Wednesday, April 27, 2011

One Action

I really do want to keep up with the whole blogging thing but i get side tracked easily and I forget to get on the computer.  oh well, im here today and im writing.  I have a very busy schedule ahead of me with all of the races that I have signed up for this sping and summer!  Im in complete training mode and have been getting my runs in each week. 

Race Schedule:

May 7th:  13.1 mile race
May 21st:  3.2 mile race
June 5th:  13.1 mile race
June 18th:  10 mile race
October 16:  26.2 mile race

I am still going strong with my P90X workouts as well.  Im on my last week of phase 1!! I will post my measurements at the end of this week!  I was asked if I have noticed a difference in my shape or my body yet.  The answer to that is nothing drastic.  I think the first phase gets your body in shape to handle the next two phases.  it is basically laying the groud work for the upcoming workouts.  My body is now used to the workouts and will start to change now that the routine changes a bit.  I think the big results will be seen at the end of the program when i compare the end photos with the beginning photos along with the changes in my measurements.

So far I have noticed more definition in my shoulders and chest area and way more strength in my entire body.  My core is really getting stronger and my abs are tightening under all of my fluff!  i actually did push ups the other day which I could not do when I first started.  I was on my knees doing them and now I can do a few without being on my knees. 

My husband has joined me in my running fetish!  he signed himself up for the 10 mile race in June and has signed up for his first half marathon in october!  Im so proud of him and the dedication he is showing!  Im glad that my actions in life have been a positive influence on him!

All it takes is one person, one attitude, and one action to inspire change!  Be that person!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Monday

So it's that time of the week again!  Monday morning.  Sunday night probably the most depressing night for me.  I can't seem to shake the funk that I get into.  I distance myself with thoughts of what I need to pack for monday, are the kids bags packed for daycare?  did we wash their sheets and blankets? are lunches packed? Are the kids after daycare snacks and drinks packed?  Do I have my gym bag and are the clothes in that bag clean?  Do i have clothes laid out for tomorrow?  and the list goes on.  I find it very hard to wind down and actually go to sleep on Sunday night. 

But it's Monday.  It really stinks that we wish the week away just so we can get to the weekend.  In all essence we are wishing our lives away by trying to fast forward through 5 days just to get to the 2 days that we have off.  I try really hard not to wish the weeks by so fast.  Time flies as it is and I want to cherish every moment that I have now with my family.  I don't wish for the weeks to go by any faster than they do.  I am already astonished at how quickly the time has gone and how my kids are kids now and not babies! 

So this week Im sticking with the P90X and will be finished my 3rd week this week then I have one more week before remeasuring myself.  I will have completed the first 30 days!  This time has been fun because I do some of the exercises while my kids are watching TV and they join me!  have you ever seen a 2 year old do a decline pushup?  too funny!  I will have to remember to keep the camera close next time I exercise!

I have also been running religiously again!  I missed my routine runs but now Im back in action and apparently going to be signing up for my next marathon!  yikes!  what am i thinking?    i will be updating my good eats section today as well to inlcude my meals for this week.  Im a little behind because I had a seriously busy weekend and was working a Tastefully Simple Party yesterday afternoon.  But none the less, here i am and my meals will be shortly following!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

totally just got....

checked out by guys in a jeep while I was running!!!!!  holy cow!  talk about esteem booster!  I was running at work and was about 2 miles into my run when a jeep with two guys in it went by me.  the passneger in the jeep looked out the window at me and as he turned the corner, put his head out the window and very obviously looked back at me again!  hello!  that made me feel amazing! 

now for the record i am happily married with two beautiful children and would not change that for the world, but the fact that i am check-out-able is an amazing feeling!  I have been working so damn hard the past year to get to where I am now and to see that kind of a reaction really makes me feel good!  (I still have a loooong way to go)

I cant wait to be the MILF on the beach this summer. after running 5 races and finishing P90X in the next 2 months I should be in the best shape ever!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What time is it???

