Saturday, May 23, 2015

Not so late breaking news

Edit: I totally forgot to give this blog post a title and had to come back. It might be time for bed. 

So I was just clicking around my blog and realized I never updated my Races page to link my 2014 PHM recap. I've really been slacking around these parts. Mental note: update crap. 

The last time I was here I told you I had some plans relating to fitness/weight loss/ the whole point of this here blog (LOL for days) but I didn't want to talk about it yet. I guess I'm ready to spill the beans. 

As of 2 weeks ago (was it 2 weeks, now I have to think...) I joined my local Planet Fitness. If you follow me on Instagram you've already noticed my super annoying early morning #5amclub pictures so this isn't exactly breaking news at this point. I hemmed and hawed and changed my mind at least a dozen times in the weeks leading up to joining Planet Fitness because I have a perfectly good and FREE fitness center at work. It's literally in the same building that I sit for 40 hours every week. So, why pay $10 (+ tax) per month to go to some rando gym? Well, convenience is worth every penny. In the past I've worked out at lunch, so at most a 30 minute group glass or 30 minutes on the treadmill, etc; or I've worked out before/after work. That doesn't really fit into my routine now. I want to get in more than 30 minutes and not be a sweaty mess for the 2nd half of my day, and now J and I carpool to work. The $10/mo I'm paying Planet Fitness is less than I'd pay in gas if I chose to work out before or after work instead of carpooling. So, here I am. I'm all fancy and have access to 2 complete gyms. I have no choice but be active, right? 

Let's see how that works out. Keep up with me on Instagram to find out if I make it to the gym at work tomorrow. I've decided Sunday lunch work outs are okay since I don't have a lot of coworkers there with me. I'm thinking of giving Couch to 5K another try. 

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day! Don't forget why we celebrate. =) 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Um, hi.

I'm sure there is literally no one reading this as it's been 8 months since I even looked at my blog. Gosh. 8 months. 

The last time I was here I had just injured my ankle (by falling down some stairs at work) and I was hobbling around on crutches. Those crutches turned into a snazzy walking boot that came all the way up to my knee. It was my Fall (lol, see what I did there?) fashion accessory for nearly 3 months. I made my way though several weeks of physical therapy and was released from the boot and therapy the week of my 30th birthday, in early November. 8 months later my ankle is still giving me issues. If I'm on my feet too much it swells and turns a lovely shade of purple. It often aches and kind of feels like Styrofoam when I move it. It, like the rest of me, is a work in process. 

Prior to all my ankle craziness I finally got my braces off! 2 years, 7 months, and 1 day after starting treatment. 8 or so months later and I'm about to go back into limited braces on my top teeth to fix a stubborn tooth that just won't cooperate. I'm expecting to wear this set of braces for about 6 months. Maybe by the time I'm 31 they'll be off... oh well. All I ever wanted as a child was straight teeth so I'll pretty much do whatever I can. 

Last summer, gee... a whole year ago this week actually, I decided to go back to school. That lasted 2 semesters. I know, I know. I'm finally happy with my decision to not be a college graduate. I have a great, well paying job at a fantastic company. Sure a business degree would look good but at this point I'm just happy focusing on doing a great job at work and having a good life at home. 

You might have noticed that I haven't mentioned Weight Watchers or any type of weight loss/exercise. What is the saying that if a weight loss blogger isn't blogging that probably means they're gaining weight? Well, in my case it was 100% true. I don't really want to talk about that right now though. Don't worry, I have a plan and will be talking about it soon. 

So, that is what's been going on here lately. I hope I still have some blogger friends out there. I have been keeping up with a lot of you here and there and look forward to reconnecting. 

Happy Mother's Day to all the human mommies and the furbaby mommies out there. =)

I'll be back soon. I promise. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I really want to go for a run right now

Being stuck on the couch for the last week has given me the chance to catch up with a bunch of old friends - my fellow bloggers. I've learned that a few of them are still pregnant, a few are running half marathons this weekend, one just completed her first half Ironman (holy cow!), and one is going to be first time marathoner next month. It's really motivating to see all of these people whose blogs I've read continue to make and then crush their goals. I miss being one of those people. 

I've also had time to catch up with myself. I miss me. I miss feeling like I'm in the best shape of my life and feeling great in my clothes. It's crazy how a few months out of the gym can completely change your perspective. 

Fingers crossed I'll be able to get back to work on Tuesday (as of now I'm working from home) so I can attend my Weight Watchers at work meeting.
I missed the first meeting of the 12 week session because of my ankle injury and I really don't want to miss anymore. Since I'm out of the running and cross training game indefinitely I really have to stick to WW if I hope to get back to my before I stopped going to the gym and started going to school and then decided to eat all the food weight.  

As for my ankle, I really don't know what's up with it. It still hurts a good bit. The swelling has gone down considerable but it's still really swollen. You can't really see my ankle bone. The bruising has started to really set in and goes up my leg a bit. Last night I realized my toes are tingly, sort of like when your foot falls asleep. If I'm up for any period of time (like to shower while standing on one foot) it begins to swell even more. I've never had a sprained ankle like this. If I don't hear from the orthopedic doctor about my walking boot by tomorrow afternoon I'm going to call the office to let them know about the continued swelling and tingly toes. I have no idea if that's normal for the severity of my injury and I'm not going to consult Dr. Google. 

All in all, I'd really just like to put on my trusty Newtons and hit the pavement or even the treadmill. For now, I'll just keep counting "walking with crutches" as my daily workout. Yes, walking with crutches is something that you can earn AP with. I'm totes counting that because trust me, it's a workout. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

*Tap Tap* Is this thing on?

Hello! Wow. I had to go back and read my last post to see what was going on the last time I blogged. It was just over 3 months ago and I had just started taking summer classes. 

Now summer is almost over (the season, I mean) even though it's still hot as Hades around these parts. I passed my summer classes with 2 A's and 1 B. Yay me! This term I'm enrolled in Intermediate Algebra and my first test is due tomorrow (which means I should probably be working on that and not writing this but whatever). 

What else? Well, I've gain weight. 20 pounds to be exact. Yeah. I rejoined Weight Watchers at work meetings and the first meeting was yesterday. I didn't make it there but not because I didn't want to. 

Monday I fell coming down the stairs at work (graceful Jodi, as always) and messed my right ankle up pretty badly. The nurses at work thought it was broken and the hubs rushed me off to the ER. Well, rushed after sitting in the nurse's office for an hour while they did a worker's comp claim and I tried not to cry because, hello... it freaking hurt. Anyway... it's not broken but my whole damn foot is swollen. I have an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor tomorrow morning. I'm not if that's really necessary but the ER recommended it and worker's comp is paying so I might as well get all the opinions I can. As of now, I'm sitting on the couch with my foot elevated and I'm rocking a lovely splint and a pair of crutches. 

Of course I would fall and hurt myself after deciding to get back on the fitness wagon. If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that I was getting back into the Couch to 5K program and I was feeling pretty good about it. I fear that my long distance running days might be over but I'm not losing hope just yet.

As for now, I'm going to try to get this ankle healed so I can return to work and make it to the WW meetings. I'm still an online member too so I need to make use of that and track my food.

That's all I have for now. Hopefully I won't take another 3 months to update again. 

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.