Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Day 4: Biked

Ever have one of those days when you know when things are just going to go down hill??!!

I swear I felt this way this morning. I set my alarm to get up at 7, so as per my schedule I could get either a walk or XT in. I thought since I was opening for work, this would be the best way, well my head said something else, and like an outer body experience happening, I reset my alarm and went back to sleep and overslept.

Ughh. I should have just got up and go it over with. I really have a hard time with that on work days, days off no problem, go figure!

So I showered super quick, grabbed my lunch and goodies and got to work, thinking the whole time, I have to work out after work.

Work went by smoothly, until the end when I found out one of my staff members would be leaving. Which means my schedule for tomorrow is now an open to close, rather than just a close. Fantastic! Now when I was going to maybe sleep in a little bit, I have to get up and then run and then work all day.

Oh well!  I am in this training for the long run.

No pun intended.

After work, I raced to get my work out clothes on and went to the gym for some XT. We have a super tiny gym in our apartment complex, but it does have a bike, so I choose that because I can read my Nook while working out, plus the dreadmill was taken. I hope I never have to do running mileage on that, I HATE IT!

I really kicked up the biking tonight. I used heavy watts and a longer work out and rode about 11 miles and burned over 300 calories. I can feel it in my butt and leg. It felt great and I was dripping in sweat when I got up.

Satisfied with my work out, I started dinner. I was thinking about dinner all day. Crazy I know. I roasted some spaghetti squash, heated some turkey meatballs, roasted broccoli, which was to die for tonight. I took one slice of Arnold Italian bread and sprinkled some garlic powder and Italian seasoning and made a very low calorie and point garlic bread. Paired it with a salad with fat free ranch and it was heavenly. I made some for my bf but he decided to eat out tonight.

I made this beautiful dinner I was really proud about and he could care less.

Guys really suck sometime. I can tell my training might put a strain on US. But well we will see.

Now I am just catching up on some shows and hopefully a solid night of sleep, considering tomorrow will be a long day!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Weekly Weigh In: Last Day of April

Day off as I stated in the post, which meant I was super lazy today. I had my breakfast which was a pretty fantastic smoothie and then a nice sit down lunch I made, but then I ended up taking a nap for 2 hours. I woke up feeling kind of tired and after my run, it all sorted of came at me at once.

I mean I haven't been doing a whole lot lately, but I listened to my body today and just slept and did a little bit of nothing.

I went to WW and weighed in and not sure why but I gained .2. Seriously body!

.2! I could probably pee that .2 out and then it would be gone.

Jesus, weight loss can be so frustrating!!!

I stayed for the meeting and we talked bout Plateaus. I am in one right now, have been for quite sometime, but I am not giving up. I was frustrated for sure with the small and tiny weight gain and in the past I probably would have taken to a jar of salsa and some chips, but I went to Publix and got some groceries.

I came home and made a snack. I am always hungry. I had some chick peas with diced tomatoes and some carrots and hummus and water! I am waiting for James to come for dinner. I really, like really wanted Chipotle, but he wasn't in the mood for it, so I am going to just suck it up and have a Boca burger, some fat free cottage cheese and pickles. For dessert I am making a light version of Strawberry Shortcake.

Tuesdays are my "non" tracking type of day. I know what is coming in and going out of my mouth, but it is my day, I can just live a little, not worry. Tomorrow is back on the horse and you bet I am getting some Chipotle this week lol.

So after feeling just a little down with the weight loss, I went through some old pictures and had a little transformation Tuesday action.


This put me in my place. The girl on the left was taken in 2008. I was wearing all the wrong clothes. I knew I was heavy but I didn't care, I just kept eating bad and eating everything. I didn't understand portions or the right things to eat, but I was never miserable or sad. I was actually really happy, that came a little later on. I am not sure how much I weighed here, my heaviest was 234 and this was probably way over 200. Those clothes did not fit me. When I look at this picture I am a little shamed, I mean my whole stomach is over my pants. But this girl on the right, well she came full circle. The picture on the right was taken today. 75 plus pound difference, but the sparkle I have now is much more than I could ever it imagine it being. I am happy, inside and out. And even though I have been fighting with the scale a lot this month, I do know I have a long way to go and this is a lifestyle. So even though the scale may not be moving at times, but I know I am moving in other ways and I never want to go back to that old girl on the left.

Day 3: I Got Sprinkled?!!

I realized that I didn't put a title to Day 2 yesterday and I mean sometimes the titles are the best part of the whole post, plus who just wants to see a countdown.

I am realizing also that while I am out running and training, I really will find some things to blog about. I feel that now I am looking for things, keeping my mind clear and free. Most of the day I have a 1,000 things running through my mind, like work, sales goals, laundry, grocery shopping, how am I going to fit this in, vacuuming. And when can I get a nap in. But in the morning or night, when I am exercising and running, seriously it really is my me time and I find myself thinking much clearer.

I come up with the best results and thoughts when I am running.

I am off of work today, woohoo! While I am not a huge fan of having Tuesday's off because it is weigh in day and I have conference calls on Tuesdays, I am okay with it this week. James was going golfing this morning so we were both up at 7. I enjoy having us getting up the same time, its nice to kick off your morning with a little kiss before heading out the door.

As per training today, I was to run for 30-45 minutes. I usually can get 4 miles in for 45 minutes so that is what I was shooting for. I ran around my normal area here and noticed a lot of people out walking and starting their morning right. I LOVE THAT. I love when I can see other people because it really motivates me. I even saw another runner girl, she had on a 26.2 running shirt. I hope I bump into her again because I would love to find out she is training too and maybe find a running buddy.

