Picking Back Up

24 06 2010

My running is picking back up and that makes me feel so much better about myself. I ran 2.76 miles today on the indoor track and it felt great. I started getting tired at a little over 2 miles but I pushed myself and finished 2.76. I am supposed to run 3 miles next week for 3 days and then that will be the graduation from Couch to 5k. Its crazy how 2 months ago I could barely run a minute and now I will be doing 3 miles. I am so proud of my accomplishment. I want to tell everyone I know, and if they get annoyed with me than they can go to hell. I am proud.

Now I just need to get comfortable enough with the distance where I can start working on my pace. I want to do GREAT on my run for the military. I don’t want to have to worry about my PT test while I am away. I also need to kick some more weight. I have been hovering in the 195s and its a little frustrating. But at least I am not gaining weight I guess.

On a completely unrelated note, my Mom and I went shopping and I got 2 t-shirts (SIZE MEDIUM!!!!) and a new pair of jeans (SIVE 14!!!!) from the GAP… all for $13!!!!! VICTORY!

I also sprayed some of Dolce and Gabbana’s La Lune 18 perfume on and I love it. When I have $65 to spare I am SO going to buy a bottle of this stuff.



22 06 2010

So the wedding I had this weekend was fabulous. Congrats to my friends for tying the knot! The ceremony was beautiful and I had a ton of fun at the reception.

I also drank too much booze, did not adhere to my diet, and neglected to run while there. So I sucked at life. Buuuut…. I don’t get to see my circle of friends all the time so it was ok that I decided to cut loose a little and party with my friends.

I had a lot of fun at the reception and I did dance a lot so hopefully I burned some calories on the dance floor.

Sunday I did run a little over a mile while at home. I went on some trails in the nature park. I really enjoyed the scenery but MAN! those hills can be hard! I look forward to mastering the trails when I leave my college town on Sunday. 😦

So I jumped back on the band wagon today with running. I went to the indoor track on campus and enjoyed a track and AC for once. I managed to get a little over 2.5 miles in but then I had to leave because the track was closing at 7, lame. I still wanted to do another quarter mile but, meh. I got a great run in! I felt awesome the whole time which was nice after a week of shitty runs and feeling bad about myself.

I weighed in this morning a little lighter too, which was surprising since I did not follow my health plan over the weekend. I have been lax on updating my statistics page. I promise to update tomorrow morning after I weigh in! Don’t hate me!

Well, I hope everyone is well and that life is going great for all of you. Until next time!

Run Rundown: June 3, 2010

3 06 2010

Well today was Couch to 5k Week 7 Day 1. 2.5 mile run, no walking. We went to the greenway trailhead near downtown to get a change of pace (ha… running humor). It was great to see different things and its a nice stretch of trail.

The weather was over cast and the temp was still pretty comfortable since we ran at about 7:30 am. We had a nice breeze and no sun to make us sweat too bad. It also started to rain right during our warm down walk which cooled us nicely.

We took the pace pretty slow since we had some trouble with the 2.25 mile run on Tuesday, but we had NO problems with this one. I think this weekend we will pick up the pace a bit to improve our speed and give us a little bit more of a challenge.

I am starting to actually feel like a runner now… I AM a runner.

Support is Key

25 05 2010

I have tried to lose weight in the past, probably about….6 times, but each time I failed miserably. I would follow a diet for maybe 2 or 3 weeks and then I would just give up.

This time I made sure to surround myself with people who support me in my healthy endeavors. Without the support I have been receiving I would never have come as far as I have. I would have quit by now. And I think it is GREAT that when I whined about my plateau in my lest post I had friends literally tell me not to give up, that I have been doing great, and give me tips to help bust (KAPOW!) my plateau. I even had a friend from the past pop up and give me support and whom I am now supporting in her weight loss journey.

For all of you that want to lose weight, any weight, I have found an online forum for people in their 20s that are all doing the same thing; losing weight, bitching about it, and cheering each other on. This forum is one of the key players that keeps me going. Sure I don’t know these people but I see their successes and I want to succeed too. I see their failures and I want them to keep on persevering. Its a wonderful little community of some of the best people. Here is the link: 3fatchicks forum

PS- If any of you need a cheerleader for your weight loss, healthy lifestyle, or just anything really leave me a comment and promise to talk you up!

