Thursday, June 25, 2009


When I checked my email this morning I had one from Spark People telling me it was time to move onto stage 3, I am ready for the "healthy lifestyle" stage. :)

At first I thought, me? come on. Could I ready for that? But as I thought about it more....I definately am ready. This is my life. Get up, exercise, eat right thoughout the day. Track my calories and fitness minutes. This is my life.

And I must say, I'm glad, I'm so ready to be here.

While packing stuff up for vacation this morning, I was trying on some of those "back of the closet" clothes, just to see....ya know. Lo and behold. Two tops that I've had stuck back there fit. Really well I might add. Not snug and with NO back-fat!!

Looking good and feeling pretty happy with myself, I did it, I stepped on the scale. Not to see my weight but to see my Body Fat Percentage. Although I had lost .2 ounces! (I'm almost to 138!!! Happy jig!!!)

When I started this journey I weighed 143.3 and my body fat percentage (according to my health o meter scale) was 41.5%.

Today I weighed 139.2 and my body fat percentage is 35!! I'm not sure what my BFP should be, probably under 20, right? But I've lost 6% fat!!!

And while I am very excited to be down 4ish pounds. I'm thrilled to see the BFP loss. All of this hard work, PAYS OFF!!

Oh and I've lost inches as well.

Natural Waist: 31.5
Belly Button: 32.25 (I don't have an original measurement, but this is down .75 from a week ago)
Hips: 37.25
Neck: 14.5

And while I say "hard work" its really fun! I love to run and I really like strength training. I love it that I have more definition. That I'm stronger. That I have endurance. That I have the physical and mental strength to perservere!

I am so excited about what the future holds for me and for my family. My oldest son is a runner, a triathlete. And now my youngest does crunches with me and wants to run on the treadmill. If only we could rope my husband in....that'll come, eventually. He's at least semi-tracking his calories! That's a start!

Anyway, I say all this to say......

Keep Going!! Its soooo worth it. You have everything you need within you to work this plan. Yesterday when I was challenging myself to run a mile without stopping, I kept saying to myself I can do this! And I did.

You can do it too. You CAN live healthy. You CAN be stronger. You CAN endure.

Now get out there and work your plan!!

Come can say it!!


Stop wishing to feel better! And get your workout in!
Stop wishing to eat healthy! And just DO IT!!
Stop living your life by a wish bone!! Start living your life by the strength inside you!

Gotta pack!!       

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Runner Girl!

Today is a run day for me.....Ka-Razy Awesome!! I want to run every day but I think I should take a break sometimes.

Anyway I hopped on the treadmill with the intention of doing W1D2 of c25k. I walked for a 2 minutes and then started running. I ran for a few minutes, rather than 60 seconds and said to myself. SELF!! Run this thing out!! You can run a it with no walking!!

And SELF said: OKAY we can do this!!

AND WE DID!! Ran it all at 4.0MPH.

Then I walked for a few minutes and ran out the remainder of the 1/4 mile.
Then I walked for a few minutes and ran out the next quarter mile.

I did this up to 2.5 miles. Whoo Hooo!!

Then I got a phone call from a good friend, so I slowed down to 2.9MPH and walked another 3/4 miles. For a total of 3.29 miles today!!

I could have gone further, but I have to pick up the kiddo from his summer program. Guess I shouldn't be all sweaty and smelly when I do that. LOL

GO ME!! RUNNER GIRL has returned!! 

Good-Bye 140

Just out of curiosity I hopped on the scale today. I really thought I would be the same or more, basically for whatever reason I can't swear off dinner rolls!!

Anyway, this is what I saw:


So Long 140!! I've left you, FOR GOOD!! Eat My DUST!! I'm GONE!!

This only motivates me more to run further and longer while on vacation! :) We are nearing the end of june and I made it to the upper end of my goal....but its only 2.4 pounds away from 137, where I'd really like to be!! :)

That will be my goal to come back from vacation, weigh myself July 4th and be 137...or lower!! :)       

Monday, June 22, 2009

Vision Is The Specatcular...

7 Steps to Achieving Your Dream ~~ Chris Widener

Can achievement be broken down into steps?