As I am running this morning down our streets, I see ahead a sprinkler going. I figured I could out run it and try to not get sprayed as I am going by. Well those suckers are quick.

And they had 4 of them.

Seriously!

The lawn was the size of sand box, I really don't think that 4 sprinklers were needed.

While I was very hot and sweaty, you would think being sprayed would be nice.

Not when it is reclaimed water.

Excuse we sir, your water smells like poo-poo.

Nothing wakes you up quicker than being hit with that. Let me say it put a little extra pep in my step to get home. After being sprayed with poo water, I made it through the 4 miles.

I didn't take my beeper with me and kind of just ran when needed. The funny thing is I felt I needed to after every 6-9 minutes, my body is trained. I also did my magic mile run this morning too.

The "magic mile" is running a little faster than you normally would to adjust your pace to see what your performance predictor will be.

According to the Galloway Marathon book, I was suppose to warm up a bit before doing so. I, of course, just went out and ran my mile a little faster and pushed myself this time. But I do have some schedule MM to do in the future, but this was a nice start. I felt really good with the mile. While on my short runs I am going to try to run the first mile without walk breaks, when I do my long runs I will not. I need to start from the beginning with walk breaks and stay from the beginning.

According to my MM this morning my Prediction Pace and Performance will be 13.59 minutes per mile. Then I add 2 minutes per mile to marathon pace regardless of goal distance.

I take what my mile was, 10:45 and multiply by 1.3 then add 2 minutes.

Listen I do not care how long it takes me or the pace, I am all about finishing this race. I just want to get through the 26.2 miles. But this is interesting to see where I start and where I end up.

Well now that I had a nice sprinkle this morning, I am off to enjoy the rest of my day off. Some laundry, groceries and a much needed hair cut and Weight Watchers weigh in!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Day 2

It's kind of funny, I seem to wake up now with a purpose and a direction more than I did before. While, I know I wont be doing my training every morning, like today, I had to after work, I am still waking up with a pep in my step.

I worked today from 815-520, a pretty long and busy day. And most days I would just want to come home, grab a snack and watch my DVR for a couple of hours before James got home. BUT, I came home and KNEW I had to keep going.

Per training, today I had to walk or XT for 40 minutes. It was a beautiful night so I grabbed my music and went for a 40 minute walk which equaled 2.22 miles. I walked through some neighborhoods I have not traveled yet. These walks are really branching me out and keeping me journeying to new roads in my area. I LOVE IT.

Its funny too, I wasn't going to post this because well as you can see, nothing exciting going on kept for a walk, but knowing I had to write this post for everyone or no one or just for me, held me accountable.

It is all about accountability. Because if I don't do it, I feel like I cant earn it.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Starting Stats

Okay today I had James take some of my measurements and take a picture of me in my bra and panties to show the front, side and back view. While I am a pretty open person, very open, I am not ready to show those pictures out on the Internet JUST yet. While I promise to post them side by side with the end pictures, I am not ready for just the beginning yet.

I do have to say I was surprised at how I looked. While I think I looked terrible, the more I looked at the pictures, all I could see is how far I had come and really took a look at my body and where I once was and I am very excited to take it to the next level with this training.

So here are some of my measurements

Bust: 35 in
Arms (Biceps) : 13 1/2 in
Thighs: 25 in
Waist: 35, Size around 8 or 6 depending on pants of shorts and brand
Calves: 17 in
Shirt size: Small or medium depending on brand

I don't keep a scale at my house so I will use the weight I had when I weighed in this past Tuesday, which is 159. I will still continue to weigh in every week with Weight Watchers, I will not keep one in my house. Me signing up for a marathon has nothing to do with me losing weight or weight loss or anything with Weight Watchers. It is about me conquering a fear and taking on a challenge and changing me from the inside and I am sure I will see some change on the outside.

I want to see not only my mental emotions but physical. Right now in my life everything is great. I have energy and I sleep pretty well. I take a B12 vitamin every day along with a Multi Vitamin and a Green Tea Complex vitamin too, to help boost my metabolism. I know I have a bit of a thyroid issue, I am going to the doctors in two weeks to check back with that. I know the medicine will help me have more energy also, I think that is what I fear most, is enough energy.

I am happy and excited and ready to just have a routine every day.

This is me, real and raw, ready for anything and everything that is paved ahead of me!

Day 1: 3 Easy, Peasy, My Mom's Name is Weezy, 3 Miles

This morning I swear I am not sure if it was the anticipation or what, but I could not sleep. I am off from work today and I could probably sleep in if I wanted to, but with the idea and concept of starting this training, my brain could not turn off. I seriously was ready to take on the day at 5:30 this morning.

I tried to lay there for a bit, but it was not happening. So I got up and cleaned out our fridge, freezer and cabinets (we are going food shopping later). Grabbed a Special K bar to stop my stomach from growling, dressed and got ready to start this program.

On deck this morning was 3 easy miles. The program said "easy" miles meaning, I should not be pushing it, stretching it out and just running and going with it. I should be able to keep a conversation or sing if wanted. I decided on some of these smaller mileage runs, I am going to go leave my GymBoss Interval walker at home. I just went out with my phone for music and my Garmin. I ran for a good 1.5 miles before I decided to walk for a minute.

The weather is definitely starting to get a tad bit warm and for my smaller runs, I really need to find a fuel belt or something that I can carry with me also. I need to stay hydrated all the time, especially as this gains more and more mileage. I was okay this morning, but I know come a month, the weather will be nice and hot.