Spring has sprung,
The grass has riz,
Do you know
What time it is?

Time for spring
 And time for fun!
It's time for all those
Spring time runs!

Ok So im a huge dork!  anyway its been a busy few weeks.  I have been one busy mama!  I ran another race on April 3rd.  i did a 10 mile Cherry Blossom run in DC which was awesome and so much fun!
Although, the morning of the race I was super jittery since I had not run one single day since the marathon 2 weeks before!  yikes!  Somehow I still managed to run 10 miles and actually do it in record time!  1 hr and 42 minutes and 3 seconds!  that is a 10:13 mile avg.  Crazy!  If it had been a half marathon I would have probably finished in about 2 hrs which is 35 mins faster than my first half!

I have also started doing P90X and am on the last day of my second week.  I will post my initial measurements later and then will update them after 30 days!  Im so going to have the beach body in time for the beach this year!!!I am continuing with running and working out each night and of course eating right.

speaking of eating, I have been asked about my meal planning that I do each week.  With such a busy lifestyle (working, mom, exercise, second business) and wanting to eat healthy, the only way for me to do that is to prepare my meals ahead of time so Im not scrounging throughout the week to make something for dinner.  Im going to try and post my weekly meals each sunday to help others see what I do and how easy it is to eat healthy in very little time even with a super busy schedule!

On Sundays I cook all of my meals for the whole week.  This takes about 2-4 hrs depending on what I make.  i can get most of it done during nap time.  This way all I have to do throughout the week is to pull food from the fridge each night and reheat.  Takes about 15 mins to make dinner and about 15 to clean up.  This leaves me more time to spend with my family before going to bed.

this week's menu:
We grilled all of our meat minus the fish we are going to eat this week.  We grilled 3 chicken breasts, 1 pork cut, 4 hamburgers, and 1 lb shrimp.

I washed and cut up fresh veggies for the week and placed them into ziplock bags:  broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots, turnips, peppers, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, spaghetti squash, zucchini,  and shredded cabbage.

Using my veggies I made a huge pot of veggie soup with the shredded cabbage, frozen spinach, turnips zucchini, onions, peppers, carrots, celery and 2 cans of diced tomatoes with the juice and about 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth gresh pressed garlic and spices to taste.  I usually take a bowl of this to lunch every day and will eat a bowl at dinner.  (very filling and low calorie)

Sunday:  we had the hamburgers that we grilled with fresh cut fries.  I cut potatoes into wedges and seasoned them with old bay and pepper and a tiny spray of olive oil and broiled them on a stone cookie sheet.  We also had steamed broccoli.


Monday dinner:  I made Quinoa for the first time and i diced up the chicken breasts that we grilled and tossed them into the Quinoa with some fresh steamed asparagus and 1 can of low calorie cream of chicken soup.  Delish.  I served this with fresh steamed cauliflower since my kids do not eat asparagus. 

Tuesday:  We will have spaghetti squash casserole:  I cut and cooked the spaghetti squash then removed it from the skin.  I placed it into the bottom of a baking dish.  I then added, onions, peppers, zucchini and fresh mushrooms and covered with home-made tomato sauce.  I will bake it for 15 mins tonight when i get home and dinner will be served.

Wednesday:  Shrimp Stir-fry:  Use the grilled shrimp and some of the veggies that have been cut up already and stirfry in a pan for a few minutes and within 15-20 mins dinner will be done!

Thurs:  I will cook the pork with a steamed veggie medley from the pre-cut veggies that i have.  I mad add some rice as well.

Fri:  broiled halibot and fresh steamed veggies for the kids.  i will have grilled halibot over a salad.  Maybe a baked potato.

Sat I don't usually plan for because i allow for one night of wiggle room.  We either eat any leftovers, make a pizza, or order out. 

This week I even made a breakfast for the week.  I used 12 egg whites and beat them, added frozen spinach, mushrooms, oinions, peppers, and garlic and baked it for 60 mins.  I have an egg casserole for the week!

