Progress Pic Time!

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Hey everybody!!  I'm so sorry for the lack of posting this past week.  I've been trying to recover and focus on getting myself back on track.  I'm happy to say, that I feel like I've done that pretty well.  Tonight is my Weight Watcher meeting and I dont know what the scale will say, but I know that *I* can say that I feel pretty fucking awesome!!  I'm really hoping the scale will back me up this week.

I got to buy a size 10 work pants!! WHOO HOO!!  I'm officially in a size 8-10 range.  Thats unbelievable!!  I also worked out 5 days this week which feels amazing after not being able to run for that week and 1/2 or so after my fall.

I will have a post about my meeting as well as a little Halloween fun. I am *HUGE* Halloween freak for those of you who dont know already.  It has been my favorite holiday ever since I was a little girl. I also have an anniversary 5K race on that day which I will talk about too.

But in the meantime...let me share with you some progress pictures. Starting with April of 2008 which was about 5 months before I joined WW'ers and ending with today. Enjoy :)





10/02/11

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I’ve been thinking about this for awhile now.  I think every runner has, no matter how many miles you log a week.  At first, I always said ‘NO WAY! That is NOT for me!’ and as my mileage increased, that didn't change.

Then I ran my 1/2 marathon.  Everyone afterwards asked me, “what's next?…when’s the marathon?” and I still said “No thanks!”. 

But somewhere in the mind of my mind, I questioned it over and over.  I kept asking myself…Do I really want to run a marathon??  And the answer apparently is…Yes!

So, on October 2nd, 2011 I will run my very first full marathon…I will run the Wineglass Marathon in Corning, NY.

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Now, there a few things I want to point out as to why I picked this race and instead of putting them into long, drawn out paragraphs I will list them into question and answer form instead.  These are the common questions I asked myself over and over…

Why wait till October of 2011 Suzi??  That's like a year away!!

  • It is far away.  By the time October of next year hits, mostly everyone I know will probably have ran a marathon BUT…I’m not choosing to run a marathon just to call my a “marathoner”.  I give a shit about that, or about becoming part of the “elite” group of people.  Seriously.  Who gives a fuck?!  Saying that “I'm a marathoner” doesn't get my anything special.  My troubles and worries don't melt away and I don't win a million dollars.  If I am going to run a marathon I want to be prepared and ready.  I don't want to just run a marathon to say I ran a marathon.  Just as with the half…I want to run it to prove *I CAN* run it!  I can say I am going to do something, set a goal, make that goal public and ACHIEVE my goal.  I have a few other goals first I want to accomplish…hitting my goal weight with Weight Watchers and becoming lifetime.  Getting my pace down around the 9:00 minute mark.  And I want to run AT LEAST one more 1/2 marathon by summer!  I have a year people.  A year to become the best I can be, because becoming great does not just happen overnight.

Why did you pick some unknown marathon in the middle of nowhere??  Why not run the Chicago or another Rock N Roll marathon??

  • Honestly…I picked this one because its close and I don't have to travel 5-8 fucking hours to get to it.  You all know I am poor and travelling is not something that easily fits into my budget.  Corning NY is less than 2 hours away from me and less an hour away from my family who live nearby.  It is a beautiful small town and I enjoy that its not in a huge crazy city with cars and lights and sounds all over the place.  AND if you think this isn't a “real” marathon…Well Runner World has some words for you…the Wineglass Marathon has been named one of the ‘Speediest Marathons’ in 2010 and also 4 years + prior.  This is a BQ (that means Boston Qualifier for you non-running nerds and most people like me who do not care :) course.  This is a beautiful, fast course in a location that is very serene and close to what I know.  What more could I ask for??

Why run a marathon??

  • I already said it…to prove that I can!! This is for me and no one else.  I mean this in *no* offence what so ever, but I don't give a shit about letting any of you down if I don't do it (ok, that's lie but it sounds good right??) and I don't care about letting Frankie down (that's a lie too) or my family (eh?).  I need to do this and I am *ONLY* doing this for ME (that is NOT a lie!).  No one here is going to give me anything that will change my life if I run a marathon.  Frankie will not whisk me away to some magical land and we will live like Snow White afterwards.  I need to do this because for some reason, I wont feel complete in my achievements until I actually do it!

So does this mean we get to see all your blogs and tweets on training!?!?

