Monday, September 30, 2013

Planning Ahead Helps

It’s the last day of September, already? I can’t believe it!

September was a great month for me! I finally reached my goal of getting out of the 230’s, and managed to accomplish all of the other goals that I set for myself, too! I will give a full run down on that, tomorrow!

Today, I want to post my plans for the week. This always helps me to stay on track.

Dinner plans for the week:

Monday – Chicken Salads
Tuesday – Shrimp Linguine with Vegetables
Wednesday – Chicken Salads
Thursday – Chicken Salads
Friday – Football Game (hot dogs and hot chocolate)
Saturday – Cystic Fibrosis Benefit

Exercise plans for the week:

Monday – Run
Tuesday – Walk with dogs
Wednesday – Run
Thursday – Run
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Run

Who else needs to plan ahead to stay on track, out there?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Busy Day Blues

Today was a long day, yet it didn't seem long enough. I had a minor case of the busy day blues, but I managed to beat them before they got the best of me!

My husband and I, this past weekend.

It was my first day back to work after my week long vacation. I had a lot of work to do before I left, and so much more when I returned today. The Judge scheduled two Status Conferences for Monday, which usually takes me about a week to prep for. I now get to prep for it in two days. That's just one of the hundred red flag items I had to deal with today. It was a super high stress day, but I managed to keep my cool. I went in to this day with a prayer and a positive mind frame. I wasn't going to get overly stressed over the work that was waiting for me. I wasn't going to let work bring me down after the amazing trip my husband and I had just been on. I am riding my vacation high for as long as I can!

I am actually happy to be back to work. I like the routine, and I like the challenge. I worked over today, and didn't end up getting home until about 7:30. On my way home, I thought about running. I like to run at least every other day, and the last time that I ran was on Tuesday. I thought about the dishes that needed done when I got home, and the fact that I didn't have anything to make for dinner. That would mean I'd have to grocery shop and then actually make dinner. I also really wanted to visit my mom's house because I haven't stopped by in a while and they helped me out a lot while I was on vacation by letting out our dogs. Not to mention, she let them out for me tonight since I had to work late. I started to become overwhelmed with how little time I had for my evening, and all the expectations I had for it. I decided to just stop thinking about everything as if it were an obstacle, and to just go with the flow.

When I got home from work, I immediately changed in to my workout clothes. I strapped on my heart rate monitor and buckled my garmin around my wrist. I grabbed my phone, went outside and started running. I was running to my moms house. I found out that it is less than a mile run to my moms house. There is a steady incline about half the way through the run, which thoroughly kicked my butt. It felt good, too! I did intervals on my way to my moms, and felt accomplished when I arrived. My mom had just ordered subs, and offered me one for dinner. Within about 20 minutes, I had a lot of what I needed to get done for the night, finished. I went for a run, I visited my mom's house and I ate dinner. My mom drove me home after we chatted for a bit, and then I did the dishes. Once I finished the dishes my husband came home, and now I'm blogging about my busy day. I accomplished everything that I wanted to accomplish today, despite being fairly busy. I feel really good about that! One thing that motivated me to run tonight was the saying that "somebody busier than you is running right now". Trust me, at the time, I didn't believe anyone was busier than I was. I just put in a long day at the office and I had a lot of expectations for my evening. I'm glad that I did run, though. It really made my night!

Even though I was really busy at work, I took some time today to enjoy a few little things. I noticed how beautiful the sky was on my way to and from work. I took a walk on my friend from work during lunch, and got to enjoy the sunshine on my shoulders. I took a deep breath of fresh air during my run and noticed how the air smelled liked pumpkins and fallen leaves. I love to enjoy the little things, and there's no better time to do so than during a busy day. It's the best way I know how to beat the busy day blues!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hocking Hills - A Beautiful Vacation

I am back from vacation!

We had a wonderful time in Hocking Hills, Ohio. My husband and I stayed at Around the Bend Cabins. The cabin we stayed at was a complete dream! It was secluded, nicely furnished and had a newer feel. We found out later that the cabin is only two years old. We stayed at the cabin with another couple of our friends. That made the experience even more fun!

My husband and I celebrated 4 years of marriage last Thursday. This vacation was kind of a celebration of our anniversary, so it was nice of our friends to let us have the master bedroom. It came with a pretty amazing master bathroom, mostly because of the neat high tech shower!

