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Sparkpeople didn't save my life

Thursday, February 17, 2011

They gave me something better. They gave me the tools to save my own life and that is much more valuable. We all the know the give a man a fish he eats for a day but teach a man to fish he eats for a lifetime. That is what this is all about. No quick fixes, no pills and magic potions. Changing my life was not easy. In fact it is one of the hardest things I ever did for myself BUT it is the most worthwhile thing I have ever done as well.
I see lots of people remark how hard all of this is. Duh, nobody said it would be easy. However, living a healthy life is possible. The answers are right here in front of you. Yes, you have to look up articles and read them and decided how it applies to your life. You have to actively implement the information you acquire. No amount of graphs and motivation posters will effect change unless you actually go out and move more and eat healthy foods.
Beyond information the support and community on here is to me the golden ticket that helped me truly stick with this. There have been several hard times for me along this road. When I didn't know if I had the strength to keep going. The scale being stuck, personal tragedy, work stress. So many excuses that I could have easily used to justify candy to myself but it was my friends on here that kept me coming back. The endless support. The never say die. I think it is rare that people in real life truly understand what we are going through but on here there is always someone who "gets it". It makes the world seem a little less empty and lonely.
I don't know where I would be today if it wasn't for SP but I am glad I never have to find out :). Thank you to all of my friends for your amazing support day in and day out. You guys are rockstars. emoticon

  
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AWEBBER3 3/9/2011 8:56AM

    So True!! I love reading your blogs, they are very motivating!!

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OASTRAEO 2/28/2011 8:01AM

    Great analogy with the fishing thing. Nice post, thanks for sharing!

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KAYTIE22 2/26/2011 6:44PM

    This is so true. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and continued success with the program.

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DFROMTX 2/26/2011 12:05PM

    Great blog! I agree with everything you said. emoticon

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IMATTER2GOD 2/26/2011 10:15AM

    You are absolutely right! emoticon. Wish I would have stuck to it 3 years ago whenever I first found it!

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LNPHAP 2/26/2011 5:33AM

    Great Blog!! This is so true!! I've only been with SP for 1 month, but it's definitely been a great month!! Looking forward to what comes ahead.. emoticon

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AMBOZARTH 2/25/2011 8:55PM

    Great blog! You're right. It is hard, but we've got to do it and I'm so thankful to have the motivation and support that I've found on Sparkpeople to help me.

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LUCKEGIRL40 2/24/2011 11:29PM

    Very true. It's funny how a simple website can change your life.

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SUITABLE 2/24/2011 1:13AM

    Thank you for sharing. I agree!

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DWILCZKO 2/24/2011 12:19AM

  :)

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NELLBELLA26 2/23/2011 11:59PM

    So very true. Even though I think I am done learning and I have acquired all the answers, I still have to remind myself to implement them on a daily basis. Eating healthy and getting in my daily fitness can be extremely tough when I am busy or I am stressed out, but I still have to do it because like you said, there is no easy way out. Only hard work will prove results.

Thanks for this blog. really seemed to hit home with me today.
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ME40ME 2/23/2011 10:19PM

    you are right and thanks for sharing...SP has impacted me as well! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDEENNATE 2/23/2011 9:34PM

    Thanks, this was awesome!

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REDEYEMOM 2/23/2011 9:21PM

    Well said.

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GIRANIMAL 2/23/2011 5:23PM

    Anytime! And thanks right back at ya. You too are a rock star, Ashley!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 2/23/2011 4:08PM

    emoticon blog! Very well written and so true.

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MUSIKGIRL 2/23/2011 3:25PM

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EA71279 2/23/2011 2:14PM

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so true!

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AJAYZCHAOS 2/23/2011 1:53PM

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DOWNTOWNJEN 2/23/2011 1:18PM

    You are so right! And thanks right back for being a continuous source of inspiration and friendship. Like you, the community makes all the difference for me.

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Lovin' the new pic too!

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ANDRAYAYA 2/23/2011 10:58AM

    Thank you for sharing! Very encouraging. emoticon

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TENACIOUSTIGER 2/23/2011 9:39AM

    awesome so true emoticon

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BGENDER 2/23/2011 8:45AM

    I love your post. I've been on here a few years and your post is so true.

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TINKER292 2/23/2011 8:12AM

    What a great post.

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JANICEONE1 2/23/2011 7:11AM

  thank you, you give me hope

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GRAMPIAN 2/23/2011 6:21AM

  Your positive attitude is an inspiration. emoticon

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TROJAN1960 2/23/2011 4:18AM

  How true, I am only 4 days in but feel the same. I might add if anyone is finding it hard going, being so early in my journey the hell of feeling useless, and how I`ve been feeling these last two years has not been easy and I know which I would pick. emoticon So come on anyone feeling down just try to remember how unhappy and unhealthy can make you feel and then move on to your goal. emoticon

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MY-2-GIRLZ 2/23/2011 2:08AM

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Great Post!

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KHELMAN 2/22/2011 10:47PM

    emoticon emoticonyou always have such a good outlook on life Thank you so much for sharing

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RUNANDRUN 2/22/2011 9:55PM

  Good read and good insight.

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NIKKIG3 2/22/2011 9:31PM

    So true. Great post!!!

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KAZ814 2/22/2011 9:06PM

    Great points!

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SUGARBEHONEYPIE 2/22/2011 8:16PM

    Back at ya! Great post. emoticon

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TRACSGOAL 2/22/2011 4:01PM

    great post! emoticon

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MOMMYOMG 2/22/2011 3:52PM

    I'm so new to this and yes I admit the thought did cross my mind that this is a little hard and confusing....but I am slowly getting the hang of things and I'm loving it so far. Awesome post! ;o)

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DOGSHOETAT 2/22/2011 3:22PM

    Great post!

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LAWOMAN2 2/22/2011 2:56PM

    Great Reminder!! We DO have to do it ourselves!

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JLEMUS1 2/22/2011 12:30PM

    Yep we are...Just Kidding..thanks.. so true though.. emoticon

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SAX_88 2/22/2011 12:18PM

    Wonderful scribe!

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BLOOMING52 2/22/2011 11:31AM

    Congratulations.

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JENNSIN24 2/22/2011 11:21AM

    Thanks for sharing, it really does help me to know that others are having the same thoughts and feelings that I am!

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TIREDOFME21 2/22/2011 10:54AM

    I agree totally!

