Monday, September 27, 2010
The morning started off early and with a bowl of organic cornflakes with some cranberries on top. My stomach was nervous and tight and I wasn't very hungry. But I wanted to eat something to help me finish the race and give me energy. I don't know why I was nervous, I shouldn't be since this is my third 5k, but I was. I had asked my sister, Kris, to run it with me, she is such a source of strength and support for me. I was so happy to have her by my side. Also my brother-in-law decided 4 days beforehand that he was going to run it too, although he had never run a 5k. He wanted to run for his mother, the same as me, but also for friends he's lost and those that suffer from cancer. My best friend's sister also ran, it was her first 5k as well.
Me (right) with my running partner and sister, Kris (left).
My brother-in-law Mike with Marlo, pre-race
Me, Mike and Marlo, pre-race
Me, Mike and the girls, pre-race
Me, my husband Jim and Marlo
Kris, me and Mike, pre-race
First we visited the memorial garden, where I had purchased a ribbon to honor Jim's mom. It was front and center and just brought tears to my eyes. It brought it all home, why I was doing this, and the cause I was supporting. A world without cancer would be a beautiful place indeed. I thought about her and felt peace wash over me.
In Honor of Carmella Kubik, Jim's mother
The Memorial Garden
Jim's brother Mike (left) and my husband Jim (right) with Marlo in front of their mother's ribbon.
Then it was time to line up. The announcer walked us through some stretches and warmed us up. Now my nerves were really on fire! I was excited, though.
The start line
Can you see me with my head band on?
Then we were off! I started off at a faster pace than normal, I think it was all the adrenaline.
When we reached the 1 mile marker my pace was a little over 11 minutes, which is fast for me. I don't recall what it was at the 2nd mile marker. The last mile was difficult for me. I think it always is, this is where I hit my mental block. I tried to get into my zone, but every part of me felt like it was on fire. This is when I realize how much different it is to run on a nice, padded track vs. on the street. I think going forward into fall I will incorporate more street runs in my training to get that experience and to help me in my races. As we rounded the last stretch there was a group of Girl Scouts who had signs and were cheering and clapping and they held their hands out for people to high five. I slapped each one of their hands and that gave me the extra push to finish. They were so sweet!
Heading toward the finish line. Missy (left), me (middle), Kris (right).
I did it!
I finished in 36:01 minutes! This is a pace of 11:37 per mile. This is a personal record for me. My fastest time previously had been 39 minutes. At the end I wanted to push it even more, my sister said "let's sprint! but my body was just not cooperating. It felt like heavy mud, or like I was running through heavy mud. It was a chilly day out, everyone else had long sleeves under their shirt but I didn't because I knew how hot I get running. I ranked #262 in a group of 401 5k runners. I wasn't at the end of the pack!
My family at the finish line.
As I crossed the finish line my 4 yr. old daughter, Lucy, was waiting for me. She gave me a big hug and it was so nice to see my family, my husband Jim, my baby Marlo and my parents had even come out to cheer on their two daughters. My best friend's sister finished at the same time as me, actually a bit ahead, and then my brother in law finished in a little over 39 minutes. I am so proud of him! He hadn't trained at all, he literally just ran to honor those who have lost their lives and for those still suffering and that pushed him through it. He kept my pace for the first mile and half and I couldn't be prouder of him! I know that without training I wouldn't have made it a block. I love the Couch to 5k program and it has changed my life so much. I praise the Lord that something got inside of me a year ago and made me decide to change my life. I am so much happier now than before, and I went from being a certified "couch potato" to running 3 5Ks this year so far, and 3 more planned. Only God can work through a person like that!
Afterward we went out to breakfast and I was going to get some healthy oatmeal, but then the breakfast burrito caught my eye. I had them add avocado, and I only ate half of it, and it was so good, hit the spot. I didn't eat the hash browns at all.
Half of my breakfast burrito.
Much needed coffee.
My family (a bit blurry, but you get the idea).
Marlo fell asleep on the car ride home, I guess it was all a bit too much excitement for her, lol.
The race route.
Monday, September 20, 2010
A year ago my ideal weekend would include lots of couch time, lots of fried foods, and lots of drinking. Perhaps a nap...or two.
The way I have changed not only physically, but mentally as well is just a true testimony to the things that are possible when you decide to make a change. And also the things possible through Christ, as He is truly the one who gives me my strength.
