Monday, December 31, 2012

The post where I resolve to keep on keepin' on...

Last year I lost 62.2 pounds.

I have some unfinished business, you might say.

But don't you worry. I plan to take care of it.


Because ain't nobody got time for that. 

Happy New Year's Eve! Hope you're with the ones you love! 

P.S. What are your New Year's Resolutions?  

Friday, December 28, 2012

No. More. Excuses.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  - Philippians 4:13

"Just keep swimming!" - Dory, Finding Nemo

"Find your greatness." - the Nike 2012 Summer Olympics Campaign
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I grew up in a house that believed in tough love. I can't tell you how many times I heard "Suck it up!"  When I saw "A League of Their Own" and Tom Hanks yelled "There's no crying in baseball!" it was as if my dad and mom had called the writers of the film to sneak that line in just for me. I used to be annoyed by it and at times I hate it. But now I love it. It's what has driven me all year. It's why if I went on the Biggest Loser, I'd want Jillian Michaels as my coach.

My point is this: The road to being healthy takes some determination and some tough love on yourself.

You've got to be prepared, mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Because guess where the attack comes from?? All four of those areas. You're going to have to work harder than you ever have in your life.

About two weeks, in the thoughts of giving up will start to creep in. "Are you sure you want to do this?"

At four weeks, someone will get tired of your new approach to life and try to appeal to the emotional eater in you and they'll even ask you to go eat at your favorite restaurant.

At six weeks you'll get tired of exercising and sweating. You'll start debating whether you have time for it.

And when those temptations don't work, Satan will start to mess with your mind and tell you, "You've only lost 15 pounds. Big whoop."

How do I know all of this? Because I've been there. Heck I still am!

I am down 62.2 pounds. But in my first week, I was only down five.

Guess which count? ALL OF THEM.

I had to start somewhere. We all do.

Start getting ready to be in the zone come New Year's! You can do it!

Find what motivates you in the next few days. You probably won't have to think about it long because you've been thinking about it for months anyway.

But find a picture and put it in your bathroom or somewhere you are every day.

Also, find some grit because you're gonna need it! I know I do!
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If you're serious and want to join in on getting healthy, come link up with me for Healthy Train Tuesdays. It's a fun way to keep track of your progress and is also a source of accountability!

If you have any questions, I'm happy to help. Remember not everything works the same as the next person,  but you can come here and at least get ideas from other girls who are on the same path as you for things you might try!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

That time we got the flu on Christmas.

So yeah. Santa apparently thought we were good and bad because while we made out like bandits, we also got slammed with the flu. Let me tell you. It is not fun. We have been hacking and coughing like it's our job. So for now, you get bullet points.

  • This year's Christmas has me thinking a lot about what I want our kids Christmas to look like some day. I know that's awhile from now. When I watch all the moms on The Twitter and Instagram, it certainly has made an impression as to how I want to try to do things some day.
  • I hear that there is a lot of snow back in Michigan waiting for us. To say that I'm excited about it is an understatement. Running in the snow anyone???
  • I have bunch of running clothes just sitting in my suitcase mocking me because I've got the crud. 
  • Christmas was a little different this year. I hope to make it better next year. 
  • I'm working on my resolutions list for the coming year as well as a post on recapping the year.
  • My legs are a shade of white that I am pretty sure makes a white t-shirt look tan. How this is related to the above bullet points is beyond me. I figure it's the tamiflu talking.
  • I'd love nothing more than to go get a manicure and go see Les Miserables. 
How was your Christmas?

Happy Thursday!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Gifts that can't be bought.

For as long as I can remember, at the end of the year, my dad and I both say, “Man, I am glad to see [insert whatever year it is here] go! Good riddens!”

 In the last month, I really have been thinking on what I will take away from this year. Largely motivated by this thought process I’ve long had, I wanted to put down what I’ve learned. And I can say that I feel completely different than in years past.

2012 was my year.

This last year I feel like I’ve really learned or at least made some headway on how to take the good with the bad. And if I can I try to turn the bad into good.

 The most obvious triumph that I and my family had is in the arena of weight loss.

I’m down over 60 pounds right now.
My sister is down almost 80. 
My husband is down 30.
My mom is down 30.
My dad is down 25 pounds.
My mother in law is down 50 pounds.

We are down 275 pounds together. We all feel so much better and have energy not seen in years. And the cool part is that our journey isn’t finished yet.

This feat alone for me should be enough to call this year good. These good losses have motivated me in ways I never imagined they would. We took our health back this year and it feels amazing.

I get to call myself a runner now. That is a pretty stinking cool feeling. I’m not a mega runner, by any means, but I’ve got plans for what I want to do.

Brandon got his MBA this year and is thriving at his job. It has been wonderful to watch him bloom before my eyes. The chapter that is known as Michigan has included so many adventures for us and I really have loved this section a lot. I love that we have learned that having our own areas that make us tick is good for us. And even though we are different, we work so well together. I respect his knowledge in his field a great deal and that respect has turned into love.

This last semester has been my favorite semester to date. I was super busy the whole time, but the content re-affirmed that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Annnnnnnnnnnnd!!!!! I am almost finished with law school.

There are also bad losses as well. I would be remiss not to mention them. One of my biggest losses has happened within the last few days. A good friendship broke down and I didn’t see it coming at all. I’ve been faced with trying to decide what went wrong or what I could have done differently. I also am trying to decide how I am going to handle the situation. Questions like “What will I say to people?” or “Who can I trust?” right now are looming largely in my head. For now, the one thing I’m getting from God is to just wait and let it sit for awhile. I must be frank and say that I am not a patient person. My heart hurts tremendously and every time I get a chance to sit and be still, my mind races in a thousand different directions. I go from one extreme to the other, none of which are pretty and it is just hard to let it sit. I know that God is at work right now, but I can’t see it and it’s making me crazy.

The coming of Christ is the ultimate gift and this year his coming has blessed me in ways, I couldn’t have imagined a year ago. Like always, Satan has been lurking in the shadows to see what he can do to steal, kill and destroy. In many ways, he reared his ugly head with my own weight loss journey. I’ve faced issues and am still facing issues that I didn’t know I had. But while Satan has been trying his darndest, God has been the calm in the storm every time leading me through my struggles even when I couldn’t see it or feel Him.

I hope this finds you well and happy with your loved ones.

Happy Christmas Eve!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

She's just like them.

I just wanted to blog a few thoughts about the horrible tragedy that happened in Sandy Hook Elementary last week.

This like the shooting in Aurora hits close to home for me.

I have a mom who has been a school teacher for almost thirty years now. She has taught 2nd, 4th and now 3rd graders. She gets up every day to be at the school an hour before it starts and stays well after it closes. She spends weekends and late nights preparing for her kids. She has taught doctors, lawyers, firefighters, teachers, bus drivers, trainers, coaches, dental hygienists, accountants, moms, electricians, business owners, and dads. She loves my siblings with every fiber of her being and she loves her kids at school just the same. She fights for each kid to have the education they need and deserve.

She's just like the brave women who gave their lives last Friday for those sweet babies.

She does her job each and every day because she believes in it, just like they did.

We don't know much of the why for Sandy Hook. At first this really bothered me. But now, I'm glad we don't know because it allows for more stories to come forward about how wonderful these educators were. On December 14, 2012, those women taught the ultimate lesson, from John 15:13, "There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."

It is absolutely tragic what happened. And I can barely stand to watch any news on it for more than 5 minutes before turning the channel and crying all over again for those babies. It is still hard to think about the days that lie ahead for educators, including my momma.

