Saturday, April 19, 2014

29 TMI Blog Questions

The other day I was perusing my blog roll and saw this topic on Carrots 'n' Cake. Since I haven't had much to talk about lately I thought I'd give it a go.

1. What are you wearing? 

A grey Dumbledore's Army tshirt and multicolored striped pajama pants that are about 3 sizes too big. It's Saturday afternoon and I don't like to wear real clothes. 

2. Ever been in love? 

You betcha. It's been nearly 9.5 years (4.5 of them married) and I can't imagine a day without him. I'd post a pic but he's not all about the blog world. 

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

I'm sure I thought the breakup was terrible at the time but the hubs is the only relationship I've had as an adult. I was the ripe old age of 19 when we met.

4. How tall are you?


5. How much do you weigh?

193.4 as of Friday (we'll call this my Fateful Friday post for the week)

6. Any tattoos?

Yes, 2. I have a small cross on my lower left abdomen and my wedding date on my left wrist.

7. Any piercings? 

I've had so many piercings but currently only have 1 hole in each earlobe. I have had up to 6 piercings in my ears, my nose, and my bellybutton pierced. 

8. Favorite song?

This is a tough one. Probably "Let It Be", mostly just because I like the message behind it.

9. Quality you look for in a partner? 


10. Favorite quote?

I don't know if this is really my favorite, but it's relevant.

11. Favorite actor?

Tom Hiddleston ... because, hello.

12. Loud music or soft?

In my car or working out? The louder the better. 

13. Where do you go when you're sad?

Home, to bed. 

14. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

30 minutes but really I can be out the door in 15. 

15. Ever been in a physical fight?

I have not.

16. Turn on?

Humor, see also #11. 

17. Turn off?

Closed mindedness 

18. Fears?

Creepy-crawlies, aliens, getting ran over/shot/mugged/kidnapped while I run 

19. Last thing that made you cry? 

This week's Parenthood when Victor reads his essay. That show always gets me.

20. Last time you said you loved someone? 

To the hubs, last night before bed.

21. Meaning behind your Instagram name? (This said YouTube but I don't have one of those.)

It's because I run... and stuff. 

22. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

She's my creepy internet bestie. 

23. Favorite Food?

I love food in general (see also #5) but I can always go for some cake. 

24. Place you want to visit? 


25. Do you have a crush? 

Aside from Tom Hiddleston? (I see a trend here.) 

26. Last time you kissed someone?

Last night 

27. Last time you were insulted? 

I'm honestly not sure. 

28. Favorite piece of jewelry?

My pearl studs. I feel like they go with everything. 

29. Who should answer these questions next?

I don't know, I hate the "I tag such and such to answer!" games. If you're bored and uninspired like I was... go for it. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Race Recap: 5th Annual Navy Federal Credit Union 5K

Saturday I had the great pleasure of participating in the 5th Annual Navy Federal 5K. The first NFCU 5K, back in 2010, was my very first 5K experience. I had no idea what to expect going into that race and had not trained at all. I walked the 3.1 miles with my sister-in-law and thought I'd never finish. It was rough. The next year I did not participate, as I was too busy not doing anything active. The 3rd year, 2012 I volunteered at the packet pickup table before the race but did not run. It wasn't until a few months later that the running bug bit me. Last year, 2013,was my first year participating as a runner in this race. It was also my first attempt at a sub-40 5K. 

Race shirt and bib

Knowing that I haven't ran more than a mile since the Princess Half Marathon I wasn't sure how I would perform. I was hoping the cycle classes and strength training I've been doing would help maintain some of my fitness level. My plan was just to take it easy and run when I felt like running and walk when I needed some recovery time. 

Before the race

When the gun sounded, I took off pretty slowly and gained speed as the crowd thinned out. The start of the race was very congested due in part to a group of walkers that tried to start with runners. They were being stopped by the officials at the start line and clogged up the chute.

I felt good for the first mile, my breathing wasn't too labored and it wasn't really hot yet. I was pleasantly surprised when I made it to the 1 mile marker and felt hopeful that I could finish easily. 

The second mile wasn't as easy. The sun seemed to be glaring at me and I was wishing for sunglasses or my visor. I was starting to get a little fatigued. I walked more during this mile than I liked. I could also tell I wasn't hydrated well enough. I had drank some Nuun and a Gatorade pregame fuel that morning but had not hydrated well enough the day before. 

The third mile was better. I had been playing a back and forth game with another runner. I'd run ahead of her for a bit and then she'd pass me during a walk interval, back and forth. During the third mile I told her she was keeping me motivated because I just wasn't feeling this anymore. We chatted a bit about how neither of us had ran for a while and how discouraging it was to struggle during a 5K after running a half marathon. The conversation kept me going and I finished strong. It wasn't a PR but it was a strong finish time. Last year I completed this race in 40:36. This year my time was 38:48 (my watch, gun time 39:09). 

Avg Pace

Looking at my splits, it's funny that my 3rd mile was my fastest. I thought for sure I had positively split.

The funny thing about running is that no matter how poorly you think you did, crossing the finish line or just reaching that final mile feels amazing. In an instant I went from feeling terrible to feeling amazing. I can't wait to get back into racing condition. The last 1/4 mile of this race was along the same street as the end of the Pensacola Half Marathon. As I ran down that street I thought about how I felt back in November when I was about to become a half marathoner for the first time. I also thought about how I should register for this year's Pensacola Half Marathon. 

