Been a while…

So it’s been a while since I’ve don’t anything on here, I feel like I’ve really fallin’ off the band wagon here, but it’s OK. I just need to push myself harder. These last couple of weeks I’ve really been pushing harder, running for longer, and I’ve started doing some weight exercises. So far I’m still only down 6 lbs, I had thought I had lost another 2 lbs making me so much closer to my 10 lbs goal, but I now no longer trust scales. At least not the one in my bathroom! In the last week or so I started a couch to 5k program and have been going good on that, it’s hard, but so worth it! I feel great, even though I’m so red in the face it looks like I’m sun burnt, I feel like I’ve done something amazing and my only regrets are the days when I don’t do something.

I really need to hunker down these next two months and work on losing at least another 6 lbs to 10 lbs, which means no more sodas, candy, fried food, or fast food of any kind. My workouts are going to be 30 minutes or longer, I’m going to push harder. One goal I met was that I ran two miles straight, granted it was in 30 minutes making my mile a 15 minute mile. I’m going to start doing interval training to decrease my timing down to a 10 minute mile, but I’m not giving up on the distance training as well, I’ve found that by doing both interval training and distance training I will be able to increase my stamina and decrease my times. Hopefully this will also help with my calorie burning.

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That’s the dream.

Things are changing for me, new life decisions are coming about and I’m excited for the new experiences heading my way. Now to just get myself to a point where I feel like I’m actually making significant change. I went dress shopping a few days ago (Memorial Day, you know because of all the sales I thought it was the best choice), because I thought I was getting into pretty good shape and slimming down enough that a new dress would be a wonderful reward. While trying on the dresses I was surprised how well they were fitting, but that I still wasn’t looking how well I thought I did. In my mind there was this image of me, but that I was A LOT thinner than I really am. It was reality and my personal reality finally colliding and what I saw in the mirror had two sides; on the one hand I fit into clothes that had been tight at best, on the other hand I’m still far off from my goal and now I completely see it. My eyes have been opened fully and now knowing everything, seeing everything about myself I can fully diagnose what’s going on.

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Two months ago

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This month

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Now I need to focus on not only how long I work out, but how many times a week. I’ve been pushing myself to work out three to four times a week, now I need to push to do four to five times a week for 30 to 45 minutes. Making different choices and keeping my muscles confused so they develop and grow increasing my fat burn. So in two months I will be able to get that dress and possibly need some other clothes because mine will no longer fit!

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Changing it up…

The last couple of weeks have been hard, getting back into the swing of things and getting my self back to the level I was at about three weeks ago, but I am proud to say I have kept up the push and caused myself to work at the goal. This is something I don’t want to give up on just yet.

Today is Mother’s Day, and I wish that it is a happy one for all those amazing mothers out there. For my younger sister’s present to our mom, she used her artistic skills in photography to take some nice pictures of all of us and they all turned out really great. I have to say even my pictures turned out pretty good, I don’t look half bad, but I definitely didn’t look as good as I had in my mind.

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Mother’s Day 2013

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December 2012

In December I was in my best friend’s wedding as a Bride’s maid and at the time I didn’t really realize how far I had let myself go, and as you can see I’m still not too far from that. So far in about a month and a half I have lost close to 6 lbs, changed my eating habits, and started exercising, but for doing it for a month and a half I would have hoped to have seen a bigger change. I know it’s because my activity level has only increased slightly, not enough to make the “drastic” change I was hoping for. If we want to see a drastic change of more than 3 to 4 lbs a month we need to push harder and be more drastic! AH HAH! I know it’s not that big of an epiphany, but you know what, for me it may be a game changer in my goal!

So instead of focusing on my time for a mile, I’m going to just increase the time that I exercise and the amount that I exercise per week. Also I want to keep track of how many miles in a month I do just for the sake of grins and giggles.

Again I know I’m not going to be super thing and amazingly fit skinny, but for me I will be healthy, I wont worry about the possibility of diabetes, and I will know that my children will live long and healthy lives because of the habits they were raised with. It’s not about fitting into a size 8 for me, its just about being the best I can be and if the end I can get into a size 8 then that’s awesome, but otherwise I will know that I pushed myself and I did my best and my best may be a 12 or 14 or even an 18, but I know that I can do it and that nothing is out of my reach if I only apply myself and push for that goal. So here’s to another 2 and a half months, lets see what can be done.

Inspiration!

Wow, I have found my new inspirations! I was doing some research on smart pedometers (the fitbit, because it’s so FREAKING awesome!) and I happened upon this site; Angryjogger. A website by an Irish gentleman who decided one day that he was going to run home due to circumstances out of his control and then made goals based on his first ever running experience. He writes about how he did it, he posted pictures of his former self who wasn’t overly overweight (just like me!), but was definitely in a place he didn’t want to be, he gives a real man’s perspective on how running changed him and how it can definitely change anyone else out there.

It’s not just about running anymore, it’s become part of my lifestyle to spend weekends away in new places. Besides it’s easier to continue with the running than it is to stop and start all over again.  Running tomorrow will always be easier than running some time next week.

