Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Shawnee County's Largest Workout!

Join me on Thursday July 15th at 6:30 pm for Shawnee County's Largest Workout!  The event is at Yager Stadium on the Washburn University campus & is free to the public.  The first 500 particpants who register online are eligible for a FREE T-Shirt at the event!  Invite a group of friends and instead of going to dinner, come burn some calories and promote a healthy lifestyle!
Click Here for Registration

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Opinions Wanted... Garmin Forerunner

I am looking into the Garmin Forerunners but am totally overwhelmed honestly!  There are several different versions, and how do I know which one is perfect for me?  I want to track my mileage & heart rate- those are the 2 most important features to me.  IF I could also track calories burned that would be an added bonus, as long as it doesn't make it too expensive. 
What I would love to hear is opinions from those of you who have a Garmin Forerunner or have looked into them.  Tell me what you love, hate, wish you had, etc.  I'd love to have it by my next 5k on July 10th (also my 28th Birthday!) 
SO, fire away your opinions... I'm all ears!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

100 Mile Labor Day Challenge!

Good Morning Everyone!  We finally woke up this morning to less humidity & no rain!  Yea!  I had a great time at Boot Camp & enjoyed the cooler weather. 
I wanted to share a challenge with you that I found on Daily Mile.  I use this site to log my workouts & I really like it!  I've met some awesome people who have been very motivating to me and my workouts, which I always appreciate! 
The Challenge is 100 Mile Labor Day Challenge.  Pretty simple, just run/walk/jog 100 miles by Labor Day and log it on your Daily Mile profile!  100 miles is a great goal by Labor Day!  I hope you'll join me on Daily Mile & in this challenge!  Having a challenge like this is good for me so I have something to hold me accountable, and I hope you will find it helpful as well! 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Something to Ponder...

I saw this on someone's blog a few days ago and thought it was pretty good advice...  It might be hard to swallow, but it's very true.

Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships. Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention. Which ones lift and which ones lean? Which ones encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill? When you leave certain people do you feel better or feel worse? Which ones always have drama or don't really understand, know, or appreciate you? The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you...the easier it will become for you to decide who ...gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.
~Mandi Miller

Monday, June 21, 2010

Races Anyone?

Look @ all the races coming up in the next couple months!  I'm looking forward to a few of them myself!

July 3:  Firecracker 5k in Sabetha, KS
July 4:  Mass Street Mile  1 Mile Run in Lawrence, KS
July 4:  run4th in Marysville, KS
July 10:  Start2Finish  5k Run/Walk in Lawrence, KS
July 10:  Fiesta Mexicana Run Walk 5k Run/Walk in Topeka, KS
July 16:  Mid-Summer Twilight 5k Lee's Summit, MO
July 16:  Governors Cup 10k & 5k in Topeka, KS
July 17:  Rock the Crossroads 5k Run/Walk in KC, MO
July 18:  Lake Atwood 10 Mile Atwood, KS
July 18:  Barnyard Boogie 10k, 2 mi. & 1 mi.  in Blue Rapids, KS
July 24:  Divine Run 5k Run/Walk in Overland Park, KS
July 31:  Big Shunga 8k Run & 5k Walk in Topeka, KS
July 31:  Rock Creek Night Race Marathon, 1/2, 10k in Lake Perry, KS
August 8:  Komen Greater KC Race for the Cure 5k Run/Walk in KC, MO
August 22: Dream Run 5k in Overland Park, KS
August 28: The Rivalry Run in Downtown KC
September 4:  KC Royals 5k 5k Run/Walk in KC, MO
September 11:  Race Against Breast Cancer 5k Run/Walk in Topeka, KS
September 11:  Holy Smokin' 5k 5k & 1 mile in Topeka, KS
September 11:  Patriot's Run 9 hour & 11 minute Run/Walk in Olathe, KS
September 26:  Omaha Marathon 1/2 Marathon, Marathon & 10k in Omaha, NE
October 2:  Eye on AIDS 5k & 10k in Liberty, MO
October 3:  Run Crazy Horse 1/2 & Full Marathon in Hill City, SD

Updated 6/22 @ 9am

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer Book Challenge!

