Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday randomness.

Ok first things first- today is Friday which means its....Weigh Day. I have a love/hate relationship with Weigh Day and that status is determined the moment the number on the scale stops flashing and shows the final number. Today- it was a "hate" day.  Up a pound from last Friday. I knew going into it that I probably wouldn't lose much, if any, but I certainly thought I would just stay the same. I lost 3.2 pounds last week and I added a lot of weight lifting to my workouts this week. Whenever I switch up my workouts (aka do anything other than run), the scale always does wonky things. I will say, I cheated and weighed again a few hours again (after eating breakfast, drinking 32 oz of water and running 3 miles) and it was back down to where it was last week, exactly. Usually I weigh more after eating, drinking and working out. Just goes to show you the scale is nuts! I really shouldn't give it so much power, but its hard not to. I like to see the number go down. I like being a smaller number. It makes me feel smaller. Does that sound mental? Anyway, I won't weigh again until next Friday (pinky promise). Heres hoping for a loss this time.

For breakfast my sweet hubby made me an omlette with chopped spinach, sautteed mushrooms and onions and my favorite salsa. Perfect way to start my day. Can't forget about my greek yogurt (despite the sugar and "additives" this is something I just can't give up. 12g of protein and 100 calories and cures my sweet tooth. I've tried just buying plain greek yogurt and adding fresh berries, which is good. But the pre-mixed cups are just yummier and more convenient. 

Once I got home from taking the kids to school, I did a couple chores and started the laundry before heading out to run. It was about 50 degrees and sunny (thats the coldest morning temps its been here in a long time). It was gorgeous, perfect running weather and the sky was bright blue. I wish I would have thought to take a picture. 

I did run/walk intervals and was happy with my overall pace. I haven't run outside in a few days so my legs felt fresh and ready to go. When I run multiple days in a row, my legs start to feel like bricks when I first start out. 

After I ran I came home and did about 20 minutes of strength exercises (squats, lunges, leg lifts, bicep curls, overhead tricep extentions, front & lateral raises, push ups and wall sits). I am really trying to keep up with my strength workouts on days I don't go to the gym. It only took 20 minutes but I still got a great workout. I changed the laundry, took a quick shower and threw some yoga pants and sweats on. As soon as I did, I got a text from my sons teacher asking if I could sub for the rest of the day because she had to leave due to a family emergency. I was already planning on helping in my older son's class later on in the day, so I was headed to the school anyway. I told her that, of course, I would fill in for her, no worries. I got there 20 minutes later and spent the next 3 hours with my son and 25 other 5 year olds. And it was the 100th day of school so there was lots of fun stuff going on :)

Immediately after school I dropped the kids off with my parents so I could make it to my 4:00 MRI follow up appointment. 

What the doctor had previously assumed was sesamoiditis (inflammation of the sesamoid bones in the foot), is actually a fracture. Not only that, but the radiologist found that the bone is full of fluid (edema) and is causing several other problems. Here is a good description of what my doctor told me causes this and it also describes the pain

Stress fractures occur when an athlete applies abnormal repetitive stress to normal bone or applies normal repetitive stress to a weakened bone. Fractures are more common in long-distance runners. Stress fractures account for 40 percent of all sesamoid injuries. These patients will complain of increasing pain and have point tenderness of the involved sesamoid. Keep in mind the pain usually develops gradually and is exacerbated by faster running or walking up and down stairs.

