Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Next

So, it's been two days since my half marathon, and I already have the itch for more! Not only do I feel like I should be running right now, instead of getting the much deserved and needed rest, but I want to do another race, NOW!

I plan on doing at least 3 more races this year:

Sunday, February 15, 2009

First Half Marathon...a long road...


Austin, TX 2-15-2009.

So I did it, I finished! I am so proud of myself. My goal was to finish in 3 hours, but I thought I’d actually finish in about 3.5 hours. I finished in 2:57:22. It hasn’t been an easy road, and hasn’t always been fun, but I think that’s what makes it so amazing. It WASN’T easy, I worked, hard! I worked when it wasn’t fun. I worked when I wanted to rest, and I didn’t quit.

If you told me a year ago that I’d finish a half marathon, I would have looked at you and laughed. Not only was I not a runner a year ago, but I was about 50 pounds heavier than I am now. However, now I know how fun it is. I know what it feels like to complete what you once thought impossible. I will never turn back, it’s made a runner out of me, and I will never stop! I could not be happier.




Monday, February 2, 2009

My Gear

August 10, 2009

As a runner, I like to see what other people are using. What shoes are they wearing? Sports bras? Running shorts? Watches? Even socks or headbands?

Currently, here is a list of my gear...very simple!

Kicks
Asics GT 2130 (now 2140)


Asics GT 2130 - Pink (355 miles on these puppies)
Status: RETIRED (as soon as my 2140's are in)




Asics GT 2140 - Turquoise (0 miles yet)
Status: on back order!


Sports Bra
Moving Comfort - Calli Bra


Seriously, the best sports bra ever invented. I'm a little on the "blessed" side so I need support, especially while running. I can honestly say this was the best money I ever spent on a running item! Great support without feeling like your suffocating. Doubling up sports bras are NO MORE!
Status: VERY ACTIVE - I need to buy more


Shorts
Currently looking for a pair to swear by! I have 3 different brands/types. None of which are amazing. I like the compression style shorts. Any suggestions?


iPod
Bought another iPod nano (pink - of course) after I lost mine at a bar! (purses without zippers FAIL) and pink Incase case for the nano. Has a belt clip to clip on my running shorts!



Dinners (350-500 calories)

Updated Regularly
Started August 2, 2009


Veggie Quesadilla (468 calories)
  • 2 8" Carb Control Tortillas (220 calories)
  • 1/2 cup Black Beans (115 calories)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese (110 calories)
  • 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper (6 calories)
  • 1/4 cup Onion (12 calories)
  • 1/4 cup Zucchini (5 calories)
White Bean Pasta (482 calories)
  • 1 cup Smart Taste Pasta (180 calories)
  • 1/2 cup White Beans (125 calories)
  • 1/2 cup Zucchini (10 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese (42 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil (120 calories)
  • 1 Garlic Clove (5 calories)
Chicken, Veggie, PB Soy Sauce Pasta (495 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter (105 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce - low sodium (20 calories)
  • 1 cup Smart Taste Pasta (180 calories)
  • 3 oz Chicken Breast (145 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons Green Onion (5 calories)
  • 1/2 cup Broccoli (27 calories)
  • 1/4 cup Carrots (13 calories)
Chicken Caesar Salad (420 calories)
  • 3 oz Chicken Breast (145 calories)
  • 3 tablespoons SASS Caesar Dressing (173 calories)
  • 4 cups Lettuce (35 calories)
  • 1 medium Tomato (25 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese (42 calories)
Sirloin and Veggies (403 calories)
  • 3 oz broiled Sirloin (160 calories)
  • 1 cup boiled Broccoli (54 calories)
  • 1 cup carrots (52 calories)
  • 1 cup Lettuce (10 calories)
  • 1/2 Tomato (12 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons SASS Caesar Dressing (115 calories)
Turkey Burger (497 calories)

Have suggestions? Let me know - if it fits in the calorie range, I'll add it to the list!

