Saturday, March 24, 2012
SOOOOOOOooooo, It's been a while since I have updated anyone on my minimalist running!!!
A little snap shot from my beautiful 17-mile run in the early-morning sunshine today!!
A little background - I got my VFFs (Bikilas) in January 2011, and then bought Saucony Hattoris in July 2011. I have about 300 miles on both pairs of shoes at this point... give or take a few.
In January of this year, I decided to really start trying to fully transition to minimalist shoes. I was still getting really tight and sore in my calves after really long runs, so I kept switching out with "normal" shoes in January. Then I adjusted my form a little, to be more relaxed, and worked on relaxing my calves especially... and VOILA!! The calf problem COMPLETELY disappeared, just in time for my to get a 15-mile run in with NO CALF PROBLEMS WHATSOEVER following the run!!
It has now been 2 months since I wore a pair of "normal" running shoes.... Long runs, short runs, fast runs, slow runs, on the pavement (mostly), on the trail (occasionally)... I think it is safe to say I am fully transitioned???? I think it is also pretty sure that I am running my HM in May with minimalist shoes! And who knows, maybe my marathon in July?????? I still have a couple of viable "normal" running shoe options if I need, but I am pretty comfy in my minimalist shoes now.
Like I said, both pairs of shoes have about 300 miles on them, and only show minimal signs of wearing out. I haven't had ANY problems (other than the tight calves that disappeared a good while back) out of the ordinary, and my recovery time from my long runs seems better - less aches and pains in my knees and hips. That could be just because I have taken my longer runs nice and easy and carefully for the sake of my transition, or that I have adjusted to better form naturally in the new shoes... not sure, but I'll take the minimal runner's issues any day!
LESS THAN 2 MONTHS NOW until we arrive in the STATES!!!! We have been SOOOOOOOOOOO BUSY!! Which is why I haven't been on SP quite as much. Every day, we are packing and sorting things for our move. We still have tons of stuff to go through, but we are slowly getting there. It is so cleansing too, to get rid of a bunch of crap you don't want anyway!!!!
I am also staying focused on my fitness and health goals as well. I love having some defined goals set for the rest of my time here to keep my focused & on track. I aim to be lookin' my BEST as I step off that plane in Miami!
58 more days, Baby, YEAH!!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Eight weeks from today, we should be landing in Miami!!! Hubby and I are getting so excited! Now that the house is pretty much sold (still have to sign the papers, but everything looks like a "go"), we have started SERIOUSLY packing. Today, we knocked out a huge chunk of boxes out of our attic - sorting things, throwing things out, packing up boxes of stuff we wanna keep and labeling them. It feels awesome!! So cleansing!
My 10 in 10 Challenge to myself - losing 10 lbs in the 10 weeks I have left here - has TOTALLY taken off!! I picked up a few accountability partners among my s, and we are GOING STRONG!!! The added personal accountability has really sparked a fire in me that I have not seen in soooooooo long!! I always seem to keep up with exercise, but my eating is just haywire.
I gained a bit of weight last year, because of stress-related binge eating... and just plain bad habits that I let creep in. I kept trying to "start over," and lose the extra weight, but kept faltering.... NOT ANY MORE!!!!
I weighed in a week and half ago at 134, on the dot. TODAY????? 129.8 lbs!!!! My goal was just to make it under 130 by the end of the month!
It has come, NOT by starving myself, but by adding LOTS of veggies in, cutting out the sweets and alcohol, and tracking my food once again. It's AMAZING how easy it is, when I make healthy choices!! I don't feel deprived AT ALL! I have felt a little hungry a few times here or there, but haven't had any huge cravings or desires to binge AT ALL.
I even baked chocolate chip cookies over the weekend... and did not eat ONE. SINGLE. BITE!! Not of the dough, and not of the cookies. NOTHING. I only made them for guests we were having, otherwise, I wouldn't have even subjected myself to the temptation, not even for my own family... Then I worked at the cafe on Sunday. I was very afraid they would talk me into bringing cake home again, but I totally RESISTED! I have been doing SO AWESOME and seeing so many POSITIVE CHANGES in my body, there is NO WAY I wanted to chance it by eating junk! It wasn't worth it at all to me.