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CAROLINEAT50 2/22/2011 10:20AM

    Great post. Thanks for sharing some ideas/thoughts that benefit us all--regardless of where we are on the journey!

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LAURIE-RN 2/22/2011 8:42AM

    Well put! Congratulations on your success!

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XMIZZDANGX 2/22/2011 7:37AM

    Kudos on your amazing insight emoticon

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KELLY40222 2/22/2011 7:27AM

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"Ask your sister, she's the nutrition expert"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

This is one of the single best compliments I have received since joining SP. My whole family is pretty into health and fitness at this point and my mom, who if you haven't read in my past blogs lost a hundred pounds 7 years ago and is a trainer now, is generally the family guru. Last night my brother called her to ask a question about his breakfast and how she felt about it and she stopped and said "Adam, you know what, your sister is really the person to call. She is the nutrition expert." Apparently she feels I have surpassed her knowledge at this point.
Now I am not pretending to have a certification or something like that but I have a significant medical background and I have spent a lot of time researching nutrition and even took Grad courses in nutrition for fun. Even with all that I have never considered myself to have above average food knowledge and I was beaming ear to ear when she was telling me the story. It told her how good it made me feel that she felt that way and she said "Ash, seriously, nobody can rattle off the stats of foods the way you do to me."
For someone who is my role model to pay me that kind of compliment meant more than I can even express. Days like today I wake up and feel a bit bad about myself and my progress because it is slower than I would like and I have to keep reminding myself that I am not "trying" to live healthy anymore. I AM LIVING HEALTHY. There is no perfect and it is ok that my progress is slow because I must be doing something right if the people around me are looking up to me for information. It makes all this hard work worth it if I can help the people I care about live healthy too.

  
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MADEMCHE 3/2/2011 4:51PM

    You are awesome! What a great compliment!

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LESKASH 2/27/2011 12:26PM

    This is great. a awesome testament to the amount of time you have spent to better yourself.

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PURESTILLWATER 2/26/2011 11:10PM

    Awesome

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DOGSHOETAT 2/25/2011 11:15PM

    That really is a fantastic compliment! Congratulations!

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REDLACED 2/24/2011 9:08PM

    great to hear!

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STIPER23 2/22/2011 5:51PM

    How awesome! I bet that was THE BEST compliment!

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NURSEJEANNIE 2/22/2011 2:22AM

  Words of encouragement that won't be forgotten... you will treasure THAT one forever!

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TERRYT55 2/20/2011 3:13PM

    How cool is it that you mom gave you such a wonderful compliment. You must have walked on a cloud for days!

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MAIA2011 2/19/2011 11:47AM

    Why does MAMADWARF want to learn about hard green bananas?

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I love that your mom acknowledged you that way!

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ROCKMAN6797 2/18/2011 12:54PM

    What an awesome feeling for you!
It is so important to bear in mind that this is not a race but rather a lifestyle, and, change will take place!

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/17/2011 8:44PM

    Yay! It's really good when family starts to listen.

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BRWNNTWN 2/17/2011 5:10PM

    OK - so which is better for your boddy - fake low cal margarine or a small, reasonable amount of butter. I am voting for butter.

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WEDDLEACE 2/17/2011 11:11AM

    emoticon I'm glad this comment from your mom can provide encouragement for you!! It's definitely motivation for me...maybe on day my family will say this about me :-)

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GRACEISENUF 2/17/2011 10:59AM

    You can lead by example cuz you know what you are doing!
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MSILVER94 2/17/2011 10:40AM

    Aww that was one of those moments! Congrats!

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ERIN4771 2/17/2011 7:28AM

    SWEET!!! that has to make you feel good about where you are and where you are going!!! keep it up!!

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KATHLOW 2/17/2011 4:28AM

    a compliment from someone you love! the best kind there is...

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MAMADWARF 2/17/2011 12:46AM

    damn girl, you are the bomb. can you give me any stats on hard green banana's????

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 2/16/2011 9:29PM

    Good for you!

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COLD_GOLD 2/16/2011 7:44PM

    wow! that is so sweet! But, you definitely earned the compliment! Way to be a role model to your family!

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RJ-CYCLES 2/16/2011 7:24PM

    You rock, you did this day by day -- and by your living example!

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JESSIEJUICE 2/16/2011 5:58PM

    wooo! go guru!

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NUTS4NUTELLA 2/16/2011 5:35PM

    emoticon HOORAAAAY emoticon
That's awesome girly!

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MAGGIE805 2/16/2011 5:32PM

    That is so cool. What a great feeling!

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SASSACAIA 2/16/2011 4:33PM

    That had to just make you glow! What a compliment!! emoticon emoticon

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HANNAH_CALM 2/16/2011 4:12PM

    Good for you! That's very encouraging, I'm glad your family is noticing how bright you are!!!
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WILLIAMV3 2/16/2011 3:48PM

    That is quite a compliment! emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 2/16/2011 3:01PM

    What a f*cking awesome non-scale victory!!!!!!!

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SHERRYJVP 2/16/2011 3:00PM

    I would feel so honored too. So many people are quick to call the sharing of knowledge "preaching" great that the whole family is into fitness and healthy lifestyle. what fun it must be to get together and play instead of sit around like old people.

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RIGBY31 2/16/2011 2:31PM

    They went to you because you keep your food/eating plan real. I love your blogs because they are real life, not fluffy, rainbows, twinkle dust. Yes, by golly, you're the go-to gal!

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CHICAT63 2/16/2011 2:22PM

    What a great compliment indeed, way to go !

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DUSTYGIRL25 2/16/2011 2:02PM

    emoticon Keep up the great job!

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MNGIRLIE 2/16/2011 1:56PM

    This is great! What a wonderful compliment!

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NANHBH 2/16/2011 1:48PM

    You GO, Girlfriend! What a great compliment from Mom!

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CALIKIKI 2/16/2011 12:05PM

    What a nice compliment!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/16/2011 11:26AM

    Feel Good Stuff!
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COOKWITHME65 2/16/2011 11:02AM

    What a nice thing to say and so true. Your amazing.

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XTMONT 2/16/2011 10:59AM

    What a compliment!

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DEEDEE1102 2/16/2011 10:57AM

    Now I know who to come to with a question! At this point I am just using the nutirtion tracker and making sure everything balances at the end of the day, but my knowledge of nutrition is very low! Congrats on your mom noticing this great thing about you!

