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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

So, yeah, it's been a while since I've written a blog. Over 2 months.

As some of you know, I started a new job on March 5th. LOVE the job, LOVE the commute (1.5 miles) even more, but it is INSANELY busy most days. Which leads me to eat like garbage and skip workouts.

Yesterday was May 1st. I've been kind of on and off exercise since starting this job. I'm really trying to do the morning thing before work, but I've been struggling to find consistency with that. I've been feeling like I'm backsliding, so, being May 1st, I figured I need to see where I stood. I decided to take my measurements to REALLY see if things have changed.

Weight: 223 lbs.
Measurements: Calves stayed the same, biceps went down half an inch, everything else: up. UP. BY AT LEAST HALF AN INCH.

Whoa, nellie.

Back the freaking truck up.

WAKE-UP CALL!!! I mean, duh, not like I didn't know I've been eating craptastically and not working out like I was, but to really realize the results of that was like being smacked in the head with a frying pan.

THAT is not me. THAT is not WORKOUT GIRL. THAT is Angry Fat Girl. THAT has got to stop.

Effective immediately, my head has been removed from Angry Fat Girl's butt. I went to the gym for Body Step this morning at 5:30 and burned 615 calories before breakfast (which wasn't donuts). Tomorrow, I will be at the gym again at 5:30 a.m. for BodyPump (strength is where it's AT!)

My May goals:
1) Get to the gym at least 3x/week
2) Get back to running at least 2x/week (not just in races!)
3) Lose 5 pounds

I've been basically maintaining my weight since October. I did get down to 217 at one point, but for the past couple of months I've been hovering between 220-223. I'd really like to get down to 216 (or less) by the end of the month.

I have 2 races this month...the Runway 5K on May 12th, and my second Warrior Dash on May 19th (EEK!!). Tomorrow is my 1 year runniversary...I started the Couch to 5K program on May 3rd of last year.

It's time. No more excuses. I'm happy I maintained my weight loss, but I'd be a whole lot happier if I'd lost more. I'm doing this. This time next year, I will not be writing another "well I half-assed it and only lost 20 lbs" blog.

Workout Girl is on it!!!

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KAKAKALI4 5/8/2012 3:54PM

    Girl .. i know this was a wake up call for you .. but me too .. that was my blog today when I stepped on the scale and have gained weight .. job busy, softball all weekend, my oldest graduation .. just catches up with you! LOVE your attitude! Go get them girl!

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GOLGGO 5/4/2012 6:36AM

    Good for you for getting back at it. Since your new job is only 1.5miles away, have you ever thought of walking there to supplement your exercise. It could also relax you and clear your head before/after a hectic day.

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123ELAINE456 5/3/2012 2:11AM

  Awesome Blog!!! yOU CAN DO IT. yOU CAN MEET THE GOALS YOU SET FOR YOURSELF. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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AMBER281 5/2/2012 10:28PM

    Those are great goals and I know you will meet them.

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PINKNFITCARLA 5/2/2012 10:07PM

    Boy, was I right there with you. I started back eating better again last week and this week I have concentrated on a minimum of 30 minutes of some sort of exercise a day. So far, so good. emoticon

I know Wanda and Celia are doing the Runway 5K also. I'm going to see if registration is open and if it is, I'll be going also :-)

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MKBOELE 5/2/2012 3:28PM

    I am right there with you! I started my new job on January 9th and have been using it as an excuse ever since. I can do good with my morning 1/2 hour on the treadmill but pretty much stopped running and at my old job I had an exercise bike to ride at lunch every day but now I don't so there went another 30 minutes of exercise. But now that I am a full 15 pounds above whee I was last June, I am kicking myself in the butt to get back on board and do it! I'm gonna be keeping my eye out for your posts so you can keep me motivated too! I'm signed up for a 1/2 marathon in September so I need to get back with it! Good Luck!

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LUCYLU22 5/2/2012 3:24PM

    emoticon on setting a great plan into place for May! You got this, Workout Girl!! LOL


Best of luck in reaching your goals!!

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LISSAD45 5/2/2012 1:17PM

  :) I know I've never met you.. but I wanted to thank you again for being such a great inspiration to me and so many others!

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KISHYMARIE 5/2/2012 1:00PM

    You're going to do fantastic. And good luck at the Warrior Dash! My husband and best friend wanted me to do that with them; there is just no way I can do it yet! Maybe next year. I'd love to hear how it goes!

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TWINSMOMMY607 5/2/2012 12:29PM

    Rock it girl!!!

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    :) it's so good you saw that you needed to improve and are taking action. That is the best thing to do for yourself. Given that you have been going through so many changes it's understandable that you weren't working out. I have no doubt that you will get to your goal in no time!

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Get the Funk Out!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I have been lazy. L-A-Z-Y.

