Thursday, July 31, 2014

84 Miles in July & A Hot and Sweaty 3.56 Miles to End the Month

Last day of July...

I ran for a total of 84 miles for this month. 84 miles in earlier hours, after work, very early mornings and hot and humid, crazy sweaty runs. Its crazy 84 miles for the whole month and next month will be over a 100. It scares me and excites me all at the same time. This is just 84 miles in running. I put in even more miles on the bike, walking, and other XT activities.

The best part, I survived it.  Sure it has been hell at times, but I made it through, no excuses and just got it done. The good thing about August, is I really have nothing going on. Nothing big with work, no vacations of time off. No reason to be super tired or burned out, so I can dedicate a lot of my energy and time my training. Making myself stronger with each mile.

I am ready for August. I am ready to go longer miles and really push it. Also means two months until the half. Oh man. Scary and every emotion in between.

Today, was a nice and quick 3.56 miles. I slept in because I had to close. As much as I loved sleeping in, it was way to late for me to be running. I went out at 9:30 and the sun was beaming down on me. It was hot and I forgot water, I couldn't even make spit. I was dying of thirst. You think I would learn my lesson.

I got the mileage in and was able to relax, do laundry and make dinner and lunch for work. I am still feeling a bit tired, but not as bad as last week. I am hoping my body is adjusting.

Okay enough with my rambling and random. Tomorrow is a fun day, XT, work and then a Ray's game for the night!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weekly Weigh In

So I am completely and utterly obsessed with The Sopranos. It is quite bad actually. I stayed up until 2 this morning watching them, then watched two while I was eating lunch and then one while I worked out at the gym. I just cant get enough.

Oh and I am sure tonight, I will be watching more with James.

I haven't even looked at my DVR the past few days. I did download a new book to my Nook though, Sharp Objects from Gillian Flynn. In the hopes I will do some reading and pull away from the TV.

Today was my day off and I had a pretty nice one. I have decided when I am lazy and a bum on my days off, it is totally okay, because well its my day off and I should enjoy it. I slept in today until 9. Mainly because I was up so late watching the show.

I went to Weight Watchers and weighed in. I had gained .4. I mean really, does that even matter or count?! I bet if I get on a scale now, it will be down. You know what I am really trying to not harp on it too much and it has been working. And with me eating my weekly points first then activity, I had much success. Except on Wednesday's, that day I just don't count the whole day, I just enjoy it.

After my Weigh in, I went downtown and used my Groupon I bought at Feet First. It is a running store, sort of like Fit2Run, but much smaller. The associates were friendly but not very helpful. I had a 50.00 groupon to use, so I picked up The Stick. I have been wanting that forever, a new brooks hat and my Shot Blocks and GU.

They did have the cutest Brooks Run Happy shirts. I will be going back there for those.

Now James and I are enjoying some Pei Wei, his favorite and then I suckered him into some FroYo. I have been craving it like crazy lately!!!

Happy Hump Day!

Oh and I spent a good hour in the gym between the bike and weights and elptical for my cross train day. Felt good, my arms are burning. It really helps to watch a show when doing those machines!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Journey to 26.2 Day 93: Appreciating 3 Miles

I completely forgot when I did my transformation post to update my training for the day.

Tuesdays used to be a day I dreaded. I normally have to be to work at 8, which means I have to get up around 5:30-6 to run, which is usually just my 3 miler for the week. After my run, I have to rush around to change, shower and try to either pack a breakfast and lunch to bring to work or just my lunch, etc. It is fast paced morning, with not much of a down time.

To be honest, it took awhile for me to get into the groove with it. Now after 93 days, Tuesday's I look forward to my 3 mile run. I really don't mind getting up early and hitting the pavement. I usually have down pat what I am going to bring for breakfast and lunch and I am ready to go. I don't go all out with my looks on these days and keep things very simple.

I love long distance running, a lot. My favorite mileage is 8. Something about it to me is perfect. I think because it was the mileage when I realized I can really do this. But I appreciate and enjoy my quick and easy miles on Tuesday's. It really has been a great way for me to start my morning. And then when I come home from work, I can just relax and unwind, knowing I put effort in this morning to get it out of the way.

This morning was a bit different because I went it to work a little later than normal, so I got an extra hour of sleep. I got to eat at home and enjoy a cup of coffee before work started. It was nice, which made me realize how much I do enjoy my Tuesday's again.

Transformation Tuesday

That was me, 5 years ago. I had just moved from MA and was home in NY for a couple of days before I was heading down here to Florida to start my new life. See I was very overweight, but I didn't see it. I hid behind make up and cute clothes, tight ones and just assumed the dryer shrunk everything. I didn't exercise and I had just quit smoking a month or so ago. I was happy and I was bubbly but something was missing. I think deep down inside I knew I was not who I was suppose to be, this was not my body. Not the body I wanted. It would take me almost 2 more years from this point to realize that. So here is the thing I was never depressed or hated myself, I was the same person but just not shining how I felt on the inside, outside.

5 years later through dedication, motivation, Weight Watchers and running...

I am still smiling!!

But this smile has way more behind it. There is a sparkle and a spark and satisfaction with it. I am smiling from the deepths of my soul and I feel good inside and out. Even dripping in sweat, I am beaming. That smile is true and fierce!

I still have some ways to go but I know now my smile is genuine and true. I'm not hidden anymore and I have never felt better...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Marathon Medal and Magic Mile

There it is!!!!