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SHELLEY147 2/16/2011 10:56AM

    What a wonderful compliment!! Enjoy it my friend...you are awesome!!

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MEANT2BCURVY 2/16/2011 10:49AM

    Fantastic compliment!!!

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YOUNEVERFAIL 2/16/2011 10:39AM

    What an amazing accomplishment. Remember its slow and steady that wins the race. emoticon

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WORTHEYMOM 2/16/2011 10:39AM

    I can just imagine what a wonderful feeling that is! Congrats!

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Learning the importance of rest and balance

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I have mentioned before I am pretty all or nothing about exercising. I get OBSESSIVE about my health in all aspects to the point where it isn't fun anymore. Learning to recognize when I get this way and taking steps to find balance has been a big part of changing my life. When coach Nicole wrote her Krispy Kreme blog it was met with some very polar and interesting opinions. While I don't think it is healthy to eat all those donuts I also do not think doing something like that is 1) going to kill you if you do it once in a year and 2) qualifies as a "binge" or makes her some of the horrible things people called her. It made me sad that people reach a point that they can no longer enjoy food for the fun or joy that can be found in it. Yes, for the most part I eat food for the health benefits and the more I get down the obsessive road the more I worry about it. However, that doesn't mean I do not enjoy what I eat. Last night my fiancé told me he just really wanted to get takeout from this place down the street. I could see in his eyes he felt bad because he knows how much I plan our meals etc. It got me thinking about how I was out of balance again. That I could not get takeout once a great while that was unplanned and not beat myself up over it? Honestly it isn't the type of person I wanted to become. Yes, I want to watch what I eat but not completely such the joy out of food in general.
I was able to find a good meal for me and I went about 100 calories over for the day which is something that really freaks me out and gives me terrible anxiety. I almost never go over calories. Life isn't that black and white and neither is your body. There is no 24 hour time clock that automatically shuts off yesterday's 1500 calories and starts for the ones for today. It is about consistency. Fluctuations are normal and to have beaten myself up over it all night was ridiculous. To have made my fiancé feel badly for wanting something as innocent as takeout is a little too much into crazyland for me to be comfortable with. To be one of those people who judge what other people eat the way Coach Nicole was judged is not the person I want to be.
Exercise is also another area I need to learn balance. As I started to see results I got more and more obsessed. Tracking ever minute and wanting to work out daily. Never wanting to take a day off. Doing too much cardio, yes, that is possible lol. I could feel the effects of over training and was getting sore and not being able to work out to my peak level. I need to slow down. The scale progress has been very slow as of late, 1 pound a week with lots of fluctuations. I read on a running website that training can actually halt weight loss because to eat the number of calories to sustain the amount of working out I was doing would slow down the losing. That got me all upset because isn't that why I am working out in the first place? Yes, I want to be healthy and be toned but I also need to lose the fat to achieve that as well. Another example of needing to relax and take a breath and stop obsessing. To find a healthy balance for myself and my life.
I am excited about how my body is changing with strength training and how much better I look and feel. I have so much energy now. To have reached a point where I don't feel like I am faking a healthy life anymore and am actually living one is pretty awesome. Now I need to focus on finding a way to live a balanced and full life with all those elements working together. This really is a never ending process. A friend asked me how I keep doing this day after day and it is easy. My life is better when I am working towards a healthy goal than when i was just sitting around dreaming about it. Yes, it is hard but you can choose the life you want and I would rather be a work in progress than nothing at all.

  
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PHEFEY 2/21/2011 10:03AM

    As someone who has maintained her weightloss for 3 years I will tell you that you hit this topic dead on. The most important thing to learn through the process of losing weight is making it a lifestyle. You have to be able to live with the changes that you make or you are on a temporary diet and the results will be temporary too. Progress ebbs and flows, weight will fluctuate, and time to exercise varies; but you are still living a life and you have to fit things into your life or you are looking at a lot of misery. I appreciate my body for what it can do and I appreciate food for fueling me, but I eat things that aren't healthy for me sometimes and sometimes I just don't feel like moving (and I love being active). embrace imperfection because being perfect is not what it is about-its about living, and learning, and doing your best.

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RONIREDD 2/20/2011 7:12PM

    Same way ... everyday is a challenge.

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TERRYT55 2/20/2011 3:19PM

    Ashley.........I so often think I am the only person in the world who feels a certain way or engages in a behavior. Then I read a blog that speaks to me and, if I were a better writer, could have been written by me. You always say it so well. Finding balance is so difficult for me but with the help of friends like you I am getting there.

Thank you.........

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CARILOUIE 2/18/2011 5:23PM

    I'm so glad you wrote this. I just said to Brad the other night that I was tired of tracking every morsel that went into my mouth and tired of counting every single minute I was working out. I need to remind myself that I AM living healthy, and a day, a week, or even two weeks of not being as diligent with the tracking is not going kill me or even make me gain back the weight I lost.
In a way, it's a little bit of a relief to know that you have some of the same feelings I do.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/18/2011 12:51PM

    Excellent thoughts, I sometimes suffer from the same affliction but am working hard on gaining some balance. Thanks for the interesting view.

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BELLEFAITH42 2/17/2011 4:44PM

    Excellent blog! Thanks for the reminder.

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KATHLOW 2/16/2011 4:31AM

    you said it! Then again, i need the opposite thing, i am a little toooo relaxed about skipping a workout or going over calories - while still obsessing mayorly about the weight. Does it help? No.

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NANHBH 2/15/2011 11:30PM

    Girl, you got it so together!
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DUSTYGIRL25 2/15/2011 8:59PM

    You've said it just perfectly. We all need a little break now and then, it doesn't mean overboard, just a little break. emoticon
Thank you for sharing your story.

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TIME4AMY 2/15/2011 8:39PM

  Some people buy new clothes after a certain goal is achieved and some may treat themselves to a delicious "out of the ordinary" meal!

You do so well, keeping yourself on track, that I don't see enjoying a treat with your fiance' harming you. You deserve it occasionally! Get back in the swing of things and continue the following day. Special day over. Once a month would be nice for the two of you, even.

When I was on weight watchers, they allowed you an extra amount of points per week. Either you could blend them into weeks worth of food or you could take one night a week and have whatever you wanted for dinner (not an all you can eat buffet) haha... Just whatever you desire without counting. It was something to look forward to. I enjoyed treating myself after a week's worth of great healthy choices.