If you know me, you probably wonder what the heck I’m talking about. I just ran a 10K, I exercise a lot, I’m on the go all the time. Not what most people would consider lazy. The 10K was AWESOME. I felt a fire I hadn’t felt in a while. Then I went back to being lazy.

Here’s what I mean: for the past couple of weeks, something has been missing. Motivation has waned. I’ve been working out, but not as much as I had been. I’ve had a hard time getting out there to run, and when I do run, I’ve been doing the treadmill to avoid the hills in my neighborhood. I skipped Zumba yesterday, something that I VERY rarely do. I’ve been eating like crap, because I’ve been too lazy to prepare the food I bought at the grocery store (you know, washing strawberries and grapes, etc). I’ve been buying lunch at work because I’ve been too lazy to pack my lunchbag in the morning. Showering seems like a chore again. My weight is holding steady, but I feel like I’m slowly backsliding to the me I was a year ago, and I don’t like it. Not one bit. Until today, I didn’t really know what to do about it. Every day, I keep saying, I’m going to do xy and z, but then I give myself “permission” to do z, but skip x and y. I’ve been making excuses.

I’m attributing this “funk” to the stress of my impending job change. I’m a worrier. I’m leaving a perfect job (other than the commute), for a new job. I always worry when I start new jobs that I won’t live up to what I sold in the interview. I worry that I will hate my new boss. I worry that I will hate what I have to do on a daily basis. I worry about the fact that I won’t have a paycheck for the next month. Worry. Worry. Stress. Stress. Worn out. L-A-Z-Y.

I dragged myself down to the gym today, just because I felt like I needed to. I was going to run, but I didn’t have my running shoes or earphones, so I decided not to risk injuring myself by wearing the wrong shoes just to run for the sake of running. So, I settled on the elliptical. I set it on level 2, with random hills, then proceeded to play Words with Friends on my phone for a bit. I was kind of “phoning it in”. BTW – it was freaking HOT in the gym, which was NOT helping. Then something clicked as I was watching my profile in the mirror next to the elliptical and admiring cringing at the side view of my belly.

Being lazy is what got me that belly. Being lazy is what got me to 260 pounds. Being lazy is NOT what got me down to 220 pounds. Being lazy is NOT what got me to finish that half marathon. Being afraid of what people think of me when I’m lifting weights is NOT what got me strong shoulders. SUCK IT UP WORKOUT GIRL!!

At that exact moment, I put my damn phone down and killed the rest of the time on the elliptical. I did 2.2 miles and burned over 400 calories in 30 minutes. Then…I went and grabbed 10 lb dumbbells, got on the floor on my back and did lying dumbbell flies, tricep extensions, torso twists with one dumbbell, and a whole bunch of other random acts of fitness. I also completed week 1, day 2 of the 100 pushup training program…16 pushups. In between my sets of pushups, I did various crunches, situps, and leg lifts. I already feel stronger. I was focused on my arm muscles when I was doing those pushups, and they were much easier than they were 2 days ago. When I was done, I went and bought a salad and grapes for lunch. You know what? It was just as satisfying as the cheesesteak and french fries I had yesterday for lunch. (I know, I can hear your collective gasp.)

So, as of right now, I’m back. You didn’t know I was gone, but I did. The funk is gone, and I’m doing this. The right way. Again.

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KIMBERK24 4/23/2012 9:33PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 2/24/2012 10:16AM

    LOVE your enthusiasm! Need to hire you to coach me out of my workout funk.

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WINNIE1978 2/23/2012 6:39PM

    I'm glad the funk is gone! emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 2/23/2012 12:10PM

    Yay! Great blog!

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BOBINVA 2/23/2012 6:26AM

    Stength training and pumping up those muscles will do it every time.

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MRSN1608 2/23/2012 4:07AM

    Woohoo! Wtg girl keep it up you are doing amazing!!

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LUCYLU22 2/22/2012 11:24PM

    You go girl!! I sure get those funks every now and again, they do seem to sneak up, and try to disrupt things. Way to go on sweeping the funk right out the door!! Keep at it, you got this!

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PINKNFITCARLA 2/22/2012 10:05PM

    Glad to see you back! We all go through that funk from time to time. Way to go for kicking it to the curb!

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BETHGILLIGAN 2/22/2012 5:43PM

    Funk is OK every now and then. Sometimes life happens and we need some time to process where we are and where we're going. But, the funk can't stay too long or it becomes a lifestyle. Way to go!!! Beat that funk!!!!!

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    Good for you! Crazy how a funk can just sneak up on you!


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TRIATHLONBABE 2/22/2012 4:52PM

    How funky is your chicken how loose is your goose! Girl, you got this and the funk is gonna be funky while you are looking good!

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TARANITUP 2/22/2012 3:07PM

    Its a great feeling when you finally start kicking yourself back in the a$$ and doing instead of saying! Awesome!

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LOTUSFLOWER 2/22/2012 3:01PM

    You've got this!

