I apologize for my absence

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Hey everybody. I'm sorry my posting has been so sporadic and void lately. It seems as though I have lost 2 followers in the process. :( Truth be told, I was planning on writing out some fabulous blog drafts this week and hoping to post them but then I got really sick. I have ended up with a pretty serious infection. I had an abscessed tooth that pretty much went crazy over night. I ended up in Urgent Care and was on so much pain medication I was throwing up. It hasn’t been pretty.

And this could not possibly be happening at a more inappropriate time. Not only did this effect enjoying Frankie's actual 40th birthday but it has also made planning this party and getting everything together very difficult. I know that to some it seems like "just a party" but to me...it's a HUGE deal. I have been planning this thing for over a year. One of my weight loss goals was to be down to 180 by his birthday....I have PASSED that, but of course, I didn’t get to enjoy it. Also, this will be the first time that our families meet each other. For many, many reason this party means A LOT to me and due to this illness I can not give it 100% of my energy. Thanks to the lovely Dr. at Urgent Care though and the fantastic antibiotics I received, I have been feeling better, but still very tired.

I haven’t been able to run at all and my eating has been very little and very sporadic.  I missed my meeting yesterday since I was in Urgent Care most of the day but I did weigh-in at home and I was the same...actually I think I was up .2 ounces but I also had just drank a ton of water with my meds so who knows. Needless to say, this whole thing has sent me into a slight depression that I'm slowly trying to dig my way out of it.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your supportive tweets, as I have been absent on there as well pretty much. I go to the dentist on Monday and hopefully I can have this tooth taken out and hopefully be back in tip-top shape soon!! In the meantime I just wanted to thank every for their support and their patience. I also haven't been able to answer any emails I've gotten lately, but do not worry, I promise I will soon!!

Sending out much love to all of you!! XOXO

It’s awards season around here

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I’ve posted late.  I apologize for my lack of my posting and interacting back and forth.  My boyfriends 40th birthday is Wednesday & I’m planning a big party for him on Saturday.  Needless to say, I have been busy, busy, BUSY!! 

I hope that all of you have had a fabulous week!!  The other day when I signed onto Twitter there were about 3 or 4 of you who had just posted some fantastic weigh-in results and it really put such a huge smile on my face.  It’s so great to see so many people doing good things for themselves. 

I have some good news to share myself…

I hit another milestone at my WI on Thursday.  I was down 1.6 lbs pounds which now puts me at 75.8 lbs lost!!!!  That’s right, I hit the 75 mark and it feels GREAT!!

I don’t think I ever thought I would get this far.  It almost didn’t seem real, but then  everyone at my meeting asked me to stand up and all of a sudden I started shaking.  My legs felt like Jell-O and when my leader asked me what were some of the most important things I’ve learned about WW’s & about myself…I froze.  I could not speak, and normally I’m miss chatty.  My leader said that she would give me time to think about it and I can answer when they present me with the washer award you get (they didn't have any that day). 

That question seems to strike right on the head with what I’ve been struggling with lately and that’s the identity of myself and the changes.  I know I touched on this topic a little bit in a previous post and I actually have a blog drafted that’s related to change and how we deal and adapt with it so I wont go into all of that right now.  But I promise I will put up that post soon.

Anywho…I know this post doesn’t have much “meat” to it and I apologize for that.  It’s a gorgeous day out here today and I’m hoping to go out and get a good run in.  I haven’t worked out at all this weekend and I definitely have some beers to burn off.  ;-)  But before I go I would like to share some other exciting news…

I got my first blog award!!   

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I received the fabulous OMB Award from the ever so stunning Renee over at Full-Fat to Low-Fat Pie.  You can also follow her on Twitter @lowfatpie.  She is just the sweetest!!

So to full-fill my blog duties I did a little video first thing in morning with no makeup or hair done.  It’s not really a vlog, or whatever you call it, but I think it counts LOL…

 

Thank you again Renee!!  XOXO

Here were the rules:

1. Get really excited that you got the coolest award EVER! – CHECK!!

2. Choose ONE of the following options of accepting the OMB award:

(a) Get really drunk and blog for 15 minutes straight, or for as long as you can focus.

(b) Write about your most embarrassing moment.

(c) Write a “Soundtrack of your childhood” post.

(d) Make your next blog a ‘vlog’/video blog. Basically, you’re talking to the camera about whatever.