Of course, you could say, "but, you put the weight back on?!" I just happened to allow life to get in the way, yet weight watchers did wonders for me. I had lost 50lbs in 3 months with just following points and walking on the treadmill. My treat obviously didn't hurt me...



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YOUNEVERFAIL 2/15/2011 5:24PM

    I too feel that life and happiness is finding a balance in everything.

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BTRTHANEVA 2/15/2011 4:53PM

    Life is all a question of balance. You're on an exceptional journey, and I feel like I'm living vicariously through you...But you're about 25 years ahead of the game - so good for you for figuring this out instead of burning out!

You are a phenom, Ashley!

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BETHV10 2/15/2011 4:09PM

    I agree that we need a balance in our lives from the food that we eat to the exercise that we do. We all need to enjoy our lives everyday. emoticon

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HANNAH_CALM 2/15/2011 1:54PM

    I'm sorry to hear people were so brutal to Coach Nancy. I just remarked that it all sounded like a donut commercial, so I wouldn't have done it. But I do eat donuts sometimes. I never bring them home. Ever notice they never tell you what's in them on their boxes? Makes me wonder! And if trans-fats are in there, like she said they are, how long is that in your system? I'm really afraid of trans-fats, because it sounds like they are there in your body forever, I don't know. I'm just starting to look on the labels for partially hydrogenated oils, so I can avoid the whole thing. I'm glad that Coach Nancy had fun on her run, I just wouldn't have done it myself.

I went over by about 100 calories last week at a restaurant, and I was worried about it, but I just ate less the next day. So I feel better, you just adjust things in the next few days, and it evens out. I'm more worried about not working out, a family friend is dying, and things are a little more centered around her. I haven't made the time to work out. I have to work on that, because I know I can't blame her for my inefficiencies. I could go for a walk early in the morning, no one's stopping me.

I hope that you continue to lose weight now that you've taken up running. Don't worry about what they wrote in that article, because if you tell SP how many calories you typically burn in a week, they will raise your calories that you're allowed to eat--while at the same time allowing for you to be able to lose about a lb or two a week. Plus, there's something to be said about maintaining a certain weight while you're building muscles, it's still an accomplishment. And the muscles burn more calories when they take over!


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MINENA1 2/15/2011 1:09PM

    Balance is something I struggle with a lot. I beat myself up over small things. I feel "guilty" for days. That's not the life I want to live either. Great blog! Thank you for sharing this.

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 2/15/2011 1:08PM

    One thing I'm noticing is that a lot of people take one obsession and replace it with another. Finding balance is the key because it helps us all to deal with ups and downs. Don't be so hard on yourself. You'll get to where you need to go

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MSILVER94 2/15/2011 12:56PM

    Great blog and I'm happy that you're realizing that you need to find balance. You don't want to swap one extreme (over eating) for another extreme (no lead way).

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JESSIEJUICE 2/15/2011 12:39PM

    I definitely relate- I feel like I'm either working out 7 days a week or just sitting on my butt all the time. It's good that you recognize what you're doing and how you want to live! I agree about enjoying food- people who take no pleasure in eating freak me out. You are doing so fantastically!!

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PUGLVR760 2/15/2011 12:32PM

    Obsessive seems to be the theme of the day today. This is the second blog that I have read about it. Maybe it is catching my attention because I feel that way too. You are 100% spot on when you say balance is the key. Balance in all areas - that is the best thing to strive for. Not easy, mind you. You are doing an AWESOME job and inspiring many. Keep up the good work!

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WEDDLEACE 2/15/2011 11:50AM

    This post was totally amazing. As I was reading it, I just kept agreeing with everything you said. Thanks for sharing :-)

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RACHELRUNS26 2/15/2011 11:47AM

    I can totally relate, and I agree! When I lost weight with SP last year, my biggest problem was that I was TOO obsessed - had to eat certain foods, couldn't eat other foods, had to do my work out or the world would end, etc. - it was totally unhealthy. I am trying to be more relaxed now so that it is actually appealing as a long-term lifestyle! I eat till I'm satisfied while keeping an eye on my calories, and at this point over exercising is not a problem for me because I am simply too stressed timewise to find enough time to over exercise, LOL. I am just trying to maintain steady, moderate fitness in small increments and a steady diet. You are SO right in what you said about consistency - that is my biggest goal right now.

You are an awesome inspiration - keep it up!!

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RONIREDD 2/15/2011 11:31AM

    Moderation ... very hard to learn! I struggle with this too about everyday!

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SEESTARS 2/15/2011 11:30AM

    "My life is better when I am working towards a healthy goal than when i was just sitting around dreaming about it. Yes, it is hard but you can choose the life you want and I would rather be a work in progress than nothing at all."

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GREENCAT1 2/15/2011 11:27AM

    Balance is so important and something that we all struggle with. Thanks for the blog!

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DEEDEE1102 2/15/2011 11:27AM

    We will know we are healthy when we can balance everything. I tend to be obsessive about everything I do, but, like you, I step back from time to time to see if I've gone off the deep end and need to re-balance myself. I think you are doing great!

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SKYEPHOENIX 2/15/2011 11:02AM

    I can very much relate to the obsessive thing--I've done that more times than I care to remember. :) Go on a plan, get results, get excited, get MORE results, get obsessed about EVERYthing, every step, every bite, every calorie--then inevitably crash and burn a few months later. I've sworn I'll NEVER do that again, which is why I'm so cautious about changing anything--even about adding running to my exercise regime. I can feel the urge to just go nuts with the training, and I have to keep fighting it. I just keep thinking 'can I sustain this, happily, for a LOOOONG time?' If I hesitate to answer yes, then I know I have to slow down and keep aware. It's hard to restrain myself sometimes, though! :)

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MARATHONBOUND 2/15/2011 11:01AM

    Well said my friend..we all need to learn to balance. You are doing an awesome job, so proud to know you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Got fitted for running shoes with pics and V-day dinner