Lunches (350-500 calories)

Updated Regularly
Started August 2, 2009

Black Beans and Rice (430 calories)
  • 1 cup Brown Rice (220 calories)
  • 1/2 cup Black Beans (115 calories)
  • 3 tablespoons Sweet Chile Sauce (30 calories)
  • 1 medium Peach (65 calories)
Caesar Salad and Cheese Sandwich (448 calories)
  • 4 cups Lettuce (35 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons SASS Caesar Dressing (115 calories)
  • 1 medium Tomato (25 calories)
  • 1 slice Whole Wheat Grain Bread (100 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise (60 calories)
  • 1 slice Cheddar Cheese (113 calories)
Baked Potato and Veggies (425 calories)
  • 1 medium Baked Potato (160 calories)
  • 1/2 cup 2% Cottage Cheese (105 calories)
  • 1 cup Cucumber (15 calories)
  • 1 medium Tomato (25 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons Newman's Own Lighten Up Italian (120 calories)
Chicken Sandwich and Broccoli (465 calories)
  • 3 oz Chicken Breast (broiled/baked) (145 calories)
  • 1 cup Boiled Broccoli (60 calories)
  • 1 Baby Swiss Cheese slice (80 calories)
  • 2 thick Tomato Slices (20 calories)
  • 1 slice Whole Wheat Grain Bread (100 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise (60 calories)
Turkey Sandwich and Fruit (400 calories)
  • 1 slice Whole Wheat Grain Bread (100 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon Mayonnaise (60 calories)
  • 2 thick Tomato Slices (20 calories)
  • 1 Baby Swiss Cheese Slice (80 calories)
  • 2 Turkey Slices (60 calories)
  • Sprouts (15 calories)
  • 1 medium Peach (65 calories)

Have suggestions? Let me know - if it fits in the calorie range, I'll add it to the list!

Breakfasts (350-500 calories)

Regularly Updated
Started August 2, 2009

Cereal, Fruit, and Protein (365 calories)
  • 1 cup FiberOne Frosted Shredded Wheat (200 calories)
  • 1/2 cup Skim Milk (50 calories)
  • 1 cup Honeydew Melon (65 calories)
  • 1 slice of Bacon - baked/microwaved (50 calories)
Breakfast Taco and Fruit (400 calories)
  • 1/2 cup Baked Potato Cubes (75 calories)
  • 1/2 cup Black Beans (115 calories)
  • 8" Carb Balance Tortilla (110 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons Salsa (10 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon Sour Cream (25 calories)
  • 1 cup Honeydew Melon (65 calories)
Veggie Bagel (415 calories)
  • 1 Bagel (290 calories)
  • 4 tablespoons Hummus (100 calories)
  • 5 Tomato Slices (20 calories)
  • 5 Cucumber Slices (5 calories)
English Muffin Sandwich (410)
  • 1 English Muffin (120 calories)
  • 2 slices Canadian Bacon (90 calories)
  • 2 thick Tomato Slices (20 calories)
  • 1 cup Skim Milk (100 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup (15 calories) - I can't drink plain milk...
  • 1 medium Peach (65 calories)
Smoothie (485 calories) - all non-sweetened fruit
  • 1 cup frozen Strawberries (55 calories)
  • 1 cup frozen Black Berries (60 calories)
  • 1 cup frozen Mango (107 calories)
  • 1/2 cup frozen Pineapple (40 calories)
  • 2 cups Orange Juice (220 calories)
Classic Breakfast (357 calories)
  • 2 Pancakes (147 calories)
  • 2 Bacon Strips (100 calories)
  • 1 cup Honeydew Melon (65 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup (104 calories)
Have suggestions? Let me know - if it fits in the calorie range, I'll add it to the list!

Snacks (100-200 calories)

Updated regularly
Started August 2, 2009

Swiss and Carrots (190 calories)
  • 2 Baby Swiss Slices (160 calories)
  • 10 Baby Carrots (30 calories)
Fruit and Yogurt (125 calories)
  • Light/Fit (carb control) Yogurt (60 calories)
  • Medium Peach (65 calories)
Veggies and Dip (189 calories)
  • 1 cup Cucumber Slices/Sticks (14 calories)
  • 20 Baby Carrots (60 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons SASS Caesar Dressing (115 calories)
Cereal (200 calories)
  • 1 cup FiberOne Frosted Shredded Wheat - no milk (200 calories)
Chewy Bar (140 calories)
  • FiberOne Oats/Chocolate Chewy Bar (140 calories)
Veggies and Hummus (110 calories)
  • 20 Baby Carrots (60 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons Hummus (50 calories)
Mixed Fruit (135 calories)
  • 20 grapes (70 calories)
  • medium Peach (65 calories)
Strawberries and Chocolate (185 calories)
  • 1 Chocolate Whip Yogurt (Yoplait) (160 calories) - try it frozen
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries (25 calories)


