Thursday, January 30, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #43 ( on Thursday)

Honestly I weighed yesterday but I was in a funk so I didn't post. I dont really enjoy snow days. I mean it was nice to not be at work. But I don't like feeling stuck at home. And I HATE THE COLD. Add to the fact me and hubby both had a touch of something yesterday not sure what, tummy aches and headaches. It just made for a not so happy Christy. But I am ok today. Well tummy is still not happy, but I am back at work trying to get into my normal routine. We got 5 in of snow and yesterday it never broke freezing. Last night we got down to 5 degrees, but today's high is supposed to be a balmy 35 I so  am ready for it to be flip flop weather!
Well weigh in 43 Wow that sounds like such a BIG number!

Starting weight 273 current weight 161.4 not a huge change but a change none the less so I am happy.

I hope you all have a great Thursday and stay warm!

Monday, January 27, 2014

What a week

Wow I don't know where to begin. Last Tuesday afternoon I received the call that my dear grandfather had passed away. I love my grandparents so much and though he had Parkinson's this was not expected.
My work gave me Thur and Friday off to go to the services. Thursday we didn't have to leave town till late in the afternoon so I had time to run. I started my run like I do all my runs, in prayer. I begged the Lord for peace and to comfort myself and my family. I was determined to run till I could run with out crying. I hyperventilated 3 times ( its hard to control your breathing run and cry all at the same time) but I was able to calm my breathing and run though the pain. By mile 7 I realized I had made it a whole mile with out tears. All in all I ran 10.6 miles in temps that never broke 20 degrees. When I got back to the car I had ice on my face and in my eye lashes, but I felt better. I felt at peace. I know he is in a better place , but I will still miss him terribly.
Bc of all the stress I ended up with a migraine. For me to get rid of a migraine I must take med and sleep it off. Last week I kept taking med but was never able to get the sleep it off aspect done. By Sat I had a migraine and vertigo. I was finally able to get some sleep Saturday night though and to the tune of 14 hours of sleep. I finally felt better Sunday. Got up went to church and came home and slept some more.
My eating has been horrible for the last few days. In and out of town 2 days and sick. I haven't gotten in enough protein and too many carbs but I am back on track today. I know poor food choices did not help with my migraine at all.
Pic from my run Thursday 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weigh in Wednesday #42

Its 2:45 am here but I cant sleep so I will go on and post my weigh in Wednesday blog. Tuesday my Papa passed away. I am so broken hearted. My head hurts from all the tears. And like many timed I ate my sorrows last nite for about an hour before I got a grip on that and stopped. PS eating didnt make me feel better just ticked me off that I still turn to food so mindlessly in times of emotion.
So on to weigh in
Starting weight 273
Today's weight 162
Total loss 111
Less than 5#s to go before that BMI chart will deem me as a "healthy"weight. Thats a little exciting.

Bad Weather Tuesday

So here in NC winter weather. IS anything that falls from the sky when its cold outside. So in my area we are due to get 1-2 inches of winter mix. OK I know you all that get bad weather regularly might think that's cute but I am so not looking forward to it. No one here knows how to drive in winter weather and the DOT is not ever prepared to deal with the roads and it makes for a HUGE mess. Several years ago we got a 1/4 in of  ice..yes  you read that right ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH. People ended up sleeping at work, buses couldn't get kids home and they were taken back to school to sleep. How does these sort of things happen. So the thought that our "bad" weather is going to start about an hour before everyone gets off work has me a bit frazzled. I only live 12 min drive from work so I am hoping all is well on my way home and I don't get near any crazies. Tomorrows high is supposed to be 29 so what ever we gets not going anywhere tomorrow either. I honestly sat here and thought... Can I run to work in the am... PS the answer I came up with is no.. that's too cold and Id be terrified one of those bad drivers would hit ice and end up hitting me on the side of the road. So no I wont run to work either. But my boss is always one to say we have to come in regardless so I may walk to the end of my road and make him pick me up ( he lives about 2 miles from me) I mean I pay for my car but he has a company car.. I think that's fair don't you.
I am also sitting here trying to will myself into my running clothes so I get one last outside run in before the storm hits... I have to tell you my motivation is not here today. Its cold and I'm sore from last nights weight training session. But I will do it. I am not going to let my excuses ruin what I have worked hard for. I'm an all or nothing person, if I skip a work out Ill skip two then a week..its an ugly cycle but I acknowledge that about myself.
I hope you all that is expecting ugly weather in your areas stay safe :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Today I ran for Meg

