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Poof! Begone excuses!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

emoticonSee ya September. So glad that month is over. I love my job, but the first month is hard in the classroom and this year was more stressful than others.

emoticonMy husband is still not working because of his hand injury and that has been a big source of stress and sadness and lower intensity workouts for all of us.

emoticonI was focused on training for my race, not weight loss.

OK, there are my excuses. Pieces to each that are valid, but I took advantage of each one. I kept reading about how hard it is to lose pounds while training. That may be true. But you know what else makes it hard to lose pounds?? Snacking on high calorie trail mix every night while watching TV. And yes, you need proper fuel on the long run days. Not proud to admit how often I ate whatever I wanted and told myself, "I just ran 9 miles. It's fine."

My husband, the chef, the wonderous food miracle worker, cannot use one hand. His boss has been bringing us dinner once a week. This guy is also an amazing chef, but does not slash the calories of a fabulous meal like DH does. I did not enjoy the meals with portion control. At least once a week I have been indulging. BIG time. And last week he brought homemade pound cake. That devil. It's gone and I'm moving on.

I know that it's all about the food for me. I have always liked working out and now I am completely head over heels in love with running. When I finally got the nutrition part in order, the pounds dropped. surprise, surprise. Well, I have let the nutrition slide. And I keep saying that it's time to get serious, but I don't change any behaviors. Writing a Spark blog or status doesn't magically make you lose 5 pounds. Spark points? yes. Real pounds? nope. Too bad, huh?

Yesterday I changed my behavior. I went back to smaller snacks, one portion at dinner. No seconds! And no evening snacking. Tea after 7. That's it. And that's what works for me.

And because I love pics from pinterest.com


  
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RUNNER12COM 10/18/2011 8:24AM

    Preaching to the choir for me, and I get it. It's so easy to slide and eat more and more.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 10/11/2011 4:11AM

    Right there with ya also! Time to get portions back under control. I always struggle with eating before heading to the gym and then be hungry when I get home. Still trying to figure that out:)

Best of luck with your journey!

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RUSSELLORAMA 10/10/2011 10:56PM

    It's a shame that squirrel has better flexibility than me right now. Gotta work on that!

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JOYCERN12 10/5/2011 10:06PM

    Here,Here!I like your tea only after 7...except when I work nights...oh there's those excuses again.Goodluck and hope DH's hand heals soon, I would hate for you to have to be subjected to anymore of that poundcake! Joyce

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 10/5/2011 1:10AM

    Nice...like your attitude! Agreed that nutrition is where its at and it seems to me you're back on track. Good on you.

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DELERIOUS64 10/4/2011 8:24PM

    I could've written this! If it wasn't for how much I excercise I'm sure I'd be right back up to my old weight. I would say about 97% of my food is healthy but overeating is still overeating. Last week I had a 3 day pig out. Splurging is one thing, binging is unexcusable but that's what exactly what I did. And yeah, I frequently try to justify it by telling myself I need to fuel my workouts.

Thanks for writing this, it's a reminder that it's time to take back control!!

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 10/4/2011 5:39PM

    It's so true. Sometimes I spend time on SP and I think that's somehow going to translate into weight loss. Well, what it comes down to is that I have to eat right and keep on moving. No number of Spark points is going to make that scale budge. Awesome, you're doing great!

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MICHSTATE 10/4/2011 4:28PM

    I am totally stealing your tea only after 7 pm idea!!!!! I have a lot of decaf green tea, so I have no excuse!!!! Thank you!!!!:-)

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/4/2011 2:13PM

    Isn't it amazing how easy it is to start rationalizing? Way to go for saying POOF!
Is there any estimate as to when your husband will be able to use his hand again? I noticed that it's still all wrapped up in your race photo.
Hang in there, my friend, and enjoy the benefits of sticking to wise food choices!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/4/2011 12:57PM

    awesome u can do it

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/4/2011 10:27AM

    I'm having the same problems. I keep telling myself I need to get strict with nurtrition, but then munch on a brownie (or two) at 9 PM! Let's work together and get the Munchy Monster squashed!! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 10/4/2011 10:21AM

    one book i am studying right now is Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald. This is the best book I have ever read on the subject of weight loss and management for ATHLETES. If you are just looking to drop a few to fit into a smaller dress, pretty much any plan will get yo there for a fast 15 or 20 lbs albeit maybe not the best way BUT.... when you train to swim, bike, or run, not just any old Dr Oz program will work.