It is so funny that this was posted on Facebook tonight because on my long run the other day I was thinking and wondering all about what it would look like.

I am so excited about seeing this. I now have a vision and even more then just the finish line. I will be wearing this bad boy for months, sleeping it with it and I will wear it work for weeks. Oh and engraving the back. 

This is mine I tell ya!!

Oh and I forgot to mention, I did my first mile yesterday with the magic mile of 10:59, thanks to the awesome pace I had with Nanci!! Testing my magic mile again in two weeks. My magic mile was good, I felt strong and it wasn't hard to breathe or talk doing it. Looking to improve and get better.

I will now dream about this around my neck!!!

3 Months and A Day & Media I am loving Lately

Monday is here yet again. I cant believe how time is just flying by and I cant believe that I have been training for the marathon now since April 27, so 3 months and a day to be exact.

I have been determined and set forth at this whole training for 3 months now. WOW! And we have about 2 more to go. Before I know it the training will be over and I will be crossing that finish line.

It gives me chills.

So yesterday I had a fantastic day after my fun morning with Nanci. James and I went out for lunch to Ruby Tuesday's because we were both craving a salad bar. Seriously who craves salad bars???!! Then we spent the afternoon doing some errands, using our gift cards and then a nice 2 hour nap for me and we finished Season 4 of the Sopranos and started season 5.

It was a great day and night of no plans, no laundry, no cleaning and really no thinking. I needed a day off like that and I need to make sure all my days off are like this as much as I can. Nothing but rest and relaxation.

Today, I woke up feeling a little bit more refreshed than normal. It is nuts, yesterday I woke up at 4 and was ready to go, today 7:30 and I hit the snooze a 1,000 times.

Monday's are my walk or XT train day, the last 2 Monday's I have used for rest because of my busy weeks, but today I used it as a walk and got a great 3 miles in and then did 10 minutes of strength training. It felt great to do that after work and clear my head. The whole time, I was thinking about running. But I like to stick to the plan because it has a purpose and it works.

While I was walking though, I was thinking about all the previews of movies and shows I have been loving lately. Oh My Goodness, so much goodness coming up!!
And so much I am loving on T.V. right now...Here ya go..

Yes!!! I read all 3 books and I have a shirt that has a saying from the book, that I will proudly wear when I go and see the movie. I don't care how corny or stupid people think it is, I loved the books and know I will love the movie. Everyone is harping on the character choices, honestly I could care less, it is all about the chemistry that is brought through. And they defintely have it in this trailer. I did want Gabriel Macht to be Christian but come on Jamie Donovan is super sexy, I mean really sexy. I cant wait to see the other characters and how the story unfolds like the book.

Yup, I have read them all and seen each one and loved the one more than the last. I can not wait for Part 1!!! 

Gone Girl!!! Another book I loved and so excited how this is playing so closely to the book. As you can tell, I love reading the books before the movie. Sure it gives everything away, but that is the joy, seeing if it matches up and having the character unfold before your eyes.

I am going to be eating a lot of popcorn this year!!!

Here is what I am loving on T.V. currently, you know for my rest days :0)

This show is super cute. It is on ABC family on Wednesday nights. Love it. It is more adult than what is normally on ABC family, but it is funny and witty.

Fell in love with this show from the start. I loved the whole plot and concept and it keeps getting better and better with each one. Way to go ABC Family.


I am so hooked on this show it isn't even funny!! We have HBO just so we can watch this show. I mean we have been on a roll this year with shows, Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black and now this. I have no clue what we are going to watch after. I am in love with all the characters but love the fact that we can watch each one back to back because I could never wait a full week for the next one. We have 2 more seasons left. I am sure the rate we are at, we will have it done in a few weeks lol.

Have a Happy Monday!!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Journey to 26.2 Week 14 begins with 8 miles

Happy Sunday Morning!!

Happy week 14 of training for me and happy whatever week of training you might be embarking on!!

Started my day the best way possible! Running before the sun rise with a new and amazing friend, Nanci and then enjoying an iced coffee after with even better conversation!

Nanci and I set up our run right after we ran two weeks ago. She came to St. Pete this morning and we met downtown around 5:15 am. Yes, it's early but we wanted to cover 8 miles and do it before it got really hot. Don't get me wrong today was not a cool day. It was hot and humid and sticky, just all around yuck.

But we were out there tackling those miles. 8 miles came so quickly when we were talking the whole time. Seriously we have just met two weeks ago in person, but I feel like I have known here forever. It is awesome. We share tons of similarities and already talk about anything and everything. I can't wait for another run date again. And hopefully we can set it up with more of our runner gals!

Having a running community and support system is amazing and makes a HUGE difference. No one knows runners like runners do and I will make to surround myself with them more often.

How can you not see that and love it??!!

It makes the early mornings and heat and miserable humidity all worth it.

Duh of course we have to take a selfie!!

A little Dr. Seuss reference for ya and so how I feel about the run this morning and to everyone who runs in the summer. It really is fun for me.

Now that my run is out of the way and the rest of my day is up in the air. A nap though is of course penciled in!!

Enjoy your Sunday!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Week 13 Pushed my Strength

Good Saturday Morning!!

What a crazy, tiring week this has been.

Literally my mind, emotions and body are just exhausted. I feel like I'm getting enough sleep but my body and mind are craving more. I woke up today sore, legs, arms, hips and just tired oh and with another sinus headache. 

