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Where is my Bravery (and Confidence) Level At?

Monday, August 25, 2014

While we were commuting in to work this morning, one of the guys that I commute in with started telling me how he was going to run in the Rock and Roll Half Marathon this coming weekend in VA Beach. He started telling me how he runs two half marathons every year, this one and the Historic Half. He said training for these two during the year is what keeps him in shape. Then he switched gears and started saying how I need to go run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon next year. He said Iíve done so well on losing weight and exercising that I can do this. He also said that they will be having a kidís fun run where the kids can earn a medal by completing a 1 mile run in the sand. I know my kids would love that. He then told me he wants to see me there next year at the race.

Itís still so strange to me now that I can even be included in a conversation that involves the words ďhalf marathonĒ, much less the fact that Iím even considering doing this. I donít know why my confidence level is still so down. I completed Couch to 5K, I completed Bridge to 10K, I completed Insanity, so I know that when I put my set my mind on completing a goal, I usually will hound-dog it until itís done. I also know Iíve lost 73 pounds and Iíve managed to get my BMI down from Obese to just into the healthy range, so Iím not having to jog 13.1 miles carrying around the weight like I would have a year ago. I wonít have that added stress on my joints.

So when I got into work this morning I texted my husband and told him about itÖand my husband as usual brought his common sense into the equation. I knew there was a reason I married him. He told me how much fun the kids would have cheering me on, plus how much fun they would have running the fun race. He also said the race was a year away which gave me a year to train, and that during that time I could run 5Ks and 10Ks in local races around our house to practice. He also said this will help keep me motivated. Why does he always have to make so much sense?

SoÖIt looks like I am officially in training now for a half marathon (and freaking out a little!). emoticon

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NITTINNANA 8/25/2014 3:30PM


You have such a smart husband!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/25/2014 12:41PM

    Don't freak out:) You will do great and plus you don't have to run the whole thing. Depends on your fitness level. Even walking a half marathon is pretty AH-mazing!!!

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SHEWWIMONSTER 8/25/2014 9:19AM

    So excited for you!! I've been super lazy lately....this is a nice reminder why I need to keep pushing. :)

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ANOTHER weekend sabotage.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Good morning everyone. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Iím sitting here feeling guilty for another weekend where I overdid it calorie wise. Iím just feeling sorry for myself because Iím reflecting on the fact that I havenít lost a pound in months Ė I havenít gained anything, but I havenít lost anything. I keep letting things like vacations and going out with friends, etc. make excuses for me to overeat/drink, then I try and make up for it during the week. As a result Iíve let my summer slip away from me without losing anything. Itís kind of disheartening, since I was doing so well. emoticon

This weekendís excess: Friday night was ladies night out. One of the husbands dropped us off and picked us up at one of our local Mexican food restaurants for Margarita night. So as you can guess, Mexican food + Margaritas = heavy calories. emoticon Saturday a friend of mine was having a bunch of us over for his kids 1 year birthday party, so while all of our kids were playing together he had beer and food for all of the parents Ė yup, not another light calorie night. Even Sunday turned out awful food wise. My husband has been working a ton of overtime and weíve really only been seeing him on the weekends, so Sunday was our family day (just us) together, and we went bowling and out to eat. EEESH. The only good thing that I did accomplish on those days was getting my exercise in. So as usual, this weeks plan of attack = low calories until weigh day. Whatís on the menu for lunch today you ask? A GNC lean shake, vanilla. Goal - no gain on the scale.

So today Iím feeling down on myself, to top it off the lack of sleep Iíve had really has me dragging. Last night my 5 year old woke me up at 1am with a nosebleed and I just could not get back to sleep after I fixed him up, which I really needed since I only had 4 hours of sleep Saturday night. Iím so tired Iím actually having trouble seeing my computer screen, it keeps blurring. This is going to be a really long day at work today. I really should have gotten closer to my goal this summer. I only have 10 pounds left!! To end things on a positive note, I started my strength training last week and so far am really liking that Ė I can really feel it in my arms. I rotate it with my cardio. Iím hoping that will help my flappy arms! emoticon

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NATURALLYME126 8/18/2014 12:16PM

    I went over my calories this weekend too. Your not alone. Lets shoot for a better week this week okay? :-)

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Make Time For Yourself!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

