Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Healthy Foods for Runners at Runner's World

I'm always interested in learning more about nutrition and what I should eat to fuel my workouts. I thought this article was interesting so I wanted to share!

Healthy Foods for Runners at Runner's World

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Run for Ronald 5k this Weekend

This Saturday I am running in my 2nd 5k, Run for Ronald 5k Walk & Run @ Lake Shawnee.  I can't believe I am RUNNING in races now!  I find myself looking up more and more to put on the calendar to stay motivated & prove to myself that I didn't train for ONE race...I trained for my HEALTH!  I'm really enjoying it & the excitement that comes along with it!  I never would have dreamed that I could work up to running 40 minutes... when I started 2 minutes felt like an eternity! (It sometimes still does, but I now know to push through!)  I ran the route last weekend, it has a few more hills than I'm used to but they aren't huge hills.  Running hills is important, I learned that from Amanda at Run to the Finish.  It's a great way to mix up your routine, whether you walk OR run.  If you always go on the same path I challenge you to try a new one!  Your body gets used to the same workouts over & over and it really does want variety...so don't be afraid to try something new!
If you live in Topeka come join us on Saturday morning for the race!  My Mom will be walking it...she has lost 30 lbs. also!  I'm SO proud of her...and she's so darned cute! (I can say "cute" cause she never made it to 5', she stands 4'11" of pure "cuteness")
My Mom Donna, Sister Ashley, and myself at Ashley's Bridal Shower last weekend! 
She gets married in less than 7 weeks!

Monday, April 26, 2010

I love Jillian Michaels

After a lot of curiosity I decided to start Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.  I have been training for the 5k since the beginning of the year and so I thought my workouts could use a little adjustment to keep things exciting!  No only does this workout kick my butt... but the DVD is CHEAP!  It has been worth every penny.
I started last Thursday (Day One).  Day Two was Friday.  Saturday morning I was going to do it after my 3 mile run but my body was aching so bad that I knew I needed to give it a rest.  I ended up taking Sunday off too because Saturday night was my sister's Bachelorette Party & Sunday was her Bridal Shower...needless to say I was pretty darn tired!  BUT, this morning I was up at 6 am and did Day 3!  I really am enjoying this workout, and it is T-O-U-G-H.  I love workouts that challenge me.  When I have sweat dripping down my forehead I feel a sense of accomplishment.  This workout makes me feel like I am truly getting a great workout in less than 25 minutes. 
Has anyone else done Jillian's 30 Day Shred?  Did you like it?  By the way...I did take pictures on Day 1 so as long as I'm "Shredded" on Day 30 I'll share:)  (j/k, I'll share no matter what).
Also, check out Jillian Michaels- The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook that is available in stores Tuesday April 27th!  I can't wait!! 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Biggest Loser Recap

I watched last nights episode of the Biggest Loser tonight with the hubby.  His favorite is O'Neal, so with all that the poor man had going on this week Kev was really rooting him on this week!  I don't think I could have done what he did though.  If I was on the ranch and my sister passed away there is no way I could not get on the first flight home!  I don't really know the situation he was in, and why he decided to stay at the ranch but I know that I couldn't have done it.  I would have requested a leave of absence I think, I wouldn't have forgiven myself for not honoring my sister.  Ok----I don't like talking about that...moving on!
I thought it was overall a good episode, and as usual it always remotivates me to continue with the lifestyle changes that I've made myself.  It's a great mid-week pick me up to help me focus on why I am making changes in my life and how others are going through the same thing! 
What did you think about the Biggest Loser this week?  Do you have a favorite contestant?  Sam is my favorite, and not just cause I think he's cute:)  What helps motivate you during the week to help you stay focused on your health goals?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My first 5k Experience!

