Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Was All About My Comfort Zone & What 2015 Holds!!

Alrighty the day has come, the end of the year post. I am a day early on this one, just because I actually had some time to sit down and unwind and finally write it. Who knows what tomorrow will bring!!

Okay, so if I had to put a title to the year 2014, I would say, it was all about me getting out of my comfort zone. But not only getting out of my comfort zone but about growth!!

This year looking back was a really big year for me. It might not seem like a lot went on or happened but significantly when I look back, I did a lot of pretty amazing things.

The beginning of the year with the Gasparilla Distance Classic, running 25.5 miles in two days with 3 races. Then I went to right to the Iron Girl Half Marathon, then taking the biggest jump and deciding to sign up for my first Full Marathon.

Training for that marathon, while holding down a full time job, not your most typical one either, while in the summer and in the state of Florida. I trained for 5.5 months, stuck to the plan the whole time, even when I was tired, hungry, cranky on vacation or just really not in the mood. I used a training plan, even got up to the 23 miles during my training to help push me forward.

Then the time came and I ran my first full marathon in October. All those miles, finally lead me up to that final 26.2. I took on a marathon that was in a cooler climate and with tons of hills, all which Florida does not have. I not only did the marathon, I completed it under the goal I had set for myself of 6 hours. I cried the final .2, my family was there to cheer me on with friends and I made it across, more accomplished and happy then probably I have ever been in my life.

After the marathon, I dove right into work and I haven't really rested since haha. I took on a run streak for 20 days, until I just had to throw in the towel because work just became way to much for me, which it tends to do this time of year.

So 2014, I have pushed myself harder than ever before. I found out that when I set a goal, follow a plan and see the finish line, I do anything and everything in my power to get it done. I never thought I would half the stuff I did this year, let alone any of it. I mean, if you would have asked me even two years ago, would I run a marathon, I would have laughed. Now I AM A MARATHONER!!

I am so much stronger than I could ever imagine, I mean not only physically but mentally too. I am so glad that I took the chance with each of these races and signed up and finished.

2014 also brought me lots of amazing new friendships via in real life and through social media. I trained a bunch during the summer with Nanci, as she too had a pretty fantastic year and through her I met Corrina and her awesome husband Mike. I won a giveaway from Caitlyn and even did some runs and training with her. I got closer with my work peers and we all came together as a family this year to achieve some pretty amazing results.

My family life is still just as strong and my love life with James like always is a work in progress. We are together and trying to find what works for us, but the one thing is we are trying to figure it out together. 2014 had some rough patches with us, but in the end, it is all about growth.

My weight loss in 2014, well it took a bit of hiatus and a slight gain. I did loose a ton of inches and gained muscle. My legs are more in shape then ever in my whole life, so the extra pounds in the middle, well I just call that success, because it is what got me through a lot of those long runs and across that finish line. Sure I would have loved to have lost some weight this year and not gain, but I focused on my bigger picture and that was success in miles.

Now I didn't fall off the wagon, the weight just shifted. I still remained on Weight Watchers and followed plan, just probably not as tough as before. Not sure where Weight Watchers and I will stand in 2015, I am still working that out, but I know it still has changed my life.

So all in all, 2014 was a pretty phenomenal year. I think as I reflect back on my life, this year was a turning point for me in who I am as a person. I never knew how strong I could be until I got to this year. Would I take back anything from this year, like the weight gain, or the long hours of work, or the fights or tears I may have had, HELL NO!! I just continue to look forward.

Where does 2015 take me??!!

Well very simply actually. I know I can get out of my comfort zone for sure, I am still going to push those limits.

1. Signing up for the Gasparilla Distance Classic Challenge of 4 races in two days
2. Getting a Sub 30 min 5k
3. Running 1000 miles in a year
4. Continue to work towards a promotion and growth at work
5. Losing at least 15 pounds
6. Reading more books
7. Spending less money
8. Organizing my time and life a bit better with more lists and financial planning
9. Expanding and growing this blog
10. Working on my relationship with James
11. Keeping in better contact with my family
12. Being more social with friends outside like a girls night or day
13. Not feeling guilty when I just enjoy a glass of wine or two
14. Toning up my body by using more weights in the gym
15. Just being Happy and Laughing at least once a day

I am not setting myself up for failure, nothing but success. I know I will attain each and every one of these goals because I do not just start over on January 1, I am just continuing my journey, just adding some different roads to it!!

