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Friday, September 28, 2012

Fitbit Update

If you've read my post on my love for my Fitbit and have been thinking of ordering one now that they have some fancy new models, I'd really appreciate it if you'd use my referral link. I just now heard about their referral program! Just know, my previous fitbit post was 100% NOT SPONSORED AT ALL. I just love my fitbit, and try to talk everyone I know into one so that we can be friends there and we can compare steps. :) Here's the link. Thank you for using it!!

Starting Over...Again

Guys, I'm struggling! Now that I don't have a race to plan for, I'm feeling a little lost. And lazy. I've been telling myself my body needed some time off after running a HALF MARATHON, but I don't want to do anything at all. Why should I run if I don't have a race for which to plan? I need to just GTFOI (get the fuck over it) and start running again before I lose all endurance, and end up gaining all my weight back.

That's my fear. That I'll go back to my old ways and gain it all back. I haven't just been resting from exercising, but I've been eating like my old fat girl as well. This has to stop! Thankfully, I haven't really gained anything back yet, and I'm sitting pretty around 168-169lbs. Rest time is over now, though, and it's time to get back on the horse. I will keep losing, and get to my goal weight this time!

Tomorrow, I WILL run again. I will get back on track, and start fresh. Probably the best thing about running 13.1 is that things like a 10k aren't daunting at all anymore. I'm thinking of running one tomorrow to get back in the swing of things since it's *just* a 10k, after all. :) We'll see how it goes. I might just do half that if things hurt.4

Hold me to it!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sign Girl

HOLY SHIT! The stranger holding the sign that completely changed the race for me? The one I gushed over in TWO posts? FOUND MY BLOG! I never in a million years thought I'd be able to thank her in person, so this has made me a completely emotional basketcase today. Everyone go say hello to Mel at Winners Wear Yellow, and go see the sign!

To Mel, thank you for spending your day out there cheering us random strangers on. Seeing your sign was a moment I'll never forget, and definitely one of the biggest highlights of the race for me. I hope you'll take that sign to every race you watch. :)

13.1: Race Day

If you missed it, here’s part one of my recap. Now, let’s get on to the meat of it! Race Day.

We went to bed at 9 the night before in hopes that we’d get a good night’s sleep before the alarm was set to go off at 5:10am (gulp). Yeah, that didn’t happen. I tossed and turned for a good while, too worried I’d wake up my roommates if I got on my phone. I did manage to fall asleep at a decent time by leaving my phone alone, though. No idea how long I lay there. A couple hours? A half hour? It was dark and the room clock didn’t work, but it didn’t feel like I laid there all night long. Of course, I had a dream that my friend’s phone alarm didn’t go off and we didn’t wake up in time to run the race, so that woke me right up around 4:30. A good 45 minutes before alarm time. I couldn’t get back to sleep at that point because I knew I’d be groggy and really grumpy, so I just laid there tossing and turning. And needing to pee!

Finally, the alarm went off and we were up and getting ready to go. I wasn’t feeling too nervous because we were together chattering and busy getting ready. All of us were having nervous stomachs, though, and none of us were able to…go #2. By the time we left the room, I was the only one who still couldn’t go! I was terrified I’d have to stop to poop mid-run! I made sure I tried everywhere. The lobby bathroom, the porta-potties at the race area. Nothing.
Too late to try to poop now, it’s time to get in our corrals! EEK!

This is when the nerves set in. What did we get ourselves into? Look at all the people!! The weather was PERFECT. We couldn’t have asked for a better day! We were supposed to have a high of 74 later, so it was about 50 degrees and clear in the morning. That’s my ideal running weather!

Instead of trying to make our way alllll the way down several streets to find Corral 13 when we were standing next to Corral 2, we decided to stay put and wait until our corral came to us. This made my nerves go crazy, but I held it together on the outside.

It was finally time for our corral, so we jumped in line! My friend tried to take a quick picture, but we were walking so it didn’t turn out so hot.


Ready Corral 13? In 5! 4! 3! 2! 1!

