Thursday, April 25, 2013

Wednesday Weigh In


Down .08 from last week.  I'll take it and I'm actually really pleased since exercise kinda flew out the window last week with the exception of the 2 runs I did.

Today was my annual physical with my doctor.  He was very pleased with my progress!  That was the first thing he said!  Of course, naturally, the scale at the doctor had me up 5 from what I had weighed that morning.  So he came in and said wow you have had about a 35 pound loss!  I just had to correct him. LOL!  He said by next year, he will look forward to taking "obese" off of my chart.  So that is definitely a goal by next years physical!  He asked about my goals and what I have been doing and he said to keep up the good work.  All my other stats seem to be in good working order.  Blood pressure, etc.  I also did some bloodwork and waiting on the call about those (cholesterol, all that fun stuff, etc.)

Oh and one more thing.  I have been experiencing some elbow pain recently.  I spoke with Dr. Landry and he's pretty convinced that I have "Tennis Elbow".  So he explained the inflammation and what it was to me.  The problem is that I need an anti-imflammitory med to help ease the pain.  Unfortunately, I can't take any of those due to the coumadin that I take.  So he suggested that I get an appointment with my Rheumatologist and hopefully she can give me a shot or something to help.  I made the appointment and I have that set up for Monday.  Until then, he wants me to try to keep from lifting stuff with my right arm, but that is pretty impossible to due with my job.  It even hurts when using the mouse at work.  Soooo, I did buy a brace to put on my forearm just to see if that helps.  I have it on now.

And since this is a boring post with no pictures, I will leave you with a pic of Loki and Oz from last night.   Oz is usually the "odd man out" so the fact that they were sleeping (on my lap) and so close together was unusual!

Monday, April 22, 2013

2013 The Color Run Baton Rouge recap

Morning everyone!

Thought I'd give you a little recap of The Color Run that I participated in over the weekend! 

I was very anxious about this race for a number of reasons.  The first being that I knew that it would be crowded.  I had no idea how crowded it was going to be until I saw the news the night before.  They said upwards of 8,000 people!  Now I'm not sure how accurate that number was but it sure did feel like it and that total could have included spectators, I'm assuming.  The next reason I was nervous is because I have a huge dirt phobia.  I hate getting dirty or messy.  So needless to say that this was so far out of my comfort zone that I was practically in a different country.  But, in the weeks leading up to the race, I figured that I really needed something to look forward to to get me back to running regularly again.  I knew that I wouldn't likely be able to run the whole thing but I estimate that I did run probably about 60% of it.

The good:
The weather actually turned out to be perfect.  It was in the 50s and a little chilly in the shade.  I ended up wearing a long sleeved shirt and a short sleeved on top and I was very comfortable in that.

This time I did not come in last!

The bad:
Chris went with me to cheer me on and he was supposed to be my official photographer.  He ended up spending most of the time on the sidelines trying to avoid paint packets and he completely missed me crossing the finish.  We just didn't see each other!

The ugly:
Color in every orafice.  The volunteers were aiming for faces I think.  Thru each color station, I had decided that I was going to run directly in the middle and run straight through them and not walk.  Well that plan sort of backfired on me because I ended up having to run and hold my breath at the same time.  Towards the end of the paint station, I was exhaling and trying to breathe air in that I inhaled my share of coloring.

Also, at the beginning there were many announcements stating that if you were walking to stay to the right so the runners can have the left hand side.  Since I was alternating running/walking, I had started in the middle.  On my running parts, I ended up having to zig-zag all over the place just to get around people.  Walkers were everywhere and seemed to be in large groups.  It was frustrating and when I was ready for a walking break, I was trying to move over all the way to the right and had to zig zag again.

Oh as a comparison, this is my first 5K:

And this was The Color Run 5K:  (Times are a bit better, I think, and this is with only 60% running and several hills)

Ok now that that is out of the way, here are some pics!  Some of these are duplicates if you are fans on my facebook page...

TL;DR - Had fun, got color in my nose.  Probably wouldn't do it again though unless I had a friend or family member who wanted to do it.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Exercise blahs

This whole week has been complete chaos for me.  I haven't really felt inclined to do much of anything exercise wise.  I don't know if it is because of everything that has been going on with Buzz and knowing the end is near, the car (which is completely fixed btw, Chris got the windows repaired last night), the bombings in Boston, West, Tx explosion, or what.  I did manage to muster out a run Wednesday but really that has been all I've done.  I do have the Color Run scheduled for tomorrow so there's that. 