  • Ummmm…NO!  Don't you guys remember when I ran the 1/2 marathon?? LOL.  I don't do that shit.  Yeah sure, I might start some hokey pokey marathon training program on my Nike + and dump it within 2 weeks.  Or look up a training plan on Runner World only to print it out then put it in a respectable recycling bin. I run when I want to run.  I run for as many miles as I want to.  If you tell me I “have to run X amount of miles today to train!” I will say to you “are you paying me to run X amount of miles today?? No??  Fuck off then!”.  This doesn't mean my running will be as light as it was the few months leading into the 1/2 obviously, since I have other goals I want to achieve before running the full marathon.  But I have no interest in geeking out and speaking in “runners lingo” that no one wants to understand but some pretend to.  I’m math retarded by the way…a split to me is what people with no penis’s do…or it has a banana and ice cream involved.

Wow, how coincidental…It’s alcohol related!!

  • Yeah, this is funny.  I didn't pick it because it was alcohol related.  I mean yes, it helps, but honestly that's not why.  I do love wine but hello people…we all know I’m a beer gal and I’m sure I could have found something beer related if I really wanted to. Just an awesome coincidence and sign if you ask me ;)

So there you have it folks…I’m going to run a marathon.  26.2 miles I will run!!

Don't worry…you wont see every blog from here on out be all about marathons. Like I said…I have A LOT of other goals to work on

Tomorrow is my Weight Watcher meeting and I'm getting on that scale, no matter how awful it is going to be.  I cant wait to get myself back on program and feeling great! I cant wait to start making the choices I really want to make.  And of course…I cant wait to meet goal!!

My anniversary race is coming up too and I am *SO* excited for that!!  There will be a whole blog post about that coming up!!

Here’s to goals my friends…goals that you can make happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. 

 

*I just want to take a quick second, and actually there will be a whole blog post dedicated to this great product once I’ve thoroughly tested it but, I will be running and training for ALL my goals with the support of Generation UCAN.  You can also find them on twitter @GenUCAN  This stuff isn’t your little brother or sisters energy supplement.  This is SUPERSTARTCH baby and its the real thing!  As athletes, of any kind on the scale, we are not working out to just waste the muscle we are building or add on to the fat we have. We want the muscle we have built to stay and work with us and Generation UCAN can help to that….along with many other wonderful things.  You’ll see along my journey…you’ll see!!

When I was 26...

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Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, HAAAAAAAPY BIIIIIIIITHDAAAAAAAY Suzi (the girl who kicks so much fucking aaaaaassssssssss), Happy Birthday to ME!
When I was 26…
  • I lost 44.8 lbs! (So far 88.4 total)
  • I ran my very first race ever! (A 5K in October 2009)
  • I ran my very first 1/2 marathon! (In September 2010)
  • I created a 5K PR, only to smash it and create a new one almost 12 months later! The difference was 13:07 minutes!
  • I started a blog! (This one duh.)
  • I met some amazing people via this blog and Twitter (@SuziStorm…I’m a private account but just request me & I’ll accept)! 
  • I’ve shaved around 4.14 minutes off my pace! I went from a 13:38 pace (from my very first 5K on 10/25/09) to 9.24 (my last 5K on 10/9/10)! 
  • I went to my doctors and got a full physical!
  • I started taking my vitamins like a big girl! Me so grown up!
  • I gave up beer……LMAO! Just kidding. Just wanted to make sure you were still paying attention.
  • I switched to Bud 55…a LIGHTER beer! :) (which by the way, I have named myself the unofficial spokesperson for Bud Select 55…if you guys had any idea how many of them I drink on a weekly basis, you would agree completely)
  • I went to the dentist for a cleaning! This also makes me a big girl…dentist and devil don't both start with D for nothing you know!
  • I bought my very first ever Victoria Secrets bra! I still got big boobies but they are big boobies that fit into a Victoria Secrets bra now :D 
  • I went from a size 16 dress to a size 8! 
  • I took my first spill out on the road while I was running! Ouch! 
  • I got a cute new cruiser bike & I started riding again!  
  • I tried new vegetables like brussel sprouts, spaghetti squash, jicama (or is that a fruit? :/) and I loved them all!
  • I had awesome blonde highlights in my hair! I’ve since gone back to all black but it was fun to experiment a little during the summer.
  • I managed to buy clothes in bright colors like blue, yellow, and PINK!
I’m sure I did many other amazing things, but those are what stick out in my mind.