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    Booyah baby!! emoticon And that's how Tiff got her groove back. lol

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SHRINKING_SARA 2/22/2012 2:54PM

    emoticon That's the attitude you need! emoticon

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MOMMASHUTT 2/22/2012 2:51PM

    It has to be the weather. I found myself saying it was okay to eat a couple fries since I had a veggie burger no bun or cheese but with peppers, mushrooms & onions. I got my mojo back last night as I whipped my shirt off during my warm yoga class last night. I didn't even think about stopping or caring what I looked like.
Good for finding your mojo.

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KKINNEA 2/22/2012 2:50PM

    Begone funk!

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NWLIFESRC 2/22/2012 2:48PM

    Sort of know what ur talking about just not sure, no I know what to dio =, the problem is doing it.

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Monday, February 06, 2012

Do you ever have that out of body experience? Like, you know what’s going on around you is meant for you, but it doesn’t seem like it is really you in the moment?

This is how I’ve been feeling for months now, in a good way for the most part, but this past weekend really kind of cemented this thought in my head.

I’ve been struggling with the scale for the past two weeks. I’ve been struggling with running motivation for the past month, since my half marathon. I’ve been working out regularly, but I haven’t been running. I’ve been fiddling with numbers and trying to get my eating “just right”. January was a weird month for me.

Something clicked over the weekend though. During a time of month where I am normally down and in a bad mood, I found peace. I found balance. I found parts of me that I didn’t know existed.

As most people who follow me know, weight loss has been kind of secondary to the mental health aspects of exercise for me. While I want and NEED to lose weight, I started exercising regularly for reasons far beyond my physical fitness and appearance. Of course, I knew physical improvements were bound to follow, but my main motivation to exercise was to fix my moods and help me find this person inside of me I had lost a long time ago.

What’s interesting to me is that not only am I finding that person I lost, but there’s also this new (to me) part of me that is emerging. I’m still not quite ready to grasp this part, maybe I’m in denial, but apparently it is out there for the world to see.

I’m a very honest person. Everything I say and do is the truth, whether people like that or not. Sometimes that can be a bad thing. Right now, it seems to be a very good thing. By being honest and open, I have been able to reach people. I have nothing to gain from that. I have a FB page, I have a Sparkpeople profile, I have a MyFitnessPal profile, all of which were created by me, for me. I don’t make money off them, I am not a professional anything, other than and Office Manager for a media company. I do everything on my own time, just because I want to.

I’m the same person I used to be, but I have also created this new part of me. The runner. The athlete. The inspiration. (OK, that’s just weird to say.) I still haven’t wrapped my head around all this, but it is what it is. At least, this is how everyone seems to perceive me at this point.

Some things that brought this to the forefront:
•Over the past week, I had two separate people – one whom I’ve know since I was 10 years old (for those who are counting, that’s 25 years) and one whom I’ve never met in person and just know from FB, after “meeting” on the C25K page – send me a link to the SAME EXACT run, telling me they thought of me when they saw it. I can guarantee you that the person who has known me for 25 years would never in a million years have thought to send that link to me a year ago.
•Another friend whom I’ve known since I was 10 years old, posted on my wall that she was starting C25K because I inspired her to do so, after giving birth to her 3rd child. She was always very athletic and thin, so for her to say I inspired her was shocking, to say the least.
•I walked into a Super Bowl party last night, 30 minutes late, because I HAD to fit my run in and then had to have a shower before going to the party.
•When I walked into that Super Bowl party, I was immediately told by someone that she was starting the C25K program because of me also.
•Less than 20 minutes later, I had another person talking to me about my half marathon, and telling me that I should definitely do the Marine Corps Marathon. We compared training programs and “talked shop” about running. So weird.

I made myself get on the treadmill and run over the weekend. BOTH days. Both days I pushed past my “wall” that I seem to hit at about a mile and a half. I ran 3.75 miles on Saturday, and 4 miles on Sunday without stopping. I had never made it past 30 minutes of running on the treadmill prior to Saturday. I also had only run the 5K distance without walking twice, once was in the half marathon. I doubled that over the weekend. As I was warming up on the treadmill yesterday, I received a FB message from an old high school acquaintance. We were not close friends in school, and even though we are FB friends, we very rarely have interaction.

Here is the message:

“Just wanted to let you know that I start my trek to healthy tomorrow and you and one other person are my inspiration. Seeing your posts everyday has made me realize that I am the only one to blame for what I have become and I am so proud of you. My hope is that one day we can get together with some other friends from long ago and maybe run a marathon. I will be making daily posts and continue to watch yours. Thank you for being so brave.”

Honestly, that message brought tears to my eyes, and gave me the motivation I needed to make sure I pushed through that “I don’t wanna” feeling I had when I first got on the treadmill.