As some of you know I am in a Book Club with friends from college- you can visit our blog here.  We get together once a month and take turns picking the book.  We started in October last year and have met every month since.  We have such a great time & I really do look forward to our girls night!  We meet this coming Thursday and it's my pick!
I follow an awesome blog Booking Mama,  she reads SO many books and there is new review everyday!  She is having a Summer Reading Challenge and I've decided to join her!  If you are interested in checking out the challenge you can visit her post about it here.  Her list is compiled of Entertainment Weekly's- 18 Books We Can't Wait to Read This Summer.  There are some pretty great books on the list that I'm excited to read, but wouldn't normally pick myself.  The challenge has levels according to how many books you want to read and my goal is "Guppy" which is 4-6 books by Labor Day.  (The challenge started in May so I am already a month behind).  Without even knowing about the challenge I've already read one of the books The Short Second Life of Bree Tannar by Stephenie Meyer  (YES, I am a HUGE Twilight fan!)  I'll keep you posted on the other books I'm reading in the Challenge, and if you've read any of the books let me know if you'd recommend them!
Happy Reading!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Jillian Michaels in Redbook

I love Jillian Michaels...seriously love her. I'm really liking her new show Losing it with Jillian, too. If I could pick one person to spend the day with and "pick their brain" it would be her. Here's her latest interview in Redbook.
Jillian Michaels Wants to Transform Your Life - Page 2

Journey to God

In January my husband and I decided to leave the Catholic Church to explore our faith elsewhere.  I didn't agree with everything Catholics are to believe, and so I was kind of "giving up" on my faith.  We had heard about this "other church" for over a year, and many friends kept encouraging us to try it out.  I was the resistant one (me? no way! HA!) We'd both been raised in the Catholic Church our entire lives, we were married there, THAT was our faith and there was no changing that.  Even though we weren't regular church-goers I had accepted the fact that I didn't need to go to Church to talk to God.  In reality, I didn't talk to Him too often though, I was just making excuses.
Then came an early January morning that I woke up and was faced with the question "Why don't you want to go to Church anymore?  Why does it feel like a chore?  When you do go it's not because you want to, so why are you?"  I felt I lost a lot of faith in God last year with the problems in my marriage and my weight.  I was wanting to place blame on HIM, instead of looking at the lessons He was trying to teach me.  So, on January 17th I decided to swallow my pride and just try Fellowship Bible Church one time.  Well, that one time brought us into a brand new journey with Christ and a stronger marriage than we've ever had.  We ok,I finally stopped to listen to what God was trying to show me.  He'd been trying to bring me to the path that could bring Him into my heart... a place I'd never really let Him into.  Once I accepted Him in my heart it's amazing how my life has been blessed.   
Last month we were asked to share our story in a video that they wanted to share with the Church, we were humbled and honored and accepted with a grateful heart.  Below is the video we were a part of along with the other amazing people that were asked to share their stories and journey with Christ. 
I hope wherever you are in your journey of Faith that God is in your heart.  If you are struggling then stop to ask "What lessons can I learn from this?  How can I turn this into an opportunity?" 

"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our heats by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." Romans 5: 3-5

FBC Vision Stories Video from Fellowship Bible Church on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

July 4th Race

I got an email today for an awesome event that I'm really excited about!  On July 4th in Lawrence, KS the inaugural Mass Street Mile.  It's a one mile running event in downtown Lawrence, KS.  For those of you who aren't ready to tackle a 5k I think this is a great way to get a taste of what it's like to run a race but since it's only a mile it's not so overwhelming. 