 
Honestly, birthdays have never been a huge thing to me. Age is really nothing but a number. I don't even hang out with most people my age. Hell, my boyfriend is 40 LOL. But it’s nice to reflect on this past year and look at all that I have accomplished and all the great changes I have made for myself.

 
For those of you who don't know, I have a phobia with the #7, or any number with 7 in it. A lot of very bad things have happened to me, all on days with a 7. When I turned 17 I was terrified that that would be the year I died. Obviously, I did not…..wait….nope, pulse is still beating.

 
I’m a little freaked out about going through #27 but when I look at all the things I’ve accomplished, I get to focus on making year #27 even MORE great!! What's in store?? Who knows….meeting goal weight and lifetime at Weight Watchers….running a marathon….breaking my 1/2 marathon PR….becoming a billionaire….winning an oscar…..winning a free medium fry at McDonalds…..WHO KNOWS!!

 
Only time will tell, but here is to another year!!

 
Now go drink a beer for me…….

 
XOXO

Some weeks you got it, some weeks you dont...

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(This is an extremely long blog post, and has no fun entertaining pictures, but I just had to get it out there...my apologies in advance.  Think of it as sleeping material ;)

I’ve mentioned it a few times on here, and if you follow me on Twitter you have heard me mention it about a few thousand times on there, but the past 3 weeks haven’t been that stellar for me. I would go as far as to say that the past MONTH hasn’t been that spectacular for me.

Exactly a month ago today I ran my very first ½ marathon. It was one of the best and most fulfilling moments in my life. Not only did I set out and accomplish a goal I set for myself but I also walked away from it with a form of “runners high” that I had never experienced before. I was running *more* than I was running during my training. I was running 4-5 times during the week and in all kinds of elements…hot, cold, dry, wet, and windy. Nothing seemed to stop me from heading out that door and going for a run. Hell, I even hit a new PR at my last 5K!!

My first week back from the ½ marathon I used my no-weigh in pass at my Weight Watchers meeting for the very first time because I knew that my eating wasn’t good while I was in Philly and I was in such a good mood that I didn’t want to face it the number and have it bring me down. I was still adjusting to getting back “on the program” mindset. I was focusing on getting my eating under control and back to making healthy choices, and running, running, running.

During those two weeks of running my ass off however, the scale wasn’t as nice to me as I had expected. I was up .4 ounces for two weeks in a row. I know that those gains were not much and had no real merit considering how much success I was having *OFF* the scale. And in this journey, isn’t it the NSV’s (non scale victories) that matter the most. I don’t think most people who are doing this are aiming to be “skinny”; we are aiming to be HEALTHY!

I talked myself into thinking that those gains were most likely gains in muscle, which I still believe to be true because my eating was pretty spot on and my activity was through the roof!

Then there was last week and the accident I took out on the road that really brought me down. You don’t realize that you have just taken not only a physically beating, but a mental one as well. That spill killed my runners high and I fear that I don’t know when I’ll get it back.

Now you would think that not being able to run would make me work harder at watching what I eat right?? One would think that this would be the prime time for those new muscles I’ve pumped up to do some work and burn off some fat while I rest and recover right??

But NO….instead, lets use this as an excuse to throw myself a pity party and eat whatever I want, whenever I want. Let’s bring things like M&M’s, bricks of cheese, chips and dips into the house. Let’s use the birthday as an excuse to go buck wild and just eat whatever the fuck I want for a whole week. How does that sound??

I was so ashamed this week of how I had eaten that I didn’t even go to my meeting. I knew that week that it was better that I didn’t and I still agree with that, but I do not agree with my behavior.

You know how people talk about “hitting the wall” in terms of running….you are running along all fine and dandy and then BOOM!!!! You almost physically cannot run anymore. The fact is, this “wall” is more mental than it is actually physical. You cannot mentally get over the wall to continue running. All you can think about is stopping, quitting, not moving another inch forward.

