Saturday, April 30, 2011

Oh It Was A Good One

Know what!!!!!!!!  You know I wouldn't be on here early on a Saturday morning unless my run went good...and it did.

We all met at 7am and there was a pretty big group which was nice because I wasn't stressed out about keeping up with the fastest of the runners.  Luckily my late night workout buddy came and she and I ran together.  We ran a good pace for most of our run.  Not very much walking at all.   I never see her before 10pm so it was nice to get to run some distance with her.  She an I ran together for 4 miles. 

After we ran we went to go get some breakfast.  I was soaking up the day light with her and I was also afraid if I didn't feed her she would eat me...she was a little bit hungry.  She was giving me the run down on how to count calories during the day.  Apparently before noon the calories count has half, after noon the calories are normal and if you eat after 8 the calories are doubled.  I was laughing out loud at the table.  We ordered nearly every single thing on the menu and shared.  It was a nice little buffet.

Now I have some work to do outside today but I just had to let you know that my run went good this morning.  I needed a good one and it really just raised my spirit.

Friday, April 29, 2011

It Kinda Worked

First off, I woke up this morning at 3:30 this morning to watch the royal wedding.  I didn't know if it came on regular channels but it was on every channel.  I was a little bit gitty getting to watch a lady become a princess.  Every little girls dream!  So sweet.

I had to leave before the first kiss because I had a date to run with my running buddy.  My entire body was incredibly sore this morning when I woke up from the pushing and pulling of clean up.  So we walked way more that we ran, actually we walked most of our run this morning.  It was kinda hip is still hurting and everything else hurt so I got a good little break.

So then it was another busy day at work today, actually it was another day stuck in traffic.  I was a little bit put off this morning when I tried to fill up with gas and a small child ran out in front of my car.  I was so close to hitting him and it has terrified me.  I nearly cried when it happened.  Its was just too crowded and a mess or disorganization.  Praise the Lord I didn't hit him.

After my nerves calmed and I drove the 45 minutes to work (5 mile trip) I settled down just a bit.  Then job #2 was slow and boring(because no one wanted to deal with traffic.)  After I got off work I was going to try to swim to workout all my soreness.....and it finally worked.  My arms are soooooo much better than they have been all day long. 

I have had too much alone time today because I have thousands of meaning less thoughts tonight.  So here goes, just listen to my ranting for a moment. 

First off, I am running with a group in the morning, a group that is much faster than me and I feel like I am going to slow them down.  My running buddy is very understanding that I am slower than most people but I just feel like I am annoying them and slowing them down and they don't want me to run with them. 

Second, I think I might be the only person who wipes out in Wal-Mart and gets hit by a sledge hammer in the same week.
There really are no more words for this one!!!!!

Thirdly, I am icing cupcakes right now to give my running group in the morning so that maybe it will slow them down just a little bit....hahahah.

Finally, it is Friday night and I am at home alone watching the worst movie ever but I cannot stop it, I am an hour invested in it at this point so I cant just not finish.  Eh!

This has been a really weird day all the way around.  Not bad, not good, just strange.  I got my workouts in and now I am just hoping for a good run tomorrow.

I'm heading off to bed as soon as this awful movie is over.  Sleep tight!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I'm Not Avoiding

Hey guys, I'm did not intentionally not post over the past couple of days.  We have had some severe weather in our area so Internet has been out off and on yesterday and the storms were pretty violent and so I had my computer off all day long.

Well today started off bright and early to help with some storm clean up.  Our town was spared for the most part but the school my babies attend had some significant damage.  The school is less than 5 miles from my house and when I headed out this morning traffic was bumper to bumper.  It took 45 minutes to make the trip. 

I think moving workout equipment all morning long counts as a workout. 

Our neighbors to the south took a harder hit and they were trying to find food and gas this morning.  It took me 45 minutes to travel 5 miles to clean up.  I knew there were storms but I had no idea what was going on for there to be so many cars on the road.  I am just glad our small town was able to help in anyway that we could. 

Like I have said before, small town, one road, LOTS OF CARS!

That being said, I spent the majority of my day in traffic.  After another 45 minute 5 mile drive to the office I gave up.  I worked from home for the rest of the day.  It was much easier than having to fight traffic.  My sister asked me to stop by the store and grab something for her...this is the site I saw.

