Thursday, May 28, 2015

Getting Back to Me!

Garmin 1/2 Marathon 2015
Wow, the last year has been a tough one.  My husband and I got divorced last year and had to continue to live together till we sold our house which took WAY too long (almost a year) and things started to get a little ugly.  But the house is sold, I have bought a new house for the girls and I, and things are finally starting to get back to a normal feel. 

Last month I did my first half marathon since the Disney Princess half back in 2010. Because of all the shin issues I had after that it took many years to get up the courage to run that distance again, but I am happy to report that I did it injury free!  I am even thinking about running another one later this year. 

Right now I am really focused in loosing all the emotional weight I have gained over the last year and getting back to my old self again.  It is hard finding my new happy, but it is coming slowly and the future is looking very bright right now. 

I decided I wanted to get back to my blogging. My life has taking an incredible turn, but I am looking forward to everything my new life has to offer and can't wait to see where this journey takes my girls and I. 


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fat Fit vs Skinny Fat

I am sure you have all heard the term Skinny Fat, if not it is used to describe people who are skinny but are not really in shape.  Well I was thinking today that there should be a term for those of us who are fat but are still in good shape, maybe Fat Fit?  Can you be fat and still fit?  I think so; I probably need to lose about 30+ pounds so I would be considered fat my most standards.  But at the same time I can run 8 miles, I can swim over a ¼ mile; I can bike over 15 miles, and do many other active fit things.  So even though I am fat I consider myself to be pretty fit.  

I wonder though why our society is totally fine with people who are Skinny Fat but not okay with those of us who are Fit & Fat.  I mean really I may have some extra pounds on me but I am in much better shape than some skinny people I know, and I set the heart monitors off at the doctors because my resting heart rate is so low (that is because I AM a runner).  So why is it that people choose to judge me because I have had a hard time losing all this weight after having two kids?  Why don’t they judge the girl who sits around eating crap and watching TV all day but just happens to have an awesome metabolism?  How is that girl better than me?   How is that girl Healthier than me?
Do I want to lose the extra weight I have?  Yes, but to be honest I have been trying and am really not sure at all what I am doing wrong at this point.  I even change to a totally Vegan diet and did not lose a pound.  So I have been trying to come to terms with the fact that I am now fat and maybe fat for a while (until I can figure out why I am not losing any weight).   

So as a society maybe before we decide to judge the chubby girl for letting her self-go or for being a couch potato maybe you should find out if she is just someone who is Fat & Fit and could maybe be in even better shape than you!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Our first run with BOB

Well I ended up having to take Friday off of work since there was no school and my sitter had the day off.  And since I had the girls you know I had to go try out the new BOB right. 

I was a little sad when I woke up and it was 40 degrees out, I was not sure if I should take the girls out when it was that chilly.  But I asked some of my Running Mom friends and they just told me to bundle them up and they would be fine so that is what I did.
Since I had no plans for the day I drove out to my favorite trail (Mill Creek).  It is such a nice trail to run on and I always see other runners, walkers, or bikers which is nice too.  The kids really seemed to enjoy the run; it was Little Bit’s first run ever (how have I never taken her on a run in the past year?).  But Munchkin is an old pro at this. Even our doggie Prada was excited to go running and try out the new stroller, she was not bothered by it at all and ran right next to it the whole run.

Within the first mile of out run we saw 2 deer, Munchkin was so excited she wanted to go pet them and be there friend and did not understand why they ran away.  She just loves all animals and thinks they are all her friend (she is so my daughter). 
I have to admit that after about a mile I was getting pretty winded.  It is a LOT harder to push two kids than it is to run alone.  So I had to take a couple walk brakes but it was still a great workout and we all had fun so that is really what matters. 

We found an off road section of the trail and had to try it out to see how BOB did off roading.  Still a smooth nice ride for the girls and still easy for me to push, man I love this stroller! 
After I got my run in we had to stop at the playground for the girls to play a bit.  They were so good on the run they deserved some play time. 

April Goal Updates
My running goal is right on track, I ran about 9 miles last week which is more than I needed for my goal.   My Ab challenge however is not doing so well.  Forgot all about it over the weekend and have not done my daily ab 30/30/30 in a few days.  But plan to restart that up today.  The good news is I weighed myself and I lost another 2.5 pounds last week so we are right on track.