I’ve hit the Weight-Watchers wall. No, I don’t want to quit, stop, or give up but I feel like I can’t move forward. I was *SO* close to goal. I was less than 2 lbs away from getting my 90 lbs lost star and less than 4 lbs away from hitting goal weight. All of that would have been before my 27th birthday (which again…is tomorrow people. Still have plenty of time to send me presents :D )

But simply put…I fucked around. I made the choices. No one forced me to eat the things I chose to put into my mouth. No one held a gun to my head and said “eat this cheese or die!”….however, maybe I could get Frankie to act this one out so I feel less guilty. :/ What?? Not a good idea??

The wonder Melanie (@Mpkann on twitter) reminded me that the food does not control me. I control the food! And I feel as if I have lost control and that is one of the worst feelings in the world.

So what do I do to take back control??

Well, I start by stop making excuses!! I own up to the fact that I am just using these moments in life to eat whatever I want and have a “reason” for it. The only “reason” there is to eat is to LIVE…you know, not physically die. Sure, we can treat ourselves now and then, but when you are treating yourself 4 or 5 days out of the week, those are no longer treats…they have become habits again.

Second thing I do is get to my Weight Watcher meeting Thursday and step on that scale!! Don’t get upset about what ever the number is. Just glance at it and move the fuck forward!!

Does it make any sense to eat WORSE when you see the number on the scale go up?? Um….NO!! How in the hell is shoveling more garbage into my body going to make me feel better about the garbage I shoved into it previously. Yet we tend to do that anyways.

I know that the only way I will feel better is by making smart, healthy choices at least 95% of the time (because lets face it….no one is perfect), working out a few times a week and feeling good in my clothes.

I *know* what it takes to make me happy. I *know* what it takes to make that number on the scale go down. I *know* what it takes to lead a healthy lifestyle.

So you know what I have to say to myself…."Suzi, cut the bullshit and be the rock star that you truly are!"  I need to get back to dominating the scale and TAKING BACK CONTROL!!

Goal….watch out, because I’m coming for you……

Safety First!

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If there is one thing that I learned from last weeks spill out on the road while I was running, it was that accidents to can happen to anyone, ANYWHERE!

You know how you always hear stories about people coming across certain unfortunate events and you think to yourself “man, I’m glad that wasn't me.”  Well…that *could* be *YOU*!

This isn't some stupid infomercial and I assure you that I am not getting paid to talk about how wonderful the following product is.  Nor am I getting anything special, other than this fabulous offer to give to all of you…
Yesterday, thanks to an early birthday present from Mother (it’s the 19th remember…you guys still have a few days to get your presents out to me :) I was able to order a RoadID bracelet finally!! 
roadid(please note: I do not know who Jamie A. Johnson is of those people on his wrist ID watch.  This is a photo from the RoadID website.  However, I give the man some credit for ordering a pink watch and for never wanting to give up. ;)

This bracelet is personally engraved for me.  It will state my full name, birth year, 2 emergency contact names & #’s, my allergies, and the last line you can personalize to have a motivating saying or really, what ever the hell you would like.  I chose: Perseverance!  It’s like a power word for me.  It reminds me to never give up.

Honestly though…I really wanted it to say ‘I love Beer!’ but I didn't do it…on this one ;)
I have been wanting one for months but never got around to ordering one, but after my fall I realized just how important it can be.

What if I had fallen on my head and cracked it open and was lying there bleeding to death in the street…no one would know who I was.  What if when I flew I flew into the road and got ran over by a car and rushed to the hospital…no one would know who I was and no one would I know that I am deathly allergic to penicillin…the antibiotic they would most likely give me first.

My point is, you never know what can happen or where it can happen.  I’m not trying to scare anyone obviously, but it’s important that everyone is safe and takes the measures to ensure that if god-forbid something does happen, there are things that can help to save you.

As a thank you for my recent order, RoadID would like me to share the love by offering everyone a $1 off coupon for any RoadID product (they do more than bracelets people!  Go check out their site NOW!) And the other amazing thing is that a wrist ID is only $19.99!!  And standard shipping in the US is only $1.49!!  Seriously people…for less than $22 you could wear the one thing that could save your life if you should ever have an accident.

I’m crazy poor, but I know the $22 was well spent.  And well…if you are poor too and if my ass-kissing to RoadID hasn't convinced you enough, maybe this $1 off coupon will…

Coupon Number: ThanksSusan850389


This coupon is good for $1 off any Road ID order. It can be used up to 20 times in the next 30 days.


Normally I would get the basic black or red, but I went crazy and got the PINK! I’m so excited to get mine.  It should be arriving next week!!  I plan on ordering a back up one soon as well!!