For more information on this event you can check out their website
This race is part of the Tour of Lawrence event that is being held from July 2-4.  The Tour of Lawrence is a weekend of individual Pro-AM USA Cycling races, children’s races/events & live music organized in partnership with Free State Racing and promoted and made possible by the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau held July 2-4, 2010 in the city of Lawrence KS. 
Sounds like it'll be a great weekend to be a Jayhawk! :)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Sisters Wedding

And they lived Happily Ever After!
This past weekend my little sister got married.  She really was so beautiful and I was so happy for her and the special day that she had with her husband.  They've been together over 6 years and have been through a lot together and all she's ever wanted was to marry him... this weekend that wish came true!  She looked gorgeous, the weather started rainy but got pretty nice as the day went on, the reception was beautiful & I had a great time w/ family & friends.  Not only was I honored to be her Matron of Honor but I also got the privelege to sing during their ceremony.  I sang the Matthew West song "When I Say I Do" for their unity candle which is such an amazing wedding song by the way!  I sang a duet with my good friend Erin for the Parent's Procession, "Remember Me" by Mark Schultz.  I was so worried I'd not be able to get through it, but I cried during the rehersal so tears were out for the "final production"!
Overall, the event was quite a success!  Can't wait for her to get home from her honeymoon and life gets back to normal...well, whatever normal is I guess:)
My Sister & I before the ceremony               

My little sister on her Wedding Day- 6/12/10

My Mom, Sister & Me... I hope we age as good as Mom has!!!  She's 50! 
{Hope that was ok for me to share Mom!}

My Sister Ashley & her new Husband Ben

He's still my Groom... almost 5 years honey!

Did I tell you Ashley married my best friends little brother?  Emily (far left), her daughter Payton (center) and I were the Bridesmaids... it was a special day to share with a very special friend!

My BFF & kinda sorta Sister in Law now:)

Payton and I... my best little friend {yes, she's only 11!}

I do have to say that even though I hadn't hit the weight goal I'd set for myself to weigh by her wedding I was still happy that I'd dropped 3 dress sizes from the wedding I was in last summer.  I'll drink to that!

I Won! I Won!

 A few weeks ago I entered into a giveaway at Secrets of a Running Mom for a free tank from One More Mile.  I enter lots of giveaways & haven't ever won so you can imagine my excitement when I actually DID win!  I won a tank (of my choice!) from One More Mile.  I wore my new (FREE) tank this morning at my Booty Busting Boot Camp & it was super comfy & breathable.  I don't wear cotton when I workout, especially outside, so my new FREE tank was perfect:)

They sent me a handwritten note with my FREE shirt...
how awesome is that! 

It came wrapped up all pretty too!

Here's the tank! 
"The miracle isn't that I finished.  The miracle is that I had the courage to start"
~John Bingham

Thanks Kelly from Secrets of a Running Mom for giving me this awesome tank!  I love it and I love your blog!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

All I Need to Be

I shared a Fireflight song with you yesterday that really moves me and I wanted to share another one. I heard this song once and knew that I was supposed to use this song for strength. It's on my iPod and when I'm running and am wanting to quit, I play this song. When I'm having a bad day and want to give up, I play this song. It's my anthem:)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