I understand training is going to be difficult at times. It is going to take everything out of me because I work full time also. And not your typical job, I am on my feet all day, never sitting down. So it wears you out and I'm feeling it for sure this week.

Plus Aunt Flo came last week and screwed me all up this week. Funny how all of these things come into play. I am still on plan with my training, which is awesome, I just missed one day of cross training or a walk. 

For awhile I felt like I wasn't pushing myself enough. I felt like it was easy haha. I'm crazy I know!! Then bam and now it is all real. This shitz is tiring but I'm becoming stronger for it. I'm getting my runs in and my XT the best i can and my rest, even though I feel like I'm not.

Today I planned a rest day because I don't have to work until 3. I was going to do lunch with a friend but I woke up this morning out of it. It sucks I really wanted to meet up but I know my body is like please just take the time!

But I feel guilty at times. I feel guilty for resting or not doing anything. Like if I don't work out or run or decide to watch tv instead of reading a book, I have guilt. I guess everyone can relate to that one.

This week was emotional for me becauseI tested the limits I never thought i could. I ran 15 miles!!! 15 miles in 3:08, a long time but oh so rewarding. I worked 6 days this week, 45 hours, and kept up with my social life and house hold. It's a lot but I seriously wouldn't change any of it for the world.

Week 13 holds a special place in my heart. I will always remember this week for the fact I went over the longest mileage I have ever done before. It has begun to test my limits and build my endurance. Sure I feel weak to training at times but I'm stronger then those miles and tougher than my thoughts!!

77 more days to go!!!

I love the lifestyle i am living!!

Week 13

Sunday: 4 miles
Monday: rest and prep
Tuesday: 15 miles!!!!
Wednesday: Recovery, long work day and weigh in: maintained
Thursday: 3 miles
Friday: Weights and 10 miles on the bike
Saturday: Rest from the week!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Journey to 26.2 Day 86 and Friday Favorites Finds and Fun


I can say that today because I only had a half day at work!! I had to sacrifice a second day off so I took some shorter shifts to make it up. Today was nice to get out early. I used my Old Navy gift card I was given for my birthday and went to GNC.

Seriously, who have I become that GNC is a favorite place for me to go haha. 

Today is also a walk or XT day. I opted to do it after work so I could sleep in a bit, which we know i love. I have been so tired. I'm not sure if my body is trying to fight off a sickness or my sinuses are kicking my A or maybe the fact I increased my mileage a whole lot, or the days off but it has put a toll on me for sure.

Any chance I am getting, I am napping. Rest is extremely important to me. I live and work so much better when I have rest. I mean who doesn't??

I did 40 minutes on the bike doing the rolling hills. Have to get those hills in somehow.

Since this is a quick and easy post, I wanted to share some of my new Friday Favorites.

My lunch yesterday haha. 2 white cheddar rice cakes, spicy tuna with roasted chick peas I got in my Bestowed box

Apple sauce and this yoplait light yogurt..

So yummy!! I need to have this combo for lunch more often. I was able to eat a little bit at a time and at work this worked out great for my 8 hours. It was filling and had a nice amount of protein.

Yoplait watermelon light yogurt for 2pp! Limited edition, found it at Walmart and LOVE it. I will be going back and stocking up on these for sure!!

This I got today at GNC. Amaze-balls!!! It is spicy but not too spicy. Settled my hunger strike with 10g of protein. A little high in points and fat but for my lunch and on the go, it was perfect. I also picked up a honey mustard one and BBQ. Can't wait to try. Settled my chips and salty crave.

I got these at Trader Joe's last week and they are delicious. Green tea ice cream inside of a little pocket type of thing. Very different but only 100 calories and 3pp, it is heavenly. They come in other flavors too, like strawberry and chocolate.

The Blendicano! Made famous from Mshell fitness, I follow on Instagram!

4 quad espresso
4 sugar free vanilla pumps
One cup of Venti ice
Then I added a Splenda packet and cinnamon.

Obsessed!! And 1pp. It helps me with Mondays!!

Here are some items I screenshoted from Instagram of things I can not wait to try..

I have the same one but Toasted Hazelnut! I'm on the lookout!!

 Make sure to follow them on Instagram too!!! I find a lot of inspirational and motivational ideas from them too!

Enjoy your Friday!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Journey to 26.2 Run with out beeper and Wheat Grass

This morning I had my 3 mile run. I got to sleep in a bit, actually until 8:30. I was dying to sleep in today and was grateful I had to close the store. I went out for 3 miles and decided to not take my beeper with me. I just wanted to run and walk when I needed. It felt great too this morning. It was really hot and sweaty. I was dripping for like 20 minutes after wards. 

My energy level was shot all day though. I  felt like I was trying so hard to keep eyes open all day. I brought this wheat grass shot with me to work to help increase my energy level...

I had gotten it in my Bestowed box last month. It smelled like grass, so I plugged my nose and down it went. It was not bad at all. And I know it woke me up a bit for side. I definitely felt much better. I need to find more of these.

All in all a good day but I am so ready for my half day tomorrow. I'm exhausted!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recovery Day and Weekly Weigh In

Happy Wednesday and. Weekly weigh in over here!!

Well after those awesome 15 miles I woke up very tired and exhausted. Not that sore but sore enough and my arms from the chaffing were pretty bad. So since I was feeling very drained, I took today as a nice, recover day, also rest day. 