As Iíve lost weight this past year Iíve really noticed a huge change in myself. Iíve already blogged previously about the confidence boosters, things like the way Iíve dressed, cute clothes I can now buy, wearing high heels again etc. What I want to blog about today though is the change in my social life. I have an extremely busy life normally, not even taking into account throwing a social life into it. My normal day Monday Ė Friday schedule revolves around getting up at 4am to get ready for work, dropping the kids off at day care, commuting 65 miles to work (gotta love the DC commute), after work commute home, home anywhere between 5-6 traffic depending, pick up kids and get dinner going, then itís time to exercise, kids in bed by 8 (because I wake them up at 4:30), and start the routine all over again. As you can imagine my weeknights after I get home from work are always in a rush. My husband helps out as much as he can, but he also has the DC commute so heís battling the same time constraints. My weekends were reserved for me, my husband and kids to have fun, relax, and enjoy ourselves. Over the years Iíve pretty much pushed any type of social life completely out of my life.

As Iíve been dropping weight Iíve been feeling more like an ďopenĒ personÖI guess thatís the best way to describe it. Iíve been making new friends and I have energy that I didnít have before. Iíve been inviting people over to my house for cookouts, going out to dinner with people and leaving my husband home with the boys (and not feeling guilty about it). Iíve also been meeting my kids mothers and weíve became friends, so itís became common now for us to call each other up and hang out while the kids play together. This is something that I would have avoided in my ďlargerĒ days because I would have made the excuse that I was too busy, while in reality I probably would have really just been avoiding people.

Before I started exercising last year I always used the excuse ďI donít have time, I need to spend time with the kids after workĒ. Now I exercise 6 days a week because I find the time, exercise to me is MY time to de-stress after work, and there are days I look forward to it all day long. My kids are not harmed by me taking that time out in the evenings for myself to workout, and in fact this is a good example for them. Iíve also learned how important it is not to cut yourself off from your friends. Dropping this 73 pounds (63 since I recommitted to spark last July) I realize how much your weight actually weighs you down (sorryÖ.that line was pretty bad) emoticon . Make sure you take time out for yourself!

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NATURALLYME126 8/9/2014 4:52AM

    Excellent insight! Me time is a must. As wives, mothers, etc. we often neglect ourselves which I believe has a trickle down effect in other areas in our lives. So true that we much make time for ourselves. Keep it up friend! :)

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REBECCA7436 8/6/2014 3:21PM

    This is great and show me I can make time as well, I also have a long drive to work and I make excuses all the time. I have changed my eating but need to workout, thanks you for the inspiration.

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MJRVIC2000 8/6/2014 3:08PM

    Faith makes everything possible; Hope makes everything work; and Love make everything beautiful! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Vacation is Over - Back to the Grindstone!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is doing well. I went on vacation last week to Myrtle Beach and had a great break from work and spent some much needed quality time with the family. We took the kids golfing, saw a magic show, to the beach, etc. and just in general had a great time.

One scary thing that happened was while we were on vacation at the pool this girl that looked like she was 10-12 years old was spotted at the bottom of the pool not breathing. Since the place we were staying did not have lifeguards (swim at your own risk), there happened to be a guest there that knew CPR from on the job training, he jumped in and pulled her out of the pool and started performing CPR. He finally got her to cough up the pool water and got her to start breathing by the time the paramedics arrived. All this happened and her parents still didnít notice, they were sitting at a table drinking and watching the ocean. They just realized what was going on when the paramedics arrived. After she went to the hospital the police came and did some questioning just to wrap everything up. It was so fortunate that the guy saw her in the pool. That was super scary. I was worried my boys might be really scared since they saw all of that happen but they seemed okay, and we stayed around at the pool for a while and they went swimming and didnít seem scared of the water after seeing that.

On the nutrition and exercise side: I started out the vacation keeping up with my exercise plan but the second day ended up pinching a nerve in my back (I believe thatís what happened), because my back and my legs started hurting really badly, so I couldnít exercise much the rest of the week other than slow walking. On the food side I just blew it. We went out to eat way too much and I did not order healthy options at all, I just let myself get what I wanted. I really noticed it too in my hands, because my fingers swelled up from all of the sodium and my rings got tight. Weíve been back since Saturday evening and Iíve been eating healthy since then and drinking my water and I already can already see the swelling has gone down in my fingers. I'll weigh myself tomorrow morning and see what the damage is to the scale from all those vacation restaurants.

This week Iím back to work and playing catch up with all the craziness that Iíve missed. I hope everyone is having a great week!

