Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday WI-The OMG edition

Let me start this post by saying that I no way recommend the methods that I used this week to lose weight because I did not use any. Period. This was the first week in a long time that I tracked for zero days. I exercised for zero days. I ate crap food for most days. The one thing I did do right was drink my water religiously and make sure that I ate 3 meals a day. That's all. How I lost 2.8 lbs is beyond my mental comprehension right now. When I stepped on the scale this morning I was convinced it was lying. This is going to sounds funny but I always hate big losses like this because it puts a lot of pressure on me for the next week to maintain my loss or lose more. If I lose just a little bit the pressure doesn't seem to bother me as much.

I really hated this week because I was lazy and did no exercise at all and that made me feel yucky. My excuse was that I am running my first ever half marathon tomorrow and my knee has been bothering me so I didn't want to aggravate my injury before the race. I am getting really excited and nervous for the race. I have done 12.5 miles so I know I can do the 13.1, I am just worried about my knee hurting me. I will post a race recap tomorrow after the race, as long as I am still alive! Have a great Friday everyone!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Weekly Goal Update #1

Here it as, as promised.

My 2 month goals:

1) No more nail biting
This is going better than I expected. I have a few nails that are getting pretty long, but my cuticles are gross! Nail biting is an addiction! I have 3 fingers with gross bloody cuticles that hurt! I am really trying, really. I hope next week goes better.

2) 30 day shred twice a week
Big fat fail. I didn't do it once. No excuses, just didn't do it. I expect this will be an easier goal once the SacFit season is over because I will no longer have midweeks.

3) Another type of workout twice a week
Success! I did Tuesday at the gym, my Thursday midweek and the Saturday SacFit workout. If only one of these could replace a 30DS...

4) Food journaling every day
Ummmmm...most days? Weekends kill me. I only gained .2lbs on my weekly WI, but it wasn't a loss. I am going to try again this week.

5) Water, water, water!
Check, check and check! I discovered I had some cold brew tea bags in my cupboard and they make it so easy to drink my water without it being boring water. I have been drinking at least 2 whole camelback bottles a day, sometimes 3, and even more on workout days.

I would say for week 1 I am doing pretty well. I have some things I need to work on obviously, but I am not doing terribly. I wish my living room was bigger so the 30DS was easier to do!

Speaking of that, Matt talked to the realtor today and we got started on his website searching for houses. There were 150 from our search and we whittled it down to 43. Now we just have to go do some drive-bys and then call him to look at the ones we like. I am so ready for a house!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

SacFit Saturday-tapering edition

Next Saturday at this time I will be getting near the end (hopefully) of my 1st ever half marathon! I am excited, but also really nervous! I have been keeping up with my training and last week I did 12.5 miles so I know I can do the miles, I am just not sure about my pain level. My IT band is the bane of my existence at this point and sometimes even just walking is uncomfortable. My only goal for next week is to finish, so as long as I cross that finish line I will be a happy girl! Running/walking are definitely mental sports when you get past the first few miles! It is all about telling yourself that you can do it and then doing it!

Today we did a taper workout of 5 miles, which felt so short compared to last week's 12.5 miler! I had a great time and even found someone to start the race with so I am not alone at the beginning of the race! :D I mentioned on facebook the other day the phenomenon of me saying that 5 miles is a "short run" and how in January those words would have never passed my lips! I have come a long way! I feel great, I look great and I am going to be a 1/2 marathon finisher!!

WI a day late

I weighed in this morning because of yesterdays unfortunate events and I was up 0.2lbs to 170lbs. I am not too disappointed by this as it could be way worse. Now I am off to do my last run before the 1/2 marathon next Saturday. We are going out 5 miles today so it should be an easy day for me. I am feeling much better than I was yesterday, thank goodness!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fun...NOT!

So some parts of this may be TMI for some, so read with caution.