It's my turn to say Thank You

I am humbled.  I am grateful.  I am inspired.  I am thankful.  I am blessed. 
I feel this way because of all of you.  And I must thank you for saving me the last few days.
I have had a pretty rotten week.  I've spent a lot of time in tears, angry and overwhelmed. It's really not the week to be having such conflict either because my little sister gets married in 3 days.  But, such is life right?  When is rains it pours I guess!
Yesterday I felt so angry and past emotions & pain were brought to the surface once again.  Emotions that I've worked so hard to get through for a long time.  At one point I was so overwhelmed with anger that I felt that bingeing was the only answer.  The only way left to numb myself so I could quit feeling the intense amount of pain I was in.  I'd tried yelling, crying, talking, screaming, etc...  That's where you all came in.  Yesterday many of you commented either on my blog or Facebook that I've inspired you, kept you going, thought of me as a role model, etc.  I cannot tell you what your kind words meant to me and how they swooped into my head yesterday and beat down the demons that were resurfacing.  THANK prevented me from bingeing and using food to become numb.  Because of your support I didn't and haven't binged.  I've talked a lot though!  I made an "emergency" appointment with my therapist who I hadn't seen in weeks cause I've been doing so great.  Instead of allowing my emotions to bottle up I've spent the last 2 days facing them and the way I feel... boy, I've come a long way.  A few years ago, the sadness that I had yesterday would have been so detrimental that it could have sent me in a tailspin physically & emotionally. 
Without this blog, without your support, without YOUR stories of success my bad day could have been much worse.  Thank you for your friendship, support and inspiration... I am forever grateful.
Sometimes we need something to happen to keep us focused on who we are, who we want to be and who we want to become.  Without challenges our lives would feel meaningless...we'd be stale and growth wouldn't be forced upon us.  I accept the challenges I've had to overcome and welcome them as a way for me to prove to myself that I am much stronger than I ever thought I could be.  NEVER back down from what you believe and KNOW to be matter what the consequence.  At the end of the day if you have been honest with yourself about who you are, that's all that matters.  You should NEVER compromise your integrity for someone else's benefit.
I'm drawing strength from the lessons God taught me yesterday about myself and where He sees my life going.  So tonight I say to my Savior "I'm listening God...I'm here to follow You.  Thank you for being a part of my journey and keeping me honest with myself.  Thank you for loving me just the way I am."

These lyrics are so meaningful to me.  This song can get me through a rough patch and take my attention off where I've been and re-focus to where I'm going.

"If only you could see me yesterday
Who I used to be before the change
You'd see a broken heart
You'd see the battle scars
It's funny how words can't explain
How good it feels to finally break the chains
I'm not what I have done
I'm what I've overcome"

Fireflight: What I've Overcome

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

9 Months....

Did my title make you think I was pregnant?  HA!  I figured it might for some of you, but nope! 
 Last Friday I celebrated 9 months of my weight loss journey!  I lost 2.8 over the last month bringing my total weight loss to 53.9 pounds!  I must admit, I was a little bummed at only a 2.8 loss but my Dr. was quick to snap me into place.  She told me that I'm not going to lose 6-9 lbs a month anymore like I was.  I've been doing this 9 months, I'm not carrying around as much weight as I was so I'm not burning as many calories during the day either.  It makes sense, I just really wanted to get under 200 lbs at this appointment, and I weighed in at 200.8.  Only .8 away...I was so close!  But, I did everything I could.  I had a great month and felt good about my food choices and exercise.  I've gotten really tuned into my body and eating when I'm hungry, finding something else to do when I'm not but "think" I want to be eating.  Even small progress is progress right? 
I thought I'd share my "before" picture once again & then let you see the picture from last Friday.  I'm pretty happy at how far I've come, I've got a long way to go yet but no rest for the weary!!

September 2009- Weight 254.7 lbs  BMI 43
June 2010-  Weight 200.8 lbs  BMI  34

I'm pretty pumped that my BMI has dropped so much... going from Morbidly Obese to Obese is a positive move and I can't "weight" until I'm only considered Overweight:)  Looking on the bright side of things...can ya tell?

If you are losing weight, or starting a healthy lifestyle what are your tips?  How do you stay motivated?  What kind of goals do you set for yourself?