You could have all the Buttermilk you wanted!
I was sure I was not going to workout after the 3 hours of cleaning up this morning but my niece and buddy wanted to go run this afternoon.  So it was a good chance to get in a few miles and workout with the girls.  I love these girls but I never get to workout with them. 

So now my body is a little bit sore, my hands hurt more than anything else, but I am definantly ready to lay down and relax a little bit. 

Send up a prayer for those tonight without power, loss of property and loved ones.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Such a Fun Night

Today I opted out of my usual afternoon run and workout for a fun night with my niece at Fleet Feet Huntsville's Diva Night.  It was a night of shopping for great deals, food, and fun.

We tried to get there on time so we could get the gift bag.  Our gift bags had Body Glide (I don't have to tell you how much I love that!) and a water bottle, some BioFreeze and a little tote bag.  So cute!  We only had to wait in line for a few minutes before we got to go in the store and shop at some incredible deals.    All clothing was 25% off with additional deals on bras and shoes.  I actually ordered bras online today because mine have just about bit the dust.  They also had spa treatments set up all over the store, massage, hair consultations, etc.

To my surprise, I found a section in the store of plus sizes!!!!!  I can never ever find actual workout clothes in my size that are women's clothes.  I always have to buy men's clothes and just hope they will work.  Anyway, I got a pair of running shorts.  Women's running shorts.  I think someone has finally listened.  Just because I am a big girl does not mean that I don't workout!!!!!!!!  I want cute women's clothes too.  So, I decided it was time to make a purchase, running shorts.  They are long enough to be appropriate but short enough to not get caught up on my knees.  And they are tight across the tush and loser around the bottom.  I'm so happy to have them. 

I also entered the raffle for some door prizes.  (I should tell you that I have incredibly good luck at raffles and lotteries)  Well, I won!  I won a free pair of New Balance tennis shoes.  And all the raffle went to a good cause so I was happy all around.

I was very please with our night and happy that I ditched the workout to go have some fun.

Tomorrow if the weather permits I will run in the morning, if not I will hopefully get to go to Zumba tomorrow afternoon.  I haven't been in so long I will probably not know any of the dances anymore.  But I want to go to Zumba and shake my tush.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hope You All Had A Wonderful Easter Weekend

I know my Easter weekend was wonderful and now back to the Monday through Friday grind.  I did so much better on my food this weekend than I would have ever expected.  I saw the horrid picture from Thursday that just highlighted the weight gain I have experienced over the last month and the calorie counting started back instantly. 

I was afraid over the holiday I would just binge on candy and cakes, but I was able to eat some candy and have A cupcake instead of the entire bowl of candy and 4 cupcakes.  I'm taking little victories right now.  But my food today has been on track.  I packed everything this morning and have stuck to it.  The only addition was a Marathon bar that I got at my No Bo meeting tonight.  I ate one of these a few months ago and it was awful so I just thought I would try this one tonight and it was delicious!!!!  Its Marathon Energy Snickers Crunchy Honey & Toasted Almond.  150 calories of deliciousness!

Our No Bo meeting was so great tonight.  I ran with a small group of about 4 women tonight and they all worked so hard.  We upped the mileage and the time running tonight and I thought they might pitter out towards the end.  Now some of them said a few naughty words but they did it all the way to the end.  I was incredibly proud.  I am loving this program more and more each week because I like to watch other achieve something that they never thought was possible.

I am feeling much better today.  Its amazing how a little bit of control can change the way you feel and your attitude.  I have been on that steroid for a week now and it has made me feel like crap.  I took my last pill this morning so I know it is not out of my system yet but just knowing that it is on its way out makes me feel better.  I have not been able to sleep on it, my calves have cramped and basically anyone that can talk has gotten on my nerves while on it.  I am happy that it is done....I wish it had fixed my hip but we cant get everything we want can we now!

I have one more workout tonight and I usually go easy on my workout buddy on Monday nights because we run our No Bo group but she wasn't able to make it tonight so I think we will have a go at it after she makes up her run...hahah no mercy!  I'm ready to go again, my hair is messed up and I'm already sweaty so might as well keep working hard.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I Took My Own Advice

Sorry for no post yesterday but I finally took my own advice and didn't post when I was in a crummy mood.  I was just sort of in a funk and didn't have anything nice to say.  First off I was a little bit mad that everyone had the day off yesterday for Good Friday and I had to work at both jobs.  I didn't get off of either one!!!!  That just started my day off in the wrong direction.  Then, not only did I have work I had too much stuff to get done in the cracks of time between appointments (for example I had to bake cupcakes while I mowed my yard.)  I don't know where all the hours went yesterday.  I was up and going all day long. 