Monday, February 14, 2011

This weekend was a fun weekend. My fiancé and I really only see each other on Friday night and Saturday because he works the night shift for his full time job as well as about 30 hours at his PT job. Friday night after work I went to whole foods and got a few items for our Valentine's Dinner on Saturday night. Nothing like a really good steak and a bottle of wine at home. Then I went to the gym for some cardio only. We got takeout, the only night of the week we eat out is Friday and I like this grill place near us that I can get just a grilled protein and a few sides so I can minimize the eating out damage. They also make this pork abovada that he loves so it is a win win situation. I didn't tell him everything I bought for the dinner on Saturday because I like to surprise him.
Saturday morning we did our healthy food shopping at the more affordable place and then went to get my shoes! I went to Marathon Sports if you live in Mass and are curious. The sales people are trained to watch you run/walk and then make recommendations based on your needs. Yes, it is pricey. However, I looked up my shoes online after and they were all the same price so to me it was worth it.
Turns out after losing all this weight I don't actually have a wide foot lol. I wear a narrow. I also need a running shoe about 1 size bigger than I wear in normal shoes. Huh, kind of interesting. I knew because I basically have zero arch I need motion control shoes. She put me in asics and as soon as I put them on it was like a cloud on my feet. Yes, it was that dramatic. I was in love instantly. I tried on 3 different pairs and my biggest issue was how narrow my feet are I had a hard time find a pair that didn't slip. I had to go outside and run up and down the sidewalk a bunch of times in the shoes and I didn't get out of breath and sweaty! Yeah for endurance. Huge NS victory right there.
We talked about my weight loss and she said "well as you continue to lose weight your needs will change". 85 pounds ago that comment would have hurt my feelings. Now, I felt nothing because she is right, I am going to lose more and that is ok. Generally you get about 6 months or 400-500 miles out of a pair of shoes and by that time I will be smaller and lighter and she I would need an entirely new style of shoe. Kind of cool to know.
Most of the shoes were butt ugly and I was accepting of the fact that they aren't a fashion statement. My fiancé however was not and since he doesn't run anyway and just needed cross trainers we decided to get them elsewhere. Considering how much all of this came to I am glad that is what he decided lol. I know, evil. Turns out he has flat feet as well and needs an extra wide! Who would of thought. He was made at the sporting goods store because only 2 styles in the whole place came in wide and neither was black. Oh well Mr fashion plate, he had to go with white but after we worked out he admitted he liked them so it was a victory! Here are my shoes!

I actually like them looks wise too so I was pretty psyched. I also got these awesome socks my friend recommended. So cushiony and comfy.

The verdict at the gym was they were worth every single penny! I did have some aches in my arches and balls of my feet but my podiatrist told me as your feet adjust to the correction that is normal and it went away after about 10 minutes. As I get stronger I am sure it will happen less. On my first run I was dragging my left foot a bit but I don't do that in my new shoes. I am VERY VERY glad I got them. My mom almost chocked when I told her what I had spent and I felt badly but after I told her about why I got them she laughed and said "as a kid I always had to spend a fortune on the correct shoes for you, I am not surprised". She still wanted to give them to me as a gift and it made me feel good.
Dinner later that night was FANTASTIC. I haven't been drinking very much lately and the wine was so delicious and the steak, haricot vert and horseradish mashed potatoes was worth every bite. I made a low cal rice pudding and it the first time my fiancé has ever had rice pudding. He freaked out and ate 3 servings. He isn't a big dessert guy so that was a huge compliment. He also put dibs on the rest in the fridge which was fine by me lol.
Strength training these past 3 weeks has really changed my body so I tried to take a few updated pics of myself this morning. I find it hard to do but I wanted to update.
So here I am at 262.



I am trying to be objective and not self critical but it is hard. I am happy with my progress to this point. I dropped about size in the 3 weeks so what more can I ask!

  
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FITBARB2 2/25/2011 3:44PM

    You look soo darn awesome!!! You are worth every penny of those shoes.. emoticon

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RONIREDD 2/20/2011 7:16PM

    You will love your new shoes! Definitely worth the price if you "get into" running. I wish I had gotten mine when I first started. Enjoy.

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TERRYT55 2/20/2011 3:04PM

    I always enjoy every word of your blogs! It sounds like you had a great weekend. I wish I lived in MA so I could visit the store you went to but I'm sure I could find one here in CA too. My feet have decreased 1 1/2 sizes since I've lost most of my weight.......I need a wide toe box and narrower heel and have found that in Merrell shoes but know I need to branch out.

I love the pics of you........you look absolutely terrific. Keep up the great work.

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GRACEISENUF 2/17/2011 11:04AM

    Asics are such comfy shoes. Your V dinner sounds so delish. Glad it was so special and your Valentine liked the dessert.

I am catching up on your blogs as I was gone.



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TIME4AMY 2/17/2011 9:48AM

  Looking good, my friend! LoO-kiNg-GoOd!
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LOUANN22 2/16/2011 5:32PM

    Looking good! Doesn't even look like 262! Keep up the great work!

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BRANDI.FEY 2/16/2011 3:13PM

    I had wine and steak for V-day, too. Lol. And I'm so envious of those shoes! One day I'm going to fork up the money for a custom pair. I know that I need them.

Keep up the good work! You're looking great!

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/16/2011 2:51PM

    Love love LOVE the shoes and socks! Getting the right shoes for your feet makes a huge difference when running. It is true that your needs for running shoes change as you lose, too; I was in motion control shoes when I started and changed to stability shoes after losing 40 pounds or so. Great pics, too, you are looking good--WOO HOO for you!

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TRACYZABELLE 2/16/2011 1:36AM

    looking good beautiful girl!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 2/15/2011 1:05PM

    Going to a running store and getting fitted for running shoes was probably one of the best purchases I've made. It's such a difference the way my feet and knees feel. I love my shoes so much that I wear them at home while standing a lot just because they're so comfy. Congrats on all your accomplishments. Awesome sauce!

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SPOOKYTHECAT 2/15/2011 12:46PM

    Oh~there is nothing like the feel of bouncy new sneakers! Have fun with them emoticon

& I know how good a glass of wine can be after not drinking much (& I LOVE wine) my one glass of Chianti tasted so good on my first night in NY...
it really makes you appreciate it!

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KARLYNCANDOIT 2/15/2011 11:53AM

    Sounds like a great weekend!! Looking hot girl~~

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OJIBWEEQUAY 2/15/2011 10:10AM

    I wear motion controls also!I over pronate, and also a large runner. Asics my Shoes!!!!! I have recently purchased a pair of saucanoys only because they are cheaper and I wear Ortho inserts from the podiotrist. I wear shoes out real quick, hence large runner. Also I have Planter Facitis in my left foot and my stride is sooo off it wears the inside and outside of the inner shoe. Odd.
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MINENA1 2/15/2011 10:05AM

    LOVE your shoes. I'm flat footed too, sucks! Hehe! I'm so glad you're running. YOU ROCK!! And giiiirl, you look FANTASTIC!!

