Worst Blogger Award Goes To…..

I’m going to go ahead and announce myself as the worst blogger in the entire length of time in the entire world and ignore the fact that I just took an X month break – and for no good reason. I wrote a handful of posts and never published them, and then just kind of took a break from the blogging world…. I’m not even sure how long it’s been, and I don’t want to look back.

I’ll instead start this post out with the fact that I. LOVE. FALL. Seriously, EVERYTHING. FALL. NOW. PLEASE.

I love pumpkin and apple, they have got to be my two favorite flavors in the world. And I can’t get enough of them this season (especially pumpkin coffee)! I’m in fact planning on asking Starbucks to make me some sort of a pumpkin iced coffee today (here in Atlanta it’s still in the 70’s during the day, so I’m not quite ready to give up my iced coffee yet), and because they are that awesome I’m sure they’ll find a way.

I don’t like weight watchers. Probably because I love junk food. Which is why I hate all diets. Which is why I’m still overweight. I’m still working out the kinks, like how many ‘bonus points’ (or whatever they’re called) I can eat vs. how many ‘activity points’ I can eat.  I feel like it’s really hard w/ long distance running because they give me SO MANY EXTRA POINTS, and I obviously can’t eat them all, which I learned from gaining weight 2 weeks in a row. I’ve officially lost 3 lbs on weight watchers. In 4 weeks. HATE IT. …but working on it =)

OK RUNNING. The Soldier Half Marathon is in 3 weeks. I am injured. There’s something wrong with my right hip that isn’t just I.T. band pain from being inflexible and overweight. I think I might have trochanteric bursitis. Every single time I run I am getting right hip-ish area pain for the duration of the run. This pain used to only start after 5-6 miles, so that’s the first concerning fact. Secondly, it woke me up at night and that scared me. I’ve never had running pain wake me up in the night. And lastly…the pain lasts for about 24 hours post run. No matter the distance. Even if it’s only 3 miles I’ll still be in pain for almost 24 hours.

So…with the advice of my running friends from Christian Runners, I’m icing, stretching, and not running for a week. Today is day 3 of that annoying “no running for a week” thing and I’m already dying. I JUST WANT TO RUN.

Instead, I’m going to settle for a few walks with the dog and to do some errands today…it’ll have to do!

WOMEN – I also went off the pill a few months ago, and that has been just about the most annoying thing ever. I felt like the pill was literally making me insane, but it turns out being a real, ovulating woman is also one of the worst things in the entire world. At least now my husband hears me complain about ovulation symptoms and cramps that I haven’t had the joy of experiencing in almost 10 years instead of crazy crying/mood swings/overall nuttiness. I guess they aren’t lying when they say nothing in life is free. Especially sanity.

The end. For now. Have a nice day folks =)

Weight Watchers

So…I’ve jumped on the Weight Watchers band wagon! 

I swore to myself I would not, mostly because I thought I could lose all my weight myself, partly because my husband is concerned I’ll gain weight when I stop using their tools.

But I am in a serious rut.

I’ve been bouncing between 10 lbs of loss/gain since November 2012. That is a long friggin’ time to be stuck. So I caved. I need help. And my wonderful mom offered to get me weight watchers for 4 months.

Day one went well. I was hungry, but I stayed right at my point value for the day and I even earned a few “activity points” with my evening run. Let’s hope this will be the key to getting to my goal! 

Speaking of goals…my half marathon is in 8 weeks. I have yet to run more than 6 miles. That gives me just enough time to get up to 13 miles before the race. Talk about cutting it close this time around! I don’t know what I was thinking (except that I wasn’t), or why I slacked so much with running the last 3 weeks. I am seriously out of shape at the moment (think…heavy breathing at 2 miles), and am going to take the next two weeks to really get back up there in mileage. I can do this I have to do this, since I’ve already paid for my bib number for the Soldier Half Marathon!

Running Plan:

Sat – 6 mi // Sun – 2 mi // Mon – 3 mi // Tues – 2 mi // Fri – 3 mi

This plan is sort of centered around my week. Today, Wednesday and Thursday I have plans, so those are going to be my days off. I feel like joining weight watchers has made me more committed than I’ve been in a long time…and I’m ready to get this weight loss thing over with once and for all.

Falling in Love…with Running

The last few weeks I have been taking a running hiatus. Not because I should, but because I just could not find the motivation/desire/happiness to get out there and run. And with no motivation/desire, running loses all of it’s appeal. It loses it’s ability to make me “happy”. 

I’m sure this will be disastrous on my half marathon time in November, but I will take that consequence time and time again if it brings back my love of running. My Joy. I’ve sort of been gearing up toward this point, but today I woke up and thought “I really want to get out there and run a few miles!” It’s a wonderful feeling, and I’m so happy it’s back.

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Bring on the miles!

Half Marathon in: 66 days

Knockin’ the Sweet Tooth One Day at a Time

Even with an accidental blogging hiatus, the low carb diet continues. 

And it’s going pretty good!

My sweet tooth is already disintegrating, and turning into a carb tooth.

Bread. Biscuits. Pizza. Cheeseburgers. Pasta. 

Yep, one step closer to carb freedom. A few more days and I should stop these nasty cravings!

I’m not going too low carb or anything. I’ve been trying to just stay below 100g. I finished Friday with 84g, Saturday was 112g (darn Vanilla Iced Coffee from Starbucks – my weakness!), Sunday was 112g (too much fruit), and today finished at 92g. I have lost 5.6 lbs since August 1st, most of that was water weight/bloating from my super-carb day on 7/31. 