On Saturday afternoon, I was “tagged” in someone’s post on her own personal page:

“For all of my workout friends and other friends who need some motivation to get in shape and healthy, check out Workout Girl. She is so motivational. Her daily blogs have truly made me want to do better for myself. This is a blog and journey of her weight-loss.”

That just floored me.

What I don’t think people realize is that you all inspire ME daily. If I didn’t have a place to come to like this to vent and whine and brag and just dump all my “stuff”, I very likely would be in a very different place than I am right now. I do not take these messages for granted. If my daily ramblings touch people enough to make them want to better themselves, then I feel like I have a purpose. I have a purpose outside of being a wife/mom/office manager. I never thought I did. I’ve always been average. Girl next door. I’ve never been the “hot chick”, I’ve never been the “super athlete”, I’ve never been the “superstar”. I’m decent at things, but I’ve never been really good at anything (other than spelling…LOL).

So, to all of you who follow me, and take the time to send me messages like these, or just comment or even just “like” my posts…thank you. Thank you for making me feel special. Thank you for helping me find my purpose, and for being here with me on this journey to a better me. Whether or not I lose another pound, or ever get my 35 minute 5K time, I feel I have succeeded in something.

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SEAJESS 8/15/2013 12:36PM

    Workout Girl, my friend, I'm right with you. Guess we both learned a valuable lesson about eating right and exercising. You can't coast going uphill... and for me at least, a healthy way of life is an uphill ride. It takes doing the opposite of decades of habits.

Good learning, we know what we're up against, now LET'S GO TEAM!

Forty pounds less, blood pressure down from 140/98, heart rate down from 98 bpm - those are my goals. How about you?


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WINNIE1978 2/11/2012 4:42PM

    Beautiful blog! You are honest and real... it's very easy to relate to you and I think that is why so many people have been inspired by you. A big part of the reason I love SP is that it allows me to find people that inspire me... and occasionally I inspire others. Bonus!

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123ELAINE456 2/8/2012 4:31AM

  You are a very inspirational to all of us. You can be very proud of yourself. I look forward to your posts and blogs because they are uplifting and very helpful. Thank you for being you. Way To Go!!! God Bless You and your Family. Have a Wonderful Week.

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CHANGINGSAM 2/7/2012 9:32AM

    Beautiful post. I find your blogs and posts inspiring as well, and I thank you for posting. You know, last week, I started C25K. My first experience with it was quite rough. Since then, I haven't wanted to go out there, but after reading this, I see that you were in that same position, but you got through it which means that I can too. Thank you for posting this showing that not every one is perfect. Sometimes, we don't want to run or exercise. I'm proud of you for pushing yourself through that wall.


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    Your turnaround is so inspiring. What you started out doing for yourself has indeed helped many others. You ARE a SUPERSTAR! emoticon

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VIBRANTVIC 2/7/2012 6:49AM

    You are with out a doubt an inspiration and I think part of that is your sincere ability to be genuine and relate able! Keep it up! Always love coming to your link! emoticon

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DUXGRL1 2/6/2012 7:28PM

    This is great! Now I feel inspired!

And something you said...the thing about mental health aspects of exercise coming first for you, before the weight loss. Well, I was the opposite a year ago, but after doing it every single day since 1/1/11, I have to say that the mental health aspects of it have become huge for me. too. Sometimes I am surprised at myself, as you are...I HAVE to do it! Even during the holidays...it was non-negotiable and everything else had to get done around it.

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MOM23ES 2/6/2012 5:08PM

    emoticon From one average girl to another - thank you for putting yourself out there!

I started my journey on January 2 and today was the first day someone noticed my weight loss. I hadn't thought 12 lbs was notable or noticeable but wow did her words feel great. emoticon

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TREP13 2/6/2012 4:59PM

    That is awesome! I love how much inspiration I get from my SP buddies and you're definitely one of them. Keep doing what you're doing; it's definitely working!!

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    You are definitely inspiring!

I've also had people in my life tell me that my journey inspires them, which just blows my mind. Didn't expect that to be a side effect of getting myself healthier!

Spark on!


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A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes - My First Half Marathon, At 222 Pounds (with pics)

Friday, January 13, 2012

On September 11, 2011, I made the decision to start training for a half marathon...just 2 short months after running my very first 5K. Not only A half marathon, but the Walt Disney World half marathon. Why? Because it was 3 days before my 35th birthday.

Thursday, January 5, 2012:
Loaded up the kids and the hubby at 4:30 a.m. and hit the road. Disney or bust!!

After a 13 hour drive, we made it there:

Friday, January 6, 2012:
Off to the expo for packet pickup. I teared up waiting in line for mine. Nerves hit HARD.

On the bus to the expo:

The expo:

My bib:

We hit the parks for a few hours, then headed back to the hotel for some sleep, since we had to be up at 3 a.m. for the race.

Saturday, January 7, 2012 - RACE DAY!!
Out of bed at 3 a.m., on the bus at 3:45. I think I maybe had 30 minutes of good sleep. I was VERY nervous. I felt unprepared, since I hadn't finished my training plan because of a hamstring injury.