Since we stayed from Friday through Monday at the cabin, we were able to get free horseback rides at Happy Trails, which was less than a mile from the cabin. This was my first time ever riding horses. I was super nervous and almost backed out. It was raining that morning, which made me nervous about the horse slipping on the trails. We went up and down some pretty steep hills. We rode through the forest (it was an actual forest) and it was a wonderful experience. It was so peaceful, and the forest was even more green from the rain. I felt like I was on set of the movie for Twilight. The scenery was breathtaking. Even though I was nervous to ride the horse, the people at Happy Trails really made me feel comfortable and were super nice! I had a great time, and I'm glad that I tried something new!

My husband and I went on a 7 mile canoe ride at Hocking Hills Canoe Livery. We had experience canoeing before, but not on a river like this! There were some obstacles to overcome, and we went around in circles a couple times, but overall it was a peaceful ride down the river. We were able to canoe under the super zip line which was neat to see. Our friends went zip lining and they had an awesome time! I am too afraid of heights for that; overcoming the horse riding fear was enough for one weekend.

After the canoe ride down the peaceful river, my husband and I went hiking all afternoon. We visited some of the most beautiful landmarks we have ever seen. We were truly awed by natures beauty. Throughout our time in Hocking Hills, we visited Old Man's Cave, Ash Cave, Rock House, Rockbridge, Conkles Hollow and Cedar Falls. We enjoyed each and every site. My personal favorite was Ash Cave. I could have stayed there all afternoon. It was so amazing! The same with Old Mans Cave. That one took a little longer to get through, I think I would actually have needed an entire day to truly enjoy the beauty at Old Man's Cave. Picture just don't do it justice, but here are a few from our trip.

Conkles Hollow

Cedar Falls

Ash Cave

Ash Cave

Old Mans Cave

Old Mans Cave

Old Mans Cave

Old Mans Cave

The beauty in Hocking Hills is something that everyone should see in person. We are looking forward to going back, someday!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Milestone: Fourty Pounds Lost


The last time that I got to update my list of reasons for losing x-amount of weight was when I lost a total of 35 pounds back in May, 2012. I have been struggling ever since to lose 5 pesky pounds so that I could update this list, and be able to say that I have lost a TOTAL OF 40 POUNDS!

As of this morning, I am happy to say that I have lost a total of 40 pounds!

A lot has happened since last May. I suffered a miscarriage in November last year which was and continues to be very emotional for me. I am an emotional eater. I sometimes eat emotions I didn't even know were there. It's a constant battle for me, but I have had more control of this battle as of late. This past month, I have been working hard at sticking within my nutritional ranges and exercising according to plan. I also put more focus on improving my running, which helped take my mind off of my progress on the scale.

There are many, many reasons why I lost 40 pounds, but here is the list as it stands since my weight-loss journey began:

~ 40 Reasons That I Lost 40 Pounds ~

1. I am enjoying what I am eating!
2. I am having fun with exercise
3. I am not depriving myself
4. I have the support and love of my husband
5. I am motivated to be healthy, not just "skinny"
6. I haven't pushed myself too hard too fast, baby steps
7. I can really picture myself at a lower weight, and want to get there
8. I want my dog to be healthy, so I take him for walks which helps us both
9. I force myself to let go of perfectionism
10. If I go over calories, I accept it and MOVE ON
11. I feel empowered when I make healthy choices
12. I've realized that I can forgive myself
13. I've realized that I can love myself
14. I believe in myself
15. I trust what my body "tells" me when it comes to exercise
16. When I "indulge" I actually WANT to make up for it in exercise
17. I keep my journey fun and fresh with challenges
18. I reward myself for little accomplishments
19. I dream of what it will feel like to be at my goal weight
20. I let go of obsessing over the numbers, it will happen eventually if I keep going
21. I've banned the "all or nothing" mentality
22. I track nutrition on Sparkpeople
23. I've read books about nutrition
24. I want to feel comfortable in cute clothes
25. I want to be able to wrap a normal size towel around me after a shower
26. Being on this journey makes me happy
27. Free time is for activity more often than for lounging on the couch
28. My stomach is no where near the steering wheel now when I drive
29. Each lb. loss gives me that much more motivation to go on
30. Making healthy choices sparks a bigger crave for healthy living
31. I share my journey and goals with others
32. I blog to keep myself accountable
33. I forgive myself, and am proud of who I am at any weight
34. When I fall, I pick myself back up and keep going
35. I'm inspiring others to make healthy choices, which inspires me in return
36. So I don't have to wonder, "Will I fit in that chair?"
37. So I don't have to wonder, "Will that chair hold my weight?"
38. So I don't have to wonder, "Will there be enough room for me there?"
39. So I don't have to wonder, "Will I need an extender for my seat belt?"
40. So I don't have to wonder, "Will I fit on that ride?" at amusement parks