And we’re off! The first mile or two is such a blur. At my house, I’m about 1,600 feet higher in elevation than Denver, and my trail is up to 2,000 feet higher. The lower elevation definitely helped! I felt great. Checked the Garmin right away, and I was going a 10:18 pace. Oops! Too fast, gotta slow it down. First mile split was 12:15. A little faster than I should’ve been, but feeling great so I was ok.
The first few miles were through downtown Denver amid big skyscrapers, and great old brick buildings. Gorgeous and shady, just the way I like it. Running right in front of Coors Field was pretty damn cool.

Just before mile marker 4, my runkeeper app went screwy and must’ve jumped a street because it suddenly said I was at 4.7 miles and running a 10:30 pace. Ha! I think all the people and/or the skyscrapers screwed up the signal. It sucked, though, because my every 5 minute updates from then on out were way off. At least I still had my Garmin with the right info, so I was wasn’t completely lost. I NEED my numbers during runs!

Mile marker 4 was about halfway up one of the bigger hills in the race. Just before turning the corner to go up the big hill, we saw tons of people cheering us on. This was the spot with the most spectators, and it was such a rush to see so many people there for us! I loved the energy from the crowds throughout the race, and this spot was one of my favorites.

Just before mile marker 5, I saw the woman who switched my emotions for the rest of the run. She was standing there all alone with a sign that said, “I don’t even know you, but I’m so PROUD of you!” Up until then, I was just putting one foot in front of the the other, and was happy to be there. When I saw her, every emotion I’ve felt throughout my training and in the days leading up to the race, came rushing up. Look how far I’ve come! What I’ve put my body through these last months! That’s when it became an epic run for me. So much joy and pride and fear and excitement and what a sense of accomplishment!

I live for the runner’s high. That’s what keeps me running when I want to stop. Knowing how wonderful I’ll feel when it’s over. That slightly drunk, “I love everyone!” feeling that hits me as soon as I’m done with my runs. Who needs drugs! I just need a good run. But I’ve never experienced the runner’s high DURING a run until that moment. You’ll see kitschy shirts and signs that say “running is cheaper than therapy,” but only runners know just how true that sentiment is. There is nothing more cleansing and freeing for me than an amazing run, and this was the best one I’ve ever felt.

After seeing that sign, I wanted to hug every spectator I saw and tell them how much I appreciate them being there. Every sign made me tear up with joy. The cheerleaders who practiced their routines for us brought me back to high school and my own cheer days. That was another big rush of emotion for me. Flashbacks galore!

The entire time, I had my goal in mind. I had told myself I’d be happy as long I finished in under 3 hours, but I knew I really wanted to finish in under 2:45. I finished my longest training run, 13.6 miles, in 2:59, so I knew 2:45 was doable. But I’d have to work!

About 9.5 miles in, I hit the 2 hour mark, and I realized it was going to be very close so I was going to have to seriously bust my ass to get under that 2:45.

10-mile split: 11:56. Yes! Keep it up, and I might just make it.

Shit, hills. 11 mile split: 12:30.

Just a couple more miles left. Let’s do this. Time to crank up the speed.

The cop directing traffic lets a fracking BUS go by. Are you kidding me?! Don’t you know how close I am to finishing in my goal time!

Mile 12: 12:09. Ok, that’s a little better, but I have more in me. Gotta empty the tank. ONLY ONE MORE MILE! ish.

Mile 13: 10:46. Hell yes! I got this!

There’s the finish line. Push, push, push!

Official finish time: 2:43:58.

Yes, the race was damn hard. Running for HOURS will always be hard as hell. But damn, if I wasn’t happy to be there! No race I have ever done has compared to this one. This was SO MUCH MORE because I had to work for it. I had to train for it. It’s a race I’ll never forget, and can’t wait to do again.

I can honestly say I gave it my all, and I left it all out there on the streets of Denver for my first half marathon.

Monday, September 24, 2012

13.1, the Day Before

First off, a huge thank you to all my friends and family for encouraging me, supporting me, and cheering me on. All of you kept me going in my training when I would’ve quit! Second, I’d like to thank the Pitbull Pandora station for keeping my spirits up during my run. My friend, Amanda, and I are in different states now, but we both run to that station and have had many conversations about some of the songs so whenever one of those came on, it was like she was there with me. Finally, to all the spectators along the race route cheering us on and holding up signs, you mean so much more to all of us runners than you can possibly know! Thank you for taking the time to be out there for us. A special thank you to the woman right around mile marker 5 with the sign that said, “I don’t even know you, but I’m so PROUD of you!” That sign made me choke up, and made for an emotional rest of my run. Even thinking about it now and remembering what I was feeling then, makes me a little teary. That’s one of those moments I’ll never forget.