There was no one on our street this morning except for the guy who sells papers. It was nice and calming. I listened to my Songza App and choose 90's One Hit Wonders. It was fun and catchy and put me in a great mood.

Got the 3 miles done and now I am ready to take on the rest of my day off. James and I are going to get a Costco membership because I am sure I will be eating in bulk a lot the next couple of months. Not really the true reason, but hey it makes sense.

I am also going to take my measurements like I mentioned and because I am real, honest and raw, I will be posting the results.

But first this girl needs some breakfast and coffee!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

And So It Begins....

Tomorrow starts my marathon journey.

Tomorrow is Day One.

Tomorrow with one single step, I am truly changing my life.

I know it seems crazy to get emotional or all worked up with the idea, I mean it is only training, I am not running the marathon for another 5 months, but the training is a HUGE deal.

This training determines if I can really do this. I must stay commited and dedicated and working this through.

The last month and the last few weeks, I have been really slacking with my running and exercising in general. But I am rested and mind is on constant thoughts of the marathon. I am living and breathing the idea and concept of running for 26.2 miles.

I am scared, nervous and have a ton emotions. I am nervous of getting in all the workouts and routines in. I am nervous for my fueling and refueling. I am nervous for how I am going to feel and how my life will truly change for these next couple of months. 

I am sure my boyfriend and family and everyone will be sick and tired of hearing me talk about the marathon by the time the marathon comes around.

But you know what...

THIS IS MY THING! 

I am running this marathon and starting this training for ME. I am doing this for ME. To say I have run a marathon and seriously to give myself a routine, some discipline and control something in my life. I feel my life can get sort of out of control and I can control a lot, but this, this success I can control.

All of this is based on me.

I know I am a strong person. I have dealt with a crap load of stuff in my life, but this, I know this is testing my strength and I want to see how truly far I can go.

Tonight I am going to have James take my measurements and I will snap a picture of myself before hand. I will be continuing with Weight Watchers and following my points program. While I know I will have to adjust as the long runs increase, so I will be eating my activity points a lot to help build what I am taking off. I am constently researching and finding ways to improve my nutrition during this process.

I will have my cheat days for sure, at least one a week, but nothing crazy. I am still going to be Angie, but I know I am going to changing into a deeper Angie.

So with tomrrow being Day One, I figure this will be my outlet to express this training progress. Inspired by the book Onward! and blogger Brook Kedres, I will be blogging my way through the whole process because I want to be able to look back on this and see how it all came about. I always want to look back on this experience.

I am going to continue to blog about my every day life, post as many reciepes and great finds I can find and what I have been doing, but at least one post a day will be about the marathon. You can also find it in the Journey to 26.2 tab. 

I hope you want to stick around and join me on this "sole" searching journey.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Review: OnWard! by Brook Kreder, The absolute BS raw, ridiculous, soul-stirring TRUTH about training for your FIRST MARATHON


When I was searching for marathon books, this was one of the books that came up in the search. It had just came out the end of last year. The book face alone had me hooked. I mean if that doesn't scream Angie Buy Me, I'm not sure what else would!

This lady, Brook Kreder, ran her first marathon last year and blogged every day of it. The easy days, the bad days, the really great days and her thoughts and emotions through the whole training process. Everyone tells me that training for a marathon is what is going to change my life. This book was so real that I felt anxious when she had tough days, happy when she had the first long mileage days and emotional when she was feeling emotional. I read the book in 24 hours alone. Besides it being just her whole recount, she had some great tips and tricks and information to go along with it.

She trained in Denver, during the winter, in really bad weather and how she adjusted to it. I will  be training in Florida, during our really hot weather, I felt a lot of connections to her. She has a Facebook page and a website and blog. I am all about finding more about her and using her motivation to help me along.

I highly recommend this book and Brook herself. Even if you have ran a bunch of marathons or training for a your first one like myself, pick up this book. 

It will get you loving running again or love running even more!

Vision Board

I am a very visual person, I need to see results to produce results. I love seeing charts, a to-do list, I need a constant reminder at all times to keep myself accountable. It is just how
I groove and vibe.

I decided to take my training program from my Marathon book and put it to paper. Actually a white board and then hung it in our little office area. That way I can see it every day. I will know what to do every day. I can add notes to the board and cross off and see how far I am going and how far I have to go.

This board is week 1-week 16 and then I have to do a second board for week 17-marathon. I love this visual. I added some motivation to keep me going and keep me inspired.




I LOVE THIS!!! Every day I look at this I am beaming. I can not believe I am about to do this! Do you see the day with 15 and 17 miles!!! Ahhhh!!  I know I will be stronger by then for sure!

Here we go!!!




Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weight Watchers Smoothie Pancakes

I am a big fan of breakfast. And usually every morning, I wake up with my stomach growling and I am in need of a quick fix to settle the noise. While, I am trying to stay away from cereal because I find it doesn't fill me up as well as other breakfast items, I sometimes stand in my kitchen with no idea what to make, prolonging my stomach from getting the fix it needs.

Okay, wow, I was a little over dramatic with that sentence and holy run on with that also. So short and sweet, I get in a breakfast slump. This is why I love Instagram and blogs, Pinterest, basically anything social media, etc because I can search and find some inspiration.

When looking for breakfast, I love quick and easy, hence why I went on an overnight oats splurge for about a month awhile back.

Hmmm..I should really get back to that.

God, I am all over the place today.