I'm hoping that I get out of this funk or depression or whatever and maybe next week will be better.  The plan for today after work is that Chris and I will go and knock out the grocery store, so all I have to worry about tomorrow is the run and then trying to have a peacful and relaxing weekend for the rest of it.

But I know how much I rely on exercise now and I know that it will help me feel better even though I'm going thru this funk.  So my plan is to hopefully turn this all around and back to doing something every day on Monday again. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Very Inspiring Blogger

Thank you SO much to Diary of an Everyday Girl for nominating me to be a Very Inspiring Blogger.  I've been wanting to write about this for about a week now but life has been so hectic lately.  I am honored and humbled that you thought and took the time to nominate me! Thank you so much!!!

And here are the rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. 
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know. 

Now 7 things about myself. Hmm.  I'll start with the most obvious:

1.  I am nerd, hear me roar!  Yes, I love all things geek.  I love conventions, cosplay, table top games, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Firefly, Buffy, Lord of the Rings, video games, movies and all things Joss Whedon and many things in between.

2. Even though I currently work in Information Technology (which I love), my favorite job(s) that I have had was managing a movie theater.  I was assistant manager at 2 of our local movie theaters for several years.  I quit when it was starting to interfere with me seeing Devyn grow up and I was having to miss a lot of her t-ball games.  I do miss the movies tremendously and it was a perfect job for my ADHD but all in all I do love being in Tech Support now.  I love the 7:00 - 3:30 hours and it's also a great fit for ADHD too! 

3. I'm an Anglophile.  Sounds like a dirty word, doesn't it?  Nah, it just means that I love all thing having to do with British culture.  I think in a former life I must have lived in England.  It is my dream to visit there!  Ahh one day.  I love the accents, the television shows, the music, the culture and the architecture of it all!

4. I'm a nerd but I'm also a jock.  I played basketball, volleyball and softball growing up.  I still yearn for the days when I'm healthy and fit enough to start enjoying those activities again.  I also love Tennis too.  I can't wait to pick that up again. 

5. I'm a Disney addict!  I've been to WDW about 30+ times.  I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful family that made a yearly trek to Florida every summer!  And since I do have family in Florida, sometimes that meant multiple trips.  Now that I'm an adult, sadly, I don't get to go quite as often but I'm always secretly planning a trip (even if it is 2-3 years away).  You should see my collection of Pluto stuffs.  ºoº

6. I am freakishly good at remembering Pop Culture items.  Can't remember who sang, "One Night in Bankok" in the 80s or who starred in The Fall Guy, or who the kid who played Rufio in Hook was?  Just ask me! 

7. Blerg!  Having trouble coming up with a 7th item...  Oh ok, I'll go ahead and fess up to this.  I have OCD. Not medicated for it but enough to where people sometimes comment on it.  All my money (if I have any) in my wallet, is face-up, crinkle free and in corresponding order - lowest to highest.  I eat food one item at a time and in order of yucky to yummy.  That way I can eat my favorite part of the meal last.  My closet is organized from left to right.  Work out shirts, work out pants, blouses, t-shirts, pants, jeans and then Chris's stuff is over there in the corner.  What makes this worse is that each item is lowest size to the left to highest size.   Hey, that will make it easy to throw out stuff when it gets too big ;)  Oh and my pantry looks like it came out of the movie Sleeping with the Enemy.  Except I'm not all psycho.... honest! 

Now here are my nominations for Very Inspiring Blogger:

1. Basically Run!
2. Rediscovering Michelle
3. Fluffy Cupcake Hippie
4. Kicking Kilos
5. Musings of a Broad
6. Running on Candy... Fueled by Sugar, Rainbows and Glitter
7. The Jogging Jawa
8. Transforming with Bariatric Surgery
9. My Altered Perception
10. For Me, With a Little Help From
11. Healthy Fit Jenn
12. Presently Obsessed
13. Just Being Dina
14. Drawn To Scale
15. Does this scale make me look fat?

Some of these blogs I've been following for a few months now and some just recently but I love every single one of them!  You are all so inspiring!  You guys make me want to continue this path and keep on being successful.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!