Saturday's are more my rest day but with these long mileages coming up a rest day before and recover day after will be best for me but I'll play it by here, but today I really wanted it.
I had to work today all day and then weigh in right after. To my delight I stayed the same, wish it was a lost but stay the same is just as great!! It means I am doing something right. Drinking my 100 plus ounces of water and eating my extra points and activity points when needed has done wonders. I am moving in the right direction. 

I am staying the course and including more and more protein when I can. So let's hope next week, it drops more 😄!

Have a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Journey to 26.2 First Big Milestone

Big big day today!! 

My first really big long run and boy was it interesting. 

I was prepared and ready to go when I got up. It was sticky and humid out but at times a great breeze made its way through. I brought my hydration pack filled with water, my GU and shot blocks. I wore them in a fuel belt around my waist and no arm band.

I had an ingrown hair this morning under my arm pit and it was driving me crazy and hurt like hell. I used Body Glide all over my body to prevent chaffing too. James tells me, he is just going to dump me in Vaseline and send me out. It honestly does not seem like a horrible idea.

My run started off good, my calves were a little heavy and my fuel and everything was working out perfectly. It was 5:00 and completely dark, so I was very cautious of my surroundings. We have a lot of homeless downtown and I wanted to be aware incase I came up and someone was on the ground or around the corner. No one else was running, it was me and the water and darkness.

I kind of loved it. I had route in mind but figured I would run 7.5 out and then turn around and head back. I went out to 6.40 and turned around because it started heading towards a bad part of a neighborhood. I ran through my regular route and then around a USF campus and All children's hospital. It was great to see different secenry.

Around mile 6ish my legs were very heavy and I couldn't get out of my mind with the thoughts of how much more I have to go, so I dropped my 2:30/:30 to 2:00/1:00. That extra :30 made a world of a difference. I still felt tired and heavy but i had sparks of life here and there.

I took my fuel at mile 5,9 and 11. At mile 11 I had to stop and get some cold water from a fountain. The water in my pack was getting way to warm. I don't mind warm water but I needed something refreshing. It made a huge difference. I felt better already and ready to take on the last 3 miles.

My clothes and body was drenched. I mean so sweaty my pants were falling off. I could ring out my hair. When I ran past 13.1, I knew it was all new. It was exciting and different. I have never ever ran this far before, it became a bit emotional.  

My body was screaming at me. My legs were hurting, my body aching and my under arms from the back pack rubbing against them were so raw. When I hit that 15 miles, I cried. I couldn't believe what I had just done. I was thrilled to be done and thrilled that I actually did it. 

Not once did I want to give up or turn back. Sure I questioned why am I doing this, can I do this for 11 more miles, etc. and yes I can and I will. I am in now until the end, I am On my way! 

I stretched a bit after, called my boss because she is my mentor and inspiration and then downed a protein bar and protein shake. I was hurting.

I felt like I ran 15 miles. 

My body was raw and chaffed in all areas. I couldn't wait to take off my sweaty clothes either. I enjoyed some coffee, a nice long shower and then more food. I am definitely hungry today but making really good choices, with lots of protein. I am hoping for a good result tomorrow.

I have already taken a small nap and looking to go back for another! I am feeling really lazy and loving the SVU marathon on USA. And most of all I am taking in this huge milestone I had.

I can justify being lazy after these long runs.

I ended the the 15 miles in 3 hours and 8 minutes with a 12:34 pace. I am extremely happy with that!! That is great for me with this heat and humidity and time of year. I know I am only going to get stronger as this training continues on!!

I can't wait to continue my milestones on this wild and crazy journey I am on!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Eve of Untouched Mileage

Okay so it is the eve before my first BIG training Run. I mean it is 15 miles, only 2 more than a half. I type this like it is nothing, are you kidding me???

Slaps face!

Only 2 miles, that is a big freaking deal. This is untouched territory, I am breaking new grounds in my life tomorrow. I am not sure how to react lol. I know I will be getting up at 4:00 am and ready to go. I have my clothes laid out, my waffles will be ready with reduced fat PB and I will be having sport beans with it also. I brought a GU and Shot Blocks for during the run. I will have the shot blocks, 3 at mile 3, GU at 7, More Shot Blocks at 10-11.

I brought a VEGA recovery protein bar after and a Carb Control Protein Shake. I have a conference call to get on right after, so I am hoping to get home in time and shower and then prepare myself for the call with a big old cup of coffee. Then I will be making a Big breakfast of egg whites and toast and some other form of protein. My goal is to have lots of protein tomorrow. LOTS of it, to keep my hunger down and to also eliminate me from eating bad stuff.

I have to weigh in the next day, which I am a bit nervous about, but hey whatever it says I am okay with it because I can get it right back off. Oh and water and rest will be my BFF. I have no plans for the day, except some laundry and rest. Did I mention rest and a nap haha.

I am excited about moving up in mileage. I am ready. Everything from now on is just new and fun and exciting and trying new things. This is training, making sense of it all and seeing what works for me and what does not.

So until later tomorrow...

Wish me Luck!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Week 13 Begins, Water is my BFF & A BDay Treat to Myself

Okay so Week 13 begins today. 13 weeks I have been training for a marathon. 13 weeks, I know most only do it for about 16 weeks, which holy crap that would scare me! I love the idea that I have about 11 more weeks to go. I like the idea I still have training to do but the scary mileage is coming up this week.

