Friday, March 21, 2014
Why do I do this??
I love this place, I love checking in with all of you..
(Which has still been going on with feed reading, not really connecting..)
Maybe I'm full of myself and y'all couldn't care less about what's going on in my neck of the woods, but that doesn't matter. I've been writing for a long time when I felt like no one was reading, but recently I felt like I was getting more friends on here and perhaps being looked to as a motivator so I feel guilty, not just for my self, but for being a bad sparkfriend.
I am still not logging my weight, which I am pleased about.
Workitout100 is still something that I use on social media as a motivator, but I fell off the wagon.
The biggest news is that I had my March 5K last weekend and I ran the whole freaking thing!!.
I did not think I had it in me, but my buddy would not let me think that because she knew I did.
She is a very skilled runner and was a little alarmed by my breathing pattern at times.
During the race we discussed different things to help me manage my breathing because that is what always deters me for running outdoors, or running at all for that matter (I still love the elliptical, but really want to just stop the whole gym business and go for a run..).
Reaching the finish line was amazing, everyone was cheering, I got a major boost of energy and really ran into the finish (She says she could barely keep up at the end, but I think she was exaggerating..).
My husband and son came to watch.
I found them right after I finished so I was not able to watch them cheer for me as I ran.
I tried so hard to find them in the crowd as I ran my little heart out.
I've been trying to find pictures from the event, but haven't had much luck.
If I do I will share.
I have this before pictures..
And I have this after shot of me stretching with my son eating my post-run snack.
Never in a million years did I see this coming..
Sometimes, I hardly even recognize myself.
Monday, February 24, 2014
so I've mentioned to a few of you about #workitout100, I'm thinking this is going to be a big part of my next phase of avoiding the scale and finding motivation in other ways.
I've been following them for a while, but just finally signed up yesterday.
I made a commitment to get some sort of exercise 100 days in a row
and I gotta tell ya, I AM PUMPED.
It all happened in a really cool way.
Like I said, I've been following for a while on facebook and instagram.. yesterday I used the hashtag in one of my pictures and the creator of the movement commented on my picture saying thanks for tagging, but have you signed up yet?
I know she wasn't being mean, but it got me thinking "Wow, she's right.. just got called out, I needed that, better go sign up."
So yesterday was day one for me.
We got all bundled up and tried my heart rate monitor for the first time.
I did have an incentive though, as we were running to my favorite coffee shop downtown.
It was only 2.5 miles round trip, but it was more than enough.. Then I spent the rest of the day cleaning my house like a madman. Being outside gave me some major spring fever and I got a major head start on my spring cleaning.
Remember, fitness doesn't have to be this all out charade.. cleaning and stretching counts. I marked my calendar and I will celebrate 100 days down on June 2nd! Tonight I will head to the gym like I typically do on Mondays, pool has been closed since my first attempt at using it last week and should re-open tomorrow, I think I'll break in my new lifting gloves tonight.
Friday, February 21, 2014
....So I'm gonna shake things up a bit.
My only real goal right now is to hit ONEDERLAND by my 30th birthday at the beginning of July.
As of last week's weigh-in I am 14 lbs away from that..
With all of that being said, I really need to stop focusing on the number the scale shows me.
I will not log my weight until May 9th.
Yes, I am skipping 12 weeks worth of weigh-ins, but I'm going to train HARD.
Mostly because these are on my calendar:
March 15th UWO Shamrock Shuffle 5k
April 26th Neenah Glow Run 5k
May 17th Cellcom 5k
June 14th Bellin 10k
I play mind games.. I always have. In the past I would not take part in anything strenuous that would make my muscles ache near a weigh-in day out of fear that I would be retaining water which would show a higher weight, I don't like that this thought would deter me from doing things that would all in all give me much more results than the gratification of seeing a loss on weigh-in day.
For example.. I pinned on my first bib last weekend at the Freezin for a Reason 5K, I wasn't sore the day off, but I was the next 3 days, which I loved.. I like the burn, but my weight was up and it pissed me off.. Then the light bulb went off!
I NEED A BREAK!
I still have some work to do to figure out my plan of attack, but I am just going to have to put the scale away for now and keep moving!
Sunday, February 16, 2014
I took these 2 before pictures April 29th, 2011 never really thinking that I would be taking "the afters".
I recall standing in my kitchen making a base for me to set the camera on so the timer could take the images since I didn't want to tell anyone I was taking "before pictures". I'm wearing my self imposed "mom uniform" in these pictures too which makes me a little embarrassed since I looked like this on a daily basis. I wore this on the way to the hospital to deliver my son and never really took It off until it was time to go back to work. This look consisted of XXL maternity yoga pants and an XXL fleece. Seeing how it looks now compared to what I now look like makes me wonder what other people were thinking of me when they saw me out and about..
Fast forward to February 4th, 2014..
Days of ups and days of downs, but all in all 100pounds less of a person who now feels more whole than ever before.
Swimming in that fleece!!
For a real look at my silhouette I wanted to share these too since as a newbie sparker I was always curious about what the skin situation was like for other losers (Maybe I'll have the guts to show real skin once I'm closer to goal).
I know I will never have skin removal surgery so it is important to me to do what I can to tighten up so if you have any tips please share! I want to focus on losing another 25 pounds by July 5th, but more important that the number I would like to really focus on tightening up everything, mostly my core and bat wings.
I am the proud new owner of this awesome wicking wear (as well as this hot little body )and I gotta tell ya I am so happy I bought it and really pumped to keep using it more before it gets warmer.
In the winter I tend to think about only doing things indoors, but after yesterday I know that being active outside is possible and not as scary as I always imagined. I wore this yesterday while I ran my first 5k with a sparkfriend in real life! She is one of my newest friends on here, but the first that I've met in real life. We met a few months back for a nice introductory walk. She has set some awesome goals for herself in 2014 and I decided to tag along for her February 5k. Things are always better with a friend in my opinion. We walked/ran the 1st annual Freezin' for a Reason 5k and I had a blast. She beat her time from last month by 10 minutes and I got to wear a bib for the first time (My bib number matched our finish time of 49:13)
At the starting line.. already freezing.
At the finish line, after eating a cup of chili
So happy to have found a friend from the area to keep me motivated, all of you have been amazing friends to me! When I go on little spurts of spark inactivity remember that I am still thinking of you and cheering you on. I sneak peeks at my feed almost daily, but finding the time to interact has been taking a backseat, I'm really sorry about that, but know that I am still here even when I'm not.
Pretty sore today, not gonna hide it.. but I like the burn and I'm thirsty for more!
For all of those who want to quit or struggle with self-doubt.. here is a glimpse at my ride as far back as this time last year..
Yes, I took the scenic route, but I never wanted to commit to something that I wasn't going to do for the rest of my life. There were birthday celebrations, holidays, football parties, job changes and ugly times of plain ol' eating my feelings, but I kept going regardless of a gain.
It might not look like success on paper, but it sure does feel like it!
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