  And I will also be donating all of my commission from each warmer I sell ($9) to the Alzheimer's Society.

Scentsy's Forget Me Not warmer in support of the Alzheimer's Society.  Only $42 CAD.

And secondly, I have signed up to compete in the 2013 World Alzheimer's Day Run for Heroes Marathon.  You can find more information and a spot for pledges here.  I will be running in memory of my grandmother and in the hopes that a cure can be found before myself or my children have to live with this disease ourselves.