Virtual 5k

Have you signed up for the Race to Cure Diabetes?  All proceeds of this Virtual 5k benefit JDRF, which is a great cause.  If you have not signed up go here and sign up today.  The race is later this month and you can run anywhere (that is why it is a virtual 5k).  And just by registering you are entered to win so many awesome prizes it is just crazy how many awesome things have been donated.  So sign up today.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Introducing my new friend BOB

I have been waiting to meet Bob for a very long time.  When I had my first daughter I looked for Bob but he was just out of reach.  When I had my second daughter, there was no way I could even think about it. 

So how did we finally meet after so many years?  I found him on Craigs List, and for an AWESOME price.  I know what you all are thinking “I check Craigs list all the time and don’t see Bob”.  Well keep looking, because that is what I thought too.  In my town I found that most people who want to sell their Bob’s list them late at night so you need to be ready to JUMP first thing in the morning.  As soon as you wake up check the listings.  Then send an email if they leave a number call (well maybe wait till 8am for that).

You see Bob is very popular and so many people want to be his friend so if you don’t act fast and keep on trying even when you think you will never meet then you will never meet him.  I had my doubts about our meeting, but I am so glad I kept on trying because as of yesterday Bob is my friend. 
You can imagine my excitement and desire to put my girls in this new stroller and try it out, but alas my oldest had Gymnastics last night (annoying right!).  So I had to wait till she was done with that then I loaded up the girls and just ran around in front of the house.  This thing handles like a dream.  So smooth even on the rocky road (did I mention I live in BFE).  The girls liked it, and said it was a smooth ride for them (okay only the oldest talks and she said that, but I am sure the little one would have said it too if she could talk).   And yes I totally made my hubs stand in the front of the house and snap pictures of me running around in circles.  Hey this is a family affair ;)

So my first impression of Mr. Bob.  He is a total dream.  I could not have asked for or gotten a better stroller. This thing just glides much easier to push than the single jogger I have.  Next week I plan to take this baby out for a longer ride, or maybe I won’t wait that long.  And I promise to keep you all updated on my new buddy, but don’t ask to borrow him he is MINE (wow I am just a little possessive huh).


Are you friends with Bob? 

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Monday, April 2, 2012

April Goals

I have found that I do much better when I have a goal or challange.  So this month I am going to do both. 

The group of running moms that I belong too better known as the Running Mom Mafia are doing an ab challange for the month of April.  The challange is to do three different types of ab workouts a day 30 reps of each so it is a 30/30/30 challage.  I got my reps in last night and plan to keep it going for the rest of this month. 

A lot of the moms are taking before pictures but I actually took a before picture a couple weeks ago so that I can see my weight loss as I progress. I am not going to post because I just am not happy with the way I look right now.  I knwo it should not matter but it does and I don't want that picture across the web of me, well maybe if I photoshop it but then it would not be a very good before picture.  I do promise to post it at a later date with my after picture.

That there is my challage for April now for my goal.  My April goal is to run 30 miles.  I know not a lot but truth be told I have not even been coming close to that and I don't want to start off with a big jump in millage (still scared of my leg). 

It is funny because when I break down the mileage by week it come to 7.5 miles a week and I am actually a little intimadated by that.  It has been a while since I ran this much so it really is a good goal that I know if I really try I can acheive, but I have to get out there and do it.  Feel free to push me, I may need it!

So there you have it now it is all on paper and the pressure is on.  I WILL DO THIS!

Do you set goals for your self each month?

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

The power of Positive Thinking

This past week has been a tough one.  I did not work out one day and well did not eat very well either.  I am an emotional eater and my emotions were going crazy. 

My hubs is being activated and will be gone for a couple months and the bitterness and resentment finally set in.  It is hard knowing that he will get to rest and relax (he will where he is going, and the type of job it is) while I am here going crazy with the kids and trying to keep up with this house, pets, and work.  URH, I have been very resentful. 
I am a very happy glass is half full person, I pretty much have always been.  It is not often I let myself fall into despair and let these evil little things eat away at my happy go lucky attitude.  But last week I let it all fester and was just a sad ugly mess for a few days.

It is funny though I woke up yesterday with my old attitude back.  I was happy; I was looking forward to what the day brought, I was just glad to be alive.  I think these unhappy times are needed for however long or short they are so that I can really appreciate all the good and just enjoy my own happiness.  Does that make since?
It also looks like I am finally getting a Bob duallie (this will help so much with the hubs gone).  I was finally the first person to contact a seller on Craigs List.  I have been trying for a while.  And last week there were three ads I called on but the day I was back to my positive self I get it.  I tell you there is something to this being positive and positive things will happen thing. 