I'm looking for the good again, because it's all I can do. I pray that God loves on and heals the hearts of Newtown.

And I also pray that God keeps my momma, all educators, and students everywhere safe.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Weird Skin...I've got it!





During this whole weight loss process, I've been tackled all sorts of body image issues.

However, one of the problems I haven't faced is my skin.

I have rosacea and it is not fun to treat. Rosacea symptoms for me are redness of the face, blushing or it looking like I’m blushing easily. And this summer when I broke out into hives, I had the bulbous nose too. It’s not fun at all. It’s also really embarrassing.

It also is not cheap to treat either. I have two options.

I either have to get a prescription from a dermatologist. It’s usually a small tube that usually lasts for a month, I really stretch it out.

Or, I can buy a skin care process that involves multiple steps and it gets old after awhile. It also is very overwhelming to try to remember which order I’m supposed to do something. Plus, it’s time consuming and then I’m right back where I started. PLUS I always wonder at some point, is it really working?

And if the embarrassing, expensive part isn’t enough, add in the fact that stress can tip it off at any time to happen.

Example: This summer I broke out in hives and I experienced the above mentioned bulbous nose for the first time ever.

To say that I’m on the hunt for something new is an understatement. So when I was asked to try out the Revolve 400x, I jumped on it.

One of the problems with rosacea is that the pores get clogged more regularly because they're always inflamed (the redness part) and I thought this would be great to try to help with that problem.

And now through January 31, 2013, you can get yours for $45 (when it normally runs $98), with free shipping when you enter the following CODE DDFMICRODERMA

Click here for the link.

Hope this finds you well!

Happy Wednesday!

Healthy Train Tuesday: Holiday Plans

This Week's Loss: 1.0 pound

Total Loss: 62.2 pounds

Starting Weight: 239 pounds

Current Weight: 176.8 pounds

Pounds to goal weight: 26.8 pounds

What I craved this week: I didn't really have any major cravings other than looking forward to Christmas food, but that's not anything new.

What I noticed was different about my body: This is going to be hard to describe without a picture and also it's kinda gross. My tummy is basically the last area that has considerable flab. My arms are this way as well. But what I noticed is that where my belly fat hangs over in the front isn't all that big anymore. Like if I suck in, I don't have that far to go!

Workouts I did this week: Zero. I can't justify running in the last week of finals. I can run right up to Sunday of that week, but after that I just can't do it.


Personal Goal for this week: Hit all my runs, register for a race, and eat healthy. I want to do what I did for Thanksgiving and continue to lose weight.

Favorite Quote for this week:
I have got to keep this in mind for the next few weeks during the holiday time.

What I'm looking forward to: 


  • BEING HOME!!
  • Going for runs while in Oklahoma. I hear the weather is supposed to be pretty nice while we're there. 
  • My momma's cooking! 
  • Seeing family! 
Frame of Mind:

First, I really am nervous about going home food wise because there are just so many temptations there. All of my favorite foods can be found in Oklahoma and I just don't want to over-indulge. I know I won't wreck my progress totally, but the food withdrawals are hard to get over. My plans are to eat in moderation, run a lot and only have one plate on the big holiday days.

Second, I have been thinking a LOT about my resolutions for the next year. I want the next year to be just as exciting as the last! I have fitness goals, but I want something out of the ordinary to be added to the mix.

How is your fitness journey going??

EDITED TO ADD: My sister and I are going to do a vlog together this month. If you have any questions for us let us know!!

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Post Finals Plans: I've got them.

  • Get my craft on: I have been tossing around the idea of making our Christmas cards this year. It's got to be cheap right?
  • I want to read a chapter a day from Ann Voskamp's, "A Thousand Gifts."
  • Get my read on in general.
  • I also have a couple of canvases I need to finish/want to do. 
  • I plan to be on The Twitter and The Insta' even though they're fighting with one another these days.
  • RUN! RUN! RUN! I have a goal I want to hit before the end of the year and I plan to try and kick it in the bootay! 
  • Sleep.
  • Clean my house. It needs it. BADLY.
  • Watch some good movies.
  • Work on my New Year Resolution's List. This past year was pretty big in that department and next year will be no different if I have anything to say about it.
Happy Sunday! 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Life's Contemplations aka First World Probz.

  • Should I cut my hair off like I had it this summer or should I let it continue to grow to my shoulders? It's currently a mid-length Vicki Beckham bob. But when I mean grow out, I mean I'll let it get long enough to do the Reese Witherspoon cut from Sweet Home Alabama.
  • What book last kept you up at night thinking about it after you were finished reading? 
  • Old Navy sucks in the sweatpants department. Therefore I need recommendations. I've heard that Gap sweats are wonderful. Any other suggestions?
  • Does anyone else think that Ellen's 12 Days of Giveaways suck this year?
  • Do you ever wonder if your kids will come back and read your blog and say, "Mom, you cuss. I've seen you write it on your blog!" 
  • I thinking about giving up pop as one of my New Year's Resolutions. It's time and I think it will help get rid of the last 28 pounds sooner rather than later. 
  • Why are boots made for people with small calves? I know that the majority of people do not have small calves. 
  • Do you know where to find a good black wrap dress? I want to wear black boots, a black wrap dress, red tights and a green necklace for church when we go home and I need help finding one. 
  • What will Wills and Kate name their baby? 
I don't know the answer to most of these questions. But at 8:50 tonight I will begin to solve them because I'll officially be on Christmas break!

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

My husband is a MASTER.

We don't check our mail regularly around these parts. I think it has to do with the fact that we don't have a mailbox nearby and because we're lazy.

The only time I check the mail regularly is when we know something is coming our way or if it's a special month.

So it's probably why we didn't know Brandon's MBA degree was sitting in the mail for a week few days.

But the point mah friends, is that my honey is a MASTER!!

And a pretty damn cute master if you ask me!

This semester has been rough for us because I've taken more classes than usual and been swamped with school work, running and well, being me. And Brandon has been busy with work, finishing his MBA and taking additional classes for work.

We haven't had a whole lot of time to just goof off, but seeing this smiling face makes it worth it.

Brandon is such a hard worker and is such a good student (hello 3.0 GPA!!) and I'm so proud of him.

He makes being his wife, an easy job to do.

I'm so proud of you Master Brandon.

Happy Thursday! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

That time I broke my boob during finals.

I am a hot mess during finals. I make no sense at all. The only way I speak in full sentences is if it has to do with the law and that's if it's a good day. My husband and family claim I'm like this regularly, but it just is heightened during finals time. They also happen to be telling the truth. think they've got jokes.

Case in point: Last semester I got myself so worked up that I broke out in hives. Yeah. It was a total bag of fun.

This semester is proving to be no different.

I got some new winter running gear two weekends ago.

I am determined to run through this Michigan winter and so I hit up the local Marshall's. I scored a jacket for 30 smackeroos, an NB tank top for $7, and running pants for $20. In the runner's world, this is dirt cheap.

The second thing the runners who are reading this post are thinking about is when did she try out the gear and how did it work for ya?

The rest of you are wondering how in the hell I broke my boob and what running gear and being a hot mess at finals time have to do with it.

Well I'll tell you: they go together.

In other words, this is just the long winded back story, before I get to the good part.

Went out last Wednesday. I got on my new gear. I was so excited that I forgot to put on my second bra.

Started my run and I wasn't too happy with the pants. I am a compression pant runner all the way and these pants didn't give as much as I prefer. So my run was off. I kept having to stop and mess with my pants and ain't nobody got time for that.

