Thursday, November 27, 2014

Turkey Trot, Runner's World Run Streak Day 1 & Thankfuls

Happy Thanksgiving all you cute Gobblers!!

I can not believe that it is Thanksgiving already. I mean seriously where did the year go. I feel like I just sat down again to write this post before. Plus, it just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving to me this year. James went off to work, he has to work 5-1 and if I had known that was the case, I would have worked at my store instead. It's nice to have the third day off this week, but now I am bored and home alone. Not the best of combinations.

Anyway, it has been quite a great day none the less. I started my morning off with the annual Turkey Trot Wingding 5k. Jacke and I went together and I made sure that I ran the whole thing with her, regardless of the time it would take. She kept telling me to go forward and move on and she would meet up, but I missed running with her and motivating her and supporting her. This race isn't about a time for me, it is about getting out in the community, having fun and just having a fun experience before the big meal.

I dressed up a bit this year to just have fun with it.


My friend Jen made me this adorable tutu! It was to represent feathers. It was a chilly morning so I layered up a bit and rocked my turkey headband to complete the look. It was cute to get all girly for a fun and very festive.

I also saw one of my favorite people in the world....


I can't begin to describe how thankful I am of her in my life. She is my mentor, my boss and the most inspiring and motivating person I have ever met. She is running her first full marathon in January also. She is my boss and I couldn't be more blessed than that. She inspires me and my whole team to do better and we want to do better for her.


I also got to see Nanci! I haven't seen her in forever and it is always a pleasure to see her. Plus, she is completing her first full marathon on Sunday. I can't believe her time has finally come, I will be waiting anxiously to hear that she has crossed that finish line.


Jacke and I before and after. We had a blast. It was great to run together. She is getting back into running and I wanted to support her the whole way. It is what running friends do. We finished in 40 minutes, which is great. A slower pace for me, but like I said, I did not care, I wanted to just run with Jacke and I am glad I did.

After the race was done, we had a quick walk back to the car and I came home, showered, had a big old cup of coffee and watched some of the Macy's Day Parade. I love that parade, but it just isn't the same anymore. Then James and I went to his Grandma's for Thanksgiving meal. It was delicious but we had to eat and run because he had to get home to relax a bit and get ready for work. I instantly passed out into a nap. I have been sleeping like crap again lately, so I knew a nap was in order for me, for sure.

Today also began the Runner's World Run Streak. Running at least one mile a day from Thanksgiving until New Years Day. So I am happy to say I have day one complete. Tomorrow is a little tricky because I have to be to work at 8 and until 5, but I think I will get up at 6 and head out for 2 miles and if I want to after work do 2 more. I can not say how much I love this run streak, so I am going to do exactly what I did last year and blog about it every day.

Also, I wanted to say my Thanks for this year. Thank you to everyone that has followed and read along with my journey. What a journey this year has been too. I am thankful that you take the time to check in with me and watch me as I fall, succeed and just be me. I am thankful for my family and all that they support me in. I am thankful to my friends whom have become an extension of my family, whether they work with me, friends far away or near, or my running friends, which truly are family. To James who supports me in everything I do, even if we fight like crazy, I know he always has my heart. And thankful that I am blessed to have the brightest Guardian Angels, in this big old sky.

Hope you have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!!




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Two Days off, Mockingjay, Cheap Tree & Turkey Trot

Good Tuesday Morning!!!

I am off again today! I can not explain how amazing it is to have two days off back to back and then have off on Thursday too this time of year. I have been with TR for 5 years and never have we had 3 days off for a holiday week, but this year was different. And I am so thankful for it. It really recharges me for this weekend and then up coming holiday.

While Thanksgiving, yes we are open at 6:00 pm, I blame Macy's and Black Friday are huge days for those Big Box stores, like Best Buy, Walmart, Target, etc and some mall stores, it isn't a huge day for us. We get busier and busier after this weekend, it still is a busy weekend for us. And a nice test run for my staff. I know what to expect, but they don't.