I started Saturday with a 4 mile run. The first mile I had a companion:

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Maybe if I follow her around she’ll bring me with…

…and the last 3 miles were solo. I love my new neighborhood, so many hills!

Sunday I ran 2 miles, one w/ Calvin and 1 sweaty, fast mile alone. It felt good!

Tonight was a group fitness class, Arms & Core Crusher, and tomorrow is a 3 mile run, 2 mile walk with a friend, and possibly a fitness class. I’m just piling things on! The more exercise the better!

A friend on Facebook posted a photo of some dark chocolate nut clusters she made today, so I’ll definitely be posting a (super easy) recipe/photos later this week! Think dark chocolate, coconut oil, cashews, peanuts, almonds, and unsweetened shredded coconut? Yum!

…and tomorrow night is a new pork rib recipe. I’ll definitely post that tomorrow night.

Half marathon training official begins on Saturday, things are going to get pretty routine around here!

Lazy Running Week

In the last 7 days I’ve only run 3.5 miles. It’s not only what I call a lazy running week, but probably the laziest I’ve had in a while. It’s been raining every single day. When it’s not raining, I’ve either been working, at my group fitness classes, or just too tired or mopey to go out. It’s an understatement to say that I hate the rain & it affects my mood negatively.

Group Fitness Update

  • I LOVE GROUP FITNESS.
  • Pilates is getting more and more easy with each class.
  • The Cardio classes (Cardio Boot Camp and H.I.I.T.) are still kicking my butt, but I love them. I leave feeling exhausted and like I worked really, really hard! I’m still having trouble with some of the moves, like bur-pees and bear crawl and plank walks…ugh hate them!
  • Strength & Tone and Stretch & Tone are still slow and the instructor is super weird (just breathe and let the energy flow in and out of you while you do this stretch…), but I do feel like I stretched my entire body and worked my abs when I leave the class, so that’s all I can really expect, right?
  • Legs & Abs and Arms & Abs are probably my favorite. A perfect mix of cardio, weight lifting, and ab work. It also helps this is my favorite instructor. She’s so friendly pushes you just the right amount!

Calvin has been getting less and less exercise, and not just because of the rain. He’s recently started to growl at random people (men), and we’re not sure why. It’s mostly when they get down his face to pet him, or reach their hands out (the most recent experience). It’s driving me crazy, and also scaring me to death. I don’t want a dog that bites!!*

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*Note: he hasn’t bitten anyone yet, but has growled at 4 men. yikes!

We think that it might be the hound in him that’s making him such a sketchy dog. He’s just got such a weird personality and is such a loner (except at night, when he’s a cuddlebug!) I don’t know what to do with this one, and we certainly do not have the money for a individual training session. I’m just going to keep working on “place”, “heel”, and “sit” around people, and pray that it solves most of our problems!

Weight loss is still stagnant. The hubs and I have started weekly weigh-ins and waist measurements that we share with each other in a google document (embarrassing!). So far that has not stopped us from eating bad on July 4th, baking some banana bread, and me coming home with fig newtons (weird craving!) yesterday afternoon. We’ll see how next week goes. So far, I’ve been a bad clean eater this week. If I was getting graded I’d probably give myself a C or C- ….  =(

Alright, I’m off to shower and run some errands! Happy Saturday Everyone!

 

Life in the form of Bullet Points

I’ve been pretty bad at posting the last few months, but lets do a recap:

  • I LOVE my exercise ball that I use as my desk chair. I sit all day for work as a secretary, and it has been an amazing addition to my day. When I use my old desk chair, I slouch and my back actually hurts after a few minutes. I feel like my posture is 100% better than it used to be!
  • I LOVE group fitness classes. Tonight is my first Tuesday night off of work in a month, so I’m going to try out Cardio Boot Camp and Strength & Tone, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Bring it on sore abs!
  • The hubby and I have started to eat clean again, as of yesterday, and cut calories to lose our last bit of weight (for me, that’s 40-ish lbs!!) and I’m starving.  One of the worst parts of dieting is waking up hungry, since I like to drink coffee and water and eat breakfast later in the morning.
  • I’m still not in love with running, but I’m not avoiding it as much. I think after my group fitness classes are over I’ll be able to jump back on the running train no problem! (which is good, since my next half marathon is in November)
  • It has been raining every afternoon for about a week in Atlanta, so swimming has taken a back seat!
  • I miss my best friend. She lives in Denver, so we only see each other twice a year at best. This one of those best years, where we will see each other twice! Yay! Come on September!!
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Been my cousin since 1986, been my best friend since 2005 ❤ Only took us 20-ish years to realize we are the perfect pair!

  • I need to work on making food less of a priority in my life. I think about it all the time (when I’m not thinking about exercise or babies or moving), and it’s got to stop. It’s driving me crazy (and making me hungry).
  • Calvin’s boxer BFF had his big boy surgery on Thursday, and now he’s trotting around with a cone on his head. Calvin has decided he hates that cone and whatever is inside it, so he’s barking and growling at poor little Gunner every time he sees him. Cal is such a doofus. I can’t wait til Gunner is free from the cone and he can play with Cal again!

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  • We move in less than a month!! Yay!
  • I’ve been blogging for almost an entire year. Oh My Gosh! Where did the time go? Why am I not done with my weight loss yet?! 

Hope y’all are doing well and enjoying the summer!