I wrapped up my run frustrated. I headed into the house and walked into the bathroom. I thought my jacket looked funny, but didn't think anything more about it. Started the shower and started undressing. Turned around and looked in the mirror and I saw it...or rather them.

My boobs were hanging out from under my bra....and had been like that for probably the majority of my run.

Now listen. I know that everyone who is in the itty bitty titty committee thinks big boobs are glamorous and something to be jealous of.

Well, they are not. Because if you're like me, you have to wear two sports bras to work out. In regular bras, you also don't get to wear the pretty colors either. I've lost enough weight that I'm sporting VS bras, but still the options are limited for these bad boys. I only get to wear the pretty colors in sports bras because Target is wonderful and is more than on board with the neon train.

Our little story doesn't end there. I went to the library and about my day. Got home that night and noticed I was sore. Didn't think anything about it. I'm in the "sleep with no bra on" camp and so I went through my routine.

Well.

Let's just say I woke up in the middle of the night thinking I was dying. I readjusted and tried to get comfortable, but my left boob was just not having it. I texted my sister asking if you can tear your boobs and went back to bed.

I went throughout my day. I felt better. Went to bed, same thing. I hurt all over again.

This is when I decided to pull a Sheldon Cooper and do an experiment. My constant would be to sleep with a bra on at night for a few days and then my variable would be to sleep without a bra after a few nights.

So that's what I did. I made it a whole three nights before I became too claustrophobic to handle sleeping with a bra on. And on Monday night, I slept without a bra.

YEAH. I'm pretty sure I've broken my left boob. I had an allergic reaction last semester and apparently, this semester I've got a broken boob.

So until finals are over, I'll be sleeping with a bra on at night and hoping like hell I don't break the other one before Friday.

I swear it ain't one thing, it's another. This time the one thing is a boob. A left one to be exact.

Happy Wednesday.

P.S. If in the future, my children come back to read this post, mommy's sorry for writing a whole blog post about her left boob. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ahem. A Guest Post. Holla!

Helllllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooo Party People!!

Today, I'm guest posting over Katie's corner of the interwebs. Please be sure to check it out!

And if you're new to these parts, click here to read all about my weight loss journey at length.

I also want to mention that after the new year I'll be starting a Healthy Train Tuesday Link-Up. Accountability is what got me 60 pounds down so far. So why not make a thing of it? 

Quick Questions answered:
  • Yes,  we will start on January 1st. 
  • No, you don't have to post your weight like I do. 
  • Yes, please spread the word! I may even get crazy and make a blog button!

Happy Tuesday! ONLY THREE DAYS TIL FINALS ARE OVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Whiny? Bitter? Sad? Grouchy? Stressed? The gang's all here!

I need to whine and complain and vent for a blog post.

Finals are this week. Yes, I should be studying instead of grouching about it here. Spare me the lecture.

After this semester I have two more semesters of classes and then I have an externship for a semester. One little year that will fly before I know it and then I'm done.

The problem is that I am over the classes that I'm in now. I really have enjoyed all the classes I've been in except one this semester. It's geared towards the business side of things. I am not business inclined. Never have been. They do not thrill me or get my motor running.

I also am over the fact that I'm stuck in the library while everyone else is out and about enjoying the Christmas season. I know I chose to be in school, but damn, it really sucks this semester.

Add in the fact that some of my friends are graduating this semester and they're all super happy about it. I'm happy for them. But I am going to miss them and I also don't do well with change. Therefore, I am a grumpus times three now.

Finally, the last three weeks have been pure hell for Brandon and I. He's been super stressed with work. He worked a 90+ hour week and worked well over 50 hours this last week. I have had my head up my ass with school. We are basically roommates at this point who are operating on low levels of sleep and if you think it isn't fun, then you think right. We need some major hang out time and also some major not doing jack shit time too. If this could happen at the same time that would be a miracle.

All of this makes me want to drive to the nearest McDonalds and order a double quarter pounder with cheese with fries and a REGULAR coke. Or I could put a hurt on some Nacho Supreme Chalupas from Taco Bell with cheesy fiesta potatoes and a soft taco. Let's just say it is a damn good thing that I have to be in the library all the time and these restaurants are out of the way otherwise I'd make serious efforts to make this happen.

Lastly, (Yes this is my third winding down paragraph. Deal.) law school is super hard. I'm getting a doctorate for crying out loud. I don't think people get just how hard it is and the lack of respect people have for grad students really pisses me off. So if you see or know a law student in real life, take the time to do something for them. Your acknowledgment will go a LONG way.

In case you haven't figured it out...I'm am frustrated big time. And I need your prayers. Because right now, I'm stressed out and I just want to throw something...preferably at my professors.

Monday. That's right. I left out the Happy.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Girls on the Run 5k Recap

Wake Up Time was 8am.

This race started at 10 and I met up with my women's group at 9:30. It was a whopping 35 degrees. That part doesn't really bother me, but the wind blew big time! (Heh heh.) And it was my understanding that we'd be running right into it.

Side note: You'd think I'd understand cardinal directions and where the wind is coming from and all since I'm supposed to be an educated person. However, I am a landmark person.

Despite the wind blowing, it really was a fun race. If you're not familiar with Girls on the Run, they're an organization that encourages girls to be active. When I say girls, I'm talking little girls in grade school, girls. There are older girls as well and they're usually pacesetters.

So this run was a lot of fun! There were moms running with daughters, dads running with daughters (which was super heart melting!) and my favorite pair of the day was a granddad with his granddaughters. I ran the entire race with them and would pass every once in a while when they wanted to walk. It was very cool to see and inspired me to remain active until I have grandkids to do the same.

What I wore: I wore my compression pants and compression socks. I wore a long sleeve tech and a short sleeve tech and my new winter running jacket that I got for $30 at Marshall's. HOLLAH! I wore my bandana and gloves as well. I need to buy a hat. It's time. My ears hurt. I'll still wear my bandana, but I need to cover up my ears. I wore my Brooks running shoes and chapstick. I also wore two bras because I was taking no chances. P.S. Someone remind me to tell you about the time I had issues with one bra. 

Mile 1 - As usual, it was congested slightly at the beginning, but I was very impressed with the girls and how they knew about race etiquette. There were lots of spectators which was lots of fun. There was a big hill we went down in the first mile and in the back of my mind, I thought, I seriously hope I don't see that hill again.

Mile 2 - Mile 2 is where the water station was and when I checked my pace. I hadn't hit a new Mile PR, but I was maintaining a pace under 11 minutes. So I kept pushing that. There were lots of high fives during this time. Then we turned around and started heading back to the end.

Mile 3 - I turned a corner and I saw this huge group of people and I was thinking, "Dang, are that many people in front of me? Pick up the pace, old woman!" But then I realized what was going on...I was headed back to the stadium which meant that I had to go up this beast of a hill. There was a lady that I had been trying to catch all race and any time I got close, she'd get her hitch in her giddy up back. But on that hill, I caught her and passed her! It was awesome. IT would have been more awesome had I not been passed by all the little girls zipping up the hill like it was nothing! We came back up the hill and turned and were headed into the actual football stadium of one of the local universities here.

Mile 3.1 - I saw Mile Marker 3 on the track and realized that hitch in her giddy up girl had passed me again. So I decided that I was going to beat her in the end. I sprinted as hard as I could, but she wound up winning. I could hear her husband in the stands yell, "Someone's about to pass ya!" I think she knew it was me. But it was still a lot of fun either way.

Also, it was a pretty cool finish because this is where the majority of the parents were. It was so cool to hear them all cheering and rooting their girls on! I definitely teared up because some of the girls were running alongside me. 