This guy knows what he is talking about.

the part that really hits home is nutrient timing. like you, i am an afterwork, before bed muncher. It is my downfall.

"The effects of nutrients on the body are determined as much by the context in which they are consumed as by their intrinsic properties" pg 131, Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald

Basically it says when you eat has as much to do with the ultimate fate of those calories as what you ate. so if I am indulging on "healthy" snacks but doing it when I am slowing down metabolically for bed...you guessed it. those same calories consumed 30 min after a workout get absorbed to repair and rebuild.

Im learning alot from this book. I am hoping if I can get my act together in this way, I will be much leaner and have a better race year in 2012

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HOAGIE22 10/4/2011 8:42AM

  Git Er Done!!

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/4/2011 8:39AM

    I keep leaning on your blogs for inspiration and motivation!! emoticon

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ANGIEINTRAINING 10/4/2011 8:30AM

    Nice job recognizing your excuses. I do hope the husband's hand heals soon! Keep up the hard work.

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TC 10 miler and jump in marathon

Sunday, October 02, 2011

I did it!!!!! Apparently training programs work. I followed Hal Higgdon (who I saw, BTW, at the Expo on Saturday and I was a little star struck) Anyway, followed one of his HM plans. We missed a few runs because of weather, injury and children. I justified all that because the race wasn't a full half. *only* 10 miles. It was a good idea to overshoot for training. Then it isn't such a big deal when life happens and running can't be number one.

I worried and planned and cleaned and double and tripled checked everything all week long. We went to the Expo to pick up our packets and it was SO MUCH FUN. You can reach out and grab the energy.


The race started early and it was cold. Good to know that the reflector stripe on my coat works!


The race itself was good, not amazing, but good. I stared too fast and felt tired at mile 4. Right when the hills started. Fabulous. And it was crowded. But then we rounded a corner and tons of spectators/supporters were there with their funny signs (Worst Parade Ever!) and crazy bells and that carried me up the first big hill. The 2nd half of the race was better because I finally let myself slow down. My husband got a bit ahead of me, but came back so we could cross the finish line together. awwww. He is a sweet guy. It was a great moment for us.

The post race atmosphere is just as much fun. We got a 10 minute massage, danced a little, ate bananas and soup broth and raisin rolls and more yummy stuff. We found all the family and friends and hung out for a bit. Then everyone took off and I decided to put another 8 miles on my legs. I know, I know...

The marathon started an hour after the 1o miler and I told a friend that I would wait at mile 22 and jump in for a mile. They usually pull people off the course that don't have the right bib. So I head back up the race path and got to see all the jackrabbit elite runners heading into the last mile. This may have been my favorite part of the day. The winner finished in 2:13. I saw the next 4 guys fighting for 2nd. And they were fighting! So close to each other and all sprinting. I felt like I was at the Olympics or something. Being that close to uber athletes was breathtaking, These guys ran 5:05-5:30 miles the whole time. FOR A MARATHON. how crazy impressive is that? Next up was the first female finisher. She was stunning. Talk about muscle motivation.

I walked at least 4.2, but more like 4.5 miles to get back to 22. I got to see lots of runners for different places in the race. I wish I could explain how beautiful and powerful it was. I finally got to 22 and it seems that is a tough place for people. There were lots of tearful runners, more walkers than I expected and those laughing and looking gorgeous.I saw runners of all sizes, runners with loads of gear, runners with none. Young, old. All marathon runners.