I will update my meal plan each Sunday and put it in the good eats tab of my blog! 

hope this helps!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

26.2.....DONE!

This past weekend was one of the most incredible weekends of my life.  Aside from my wedding and of course the births of my children.  But this weekend was all about me and about accomplishing what I set out to do!  It was a weekend that changed me forever! 

Sunday March 20, I ran my first ever marathon!!!  26.2 amazing miles!  I did it!  This was a feat that I never in a million years ever saw myself accomplishing.  I never had the desire.  That is until this past year!  I was always a 3 sport kind of girl in fairly decent shape but I hated cardio!  I would do anything and everything to get out of a run.  Well a little less than a year ago I started running, then signed up for a half marathon and somewhere along the training, in the middle of summer, around mile 8 of one of our long runs, I told my running partner Christina that we could so do a full marathon.  She too did not have any aspirations to run a marathon.  But there was something that day that made us decide otherwise.  Then we began our quest of a grueling training program through the worst most unmotivating months of the year!  We trained through the winter with cold, wind, ice and snow.  All of that work paid off this past weekend!

The whole week leading up to the marathon I was a complete mess.  I could not concentrate on anything.  Then the week ended and I found myself in the car on the way to VA Beach!  There was no turning back now!  I went to bed and woke up the next morning so ready to just run!  As soon as I walked out the front doors of our hotel, I almost cried.  It was sooooo cold and extremely windy.  I had no clue how I would find it in me to fight through this weather for my first marathon.  We took some pictures then I took my jacket off and stood at the starting line.  I was in Corral 4 so I had to listen to the count down a few times before it was my turn to run.  Still freezing but so pumped to run!  The countdown began and the horn sounded and we were off!  months of training all led to this moment!  We started down the street and I started to get warm.  The miles were flying by and the ground seemed to be moving under my feet.  I was running pain free and so effortlessly.  Mile 8 we were made it to a Naval Base where the armed men and women in uniform lined the streets to cheer us on!  This was probably the  most uplifting part of the course.  They were cheering for us when in fact I should have been cheering for them.  Brought me to tears.  Then we headed back towards the start and hit the 11 mile mark where my husband was waiting to snap our photo!  Then we headed to the half way mark.  I surely did not feel like I had run 13.1 miles. 

I still felt extremely energized and excited.  At least for the next 4 miles.  When I hit about 17.5 miles, I hit a mental wall.  We had entered part of the race with absolutely nothing around us but trees.  No spectators to cheer and no scenery to enjoy.  Just the quiet sounds of the woods and my feet pounding on the pavement.  Mentally I wanted to just stop and walk because I was starting to fall apart.  I had time to concentrate on every ache and pain in my body.   But something kept me going.  Christina was there to help push through this tough time.  When we got to the 20 mile mark, we stretched and I found a new burst of energy.  The longest I had ever run was 20 miles.  From this point forward, I was running above what I had ever done.  My new energy kept me going to 23 miles where I realized, I only had 3.2 miles left.  a 5K!  30 minutes!!  I got a new energy about me.  Then I see my husband again!  He rented a bike so he could meet up with us again and cheer us on and of course take more pictures.  then we hit 24 miles, then 25, then we turned the last corner of the race! 

The finish line was in clear view!!!  I started to cry!  i could not believe I was going to do this!!!  I picked up speed but did not want to leave my friend behind so I kept turning around to make sure we were still going to do this together!  Then she finally told me to just go with it!  I did.  I kept speeding up and speeding up because I was really going to do this!  I was really going to cross the finish line!  then I heard the crowds cheering louder and louder and I neared the finish line and then I hear my name being called as I cross through the Finish Arch at 5 hours and 8 minutes and emotions started pouring out of me!  I teared up ran to Christina when she crossed the line seconds later and we hugged and cried together!  They donned our medals, we got our finisher hats and shirts, food and water.  I reunited with my husband and cried again!  I could not believe what I had just done! 

