Friday, May 20, 2011
I ran FOUR miles yesterday.... ready for it?
With NO pain. None. Zip.
Sorry, I just had to share!! It felt liberating and like I was back. I know I can't get ahead of myself, but it still felt great!
I'm pretty sure some of you follow Tricia over at Endurance Isn't Always Physical she put out a post not too long ago talking about getting back on track (the 21 days post). I will admit, I have been slacking in the eating department and I just wasn't feeling the greatest. I felt sluggish and grody. So, she inspired me to get back up to snuff and take control again. I whipped out my little calorie counter/food journal and it feels so good to feel accountable again.
"Biggest Loser" update with my family: We now have a total of 11 people involved!! How exciting! Everyone is doing fantastic! It has been great in other ways though- we have all been communicating more. I am the only one who lives far away. So, for me, it has been a great way to communicate with all of them. It's nice to hear tips from everyone and see what's working (or what's not working) for them- even if it's something we may already know. Keep up the great work everyone!! Our top "loser" so far has lost a little over 5% of their body weight! Incredible!
One last thing- I am turning 26 on Monday!! I always had it in my head that I would run 26 miles for my 26th birthday. However, due to my awesome injury and stuff- it just isn't going to happen. So, I challenged my family to help me get in 26miles. I said that I would do at least 4 of those miles and then I asked if they'd be willing to at least do 2 miles in some way- whether it's walking, crawling, skipping, running... whatever. Best birthday gift ever :-)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
He had me do some squats and lunges, he stretched me out and did other stuff. He said I'm on the road to recovery and it is in fact my ITband (which other doc said "no, it can't be that"). I just felt validated! Anyways, he told me the basics (stuff I know... but just needed to hear it) strengthen core, back and hamstrings. I'm just a little weak-sauce :) Thank goodness Jon didn't think to take a picture of me doing a one-legged squat- we both busted up laughing because I looked so ridiculous because of how weak I am. Anyways, I got the GREEN LIGHT that I can sign up for CYFit (usafit) and that my training plan that I've lined up for myself is right on the money :-)
So I signed up for CyFit and this last Saturday was our first day meeting with CyFit. The Doc said that I could do a half marathon this fall NO problem. So, for now, I am in the half marathon group and then in a few months I will swap over to the marathon group so I can get my mileage up for a winter marathon :) Boom!!
I R AWESOME!
I have now signed up for the Huntsville Half in October and if all goes well a marathon in January!
One last thing.. all this talk about Yogurtland in the blog-o-sphere had me craving it! I miss living close to one. Sadly, the closest one is like an hour away. It's worth it... but not that worth it :( However, Jon and I found a place called Yogurt Cup (sadly, they don't have a website) just like it on the way to the doc office!! It was a-mazing... Now if I could only get the pizza factory out here and have an awesome salad bar... then I'd be set!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
It was amazing!
1 mile in 8:44
There wasn't pain during the run, however, afterwards I went on a walk with a friend and my knee was in pain. Not horribly awful... but enough that I was glad that I only did 1 mile. It's frustrating that that's where I am right now. I know that if I wasn't in pain I could go so much further... that has to count for something, right?
Then I came home and had my favorite bucket-o-salad :-) Spinach, bell peppers, onion, cucumber, tomato, mushroom and turkey.
Today I got an amazing phone call from my dad informing me that my family was starting a "biggest-loser" weight loss challenge! I couldn't contain my excitement! Haha.... So the husband and I got on skype tonight and watched the "weigh-in". My family lives in NH and we are in TX and I am SO thankful for skype! Anyways, we also weighed in here too. It is going to be for 12 weeks! I'm so glad that my family is on board to do this. It really makes my heart happy.
One last thing I guess... I am looking into becoming a personal trainer. I'm just a little nervous about it. I'm nervous about shelling out the bucks to do it and then not get a job doing it. Any advice?? I just think that it would be so rewarding to help others reach their goals. It's right up my ally too! Like I'm seriously busting at the seams with excitement to help motivate my family to get healthy! I am currently looking at doing AFAA for my certification. There is a training certification like 2 miles miles down the street at the YMCA the weekend of May 6th. I'm just not sure what to do. Humph! I just keep going back in forth with myself about it.
