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Aug

30

Team Training Day

By Leesa Gabel

This morning was our first team training day. I’m not sure it was our official first one because we don’t have our kick off until Tuesday. Nonetheless….we went….7am!! For those that know me, they know that 7am is early for me on the weekend as I still enjoy sleeping in as long as possible. Our kids had a sleepover with a neighbor. I don’t know what we’d do without the generosity of our neighbors — they’re definitely blessings in our life!!! So with the kids taken care of, Craig and I were able to focus on our walk. Today was a 4 mile walk (turned out to be 4.5). It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Except for this hill just after the first mile — OMG!!! — I’ll admit that I was not pleased. But, with Craig’s hand on the small of my back and his encouraging words I made it up (twice!!). At the water station we were able to sample an energy gel – GU – which was surprisingly tasty. I can only recommend Vanilla Bean at this time…we weren’t feeling brave enough to try the Chocolate. We’re not ‘race ready’ on our time, but it was only our first day. The other members there (from other TNT events) were all so supportive. It’s a really great team atmosphere. I’m looking forward to meeting my team next week. And to meet the members who will be wearing an Honored Patient wristband with my name on it. Seems a bit surreal still. All-in-all a really good day. And yes, I took a long nap this afternoon and will be requesting a leg massage from Craig tonight.
•Health note: I’m feeling really good. Been off the chemo pill for about a month now. I go back to my cancer doctor next week for routine blood work. Need to make sure everything’s as it should be. I’m sure the daily exercise and healthier food choices are a big reason that I’m feeling as good as I am. I’ll let ya know how my tests turn out. :)

Aug

27

Swim Workout

By Craig Gabel

Swim workouts are going well. I have a really good workout that will slowly build up to a continuous mile swim. Then I can add to it from there. So far it’s going fairly well. Through my scheduled workout I am up to 900 meters this week plus I add some extra laps to get and even 1650 (swimmers mile). I am feeling better in the water everyday. Once I am finished with my workout I play with Alex and run through a swim lesson with Ash. Alex is doing very well with holding his breath and diving for rings. His stroke is improving every day. He starts swim practice with the Olathe Lightening (USA Swim team) next week. That will be fun! Ash is impressively moving along. In a weeks time I have gotten her to swim arm strokes across the width of the pool (approx 10-12 yards). She is diving for rings in water over her head and she did a handstand (with some assistance). She was so excited, she must have did it 20 times. She looks so cute in her pink swim cap and pink goggles.

Aug

26

Divine guidance?

By Craig Gabel

My brain has been stirring over the last couple weeks wondering ‘what is the answer to Leesa’s question below’, which also has been plaguing me. “Why is the motivation to get healthy different this time around?” I think I have found the answer. I can’t tell you how many times I have had that little conversation most of us tend to have with God (whether you are a religious person or not) when our lives aren’t in the best shape. I mean that’s the best time to start seeking God is when things aren’t going well…right? Well…that’s a whole other conversation that I won’t get into here. In my quest for healthy living I have repeatedly asked God to guide me to find the right process for healthy living. Not do it for me, but guide me to make the right choices. Freewill can be bear some times. Whether it is a new diet (that I’ll never stick to), a workout routine (that I will get bored with) or something totally off the wall different. For me he chose something off the wall and very different…yet familiar at the same time. I have wanted to get back into swimming for a lot of years now. It is something I am familiar with and frankly now that I have been back in the pool for a month, I am doing fairly well so far and I feel great physically. Why didn’t I do this sooner is the question I keep asking myself. I think having a definitive goal, a goal that is something I have never done before and using some familiar techniques to help get me there is what I am supposed to be doing. I also believe this is God’s way of helping me get healthy as well as giving me an opportunity to help others, which is another topic I have been praying about for a long time. I think I have always been a caring and giving person and I want to help others in a big way if that is God’s will for me to do so. This may be my chance to set an example and help others improve their quality of life as well. I guess time will tell.

Aug

25

Why Now?