I hope everybody enjoys the coupon and seriously thinks about ordering a RoadID.

Today we are going out to my favorite bar to eat some delicious (aka not healthy for me at all) and drink some kool-aid beer and watch the Yankees!!  We are going to celebrate my birthday a little early…cause who wants to get crunk on a Tuesday???? 

I hope everyone has a safe and fabulous weekend!! XOXO

Thank you’s that are well overdue

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First of all let me start by saying *THANK YOU* to everyone wishing me well after my fall on Sunday and sharing their own experiences with me.  It’s comforting to know you’re not alone out here in this world of running mishaps.  I mean…everyone falls down, but sometimes you feel like maybe you’re over thinking the injury…it’s nice to know people had my back and helped to steer me in the path of getting healthy again.

I’m glad to say that I am starting to feel better.  The swelling in my knee has gone down a lot and I have a lot more movement.  I think I might be able to start stretching tomorrow!!  Not to be too gross, but the gashes are crusting up just nicely :) and my while my elbow is still sore as fuck, it’s getting there.  I try to ice is with my beer can as much as possible.

Maybe…just maybe…I will be able to run Sunday or Monday. I’m really hoping.

Mentally…I’m getting into a much better place.  I skipped my Weight Watcher meeting tonight, which I normally wouldn't do, but I felt it was something I had to do this week.  Last night I worked on getting myself mentally “in the game” again and I was feeling pretty good.  I know I’m up…about 2.4 lbs on my home scale give or take due to last night meal courtesy of Ruby Tuesdays ;) …and I didn't need to go there and deal with that.  I didn't even want to deal with the meeting and seeing my fellow members this week.  Everyone has one of these weeks now and then.  I know that when I return next week, I *will* be ready!!

On e-tools it says the weekly topic was getting back on track…a “fresh start”…so maybe I should have gone LOL.  Eh, I’m getting there…one day at a time.  Sometimes you just need to work through your funk by yo-self!

Anyways, I received two wonderful blog awards from two wonderful people and because I A.) never could seem to find the time B.) life throwing shit my way and C.) pure laziness…I never got around to thanking them for these great honors. 

The awards I received are…

the-versatile-bloggerI received this from my dear friend Bethany on her blog lifes little epiphanies…

Bethany is an amazing person who is seriously one of the strongest people I know.  She’s had to undergo some strenuous hip surgery and still is sadly having problems.  But the woman doesn't give up.  She still gets her ass on that treadmill and walks and runs when she can.  She doesn't come close to realizing how amazing she is and how determined and strong of a woman she is and will continue to be.  I just love her! 

Thank you Bethany for this awesome award!! XOXO

My next award was…

OneLovelyBlog5B15D This came from the amazing nikeathena over at her awesome blog Small Town Girl

Thanks to Skinny Runner we came across each other and I am so happy that we did!!  She is an awesome gal who is running her way through life and trying to stay true to who she is.  Just in a the past 2 weeks she has given such inspiration and encouragement through her comments and her blog! 

Plus, we both share a wicked love with running gadget and gear ;)  I really look forward to getting to learn more and more about her.

OK, so…both awards require that I list like 8 million blogs I want to give these awards to…Seriously, I’d have to name like 30 and I just don’t have the time for that garbage tonight. So please accept my kindest apologizes.  Some time soon I want to do a little blog-love shout out to a particular group so I think I will save it for that moment.

Bethany’s award required that I list 7 things people don't know about me, so I will give that a shot:

  1. I once bought a tank top that read “Mrs.. Timberlake”  If I still had it, I would rock that shit today.  And yes, I was in my early 20’s when I bought it.
  2. I got my first tattoo at the age of 15.  It’s the symbol for “passion” on my forearm.  I believe that if you don't live your life with passion…what's the point?
  3. I had an unhealthy obsession with the Karate Kid when I was younger.  I’m serious.  I even dressed up as the Karate Kid.  Every photo of me from the age of 7-9 is me rocking the crane pose.  I can wax on wax off like no other!
  4. When I make cd’s for people, I always throw one random rap song in there somewhere.  And it’s usually a pretty hardcore dirty one.
  5. I’m a HUGE Dave Matthews Band fan…some people are surprised by this I guess??
  6. I love reading magazines.  I buy at least one or two a week.  Mostly fitness/health reads.
  7. I don't really like beer…..HAHAHAHAHA…that not true. At all. Seriously.  That kind of hurt to even type.  I need a beer now…

PR & Pain

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PR & Pain…no, those two things are not related but they sum up how my weekend went.