So since this is beyond his expertise (he is not a surgeon), he referred to me a doctor in the same building who is apparently the "only foot and ankle specialist in the Valley". He is very hard to get into, because of that. He said he would go down and speak with him and ask if there was a chance he could see me as soon as possible. Normally the cure for a stress fracture is to reduce the impact (walking, running, etc) dramatically for 4-6 weeks, wear a special rod in your shoe to create rigidity and just take it easy to let it heal. But since mine is so much worse than that, we both decided that waiting the 4-6 weeks for it to potentially heal (with no running) and then still needing to have surgery anyway, with a 6-8 week recovery time- is just a waste of time. We agreed that getting the surgery done sooner rather than later would get me back to running much sooner. So, thats where I'm at. I'm awaiting a call from the surgeon for my consultation appointment and then we'll go from there. I will say that its going to be HARD not to run. He said if I tape and cushion my foot, its okay for me to walk (for exercise) as long as I can handle the pain. As much as I know I shouldn't....I think I'm still going to do the half marathon next weekend. No running, I'll walk. It will be the longest, slowest 13.1 miles but I just cant give it up. I think I can handle walking. 

Ok well that turned out to be a novel, so pat yourself on the back if you got through all that! 

Have a great weekend y'all! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Transformation Tuesday

Sometimes I look in the mirror and don't see the changes I've made over the past couple years. All it takes is to look at old pictures to remember how far I've come. My journey isn't over yet. These are not my "before and after" pictures, more like "before and during". At the end of this year, I will have my official "after" pictures taken (professionally...I have big plans!).
But for now, these are good reminders and good motivation for me. I love the person I've become. I don't hide behind others in pictures, I don't dress is grandma clothes and have a dorky hair cut. My smile is genuine and I love life. I have found myself, and I am an entirely new and better person. 

{all before pictures are from 2009/2010 and the "during" pics are all from the past 6 months}

 Thanks for coming along this journey with me- it's not over yet, it's just beginning! 

(And I have some fun and exciting blogging news coming soon- stay tuned to find out more!)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Back at it

As much as I hate to sacrifice my workout time and devote some of my precious cardio minutes to strength training- it must be done. I know the benefits of lift of weights- building muscle boosts your metabolism and therefore you burn more calories throughout the day. It leans you out, gets rid of the flab and gives you nice sexy muscles. Girly Muscles- that's my goal :)

It's not that I don't like the gym or lifting weights, I would just much rather be outside in the fresh air (no matter the weather) getting my sweat on.

I do body weight exercises at home (squats, planks, wall sits, tricep dips) but not consistently, it's only on a "if I feel like it" basis, which yeah- is not all that often ;)

I need structure. I need it to have it written in my trusty planner that goes everywhere with me. So I took on yet another Instagram Challenge from my friend Erin (fit4finn) and for the next 30 days, I'm committing to lifting weights, at the gym, 3 times a week (or more if I have time). I will obviously keep this trend going after the 30 days, but it's a good starting point.

So today after work, I had exactly an hour before I had to pick the kids up from school. I had my gym bag packed and high tailed it to the gym, eating my heavenly VitaTop muffin on the way there.

I quickly changed and made the most of my time, I lifted heavy (probably too heavy considering I haven't hit the weights in a few months) and I worked my entire body. I'm only going 3 times a week, so I'm doing full body instead of a different muscle group each day. Ya gotta do what works best for you. 

I look a lot more excited than I really was 

 35-40 sweaty minutes later, I was done and felt so happy to be back in the gym (and the trainers & employees still remember me- bonus! Haha). I came home after getting the kids from school and took advantage of the 70 weather and got in a nice 3 miler (walk/run- what my foot can handle right now) 

Look at those guns-in-process
I plan to make big changes over the next few months. I can honestly say I'm giving it my 100%, I'm committed. 

So day 1 is in the books and my other gym days will be Wednesday and Thursday, with cardio on Tuesday, Wednesdag and Friday (10 miler!). 

I can already tell it's going to hurt to move tomorrow :-)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The past week

I had the best intentions of posting a few times this week, but I went back to work and so getting back to our schedule and routine didn't leave much time for getting the computer out. I think I'm gonna try blogging from my phone. Anyone tried that? Its a pain to type, especially cause I tend to ramble on a lot, but its so much more convenient than using the computer. 