By Leesa Gabel

I keep asking myself….”why now?” What’s so different about this weight loss/get healthy attempt? I think it has to do with having a finite goal. Sure losing weight and getting healthy is a good goal, but aside from reaching ‘goal’ weight, it’s something that I’ll have to work on for the rest of my life. Seems daunting. But now…now I have a goal — Disney World January 2009 and a 26-mile marathon. Of course Disney won’t mean that I’m done, but it’s a good milestone marker…..something to get me motivated. And boy howdy am I motivated. Not only have I exercised every day since 9/14, but I’ve managed to lose 10 pounds and I’m feeling so much better. Still get tired in the afternoons, but I push through and enjoy a very good night’s sleep (that is assuming my kids don’t wake me in the middle of the night). Not to jinx myself…..but this is it….this is the pinnacle turning point in my life. :)

Aug

22

Swimming

By Leesa Gabel

Tonight is a swim night on the training schedule — my favorite!! I still find that odd to say, especially since it means I have to be seen in public wearing a swim suit (granted, my suit has a matching set of shorts that I wear so I feel a little more covered). But I’ve come to realize that me worrying about what other people are thinking when they see me in my swim suit is really ridiculous. Their thoughts about me (if they have them) are fleeting because they’re probably just as concerned about how other people think they look. I honestly don’t know when this change in attitude occurred in me. All I know….is that I really like swimming and I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed it. I like that swimming makes me sweat. I like it even more now that I have a swim cap to keep my hair out of my face (I don’t look near as cute as my daughter does in her pink cap).

Aug

22

Commitment

By Craig Gabel

I feel really good about our progress so far. We have been on a strict daily schedule now for over a full week and we are sticking to it. I am so proud of Leesa for her level of effort and commitment to this life changing event. Last night we walked 2 miles and she gave it her all. Our lap times improved a bit and more importantly were sustained. We have both lost weight everyday so far (well I slipped and gained a half pound one day but I lost that half pound and then some to make it back up). Today I officially cleared the 10 pounds lost mark. It’s a good first milestone for me. There will be many more to come for both of us and I couldn’t be more excited.

Aug

20

Olympics

By Craig Gabel

I have been an Olympics nut since they started over a week ago. I have to say the swimming events have gotten me really fired up. Seeing Michael Phelps breaking records left and right has been unbelievable. He is just an ordinary kid doing extraordinary things all because of his determination to make his hopes and dreams a reality. I can relate to that. Plus seeing Dara Torres breaking new ground as an old timer (for the sport anyway) is very encouraging for me to keep pushing forward. There is hope and we are not to old to get in shape and go after an athletic achievement.

Aug

20

We’re moving along…

By Craig Gabel

So here we are a week or so into our “unofficial” training and I feel pretty good about it. We have consistently hit our 2 mile walks the past week and are on target to hit 2 miles 3 times this week. Last night we did 3 miles! We have been swimming 3 times a week….working up to a mile+ per day. Plus we’ve seen a decent weight reduction. We just need to keep the train going. My dad sent a quote to me the other day that really summed everything we are doing up into a single sentence. I made a little change to the text but the message is the same, “To achieve something you never thought possible, you have to do something you have never done.” That is exactly what we are doing now. This quote has been my inspiration to keep going with these life changes everyday. I sure as heck have never trained for a marathon but thought it would be cool to do one if I was ever in shape. Next on the list…Tri-athlon! I guess I shouldn’t get to far ahead of myself.

Aug

20

Encouragement

By Leesa Gabel

My husband is a source of great encouragement. I think it took a bit to get him on board with the idea of doing marathons, but now he’s 110% into it. Into the schedules, the lifestyle changes…everything. He offers up little bits of verbal encouragements as we walk or swim or (insert exercise term here). But the best encouragement he gives me doesn’t involve words at all. It’s feeling his hand on the small of my back giving me a slight push as we walk up a hill. I know that I couldn’t make it up ‘life’s hills’ without his hand on the small of my back, giving me the support I need.

Aug

13

Joined Team In Training

By Leesa Gabel

Are you aware that a marathon is 26 miles long?!?!?! I have no idea what has possessed me to think that I can participate in a marathon. But I can’t deny the energy surge I feel — I’m excited about this!! I’m excited about the idea of training — excited about exercise!