One more very special thanks to our friend, Kim, who drove all the way out there just to be there for our group at the finish line. You are an amazing friend for being there like that for all of us, and it was such a welcome sight to see someone from home there for us. Thank you for holding my stuff when I felt woozy after the race, and for opening my Gatorade when my hands were shaky and my brain fried.

Looks like I’ll be doing this recap in segments because it’s already getting long, and I haven’t even gotten to the race stuff yet! Let’s talk about Friday first, shall we? I’ll get to the actual race in my next post.

So Friday, I was a bit of a mess. I was ok while I was busy packing and getting ready, but once I had a little time to myself, the nerves kicked into overdrive.  At 12:30, my friend Adrienne showed up so we could drive up together. A quick McDonald’s stop for lunch and pee break, and we’re off! Once we hit the meat of Denver, we ran smack into insane traffic, so we tried to detour through side streets instead of staying on the freeway. It still took us 45 minutes to get the 10 remaining miles to the hotel! I had to pee so badly, so by the time I finally got out of the car at the hotel I was walking like a little old lady. Every step felt like my bladder was about to burst, and I would’ve cried had I been alone. 

After my 10-minute pee in the hotel bathroom, we met up with the rest of our group in the lobby. While checking in, I asked the guy at the desk if there was any chance we could get upgraded to a suite. A quick look at the computer revealed they did have one, so he hooked us up. Score!! It totally helped that there 5 of us women together, and we’re all pretty hot. Smile He also let us park both our cars and just charged us for one. It was $24 to self-park in the garage!! That’s crazy to me! It really helped that we only had to pay $24 and not $48. The extra space in the room was great since there were 5 of us together!

Once we were all settled, we hit the expo. The Rock & Roll people sure do an expo right! That was the biggest race expo I’d ever been to. So many vendors! We could’ve easily spent all day there, but sadly we only had about 1.5 hours before our dinner reservations. I loved seeing my hydration belt people there! I talked 2 of my friends into buying an ifitness belt at the expo. For me, I onlybought my 13.1 sticker for my van, and a shirt for Abby. She runs in the local running club through her school, so she wore it to school today since she has practice right after. Smile


Dinner after the expo was amazing! We went to Maggiano’s and had the requisite pasta dinner, and a pint of beer. One of the members in our group said she recently read a study that said one beer the night before a race is supposed to help you run faster. That’s all we needed to hear! A quick trip to Walgreen’s for water and provisions after dinner, and we were back in our room for the night. We stopped by the pool to check out the hot tub, but there wasn’t one! Talk about a letdown! Oh well, we were all ready to settle in for the night anyway. Alarms were set for buttcrack of dawn, and we were in bed by 9pm so we’d be well-rested and ready for the next day.

Stay tuned for the rest of the story…

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Just a quick update to let you know I survived my first half! I'm so wanting to do another already! Well, not tomorrow or anything crazy, but very soon. My official finish time was 2:43:58. I'll take it! I really wanted to be under 2:45, but I'd told myself I'd be happy with anything under 3 hours. Yeah, during the race, I knew I needed to hit that 2:45 goal. Busted my ass the last couple miles to be sure I made it! I'll be back with a full recap once I've recovered. Right now, I'm tired and sore and don't want to move much.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ok, One More Before Tomorrow

I have about an hour to kill before my friend gets here to drive up to Denver together, and it's really screwing with my head. I'm all showered, dressed, packed, and ready to go, so I'm just sitting here getting more and more nervous. I need to go find something to do for an hour because sitting in front of the computer is not helping!

Can it be tomorrow yet?

