Monday, May 10, 2010
It was exactly 1 year ago on Mother's Day that I made the decision that I needed to change. I had been talking to my husband about how unhappy I was with my weight. Since they hadn't gotten a gift for me for Mother's Day, we decided as a family to go to the store to find me some clothes suitable for getting fit. I completely skipped the women's department since I knew nothing would fit me. I was wearing size 20 capris and a 2XL top. After finding some track pants and a t-shirt in the men's department we headed home. That afternoon I went for my very first run. I managed to plug along for 2 blocks. There were tears, but I also felt a sense of accomplishment. At 225 pounds I was out there and trying to run.
As the summer progressed I did lose some weight, but I know now that I still wasn't eating the right foods in the right amounts. Eventually I was able to run a mile straight, but it was a struggle.
Fast Forward a year.
Mother's Day this year--I started my day with a 5 mile run--NO WALK BREAKS! I've been on sparkpeople for 4 months and I feel like I've got a pretty good handle on nutrition (although I'm still learning every day). My size 11 jeans are baggy. I'm more fit than I've ever been. I'm about to run in my second 5K on Friday night, and I have made the decision to upgrade to a 10-Mile, YES 10 MILE RACE in October. I feel like I hardly know that woman from a year ago. I was full of emotion yesterday as I processed all of that info.
As for my gifts from my family...a new pair of running shoes which I definitely needed:
They are WONDERFUL! They are a support shoe so they keep me from over-pronating which has been an issue for me! I'm already noticing that my shin splints are better.
I also got a couple of Nike sweat bands, some Nike Headbands, AND a jogger's can of pepper spray--it's on an elastic band so it's ready if I ever need to defend myself.
We're going to keep looking for a Buff for a bit...I kind of want to see them in person instead of just ordering one online.
To sum this up, I'm a whole new me! And I couldn't be happier.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
I mentioned that I attended the Taste of Home cooking school last weekend, and was actually part of the stage help. Here is one of the recipes that we prepared that was actually quite healthy! I haven't made it for my family yet, but I did get to taste it at the show. I really liked it and it didn't taste like "healthy" or "diet" food! I'll also include the nutrition info at the end...ENJOY!
Down-Home Pork Chops
prep/ total time: 25 minutes
4 Boneless pork loin chops (4 oz. each)
1 Tbsp Canola Oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup Beef Broth
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 tsp. corn starch
2 Tbsp. cold water
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown pork chops on both sides in the oil; remove and set aside. Add garlic to the pan; saute for 1 minute. Stir in the broth, brown sugar, soy sauce, and pepper flakes. Return chops to the pan; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees.
Remove chops and keep warm. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into the broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minutes or until thickened. Serve with the chops.
Nutrition facts for 1 chop with 2 Tbsp of sauce:
fat: 10 g (3g Saturated)
cholesterol: 55 mg
carbs: 8 g
fiber: trace amount
protein: 23 g
Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat, 1/2 starch
Friday, May 07, 2010
Today was a milestone day for me. I wore a tankini in public...and I didn't feel embarrassed! Now I'm not saying I have a rockin' bod by any means, but I was not embarrased to put on my bathing suit and get into the wading pool at our YMCA with my kids. I honestly wasn't even thinking about if other people were looking. I felt completely comfortable in my own skin. I had a great time with my kids splashing and playing. WOW. I never thought I'd be here.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Took this from a fellow Sparker! Thanks ROOT4HOME!!! It's fun! Now you try it. Just copy, paste (erase my answers) and tell us a little about you!
A - Age: 30
B - Bed size: King
C - Chore you hate: cleaning the kitchen
D - Dog's name: Don't have a dog
E - Essential start your day item: Yoplait fat free yogurt and coffee
F - Favorite color: green
G - Gold or Silver: gold
H - Height: 5'5"
I - Instruments you play: piano
J - Job title: Stay at home Mom/ Morning radio show host
K - Kid(s): 2 (boy & girl)
L - Living arrangements: DH, me, DS & DD
M - Mom's name: Crystal
N Nickname(s): Jess, Babe
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: none
P - Pet Peeve: hypocrites
Q - Quote from a movie: “You go, WE GO!!!" Backdraft
R - Right or left handed: right
S - Siblings: it's complicated--1 sister and 2 brothers, 1 step-sister, 4 step-brothers, 1 half-brother
T - Time you wake up: 4AM
U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": Up
V - Vegetable you dislike: brussel sprouts
W - Ways you run late: getting children & myself ready
X - X-rays you've had: chest, arm
Y - Yummy food you make: enchiladas
Z - Zoo favorite: giraffe
Monday, May 03, 2010
I had an AWESOME WEEKEND! I hit another goal--40 pounds GONE! As a reward, a new performance shirt for running:
The color is called "Wicked Purple" and I love it...for some unknown reason I'm drawn to purple for my running gear; this is my second purple performance shirt, and my iPod is purple, too! I don't know how I ever ran in regular tshirts...I love that these stay dry and wick the moisture away.
Saturday I attended the Taste of Home Cooking School; my employer puts it on, so I was enjoying/ working at it. I got lots of new ideas and can't wait to modify some of the recipes to fit into my family's new healthy diet. It was a really fun day!
Sunday was just unreal. My legs were feeling pretty good so I casually mentioned to my husband that I *might* try to tack on some mileage. Sunday was my long run day which has always meant 4 miles. He explained a little bit different route that would add almost a full mile. Before I headed out the door I told him it was all going to depend on how my legs felt--I had no idea whether or not I'd go further. As I got into my groove and started to warm up I felt pretty good. The first 2 miles went relatively quickly. I always seem to hit my energy lull around the 3rd mile. As I was coming up to the stoplight where I could either turn left to head home and do 4 miles, or go straight and shoot for 5, I really didn't know what to do. I was feeling some fatigue, but my breathing wasn't labored or anything. I ALMOST turned to go home and then thought, "if I go straight it doesn't mean that I can't walk if I get tired...I kinda want to see what I can do"....so I barreled on ahead. I RAN THE WHOLE ROUTE and got back into our neighborhood and realized I was going to come up about 2 tenths of a mile short of 5 miles. DANG IT I WANT 5! So I zigzagged within our development until I hit 5! I couldn't believe it!
Pretty sure I had perma-grin again.
I'm starting to think about upgrading my race in October. I signed up for the 5K, but they also have a 10 Mile run that day. I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do. I'm starting to think though, that 10 Miles by October is totally possible.
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