Being off yesterday, I used it as a day to just get some stuff done. I have been having a really, really hard time sleeping lately. I have been exhausted around 10:00 pm, but when I try to sleep, I just cant. So I am tossing and turning and looking at my phone. I am just not falling asleep like I normally do and to make it even worse, I am waking up at 3 every morning and then not falling back to sleep until hours later. It is strange.

They say...


While I appreciate whom ever is thinking about me and having me in their dreams, I would love for it to stop lol. I am going to try to have a cup of tea every night before bed and read a bit and see if that helps. I was doing that for awhile and then stopped.

So yesterday, I got up super early and figured since I was up, might as well get some miles in. I got 3.33 miles done before 8. That hasn't happened in a long time. I was excited to get out there running yesterday morning but the weather was so bad. It was hazy, hot and humid. Just plain gross!

I walked a bunch more than normal, but like all times I run, I am just out there doing it for myself, not a pace or time. Even though I would love to get back in the 11:00 minute time frames, but it will come. After my run and feeling gross, I got a shower in, took my conference call and laid on the couch for a bit. James and I had plans to go see MockingJay at 1:00.

We went to Pollo Tropical for lunch, which like always never disappoints. And then we saw MockingJay. I LOVED IT!! I thought it was great, very, very much like the book. Someone mentioned they added more to it but I couldn't really tell the difference, then again, I read the book 2 years ago, so my memory is a little foggy. I cant believe we have to wait a whole other year to see the ending, which I will re-read before then, so I can have a refresher.

But if you read the books or didn't and just saw the movies, make sure you see this one. It was great. Even James enjoyed it. After the movies we went to Target to pick up some things. I wanted to get a boneless turkey breast for Thanksgiving and our Christmas tree.

I put the turkey in the crock pot and let it cook all day. We go to his grandma's pretty early and eat around noon and then we of course, are hungry later on. So the crock pot turkey to the rescue. Plus it makes great leftovers for Friday, when I am just not in the mood to cook after that long day. This year is going to be different because normally after Granny Thanksgiving, James and I just spend the whole day relaxing together. This year he has to work at 5-1 and then back to work at 8-10. We will barely see each other.

So Thanksgiving night it will be just me. I think I might go out and see what stores have going on Thanksgiving, hoping my Victoria's Secret gift card I won comes in by then and head to Target also. I just don't want to be sitting home alone I suppose. And knowing my store will be open, I will never sleep anyway lol.

We also got a great deal on our tree. All fake trees are 50% off, so our 6 foot tree was only 15.00. I call that a big win. I am putting it up today and decorating it.

Today's day off consists of a lot of doing things around the apartment, a weigh in, tree decorating and picking up my turkey trot packet with Jacke tonight.

Hope everyone is having a great pre-Thanksgiving day week!!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Out of Hiding

Oh man, where has the week gone and where I have been hiding. Well I have been stuck in a whirlwind of work and life and running. My mom was in town this past week, so I spent every chance that I could with her. I had to work also, so after I was heading over there each day to hang out. It of course, was a brutally cold week here in Florida, which never happens, so I was bummed out for her.

My mom was staying out on the beach, so on Sunday I decided to run along the beach, in the sand up against the water. It seemed like a great idea, right at sunset, but it a lot harder than I thought it would be. My shoes and legs felt like cement, but it was one of the most gorgeous runs I have ever had. And I realized I need to do that more often for sure.

Monday, my mom, her boyfriend, Jimmy and myself went for a 5k walk. It was kind of breezy and cold, so we did it right after breakfast. Then I just hung out with my mom all day, we shopped, got lunch and took a nap. Tuesday, began my long work week, in which I was training a new DM for the VA area and brought a closing shift. So no mom that day. On Wednesday, I went over right after work and got 3 miles in too before we ate dinner. It was a very windy night, but it felt amazing.

What was even better was after my run, getting in my sweats and laying around watching Christmas movies with my mom. It made the long days, so, so worth it. Thursday was just a night after work, we just hung out. I had a great visit with my mom, wish the weather was much nicer for her or we had more time together, but anytime I get to see her, makes me extremely happy.