I’m about 3 days late on posting this because I kept forgetting to send the draft to my email so I could work on it at home. This just goes along with how my week has been going.

I’m in a real funk people. If you follow me on Twitter you already know this. I feel like crap (you will learn why below) and I’m eating like crap and well…none of it can add up to me feeling good.

First let me start out with the positive…

The Hometown Hero’s 5K was amazing!! The race itself was a bit of a bigger deal than I thought it was going to be. It’s funny cause sometimes you never know what kind of race you are getting into. Will they have chip timing? Is there a large crowd? Will you get a race bib?

Well this race had all those things. There were close to 200 runners and a pretty decent amount of family and friends there supporting everyone. Even the local news station was there. They have a local chip timing company there and we got race bibs, which always help to make a race feel “real”. We also got a goodie bag with a pretty nice T-shirt and a box of Wheaties Fuel. Score! There was a production problem with the Military Medals but they said they are going to be sending them out to us in the mail.

Here’s the best part of the race…I set a new PR!!!! My finish time was 29:10:42!! That’s more than two minutes I took off my last record. My pace was 9:24. I came in 6th in my age group…I actually wasn’t towards the bottom!!

I ran my butt off...I was WHOOPED!!  Can you tell??


Where's my bed??

I can’t even begin to express how happy I was with my time. I wanted *SO* badly to beat 30 minutes, but I really didn’t think I was going to be able to do it, but I did!! I crushed it!!

I was also a tired little puppy after that…seriously…all that fast running knocks me right out…

The coolest and most inspiring part of the race…the members of the 174th National Guard in Afghanistan were also running at the same time that we were. How amazing is that?!?!

Now here comes the pain part…

I took my very first road spill while running on Sunday. I decided to go for a “long” run…well for what I had hoped would be a long run. I left the house about 15 minutes before Frankie had to leave for his softball game and I got the genius idea to run the 6 ½ miles to the field and catch the last part of his game & surprise him. Well there was some construction I came across and I ran out of sidewalk….I knew there was construction in the area but I thought the majority of it was over. Well anyway… I was trying to avoid a grate that was about 4 inches off the ground and also avoid oncoming traffic…well I must have just shaved the corner of the grate with the tip of my foot because it caught the corner and I went FLYING!!

At first I was shocked. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. This wasn’t just some little stumble or fall onto the ground. I literally FLEW. My first reaction was to see how close to the road I was and to make sure I didn’t get hit by car. Then I saw the cuts…then I moved a bit…then came all the blood.

I still had about ½ to ¾ miles to go. I almost called for help but I was so shaken, all I could think about was getting to that softball field and being around people I knew. Thankfully the bar/restaurant next to the field let me use their bathroom to clean up my wounds a bit.

Here are some pictures right after I cleaned up in the bathroom:




My knee & elbow are all cut up & gashed open and swollen to the size of softballs. My hand is all cut up too. I’ve done peroxide washes, and have them covered with Neosporin and gauze pads. I've done some ice to my knee too obviously since its the size of a balloon now. My knee is SO sore. Actually…my whole body is today….especially my neck and shoulders. Ugh.

Here are some pictures of the battle wounds from Monday night....





Needless to say I’m not in the best place right now…physically or mentally. Knowing that I can’t run for a little bit is a downer. Plus, my eating and drinking habits this past weekend were awful….lots of cheese & crackers, chips and dip, beer. Blah!!

I'm so sick of gauze, pain and stinging.  I'm sick of barely being able to bend my knee.  I'm sick of not being able to rest my arm on a table.  Ugh...just sick of it all.

And everyday that starts fresh I say to myself “today I will make great” and then I fail. My birthday is Tuesday (the 19th) and we are going out this weekend to celebrate.  I'm already up a few pounds on my scale at home so of course that isnt putting me in the best "birthday week" type of mood. I think my plan right now is to just continue to take it easy and rest up. Not go crazy with eating or anything, but cut myself some slack and heal up. Then go into next week hopefully recovered and ready to kick ass again!!