Ok to just be honest I was also a little grumpy because on Thursday night after getting the girls ready for prom I caught a glimpse of myself in a full body photo.  I knew I had gained some pounds but this picture made me look like I was up 75 pounds.  I was mortified at the picture!  I just wanted to go workout and not participate in the rest of the evening.  But the girls looked great on Thursday night and I couldn't be in a bad mood there so I just transferred it over to Friday.

Anyway, today is already exponentially better, and I am saying that after having to be at work at 5am!  Sometimes a poor pitiful me day is necessary, I'm just glad I didn't post yesterday because there would have been swear words involved...I just know it.

I had to get up a little bit early yesterday so I could get in my run, but it was a shorter run than normal.  We got in 2 before the day started off.  I don't know when I am going to workout today but I have to finish mowing my yard so maybe I can work up a good sweat and count that as a workout, otherwise I will have to come back to the gym today.  And trust me, after seeing the pictures I wont be just missing any workouts for a while. 

Like I said I am in a much better mood today, but with this holiday weekend I probably wont be back again until Monday.  I have not been the best blogger this week.  Ill do better, on blogging, food, and workouts!!!!

Update!!!! I forgot the best part of yesterday!!!!!  On my should have been 2 minutes 20 minute trip to Wal-Mart I slipped on water in the isle and busted my butt in Wal-Mart.  I was too embarassed to know if I was hurt or didnt feel good!  Sorry that was the icing on the cake.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Hip, a Hop and a Happy!

First Off Hip Update.  I woke up this morning with no pain in my hip.  I just knew I was healed and couldn't believe it.  Well it was nice but short lived.  In all fairness it does feel some better today so hopefully this treatment will work. 

Last night I was really jazzed about working out since I hadn't done anything all day long.  We had a short but really intense workout.  We boxed until I thought my arms were going to fall off, then we moved to the ab machine to keep going for a little while.  There was lots of moaning and groaning but we did it. 

Well today I have been a busy little girl.  I got to the office early because I had lots of stuff to do and I am helping with hair and makeup for prom tonight.  So I finished up all my office stuff and ran home for a second to get my stuff together.

When I pulled up to the house I just happened to notice a box on my front porch.  To preface this next part I have to explain.  I have dealt with my grief probably not in the responsible way that I should, I chose retail therapy and food.  I know healthy right!  Well I have done just a bit of online shopping.  I knew the problem was out of control when I couldn't remember what in the world I had ordered.  So I skipped in the house to get the scissors to figure out what it was...that I ordered!  Problem...yes!

So I opened up the box and guess what it was...

The best part is I didn't order it!!!!!!!!  It was actually a little happy from my friend.  We talk a lot about her different books and workout DVD's and own most of them.  I was so happy to have it!  This will go great with my new sauce brush that my sister got me yesterday.  I wanted hers so she got me one.  Now I just have to find the time to do a lot of cooking. 

I am one happy little girl today!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dr. Visit...Could Be Better Could Be Worse

Well early this morning I got up and finally got in to see the doc.  I just wanted to know what was up with this hip pain. 

I woke up with very little pain.  Lying flat on my back is the only thing that makes me feel better.  By the time I got to the doc I was hurting pretty bad.  And I have never been so excited that I shaved my legs.  I had to drop my pants to x ray and then the examination.  Just so you know that is not an easy joint to examine!  I showed him what hurt, what didn't, and on and on and on.

Well, basically he doesn't know without process of elimination.  For one week I have to treat all the various -itises, bursitis, arthritis, tendinitis, etc.  I am on a dose pack and if the pain is gone in a week, yeah, if not we go back for an MRI to look for a stress fracture or anything that wouldn't show up on an xray.  I am hoping for the best and maybe this will work, but I would like to know why it hurts.  I am tired of hurting!!!

