Friday, December 13, 2013
So last month was a big change to my system. After 8 years of smoking, I finally quit. Luckily, I've had no issues with it, nor have I even wanted one, but the effect on things going into my mouth has been drastic. I didn't notice it at first, but I have been eating a lot more. Plus, to top it off, I'm back on birth control. Now I've never had good luck with any sort of birth control, but I really don't want a child right now, so I have to do it.
Talk about the perfect mix to screw me over. Right now I'm up around 12 pounds. In a month. My lord. That's alot and it's seriously taking a toll on me right now. I am of course my worst enemy, so I've been battling the angel and demon on my shoulder. Enough is enough though, after having a near breakdown in the woman's section of Kohl's last night,I knew it was time to change. I got home, ate a bagel, and dance my tail off with Just Dance on the Wii for an hour.
Thankfully, I'm down to 204.2 (ish) right now. It's probably a little lower since I went potty after, but that's okay. I've decided to try and actually finish the 7 day sweat challenge on there. I never have. Usually I'd forget or not want to at all. It's completel doable, so it will be a good way to step into it.
I think thats the best way for me, usually. I tend to be all over the place when it comes to anything, and have a hard time finishing a task at hand. Unless, it's at work. That's different. So, it's time to finish everything I've wanted to when it comes to exercise.
12/12-12/18 - 7 Day Sweat Challenge on Just Dance (roughly 45 minutes a day)
12/19-12/25 - 30 Day Shred, first ten days.
I tried to finish the 30 day Shred a long time ago, but it never happened. This will be tricky, since I'm literally landing on the holidays, but I think I can swing it. The only day that may be hard is Christmas Eve. I'll either have to get up way early to do it, or squeeze it in somewhere after work.
So, I will be back on 12/26 to report my weight loss, and possibly inches lost... if I can find that pesky measuring tape.
Monday, November 18, 2013
Hi. So it's been a while. Like 6 months if you want to get technical. Far too long in my book and it probably explains why I'm back up to 200 again. But I'll get to that later.
I ran my last 5K in June, and holy hannah the pain was unbearable. So in July I finally went into the doc to try and get help with my knee. After xrays, MRI's and some poking and prodding, they come to think I have a severe case of runner's knee. Do I believe them? No. I honestly don't. But I have put my right knee threw so much its a miracle it still works at this point. I went with it though, just because I was beyond sick of scheduling appointments. They gave me a very annoying knee brace, which I have affectionately named "The leg Condom." Literally, sometimes it takes two of us to get the damn thing on. So after that I was in denial about the whole thing. I acted like it was the end of the world, that I would be forever in a brace and not have a workout day without it, hence why I haven't really worked out until last month.
"The Leg Condom"
Then, to top it all off, right when I thought about exercising again in August I got hurt again. It was a pool party that involved a LOT of liquor, so remember that. Basically, my best friend and I fell out of the pool. (It was a blown up one) She went first, I went second. I got a HUGE gash in my foot, but didn't think anything of it at the time. It was fine the rest of the weekend, but come Monday i was in extreme pain. For almost a week I could barely walk and my foot was swollen. My friend got hurt too, she had to visit the doc for her neck. Needless to say, we won't ever drink that much again :)
I've gotten over it now though, I consider it a badge of honor. I want to get back in the game now, and fully get back down to 182. Not just for a week, or a day or two. I want it forever. When you think about it it's only 15 pounds. Seriously, that's it. I lost 37 last time, this shouldn't kill me! Finding the willpower though, it's just beyond hard. I have tried ALOT over the past year but my motivation sucked. Although, I think I have a new one though because, I have a boyfriend.
Yes, yes the commitment phobe has found someone. Trust me, it's a shock to my system too. I know you shouldn't lose weight just for a guy, but let's be real people. Who doesn't want to look hot for their man/woman? To feel comfortable during adult time and not worrying about how they look? That's what I want.
This guy is amazing. His name is Eric and we met online. It's been about a month, I know, not long, but eh, I don't care. Heck, our first date was a haunted house. Literally right up my alley. He actually lost 100 pounds too, and pushes me to want more. The boy has gotten me to stop smoking, laugh more then ever, and actually eat carrots. See why my mom likes him?!
I want to be fit like him, to be able to run without stopping. I just want to feel good about myself and not worry, you know? Plus fit into the clothes I have and NOT see 200 on the scale.
So, the plan.
To do exactly what I did when I lost 37 pounds to start with. Eat less, workout. and RUN. I want to run. Run, lift and stair climber. Heck, I want muscles too. I can do this, I have to get it together. And I will. What works best for me last time was to blog, even if people don't read it. Track and eat and workout. The boyfriend's work party is on the 14th and I want to look good for it. Heck, I'll be nervous enough as it is.
So here I am folks, ready to tackle the body.
Where I want to be:
12/14 - 192; down 8 pounds
01/03 - 187; down 13 pounds
01/31 - 180; down 20 pounds
Let's do this.
And for fun, here's some pictures to catch you up on life.
Love him more then life itself. He is 3 now! Just crazy! And yup, he has no pants on. He never wears pants.
My super blurry gym pic :)
This is a pic of a pic, so sorry for the quality. I had us take a family picture ( me, niece, nephew and my brother) for my mom's birthday.
My loves. Caleb looks like a goof, but Mya looks so cute. I took this one, looks even better in person.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I don't think I have been so happy like I was last night. It was so bad my hands were shaking while I was trying to text. What is it you ask?
I ran two miles last night without stopping to walk.