Well, it isn't always that clean and easy, but I do know that those who achieve great things usually go through much of the same process, with many of the items listed below as part of
that process. So if you have been struggling with achievement, look through the following and internalize the thoughts presented. Then begin to apply them. You will be on the road to achieving your dream!

1. Dream it - Everything begins in the heart and mind. Every great achievement began in the mind of one person. They dared to dream, to believe that it was possible. Take some time to allow yourself to ask What if? Think big. Don't let negative thinking discourage you. You want to be a dreamer. Dream of the possibilities for yourself, your family, and for others. If you had a dream that you let grow cold, re-ignite the dream! Fan the flames. Life is too short to let it go.

2. Believe it - Yes, your dream needs to be big. It needs to be something that is seemingly beyond your capabilities. But it also must be believable. You must be able to say that if certain things take place, if others help, if you work hard enough, though it is a big dream, it can still be done

3. See it - The great achievers have a habit. They see things. They picture themselves walking around their CEO office in their new 25 million-dollar corporate headquarters, even while they are sitting on a folding chair in their garage headquarters. Great free-throw
shooters in the NBA picture the ball going through the basket. PGA golfers picture the ball going straight down the fairway. World-class speakers picture themselves speaking with energy and emotion. All of this grooms the mind to control the body to carry out the dream.

4. Tell it - One reason many dreams never go anywhere is because the dreamer keeps it all to himself. It is a quiet dream that only lives inside of his mind. The one who wants to achieve their dream must tell that dream to many people. One reason: As we continually say it, we begin to believe it more and more. If we are talking about it then it must be possible. Another reason: It holds us accountable. When we have told others, it spurs us on to actually do it so we don't look foolish.

5. Plan it - Every dream must take the form of a plan. The old saying that you get what you plan for is so true. Your dream won't just happen. You need to sit down, on a regular basis, and plan out your strategy for achieving the dream. Think through all of the details. Break the whole plan down into small, workable parts. Then set a time frame for accomplishing each task on your dream plan.

6. Work it - Boy, wouldn't life be grand if we could quit before this one! Unfortunately the successful are usually the hardest workers. While the rest of the world is sitting on their couch watching re-runs of Gilligan's Island, achievers are working on their goal - achieving their dream. I have an equation that I work with: Your short-term tasks, multiplied by time, equal your long-term accomplishments. If you work on it each day, eventually you will achieve your dream. War and Peace was written, in longhand, page by page.

7. Enjoy it - When you have reached your goal and you are living your dream, be sure to enjoy it. In fact, enjoy the trip too. Give yourself some rewards along the way. Give yourself a huge reward when you get there. Help others enjoy it. Be gracious and generous. Use your dream to better others. Then go back to number 1. And dream a little bigger this time!

Chris Widener is a popular speaker and writer as well as the President of Made for Success       

Sunday, June 21, 2009

What Is Courage?

Courage is not the lack of fear. Courage can be summed up like this:

Feel the fear, do it anyway!

That is how my day began. Was I gonna back down or was I gonna keep going? Runner Girl Decided we'd keep going!!!!!

My day started out weird. I was in a funk, I was behind schedule. I didn't eat breakfast so I could stay somewhat on schedule and get my run in at 7:30. I change my clothes and lace up my running shoes, walking thru the house my right foot, specifically my pinky toe doesn't feel right. Try to ignore it. Fill up my water bottle, head to the treadmill. Grab my book, begin walking.

I was achey and annoyed with just right toe was givin' me fits, my left knee has a twinge of annoyance, my right hip acts like it forgot how to run. Let's not talk about the tailbone scenario, pul-ease!

IGNORE IGNORE IGNORE. I call this Pushing the ignore button in my head. But then about 1/2 a mile in the key pops out of the treadmill!! GRRRRRRRRRRR.......

So I stop abrubtly, to say the least, crawl up under the treadmill to get the key, flip the fan on, pull myself up by the boot straps cuz now....I'm pissed. I turn the MPH up a few notches and get goin'! Runner Girl is gonna run. That's all there is to it!!