On Friday, after work, I seriously just wanted to take a nap and relax and catch up on my DVR and that is exactly what I did. Yesterday, before my closing shift, I got my run in, I got 3 miles in. It felt really good to do it before work and put me in a great mood all day.

Today, we had a last minute floor set to accomplish, so I was at work at 7:00 am getting that done. I hardly slept last night, not sure what is up with me, but I kept getting up around 3 every morning and having a really hard time going back to sleep. A mixture of limited sleep, lots of moving around and lots of coffee, did not mix with my body at all today. My stomach was all over the place. I got home from work around 3:30 and took a quick nap and then went for a run.

I got 2.45 miles in. My stomach was just not having it, the weather was hot and I was still exhausted, but I did get out there for a bit. Starting Thursday, I will be doing a run streak from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. I will be blogging every day, like I did last year. It keeps me accountable and keeps me sane.

So as boring as my life has been, this is where I am at. No more absence from me from now on. Life should be back to normal for a bit with just work. Hope everyone has a good week :0)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Holiday Scents and Flavors

So as you all known love the holidays and love everything about it! So I have been finding some holiday items I'm really loving! 

Enjoy!


3pp for one cup and found at Winn Dixie!! It is good and can be even better when you had some fat free whipped topping.


Dunkin Donuts has the holiday flavors back! Bummed they didn't bring back red velvet but sugar cookie is fantastic!


Not sure what that is but seems yummy but I would have to run another marathon just to have that!!


I love this!!!! It is so good! I drink a lot of flavored coffee and this mixes well with anything! 1.5 tablespoons for 1pp! Always measure or you are adding to many calories


Finally found it and I wasn't all that impressed! It was good but not great.


This one was great!!!! I crumbled up a Fiber One Gingerbread bar on top and it made it even better!


Bath and Body works has the best holiday scents this year!

I love anything mocha and mint!


See peppermint hot coco! Diet hot chocolate, peppermint whipped topping and peppermint crumbles on top!


And these Dove Peppermint bark promises are everything! 1pp a piece.











Saturday, November 15, 2014

Running, Beach Breakfast & Christmas!!!

Happy Saturday!!!

It has been quite an eventful day today too. Lots of fun packed into my day off and I wouldn't have it any other way. It is my last Saturday off until after Christmas, so I took full advantage of it.

Started my morning off with a run..


To say this run felt great would be a complete and utter lie. I wanted it too. I really, really did, but it just wasn't a good one. My mind and body were not connecting at all. I wanted to run and not feel pain but my mind was overpowering that a bit. I just couldn't seem to get in a good rythm. My knee was acting up a bit, my calf strain hurt and then I had some stomach cramps around mile 1.5. It was just not set up for success. I could have turned around and just went home, but I was going to stick it out for sure. So I just kept going and you know what in the end, I felt fine. Sometimes you just have to keep going.

After my run, I, enjoyed my coffee and then got ready for the day. James and I were meeting up with his family for breakfast at the Don Cesar on St. Pete Beach. It is a very upscale hotel, that has a restaurant inside that can hold the public. It was a gorgeous day, but a lot colder than us Floridans are used to. I really wanted to sit outside, but his grandma was with us and she wasn't dressed to sit outside, which is totally fine with me. We had quite a long wait but it was worth it in the end. We had a breakfast buffet and the bad blogger that I have been, I totally forgot to take pictures of the food.

Believe me when I say it was tasty. I indulged, I had to try a little bit of everything. Moderation of course.


But the view was perfect!

After breakfast I knew I wanted to come home and clean and decorate for Christmas. I wasn't orginally planning on decorating so early, but when I thought about it, the next few weekends are quite busy so this was the perfect time to start. I don't have as many decorations as I thought I did, but I still made our apartment have a Christmas feel. I am sure I can find some things to add in the next week or so. We have to get a new tree, our old one, just isn't cutting it any more. No pun intended. But I didn't want to throw it out, so I put it on our back porch.

We have been saying how much we wanted to use our back porch more, so it looks perfect out there.