The rest of my day has been pretty uneventful.  Work work work.  I missed my morning run to go to the doc so I am getting ready for my night workout.  I am still sitting out of Zumba because I am afraid the jumping might be a little too much.  I think tonight we will box and do some football drills...those are almost as fun as boxing.

I'm kinda going crazy cause I need to do something physical, I feel like this has been a lazy lazy day!

Wish me luck with the know I will let you know if it keeps hurting.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Today I had one of my best runs in a long time.  I have had good ones but this one was one of the fastest and most relaxing I have had in a long time.  This morning I ran 4 miles and it started off hard and got easier, and got funner once we started racing.  I love a race.  And I won both of them which makes it even better.  We race to see who has to buy breakfast!

Anyway, I met with my NoBo group tonight.  We had a guest speaker and then went out for a 2 miler.  I wasn't really excited about it because my leg was hurting and I had already run.  This is just proof that even if you don't feel like it that sometimes the run is good despite your attitude.

I had the pleasure of running with a fellow blogger and friend. She ran with my little group, we were doing 2:1.  We ran one of our fastest paces thus far finishing in about 24 minutes...I forgot to stop my watch so I don't know exactly.  It just seemed like the entire group finished quick today. 

It was nice to have a good and really great run today.

Oh, and I beat Jane!

Now its off for one more workout, just a short one cause my workout buddy is already complaining!  But she does not whine all the time! (She made me type that!)

Wow! What A Weekend!

I have had a thousand posts this weekend but have had absolutely no time to get online so I will just have to give you a massive Monday morning weekend update. 

This weekend....Well, for starters I didn't have to work, not at all and that never happens.  I have decided that I am going to start taking off Saturday nights so I can date (Hold the laughter.)  Its basically a really good excuse to not have to work Saturday nights....I'm not ruling out the dating thing, but really not the focus of the not working Saturday nights.

So since Thursday night I have been baking a birthday cake.  It was due on Saturday night and at 12:30 am Saturday morning I was pretty sure I bit off more than I could chew.  But have no fear, the cake got completed, it was HUGE!!!!  And if I can toot my own horn for a moment....

The scoreboard only lasted a few seconds but I got a picture of it with the scoreboard.

I was really please with the way it turned out and I think the birthday boy was too.  

Now I only have to do it one more time for the next birthday party....but I learned some valuable tricks with this one.  And I love to do it so much so I find it fun every single time, even when I am pretty sure I have screwed it up and it will taste and look like crap.  I just love it!

On Saturday morning I went for a little run...actually I went for two little runs.  Our NoBo Group had some homework to do this week and since I had to miss the Thursday run I thought this might be fun.  So I met with my running buddy at 7 and again at 7:45 to go running.  It was a good run considering I hadn't run in a few days due to the weather, and the fact that I only got 30 minutes of sleep cause of the haunting dreams of a Baseball cake.

Then to the ball park.  Yes it is that time of year again!  We take the sports outside for some sunny weather sports.  The fact that it was 45 degrees didn't help me get into the baseball spirit but it is fun to watch the little guys play.

Then on Sunday it was church, nap, and hair and makeup.  Prom is this week and we had to do a trial run of hair and makeup for my niece and faux-niece before the big day.  It was really fun...but I'm not sure at what point of the night my sisters and niece talked me into dying my hair red!  So once we finished hair and makeup and the little girls looked stunning it was my turn for beautification.  

When the hair color was on everyone thought I was going to have fire engine red hair but when it washed off it wasn't half bad....I actually kinda like it.  It covered my roots nicely and kinda looks good.

Way more strawberry than fire engine, whew!  By the way, that is my supermodel vogue pose!

So the weekend is over and back to the grind.  I got in a good run this morning and now I am paying for it dearly.  My hip is still killing me but I go to the doc in 2 days.  Wish me luck at that!
Tonight we No Bo run with the group and then late night workout followed by a nice soak in the hot tub if I can con my workout buddy to bring a bathing suit.  Hint hint.

I told you it was going to be long!!!!!!

Happy Freakin' Tax Day!!!

A single good friend shared this with me and I just couldn't keep it to myself!!!!

Friend Making Monday

I don't play in this blog hop as much as I should but today was a really fun topic so I thought I would give it a go.  Its hosted by Goodbye, Fat Girl.