My friend was having a tough time and asked me to stay with her. So I ran the last 4.2 miles with her. For the second time that day! It was fun. The cheering crowds and breathless runners was all the motivation I needed. She finished strong and looking better than she did at 22. I was happy to be there for her and happy that I got to experience that. It certainly gives me some insight into the feelings involved with the end of a marathon.

After my race. I felt great. My goal was 80-90 minutes. I knew 80 would be very fast for me. Chip time says 87:13! I am super proud of the run. 8:44 pace for 10 miles. And then I ran some more! And now my legs are sore and tired.

It was an incredible day. Thanks for all the Spark love and support. It has meant a lot to me.

more pics coming soon from my dad's camera...

  
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IMSMILEY88 10/20/2011 9:18PM

    How wonderful! And, I loved watching the marathoners at my last HM, too. And, kudos to you for running with your friend! It sounds like you might be doing a marathon before too long....?

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KJDOESLIFE 10/20/2011 5:16PM

    Great job and great time on your 10-miler! And what a good friend for running the last 4.2 of the marathon! I can only imagine how tired your friend was at that point.

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RJSAMS 10/20/2011 1:47PM

    That is amazing! Really cool report on your race and the rest of the marathon. I wish I had been there. Maybe next year...

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KKINNEA 10/20/2011 1:13PM

    I was one of those walkers at 22 - there are tough hills ahead of it and I faltered at 17. Next year I'll power through all of 'em - just really, really slow.

Congrats on your 10 miler!!

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RUNNER12COM 10/18/2011 8:07PM

    What a great recap. And to be the support that your friend needed? That is beyond awesome!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 10/4/2011 10:22AM

    You ROCK girl!!!! I am SO inspired by you! What an excellent time for your race! And that is so neat that you ran another 4 miles to support your friend! Absolutely amazing. Can't wait to see more pics!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REDDIRTRUNNER 10/4/2011 8:36AM

    What an amazing experience for you! And AWESOME time on you race! The hakf will definitely be cake for you. You're almost ready for that marathon! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 10/3/2011 7:00PM

    wow, your time is on fire! you are ready for a half. if you can push out that kind of time for 10 miles, 13.1 is going to be a pushover with a little conservative pacing.

As for your marathon race experience... I think a star is going to be born.... you have been bitten by the bug....obey the urge!!

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JOYCERN12 10/3/2011 6:07PM

    Awesome race and moving that you were able to help encourage and finish again with your friend. Missing you at the Warriors. Hope to get to this level some day-Joyce emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 10/3/2011 4:25PM

    Wow, Maura..........running 10 miles, then walking somewhere so you can run again, then running with your friend as she finishes...................you never cease to amaze me! While I'm not a runner, you are still an inspiration...........thanks for posting!!

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DENAMARIE1 10/3/2011 12:58PM

    You are an inspiration! I love reading your blogs and all your accomplishments. You are a warrior!!!

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REDEFINING_ME 10/3/2011 10:57AM

    Absolutely amazing! I don't know what else to say! You are simply amazing!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 10/3/2011 8:46AM

    You never cease to amaze me. I can't even imagine running a 10-mile race, then walking more miles so that you could run even more miles. You're awesome!

Congratulations on finishing within your goal range! You did great!

Thank you for sharing your excitement with us. You are a huge source of motivation for me!

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/3/2011 8:25AM

    You are amazing - I am so glad that you have crossed my path - you are an inspiration!!

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ELIZ181 10/3/2011 8:19AM

    I love reading about your races I feel like I am right there with you. Keep up the great work.

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 10/2/2011 11:30PM

    That's awesome!! I can't believe you went back and ran another 4 miles! You're incredible and an even more incredible friend! Can't wait to see more pictures and hear about your next races! emoticon emoticon

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MICHSTATE 10/2/2011 8:48PM

    Good job!!!! That was super nice of you to help your friend finish!!!!!:-)

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APIRLRAIN888 10/2/2011 8:00PM

    wooohoooo1 great job, i just downloaded his program so excited to do it

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running dates, planks and numbers

Sunday, September 25, 2011


I think many of us need to remind ourselves of this. I've read lots of blogs lately about not being instantly happy when that goal weight is hit. The fear, the reality, the disappointment. I am STILL at 148 and there are days that the number really gets to me. It can dictate my mood for an entire day. blech.

