Sunday, May 27, 2012

I'm Full of Bright Ideas!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  We have lovely weather here in Northeast Ohio, and I'm definitely going to take advantage of it.  My mom was sweet enough to accompany me on a 6 mile walk yesterday morning, and it was fantastic.  Usually, when I walk with someone, they have to walk to my slower pace or I'm constantly training to catch up to them.  In this case, my mom was trying to keep up with me.  She said that she hasn't run after me like that since I was a little kid running in the grocery and department stores.  We both laughed at that.  It really made me feel good. 

So, why did I decide to walk 6 miles yesterday?  Well, I wanted to see how my body felt and I wanted to do it under two hours...which I did.  I finished in 57 minutes.  I also chose that distance because I was inspired by some of my friends/co-workers.  The Cleveland Marathon was a week ago today, and my junior Zen Master ran a half marathon.  I was very anxious to see how she did, and when she texted me last Sunday telling me that she finished and her time, I was so proud of her!  She said, "Next year, you're running with me."

Now, I'm thinking...No way, Jose!  I can't run a half marathon. At least, not next year.  I'd like to run one eventually.  It's on my Bucket List.  She suggested I check out the website for next year's race to see what type of runs were available, and I saw a 10K run was available.  10K = 6.2 miles, and you can either run or walk.  Now, I know I can walk 10K...but can I run a 10K within a year?

HELL YEAH I CAN!  And I signed up for that bad boy!  I entered by first run!  I'm excited and nervous at the same time.  I know I can do this.  I have a whole year to train and get my weight down and endurance up.  If I can walk 10K in less than two hours, then I know I can finish 10K in 90 minutes or less a year from now.

I feel so much more confident and capable, and I'm full of energy.  As a matter of fact, when I was unpacking from my vacation last week, I decided to get ride some of my clothes that were too big.  I didn't store them in a crate, I donated them to charity.  They are gone!  I do not want them here as a crutch.  I don't want to go back to that, and I know you will be there to make sure that I don't.  Remember, you guys have those permission to whoop my ass cards, so use them if I start acting all crazy.

I'm inspired beyond belief, and I know I have the faith and the Power to keep going.  As long as I have God on my side, and all of you cheering me on, I'll keep calm...and MOVE ON!



Sunday, May 20, 2012

I'm Back!!

Hi Readers!  Did you miss me?  It's nice to be back home and sleeping in my own bed.  I tell you...although my accommodations in Charleston, SC, were absolutely amazing, there is nothing like returning to your own bed for a restful night of sleep.

I had a good vacation.  I did some shopping...actually, I did a a lot of shopping.  I did some eating... AND...I walked.  A LOT!  If you ever get a chance to go to Charleston, I highly recommend it.  It's the perfect city to see on foot.  I went to college there so I'm very familiar with the city.  It was great to be back.  Charleston was very good to me when I was in college.  I love that city!

I was really excited to get on the road and arrive at Wild Dunes.  We stayed in a private residence condo.  It was lovely and spacious.  Just a hop from the beach.  I'm not a beach person so I really only went out there once to take a few photos.  I was really excited because Wild Dunes has two gym facilities, and I would be able to get my work out on while I was there.  Unfortunately, I found out the the gym was only for resort patrons and I didn't have access to it.  So, Plan B...I decided to utilize the many walking paths on the property.  That turned out to be the best thing ever!

Seriously...this freaked me out
when I saw it.
The trails were nicely maintained.  I walked every day I was there!  Such beautiful scenery...even say some unexpected things.  Like the possibility of alligators???  Luckily, I survived,and there were no alligator sightings.  There was a deer sighting though.  A rare Piebold deer!   I walked about 1 hour 30 minutes each day.
This deer family was a lovely sight to see.  There were six of them.  Rather nosy if you ask me... #js
Happy Feet!
On Tuesday, I decided to be a bit more ambitious and I travelled into Mt. Pleasant.  I wanted to walk across the beautiful Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge.  According to my Nike run app, I walked about 5.45 miles walking across and back.  It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed it very much.  I'd definitely do that again.