I ran a bit and walked a bit and ran a bit and walked a bit. I was really getting tired and all these little hurts were annoying me, so I slowed it down, put my weight vest on and walked for about a mile. I got to within a quarter mile of my goal today and said that's it!! I'm not gonna let this one little quarter mile get in my way. I stopped listening to the I'm hungry, I'm tired, I can't do this voice. I cranked the treadmill up to 5.0 and ran out the last quarter mile. VICTORY!! I DID IT!!

What an awesome feeling!! I ran my goal today, I kept going, I didn't quit. If I had quit, I would have had to listen to the runner girl in my head saying, you could have done it, you should have done it. Instead the runner girl gets to dance the happy dance!! WHOO HOOO!!

I had a plan today and despite the obstacles I achieved my goal!! It all starts with a plan.

A plan has to have what??



Wishing doesn't run miles, wishing doesn't shed pounds, wishing doesn't fit into her clothes, only working the plan!! :)

what is your plan for today and how will you achieve it?
what is your plan for the week?
What is your goal for June and how close are you to getting there?

This is a push week, a make it happen week!! YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

If I can do it, YOU can do it!! Today could have been a disaster, but instead I found my Happy Face, my Sweet Spot and Kept.On.Going!       

Friday, June 19, 2009

And the scale is moving!

First Off:

Just cuz I feel lighter and yes even though I have sworn off the scale...well let me rephrase....
I have sworn off the power I used to give to the scale. The scale has no more power over me.

So...I weighed yesterday late morning....after water, coffee, breakfast, snack....I had lost FOUR more ounces!! I am TWO ounces from 140! emoticon emoticon emoticon


I arranged and rearranged the pillow in my car until I found a way that didn't hurt me to get in and out of the car, and to where I can drive without (near) tears from the pain.
Hallelujah!! emoticon


I slept thru the night!!! And I slept until 9AM! Ka-Razy!! I'm usually up by 6.

I feel good, rested, ready to run but I have a boy scout thing with my kiddo today where I'll do lots of walking. So as tempting as it is to hop on the treadmill and bang out 2-3 miles, I have to resist!!





Thursday, June 18, 2009

Anything You Stop Feeding, Dies!

After mulling it over a bit, I decided I would make my email a blog entry:

"What will you do today to reach your goals? The ponderings of an injured runner"

Good Morning Sparklers!! Its Weekend Eve! We made it thru Wednesday and onto Thursday!! WHOO HOOO!!!!!!!!

What will you do today? What is the plan of action!! Action is what gets you closer to the goal!! A PLAN WITH NO ACTION IS JUST A WISH.


I'm gonna try to run again today, I'll walk definately, but I'll see if I can run today too. I know I know...don't overdo it. Just throw me a crown and call me queen!! LOL Really I won't overdo it!! :) DONE: Couldn't run but I walked 2.5 miles at an incline


Also I will swim. I will strength train...this is my new found love. I'd like to do it every day, but I know I have to give my muscles a rest. (will be done this evening)


I will continue to encourage myself. I have to keep myself going. Stay positive. Keep making good choices. Encourage others in their journey. There are enough voices holding people back and alot of times I've found there aren't many people in their circle cheering them on. (this is ongoing...never stops)

I think that is why SP works! Most people have never had an encourager, support, common goals.

I was thinking last night about my "freak" accident: I look at it as a test.

Will I or Won't I carry on with this change in my life?
Will I give in to not being able to work out as much, run as far, do the things I want to do?
Will I drive to the store and buy unclean/processed foods and gobble them down?

Its as if the inner me (the red crayon in the middle of the box that you just can't get to) is saying, lets just see what she does now. Will she carry on, will she do what she says she will do?


The answer is:


Despite of and inspite of opposition. Despite the pain. Despite the soreness. Despite the "oh I don't feeeeeeeeeeeeeellll like doing this today". Despite of the chocolate monster who lives inside of me. (i'm seriously trying to kill it off) Inspite of people who don't think I can, and probably hope I can't. pfffhhtttttt....haters....WHAT

I can do it, I will do it. WATCH ME!!!!!!!!!!

A common phrase that can be heard in my house about 'impossibilities' is: Hide and watch.

Go ahead, I dare ya, Hide and Watch.