Have suggestions? Let me know - if it fits in the calorie range, I'll add it to the list!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fun Facts About Me

A growing listing about me
  1. I am a girlfriend to the most perfect man ever
  2. I am the mommy of a dog and beta fish
  3. I manage a member based non-profit association
  4. I love to run
  5. I hate to run
  6. I love to cook
  7. I'm afraid of deep water but I love the Ocean and I do know how to swim (barely)
  8. I am the founder of helpsaveastray.com (not related to #3)
  9. I love the color pink
  10. I pick toenail polish based only on the title of the color (current color "Pink Lightning")
  11. My favorite number is 3
  12. I'm obsessed with sports (seriously...obsessed)
  13. I love taking photos (adrinahDESIGN)
  14. I love laughing
  15. I love making people laugh
  16. I enjoy driving
  17. I like to read
  18. My favorite TV show is Bones
  19. My second favorite TV show is Top Gear (it's British)
  20. I completed my first race ever (Austin Half Marathon) February 15, 2009
  21. A secret dream of mine to to open a restaurant (or at least write a cook book)
  22. I have 3 more half marathons planned (October 2009, December 2009, and February 2010)

How it all began

Written: July 2009

This is how it all began. A mini story of how I got here. How I got to the "Seriously, no more excuses" place! The place that makes me say "No one said it was easy!"

First, I just want to thank my boyfriend, Steven. He's been with me through all of this, and has always seen me as beautiful. If you are going to make changes, you need to make changes for yourself, but it always helps having that contestant encouragement there. He has been my love, my encouragement, my foundation through it all. Steven, thank you!

Secondly, please understand that getting this out there on "paper" is hard for me. I've admitted to very few how bad it had gotten. Just keep that in mind...

So, here goes...my story - how it all began!

One fine, crisp, December day while shopping for my mini bamboo, my boyfriend and I (really it was my idea) decided it would be a good idea to buy a scale. We took it home and I weighed myself. I saw the number. I hit the scale in December 2007 weighing my absolute heaviest at 220lbs. I was 22 years old. I'm 5'8", this was unacceptable to me. I always struggled with weight but never considered myself fat until then. I read that number on the scale (first time I had weighed myself in nearly 3 years) and was stunned, mad, embarrassed, appalled, angry, sad, confused, scared really. The worst I've ever felt about myself.

I knew that if I was in my 20's and fat it was only going to get worse unless I changed. What would I be like in my 30's, my 40's? Right then and there I vowed never again. Never again was I going to let myself get out of control. I knew I needed to change my lifestyle and habits, drastically!

I started eating healthy (not a diet, just all around healthy) and started exercising (walking and life cycle 3 days a week). In May 2008 I started boxing. In October 2008 I starting running and training for my first half marathon.

It's been about a year and a half and I've lost nearly 45 pounds. I'm at an acceptable weight, but I want to lose more. I'd like to get down to 150/140 (whatever my body can handle while maintaining).

Honestly, no one said it was going to be easy. It took me years to gain the weight, I knew it was going to take more than a pill or lemon juice and pepper diet to lose the weight. I yo-yo dieted, crash dieted, and just about everything in between. I can say that I did it (am still doing it) the hard way, but guess what...it's the fun way; it's the rewarding way; and bottom line, it's the only way to do it healthy!

So that's it, for now at least! I will come back from time to time to post new updates of how I'm doing. I'd like to lose 15 more pounds by December 2009. If I do that, I'll be able to say that I've lost 60 pounds in 2 years...that would be so awesome!

PS - I love reading comments, tips, tricks, struggles we might share, so let me know what's on your mind!

Thanks for stopping by!

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