I know it will get better. I just have to try and be patient and rest up. And not beat myself up too much mentally.

Have any of you ever taken a pretty serious spill while running or working out at all??

5K my worries away…

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First of all I want to *WELCOME* to all my new followers (and a huge thanks again to SR for bringing you all here)!!  I’m so glad to have you here and I hope you enjoy reading about how awesome and fabulous I am…I mean about living a healthy life and crap like that.

I decided earlier today to go run a 5K tomorrow at the local parkway down the street from me.  It’s called the Hometown Heroes 5K run and the proceeds go to help local Military families, which I think is just awesome!! I haven't done a race since the 1/2 marathon on September 19th and I was planning on waiting till my “anniversary race” on Halloween…

For those of you who are new or don't remember…my very first race ever was last Halloween and it was a 5K at a place called Beaver Lake and yes, it’s trails, but its gorgeous and one of my favorite runs.

Well I decided I didn't want to wait.  It’s only a 5K but I’m super excited to see how I do.  It’s been a few months since I ran a 5K race and my PR right now is 31:32…remember the Paiges Butterfly Run, where I kind of peed my pants at the end.  Fun times, fun times.

Anyways, I’m not trying to beat that time but to be around it would be nice.  We’ll just have to see how it goes I guess.  I’m excited to put my newly found speed to work a little bit.   

If you cross the finish line at this Hometown Heroes race you get some sort of Military Challenge Medal Coin which sounds pretty cool.  Plus you get a t-shirt…score! I’m really looking forward to this race overall. 

We are uber broke but I decided to treat myself to a little early birthday present (my birthday is October 19th for those of you who want to send me presents…which I’m sure is all of you).  I went to Sports Authority and found a pair of Nike Running pants that were originally $50 marked down to $30!!  Sweet deal if you ask me. 

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I kinda look like a goob in them because they taper down and normally I hate pants like that, but they are good and practical for running so I guess I will surrender some of my personal style for warmth and comfort.

Oh and here’s a shot of me at Zumba class on Wednesday night.  I went back after not going for months.  I was too scared of twisting my ankle or something during training for the 1/2.  I was in *love* with these mirrors!!  I looked so skinny!! (thats me in the center standing up taking the picture obviously)

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Well folks that's all I have for tonight.  Time for me to go chill out and try to get some rest for tomorrow.  I’m hoping to get a couple posts up this weekend…one about my Weigh-In with Weight Watchers on Thursday (I was up .4 again) and how I handled it.  It’s coming soon.  I promise :)

XOXO

What a difference a day makes!

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This week has been one of those weeks where everything is “so-so”. My eating has been so-so, my runs have been so-so (with the exception of a couple) and the scale has been so-so.
You know, I used to have this die hard rule about not getting on the scale any day Thursday and I only got on the scale at my Weight Watcher meeting. The past few months though I find myself on it every damn day. Some days it’s up, some days it’s down. It kind of drives me nut, but at the same time keeps me accountable. And here is why…

Tuesday morning I got on the scale and was not pleased! I wasn’t a bad girl the night before and I was really expecting to a lower number. But I didn’t. It was about the same. Now I know my “morning weight” is different than my “afternoon weight” so this pissed me off even more.

So what did I do?? I got my butt into gear that what!! If you follow me on twitter you know that Tuesday are TWIET…Tweet What I Eat Tuesdays. Not only did I log what I ate the entire day on Twitter but also in my Weight Watcher E-Tools.

I made a delicious and low fat healthy dinner…Tilapia with Laughing Cow Cheese & reduced fat cracker crumb topping, with 1 cup of spaghetti squash. YUM!



I also decided to be a complete nut and run home from work in the pouring rain. 3.6 miles in the pouring rain can take a lot out of a girl!! *Please note....that pouch around my tummy area is not mine!!  That jacket is 3 sizes too big but I keep it around to run "dirty" in since I havent gotten another one. I have a beer belly, but not like that ;)

And look what I found at the grocery store afterwards!! Silk Dark Chocolate Almond milk!!!!! It’s 2 point for 1 cup and it is DELICIOUS!! Perfect for that post-workout recovery drink.


Now guess what I *didn’t* drink last night….BEER!! I know right…please don’t stop following me. I promise I will be back to normal soon.

