Sunday, July 20, 2014

Half marathon training

Friday, I made it to 3.44 miles before a stinky person on the treadmill next to me broke my concentration. He smelled of at least four distinct scents and I couldn't take the last mile. I tried to go faster but my abs didn't agree with that idea and I had intense pain on my right side.

I need to get some better running photos. For right now, kitty photos will do. Yesterday's run was a repeat of the same pain except it started at half a mile. The pain was enough to slow me to a walk. I went the wrong way but caught up with Sheila and she helped me speed up. I went from a 16 minute mile pace to a 15:29. Another four miles in the books. 


Yesterday we celebrated our birthdays and our anniversary. Most of my photos are of the drinks. The drinks were good but rendered me useless today. We celebrated in style and stayed at aloft. Its a nice property. I'd stay there again if the opportunity comes up.








Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Half marathon training

Today, I ran 4 easy miles and my pace was around 15 minute miles. It was a good run. I had to slow down slightly because my abs were hurting a little. I'm not sure why I get this problem but hopefully it will work itself out as I get stronger. 
Monday night, I went to La Baguette for dinner with friends. It was Bastille day and the restaurant was decorated with balloons. I had a burger and dessert. I had hardly any self control. I didn't eat a lot of the fries and I ate half of that chocolate bomb. Yesterday, I added in a slice of zucchini bread and some frozen yogurt. These splurges are getting out if control and its time to reign things back to normal.
Next training run is Friday and I plan to officially register for the race. Yay!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Half marathon training has begun.

Today was my first training run in a 12 week program for half marathons. I'll be following this schedule:
I'm going to modify it slightly because I have body pump classes on Tuesday and Thursday. Hopefully, that won't be too hard on my system. I think the most I can do on a weekday morning would be 5 miles, so that's another adjustment. I'm really excited! This is a big goal! Running has been good for me and this finish line will be just the motivation I need to get into high gear!
Last Wednesday there was an informational meeting with a short run and sno-cones. I loved the sno-cone truck and took a selfie. Too bad the sun was blinding me to death. I will be running the Spirit of Survival half which is in Lawton, Oklahoma and benefits cancer research. I love runs that support good causes! It makes me feel good about spending the money on a race. The race is October 5th. 
Today's run was 3 miles and I had no problems on the treadmill. My abs hurt for a little bit but I managed to get over that hump. I was running a 15 minute mile, which is slow and is my easy pace. The last few treadmill runs before today have been awful and I was nervous that trend would continue. 
I'd like to buy this shirt or make it myself. Haha!



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weight is a funny thing


When I left for the Bahamas, I weighed 134 pounds. When I returned from the two week adventure, I was 137. Shortly after returning, I started strength training two days a week and my last weigh in was 139. I'm usually not comfortable with that weight but my clothes have been fitting fine. Still, I was concerned. To double check myself, I put on the shorts that I worn in the Bahamas. I haven't worn them since I got back and I knew that would be the true story on how I'm doing. Fortunately, the shorts fit and actually fit better than when I was in the Bahamas. I have gained weight from strength training. In my mind, I knew that was a possibility but it became real this week. My goal is to be lean and I'm struggling with the scale climbing. There is a balance somewhere and I am still looking for it. I plan to get a BMI test at the gym and maybe that will help me feel better.

On a separate note, happy birthday to me! Can you believe I'm turning 29 again this year? Haha! I am older but I like to think I'm younger. I subscribe to the belief that age is a mindset.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Running


This was my drink after running 4.98 miles, which I like to say is 5 miles since I've walked to and from the car multiple times today. I've decided on running the spirit of survival half marathon in Lawton, Oklahoma October 5th. Runhers will begin the 12 week training July 19. This is my first half and I'm excited! 


Today's run was great! I felt good and I was keeping a good pace of 12 minute miles. I may want to work on speed but I'm undecided. I've been comfortable at that pace. Yesterday's run was on a treadmill and truly felt like death. I had to fight for those four miles and there was a lot of walking. I finished it but I hated the struggle.



Friday, June 27, 2014

Inluenster Voxbox by Herbal Essences

I would like to thank Influenster for giving me this box and let you know that these are my opinions. I received this box for free and am sharing my thoughts. This is my second box and so far my favorite.

The box had a full size of Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo, a travel size of shampoo and a travel size of conditioner. These products are meant to be super conditioning and I noticed. 



I first tried the dry shampoo because I have a laziness that knows no bounds. I've taken to washing my hair twice a week. At first my hair didn't seem too pleased but I don't really notice any more. I want to do the bare minimum but still look presentable. Dry shampoo is great for that because it soaks up the grime and oiliness, which leaves hair feeling clean.
Before:

After:

I'm not sure why my hair has the waves in it but it does look a lot smoother. I also tried the shampoo and conditioner. I noticed a huge difference from the sulfite-free color shampoo and conditioner I've been using. My hair is so soft and silky. Hopefully, the color won't fade too fast from using this new shampoo but I really like how my hair feels. 