Cheers to a pretty fantastic year and to the upcoming new beginnings and journey!!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

My Weekend Off...

Okay again my posts are out of order, due to my phone not publishing the post I wrote from the app. But it is after Christmas it was a great Christmas. I was beyond exhausted so took advantage of being lazy all day.

I didn't clean or do laundry, I just ate then nap, then ate lunch then napped, then laid around. I was so beat, physically and mentally. But I finally relaxed.

Friday I had to be to work super early because the mall was still on crazy holiday hours. I was very cranky, crabby and still tired, but made it through the day and even went to Old Navy and got some good deals with a gift card. Then came home and passed out into a nice long nap. Then decided to clean the heck out of our apartment, finally.

Still haven't attacked the laundry, but that can wait. I unwind ed with a nice bottle of wine on Friday too, which felt great knowing I didn't have to wake up for work the next day or set an alarm. It has been forever since I haven't had to do that.

I woke up super late and went downtown and ran. The weather was a lot warmer than normal, but the sun beating on my skin felt amazing. Even though I was on the struggle bus with the miles. I did get the first half and then on the back half, not so much. I think I was a bit dehydrated and my body wasn't used to the mileage in over a week.



I love the beads of sweat on my chest with my 26.2 pendant. Makes me feel so accomplished...



It was a gorgeous day out and the run really did feel great. I needed that run more than I realized. The sweat really gave me a sense of purpose and put me right back where I belong. Also I figured for the year I have ran 838 miles!! Holy Moly no wonder I am exhausted. So I ran 4.50 miles on Saturday, totaling 842.50, meaning I am 7.50 miles away from 850 goal of the year. I will be accomplishing that!

Next year going for that 1000 miles in the year!! But we will get to my goals on Wednesday!

After my run, I went to CVS to pick up some stuff and then came home full of energy and drive. I finally attacked some organization in our apartment.



Finally have beverage area!!



And my runners section!!! I can not how emotional and accomplished this section makes me feel!!! I have been dying to do something like this forever and I finally got it done. I used a curtain rod to hang my medals, saw it on pinterest. I framed my 6 Half Marathons and then put my 5ks and etc around and then off to the left is my favorite, my Marathon!! I want to get 26.2 numbers and paint them and hang it underneath. My medals used to be hung in our bedroom, now we have an empty space above our bed, so I am on the look out to create something there.

The beauty of the runner section for me, is all of this happened in two years. This is two years of finding myself. Being myself and creating someone who I never thought I could be. I really stood back and looked at it and can not wait to add more to that collection. And it all started with a single step.

I met up with my good friend Melissa for dinner at Panera, which is always a great time. We sat there for almost two hours, just catching up on life and inspiration and motivation for the new year and life with WW. It was so good to catch up with her. She is such an amazing friend to have in my life and I really have to make more time to get with her, it was such a great time.

After I went to Target to check out if they had a purse I had been eyeing up forever on sale...



They had it on sale, on clearance PLUS an extra 20% off and the matching wallet!! I ended up getting both for 32 then had a 25.00 gift card making out of pocket only 7.00 dollars!!!! Such a deal, I am so glad I waited for it. I don't care if it isn't a name brand, it is bright pink and very much me!!! Plus I think I have an animal print bow I can add to it, to dress it more like me.

I spent the rest of the night just relaxing and downloading a ton of songs from iTunes. James gave me a gift card and I have been obsessed downloading play lists hahaha.

Today is my grocery day and maybe a load of laundry and attempting to just sit down and read a bit. I might get a run in later, we'll see what the day brings. The best thing about this week is I am working Monday and Tuesday and then off Wednesday-Monday. Taking some time off, which is so needed, it is a nice stay-cation too!!

Hope everyone had a great Holiday filled weekend and getting ready for the week ahead and the New Year.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Merry Christmas to all!!!

It's been a great day so far! I woke up a bit earlier than planned but was able to do exactly what I wanted which was


Was to just sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee in peace and watch a XMas movie.