Don't just wish for something to happen. MAKE IT HAPPEN! Only you have the power to move foward. And I promise you. YOU HAVE IT!! You came equip with everything you need, honestly you did. Maybe you haven't had the seed watered, maybe you didn't know the seed was planted, but its there...its waiting to grow and mature and succeed. Cuz that's the only thing it knows how to do.

OKAY one last thing...cuz I gotta get movin' this morning....

This saying it true: Anything you stop feeding dies!

Stop feeding yesterday, stop feeding the past, stop feeding where you're not and who you think you're not. Stop comparing yourself with others. Just stop feeding the negative monster, The "i can't do it" monster. The "I'm not worth it" monster. This "its too hard" monster. The "someday" monster.

If you stop feeding it, it will die.

I dare you!! I dare you!!


The question remains.....what will you do today to reach your goals??       

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Down a pound!

With an actual empty bladder and a mostly empty belly, save for the 1/2 cup of jo. I bravely stepped on the scale, telling myself that if is was more than yesterday I wasn't gonna sweat it. I was gonna keep on keepin' on....what's the saying around here??

Slow and steady wins the race! :)

Much to my surprise.....140.6 emoticon emoticon DOWN ONE pound and TWO ounces!!!!!!!!!

OMGOSH, I'm about to be under 140!!!!!! For the first time in about a year!!!!!!!!!!!!

This makes the "oh I see AF decided to visit" news this morning alot easier to take. Maybe that's why my back hurts and not because of the bruised tailbone. Or maybe that's why I'm in more pain than I had been over the weekend.

Either way, I can see my June GW on the horizon!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKK
K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon     emoticon       

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sweet Sweet Relief

Oh Howdy Friends and Neighbors.....the pool is a GAWD from the 7th heaven!!

Picked up the kiddo and his friend from the summer program and we all hopped in the pool. Just entering the pool is relief enough. The weight being lifted off my body is ridiculously awesome!!

I was able to float around and move my legs a bit while on two under my arms and one at my hips. That was so great! I did that for about 30 minutes, then I laid on the float in the warmth of the sun (with SPF of course) for about 20 minutes.

Then we all came in for a snack! Now the kids are playing the Wii, they are bowling, this is hysterical!

I feel pretty good, I've only had one round of "pain meds" today. I did the 15 minute office video and something like you might call assisted swimming. Just moving, rather than sitting here turning into petrified wood has been great!

I think I'll take a dip again later tonight.       

Sunday, June 7, 2009

New bumps and bruises

Now that some of the swelling has gone down, I have new bumps.

My right arm hurts on both sides of my elbow.
I have a large knot on my right hiney cheek, its a little discolored.
Since my right side hurts so much I have been using my left side now right behind my left knee hurts. What is that? my hamstring?
The inside, back of my left knee is achey and tight.

On the bright side. My tailbone doesn't hurt as much today. :) Its still a steady throbbing pain that I can't get away from. But its not as bad. Whoo Hoo!!

I was able to sleep last night, from 8:30-11PM, then from 1:30AM to 8:30AM.  

Wishing I was sleepy enough to sleep, but I can't. And I don't take the pain meds until the night. Guess I could take some advil and grab an ice pack. :)

I'll keep you posted.       

Friday, June 5, 2009

Really? I just started C25K!

Grrrrr....this means I can't run tomorrow!!

I fell down today and banged myself up pretty badly. I slipped at Chic Fil A and landed on my tailbone, right elbow and right wrist, but mostly on my tailbone.

The pain is like nothing I can describe. I can barely move. Although after the trip to the dr., I have some nice drugs and I'm feeling better. I'm sitting while I type this, very gingerly.

I can't run, I can't swim, I can't do anything that uses my back or backside muscles/joints....for as long as it takes, said the dr. Rest, alternate hot and cold, take the meds.

I was x-rayed, nothing is broken, thankfully! But I won't be tracking any fitness minutes for probably a week. :( I'm bummed.       

Monday, June 1, 2009


Weight: 142.4 (may 30)

Bust: 38
Chest: 32
Waist: 31.5
Hips: 37.75
R Arm: 11
L Arm: 11
Neck: 14.75

Thus Far Today I have done:
Crunchless Core Workout
SS to SS KickBoxing Workout
1 Set Quick Fire Challenge

Now I think I will mow the lawn.