On Sunday 4/18/10 I ran in my first 5k!  It was such an awesome experience and I am so glad I followed through with my goal and completed the training and ran the race!  There were several times as I was running I said to myself "I can't believe I'm doing this!"  I got kind of emotional when I was finishing too...as I was coming up on the finish line everything that I've overcome came pouring into my mind.  It was such an amazing feeling to finally come to grips with all that I've faced in the last two years and to now be on the flipside and seeing success!  Even when I was thinner I never could have imagined running in a race.  I was the girl in elementary school who cried when I went to PE class and our teacher would say "Ok class, today we are running the mile".  I can remember sitting there as a child and anxiety would totally overwhelm me.  I was terrified of running the mile...and I had all skinny friends who had no trouble!  I'll never forget my teacher having to run the last bit with me {while the entire class watched} because I was finding it near impossible to finish.  In high school in order to play volleyball they wanted us to be involved in track, so instead of doing track I quit volleyball!  There was no way I was running!  I'd say I've come a long way since those days. 
I enjoy my runs now, and look forward to the days that I run!  It's given me a new passion for my workouts too!  I feel like I'm part of something now, I can understand what other runners feel and think.  I love being able to say "I'm a runner".  Because in my mind it really has nothing to do with the "run", but it has everything to do with what I've overcome in order to believe that I CAN run, I AM healthy, I AM strong, I AM determined, I AM focused.  Crossing the finish line on Sunday was like moving onto the next chapter in my life... closing the door of regret and pain & opening a new door that holds endless possibilities and dreams waiting to be achieved!

Just minutes before the race.  I was so nervous!  Do you like my new outfit?  Since it was colder than I'd planned I "had" to buy long pants & a long shirt.  I thought I deserved it after training for 4 months!

I know Kev was proud of me, he witnessed the training and all the anxiety and doubt I had.  He knew all along I was capable...sometimes I need to borrow his belief in me.  He's seen me at my best and my worst and loves me through it all...I am blessed and honored to be his wife.  I love you Kev.  {14324} 

My amazing friends who came to support me!  I love you all SO much!
Erin came from KC {she's ran lots of races so she gave me wonderful advice!  Erin is my sorority sister and we will always have a special friendship that I am grateful for everyday}, my little sister Ashley, and Bride to Be in 2 months!! {Ashley told me over and over how proud she was of me, as a big sister you want nothing more than to make your little sister proud...I'm so glad I did.  Ash you are an amazing woman who I adore and I am so grateful God put you in my life as my sister and friend, love you so so much.  You are going to be a stunning bride.}, Emily and her daughters Finley {my Goddaughter} and Payton {a.k.a. Goober Girl- I've called her that since she was a baby, even though she's 12 she's still Goober Girl to me.}
  I saw Payton before the race, but I had no idea Emily was coming.  She was on call at the hospital and told me she couldn't be there.  When I saw here at the finish line cheering me on I felt tears welling up in my eyes {and as I'm typing it they are again!}  It was a special surprise to see my best friend there who has been a rock for me to lean on when I hit my own rock bottom.  

Proof!  I finished in 40:02...fastest time YET!  I was pretty excited to see that my pace was under 13 minutes! Yippee!

Thanks to those of you who didn't come watch but were with me in spirit {or blogsphere}, prayers & thoughts.  Your support for my success does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.  I am so blessed to have an amazing support team who wants to see me succeed... I wish you all as much happiness as you bring to me!
NEVER stop believing in your dreams.  God never gives us a dream that we weren't created to acheive!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I race in TWO DAYS

I can't believe this week is here!  This Sunday I will RUN my very first 5k!  I am "taking it easy" on the workouts the next few days so I can have fresh legs on Sunday.  I have a lot of different emotions running through my mind... I'm anxious, excited, optimistic, hopeful, and yes, a little scared.  I've put in the miles (literally) so I know come Sunday I will be just fine... I still feel like I need to pinch myself though because I've actually stuck with the training!  Thanks to all of you who have given me your support and encouragement, you all inspire me and push me to keep working towards my goals!
Oh, and I brought my lunch to work today so I'm sticking with my 3 Changes Challenge from RuntotheFinish!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Challenge on RuntotheFinish...

