Wednesday, September 30, 2009

20 lbs down!!!

As most of you know, last March I put my foot down and decided I needed to do something about my weight gain from the past 3 years. I decided to stop talking about it and really do something about it. I had to throw out all the excuses and the "I'll do better tomorrow" phrase.

It was all worth it though. I have now lost a total of 20lbs from since I started counting. I did it in six months and I'm happy with that. It wasn't easy by any means, but I am glad that I have had Jon's support. I couldn't have done it without him.

If you're trying to lose weight and just feel like you're too busy or have no time to really commit to that- I think that's a bunch of bologna. I've heard tons of people say they work full time or have kids and just can't make time. You can always make time. Even if it's just 15 minutes- do something! You'll be so much happier that you did. Foot surgery is what really stopped me in my tracks 3 years ago and ended a lot of my running. My doctor told me I might never be able to run the mileage like I was ever again. Little by little though, I have overcome that and I have proved to myself that if you put your mind to it and have a support group- you can do anything.

I have to put a shout out to those who really inspired me. First, my oldest sister, Shannon (15 years older than me). She worked her fanny off and went from never ever exercising to going at it for 1-2 hours a day and she looks fantastic. She would call me and tell me how she was throwing away all of her "fat clothes" and had to buy new clothes- I won't lie.. but I was jealous at the time haha.. I wanted to buy new clothes!! She ran a 5k w/ me this last May and she beat me!! I think that in itself says a TON!!

Second, my mother-in-law, Anne. I always thought she looked great- but this last year she lost 20+lbs by changing small things and adding in cardio and weights and sticking to a tough regimen. I hope that I look like her when I'm her age! My father-in-law, Clyde looks fantastic too! I'm really proud of all their hard work and they really inspired me to get back at it.

I'm still not done though- I have 9lbs left to go. I am hoping I can do it by Christmas! Heh, and for your amusement- I took a picture of my progress on Wii Fit for the last year. I would get on it whenever I lost more weight on our home scale. Don't mind the "goal of 117.5". That's not my final goal- but it's my next goal that I'm aiming for :-) Also, for those of you who know- when you do the "body test" and it looks at your BMI and your weight and then it tells you "that's overweight" or "that's normal". Well, I'm happy to say that it no longer tells me that I'm overweight! My Mii does a dance and gives me the thumbs up :-) Awesome.

PS: I'll try to find some before and after pictures good enough to post.. hehe. I never thought of taking a before picture... I'm sure I can find something though!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

9/22 run

Last night I ran the "Oak Cliff Run". Well, at least that's what I call it. If you've ever been up to the "Y" you'll know this hill. It's long and awful. I was just so excited because I ran the ENTIRE hill without stopping to walk. It has been a very long time since I've been able to do that! You see all these people pass you in their cars and you watch and hear their cars struggling to get up the hill as you're running up it. It makes you feel strong :-)

My shoulder started to hurt a little bit towards the end. It was a little odd, but I got through it. There was one part of the run after a down hill and I felt like I was flying and doing great. I was coming up to a fence doing my thing and this guy steps out from behind it onto the sidewalk- I nearly collided with him! How awkward! At least this means that he didn't hear me coming and I wasn't pounding my feet on the ground or anything :-)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Racing Cane 6k

Today I tackled the 6k (3.7mi)! I was really nervous coming up to this race because it has been a while since I have done a shorter race. I have mostly been doing 10ks and then the half marathon. It's a whole different mindset when you're running less then 6 miles for a race. At least for me, I can't just stay at a comfortable smooth pace for a few miles and then kick it up. For me, smaller races mean- all or nothing. I know... that's probably really dramatic- but it's true!

To start the morning- it was so cold! Thankfully, the race started at 8am so by the time it started the sun was up and it was getting warmer. We started at Mountain View High School in Orem, UT. I felt pretty good during the first mile and then when I hit mile 2- I kicked up the pace. I started picking people to pass and once I passed them up- I picked more people. I haven't had a race like this in a while! It was hard but really relaxed... if you can call it that?