Then there are days like yesterday. Days where I feel so good. strong. fit. healthy. Happy! 148, 140, 158... Those numbers didn't matter. What was amazing was the 9 mile running date I had with my husband. That's right! No stroller to push, no kids to entertain. Just us. We went to the River Road where we first started running longer distances. That was where we ran 6 miles a few months ago, when I wanted to fall over after 6 miles with pride & exhaustion, where I first felt like a true runner. Yesterday the weather was a perfect 62 degrees, the leaves are just beginning to change, the water calm. Believe it or not, Minnesota is gorgeous and has fabulous weather at times.



There were a few moments when I wanted to stop. But for the most part, I was giddy with runner's high. I wanted to yell at everyone we passed, "Hey! Are you training for Twin Cities?? I AM!!!" The marathon (and my 10 mile race) is next weekend and I am excited to be a part of something so cool. I am happy that this is where I am in life. This is how my family chooses to spend our time, energy and money.

Would I be happier if I weighed that magical 140 goal number? I don't know. Maybe. Maybe not. What I know for sure is that 9 miles in 80 minutes makes me happy today.


For PMP:
1. This week I focused on core. I tried a new class at the gym, which was a big change for me since I am such a Bodystep/HIIT addict. Wed. morning I went to a pilates/yoga fusion class.

2. Last week I focused on legs. I continued to work on great form for lunges.

3. My goal was a 2 minute plank. This just in!!! 2 min, 9 seconds and my abs are still sore as I type this. success!

I know that's not a plank, but those are great abs.

Morals of the story:
emoticonEnjoy life today.
emoticonSpandex running tights and a new pair of Asics are just as sexy as heels and skinny jeans.

  
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ANDYSGIRL73 9/28/2011 10:30AM

    Great blog! Love your attitude! Now I'm inspired to do a 2 minute plank!

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DONNYBELLE 9/27/2011 12:03PM

    love!
and i miss you.

and now.
NOW i want to run.

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HIGHHEELEDGIRL 9/27/2011 9:49AM

    what an awesome run!!!! love your attitude and approach.... keep it up.

heather

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TRIXIERUNS 9/26/2011 10:34AM

    Love this blog!

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DZSWEETIE2005 9/26/2011 9:00AM

    Love this whole blog! :)

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 9/26/2011 7:47AM

    Great run, great plank... I'm totally impressed. I need to beef up my plank time. Guess I've got a new goal to shoot for. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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A-STRONGER-ME 9/26/2011 5:42AM

    One word, "AWESOME!"

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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/25/2011 10:46PM

    I don't think you will ever cease to inspire me with your blogs! I'm so happy for you that you don't care about the weight numbers as much as you care about the ability numbers. And I'm impressed by your ability numbers!

It's so cool that your date was to go for a run. I find that accomplishing things together is great for marriage.

P.S. Have you had any more progress with the pull-ups? I haven't, but I joined a new challenge that is definitely going to help me improve my strength. Let's be doing pull-ups by Thanksgiving, okay? emoticon

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MICHSTATE 9/25/2011 10:01PM

    Sounds like a great run!!!!
I did a week long challenge recently and did a 2minute plank, which I never thought I could do!!! It is amazing what progress we can make with some effort!!!! Go us!! :-)

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APIRLRAIN888 9/25/2011 9:24PM

    woohoo you can do it!! and great quote love it

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TAFODIL24 9/25/2011 8:56PM

    wonderful blog ~ thank you for sharing ~ you are amazing

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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/25/2011 3:32PM

    Great blog!! I'm so happy you had such a great run with your hubby. And your plank time! Holy Cannoli!!! That is fantastic! Those are SO hard. What an accomplishment! Love the quote about the mile. You are so positive and inspiring! Keep up the awesome progress!!