I follow the blog Run to the Finish and she has posted a challenge from April 13-May13 (ok, so I've already missed a day but so what...better late than never).  I have been beating myself up for not being a good leader w/ the April Showers brings May Flowers Challenge, and I can't quite figure out why...I think I'm putting too much pressure on myself for some reason and it's causing me to be unsupportive and unsuccessful.  SO, I'm admitting that my challenge hasn't been nearly as helpful with MY weight loss as I had anticipated.  BUT, if it is helping you that is awesome!  Please keep up the good work, and I intend to do my best as well.

When I got this Challenge in my inbox today it intrigued me.  I picked 3 areas that I want to work on in my life over the next 30 days (maybe that is why I liked it better than the one I came up with? not sure)  So, I have decided to work on the following 3 items...
  1. Bring my lunch AT LEAST 2 days per week.  (I eat at a sandwich shop pretty much every day for lunch... it's expensive and I'm eating more calories than if I'd bring my lunch from home).
  2. Strength train 3x per week.  I'm the Matron of Honor in my sisters wedding in less than two months and I want toned arms!  Plus, strength training is good for the body!
  3. Walk my dogs at least 3 days a week.  Really, why don't I do this already?  They need their exercise too!  (Aren't they cute?)

If you are interested in her Challenge you can visit her site here & follow the directions.  She has a great blog and is really motivating, especially for runners.  It doesn't matter what helps you stay motivated to continue your healthy lifestyle...just as long as it continues!  What works for one person may not work for another, there is nothing wrong with that!  We all have to dig deep within ourselves and find what we are really searching for and what motivates us to keep working!

Blog Frog Community

I was told about the Blog Frog Community from a fellow blogger, Cindy @ Skip to My Lou.  It's a really fun site to see all kinds of blogs and to be able to really interact with our readers which I LOVE!  I'd love for you to visit my Blog Frog Community & tell me how you like it!  Hope you are having a Happy & Healthy Day!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Someone is proud of me:)

When I gained all my weight one of the things that bothered me the most was the feeling of letting myself down.  I didn't feel like I was someone that my husband, sister, parents, etc. could be proud of.  I'd not only let myself down... I'd let them down too by becoming an unhappy, unmotivated and unhealthy person.  In the last 7 months I've earned back their pride...and that feels darn good!  I've been working so hard getting healthy and it feels so good when I hear "I'm proud of you" from someone in my life.  I try so hard to tell people that too...do you?  When someone tells you they are proud of you how do you feel?  How about you make someone else feel that way today...

I found this card on my desk on Monday and it made my day.  This coming Sunday I will be running in my first 5k!  I've walked 5k's before...I've never ran a 5k though!  I'm blessed that I have parents who are rooting for my success and helping me "find myself" all over again.  Love you Mom & Dad!
I'm going to make you proud on Sunday by finishing the 5k!

Jamie Oliver's Food Revloution

Has anyone been watching Jamie Oliver's show?  I just heard about this today and am very curious about it!  If this is the first time you have heard about it I encourage you to go to his website and learn more! 

Here is what his Food Revolution is about-
Jamie has made a new series for American TV about food – how families eat, what kids get at school and why, like the UK, the diet of processed food and snacks is causing so many health and obesity problems. The series was filmed in Huntington, West Virginia.
Jamie's challenge was to see if he can get a whole community cooking again. He worked with the school lunch ladies and local families to get everyone back in the kitchen and making tasty meals with fresh ingredients – no packets, no cheating. He's started a Food Revolution: to get people all over America to reconnect with their food and change the way they eat.

Sounds interesting doesn't it?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Spoke too Soon

On Tuesday I told you that I'd had a stressful weekend & therefore had been a M.I.A.  Well, I should have kept my mouth shut cause I woke up Wedensday morning feeling horrible!  I've been out of commission and on the couch for the last 2 days trying to feel better!  Today is my first day back to work, and I'm happy to be off the couch!  I haven't really been able to eat much so there went the fruits/veggies again...I'm not being a very good leader am I?  Well, I promise you that none of this is intentional!  We all have set backs, and even though I haven't felt too whippy I haven't given up on everything.  I'm taking today off from working out & going to get started again tomorrow.  I feel like my body needs one more day of TLC, but tomorrow I'm hitting the 5k route that I am running next weekend.  Wish me luck!  I'm pretty nervous about having 3 days off, but I believe that our bodies talk to us...and mine is obviously saying "SLOW DOWN". 
How has your week gone?  Hopefully better than mine!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I'm BAAACK