So, with almost 5 lbs down already, I really only have 5-6 lbs left to lose in the next 9 weeks. If I keep going like I am, I am SURE I will reach my goal. It may not come off as fast as the first few did, but I will keep at it!
Keep on Sparkin', Friends!!! Keep reaching for those goals!!!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Yep, that is right! I am off to a great start with my 10 in 10 Challenge!! 10 lbs in 10 weeks, leading up to my ARRIVAL in Miami on May 22nd!!!!
Last week on either Thursday or Friday, I weighed myself, after a few weeks of avoiding the scale. Gotta FACE THE MUSIC sometime!! Can't make any progress if I am not willing to see where I am at!
I keep playing tag with the same couple o' pounds, and was back up to 134. But instead of letting it get me down in the dumps, I started brainstorming a PLAN! Came up with my 10 in 10 Challenge, and picked me up an accountability partner, and IMMEDIATELY started making some changes in my eating over the weekend.
Weighed in this morning - 131.6!!! I am down 2 and a half pounds in barely a week! Sure, yeah, it might just be some water weight as my body adjusts to lower calories, MORE VEGGIES, and healthier all-around meals. But water weight or not, I'll take it as a WIN!!
Now it is only 7.5 lbs in 9.5 weeks! I got this, baby, YEAH!
And only 67 days until we are scheduled to arrive!!! WOOOOHOOOOO!!!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
10 weeks from today we will have already landed in MIAMI!!!!! Everything is going so well - the house selling, the immigrant visa situation, everything. We are getting so excited, and have been working on packing and sorting a LOT of stuff! With my hubby being out of work, it has been such a huge help.
Well, I have played around long enough with these not-so-pretty 10 pounds that came to stay last year, and it is TIME, People!! I have decided, with 10 weeks left, I am going to buckle down, and aim for a 10-lb loss in 10 weeks!!! I even got me an accountability buddy to help motivate and keep me on track! (Thanks, miss MADLYINLOVE!)
We've been scheming up our game plans over the weekend, getting ready to TEAR IT UP! Today is our official start day, and I am already feeling very empowered and READY TO SEE RESULTS!
I know it is going to be difficult, with the moving and the packing and the business..... But I know if I set my mind to TACKLE the obstacles, and guard myself from slipping into binge eating, or stress eating, I will fare MUCH better over the next 10 weeks. In fact, I aim to do much more than just "ok" over these next 10 weeks! I am an all-or-nothing type o' girl, so it has to be something I focus on whole-heartedly!
LET'S DO THIS!!!!
Friday, March 09, 2012
WE GOT OUR ANSWER!!!!
We just got contacted from US Immigration regarding my husband's additional form he had to file. The email requested that he confirm he is the one who filed the form, and that they have permission to send him their decision via email.
He responded immediately. And he started getting excited.
But I was reluctant to get excited just yet, because maybe they just wanted to confirm his info, but there was no way after only 2 WEEKS of them having our paperwork they would be ready to give us a decision already..... right? I mean, this form takes a minimum of 4 months to process, we read.
But an hour or so later, my husband received a second email, thanking him for replying so promptly, and that a PDF of an APPROVED FORM was attached to the email!!!!!!!!!!!
HE'S IN!!!!!!!! WE ARE DEFINITELY COMING MAY 22nd!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLUS, to top all of this crazy goodness off, they WAIVED THE FEE of $585 for that form! They stated on the form that the fee was waived due to our child being Special-Needs.
Have any of you ever heard of the US government or immigration WAIVING FEES?? This is totally God. We have prayed so long and hard about our situation. All of this is just pure answers to prayer. That, and our house selling. This is just CRAZY, WONDERFUL, AMAZING GOODNESS being poured out on us. We are just so incredibly grateful.
So, that means, EVERYTHING is a "GO," People!!!! EVERYTHING! We are coming, all 6 of us together, on the same plane.... no leaving hubby behind while he waits for an answer! WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!!
Tomorrow morning's 16 miles are gonna be run with a HAPPY, HAPPY HEART!!!
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