Why I'm running. #earnthatmedal

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Almost Time

Race Day is THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, so I'm now nervous! I've been mostly focusing on tomorrow and how much fun that'll be so I don't completely freak out about the actual race. A friend and I are driving up together around noon, and meeting the rest of our group at the hotel. After we check in and get settled, we'll walk to the expo to get our race packets and check out all the goodies. We'll have a carby pasta dinner downtown, and then go back to the room for some girl time before we attempt to sleep (ha!). I doubt I'll be sleeping much tomorrow night!

Yesterday, it hit me.

The butterflies in my gut. At this point, they're more like huge 'roided up movie butterflies! I'm ready for the race. I know I can do it. But there's still some fear in there. I'm always nervous before a race, no matter the distance, but this one... THIS race, I've trained. I've busted my butt. I've planned. And it's the longest distance I've ever run in a race. All the unknowns are turning me into a Nervous Nelly.

Wish me luck! Also, you can track my progress during the race at Runkeeper if you'd like to follow along. I'm sure it's pretty boring if you're not actually in the race, but my husband and kids love to watch the little icon on the map.

My next post will be a race recap. Holy shit.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fitbit, I Love You So

I've had my fitbit for almost 1.5 years now, and I still LOVE it! If you own a fitbit, be sure to friend me there. Mine was the original one that didn't count stairs climbed. It has gotten me off the couch more times than I can count, and the company has some of the best customer service out there! Mine has slowly been chipping in the loop part, and a few weeks ago, a pretty big chunk fell out. I'd heard of people getting theirs replaced by the fitbit people when they've accidentally run it through the washer, so I thought I'd see if they'd hook me up with a new one. It still worked fine, but it was looking a little sad. I filled out the contact form on the site, and attached a picture of mine with the big chunk out of it, not really expecting them to do anything about it. The next morning, I received an email telling me to submit proof of purchase if I still had it, shipping information, and what color I wanted. It also included a link to their warranty policies.

My chipped fitbit

Wait, what? You want me to choose a color?

My original fitbit only came in the teal color. Only the newer "ultra" one that counts stairs climbed also comes in a plum! Clicking the warranty link revealed that it's only covered for 1 year. Surely, that would be the end of it once they saw my proof of purchase. Though I did tell them when I filled out the contact form that I'd bought it back in May, 2011. A couple days after I submitted all the info they wanted, I received an email saying my order had been processed and I should receive it within 5-7 business days. The next day came the shipping email, and I received my new fitbit the following Monday. One week from the time I sent them my original email, I had a brand new fitbit. Not only a new fitbit, but the newer than mine fitbit! I'm only a little disappointed that I didn't know they'd be releasing a brand new model a couple weeks later. Oh well. I still love it!

For those of you who don't know what a fitbit is, let me explain. Essentially, it's a fancy pedometer. You wear it 24 hours a day, and it tracks your steps, calories burned, stairs climbed, distance traveled, and sleep. It's the size of a bluetooth ear thingy, and clips to your pants or bra. Once it's on, you never notice it. It's much more discreet than the ones where you have to wear it on an armband. It comes with a usb charger thing that also syncs the fitbit wirelessly to your computer whenever you're within range. I hear the new ones use bluetooth technology and sync to your phones as well, so you don't need to be near a computer to sync. Very cool!

My favorite thing about it is its syncing capabilities with other apps and sites. Myfitnesspal, in particular. I quickly learned I hated tracking my food in two different places, so I stopped tracking on the fitbit site. Now that they're synced, I just enter my food into MFP and it gets logged on the fitbit site as well. Whenever I log my workouts into mfp, it gets synced with the fitbit, and gets adjusted on the fitbit site too. Some days, I'm a lot more active than others, and I'll get a "fitbit calorie adjustment" on myfitnesspal then. Free exercise calories for just doing my day-to-day stuff! I've slowly been bumping my activity level from sedentary to very active because I learned I'm a lot more active than I thought. All the running around, cooking, and cleaning we do on a daily basis adds up to a much more active lifestyle than we give ourselves credit for!

The fitbit also syncs to my Withings scale, so my weight automatically gets updated on the fitbit site whenever I weigh myself. I love that! I don't have to remember to add it to the fitbit website since it's already there.

