September 01, 2010

Down & Dirty in Thirty W:5

I'm checking in this morning at a higher weight than I started the challenge.  Nothing dramatic, and certainly nothing unexpected.  This is the week that I gain weight.  It happens.  For my team I'm sorry.  For myself I have to be okay with it.

Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans

Scratch that.  I am okay with it. 

I'm having a cup of apple cider this morning.  I'm enjoying it guilt free. Sure its 80 calories that wouldn't be in a cup of coffee, but while the coffee actually inhibits iron absorption, this cider has vitamin C which helps your body absorb iron better.

So me, my cup of cider, and my cinnamon & raisin bagel are all good this morning.  After all I'm on a quest for better health, not smaller thighs. (Okay I'm still on a quest for smaller thighs but I'm not going to put my racing career in jeopardy for them!!)

This weeks Mean Girl cleanse won't be easy for me - its giving up comparison.  I'm the queen of comparison.  Well at least the kind that shines a bad light on me and a good light on someone else. 

In monetary terms I realize that wealth isn't a pie chart.  In order to grow my assets, I don't have to take yours.  Why do I have a hard time grasping that I can be slender and attractive while you are skinny and pretty?  Your beauty/size has no bearing on mine. 

Last week I didn't realize that there was a Facebook page for the challenge, so I wasn't as involved as I could have been.  I've since found the page and promise to be more active!

On to the Drop Dead Gorgeous Challenge!

1. A photo of yourself with a self-motivational note.

 I cannot allow fear to steal my dreams

Jamee posted a song last week that really spoke to me.  The song was Unbreakable by Fireflight and one line in particular grabbed me.  Fear is just a crutch that turns your dreams into dust. By not allowing myself to dive into my training plan, I was allowing my fear of anemia take my triathlon dreams away.  That's not going to happen.  Not on Super Boo's watch!

2. Posting your weight is completely optional.

I'm up a little, I think since the D&D challenge is over I'm going to switch to a monthly weigh in.  Since I'm not actively counting calories I think the lack of change each week on the scale will just drive me nuts.

3. At least one but no more than five long-term goals.

Finish my mud run strong - its in 10 days!!! My first race back!!!  No time predictions - only I'm fairly certain that all my clothing will head straight for the dump afterward.

4. One brag for the week.

Completed my 1st brick workout of this training series. Bike/run combo. Had to cut back to 20 minutes each discipline (typically 30 min ea) due to time constraints but i got it in.

5. One thing to improve upon for next week.

Smarter food choices, less treating myself
So that's me for the week.  Hopefully you finished the challenge well!  Head on over to the Sisterhood and tell us all about it!


  1. I'm up this week too, but not feeling bad about it either. Its no surprise. (I've got five little men and their burgers to thank for that)

    I think you are already skinny and pretty...and I hope you can see that a little more everyday.

    Hugs friend!

  2. You are doing a great job. I love the Mean Girl Cleanse. And I like your plan of action with the scale.

  3. A monthly weigh in sounds like a good plan ~ just don't pick THIS week each month!! ;) Your motivational note is great!

  4. I think you are so pretty! Love your motivational note. And your wisdom in this post. I even love your 80 calorie apple cider. You made me laugh!

  5. You are doing great. I like that you’re only going to weigh in once a month. I think that will help. I also think you've made some great goal choices. They are very realistic.

    Have fun this weekend!

  6. Brooke, I know I've said it over and over, but I'm so proud of you. Seriously. You are growing more and more every single day. Growing into a beautiful, strong, smart, and well-balanced woman.

    It's time to kick your fear to the curb. You can do ANYTHING!!!!!

  7. Why is it that we as individuals don't see what everyone else see? Because Brooke, when I look at you, I see a beautiful, thin, strong, powerful, dedicated athlete who never gives up. That is what I see.

  8. Great quote. Life's too short to let fear dictate our actions.

  9. i love that quote.
    I think i might have to check out the sisterhood...hum...

  10. Hi there!! So my BF always points out that health isn't just about how you look or how strong you are, and that it's mental too. So when I ask him how much he thinks I should weigh, he always insists its about being healthy overall aka stop obsessing/have a positive mind frame. But isn't that a struggle?!

    Anyways, I didn't write that to talk about myself but instead point that I think your switch is focus is awesome and it will ultimately give you what you want! I want the same thing so I'm glad I can learn from your journey.

    Finally, thanks for being so honest about comparison!!

  11. I had no idea about this mean girl challenge until I read Beki's blog! I can't wait to post about that on the Sisterhood!!! I love this post. Seriously love it. I'm always proud of you, girl, you're just so much awesome rolled up in hotness.

  12. You are so pretty and look great already! Yes apple cider is great! and I would also have to say better than coffee. I will have to get some myself, cuz its gettig to be that time of the sesion.

  13. You are too stinking adorable. LOVE that picture!!! BTW, good luck on your mud run!!! I know you're going to do AWESOME!!!!

  14. You are doing amazing. And when you finish that tri in 23 days, you are going to feel like the strongest woman in the world. I promise.


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