Thursday, October 18, 2012
So my proposal to start a Health and wellness club was approved! I am having an informational/interest meeting on tues. My goal is to perhaps have monthly healthy potluck parties (with wii). I also want to walk before school one day a week and after school one day a week. I want the kids to have someone to exercise with, learn about making good food choices, stress mngmt, get better sleep, organizational skills, continue the no soda and other challenges, etc. The asst principal even suggested I try to get Michelle Obama to come as a speaker! Ill keep you updated! For my meeting tues i am having healthy snacks. I am thinking maybe make your own chicken wraps, fruit, veggies, popcorn, etc.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Yesterday I did the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon. It was chilly in the morning, but ended up being perfect when I started running (i like running in tank tops versus long sleeves). I got there very early so I could park (the marathon started at 8. Half started at 9:45. I got there at 7). My mom and her boyfriend were there around 7:15, so we walked to watch the start of the marathon and then walked to the harbor where the half was starting. I was nervous considering that I ran once to twice during the month of August and September. Plus, the longest distance I have run was 8 miles. What's an extra 5, right?? lol. There were 13,000 people participating in the half marathon. It was awesome. I finished the first 10k in 1:20, which is only 3 minutes slower than my actual 10k record (which is weird because there were hills and I was trying to run slow). The second half of the race was kind of rough. Once I hit the 8 mile mark my legs were struggling to carry me. I walked when I needed to and tried jogging when I could. It was the most difficult finish I've had, but I still sprinted at the end. I passed a lady right at the end. I beat her time by fractions of a second:) That's my favorite part of races lol. Crushing dreams at the finish line lol. I finished in 3:11:27. My goal was 3:30, so I was happy with that. The winner did it in 1:11. THe slowest person was 4:53. Now I was kind of sad to see that I was in the bottom 10%, but 3,000 people didn't finish and millions didn't sign up. Plus, 6 months ago I was only able to walk around the track for a half hour and was 65 lbs heavier! I feel like I've come so far and will only get better. I heard that the whole running festival had people from all 50 states and 23 different countries. 8 of the top 12 finishers for the marathon were from Kenya. They were crazy fast! Here are pics from my weekend.
(Jacked up on energy gummies at 7:30 am lol)
(Awkward running faces... cuz that's what I do lol)
(You are about to be passed....)
(Ruined your day lol)
I heard that if you do the MD Double you get a special crab medal. It is the Frederick Half Marathon on May 5th and the Baltimore Running Festival Half marathon October 12th of next year. I am signing up now! You also get a discount on the registrations ($130 total... the Baltimore race was $90 by itself!). I am super excited. My little brother might run it too. I need to get serious about training consistently and I want to improve my time. The average for the half was 2:17. My other friend did it in 1:51. I would love to be that fast. I've seen how much is possible in 6 months, so I am hopeful.
Here are some pictures from my birthday this weekend.
Sharing my edible arrangement from my parents.
My bf got me a lot of rebok running clothes from Dick's. The pink pull over that I wore in the half marathon pics was new that he got me. I LOVE running clothes:) I am ready to try them out outside. The last time I ran consistently outside was in July, so I am getting used to colder weather. So far I am enjoying it.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
So here is an update from the last few weeks. The 10k was AWESOME!!! I was so nice meeting sparkfriends:) LDRICHEL, RUNFOR3POINT1, ABSOLUTZER0, and SPARKL3!!!
The race was fantastic. I finished in 1:17. I was guessing around 1:30, so I was quite happy with this. (also considering I only ran once or twice during August lol). I was so fun running with people and having people I knew at the race. This was a first for me. I also had fun passing so many people at the finish line. haaaa! Here are some pics from that weekend...
I was also really excited that my students came up with a budget for me for the weekend (they figured out what I should eat while I was there, my hotel costs, my fuel costs, etc.). They were only $1.78 off!! That is crazy!
Here are some pics from recent weeks.
I have to say that I've felt quite skinny lately. I am down to 150.4!!!! This is just about 65 lbs lost since I started last Jan/Feb.
I've lost a total of 8 inches in my hips, 8.5 in my waist, 2 in my neck, 11 in my stomach, 7.5 in my chest, and 7 in my ribs. I am SOOOO close to the 140's. 150 is the lowest I've ever been (even when I did SP in college...). I could never get below that weight. This time is SO much different. I am running. Next weekend I am doing a half marathon! I have energy, I am excited about exercising, I am tracking my food and packing my own lunches every day, I am happy.... this is more than just losing weight for me this time. It really has changed my life.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
So I have been posting pictures several times a week. I love how I look now and get multiple compliments a day. Recently compliments have been coming from coworkers that I don't really speak to. However, I noticed today that when I bend over I my stomach looks VERY weird. It is like an alien is trying to come out of my stomach. The middle section of my stomach (like where abs would be) hangs when I bend over. I'm not sure if it's a combination of loose skin and fat?? Before my stomach would hang and was big, but it was consistently round from hip to hip. I can tell my stomach is much smaller, because when I kneel to get onto the bed my stomach does not touch the bed anymore, but it is so weird how it is hanging like that. I am biting the bullet and thought I would post pictures to see if anyone else has experienced this and if there are any suggestions. I know ab workouts would tighten the muscles, but will that help skin? If it's fat too, won't ab workouts not really help that and that would be with cardio?? Was I just too fat for too long and my skin is too stretched and even if I do ab workouts and cardio I'm destined to have this weird hanging forever?? I guess it only hangs in the center like that because I do not have as much fat anymore on the sides, which is good. I think this picture is disgusting and terrifying, BUT I think it is better than it would've been when I started and it shows that I've made progress since it isn't one big blob. I thought it was time to expose flaws and see if people have suggestions. I am owning it and ok with it. This is me:) Much smaller than before. I fit into a size 11 juniors pants and a size small top. I went from tight XL shirts and a size 16-18 womens pants. At this moment I'm down 57 lbs and feel great. I'm taking things one day at a time and am accepting where I am so that I know where else I can go and challenge my body with. I think this will be one of my next focuses.
Note: This picture was taken from the view of the ground looking up at my stomach while I was bending over. Enjoy ;)
The picture kind of reminds me of women's stomachs after they have a kid... but I've never had a kid lol. I know people who have had kids are able to get flat stomachs again. Is this a possibility for me??
This next picture is what my stomach looks like just standing there. Again, I am very proud of this picture. My hip fat doesn't stick out as much as it used to and my stomach is getting closer to flat. I will probably always have stretch marks, but I've had those since probably 3rd-4th grade. I notice my rib cage is smaller as well. I am not upset with this picture at all, but it is strange how huge of a difference there is with my stomach when I'm just standing there versus when I bend over. Any thoughts on this topic???
As always, I love you all more than you will ever know. I am glad there is a place where I can feel comfortable enough sharing my deepest insecurities and thoughts. You are always full of loving support and put smiles on my face every day. No one is judgemental or unkind. I love being around people that challenge you to be your best and lift you up to heights you didn't know were possible. I welcome any feedback and am ready for brutally honest conversations. I want to look the best I've ever looked and would love suggestions on how to keep moving in that direction. Have a great weekend:)
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