Last night Matt and I went with his parents and brother to a RiverCats game. It was totally fun! $2 beer night is great! Here's where it gets bad...I had a hot dog, some nachos, and shared some of Matt's brother's garlic fries, not to mention the 3 beers. Ok, so usually this amount of food would be okay and I might have a slight stomach-ache but this time was a no go. I don't know if it was that the hot dog was bad or that the combination of food didn't agree with me, but when I got up this morning it was all bad! I got up around 5am and weighed myself (a gain of 1.6) then I went back to bed because I felt so crappy. I woke up again at 6am and was then running late. I felt horrible and eventually I expelled all the bad food from my stomach. (I told you it was TMI!) I convinced myself that I could go to work, so I continued getting ready. I weighed myself again before I got dressed (after the expulsion of bad food) and it was a 0.6lb loss. Ummmmmm. That was a lot of food. I do not like losing weight this way, lemme tell ya. I could never ever be bulimic! I am going to weigh myself again in the morning and count that as my official weigh in as obviously my body hates me right now!

I did manage to make it through the day at work, but it was hard. I almost broke down in tears in front of my 4th period because I was hurting so bad. I just want to go home and crawl into bed for a nap and maybe have some soup. I could never have an experience like this again and be a happy girl! Sorry for the TMI! The moral of the story is moderation. Simply put.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Day 1...and already a goal update

Ok, so yesterday I posted my 2 month goals for before my wedding. Here they are again:

My 2 month goals:

1) No more nail biting
2) 30 day shred twice a week
3) Body ball arm workout twice a week
4) Food journaling every day
5) Water, water, water!

I love them all, but I am going to make a few changes, actually just 1. I am going to change goal #3 to "any other type of workout" twice a week. This stems from the fact that I have a perfectly good gym membership that I have not been using at all and am going to start using again tonight. I figured twice a week exercise with Jillian and twice a week with whatever form I want will be an easier goal. That means that a run could count as one of the days, which makes sense to me. Exercise is exercise and with my goal plan I will be exercising 4 days a week in some form or another. I am going to the gym tonight for a class and also to fulfill a challenge on one of the blogs I follow. I am pretty excited to be involved in this challenge! I will post a goal progress blog on Monday...until then...

Monday, April 19, 2010

2 more months!

Today is April 19th which means that in 2 months from today I will be married! :D I am getting pretty excited! I am also nervous about everything getting done on time and overwhelmed with all of the stuff I need to do! Planning a wedding is stressful! My MOH threw my bridal shower for me yesterday and it was awesome! I had a great time! I will post pictures as soon as I get them. The main purpose of this post is to set some goals for myself that will help me be who I want to be on the day of my wedding. This may sound strange, but I am going to be on display and I want the best me possible to be up there saying her vows. I am 9.8lbs away from my 160lb goal weight which is so much better than I even expected for this time frame. It is possible for me to get there in 2 months, but probably not realistic, and I am recognizing that. My goals are realistic and ones that can be easily attained so I am not disappointed on my big day. So, here they are...

My 2 month goals:

1) No more nail biting
2) 30 day shred twice a week
3) Body ball arm workout twice a week
4) Food journaling every day
5) Water, water, water!

Those are my goals for now. I hope that they are easy enough that I can handle them. I am also hoping to post a weekly post that keeps me accountable. That's all for now. Next week I will let you know how I've been doing!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday WI :D and other things too...

Drum roll please...I weighed myself this morning and the scale said...169.8lbs! That is a 0.8lb loss from last week and it officially puts me out of the 170's! I cannot remember the last time I was below the 170's, but probably in elementary school. I was always a really big girl; tall and chubby. I was beyond excited this morning when I saw that 6 in the 10's place! Now I only have 9.8lbs left until my goal of 160lbs! That is less than 10lbs left to lose which makes my goal seem even more do-able. I know I can do it and I will do it!

On Monday I am going to create a post about things I plan on doing and goals I want to reach between now and my wedding (2 months from Monday). The post will be a way for me to be held accountable and be reminded of my goals everyday. If my followers, all 6 of you, could keep me honest about my goals I would appreciate it very much!

Tomorrow is my last long run with SacFit this season before the Parkway Half Marathon on May 1st. I am planning on going out with the magentas again because my IT band is still giving me problems, but they are still doing 12 miles which is nothing to shake a stick at! I am nervous, but excited to see how I do in this race rehearsal! I will post details tomorrow after my run!

One more thing before I sign off...Matt and I have been thinking about looking for a house to buy. I talked to my mom and she gave me the number to the loan lady at her bank. I sent her some paperwork, talked to her on the phone a few times and she called me today and told me that I am pre-approved for up to $120,000! This means that Matt and I can start seriously searching for a house because we have a letter that states we are pre-approved! I am so excited about this! I am ready to start paying for something that I own!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Zoo Zoom Pics

Here are some pics from my 10K on Sunday! We had a great time!