All of the aches and pains in my body were totally worth the sense of accomplishment that I felt.  This was one huge feat that you can not put into words.  Unless you have ever reached outside of your comfort zone to achieve anything, you have no clue what this feels like.  I am a 188 lb girl!  I am not supposed to be a marathon runner.  But I did!  They told me I couldn't and I went ahead and did it anyway!  I am a new person.  I have no fear of taking on what seems to be the impossible.  So next time you say that you can't, think about it.  It's not that you can't, you just don't want it bad enough.  Dream big or Go Home!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Don't Be A Jerk!

oh my goodness!  2 days left and boy are the butterflies out in full force today!  I jumped out of bed about 410, 35 minutes before my alarm was supposed to go off this morning.  Im a little anxious for the weekend can you tell?!!  I work today and then get the dog to the kennel, pack our bags, hang out with the kiddos and then off to sleep only to wake early in the morning and get rolling to VA Beach!  yikes!  I can't believe I leave tomorrow for the expo and then run on Sunday!  I think Im more anxious than nervous.  I just cant believe Im going to actually do this.  yes my training has been real but the actual day still seemed so distant and so much a hazy dream.  But i sit here 2 days away and can't seem to concentrate on anything.  I am so excited for this!

running is such an individual accomplishment!  you do not ever truely understand what a person goes through when they run their first race, no matter the distance, until you do it yourself.  It is such a feat and such an accomplishment at any level!  I ran a 5K over the weekend and there was a girl, no joke, running while talking on her cell phone.  not an ear piece, her actual phone up at her ear.  she was running saying to the person on the other line "i just wanted to give you a call back, Im running a 5K.  oh no I can talk, it's only a 5K"..  I am not a violent person but I wanted to trip her so bad.  Ok, so it's only a 5K but to some people a 5K is a huge accomplishment.  Yes I run more than a 5K on any of my runs that I do on any given day, but I still understand what it is like to run a 5K for the first time.  I can relate to what work goes into setting and achieving a goal.  That girl on the phone had no clue who was running around her and what impact her negative attitude would have on them.  I felt for anyone who heard that who had worked so hard to get up to the 5K distance.   I was listening to the conversations at the end of the race and it made me feel so good to hear people around me who were just so proud that they were able to finish a 5K.  My husband being one of them.  He is not a runner but he is working to become one.  Running 3 miles was an accomplishment for him and I am so proud that he did it.  Im happy that he is making strides to a healthier lifestyle. 

so next time you are running "just a 5K", think back to the first 5K you tackled and remember how proud you were.  Don't take that away from anyone by being arrogant.  No matter where you are in your running or whatever you are doing, remember we all had to start somewhere.    The negative comments and attitudes could stop someone who has worked so hard dead in their tracks. so don't be a Jerk!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

a little behind

oops!  I kind of forget that I have a blog and that I am trying to write in it every day or so.  Well seeing as it's been since January that I last wrote, I am kind of failing at this blogging thing!  things have been busy over the last few months.  I turned 32, my daughter turned 4 and I have been busy training for my marathon which is in 3 days!!!

3 days!!!!  OMG!!!!  Im truely putting myself to the test!  I have learned over the past 6 months how strong of a person I really am!  I have pushed my body and my mind to the absolute limits.  There were so many days over the winter that i just did not want to get out from under the covers let alone go out in the freezing temperatures and run 10 miles.  But I did!   I chose to go out and face those extreme days and run!  Boy am I glad that I did! 