Post-Race Photo in Old Navy. I have no shame.


STATS:
  • I have a new 5K PR: 34:05!!
  • My average pace was 10:58. I was super proud that I maintained that pace. 
Pros-
  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE that this race encourages girls of all ages to be active. 
  • This race is also about community and you could really sense that by all that participated. 
  • There were lots of high fives and cheering in general. This makes for a good energy!
  • I also had a really good music day. I know that's not anything the race did, but there is just something about good tunes that will help your run along and I had one of those days.
  • The finale chute was great too. There were bananas, apples, donut holes, water, and gatorade. They also gave away water bottles and medals. 
  • This race was extremely organized and all the volunteers were extremely happy and helpful!

Cons-
  • I went to pick up my race packet and went on the wild goose chase of my life to find the check-in. It was at a hospital and no one really knew that registration was taking place there. So just a tip, if you're a business and you're big, make sure that everyone is on the same page. Also, make sure that your employees are nice whether they know something or nothing at all about the race. 
  • We got a normal t-shirt. I usually prefer a tech shirt, but this time I didn't care. My beef is that I wished it was a long sleeved one. I know, Captain Picky Pants right here.
Overall, this was a really fun race and I can't wait to do one again!

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blippity Bloppity Boo.

My brain is a little fried currently, so you're getting little blips.


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I've auditioned for a spot on the National Mock Trial Team at my school. To say that I want this spot realllllllly bad is an understatement. I am supposed to have an answer by tomorrow.

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I'm doing the Advent Devotional that She Reads Truth has out and I am really enjoying it. My favorite memories and traditions at Christmas time from growing up include reading the Christmas story and singing carols in church. If you're feeling a little bah hum bug about the holidays, I suggest this devotional.

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In case you're wondering, the Duchess has been released from the hospital. She's doing much better and will be resting for the next several days at Kensington Palace.

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Exams are over in a week and a day. Someone hold me. I need motivation in a serious way.

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For some reason, I am REALLY looking forward to Les Miserables coming out in theatres. I've never seen the musical once, but I can't wait to see it.

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It's Thursday, and I'm still hung up on the season finale of Sons of Anarchy. I'm back to not liking Gemma AT ALL.

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Anyone know of an Etsy shop that makes cool workout shirts? I'd like to do a giveaway of sorts. Are any of my readers said Etsy shop owners? If so, EMAIL ME!

Hope your Thursday is jolly!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday

This Week's Loss: 1 pound!!

Total Loss: 60.8

Starting Weight: 239 pounds

Current Weight: 178.2 pounds!

Pounds to goal weight: 28.2 pounds!!

What I craved this week: I really would like a glass of my momma's famous punch that she makes at Christmas time. The problem is that this punch is full of SUGAR! I also am craving a Speedway Special from my favorite burger joint in Oklahoma. Seriously, I'm beginning to think that the reason I run is so that I can eat a cheeseburger and fries or Chipotle guilt free.

Speaking of one of the most wonderful places on Earth, I devoured this bad boy on Saturday. I'd been craving it since Tuesday.



What I noticed was different about my body: My boobs are really starting to shrink. I also need to get on working out my arms. The chicken wings aren't cutting it.

Workouts I did this week: One flipping run. I'm peeved about this. The thing about that beautiful sight above that is a Chipotle Burrito Bowl is that I couldn't run Saturday afternoon because I was having issues. And I missed my run Sunday morning because I let myself get stressed out to the point that my stomach issue kicked in big time. My pal Em told me that is when I should go most. I'm kicking myself now for not going.

Personal Goal for this week: 

  • STUDY HARD!! I want great grades!
  • Get in two runs and then I'm doing a Girls on the Run 5K on Sunday! I'm really excited about it!
  • Eat well and healthy.

Favorite Quote for this week: 

Source and Sorry Mom!


What I’m looking forward to: In less than 11 days I will be on Christmas break and the arrival of the Kate and Wills' child. Priorities people. I've got them. I also am going to be part of a fun blog series soon! Look out for that post as well!

Frame of Mind: We have a ton going on in our lives right now, but somehow I feel really focused. I know that Brandon and I will tackle our current life to-do lists head on and in style. I really am proud of how far we've come this year and what we have done together as a couple. Now we just gotta thrive through the next two weeks!

I am still very much in the zone and have my eye on the prize. My goal is to try to be down to 169 by Christmas. I hope that I can do it.

And speaking of Christmas, I'm trying to decide how to handle the holidays. We will be celebrating with several families this holiday. For now, I think I'm going to stick to my one plate policy. I'm not sure what I'll do on the other days. There are lots of temptations in Oklahoma, mainly Sonic. I do plan to run as much as possible while I'm there. I hear it's still in the 60s. That's almost tank top running weather. I might even pack my compression shorts. 

Happy Tuesday and Happy Christmas!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Seasonal Snippets

Seasonal snippets are similar to Monday Mumblings, except I try to be a bit more jolly than usual on Mondays. It's a holiday thing. It'll be over before you know it.

  • We had a small end of the semester party last night at our house. We made enchiladas, taco rings, and queso. Everyone brought lots of dips to enjoy and it was BYOB. It is one of my favorite evenings I've had in awhile and I think my holiday spirit is on its way after all. 
  • I'm working furiously on finishing final projects. I have one last trial tomorrow. Then I have two finals and it's Christmas break time!!! 
  • I obsessively check the British newspapers every day to see if the Royals have announced Kate being pregnant yet. And nothing. Does she not realize she's the only pending pregnancy announcement that I care about right now??? Really. I need a royal pregnancy to live vicariously through and homegirl is falling down on the job. EDITED TO ADD: THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE IS PREGNANT!!! ALL MY DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE!! HA CHA CHA!!!!!!!
  • My hair is long enough to diffuse again. Glory be!
Happy Monday!! It's the most wonderful time of the year!

P.S. Yes, in case you're wondering, I'm having serious issues focusing now that I know Wills and Kate are going to be mummy and daddy!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Anxiety.

I am very stressed out about school.

It's so bad that my stomach issue where I want to vomit reared its ugly head this morning. I missed my Sunday morning run too. I'm peeved because I was supposed to run 7 miles today. I didn't go because I felt like I was going to puke from the moment I woke up this morning.

I would appreciate any prayers you're willing to pray for me.

This is going to be short and sweet because it's all I have time for right now.

Happy Sunday.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Starting my Christmas season...

Yesterday, I decided that I'd work hard all day so that I could decorate my tree. I also am hosting a party for friends on Sunday night to celebrate the end of the semester, friends that are graduating, and the holidays!

Someday I will get a real camera. For now, you get fun Insta photos.

I also wrote my Christmas Wish List.

  1. Business Clothes - It's time. I need to start making an investment in these clothes now so that I'm not naked come internship and job interview time. Plus if things get big, business clothes are easily tailored.
  2. Running Clothes - I mean really, no one should be surprised by this. I have a policy that no runner can ever have too many running clothes. EVER. I want the compression pants from Old Navy in a size medium. I wear a large in tech shirts, in case, you know there are moms who are reading this post. And I actually need this stuff for winter running, since you know it's winter until basically March around here.
  3. Pots and pans - While this one might seem lame, I really want the pots and pans that Paula Dean makes in the butter yellow. I love the color and the first set I got were very cheap. I also want a big skillet and a stew pot. 
  4. 13.1 Necklace - This awesome Etsy shop called A Bella Blue makes running necklaces. Guess which one I want? At some point, I would like to add a 26.2 charm. But I'm not quite there yet.

