Saturday, May 2, 2015

Running from Reality

6 weeks: that's how long it's been since my last blog post. You're probably wondering where I've been. Heck, I've been wondering the same thing. Once we got back from our trip to Las Vegas, I kind of fell off the wagon....with everything: blogging, weight watchers, running, etc. You name it, I was slacking. But I'm back.....

So what happened? Who knows? I know I over indulged on our vacation and it was worth it...every calorie, every point. But it took awhile to get back into the swing of things with Weight Watchers. The good news is for the last two weeks I'm back in the game and the scale is consistently going down now. Today's weigh in was amazing...I'm down 36.2 pounds total and getting so close to my goal weight.
As for my running, well I'm literally running from reality when it comes to hitting the pavement. I've been slowly working on my mileage: 3 miles here, 4 miles there, and things were going fine. But then the minute I hit 5 miles, my leg started acting up again. The same leg from Goofy in January. And it's been acting up ever since. 
This was three weeks ago and I haven't run since. I'm completely frustrated by it. I've decided to see a dr that is a runner because I'm sick of being told "just stop running." That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. 

I did have to come up with the realization that a fall marathon is not in the cards for me this year. My dreams of running the Chicago Marathon will stay just that, dreams. I couldn't justify signing up for a marathon when I can barely run right now. Seems like every time I attempt my second 26.2, something happens and I don't want that to be the case again. For right now, I don't have a single race on my calendar. It's pathetic, I know. But I've got to figure out my leg first before I even think about signing up for a race. 
So there you have it friends. I've been running from reality for far too long and I'm putting it all out there now. Will I run again? I hope so. Will I start blogging more? I hope so. Will I stay on track with Weight Watchers? You know it! 

Have you ever fallen off the wagon or hit a road block (either mental or physical)? How did you find your mojo again? 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring Break

Two words: spring break. One of the perks of being a teacher is spring break. Can I get a woot woot?!?!

We have family in town this week and it's been so nice to have some time off. We've been lounging by the pool and shopping. It's been a nice treat! 

But now, our bags are backed because the hubs and I are headed to Vegas, baby!! We love Vegas and we've been looking forward to this trip for awhile. 

Be sure to follow along on my Instagram page as I'll be posting lots of pics while we're in Vegas. 

Have you ever been to Las Vegas? If so, are there any "must do" things we should do? 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

#chiMarathon Lottery

Today the Bank of American Chicago Marathon lottery opened. 26.2 miles through the Windy City. Sound like something you want to do?? If so, it's time to play the lottery! 
The lottery for the Chicago Marathon will be open for six weeks. You have until Tuesday, April 21st 12:00pm CST to enter. Then on Tuesday, April 28th runners will be notified if they secured a spot. Emails will go out throughout the day to let you know if you'll be running through Chi Town. If you get selected in the lottery, you have until Tuesday, May 5th 12:00pm CST to register and pay for your registration. 

Decisions, decisions. For me, I have a guaranteed entry this year because I deferred last year's race. Reading through my old #chiMarathon posts make me want to sign up right now.  But, I'm still on the fence. Part of me wants redemption for my missed attempt at Chicago. But part of me worries that I'm not marathon ready and then what if my knee/leg won't hold up again. Time will tell. 

What are your thoughts on entering the lottery for Chicago? Will you be entering or passing? 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Marathon Monday

TCS New York City Marathon. If your ears just perked up a little, then this Marathon Monday blog post is for you. 
Tomorrow is the big day: runners around the globe find out if they hit the lottery! The lottery to run the TCS New York City Marathon. Good luck to you! 

So how will you know if you're one of the lucky ones?? Here's what the race peeps say will happen IN ORDER: 

-Your credit card will charged. Cha-ching! 
-In your My NYRR account, you will get an alert that says "You have been accepted into the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon."
-Your registration status will change to "Accepted." And of course awesome!
-You will get a confirmation email that you've been accepted by the end of the day. This applies to everyone that been accepted or not. 

So if you're like the thousands of runners out there that have been counting down the days to March 3rd, I would be checking your credit card to see if you are charged first. If you see a charge, you're in! 
Did you enter the TCS New York City Marathon lottery this year? If so, is this a first time for you? I didn't enter, but I'm wishing everyone good luck!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sum It Up Sunday

Happy Sunday, y'all! I decided to start a new Sunday post called Sum It Up Sunday! Anything and everything from the week can apply to this post: time with my family, workouts, weight loss, good food I've eaten, how much coffee I've drank, etc. So let's kick things off right with the first Sum It Up Sunday post! 

