03/08/2012 21:41:00 PM
I am my own obstacle. I hate to say it out loud, but I am. I fell off the wagon so to speak over the past couple weeks. I got really sick and it took 2 rounds of antibiotics to get rid of my sinus infection. I was so hungry craving carbs and soup and I didn't watch it... And I didn't run... And then one kid got sick, and then the other got really sick. Now I want to strongly point out, that I am not making excuses. I realize that I didn't have to go as overboard as I did in certain instances. My [..]
02/18/2012 19:21:00 PM
I recently read the following quotation:"The hardest step for a runner is the first one out of the front door."It is SO true. Convincing yourself to get out there and do it is the hardest part. The rest is easy in comparison.I didn't get as many runs as I should have in last week. This week I am going to remember that quotation when I don't feel like getting up an hour earlier at the crack of dawn or trying to fit a run in after the kids have gone to sleep at night. If I am going to lose as much [..]
02/08/2012 19:28:00 PM
At the start of this year I reflected (like many do) on what I want to accomplish. I've recently decided that this is really the year I want to take the weight off. The weight that is holding me back from the person who I want to be. And I don't want to start next year off with the same resolution. I am bound and determined to do it this year. We always start off with the best intentions that often fall short, so in that vain I am publicly pledging to lose 40 pounds by June. Today I've posted a [..]
12/02/2011 12:39:00 PM
I recently read the following motivational saying...Losing weight is hard...Maintaing weight is hard...Staying fat is hard...CHOOSE YOUR HARD.It's SO true. Yes losing weight is hard but think how hard your life is staying overweight. For me because I am still young and otherwise healthy (low blood pressure, good cholesterol etc.) it's not as big of a health issue (yet) so it's hardest for me mentally vs. physically. I beat myself up over it: feel badly when I look in the mirror, see a bad angle [..]
11/11/2011 21:29:00 PM
Sorry in advance as this post is kind of a long read. I haven't posted in awhile and want to get my internal struggle these past few weeks out there. But if you get bored...make sure to still scroll down so you don't miss out on this week's recipe - it is definitely worth making and is going to go into regular rotation in our house.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you are stubborn with a type A pers [..]
10/17/2011 19:24:00 PM
For you parents out there with young kids... I couldn't get the Dora song "I did it, I did it, I did it, ...hooray" out of my head as I started writing this post. I finally did something that has been over a year in the making: ran my first race! It was a 5K. I picked one that had special significance to me as not only was it on my college alma mater's grounds (finishing on the football field's 50 yard line), but I was also able to benefit an old friend's charity that honors her sister. Looking [..]
10/06/2011 20:56:00 PM
For those that have been following this blog for a long time know that I've struggled with running injuries (namely shin splints) off and on. Unfortunately these shin splints have hampered the timing of my overall distance progression since I started running in the summer of 2010.There are 2 major tips that have helped me get over them. SO - move over because here I come! 1. Run slow. As a major Type A personality - I was previously always running way too fast. Now I know that my too fast was [..]
09/21/2011 19:08:00 PM
As I am writing this post I can't get that Johnny Cash song out of my head. Just returned from a crazy couples weekend in New Orleans that had been 11 years in the making. It was full of friends, fun, food, and frenzy (which is an understatement to say the least). None of us got much sleep and our bodies showed us that we weren't in our 20s anymore. I got back on Sunday and finally ran again for the first time this morning. I felt very sluggish and didn't want to run, but I forced myself out th [..]
08/29/2011 14:38:00 PM
I'm starting to think in some ways I took the summer off. It wasn't intentional. I won't go into the long list of excuses (if you've been following the blog you know some of them), but I basically maintained instead of lost - losing and gaining the same couple of pounds.
I still want (and am going to) lose somewhere between 40-50 more pounds which means...
I really need to kick my butt into gear BIG TIME and soon.
Why wait until January to make a big change? With the summer winding d [..]
08/25/2011 23:17:00 PM
It's late. I've written the standard weekly items (song, random tip and recipe) but haven't had a chance to write the weekly meat of the blog. BUT I don't want to hold it up getting this blog post out (as it might take another week if I do), so I'm sending it out as is.
Hope you are well! I can't believe summer is almost over. I've been running at least 4x per week and have my eyes set on an upcoming race. I've been maintaining my weight (not gaining) but am looking forward to really ramping u [..]
08/13/2011 15:33:00 PM
One way or another I promise I will start posting once a week. Thank you for those who gave me feedback saying you missed my posts! It's been a crazy summer with an overseas trip, moving out of one house, into another and then going on a previously scheduled local vacation (where I am now).
With all the craziness: less cooking, more takeout, less running, more packing and unpacking.... I have been happy to be able to just maintain. I might be a handful of pounds less, but won't know for sure u [..]
07/06/2011 20:48:00 PM
I feel badly that I haven't posted in soooo long! I have to apologize in advance for the long post. Originally I was only taking a few weeks off because I went on an unexpected overseas trip (that was wonderful!). But things became crazier and crazier when I got back, and I have been under a great deal of stress. The stress wasn't about bad things - it was just stress (much was just made up in my mind).A lot of the stress I was putting on myself was unneeded stress. Stress about things that were [..]
05/29/2011 21:36:00 PM
It's been awhile since I've written about running, one of the major components of my journey, so I thought I would take some time to provide you with some of my latest notes on running...As some of you know I've battled on and off with shin splints.