Technically, today I was suppose to run 15 miles. BUT because we had a second inventory to do at work with my sister store, I was not going to run and then go to work and do inventory all day. I made the executive decision to change the run to my day off, which happens to be this Tuesday. So Tuesday at 5:00 am I will be embarking on my longest run to date and then every other week after that the mileage climbs a little higher and higher.

To say it doesn't scare the crap out of me is an understatement. I am not nervous about doing it, I am nervous of how I will be feeling and hitting that wall. But I am excited about accomplishing it and saying I got it done.

Okay, well before I get ahead of myself. Today begin week 13, so I ran the mileage I would normally run on Tuesdays, which is about 3-4 miles. I decided to sleep in, since I didn't have to get up for a long run and just run after I got home from work, which I never really do. It felt so weird to sleep in on a Sunday, sit and have a cup of coffee and not run in the morning. After work, I cleaned up and went out for 4 miles.

I can honestly say I do not like running at night or after work. My mind is all over the place, my body is a bit tired, it is still very, very hot and even more humid and I forget what I am doing, like being prepared. I forgot to bring water and I was very dehydrated. I ran by a lady watering her plants and I seriously was thinking about running up to her and asking her to drink out of her hose. It was bad.

Never will I make that mistake again. Water is my new BFF. Speaking of that, my 100 ounces a day is going great and I have even gone over 100 a lot too. Almost a gallon a day. Woohoo. I can feel a big difference. Unfortunately this week Aunt Flo was in town, so I was feeling crappy anyway, but the water helped because I wasn't feeling as bloated as normal.

After my 4 miles, I made an awesome dinner of Trader Joe's Chicken Burgers, cut up sweet potatoes and some zucchini. All in all a pretty successful day and start of the week.

Last night we had a great time at the wedding. The food was amazing, the drinks were overpriced, so that was limited and I had a pretty good looking date...

We look so old! haha. I got the dress the day before from Ross for 8.50. I couldn't pass up quite a deal and I LOVE CHEVRON!! I was stoked and the dress fit perfectly. I felt beautiful and my confidence was threw the roof. I would never have worn something like that before and expose my arms. But I am embracing my flaws and loving the changes my body is making.

And with that being said, I got this as a birthday gift to myself for how far I have come, how far I have yet to go, to motivate, inspire and get my to that 26.2 finish line..

I have been eyeing this up for quite some time now and finally thought it was the right time. I talked with Nanci about it on our run, how I thought I was jinxing myself and she proved me wrong. She saved us it as motivation and determination and it fits more aspects in life than just the marathon. Hearing her say that it rang true to me and I knew it would be mine. I love it and wear it proudly and find myself looking at it.

And I think, after the marathon I will engrave the date on the back.

Hope everyone had a nice Sunday, how ever way you spent it, I hope you Sparkled a little bit brighter!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Birthday Events, Attending a Wedding, 2nd Rest Day: Week 12 ends

I completely forgot to post yesterday for my birthday!!!

Today will be quick and short because I have a wedding we are attending in less than 2 hours and I have tons to do. Anywho yesterday was my 29th birthday.

I kicked it off with a bang..

8 miles before the sunrise and free Starbucks! Normally Fridays are my XT day but being my birthday, the day before was a crappy run and today I was gonna use as a second rest day I needed a longer mileage! 

If felt great. I have a hydration vest I got at Walmart and it is taking some getting used too but so far okay. My legs were still really sore for the strength day but I made it through. I got breakfast for James and I on the way home and then went to Trader Joe's.

I picked up lots of veggies and some new items, I will surely post later this week. I was exhausted because it being a very long week, I just wanted some relaxation. I spent the day napping and then did dinner with James.

Nothing special or big. Running was my big thing and all I really wanted to do. I am ready for 29 and seeing how the year plays out. I'm pushing out of my comfort zone this year and the marathon is my first step!!

Have a great weekend!!
Week 12 Results
Sunday- 7 mile run
Monday- rest
Tuesday- 3 mile run & 2.65 walk
Wednesday- strength training- so sore
Thursday-1.65 run & .50 walk- bad bad day
Friday-8 miles and Birthday!!
Saturday- work & wedding- rest day!

Total run 19.65 miles
Walk 3.15
XT and Strength- 0 miles but 20 minutes with plank, squats and lunges

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bad Runs and Goodbye to 28!!

Ever have one of those days where you set yourself up for success to have it all just crash..

Yeah this morning was one of those mornings.

I was in a really deep sleep and did not want to get up, I hit snooze all morning. Frankly all week I have been a bit off, I know it has a lot to do with not having a day off in 9 days and training but it sucks!

Today is a run day so I set to go for 3 miles. My legs were sore from the lunges and squats, it's an awesome feeling but man they did not want to move. About .90 of the run my stomach started to really cramp up. I took some walk and breathes but I couldn't out run the pain.

It was bad and I was doubling over and then the sinus pressure behind my right eye was really pounding. With the heat, the humidity and the cramps it was making my pressure pound. Like a drum in my head. 

I knew I was going to have to cut the run short and walk the rest home. I wished I could run it home to get there faster but I was hurting. This sometimes happens before Aunt Flo comes to town. But yesterday all day I had some stomach issue after my big breakfast. Maybe that had something to do with it.

Here is what I managed..