We got off the bus and there were people EVERYWHERE. SO overwhelming.


My chEAR squad:

The view from where I stood at the start:

I had walked to the start with a lady named Liza who was a coach/mentor for Team In Training. She was there for a lady on her team who last year got "swept", meaning she couldn't maintain the 16 min/mile pace. She asked me if I had a running partner for training or the race, and I told her no, it was just me. She was astonished. I guess that's rare for someone to train for something like this alone. She hugged me and wished me luck before we split to our corrals.

6 a.m. - My wave started.
Mile 1 - 13:00:47
Don't cry, don't cry, don't cry. Tons of people. Wow, I really have to pee. Not wasting time standing in line for port-a-potty. Please hamstring don't fail me. Run a mile, then you can walk.

Mile 2 - 12:32:62
This feels good. Wow, I'm getting faster. Oh how I love Florida and its flat roads. Run 5K then you can walk.

Mile 3 - 12:37:50
Check me out!! I'm running and I'm not breathing heavy. I'm feeling good. Run as far as you can without walking. Maybe I can run the whole half marathon without stopping!!

Mile 4 - 14:10:12
Did I really just run 4.6 miles without stopping? Shut the front door! I've never done that before. Man I really have to pee. Is that a port-a-potty way over there with no line? Run like the wind!! Just because you had to pee doesn't mean you can stop running. Run to the port-a-potty and run back from it.

Mile 5 - 13:30:56
Where the hell is the castle? Hubby texts me to tell me to stop at the bottom of the castle to get my picture taken. Texting and running = not easy. Finally stopped to walk for about 15 seconds going uphill just before the castle. Look! My family!! Castle pic time...suck in the belly so you look GOOOOOD.

High fives to hubby and kids, and I'm off again.

Mile 6 - 14:50:99
Slowing down...I thought there were food stations around here? Powerade it is. I can walk a bit...everyone else is. Why are the insides of my arms chafing? That never happens when I wear a tank top.

Mile 7 - 14:23:32
Hanging in there. I can do this. Why are all these people stopping for photos with characters? No time for that! More than halfway there!! Whoop!!

Mile 8 - 15:13:42
OWWW. My feet hurt. Maybe I should've run intervals from the start instead of trying to run as far as I could. But I ran 5 miles without stopping!! Why do my feet hurt? My feet never hurt when I run! They're hurting because I'm kicking so much ass. KEEP GOING. You've got this!

Mile 9 - 16:17:37
NEED.MORE.POWERADE. Gels? What happened to food?? I thought they were going to have orange slices?? Mocha Clif Shots...not so much. Good thing I have a Clif bar in my belt. Only 4 miles to go...you can DO this!

Mile 10 - 16:46:29
My chest hurts. Why does my chest hurt? Is it my lungs? I better walk a bit to make sure it's not a heart attack. Only 5K to go...you've got this! EASY PEASY!!

Mile 11 - 17:10:78
Yeah, my time sucks. I'm not making it under 3 hours. Just need to finish. Keep running. GO GO GO!!

Mile 12 - 15:30:57
Oh yeah...getting it back. 1.1 to go!! Almost there!! Go Workout Girl, GOOOOO!!!

Mile 13 - 16:09:95
Had to stop and take a pic of mile marker 13:

A choir? Really? That's kinda cool:

WHERE is the finish line???!!! This is the longest 0.1 miles EVVVVV-ERRRRR. "Great job Tiffany" Kinda cool they know my name because it's on my bib. Look at all these people at Epcot already. Bet they wish they hadn't come while the race was still going on. Gotta walk one more time...oh wait, that's a photographer...can't walk by a photographer. MUST. KEEP. RUNNING. I see the finish line!! I'm not dead. High five Donald and Goofy!! Holy moly there are photographers EVERYWHERE. Must look cool!! Gonna buy this finish line photo even if it sucks.

I FREAKING DID IT!!! I finished the half marathon!!! And I didn't even have to crawl across the finish line!!

Official finish time:
3:19:25, and I placed 19,657 out of 22,421 finishers...and my Garmin said I actually went 3.4 miles because of the weaving in and out of people.
I had hoped to finish under 3 hours, but with the amount of people, and stopping for the castle photo and the extra 0.3 miles, I think I did an AMAZING job.

I earned some awesome bling too:

Some other random photos from the race:

I'm a half marathon runner now. I earned my magnet.

Such an amazing experience. And....I'll be back for more next year!!

Goofy challenge anyone?? :)

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EASH5M 4/24/2012 9:11PM

    What a great story love the narrating !You should be so proud of yourself. It's such a great feeling. I ran my first 20k last year. It's such a huge accomplishment. You rock! emoticon emoticon

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KIMBERK24 4/24/2012 8:17PM

    So great! I wish I were brave enough to do this! Congrats!