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NATURALLYME126 7/24/2014 11:25PM

    Hey lady,
I didn't realize we were that close to one another on vacation!

How scary that was about the little girl!! I am super happy though that she was alright. I hope her parents learned a lesson from that!

I too went overboard with the eating on vacation. It wasn't that we went out to eat a lot, because we didn't. I ended up packing tv dinners and making a big thing of tuna to take with us for the times that we didn't go out to eat. Like you, I think most of my problem was from the sodium. I too have noticed a difference since being back.

I am glad we both jumped back in the game without missing a beat. Enjoy your Friday and weekend friend! :-)

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Space out your calories!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is doing well! Ok Ė full disclosure on my eating habits, I just had a total ďdo as I say, not as I doĒ moment at work. I tend to save all of my calories for dinner, mostly because I am the worlds pickiest eater. No matter how much Iíve tried to like vegetables, or tried to disguise them in smoothies, etc, I canít bring myself to like them. To compensate for the fact that the food I eat is higher in calories I tend to eat very little during the day so that I can have a somewhat decent meal with my family. My breakfasts at lunch typically consist of a packet of low sugar instant oatmeal or a cup of yogurt, and then lunch will be a lean Cuisine, or a Smoothie, something similar. Thatís during the week. On the weekend is when I completely blow it though and eat all of my hard work out of the water. This morning I completely got lightheaded and felt like I was going to pass out. Once I had some cantelope I felt better. I think my body is telling me I need to space my calories out more evenly throughout the day.

I made a big step this weekend on incorporating strength training into my routine. Typically Iíve been stuck in my cardio routine 6 days a week. This weekend we went out and found a home gym weight set that was on sale steeply discounted because they came out with a new model, so we snatched it up. Once my husband puts it together Iím going to start alternating strength training with cardio. Iím really excited about it.

Send me your positive thoughts everyone Ė I found out the doctors think my dad has prostate cancer (he had 2 PSA tests that went from high to very high in a short amount of time). He is going in for a biopsy this week and Iím pretty much a nervous wreck about this. They are already discussing the treatment options with him which I would think they would wait until they got the biopsy backÖbecause shouldnít they wait to make sure there is anything there before scaring everyone?

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NATURALLYME126 7/11/2014 11:19PM

    I am definitely lifting your father up in prayer my friend.

As for your calories, you absolutely need to space them out throughout the day. I hear you though about wanting to save your calories for dinner. I think like that too. But I don't do it everyday.

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PEGGYO 7/8/2014 6:07PM

    My husband Jerry had prostate cancer and he is doing perfectly fine today. Try and not let it scare you too much until you know what to be scared of.

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MOMTO6CUTIES 7/8/2014 4:07PM

    Sorry to hear about your Father.

And I agree about trying to space out your calories a little more.

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ANDREAG89 7/8/2014 1:42PM

    I'll work backwards through your blog.

I have no knowledge or experience with what your dad is going through, but have much experience about stress when family members are going through tests and facing illness. I wonder if the doctors know more than they're saying being as they're discussing treatment options with him? But again, I have no knowledge or experience with this.

I suggest to you to find a healthy way to deal with your 'nervous wreck' situation. I ate my way through mine last year, which only hurt me and puts me into a spiral. So regardless of how nervous and stressed you are, maybe you should make a plan for how you are going to handle the anxiety that comes with aging parents (without trying to eat away your stress). Just a thought...

Hooray to you on the new weight set! You'll love the results you get from strength training. You'll continue burning calories longer, too, b/c those lean muscles need more energy. Woohoo!!! Just remember how you may see a small step up on the scale until your body gets used to the weight training - you'll retain some water for a little while until you're in the routine. But you probably already know this being as you've had such fantastic success thus far!

Light-headedness from not eating is scary! Keep those tiny snacks handy!

Good thoughts coming your way about your dad's situation...

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GYPSYGOTH 7/8/2014 10:57AM

    Sorry to hear about your dad possibly being sick... my mom just had something similar going on and now I'm super paranoid even though they told her just to come back in three years (?!?!) Hope everything works out fine.

It must be very difficult to try to live a healthy lifestyle if you hate vegetables! Have we talked about this book, Suffering Succotash? You should definitely seek it out. Fruit has many of the same nutrients, but you're really missing out on most of the good stuff! Have you tried using a Green Food supplement, at least?

I hope you can find some solutions that work well for you. Good luck.

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AUNTRENEE 7/8/2014 10:06AM

    You will be fine. Just stay positive.

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