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PATTILYNN224 2/15/2011 9:25AM

    You look great! Very happy for you with the new shoe purchase. Feet are important to take care of and treat well! I bet they are very happy with their new gift! lol

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TREASURINGLIFE 2/15/2011 9:15AM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! :)

- Michelle

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KATHLOW 2/15/2011 3:29AM

    those shoes will make a lot of difference (after scoffing at special shoes for years, i caved and now love them :-)). You look great in the pics, i see a waist!

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SARAHNICOLE__17 2/14/2011 10:53PM

    I really like your new shoes!!! You look amazing!!!

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MAMADWARF 2/14/2011 10:35PM

    New shoes and sockies are the best!! Sounds like you had a great valentines dinner and that is how it should be. By the way, Ashley, you look sooo amazing! You have come so far and have changed your body so much. I am just soo proud of what you have accomplished. (how cool is it not to have fat feet anymore!?)

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TEAWONDERFUL 2/14/2011 9:16PM

    Good job! Keep up the great work.

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CARILOUIE 2/14/2011 8:32PM

    Look at those awesome guns!
I have fallen arches, and I run in Brooks. I started off in ASICS but they just didn't give me enough arch support.
One thing I found that is WONDERFUL for my arches (or lack thereof) - Super Feet inserts, the green ones. They are wonderful!!!!

So good to hear about the new shoes. I am due for a pair...

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FANGLE 2/14/2011 7:07PM

    keep up the good work

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 2/14/2011 6:56PM

    Hello, Beautiful.

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HANNAH_CALM 2/14/2011 6:01PM

    Gorgeous smile! Congratulations on losing a size, good for you! And your shoes are really beautiful. I'm glad you got fitted, that's so cool. I'm a narrow width too. And I thought I had high arches, but I stepped on this thing at Walgreens, a device from Dr. Scholl's to measure pressure on the bottom of your feet, and they said I had standard arches. Maybe my arches have fallen, I know they really hurt sometimes. Anyway, have a fabulous Valentine's Day!!! Enjoy the dinner!

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CYNDERROSE 2/14/2011 5:57PM

    Great job!

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NUTS4NUTELLA 2/14/2011 4:59PM

    Those are some cute shoes! You look awesome too! Your hair is like a cascading waterfall of blondness (does that make sense?). The food sounds delicious.....I think I might have to go eat an early dinner now.
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SEESTARS 2/14/2011 4:57PM

    That smile of yours in picture 2 says it all! You are so amazing.

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RIGBY31 2/14/2011 4:43PM

    Well hello, gorgeous! I bet you look hot!hot! running in those shoes. You are working it to the max! Glad you had a happy romantic dinner (sweet!). Life is grand.

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JACKIESJ 2/14/2011 4:26PM

    You look FREAKIN awesome! Are you kidding? Feel great about yourself and your accomplishments. I know, I know..it's hard to do. My self image is in the toilet, but I love being a cheerleader for everyone else.

Love the sneakers btw. Very Cool. I usually go to the New Balance store and get fitted.

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PELESJEWEL 2/14/2011 3:59PM

    You look fantastic!! Glad you took those pics, you look teenier! I was so focused on you that I forgot to look at your shoes! Haha!

Marathon sounds exactly like Fleet Feet here in Nashville. Fit, run in front of them, try on several models, $120 plus I had to by inserts to stablize @$30 so out the door $150! TOTALLY worth every penny. Same info passed on to me - as I lose weight, need to buy new shoes. I'm on my second pair; and I think I need new inserts as well.

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CHANGINGMORGAN 2/14/2011 3:37PM

    Honey, you are looking FANTASTIC! Although, I do know what you mean about the self-critical. So keep up the great work. Love love love the shoes. I'm going to a store like that (after my next paycheck in three weeks) to get a pair myself. So so so excited!

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COOKWITHME65 2/14/2011 3:35PM

    Wow Ashley. You had a great weekend. So happy for you.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 2/14/2011 2:59PM

    I'm glad you spent the extra cash on the proper shoes. You're worth it!

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NANHBH 2/14/2011 2:34PM

    Ash,

Lookin' awesome!
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Happy Valentine's Day!
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JAB0929 2/14/2011 2:17PM

    You look great! I love marathon sports!

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MUSHROOMSTEW 2/14/2011 1:51PM

    You look gorgeous and that Valentine's Day dinner sounds delicious!

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RUNWITHMICHELE 2/14/2011 1:48PM

    Loving the new Asics! Have a great day today!

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SLFRISBEY 2/14/2011 1:46PM

    Looking good!!! I am diving back in to ST and cardio this week so barring any more sinus infections, I am hoping to say the same as you! 3 weeks and losing a size is AMAZING!

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PHEFEY 2/14/2011 1:45PM

    You look awesome and the dinner sounds completely nummy! happy valentine's day!

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WORKINGMOMX2 2/14/2011 1:40PM

    LOVE the new shoes!
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CHICAT63 2/14/2011 1:10PM

    Great news about the shoes, you will see the difference. Woohoo on the non scale victory. Great new pic you look AWESOME, way to go ! emoticon

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/14/2011 1:07PM

    Wow you look awesome! I went to a speciality running store to buy my running shoes and they made all the difference!! Good luck!!

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JESSIEJUICE 2/14/2011 12:50PM

    I used to looooove my Asics- definitely give you that walking on a cloud feeling :). Also - a size in three weeks???? emoticon

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 2/14/2011 12:48PM

    In 6 months or 400-500 miles (whichever comes 1st) when it's time to go shoe shopping again - check out New Balance. They have some of the most AMAZING (cute, comfy & cushiony) shoes I've ever had the pleasure of wearing!!! (I wear mine for wogging)

& you DON'T look 262 @ all... this must be what a FIT 262 looks like!! emoticon

& you get a HUGE emoticon for the non-sweaty, not out of breath endurance test run

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LITTLEONEJLC 2/14/2011 12:48PM

    Love the middle pic where you are smiling . . . You look great! Keep up the good work!

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KRAWRS 2/14/2011 12:45PM

    WOW, you look GREAT!!
The right shoes are worth the money, I agree!

