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By Leesa Gabel

When used as an adjective lackluster means lacking liveliness, vitality, spirit or enthusiasm.

Lackluster is the perfect word to describe how I’ve been feeling since October. I’ve had zero motivation. Once I met my numbers at the end of October I did return to boot camp, but only for two classes. After the first I could hardly move my legs for about three days. Seriously. After the second class I wasn’t as sore, but I was dog-tired and needed a second sleep. That’s when I decided my body wasn’t ready for a return to boot camp. My heart was and having to admit that my body wasn’t was a very hard thing.

With the holidays in full swing, I thought this feeling would go away, but it hasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the holidays, but mostly from the comfort of the sofa under my leapord print snuggie (or is it a slanket??).

Perhaps I better ask Santa for a big bag of motivation….



Downtime is over…training starts today!

By Craig Gabel

Well we’ve taken some time off from training and blogging.  The time off has been productive since I was able to get some things done around the house that have been put off while I was training for Ironman (that was my excuse anyway  ;0) ).  Both Leesa and I have also used the downtime to recover from some recent injuries.  I had a really bad ankle sprain and Leesa had some nasty blisters from the Cliff Hanger run last month aside from getting over all the side effects from 6 months of chemo that seem to keep lingering around and showing up out of nowhere.  Leesa and I feel very achy, tired, unmotivated and just don’t have much energy these days.  These are all signs that we’ve slumped into old habits.  I’ve put some weight back on and that is really bumming me out.  Now is the time to get back to it and I am working on a new workout schedule for the entire family and hope to put it into action today. 

Yesterday we celebrated the second Sunday of Advent with our kids and talked about proclamations.  In the spirit of Advent and the season of celebrating Jesus’ birth, I am reinstituting my weight loss challenge to myself and any other takers out there.  I feel very lost not having a specific event to train for other than the Tahoe century ride next June.  These events have surpasses any goals I have ever imagined that I would accomplish from the endurance perspective. Ironman was an ultimate distance for me and now that I have walked the walk and hit the peak (in my mind anyway), I have nothing bigger and badder to really shoot for.  So rather than train for a specific event right now, I am training to meet a lifelong endurance goal that is even bigger than any Ironman event… a weight loss goal.   I have been avoiding the weight loss goals for years and it’s time I met my match and ultimate long term goal.  My lofty goal is to lose 76.6 pounds as of today. Training starts right now!