Friday, June 4, 2010

Summer Boot Camp

Yesterday I joined the YMCA Booty Bustin' Boot Camp.  The camp is twice a week before work until August 31st.  I am always changing up my workout so I don't get bored and so my body doesn't get "used" to the workouts I'm doing and then halts progress.  The trainer running the camp sought me out at the gym on Tuesday and told me she'd love to have me join the group.  She's a great trainer, I've watched her with her clients and so I know that she expects 100%...and that's what I like about her!  So, I thought "what the heck...what do I have to lose by going?"  Let me tell you what!?!  That was a KILLER workout!  We started with bleachers...I haven't done those since high school volleyball!  Then we did various exercises on the benches- push ups, squats, tricep dips, lunges, etc.  After that we moved to the end of the football field and did suicide drills...have you ever done that?  I hadn't...and they totally kicked my butt!  No wonder they call it BOOTY BUSTING Boot Camp!  You start at the 0 yard line & run to the 10 then run back to 0, then run to the 20 yd line and back to the 0, run to the 30 & so on & on & on & on until we ran the entire 100 yds & back...WOW!  That was a humbling experience to say the least!  Just when I think "you are really getting in shape" I had a rude awakening that I have MUCH farther to go until I can consider myself "in shape"!  Today I'm so sore I'm drinking lots of water and hoping I can walk "normal" tomorrow:)

Even though it was tough, I'm SO glad I went.  It was the best workout I've had in a while, and it felt awesome.  I may not have been the fastest or the fittest...but I was there.  I showed up.  I didn't let fear get in my way.  I hope this Boot Camp can kick start the scale again cause it hasn't been moving too much:(  But, I'm not quitting.  I've come too damn far to quit!  Sometimes we have to sacrifice to allow something to happen.  If we only do what is comfortable we'll never advance or get better.  So don't be afraid to get out of your own comfort may find yourself enjoying your life a whole lot more outside the box!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Today is National Running Day!

Did you know that today is National Running Day? 

June 2nd is officially National Running Day!  I'm pretty excited about that because I can actually place myself in the category of being "a runner" cool is that?!?  I hope I'm not the only runner that gets totally psyched that they can do that too:)  I am the girl who used to look at runners in awe and say to myself "there is NO WAY you could ever do that!"  Now that I am a runner I'm proud to be one...but, still look at most other runners in awe to be honest!

They actually have a website for National Running Day (NRD) you can visit it here. 

On their site they have listed 7 Reasons to Run...
"Because of changes in diet and lifestyle, Americans are increasingly at risk for diseases that can significantly diminish the quality, productivity, and length of their lives. The time to act is now."
1.  Nationwide, the annual medical expense for juvenile obesity is more than $127 million annually.
2.  Health-care expenses and productivity losses related to obesity problems cost Americans more than $100 billion annually.
3.  Currently, obesity-related illnesses cause some 300,000 deaths a year. Inactivity and poor diet will soon overtake smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
4.  Overweight youth ages 10 to 15 have an 80% chance of becoming obese adults by age 25.
5.  Only one in four kids gets at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Kids and teens obesity rates have doubled in the past 20 years.
Exercise-and running, in particular-is one solution to combating these health issues.
6.  According to the American Sports Data 2007 Superstudy of Sports Participation, 39.5 million people in the United States ran or jogged at least once, and 11.7 million ran more than 100 days/year.
7.  In 2008, according to Running USA, there were 9.2 million finishers in road races (ranging in distance from the 5K to the Marathon), a 4 percent increase from the 8.8 million finishers in 2007.

Are you a runner?  How did you get started?  I used to incorporate running into my workouts but never more than a mile, or 10 minutes probably!  Once I started the C25K Program on iTunes in December it made running much more simple and I took it one day at a time.  Before I knew it I was running my first 5k, and another one 2 weeks later.  Running has given me a sense of accomplishment.  When the scale doesn't tell me what I want it to, I remind myself of how far I've come physically instead.  Health isn't always related to the number on the scale.  I remember when I weighed what I weigh now "on the way UP", and I am in far better shape today than I was then, but the scale shows the same weight.  Take today and focus on what your body CAN do for you...not what it CAN'T...yet.  
In honor of National Running Day tell me what you plan to do to get some activity in today/tonight!  I have a busy night but I'm making time for "Amy" and my run.  Can't wait to sweat away a little stress!

Anything is possible, but you have to believe and you have to fight.
~Lance Armstrong