Then we opened presents from our families and each other






I got some really great gifts from my work family too





They know me so well! After presents and a sit down breakfast, I passed out on the couch again for a good hour!

Now we are having our traditional Chinese Christmas lunch!

Hope everyone is having a great day too!!


Sunday, December 21, 2014

I gave it everything I had....

So I am feeling a little bit defeated right now. I had to stop the run streak. I seriously gave that run streak, everything and anything I had in me for the past 23 days. But work, well work just took over.

Being in retail this is by far the busiest time of year for me. I am working long hours, early mornings and late nights. I get little sleep and my energy level is all over the place. I survive on coffee and protein bars and then come home and eat whatever is quick and easy, which the last couple of nights have been Chipotle.

No complaints on that one.

Some times during the day, I even completely forget to take a sip of water or eat anything. For instance yesterday, I peed only twice the whole day. When I got up at 9:00 and then not again until 8:30 in the night. I drank coffee and that was it, just a tall from Starbucks. My pee was so dark. I know a little graphic, but that was the moment, I knew my life as just exhausting.

I mean I was so busy, I didn't even pee. Normally I am going every 5 minutes. So when I realized it was 9:00 pm and I had to go home and still do a mile run, I knew it was time to stop the streak. I woke up yesterday, just exhausted. Actually crying because I just wanted to sleep.

Do not get me wrong, I LOVE my job. It has really great points but this time of year I dread a lot. We aren't your typical retail job, so it is different to compare to any other retailer. And being the store manager, well you are on the line constantly.

People have quit, never shown up or have scheduling issues like you wouldn't believe. But I have 3 days left and then we go back to normal, whatever that may be. Its amazing I am even awake and functioning right now. I woke up at 4:30 and just couldn't go back to sleep, so why lay there and get mad, so I am up, cleaned up the apartment a bit and did a load of laundry. The most energy I have had all week. I am running with it.

I am not so much disappointed in myself for having to stop the run streak. It is just dishearting. I did it last year, but last year, was last year. I didn't work so many hours, I had more people show up and more of a staff and not so much newness. I didn't have long nights or hours, it is just the hand I was kind of dealt this year I suppose. Plus my body is taking a full on beating.

I haven't stopped once this year. So this run streak seemed like a great idea but I spent 6 months training for a marathon and then jumped into this, I was burning out. But now I know. So the next few days are just dedicated to work and survival mode. Trying to get veggies and fruit or yogurt or anything like that when I can with work, which is hard. Drinking more water through out the day and then come Christmas, back on the pavement, which is great because after all this craziness, I go back to training for Gasparilla.

Hope everyone has been having a great couple of days.

See you after the holiday ;0)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Late Post on Run Streak

Hello Again!!!!! Oh my I have been quite absent. This is actually the first time I have sat down with my computer in forever. I did do a post about day 15, 16 & 17 from my phone. You will see that one coming through too soon, it took forever to publish.

Okay, so as you can imagine my life is a total tail spin. Work is really starting to ramp up a bit. It is busy and crazy and I feel like I should just build a bed in the back and just sleep there all the time. Since my life day off which was last Tuesday, I worked 83 hours. INSANE!!! This week alone from Sunday until yesterday, I have put in 33 hours. Today is my only day off and my last day off until Christmas.

And you know what, it is what it is. I am still doing the run streak, every single day. Even if it kills me. I seriously thought that training for a marathon was some tough shit, but this run streak after work or before work is really hard. I am just exhausted or beat. I mean I feel great every day but I mean the last thing I want to do is run BUT I am finding a way to get it done one way or another.

Okay so to recap Day 18, 19 and 20...

Day 18 was Sunday and I had to close at work, so I got 1.44 miles in before hand around the neighborhood.

Day 19 was after work for 1.01 miles. I had gotten home really late Sunday night, 11:45 pm. I came home, got in my sweats and went to bed, then was up at 6 to be to work by 7 and then worked until 6:30, then came home and got my mile in.

Yesterday was Day 20 and another long day. I brought my running clothes with me. Changed after working 7-630 again, ran around the neighborhood by the mall. I then had to go back to work because I forgot my schedule, got caught up in some drama with our machines and didn't leave until 8.