I told ya'll to expect fireworks and clapping!!  ;)

After seeing the first 20 pounds fly off, and struggling for every single pound of the next 20,  I am pleased to report that as of this morning I am at a 40 pound loss!!!!
Excuse the gnarly socks.  NO way am I taking a pic of my bare feet. LOL
Well technically 40.2 pounds but hey who counts the decimal part.  Next mini-goal, naturally is the big 200 number.  Ready to say good-bye to it forever!  I don't think I'm going to make my goal of being at or below 200 by next Wednesday though.  That was my ultimate goal to start, that I would be down to that weight by the time of my yearly physical for my doc.  I will be close, but may have to bump that goal back a bit and hope that I can hit it by the time my 6 month mark comes around on May 7th. 

In lieu of all the non-exercise that happened over the last few days because of Buzz T. Dog and his multiple vet visits (I'll update on that in a bit) and all of Chris's car issues needless to say this has been the longest streak that I haven't done some form of exercise except when I was sick.  But I'm back at it today.  I had bloodwork to do at the docs this morning so I was able to wake up and get a small run in. 

The run itself was uneventful other than I was thinking of Boston the entire time.  I squeezed in a little over a mile in about 20 minutes and I think I may have set a PR of 14.28/mile. I'm not exactly sure because endomondo doesn't show PRs below a 5K unless I upgrade to the premium package and the pro is all I really need.  Ah well.  I think it might be a PR and thats the main thing I suppose. 

Now for some non-fitness/diet related updates.  Chris's car has been repaired and I'm pretty sure this part will be funny someday.  It wasn't, on Monday, however.  Chris's car was behind mine when he went to move his on Monday morning for me to leave.  He got in and it wouldn't crank.  So we called my dad, and he came to jump his car off.  In doing so discovered a lot of corrosion was on the battery and cable.  He told us to go out to his shop and he would clean it with a wire brush to get all the corrosion cleared.  (At this point Chris and I both had called in for the day.  Our day started with us frantically trying to log in and finish our daughter's taxes on turbo tax).  Nothing like procrastination, eh?   Anyway, so the clamp on the battery ended up breaking off.  Fortunately, dad had one that he was able to affix and we were back in business.  Except.. Chris's driver side window, during all the clamping and unclamping of the battery, managed to reset itself so everytime he would try to roll his window up automatically, it would go up and then back down again.  Tried to go by a friend of my dad's who owns a body shop and they tried to fix it too but with no avail.  At this point Chris and I just wanted to go home since we were starving so we did.  I was working on making lunch while Chris was back and forth googling "how to fix your window in a 2005 mustang" and then we hear a "gargle crunch crunch scrape".  I looked and Chris and he looked at me.  Ran outside and discovered his car had not been put into gear and rolled out of our driveway and smack over our neighbors mailbox.  As in, the car was stuck on the mailbox.  After a few tries, he finally got it free.  Mailbox was destroyed.  The car, fortunately, had no problems on the underside and nothing is leaking.  The back bumper, well, it will need some tlc eventually.  Sooooo, off to Lowes to get them a new mailbox.

I'm not entirely sure but I don't think you are supposed to hit the screwdriver like a hammer, honey.

During all of the fiasco that was Monday, we were expecting a call from the Vet about Buzzy's bloodwork and whether or not he would be cleared to have surgery.  After all that, I didn't get a call from them so I called them yesterday.  Spoke to the vet and he felt that Buzz would not be a good candidate for surgery at this time due to his age and what the bloodwork said (a lot of issues, sadly).  But he said that he would like to take a look at the tumors and see for himself.  We had seen his assistant on Saturday, so we took him back in yesterday.  He basically said what we are fearing and that we are going to hopefully just wait and see.  Buzz doesn't appear to be in any pain or suffering right now but at the rate of speed that the tumor is growing that we just need to keep a close eye on the situation.  Our vet is awesome by the way.  He was very kind and gentle and he said he will be with us every step of the way with our "old man".  And we'd know in our hearts when the right time would be and when we would need to make the decision to put him down.   

Sadly, I wish I had a better update about that.  But we are spending as much time with Buzz and loving on him as much as possible.  Here's a pic of him when he was young and spry.

Monday, April 15, 2013


My thoughts are with all the victims and the injured during today's bombings at the Boston Marathon.  I don't understand what the world is coming to. 