As I'm sure you've gathered by now, I'm a gadget/technology nerd. I love my toys. :)

UPDATE: I recently found out about their referral program, so I'd love it if you'd use my referral link to order yours! Just know, this post was 100% NOT SPONSORED AT ALL. I just love my fitbit, and try to talk everyone I know into one so that we can be friends there and we can compare steps. :) Here's the link. Thank you for using it!!
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, everyone! I had a wonderful birthday, and felt so loved by everyone. I thought I'd post my makeover after pictures since I had such a great time with my friend. I'll happily sit there all day long and have someone fix me up!

Trying to decide on an outfit for my date with the husband last night.

The people of instagram declared this the winner. I felt great in it. :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

One thing y'all should know about me is that I LOVE my birthday! My husband jokes that it should be a national holiday the way I carry on. Yes, I'm now 34 and still count down to my birthday like an 8 year-old. :)

This birthday has been one of the best in a long time. It's been full of celebrations with everyone I love who is local. Neighborhood bunco Thursday night where I rocked my Cowboys shirt and was asked if I've been losing weight all night (best feeling ever!). Friday night, one of my BFFs threw another birthday girl and me a girls' night in at her house and we pinterested shirts into tank tops, and ate like fat girls, drank wine, and laughed hysterically. She made us this deliciously rich cake. The frosting was nutella. I die. The "candles" are pirouette cookies with fondant on top.

Sunday afternoon, we went ziplining. I'm terrified of heights, so that first zipline was incredibly scary. You want me to walk off a cliff? WHAT? I was under the assumption that one was pushed to get moving, but nope. You walk (or run) to the edge of the cliff and keep going. I was SHAKING so badly from the adrenaline and fear after the first one. Once I got over that, it was such a rush! They kept teasing me because it was my idea to do this, but I was the one who was the most scared. Now I can't wait to do it again!!

Having my birthday on Race Week was the greatest idea ever because I'm to "carbo load" all week. When I went grocery shopping yesterday, I stocked up on plain white bagels, my favorite potato bread that I never buy, and sourdough bread to go with our potato cheese soup that I made for dinner last night. My girls and I were browsing cakes in the bakery section, but I was having a hard time deciding which one to get so I got 4 little ones. That is so going to be my new tradition! We dug in after dinner last night because I couldn't wait a day to eat it. I only had a few bites of each, but they were all so good!

Once my twins go to school this afternoon, I'm headed to a makeup artist friend's house where she'll be doing my hair and makeup for my birthday. Another friend is watching our kids this evening so Damon and I can go to my favorite steakhouse. I can't wait!


In blog news, I've added some new buttons. On the top right sidebar, there are social media buttons to make it easy for you to follow me via RSS, or on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. There's also a button if you'd like to email me with any questions. I've also added a left sidebar to give me a place to add your blog buttons without making the one sidebar way too long. There, you'll find my new button I made. Please feel free to "grab" the code and add it to your blog if you'd like. A few of my friends buttons are there as well. They are all awesome ladies, so please show them some love by clicking on the button and checking out their blogs. I'll be adding more buttons as I go.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I'm a Versatile Blogger!

Thanks so much to Elizabeth for nominating me! Go visit her at Just Another Friday.

I stole this from her blog:

The rules of receiving this reward are...
1. Nominate up to 15 fellow bloggers, who are
relatively new to blogging.
2. Let the nominated bloggers know
they have been nominated.
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you, a
nd link back to them in your post.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger
award picture to your post.

My nominations:
My Life in Progress
Brittany Bucher
yo-yo mama
Baby Steps
Fitness Unscripted