(e) Take a picture of yourself first thing in the morning, before you do anything else (hair, makeup, etc) and post it.

3. Pass this award onto at least 3, but preferably more, awesome bloggers as yourself. Don’t forget to tell them.

So here are the three people I would like to give this award to:

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Keri @ http://lifelessonaday.blogspot.com/

TJ @ http://tjstestkitchen.blogspot.com/

One of those days…

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Or maybe I should say one of those weekends??  I’ve been MIA again.  Not too happy with myself about that.  Today I have been very anti-Weight Watchers and I have managed to consume a whole brick of cheese pretty much by myself.  Since Thursday nice I have not been OP much, and I haven't ran or worked out at all.  I can feel it.  I can feel it on my body and my mind.  I’m hoping to start tomorrow with a fresh new feeling and really kick some ass for the rest of the week.

I was down .6 at my WI on Thursday.  I’m only .8 away from getting my 75 lbs lost award. 

I’m not too sure that will happen this week :/.  Oh well. 

Any who…I’ve been throwing back the Coors Light’s today (duh!) so getting a big life changing post (because you know, normally when you read one of my posts your life dramatically turn for the better right?? ;-)  just isn’t going to happen today.  But I wanted to share with you that one of my favorite bloggers in the whole universe, Skinny Runner is having a fabulous GU giveaway on her website.  So STOP what ever you are doing and go over there now and enter: Skinny Runner GU Giveaway!!

She doesnt know me, nor does she know that I follow her website as much as a crack addict hits the pipe…but I love her and she is one of my biggest inspirations. 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!  Happy Mothers Day to all you mothers out there!!  I’m still waiting to see if my cats listened and went and got me anything…probably not…stupid pussy’s. 

XOXO

What GPS??

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So before I start telling the story about my adventure of getting lost during my run this morning, let me first start out by saying that this was probably one of the most physically active weekends I have ever had.  Here’s what I did:

  • Friday night I went for a 3.01 mile run around my neighborhood.  When I got home, I then the Jillian Michaels ‘Yoga Meltdown’ DVD which is 30 minutes long.
  • Saturday Frank & I went out to breakfast and then walked around the farmers market some. (I also met a lady there who makes WW-friendly baked goods. They are *SO* good.  I bought the creamsicle cup cakes for 3 pts a piece. YUM!)  After that we went and played Tennis for an hour then came back home and grabbed our bikes.  We ended up riding 6.66 miles…and no, that distance wasn’t planned…that’s just how awesome we are!!

So that brings us to today.  While the stuff above may not sound like a whole lot, it kind of is for me.  Other than running I really don't do many other types of physical activity, other than the elliptical.  Going out there and doing different kinds of workouts definitely has a different effect on the body…but it’s a good one!!  I feel more fit and like I was more “active” this weekend just by the simple fact that I mixed it up.  Plus, it was great to be able to get outside and enjoy the nice weather and do some of those activities with Frankie. 

Any who, back to today…I woke up feeling sore and tired.  The side of my oblique's are killing me (thanks twisting planks!) and my legs barely wanted to walk down the stairs.  But kind of automatically, I threw on my running gear as soon as I got up.  I told myself that even though I was sore and my body was tired, today would not be a day off!!  I was going to get out there and try to run a couple of miles at least. 

I went down to the parkway and it was pretty nice.  I started to run and about 1/2 a mile into I hit some major traffic.  There was a walk for MS there today so it was uber busy. 

Just a little vent here…it’s great that so many people showed up to support a great cause and I hope they made a lot of money and what not, but here’s the thing…there are TWO area’s at the park; The main pathway and then the smaller path next to the lake.  STAY ON ONE PATH!!  WHY do you all feel the need to take up BOTH paths!!  First of all, I’m pretty sure its all mapped out for you and secondly I’m pretty sure they tell you to stay on that mapped out path.  It was a bit annoying and frustrating for us non-participants. 

When I got to the 2 mile mark the thought of turning around and having to run around that mess of people & their children & their scooters & their dogs & their strollers & well…pretty much everything else they brought with them, just made me even more annoyed.  It was hard enough that I was having a difficult time mentally getting into this run.  I knew that having to go back through that mess was going to make it even more difficult. 