05/22/2011 22:14:00 PM
I think the hardest things for me on this journey is getting rid of the all or nothing attitude. For the most part I have done it, but there are still some times (which are almost always at social outings) that I give myself license to splurge. And o
05/14/2011 21:58:00 PM
I don't mean to sound vain but, don't you hate when you see a bad picture of yourself? Or more specifically, a picture that is not how you see yourself?There's not much more that can slap me in the face and make me feel badly than when I see a
05/06/2011 15:30:00 PM
This post is in honor of all the moms out there. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!!! And to my mom, who I truly believe is the best mom in the universe, thank you and I love you.-----------------------I think a lot of busy moms often feel guilty about t
04/30/2011 20:54:00 PM
I've learned that I need to set goals in this journey in order keep moving forward instead of continuing to take two steps back. One of the reasons I think I enjoy running so much is that it is such a goal oriented sport.In February I set a goal to l
04/23/2011 18:51:00 PM
I personally am not feeling that inspiring this weekend, so I am going to provide you with some of my favorite quotations that I've read recently. Have a wonder Easter to those who celebrate it! See you on the flip side."To be beautiful means to
04/13/2011 22:15:00 PM
As defined in this month's Women's Health....biophilia: n. The human desire to spend time outdoors among plants and trees. Doing so can reduce stress, lengthen your attention span, and possibly help you live longer. I've always been mo
04/05/2011 22:49:00 PM
LOVE THIS PIC!I wanted to write this post before I weighed myself this week. I jumped off the wagon a bit this weekend food wise, but I am not going to let a number get me down.Monday morning I woke up early, 5AM early, to some rustling on the baby m
04/04/2011 19:12:00 PM
I will update the blog with a full post tomorrow night, in the meantime I wanted to share a short post about Meatless Monday, as I just made a veggie dinner in its honor. Tonight's Meatless Monday SpaghettiMeatless Monday is an international mov
03/30/2011 22:46:00 PM
I am going to keep this post to the basics- song, tip, recipes...and a quick update.It's been one of those craaaaazaaay weeks. And I am just happy that I am able to get this much out tonight. The good news is that I lost another pound this week.
03/22/2011 21:34:00 PM
I feel good. I feel I am mentally back on track, and in control like I was before the holidays. And that's big.Last week I didn't lose an ounce. I said I was going to work extra hard to make up for it and I did. I lost 3.5 pounds this week. Here
03/16/2011 22:56:00 PM
I read a great article in SELF magazine last month. It's about a woman who gained some weight for various reasons and felt too fat and embarrassed to return to the gym. I myself have felt "too fat for the gym" for many different reasons. I have also
03/09/2011 21:43:00 PM
I wasn't sure what I was going to write this post about today. Then I had lunch today and had an epiphany of sorts.....I've always been one of those girls to finish my plate - even when I am full. If it tastes good, I'll eat it until it's gone.
03/03/2011 14:06:00 PM
It's so good to feel back in control.Especially after you've slipped up a bit.I hope you aren't sick of my Bob Harper quotations yet - he obviously knows what he is talking about! He recently said weight loss success is defined by "Thinking, eating,
02/17/2011 23:58:00 PM
When I was thinking of a title for this post I kept getting Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" in my head. But I only know a few of the words of the chorus, so the same words keep coming in my head. "Sscimon, sssimon make that change... Man in the
02/08/2011 20:35:00 PM
This was by far the hardest post for me to write since I started this blog last summer. I didn't even know where to start, as there is so much I could talk about. When I started this blog I promised above all else to be open and honest. Next wee
01/27/2011 21:21:00 PM
Believe in yourself, trust the process, change forever. This was one of trainer Bob Harper's facebook status updates this week. And I love it - especially coming from him, as I find him super inspiring.This is something I really need to do, now.
01/19/2011 20:55:00 PM
Last night I read an interview with a big-time trainer who was asked how he can convince people who have struggled with losing weight to believe in themselves. He said "We have the choice to be our worst enemy or our best friend."I have self-sabatoge
12/26/2010 20:37:00 PM
Per my note on the facebook page - I'm taking a few weeks off the blog. However I thought I would do one quick post because if you want to start eating healthier now that the bulk of the holidays are over (like I do), I wanted to share an awesom
12/08/2010 22:25:00 PM
The same letters that spell "tired" spell "tried".I do love the holiday season. I think this is mainly because my mom really made it feel so special to me growing up, so I have fantastic memories.... and now I can't wait to do that for my girls.
11/24/2010 19:29:00 PM
"Lifeitself is the proper binge."-Julia ChildIdidn't want to miss a post (as I promised that I would post at least weekly), but I am going to keep this one short and sweet.I planto truly enjoy this holiday weekend and I hope you do too. Take some tim
11/15/2010 21:31:00 PM
"The only thing you can control is your own effort.Â” ? T. van den BeldI am going to whine for a minute but stay with me through this post (sorry in advance - it's been a rough few weeks). I can't control that I injured my leg a few weeks out
10/29/2010 21:52:00 PM
Ahhhhh.... the scale.Isn't it funny that sometimes you can be almost obsessive about the scale - weighing yourself multiple times a day, and other times you can avoid it for a month. I weigh myself once a day (sometimes more) when I am eating he
10/20/2010 23:06:00 PM
I recently heard this story and it really struck a chord with me...During the 1930s, a young boy had become obsessed with eating sugar. His mother decided to travel take him to Gandhi who was highly revered across the country - perhaps his instructio
10/14/2010 20:15:00 PM
I am not going to lie. I'm scared.I miss running so much. It's been very hard for me being told not to do any type of activity except swimming for the past several weeks. It's mainly been hard, because it scares me. I am scared that I am go
10/06/2010 21:54:00 PM
Plans are good.Especially when trying to get healthy. Weekly meal-plans or at least dinner plans help you get more organized and stick to a menu vs. opting for something unhealthier (pizza, take out etc.) in the moment. Exercise / running p