Random facts about myself.
1. I was a cheerleader in high school.
2. I have 7 siblings total, but I'm an only child. Twin sisters from my mom, and 5 brothers and sisters from my dad's various marriages.
3. I LOVE to read. Nora Roberts especially. I can't get into anything heavy these days because my only reading time is at night, and I don't want to have to think too hard by then.
4. My mom took me to one of those modeling casting calls the summer before my freshman year in high school, and I was chosen to go to their big convention later that year. I got to have headshots taken, and walk a catwalk in front of a bigwigs from about a dozen modelling agencies. One of them that focuses on catalogs gave me a callback, and told me to come see them in NY, but I never did.
5. I'm a math nerd. I used to create algebra problems to help me sleep when I was a teenager. Algebra is still my favorite math, and I've been very slowly working on my accounting degree. I hate accounting. Sigh.
6. My feet have grown 2 full sizes since having kids. It's been a gradual thing, and not immediately after having them. I found out I'm now a 10 last summer, 3 years after my last kids were born.
7. I had cancer 3-ish years ago. It was in my right breast, but it was a very rare form of skin cancer. The radiologist who went over my biopsy results had to research what it was. It's called dermatofibrosarcoma. I was VERY lucky it was caught at all! I went in for my 6 week-postpartum checkup and my dr did a breast exam and thought he felt cysts, so he sent me in for an ultrasound since I was nursing. Turned out, he was feeling my milk ducts, but I really do have miniscule cysts in my boobs. Nothing to worry about, but he wanted me to follow up in 6 months with a mammogram if I was no longer nursing. At that mammogram appointment, they saw something suspicious in the very back edge of the picture, so they did a super up-close one that hurt like a bitch! It didn't look like a tumor, but also didn't quite look like a cyst, so I had a biopsy on it a couple weeks later. My type of cancer doesn't respond to chemo or radiation, so if the surgery didn't get it all, I'd lose a boob. Thankfully, I had a fantastic surgeon who took a very large margin and I got to keep my boobs. AND I had plenty to lose, so nobody can even tell. I see the dent when I'm not wearing a bra, and the big scar when I wear boobielicious shirts (see the Superman shirt. The dark spot on my boob is the thickest part of the scar).
I was 30 when I had cancer, and it was the scariest 2 months of my life. I still struggle around the anniversary, and when I have to go in for my mammograms and chest x-rays.

Now that I've depressed everyone, please go check out all the fantastic blogs I linked to above!

First Month Down

Withings Scale

I did it! I stuck with Ripped in 30 and my half marathon training for the whole month, and boy did it pay off! Here are my starting and ending stats:

Day 1

Weight: 177.3
Chest: 40
Arm: 11
Waist: 37
Hip: 39.75
Thigh: 20.5
Calf: 15

Day 30 (31? I don't even know. Close enough)

Weight: 169.3
Chest: 37.75
Arm: 10.5
Waist: 32.5
Hip: 37.5
Thigh: 19.5
Calf: 14.5

Total Weight Lost: 8lbs
Total Inches Lost: 11!

Woot!! I'm a little disappointed because I was 168.5 on Monday, but I seem to have my big loss during my period every month and then gain a little back when I'm done. Guess what? I'm done now, so of course I gained a bit back. I'm still thrilled with my "after," though! 11 inches, bitches!! 4.5" in my waist alone!

The first two pictures are from last summer. I was about 190 then. The right pictures are this morning at 169.3.

These two are my Ripped before & afters. I forgot to take pictures on day 1, so the left is after I was done with Level 1. There's only a 3 week difference between left and right.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Feeling HAWT in the 160's

Withings scale

Woohoo!! I FINALLY made it to the 160's after 2 years! The last time I saw 160's was when I did WW 3 years ago, I think. I saw 168 for a hot minute, but it didn't last long before I was back to 170-173. Shortly after that, I gave up and haven't seen 160's since. This time, I won't give up! I'm going to keep pushing through 160's to the 150's and keep on keepin' on! I got this.

Friday was my day. That's the day the scale said 169.9. Just *barely* kissing the 160's, but I did not care. It completely made my day, and I felt GREAT! A friend of mine threw a "Passion Party" Friday night, so I went all out getting ready because I felt sexy and hot and all the other adjectives you can think of. I wish I would've taken a picture of my outfit! Alas, this is the only picture I had time for, and all it really shows is my messy house.

Trying to decide which boot to wear. I went with the tall black ones. :)

Yesterday, I got a tee shirt I bought on Amazon for my neighborhood bunco on Thursday. We're doing a football theme, so everyone is to wear their favorite team stuff. I don't really care, but my husband is a HUGE Cowboys fan so I bought a tee shirt to represent his team. I LOVE it! It makes me feel so sexy, and boobacious, and all around small. I still have a long ways to go before I hit my goal weight, but damn I feel good making progress! I'm already much more confident and self-assure than I was a month ago.

