Friday, April 06, 2012
It's now 3 and a half weeks into my 10 in 10 Challenge!! I'm down more than 6 lbs, so I am way ahead of schedule, which is so encouraging! Thought I would upload some progress pics.
Before (Taken in November, weighed about the same as I did when I started my challenge in March):
Now (Sorry it's a little blurry, but SAME PANTS!):
My belly fat and hips/love-handles have reduced CONSIDERABLY!! These pants are still a little snug, but I am sure a couple more weeks, & I will be ROCKIN' them comfortably!! WOOOHOOOO!!!
I am now signed up for the Disney Goofy Challenge 2013!! DH thought it would be totally awesome for me to do that, in spite the STEEP price. I got the total go-ahead, and signed up! (Thanks to my Disney Rewards Visa!) Running a half marathon and then a marathon next day! Crazy business, but it's gonna be a BLAST! And I am sure, there are many other Sparkers gonna be there, which is gonna make it even more awesome for me.
Only 5 more weeks until that moving container is gonna be parked in front of our house! Today we had a CRAZY packing session, DH and I. We packed our entire living room and most of our office. It was AWESOME! Our attic is now completely packed as well, which was probably where MOST of our junk was to begin with!! There really isn't much more we can pack for a couple more weeks, so time better hurry up and FLY BY!!
We know now that we are headed for the Fort Walton Beach / Destin area in Florida (posted in my status yesterday), and we are just STOKED! Every day, details are falling more and more into place. I cannot wait to be there, connecting with any of you other Sparkers that live in the surrounding areas. My running life is gonna become SO AWESOME!!
Keep ROCKIN' those health and fitness goals, Spark Peeps!!!
Monday, April 02, 2012
So, our moving progress is coming along! We signed the papers of our house sale on Friday, so the house is SOLD! But we still officially own the house until May 15th, and will be moving out on May 14th. I had the feeling it was a huge step forward with our move, and was so excited and nervous on Friday!
Now the packing is ON!! We almost have our attic completely packed and sorted. We still have a ways to go overall, but we are getting there. We only have 6 weeks left to get all this stuff boxed up!
My 10 in 10 Challenge
I have been ON A ROLL!! Starting out just a little over 3 wees ago @ 134 lbs, my goal has been to lose 10 lbs in the 10 weeks I have left here in Germany. I already made it to 128.8 lbs in March, so I surpassed my goal and expectations!
Now that I'm back into my groove, I'm shooting to make April EVEN BETTER!! I like to keep my goals more short-range, so I am shooting for some certain things by April 15th:
Run 75 miles (shooting for 150 in April)
Keep filling up my plates with lots of veggies, and track that food.
Reach sub-127 lbs. (current weight 128.8 lbs)
Drink more water.
Stay away from the sugar and alcohol.
So, Let's ROCK APRIL!! WOOT WOOT!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I'm KILLING it!!! So, a few weeks ago, I decided, with 10 weeks left before our scheduled arrival in the States (HOME FOR GOOD!!), I would get these last 10 lbs off FOR GOOD. 10 in 10 weeks.
3 weeks ago, I weighed in at 134 flat. Together with the help of a few accountability-SparkFriends, I have pulled off 3 weeks of the most CONSISTENT HEALTHY eating I have seen from myself in.... I can't even REMEMBER when!! I feel AWESOME, my running has improved, I am not craving sweets/sugar anymore... And the scale??? It's MOVING!!
Weigh-in today? 128.8 lbs!!! My goal was to make it UNDER 130 before March 31st. Last week, I had already hit 129.8, so I was pretty confident it would happen, but TOM hit this week, really making me doubt. NO PROBLEM though! I totalyl hit it.
5.2 lbs lost in 3 weeks. Suh- WEEET!!!!! I am way ahead of my schedule of 10 in 10. And I thought this was gonna be HARD! It's amazing how eating HEALTHY, and fueling your body properly (rather than focusing on what you are being deprived of) makes losing the weight SOOOOOO EASY!!!
My workouts have been right on target, running 5 days a week, S/T 2 days a week. Gonna keep that up for my Half Marathon coming up on May 1st (a holiday here in Germany), and the Make It By Midnight marathon in Georgia in July..... WOOT WOOT!!!
We are going through a huge house cleansing, sorting through all our junk, throwing lots of stuff out, and figuring out what we really want to pack in that container. It feels great to be getting through all that stuff, and getting more organized. Our container is scheduled to be parked at our place in just about 6 weeks, so we really have to get MOVING on this! It is exciting, and with each passing day, I looking forward to my Stateside arrival even more.
Hope everyone is having a great week, too!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Got my herr did today. Nothin' like a new, fresh haircut!
Here's what my hair looked like a few days ago, as I was sittin' relaxin' in my backyard:
Way too long, overgrown and frumpy.
Fun, fresh, and feels sooooo much better!!!
Happy Monday, Everyone!
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!!
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