What's on your Christmas list this year?

Happy Saturday and Happy December!!

Friday, November 30, 2012

How I kicked Thanksgiving in the bootay.

I've had a few friends --school, IRL, and some of y'all-- ask me how I did it.

"How did you lose weight on one of the biggest food holidays of the year?"

Plain and simple with no fireworks, I had to plan for it.

I planned for it in three ways:

1. Portion Control

I am on Weight Watchers. So I know every week I have 49 "flex points" for days I go over my allotted point amount.I planned for Thanksgiving to be my one day to use those points. I promised myself that I would not use those points any other day of the week.

Then on Thanksgiving, I had everything I normally would have, but I had it in small portions. I still had a very full plate, but the size of the sections were no bigger than the size of my fist...with the exception of my piece of pie.

ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNND I DID NOT GO BACK FOR SECONDS.

2. Exercise

I ran a 5K on Turkey Day. I know not everyone has the luxury or has trained to do the same, but going for a good 30 minute walk afterwards would have worked too. So I had a full tummy and I had exercise so I still was ready for a decent nap!

 
3. Lots of Water

Finally, I drank lots and lots of water. I drink more water on days that I run anyway, but I tried to up my water even more so on this day so I could help move this food through my system as soon as possible.

Hope this answers your questions!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday is "Finals Time" Day.

Finals Time: a period of time that students experience typically at the end of the semester, degree of zombie-like state varies based upon the degree one is attempting to obtain

I showered Monday morning and I won't see the shower again until tomorrow morning. Yes, that's from Monday to Thursday that I'll go without a shower and I don't even bat my eye twice about it.

I woke myself up from a nightmare this morning that included me considering jumping off a cliff as opposed to taking an exam. Right before that dream, I had a dream that I went to my hometown for a skit and the entire town showed up. I received a standing ovation when I told them that we Oklahomans need to maintain our acccents. If we didn't, we'd be one hot second away from sounding like those Robertson boys from Duck Dynasty.

Also, if you're going through a life crisis, a birthday, baby announcement, engagement, or have had a death in the family, I likely do not know about it. The only thing I know right now is that I need to be in the library at all possible times. It's probably why my tweets or IGs seem so random and out of place.

I have made a paper chain, but I have to look at my phone every day to make sure that I'm tearing off the right day. I get equally excited and terrified about the end of the semester when I see how many days I have left.

Random music lyrics pop into my head all the time and it's all because I have Pandora working on overdrive right now. One minute it's Beethoven's 5th and the next it's Aerosmith's Dude Looks Like a Lady. Add Christmas music in there and you've got a serious hot mess going on. And oh yeah, my dreams have background music with the same random assortment.

And my house? Total disaster area. My husband is taking some courses for his job right now and is in the process of beginning work on his doctorate...AND OH MY GOSH I TOTALLY FORGOT TO WRITE THAT HE HAS HIS MBA NOW!! Awful wife of the year award right here ladies and gentlemen! That gets a whole post by itself.

ANYWAY, we have clean clothes piles everywhere and we need to do a deep clean because I'm crazy and decided to host an end of the semester dinner. But it's what I do. I also have decided that I'll be decorated by this dinner as well. And I've decided that I want to do popcorn garland. Does anyone know how to make it?

As you can see, I'm a hot freaking mess. That's what being a law student is like. One big hot mess. I hear being a lawyer isn't much better.

Happy Wednesday!







Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday: Take THAT Thanksgiving!!

This week's loss: 2.4 pounds!!

Total Loss: 59.8 pounds!!

Starting Weight: 239 pounds

Current Weight: 179.2 pounds

Pounds to goal weight: 29.2 pounds!!


What I craved this week: All the holiday food I didn't make. That includes a veggie tray, sausage dip and chips, fruit tray, pickle tray, shrimp tray, my momma's punch, and the list goes on and on and on... The point is that I craved REALLY bad food. It was like the little bit of food that I made that we traditionally have opened the door to everything else that goes with it. Based on my cravings, I still say this is further proof as to why eating unhealthy is an addiction.

What I noticed was different about my body: I'm getting down to just having my tummy and arms to lose. I know the rest of my body will continue to get smaller, but the noticeable areas at this point are my arms and tummy.

Workouts I did this week: Ran twice. One of those runs was a new PR. You can read about that here.

Personal Goal for this week:
  • Hit all my runs and lose more weight. 
  • I have a 7 miler on Sunday that I am excited about. My goal is to maintain a pace under 12 minutes. We'll see how that works out for me.
  •  I also want to finish up my final work for the classes I don't have finals in so that I can focus on the classes that I do have finals. (Did you follow that hot mess?) 
  • I also want to find a running jacket for a decent price and these thingys to go on the bottom of my running shoes in case it snows. I can't remember what they're called. Obviously.

Favorite Quote for this week:

Source


What I'm looking forward to: 
  • I really really really am looking forward to being done with this semester, BUT I am really starting to feel the stress of the end of the semester. So I guess in some weird twisted way, I'm looking forward to finals too. I know it's weird. My brother Will would tell you it's the school nerd in me. 
  • Also, on Saturday, I'm having Chipotle for the first time in weeks. Judge me if you must, but it's the little things in life that get you through the rough times. 
  • I'm looking forward to finalizing my race schedule for the spring in the near future. 
  • Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd I'm looking forward to hitting 300 miles before the year is over. 

Frame of Mind: I can feel myself getting into the zone. I think it has to do with the fact that I created a whole other level of accountability when I posted that my starting weight was 239 and also because it is the end of the semester. Like I mentioned last week, it happens naturally for me at this time, but I'm trying to find a good balance. I also have to admit that I'm starting to get a tad bit nervous about reaching my goal weight. Maintaining a weight is something that I've never made a concerted effort at doing and I'm not sure where to start or how to do it...at all. Any tips y'all have are greatly appreciated!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 26, 2012

I need a smidgeon of the holiday spirit with a major dose of balance.

I haven't decorated my house yet. I'm not entirely sure why I'm dragging my feet on the issue. Part of it is I don't have time. This isn't exactly a good argument because for the past two years I've decorated on or before Thanksgiving so that I would have time before school got super crazy. So that makes me wonder why I'm stalling out on this project.

I think the real reason is that the Christmas spirit and wonder of the holidays is currently escaping me.

This is huge because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas. I really do love it all. Last week, I wrote a post about looking forward to all the wonderful feelings and memories to be made.

And yet here I sit.

This year more so than the last two I really have been sad about not being able to enjoy the holiday season as soon as it hits because I have homework. And listen, I love law school, but all the hard work starts to wear on a person after while.

I daydream constantly about what I'd rather be doing and as a result don't get near what I should have done for school. I need to find the balance between enjoying the season and staying focused on the prize. I knew there would be sacrifices when it came to getting my degree, but I feel a little weary at this point.

(By the way, I hope this all makes sense. It feels like it's reading as one big hot mess.)

The other issue is that I'm not sure how I want to decorate. I want to do something different. I want it to be unique and organic and original. I want our house to look like Christmas but the way Christmas looks to us, not how it looks to the world.

I am ready to be enthralled by the wondermount of the season. But I need to stay focused too.

Anyway, that's what I've got swirling in my head this afternoon. Hope I'm not the only one with this problem.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I used to weigh 239 pounds.

This is my 1000th post. I intended it to be a fun and light-hearted one about me and my blog. I haven't welcomed potential new readers or old ones back to my blog in awhile. I thought it would be a good opportunity to do that.