So after all was said and done...I lost quite a bit of weight while I was on vacation.  And believe me, I was eating.  I ate at Hyman's Seafood Restaurant, which was voted the best seafood restaurant in SC. I was rather excited to eat there too.  I could never afford to eat there while I was in college.  They definitely had the best hush puppies I've ever tasted.  I even purchased some hush puppy mix so I could make them at home.  I also ate at my one of my favorite college spots, Wild Wing Cafe.  It was awesome to eat Honey Mustard and Gold Rush again.  I also had a small Ben and Jerry's sundae as well as deep fried cheese cake bites, but I made sure to share the bites with my dinner companions.

 So, my vacation was a success.  I was hoping to maintain my weight and made adjustments on my LiveStrong App to help along the way.  I didn't track everything I ate because it was difficult to know exact measurements.  Sometimes I split my meals into two or three servings.  I also made sure to have a nice breakfast or lunch at the condo that I prepared myself every day. 

It's a great feeling to know that I was able to keep myself on track while I was away and have a good time too. So in honor of retracing my college roots, I'm going to end this entry with a bit of Dave Matthews Band...What Would You Say?  I say I'd love some more cheesecake bites right now :)  YUM!!

C-O...U-G...A-R-S!!

Rainbow Row, Charleston, SC






Sunday, May 6, 2012

Murphy's Law...it BLOWS!

Every heard of Murphy's Law?  I'm sure most of you have, and for those of you that haven't, Wikipedia explains Murphy's Law as "an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: 'Anything that can go wrong will go wrong'."  My dad always talks about Murphy's Law.  He reminds me to have a Plan B just in case what you have planned doesn't work out. He's a very smart man.

Well, why am I talking about Murphy's Law?  I swear once D.T. heard that I was working to get under 300 pounds before my vacation, he called up his cousin Murphy, and they both did a number on my ass!  It's totally bizarre...but true.  And, I feel it's a complete mental mind fuck.  Although I give my mental detractor a name (D.T and now he has a side-kick Murphy), I know that I only have the control to kick them out and move on.

So, why did D.T. and Murhpy show up?  I really think I opened a can of worms by taking a day off last Saturday (hence the moodie pic).  I know...I know!  It's good to take a day off every now and then.  And, I need to learn to accept that day off as the treat it is instead of feeling guilty.  Because every time I decide to take a day, the following week is SHIT-tastic!
  • Sunday wasn't too bad.  I decided to do a different Zumba routing at home.  I really didn't like it, but got through it.
  • On Monday, I didn't feel like running.  I had such a great week prior that I was afraid I was going to suck so I did the Elliptical instead.  It was a good work out.
  • Tuesday was HORRIBLE!  I decided to do interval on the treadmill, but I went near lunch time.  BIG MISTAKE!  I was completely distracted.  There was a wait for the machines since everyone works out at lunch...and everybody wanted one, and although I did get a machine without waiting, it died on me 15 minutes in, and I had to finish on another...and everyone was waiting.  SO NOT FEELING IT!  I didn't finish. 
  • Wednesday was the elliptical again, and I wasn't feeling it.  HARD ASS workout.  I finished...barely.
  • THURSDAY saved me.  It was Zumba day, and it was tough.
Now, by time Friday morning rolled around, I was still the same weight as I was on Saturday so I gave up on the idea that I'd get under 300 this week...

Funny thing that Zumba... On Friday, I did my favorite routine and washed my car afterwards.  High activity day.

So, Saturday rolls around.  I get up early because I was participating in the Cleveland Diversity Walk and had to be downtown at 8:00 am.  I get on the scale because I must report my weight today for all my lovely readers.  And...what did I see??????



What the FUCK, folks??  I mean, really!  Seriously!  299.4 lbs?  What the heck happened between Friday morning and Saturday morning that made me lose 2 pounds?  What was so different between what I did all week, and what I did on Friday?  Of course, I laughed because I know I did it to myself.  I really believe that I mentally sabotaged myself this week.  As soon as I'm like "FUCK IT!  I'm over it and moving on.", my body says, "Ok...let's give her a boost."  So, thank you body, you crazed she-demon from hell.  I'm dedicating this song to you because you sure like to Doowutchalike

I do love these crazy weeks!  I'm off on vacation this coming weekend so although I'll be able to update my weight, I won't have time for a blog entry, and I'm not dragging my laptop on vacation.  Wish me luck!! 

I also need to post new pictures since I'm down another 15 lbs!  I'll get to it this week before I leave.

**Special Note** Congratulations to my Sister from another Mister, DesigningLC!  She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl today.  Sending blessings and love to her, her husband and Sofia! 
She's a healthy 8 lbs 10 oz!!