By reaching this new milestone of losing a total of 40 pounds, I have accomplished yet another goal for September.

September Goals:

Break out of the 230’s (FINALLY DONE! 228.5 lbs. as of 9/20/13!)
Run a 12:30 minute mile (done!)
Exercise 4 days a week (done 2 weeks)
Track nutrition 5 days a week (done 2 weeks)
Try a new recipe
Try something I've never done before (ran two miles straight)
Go back to church (done 9/15/13)
I did it, and I'm not stopping here!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our Fourth Wedding Anniversary

Today, my husband and I celebrate four wonderful years of marriage.

My husband is by far the biggest support I have in my life. Even though we have only been married for four years, we have actually been together for a total of 10 years come this November. We are High School sweethearts. I actually knew that I wanted to marry him when I was 12 years old.

He's my best friend.

He makes me want to be a better person each day.

He helps me to become that better person.

He knows my inner most feelings, sometimes before I even know them, myself.

He is what makes my life complete.

Without him, I don't know who I would be. I don't know if there would be a reason to be.

He puts a smile on my face every. single. day.

The purpose of my blog is to document my weight-loss journey, but today, I add a little chapter about our love.

My husband, Nick, asked me to be his girlfriend in 6th period English class on November 19, 2003. He was playing his guitar when he asked me. I said yes, and when the bell rang, I ran down the hall with my friend jumping and giggling. I thought it was the happiest day of my life.

Nick dressed up and brought me flowers to work when he picked me up for our anniversary celebrating one year of dating. He was old enough to drive, and I was allowed to go with him. He was wearing cologne and drove us in his moms red car. When we got in, he had a CD playing our song. As I sat next to him in the car, listening to our song play; watching him drive me to dinner; holding flowers that he had bought for me in my hands, I thought it was the happiest day of my life.

Nick got accepted to a school 7 hours away from home. We took turns driving to see one another at least once a month for two years. When he graduated in 2008, I drove down to attend the ceremony with his parents. He was finally coming back home. We were going to live together when he returned. I thought that was the happiest day of my life.

On October 19, 2008, Nick drove me to the beach during sunset, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I thought that was the happiest day of my life.

On September 19, 2009, the double doors in the Church opened, and I saw Nick standing at the end of the isle. I squeezed my fathers arm as he and I began to walk toward Nick. All of my family and friends were there. My dad gave me away to Nick. We exchanged vows, and kissed. We became husband and wife. I thought that was the happiest day of my life.

Each of these instances are just a glimpse of the love we share. I have considered each of these moments, and many more unmentioned moments with Nick, to have been the happiest moments of my life. While it seems to be typical for people to consider their wedding day the happiest day of their life, I don't know that I'd stop there.

As you can see, I thought many of the special days mentioned previous to our wedding were the happiest of my life. I didn't know then how much more there was. How much more I could love him.

Love is so mysterious. Just when you think that you couldn't possibly love somebody any more than you do in one given moment, your love then grows. He has shown me more in a moments feeling than some people get to see in a lifetime. I am complete because of him. I thank God daily for our love; for giving him to me so early in life. I pray daily for a long life with Nick, the one who always makes me smile. The one who makes me feel complete.

Nicholas, I love you. I will always love you. Happy Anniversary.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I'm Back but Not for Long

I am back home, but not for long.

Business trips are over, for a little while. The next trip I've got is coming up on Friday and this will be a nice trip because it's our Hocking Hills vacation. Hocking Hills is in Ohio. We have rented a cabin and can't wait to explore the area! I anticipate there to be a lot of hiking, a lot of relaxing and a lot of fun. My husband and I will be going on this trip with another couple. We always have a good time with our friends, so we are really looking forward to this trip!