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 9/25/2011 2:46PM

    Awesome! I love your blogs! I love the quote about the mile! Running tights and a new pair of asics- definitely as sexy as heels and skinny jeans! emoticon

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REDEFINING_ME 9/25/2011 12:44PM

    I so LOVE you and your blogs! You are so positive and make me feel so much better EVERY time you write a blog. I wish we lived closer so we could run together!

And you know what, if I still weigh 153 as opposed to 150 (my pre preggo weight) on Ellie's 1st birthday, I will be okay with it, because I feel good. I feel strong, I feel healthy. And I will be okay with it because of you and your positive attitude. It's contagious!

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VEUVEGIRL 9/25/2011 11:01AM

    Really fantastic!

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PJBONARRIGO 9/25/2011 10:55AM

    Great blog- I enjoyed your pix and your story. Thanks for posting a POSITIVE and motivating site :-)

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successes over failures

Sunday, September 18, 2011



This is a lifestyle, right? That means that just because I have 2 young kids, a husband that still can't work due to hand injury & can't help at all with 2 said kids or household crap, and I returned to work full time while kids started new daycare... all of that doesn't mean I can stop working out or start eating junk. Believe me, I wanted to this week. I really really wanted to.

Instead, I squeezed in workouts when I could because I know it's the best way to handle stress. And because it's important to me and I feel good during and after a good sweat session. We schedule many other things in our lives and wouldn't dare miss those appointments or meetings. Why should we skip something that is good for ourselves? I am making myself a priority. When I feel better, I have more to give to everyone else in my life. I win, my family wins, my school community wins. So, I worked out this week. Even when I was exhausted.




The 10 mile race is in a few weeks (I wish it was a half-marathon because I am sick of saying, "No I'm not running the marathon. It's only 10 miles.") No ONLY belongs in that sentence, but I keep down playing the race. must stop doing that!
I've been following a HM training plan and I want to sound cool and say I'm running a real half.

Anyway, last Sunday was supposed to be 11 miles. We made it 6.5. boo. fail. oh well, move on. The success is that I got in a hilly run and a speed work run later in the week. On workdays. When I wanted nothing more than to sit and drink wine and/or watch my own kids play. So there. I'll call the running week a success. We're doing the 11 today and then tapering off. And here is what all my dreams look like lately:

stolen from pinterest. beautiful NYC race.

Because of my running obsession and training, I haven't given enough time to ST. I'm doing PMP, but I knew from the beginning that I would have to be OK with less than 100%. That is something that's hard for me.

The first challenge comes and... gulp. 2 hours of ST this week. -Fail. Not gonna happen.- That's my first reaction, right? Then I had to take a deep breath or 8 and think about what I *could* do. I reread these Yoovie words a few times:
"No it will not be easy, THAT is why it is called a challenge. If I told you that you had until the end of the week to do 15 minutes total of free weights, it would be so ridiculously easy, that it wouldn't do much for your body."

emoticonMonday was the first day for students and it was the hardest first day I have had in 9 years of teaching. I wanted to cry myself to sleep it was that bad. Instead I looked at my fun, fabulous, fitness calendar and did 20 push-ups. I got in bed at 8:30!! and told myself that tomorrow would be a better day. And it was.
emoticon Tues. Better day, but pure exhaustion. Ran 6 miles. Instead of sitting on couch after kids were in bed, I made up a few ST circuits of my own and pushed myself. felt good.
emoticon Wed. Running/XT rest day, but made myself do more ST circuits. Kept thinking, "This is why it's called a challenge!"
emoticon Thur. Ran 4.5. Did a few push-ups and worked on planks but nothing to write home about. But! better than nothing
emoticon Fri. HIIT class at the gym, focused on form and really pushed myself during lunge/squat track

Did I meet the 2 hour goal? No. Is that a failure? No. I did so much more this week than I would have without the PMP challenge. What About Bob? fans:
"I'm baby steppin. I'm doing the work." I'm doing the work day in and day out. No matter how hectic life gets.

