Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kate Middleton too thin??

I recently read an article that Kate Middleton is getting "too thin" based off of her legs in a photo of her wearing a mid-thigh-length coat in Northern Ireland. They are even covering it on shows like Inside Edition & Extra. I am glad that they are talking about something other than Charlie Sheen for once, but come on! First off, until you see her shoulder blades sticking out in a strapless gown or her ribs in a bikini, how the heck can you judge someone's weight... especially while she's wearing a coat?!?! I think that these people writing these articles, like the one in the dailymail were written for the author to gain popularity and that is it! And don't start an article by complimenting the person, only to pass judgement on them in the next paragraph.

Does she appear thinner? Yes. Does she look unhealthy? Not at all. She is just like any girl getting ready for their wedding. Every single one of us goes on a diet, gets a new workout or trainer. I think it's totally normal for her to be slimming down for her wedding. And not only that, I think that she has a little more pressure on her shoulders since she is about to become a princess! And working out is an excellent stress reliever. I know that I, like I think every other woman, wants to look their absolute best as they are walking down the isle. And the isles that we are walking down aren't being televised to the entire world, literally. The royal union of William & Kate is estimated to have over a billion people watching worldwide. Prince Charles and Lady Diana had 750 million viewers in 1981. And Lady Diana's funeral had over 2.5 billion viewers. There is an obvious appeal of the British Royal Family to the rest of the world. If the so-to-be-princess wants to make sure that she has toned arms, and is thin on her wedding day, on one of the biggest stages.... LET HER BE!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

It has begun!!

Larissa setting the bar HIGH!
The journey to 100 miles began today!! I will be doing my run this afternoon. Larissa really set the bar with with an email this morning showing us all this pic! I was only planning on doing a max of 3 miles today, but I guess I have to step up my game today!

There was a slight change in the challenge though.... turns out the Nike+ costs around $40 and not everyone has that. So..... I found a website www.dailymile.com that is great!! It lets you create a profile, create an event, add friends, etc. So now, each of us will take a photo of our work on the treadmill, or garmin, and post the miles accordingly.

Once Larissa posted her miles, I instantly got motivated and excited to start my run this afternoon! It's weird because that NEVER happens :) Hopefully everyone else gets inspired and we all do this together!

I am also adding a mileage tracker so that everyone can see my progress over the next 40 days!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

100 miles in 40 days

So this year for Lent my husband and I were trying to figure out something to do that would be fun and healthy. Yeah we could give up sweets or alcohol, but with wedding season just around the corner and a trip to Vegas planned, that's probably not the best idea. But still we wanted something that would benefit our health and something that we could both do together. I saw Heidi Klum on Ellen last week and she had said that her and her husband, Seal, had a race to 100 miles and it took around 7 weeks. That got me thinking... Lent is 40 days, a little less than 7 weeks, but at 2 and a half miles a day, totally plausable. 

Then I thought, my family lives across the country, sister in Alaska, mother & stepdad in Nashville, and the rest here in Nebraska.... why not open it up to everyone! I have had the Nike+ running chip for several years (runs about $20 new). The chip fits in almost any newer Nike shoe under the left sole. Then there is a piece that you plug into your iPod. This will keep track of your pace, distance, time, etc. Then, all you have to do is plug your iPod with your saved workout into your computer and it inputs everything for you!! And even better, Nike.com allows you to create challenges and invite family & friends to join in! I created the event last night and sent out the invites. Knowing that my stepdad is training to run a marathon and is at 40-50 miles per week right now, I decided to not make it a race to 100 miles, but just to complete 100 miles in the 40 days. Also, I am pretty sure that my super-freak athletic pregnant sister will have the miles done well before I will!!

I know that it's based around Lent/Easter, and not everyone is Catholic, my other isn't even Catholic, but it's something fun that our entire family can do together even though we are not in the same place as another. And at 2.5 miles per day, anyone can do it.... even the walkers!!
I will be tracking all of the progress that we make, so wish me luck!!