I'm sitting at Starbucks drinking my very first Pumpkin Spiced Latte of the season.
It is absolutely delicious!
I don't drink them often, because of the thousands of calories, but I do like to enjoy them occasionally!
Plus, my hubby has given me a couple of childless hours and I felt like just sitting somewhere and enjoying it!
I feel sad that my blog has become neglected.
Every day I have at least 1 or 2 things that I always think in my head...Man I want to blog about this!
Then I forget in a matter of seconds, the day gets away from me, and after 2 hours of trying to get my daughter to sleep, I myself am exhausted and just want to go to sleep!
But I think about it! All the time!
So here is a sort of catch up blog...Again! Please forgive me!
I am still enjoying every work out I do. I am so glad that it has become a habit and a part of my life to where I absolutely miss it and regret it when I don't do SOMETHING each day.
I have been missing body pump for a couple of weeks, because I can only go on Fridays and I've been babysitting my adorable little niece! I got to go this past friday, though, and since I have been doing other work outs, I got to increase my weight a lot! I was so excited! The warm up weight I usually did felt like picking up a stick! I love feeling stronger!
I've also been going to Stroller Strides and doing a little running when I can! :)
Now that the weather is starting to be amazing in the mornings, I hope to add a few morning runs in again. I was just so over this heat! So glad to see FALL!!! :)
I know Fall is very busy for runners, and I do have a few fun 5K's that I would like to do, but I'm just not into the racing season as much as I was last year.
I am aiming for the Cowtown half (which is in February) as being my next half, and I'm hoping I can be ready by then.
Even with the little running I've been doing, I feel like I'm getting a bit faster because of the weight lifting. I know so many people who have said it really does help a runner. I just always said...Yeah Yeah, I know, but I HATE weight lifting! It's so boring!...But it's not anymore! And to see it benefit my 1st love of running has made me want to do it even more! :)
I haven't even mapped out a training plan yet, but I'm pretty sure I want to do a Jeff Galloway training plan with running and walking. I just seem to do better with some walking breaks in there! :)
So I have to admit...typing all that out has made me so excited for this half!! Yay!!
Oh how I love running! Especially in the Fall!
I will soon be teaching a Couch to 5K program for Stroller Strides and I am SOOOO excited about this!
I can't wait to show them all how fun running can be!
If you have any coaching experience and have any words of advice or wisdom for me, please share!
This is a new journey for me, but I can't wait for it to start!
As for the weight loss front.
I have actually gained more weight and still not seeing results.
I guess my next step is to go see a doctor.
I don't like doctors. lol
I guess I'm afraid of what they will tell me.
And yes I know how ironic it is that I'm a nurse that doesn't like doctors or modern day medicine!
I would just like to do everything as natural as possible at first.
That's why I don't want to do pills or shakes.
But now that I've exhausted all of that, guess it's time to suck it up and go!
I'm ready for some answers!!!
I'll let everyone know if I actually get the courage to go!
For now, I will just enjoy feeling better and keep on doing what I love!
Running and Weightlifting!
Please go check out the amazing Shubeez and get some bling for your shoes! :)
This is going to get long and there will be a lot of me rambling and just getting some stuff out in the open. But I need it.
I wanted to share that I have been extremely down lately about my weight.
I've been eating (mostly) the right things, running, doing stroller strides, and going to the gym.
I workout out at the VERY least 4 days a week. Most weeks it's 6.
Oh and have I mentioned, I've run 4 half marathins in the past year? And I can't even count the number of 5K's, plus training runs...
Our house is dairy and bread free. I say our house, because I will occasionally indulge if someone else brings it to our Wednesday night church gathering, or if we are eating out (very rare), but I do not purchase it for our home. I haven't had a carbonated beverage in over a year. I even kicked my ice cream craving over 8 months ago.
I feel like I'm doing all of these things and eating so much better than other people (and my old self) and yet I haven't lost a pound.
