Happy Thanksgiving from this smiling girl! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with lots of yummy food. I’ve had quite the busy day. It all started yesterday when I flew to my parents house in Cali. We had a full house so I am at the local Hampton Inn which I love. Very comfortable room and it makes visiting my family more of a vacation than a family visit, which is good!
Then I got a kiwi crate and did a cute craft with my nieces (all 5 are here. So fun!). The craft was turkey namecards and they turned out very adorable.
Then this morning we continued the Thanksgiving festivities with the Folsom turkey trot 5k. This is the 3rd year in a row I’ve done turkey trot (last year I did one in Utah, year before in Folsom).
I’m not much of a walker and even less a runner but its fun to get some energy out before the big meal, challenge yourself and help give back to the community. This year I mentioned it early and we ended up with 11 of us attending- Me, Dad, Seth, Megan, Sam, Anna, Madi, Olive, Lucy, Nelle. All of the kids did great and everyone finished.
My feet are pretty blistered and body was sore but I’m doing pretty well on the pain recovery. I was feeling strong enough to help out with the kids and I decided to take them to the pool at my hotel to get them out of the chefs hair. It was a lot of fun but I’m definitely very tired!
Once we got home from the swimming we got busy making a huge meal. I was pretty tired but I made the mashed potatoes which you could say is my specialty. The secret is heating up the cream/milk and butter together so they become one liquid and mixing that with the mashed potatoes. Its so creamy!
We ended up with 21 people at thanksgiving dinner and it was quite the endeavor for my Mom and sister. Here are some photos
So it was a very Happy Thanksgiving at the Wagner house and I hope it was the same for all of you. God bless you and your family and let’s have a wonderful Christmas! Love you all!
The big race has come and gone and I finished!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was such an awesome journey. I still can’t believe that I actually did it. It was so exhilarating.
The day started early in the morning. Having taken some serious sleeping meds I actually got a pretty good sleep. Then I ate my traditional pre-race breakfast bowl and headed to meet Michele. Michele is my trainer and kindly agreed to kayak for me at the race. For having only kayaked a couple of times she did great and was very encouraging.
We drove down to Deer Creek Reservoir and met up with my swim family. Some of them couldn’t make the race because of other commitments and some were overseas helping Gordon Gridley swim the English Channel (great job Gordon!) . But a lot of my friends were there and I really can’t say enough about the bond I feel with so many of the other swimmers. They are just the best, cheering me on, waving in the water, hugging me when I finish. It is so wonderful to be a part of.
It took a while to get everything started but at about 8:40 we were in the water and on our way. I did better keeping with the main group than I’ve ever done before (and I didn’t finish last! 🙂 ). The water was like glass, beautiful and it is a gorgeous lake. The only challenge was it was hard to find things to sight to because the buoys were small and not a lot of large trees or formations to look at.
I made it to the 1/2 mile length fast and was surprised at how I clipped along the first half. I’m not sure what my time at a mile was but I’m sure its the best I’ve ever done. There was a bit of confusion for me at the 5k turn around but Michele touched me with the paddle and let me know I was going the wrong way!
At about that point I got cramps in both my legs. My legs felt tight the whole morning and I was honestly waiting for the cramp to come. I could feel it dying to come out. I was scared when both legs started cramping but I was able to wiggle the cramps out and keep on going. Honestly swimming was the best thing for the cramps. It was only when I stopped that their mischief started.
I did 2 feedings during the 5k eating gel packs. They are so gag inducing but do help with the cramps. I also had a vitamin water this time and I love that! It was sweet enough to give me energy without spiking my blood sugar more than it already was from so much exercise. It also has electrolytes and other vitamins to help with the race. It definitely helped me finish.
At about the 2:15 mark I made it back to the 1/2 mile buoy and as crazy as it sounds that last 1/2 mile was definitely the hardest. There started to be more boat traffic and the big lumbering waves boats make are tough (tough both for me and Michele!). I felt like the finish line was never going to come.
Then I saw it and I pushed and pushed, practically sprinting the last 50 yards. To finish you had to smack the finishing buoy which I did in enthusiastic fashion. Done! I had done it. Me the overweight girl from Draper had just swam most of a lake. 5k! I still can’t believe it!
It honestly was one of the best days of my life. Every swim I do is one of the best days of my life. I’m so grateful to have such an awesome sport in my life and to be considered an athlete. Who would have thought?
Thanks to everyone for your love and support. It may not be gold but I guarantee you no Olympian has worn a medal with more glee than I wore my finishing medal today. Hurray!