Say it with me ya'll:






  
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MARINEMAMA 9/25/2011 11:30AM

    You are doing awesome,,

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/21/2011 10:54AM

    Oh wow, oh wow! You are amazing and focused and motivated! It IS a lifestyle and you made such fantastic choices this week. I am proud to call you my *friend* teehee! Keep it up girlie!

~tammy~

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 9/20/2011 6:29AM

    Ahhhh..........I was just checking in to see how you were doing.....found your blog.........and knew I was directed here this morning. You truly are an inspiration, my friend!!!! Hope this week is better job-wise...........hope hubby's hand is healing...................and thanks for you being you!!!!!

Now........off to the basement...........................
...................my "gym".

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REDEFINING_ME 9/19/2011 11:24AM

    You are such an inspiration!! I plan to come back and re-read your blog several times this week as work becomes more and more hectic. You are doing it! I, too, can do it! emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/19/2011 6:08AM

    You are definitely right that no ONLY belongs in a sentence that has anything to do with running 10 miles!

I'm sorry you had a rough start to the school year and that things are still tough at home, but I admire the way that you're handling it. Forcing yourself to workout when exhausted is tough, but you're doing it anyway. There's definitely something to be said for that!

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A-STRONGER-ME 9/19/2011 5:55AM

    emoticon You are DOING when others are WATCHING - and remember, ALWAYS give yourself credit for your accomplishments, no matter how small - they all add up to greatness!!

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TULIPAN2 9/19/2011 3:30AM

    I admire every women and man who have children and a job and still find time for exercise. It doesn't matter that you didn't do 2 hours ST, you will do them in time... Day by day, step by step... :)

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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/18/2011 10:06PM

    You are a warrior for pushing through your rough week! Thank you for inspiring me! emoticon emoticon

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DELERIOUS64 9/18/2011 1:48PM

    I love reading your blogs. They always make me want to get out and do something/anything. I think the more hectic our lives are the more reason we have for excercising. There's no better stress reliever!!

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RUSSELLORAMA 9/18/2011 12:17PM

    Way to push through it this week! As long as we're doing something toward our goals, that's what counts.

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JENBELLE13 9/18/2011 11:31AM

    Wow! I'm exhuasted just reading about your week. Every little bit counts regardless of when or how long. I'm sure next week will get a little easier as you get into your new groove with school and daycare. I give you so much credit because I would have put off and put off until the week was over and then I would be beating myself for not doing.

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REDDIRTRUNNER 9/18/2011 11:07AM

    Thanks for inspiring ME!! I had one of those completely EXHAUSTED weeks this last week and I chose to just let myself sleep and get caught up on rest. Next week though, next week it's ON! I haven't yet officially joined the PMP challenge because I wasn't sure how I would do it or if I was up to a challenge. I think I'll officially join now emoticon
I didn't realize you just started back at work- I thought that was the case. Did you go back because of your hubby's injury? It's such a struggle for me. The whole working mom thing....I'm here for you!
emoticonU girl!

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SISTERSPARKLE 9/18/2011 10:45AM

    Great post. Thank you for sharing. It sounds like you've got a lot on your plate right now and you could easily succumb to all the stress. But you're handling it like a total rock star. Good for you for not making excuses.

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TAFODIL24 9/18/2011 10:14AM

    emoticonand so motivational ~ thank you for sharing!
You ARE worth it!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/18/2011 9:03AM

    I love this POST!!!!! thank you

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I'm happy but I want more

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I really wanted to make chocolate chip cookies tonight, but I knew I'd just eat all the dough so I had a small handful, yes small, of chocolate chips and brushed my teeth. Now I've got a Friends marathon on and am catching up in the Spark world.

Going back to work has been great and exhausting. Running has been a huge release. Free therapy. seriously. This says it better than I can:

"My motivations to run change on a regular basis (talk about living in the present moment!). Some days I run for the grass-fed cheeseburger; some days it is to meditate; some days it is to sing along to music no one but me wants to hear; some days it is to breathe; some days it is to train for something I never thought I could do; some days it is to help my friends train for something they never thought they could do; some days it is because it is just so darn beautiful out not to." Chrsity Ackley Zuzelo on anothermotherrunner.com
I read this with my jaw dropped because it is exactly how I feel. word for word. The race is in less than a month and I actually feel ready.