Monday, April 18, 2011
(yes... that is my abs ball... I store it in my bathtub.. haha... and for whatever reason... my running shoes have found a home there too...)
I know I haven't been updating you with anything going on around here. The husband has been traveling a ton for work. Life has just been crazy busy. I have been meeting with a doctor about some things (non injury related) and last Monday I went into the doc's office expecting to just have blood work and I ended up having lots of blood work, an ultrasound and instructions for surgery on Friday. So, like I said.. craziness. Everything is just fine here- no worries. I didn't have any incisions or anything- so nothing to REALLY recover from. I'm just left feeling bloated and a little belly pain. Sorry, no pictures of me waking up from surgery. Those would've been bad.
Also- Just wanted to say... CONGRATS to all the Boston runners today!! I won't lie.... I
Then I woke up and the nurse commented that they were surprised at how little medicine they needed to put me out. Then again.. they also commented on how they don't get many patients who can wrap the whole gown around themselves either... haha... sad.
Okay, last thing. My running hero is: Kara Goucher. Seriously, the woman is amazing. She ran Boston today... like 7 months after giving birth to a baby boy. Can you believe that???? She is a rockstar in my book. She has also come back strong after tons of adversities and injuries. Her story gives me hope. I totally want her book! Eh, hem... my birthday is next month... :-)
Monday, March 28, 2011
Here is the plan:
-I will go out slowly and be OK with that.
-I will go for 1 mile and at that point I will assess how I am feeling and go from there. I would love to do 3... but realistically, I know that I might not be able to and I am going to be OK with that
-No matter what- I will enjoy it and I will be happy about it.
-If I need more recovery time I will just go with it.
Anyways... wish me luck! I feel like I should make a paper chain count down and put gold stars all over it or something!
This weekend was a great one. I got so excited and involved that there are no pictures to document it. I did however "bake" a few things. I tried out a new no-bake cookie recipe found here. BTW- side note... that blog is a friend of mine back in UT who is pretty much amazing and you should all go to her blog and tell her how awesome she is. :) Back to the cookies... they were so yummy! Check out my friend's blog for pictures... like I said.. no pictures. Sad face.
The other thing I made and I DO have pictures of... are the famous protein bars by Jess (who is also fantastic).
Recipe found here. I did change two things... first- I only had chocolate protein powder and no vanilla.. 2nd thing: I didn't have any honey- only Agave. So I substituted that and they come out fantastic. Chocolatey-peanut buttery-goodness! So.Delicious.
Today's planned workout:
-An hour on the elliptical
-upper body weights
-and of course... a date with the foam roller.
I may sit on the bike for a while and read. I am reading "I Am Number Four" by Pittacus Lore. It is addicting! I am pacing myself through the book though so I don't finish it too fast. It is KILLING me! Haha...
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
So, during my pity party earlier I started to realize how far I have really come in the past few years. It is quite amazing to be honest.
March 2009 was a HUGE turning point for me. I was the heaviest I had EVER been. No really. It was awful. I couldn't take it anymore and I decided that I really was going to DO something about it instead of just TALK about it. My motto became "There is no can't - just will or won't".
I just wanted to share some before and after photos. I started at just under 150lbs. For me being only 4'11"... that was a big deal. I had a ton of self confidence issues and I wasn't happy. It was a really hard time in my life- but I couldn't have done it with out my hubby. Oh... and don't mind his funny looking cast in the pic below... he was going through therapy after cutting a couple tendons in his hand... ouch!
|me and the hubby at his bday party (80's themed) March 2009|
|December 2008- 2 yr wedding anniversary|
|First night in our new home August 2010 with our awesome sparking cider :-)|
|Harry Potter world - Feb 2011|
|Hollywood studios - feb 2011|
|Epcot - feb 2011|
I am taking more time off of running. However, this time... it'll be legit. I am not running until the middle of April. At that time, I will test out the ITB situation and see how I am doing. Here is the thing though, I have to get it through my head that I am going to have to start out like I am a beginner. I am doing everything I can (weights, elliptical and bike) to keep up the cardio, however, that doesn't mean that I can automatically go out and start at 30 mile weeks initially. I am going to have to see my first long run being like 4miles. Just that thought alone is dreadful. I am just facing the hard truth.