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MUSICMIX92 1/25/2012 12:51PM

    That was so inspiring, right now i am training for a may 5k, but the disney half and full marathon are long term goals. Thank you for your wonderful post

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FITFABJENN 1/21/2012 8:13PM

    Great job! I love the narrative for each mile. I have my first half-marathon at the end of this month. So excited and nervous. Thank you tor the inspiration.

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MAPLECANDY3 1/20/2012 1:15PM

    Looks like such a fun face!! Congrats on finishing!

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CH0718 1/19/2012 2:53PM

    LOVE this! Great job! I sooo want to do that half....

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SLIMMINLAURA 1/19/2012 9:52AM

    Amazing job! I am so inspired by you and your strength to keep going! emoticon

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ROGUE_RUNNER 1/19/2012 9:27AM

    Im inspired!

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JENNSWIMS 1/19/2012 9:08AM

    Awesome! AWESOME! This is freaking fantastic. You have inspired me to add the Disney (half or full to be determined) to my 2013 goals.

Thanks for sharing!

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HALEMA72 1/19/2012 9:00AM

  What an inspiration. You look great!

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RMKMGMGM04 1/18/2012 11:56PM

    Congratulations!!! You did amazing!

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MY4DOGS2580 1/18/2012 10:22PM

    congrats on your finish. next year maybe you will set a new pr. love the pictures nd your smile at the end.

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RINA2002 1/18/2012 9:57PM

  That was so cool; my favorite part?

"Why do my feet hurt? My feet never hurt when I run! They're hurting because I'm kicking so much ass. KEEP GOING. You've got this!"

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KACYISWINNING 1/18/2012 9:38PM

    Congratulations! That is emoticon !!

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MOM2HANDH 1/18/2012 9:36PM

    Congrats!! The Disney half is definitely on my list for next year!! But more power to you if you do the Goofy--that's just...Goofy!!

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SHAYLA24S 1/18/2012 9:21PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing accomplishment. Reading this blog has motivated me beyond belief! I also teared up when I read and saw the pic of you crossing the finish line. I am so incredibly proud of you and happy for you! Congratulations!!

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MOM23ES 1/18/2012 7:28PM

    emoticon What fun it was to read all your comments going through your head! My cousin and her husband signed up for the full marathon that ran on Sunday. She didn't train for it and wouldn't tell me how far she got but her husband made it to mile 18 before getting swept. Pretty impressive for his size and lack of training.

Your a great inspiration! Glad I found your blog.

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CHELAGETSFIT 1/18/2012 6:34PM

    Inspirational!!! Congratulations!!!

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NATURALROCKS 1/18/2012 6:08PM

    emoticon You did great!! OK that's it I am definitely starting a running program. No more excuses! This blog has inspired me to at least try to start running. emoticon

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JUSTCHELLE75 1/18/2012 5:38PM

    WTG. I did my first one on the 15th. It was awesome

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/18/2012 3:43PM

    This made me smile the whole time!! WAY TO GO!!!

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FITLIFE16 1/18/2012 2:10PM

    Way to go!!

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THECRAZYMANGO 1/18/2012 1:58PM

    WAY TO GO!!! You did awesome and looks like you had a blast!!!

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LISAINMS 1/18/2012 1:53PM

    Fantastic! I want to work a Disney Half into my schedule for next year. It looks like so much fun. Well done on your first experience!

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SUGARZ 1/18/2012 1:33PM

    Absolutely AMAZING!!!! What an inspiration you are!! I have dreams of someday running a 5K... Right now WALKING a 5k is a big deal for me. As my weight comes off I hope to do a 5k or longer run one day! What a great blog! emoticon emoticon

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BEINGGUIDED 1/18/2012 1:18PM

    Awww this made me tear up. How great for you! I hae my first half in October. I can only imagine. Great blog!!!!!

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KCTILLETT 1/18/2012 1:09PM

  You inspire me.!!

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JENNIMC613 1/18/2012 11:49AM

    Oh, this story is so inspiring (and really well written too :)!)

Thanks for sharing this.

Congratulations! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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123ELAINE456 1/18/2012 11:42AM

  Congratulations on running One Half Marathon. I love the pictures. You are an inspiration to all of us. Way to go. God Bless You and have a Wonderful Week.

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NAIMATANNER 1/18/2012 11:29AM

    Oh my goodness! This is an amazing story! Your effort and determination is so inspiring!


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GIANTOCR1 1/18/2012 11:11AM

    Congrats to you on the 1/2 marathlon. GREAT JOB!!

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LOVE_IS_LOUDER 1/18/2012 10:39AM

    If you're going to run a race, THAT is the one to do!! I looove Disney World. I want to become a runner just to do that race now... I really do. Congrats, you did awesome!!

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SPRINGHAZE 1/18/2012 10:27AM

    awesome! you are such an inspiration!

