I’ve Got My Party Dress On

Published August 29, 2012 by meee2

and apparently there’s a whole lot less boob to fill it.

So, the family and I are going to a function soon, and I had to buy me a dress. Well, I guess I didn’t have to buy a dress, but I had to have something that looked nice. It’s one of those formalish type events. But not all the way formal, maybe just a step under formal?

Whatever. I figured if I had to buy something pretty, it was going to be a dress. I don’t have any of those.

As you can see, this dress is a little bit plungy. So I had to get a new bra to go with it.

Now, I’ve lost around 30 pounds in the last 4 months are so. What I’d like to know is why it takes so long for our brains to catch up with what our body actually looks like. I have been almost swimming in the bras I do have. I didn’t know.

The last time I bought bras, back at Thanksgiving, I had to buy some huge ones. The cups were DDD.

Today? Just a C.

Obviously 2/3’s of the weight I’ve lost has come from my boobs. About 10 pounds each.

Now. I haven’t been a C cup since before I had my first baby. And that was almost 14 years ago.

I’ve been saying for years that I would love to be able to run to Walmart or Target and pick up a pretty bra, that is also CHEAP.

I think I can do that now.

And thank you to the woman at Zumba tonight, who told me I’m looking really good.

I love small victories.

I’m ready to dance. And what’s with that stupid look on my face?

Why Run?

Published August 21, 2012 by meee2

Lots of reasons.

And I may have sugarcoated how “easy” running is in my last post. It isn’t “easy.” It is hard work. It’s exhausting. It’s totally worth it. Anyway, the point I meant to get across is that just about anyone can do it, no matter how big or small. You just need to start small and build yourself up.

On to the reasons of why I run.

Weight loss. It’s hard to lose weight. I’ve tried for so many years! I’ve tried walking, Wii Fit, that Gazelle thingy. Now, the Wii Fit and the Gazelle didn’t stick very long at all, but when I say walking, I mean WALKING! The family and I would walk for anywhere between 1 and 2 hours at least 5 or 6 times a week. I never shed a pound. Not 1 single pound. My labs never came back better than what they were when I first got diagnosed with Type II diabetes and high cholesterol. It was so frustrating. I’ve lost around 28 pounds since I started running in April. The scale said 219.8 today (which is a 4.8 pound loss since I started this blog on August 6). I haven’t been under 220 since before my daughter was born. She’s about to turn 8 on the 21st of September.

Because of the diabetes, I have to have labs drawn every 3 months, and then be seen by my doctor to discuss progress (or sometimes lack thereof). I had my labs drawn a couple of weeks ago. I told my doctor that they had better be fucking stellar or I was probably going to go bat shit crazy. I mean, really. I have been working my ASS OFF these last few months. Not only that, but my diet is much, much better. When she came in the room she gave me the weirdest look. She had me scared for a minute. Turns out, every single number is EXACTLY WHERE IT SHOULD BE, except my triglycerides. They are sitting at 184, which is 34 points higher than they should be. Everything else is spectacular. My doctor is even going to help me cut down and/or get rid of whatever meds I can quit taking safely. I hate taking pills, so this is great news!!

I’ve had depression for as long as I can remember. Actually, I was diagnosed as being bi-polar many years back. I’ve always had to take some type of pill for this. When my doc asked me if I need a refill for my depression meds, I was able to tell her that I was going to wait. I have been feeling so much better in this area. I rarely have a sad day, and haven’t had any weepy days in months. Don’t worry, if things do start to go downhill she is prepared to write me a script, without me having to come into the office.

Last, but certainly not least, I also have fibromyalgia. Again, this is something I’ve had for as long as I can remember. I had a couple years where I was in so much pain, regular daily activities were sometimes just too hard to accomplish. Showers, brushing my teeth, doing dishes….the pain was just unbearable and I couldn’t always do these things. If I would mop the floor, I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed the next day. It was miserable. I’m happy to say that my pain has been much better. I do still have a rough days here and there. Sometimes it’s painful to just walk. But, I don’t know 80 to 90% of the time, I’m mostly or all the way pain free.

So there you have it. That’s why I run. That’s why I will continue to run for as long as my legs will carry me.

I will keep on running 3 days a week. I also do Zumba 3 days a week. I also think Zumba benefits me the same way running does.

6 days of exercise each week. I love it.

 

I Can’t Run Like You

Published August 20, 2012 by meee2

I hear this ALL THE TIME! My friend, Carly, says she hears it a lot too.

Here’s the thing.

YOU. CAN. RUN. JUST. LIKE. ME!!

It’s not really that hard. Not the way I do it.

I think I’ve said this before, here, but I am a big fan of interval running. Google “Jeff Galloway” (or just look here or here) and you’ll find out exactly what I mean. He has been running for many, many years and is extremely knowledgeable.

When I started running, I thought my best bet would be the C25K program. I realized in week 3 that running continuously for 3.1 miles or more was NOT what I wanted to do. Carly had told me she did the interval running and I did see a few minutes of Jeff Galloway’s speech when I was at Disneyland for Carly to run her 1st half marathon. Not only did I see pretty much zero improvement with the c25K program, running for 3 minutes was really fucking hard.

I did some research on the Jeff Galloway program and since I wasn’t training for anything in particular, at that point, I started with the training for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror training program. Keep in mind, if you never want to run that far, you don’t have too! It’s just a place to start. With this program I started my intervals at 10 seconds for running and a minute for walking. Then I actually read the information he gives, and started running for 10 seconds, walking for 50.