I can't sign up for any races. I keep getting e-mails informing me of races and I get all excited... until I remember that I'm injured. Humph.
The weather here has been gorgeous and I am sorely tempted to go outside and run. This injury has been going on far too long. All it needs is time and a lot of foam rolling. I have been really diligent on doing that.
Question: when you foam roll your ITB... are you sore the next day?? Because I always am! It's always up and down the side of my upper legs. Woah nelly!
Welp, that's all for now. Here is to another month of wishing I could be pounding the pavement and wishing I could be running a half marathon that's like literally down the street from me on the Saturday before Easter!! Some day :-)
Monday, March 7, 2011
|BAM! Check out that bling!!|
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I am currently typing this while in line for toy story mania @ disney hollywood studios!!! The princess half is in a few days and I am so excited!!! I am glad that I am doing this for fun and throwing all time goals out the window. This is the first time I have done that and it feels great!
Ps... Still in line... But so worth it! My sis and bro inlaw ger in in four hours!!! Also.. Sorry if pic is sideways. I am in line- cut me some slack! :D
Friday, February 18, 2011
Can we say- nervous?
I normally wouldn't be... but let's recap the last 3 months or so... took 2 months of that off from legit running.. kept to spinning, elliptical and weights. Had an awesome running week last week.
This week: FAIL
Heh... I have just felt really crappy this week. Monday was just awful and since then it has gotten a little better- but not by much. I will save you from the details. Because my syptoms point to other things and I just don't want to plant any ideas in your head. :) Anyays... running? Not so much. I tried on Tuesday but I only lasted 5 minutes before I was booking it to the restroom. Seriously?? This is what I get after working my butt off to recovery from my injury?? Haha... I just can't help from just laughing at it now. Just my luck!
Anyways, I am trying to overlook the fact that my mileage is just pathetic and that I probably shouldn't be running the half. I am running this for fun. My sister, Shannon is running it with me. This is her first half ever! I just hope that I don't ruin the experience for her!
I'm going to try and run again today and see what happens. Crossing my fingers!
Just had to keep yal updated- didn't want you to think I fell off the face of the earth or anything.
Monday, February 14, 2011
As some of you know, the husband has been traveling a ton for work. So this morning he got up very early and got ready to head to the airport. He is gone each week from Mon-Thurs. So, it could be worse.
Anyways, we had a fun weekend. We were able to cook a nice dinner together on Sat night. He gets so sick of eating out while he travels, so this was really special to do for him. We made lasagna rolls. Here is the link for the recipe: lasagna rolls
I just wanted to say how thankful I am for Jon. He works so hard and I am very proud of him. He is my number one fan and supports all my crazy running... And food habits... Haha! He was so sweet to leave me this note on the table this morning. Love.
So this is our 5th v-day together. So awesome. However, today I will spend it going to work, weights, running and snuggling with this furry monster... Aka: Sookie :) we will prob watch an obligatory chick flick and eat ice cream :)
Any recommendations for a movie?
How are you spending v-day?
If your loved one is traveling today, how did yoy make them feel special?
Planned workout: weights and a hopeful 6-7 miles on the mill.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Anyways, because it was cold I kept everything inside. On Monday I decided that I would hit up the treadmill and see what I could do. Last time I did this- I only made it like 3 miles before pain set in. So, I had a small goal in mind that I was loosely holding on to. I said I wanted to see if I could pull 5 miles without pain. I put in the tunes and I started at a conservative pace and started. I had my awesome "Shut up and run" bondi band on (SUAR). I just kept repeating that over and over to myself. I had the TM on 1% incline. I was so nervous. How ridiculous does that sound??