I finished strong and ended up having under a 9min pace! That's BIG for me! Six months ago I was at 10+ min pace/mile. I was really happy with that. The only thing that I was really bummed about was my place in my age division. I went over to the fence where they were posting final times and there it was. 4th. You may be thinking "That's great!" While that is pretty cool- I was only a few seconds from taking 3rd and getting a medal. If I was like 5th or 6th- there wouldn't be any "bitter" feelings. But 4th? Really?? I was so frustrated! I know, I really shouldn't focus on that... but it's hard not to. Especially since I really gave it my all. There was nothing else I could've done to go any faster.

I'm bummed that I won't be able to run this race next year. Next year I'll be in the 25-29 age division and the chances of me getting a medal in that age group is high. Humph. Hopefully when we move to Houston this summer I'll be able to find more races there. There aren't the same amount of races there like there are in Utah. Utah is very unique in that respect. Oh well, maybe next time :-)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Little of this... little of that

So, for the past few days I have been looking at this blog and trying to figure out how to spice it up. As I was reading it.. I realized that I had failed to mention a ton. Like how I signed up and was doing the Spanish Fork half marathon!!! I just kind've sprung that one after I finished. Oops. Let's face it... you can't really spice up a blog when you haven't informed anyone of anything! Sorry about that- I'll work on it though.

Life just get's busy. It's especially busy this year. Jon is finishing up his last year of his masters and I am working full time and trying to reach my running and weight loss goals. Other than life being hard sometimes- life has been good to us and I can't complain.

Well, for things coming up: Tomorrow I am running the Racing Cane 6k. It's a charity run for children in the Dominican Republic. They have weird race distances (6k, 3k and 1k for kids) because this race benefits the children there who travel an average of 3k each way to school - many without decent shoes on their feet. I'm excited for it because we'll get to donate some shoes, but I'm also very hopeful that I'll be able to go all out on this one. Although, my boss had a mandatory business meeting today and provided pizza... this was my lunch break and I normally go home for lunch- so I didn't have any other choice but to eat the pizza (it was delicious... but I hope I ate it early enough so that I won't feel it on the run tomorrow!)

Other races I'm doing: I am for sure doing the Snow Canyon Half Marathon in St. George in November. It'll be a fun getaway too! The other half marathon I want to do is in October (Provo Halloween Half). I'm still weighing the pros and cons of that one and once I decide if I'm going to do it or not- I'll post it. :-)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

9/15 run

This run was slow going at first and I had to make a pit stop along the way. After that- I felt pretty good.

Saturday 9/12 Run and lastnight's exercise.

This was my run from Saturday. I started from home and headed to a point on the Provo River Trail. I was able to use my fuel belt for the first time! I really liked having it. It has two small water bottles and then a pouch to keep stuff in. It's a glorified fanny-pack!

Anyways, I had my cell phone on me and I was able to call Jon if I needed. I ended my run a little short because on the way to the trail I was chased by a few dogs on 500 N :-( so he was nice enough to pick me up so I didn't have to be chased by those dogs again. Next time I do the trail, I will probably start directly on the trail somewhere else so I don't have to run down 500 N again. My only other complaint was that there were TONS of gnats all along the trail. Okay, I know I was right by a river... but still! I had bug guts all over my shirt when I was done... gross. I'm foreseeing a hat and sunglasses next time :-)

Then, last night, we went to the BYU indoor track so I could do mile repeats. It was raining all day yesterday so the outdoor track wasn't an option. It was really hot and muggy inside, but it was still a good workout. I felt like I was in high school on XC again- hehe. Charlene, I thought of you and all those awful mile repeats "scar face" would make us do on the 2nd mile of the course... ugh... haha... only last night wasn't as bad :-) Then I finished off at the gym for 30-35 mins on the elliptical.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dear Santa,

Maybe this will sound selfish or just lame... but I really really really want this:
It's a Garmin Forerunner 405. This thing is.. or should be on every runner's wish list. It keeps track of your distance, pace and time. It also keeps track of elevation and you can link it to your computer to keep track of your workouts. You can set your desired pace on the watch and it'll beep at you if you go too slow. Some women wish for sewing machines or kitchen aids but this year, I really would like this. The problem? It's really expensive!! Time to start saving up I guess. Humph.

Unless of course Santa puts it under the Christmas tree this year :-) wouldn't that be nice!! Anyone want to donate to the fund? jk. Unless you really want to.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

13.1 Miles down!!

I posted about the half marathon on our normal blog, so instead of repeating myself, just click here.

I figure it's okay to post race stuff on our normal blog anyways :-)