Yup, you heard that correctly. I ran, without stopping. Okay, that's a lie. I stopped after the first mile to chug some water and reset my RunKeeper and then I took off again. I just can't believe it, I really can't! I have been trying to be a 'runner' since March 2012, but never able to complete two miles like that. It's just nuts, and I am so proud of myself!
My times were 10:40 and 11:58. I will have to get better at that second mile, i started to get tired, but it will all come in time. My knees are yelling at me today, but I'm not listening! I'm running again tonight!
My mom and I were talking over this past weekend about me actually running a full 5K race, and I really want to do it for her and me. I know it's possible, but I just have to push myself.
I can't be more happy then I am now. Never give up on your dreams!
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Like the play on words?! M's rock. And I am more awake this yesterday, thankfully.
Every monday I meet up with my mentee and do things. We decided to head out to a forest/park/area that has a quarry. Last time we failed horribly at finding the quarry, so it would be a challenge this time. Such a beautiful day for a mini hike too. I always push her hard when we go for walks like this. I know her body can handle, it's just her brain doesn't always get along with it.
We started out walking huge a long hill through a cementry. The people buried there were from our old mental hospital in town, creepy right? After that, we just walked around on the trails, going whereever we feel. Luckily, we ran into the quarry in less then ten minutes! We snapped some pictures, and spent the rest of the hour just walking around getting lost.
It felt amazing. I was still eating myself alive about Sunday race and it just felt great to walk around, get lost, and not have to think. I think its the "tree lady" side of me that nature keeps me grounded and refreshes me.
We walked/hiked 2.47 in 65 minutes. Not the best, but we kept it moving!!
This sign made me giggle.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Happy Monday all! Grab a cup of joe, this may be a long one. If you guys haven't figured out, I am a big Vikings football fun. Huge. It's really quite sad. I'm not at the point will I stalk and haunt players down, but pretty darn close. LOL. I found this race last year, but due to issues, we were never able to run it. This year, we knew we had to, so it was done.
Luckily, we had the kids that weekend too, so they were able to do their first run also! Big family affair. The only bad part was trying to get us all up bright and early to get there on time. The kids race started at 830, ours at 9, and it was about a 90 minute drive from our house to there. Hence me waking up at 5:45, and the kids at 6am. They are not used to getting up that early.
We all were up and moving and headed out and on the road. After getting a bit lost for 5 minutes we found our way there and got out stuff. My poor Mya girl. She was SOO terrified to run! I have never seen her like that. Usually she will go up to anybody and make conversation, but she just stared around doe eyed. The MN cheerleaders came over to talk to her and cheer her up, but she was just dead quiet. Caleb too. I think the big crowd scared him though.
The kids run started off, and man that was a long run. My brother and I went to the start line with the kids, just to be safe if they needed help. Once the horn sounded, Mya was off. She flew! We all missed her go by and she just ran. Caleb on the other hand didn't fly. LOL. About 50 feet into it he wanted us to pick him up. So I got him, and Tom got the stroller. We probably looked like fools running down the road, but who cares.
Afterwards it was the start of our race. One thing I have come to hate is that us slow people in the back of the start miss all the stuff at the beginning. The players did some sort of cheer and we missed it, which sucked. Next time we will hang out at the start and jump in later. We were off and immediately I realized how hot it was outside. Even though it was only 70, there was no clouds in the sky, and no shade! We have been lucky lately with our 5K's. 60's and overcast. Now that summer finally hit, it will suck.
Tom and I stuck closely together, just talking and listening to our music. It should of been a sign there, and I should of starting pushing it harder, but I just couldn't get myself to move. I think it was a mix from being up so early, the heat, and my knee killing me. My right knee was happy with my strap, but my left was not. It's funny to see how bad my knees are getting with every race, and a touch scary.
Even though we weren't pushing it as hard, the race seem to fly. Before we knew it, were had less then a mile left. Once we got around the lake, which is beautiful by the way, I saw the finish and knew I had enough gas in the tank to sprint to the end. Tom was in front of me grabbing my niece, she loves to finish them with us, so i just took off. Tom has beaten me at our 5K's the last two times, so I really wanted to beat him. I sprinted at hard as I could, surprised my legs didn't fall off, but I crossed the finish line, beating him by a second! I shouted out "I beat you!" to him and the crowd laughed, even some of the football players.
Afterwards we stood around to hear the winners, see the kids get their medals, and prizes. Sadly, I didn't get any prizes but thats okay. I got pictures instead! After standing in the sun for 3 hours, I just wanted to go. I didn't get any pics of the players at this point and I was just exhausted I started to cry. My mom couldn't figure out why, but when I get really tired, I just cry. My mom knew how much I wanted pictures of the players, she hunted them down so I could. It was funnier to see it in person, but seeing my mom poke a 6'6'' man in the back and calling him sir just to get a pic for me was priceless. She rocks.
Would I do this race again? In a heartbeat. I love football and my team, we will be back next year, and I will be pushing myself a lot harder. I have made it a goal now to step it up in running. Zumba and hip hop may be pushed to the side for right now. I need to get faster. I hate the time I got at this one. I know I did better then some, and the people who didn't run it at all, but I am my WORST critic. I will get better.
And now, for pics!
Hot, hot hot!
Mya and the cheerleaders.
She was so nervous!
Mya and Caleb talking to Chad Greenway and getting their medals from Kyle Rudolph
Caleb with his medal.
Mya with her medal.
They were starting to get really hungry.
Harrison Smith signing Tom's football
Robert Blanton signing Tom's football
All of us with Chad Greenway!
Me with Harrison Smith.
Me with Kyle Rudolph!!
Amazing experience, and crossing it all off the bucket list!
Next up: Stewartville Summerfest 3 or 5 miler on 7.4.2013
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