Zoo Zoom 10K race recap - pics coming soon!

Sunday was my first ever 10K race, the Sacramento Zoo Zoom! I ran the race with Matt and his dad, Jeff. We got there way early (7:15ish) because parking in Land Park can be a mess, especially with this many people. The forecast called for rain and gusty winds, something I was hoping and praying held off until we were done! (They did!) We hung out by the start line and watched the 5kers get going and that is when Sabrina (Matt's mom) notified me that there was a cut-off and that we had to keep a 14:00/mile pace so that we were in front of the people opening the roads up after the race. This made me beyond anxious! I was not mentally prepared to go quite that fast, and I am not sure Matt and Jeff were either. We didn't let it phase us too much though because we started the race at 8:35am with all of the other 10kers.

The start was pretty anti-climactic. We had decided before the race started to do 3 minute walk intervals followed by 2 minute running intervals. The first interval we did backwards though so we could get away from the crowd. The whole race we kept counting the people behind us because we were pretty close to the back of the pack. Right off the bat my IT band started aching. I thought I had rested it enough and foam rolled it enough and iced it enough, but alas. It basically hurt me the whole race. I was very disappointed by this and it sorta made me wonder if I can finish my 1/2 marathon on May 1st, but I guess that's another post. I digress...

We started pretty strong and I could tell Matt wanted to go faster and Jeff was struggling slightly. I was pretty happy with our pace, but could have been happier had my leg not hurt! We did the 3/2's the whole race, which was an awesome accomplishment! We had a great cheering section at the turn-around and then at the finish; Matt's mom and his little brother.

The finish was the part that made this race good instead of great. The race had a string of kid's races attached to it, well, at around the time we were finishing they started a kid's race which ended at the same finish line we were going to. So basically to get to the finish I had to dodge kids and their parents who had stopped inside the finish chute to take pictures and give hugs and all that. I was mad! I am sure my time could have been at least a minute or two faster had I been able to sprint at the end like I always do!

So, I raced and finished my 1st ever 10K! My time was around 1:25 and our average pace was about 13:49/mile. Will I ever do one again? Maybe. I am sure I will be more excited about racing once my IT band pain subsides, or at least improves. After the race we ate at Willie's. I am glad I had run 6.2 miles beforehand so I could eat all those fries and not feel too bad! I will be posting pics from the race sometime today or tomorrow. My next race recap post will be for the 1/2 marathon on May 1st. I am starting to get a little anxious!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Hair trial!

Today I did a hair trial with my stylist Kacey! She is awesome and took all of my crazy ideas and my idea pics and came up with something I absolutely love! I may go back once more to try another variation on her design, but I am pretty sure it will be something very similar to this. Here are the pics! Ignore my silly facial expressions while posing! I am a dork! She did 2 variations; 1 had my hair down on both sides and the other had it down on just one, sorta pulled to the side. In the 1/2 pulled the side one, imagine a flower in the blank space...use your imagination! In the 3rd pic down you can see a little poof she put in there. I unexpectedly liked it and may have her make it bigger on the day of. I am so excited!!!





Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday WI

Check out the ticker! 170.6lbs! That is the lowest I have ever been that I can remember and a 3.2lb loss from last weeks disappointing weigh-in! I am a pretty happy girl right now! See what happens when I stay on track and count my points and drink enough water! This is a great end to my otherwise not so great week. I am so glad it is Friday, and not only that I am giving tests to my students today, so it will be an easy day, or at least I hope so!

I am doing a hair trial for my wedding tomorrow with my stylist, Kasey. She has been cutting my hair for a few years now and I love her! I will take before and after pics and post them here to see what y'all think. Hopefully I can get Jen, my bridesmaid, to do some make-up trials for me soon too. I am pretty excited about being all pretty and done up for my wedding. I can't wait!

The ZooZoom 10k is on Sunday. I am running/walking it with Matt and his dad. I am still having some slight IT band issues, but when I ran on Tuesday it was bearable, so I think I can survive the 6.2 miles. Plus, I think it will help to have company and not just be by myself. I am hoping that I can finish strong with minimal pain! I am definitely going to be foam rolling everyday between now and Sunday. I took a class last night on foam rolling and learned a lot, now I get to use it and see if the benefits are as great as everyone says they are.

