Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Changes



Today I had a rough day at work. Frankly, it's been a rough few months. Change is never fun. About 3 pm, I wondered why in the world I decided to stop drinking Diet Coke right now?!?! I decided to get one. I used to drink 64 oz sodas (formerly regular Pepsi--then Diet Coke 2 years ago.) about a year ago I switched to 46 oz ones with lots of ice. Today, I just got a 32 ounce one. I got to my car and took a sip, and it just didn't taste good. I had a few sips over the next couple of (crazy) hours at work and took it home for dinner. Three hours later, it looked like this. 

Almost completely full. It was not refreshing. 

I told my husband yesterday thatI really  NEEDED a run tonight. He asked if I needed or wanted one. I assured him it was necessary. This afternoon I told  him I thought  I might run a half marathon tonight--due to all the stress.

I ended up running only 1 1/2 miles because the Mosquitos were eating up my sensory overload distressed baby girl. So we came home. But, not before I had a PR! I ran my first mile in 15:07!!! Down from almost 18 minute average!!

Now I'm having a bowl of frozen banana "ice cream from my YoNanas that I dug outbid the garage last night.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Jumpstart


I've been slowly (too slowly!) trying to get back on track. I've been running more, walking more, and eating better, but not consistently overall. I am within 10 pounds of the lowest weight I've had since starting.  This changes today.  I am starting class five of my masters program.  (By the way, I'm maintaining a 4.0 GPA!!). For the next 8 weeks, I will be focusing on Health and Wellness Coaching.   My goals for the next 8 weeks:

  • Drink no Diet Coke 
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat at 5 servings of fruit and veggies a day
  • Log at least 60,000 steps a week (average of 10,000 steps 5 days a week and 5000 steps 2 days a week).
  • Run at least 2 times a week
  • Check in on my blog at least 3 times a week
  • Lose 10 pounds
Starting stats:
  • Weight 248.3
  • Waist 47
  • Hips 55.5
  • Ribs 42
  • Chest 50


Friday, May 8, 2015

What's age got to do with it?



Lately I've been a little lost. Who exactly am I? Does my age define me? Or is age just a number? Recently a young mom was talking about the moms group at church. She mentioned that they were glad to see some of the older moms at their last "Mom's Night Out". She looked at me. Me?!? An "older" mom?!?! What?!?!

When I picked my ego up off the floor I realized she was right. I am 45 years old. According to psychologist Erik Erickson, I am 5 years into the "middle adult" stage of my life (generativity vs. stagnation, in case you were wondering!). In fact, in 5 years, I can run in the senior Olympics! 

This has really been playing over in my head over the past couple of months. Most of the time I don't feel old. But when does one become "old"? When my aunts were approaching 50, they seemed old. I remember shortly after college when my father-in-law and all of his old friends celebrated their 50th birthdays. In less than 6 months, I'll be married to an "old" man of 50.

I guess I just want to say that you are never too old to make a change. I began my journey to become half of the old me when I was 43 years old. Noah was about 600 years old when it started to rain. As long as I still have a beating heart, there is still time to make a difference.

By the way, the friend who stated the obvious and started me down this rabbit trail was born almost two years after I got married. I could be her Mama!

Below are some pictures from an website called How-old.net that guesses your age from facial recognition. My first guess was a 78 year old man! But the before and during picture had me dropping 60 pounds and 16 years! 

So, how old do you feel? When did you start feeling old?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A few of my favorite things

Note: None of these items were given to me to review. I bought all of them (or my husband bought them for me!) But, I'd love to be an ambassador for any of them!

Shoes: Brooks.  When I first started running, I visited Fleet Feet in Albuquerque. They watched me run, and recommended Brooks.  These are my 4th pair.  My 5th pair is in a box. My husband bought me 2 pairs so I would never run out. (My 2nd pair I won in a contest, and my 3rd pair was sent because the 2nd pair had issues with the sole coming loose. Even though Brooks customer service explained that Brooks were for running and hiking--not Zumba--they sent me a replacement pair!)
 
Insoles: SuperFeet: Green.  When I bought my first pair of Brooks, these were recommended for my plantar fascitis.  I wear these every day--whether I'm walking, running, or just living life.

Laces: Hickies.  I was skeptical when I first tried these, but I hate stopping to tie my shoes. And I really like slip on shoes.  Hickies are elastic bands that replace your shoe laces. They come in a variety of colors. You can lace them in a different ways depending on how tight you want them. I have never had to stop and "button" them while running.  They even worked for my 76 year old Mama! (No, Mama was not running!).  Customer service is great. One of my laces broke and when contacted, they quickly sent me a pack of my choice.
Sports Bra: Enell. I finally (after about 5 or 6 years?!?!) got my second Enell sports bra.  They are expensive, but well worth it.  It fits like a straight jacket, but it does the job.  Thanks for you the support!
Inspirational Running shirts: Active Faith  I found these shirts and just love them! I ordered two: Pink "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" and gray Isaiah 40:31 including "They will RUN and not be weary".  They have a new one "Thanks be to God who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ". 