But things change. And this post is more important.

Without going into specifics, tonight someone tweeted a picture that was offensive to me and my sister. It wasn't offensive because it was football related. It was offensive because the reason why it was considered funny is because the woman was big.

I've been on the fence some time now about when I was going to post my "number." If you're a regular reader, you know what number I'm talking about. If not, I'm talking about how much I weigh.

For some time now, I've thought about writing this great big post about how far I'd come and post a lot of pictures. And I daydreamed about gushing on and on.

But shit happens and so you get this post instead.

In case, you haven't figured it out, I'm a little mad as I'm writing this.

Telling someone your number is a big deal. It's a source of pride and disgrace. It's like revealing a big deep dark secret that if found out, could break someone. Usually the someone is the person who is the owner of the number.

On January 10th of this year when I started,  I weighed 239 pounds.

As of Tuesday, I weighed 181.6 pounds. I still have 31.6 pounds until I reach my goal. (Told you I could have been on Biggest Loser.)

I have fought extremely hard for that 57.4 pounds. Key word in that sentence: FOUGHT.

When you have as much weight to lose like I do, it's a battle.

It's a battle of the mind.
It's a battle of good choices versus bad choices.
It's a battle of the wills.
It's a battle of deciding how bad you want it.

The point? If you haven't picked it up already, is that it's hard. It might be the hardest thing I've ever done in my life so far.

And the hardest part of all is deciding who you are in the fight.

You're either a victim or a survivor.

I am a survivor.

You wanna know why? Because when someone makes a fat joke again for the umpteenth time and says, "Oh you know I was just kidding!" I don't accept it. When you pick on this fat girl and joke and say it's funny to cover yourself. I promise you, THIS fat girl doesn't find it funny.

I find it to be exactly what it is: rude, hurtful, mean, and downright ugly.

And then I see that person and their comments in a second light. I see them as motivation. I pick myself up by my bootstraps and kick ass and lose more weight.

They don't get the power over me anymore.

But when I started?

When I weighed 239 pounds, I was fragile.

When I looked like this, I couldn't say the same.



I have a very strong personality. I always have. But my kryptonite always has been and always will be the words that people say. So if I had seen that joke when I looked like that, I probably would have bawled secretly for days. It's probably why it burns me as bad as it does now. I remember what it was like to be her. Hell, less than 11 months ago, I was her...and in most ways, I still am her.

The point? I didn't get to where I am now over night. I had to start somewhere. Everyone does.

So the next time you think about making fun of someone because they're fat or don't look like you, think about how you'd feel if someone did the same to you.

I guarantee you, you'll think twice before you open your mouth. And if you don't, then you need to get your priorities straight.

Welcome to my blog. As you can see, I have a low tolerance for bullshit in the form of  rude people who suffer from diarrhea of the mouth.

Happy Saturday.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ann Arbor Turkey Trot 5K Recap

Wake up time was at 6:15am. I was a little groggy and slow moving because I only got six hours of sleep...and also had some...Ahem... tummy issues. I've got to get better about getting to sleep on time. I really run my best on 7-8 hours of sleep.

(Side note and FYI: Runners talk about poop.)

I laid out my clothes the night before so I threw them on and then brushed out my hair so it'd lay right under my doo-rag. 

I didn't eat anything which is a major no-no, but I forgot to grab more bananas earlier in the week. Bananas are about the only thing that I can eat that don't make me want to puke.

We had to get to the parking area by 7:30 because that's when they shut down the streets. We arrived at 7:10am and chilled in the car for a bit. The Tot Trot was at 8. Our race was at 8:45am. It was a bunch of hurry up and wait and I'm not a fan of that. The Tot Trot should have been after the actual Turkey Trot.

I popped in my Clif Shot Blok and assumed "chipmunk status" as Brandon calls it and waited for the race to begin.

( Side note: I fuel with Clif Shot Bloks.  I usually have one every 3-4 miles. I let them sit in my mouth like a piece of gum. It really looks more like I have a chew in my mouth which is why Brandon says I look like a chipmunk. The reason I leave it sitting in my mouth is so my mouth doesn't dry out. For some reason, a dry mouth makes me think I can't go any further and slows me down greatly. )

Because it was a simple 5K, there were no needs for corrals. But because there were no corrals, the faster runners got mixed in with the slower runners. This wouldn't have been a big deal except it seemed like all the fast runners were a little ruder than they could have been. I get they have PRs they want to set as well, but dang, giving a simple "On your left/right" would have been nice.
 
Mile 1 wasn't bad at all. Other runners were passing me, but I stayed focused and ran my race. I knew that most of them would crap out soon and I'd catch up with them and pass them.

Mile 2 is when things started to even out. It takes me about a mile or so to get settled into my run and I felt that during this time. I also noticed that I was catching up to people who had passed me so quickly during the beginning. This motivated me and I started kicking it into gear. People were also really friendly during this time as well. I also saw two other runners with doo-rags on like me. One was a guy who rocked it 80s style and the other was a woman. Her doo-rag matched her outfit. She became my target to pass.

Mile 3-3.1 was the most fun and the least fun at the same time.

Around 2.5 we did a small loop and we got to see the runners ahead of us. There were lots of high fives and "Happy Thanksgiving's" during this time, but when I turned around and was on other side, I realized why these people seemed a little fake happy. It was because they were about to run the hill from hell. No joke, it was straight up, but I was determined to run up it the entire way. I did and I even passed a big football player. We made it up that hill and I could see the finish line...sorta. The reason I couldn't see the finish line entirely was because we had another hill to run up!! It was less than pleasant to finish on a hill. I also was a little peturbed because I had to stop running and walk long enough to blow snot rockets so I could breathe easier. I could have finished faster.

It still was a good day for me. Like I mentioned yesterday, I PR'd on my mile time and also on my race time.

I saw Brandon at the finish line, but he didn't see me. He said I needed something brighter on. I'm gonna take that as code to buy more running clothes.
 
Pros:
  • Other than the hill from hell, I really liked this course. It was a fun race. 
  • Everyone was very happy. It was also a lot of fun to wish Happy Thanksgiving to the other runners.
  • The sun was out. I'm weird in that I like running with the sun shining.

Cons:
  • The race shirt was a t-shirt. I'd much rather have a tech shirt. I don't like running in cotton because I chafe and also because in a t-shirt I can't get rid of the sweat. 
  • We started our Turkey later than we wanted because of the later start. It was a pain in the butt. 
  • They ran out of bananas and all they had was cookies so options weren't that great if you're someone who tries to stay away from processed sugars. 
It was fun to start Thanksgiving out this way and I hope that next year I have the opportunity to do the same.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Running a 5K on Turkey Day. And cute puppies.

When I started running this year, I had to start at square one. I was running a 16 minute mile and a 50 minute 5K. I got winded very easily and I was extremely overweight.

But I kept getting out there.

And somewhere around the 50 pound mark, I fell in love with running.

It is only natural that I have a love of the road. My dad loves to get in the car and go for a road trip. To him, the road is an adventure waiting to happen.

For me, it's the same thing. There is something about the road, my tennis shoes, and my tunes that just clears my mind.



Today, I ran a mile PR of 10:44 and a 5K of 34:15. When I crossed that finish line I felt triumphant.



I have come so far this year and I'm proud of myself. 

So this year, I am thankful for running. It's made me, me again.

Happiness looks like this.

After that, I'm really thankful for Brandon and my puppies.

Brandon has been my constant cheerleader and I really do not know what I would do without him. I know that I never would have moved across country to go to law school.  He makes me brave. He's my secret weapon.