Since Monday of this week I have had fluttering butterflies in my stomach over my run this weekend.  Not nervous but excited butterflies.  I have this feeling of such accomplishment.  My boss told me that I should be so proud and believe me I am.  He said I am about to complete one of the hugest challenges out there and I did it with all odds against me.  Thinking back, he is so right.    Im a full time working mom who gets up at 430 every morning so that i can get breakfast made, lunches packed, dog and cat fed, 2 kids dressed and fed and have us all out the door by 545.  Then return home at 545 in the evening  only to cook dinner, clean up after dinner, get 2 kids bathed and in bed by 8 and then get things ready and packed for the cycle to start over the very next day.  Phew, im tired just typing that!  I don't have a schedule that allows me to get my runs in.  I had to make time.  I ran during my lunch hour at work.  there were days that my co-workers wanted to go out to  lunch and I could not go because I knew that if I did not run, I would get off track.  So I skipped out on lunches with friends and co-workers because that was the only time to do it.

The day of my scheduled 20 mile run, it was pouring down rain and i thought to myself, treadmill at the gym.  As much as I hate to run on a treadmill, I headed to the gym at work after dropping my kids off at daycare.  the gym was packed more than I had ever seen in my time here. So i left.  i headed off post to a local gym and signed up with them just so I could use the treadmill that day.  I ran for 4 hrs on the treadmill and I hit my 20 miles!!  Now I can cancel my membership with them!  

I can not believe the dedication that I have had in order to get to this point!  Today is my last run before I go to the marathon.  Im doing 2 short miles just to stay loose and then im packing up the shoes and heading to the beach!  I cannot keep my mind on anything else right now except the finish line!  I can't wait to cross it!  I will become part of the 1% of the population that has run a marathon! 

running is such an individual sport with very personal goals.  It is hard for anyone to truely understand the amazement and love you feel for yourself when you make it to this point.  yes they have been there through the journey and yes they have seen the time and effort you have put into it but they have not been in your head to see the fights that you have been fighting to make it to this point! 

3 days!  that's all I have left and all I can see is the finish line!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What is a Runner?

When you think of a runner what do you see in your mind?  I think of a thin, well built, fast person with every muscle in their body defined as if someone painted them on their body.  Yes that is true.  People who have dedicated their lives to running and who are the elite runners of the world do in fact look like that.  But there is another class of runners out there.  I too am a runner.  As I ran on Friday morning in the frigid winter weather watching the puffs of my breath as i ran through the crisp morning air, I started thinking.  A while back a friend of mine and I went to buy new running shoes for our first half marathon at a very popular running store.  The sales person made a comment that was really dicouraging to hear.  When my friend asked about a particular aspect of the shoe she was interesed in purchasing the sales person responded that real runners don't worry about that but instead the real runners care about this.  Real runners?  What?  So running a half marathon is not real running?  We must have just been imaging the training schedules we had, the pains were were feeling in our bodies, the sweat and tears that we endured as we ran 12 miles in 95 degree temps.  Instead of discouraging us, we took the comment and tossed it aside.

As I ran Friday that whole incident kept replaying in my mind.  Am I a Real Runner?  The answer to that is yes.  I got really pumped and kept pushing through every hill and every ache and pain in my frozen body.  I am a real runner.  Anyone who wants to challenge that I dare you to go out  in the morning in 14 degree weather and fight through the mucsle aches, the shin splints, the frozen faces where your lips can't move, and the frozen snotcicles and then tell me i am not a real runner.    Granted I am not the 110 lb defined body type kind of runner, but I am a runner.  I started running at 230 lbs.  I was able to run 5 miles at 230 lbs at about a 12-13 min/mile pace.   I did not let the weight keep me from doing anything.  Instead I just kept pushing through.  I am carrying around an extra 70 lbs on the elites and Im still running 9:30-10:30 min/miles. now 40 lbs lighter and about 4 mins faster on my mile, Im still over weight but I am still running.  I am a runner. 