Wow, that was longer than I expected. I need to make some breakfast, coffee, lunch and get my booty out the door! Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

More complaining...

*begin rant*
No one ever reads my blog. Or if they do they don't leave comments. How do I get more followers so I can actually have people reading what I write and commenting? I know I am not all that interesting, but sometimes I need a little reassurance that I am not all alone out in blog world!
*end rant*

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wedding stuff...finally!

So this is more of a wedding rant than an update, but it is what it is; take it or leave it. Basically I am really trying hard to not go into thousands of dollars worth of debt over 1 day of my life. Sounds easy, right? WRONG! I have no clue how much I have spent so far (I am making an excel chart later with Matt's help and we shall see...) but I know it is a lot. My credit cards that I wanted to have paid off by now are only getting worse and worse as the wedding gets closer and closer. I know these things aren't cheap, but for God sakes why does it seem like anything with the word wedding in front of it, or even near it, jacks up the price? (sorta like putting running or cycling in front of anything too I've noticed) This is not to say that I haven't been trying to do a "budget wedding", because I have, but things just keep coming up and adding up and I am going insane. This blog rant stems from our decision today to hire a live band for the reception. The guy who owns the catering business we are using has a band. They are a great classic rock cover band and I think it will be a blast, but why does it have to cost $900? That's so close to $1000 I might as well throw in the extra $100 and call it a day. I know I am probably being stupid and need to stop complaining, but I just feel irritated. I have a great family who is being as helpful and supportive as they can be, but I just feel that most of the financial burden of this wedding is falling onto me. I know I have a great new job and make pretty good money so I shouldn't complain, but I do want to buy a house soon and maybe even think about having babies, both of which cost a lot of money that I won't have if I keep putting wedding stuff on my already crazily high credit card bill. Sorry to be so negative. I guess my ranting is over. I am off to make an excel chart that will show me exactly how much this 1 day is costing me...

Friday, April 2, 2010

March activity calendar

This month's activity calendar is a little depressing compared to last month because of my stupid IT band. I still managed to get a couple long runs in, including last Saturday's 10 miler! I did not even come close to my goal, which was to cross-train every Wednesday and Sunday. I did do some long bike rides on some Sundays though, which is better than nothing! April is a new month!

Friday WI

I weighed myself this morning...and let's just say it looked nothing like it did yesterday morning. I am not even going to post it here. I am going to suck it up and start over today and hopefully next Friday will bring better news. I am really disappointed in myself and in my lack of self control. On top of it all I am not going to be running until April 11th, which is the day of the Zoo Zoom 10k, because my leg hurts so bad from 10 miles followed by 3 days of non-stop being on my feet in Disneyland. I need to find some activity I can do to get some APs, but no running. After this WI I feel so unmotivated. Now I know why it is so easy to get off track and just quit because you are frustrated. I thought I had done so well while I was on vacation and after I weighed myself yesterday I was so happy. How quickly things change...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Disneyland Pics!
















Disneyland!!!

Matt and I got back from our 3 day trip to Disneyland yesterday afternoon! It was such an awesome trip! I love spending time with my love in his favorite place, which is quickly becoming mine too! :D We drove down there on Saturday afternoon and went to the park on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and drove back yesterday. As usual we did 12+ hours in the park everyday. The 1st day was 15 hours, then 14 and another 14 on Tuesday. I was so exhausted, but so happy to be there enjoying myself on my Spring Break!

Only a few hours before we left on Saturday I did a 10 mile run with SacFit. 10 miles! I went out with the magenta group and was set to do 9 1/2 miles, but I decided to tack on that extra 1/2 mile so I could say that I have done double-digit mileage! I was so proud of myself. However, I am never running 10 miles before a trip to Disneyland ever again! My IT band hurt so bad, I had a blister on the bottom of my foot and my Achilles started acting up after about 10 hours of walking around. I was hobbling around like a grandma almost our whole trip! I am pretty sure I walked around enough to have done a marathon!

I didn't track a single point while I was gone, but I stepped on the scale this morning (cheating, I know) and I was down about 0.5lbs, which is awesome! I just hope it says that when I get on tomorrow morning! I am amazed that I managed to lose considering all of the ice cream and pretzels and food in general that I ate, but I guess all of that hobbling around did me some good!

I will post some pics of our trip later today when I figure out how to get them off of Matt's camera!