FITNAPTURAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FITNAPTURAL FITNAPTURAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Weekly Goals Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724158 This weekend was tough as I thought it would be but still very good. Here's a review of my goals <BR> <BR> Goals for this week: <BR> <em>48</em> Monday: I did legs and the elliptical this morning. <BR> <em>181</em> Tuesday: Shoulders/Triceps and 30 min elliptical. Monthly "date" with a girl friend. Hoping for nothing food related but if so then I'll keep it light. <BR> <em>248</em> My friend forgot so we didn't go out which was great nutrition wise lol <BR> <em>355</em> Wedne... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:23:41 EST Goals this Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719041 So DALID414 has inspired me to write down my goals for the week. She always does this with her fitness and it's inspiring to see how she plans and then adapts when life happens.My goals are mostly related to food but I'll do both just for the sake of accountability. <BR> <BR> As I said in my last blog, this month is full of distractions from my goals. <BR> <BR> Recap of this weekend: <BR> <em>48</em> Saturday we celebrated my hubby's birthday with a bunch of his friends (his birthday i... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:59:57 EST Plans to Own June http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714174 So I know we're already miraculously in the second week of June but I've got to put my plans in writing. When I last blogged I was down and almost out. I spent a week totally off track. I ate what I wanted and didn't track anything. I felt miserable and sorry for myself. Of course that only pushed me further from my goals. But I didn't really gain weight. I kept working out. I just kept playing this mental mind game motivation wise. Kevin and I both had a moment of "enough is enough" when we ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:09:32 EST Throwing in the towel?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704446 3 months ago I made a blog post about my new goals and new macros. I've had a lot of challenges lately (real life) and there were days when I didn't hit those macros but I thought I was doing ok. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to yesterday. I finally had the chance to get my body fat measured again and...it was up 1% to 30.2% I was so disappointed. I wanted to go get donuts and muffins and just quit. In the last few months I have downed so much protein in the form of meat and supplements. I've sacri... Tue, 27 May 2014 14:02:29 EST Taking a week off? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671650 So I've had a rough week and I've been doubting myself. March was great. April started off fantastic. I was perfect at my conference in Sam Diego. I took my own breakfast and didn't eat not on cookie, chip, soda, and did not go over board at meeting receptions. Even in the crappy hotel gym I burned 500+ calories 4/5 days. <BR> <BR> I got back last weekend and was exhausted. Weekends always get me and then this last week <BR> I tried but pms won. There was ice cream and peanut butter. And I ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:43:28 EST Next 7 Days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658686 I've been doing really well since I last posted about my new goals and macro/diet plan. I'm starting to get used to the lower carb level and don't feel at all deprived. I think the hubby is having a lot more trouble though. Early this week I weighed in almost 3 pounds down and then this morning the scale was much higher. I don't know what's going on but I also forgot that I had some soup yesterday which was ridiculously high in sodium. <BR> <BR> This week I've been preparing for a big work e... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:41:39 EST 102 days till summer! New goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644595 So we all know spring is in 10 days. But summer is only 102 days away. I'm always commenting on this but the month is going by really fast for me. I'm never prepared lol. With this said, I've been floundering and puttering around without a real direction for some time. I've continued to make healthy choices but I've simply grown stagnant and super relaxed about my lifestyle. I've said this before but I'm finally ready to put a plan in action. <BR> <BR> About 2 months ago Kevin did a body fa... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:16:43 EST Motivation March and February Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637200 Maybe I'm the only one but I am SHOCKED by how fast February flew by! I can't believe spring is almost here and I'm already noticing that I'm not driving in so much darkness. <BR> <BR> As I move into march I'm realizing that I need to completely revise my health and fitness goals. I'm feeling a little stuck and unmotivated. I'm still in it and wanting to eat healthy and not miss workouts but I don't feel like I'm progressing. I'm maintaining but I feel like I can do better. Before I go into... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 21:26:25 EST Surviving Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629231 I've been doing really great this week. On Monday I was really low because of how bad my weekend was food wise. On Friday I took dinner home from our favorite Lebanese restaurant for Valentine's day. It was delicious and I only had a wrap (which I ate half of). But on Saturday we woke up and went to IHOP for breakfast where I had an omelette and 3 pancakes with extra butter and syrup. I was feeling kind of sluggish as a result. Both the hubby and I took "sugar naps" afterward so it was a lazy... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:47:24 EST Rock n Roll Half Recap (w pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618218 It's taken me almost a week but I'm finally ready to recap! It's really long but stick with me! <BR> <BR> Training: On Sunday, February 2nd I ran the Rock N Roll New Orleans Half Marathon. I was a little nervous going into it for a few reasons. With the first one in October I had stuck with the training plan almost 100%. I ate right most of the time and was super focused. Fast forward to this training plan which I started in either October or November and I was really good for a while. I mis... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 22:36:03 EST Changing Direction: Goals for February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612242 I have a confession to make: I've been selling myself short for the last month or so. Granted I did get married and move apartments but I'm starting to feel a little disappointed. Not in those awesome things but just in myself and the changes I've made. I've been slipping back into old habits and not pushing myself as much because I'm happy. I'm the happiest I've ever been and I love being married. But after my wedding and honey moon I ate wayyyy too much fast food and garbage. In January we ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:45:27 EST New Running Shoes... So many Miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596192 I've over complicated this a little bit but I got new shoes about a week ago and in order to be a diligent runner I want to follow the rules and at least TRY to remember how many miles I'm running on each pair. <BR> <BR> My last pair, the Brooks Ravenna, were really good shoes. My legs and feet were starting to hurt but they still look like new. You can barely see the wear and tear. According to my calculations I ran 491.13 miles on those, including my half marathon last October. That's awes... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:42:22 EST I'M GETTING MARRIED IN 2 DAYSSS!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562038 Oh. My. God. <BR> <BR> I can't believe time has flown by so quickly! I'm getting married in 2 days. That's the day after tomorrow. I am freaking out. But in the best way possible! I went and got the marriage license on Monday and had to sit in the car for 5 minutes to calm my nerves afterwards. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to keep up with my work outs but at the same time I'm having to remind myself that I can't do it all. I've been staying longer at work to get things done since I'll be gon... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:27:23 EST OBAB Day 30!: on my feet allll day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553755 I made it! I committed to daily blogs to push myself and I'm glad I did. I survived thanksgiving and only missed one day. I've also enjoyed being able to rehash my day and have the accountability of sticking to my goals. It's been kind of overwhelming to feel a sense of panic at 10 when I'm going to bed and realize I haven't blogged yet. December is going to be absolutely crazy. I'm getting married in 13 days! I have to move, work extra hard at work, stick to my fitness plan (running plan get... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:17:58 EST OBAB Day 29 (and 28): Progress Smacks Me in the Face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553135 I'm so upset I forgot to log in and blog yesterday! It always kills <BR> Me because I was sparking. I swear! I ran 5 miles. Had a light breakfast and had lunch/ dinner at 3:30. I had the salmon as planned and wasn't majorly impressed by dessert so I had some but wasn't stuffed and raring for seconds (and thirds). I didn't want to be rude to <BR> My family and then I got distracted by going shopping! Win of the night: I bought a size 4 skirt! I can't believe it and it fits like a glove but in ... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 00:44:01 EST OBAB Day 27: I Must Be Really Committed to This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551822 Today I got yesterday's run in 4.75 miles in hilly, windy, freezing Atlanta. First of all I didn't get to get it in be for we left at 6 this morning. I had my English muffins with 2 egg whites and turkey sausage for breakfast with coffee in the car. My parents had ham biscuits from Hardee's, which doesn't have anything except biscuits for breakfast. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1323151270.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My pre-planned and prepared breakfast was the gateway to 2 ... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 22:09:52 EST OBAB Day 26: NSVs (multiple)!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551146 Today has been ok. I've snacked a little more than I planned to but nothing too over board or blatantly unhealthy. I got in at like 3:30 this morning so I've been a little off all day. I had a doctors appointment at 10 so I really only got a little nap. I planned to wake up at 8 and go for my run. And I did I swear! But it was raining so I laid back down for another hour. <BR> <BR> NSV #1: I forgot my jeans and my mom started digging for some that I could wear. She pulled out a 6 and they f... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:24:12 EST OBAB Day 25: Thanksgiving Plan (finally...kinda) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550317 I'm on my way home now so I figure I should atleast come up with a skeleton plan and build from there. But going home always makes me nervous. My parents are great and have been very supportive but that makes me too comfortable. And by too comfortable I mean I fall into old habits and attitudes about food. In addition to that we're going to my aunts house for actual thanksgiving. She cooks for atleast 50 even if there are only 10 of us. I actually don't eat most of the bad food. Honestly I'm ... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 23:10:03 EST OBAB Day 24: Froyo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549531 My roommate and I have started this little thing where we go to yogurtland once a week. I've been trying to cut back but our time together is limited since I'm getting married and she's moving back to New York. I don't feel guilty or anything but it's always so hard to control portions! Plus they give you like 50 sample cups so of course you have to use them ALL&#128523;. I had peanut butter and pistachio flavors with pineapple, kiwi, and a few chocolate covered espresso beans. And now that I... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:28:14 EST OBAB Day 23: Race to the lake 10K! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548523 So today I ran my second 10k ever! It was really good. Even when I'm not feeling like in making any progress in weight loss or running or whatever, I'm always glad after I finish these races. My half marathon goal is to finish in under 2:30 so my goal today was to finish in under 1:12. And I did! The race clock said just that and my run tracker actually said I ran it faster so I'm not sure. I think they'll post the results online but there's always that delay after the official start where th... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 16:33:45 EST OBAB Day 22: Running a 10k Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548103 It hasn't been at the forefront of my mind but ok doing a 10k tomorrow. It's my second one since the first one in March. I really like the 10K distance but there don't seem to be many of them. There are always a lot of 5ks to choose from but 10ks and other medium distances are not as easy to come by. I guess after my half I got a little rAce crazy lol. <BR> <BR> This will probably be the last one until the rock n roll half in February unless I do a 5k in January. I'm excited but also nervou... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 23:46:42 EST OBAB Day 21: Only 21 Days Left! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547278 So I'm getting married 3 weeks from tomorrow! I'm so excited to be marrying the most amazing person I've ever met but I'm also freaking out. Yesterday I ordered a dress off of Ebay...It's a dress I tried on at David's Bridal and it was the size I need at only half the price. Now I'm just nervous because it hasn't been sent yet. <BR> <BR> I have been really lax about all of this and I was nervous about when I would really start freaking out. Turns out 3 weeks away is what give me a panic atta... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:38:15 EST OBAB Day 20: Conquered hibachi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546541 I really need to start Doing these things earlier in the day... <BR> <BR> Tonight I went to a Japanese restaurant with a friend since she wanted hibachi. I'm always a little worried when I go to Asian restaurants because it always seems healthy but it's really not. Also, hibachi is cooked right in front of you so you can see how much stuff they add to the food. It's a little expensive for my taste but in reality it's a huge portion for $20. I got the chicken. My first smart choice was saying... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:35:18 EST OBAB Day 19: soooo sleepy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545702 I had a good weekend but I got in at 5 this morning. I slept a little on the bus but I had to keep moving so I wouldn't go to bed lol. I got home and cleaned my room which was a mess. Threw a load of laundry in. And then went for my run like normal. It wasn't great but better than I expected considering the lack of sleep. I had left over chilli but something happened and it didn't taste right so I had to throw it out. I atleast had time to steam my cauliflower (not my preferred method) this m... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 23:33:45 EST OBAB Day 18: The Need to Plan Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544840 This has been the longest week ever. In all, I think I've done ok. I enjoyed the time I spent with both my fiancé and my parents but I'm exhausted. My sleep schedule has been completely thrown off. It's almost midnight and I'm on a bus back home. As soon as I get in at 5 I'm just going to do my run and then go to work. Needless to say, I will be so ready for my bed! I left chili and a banana for my smoothie so I'm prepared for tomorrow. But I still need to cook for the rest of the week. <BR>... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:51:40 EST OBAB Day 17: Engagement pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543883 So even though we're like 25 days from the wedding we decided to take some photos anyway. I have a good friend who is a budding photographer so we went to the local parka and she created magic. Pure magic. I'm so happy with these. I also went to David's bridal with my mom today and may go back to purchase tomorrow. I'm so happy and I think it's finally starting to hit me that we're really doing this. I know that should've been triggered by the engagement ring but hey, that's how my brain work... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:00:07 EST OBAB Day 16: the "lighter choice" option http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543016 So I've spent the day with my fiancé and we did serious, adult things. Well really just one. We went to our new apartment so I could see it in person. It's a lovely, simple first apartment for us. We don't currently live together and this is his first apartment so it's a big deal for us. We just sat on the steps for like 2 hours just imagining our life in 27 days. After that we went to exchange a wallet he got me last month and then went to lunch/dinner. Pretty much a mundane but perfect day.... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 21:50:47 EST OBAB Day 15! Plans for the Weekend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542107 I really can't believe it's already the 15th! 28 days is what I have left now. Days. Not months. 4 weeks. This whole marriage thing is getting real! The fiance is going to pick up the keys for our first apartment as I write this. We're discussing joint accounts and I'm trying to make a list of all the name changing stuff I have to do. We probably also need to get the marriage license soon just in case there are any problems. PLUS I still don't have a dress <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I'm try... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 17:07:26 EST OBAB Day 14: freaking out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541538 This is my last night of house sitting and I am exhausted lol. For some reason when I'm at other peoples houses I like to use their kitchen gadgets which is why I've been creating so many different things. I'm getting married and I don't even own a toaster lol. What kind of adult am I?!its a little weird but I'm most excited about having a fully equipped kitchen when I get married. <BR> <BR> I'm freaking out because is 29 days I'll be on the beach in cancun and I don't feel closer to my goa... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:08:01 EST OBAB Day 13: egg muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540639 I wanted to write about something different but now I'm too sleepy lol. I've been inspired this week to try different (not new) things for breakfast. I love my smoothies but they're not as fast as literally grabbing and going. Through today I've had breakfast burritos but today was my last tortilla. I'm trying not to overspend on groceries this month so I'm stretching every thing. Tonight I decided to make egg muffins with veggies and cheese. They're way less calories than I thought so I migh... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:51:57 EST OBAB Day 12: Best. Sandwich. Ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539560 So I've been trying to wait until after 7 to have dinner. The whole dark at 5 thing is not giving a what I need. Today my only objective was to incorporate avocado. The avocados so bought on Friday are starting to ripen and they're soo good. <BR> <BR> So I made this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1134028975.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l16197731.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's just bread, hummus, fiesta blend cheese and mozzarella, too much ... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:14:49 EST OBAB Day 11: Slow Down November! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538742 I'm going to try to do this quickly. I need to start doing these blogs earlier in the day. I'm so sleepy lol. I can't believe how fast this month is going! Friday will be the 15th! After that it's all down hill. Especially when I mark my life by weekends (the only time I get to see my future hubby). This weekend I'm going to my fiancé's Friday and Saturday and then my parents' on Sunday and Monday. They're 5 hours away so I'm taking the megabus there on Saturday night and then I'll be there t... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 23:06:52 EST OBAB Day 10: evening snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537808 So today I realized that I'm not seeing the results I want. The reason for that is because I've been snacking too much and it's not being tracked. I do well all day and the come home and sabotage myself. Yesterday I did well all day and then got home and had a sensible dinner. And then I had trail mix, wheat thins, and peanut butter. Today I did really well and even chose the under 500 calorie menu. I had half and then went to the gym to do legs. Afterwards I can home and made chili for the w... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 23:48:51 EST OBAB Day 9: more dress shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536892 So last night went really well. My boss was pleased and the students were really pumped when they left. Good wise I came home feeling stuffed but I think I still did ok. I didn't have any pita and had a little rice. Mostly it was hummus and rice lol. By the time I got to the food there was no more falafel and only a little meat. I just got stuffed because after my presentation I ate grapes and veggies to quickly lol. <BR> <BR> Since I'm house/dog sitting this week I don't get to see my fian... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 21:55:32 EST OBAB Day 8: Plan of attack for the evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535891 So this afternoon/evening I have a major work event. Like all eyes on me. I'm not nervous about it since I do it every semester but when you work on a college campus there's food for everything. We start at about 3 and go til about 9 or shortly after. That means snacks and dinner for the students (and me). <BR> <BR> This year I tried to put my foot down and suggested healthy snacks. I just think that we overfeed them and then overfeed ourselves. Today we have 2 kinds of trail mix, grapes, an... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 14:39:56 EST OBAB Day 7: addicted to the scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535356 It's not what you think. Yes I weight myself everyday but I wouldn't say I'm addicted. At this point in my journey I think it helps to keep myself accountable and conscious of my day to day fluctuations. <BR> <BR> The scale I'm addicted to is my food scale. I can't live without it. I pretty much stopped using measuring cups and spoons about a year ago and my scale has been the life saver. I'm house sitting starting today and I packed in a hurry so I forgot my scale :( I had to fix dinner, p... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 23:40:37 EST OBAB Day 6: stupid Login Streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534374 I feel like my past few logs have been kind of negative but I'm really not that negative. I'm officially sick-congested, coughs, sneezy, the whole shebang. I'm trying to speed up the recovery because. I have to give a 4 hour presentation on Friday. <BR> <BR> What I'm really mad at today is the stupid log in streak. I hate that there's a button to get points. I tracked my food, blogged, read articles, etc and forgot to click this Stupid button yesterday so my streak is broken. The login/cons... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 22:48:40 EST OBAB Day 5: I hate daylight savings time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533418 I don't really hate it but this whole "falling back" an hour is really doing nothing for me. I hate long nights. I left work at 5:30 today and it was already pitch black. So now I have to ride my bike in the dark. It's like every year this happens and it's always completely surprising to me lol. <BR> <BR> I'm still not feeling well and this isn't coming at the right time. I have so much to do for work this week and my voice is cracking. I still went for my run this morning and I'm hiring th... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 23:17:12 EST OBAB Day 4: when life gives you bananas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532476 So for some reason I've been really into banana lately. Weird but I stopped eating them for a while and now I'm using them in smoothies and everything else. Today there was still Halloween candy and then someone brought in those little waffle cookies from the Netherlands. I didn't touch any of it. I considered just one piece of chocolate or a half if ine if those waffle things and then I remembered what I was working for. <BR> <BR> Back to bananas. I wanted banana bread but I made muffins i... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 23:34:35 EST OBAB: French toast wasted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531468 So today this happened: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1357113764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I think this is my new obsession. French toast with peanut butter in the middle and topped with a mixture of yogurt, chocolate protein powder, and a little almond milk. I had it for dinner and it was sooo good. I'll probably have more tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Win of the day was my 6 mile run this morning. I did it in 11:40/mi which was what the plan said I should be doing (11:20-11:40). I... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 00:29:04 EST OBAB Day 2: parentals are here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530536 So I've now coined my little 6 week challenge "OBAB" (Operation Build A Bride). It's really cheesy but it makes me feel like it's more official lol. My parents came in late last night and are leaving tomorrow so today was all about catering to them. This morning I started off great with a 4 miles run and French toast with whole wheat bread and like 1/8 cup light syrup. After that we went down town and walked around a bit. <BR> <BR> Then we had lunch at Panera. I had half a turkey avocado sa... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 00:20:45 EST October recap and November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529677 So the simple goals I set for myself at the beginning of the month turned out to be what I needed to jump start my progress. I've been in a bit of a funk and making goals made me more accountable. I logged in every single day and complete the fit food challenge for 30/30 days. My goal was to finish my half marathons in under 3 hours and I finished in 2:45. I've already decided to run the next one in February and am training now. I also did the Susan G Komen 5k last weekend. So that's 2 races ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 23:27:02 EST October recap and November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529676 So the simple goals I set for myself at the beginning of the month turned out to be what I needed to jump start my progress. I've been in a bit of a funk and making goals made me more accountable. I logged in every single day and complete the fit food challenge for 30/30 days. My goal was to finish my half marathons in under 3 hours and I finished in 2:45. I've already decided to run the next one in February and am training now. I also did the Susan G Komen 5k last weekend. So that's 2 races ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 23:25:52 EST Susan G Komen Race for the Cure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525653 So on Saturday I did the race for the cure 5k. This was actually really special to me because this was the first 5k I ever did last year. It's so unbelievable how far I've come in a year. I had just started running/walking/shuffling that previous summer and thought I was ready. I ran the whole thing and finished in probably 45 minutes (if not an hour). I was so tired after that race and felt really accomplished. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l830100285.jpg"> <B... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:34:20 EST First Half Marathon: jazz New Orleans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513725 Quick recap of my half: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1053304882.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was great! It was so hard and it definitely tested me in so many ways but I'm already crazy enough to start training for the next one! October in New Orleans is generally pretty mild and this Saturday it was in the 70s. I was hoping for a bit cooler but training in July and August made the humid 70s feel like a piece of cake lol. <BR> <BR> <BR> My primary goal was just to finish.... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:05:14 EST AMAZING News & October Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502568 I can't believe I let August AND September pass by without nary a blog. I fell completely off track and have gained about 5 lbs. not much but enough for me to kick myself back in gear! <BR> <BR> AWESOME NEWS: <BR> I'm getting married! I got engaged on August 3rd. I can't believe that was 2 months ago. I would love to say that I got overwhelmed by all the wedding stuff and that's why I got off track but I have to excuses. We originally thought of doing a cruise ship wedding but are now doing ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:20:44 EST Feeling...Off Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430628 I'm feeling out of line today. Well really for the last week or two I just haven't felt like myself. I just feel like everything in my life is out of whack. I mean nutrition and fitness wise things are ok so I guess this isn't the venue for my life rant lol. This morning I did 5k in under 40 minutes which I haven't done in a while so that felt good. I had half a cup of chocolate milk as my "recovery" drink. <BR> <BR> Everything else in my life is just not...good. I don't know what it is. I j... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:00:42 EST New Shoes: Mileage Memory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429518 This is more of a quick note to myself but I know I'm going to forget how many miles I have on my new shoes and I don't want to reset my mileage tracker on here. <BR> <BR> As of Saturday, 7/20 I had run a total of 401.71 miles for 2013 (on my old shoes) <BR> <BR> As of Sunday 7/21 I have 6.01 miles. <BR> <BR> It should be pretty easy since I can round the starting number to 400 and just do the math from there. Now hopefully I'll remember this is another few hundred miles lol... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:52:52 EST HM Training Week 4(?): NEW SHOES!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429513 This weekend I FINALLY got new running shoes. I went to 2 different running stores. I specifically wanted to go to a running store and not a big box store because I have no idea how to buy shoes. I'd done alot of reading on types of shoes and has already figured out that a stability shoe would be better but I wanted to get properly fit,etc. The experience was actually not as bad as I thought it would be. I didn't think it would be horrible but I had this weird fear that they would be rude and... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:48:38 EST HM Training week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413733 This week was kind of the same as last week mile wise. I think I only ran one mile more and that was on Thursday. Today's long run was only 5 miles. I'm feeling kind if discouraged because I'm getting slower. Like it doesn't matter whether I'm doing a 3 mile "slow" or 5 mile "race pace" I can't get under a 13 minute mile. And usually I end with a 14 minute pace. I'm not even thinking about quitting but I was running a lot faster last year when I was just starting. I can't seem to push more. ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:11:29 EST