If you are so inclined...

My furbaby, Buzz, has several tumors and we are waiting on a call back to see what our options are and if he is well enough for surgery.  If we even go that route.  Buzz will be 17 in August and he has been with me since Devyn was 2 years old.  I rescued him from a guy who was going to drown him and his litter mates because they were flea infested.  Buzz has been with me through thick and thin (and one lousy marriage and one wonderful one).  I know the inevitable may happen and quite honestly, I'm not dealing too well with it. 

And on top of all this,  Chris is having some car troubles, which we are trying to get resolved today as well. 

I know this post isn't really fitness related but just thought I'd share.  I'm not religious but if you are (or even if  you are not) some positive vibes would be awesome.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wednesday Update

Good morning everyone!

Well I didn't quite see the number on the scale that I had hoped for but after last weeks gain, I'm back to where I was the week before at least.  My pattern still seems to be following the 2-3 week stall then hopefully a whoosh.  I was really hoping to see 204.4 this morning and this would be a wonderful post full of fireworks and high fives since that would indicate a 40 pound loss.  That will just have to wait a bit more I suppose.  ;)

Despite not seeing that number, I'm still having a pretty solid week so far despite *if you are a boy, close your eyes and go like this.. "lalalalalala"*  getting a not-so-friendly visit from my monthly "friend".  Oh the pain!  :/    Food wise everything has been good and exercise has been fairly consistant and I even managed to sorta run yesterday.  It wasn't much but I probably ran 75% of 1 mile and about 25% of the 2nd.  Hoping tomorrow that I can get a solid mile + of running in and see how it goes.  I love how I feel after running but I hate having to go and actually do it, if that makes sense. 

Before I headed out to do my run yesterday, the most inspirational running/training song ever came up on the radio:

And since I've been really bummed lately that I'm not losing as quickly as I had in the beginning, I did take a comparison pic just for s and g's. 

Proud to say that my shirt there is an XL and my jeans are a comfy size 20.  Hopefully before too long though, I'll be solidly below the size 20s and then that will be one more thing I can cross off my goals list!

Guess that's all the updates I have today.  Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far.  Devyn and I are heading to see some improv tonight.  It should be a lot of laughs and I'm really looking forward to it!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Goals for this week

I've been doing a lot of thinking about my running latey, or lack thereof.  I think because I have no set running goals ahead of me that is why I tend to blow off the running.  So I've decided to go ahead and buck up and schedule my next race.  I know since I have been less than optimistic about running lately that I will likely not be able to run the whole thing but here it is.  On Friday (payday) I will go ahead and sign up for The Color Run - Baton Rouge !

I'm nervous and excited about it all at the same time.  I'm nervous for a couple of reasons though.  I don't do well with crowds and I think this will be a crowded race.  I'm extremely shy and self-consious and well just awkward in social situations.  I did ok with my first offical race since there was only about 20 people.  And even though I came in dead last, I survived.  First one is the hardest, right?  I hope anyway.  Next cause for nervousness... I don't like getting dirty.  This part is probably causing me more anxiety than the crowd part.  I know that these are just issues that I need to deal with and this whole lifestyle change really is about me getting out of my comfort zone so that is another reason why I've decided to just knuckle down and commit.

So, my goals for the week are these:
  • I am closerthanthis to a 40 pound loss.  I want to see that number sometime this week!  204.4 will put me right at the 40 pound mark.  As of this morning I'm at 206.6.
  • RUN!  Seriously.  Get off my duff and get out there.  Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Rain or shine.  (Well if it is raining, then I'll go and run indoors at the gym).  That will give me 5 times to run before the 5K.  Hopefully by the time the 20th gets here I can get some of my stamina back and at the very least run the majority of the race.
  • Jillian has moved to the backburner too as of last week but I do want to pick up the 30 Day Shred again.  I made it up to D7L1 and I want to keep on with that.  Maybe not every single day though.  I'm thinking 3 to 4 times per week.  I don't want to get burnt out or overwelmed again like I did last Tuesday/Wednesday.  I will round out Level 1 this week and next week I will start on Level 2.
And I will go ahead and type out my normal workout plans for the week.  I'm not sure if I have ever completely laid that out for you guys but typing this out means that I will hopefully stick to it.