FMM: The Grocery Store

1. Do you make a list when you go grocery shopping? Do you stick to it?  I keep a running list on my phone all the time.  I usually go by it but sometimes I get off track.  And I usually shop about 3 times a week so I don't have to worry about wasting food.

2. Do you buy more groceries when you're hungry?   No, that is the best time to ruin the shopping trip.  If I do I buy everything that looks good.

3. Coupons. Use 'em?  I wish I could be one of those people who saves $3000 each trip to the store but I do not have time or space to get into that.  I use coupons for things that I know I buy, tampons and razors.  And when I use coupons I usually end up buying stuff I don't need cause its a good deal.

4. Have you ever complained to the manager of your grocery store?  No, but I have requested certain items and got them. 

5. Do you like to buy groceries at huge chain stores like Wal-Mart and Target? Or do you shop exclusively at food stores? Most of my grocery shopping is done at Wal-Mart but I go to a Publix every chance I get...every chance.

6. How much time do you spend reading labels in the grocery store? My sister wont shop with me anymore because if I am trying a new product I will read ever single word on the front and back...and sometimes I do it to her groceries as well.  Yes!!!

7. Do you push your own grocery cart to the car and return it? Yes I return it, I hit a car in the parking lot with a buggy and a girl got out of the car I hit so from now until the end of time, I return it.  Most of the time I carry a basket so I don't have to deal with the cart.

8. What is the one food item you always buy at the grocery store that you must have in the kitchen? Eggs

9. Do you enjoy grocery shopping? Most of the time.  I shop either early in the morning or late at night so it is quiet and sort of relaxing. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Summer Reading List

And we're hopping today.  Kelly's Korner is all about our summer reading list.  I am not a huge fan of fiction, although I do get roped in every now and then, I mostly read biographies or self help (diet and exercise books.)

My summer reading list for the summer is pretty simple.

For starters I have to finish my Racing Weight book.  I have been reading it for months, it is full of great information but it is just so fact fact fact and really not entertaining.  I want the info and I will finish it this summer.

I also hope to read my Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism book again.  This really changed my diet the first time through so I need a refresher course.

I really want the cookbook in this collection but that is unrelated.  You don't just read a cookbook.

Finally, I have been told great things about a book called Crazy Love.  I might try to get that one in there as well.  I don't have loads of free time but its gotten good reviews from my buddies so I should give it a try at least.

Ok and since I talked ugly about the first book I wanted to give you a suggestion for one of the funniest books I have read in a while.  This is one that people will immediately dismiss in the book store unless they are training for a marathon because of the title, but it truly is a good read, runner or not.  And its a pretty easy read as well, just fun all the way around.  I know I have talked about it before but it really is that good.

So that is my summer reading list in a nutshell.  I cant wait to get on Kelly's Korner again and see other peoples suggestions!

Rain Rain Go Away

Guess What???  Its raining again!

Yes we have spent the last three weeks with 2 beautiful days, then rain, storms, rain, and more rain.  It has really messed up my running schedule, well just this morning because I actually got up on time and made it to town on time and it started pouring on my way in.  I don't particularly like to run in the rain, I can if I have to, but now I'm just over it.

And aside from the obvious, I am having a great hair day.  All the spikes are in the right place and I have the option to use an umbrella (so not happening), or wear my raincoat which I pull over my most excellent hair do and now it will be all smashed.  Grrrr!

It looks like it is supposed to do this all day long and get bad this afternoon so it will be an indoor workout tonight.

Oh and I have to pay my taxes...that doesn't help any day! (Just thought I would throw that one in there)

Go Away!!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ahhhhh...Nice Workout

Today I knew I would not get the best workout ever but I did however get a pretty good one.  Overall I have had a crazy busy day.

I had to be at the office all day long.  I was in a rush to get there so I had to pack my lunch a little differently than normal, basically I took a loaf of bread, the entire container of turkey, and the container of Miracle Whip.  I even packed the entire box of cereal to eat for dinner at work.  The most organized I know, but I did pack my food and actually ate what I packed.  And I didn't eat any jelly beans!!!  I have been addicted to SweetTart Jelly Beans since they came out for Easter.  No lie though, all the store have ran out of them and are no longer getting Easter candy, otherwise I would have probably eaten them.