I also bought a shirt for Halloween. My friends and I are doing a 5k the weekend before and decided to dress up as superheroes. Sort of. We're buying superhero shirts, and making tutus to go with them. I decided on Superman, and found this shirt at Spencer's. It's a bit...low. Hello more cleavage than I ever show!

Got my first run in since the big 13.6 on Friday, and it was a sluggish 5k, but I still did it. I've been doing Ripped every day this week too because I was really hoping to be done with it by tomorrow, so I could post my final stats and progress pictures. Saturday, I ended up taking my 2nd rest day since I started 4 weeks ago so I'm going to hold off on posting final stuff until Thursday. That's the 13th, and marks my one month anniversary. :) I'm going to keep doing level 4 for a few more days, so I'll do a full week of it instead of my usual 5 days. I'll be sure to post before & after weights, measurements, and pictures then.

I was worried that the 160's wouldn't stick since I was approaching the weekend, and you know how the weekend goes. I didn't do too badly at my girls' night Friday night, drank a little too much, but not too terribly with the food. I still didn't weigh myself since I was probably bloated and feeling slightly hungover. Last night, we went to Freddy's for dinner, and I felt awful the rest of the night. I wasn't able to finish my whole burger or fries, and I gave my Pepsi to my husband after a couple drinks, but it tore me up! Weighed this morning to get myself back on track fully expecting to see 170's, and I was an even 169! Friday wasn't a fluke!

This means I'm officially 25lbs down from my heaviest, and 20lbs down from my start weight two years ago. I'm also down 8.3lbs in these 4 weeks!
Withings scale

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I Have Cooties

I've had a good size blister on my right big toe for a couple months now, and it never heals because I run and it gets all big and fluidy again. I haven't popped it because google said not to. Google also said to LEAVE THE SKIN INTACT. The loose fluidy blister skin acts as a barrier to the underneath stuff, and protects it from getting infected and stuff. A couple rest days in and it would get flat and start to heal, but it would fill up again after every run. Well, after my 13.6 on Sunday, I developed another blister right above it. This one right next to my toenail. They were just barely touching. Now that I had huge blister boobs on the side of my toe, I decided to finally drain them last night.

Old blister was yellow. Huh. Strange. I grabbed a sewing needle, sterilized it with a lighter (fire! fire!), and poked it. Thick, yellow fluid oozed out. That's not right, right? Popped the newer one, and it was plain old blister fluid. When I was done and freshly bandaged, I googled "blister yellow fluid." Turns out, that means infection. Shit!

My first thought was, "will I be able to keep running?" How sick have I become! Clearly, the blister fluid has gone to my brain. Old Brandi would've used this as an excuse to sit on my ass all the live long day.

My husband has a free clinic for employees and their families at his work, and they were able to get me in this morning, so off I went. Doctor said I did the right thing by draining it, and that got most of the infection out. I'm to soak it in Epsom salts, and slowly cut the blister skin off as it gets callousy. He also gave me an antibiotic cream to put on it, and told me to keep draining it if it keeps filling up.

Good news is I can keep running. Yay! Hopefully my new shoes will help my blister issues as well as my arch issues.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Level 4, Baby!

I did it! My first day of Ripped Level 4 this morning, and you know what? I LOVED it!! It really showed me how far I've come since the first week because I was able to keep up, AND use my 8lb weights for most of it! I typically start with 5's and slowly move up to 8's throughout the week with each level. By the end of my time on each level, I'm doing all of it with 8's. In level 3, I started using 10's for a few of the moves because the 8's weren't challenging anymore.

Now don't get me wrong, level 4 was hard as hell! But I felt so empowered and damn PROUD for being able to stick with Basheera for a lot of it. It really helped that a lot of the moves were yoga moves that had been Jillian-ified. I love yoga, but don't get to do it as often as I like. There was a show on Oxygen at like 4am once upon a time that I loved. It was my absolute favorite yoga ever because it wasn't "new age-y" and Steve Ross, the yogi, didn't take himself too seriously. The music was FUN, and it was a blast. Unfortunately, that show's been cancelled and I've never found any yoga class or dvd like it since. Anyway, it made me happy to see some yoga in level 4.