I mentioned a couple days ago I was running in honor of Meg today, a fellow runner killed by a drunk driver this past Monday.  Last time I checked there were over 70,000 runners world wide running today for Meg. I cant explain how amazing it feels to be part of something like that.  Total run distance 13.7 miles

Friday, January 17, 2014

Enjoying the "SORE"

One of my goals for the year was to attend at least 2 classes at the gym a week this year. This week I got three in. Spin on Monday night then on Thursday I did Core and then a Boot Camp style class called Sports Conditioning. I loved spin, I left exhausted, but good exhausted. Ive been attending Core since Nov and really enjoy it. Boot Camp made me question my sanity.. It was such an incredibly hard class. I mean I know I am not "in shape" but I have a fairly decent fitness level. But it so kicked my butt.
Regardless I plan to attend the same 3 classes next week. Once I can wake up on Friday am with out being in incredible pain I am going to try to add  a 5:30 am Spin Class on Fridays. I just could not do that this morning. My legs were cramping so bad and I have a 14 mile run tomorrow, just could not risk an injury. I plan on a short run or at least a walk at lunch to try to stretch them out.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #41

Good Wednesday Morning.
Well I think my double work out days helped budge the scale a little bit. And a little bit a week is all I am really expecting at this point in my journey anyways so I will take it.
Starting weight 273
Current weight 163.4
Total Loss 109.6

I got to run at the new park last night. Sun set was scheduled for 5:23 pm so I knew I didn't have long. I ended up getting a full 4 miles in before it got all the way dark though. AND that was at my fastest pace ever for multiple miles. I was super pumped.

In the sad side of Runners News though. A mother, wife and runner was killed yesterday morning by a drunk driver. I will be running for Meg on Saturday. My miles in honor of her. My goal is 14 miles. If you wanna look up info about her and the virtual run, you can do so on facebook just look for Meg's Miles Supporters.

Well I am off to start my day. Have a great one!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Possible Platue and NEW Training

I am thinking I am in the midst of a platue. I have been bouncing around the same 1 lb for the last 4 wks.  I knew it was going to happen eventually.
So its a new year and I have a new set of training for some pretty big events this year, so I desided to step up my work outs a bit. Yesterday I went for a run at lunch, then after work hit the gym, spent 30 min on the elliptical, then attended my first ever spin class. I clocked 2.5 hours of cardio yesterday. I WILL NOT be doing this every day but hoping if I can manage HUGE workouts a  couple days a week I will start noticing a difference both in my running speed and in my measurements.
Right now its raining but if it clears my goal is to try out a new park here by work ( closer drive = more run time). IF I can manage that I will skip the gym tonight to spend some time with my family since I didnt make it home last night till about 7:45.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Weekend Review