Plus it looks even nicer from the road. 

I seriously love anything and everything Christmas, from movies, to songs, flavors and decorations. I was jamming out for hours with the Christmas Pandora station today.  I will be posting in the next few days a post of some fun Christmas finds I have found too.

So after the afternoon of laundry, decorating and cleaning, I finally sat down around 4 and passed out for a good hour for a nice cat nap. Then I met James for his lunch break and then did some shopping at the Dollar Store, CVS and Target. Later on what fun things I got there.


It has been a really nice day off. My mom is coming tomorrow and I am going for a run downtown with Jacke in the morning. This weekend has been set for greatness!!

Hope everyone had a great one also.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

Recap of the Week

Oh my lanta, I have not posted since Sunday. So unlike me, life has been a whirlwind of busyness, so I will catch you all up. Believe me, it isn't all that exciting too hahah.

Sunday, after having a great day off, it really set the tone for my week. Monday, I opened at work, so after work, getting home later than anticipated, I had to find some way to get some activity in, but also had to run some quick errands. I am not letting my busy life get in the way of my fitness for these remaining months at all. I am dedicating to doing everything in my power to get my fitness in, whether it be running or working out at the gym.

So, I decided instead of driving to the store to get the things I needed, I would just walk and then go right to the gym afterwords. Sure, I could save minutes, but the walk I had to and from the store, wasn't all that bad and it was a nice change of pace. Then after around the 2 mile walk, I got on the bike and did 6 miles and then weights and other cardio. It felt really good to switch it up and gave me some energy to do my laundry, cleaning up a bit and making a great dinner.

I tell ya, it is true, working out does something to you. It breathes life into me. I can be feeling so tired and running, or walking or even the gym, it gives me so much energy. I love the feeling. It is getting me to the feeling that is hard at times, I suppose.

Tuesday, I had a rest day because it was my weigh in day. And to my great surprise I was done 2.2. I had gained last week with 1.2, so to lose that and another pound was so encouraging. I am not looking to lose a ton. I am looking to get out of the weight range I am in now and tone up more. Training for the marathon transformed my body into another shape, I love my legs more than ever, but with all the carbs and the hunger all the time, I put on a little pooch and I want that bad boy gone. And I will get there, I am so determined.

Wednesday, I closed for work and really woke up just exhausted. James and I went to Subway to grab breakfast. I know a weird place for breakfast but he suggested it and egg whites with a bacon, with tons of veggies on a flat bread, sounded great to me. It ended up tasting and being amazing. I will be going to Subway more often for breakfast. I mean seriously, I love everything Subway anyway.

After breakfast I just planted myself on the couch and got caught up on my DVR and just laid there. I don't think I slept all that great the night before and just felt a bit out of it. Which, was just what the doctor ordered because work yesterday ended up being busy and a long night.

Today, was travel day and I long commute. I wasn't grooving on the idea of driving but it was my job and so I went. Not a 100% sure what was going on with me today, but I could not stop thinking about my Dad. It started when I stopped to get gas at the gas station. I had an overwhelming feeling about him. Flooded back to me where memories of him and I when we would stop at the gas stations. We kind of loved them. We would always stop at convenient marts before going anywhere.

We would always get a snack of some sort, a diet coke, slim jims and candy. I mean some of my favorite memories with my dad involve these trips. I know it sounds simple and crazy, but we would do this before going to look for a job he was about to do, or going to the dump for the trash or just going to the swimming hole. It all started this morning with me getting gas at the gas station and then taking my time walking around the gas station, finding something to go along with my coffee. I got fruit and a EAS protein shake. But his memory just stayed with me all day.

When I got home from the drive, I was a bit beat. I laid down for a little bit and even was thinking about going for a run, but I knew I needed to do something. I got dressed and headed to the road, I really needed to clear my head. It is dark early now, and a lot darker than I remembered. I needed to get a head lamp for sure. But I ran for 2 miles and thought of my dad again the whole time. Tears definitely fell, mixed with sweat but it felt so good. Really it did.