Things were all over the place this week. Spring baseball season has started and I feel like if we're not at home, we're at the field. 
I knew I wanted to focus on starting back with running this week. I've been missing it more than I thought. I've been weight training and getting my cardio in through the elliptical, but I was dying to lace up my running shoes. So I did. Here's what my workouts looked like: 

-2 miles on the treadmill on Tuesday. The run felt okay. 
-30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minute weight training on Wednesday. 
-3.1 miles outside on Thursday. I felt a little defeated because this run was hard. My leg was aggravated and I felt so slow. Defeated was putting it lightly.
-3 miles on the treadmill on Friday. This run was a million times better than the day before. No issues with my leg...woot woot! It's so funny how two runs can be completely different from each other and I'm so thankful for that. I'm hoping this run is a sign of things to come. 
-3 miles on Sunday.
For my weight loss, this weekend is five months on Weight Watchers. I can't believe it's been that long, but yet it doesn't feel that long. I'll be honest with ya...I didn't want to weigh in on Saturday. I'm starting to realize that weigh ins are all about timing because once again the monthly bloat was timed with my weigh in and I wasn't happy. But I went and sure enough, the scale was up 1.2 pounds. 
Seems to happen every four weeks. But it won't get me down because it's part of the journey. I've been getting requests via email and Instagram for a post on what I'm eating/meal planning. Be on the lookout this week for a blog post soon about what I eat and what works for me. 

Hope you have a great week! Thanks for stopping by and reading. Be sure to follow allow on Twitter and Instagram too! Have a great day!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I'd Fly for These Medals! Would you?

Not too long ago, runDisney released the medals for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend. I love when runDisney releases medals because we get to see if the design has been changed and if there are any new medals. Well both seem to fit the bill with this release! What do you think? 
The all new inaugural runDisney Pixie Dust Challenge medal is the newest bling in the runDisney line up. It's so different from any other runDisney medal. The Disney Parks Blog did a great write up on the this new medal and the meaning behind it. The Lost Boys Neverland 5K medallion is a cute addition too! 
The Tinkerbell Half Marathon medal looks better than ever! The medal features a spinning Tink in the center of the medal surrounded by wings, with a sprinkling of pixie dust. So fabulous!

What do you think of the medals for the runDisney Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend? Do you have a favorite? I love them all! 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Non-Scale Victories!

Losing weight is always a battle. It's something that I've fought on and off for most of my adult life. And most people fight the same battle because let's be honest....losing weight is hard. It takes lots of self-control and dedication. You have to be mentally prepared to start on the journey to a fit and fabulous lifestyle. 

This weekend marks my eighteenth week on Weight Watchers. I've actually stuck with something for about four a half months. And do you want to know why?? Because it works. Each week I see small victories on the scale. A pound here, a pound there and they all add up. Check out this week's weigh in:
It's losing weight the right way, so that it never comes back. This isn't a fad and it definitely isn't a diet. For me, Weight Watchers is about control. I am in full control of my points: how I use them, if I will save them, and if I will earn them by doing activities. 

This weekend I had a HUGE non-scale victory (NSV). I've been avoiding buying new clothes for a few weeks because I'm not to my goal weight yet. But it's to the point that all of my clothes are way too big on me. So I decided to go and buy a few, new staples for my wardrobe. As I was trying on the new clothes, I wanted to cry. Before Weight Watchers I wore a size 12 (sometimes a size 14) in pants and a size large or x-large shirt. In the dressing room, I started with size 8 pants and medium shirts to try on....too big. I couldn't believe it. So I went and got a size 6 pants and size small shirts. I thought to myself, "there is no way these will fit!" And...THEY DID!! I'm still in shock. Say goodbye to the clothes on the left and hello to my new, smaller clothes on the right. 
Seeing progress each week on the scale is nice, but this was truly the icing on the cake for me. I'm sharing these Weight Watchers updates and victories with you because if I can inspire one person to embark on a fit, healthy lifestyle then my job is complete. Don't waste time today thinking about tomorrow. If you're thinking about losing weight, I encourage you to look into Weight Watchers! Three or four months from now, you'll be glad you did!!