I also am really thankful for my puppies. They bring a smile to our faces on every rough day without fail.



I hope you spent the day with loved ones. I know I did.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday: The First Holiday Meal Test

This Week's Loss: 0.0 pounds. Lame freaking sauce.


Total Loss: 57.4 pounds.

What I craved this week: Less on the sugar front. Thank goodness! I didn't really crave much of anything in particular. We've been meal planning for three weeks now and so it's easy to put my cravings into the calendar and also to plan out my points too. I just have to stick to doing that in order to maintain my goals.

BUT! I had two Thanksgiving meals I attended for school purposes. It was hard to say no to all the goodness that was there. 

What I noticed was different about my body: I've felt super frumpy all week long. I even thought I looked really frumpy in our family pictures that we got Sunday. Then my sister reminded me pull my head out of my ass to look at old photos and see the difference. And it was there. I just gotta keep going. Plus, I wore a car shirt for a night shirt last night and I was so proud that it was loose and that my sweats were also loose as well when I was at my biggest they were full of my legs.

Workouts I did this week: I hit all three runs this week! I ran a 3.5 miler, a 3.1 miler, and a 5.74 miler. They all felt really good. I run faster in the winter time and I also run faster on my short runs. This helps my training for the longer races in the future. So I'm glad to be working on that.

Personal Goal for this week: I want to hit all my runs again and try for a personal best at the Turkey Trot 5K.

(Side note: Did you know that this will be my first serious 5K??I know I did the Color Run, but some of the girls that I was with had not trained at all so we walked a good portion of the way. Plus, the Color Run is about getting color on you.)

Also, my goal for Thanksgiving Week is to be a super stickler all week. I want to save my flex points for Turkey Day so that I can eat all the bad foods and not feel bad about it. I also want to eat the portion size that I'd normally eat as well. I still have dessert, but I won't go overboard. One serving of everything is more than enough!

Plus, running a 5K on the big day doesn't hurt either.

Favorite Quote for this week: I'm gonna switch it up a bit and tell you my favorite jams currently.
Why yes I'm obsessed with Gangnam Style.
I also love Pitbull. He can do no wrong in my book.
Also, my mileage is now 242.3. I'm coming for you 300!!

Also, this isn't really a quote, but it's a question that I've written on my mirror.

"How bad do you want it?"

What I'm looking forward to: See yesterday's post. Also, a new race shirt. Hey girl hey!

NEW SECTION ---> Frame of mind: I have to be honest, I've been complacent in the last couple of months. I'm really tired of this cycle I've been through twice now. I get complacent and don't push myself. Then when finals roll around, I'm in the zone and I lose weight. I did that this summer and now I've found myself in the same place. I've still lost weight through both periods, but when it gets to finals time, I get focused. I should be in the zone all the time. I know I'm human and I'm going to struggle with this just like the next person, because a lot of weight loss is HARD. It is. You have to work through a battle each and every day of making good choices.

But still, I am ready to kick the last 31.6 pounds in the ass. 

I am ready to be rid of this extra weight.

I am ready to be done. 

But HOW in the world am I going to do this during the holidays?

This part, I don't know. I know that I'll stick to smaller portions. I also know that I won't let myself just gorge out on all the bad. I won't let myself get uncomfortable.

I just gotta get rid of the weight.

I just have to.

It's time.

Happy Tuesday! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Anticipation.

Can you feel it?

It's the time of year when things start to slow down and people start to relax. Oh sure, there is still the hustle and bustle of the holidays, if you're looking for it.  But if you seek out the quiet and mystery of the holidays,  the world gets chill.

I. LOVE. IT!

Even though, I still have almost an entire month before I'm finished for the semester, and I've got miles to go figuratively speaking, I can feel myself slowing down and enjoying the ones I love most a little more than I usually would.

The anticipation of being with everyone is building.

I'm so excited to spend time together in the kitchen with my sisters and mom. I'm looking forward to making a meal with my brother helping me out.

I also love spending time in the kitchen with my mother in law. It's a lot of fun to cook at her house because it's usually just the two of us with her sons (including my husband) coming in to taste test everything once in awhile.  

I'm looking forward to snuggling on the couch with all the dogs and my sister, Loren while we watch all our favorite Christmas movies and our dad groans about it for the umpteeth time, but then laughs through the whole entire movie like he's seeing it for the first time!

I'm looking forward to making a run to Sonic with Brandon's brother and sister in law for the third time in a day.

I'm looking forward to going for runs with Jessi and Jessika and grabbing breakfast afterwards.

I'm looking forward to seeing all the lights.

I'm looking forward to this Thursday with just the two of us and our puppies. Making a feast that will last us for days and taking a big delicious nap in the afternoon.

I'm looking forward to seeing close family friends and sharing good laughs.

The anticipation of it all keeps me going forward in the hard school days ahead.

And it chills me at the same time.

What has you so excited about the upcoming holiday season that you just can't stand yourself?

Happy Monday y'all!




Sunday, November 18, 2012

Silent Sunday...




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Friday, November 16, 2012

On Running...

I did a little update on Instagram last night, but I thought I'd share here as well.

  1. I'm running the Turkey Trot here in less than a week! I'm excited. 
  2. I have another 97 miles before it's time for new shoes! Squeee!!
  3. My goal is to hit 300 miles before the end of the year. I've been consistently running outside or on the treadmill since April of this year. Not too shabby. (I still get a thrill when I think that 13.1 of those were from my half!)
  4. I've been thinking about my goals for next year recently. I'll let you know what they are when I've nailed them down for sure. 
  5. I've been scouting out some half marathons for the spring. Think I've found two I'll probably do for sure. 
  6. I really really really want to run while there is snow on the ground. I feel like running this winter will be a rite of passage just like my first half-marathon was. 
  7. Also, I forgot I'm running a Holiday Hustle in December!
  8. I need a race for January and March. I've got one for February. I think I have one for April and May too.
  9. Shaving in the winter is more of a must than it is in the summer. 
  10. I will maintain this until I can't run anymore. You can NEVER have too many running clothes, shoes, socks, stuff, etc. NEVER.
So tell me runners, what are you excited about right now running wise??

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Monday Mumblings...on Wednesday.

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it. This week is so bad, I'm mumbling into today.

  • I think I am a person who functions with ADD. The more and more I work through these trials, the more I think it to be true. My mother would also agree with me on this.
  • I bit off my nails. They look disgusting and I wished immediately that I hadn't done it.
  • I need more business clothes, but DANG GINA! They're expensive!
  • I've got the race bug again. I'm running a Turkey Trot next week, but I'm started to get excited about running halves in the spring and fall. 
  • Brandon and I are obsessed with The Big Bang Theory. No bazinga about it!
  • When I do homework on my computer in the living room, Sugar thinks her rightful place is one where she sits right beside me and puts one paw on the computer. 
  • Been scouting my next half marathons for the spring and summer time. 
  • Just heard that Caroline and Kathy might be done on the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Those morons seriously do not pay attention to the viewers preferences if they do. 
  • And now I just read that everything that came out today is a bunch of rumors, but no one from the RHONJ case can say anything yet. DANG IT!!
  • If you're not watching Sons of Anarchy, you should be. 
Happy Wednesday!
     

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday.

This Week's Loss: 1 pound!!

Total Loss: 57.4 pounds!

What I craved this week: Sugar, sugar, and more sugar. But after a pep talk with my sister, Jess, I realized that there are things I could work on getting rid of this craving. After two days of doing just that, you would not believe how much better I feel.