So, I decided to take a different route.  One that I was pretty much familiar with (or so I thought at the time) but had never ran.  This route would take me out on the road and down and around the village.  I figured it was basically about the same distance as if I turned around and went back through the parkway the same way I came.  WRONG!

I’ve never gotten lost on a run before.  Nor have I ever ran in an area that I wasn’t familiar with.  Now this route I chose, I have driven many times but apparently the roads I had imagined before taking off to this area where not exactly 100% accurate.

I ended make a major crescent AWAY from where the park was.  I had to go over a bridge where there was heavy construction and I had to walk across that bridge and look down at the Thruway with the zooming cars below me on a WOODEN PLANK BOARD!!  While on the worlds scariest rickshaw bridge, I came in contact with a creepy-hobo carrying bags of clothes and what have you.  I’m almost 100% positive that if he had wanted to, he could have picked me up and threw me off this thing and plummeted me to my death.  I tried to get a picture of this shit-tastic “bridge” without the hobo seeing me do so.  This is the best I got:

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Sorry for the crappy shot, but I didn’t want  “Mr. I like to murder woman with big breasts who I can tell are obviously fatigued from their workout” to see me snapping shots and kill me. 

At this point I was more tired than ever.  While technically I was not “lost” because I knew the area I was in pretty much and I did know how to get back from where I came from, I was not aware of my approximate distance from where my vehicle was and that was what frightened me.  I also was not 100% sure of my whereabouts from the parkway either and this too put some scare in me.  I ended up doing walking and running intervals because the little sense of panic I had was taking a toll on me.  Also, there were some crazy hills and I just couldn’t run all of them.  Not with my current state of mind anyways. 

At this time I thought to myself…”man, I wish I had one of those fancy GPS thingies.”  Fast forward to about 5 minutes latter when I say to myself “you dumbass, you have your phone on you & that has GPS!!”  So I pulled out my handy dandy phone and turned on my Google maps.  I was definitely way farther away from my car than I thought. 

A few minutes later, I saw the lake in the distance and I started to feel a small sense of relief:

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I got to see some beautiful houses in the village and all the pretty gardens that had just been put up.  I’ve always thought it would be so nice to live in the village and I actually came across this house that is for rent:

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The house is gorgeous and is very close to being a dream home for me.  I looked it up online and actually it is only $35 more than what we pay now to live in this crappy townhouse we are in.  Unfortunately though now is not the right time.  Our lease is not up till September and cash is tight.  Plus, I believe this house is smaller in square feet compared to what we are in now and we would like to get into something bigger, since we are cramped now as it is.  I wish it was the right timing.  Oh well.

Finally…I spotted the parkway!!

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This really made me feel at ease.  Also, they had been saying all day that it was supposed to rain with thunderstorms (they still say that, yet still no rain or storms) so I was pretty sure that any minute I was going to be stuck in the middle of that.  It’s so weird because I was never really lost, but I felt so out of touch with my sense of where I was that it was actually quite frightening.  Even though I knew I could have turned back and I knew how to get home and all of that jazz, not really being able to put a distance between where I was at the moment and where my car was parked was enough to make me feel very lost. 

The total distance ended up being a little over 5 miles.  I ran 4.17 miles of that.  The rest was walked.  My pace was really slow…in the 11"’25” mark, but that's ok.  Overall I’m glad that I did it and I’m glad that I kept going forward. 

Also, this run today put me in the ‘Green’ area on the Nike+ system!!  Whoo Hoo!!  Now I just have 463 miles to go until I get to the blue level, LOL.  Oh, & I also came in 3rd on a Nike+ challenge I did for the ING Philly 1/2 marathon.  The person in first had like 501 miles in but I was only about 20 something miles away from the person in 2nd place.  Actually if I had used my Nike+ on some of those runs where I used my phone instead, I may have made 2nd.  Not like I win anything anyways, but nice to know I came in 3rd I guess.

Well, I hope that everyone has had a great weekend!!  I’m wishing it wasn’t Sunday as I’m *SO* not looking forward to going back to work.  Right now I’m sitting outside on my bench, drinking a few Bud 55’s and thinking about dinner.  Tonight is BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, and I’m making some home fries to go with it.  I wasn't 100% on program with WW’s this weekend, but I guess I wasn’t too awful either.  At least tonight's dinner will be healthy for the most part.

What activities did you guys get out and do this weekend??

XOXO

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