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Goal Met! + Other Updates

Me and my nieces

Hello everyone! I hope everyone’s 2017 is treating them well so far. March was busy but good, one of the highlights was completing the Anthem 5K in Louisville. I’ve completed this race before but it felt different this time. I ran more in this race than I ever did in my training sessions and it felt good and empowering. I honestly wish that I could do it again and so I’m going to keep an eye out for another one in the fall.

This morning was the first time I stepped on the scale in over a month. It didn’t seem like my weight was budging and I thought it might be a good idea to skip the scale for a bit. I stepped on the scale and I saw a number I hadn’t seen since August ’14 — the 240s. I assumed I didn’t have all my weight on the scale and stepped on it again and it gave me the exact same number.

40+ lbs lost!

YES!!!

Hannah from Girls Dancing!

Y’all don’t even realize how happy that made me. When I first began “doing better” last spring it was a really dark time for me. I was nearing 300lbs, I had constant back pain and was developing sciatic pain. I was severely depressed and disappointed in myself. What I’m feeling today is a complete 180 from that time. I have back pain from time to time but it’s not as debilitating as before, and I find I only experience it when I’m not active or do something stupid. Along with medication and exercise I haven’t experienced depression like before — thank god.

My big weight goal is to hit 240 and I’m close. 240 is where I first began in 2011 when I lost weight initially. It’s not going to be a walk in the park but I feel like when I hit 240 it’s going to be easier to keep the motivation. For now, here’s a super addicting song to workout to! Enjoy and feel free to share anything you’re digging at the moment.

Getting Started Playlists

5K Motivation: Spotify Playlist

5K Motivation : Spotify Playlist

I signed up for the Anthem 5K next month and I have been attempting to train for it. I use the term train loosely… I have been exercising but I haven’t been following a strict training schedule. I’ve done this race before, and it was my first 5K then, and so I’m not worried.

I’ve been working on a playlist to keep me going, and I have been listening to it non-stop even when I’m not working out. I’ve made a number of workout playlists over the years and this is my favorite one. Now that I’m done editing it completely, I thought I should make it public and share it with YOU! The playlist is embedded down below and can be accessed here if you’re having issues accessing it on a mobile device.

I’ve also dedicated a page to spotify playlists and you can access it through the menu. I have 10 shared at the moment and I’m already working on a new one.

5K Motivationa super energizing playlist to keep you going.

Puppies working out!

You don’t need a premium account to use these playlists, just keep in mind you’ll hear ads from time to time with a free account. Enjoy!

Playlists

Playlists

Spotify Playlists

When I first started out exercising, I quickly realized that music was going to make or break my workout. I made the mistake of putting my iPhone on shuffle when I walked, and I think I spent more time shuffling through songs than I enjoyed the walk. I finally stopped being lazy and created playlists. I also stopped being such a music snob and downloaded music I wouldn’t normally listen to. You really can’t work out hard and listen to music like Ryan Adams…unfortunately!

After sending song suggestions to a few people, I decided I should share them with everyone. I’ve created three playlists thus far, and really the songs aren’t in any particular order. I always stick my iPhone on shuffle to break up the monotony. My mixes are always works in progress, but I hope you’ll enjoy them! And if you need even more music, I highly recommend the Sun Run series from RockMyRun!

Get Moving – Part I (Spotify link)

Get Moving – Part II (Spotify link)

Get Moving – Part III (Spotify link)

**This is my first time linking to my Spotify playlists, let me know if you have any issues.