Anyway- first things first...I'm not sure if I had posted about my foot hurting after all my runs, but it had been for the past couple months or so. It wasn't enough to make me stop running, but enough for me to make an appointment with a Sports Medicine doctor, just to check things out and see what was going on. My appointment was last Monday and after feeling around on my foot and doing lots of X-Rays, he determined I have a sesamoid fracture (you can google it if you're interested). He ordered an MRI to be done, which happened last night, and I'll go back sometime in the next week for my follow up. He originally (pre-MRI) said that if I was adamant about running the half marathon on Feb 9, and could handle running through the pain, then he thinks I'll be ok (in the long run). After he sees the results from the MRI we will discuss the final decision. I don't want to do anything to compromise my health longterm, but I've already signed up, committed to and trained for this race so if there is ANY chance that I am able to run- I will do it! 

As far as my training has been going, I haven't done any long runs in about 2 weeks (9 miles was the longest). I've been running 5-6 days a week anywhere from 2-5 miles each time. I want to make sure I keep a strong base. I don't work this Friday so I'm hoping to get an 11 miler in. The next week I'll be tapering so this is really the last chance I have to get a long one in.

As far as my eating is concerned, I have been keeping track of everything on MyFitnessPal (runthisweigh) and have been sticking to the cleanest diet possible. I'm not doing anything crazy or unmanageable in the long run- just lots of lean produce, fruits and veggies and whole grain. I'll post more on my meals and a few recipes this week. 

So far in January I've lost 5.2 pounds and we still have a week left. I'm meeting (and surpassing) all my short term goals as far as the scale is concerned and my clothes are also starting to fit and look a lot better. My skin is so clear, I sleep great and I have lots of energy. If you are currently in the beginning stages of, or haven't yet started, losing weight- I urge you to clean up your diet first and foremost. That is truly where you will see and feel the results the fastest. Clean eating, paired with lots of water and moderate exercise WORKS. I am living proof. Not only will you look better, but you will FEEL better. Give it a try for 2 weeks and tell me that you don't notice a ton of changes! 

Runs For Cookies Virtual 5k

I know I have a week or so of blogging to catch up on, but I wanted to get my post done for the Virtual 5k I did today. It was the second annual Runs for Cookies Virtual 5k, in honor of Katie's (author of the blog) birthday. If you aren't already following her blog- you MUST! She is just awesome. Totally down to earth, relatable and an all around inspiration to me when it comes to weight loss and running. 

Anyway, she put together a 5k for all her readers and everyone was supposed to run today, for her birthday. I signed up awhile back, not realizing my foot issue (I'll explain more in the next post- but I have a stress fracture). Even though my foot isn't feeling the greatest, I got out there and ran/walked my 3.11 miles. Its MUCH easier on my foot when I walk every half mile or so.  Its most likely (or definitely...) how I'm going to have to complete my half marathon in a couple weeks. 

It was beautiful and warm today, 71 and sunny. I changed into my running clothes after I got home from Austin's basketball game this morning and hit the trail around my house. I ran through the neighborhood and on the trail and it was a great run. I came home sweaty and tired! 

I mentioned this on Instagram (run_this_weigh if you want to follow me) but the shirt I'm wearing in these pictures is a major NSV. Its a size Medium slim fit tank. Usually in workout tanks like that, I size up because they run so small and form fitting but I found this at Good Will over the summer and it was brand new with the original tags on it, I obviously can't pass up a deal like that! I decided to try it on today and was happy with the changes in my body. A couple months ago, it did NOT look like this. There were lots more lumps and bumps haha. I was very nervous about wearing it outside to run, because not only is tight but its also sheer.  Once I got out there and started running, I didn't care one bit about what everyone else thought (or didn't think, which is more than likely the case) While it definitely doesn't look perfect (yet)- I plan to keep these pictures and re-take them in a few months to compare and see the progress I've made.

Monday, January 13, 2014


{NSV=Non-Scale Victory}

In going along with not having an obsession with a certain number on the scale (which is OH so hard for me to do) I've been trying to see progress in other areas, non scale related.