Speaking of yoga, I mentioned before that I tend to lay there dead at the end whenever I do Ripped because that's always my favorite part of yoga. Well, she incorporated that into level 4, and gave the best inspirational speech during that time. I don't remember exactly what she said, but it was about being proud of coming this far, and taking the time for yourself. Do it for you. Be the best you, and don't let the negative thoughts win. It brought up every bad emotion and thought I've felt along the way these past 4 weeks, and was exactly what I needed to hear. Jillian made me cry during her speech, but it was such a good cleansing cry. To just let go.

I CAN do this! I WILL reach my goals! And I WILL NOT sabotage myself!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Week 4 Weigh-In

Weighing after long run day is the best idea ever. I've lost almost a full pound since last week! And I'm down 2.5" from last week alone. Since getting back on track and starting Ripped in 30, I have lost 7.75"!

Week 1
Weight: 177.3
Chest:    40
Arm:      11
Waist:     37
Hip:       39.75
Thigh:    20.5
Calf:      15

Week 4
Weight:   171.7
Chest:      38
Arm:        10.5
Waist:       34
Hip:          38.5
Thigh:      19.5
Calf:         15

Weight Lost:  5.6
Inches Lost:   7.75

I have been training for my half and running 3-4 times a week, and doing Ripped in 30 five days a week, though I slacked last week and only did it 3 times. I need to do level 3 two more days this week, and then it's time for the Mother of All Levels. LEVEL 4. Dun dun dun!!!

If you'd like to see stats for the other weeks, as well as my starting ones from January of last year, check out the Measurements page. It can be so easy for me to miss the big picture, especially when the scale stalls, but seeing old measurements like that really put it in perspective for me just how far I've come!

On the first two pictures, the left ones were last summer when I was about 190. The right is just now at 171.7.

I didn't remember to take pictures until I was already 5 days into Ripped, and done with Level 1. That's the left here. It was 8/18 and I was 173.6, so there's only a 2lb difference between the two but a whole lotta inches.

Sunday, September 2, 2012


13.61 in 2:59:17 (13:10 pace)
Runkeeper tends to screw me on just a little of my run when I import from my Garmin, so I'm going by what the Garmin said which are the stats above. :)

A couple friends and I wanted to run the whole 13.1 this morning to get a feel for it, and to have a time to beat for the race in 3 weeks. We ran the same route I did last week, but instead of having Damon pick us up, we just met at the finish and drove in one car to the start. We start at the trailhead at a lake, and end at a corporate office parking lot. I'd been the one to map it a couple days ago to be sure we'd finish before the huge hill I now knew was at the end. I let them know to do 3 loops around the lake in the beginning, and that would have us overshooting our 13.1 just a bit. They're much faster than me, so we separated pretty early on and I didn't see them again, but I later found out that they'd only done 2 loops around the lake so they only ended up running 12.5 while I ended up at 13.6. They weren't too broken up about it, and were happy with their run regardless of the shorter distance.

I was thrilled to FINALLY run the entire length I'd planned on! Every long run the last few weeks has ended up getting cut a little short, and it had been getting to me. Was I really going to be able to run a half marathon in a few weeks? I was starting to doubt myself, and today's run put my head back in the game. Bring that half, bitches! Let's do this! My goal for the half is to run it in 2:45 or less. I hit 13.1 at 2:52 today, so I think that's totally doable for race day.

I always run my long runs in Vitalsox compression socks. LOVE them! They help immensely with recovery, and keep me from having to walk like I've been rode hard the rest of the day after a long run. I've been happy with my compression socks, so I didn't really see the need for compression sleeves. Well, on a weightloss group I'm in, several people have been commenting on how much they love their Zensah compression sleeves, so I finally decided to try them. Today was my first run in them and they felt great. They were no better or worse than my socks, but they definitely helped. The only thing I didn't like about wearing sleeves is that I got pebbles and dirt in my socks because there's about an inch or two gap between the sleeves and my socks. That little bit of skin is now filthy! It wasn't a deal-breaker, and I'll definitely wear them again. I do have to admit that they look cuter than my compression socks.

Also, I got this email today. 30,000 steps before 10am? HELL YES!