This morning, I woke up in Pittsburgh. I had a training from 9:00 - 5:00, then drove home. I ate out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I did a good job about staying within my calorie range today, and even got to fit in a nice treat!

Lunch at Panera

Breakfast - Egg white delight from McDonalds
Lunch - Panera You Pick Two - Broccoli Cheddar Soup/Smoked Turkey on Sourdough
Dinner - Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad from McDonalds
Snack - Roman Cannoli

I have only been in Pittsburgh for training one other time. Last time I went to Pittsburgh, I found this amazing Italian Bakery near the training center. I was pleasantly surprised to find that we were training near the same Bakery, so I made sure to visit it over my lunch.

I bought four Roman Cannoli's. Those Cannoli's are huge! We definitely didn't need that many, but when I was in the Bakery, I wanted 10 of everything, so I guess I didn't do so bad considering.

I had one entire Cannoli after dinner tonight. That Cannoli is probably the best treat I have had in a while. Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself. The fact that my husband and I are celebrating 4 years of marriage tomorrow seemed to have an influence on my Cannoli purchase. I figured we could each have one tonight, and maybe each have one tomorrow, as well. I can't believe it's been 4 years since my husband and I got married. More on that, tomorrow!

Just a quick overview of my goals, and then I'm signing off for the night:

September Goals:

Break out of the 230’s (so close!!)
Run a 12:30 minute mile (done!)
Exercise 4 days a week (done 2 weeks)
Track nutrition 5 days a week (done 2 weeks)
Try a new recipe
Try something I've never done before (ran two miles straight)
Go back to church (done 9/15/13)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Each Day Matters

I'm out of town once again.

Business trips are probably my least favorite part of my job. Especially when I go on trips back to back.

I'm definitely a home body. I also like routine. Going out of town for work throws my routine all out of whack. It's hard to eat well while out of town and its hard to stick to exercise plans. Just because its hard, though, doesn't mean it's not possible!

Tonight, I ate out with a couple co-workers at a "local" Mexican restaurant in Pittsburgh. I had some chips with salsa and ordered a grilled chicken salad.

After dinner, I went to the gym and spent 20 minutes on the treadmill. I also did a couple reps on my arms with 5 lb. weights. My workout wasn't anything to write home about, but I got it done. Consistency is what matters.

Not everyday is super successful, but each day is important, nonetheless. Just another step toward my reaching my goals!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

And I Will

I'm not going to lie. I did a pretty great job last week.

I had a couple battles to overcome, but I knew what I wanted and I went for it. I had a three-day business trip and fair week to get through, and I successfully overcame both obstacles. Eating fair food and eating while out of town are two big challenges that have gotten the best of me in the past. This week, however, was nothing but success and it feels good!

While at the fair this past week, I was more picky than I use to be about what I ate. I use to easily cave in to the fair food temptations; doughboys, pizza, blooming onions, deep fried oreos.  This week, I stuck with a Gyro for dinner and shared a milkshake for dessert.

As for my business trip, I mostly ate salads and/or subs for lunch and dinner. I was lucky for my hotel to be near a Subway. That definitely helped me stay on track! I also took advantage of the hotel gym while I was out of town. I stuck to my workout plan for the week and even went further than I expected when I ran my first two-miles without stopping!

I decided to reward myself with a new pair of running shoes while I was out of town. I was definitely past due for a new pair of running shoes. I have been running in some pretty beat up sneakers these past couple years. In the past, I didn't feel deserving of a nice pair of running shoes, but I decided that it's about time that I invested in myself; in my hobby, and in my health.

All of my self-control and hard work this week paid off. I am down a pound on the scale and I couldn't be happier!

