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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!

Day to Day Races

The Color Run + other updates

Sunrise

I probably should dust off this blog… I’ve been writing with a few others about my mini-marathon training at the Louisville Sports Commission blog, and any ideas I have to write about tend to go over there. I’m planning to write down ideas as they come to me so I can keep this blog active as well.

The Color Run

This past weekend I completed The Color Run along side a few of my closest friends. What an unforgettable experience it was. I say that not only in a good way, but also because I got sick not long after I finished. The night before I felt suddenly feverish at dinner, and I woke up feeling OK.. Cue to me puking on the Great Lawn (lol) and in the port-a-potties after I finished. Thankfully, it didn’t happen during the race. I have to laugh at it now, because this was the first race my boyfriend came out to and I puked right in front of him. Clearly, the honeymoon period is over… hahaha. I missed out on the color throw because I was sick but I will be there next year. Here are a couple of photos from the race:


Annual check-up

Usually the week before my birthday I go in for an annual checkup. For once, I wasn’t told “you need to lose weight”. I was reminded where my BMI needed to be, however, there was no real scolding over it since she saw a difference in my weight, and my blood pressure in her words was “excellent”. The only thing she scolded me over was the fact I didn’t check the box saying that I flossed daily. Things could be worse… While I was there, I set up an appointment with a nutritionist. Hopefully that will be helpful.

Mini marathon training

I’ve been trying to run more often to get ready for the mini, and quite honestly it’s been slow going with the heat. I’ll get there. My recent post on the LSC’s site was a few reasons why I wanted to do a mini, I thought I’d share those here too.

I want to say I did it.

I started my lifestyle change in September, and come November, I want to say I did a 5K, 10K, 10-miler, and a mini-marathon in 2012. Even if this is the only year I challenge myself to races, I want to say I did it.

To break up the monotany.

We all know that doing the same workout routine gets boring and eventually makes you plateau if you’re trying to lose weight. I want to keep up the exercise habit I have and keep things interesting. Hopefully between training for this mini, strength training that gets regularly changed, and walking I won’t be bored.

To challenge not only my body but also my mind.

Food and exercising are the biggest mental challenges I face. I spent years rewarding or consoling myself with food; always unhealthy food. I still have days where I binge on food that I shouldn’t. Even as I get healthier and stronger, I know that will still be something I face. However, I’m usually pretty good about figuring out why I did it, and try to learn from it, to keep it from happening as often.
With exercising, I still have to ignore my brain when it tries to tell me I’m tired or I should slow down. I’m not talking about when I’m putting myself into danger, but when I’m trying to cut corners. I know running 13.1 miles is going to be difficult. I’ve been lucky to have friends at my side in previous races, but I’m going to be alone during this race and I’m curious as to how this will go. Will I push myself harder or go easy on myself? Only time will tell, but I hope for pushing myself harder.

Most importantly, to be healthy.

This kind of goes with all of the above, but I want to keep moving no matter what.

Races

10-miler completed .. what’s next?

I have my game face on now! lol Photo: Chris Watson

A little over a week ago, I completed the final race of the Louisville Triple Crown; the 10-miler. When I first signed up for this race, I hadn’t given thought to doing the other two races (the 5K and 10K), in retrospect, I am thankful I did. I would not have been prepared for what I was getting myself into.

I was super excited the week of the race, and I might have overtrained a little bit in a fit of excitement. I took the Thursday and Friday before the race off in prep for Saturday. This 10-miler was the biggest challenge I have ever faced physically but I was ready!

Saturday morning came… I felt I had started out strong, but it seemed like I was losing steam through parts of the race, especially through Iroquois Park. My friend Christina stayed by my side throughout the entire race, and I am super thankful for that.

Around mile seven, I was ready for the race to be over. I have walked about 10 miles in the span of a day, but only got up to about 7 miles at one time, and so my body was wondering what I was doing to it. My friend Tim, who wasn’t officially participating in the race, met up with us, and finished the last three miles with us. It was such a pleasant surprise to see him and gave me the strength to finish strong.

As we entered the final lap of the 10-miler, my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces greeted us as we entered the stadium. And as we were coming around to the finish line, I saw a beautiful Canon L lens pointed at us from the bleachers. It was my friend Chris, who also completed the Triple Crown and rocked it, he was peeking out from behind his camera and smiling. As we crossed the finish line, my friend Nick was waiting with his camera, too. I am so thankful for supportive friends who came out or waited for us after the race.

By the end of the week, I had completed almost 50 miles; my best week yet! I felt a little sad after it was all over. I don’t really know what’s next for me. I know I’m doing the Color Run in July. I think by then I would be able to run the full 3.1 miles. We’ll see…