SOooooo..back to my breakfast. I follow on Instagram and Bloglovin, Brooke:Not On A Diet, check her out at www.brookenotonadiet.com

She is such an inspiration to me in the Weight Watchers world. She has lost over 100 pounds following the program and now a WW leader. She is down to earth and a pretty awesome lady. She posted a couple of weeks ago about Smoothie Pancakes.

Get this made with 2 items!

LOVE!

The recipe calls for 1 WW smoothie packet and 1/3 cup of eggs whites. Mix together and then make into pancakes. It makes a pretty big pancake or I am sure you can make it into several mini ones. Take any smoothie packet mix to create an endless supply of decisions and flavors.

I remembered this recipe this morning and went to town with it. I was happy I had some smoothie mix laying around too.


Greek Yogurt and Honey Smoothie Packet for 2pp and 1/3 cup of All Whites Egg Whites for 1pp. I mixed in a bowl until smooth and then sprayed a pan with PAM and turned on Medium Heat. 

Disclaimer, I am the worst when it comes to flipping pancakes, but this morning I was determined.


Woohoo, finally a decent looking pancake!

Also note, the pancake will not have a cake like texture. It will have a fluffy egg white texture. But tastes just like a pancake. Surprisingly delicious! The smoothie packets are sold at WW locations and go for about 7.50 a box, with 5 packets in a box. I find that to be a bit expensive, so I wait for them to go on sale and then stock up. Now that I can make these with them, I will be doing this more often. Especially with the flavors such as, chocolate, vanilla, and coconut.

I paired my pancake with some sugar free syrup, heated up frozen blueberries, a Trader Joe's Mango Greek Yogurt and my coffee.


My whole meal came to 6pp and it was filling and the pancake can be qualified as simply filling since they are both a power food. WIN!

This is now one of my go to, fun, quick and different breakfast options.

So what is your favorite "new" breakfast meals??



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Weekly Weigh In: A little gain

Today was my Weight Watchers day and I almost didn't make it because of an issue at my store, but all was right in the world and I got out in time. Since my car is STILL at the shop, I walked from work to WW, which seems a lot further away then it really was, it was only .50 miles. The weather was perfect and I was happy to walk.

I got to WW just before the meeting was ending. Bummer about that, but I weighed in and I had gained 1 pound. I knew I was going to have a gain, I always seem to after Aunt Flo visits, so I wasn't too shocked. I was actually shocked it was only a pound. I had a low moment with a box of Reduced Fat Cheez-Its and some snacks this week. So one pound is really nothing. I will have that off next week and then some.

I am back in the game, my mind is right and I am ready. I am treating my upcoming Marathon training as if I am starting Weight Watchers all over again. I need incorporate in my training with some weight loss too. I do not want to be someone who gains weight from marathon training, I have heard that happen. AND I NEED to get over this slump and weird roller coaster with the weight loss I have been happening.

So another week and another week I am on my journey.

Now this journey is paved a little different and I am ready to run it down.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Marathon Monday

Today marked the 118th Annual Boston Marathon. A day like today, really makes me wish I still lived in Boston. While I don't know if I will ever qualify to run the Boston Marathon or want too, I would love to go and watch it and experience it all.



I had to work today so I DVR'd the marathon and tonight I watched it. I already knew who won, but I wanted to primarily watch the beginning and the end. The beginning was amazing, as was the finish. I got chills and tears welled up in my eyes. I cant explain it. Watching the marathon though made me even more pumped for my own and it gave me a bunch of nerves, but I know I am ready to tackle this challenge, just like 36, 000 runners did today.

Being this Boston Marathon was even more special, it just shows how strong the runners community really is and how tough we truly are. How tough Boston is and America. I was inspired all day from reading Facebook posts and seeing Instagram pictures. I originally was just going to get a walk or bike ride in after work today, but I was so motivated I knew I had to put on my running shoes and Red Sox shirt and hit the pavement.



I of course had to take some pictures before.

Last year I did a Boston Memorial run with the running community around here and we ran in remembrance 2.62 miles. So I thought that same mileage would be perfect just the same for today.



I didn't take my Gym Boss out with me. I just went down and around the street, walked when I needed too, just to keep myself in that routine. It felt great to run a bit, I need those endorphins for sure. I felt great afterwards and I can not wait to start training on Sunday. I love a good routine and purpose.

So congratulations to the elite athletes that won today and those that just showed up and got it done.





Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Happy Easter Everyone!!!!




Hope you are having a nice, relaxing day with friends, family or whomever.

I am taking advantage of this day by just being kind of lazy. The mall is closed which is wonderful, I don't have to worry about phone calls, or how our sales our doing or what I will walk into tomorrow, it is a free day.

I slept in late today. I made sure of this considering I haven't had a sleeping in Sunday in FOREVER. Usually Sunday's are my Rundays, so to sleep in on one is really nice. I made a nice egg white sandwich on a flat bread then went for a 3 mile walk. My legs are getting stronger and its nice to just take it all in. Because I feel good, I think I am going to go for another walk in a couple of hours or get on the bike. My life will be dedicated to running very soon, so its a nice break.

James and I had lunch with his family and now we are home just being cozy. It is an overcast kind of day, not our typical beach day. I really wanted the beach but this is just as nice also. I might even get in a quick nap, I mean why the heck not.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday.

Indulge in a piece of candy. I know I will be.

I have already calculated my points and added to my day for one of these...





My favorite Easter Candy of all time!!