I hate the feeling of boy I'm glad that weekend is over and I can go back to work Monday. And I rarely ever feel that way BUT today happens to be one of those. Saturdays weather was depressing to me and I ended up being a slug most of the day. This always makes me feel like CRAP about myself. But Sunday I got up and was going to have a much better day. My daughter had her first ever Track Meet  about 2.5 hours from home and it was going to be just us. So we set off to the facility. It was an indoor track and we had done some homework before we left home. Like we knew where to park and that we had to be signed in an hour before her start time and bathrooms down stair were for everyone but upstairs were just for athletes..etc. I mean I dont like to stand out as the one that doesnt know whats going on, I like to be prepared.
Well when I signed Mikaela in the lady at the counter rolled her eyes and huffed at me.. OK that was a little rude but everyone has a bad day and not worth me saying anything about. Then when it was time for K to do the shot put, I walked her across to the field area. WELL evidently I was not allowed to be there. There was no signs posted and it was not listed anywhere online. These 2 officials came up to me and started screaming at me.. No hey you aren't supposed to be here or even hey dumb A$$ get back over there.. IN MY FACE ON THEIR TOES LEANING INTO IT SCREAMING.. both at the same time I could not understand why they were yelling, what I had done, or how to correct.. I asked one man to please calm down and he threatened to call security and kick our team out... what in the world.. They did the same thing to our coach. Again he could not understand a word they were saying. SOMEHOW. I kept my calm I have no idea how bc once I got back in the right area I got pissed and wanted to go punch them in the face I mean how do you keep a job treating other people ( PEOPLE THAT PAY TO USE THE FACILITY) that way. I am still very upset about the whole ordeal I mean I am going to email the owner of the complex but I know he wont give a shit bc obviously this is an attitudes that come from the top down for so many employees to behave in such a manor. And that pisses me off more. ( please excuse the not nice words)
She has one more track meet there but I am really considering telling the athletic director at the school we wont be able to attend it.
I am NOT a thin skinned female. I work with all men all day long and on top of that collect money for a living. I could care less if people like me or not, its just my personality and it makes me good at my job. I am never rude to people regardless of far they are behind or how much money they owe us. Rude doesn't get you anywhere. So I just cant imagine why a business would think it is ok to treat people the way we were treated yesterday. I mean I could total understand why someone that is a hot head would loose their shit on someone if they had told them over and over they were in the wrong area. But the first time and with NO Signs posted. I am really just at a loss.
Oh well I will be moving on now. On to a more positive day.

Friday, January 10, 2014

New Year and New Excitment

Well one of my many 2014 goals was to take at least 2 gym classes a week. I made that this week. I took Zumba Wednesday night and took Core Class last night.
Also as I was leaving Wednesday Night I ran in to one of the girls from the running group I was in back in the summer. It was awesome to catch up. She just joined my gym Wed and was SUPER EXCITED. I invited her to Core and she showed up and loved it. After Core class the same instructor teaches an hour long class called sports conditioning. It has always scared me(but honestly all classes scare me) but we stood in the hall and watched and said we would both do core and stay for sports conditioning afterwards next week. So next Friday I may not be able to walk. Just some of what I watched them do last night, jump rope, burpees, push ups, free weights, squats, run the stairs ( like real stairs, I take the mountain climbers and tons more. We are also going to take spin on Monday night( for those counting that is 3 on the books for nxt week not 2:) ). So I am hoping btwn the 3 class I will get some balance to my cross training and get a better all over workout.
So excited to see where I go this year with my fitness.

PS I so bad want to do the Disney Doopy challange, not this year ( bc its this weekend) but maybe next. It looks like a BLAST.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #40 and Fill Update

Good Wednesday Morning!
Finally the scale moved a little this morning.
Starting weight 273
Current weight 164.2
Total Loss  108.8

Yesterday I saw yet another PA at my surgeons office ( this makes the third) I like her. She sat down and talked with me. Wanted to know all about my running and how I learned and when my marathon was. We discussed my hunger every two hours and the fact I need to still be loose enough I can down a bottle of water to re-hydrate. We settled on a teeny fill, one basically/hopefully to take the edge off the hunger so its not hitting me in every 2 hours. She is one of those that doesn't like to share the fill amount so I don't know how teeny it was, but that's ok. She also told me as an athlete I was probably about there with my WL. Said I need to go by size not scale anymore. I told her the PCP wants be below 155, but she pushed on my thigh and said yea but this is all muscle, what size pants do you have on. I told her 6 , and that normally I'm in 6-8 right now. PS no ones called me an athlete since High
So right now I am sticking with my current goal, I can see areas that I still can afford to loose in. But will keep her advise in the back of my mind. I know this last 10-15 may be hard and slower to come off but that's still my aim. I am happy regardless though.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Member Spotlight and Fill Apt today

My gym choose me to be featured in their member spotlight. How cool is that? I am so honored they choose me. And its great motivation to keep at it.