I went to my yearly doctors visit 2 weeks ago and they told me that I have gained 4 lbs in the past year. Now yes, some will say, oh 4lbs is not that bad! BUT..when you are 80 lbs overweight and have been doing all of these things for a year and a half to lose weight and you GAIN 4 lbs...let me just say I cried...multiple times.
I just don't understand how I can change my lifestyle so much and see absolutely nothing for it.
It makes me want to go back to just eating Ice Cream and Grilled cheese again.
And drink an omg I miss it Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper! ha!
And yes. I did go out and indulge on some ice cream the next day because well...my defenses were down and I was depressed.
Oh and before you say "Well it's the way your pants feel and inches lost that really matters!" (I hear this a lot too), I can barely fit in the pants I bought last summer and I've kept track of my inches and no I haven't even lost an inch in my calf, arm, neck...anywhere...
I had the doctor do a full Thyroid Panel on me and when I called the nurse to get the results she was all giddy and said in a way to happy voice "The doctor wrote on here that everything looks PERFECT! He even had an exclamation point!". I then started crying. She said "That's not the answer you were wanting to hear?". I of course said no through my tears. I was hoping that if there was something wrong with my thyroid, then I would at least have some kind of answers! No answers were found though.
They said my next step is just going to a Primary Care Physician and just letting them do more tests on me. But I just can't bring myself to do it. I'm doing what every doctor tells there patients to do. I don't want to hear someone else tell me "Well if you just walk 30 min a day, you can drop that weight in no time!" Well obviously not...
I don't know if all the years of dieting poorly completely messed up my metabolism and my *old* age of 30 has just slowed it down even more, or what...
SO I had my few days of sulking and I got right back to it. That's when I joined the YMCA and started doing the weight lifting and doing more workouts and pushing myself harder at each one.
I have gained 3 lbs since my doctor visit. Yeah...I'm hoping it's muscle! ha!
I really don't know what else to do...I'm seriously at a loss...
I'm trying really hard to keep a positive attitude, while deep down, I just want to cry.
I'm so tired of being the fat girl in the room and absolutely DREADING having to sit down.
I HATE wearing blue jeans and wear a lot of maxi dresses to just cover it all up.
If anyone has ever been through this, or know someone who has, and can help me understand a little better, please let me know or send them my way!
And (not to be rude), I don't really want a new shake or a new workout dvd to try.
Been there, done that, and it obviously hasn't worked either...
Also, one positive thing going on right now...
Next month I am going to Austin (without my child! OMG!) to take a Fit4Mom/Stroller Strides Instructor Class! I will be certified to teach stroller strides and will hopefully be starting to coach a Couch 2 5K class for moms in the Fall!!! I am SOOOOO Super excited about this!
I will be helping others to achieve their goals!
And Sophie gets to come along with me, which makes it even better!
She has made a GREAT running buddy for me lately!
This is a new chapter in my life and I CAN'T WAIT to get started!!! :)
Ive been trying to write this recap for a while, but since I wasn't too happy with the way I ran this race, I just didn't have much motivation to write about it either.
Update: I just found this post in my drafts and realized I never finished it!
Finally finished it and posting almost 4 months later! Oops! :/
The day started out with 25-30 mile an hour winds and freezing cold!
Yes 28 is freezing cold to this Texan! Especially with the high winds!
I got up at about 4:15 in the morning and left the house at 5 to start my hour long drive to Dallas.
I prayed for little traffic at the parking area and it honestly wasn't too bad at all!
My view on the way!
After coffee and driving for an hour, I already had to go to the bathroom when I parked. Luckily they had porta potty's at the parking site, so I waited in a small line and went before getting on the shuttle that was to take us to the start line.
I waited at the porta potty's until my Rockwall MRTT moms showed up and rode over on the shuttle with them.
My friend Catherine, her sis Meghan, and I from Fort Worth MRTT and then the rest are Rockwall MRTT ladies! :)
We had pretty views at the starting line! :)
In this pic, to the right, is the building everyone was huddled against trying to stay warm and out of the wind!
I was so excited to wear my 13.1 Shubeez on my shoes! :)