Once you build some momentum with it, then it becomes less of a challenge.” ~ The Angry Jogger

And then thanks to the amazing powers of Pinterest and it’s search capabilities, I found What We’re Eating. A wonderful blog about a woman who was overweight and knew it, but couldn’t face the reality of it. One day she decided she was going to change and started the couch to 5K program (Like you know who again!) and something just clicked for her. She realized that this was something she definitely could do, that weight loss is a life decision, not just something you do to, ehem, lose weight for now and it will stay off. She has some really tasty recipes that I am just dying to try, and her story really, really touched me.

Though I had always said I would never be a jogger, I begrudgingly started the program alongside her. Not gonna lie – in the beginning I didn’t even know if I was going to make it through the entire 60 seconds of jogging. But each week I continued to surprise myself and was able to succeed at increasing the length of the intervals on schedule with the program, though some weeks that meant pushing myself more than others. About half way through, the flip switched in my head. You know what? I can do this. And that’s the thing! It’s all in our freaking heads! When your inner dialogue is filled with “I can’t run for 5 minutes” “I can’t say no to that slice of pizza” “there is no way I’m ever going to shed 100 lbs” “I’m fat, I’m ugly, even I don’t want to look at me, how can anyone else” all of these negative thoughts just constantly circling over and over and over, yeah – you know what? YOU NEVER WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE ANY CHANGES. You have to believe in your ability to do it first.” ~Amanda of What We’re Eating

I offer them and their work for your consideration and hopefully approval. I have just started reading them, but plan on making it a weekly habit if not a daily one. I find them so far inspiring, motivating, very informational, and entertaining, I can’t wait to read more and test out what they have to say.

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Building Up, But Not From Square One…

There have been many changes in the last two weeks, the first and cutest is that our Dexter cow, Maybell, gave birth to her heifer calf who was deemed, “Tinkerbell”, so she would fit in with the “Cowbells” as we call them. (Our cows are Maybell, Annabell, and now Tinkerbell get it?) Now we are just waiting on the milking goat, who’s name is coincidentally is Belle (honestly that one was an accident, she was here before the cows and was already named, and the two cows were already named as well when we got them. Oh well, whatcha gonna do?) to give birth to (cross your fingers) twins(?).

Maybell the mama and Tinkerbell the baby

The weather here has gotten more and more beautiful, it has been up above 80 degrees all week and most of last week too meaning that we are going to have a long HOT summer. That’s how summer was meant to be, hot and sunny with a few breaks for the occasional wonderful thunderstorm. The nights have been clear and cool, making me long for my Southern guy or friends to go stargazing with. Oh those summer nights when I wasn’t an adult and didn’t have to worry about getting enough sleep so I could function during the day, where have you gone?

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Exercise-wise the last two weeks were a little rough owing to a few factors;

  1. The flu was going around, and my family got it
  2. Due to the awesome hot weather, the mosquitoes all hatched and decided to feed on everything (including me while I was running)
  3. The mosquitoes somehow bit me through my shoes…still haven’t figured that one out yet.
  4. One of said bites blistered and caused a serious “boo-boo” on part of my foot making running extremely painful

So I did go running, but because of those stinking mosquitoes and their stupid appetites which caused a nasty blister I only ran about 2 times last week, and it took forever to heal. This week however I got back into the exercise routine I had been keeping up, cardio about 3 to 4 times and strength training whenever I didn’t go for a run. It was hard getting back into the swing of things, especially running the mile straight, the goal that I had just started to meet, and the whole ten minute mile goal that I was getting closer and closer to has become so hard! 15 minutes is what I did on Monday and Tuesday I was forced to do run to the high school and back from my house, my trainer insisted it was only a half a mile, my legs and instinct said otherwise.

I finally got home and went straight to the computer (yeah I know I didn’t stretch, tsk tsk.) and found this awesome site called Run My Route which I found and now LOVE! It is where you can go to route a run no matter where it is, and it’s great for those of us without a smartphone that has GPS and can track where you go and it also measures how far you go. Thankfully I found that Meesh has no sense of direction or distance and that 1/2 mile that she said I did just going the one way turned out to be about 1.6 miles which made my whole “run” about 3.2 miles…which made me very upset at my younger sister turned personal trainer.

Then tonight I ran 95% of the mile (due to some technical difficulty with my ipod and a c5K app) and I did the whole mile in about 13 minutes which was awesome and felt good, but I was worried about how hard it was for me. Surprisingly though I was able to do it and I felt great afterwards which is the whole point, but I realized that I need to work on the goals of running the full mile and getting it as close to 10 minutes for more than just one week. It needs to be my goal for a while, I need to make sure that I don’t loose the edge I got when I finally made the mile and had it down to 10 minutes.

Word of advice, listen to music while running that you want to sing to. You don’t have to sing along, but mouthing the words and focusing on something other than your breath or how your legs or lungs feel helps push you further for longer. Its like when you complained about a bruise on your leg back in high school and your friend turns around and smacks you in the arm, you are no longer focused on the pain in your leg for the shock and pain on your arm. Fun fact! I found that helps especially towards the end of my mile when I’m about to give up and I have a hill to climb up, I find new strength and am able to push through the end.