On another note, I go back to the surgeons office today. I am torn at weather to ask for another fill or not. I am hungry and loosing is taking EXTREME focus and concentration on my part right now. But b/c I am more or less focused  I am for the most part still loosing, well not for the last couple weeks. Plus I am only 9 Lbs above my PCP goal for me 15-20 above my goal. AND as I train for my full marathon then start training for an Ultra, I need to be able to hydrate well and eat literally on the run. Right now I am able to eat  protein bar as I run with out having to stop to make sure I can swallow it ( I still don't take stupid huge bites or anything and I eat it over the course of about 2 miles) and I can guzzle a bottle of water or Gatorade in about 3 min when I get back to the car from a run, no sipping here. I feel for my training I am at a good spot but for WL I am struggling to keep focus. I mean when I go and burn 1000 calories I am literally starving and feel the need to eat the side of the house by time I get home. Hubby is trying to make sure dinner is ready when I walk through the door to help with this, but if not it tends to be ugly, decent choices but still ugly.
Maybe I will ask for a small fill like.2- .5 cc.. the last 2 were BIG, 2cc and 2.5cc, and I know I dont want anything that big. Just enough to take the edge off and feel like I have a little more control. That is the point of having the band right?
I am hoping if I explain my feelings to the PA maybe she can help with the dession some. The origial PA I saw several times right after surgury was great and I felt like was listening to me when I talked. This new one, I have not gotten that feeling from but Ive only seen her once so maybe she was just having an off day. We all have those.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year & 2014 Goals

I hope everyone had a great holiday. New Years Eve was low key and I loved it. We travel so much over the holidays its nice to have one that we just don't do much. Mikaela had some girl friends over which is always nice for her, they are now at the age they don't need to much from me at a sleep over. Me and Hubby just watched TV and hung out. New Years day I had a run. First race of the season. WOW is all I can say about it. It was a fun run style, so a bunch of people show up and we get the course written out on paper and take off, no streets closed or anything. So there was a 3 mile , a 4 mile and 2 5 mile courses. I choose the 5 mile greenway path , for ONE reason. I am not familiar with Raleigh and I wanted the path with the LEAST turns. For directionally challenged individuals like myself, simple is better... I did fine the first 2 miles then I turned the wrong way and I didn't figure out I was going the wrong way for another 2 miles... at that point I just turned around and ran back the way I came. Ended up with a 8 mile run instead of 5. Oh well I prefer 8-10 mile runs anyway. But still feeling as if I was lost in a town I am not comfortable in was a little nerve racking.

I have spent some time over the last week coming  up with a list of goals for 2014. Some are for the family, personal grown,and  financial. But I have a set that are WL, Diet, and Exercise related and I wanted to share those.

1. I will (  no wants, I will) hit my goal weight this year. Goal on high end is 153#, low end is 145#. Anywhere in between I will be happy. My Dr will be happy anything under 155#.
2. I will learn to maintain once I get to goal. I am terrified of maintenance as this is were I've always had problems in the past. So I will learn balance once I get there.
3. I will stay with the high protein/low carb lifestyle as it works best for me and my body. I tried carb cycling back in the fall and it was not a good fit for me.. allowing myself  2 days a wk for high carbs was a slipper sloop for me, I am too much a all or nothing kind of gal.
 4. Running goal -  run 1,200 or more miles in 2014.
5. Also Running related.. Run a full marathon 4/13/14 ( 10 days after my band-a-versary my way of celebrating) and I want to run it in under 4 hours 50 min... ( I ran my half in 2 hr 45 min so that would be picking up my pace a bit)
6. Add and be consistent with gym classes Yoga ( would be new for me) Core ( started just a few weeks ago) etc. Attend at least 2 classes a week.
7. Start training for a Ultra Marathon ( to be run Nov 2014)

So those are some of my goals. I am excited to start this year. And thinking back to last year this time. I have hope that I CAN meet my goals.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Years WIW #39

Good Morning. I hope you all had a fabulous New Years Eve. I did. It was low key but fun. Our almost teenager wanted to have a party, so she had a couple friends over and they spent the night.  There was lots of giggling, some just dance Wii dancing, a bon fire sad bon fire bc all the wood was wet but a fire none the less and even smores! Its 9 am and I'm the only I one up.  I will be headed out the door in about 30 min to my first race of the year. In my book a great way to kick off the new year!
Weigh in didn't change this week...TOM and the holidays held my lose still.
Start 273
Today 165.3
I will blogging in the next day or so with my 2014 goals! I am super excited about the up coming year.