This is the first time I have ever really felt like a real runner.  I have the drive, the determination and the heart to keep going no matter what in order to get to my goal of running my first marathon.  I am not part of the elite runners and I am not doing this because I want to win anything.  I am a runner because I love to run and I am doing it for the love of the sport and for the love of myself.  To me that is what makes me a Real Runner. 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snowy Day

What a beautiful morning!  I woke up this morning to the crisp cold snow covered yard this morning!  the kind of snow that stuck to each and every branch of the trees.  Snow covers everthing like a silent blanket.  It is so peacful and beautiful, except when you have to face the traffic and get to work!  I got a late start this morning because I did not want to rush to get to work.  No big deal. 

last night I ran 6.1 miles on the treadmill while watching the first half of the biggest loser.  60 mins and 6.1 miles!  I totally rocked the treadmill.  I found that as long as I turn the treadmill to face the TV I can run and not even realize I am doing it.  My problem on the treadmill is that I just get bored.  i can not just run and not go anywhere.  no matter what music is playing or what i start thinking about, I constantly look down at the display and psych myself out.  but last night I just put the biggest loser on tv and just started running! 

before i went to run my i got dressed in my running clothes and then went to put my kids to bed.  my daughter put her hand on my face and told me "good luck at your race.  you are so precious.  good luck".  my heart melted and i pushed myself harder and longer on the treadmill because of that.  it's awesome that my kids are so intune with my running.  they know mommy runs and that when i put my running shoes on that i am going somewhere.  they even run around the house telling me that they are going running.  i love seeing that my running is having a positive influence on them. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Im back

Yikes!  Im having withdrawl from blogging!  The weekend came and went and I never got a chance to get on and update anything.  Well Sat started off promising and I was getting ready to head out for a 11 mile run and then I looked outside and the ground was covered in snow.  Well, me being the clumsy one that I am decided that it would be best if I did not try and run on the slippery roads.  Especially since I live in a neighborhood under construction and there are lots of uneven areas.  So then I though ok well i will run later.  that did not happen either.  We ended up running errands and getting home after it was dark.  Running in my neighborhood after dark, not an option.  again uneven pavement and no street lights. 

So for Sunday I thought I would get up and run before we headed out for a birthday party for Madison's friend.  Well that did not happen either.  Things had to be done and before I knew it, it was time to go.  Then I got home and of course the RAVENS were plalying so i obviously could not do anything except watch the game!  after that i had already had a few drinks and running would not have been a good idea. 

Monday came and i had an audit at work which meant no breaks for me. 

so that brings me to today.  It is bitter cold outside and we are supposed to get a snow storm today.  I am going to get out at lunch and run before it gets bad and just make sure i bundle up when i run.  back on track and ready to roll the rest of the week!  here's to running over 30 miles this week!

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Found Energy

Good Morning World!!!  Today I hit the snooze button for the first time ever.   But damn those extra 45 mins felt great!  So needless to say I was a bit late for work today but oh well.  I woke up feeling amazing today and ready to face the world. 

Yesterday I went for a run during lunch and got 6.7 miles done.  It was a great run and I loved every minute of it!  the only problem that I had was that my damn iPod crapped out on me at about 4.5 miles.  I don't mind not running to music but i do like to track my miles and time using my Nike +.  Well since it crapped out, I lost my entire workout.  Im so buying a Garmin forerunner this week! Im so happy that I sucked it up yesterday and ran instead of sitting at my desk for lunch and playing on my computer.  I feel like a new person!!!!  then when  I got home, I had a package from runningskirts.com and my new green plaid running skirt had come in the mail!!  this is my green skirt for my Shamrock marathon.  now the excitement is on! 

Im planning on starting my P90X this weekend to go along with my running so that I get a full body workout and I am in the best physical shape that I could possibly be in.  I have a new found level of excitement and motivation.  I feel like I am on top of the world and that I can accomplish anything.  I am planing a 10 mile run tomorrow morning and i know that I can totally do it and feel fantastic afterwards.  Im bursting with energy today and ready to take on whatever comes my way! so bring it!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

today is a new day take 2!