Their motto is:

"Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do in the name of the Lord"

~Colossians 3:17

I wasn't thrilled with the picture in the pink shirt until I compared it to my before picture.
 

Headbands: Hippie  Runner.  This is my latest acquisitio--they arrived yesterday!  This one says, "And she ran happily ever after". I got a few, including an Autism awareness one. They are cute and comfortable. I did have a little trouble with it sliding off the back, but I eventually got it settled in the right place.  It stayed on well during my run.  



What are your favorite running or workout items? Any brands or products I should try? 



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Since you've seen me..


Since you've seen me, I've still be struggling to find my motivation.  I was determined to get things moving again, but life keeps striking.  January included two (3 day) trips to Albuquerque.  The first time was to take my Mama back to the airport after a visit over Christmas.  The second was to take my daughter to a doctor appointment. (Bad weather kept us there longer). Then the flu hit--and it hit me hard. We have also had more snow than usual this year.  Today I was supposed to run a 10K but it was cancelled due to snow and ice.

But not all is lost....

Since you've seen me, I ran my first trail run. It was a 5K cross country run. I even medalled. I got third place in the women's division.  In the interest of full disclosure--there were only three women in the race. And the other two beat my time considerably.  But I finished!!

 

Since you've seen me I ran my first color run. We actually crashed it. (shhh).  I didn't get registered ahead of time, and there was no on-site registration. So we just ran/walked anyway.  My beautiful daughter Heather loved it! We are planning to do another color run next month, and my younger son is joining us.




  
 
Since you've seen me, I ran I a 10K.  That's right. 6.2 miles.  Hilly miles at that!  (My FitBit gave me 13 flights of stairs!) It was a small race--a community service project for a high school homeschooler. I really doubted whether I could do it. I had never run more than 4 miles at one time. And never on hills. And we started before the sun even came up.


The organizer gave me "permission" to stop at the halfway point and call it a 5K.  I was debating, but about 1/4 mile before the turn around, Mandisa sang in my headphones, 

You're an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You're not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it's hopeless
That's when He reminds You
That you're an overcomer
You're an overcomer
Lyrics taken from <a href="http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/mandisa-lyrics/overcomer-lyrics.html" rel="nofollow">this page</a>

As I reached the turn around point, I saw at least two runners nearing the finish line.  I kept running. I was afraid to walk because I thought I might fall down if I stopped.  As I got closer to the end, Mandisa again sang in my ear:


The pain ain't gonna last forever
And things can only get better
Believe me, this is gonna make you stronger
Gonna make you stronger, stronger, stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you
Read more at http://www.songlyrics.com/mandisa/stronger-lyrics/#1WgBOO5hrwUu1RtY.99
As I approached the final 1/4 mile, I noticed the other runners heading my way.  The walked up and then ran home with me.  That was so encouraging.  My final time was 1 hour and 45 minutes.  Some of those runners had waited over an hour to finish with me.




Since you've seen me, I got new shoes.  In the two years since I started running, I have worn out three pairs of Brooks. I wear them every day (helps with the plantar fascitis). See the white spots on my black shoe? Those are my socks poking through!


Since you've seen me, I haven't lost any more weight---BUT, I have maintained my loss. Considering the year that I had--I'm okay with that.  I'll sign off with the shirt my sister sent me.







Saturday, August 9, 2014

Life is about to get very busy

 We are a week into August.  Where did this summer go?  My oldest son (Cameron) and his Grandma come back from Idaho and Washington on Monday. I meet my youngest son's (Aidan) teacher on Tuesday, and he starts school on Thursday.  Cameron and Heather officially start school on the following Monday, but they have some testing and orientation meetings this week.  

And John and I start school a week later.  John has 8 classes (2 semesters) left to finish his bachelor's degree that he started 25 years ago.  I will start my master's degree. We will both be at Liberty University Online in the Life Coaching program.  Since I will be going part time, John and I should finish at the same time. (May 2016---about the time Cameron graduates from high school).

It is going to be a challenge working full time, home schooling two kids, and taking a graduate level class.  It is going to be even more challenging continuing with my weight loss.  I've started walking/running again.  I've been out 3 times this week.  Each time I went 2 1/2 to 3 miles.  (RunKeeper says I did 8.6 miles this week).

We have a new gym opening up soon called Fitness for $10.  The best thing (besides the price!!) is that they are less than 1/2 a mile from my house!!  There are three other gyms in town, and all of them are about 10 miles from home.  Which makes it harder to workout before taking kids to school.  Or going back out after I've come home and had dinner.  

I'm not sure how I'm going to manage it all, but I will find a way. Honestly, I was hoping to be at my goal by now, but sometimes life happens.  And for me to be maintain my weight loss has to be enough for now.


 

Something is working

And honestly, it's not really me!


I've had several comments lately about my appearance. I am proud (as I mentioned in my last post) that I have maintained my 60 pound loss. And I have started walking sporadically. But this picture shows some changes.  I notice the my hips look a little smaller.  And I guess my chest is smaller because the neck is looser.