So one of the hard things about changing to the family ward is the lack of activities. We have not had a single ward activity and only 2 relief society activities. In fact, the attitude seem to be against activities. For instance, before one of the relief society activities the announcer reiterated several times ‘don’t feel any pressure to come. Only come if you want to come’. This is a downer for me because I live alone and need activities to get to know anybody, especially now that they have me exiled to primary. Its not just activities but I’ve missed all the spiritual thoughts, FHE, firesides etc that you have in the singles ward.
Anyway, last week I decided to go ahead and attend activities in my singles ward again. Why not? Yesterday I checked my facebook and they announced a 5K in my ward. They’ve done these 5K’s as a fitness challenge every once in a while and there probably was a lot of build up in the ward but this was the first time I heard about it.
Trying to be super intense this week in my exercise I decided to go for it. I was a little nervous because the Turkey Trot in November had been so rough on my muscles. I figured this would be a good test on my improvement and recovery since the thyroid diagnosis, so I decided to go for it.
Fortunately I had friends to walk with and it went by much easier than the race in November. I felt energized and good. (Of course, the race in November it was freeze raining and was exhausted from all the Thanksgiving prep).
Even today I was a little sore but well enough to meet with my trainer! I don’t think I had realized how much my pain level and recovery time has improved since I started on the thyroid treatment until yesterday. It is so exciting! It makes me all the more confident for my upcoming swim (which I am excited but freaked out for at the same time).
I feel like I have finally figured it out after all the junk I went through last year. I am able to do something like a 5K without being near bedridden for the next 2 days. I couldn’t say that in November. Hurray!
Let’s just hope and pray that the progress continues and I am able to keep progressing, hopefully at an accelerated rate from last year. (Wouldn’t take much to make that happen!).
Happy Thanksgiving! In years past I have posted a blog of things I am thankful for. This year I have been updating facebook and twitter with things I am grateful for all month so I don’t feel a need to do a post like that this year. Let me just do a quick update.
We just finished a delicious Thanksgiving meal (we always eat in 2 phases meal and a couple of hours later pie!). Now we are sitting together chatting and sharing memories. It was a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. I was in charge of the mashed potatoes- a food I have not eaten in months and yes it is just as delicious as I remembered! If anything absence has made the heart grow fonder!
I got a little over-zealous in the mashed potato making and you should have seen the giant bowl of leftovers (thank goodness I get 2 days off my diet, so I can eat some tomorrow! Yum!). I was also in charge of the pumpkin and lemon meringue pies. I purchased the pumpkin pie but the lemon meringue was from scratch and a lot of work (it has so many steps, zest and squeeze lemons, make crust, lemon curd and meringue. ). It was exhausting but a lot of fun.
Lemon meringue is my favorite pie and what I’ve had for my birthday for years and years. I like it with lots of lemon juice- very tart! After being on a sweet fast for the month it was great to have lots of pie. I know my trainer was hoping it wouldn’t taste good anymore. Sadly that is not the case! It’s still delicious but it is nice to know the pie was earned.
This morning started off with a bang. Trying to justify a day of bingeing I organized a group of us to go to the Folsom Turkey Trot. This was a 5k run/walk (I speed-walked it. 5k in 1 hour 27 seconds which I thought was pretty good). The proceeds from the race go to the local food bank and despite some rain it was a fun activity. It always warms my heart to think of all the volunteers and work that went into making a community event like the turkey trot happen.
I am very grateful for all who sacrifice to make our communities better. It makes me want to do more to contribute. It is also nice during this day of feasting to do something that helps those in need. Especially during the holidays those that do not have enough food to eat or money to buy presents feel it acutely. I loved participating in the race and I hope it becomes a tradition at our Thanksgiving celebrations.
Needless to say after a day with a 5k and then cooking all day I am tuckered out! My feet hurt and I feel like I could fall asleep now. Nevertheless my fatigue has not diminished my enjoyment of the day and my realization of the many blessings I have in my life.
I am so grateful for all my friends and family and their support. I am thankful for good health and a body that keeps allowing me to push it day in and day out. I’m grateful for the great and difficult experiences of the past year. My story feels different than ever before. I was a good person before starting my fitness quest but I am more vibrant, layered person now. I love that!
I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. Love you!
ps. I am doing a Christmas Swimfest on Dec 17th at 9:30 am at Gene Fullmer Pool. We will have Christmas swim caps and some games (I am renting 2 lanes) and then we will go to Golden Corral for breakfast buffet. It should be a nice chance to engage with one another and have fun. If anyone would like to come let me know so that I get enough caps.