The minute I stepped through the door, I had a beer in my hand. Seriously I needed that and I picked up a big bottle of wine. I am not one to go to wine or beer after a long day, but this has been helping a lot. One glass really helps me unwind a bit. I mean YOLO!

Coffee in the morning and wine at night, survival for sure!!!

One thing too is my eating is way off. I am still in my points but my cravings and what I am grabbing and how hungry I feel is different. I want small and quick items. Trying to put in as many veggies and fruits as I can too, even though it has been hard, but I am getting there. Because I got out of work so late, I wasn't able to go and weigh in, so I am weighing in tomorrow before work. Hoping for another loss, but we shall see Aunt Flo was in town and well my cravings got in the way.

Okay, so I am off today, hitting up Target for a minute and then relaxing the afternoon away. I have some cleaning to do and laundry, but an afternoon nap is much needed.

I promise after the Christmas holiday this blog will back and running!

Day 15.16.17 & randomness

Oh I have slack a lacking on the blogging home front this week, seriously with work, it has just taken over my whole life. 11 more days!! But even so, I have still be able to do the run streak every single day, even when I really, really do not want to at all. It has been just 1 mile runs but hey if it wasn't for the accountability I wouldn't be doing anything.

Day 15


Day 16


And yesterday day 17


You can see my pace slower again. It's just because I'm tired. I'm heading out soon to another this morning for Day 18. Half way done with streak!! Woohoo!! I'm off on Wednesday so I'm really hoping to get a decent long run in for that day.

And some randomness of the last couple of days too


They finally came in and they are delicious!!!


Bath and Body works did a 1 day sale on their candles for 8.00 a piece and I had a 10.00 off coupon!!!




We were super festive at work yesterday and it totally helped because we had an awesome sales day too!!!


And I ended the night with a spiced apple margarita and it was amazing!!!


And the it knocked me out and I fell asleep haha!

Hope everyone has a great Sunday!!







Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day 13 & day 14

Oh my goodness am I tired!! Another very long day at work! Can we say story of my life??!!

Yesterday I was off and had a great day of Trader Joe's shopping, napping, down .2 at WW, free Starbucks and Day 13 of the Run streak with a 2 mile run!




Oh and breakfast out at our favorite place Daily Eats! Egg white southwest bowl.

And I got this at TJ


Holy delicious!! 

And today nothing exciting at all, just a long, long day at work. Worked 730-730 and then had to get a quick, quick runnin for the streak.. Day 14. A very slow mile on the treadmill.. Ughh hate that thing but got it done


And now sleep lol





Monday, December 8, 2014

Sangria and Day 12 Run Streak


This was the mile that almost wasn't and that took for EVER!!! I worked today 8-7, on my feet all day on in my flats, which hurt my calves so bad! But when I got home, the first thing was putting on my running shoes! These 8:00 am work days are tough, I want to sleep in but at work I never leave on time, but you know what im determined and motivated! I will get this done!! 

After my run and this day, this was soooo needed 


And it was pretty delicious!!


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Day 11 Run Streak: Flying Miles

Today was a lazy day. The next two Sunday's I have to work, so I wanted to take advantage of just sleeping in and laying around. I have off on Tuesday again, but then go to Wednesday of next week and then no days off until Christmas. Oh Retail Joy, but I can't complain too much, normally we go for like 12 days without a day off, so I am happy with the scheduling they gave us this year.

But it means on those days off, I am taking advantage of being super lazy. It was a cold and misty day anyway, so I didn't feel too bad about not doing anything. I kept our Christmas lights on all day and stayed in my PJ's, even to the grocery store.

Yup and I didn't put on a bra either, YOLO!

I tried to take a nap, but that wasn't happening so I got my run in. I got in 3 miles. And believe it, the first miles was 10:38!! 10:38!!!!

I haven't ran that fast since May, when I went and ran with my boss for a 5k! I was really pushing myself. My lungs felt like they would exploded and I walked for a second and then sprinted that bad boy. I am so glad I pushed myself. I wanted to see how fast I could go and get under. It felt great, but mile 2 I definitely burnt myself out. Which is okay, I am looking for progress not perfection!

I got 3 miles in for Day 11. I am for sure stronger with it this year than last year and can feel a huge difference. I am getting back into the running method again and I love it.