I am so close to reaching my goal of getting out of the 230's. This is just one of my goals for the month of September. The rest of my goals for the month are below:

September Goals:
Break out of the 230’s
Run a 12:30 minute mile (done!)
Exercise 4 days a week (done 2 weeks)
Track nutrition 5 days a week (done 2 weeks)
Try a new recipe
Try something I've never done before (ran two miles straight)
Go back to church (done 9/15/13)
We are halfway through September and I'm halfway through my goal list. I am determined to reach all of my goals this month!
This upcoming week also has some challenges, weight-loss wise, but I am determined to get through it successfully.
Meal Plan for the Week:
Sunday - Melt in Your Mouth Chicken and Zucchini
Monday - Grilled Chicken Salad
Tuesday - Business trip in Pittsburgh
Wednesday - Business trip in Pittsburgh
Thursday - Grilled Chicken Salad
Friday - Camping Vacation
Saturday - Camping Vacation
Exercise Plan for the Week:
Sunday - Run
Monday - Run
Tuesday - Run
Wednesday - Rest
Thursday - Run
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Hiking
As you can see from my plans for the week, I've got yet another business trip. I am also going on vacation. Two definite barriers for weight loss, however; as I said before, I'm determined to reach my goals this month and I will.
What are your goals for the week?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My First 2 Mile Run

Something great happened today!

For those of you who don't follow me regularly, let me fill you in. I am kind of a beginner runner, who just this spring was able to run a mile straight without stopping. More recently, I have worked my mile time down from 17 minutes to 11 minutes.

Now that you're all filled in, you'll understand why what I am about to tell you is great.

Are you ready?

I'm really excited to share that I have run my first 2 miles straight without stopping today. Uh huh, you read that right! 2 entire miles non-stop!

Two entire miles without stopping! This is a big deal for me! I have never been able to go further than a mile before. Today, I amazed myself. Sure did!

I ran a slower pace of a 15 min/mile, and my run was awesome! I love that pace. I was able to breath as I ran. The entire first mile was a breeze. I honestly wasn't out of breath one bit. That's the first time I've experienced a run that wasn't hard on my lungs. This made me aware that I have definitely been pushing myself to the limits lately as far as time goes during my mile run. Running is so much more enjoyable when I take it at a slower pace.

Note to self: When you hate running, or get in a running rut, just take it at a slower pace! Running slow is better than not running at all!

I am one happy girl. Not only did I fit in time for fitness on this business trip, but I stayed within my nutritional ranges while eating out for breakfast (egg white delight from McDonalds, lunch (grilled chicken caesar salad from McD's) and dinner (12 inch turkey breast sub from subway).

I have actually been writing this post as I eat my dinner here at the Subway in Walmart. I just finished eating, so now I'm going to get myself a 100 calorie chocolate treat, because it will be within my nutritional ranges; it will satisfy my 8 o'clock sweet tooth, and; because this girl deserves a little treat, today!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Quick Fair Update

Quick update, tonight.

My husband and I went to our small town fair after work today. It was super humid and we were drenched in sweat within 10 minutes of walking around. It was totally worth it though, because we love fair week, and all of the food that comes with it!

Tonight, we had Gyro's for dinner. They were just as good as I remembered. They are my new favorite fair food. My old favorite was a pizza slice bigger than my head. The gyro, for what it's worth, is healthier than the pizza; so it's a healthy change. 

After eating dinner, we met up with some friends to watch the fair queen pageant. My sister ran again this year, but did not win. She was very happy for the winner, though, and we're all still very proud of her! Plus, she looked gorgeous. It was still a great night in our book!

I shared a peanut butter milkshake with my husband during the pageant. I feel pretty good about my decisions at the fair. I stayed away from the deep fried Oreos, the pizza slice that is larger than my face, and the bucket of cheese fries. Yes, I said bucket of cheese fries. Geesh, that sounds good right now.

I guess this update wasn't as quick as I thought it was going to be, but I must wrap it up now. I have to pack for a three-day business trip. I am leaving first thing in the morning!

Monday, September 9, 2013

I Should Dread Running

I didn't feel like running today.

I wanted my run to be done as soon as possible, which made me run a little faster than usual. I shaved about 45 second off my mile by doing so. Maybe I should dread running more often. It does wonders for my time!

It's amazing to know that today I was only 10 seconds away from getting a 10-something minute mile, when just 7 weeks ago my mile time was in the 15/16-minute range. Consistency with my running routine is paying off!

I took the advice of one of my readers and kept walking after my run. This increased my workout time to a little over 30 minutes for the day. I'm hoping that by working out for longer, this will help me see a change in my weight. It sounds like common sense, but I needed the simple reminder!

As for those of you who asked how I like my Magic Bullet. I truly love it! I made a Peanut Butter smoothie for breakfast this morning. It only took a few minutes and then I was out the door, on my way to work with it!