In the car after, feeling amazing

All in all, it was a good race. It was a great reminder of why I love running. Next up is the Fiesta 10K, in 3 weeks. I better get in some miles before that race if I want to finish strong.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fateful Friday Week 66

Hellllooooo out there.....

Happy Friday! Today was a busy day for me and I'm just now sitting down to see what's happening on the internets. 

This week was a good week for activity. I earned more AP this week than I have in at least 2 months. I still didn't run (and don't even have a good excuse) but I did get in 2 cycle classes, some yard work, and a couple walks. I've also managed to get in my 30 push-ups for the Spartan 30 Challenge most days.  

I've also been doing pretty well with my other goals. I really expected some good news when I stepped on the scale today and that just didn't happen. It would appear that I've reached another plateau. This happens to me every 10 pounds. If you remember, it took MONTHS for me to weigh in in the 100's. I sat on the same couple pounds for I don't even know how many weigh ins. Apparently, getting out of the 190's is going to be the same. 

Since hitting a plateau is nothing new to me; I know that it's just going to take some patience and changing things up. I need to work in more cardio and some different kinds of cross training. This week I'm going to take a look at the fitness center schedule and find some new classes to try. I'm also considering going back to a mostly vegetarian diet for a while. The last time I went "mostly meatless" I was also hitting the gym pretty hard and I was seeing some fantastic results. I need to see those results again. 

Last Sunday I took my April 2014 progress picture. I feel like I'm looking more chubby around the middle than I was last month. It could be the clothes or the fact that I'm seeing more loose skin in that area. (Yay, the joys of weight loss.)

Here's this week's numbers

Starting Weight     227
Weight 4/4            193.2

Weight 4/11           193.0
Loss of                      0.2

Total Loss                 34 pounds

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fateful Friday Week 65

Happy Friday, my friends! If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or the blog's Facebook page you've probably noticed some changes. I've got more changes coming so please be on the lookout! 

This week was an unusual week. I didn't get very much activity in and wasn't the best at tracking the first few days. I feel like I still made good choices overall, even with AF in town. ;) 

Tuesday evening I ran for the first time since the Princess Half Marathon. It was just 1 mile since the sun was setting and I'm not up for running at night where I live. I felt amazing. My legs felt so strong and I ran until my lungs were on fire. I even wound up with my fastest mile in quite a while. 

Fastest 1 mile time in a while!

This month is also the Spartan30 Challenge, where you're supposed to do 30 push-ups for 30 days. Tuesday I did the 30 push-ups but I've kind of forgotten every day since then. I hope to work them in a few at a time every day for the rest of the month. 

Wimpy arm girl push-ups count. Right?

I've made it 3 days with no sweets! I'm pretty happy about that. The cravings are getting better but I'm still wanting something sweet in the evenings. Last night I tried to make some cinnamon apples and they came out... okay. I need to do some research on those. 

For the first time in quite a while I have a NSV to share! I have a few pairs of dress pants that I wear to work and the pair that was my "I'm having a skinny day, maybe I can squeeze into them" pants are now my "these pants are comfy" pants. They make my butt look pretty good too.

This week's numbers:

Starting Weight      227
Weight 3/28            192.6

Weight 4/4              193.2
Total Loss                 33.8 pounds

Up 0.6 pounds the week of AF is perfectly okay with me. Now, if you'll excuse me I have to go run!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Challenges and Rewards

 I used to post monthly goals and then recap how I did the previous month. Often, as soon as I typed the goal I'd forget about it. That's not the best method for meeting a goal. I have a different plan now. 

I'll be starting the challenges listed below in the month of April but hope to build on the goals each month. This all came about because one of my awesome friends and I decided to come up with a few individual challenges to keep us motivated. I threw in some rewards for myself to make it a little more fun. 

Challenge                                                         Reward

No sweets 1 week                                                   pedicure
No sweets 2 weeks                                                 make it a mani/pedi
No sweets 1 month                                                 new summer outfit

Lose 5 pounds                                                        hair color & trim

Complete 1 week of planned exercise                   hot yoga class
Complete 1 month of 4 workouts/week                 new swim suit

Reach goal weight                                                  shopping or yoga membership 

There you have it! My new focus! I'm excited to get started on these challenges and report back on my progress.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Meal Plan Week of 3/30 - 4/5

Having a meal plan last week really helped me stay on track with my Points. I'm hoping for continued success this week.

Sunday - left over pizza

Monday - grilled burgers, oven fries, veggie

Tuesday - biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon

Wednesday - Filipino adobo pulled pork, rice, lumpia, veggie (left over from a few weeks ago, I froze half)

Thursday - California Club Sandwiches, chips, fruit

Friday/Saturday - grilled chicken breasts, grilled pineapple, veggie

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fateful Friday Week 64

(...a little late)

This week was a much better week! I tracked, I worked out... I didn't run. 

Sine this is a late recap I'll just get right to the numbers.

Starting Weight     227
Last WI                  194.6

Weight 3/28            192.6

 Loss of                    -2.00

Total Loss                      34.4 pounds!

It feels great to be back on track. Now, if only I could find the motivation to run. I planned to go out for a few miles on Friday but we had some crazy storms come through. This week will be my week to run again. =)