Taking Care of Business and Some Rambling

21 05 2010

So today is an off day/rest day. No running and I am not going to the gym. I find it hard to exercise on days when I work long shifts at wal mart. I am constantly moving and standing as a cashier so I get my workout in just because of the sheer amount of time I spend there.

So I was thinking in the shower this morning and I realized that perhaps the single greatest benefit from losing weight has been the huge improvement in my self esteem. I thought of this while shaving my legs… my whole leg, not just from the knee down like I have done for the past 5-7 years. I never shaved above the knee because I never showed my leg above the knee, cause I never wore short or short skirts. The most daring I got in the summer was rolling up my jeans to the knee…. sexay.

But now that I wear more revealing clothes I am forced to groom more. Which I am totally fine with! Sure it takes more time but I would rather be comfortable enough with my body to wear clothing I have bypassed for years and spend more time in the shower than hide behind my insecurities.

I also take a little more pride in my appearance. I feel better about myself so I put more effort into how I look. Even if I am just going to work. Its a good thing.

Oh, I am almost out of my Clinique face wash too, I noticed that today. Which is totally off topic besides the fact that I don’t think I have EVER finished an entire bottle of face anything, but this facial soap is $15 a bottle… *sigh* I don’t have that kind of money to spend on facial soap but I am going to do it anyways.

Oh, and my dog, Holly, and I have been besties this week. The boyfriend is gone to Nebraska getting ready to leave for an internship with ESPN in Connecticut for the ENTIRE summer. So Holly and I are having a girls’ week. Which just consists of Holly sitting next to me on the couch and being spoiled rotten. 🙂

Shorts, Body Image, and Some Rambling

17 05 2010

I am going to copy and paste what I wrote a few days ago for my tumblr account. I think it needs to be shared here:

“Yesterday I wore shorts while I ran. Real shorts. Not knee length basketball shorts… but shorts about 4 in above the knee.

I have not felt comfortable enough with my body to wear shorts for the past 7 years. That is how long it has been since I wore REAL shorts. I am proud of myself for working hard to feel better and be healthier. I used to be ashamed of how much I weighed. I would not tell anyone… and when I had to state my weight I would reduce it by at least 20 pounds. I am not afraid to state my weight anymore, I am still way over weight but after all this work I am proud to tell you how much I weighed when I started and what I am today. (In stats page)

Yeah I am still fat and yes this is still in progress. I have 30 more pounds to lose before I hit my weight I need to join the Air Force. But I WILL get to my weight. And I WILL join the Air Force.

So yes, wearing shorts is a big thing to me. Wearing them after running to go grocery shopping at Wal Mart around my college peers and my work associates was even bigger to me.

And I bought 2 pairs of running shorts. I have a date with my second pair on Sunday when I run 2 miles straight. Thats a new first for me; running 2 miles without any walking… and yes, I can do it.”

I am not the only one with body issue problems… duh. But I think it interesting how people get so bent out of shape over their body image. For example:

My running buddy doesn’t like her upper body. I think she looks great, but I also know that she won’t feel comfortable with her upper body until she is ready. Which is totally fine, it took me 7 years to wear a frickin’ pair of shorts. So yeah, I get it.

I have another friend who is self conscious about her legs. I think her legs are fab, but its the same story.

We are all our toughest critics. No matter what, we judge ourselves harder than anyone else in the world. Its true. I understand that I do this to myself but I still don’t have any way to get over it. Well, besides telling myself to quit bitching and just do it.

Running Victory

16 05 2010

So I just finished week 5 on the couch to 5k running plan (See Couch to 5k page). I ran 2 miles today with no walking, this is a first. I have never in my entire life ran an entire 2 miles without stopping to walk once. Well I did it. I mean, a month ago I had problems running 1 minute without getting winded and tired. Well…

I ran.. and ran… and ran.

I didn’t get winded, I didn’t even start breathing heavy until the last 1/4 mile or so, and even then it wasn’t bad at all. I felt great the whole time and I felt even better when I was done and realized my accomplishment. I am pretty sure I could have even ran longer than I did… maybe another 1/2 mile or so.

To celebrate I stopped at a local smoothie stand and had some sliced strawberries, they were victory strawberries, and they tasted good.

So yes. I ran 2 miles today and I am proud.