Its my one bad thing I will allow for myself today. I am trying to be really, really great this week. I have been on a good path, with just one bad day here and there. Remember it is just one day, not a whole lifestyle, start fresh again tomorrow.

Oh and the Easter Bunny didn't come this year here, we decided to skip some things but in case he is reading...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rest Week

This week has been a nice week off from running. It honestly has killed me a bit to not go out there and run at least once or twice, but I know my body and mind needed the days off to rest and regroup.

I did run the half this Sunday, I walked 3 miles on Wednesday and yesterday I biked 5.80 miles at the gym. I should have done some more exercise this week, but I have been tired and a bit lazy, with my period of course making its visit. The weather has been quite crazy this week with rain and kind of chilly too, so I use that as an excuse. I am not one to make excuses, so I really just wanted to time off this week lol.

Starting tomorrow I am still not running this week, but walking much more this week, biking and more with my toning ball. I am also setting up my training plan and training board for my marathon. I am a very visual person, so I need to make a training board so I can see my results and progress each day. I will post soon what my training will be and believe me I will be doing daily and weekly post on my training.

Happy Easter Eve!!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Finds Favorites

So I haven't done one of these posts in quite some time. I see a lot of these posts from other bloggers I follow and I love when they post something like this, so here I go with some food items, etc, I am loving lately.


These are a great find!! They come in a 6 pack and only 110 calories and 3pp. These have been perfect for a quick pick me and chocolate fix. 


I have a big obsession with anything and everything that is trail mix related. I found this one at Target and it is DELICIOUS. Almonds, cinnamon raisins & apples, walnuts and yogurt flavored pieces. I can not stop eating this trail mix. Target has the best trail mixes and usually have a new one each month, I think I go there each time just to find a new one.


I love Cherries and Frozen ones go along ways. I thaw these, add them to smoothies, shakes, on top of pudding or yogurt, or just eat them frozen. When they are frozen, it takes longer to enjoy ;0)


THESE ARE AMAZING!!! You can find these only at Weight Watchers meetings, but if you attend a meeting and apart of WW, do yourself a favor and pick these up. They have coconut, mango and pineapple pieces and it is a perfect pairing to a yogurt, lunch, dessert or anytime snack.


I love finding new flavors of Almonds and Blue Diamond is my favorite brand. These are addicting and the newest flavor. The vanilla taste is light, but just enough and goes great with the Honey Roasted flavor.


I can not wait to find these in the store. I love the Skinnygirl brand and all of her margaritas, wine, vodka, etc. These look super delish.


I am obsessed with this color! Plus I love the fact that it is light weight and will be great for running in the summer. I normally don't like tank tops because I don't like showing off my arms, but I cant resist the colors or the fact that it was on clearance for 15.97! Score!!


My Easter favorites!!! Every Easter I have to enjoy a little candy, as long as in moderation, but I only get what I really want. I also got some for James of course too. The Cadbury Creme Egg is my all time favorite.


If you know me, I love all kinds of nuts and trail mixes, I am a huge snack person. And I love ones that portion controlled like these, that way I can control myself.


Enjoy! I have a lot of other items I am really loving lately, will make sure to post more soon.









Thursday, April 17, 2014

Date Night Week

I have been so lucky this week to share two of my days off with James the whole day. We work opposite schedules at times and days off, but this week it worked out perfect for us. On Monday, we did a lot of stuff with my car and then went over to Gulfport for some lunch. It was an awesome day off. We never go over to Gulfport, even though it is literally 15 minutes away, but on Monday's all the shops are closed lol. It is a cute little town, that has some really nice restaurants and bars and shops. They have a small beach, but it is a perfect size. Plus, the town is quite and safe, which is now going to be a great new place for me to run.




We ate at O'Maddys for lunch and it was perfect. I did take pictures, but they didn't upload to my computer. We enjoyed a little happy hour, James got a Corina Light and I had a margarita on the rocks. We order a starter which was smoked fish spread and then I got a wrap and James got there famous Roast Beef Sandwich.

Monday was great and it was nice to enjoy the outdoors for a bit with each other.

Yesterday, we had a date night. We were meeting James's dad and his girlfriend for dinner at the Hangar, downtown St. Pete. We love it there, we have eaten there multiple times and always a great experience.


James loves to photo bomb my pictures, he has a great way of doing them lol.

We went downtown a little earlier so we could take advantage of some happy hour. I am not a big drinker at all. I did all that during College, but I can be very uptight and need to unwind a bit. I always think if I drink a lot I am going to gain back all that weight I had once had. But I have to remember, if I have a bad night, make the next day really good. So that's what I did last night, I took in all the atmosphere and environment and enjoyed myself for once.



I even order a hamburger because they are famous for them and they were only 5.00!!! I mean who could pass that up. I had a couple of glasses of wine and when we got home I did splurge a bunch on sweet and salty snacks. I mean a lot. My period kicked in and because of the wine, I was snacky. But today is a new day and I had such a great time with James last night, it makes it so worth it.

We spend every day together but to go out and just hang out and enjoy the day together is rare. We share different interests at times, I love to run and he golfs. I would be fine at just the beach all day and he likes to be in a bar watching a sporting event. But when we can have moments and days like these when it all ties in together, well it is almost perfect. 

We are trying to do more of this and more often.

How do you and your loved one spend a date night or date day???



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weekly Weigh In: Stayed the Same

So I am a day late and a dollar short.