Continuing the rest of my lazy Sunday with a shower, chili in the crock pot, some sangria and laundry!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Day 10 run streak and Sparkles

This post will be short and sweet but to show my accountability to the run streak :0)!

I worked 11-8 and instead of running before work which I would normally do, I went after work. It was tough and I wanted to just come home eat, lay down and sleep.. But I put on my clothes and went for the run 


So that 1.00 is over and done with and I got it in. I'm very proud but next time I will run in the morning for sure!!

Oh and I love my shirt from Victoria's Secret so much 







Retail Therapy, Day 8 and Day 9 Completed

Okay so yesterday was a super long day at work! I had a huge executive visit and then did a closing shift at my store, I was exhausted when I got home and the only thing that sounded good for dinner was cereal and then I passed out!

But I did get day 8 of the run streak completed..


Small mileage but right on target!


Being I had such a long day yesterday, waking up this morning was tough. I just wanted to sleep or be lazy before I had work! It sucked but I took the pavement because I did not want to give up the streak! I'm stronger and more determined than that!!


I had very sweaty 2 miles today! I think on my days I work 1-2 miles are really good for me. Days I close 3 miles and then days off 5-6, it's been a good. And I'm feeling good and making good choices and tired and well rested. Plus my clothes and how I feel is starting to catch up to me too.

 
I had a rough morning today with not wanting to run and being tired and James and I are In a huge fight but that sweat and run was just what I needed. I was dripping sweat but it felt great.

I made a. Great breakfast after, took my conference call and headed to work. I got there early so I could indulge in some retail therapy..


I had a gift card and some coupons and when I bought with Starbucks I got bonus stars which means closer to free drinks!!

I love the pj set. Seriously I could live in them all the time.. And I plan on it


They are loose, baggy and super comfy!!

Now the rest of my night is relaxing and calling it an early night!! 

Have a great one!





Friday, December 5, 2014

Retail Therapy, Day 8 and Day 9 Completed

Okay so yesterday was a super long day at work! I had a huge executive visit and then did a closing shift at my store, I was exhausted when I got home and the only thing that sounded good for dinner was cereal and then I passed out!

But I did get day 8 of the run streak completed..


Small mileage but right on target!


Being I had such a long day yesterday, waking up this morning was tough. I just wanted to sleep or be lazy before I had work! It sucked but I took the pavement because I did not want to give up the streak! I'm stronger and more determined than that!!


I had very sweaty 2 miles today! I think on my days I work 1-2 miles are really good for me. Days I close 3 miles and then days off 5-6, it's been a good. And I'm feeling good and making good choices and tired and well rested. Plus my clothes and how I feel is starting to catch up to me too.

 
I had a rough morning today with not wanting to run and being tired and James and I are In a huge fight but that sweat and run was just what I needed. I was dripping sweat but it felt great.

I made a. Great breakfast after, took my conference call and headed to work. I got there early so I could indulge in some retail therapy..


I had a gift card and some coupons and when I bought with Starbucks I got bonus stars which means closer to free drinks!!

I love the pj set. Seriously I could live in them all the time.. And I plan on it


They are loose, baggy and super comfy!!

Now the rest of my night is relaxing and calling it an early night!! 

Have a great one!





Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Day 7 Complete and a Quite Day Off

Okay my day off was one of those boring type ones!! Started off with making myself a great breakfast of

1/2 cup of egg whites with tons of veggies, such as brocoli, carrots, peppers, green beans, things I would never think would be good but turned out to be perfect, with some reduced fat cheese and hot sauce.


I will be making this again. I love my days off now where I can sleep in a bit and then cook and then run.

Well last night I went a little HAM on some white wine, so between the eggs, hot sauce, dehydration and coffee, I had some serious indigestion this morning on my run!

I should have just waited until later on to get it in but I wanted to just go. 


Day 7 done and over with! I'll take it!! 

Plus I wore my hot pants:


After I finally got my contacts and made myself some lunch, which I was super snacks with and took a great nap!

 
And yup finally dyed my hair! It freaking needed it soooo bad! 




Not the best pictures in the world but at least it is even again. 

Now a night of laying on the couch watching The Blacklist!! Which by the way is an amazing show, kind of obsessed again with a show. 

Have a happy Wednesday