I actually ended up having points left over at the end of the day. It felt nice to have that happen again. I went to bed feeling amazing and I woke up feeling amazing!! The scale looked a little better too. ;)

But making yesterday awesome makes me want to make today awesome!! So try to do something today that you know will make you feel good!!

Tonight I am going back to Zumba. I haven’t been since WAY earlier in the year, before I started training for the ½ marathon. I’m not bored with running but I want to spice things up. Though I do feel kinda guilty for not running :/ Weirdo!

One more thing…

One of my favorite bloggers out there, Skinny Runner, has me featured today on her Cat Lady Blog post!! I am *SO* honored to be part of this great list of bloggers she has featured.

Isnt her doggie just the cutest!! Plus fella's...SR is a hot piece of eye candy and her site it loaded with pictures (and not just ones with her post-run)  ;)

If you’ve been following me for some time I’m sure you have heard me talk about SR on several different occasions. Her blog is witty, honest and just a good kind of different! She is a huge motivational tool for me when it comes to my running. I cant tell you how many Sunday mornings I haven’t wanted to run but as soon as I turn on the laptop and go to her blog, that changes! Please make sure you head over to her site and check her out. She’s just super duper fun!! ;)

And welcome to the people that came her from her site!!

So my lovely readers…here’s a question for you….What kind of beer do *you* drink??

Sweet Treat!

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As most of you know, I am not a big fan of sweets.  Thankfully the sweet tooth my mother has was not passed down to me…I’m more of a mouse.  Give me the cheese, the salt, the BEER!!

However…I do enjoy a little suttin’ suttin’ sweet every now and then.  And I think this beautiful fall weather has put me in the mood to bake.  Due to my current lack of funds, I had to do something cheap so I chose the following sweet treat to make tonight…

This recipe comes courtesy of the uber fabulous Gina over at Skinny Taste.  I just adore everything she comes up with and so far she has not steered me wrong!  You could seriously waste a whole day going through the recipes on her blog, as well as a few $100 in your wallet shopping for ingredients because you will want to make it ALL!!

I chose to make her Low Fat Rice Krispy Treats with an extra special treat on top.  Please make sure to go check out her site for the recipe!

*And yes, I know…technically I did not “bake”.  Whatever.  I see some WW friendly zucchini bread in my future bitches so watch out!!*

Easy ingredients…light butter, mini marshmallows and rice krispy treats…I added some reeses pieces ontop (just a few!)…the beer is just for drinking while you make these.

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Melt that butter like its the fat on yo thighs!

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Melt them marshmallows like….I dont know…like melted marshmallows :/

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Now while all this stuff was melting…I may or may not have stolen a lick off of the spatula:

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And I may or may not have stolen a reeses pieces or two (ok four but THATS IT!)

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And maaaaaaybe I wanted to put the whole ooey gooey melted marshmallow mix in my mouth…but I didnt :(

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Doesnt it look pretty?? 

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Once its melted all pretty like that you have to throw the Rice Krispys in there real quick and STIR, STIR, STIR!  Also known as…get every utensil in your house sticky & covered with super glue krispys.

Then pour into your pan…

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See that gorgoues cobweb of stickyness??  Nice huh?? 

I hope you are enjoying the high quality photos from my phone. HD droid pictures baby ;)

See…at this point Gina will tell you to use a piece of wax paper to press down the rice ball into the pan.  I did not have any wax paper.

I thought I could bypass this and just use the spoon…NOPE.

I thought I could bypass the spoon and use my hands…double NOPE!  My hands were literally STUCK.  I *so* wish I had gotten a picture of this, but the person (ahem Frankie) I asked for to come help me was busy playing video games and didnt come out so I had to get myself out of the mess.  Thankfully I didnt ruin them.  I decided to take another flat pan I have, spray that with cooking spray and use that to press down and flatten the mixture.  So screw you wax paper!!

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I added a couple of reeses pieces on top for added flavor & to give it a Halloween/Fall treat look. 

Then just cut,eat and enjoy!!

In a 9 X 11 pan, it makes 16 servings at 3 points a piece…I had to use a 9 X 13 pan and it made 18 pieces but I also added a few of the candies so I’m still calling it 3 points per piece.  I enjoyed one tonight and will probably have one tomorrow but I am bringing in the rest of them for my co-workers tomorrow. :)

What kind of fall baked goods do you like to make??  Anything you’d like to share??

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