Yesterday normally is my weigh in and WW meeting day, but because I am without a car for God knows how long, I had to miss it yesterday. I had full intentions of going too. I was going to walk to the meeting and then walk home afterwords. I brought my clothes, packed really light for work, I normally bring like 3 bags and I condensed down to a back pack, big deal for me. But Mother Nature had another idea for me and it was pouring raining when I got out of work, so walking was not in my cards.

I took the bus home and then just vegged out. I had the whole house to myself, my DVR, magazines and just some peace and quite. I munched on some carrots and hummus, almonds and apples. I looked at some of workout gear and then looked away. My body just wanted to chill out, relax and take in the rainy night. So I did just that. I didn't worry about weighing in, or running or anything and just kind of chilled out. Plus after running 13 miles on Sunday, I usually take two days off to get my body right again. AND because I am starting marathon training soon, I am going to take things a little slow for two weeks.

Today, I was suppose to have a travel day for work, but because I am without my travel vehicle. I took a well deserved PTO day and it has been perfect. I actually slept in past 8:00 a.m., James and I got up and went an cashed in our huge coin jar. We made 134 dollars! Then I went to WW to weigh in and I stayed the same!!!

WOOHOO!!

I have to tell you that is a huge deal because anytime I run a long distance, especially a half, I always seem to gain when I weigh in. So to see no gain and stay the same, it was a huge relief. I treated myself to buying two new 3pp bars they had. Jay and I went out breakfast afterwords. We went to First Watch Daytime Cafe. It was AMAZING!!!

Huge portions and very fresh. We gobbled up and then went to Plato's Closet to sell some of his clothes, he is downsizing. THANK GOD! I have been trying to get him to do that for years now, the man has way too many clothing items. Then we used the money we got from the coin jar and selling and went to Target and got a lot of essentials we have been wanting, like a rice cooker, some wine and beer ( not an essential at all ;0) paper products and of course some clearance items I found.

We got home and cleaned up a bit and then I went for a 3 mile walk which felt really good. I wanted to run, but I know it is good for me to just take it easy for the time being. The weather is really nice today and it was good to just walk. I took in a lot of our area, I normally don't get to explore because I am so set with where my mileage ends and begins.

So all in all nothing new and exciting in this land.

Hope everyone is having fantastic day!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Iron Girl Half Marathon Recap

Yesterday was the Iron Girl Half Marathon and boy was it out of my element kind of morning, here is a recap of the crazy but accomplished and satisfying day.

I had set my alarm to wake up at 4:15 a.m. but of course my boyfriend gets up right before hand and turns on the T.V. He has the worst habit of having to sleep with the t.v. on all the time and it drives me crazy, plus I can tell it hurts a lot with my sleeping habits. We try to set a timer and yes it goes off at a certain time, but he wakes up in the middle of the night and turns it back on, it drives me bananas!! Anyway, I got up and checked my phone and saw I had a message from my friend Jacke.

Jacke was not feeling well at all, in terrible pain and wasn't going to be able to run this morning and be apart of the race. I felt so bad for her because I knew this was going to be a big event for her and now she was missing out and wasted the money to participate. It would have killed me if I couldn't go, so I cant imagine how she was feeling. I immediately went into panic mode because Jacke was my ride to the race and my car was still broken. James had to work at 11, and if I took his car, he would have to go into work at least 1 hour late.

I woke him up and we discussed our options. We decided I was still going to go the race, but take his car and he would either get my car fixed before and take that or be late for work. As I was heading out AAA was in our parking lot and I asked them if they could check my battery. I mean what are the odds they would be there at that moment. So, they did and it turned out that it isn't my battery, but my starter. JUST GREAT!!

Well since it was 5 in the morning and a Sunday, we couldn't bring it anywhere, so I took James's car.

Before hand he snapped my traditional picture..



I googled where I was going and set out on my morning. Becca's the morning was all over the place I didn't do my routine of eating a banana and well using the bathroom. So well I was driving I had to pull over in a 7Eleven to do just that. Plus the battery in my phone is crap and was dying, so I had to buy a phone charger because I knew it would never last for me until the end and for the ride home.

I finally got to the area and parking was a breeze. I was shocked, I didn't have to pay and I had a prime spot that I could easily leave on time with. Timing was important so I could get home for James to leave for work. I stood in line to use the bathroom, once again, I never like to while I am running, so going before hand is key. There was an expo going on also, I walked around a bit, to warm up my legs and then found a pace group. I started in the 2:40. I started with them because I knew it wasn't going to matter too much, it is so crazy the first mile anyway.

I loved the environment and energy all around me. A lot of people doing their first half marathons and a lot of running groups and ages. I love races like these because it is amazing at how many different people you are surrounded with. One lady was 86 years old and I ran with her for a good mile, she was amazing. I seriously want to be like her when I am 86.

The first mile wasn't bad at all, I finally kept my pace, after about 4 minutes, I hit my beeper and got in my rhythm. LOTS of ladies were doing the run/walk method, more than I have seen before. I LOVED THAT!!! It made me feel comfortable. The scenery is gorgeous the whole run and I got lost in my thoughts for about 6 miles. I didn't even know the miles were going. I watched a lot of the faces of the ladies running, as I passed them, as I ran behind them. Making up stories to why they choose this race, etc. I found a rabbit to chase and kept pace all the way to 11 and then passed them and it felt great.

I had some serious blisters going on, but I pushed through. And this race was the first one I wasn't having any issues with anything. Everything just seemed to fit together.



At one point my Garmin lost signal, so my mileage was a bit off, so I paid attention not to my pace but the timing. I knew I wasn't going to PR with this race because of the heat and the bridges, I am just not there quite yet. But I wanted to at least beat the time I completed last year in.