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TAGPOINTE 1/18/2012 10:03AM

    I want to run this race so BAD!!! Good job!!

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IMARUNR 1/18/2012 9:52AM

    AWESOME!! Congratulations on a great race! Love the blog, love the pictures and LOVE DH's Redskins shirt!!

Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!!

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VICKYMARIEC 1/18/2012 9:34AM

    WAY TO GO! I cannot wait until i can start really running! YOu are so inspirational!

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FREDANN 1/17/2012 10:09PM

    OMG you are absolutely amazing!!! Great job, awesome determination, you are quite the inspiration!

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MISTYBLUE716 1/17/2012 9:22PM

    emoticon emoticon

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EMPTRS 1/17/2012 9:17PM

    I love it! I just signed up for my first half marathon and am SUPER SCARED!!! My first race will be a 4 miler in March. Congrats on your AWESOME JOB and can't wait to read your recap from next year!

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PONYFARMER 1/17/2012 6:39PM

    Wow, you keep this up and you will be doing a full marathon before you know it.

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    Great job!! You are my hero!

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CBAILEYC 1/17/2012 5:23PM

    OhMyGosh! Fabulous race report. Happy congrats on your first Half!
I loved this most I think
"Why do my feet hurt? My feet never hurt when I run! They're hurting because I'm kicking so much ass. KEEP GOING."

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PIXIEMOM13 1/17/2012 4:55PM

    AWESOME job! Love the pics and the blog. I would love, love love to do a Disney race..but don't know if I ever will be able to because of the $$ issues.

oh well. My first half is in May. I hope I do (hehehe) HALF as well as you did! :D

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KJDOESLIFE 1/17/2012 3:23PM

    Great job!!!

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SUNNYDIANEP 1/17/2012 3:12PM

    This brought tears to my eyes! Congrats and awesome job! I'm on a journey to my first half. You are very inspiring!

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VIBRANTVIC 1/17/2012 1:25PM

    Super job! So proud of you, and what a great thing for your kids to see such an awesome powerful role model. emoticon

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MARATHON_MOM 1/17/2012 1:23PM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!! I could FEEL your excitement in your blog!
I'm planning on Goofy next year! See you at Disney World!

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KKINNEA 1/17/2012 1:05PM

    You've got me thinking I should come do this with you next year - a January birthday extravaganza!

Always run to the porta-potty, the water, everything - that way you have time to rest, drink, whatever. You did so awesome!!!

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2011 - The Year of the Hottie...recap and review (with pics)

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

January 1, 2011 - I declared that 2011 would be the year of the hottie. I was determined that I would be able to lose 80 pounds and reach my goal weight by the end of the year.

January 31, 2011 - I joined the gym at work, weighing in at 239.5 lbs, with 43.2% body fat. I started taking Zumba and hitting the gym, but not very regularly.

March 2011 - I ended up with the worst migraine of my life, lasting an entire week and making my right arm go numb. I was crying every single day just wanting the pain to go away. My doctor told me he thought the medication I was taking for PMDD (pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder) was the culprit in causing the migraine. I was left with a choice...start taking the meds daily instead of on 2 weeks, off 2 weeks, or go off them completely and figure out a way to manage my inner bitch depression without meds. The only thing I knew could possibly help my moods was exercise. I figured it was worth a shot, because I never wanted to feel that pain again.

So, I started going to the gym 2-3x/week. Then we went on vacation for Spring Break and I gained a couple pounds.

May 3, 2011 - I decided I needed a goal outside of the number on the scale. So, I did what all normal crazy people who have asthma and despise running do...I started the Couch to 5K (C25K) running program. I had pretty low expectations. I didn't think I'd actually finish it, and I certainly never thought I'd run a 5K. I was also still doing Zumba and other exercises while doing the program.

May 17, 2011 - I started my Workout Girl page on Facebook, to have a place to dump my workout and exercise stuff, since I tend to talk about it a lot when I work out. On this date, I weighed 244.8 lbs.

June 26, 2011 - I graduated C25K, running 30 minutes straight without stopping. I finished with a run/walk to finish the 5K distance in around 50 minutes.

July 4, 2011 - ran the Reston Firecracker 5K in 44:41. Had to walk a few times, but I was sooo proud of myself.

August 20, 2011 - ran the RunStock 5K with my 6 yr old daughter in 50:31.

September 10, 2011 - ran the Arlington 9-11 Memorial 5K Run in 43:09:11. It was a pretty horrible race for me for some reason. I ended up having to walk a lot of the last mile.

The next day, a friend asked me about the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. I thought, hey that would be a cool goal to have. Then I looked it up and saw you had to enter a lottery. Then I remembered the Disney Half Marathon is in January, 3 days before my birthday. So, I started looking at it online, and saw that the training program is interval running, and only 3x/week. I looked at my husband and said, "I wonder if I could do that." He said, "Sure you can." So, I made the announcement and started training the next day.