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KRISKECK 2/14/2011 12:45PM

    You look awesome! And so glad your new shoes feel good! Mine are usually around $120 too, and I think they're worth every cent! emoticon emoticon

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MARATHONBOUND 2/14/2011 12:41PM

    I love your shoes! I am so glad you had a nice meal with your sweetie :-)..and Ashley..your arms are looking fierce! Seriously, keep doing the strength, it is so paying off! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRSTNOEL 2/14/2011 12:40PM

    That is so awesome! Hope you have an amazing day :) emoticon

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F1AMEDIVA 2/14/2011 12:39PM

    The right shoes are pricey but sooo worth it. I like Asics myself and Fila makes good ones too. Awesome pix. you look great!

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I DID IT!! I RAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind for me in that I actually signed up for my first 5K and got not just 1 but 3 spark girls signed up with me as well! Way to go girls! If the timing could not have been better SP released their new running page with running programs for all levels. It is like the cosmos told me "Ashley, you will be running. Stop resisting the call of the running". I immediately signed up for the rookie running program and printed it out.
Then panic set in. WTH was I thinking? This is scary and intimidating. I haven't run in YEARS. What did I get myself into? I did not consider quitting at any point because I don't quit. However I got a serious case of nerves.
As I looked over the program I realized this was not going to be difficult for me. I have decent endurance. I am not hugely out of shape and I was going to workout last night anyway so I decided to start the program. As in about an hour from when I downloaded it. Normally, I would have made all kinds of excuses to put it off. I would have laminated the program emoticon, I would have told myself it had to be started on a Monday emoticon, there would have been more excuses but I just am tired of my excuses and don't even want to put in the effort to think of all of them.
So off I went. Ipod freshly charged and butterflies in my stomach. I was going to run, on a treadmill, in front of people. Yup I was intimidated BIG TIME. Honestly, nobody is worried about if my butt is jiggling as I run except me. Well actually maybe the men rather enjoy it emoticon.
Because you rarely actually see me as anything other than words on a computer screen I should tell you I am REALLY good at faking confident. People are usually shocked to learn I am rather shy and used to have very low self esteem because I look like I own the place. It used to be fake but now it is starting to be the real me. Instead of looking for a treadmill at the end to hide on I just strode over to the closest one and hopped on. Started it up and got to it. Yes, it was hard. You wouldn't think walking briskly for 4 minutes and running for 1 would be hard but when your body hasn't done it you hurt in places you didn't even realize. I have totally flat feet and I was immediately reminded why I was not a fan of running when I was younger. My ankles and feet hurt bad but that was it. It made me feel good that my heart rate went into my target zone but never over and I was able to keep a good pace! It felt so good to run. I get it now. Why people like. The feeling of accomplishing this was the best high I have had in a long time. People probably thought I was touched because I kept smiling like a crazy person the whole time. The 20 minutes passed so quickly I couldn't believe it.
My gym stalker was watching when I got off and turned around but other than that everyone else is so self absorbed they weren't even worried about me. I am so used to him now he doesn't bother me. I hoped on the elliptical and banged out another 2.5 miles to finish my cardio and did my ST for my back and upper body.
I was exhausted! When I got home I got the after workout nausea and ate my egg whites and ezkial bread and tried to get hydrated but I am going to start carrying banana's with me to help prevent this in the future. I almost fell asleep on the couch about an hour later. Mentally I felt so good about myself. I called my mom to tell her the good news about my running and the 5k and she laughed (in a good way) and was proud of me. She offered to buy me real running shoes as a gift for doing this! I am SO excited about that. I know I need them to help cut down on the aches and pains. Tomorrow my fiancé and I are going to a specialty store that evaluates you as you run and then recommends different ones for you. SO EXCITED. Then we are making Valentine's Day dinner at home. Benefit of being foodies and married to a chef! Thanks for all the support everybody! It meant so much to me to read all of your stories and wonderful insights. You rock.
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REBEKAHJOHNSON 3/30/2011 8:18PM

    You should try running in Vibrams Five Finger shoes. Soooo nice!

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JUNEBUGABEE 3/25/2011 3:30PM

    Yes, the running bug is a powerful one. Here's to the beginning of a long and beautiful relationship between you and running!

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NITELITE72 2/14/2011 10:44PM

    So excited for you! I cannot count the times I have wanted to do that same thing at the gym, but jump on the elliptical instead. I will get there. Read the blog about your shoes, too. Having shoes that really fit is the best thing ever! emoticon

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JACKIESJ 2/14/2011 4:21PM

    You can put smiling and running together???? lol Awesome! I wish I could run but exercise induced asthma eliminates THAT. I'll stick to walking with Leslie Sansone and swimming when I can. You go girl!

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KATHLOW 2/14/2011 8:28AM

    i am SO proud of you!

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GO-LOEW 2/13/2011 7:13PM

    You were smiling, RUNNING on the treadmill, and I was smiling reading about you RUNNING on the treadmill. Stalker guy must have been surprised to see you up there running. Bet he didn't think you could do it!

It will be great to hear where your running leads you. New friends. New adventures. New shoes.

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PRETTYINPUNK_04 2/13/2011 10:25AM

    Personally running isn't for me lol but that's emoticon you found something new to get you motivated. emoticon

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NUTS4NUTELLA 2/12/2011 10:42AM

    Reading this blog made me happy. Way to go girrrrrl!!!! emoticon

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ABB698 2/12/2011 2:49AM

    emoticonYOU rock Girlie! emoticon

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SERENEART 2/11/2011 10:38PM

    You Go Girl!!! emoticon emoticon

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EXCUSELESS 2/11/2011 9:51PM

    Woohoo... proud of you! My baby goes to be very shortly and I'm off to Rookie training myself. I'll let you know how it goes.

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PELESJEWEL 2/11/2011 9:44PM

    emoticon I'm so proud of you and thrilled that you sparked so many other memebers to join you! That 5k will be so much fun! I'm still thinking of going to Lawrence,KS with MIH, are you?

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SOLSTICECHILD 2/11/2011 9:19PM

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LEANNROCKS 2/11/2011 8:03PM

    Ashley, I LOVE when you said
" but I just am tired of my excuses and don't even want to put in the effort to think of all of them."

because I am so guilty of that. I am really proud of you, and YES, you do act as if you own the place.

Good luck from another flat footer!


