Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hey, y'all! * A where have I been update *

Helloooo? Is there anyone out there? Echo... Echo... 

I know... I know... where the heck have I been? I'm so, so sorry to leave you all hanging like I did. Well, actually I wasn't sure anyone would even notice that I wasn't posting but to my surprise that wasn't true. Thanks for giving me the warm fuzzies. =)

So, where have I been? At school. Yeah. I finally decided to get off my butt and go back to college. You see, I never intended to be 29 *cough* and a half *cough* and not yet have my degree completed. I was a excellent student all through school and I was planning to be a teacher... or a storm chaser. Then life happened. I'll spare you the details but my senior year of high school got a little crazy and my home life was a little different than my peers. I didn't take the initiative to start applying to colleges or for financial aid. Then, right after high school graduation I decided to move away from my hometown. I didn't go far, about an hour away, but I did wind up out of state working full time and facing a whole new set of responsibilities. 

In 2006, I made a brief return to community college and lasted a semester and a half before withdrawing. I just couldn't handle going to school full time and working full time. In hindsight, I'm not sure why I didn't just drop one or two classes and keep going but it is what it is. 

So, here I am. 29 years old, married, with a mortgage, 3 furbabies, and going back to school. I enrolled starting with the summer term and I'm only taking 2 classes at a time most. I will not overwhelm myself this time. I'm much wiser now than I was before and I realize there is no shame in taking my time to make sure I succeed. Right now I'm taking Developmental Math (Pre-Algebra) because I didn't complete the math prerequisites when I was enrolled in 2006. I'm actually happy to have a chance to review before moving on to college algebra and the classes above. I'm in class 2 nights per week, Monday and Wednesday, from 5:15-9:45. That makes for a long day. In addition to that, I'm taking Intro to Business online. That class isn't really hard, it just takes a lot of time for reading the chapters and completing the discussion questions. I have between 4-6 assignments due throughout each week, and a few bigger projects I'm working for that class. 

I'm not really looking to leave my company. I'm very happy where I am, even if the position I currently hold isn't what I want to do forever. I decided to go with a Business Administration degree to make myself more marketable and competitive for promotions. I'm very fortunate that my company offers tuition reimbursement as long as I make a B. That's some motivation, for sure! 

Anyway... that was a long, drawn out way of saying that I've just been busy. I haven't worked out in weeks and my eating has been hit or miss. I did weigh last Friday and was happy to see that I've pretty much maintained. I do plan on getting back to the gym and to running this week. I miss it. I'm losing muscle and not feeling as great in my clothes as I should be. Advancing my education cannot cost me my health and fitness so it's time to find a good balance.

So, what's new with you? What have I missed?  

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Sometimes you just need to give in

About 10 days ago the grill special at my work's cafeteria was a patty melt. When I went to lunch I was able to walk away. I think I ate a salad that day. Later in the afternoon a coworker brought her patty melt to her desk to eat. People who eat fried goodness at their desks should be shot. Now let me tell you... I love patty melts. They're seriously on my top 10 favorite foods list. But, they're something I rarely have because they're also on the top 10 fatty mcfat pants list. 

The past 10 days all I could think about was patty melts. Greasy, juicy, cheesy, onion-y patty melts. *drool*

Last night's meal plan was pan roasted chicken and veggies and I was all prepared to come home and make a (hopefully) delicious and healthy dinner. Then, while walking through the parking garage (well I was limping. effing heels) the hubs said those magical words that always sway me in the wrong direction. "What's for dinner? Whataburger?". He was joking but my mind immediately went to patty melt. 

It was all over from that point. We hit the drive thru and once home I changed into my stretchy pants to get ready for the deliciousness I was about to devour. I don't even have a picture to show you because I ate before thinking. 

Do you know how my Points a Whataburger patty melt is? I'm not sure you want to know. It pretty much ruined my week. Still want to know? 30. Yes. Thirty. THIRTY WHOLE POINTS. That's my entire day's worth of Points. 

Was it worth it? Yes, every bite. Sometimes you just need to give in to your cravings, get them over with, and move on. I feel better now (well I feel like I ate twelve pounds of grease but that's another matter) and I can go back to eating veggies and lean protein for the foreseeable future. 

You know what though. I tracked it. All 30 points (plus the 11 for my medium fry, don't judge). That, my friends, is progress. I didn't just pretend the Points don't count. High five!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

10 Questions Tuesday

Hello, Tuesday... This week's looking up so far. Sunday and Monday were super busy days at work and kinda sorta flew by as much as a work day can. Today I have an interview! I bought a suit and everything. I even bought a super cute pair of heels to wear with it so if you could please send me some T&P's that I don't fall down and kill myself on my walk to the interview room that would be great. ;)

Now... here's another 10 Questions Tuesday. I'm pretty sure I borrowed these questions from Kristina's Blog About Running.

1. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging my weight loss probably 4-5 years ago and quickly forgot about the blog. I started again with my 30 Before 30 List, and then once I decided to train for the 2014 PHM I changed my blog name and here we are. 

2. What was your first post? 30 Before 30

3. What is your favorite time of the year and why? I love Fall even though we don't really get one in Florida. But, the 2 days every year that you can feel the coolness in the air while drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte are the best. 

4. Why and how did you start running? I started trying to run in December 2011 but it didn't really stick with me until September 2012

5. What is your biggest accomplishment? Completing my first half marathon. 

6. What is your favorite book? That's a tough one. I love to read but haven't been reading much lately. I can always pick up a Harry Potter book and get lost... Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire is my favorite in the series. 

7. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I kind of like myself right now. However, I would love to be able to sing well!

8. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go? So many places! I've always wanted to visit Australia. 

9. What do you do when you are stressed? I try to find a quiet place and just focus on my breathing. Wine helps too. 

10. Do you prefer warm or cold weather when running? Somewhere in the middle? The perfect temps for me to run are the mid-40's to 50's. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

**Pardon My Progress**

As you can see some changes are being made around here... please bear with me and ignore the lack of a cutesy background. It'll all be fixed eventually, I promise! 

For now... here's a picture of Tom Hiddleson to pretty things up! 


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Meal Plan 5/4-5/10

Happy Sunday evening! May the Fourth be with you! #dorkalert

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The weather was beautiful here and we're starting to dry out from the flooding this week. Thank you for all of the kind words and please continue to keep Pensacola in your thoughts. It's going to be a long road to recovery for several parts of town.

This week's meal plan is a combo of new and old recipes.

Sunday - pizza and salad

Monday - Emily Bites Bubble Up Enchilada Casserole 

Tuesday - Sheet Pan Roast Chicken (I'm using boneless skinless chicken thighs)

Wednesday - leftovers 

Thursday - Eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy

Friday - TDB date night!

Saturday - HOA cookout so probably burgers

Have a great week! 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

That time I woke up when I was supposed to be racing

Yeah. I did that. Last night I spent a good hour going through my running clothes trying to decide what to wear (am I the only one that does that?). Since I haven't been hitting the pavement or gym as hard as I used to I'm a little... squishier... that normal and some of my tanks just don't fit right at the moment. 

I decided on a tank and capris, and got Flat Jodi all situated. I pinned my bib to my SPIbelt, attached my timing chip to my shoes, and set my alarm for 5:00. Off to dreamland I went... and then I awoke at 6:00. I was planning to be at the trolley to the start at 6:00. The last trolley was leaving at 6:45 and there was no way for me to get up, dressed, eat, and drive downtown in time. It's a point to point race so I couldn't drive to the start and park and be able to get back to my car (unless I wanted to run back but I wasn't really feeling an almost half marathon today). 

Flat Jodi

Needless to say, for the first time since I became a runner I did not start a race. Insert sad and ashamed face here. 

On the up side, I am a huge fan of the women's cut race shirt I got for this year's Fiesta 10K. I also got a really nice cinch bag from Academy. 

This was my first year signing up for this race and I've only ever heard good things about it and the course. I really hope to be able to redeem myself next year. 

It's become my tradition to wear the race shirt after completing the race. I'm not sure what to do now since I didn't actually race! Would you keep the shirt? 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fateful Friday Week 69

We're going to just pretend FF Weeks 67 & 68 didn't happen. If I'm being honest, I wasn't feeling so fateful and wasn't sticking to my goals and gained a little weight... and just didn't want to talk about it. HOWEVER... This week was better.

I tracked 5/7 days this week but didn't get in much activity. It wound up being a good week back though because I had a real loss! No more of this less than a pound bull. You can only tell yourself "a loss is a loss" so many times before you realize that you need something more substantial.

Let's see how I did this week:

Starting Weight     227
Weight 4/47          194.8
Today 5/2             192.8

Loss of                  2 pounds!

Total Loss             34.2 pounds! yay!

I'm feeling much better this week and the motivation of the week's loss kept me from reaching for a donut at this morning's work meeting. 

Tomorrow I'm running the Fiesta 10K (that I have not trained for at all) so please, wish me luck!