I knew I had put in the work to stay up with my cardio- but my fear of pain was just freaking me out. I decided to just get lost in my tunes. Before I knew it- I was at 4 miles. Really??? No pain?? I must've looked so ridiculous with my goofy smile and sweat pouring everywhere (it was warm in the gym!). I knew 5 miles would be no prob. Then I got to 5... felt amazing... so I decided to do one more... and before I knew it- I had run 7 miles. I called it good at that. Didn't want to get too carried away.
I was beside myself!! I was so excited! Heh, I wanted to go run up to a perfect stranger and give them a high 5- a hug would be sweaty nasty... decided that I would spare someone of that disaster. I wanted to take a picture to post... but alas... I forgot my phone in the car and when I got home- I had forgotten... Oops. Sorry.
Tuesday I did my normal weights and elliptical. I wanted to give my legs a chance to rest. Then Wednesday: weights and treadmill. Guess how many miles?? 8. Pain? Zero.
Knee pain: 0 Me: bajillion :-)
Then yesterday it was so nice outside. So, I decided to hit the road. Again, I had a loose goal. I made it to 6 miles and then started to feel tightness. Then it hit me. I think I have a plausible contributing factor of what has been causing my pain (besides over-training). The route I had been doing a lot before I got injured has a zillion left turns.... and I did the same route nearly every day. Apparently, I don't believe in turning right :-) Anyways, what knee has been in pain? My left knee. I never thought about it before. So, lesson learned: switch it up! I know I have done that route backwards before- it just felt weird. I felt lost haha... I have issues I guess. Anyways, I decided to call it quits at 6. My body felt like it could keep going- but I don't want to get ahead of myself.
So, what do you think? Do you think that turning the same way over and over could cause an injury? What way do you turn the most when you are hitting the roads?
Overall week: Fan-freaking-tastic!! Princess Half is coming up... Check out that tiara!!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I am in the 5th week of my Life the Life program. I didn't do this to lose weight- just to get stronger. So far I have lost 6lbs. I am really impressed. I can feel myself getting stronger and I can start to see it too. It is very exciting. I was so caught up in marathon training for so long that I completely set aside resistance training. I am so glad to be back at it.
Yesterday's work out consisted of 3x15's for each: bench press, flies, lat pulldown (with resistance band), bent over row, bicep curl, incline curl, tricep dips, skull crushers, split abs and lying supermans. Two words: HOLY CRAP!! I was dying!! For my warm up I ran outside for a mile (just testing the waters with the knee) and then after weights I cycled for 30 mins and did 9 miles.
Today: same 3x15's... wall sits (3x60 sec), walking lunges, step ups, hamstring curls (with stability ball) and one legged bridge (okay.. seriously- I cannot do these! I have no coordination. I was laughing the whole time). Again, 10 min warm up on elliptical and then I went to the gym and RAN on the treadmill for 3 miles! There was some pain- but I stopped before it got to be a problem.
So first run? I'd say mostly a success :-) Woot!! Just wishing there was no pain.
So, I will leave you with this. I am like all you other ladies out there. I am my own worst enemy sometimes when it comes to self-worth. I am working on it every day. Janae posted this cute poem on her blog (she is awesome-sauce go check her out here) that I also wanted to share on my blog. It was a nice pick me up today.
For attractive lips,
Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes,
Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure,
Share your food with the hungry.
For beatiful hair,
Let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
Walk with the knowledge that you'll never walk alone.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes
Because that is the doorway to her heart, the place were love resides.
What was the hardest workout you've ever done?
-i'd have to say that for me that speed work always always kicks my butt! However, with the lack of running... I would have to say that yesterday's work out really REALLY kicked my butt!! It was the hardest workout I've had in a long time.
What do you do when you are feeling down in the dumps?
-I always make sure to talk with the husband about it. He is my biggest fan and my complete other half. Prayer and exercise. They all go hand-in-hand together for me.
