One Year Ago

It’s the new year, and with recent events I’ve been prone to a little reflection.

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Everyone say hi to my mom!

2013 was an incredible, amazing year. I didn’t lose any poundage, but I did gain so much knowledge about myself. How to eat food as fuel, what my body is capable of, the importance of paying attention to my activity levels.

Talk about one heck of a year. I mean last night alone, I ran 4.5 miles. Four and a half miles. I’ve gone from a size fourteen to a ten and gained so much confidence and comfort in my own skin. If I look happier  in the most recent picture, it’s because I am so much happier now that I’m healthy. I’ve refocused my life on what is important. Spending time with my family, friends and on myself have helped me adjust to a new city and a new life and allowed me to focus on my career without getting lost in it.

Okay enough reflection. 2013 was awesome, and here is how I am going to make 2014 even better.

  • Run in 2 half marathons. I’m already signed up for one (duh, it’s all I talk about), but I want to schedule another one for the fall. I’m thinking either the Air Force Half Marathon in Dayton in September, or the Columbus Half Marathon in October. My co-conspirator Allison has already approved this idea.
  • Run in a total of 6 races 10K or longer. Right now my running comfort zone sits between 3 and 5 miles, so I want to push myself this year and run in four 10Ks in addition to the two halfs. I’m already signed up for the DFW Polar Dash at the end of this month, and I’m going to register for the Austin Statesman Capitol 10,000 in April. Anyone know any other good 10Ks in the area, let me know!!
  • Try something new. I’m thinking Krav Maga. Maybe Bar Method. Who knows? It could be anything, and that’s the beauty of  it.

So there it is! My list for 2014. Here’s to another great year full of new adventures and learning experiences along the way.

Two Kinds of Pride

I have two things to talk about today.

First of all, I ran my longest distance yet yesterday, and it was definitely the toughest.

Five miles on a treadmill. (Thanks, Winter Storm Cleon.) In all reality, I thank God for this weekend, because while the weather was terrible and it was bitterly cold, we never lost power and we were lucky enough to be safe both times we ventured out to drive on the ice. Others were not as lucky and I hope those still without power get it back soon. 

But anyway, the treadmill. So boring, and hard, thank goodness for this playlist. Really. It was hard not only because of the stagnant nature of the treadmill, but because there were a couple points where I really just wanted to quit. Around 3.5, and then again around 4 miles. It took a lot of mental energy to force myself to keep going.

But I did the whole 5 miles, and I am really proud of myself. For the first time I think, I’m letting myself feel proud of this accomplishment. I was thinking about it, and if you had asked me a month and half ago to run 5 miles, I would have laughed at you. It’s amazing to reflect back on how far I’ve come in such a short time.

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Secondly, I need to give a shout out to my cousin, friend, co-conspiritor and running peer-pressure coach, Erin, who ran in the BCS Marathon in College Station yesterday! Not only did she have the determination to train for a full marathon, but when the race she had originally planned on got cancelled due to ice (thanks, Winter Storm Cleon), she got in at the last minute for another race. And while I was a little disappointed I couldn’t be there to cheer them on, as I had planned on in Dallas, I cannot imagine going through all that, having a race cancelled, and not giving up, but signing up for a different race on three days notice, and then finishing!

I am so proud of her, and my Aunt Susan for finishing their first marathon. They have been a huge help in getting me into the world of running, helping me figure out training plans, races, gear and just providing overall moral support that I could not be more proud of them as they accomplish their goals.

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Ice, Ice, Baby.

Okay. I know I said I got a taste of running in the cold a couple weeks ago, but nothing, nothing I have ever been in compared to what is going on in Dallas right now.

And I’ll be honest, I had every intention of running while I was in Ohio last weekend, but that did not happen at all. Luckily I did get to run this week, once on Tuesday (in a beautifully dark 60 degrees, it was amazing even though my GPS mismeasured my run by a mile and a half) and then again this afternoon.

Here’s the thing about today.

Thursday night, it dropped 40 degrees and started sleeting heavily, meaning I woke up Friday morning to this.

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Yeah that’s not snow. Our parking lot (as well as everything the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex) was completely encased in ice. We got about 2 inches when all was said and done, and as of Friday afternoon it was 26 degrees with the windchill putting it near 11 degrees.

I’m sorry, I know runners are supposed to be ready to run in any weather, but no. Even the Dallas Marathon cancelled its race this weekend.

Moment of sadness for my awesome cousin Erin who was going to run in it for her first full marathon. 😦

I am not hard-core enough for this. Not to mention I can barely walk on the stuff, much less run on it. I know my limits, and this is what they look like.

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Yeah no. So I slowly, carefully padded across the parking lot to hit up the fitness center. Yay for not having to drive to a gym.

It was boiling in there. And yes, this is a combo mirror-gym-no makeup-all natural selfie, probably the worst kind of selfie. Judge away. See if I care. I was really proud of myself for getting out of bed this morning seeing how cold it is.

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I did get a solid 3.5 in as planned, and felt pretty good about it, despite the boring nature of the treadmill.

One thing I do like about treadmills is they force me to keep running, and I find myself walking a lot less while on them. Granted, when I do run, it’s at a slower pace, but I like knowing that I don’t have to walk as much anymore.

Also my new favorite running toy, courtesy of an early Christmas present from my best friend since third grade. A running pack for my phone and keys and any other small items I may need. Hallelujah, I didn’t realize how much I needed this until now.

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Nice and small, lays flat and does not bounce. Just big enough for my phone and key. Running hands free is greater than anything I could have imagined.

That’s all the updates I have from the frozen front. We’re expected to be iced in for the rest of the weekend, but I’m going to get back out on Sunday to do my longest distance yet – 5 miles.

Hello There!