Running does that to me and for me. It doesn't matter if I am running 2 miles or 26.2, me just being able to get out there, out run what I am feeling and how I am feeling. Just doing it for fun or like tonight to heal me a bit, it is my passion. Sure people normally just don't run for 2 miles, but those two miles felt really good tonight and I felt really good. I don't have to prove to myself that I can run long distances, I already know I can, I just need to run now, just for me, whatever the reason it may be.


I went to the gym after to do some weights in my arms and a little bit more cardio and then went home. I, of course, was just worn out with emotion and there is my love, standing there, as tears stream down my face and he just held me. My sweat body and all. He doesn't know what I am going through, but him just saying to me, what can I do. Well that is all I needed to hear. My energy was full after the run and I cleaned some more, cooked an awesome dinner and now finally catching up on somethings.

So all in all it has been a good week. A lot better than last week, for sure. I am doing pretty good with my 26 points and have only tapped into a few, which is a big deal for me. It feels good to be back to it and motivated and determined with other goals in mind.

I have pretty exciting stuff coming up too this weekend and week. My mom is in town on Sunday, I am off this Saturday - Monday, which I am so excited for. I am sure, I will be posting away from that. Hope everyone is having a great week.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Run/Funday

Good Sunday Morning!!!

So I survived that beyond crazy week. 55 hours of work and I made it out alive. Even though I should buckle down and get used to this because once the end of the month is here, well my work weeks look like that all the time and then some.

But I made it through, even though it was a hard week for me. I am not 100% sure why, but it really was. I am thinking because ever since my marathon, which has been 4 weeks, I cant believe I even wrote that, I haven't really truly rested. So I think my body was saying this week, slow down, rest a bit, I will be waiting for you when you are ready.

I felt guilty every day. My heart was so into working out, getting up early, etc but my mind and body were not on the same wave length. And I felt gross and felt like I was obsessing over my appearance too in the mirror. Which yes, I tend to do that at times, but this week, I really was all over the place. Not sure if exhaustion had anything to do with that or the event, I really was feeling the effects of not having any endorphin's flowing through my veins.

But I have to say I have really been sticking to my WW points this week. James and I went out on Friday night. We were suppose to go to a Wine Festival, but it turned out it was Saturday not Friday. So we decided to go to Downtown St. Pete and partake in the First Friday festivities. We haven't done that in a long time and it was a lot of fun. Lots of fun. It was just James and I and we had a blast. We had some drinks, ate some bar like food and listened to a pretty awesome cover band. The weather was a bit chilly, which was a nice change of pace and all in all it was a great night.

I did eat some food I don't normally eat and I could feel it the next day. So I drank a lot of water yesterday, got right back to my points and felt really proud of that. I was feeling kind of sick yesterday too. I woke up with a really bad headache, no energy and my glands were swollen all the way around. My body was pissed at me lol.

So this morning, I slept in until 8. Got up and went for a run. I was going to sweat no matter what. I ran around our neighborhood, went down some side streets, I have never gone down before and it felt good. My body was going a little slower since I hadn't ran since Saturday and pains in my calves and such were still there, but I missed it. I love running, just to run. Just to work up a sweat, get my blood pumping, to feel that out of breathe feeling and happiness after words. I feel so much better from those 3.1 miles than I have truly felt all week.

It was just what I needed today to kick off the week. I will be better this week and going forward. I think mentally, physically and emotionally I needed a week like last week. And that is okay, it will happen and I will be okay with that.

Now I am off for the day, it is a little gloomy here as we had rain all night last night, so I plan on a little grocery shopping and then some reading, cleaning and laundry. Ughh, laundry is the death of me.

Hope you are having a great Sunday.

And congrats to my good friend Nanci!! She just completed 20 miles. Her longest run to date. Her marathon is in exactly 3 weeks!!! She has been so determined and dedicated to her training it is so inspiring. She got me through my marathon. She begins her taper and that journey to 26.2 miles. I am so proud of her and all she has accomplished now, can not wait to see and have her text me she made it across that finish line. She will kill it! Awesome job Nanci!!!