What I noticed was different about my body: My belly doesn't stick out as far as it used to.

Workouts I did this week: I only got in one run, but that run, I totally PR'd for my mile time. I now have ran a 11:07 mile. This is a big accomplishment for me. I started at a 16 minute mile. It is amazing what hard work will do for you.

Personal Goal for this week: Hit all my runs and lose weight. Oh yeah, I want to kick ass in my trial I have tonight too!

Favorite Quote for this week: “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.” ~Roseanne Barr

What I’m looking forward to:Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK!! Holy Moly!!

Hope this finds you well!

Just keep going!

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, November 9, 2012

A little bit of fun on a Friday.

It's that time in the semester where my life has consisted of completing one big to-do list after another. I really am enjoying it. I like being busy. But in the busy, I haven't had time for the fun that is The Twitter, Instagram, and my blog. I know I'm still posting, but I'm not as thorough lately.

When I decide to be involved in something, I do it whole-heartedly. When I don't have the chance to do that, I feel bad. I like to know what is going on in my blog/twitter/IG pals lives. A prime example of this when I made a decision to try and cheer others on in taking care of themselves and I've sucked it up big time lately.

BUT...

I've been really doing well in school and taking care of my little family of four and I've been happy doing it. So, if I'm not as involved, but still participating, I'll take it. I still need a place of my own to write down things, but if I get a little behind on reading here and there, I'm okay with it. I still really love The Twitter and Instagram too!

The point is you only live once and I want to live with my people in the moment while I'm out of it until finals are over. 

That being said, I saw the little ditty below on Kelle Hampton's blog today and I wanted to participate in my little corner of the world.

  1. What's streaming from your MP3/radio/CD player/record player (so many means of listening these days) right now? 
  2. Last thing that made you smile. 
  3. What you're looking forward to right now. 
  4. Last thing you bought for yourself.
Answers:
  1. Christmas music. Listen, if there was Thanksgiving music, I'd rock it out too because I love Thanksgiving as much as I love Christmas!
  2. Talking to my husband about the rotisserie chicken we're having for dinner. I have been meal planning for a whole two weeks now and I really like that I know what is coming. I get excited for the meals and when I'm craving something, I can just add it to the upcoming week! Also, makes my point counting easier! 
  3. Christmas with our families. And my upcoming races. And my trials too!
  4. Ticonderoga pencils and two new legal pads. I know it might sound lame to some, but to this organization legal nut, it's like a mini form of Christmas morning.
You be sure to play along too!

Happy Friday!

P.S. Only a month and 5 days until the semester is over!! GET EXCITED! I won't be super out of it for too much longer! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

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HAPPY THURSDAY!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday is "Race" Day.

Race: to compete in a race

I really think this running thing is gonna stick. Proof? I'm signed up for my next two races already.

I'm running a Turkey Trot and a Holiday Hustle!

I am super pumped about the t-shirts and even more pumped to get more racing experience.

What races are you doing during the holiday season?

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday: The Recommitment

This Week's Loss: .4 pounds


Total Loss: 56.4 pounds


What I craved this week: Nothing, because I let myself have whatever I wanted.

What I noticed was different about my body: I really cannot say this enough. When I eat like crap, I feel like crap. Fattitude is a VERY real thing and is hardest to overcome when I'm doing things I know aren't good for myself. I don't deprive myself. I just eat in moderation. But there is a difference between moderation and over-indulgence, and this week, I really made no effort in the self-discipline department. 

Workouts I did this week: I wound up taking two weeks off post half. The first week was intentional. The second week was not. The rain that was here from Hurricane Sandy kept me off the roads. On Sunday, I did my first run outside in 32 degree weather. I was cold until I started running. Then I warmed up nicely and my outfit was just enough. I'll be experimenting with my running gear during the winter time for sure.

Personal Goal for this week: I have two. It's now the time when I have no life in the semester. Although, I've felt like that the entire semester with the exception of pre-planned events.

So my goals for this week are to tackle everything on my school to-do list and kick butt on my weight loss journey. I have a goal of where I want to be by the time Christmas break rolls around and I'm determined to get there.

Any guesses on what my goal is?

Favorite Quote for this Week:


"Tonight, when you lay down your head on your pillow, forget how far you still have to go. Look instead at how far you've already come." -Bob Moawad

"When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings"
-Count Your Blessings by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, A White Christmas

What I'm looking forward to: Christmas break!! Only a month and a week away and yet, I'm looking forward to all that will happen between now and then as well.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  • I want it to snow. 
  • When I started running yesterday morning, it was a whopping 29 degrees outside. When I was finished it had risen a whole three degrees to 32. Yes, I could tell the difference in the temperature.
  • When my husband isn't home, the Christmas music and movies are on overdrive. 
    • When my husband AND my dad read that last one, they'll scoff in disgust.
  • We started watching Big Bang Theory to have something on while we both work on homework. Why we haven't watched the show before now, is beyond us. 
  • Paisley and Sugar are getting along pretty well. Paisley still won't share her bed, but she naps with Sugar during the day, so I'll consider that progress.
  • The first thing I'm doing after my last final is picking up my husband for dinner and a movie. My treat. 
    • Anyone know any good movies that are coming out during the holiday season this year?
  • We're going to be in Michigan for Thanksgiving this year. I am looking forward to this day because it'll be good food, the parade (maybe!), Christmas movies and decorations, football, and good snuggle time with my man! 
  • I like it quiet when I'm really trying to crank some productivity out. 
Happy Monday!

Friday, November 2, 2012

This past weekend...

This past weekend, we headed to Oklahoma. We were there for a wedding and then we hung with the Tree family on Saturday night. (I know Meg through her husband Luke. He and I have known each other since the first grade! It was great to see all of my highschool friends and spouses. I was especially excited to meet the one and only Eli!)

I was less than thrilled about outcome of the game, but that is what happens when your team shows up expecting the other team to just hand them the game. It kinda makes me sad, because it seemed like the boys didn't understand or appreciate the significance and history of the two teams. If they had, maybe we would have won. That's been my irritation with the team all season. Their hearts aren't in it like they should be. That, and Landry Jones should have been gone two years ago.

Anyway, we got to see my side of the family on Sunday. We spent the day in Norman. Each time we go, I fall more and more in love with the town. Loren and Will are sophomores now and coming up on that special time when they'll be making important decisions for their future. So showing them around and taking pictures with them was really special for us both this go-round. 

"The Alumni"

Oldest to youngest in front of Bizzell.

The entire gang! My dad and his hat crack me up!

All four of us again. If you look closely, you can see Sugar and Winston.
I'm super proud to be the big sister to these three!

Jess and I, standing in front of the building that houses our college, Dale Hall!

This last picture is lots of fun and holds special memories for Brandon and I.
We took our "save the date" picture in front of this toll booth.
I need to find the older version so you can see a comparison shot at some point.
Either way, I love being married to him and I love that our story includes my beloved university!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

We've been invaded. HELP!

By now, I'm sure you're aware of the news. Mom and dad have lost it.

Monday night, they came home with this thing that kinda looks like me and smells like me, but newer. You know like she hasn't been here very long.

Anyways, people have been coming over like crazy to see her. I guess y'all want to see her too.

Her name is Sugar Ann.
Momma says, "Sugar because she's white and Ann for Ann Arbor."
Personally, it makes me want to vomit.

She is special because she's all white and has a blue eye and a brown eye. Big Whoop.

Sugar thinks we're buddies.

Jury is still out.
Either way, here she is. Hope y'all know where your loyalties should lie.

Laterz - Pais
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