Right away I saw my time improving! My minutes per mile were creeping down, from over 18 minutes each. It was the most amazing thing. Even more amazing? It got EASY to run the 10/50 intervals. So I upped it to 15/45. That got easy, up to 20/40. This is about what I’m running now, but it’s on the easy side. I’m in the process of bumping it up to 30/30 but sometimes I can only run for about 25 seconds. It’s a bit harder, but I’m sure it will get easier as I continue. My average time is now down to between 12:30 and 13:30 minutes per mile. Amazing!!

I’m currently training for my first half marathon. I can hardly believe it! If you would have asked me in January if I’d ever be running anything, let alone a half marathon, I would have told you where to stick it. I’m following the Beginner’s program for the Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon. I just ran 6.5 miles.

Feels good, but I can really use a foot massage.

Need some more inspiration? Here are a few of my favorite blogs about running:

Are there any other blogs that inspire you to run? Any that just inspire you to live healthier? Share them with me. There’s always room for one more.

I Let Her Win!!

Published August 18, 2012 by meee2

Not really, but she beat me by 6/10th’s of a second. It’s all good though, we were running it together.

The Mega 5K is the second 5K my friend, Carly, and I did last weekend. It was the first chip timed 5K for both of us.

Out of 104 runners, I came in at #94. Carly won 1st place for our age division and I won 2nd!!

This one was ran at Pike’s Peak International Raceway, like The Color Run, only it was actually run ON THE TRACK!! How cool is that? The temperature was in the low 60’s and the course was flat. It made for a nice, fun, steady run.

I really hope they make this an annual race. It was pretty awesome and I know my kids would love to run it with me next time.

Here are a couple pictures. I think the first one is HILARIOUS! We were trying to jog the last little bit of the home stretch to the finish line. Then Carly started sprinting!! I don’t sprint. But I did. There was no way in hell she was going to beat me by too much! Carly, her son, and I all crossed the line together. Her younger son finished way before us.

Oh, and the Run for the Fallen scheduled for tomorrow, isn’t looking so good. I’m sitting here with a bit of a headache that feels like it’s going to turn into a migraine. Yuck.

 

The Color Run 2012 – Colorado Springs

Published August 17, 2012 by meee2

I had a TON of fun at The Color Run in Colorado Springs. The temperature was cool, the day was beautiful My friend Carly drove up from Tucson with her 4 boys, so it was me, Carly, her 4 boys, and my 9 year old, Michael. I really wish my other children, Dylan and Maddy, would have  run it with us this year. They did think it looked pretty amazing, and they keep asking me when it will be back!! Hopefully, we’ll all run it when it comes back to Denver or Colorado Springs. Even better, would be us being able to run it somewhere near Tucson next year.

I’m not sure of my exact time on this run, as I forgot to stop my RunKeeper app until we were walking around after the finish line. Although we had bibs, it really wasn’t a timed event. It’s just a fun run or walk for anyone. Our time was somewhere around 57:08, which puts our average minutes per mile at 19:22. I don’t think the course was quite a 5K, but pretty darn close.

 

The Weekend Can’t Come Soon Enough!

Published August 9, 2012 by meee2

Now, if you know me, you know I hardly ever say this.

Why? Because I’m a stay at home mom and all of my brats go to school. Having the weekdays all to myself is pure bliss.

Not this weekend! I have a friend coming in from out of town. She’s one of my very best friends, pretty much a sister from another mister. We definitely do not get to see each other often enough.

She also happens to be the one who got me started with running. This weekend we have a couple of 5K’s we’re running together.

The 1st is the The Color Run. It looks absolutely AMAZING!! The 2nd is the Mega 5K. Both runs will be held at Pike’s Peak International Raceway. How cool is that?? Double bonus, right?

I haven’t hit my daily goal of 3 hours of activity. Yet. I’m a work in progress. Monday and Tuesday I logged just over 2 hours. Today I only got in 1 hour (I forgot to set my alarm to get up at 6 for a walk). Tomorrow is my run day, so I should be able to get in an hour or so in the morning, then maybe get back out for a walk in the evening, depending on how I feel. I’m trying to build myself up a bit, so I don’t end up injuring myself.

I do have a 3 month diabetes check-up scheduled for Friday. I went in this past Friday to have my labs drawn. They better be fucking stellar after all this exercise!!

 

Why This Blog?

Published August 6, 2012 by meee2

I’ve been on a quest for better health for the better part of 10 years now.

I’ve had highs. 277 to be exact.

I’ve had lows. About 198. That was about 7 years ago. 7 years too long ago.

I finally got serious about getting my weight and health under control about 4 months ago.

My best friend did the Tinker Bell Half Marathon  in January. I was there (sort of, but that’s another post) to cheer her on after she finished.

They announced the same half marathon for January of 2013.

This time, my friend told me I had to cross the line with her, instead of just be there for her when she was done.

I said, Fuck, I better get running.

And so I did.

It was slow, long, torturous even, at the beginning.

It’s still kind of slow, but not so torturous. I’ve gone from being able to finish a mile in over 18 minutes, to about 12:40 a mile. Like I said, still slow, but I’m getting there.

My cousin, Jenna, kind of kicked me in the butt to get moving, even more. I told her if she met her goals when she was away and continued to when she got home, I would do it with her.

So I’m going to try.

Her schedule will be much more than mine, for right now. I’m aiming for 2 to 3 hours of activity a day. Once the kiddos go back to school I will have more time for myself and can up my activity to 3 to 4 hours a day.

As of the start of this blog, I’m 224.6 pounds. My goal is to get down to 140.

Hang on, this might be a bumpy ride.

Me after a 5K. Try not to notice the gray hair.