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YOUNEVERFAIL 2/11/2011 7:48PM

    what an awesome accomplishment. It does feel great when you finally do something you never that was possible. keep up the amazing job. and have a wonderful valentines day.

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JESSIEJUICE 2/11/2011 7:41PM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SKINNYINMYHEAD 2/11/2011 7:40PM

    so let me get this straight... you've never run before and the first time evah you run 20 minutes straight?? girl? you are a ROCK STAR!

Annie

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GIANTMICROBE 2/11/2011 5:55PM

    I totally believe in fake it until you make it! Congrats!!!! Looking forward to hearing more!

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TRICKLET17 2/11/2011 5:24PM

    and DUH!! Congrats!!! You got over the biggest hurdle .. starting!! :)

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TRICKLET17 2/11/2011 5:23PM

    where are you getting evaluated for shoes?? I'd LOVE to do that!!

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HOT4TEACHER2010 2/11/2011 5:17PM

    Way to go on signing up for your first 5k! I did my first one last year and I am itching to start training for my next one. :) You rock!

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BTRTHANEVA 2/11/2011 4:18PM

    What's that expression - fake it until you make it! Guess what, Ashley!!!

YOU'RE NOT FAKING IT ANYMORE!

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MTKRITTER 2/11/2011 4:02PM

    I am proud of you for signing up for the 5k, starting your program right away, and running on the threadmill! And very excited that your Mom is buying you new running shoes! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALLYSNEWLIFE 2/11/2011 3:32PM

    Woo Hoo! Isn't it the greatest feeling ever?! I ran for 30 mins straight, the longest I have ever ran in my entire life! You are gonna do an awesome job, especially since you didn't let anything stop you from starting right away!!

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GRACIE4ONE 2/11/2011 3:26PM

    WONDERFUL! Don't you just love getting all these cool gifts for doing stuff we ought to be doing anyway? Being and living a healthy life, right? I got an IPhone 4 in November for "getting ready to take my Personal Trainer exam" (haven't finished it yet.....hehehehe), I got a treadmill for my birthday and for Valentine's...I've requested a punching bag (with gloves). Kudos to you and for signing up for the 5k. I signed up to do one (paid for it and all) that's coming up next weekend (with a SPARKBUDDY no less).....well, she flaked on me, disappeared and so I'm not doing it. The next time, it will be with my TRUE Spark Buddies (well, let me take that back, because that's what I thought she was). Oh well, we live and we learn so I wish you the best in getting to and completing yours!

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CSMARTIE 2/11/2011 3:26PM

    I am finding too that I can do the physical things - its the mental part that is the problem. 20 minutes right out of the gate - right on!!

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UCANTTAKETHESKY 2/11/2011 3:17PM

    Congratulations! I have a feeling this is going to be me as soon as I start the rookie program (which will be this weekend). Good luck with your 5k! emoticon

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CHICAT63 2/11/2011 3:12PM

    Woohoo, I have to agree with others....Strut your stuff Sista, you are a runner. Nota: Very important indeed to be fitted correctly will save you pain and heartache later on:)

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/11/2011 3:00PM

    emoticon !! Way to get that T-shirt collection going ! I'll admit it. There were some 5Ks I signed up for, just because I liked the T-shirt !!!

You're going to have soooo much fun !!!

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KATYMACK 2/11/2011 2:52PM

    Great job! Best of luck on your 5K.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 2/11/2011 2:34PM

    YOU rock!

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TADTURC 2/11/2011 2:23PM

    Thanks, I didnt realize they had a Running Plan page. I just joined the Rookie group, and will start the training this evening.

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KRAWRS 2/11/2011 2:17PM

    I have flat feet too... its one of the (many) reasons I don't like to run either. Good for you for GOING FOR IT! Yay! :D

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MRSSIBRAT 2/11/2011 2:06PM

    yay!!!!!!!!

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SKYEPHOENIX 2/11/2011 2:03PM

    So...you just inspired me. I printed out the rookie program, grabbed my shoes, and went to the gym and did Day 1 on the treadmill. THANK you!!!

I hadn't realized how down I was getting on myself about my running--almost had myself convinced that I couldn't do it, so why bother....then your blog shows up in my inbox....hmmmmm....funny how that works. :) I will blog about my run experience after work today.

Again, THANK YOU!! And, SO proud of you! Great job!!!

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KRISKECK 2/11/2011 2:01PM

    Awesome! It makes me so happy to hear you are running and enjoying it so much! I really love it - it's kept me sane at times in my life and definitely makes me happy...I'm glad to hear you're getting running shoes too -- they make a huge difference. Enjoy! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGINGMORGAN 2/11/2011 1:59PM

    YES!!! Love it!!!

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CHANGINGMORGAN 2/11/2011 1:59PM

    YES!!! Love it!!!

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RIGBY31 2/11/2011 1:56PM

    Ashley... you are so wonderfully full of life! Glad the first jitters didn't distract you.

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CALIKIKI 2/11/2011 1:49PM

    Way to go! That is so awesome!

What is the gym stalker comment about?

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XTMONT 2/11/2011 1:48PM

    WAY TO GO! Keep it up!

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RJ-CYCLES 2/11/2011 1:35PM

    Very cool Ashley - glad you're running - keep reading about it - congratulations!

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FUNKYKIM 2/11/2011 1:20PM

    Great job! I find that new shoes make running so much more fun!! emoticon

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DAISYTERRI 2/11/2011 1:19PM

    Congratulations!

That is great!!!

You Go Girl!!!

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MUSTANGMISSY 2/11/2011 1:17PM

    Love it! Bet you'll be addicted to running in no time.

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TAMARAC2 2/11/2011 1:15PM

    Good for you!! This running thing is going better for me than I thought it would, so I'm sure you will also do well with it!

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ZIPLOCK 2/11/2011 1:11PM

    Gosh I never get tired of reading your blogs... Congrats on signing up for the 5K and WOOHOO to becoming an official runner.... Although I had no doubts you would rock this... :) Way to go!!

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XIMERAGREY 2/11/2011 1:07PM

    Very inspiring post. I'm just getting started and am definitely not in shape to run yet. But I will in the future. Posts like these make me know I'll get there.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/11/2011 12:49PM

    This was an inspiring blog Ashley! So happy that took that step off the deep end and jumped right into it! Good for you!
Congratulations on this accomplishment and will be looking forward to reading about your upcoming 5K!

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