Happy Friday!
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday


I've learned that the scale doesn't tell the whole story to my weight loss journey. Recently, I witnessed a non-scale victory! Success!

I went to Lake Hefner on Sunday and decided to walk all the way around it, thinking that it couldn't have been more than 8 miles. Sometime after the halfway point, my phone died. I kept walking. As it turns out, it was 10 miles. That was more than I was planning to walk and it took me 3 hours. It was 90 something degrees and I got color (I wanted a little color on my skin and I got more than a little).

I've walked 10 miles before and afterwards everything was aching. I'd have friction burns in at least two spots and blisters on my feet. It was hard to move after all that walking. This time, I felt stronger. I still had the friction burns (4 spots since I had on shorts) and no blisters! I wasn't sure how well I'd be able to recover from such a long walk.

Monday morning, I was not sore and I went to my spin class. I took the opportunity to do active recovery and did not expend a lot of energy. I came out of the class feeling ready for the day and not feeling exhausted or sore or hurt. My work at the gym is paying off!

This is a very small victory but it means progress. Its a sign that if I keep my workouts, I will get stronger. I will be able to accomplish huge feats of fitness, (half marathon!) My current goal is to get lean and mean. I can do it!
I hope you enjoy the random photos and I'm linking up with two awesome bloggers!
Weigh In Wednesday
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thankful Thursday


I am always trying to focus on the good things and staying positive. That's why this is such an important post. Today, I am thankful for my new temporary schedule at work. It gives me time to take morning classes at my gym and blogging time. It gets so busy at work, that I often don't find the time to blog or read blogs. Blogging is an important part of my life. 


The blogging community has given me support and friendships. While I may be slow at getting posts up, because life happens, I am not ready to stop blogging all together. I definitely don't put blogging ahead of family or work either. Its just one other aspect of my life. I do want to thank everyone for the sweet comments yesterday. It encourages me to keep moving forward on my weight loss journey.


So its your turn now. What are you thankful for?


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Weight Loss Wednesday

It is obvious to me that I do have a problem with food. I do not know portion control and self control. Last night, I was at Bricktown Brewery enjoying a good bye party for my friend. Congratulating her on the move to Dallas. (A bigger and better city than Oklahoma City, in my mind. Sorry, Okies. I haven't embraced OKC fully yet. I blame that on the tornadoes.)

Chips were ordered and I didn't stop eating them. I dipped in the guacamole and queso for most of the night. Then I had the brilliant idea to order a chicken quesadilla. Which I ate more than half. Topped off with 3 Coors light. I was not ready to weigh in this morning. I dreaded it. I went to spin class and then after I did step on the scale.

137.6

This is exactly one pound more than last week. I had to look into the myfitnesspal archives to feel better. Over a year ago, I weighed in at 142. In 2008, I weighed in over 149. Progress has been made. I know some of that pound is from last night but I have to believe some of that pound is from muscle gain. Two weeks ago, I switched to classes instead of mostly running. Monday/Wednesday is spin and Tuesday/Thursday is body pump. 


Lastly, I can't look to just the scale. How do my clothes feel? I know from past experience what feels tight in my clothes and that's not what I'm feeling today. Progress has been made. While I know the struggle will never end and I know I have a problem, I will continue my journey and focus on good health.

The scale is a JERK.

Here's a another photo of Chomps and Kirby. They are cute and annoying at the same time. I'm linking up with Ashley at Ash's Step in the Right Direction for Weigh In Wednesday.


Weigh In Wednesday

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

National Running Day, recap

Finally, a photo of me in my running gear. I don't usually take photos of myself (short person problems.) I asked someone to snap my photo after the race. I'm proud that I made it through this run. It literally felt like running through hell! It was 90 something and I was just about ready to flop over from the heat and my abs were hating me too. It was a friendly 5K co-sponsored by Elite Feet and Runhers

It was a timed 5K. When I arrived, check in was easy but there were only so many bibs. They pulled the first 100 names off of Facebook. Fortunately, Coach Sara got me a bib and then silly me, I didn't check my time. I get that way, when knowing the race time isn't that big of a deal. I'm just happy that I made it to the finish line. 


After the race, the staff at Elite Feet had prepared a lovely snack table with wine. Naturally, I ate too many of those cucumber sandwiches and cheese (you can't blame me on the cheese). The surprise treat was that lemon bar, it was absolutely heavenly! Sweet tangy and buttery.


All in all, the event was a great way to commemorate National Running Day. 
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