Wow, hi strangers. Sorry about the radio silence. I would say that life has been crazy busy, but I’m trying to stop using that as an excuse so I’ll be honest – I just haven’t had the motivation to write.

Quick Recap:

This summer was fun. I went to the lake with my family, got a nice sunburn (and subsequent tan), ate and had way too much fun in the process and then took up running.

Like how I stuck that in there? Yep, you heard me right. I have started running.

Well. I’ve started pretending to run. I signed up for a 5K in November. I’m hoping the fact that it’s the Shiner Beer Run will help motivate me to get ready for it. I have been really trying to get out to a nearby park to run in the evenings when it’s not too hot, but I never realized how many factors during your day could affect a run. It’s definitely a lot harder than I thought, but I feel really good afterwards.

Right now my PR for distance is 2.39 and my best average pace has been a 13:38/miles. Oddly enough, those occurred on the same run early in July.

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Pretty much, yeah.

Let’s see, what else has been going on. 

I joined back up with my boot camp this week. My second class is tonight and I am -still- sore from Tuesday. Guess I needed to get back to it more than I thought. Woops.

And for posterity, here are a couple “before” pictures and my starting measurements.

Arms: 13.5 inches
Chest: 42.5 inches
Waist: 39 inches
Hips/Butt: 45 inches
Thighs: 23.25 inches

Raise your hand if you were surprised my chest wasn’t the largest. –raises hand–

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My session will last through February, so for once I’m actually not really concerned about gaining weight during the holidays.

In the meantime, I am hoping to start posting on a more regular basis. More of the same things as before. Personal stories, recipes, random motivational pictures. You know, the usual, with my own spin on it.

I hope you enjoy!

Weekly Weigh In

So this week was tough. The past couple weeks I’ve had a bunch of events for work, and then I had my best friend (and her boyfriend) in town for the weekend and we went to State Fair, so I haven’t really had the will power to adhere to my plan like I would normally.

Nonetheless, I am keeping on.

I lost .9 lbs last week

Hey, that’s pretty good considering how many burgers, hot dogs and fried things I’ve consumed! Also, the pasta. All the pasta.

So hooray for me!

Now it’s time for some state fair pictures.

 

The State Fair of Texas has a giant ferris wheel, if you didn’t know.

 

And here is Big Tex, to welcome you to the State Fair. (This year is his 60th birthday).

Fried Frito Pie. One of many fried delicacies I consumed. I’m not proud, but I wouldn’t take it back. It was all delicious.

 

 

 

Weekly Weigh In & Pictures from Austin

Okay, to be completely honest, I’ve lost track of the weeks. So we’re going with a generic title.

But I weighed myself yesterday! I know, mid-week. Weird, right?

I gained .4 lbs

Alright. That’s fine by me. Especially considering the awesome weekend I had in Austin and how many liberties I’ve been taking with my plan and with my exercise routine. (Yes, Allison, this is me admitting I haven’t gone running in like a week.) It happens, right?

The important thing is to move on, and make adjustments. That’s the whole reason I weigh myself weekly anyway, right?

And now for some fun Austin photos!

First, we took MegaBus to Austin. Round trip, it was $27. Seriously.

We had some fun with cameras, Instagram and the fact that we were on the top deck in the front row on the way there.

My travel buddy/partner-in-crime, Pamela. If you look at my Facebook, in 4 out of every 10 photos I am making some sort of awful face. On purpose.

No, our feet are not out the window, they are leaning on the windshield. Pamela’s legs are really short.

This was not our bus. Thankfully.

Also, I bought boots at Target. Finding cute boots for under $40 is unheard of, so of course I snatched these up.

I am obsessed with migas tacos. Basically it’s eggs, potatoes, peppers, onions and corn chips scrambled together and served in a corn tortilla with chipotle salsa. Tell me you are not drooling right now. Not healthy. But so delicious.

So there you go! Thanks to Pamela, who unknowingly allowed me to steal most of these pictures off of her Facebook page.

Fourth Quarter Resolutions.

For real this time.

I am officially back on plan and hopefully will be back in my routine soon. I plan on weighing myself for the first time in about a month this weekend, and I will update y’all on all the gruesome details.

There is a Calvin & Hobbs cartoon for every occasion, I am convinced.

Fourth Quarter Resolutions:

  • I will not eat out. Unless it’s somewhere where I can manage what I eat, like Panera, or Snappy Salads in Plano. (Hey Snappy Salads, if you’re listening, I would love a location in McKinney. Or even in Allen…)
  • No more cheese for breakfast. Okay, let me explain, I hadn’t been able to get to the grocery store in a while and my fridge was looking a little thin. But now there’s no excuse. Yesterday I bought 10 yogurts, 4 peaches, 3 apples and a big bag of grapes.
  • There will always be something healthy to eat in my fridge. If there isn’t, I’ll go buy something healthy and avoid the bag of chicken nuggets staring at me from the back of the freezer.
  • More water. I have been awful about keeping up with drinking 8 glasses of water every day. Which is ridiculous. There is no excuse not to drink enough water when I have a desk job and there is always a glass of ice water sitting right next to me.
  • More exercise. There is a work out room in the clubhouse to my apartment complex. I will start using it. And often. Let’ shoot for 3 times a week, and go from there, shall we? (I did promise Allison that I would do a 5k with her when she comes to visit.)
  • More blogging. I’ve been neglecting you beautiful people. And I am sorry. This blog helps keep me honest, and on plan (as odd as that sounds considering the last month). Even though I haven’t been posting very often, I have been brainstorming ideas and dreaming up recipes to share with y’all. ❤

Side note: Do you know how hard it is to eat healthy when your boyfriend can have chicken nuggets for 3 meals a day, every day, and some how lose weight?