My hydration was key with this race and so was my fueling because it was really hot yesterday morning. I used my fuel belt with four water bottles. Two had just plain water and then two had lemonade NUUN inside with a sprinkle of salt too. The salt gave me a some hydration and stopped cramping I could have. It tasted great and worked even better. When Gatorade was passed out, I grabbed some and water also. I don't care, hydration is key for me because I sweat a ton and I sweat a lot of salt out.

The bridges were tough, but I am tougher, I ran them for half and then my beeper would go off. The 4th and final bridge which is mile 12.5, I walked just a little bit longer because I was really feeling it. At one point of my running, I was singing a song and smiling, I was feeling great, so I pushed myself a little harder. While everyone around me was looking beat, I was picking up. At one point I was disappointed, we only had a little bit more to go. Then I did hit a wall, but I said I only have 10 more minutes and then the runners high kicked in and flew across that finish line.


Top was last year, bottom was this year. A year really does make a big difference. Even if I don't feel it at times, I am getting stronger, faster and better.

Crossing the finish line was different for me. I didn't have anyone on the side lines and I was distracted because I couldn't take it all in because I had to get home. I got my medal, which is gorgeous. The sun in the middle spins..



I grabbed an ice cold water and they gave out chocolate milk. YES!!! I love a cold chocolate milk after a run like this, I drank that down right away. I knew I wanted to get some Iron Girl swag, so I found the tent and got a hat and a sticker for my car.


Then I found the food tent and went and looked what they had. They had it set up buffet style with biscuits, turkey sausage, strawberry shortcake, potatoes, watermelon, bagels and a banana. I grabbed everything and the bagel I brought home for James. I got my plate and walked back to my car with it. I was going to dive in when I got home.


I stretched a bit, sent my text messages to my family that I completed and headed back to St. Pete, I would have loved to stayed and taken in the atmosphere, tried to find friends of mine and walked around the Expo, especially because I saw there was an Advocare booth, but I knew I had to get home for James to go to work, it wasn't fair to him if I took my time. I stopped at DD to get an iced coffee, I needed one desperately. 

When I got home, James took a picture of me with my medal.



I felt really great, despite all the craziness of the morning, I had a great run and felt extremely proud of where my life has taken me. I mean if you would have asked me 10-12 years ago where my life would be now, I never would have said what is today. I mean running 6 half marathons, signing up and beginning training on a full one, losing close to 80 pounds, never would this have been in my dreams and now it is a reality. Despite all the troubles and hardships I have been through, I still come up with a positive attitude and a smile on my face. They say people cant change, well I am proof they can, and for even better than what they imagined.

The rest of the day I was pretty sore, so I laid around all day and napped for a good 2 hours. It felt great and I didn't care for being so lazy. I ate when I felt hungry and taken a lot of water. It was a great day. 

Now I am taking a little break for running, especially any long runs. I am focusing on some strength and core exercises and finishing my Marathon book. Marathon training will begin the end of the month, so this break will be much needed.

I recommend if you have an Iron Girl Event in your area, take advantage of it. Everyone woman deserves to be an Iron Girl.










Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shopping, Walking, Prepping

I love the day/night before a race. Doesn't matter what kind of mileage I am doing, I get all giddy and excited, anxious and nervous for what is going to happen the next day. I mean I have done this mileage numerous times before, but its the atmosphere, the people, surroundings, everything else that gets me all jazzed up.

Today, I had the day off from work and normally in the past before one of the half marathons that I have done, I have not had the privilege of being off for the whole, usually I am working. So when this one came around, I was thrilled to have it off. But my car was still not working today, so I was limited to what I really could do.

I knew I wanted to go for a walk today to warm up my legs and kind of debloat myself a bit. Get the heart pumping, blood flowing and sweat pouring. Since I am without my car, I figured I would walk and do my errands I had planned. I took the bus to the mall and then walked from the mall to Sports Authority, which turned out to be a little over 2 miles. At SA, I picked up a new running tank, mainly because I feel in the love with the colors and my fueling items; Gu, Sharkies and NUUN.

Then from SA I walked to Walgreens and got some water and almonds because my stomach was growling. Then back to the mall. I wanted to go to Old Navy so I could pick up the outfit I wanted to wear tomorrow. Old Navy has seriously stepped up their game with their active wear. It is truly fantastic and so cheap, well cheaper in price then others. The pants/carpi's are great and the tank tops are light, flowy and fit perfect, oh and their colors, yup everything I need and more.

You can say I could drop some serious money in Old Navy in just their active wear. I love Old Navy to begin with, but this made me fall in love all over again. So I picked up this awesome stripped white and mint green tank and black, stripped pants...


Flat Angelina, already to go!

And because I spent 50, I got back 20.00 in a coupon to use the end of the month. MORE ACTIVE WEAR :0)!!!!!

From Old Navy, I went to GNC to pick up my stock in QuestBars and now they sell PB2, genius! So I got my share and I had a 10.00 coupon to use, but I had seemed to deleted it and of course my SnipSnap App wouldn't work, and the manager lady was being a bitch, so I paid the full price, uggh. Oh well, means I can use the coupon again.

My stomach was growling again, but I held off so I could go to Yankee Candle and pick up some tarts and stuff for my car. Being I work in the mall and very close to all these stores, you would think I would not want to do this on my day off, but when I am at work, that is it, I go to work and leave, I never want to hang around, so I use my time wisely later on.

My stomach was mad so I went to Chick Fil A and tried there Grilled Market Salad...