Not a good run at all. I started strong but then bad. I'm glad I didn't push through and listened. Bad runs will happen and my body will rebel against me. It is not used to all of this. I will let it win today but  that doesn't mean I will give up!!

I will be back tomorrow stronger, faster and making up those miles. 

Today is my last day as 28 and what an awesome year it has been!! I ran 2 half marathons, a 15k, 3 5k's and completed a two day Challenge which came to 25.5 miles. I have lost weight and gained some. I have gained muscle I never knew I had and gained confidence I always strived for. I have proved myself in my work environment and did a month long running streak during the most stressful time of the year.

I have learned forgiveness and released my father from the box beside my bed. I have gotten closer to my family and realizing them and my small group of friends is all that matters in this world. I branche out of my comfort zone and signed up for a Full Marathon and researched a training plan and have stuck to it for 88 days non-stop.

I have cut my hair, dyed it. I have bought clothes and sizes I never thought possible. I have worn dresses and tanks tops and felt most pretty with just my sweats on. I learned I love to sweat and run more than drinking and going out. Wine and margaritas are my drink of choice and a good book makes me whole.

It's hard to believe that I will be 29 tomorrow but 28 truly was a great year. I have met some people I never thought I would and I know they will follow with me for years to come. I became a blogger and inspiration to many when I turned 28. So many wonderful things that have shaped who I am.

Do I want to turn 29...

Sure why the heck not!!

Age is just a number and i am getting better and better with each and every year because I don't want to look back and say I wish I did...

So cheers and goodbye to 28..

29 I am looking forward to an amazing last year of the decade that was my 20's!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy First Birthday To My Blog!!!!

I cant believe I forgot that I have 2 birthdays this year and this week.

Today is my One Year Birthday of this Blog!!!

I started this blog on this day a year ago. I started it just to write about my life of running, weight watchers, and just living my life sparkling every day. This blog I think really has saved me. I went to college for writing, but after college, fell away from it a lot, then I had a lot of people reach out and say I should start one.

James bought me a new computer to get me started and I just took it from there. In a year time, I have written 422 posts, just about anything and everything. I did a whole cap of Women's Running, my run streak of December, life events, vacations, all the recipes I made or enjoyed, my Nook Books I was reading, which I need to get back too, my shopping trips and my favorite items.

I got deeper than I thought I would with my writing about my dad. I wrote about he has impacted my running more now than when he was alive. Even though at times it really hurt me, I wrote it out and felt so much better. Oh and now I am documenting my whole journey of Marathon Training.

My blog is a work in progress. I make mistakes, I don't write the best grammar wise, sometimes my post don't make any sense and they can tend to be a flop, but as always it is 100% me. This is who I am and who I am also becoming.

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog this past year. The comments you have made or sharing my posts and just following along through my journey in my life. It means the world to me.

Happy Birthday to Run.Chew.Sparkle. it has been one heck of a year and I cant wait to see where I am taking this blog for the years to come!!!!

Weekly Weigh In and Strength

Quick update post this morning!

I got to finally sleep in.. Woohoo! My only time this week, I decided to not do a XT this morning but worked on. strength training and it felt amazing. I did a 1 minute plank, 5 sets of 8 reps of reverse lunges and squats. 

Let me tell you I worked up an awesome sweat. Then I went to WW to weigh in and I was down .6!!!

Yay two weeks in a row of a loss. I will take it. Next week is a little different because I have to weigh in different with my schedule but a loss is a loss. Means I am doing it right.

Have a happy Wednesday 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Double Dose of Training

Happy Tuesday!!!

While normally Tuesday's are really, really long days for me, today I just didn't mind it too much. Getting up early and making it through the day with work and such is getting easier.

I got up at 6:30, much later than I would normally but the snooze button and I are becoming way to close.  I used to NEVER hit the snooze button, now I cant stop. So I got up and dressed quickly and got out the door. I do like Tuesdays because it being a quick and easy run day, 3 miles and done. I then raced to get ready for work and made it on time.

Tried to have a half day but like always, never seems to work in my favor, but hey any early time when having only one day off, is fine by me. I was starving so I threw together some tuna, salad and a soup, oh and attacked, and I mean attacked these gems..

I think I have posted these before, they are amazing!!! Once I start I can not stop, thank goodness they are out of the house. Then I took an afternoon nap, I was beat and I was meeting my friend Jacke downtown for a walk and dinner, so I wanted to rest up a bit.

I met Jacke at 6 and we walked along our route we normally ran, around the Pier and back. Thunder was a bit much, so we got it by .50 miles, so we got in 2.65. It was a really nice night for a walk, not too hot, humid but not all that hot. We saw dolphins in the bay and got caught up on our lives, we haven't seen each in 2 months and it was so nice to catch up and like old times.

After we went to EVOS for lunch. EVOS is a healthy type of fast food. It is truly amazing and one of my favorite places to eat. James isn't a huge fan, but I love it AND it is on the WW app, so I don't have to do any extra finding of points.

Check out their website


I got their Air Bake Fries, nothing is friend, it is all baked and you can tell the difference. You don't feel bloated or nasty and the fries are delicious. I got the Chipotle Turkey Burger and added Avocado. I was starving so I devoured that bad boy so fast. I really have to work on slooowwing down when I eat, I am like a beast haha.