I added about a cup of fresh spinach, a tbsp. of peanut butter, a tbsp. of milk and then some crushed ice.

I absolutely love drinking smoothies. I enjoy them even more when they are green. Adding the spinach gives it the green color, without the spinach taste. It's my favorite way to add a dose of vegetables, because you don't even taste it!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Goals and Challenges

It's Sunday night, already? This weekend flew by.

My husband and I had so much fun this weekend! It was a super active weekend. My body is really tired, but in a good way. I got a lot of fresh air; my lungs are happy. We ran a mile at the peninsula on Friday, we rode 9 miles through a wooded trail on Saturday and I got in an interval run around town, today.

After all of the hard work I put in this week with exercising and eating well, it was a little disheartening to see that I lost less than a pound during my weigh-in this morning. I weighed in at 231.4 lbs. My husband and I decided that it was about time that we bought a new scale, so next week I will be weighing in on a different scale. Hopefully it will be more accurate, and there won't be too much of a difference from where I am currently to begin with.

We also bought the Magic Bullet this weekend. My husband and I enjoy smothies, but we don't make them very often because they are a pain to make in our blender. I have been craving smoothies lately, so I'm excited to try our new bullet this week! The package that we got included four to-go cups; those will be very convenient for the mornings. I plan on making a smoothie for breakfast tomorrow.

This week is going to be a challenge. It's fair week in our small town, which means that fair food is back. If that wasn't enough, I also have a business trip from Wednesday through Friday. I don't know what I will be eating while I'm out of town, which makes it hard because I'm trying to eat right and stay on track. So, here's what I've got planned for this week:

Dinner Plan for the week:

Sunday: Chicken Noodle Soup (done!)
Monday: Chicken Salad
Tuesday: Gyro at the Fair
Wednesday: Work Picnic
Thursday: Work Picnic
Friday: Gyro at the Fair
Saturday: Melt in Your Mouth Chicken

Exercise Plan for the week:

Sunday: Run (done!)
Monday: Run
Tuesday: Yoga
Wednesday: Run
Thursday: Run
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Run

As for my September goals, I've accomplished quite a bit in my first week:

September Goals:

Break out of the 230’s
Run a 12:30 minute mile
Exercise 4 days a week
Track nutrition 5 days a week
Try a new recipe
Try something I've never done before
Go back to church

My biggest challenge this week will definitely be to stay within my calorie range while being out of town on business, while eating out at the fair, plus finding the motivation to exercise while being away from home. As of right now, though, I believe I can do it. That's the first step!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Active Weekend

Today was a beautiful, amazing, active day! Yesterday was pretty active, too. We went for a mile run at the beach.

After we were done running our 12 minute mile, we watched the sunset over the water. It was perfect.

My husband and I went on a 9 mile bike ride today.

The trail was gorgeous. We rode next to a stream, a cliff, under the interstate, past open fields and through the woods. We smelled some of the last sweet smells of summer mixing with the first fallen leaves. We had a fun time these past two days, and I'm glad that we did something active, outside and together.

What have you done this weekend?

Friday, September 6, 2013

I Didn't Think I Could Do It

Remember when I said that running and I have a love-hate relationship. Well, these past couple days I have been loving it!

I ran my fastest mile two nights ago. I didn't think I could do it, but a lot of supportive people thought I could, so I went out there and did it!

I didn't think I could run a 12 minute mile. My goal for September was to run a 12:30 minute mile, because even that was a challenge a couple weeks ago. I just didn't think I had it in me to run a 12 minute mile. 

When I love running, like I do today, I love it because it takes me places I never thought I could go. Note to future self: Life truly begins beyond your comfort zone. You just have to push yourself there.

I told myself that I wasn't going to weigh myself until Sunday, but I gave in early and checked-in this morning. I am still hanging in there at 231 lbs; same as last weekend. This is bitter-sweet. Bitter because I just want to be out of the 230's already and sweet because I didn't gain any weight from the picnic food I ate during Labor Day!

Last night, I had a dream about running. I was running the Color Run and I was passing people. I was running the entire 5K, and I felt great. I think that it's time to just come out and say that I want to be able to run a 5K without stopping one day. Last night, I did it in my dreams, and it felt amazing. The goal of running a 5K without stopping scares me, but; I've also heard that if you're dreams don't scare you, you aren't dreaming big enough. I'm literally dreaming about this, so I am determined to make it a reality. It will take a while, but if running has taught me anything it has taught me that if you don't give up, you'll get to where you want to be.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I Gave Up

My garmin 410 and I are in a fight.

