Ok friends- are any of you still out there?!
I took a much needed summer off from blogging. I had planned on at least announcing it, but apparently I never got around to it ;) With the husband and kids home from school/work all summer, I consciously planned on making family and fun a priority, and not blogging. I love blogging, I love the friends I've made, the opportunities I've been given and sharing my journey with everyone, but every once in awhile its nice to just to take some time off. I'm back though! Everyone has gone back to school and I once again have a little extra time on my hands. So, there you have it. I can't promise I'll post every single day, but I'll post as often as I can.
And now for the important part, pictures. Right? Haha here are a few pictures of my summer
Austin's 6th birthday
Trying out the whole hat thing...can't decide if it works for me or not
LOTS of hikes this summer!
4th of July. Yes I take lots of self-pics. It helps me choose my outfit for the day...dont judge haha
A night hike
Running with Carson. He ran 1/2 mile with me! (hes four years old)
Probably the one time I straightened my hair and wore it down all summer. Who has the time or energy when its 110 outside?
On our way to Yosemite National Park to climb Half Dome. Well, attempt.
My brother and I right before we started the 12+ hour hike/climb.
We started at 11 pm and planned to make it to the top of Half Dome around sunrise. Unfortunately, I got horribly sick from the altitude about 2.5 hours into the hike and ended up having to go back to the car for the rest of the night. It was a terrible disappointment, I was very frustrated and I felt like a failure. Physically, my body could have kept going. It was a HARD hike, VERY hard. But I felt like I was in good enough shape to accomplish it. Unfortunately, that didn't help me when it came to the altitude sickness. If you've ever had it, you know what I mean. Horrible, smashing headache, dizziness, ear & sinus pressure, nausea. I knew I wouldn't be able to make it to the top and I didn't want to push myself into the "danger zone" so I stopped when I felt like it was safe for me. I can't say I'll ever try again, it was a traumatic experience. Out of our group of 6, my brother was the only one who actually made it all the way to the top (his second time doing this). If you've never seen pictures of Half Dome, please google it or look it up on YouTube, its crazy!
Myself, Rebecca & Allison
Ok, and now for the real reason everyone is still reading: Have I lost, gained, maintained?
Today I weigh 1 pound more than I did when I ran my half marathon in May. I gained 4 pounds over the summer, mainly due to my marathon training but I have managed to get those off and am working on the last 30 til I'm at goal weight.
Marathon training is hard. Its not only physically challenging but its mentally challenging as well. Not to mention it takes up a ton of time. I've read many things about marathoners never losing weight while training, despite the increase in mileage/running time. I didn't believe it at first, because it seems like common sense: more running= more calories burned= more weight lost. So not true. Sure you burn more calories, but you also consume more than normal because all that extra physical activity makes you ravenous. I crave peanut butter like a pregnant woman craves pickles and ice cream. Only I'm not pregnant, I promise. We all know peanut butter isn't the lowest calorie food either. I listen to my body though and I have been having 1 serving of peanut butter pretty much everyday. Natural, no salt added, organic peanut butter. That makes me feel a little better ;)
About a week ago I decided I really, really wanted to get the ball rolling with these last 30 pounds and so I decided to add in MORE exercise along with my running 4 times a week. I have lost 80 pounds (in about 2 years, lots of maintenance/plateau months throughout those 2 years) so 30 should be a piece of cake, right? It seems like it would be but so far, notsomuch.
I have challenged myself to doing Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred everyday for 30 days. I started last Tuesday and September 20th will be my 30th day. This morning I completed Day 6 and as Jillian says, if you stick with it, it really does get easier. I'm planning on doing 10 Days of level 1, 10 days of level 2 and 10 days of level 3. I'll keep you posted on my progress. I took before pictures and will take after pictures as well. Not sure if I'll be posting them for the whole world to see, but I guess I'll wait and see what kind of changes I see at the end ;)
Ok, well I think thats a long enough update for now. I'm planning on posting my Marathon training progress each Monday, so look for that post later this afternoon.
P.S. Even though I haven't been blogging all summer, I have still been keeping up with my google reader and reading everyones posts- keep up the good work friends!!!