Jacke got the crispy buffalo chicken wrap, with the fries and a chocolate milk shake. I had a taste it tasted just like a frosty, BUT with out all calories. Only 205 calories and 5pp. Next time, I am all about that. I decided to not get one because I really wanted FroYo, which was right down the street.

It was so nice to meet up with Jacke and with her busy life, she is going to nursing school and with mine, we need to take more time to just see each other and we vowed to do so.

I got my FroYo. Just a little and I added lots of fruit this time, no candy. Which is first for me, but I didn't want to ruin the good meal I had. I do weigh in tomorrow, but I really didn't want to past it up, YOLO, right???!!

So training I did double duty tonight, 3 running miles in the morning and 2.65 walk at night. Feeling pretty good. I think on my small runs, I can do something like that and I wont over do it, or do a little more exercise. I need to do some yoga and stretching and strength too. I found a great article in Runner's World and I am going to tackle on that this week too.

Oh and I forgot to mention yesterday, my awesome friend Nanci is also a runner like I mentioned, WW member and she starts official marathon training on the 28, she is also a blogger and it is fantastic. She has so much to offer, I know you will be inspired and motivated like I am!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

90 Days Until Marathon, Running Friends and Rest

It has been a long two days in my little life!! Work and marathon training and everything in between. I didn't post yesterday because from the moment I woke up until about 630pm I was non-stop and this was my wake time...

Yup 3:45 am to go and run!! I got up early to run 7 miles over in Clearwater with the most inspirational lady and motivational Weight Watchers person. I met Nanci through Instagram and realizing how close we live and the races we do, we decided to set up a run date. I met her and her hubby, Mike in the morning and we killed 7 miles with a bridge before the sun even came out. It was awesome.

Meeting Nanci for the first time yesterday and we clicked, we chatted the whole 7 miles and I could have gone 7 more with the pace and energy. We planned a second run date for two weeks down here in St. Pete! Running with a friend, makes a HUGE difference.

I am so glad to have met Nanci, whom is also training for her first full this year on November 30th. I love that I can talk and run with someone who is understanding and going through the same thing. I surround myself with a lot of people like this to motivate and keep my focus.

After the run, I flew back home to change, eat and leave for work. I had to work a bridal show for the whole day. I love these because I have awesome co-workers whom I adore but I really wanted to sleep but hey at least I looked cute..

Finally getting home from the bridal show I crashed on the couch for a bit and JAmes brought home Pollo tropical. I devoured my meal and even some leftovers of his. I was starving!! And once I ate, I was feeling much better, more awake.

Protein, protein, protein matters!!!

We finished Season 2 of the The Sopranos and I'm freaking hooked!!! I love this show and want to spend all my free time watching it. Which is bad because I should be reading and going through my stacks of magazines and educating myself haha BUT it is so gosh darn good.

Now today I woke up so tired. I slept great but the lack of sleep the night before and the busy day took toll of me and I was beat. I had a busy day of work including a meeting and while today is normally a walk or XT day, I am using as just a rest day. I feel like a truck hit me and I just want time to unwind a bit more.

I'll switch from Saturday to today. I am really learning my body and how I am doing. PLUS, tomorrow morning I run and then meeting up with my long, lost haven't seen in months friend Jacke for a walk and dinner later on 😃. Can not wait!!

Oh and I am doing great with my 100 ounce water challenge. I have gotten at least 100 ounces each day and then some, it is easier than I thought! Let's hope it helps on Wednesday. 

And with being Monday here is so Motivation...

My mom sent this too me the other day and it just was what I needed. And love everything about what it means and stands for!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Week 11 done and What I Ate For the Day

A pretty non eventful and quite Saturday for me. It is a rest day from plan which is nice but a full day of work. Since nothing big or new in my day or even running related, I figured I would show what I ate
For the day with my points. 

I get 26 points a day with Weight Watchers and 49 extra points a week. I can use those however I feel fit. And then I get activity points and those can vary from activity to activity and week to week. Last week I earned 52 and this week I have in 14 so far.  

I used to eat all my activity points and it was working for a bit but then I noticed I was eating those and all the weeklies and I wasn't burning and gaining. So now I have switched it to eat just my weeklies and if I want on high activity weeks I will tap into the activity ones if I feel I need too.

So here is my day...

For Breakfast I had

A cup of coffee with 2 tablespoons for fat free half and half with 2 Splenda :0pp
2 multi grain waffles from Aldi-2pp
1/4 cup of fresh blueberries on top-0pp
1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon raisin almond butter ( I'm writing a post on that alone)-1pp
1 teaspoon of sugar free syrup 

Breakfast total-5pp

At work I got a banana and Venti Unsweetened Iced Green Tea with one Splenda from Starbucks-0pp

I packed my lunch for work, like always and brought

1/4 cup of Buffalo wing Almonds-4pp
Baby bel light cheese wedge-1pp
Turkey sandwich on reduced calories bread with lettuce and two sandwich pickles and hot mustard-3pp

Lunch total-7pp

Mid afternoon snack was an apple and finished my 74.4 ounces of water!

Dinner was a bit of a snacks one, I wasn't sure what I wanted and quite frankly I wanted anything and everything. I had plans of getting something for Pollo Tropical but it feel through so I was all over the place.

4 green olives with pits-0pp
9 Ritz whole wheat crackers-3pp
14 slices of turkey pepperoni-2pp
1.4 ounces of Sharp Cheddar Cheese-4pp
1 1/2 cup of Campbell's Burger and Veggie Soup-5pp

And some mister mustard and a diet coke-0pp

I love snack plates because I can settle everything I am wanting.