Usually, I love my garmin. Actually, I still do. I just got very frustrated last night. I was running with my garmin and it died on me. It died just as I was about to turn into my 4th lap on the track. This, of course, is my fault for not charging it before my run. The garmin beeped at me with the low-battery warning during the second lap; I just thought it would make it through my mile run. Wrong.

I was mad that my garmin quit, so I just stopped running and drove home. Once I pulled in the driveway, I just sat there for a minute. My eyes welled up with tears. I was mad. I was running one of my fastest miles, yet. I was trying so hard and then felt like I ran in to a wall. Without the garmin, I gave up. I was mad that I gave up. It was a frustrating night. Today will be better. The garmin has been charging since last night so it will be ready for me when I get home. I usually take a day off in between runs, but I'm ready to give it another go, tonight.

Last night's garmin results:

I think that if I would have kept going, I would have reached my goal of completing a 12:30 minute mile. I was definitely running out of steam when the garmin shut off, but I had some more left in me. I just chose to quit because I was mad. I'm going to make up for that, tonight!

Even though it's Wednesday, I really want to write out my plans for the week. Usually I list this all on Sunday or Monday, however; I was a little thrown off by Labor Day weekend. Here's what I've done so far this week, and what I still want to do:

Workouts for the week:

Sunday - Run (done)
Monday - Rest (done)
Tuesday - Run (done)
Wednesday - Run
Thursday - Yoga
Friday - Rest
Saturday - Run

Dinner plans for the week:

Sunday - Labor day picnic (done)
Monday - Another picnic (done)
Tuesday - Chicken Salads (done)
Wednesday - Fish with Zucchini and Pasta
Thursday - Chicken Salads
Friday - Melt in Your Mouth Chicken with Zucchini
Saturday - Lasagna Roll-Ups

What are your goals for the week? How are you doing with them?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

August Results and September Goals

Hello friends, and welcome to September!

It takes skill to catch them both blinking at the same time.

I hope that you all had a nice and restful Labor Day Weekend. We were very busy, and had a lot of fun! We had a Rehearsal Dinner on Friday, a Wedding on Saturday, a picnic on Sunday and another picnic on Monday. I managed to fit in some time for running on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I am really glad that I did. Fitting in time for fitness is so important. My morning run was a little part of the day that was mine, and only mine. It’s nice to set aside some time for yourself. Actually, in some cases, it’s almost necessary to do so.

My husband and I at the wedding on Saturday.

If you've been following my journey this past month, you’ll know that I had set some goals for myself to accomplish in August. If I had to give myself a grade, I think that I would give myself a B+ as toward my effort and ability in accomplishing my goals for August. That’s a passing grade in my book!

August Goals:

Break out of the 230's
- I lost a total of 6.2 lbs in the month of August. On August 31st, I weighed in at 231.8 lbs. While I didn’t break out of the 230’s, I got myself much closer than where I started at the beginning of the month!

Track calories for 6/7 days a week 
- I did this for the majority of the month.

Exercise 4/7 days a week 
- I did this for the majority of the month.

Drink 64 ounces of water daily 
- I may have missed a few days, but I significantly increased my water intake this month!

Get 7-8 hours of sleep a day
- I did this for about 90% of the month.

Now that August is over, it’s time to focus on September. I had come up with some goals this weekend, but have decided to tweak those goals even more and have come up with the following list.

September Goals:

Break out of the 230’s
Run a 12:30 minute mile
Exercise 4 days a week
Track nutrition 5 days a week
Try a new recipe
Try something I've never done before
Go back to church

I've got a busy month ahead of me. Just looking at my calendar gives me a minor anxiety attack. I've got a couple business trips to attend; a lot of Trials to prep for; a bunch of meetings to attend, and; a long-weekend vacation to fit in there.

Some weight-loss challenges to be aware of include trying to stay on track while eating out during business trips; our annual fair week, and; the long-weekend vacation. 

I will be faced with a lot of foodie temptations this month, but my will to succeed and reach my goals will be stronger. Bring on September!