For instance today- I had a 3.11 (5k) run on the schedule and I left my driveway as soon as I had dropped the kids off at school. It was 7:45 am, 34 degrees and foggy and all I had was a cup of coffee before running (it wasn't a long run and I like to do fasted cardio a few times a week). Everything in me wanted to go inside and get started on the laundry where it was nice and warm. But I knew how I'd feel if I did that and I knew if I put it off, I probably would end up getting my run done at all.

I'm not sure what exactly it was, most likely because I've had 2 rest days in a row (after my 8 miler on Friday). My legs felt amazing when I started out and I was able to keep up a quicker pace than my runs all month. Because of my knee (overtrained last year- its given me problems since my half in November 2012) I have decided for at least this next half marathon (less than a month away!) I am going to run intervals instead of attempting to run the 13.1 miles without stopping. Not only am I not in the best shape that I've been in, but it also helps the knee pain tremendously. I don't do anything specifically when it comes to the times of the intervals, I've found what works best for me is to put my ipod on shuffle and power walk a song and then run a song, alternating until I reach my mileage goal. Most songs average 3-5 minutes long or so, so it ends up being perfect (except for when Justin Timberlake "Mirrors" comes on and its a run interval...I could cry. I swear that song is like 15 minutes long)

Anyhow- because of my intervals, my average pace usually sits about 14:30-14:45 (compared to my normal long run average is about 13:00/mile- I'm not fast!). Today- even with the walking intervals accounted for, my average pace for the 3.11 miles was 13:19. That may seem like no big deal or like a snails pace, but for me, it was just what I needed to feel like a legit runner again. I don't care that I'll never finish first, as long as I can consistently work at being the best I can be- I'm happy and succeeding. 

So- although the scale might not have changed today (don't know-only weigh on Fridays), my mood and attitude certainly did! 

What are some of your NSV lately?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Trying this again!

Hi friends- is anyone out there still?!

I've been involved with an Instagram challenge this month (hi #jmdvdchallenge girls!!) and have been encouraged to start blogging again. Its so hard for me to find time to dedicate daily to blogging but I've realized it doesn't have to be an all or nothing thing. I can blog a few times a week and be good ;)

I evaluated my goals at the end of 2013 and decided I wanted a fresh, clean start in 2014. I've been getting so down on my self for the weight I re-gained (lost 75 in 2011-2012, gained 20 back in 2013)- but instead of dwelling on that, I'm using my current weight as my new "starting weight" and working to lose these last 50 pounds once and FOR ALL. No yo-yo'ing anymore. With 50 pounds to lose and 52 weeks in the year, my goal is to lose one pound a week and reach my goal weight by the end of the year. I feel like that's a reasonable and attainable goal. Although I'm realizing that its harder to drop the weight this time around. But I'm going to continue to weigh in each Friday morning, log everything I eat and drink in MyFitnessPal, continue my running and cross-training 5-6 times a week and just work on living a more active and healthy lifestyle in general.

Speaking of running- I've decided I want to run 5 half marathons in 2014. I know it can be done because I've done it before. And by the time I was done I was in the best shape of my life and looked my best. So, I'm going to get back to that place. Running is "my thing". Its the thing that challenges me on the deepest of levels, but also relaxes me and makes me the happiest. I know its not for everyone, maybe your "thing" is cycling or swimming or zumba or weight lifting- whatever it is, I URGE you to find your passion and pursue it.

If you aren't familiar with the #jmdvdchallenge, you should check out Holly's page for more details. I have met so many new friends and absolutely love the upbeat and motivating attitudes of all the girls. If you are looking to be a part of a fun fitness group (on Instagram), I encourage you to look up the hashtag and get involved. It officially runs Jan 2-Feb 2 but its better late than never! You can still join in on the fun ;)

I'm excited to share my random thoughts and feelings and journal my weight loss again. I've missed it!