This weekend was chock-full with FUN and MOVEMENT! It started off Saturday night with a girl's night out at a local dance studio where belly dancing was the main event. It was a 2 hr. class of shaking our bellies and truly sweating in a sexy way :) My sister Kris and I went and I meant to take a picture of us in our coin skirts, but I forgot...perhaps it was the two bellinis that are to blame for that.
Then Sunday night I headed to the city with my cousin Kim and my sister Kris for the Party in Pink! Zumbathon at my friend Jenn's (KITHKINCAID)'s dance studio. Now she is a good spark friend of mine but we hadn't met yet. She is the person who inspired me to try Zumba, and so it was truly awesome to finally meet her in person AND zumba with her! I also realized that my Zumba class is nowhere near as intense as hers, I think I'm in the beginner's Zumba, or as Jenn so rightly said "No, you're just in Zumba in the Suburbs". LOL, so true! She rocked it and danced her butt off, and while I had a few missteps, I had a lot of fun. Thanks for a great time Jenn!!! You are an amazing, inspiring person and it was so nice to meet you and I'm looking forward to running with you in the Hot Chocolate 5k! You look Awesome by the way, my friend!!!!!!
I burned so many calories this weekend, and yes, my eating wasn't the GREATEST (I did have a taco party to attend Sunday as well), and I had a FEW drinks, BUT I tracked it all, and I think I came out even. Actually I still had a deficit for both days, Sat. I had a calorie differential of -345, and Sunday I had one of -172. And I had a ton of fun, so it was all worth it!
Here are some pictures of me with Jenn from last night. The first picture was accidentally taken as a video, but I was able to convert it into a picture :)
Before Zumba- me (right), Jenn (left)
After Zumba - me (left), Jenn (right)
After Zumba - body shot me (left), Jenn (right)
Monday, September 13, 2010
I just checked my "Fun Goals" and my next goal is to reach 88 lbs. lost and dress up like Marilyn Monroe for Halloween. I have 6 weeks to reach this goal. That is about 2 lbs. a week, plus 1 pound. The end is in sight, I think I can do this! No, I CAN do this! (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can).
I am going to be ON MY GAME the next 6 weeks and I am determined to make that fun goal a reality!
And 13 IS my lucky number. That's the date I was married, and I LOVE scary movies. So the number 13 just makes me giggle.
"The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up."
~ Marilyn Monroe
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Start weight: 230
End weight: 228
Weight lost: 2 lbs.
Weight lost since the beginning of the year: 29.5 lbs.
Total weight lost: 70 lbs.
I reached over 70 lbs. total LOST!!!!
Measurements: (not measuring today due to TOM)
Grade for the month: A for effort, C for weight loss.
I graduated from C25K!!!
I ran my 2nd 5k and ran THE WHOLE THING!
I reached 1,000 fitness minutes!!! (Actually 1,210 but whoís counting?)
I reached my YEARLY fitness goal early; I set it out at the beginning of the year as 5,935 fitness minutes and reached 6,630 fitness minutes in August. Now my goal next year will be twice as much Ė 12,000! Based on 1,000 fitness minutes per month. Itís cool/crazy how much more you can do when you put your mind and body to it! (ďYou can do it, put your back into it.Ē I ~ Ice Cube)
I didnít lose the 8 lbs. I wanted to in August. In fact, instead of my typical 4 lb. loss, I only lost 2 lbs. I am trying not to let this frustrate me.
But I'm not gonna lie...it hurts.
I did follow my plan to lose 8 lbs., my body just wasnít on the same page with me. I did some awesome work in August and stayed within my calorie range. I tweaked some things on Spark, lowering my calorie range and Iím looking for a large loss in September.
Being able to wear a size LARGE pant and size LARGE shirt during my Elvis 5k run
Fitting in a run on a hard day and closing down the gym
My awesome Threadless Tee that my husband bought me for Christmas finally FITS!!
I bought myself a Goddess dress for my birthday!
I held a Luau for my birthday just so that I could wear a tank top!
I seriously didnít recognize myself in the mirror at my gym. I had put my contacts in and was in a new top (that didnít fit me before) and had to do a double take!
Iím starting to like how I look naked.
Turned down a gooey slice of TURTLE PIE and opted instead for my very sensible rice pudding snack pack.
Joined a new awesome team that is motivating me! Love the Sunny Gals!
Starting to see a more defined tummy and therefore seeing my cute belly button.
My new(er) pair of sexy panties were falling down! Need to go lingerie shopping again!