So I went from job 1 to job 2, got off work and got in about a 20 minute swim.  I really tried to push it tonight.  I didn't want to be at the gym all night long and I thought it might be good to get in the hot tub. My entire body is sore from yesterday.  Not the kinda sore that hurts one part of my body, but from neck to knees.  Just a dull pain, all over.  My workout buddy was sore too...ha ha ha ha!!!!

I was very surprised to see Hottie McNew Guy at the gym tonight.  Hello....I like to meet the new cute boys at the gym when I am not in my bathing suit with mascara running down my face.  I like to make a first impression in clothes...who would have guessed it?!?!?!?!?

I have some really high expectations for sleep tonight. After our crazy intense workout last night I could not go to sleep.  I think I might actually be tired enough to sleep tonight.  I'm off to bed now, I have to run in the morning.  Another good day, YEAH!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Workout Intense Workout Crazy

This morning I did something that never happens....I missed my run.  I slept horribly last night!  I had bad dreams all night long and didn't hardly sleep.  I woke up at 6am and got out of bed.  I walked around for about 15 minutes trying to wake up and it just wasn't I called and told them I would meet them in about 30 minutes for the run.  I was just going to miss the steps.  Well 6:45 rolled around and about 2 more bad dreams later I still had not slept.  I finally just gave up!  I called and cancelled.  Luckily there were two of them so I didn't leave anyone hanging alone.

I never went to workout and I think it was one of the best decisions.  I needed the rest and my leg actually felt better for the most part of the day.  And missing my workout made me think about what I was going to do for tonight's workout. 

I came up with what I think was the most intense workout I have ever come up with.  I was pretty sure I was going to make my workout buddy cry.

I got my hair all spiked up and my short shorts on and got ready for the workout. 

Well the workout started off pretty well.  Then the sweat started to pour.  Circuit number 1 was a good start. Then it was time for circuit number 2.  When I thought I might get tears I got the combative argumentative workout buddy!  She actually said she would not do this one particular workout...but she did anyway.  When I said it was time again to do that circuit over I thought she might hit me.  The entire workout was a full body workout.  Lots of picking up heavy bags and toting them across the room, step ups and jump ups and punching.  Then we finished it off with some sprints.  I do love sprints. 

I knew the workout was a success when it was over because we usually finish up with about a half mile walk and tonight we made it about 2 laps and called it a night.  My hair was wilted and I was ready to go home.  Now I am finally home and ready to get into know cause the awful nights sleep last night. 

I have a day full tomorrow and have no idea when I will get to go to the gym.  My calendar tomorrow is back to back.  It may be 10pm before I get there but I will get one in.  I have enjoyed getting back to my regular workout schedule.  It seems like thing are starting to fall back into place.

Nighty night all.....

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Back to My Old Workout

Today was the first day in a while that I got my workout that I usually do.  I actually felt like I did all I could today to get my burn.  It was amazing!!!

What is so funny about it is that I wasn't going to workout at all.  It was my rest day.  I was going to take the entire day off in hopes of making my hip feel a little better.  Well that didn't exactly work out.  I swam with my swimming partner and realized that it was the first time I got in the pool in two weeks.  I forget how much I really like it.  We got in a good swim and I jumped out of the pool and went to meet my No Bo group for a homework run.  I only ran two miles but it was outside and uphill both ways so I thought it was a really good run.

Then back in the car and back to the gym for my HIITS class.  I was late to that one but did get 30 minutes in there and I know it was a good one.  Now...I can definitely tell that I worked out for 2 and a half hours today but man it felt so good.

I finished up my night watching Biggest Loser and missed the last 15 minutes so I have no idea who got kicked off but it was nice to have my Tuesday routine back.  I will watch it tomorrow online so I can finish it.  I have been trying to catch up like crazy with no luck so I think I'm just going to jump back in and start watching like I have not missed any.

I missed the very end of the show because I had to go to the store and get some food.  I had Miracle Whip and Turkey but no bread, cereal but no milk and no eggs (that's a diet sin in my house.)  But now I can pack my food for tomorrow and eat healthy all day long...yeah!

It was so nice to have my schedule back to normal tonight.  I hope tomorrow is as wonderful as today was.

Monday, April 11, 2011


You know I spent the entire weekend working in the yard.  Two fun filled days of digging and trimming and mulching and I have the sunburn and the sore forearms to prove it.  I am so happy with the way my outside looks.  And to top it all off I got all the crap off my carport.  Actually, I didn’t do it, my wonderful Bro-In-Law came over and toted the trash away and then came back to take the scrap medal.  I was so happy to have it gone; some of it has been there since November! 