Onto my next challenge... PMP! I was going to pass on this one, but how can you after reading Yoovie's blogs about it? I need ST help so I guess I'm about to get it. Plus, I'm regretting not doing BLC 17 (I miss you Warriors!!) so I need something SP to keep me accountable.

So that's cardio and ST. Then there's the food issue and it's same old same old for me. Good choices, just too much. I've been sitting pretty at 148 for about 7 weeks now. I'd call it a plateau, but let's be honest, it's not. I have not been putting in the work. I think part of that is cuz I feel good right now. Here's proof of the new jeans I bought last week

fuzzy phone camera pic, but I had to share. It's been a long time since I liked what I saw in a full body pic. I'm getting lots of compliments and I'm happy with my body, for the most part.

If it weren't for SP, I would definitely settle where I am now and keep working on maintenance. But I see your pics and read these amazing blogs and it makes me want more. So I'm going to dive into PMP and really work on some ST. I want to reshape my body.


legs


and arms.

let's do this!

  
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RUSSELLORAMA 9/18/2011 12:16PM

    Yeah, you're looking pretty hot! I'm glad you're feeling good about yourself.

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AARONSGIRL420 9/16/2011 12:16AM

    I have no idea why I missed this blog, but I found it catching up with my buddies. I'm so glad that you are going to do the PMP and WOWZERS @ your pic, you look so slim! I can't wait to see what you can accomplish!

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MARINEMAMA 9/11/2011 8:22AM

    YOU look GREAT!!! What motivation!!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/9/2011 10:56PM

    You look amazing! I can certainly understand why you might be tempted to shift into maintenance, but am also excited for you that you want to take your fitness even further. I hope the PMP challenge gives you all the inspiration/motivation you need.

I love the quote about running! Thanks for sharing.

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TRIXIERUNS 9/9/2011 11:51AM

    awesome blog... love the running quote. I've just recently come to love running. I run for those reasons too.

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TAFODIL24 9/8/2011 11:12PM

    You are an inspiration emoticon

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 9/8/2011 12:49PM

    Your running is why I bike.......or try to.......when Ohio isn't in a monsoon.........! Love the skinny jeans!!!!

........and this Warrior misses you too!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DZSWEETIE2005 9/8/2011 9:04AM

    Glad you're doing the PMP challenge! It'll be nice for us all to add some more power and strength to our bodies!!! :)

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/8/2011 8:53AM

    You want more? I love it! Something inside is pushing you to your full potential...this is exciting. You look absolutely wonderful in your new jeans. And the running quote-I want to raise my hand and say "me too, me too"!

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ELIZ181 9/8/2011 8:50AM

    Missing you as well.

Those were all of the reasons I use to run for also - not to mention to release aggravation, when I was sad

Keep up the great work you look amazing

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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 9/8/2011 5:33AM

    I totally relate to those reasons for running! Love it! You look great, but I guess we could all use some ST to get that definition! Maybe I should check out that challenge as well :)

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 9/8/2011 1:05AM

    You look amazing in your new jeans!

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REDDIRTRUNNER 9/8/2011 12:13AM

    You look so stinkin adorable and SKINNY!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that quote!! Ditto for me too!
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APIRLRAIN888 9/7/2011 10:56PM

    wooohoo I love your running reason! I believe I do most of that too! not the mediating yet! pain pain, breath breath! LOL

you look fantastic

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A-STRONGER-ME 9/7/2011 10:03PM

    And we miss YOU!!

Rock that ST!!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/7/2011 9:45PM

    You look amazing!!! I love what you quoted because that's how I feel too. Each run seems to have a different meaning for that particular one. It truly is therapy like you said! Good luck in PMP! emoticon

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