It's been a rough couple of days.  I haven't been able to post, let alone get on and even let you know why!  This past weekend we had a little setback with my sisters wedding (it's 10 weeks away) and so Friday night & Saturday was spent helping her do some damage control.  Sunday was Easter and we traveled north to spend time with my husbands family so I was nowhere near a computer or my blog!  SO, I'm SO sorry that I haven't been keeping up with all of you!!!  Don't worry, I'm back now and I'm here to tell you I'm happy to be back! 
This weekend everything got thrown out the window to be totally honest with you.  I got in my workout on Saturday, only because I was so upset that I needed to blow off some serious steam...no such luck!  I did a Spin class for the first time in approx. 10 years!  It was about 40 minutes of spinning and 20 minutes toning, and this week was legs.  If you haven't done a spin class and you have a facility near you that offers one I encourage you to hop on the spin bike ASAP!  I have sore muscles, still, in places I didn't know existed!  And even though it's not so fun to walk around so sore you can hardly move, it's pretty rewarding to know that your workout is doing something!  I can't wait to get back to a class. 
The next 11 days are going to be focused on my upcoming 5k...my first ever actually.  I am pretty nervous, excited, overwhelmed, anxious, etc.  Tonight was the first time I've ever ran a solid 3.1 miles...can I tell you how amazing that feels?  It was much slower than I'd like but I'm not going to get all wrapped up in that...I ran the entire 3.1 miles!  If any of you run races I'd love to hear your advice on clothing, eating, training, etc.  I want to get my body ready for this race and do the best I can. 
I hope the April Challenge is going better for all of you than me:(  I'm on board again though now finally!  Sometimes life throws a curveball your way and you have to dust yourself off and get back in the game!  We can do it!

Let's join Jill & Start Walking!

Tomorrow is National Start Walking Day! Please visit the link below and forward on to friends, family, co-workers to help them Start Walking!
Get Up and Get Moving!: Jill's Fit Tip Tuesday! Start Walking!

Friday, April 2, 2010

April Showers Challenge- Day 1 Recap

How did Day 1 of the April Showers bring May Flowers Challenge go?  I hope it gave you the push you may have needed to get moving & shower your body with nutritous food, lots of water & heart pumping exercise!  Are you encouraging the people around you to join you so you have a strong support system when you are wanting to skip your workout or detour from "plan"?  They say it takes 21 days to form a habit... which means by May you will have established an exercise routine, water intake, fruits & veggies AND gotten into the habit of remembering to take your vitamins!  How awesome is that!  Do the hard work now and you'll see the benefits by summer!

I had an awesome 1st day!  I'm going to be brutally honest...I added the fruits/veggies to the challenge because I really struggle incorporating those into my day.  Yesterday was no different, but I did it!  Here is what my day looked like...
Cardio:  60 minutes of aqua aerobics- my goal is 300 minutes per week (217 weekly total to date)  *By the way since I use Daily Mile to log my workouts, my weeks are Monday to Sunday.
Water:  16 glasses
Fruits & Veggies:  Apple, Baby Spinach, Orange & Yellow Peppers, Pineapple
Vitamin: Arbonne Hybrids & 3g of Omega's

Share your Day with us! 
I hope you have a successful Day Two!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Day ONE of April Challenge!

Today is the start of an awesome month!  Have you committed to the April Showers bring May Flowers Challenge?  I am excited because I'm getting great responses from my blog followers and also my friends on My Fitness Pal & Facebook! 
I'm planning on swimming tonight and my body is ready for the water!  After two days of running my hamstrings are pretty sore and the water always helps me with muscle soreness.  I've had 4 glasses of water...I need to pick up the pace a bit huh?  I hope you all have a great 1st day... let me know how you are doing!