My size 18 jeans are starting to fall down, I need to wear a belt now!
I had to tie a knot on the side of my XL t-shirt for the 3k Fun Walk it was SO HUGE on me! Guess Iím officially a Large! Iíve come a long way from being a 2XL!!
Being able to fit into these awesomely cute pink workout pants that I bought 3 yrs. ago and still had the tags on them. Size XL, but they were made small. They were an impulse off the rack buy because they were so cute. Now they fit!!
Running a sprint with my daughter, Lucy. I never would have done this a year ago.
Turned down a pre-made ice cream cone (again) from my husband. Talked to him about how yes, sometimes I have an ice cream cone, but only if itís planned and in my calorie range for that day.
Starting to find healthier alternatives, for example instead of shredded cheese on tacos (turkey tacos vs. beef) I add shredded carrots. They add color plus crunch!
My wedding ring, that finally fit me last month, is now LOOSE!
Me in my 70 lb. reward Spark shirt.
(Now I just have to tackle those love handles!)
My August Spark calendar, green means I did good!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Yesterday in church the Pastor talked about how being a Christian means that we don't look to serve ourselves anymore, but rather to focus on others and to serve others. This really struck a chord with me. He said that by filling ourselves up all the time with material things we will never truly be full. But that by serving others, our cup is always full.
As Christians, we are directed to serve (I Pt. 4:10) and this is one of the ways we worship God (I Pt. 4:11, Rom 12:1). When each of us does our part and uses our God-given gifts, we help to build up the local church and the larger Christian community (Eph. 4:12, Eph. 4:16).
I want to apply that concept to my rewards. Currently I'm at 70 lbs. down. My next rewards include a portable DVD player, a night out, a makeover, a party. Can you say self involved?
So I am going to switch it up. I'm going to reward others instead of myself. In doing so my reward will be tenfold. It will be the gift of giving back. That will be my makeover. In the process of doing this I will not only change physically on the outside, but also on the inside, I will learn to have a heart more for others than myself. A giving heart.
I would still like to take a trip with my family hiking in the fall. I think I'll still do that. And I will need new clothes along the way. But do I need the other material things? Nah, I don't think so. I'm going to look forward to helping others as I travel on this journey. I've discovered so much about myself along the way and about God. I can't wait to learn more through this mission of mine. Of God's.
253 = 45lbs - NEW CLOTHES - DONE!
248 = 50lbs - HEART RATE MONITOR - DONE!
243 = 55lbs - FACIAL - DONE!
238 = 60lbs - NEW BIBLE (GLITTER PINK) - DONE!
233 = 65lbs - PEDICURE - DONE!
228 = 70lbs - BREAST CANCER & SP SHIRT - DONE!
223 = 75lbs - BOOK
218 = 80lbs - DATE NIGHT! SUSHI & SAKE!
213 = 85lbs - NIGHT OUT W/ GIRLS/MARTINIS (WEDDING WEIGHT)
208 = 90lbs - WRITING GETAWAY - JUST ME, A HOTEL AND A POOL
203 = 95lbs - PORTABLE DVD PLAYER FOR WORKOUTS
198 = 100lbs - ONEDERLAND!! BIG PARTY AT HOUSE
188 = 110lbs- MAKEOVER
178 = 120lbs MINE AND JIM'S 12 YR. ANNIVERSARY, GO AWAY GO AWAY ON A HIKING TRIP W/ FAMILY (STARVED ROCK)!!
223 = 75lbs - DONATE TO SUSAN G. KOMEN BREAST CANCER RACE
218 = 80lbs - VOLUNTEER AT HELPING END HUNGER
213 = 85lbs - BAKE COOKIES FOR ADVOCATE HOSPICE PATIENTS
208 = 90lbs - HANDS ON WORK AT "SCARCE", PROVIDING CRAYONS TO CHILDREN W/ DISABILITIES THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO MANIPULATE.
203 = 95lbs - VOLUNTEER AT THE FAMILY SHELTER SERVICE RETAIL STORE
198 = 100lbs - CLEAN UP THE PARKS
188 = 110lbs - VOLUNTEER IN THE OFFICE FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
178 = 120lbs - DONATE $120 ($1 for every pound lost) to FAMILY SHELTER SERVICE
"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." ~ I Peter 4:10
"...to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up..." ~ Ephesians 4:12
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." ~ Ephesians 2:10, NLT
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