So it is the start of a new week and life is back to normal here, I am excited to get my day started.  Am I still bitter and resentful that my hubs is leaving, maybe a little if I am to be totally honest.  But it is something I have no control over so why stay so upset it was truly only hurting me. 
So remember if you are feeling down for whatever reason,  it is okay to be down for a while but if you stay that way it is only hurting you.  Find your inner happiness stay positive and good things will happen.

Oh and don't forget to sign up for the Virtual 5k to support JDRF.  It is a great cause and one that is close to my heart.  My good friend Tara is working so hard on this.  And if you registar you can stat winning prizes tomorrow.  So click the link above on the right and register today! (if you click the link you can also see all the awesome prizes there are that you can win).

Do you believe in the power of Positive Thinking?

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Diva Dash 5k

I have to say this is the most fun I have had at a race in a long time.  Part of that is because I had a friend to run with and the other part is because my time was better than I thought I would have (which was directly related to having a friend to run with). 

I was super excited to wear my tiara again, I bought it for the Disney Princess half marathon but have not worn it since and this race gave me a reason to run with it again.  There is something about running with a tiara that just makes you feel special.  I also got to wear my awesome knee high running socks that Sara got me in my running mom sock exchange for Christmas.  I SO LOVE THESE SOCKS!!!  And I highly recommend everyone (well maybe not you guys that might just look silly) get a pair to run in, they make you feel so cute and they were comfy to run in.
This race also had a Little Diva Dash for kids, so you know I had to sign up my oldest daughter to do it.  And Kari (my friend I ran with) signed up her daughter too. 

Okay on to the race report.  After getting up and getting the kids ready (not fun waking up two kids early in the morning) we got to the race and found Kari (they were maybe a little smarter and her hubs was bringing the kids later).  We went and picked up our race packets, then hit the bathroom (well porta potties that is).   Then it was time for us to line up so I kissed my hubs and girls good bye and got ready for the race.
We positioned ourselves in about the middle of the pack and that is pretty much where we stayed the whole race.  This was Kari’s first race and my first one since my Tri back in 2010 (wow has it really been that long?)  We did what I promised I would NOT do and took off to fast.  Our first mile was at about a 10:30 pace way to fast so it did not take long after that before we had to walk a bit.  The second mile had us walking three times, and then I finally said let’s just slow down a little.  It is hard with all the excitement to go slower epically when we started off so fast. But even slowing down and walking three times mile two was at about an 11:30 mile.   

We walked two more times for mile three but they were pretty short walks (actually all our walks were pretty short).  The course was a little hillier than we both thought and after one big hill we turned the corner and found we had to go right up another hill, I just said CRAP lets walk a little.  I so hate hills, even though I run on them all the time now I still hate them (who knew Kansas was so darn hilly?).  After that second walk we were about done with mile three, as we got closer to where we knew the finish line had to be Kari started to pick up the pace.  If it was just me I would have been slowing down, but I had to keep up so dang it I did.  We rounded a corner saw the finish and I said now and we took off.  Then I saw the clock and realized that we could make it in under 36 min which was Kari’s goal, so I told her to look at the clock that we could make it and we both picked up the pace.
There is Kari crossing I am right behing the girl in the orange
We crossed the finish line at 35:58 but our official finish time was 35:18 (since we were in the middle of the pack and did not cross the start line right away).  This was way faster than I thought we would end up doing.  As a matter of fact when Kari told me her goal was 36 I told her not to be upset if we did not make it and here we are at the finish 42 seconds faster than that.  I have to say that I really think we pushed each other on this race.  I know I would have walked more and slowed day a lot more if she was not with me.  And she told me after the race that she would have walked more too if I was not there.  I sure hope she wants to do another race; it is so much more fun when you have someone to run with and push you!
 
After we were done and had some time to recover it was time for the Little Diva’s to run.  We got our daughters lined up at the start and off they went.  My daughter just bought a new toy and had to run with it (that is what she has in her hand) so she was a little distracted for the race.  But both girls ran the whole thing.  Kari’s daughter took off right from the start (I think she is going to be like her daddy, he is pretty fast).  My daughter ran the whole thing not quite as fast but that is okay she said she had fun and both girls think they won, which they did because it truly is all about fun! 
We all had a great time and I know my daughter and I both want to do this again, we just hope Kari and her daughter do too… Come on Kari get the running bug!!

 Do you have a friend to run with?


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