So yesterday was just as crappy as the day before, stress wise and work wise.  Only this time i did not get to run.  I go out to lunch every Wednesday with two of my co-workers just to unwind and forget about work for a while.  I really needed it this week.  So I opted to hang out with them instead of running.  Then when I got home we decided to de-Christmasize and take down the tree and put the stockings away until next year.  im hoping that decluttering will help put me into a cleaner state of mind!

So today I am going for the 6-8 mile run during lunch!  I am totally pumped too!  i also mapped my 12-13 mile run for sat morning which I am seriously excited about.  Is it crazy that I get excited about running long distances????  This will hopefully get me to where i need to be to be on track as far as my training schedule goes for my marathon. From this point forward my long runs will be in the double digits!  Well here's to a new day!  (AGAIN)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

today is a new day

so my job has me completely frustrated with everything in life right now.  I hate where I work and I really have problems with most of the people that I work with because they are lazy and don't do what they are supposed to do.  It is really starting to take a toll on me and the rest of my life.  Im frustrated all the time and then i end up being frustrated when I get off work and then when I get home.  i just don't have the time to ever just unwind from the stresses that built up over the course of the day.  My typical day:  I get up in the am, get myself ready, make breakfast for everyone, pack lunches, feed the pets, let the dog out, finish getting the kids ready, take them to daycare, go to work, deal with complete disrespectful dumbasses at work, go straight from work to pick the kids up from daycare to home to make dinner to getting kiddos ready for bed to bedtime routines which really stink right now and then off to get things ready for the next day.  By the time Im done its almost 10 pm which is when i go to bed since I get up at 4 every morning only to start the cycle over again.  I really needed to win the mega millions last night so that i could be a stay at home mom to my two amazing kiddos who are suffering right now because mommy is just not all there lately. 

To relieve some of my stresses i run.  Unfortunately the only real time that I get to run is during lunch at work since by the time I get home at night it's dark and when I say dark, I mean that my neighborhood is completely pitch black once the sun goes down.  I did not get to run yesterday at lunch but I did go for a run on the treadmill last night.  My relationship with a treadmill is not a good one.  They bore the ever living daylights out of me.  I can not stand running in one spot in my basement facing a white wall for long periods of time.  I only did 3 miles but I did 3 miles of sprints and hill climbs and i did it right after dinner so im surprised I even made it that far without puking. 

so now for the title of my blog:  today is a new day.  I hope to have a better day today and maybe even look for a new job.  I brought my running things today so i can run during lunch.  i have to really kick my butt into gear so I am ready to run the 26.2 miles that lay ahead of me on March 20th!  Yikes!!!  anyway I plan to run 7-8 miles today during lunch and keep with my healthy eating!   here's to hopefully a better day!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year, New Me

so this blogging thing did not go as planned.  i really wanted to start blogging my journey to a healthier lifestyle but i ended up slacking.  Well that was 2010.  It's 2011 and time to get myself on track!  i know right now I only have one follower but Im going to keep writing anyway in the hopes that others will find my journey helpful to them. 

So 2011 here we are.  I do not really have resolutions per say but instead I have goals and lifestyle changes. I am already living a healthy lifestyle and I want to continue that in the new year.  This year I really want to buckle down and stop the overeating and stop the teeter totter effect on the scale.  I want to go down and only down. 

I ran my first half marathon in October and man what an accomplishment!  Now in 2011, I will be running my first marathon!  so excited.  is that sick?  anyway I have become a runner and love every minute of it.  Im a bit mad today that I did not get my run in during lunch.  I forgot my sports bra and if I went running without it, things would not have ended well.  I would have had two black eyes by the end of the run!

I also want to stop worrying about the small things in life and just learn to enjoy every minute of every day that I have.  I have an amazing family and I want to enjoy every second that I get to spend with them.

anyway, here's to a new year and lots of blogging this year!  Im going to be posting my weight loss for all to see, my running journal, progression pics, healthy recipes, and positive thoughts!  I hope to gain some additional followers this year too!  thanks for reading!