October 1, 2011 - Completed a 3.5 mile Warrior Dash, which is an off-road run with mud, water, and military style obstacles.

November 3, 2011 - Went to my local school track to see if I could run an entire 5K without stopping. I did, and in 36:42!!

November 5, 2011 - Ran the Fill the Shoes 5K with a goal of running it in 39 minutes. Finished in 38:57 - a record for me in a race.

November 6, 2011 - Completed a 9.5 mile training run in just over 2 hours.

November 13, 2011 - Completed my first duathlon in 57:48.

November 19, 2011 - Completed my first 10K. Had a goal of finishing in 1:20. Finished in 1:19:20, despite pulling my hamstring at mile 4. Hit the 5K mark at 37:30, my fastest in a race.

After that race, I was unable to run for a month, or really do any heavy cardio because of my hamstring. Managed to maintain my weight through the holidays though.

December 31, 2011 - Ran a 5K for breast cancer research with my 12 year old son and 6 year old daughter. Finished in 45:28, 5 minutes faster than the one we ran in August together.

Final weigh-in for 2011: 221.8. Total lost this year: 23 pounds. Final body fat %: 36.4. Went from size 18/20 or 2X to size 14/16 or XL on top and from 20W to a regular 18 on bottom.

Total gained: 2700 new friends, a sexy new dress, self-confidence, a new smile, and a better me.

While I didn't meet my original weight goal, it was, indeed, the year of the hottie, because I FEEL like a hot girl again.

In less than a week, I will be taking on the biggest challenge of my life...a half marathon. I am ready.

Bring on 2012 - the Year of the Bikini. My goal is to be in a bikini again by summer. Here we go!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DHINDS2 1/16/2012 7:26PM

    As I said before you inspire me. By the end of the 2012 I want to be a hottie too. emoticon

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WOLFKITTY 1/10/2012 2:16AM

    Hottie for sure! ;D

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SPARKINGME 1/8/2012 11:41PM

    You go girl! If you can do it...It gives me great hope that I can too :) Thank you for sharing emoticon

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SANDIE4HLTH 1/8/2012 10:52AM

    WOW! Your story is inspirational -- love your accomplishments...and the added bonus is that you look hot, too!
Congratulations and keep up the fabulous work.

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TONYA43 1/5/2012 11:03AM

    Wow! Who cares about meeting a goal of a number on a scale when you can list accomplishments like that.

Good luck on your 1/2 marathon -- you'll do great!!!

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RAFT4WAVES 1/5/2012 12:57AM

    Wow. You had a great year girl! You should be so proud. And you look amazing! 2012 will be just as good - I know it!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/4/2012 1:11PM

    What an awesome year!!! emoticon

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DRKYASHI 1/4/2012 10:50AM

    What an amazing year! emoticon
Wishing you the best for 2012! emoticon
Keep us posted on your progress!

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JAAM1224 1/4/2012 8:35AM

    So encouraging... this spring I will be starting the c25k (again- after sickness, move 1/2 across the country, pregnant and newborn.. ready to be heading in the right direction!) Thanks for the inspiration!

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SAHARASUE 1/3/2012 9:08PM

    emoticon You look great! Way to go on all your accomplishments. You're such an inspiration to me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Congrats!! You look amazing. I just looked your page up on FB and I liked it. I love reading pages like that.. keeps me movitated on FB and on SP. Keep up the awesome work!

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GODZDESIGN95 1/3/2012 8:53PM

    Wow what a transformation. Congrats! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/3/2012 6:46PM

    Wow you look fabulous! Congrats on the half marathon! You will do great!

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DOCZIP 1/3/2012 6:42PM

    Absolutely wonderful. You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!!

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WINNIE1978 1/3/2012 6:36PM

    You look great!! Have an awesome 2012!

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DUXGRL1 1/3/2012 6:20PM

    Congratulations on a great year! You look great! (And we live in the same neck of the woods....I live in Arlington!)

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/3/2012 5:37PM

    OMG! I love you!! You are awesome!!!! Have a great run!!

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TEACHLIZARD 1/3/2012 5:05PM

    Fantastic! You look awesome and you look like you feel that way too! Can't wait to hear how the 1/2 marathon went. Good Luck!

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HAPPYGIRL_90 1/3/2012 4:54PM

  You look awesome and congratulations! Good luck next week! :)

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HOLLIEWALLY 1/3/2012 4:29PM

    You look beautiful! Best of luck on your first half. That is my ultimate goal for 2012. You are an awesome inspiration!


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WELSTEACH 1/3/2012 4:22PM

    Yep, you made it to hottie again. It is all in the attitude. You rock. So what is 2012 the year of?

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LUCYLU22 1/3/2012 4:19PM

    Awesome job!! You look fantastic!! Best wishes in your half marathon, that is truly an inspiring running story!! Working on my own!!

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