Dinner total-14pp

Then as a quick after dinner treat because I just bought this at Big Lots and was dying to try them..

Serving size is 11 pieces for 5pp!! They are amazing!! I had 5 pieces for 2pp. These things are soooo good! They would be a great addition to a trail mix of just a quick snack.

For the day total of 29 points, not too shabby at all. Since I love something sweet before bed I allow myself another little treat for no more than 3pp. To make it 32, it is 6pp over so I will be taking from my weeklies but earning it back tomorrow with my run! Win win.

Now not all my days are like this. I tend to eat different items each day to keep myself on point and so I never get bored. It works for me! I think I might do this more often with posting it because I feel more accountable and in tune!

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Favorites I am on the look for and Journey Day 82

IOkay so it's Friday!! Woot woot! I have to work all weekend and I really don't have an official day off until my birthday next Friday! 

Yup my last week 28. I can't believe it. 28. Has been a really great year for me, it's hard to believe it will be over in a week. 

Like I mentioned I have a long week coming up and really trying to stay on track with everything. My sleep was way off last night. I have been sleeping amazing lately but last night was the pits. I was moving around a lot too and then at 4-5 I was wide awake and hungry. Oh and I was peeing every hour it felt like.

Least I know it is working. I am really pushing for a good lost this week. I just wanna get back down, so I am not going to let the stress of the week get me down. I am tracking everything!  

So today is a XT or walk day and  I'm outside getting a walk on. 2 miles, 40 minutes. Being outside gives me a better sweat for sure. Then a closing shift.

I was on Instagram and saw some products I am on the look out for...

Oh margaritas have my heart and she said it was only 4pp! I am all about that!!

I bet they would be great frozen! Also on the look out for the watermelon flavor too!

Yum! I could stuff a lot of goodies in those for sure.

These look like an awesome sweet tooth craving!

Also if you have Instagram, follow these ladies, they are awesome and have great tips and tricks too!

And I'll leave you with my moto for a happy Friday..

Favorites I am on the look for and Journey Day 82

IOkay so it's Friday!! Woot woot! I have to work all weekend and I really don't have an official day off until my birthday next Friday! 

Yup my last week 28. I can't believe it. 28. Has been a really great year for me, it's hard to believe it will be over in a week. 

Like I mentioned I have a long week coming up and really trying to stay on track with everything. My sleep was way off last night. I have been sleeping amazing lately but last night was the pits. I was moving around a lot too and then at 4-5 I was wide awake and hungry. Oh and I was peeing every hour it felt like.

Least I know it is working. I am really pushing for a good lost this week. I just wanna get back down, so I am not going to let the stress of the week get me down. I am tracking everything!  

So today is a XT or walk day and  I'm outside getting a walk on. 2 miles, 40 minutes. Being outside gives me a better sweat for sure. Then a closing shift.

I was on Instagram and saw some products I am on the look out for...

Oh margaritas have my heart and she said it was only 4pp! I am all about that!!

I bet they would be great frozen! Also on the look out for the watermelon flavor too!

Yum! I could stuff a lot of goodies in those for sure.

These look like an awesome sweet tooth craving!

Also if you have Instagram, follow these ladies, they are awesome and have great tips and tricks too!

And I'll leave you with my moto for a happy Friday..

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Influenster Review on First Aid Shot Therapy

I was given this product for free for my review of the product through Influenster.

I received the Surfs Up Vox box this past month and I loved it. Inside was this item...

First Aid Shot Therapy. It is a liquid fast relief to aches and pains. It is quick and goes down smooth. The flavor was berry but did have a crushed up Tylenol taste to it. I didn't mind it but I would not take it often. If I had it around and in a pinch I would go for it.

I felt a bit of a relief but it was not lasting. I took it after I ran 13.1 miles because my muscles were super sore and I need a quick relief.

I think it is a decent product to keep in your purse for on the go.

Journey to 26.2 Water & Fighting Myself

Happy Thursday and almost the week is done!!

I have to say I am glad I was super lazy on my day off yesterday because my next couple of weeks are going to be a little cooko bananas and rest will be very limited!

We had the best BBQ last night, I mean really, really, eat everything and then some good and then some sugar free soft serve. It was a perfect night out with my love but this morning, I needed to jump start right back to me.

I had my cheat meal and cheat day and now back to the grind and that starts with me and water. I enjoy water but it is not always my go to drink. I drink a lot of coffee and unsweetened green tea and of course my diet coke! I know it's not great but I am not budging on that one.

Yesterday ate Walmart I picked up some bottles to help me get my water in and a pitcher to make Crystal Light. 

I figure if I can drink these two things every day I am doing good. It comes to 109 ounces of water! Sure I am peeing like crazy but that is the idea. The pink cup had crystal light and then I just keep refilling it! I do better when I can drink from a straw. I finished those two by the end of work and now working on my second pink one!

I can feel the difference already.

Today was a run day and I should have went in the morning but I wanted to sleep in and took my chances with after work since it usually rains then. 

It looked really bad when I got out and I made every excuse to not go. I even came home and laid on the couch for a bit and then I snapped out of it! 

I was just being lazy. So I got dressed and said the heck with it and ran. 

Cause when I look back on my training I don't want to say I didn't give it everything I had.

And now day 81 is complete!!