Monday - 30 Day Shred, Weight Training, Bowling (Weekly league and yes, I do count it!)
Tuesday - Run, Elliptical
Wedneday - 30 Day Shred, Weight Training (Normally I'd do elliptical here too but I'm going with my daughter to see Colin Mocherie and Brad Sherwood's improv that night)
Thursday - Run, Elliptical
Friday - 30 Day Shred, Walk or Elliptical
Saturday - Run or Elliptical, Weight Training
Sunday - REST!

***In the time that it has taken me to write this post (busy work!), I have gone ahead and registered for the race on the 20th.  That's why visa cards were invented, right?! 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Back to normal-ish

I gave myself the last 2 days and I am really feeling much, much better.  I think between the Jillian 30DS, trying to squeeze in running, normal elliptical, walking and weights was just too much at once.  I may still do the Jillian thing but I am not going to try to do it every single day.  Maybe just a few days a week and see how it goes.  I still love the elliptical so I won't be quitting that anytime soon.  It is my "fun" workout and I really find that rewatching those Doctor Who episodes is  more like a treat for me than working out.  But I have to try to find a good balance for the running.  I've been REALLY slacking with it lately.  I don't think I've ran in 2 weeks now.  I do love the feeling I get after but the working myself up to doing it and the inital dread of having to do it can be overwelming for me at times. 

I'm not sure if I am just not quite disciplined enough for it or if I just need a structured program.  Back when I was doing the C25K I never had a problem with the running.  I just went out and did it.  Now that I'm kinda winging it, I am just finding it harder and harder to keep up and to actually go do it.

Maybe I need a drill instructor to follow me around and just tell me what to do.
Ermey would kick my behind into gear...
I think another problem I'm having is the waiting until after work to do all my exercising.  I get off work at 3:30, home by 3:45, changed by 4ish and by the time I'm done with all my stuff (or any combination thereof), it's like 6 or 6:30.  (Thank the heavens above that Chris is really good about helping with the cooking.)   And then of course, by the time that I shower, eat dinner and sit down to relax it's almost time for bed. /sigh  I know it sounds like I'm complaining and I am really not.  I have more time now that I had back when Dev was in school so I really think that I just need to work on managing my time better.  If I can actually get up around 4:30 in the morning, I can easily do at least 30 min on the elliptical and/or 30DS.  And then after work I can either go run on my running days, walk or go do 30 more min of something else.  Then I can theoretically be finished by 4:30pm or 5 and that will give me a better balance I think.

The problem is the waking up part.

There is really no excuse for me to not use this beauty.  It's even situated in front of the tv... Doyle, however, is still unsure about this contraption.
Ok so todays game plan is this.  I've spent the last 2 days, exercise-less and since I started this on November 7th, I've always said that I would NEVER go more than 2 days without doing some form of exercise.  Time for me to get back on the proverbial wagon.  After work.... gym.  Do not sit in front of computer or on the couch.  I will do at least 45 minutes on the elliptical and do my weights.  I'd like to maybe try to run for about 15.  I know I need to ease back into running again.  And too much at once is tough for me.  15 minutes is do-able and then hopefully I can run again on Saturday for a bit longer.

Pity Party is over and today is a new day!

Thank you all so much for the messages and support.  It really means the world to me!  You guys rock (and you really keep me motivated)!  <3 to you all!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Pity Party...table of 1

I'm having a whiny and pitiful day today.  So be forewarned! 

Tired of counting calories. Tired of having to internally debate every single thing I put in my mouth.  Tired of exercising.  Tired of "the process".  And literally tired from not sleeping well last night. 

Realistically, I know that there is no one to blame here but myself.  For starting down the road of bad habits and not doing something about it sooner. 

Physically and emotionally I am just drained today.  I will give myself this one day but then back at it first thing tomorrow.  When I get home from work, I am going to get in my jammies and chill out. 

You ever think that even though things look ok on paper, that you feel like you really haven't given everything your best effort?  That's how I feel about my weekend.  I just feel like I didn't do my best in several ways.  My eating was way, way off and even though we did 3+ hours of yard work on Saturday, I didn't get any of my "normal" exercising in.  And I am paying the price dearly on the scale this morning with my weekend food choices. 

So that is my story about today.  Hopefully tomorrow, I will wake up and be in a much better mood and my mind will be right again.