Monday, January 31, 2011
Tomorrow is February 1st. You know what that means?? I will be doing an official run tomorrow to see how the knee is. I know... Disney Princess Half is a blink away- but I feel like I will be okay. I am not looking for a PR- just a fun experience :)
Here is to hoping that tomorrow is successful!! I took an entire month off of running! That knee better give me a green light :-)
PS: giveaway over at bessbefit Love it!!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Anyways, I decided that I wasn't going to give up and that I was going to take a different approach too my exercise regimen. As I mentioned in my last post about the 12 week program called "Live The Life" I am in my 3rd week! This "program" isn't meant to be a diet. It's meant to be a lifestyle change. I don't eat weird food or anything like that. It's meant to simplify life. It was also like paying for a trainer with a nutrition plan. Except, a whole lot cheaper!
Each week I have different meals and workouts. I get to eat 6x a day! For me- this is absolutely PERFECT! I love love love to snack- just ask Jon. This "program" helps me to not snack at all because I always feel satisfied. My goals going into this was to become a stronger runner. This means a lot of resistance training. I haven't done this much resistance training since high school! I don't have much weight to lose, but my goal was to lose no more than 10lbs. I have already lost 4lbs :-).
People have asked me how I can stick to this- eating at specific times, eating my prepared meals in public places... I just tell them it's will power and also it's the fact that I paid for this- of course I'm going to get my moneys worth!! My dad came out to visit last week and he wanted to go to IHop. Heh, I felt so embarrassed that I wasn't there to order- but I pulled out my food and ate it anyways. No regrets here... just a little awkward. Oh and Studio Movie Grille... yes, I stuffed my dinner in my purse and ate it in the theater while my dad and his friend ordered their dinner haha... At least I didn't get "caught". After my dad was done with his meal- he had an extra plate so I dumped my food on that and made it look like I was eating food from the theater. I bet they wondered where the rice and salsa came from. So, I apologize if we are ever invited over to your house for dinner... I will probably bring my own food or I might eat before or after you. Don't take it personally... I'm just trying to reach a goal. :-)
Okay.. so this is probably going to be TMI... oh well. The only downside that I have found with this is that... I have to go to the restroom A LOT. No really. No I'm not pregnant (for those with suspicions). I just drink tons of water. This has made work a little hard. I work in a back room with no bathroom and because I'm with kids- I can't leave them. So, if I have to go, I have to call the front desk to ask if they can sit in with them while I made a pit stop. How embarrassing! Want to know what happened the other day? They said "be right there!" and they NEVER came. Seriously, people! I drink 4 liters of water a day!!! It was almost a disaster. Any suggestions?? It's not that I have an overactive bladder (I don't think?) but I think anyone who were to drink as much water as I do - they'd have the same problem.
Alright, to end on a non bathroom topic... I just wanted to say that I received an amazing house warming gift. An elliptical!!! While my dad was out here he told me his treadmill broke. He was asking for my help on picking out a new one or an elliptical because of his knee pain. To save you from a very long story- I will just say that he completely tricked me! He made me go to a sports store because he wanted to see them up close and in person so he'd know what to look for when he got home. There I was blabbing on and on about different features of treadmills and ellipticals and he looked at the sales guy and said "we'll take this one!" I was in so much shock. I'm sure the look on my face was priceless. I almost started balling my eyes out.
Anyways, I have officially canceled my gym membership and I have been working out from home. I work at a gym so I still have access to that one for free if I need it. There just isn't a pool or any exercise classes. I absolutely LOVE the elliptical. No waiting in lines and all the Gilmore Girls I can handle ;) Win win! I'm struggling to find a name for it. My stationary bike is "Wanda" and my garmin watch is "GPSy" get it? like "gypsy"? Anyways, any ideas for the elliptical? I thought about it at work the other day and the only thing I could come up with was "Stella"... because the only word coming to mind was "stellar" okay, I'm a dork. Deal with it. I'm taking names for the elliptical!