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

Throwback Thursday: 60 down. 29 to go.

Happy Thursday!

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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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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