It was absolutely delicious!!!! The salad was 4pp. Comes with some toppings that are 4pp also. 8pp for the whole salad with toppings and worth it. I loved it and will be splurging to get that more often.

After lunch I thought about taking the bus home because I didn't want to over work my legs and then I thought, who the heck am I?! I of course can walk home, it was is only 1.5 miles away, so I did just that! The total came to about 5.5 miles. I was very satisfied with that. I did wear the wrong socks, so my feet were quite sore.

I came home soaked in the bath, got my stuff all prepped and ready to go and showered and sat down and read a Weight Watchers magazine. Now I am going to cook some pasta and relax for the night. I am pretty tired from lack of sleep last night and being outside for a long time today walking around in the heat, so I'm hoping to be asleep no later that 10:00, giving me a good solid 6 hours.

I am ready and excited for the morning!

Talk to you soon!!


Friday, April 11, 2014

Only Human...

Sometimes when I look in the mirror I still see that overweight, sad, trying to suck it into too tight of pants and shirts girl. I still see the flaws and imperfections. I still question if I am going to gain all that weight back and if I am still that heavy as before.

This week has been one of those weeks. I feel like I look like a giant balloon. Nothing is different in me at all, everything looks the same and fits the same, but when I look at myself I feel like I gained a 1000 pounds. I am obsessing over it a bit. Looking in the mirror, comparing pictures from this year and last year. And the thing is, I am the same weight this time last year, and I look different from last year too.

Why is it that our minds play these tricks on us? This week has been a pretty off week too, personally. I had a long travel day on Tuesday, Monday I was out all day because I had to get James from the airport, Wednesday I was just beat to all hell after my car issue, but I did run that day. Thursday I slept in a bit, because frankly I just needed it. Today, I tried to sleep in again, but despite being so tired, I couldn't turn my mind off to just sleep.

Tomorrow I am off of work and off until Monday and the half is on Sunday. I can not wait because when I run, I feel thin, I feel accomplished and I don't feel icky, I suppose. I am sure I am hormonal because my time is coming very soon, but I guess today is just one of those look in the mirror days.

I have to remember that I have lost 78 pounds. 78 pounds that is huge. I roller coaster between that and 86 pounds for the last year. But I have lost inches, pants and shirt sizes. I have improved my whole body in the last year alone. And I have done 5 half marathons, 3 5ks and a 15k. Oh and I am gearing up to run a marathon.

I guess I just pride myself on never getting myself done with my weight because I have come so far, but really I do. I do have those off days, where I wake up and touch my stomach to see if it has gotten flatter and then when it bloats throughout the day, just wait for it go down.

I guess I am just human and on this path.. I have come quite a long way, before I would just say oh its a bad day and indulge. And sure tonight we are going for pizza and wine, its been a week, but the old me would have pizza, wine, cake, or candy and have way too many slices and way to many glasses. I have control now, I control my body. I am human and these days come but now I know how to make them go away.

I found this quote and it just seemed to make sense and I will leave it with that..


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Why the Iron Girl series means so much to me

I love this feeling. I love the anticipation and the drive with knowing I am going to do another half marathon. I love the prep and the organization I get into.

The Iron Girl series really holds a dear place in my heart. 3 years ago, when all I was really doing was Weight Watchers and some walking, nothing drastic, but I was just losing weight and I know I wanted to do something else too. I wanted to branch out but I was scared for sure.

My boss and I were working an event and she mentioned she was going to be running the Iron Girl 5k with that April with her daughter. I was intrigued and another co-worker of mine said she was going to sign up also. So we got a couple more co-workers and we all signed up together.



I had no idea what I was doing. I really didn't even have any work out clothes or know where to begin. I looked up the Couch to 5k plan and just went with it. The first time I ran outside I was terrified. We live right off a busy street and I didn't want people to stop and stare at me. But I don't know what changed and I just didn't care anymore and just went with it. I would set a marker and I would run to that and then do another one and run another, so on and so forth.

I didn't run a lot. I walked a bunch but I figured if I could ride 3 plus miles on a stationary bike, which what I was doing more of, I figured I could run the miles. My plan going into the  5k was to run half and then walk the rest. I had no clue, I mean no clue what I was doing or what to expect. All I had was an arm band and my Ipod.

Day of the event I got out a cute outfit, pinned my bib to the front of me and just went with it. My co-worker and I stayed together and just ran what we could and then walked and then ran, but we finished. I think I ended with almost 38-40 minutes, but I felt like I was on cloud 9!!! I mean seriously I was beaming. I cried at the end, I was so happy.

James surprised me at the end when I finished and I couldn't believe I had just done a 5k. I mean I never, ever thought I would do anything like that in my whole life. And from that moment on, I was hooked. Then it all began after that moment and that day. I felt so accomplished and felt like nothing could get me down. I was beat and sore the next day, but I LOVED that feeling.



On that day I became a runner...

I wasn't fast, I wasn't in shape, I was breathing heavy and walked more and was all kinds of crazy, but I was trying my hardest and have been ever since.

After running my first Half Marathon with Rock and Roll, I knew I was going to run the Iron Girl Half last year to make it come full circle. And I did and it is one of my favorite races. It is super hard and it is hotter than the others that I run, but I get such a feeling after this one, it is something I can not explain.



Last year, heading to the finish!




Tonight, I ran a nice easy 3.31 miles and my friend Jacke picked up my race bib and shirt for me.




I am ready to go and cant wait until Sunday to cross that line 3 years later, stronger, faster and still trying my damnedest!