Ahhhh the carport where all old appliances go to die.  If you have any you would like to get rid of just bring them over.

On Friday afternoon my new appliances were delivered to my house and they are all beautiful.  I originally purchased a Stainless Steel fridge which is not my favorite but it was a great deal for a good fridge and I thought why not.  Well Friday morning all hell broke loose when they realized that the doors couldn’t be reversed and I couldn’t get the same deal on another one with handles on the other side so I had to go and pick out a new one Friday morning before they were to deliver it on Friday afternoon.  I found another and got such a good price on it that I was able to get a dishwasher too.  I have one more appliance to go before I get rid of the harvest gold hardware in my kitchen.

My beautiful ZzzzQuitezzzzz Fridge!

Hey Hey the match now!!!!!!!!

I did take a break from the Saturday work and go run on Saturday afternoon.  It was a wonderful run, really hot but we got in about 4 miles overall.  We were picking out a new route for our No Boundaries group.  New scenery can be good.  We actually mapped out 2 different routs to give it some variety.

On Sunday I really needed to take a break.  I worked in the yard for a bit but nothing major.  Then it was off to our Relay for Life meeting.  It was that time of year again for Relay for Life.  I spent my entire day today doing the one thing I hate the most which is asking people for money.  One of our fundraisers is a 5k race and we are searching for sponsors...I know shocker this is the event that I get to co-chair.  I'm pretty excited about it, it was fun last year and I hope it can be bigger this year. 

This morning I got up early this morning and ran with my running buddy.  I am struggling right now with my runs.  I have gained some weight and I feel fat and I think my running clothes are too tight and I cannot do as well as I have been able to in the past.  I just feel fat!  I have done better on my food and I do feel better but I want my clothes to fit better than they do right now and I am ready for a few good runs! 

Finally, our No Bo group champed it out tonight and came to run in the rain.  It was a threat for sever weather tonight but it has been pushed back all day long and we had to miss for weather last week so we really wanted to go run tonight as a group.  It rained on us just for a moment but we got done before the bottom dropped out.  I was so glad we beat it out. 

Tomorrow I am taking the day off running. I need a day off. My legs are just killing me. Oh and my hip is officially hurting so bad that I called and made a doctors appointment today. I am just scared to not have it checked out. I think I have bursitis in the hip, but I also have some symptoms of a stress fracture and that can be dangerous if not treated. I just need to know what is wrong, if anything and I need it to stop hurting!

I don’t go until next Wed. to the doc so I will let you know what he says. I am becoming that girl who runs to the ortho because something hurts every 5 minutes. I gave it a week and it is not better!

Ill be back tomorrow and hopefully I can catch up on some of these Biggest Losers I have missed. I know pretty much what is going on but I have not seen the last 2 and would like to watch tomorrow night but I don’t want to be behind. Ohhhh the BL dilemma!

See ya tomorrow!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Necessary Thing...Burning Calories

Today I focused on my yard for most of my calorie burn.  I worked on it all day long.  From mowing to weeding trimming and getting up the last of the weeds.  I opted out of a traditional workout this morning for yard work.  I know I was getting a pretty seriously good workout because I was sweating like crazy.

I did however decide to take a break about midday to grab some lunch and go buy some new appliances.  I stopped in the appliance store on Monday while out running  (Really??!?!?!?!?)  and found a dryer that I thought would suit my needs and they said if I bought a dryer and a fridge they would cut me a deal.  It turns out that this year in May all appliances purchased in 1972 will stop working, mine were just over achievers and decided to go out in April.  I am so proud of them.  Well I got me a brand spankin new Fridge and Dryer and cannot wait to have them delivered.  My dryer just stopped working, actually it did just the opposite, I started it on Sunday night and when I got home on Tuesday morning it was still running.  Not auto shut off and no hot air, so basically it just spun my clothes around for 2 days.  I guess the risk of fire was gone since it wasn't hot!  And my precious fridge, every 32 minutes it makes a wonderful foghorn like sound.  Every 32 minutes on the dot.  And just recently it has started creating condensation on the outside of the fridge.  Both needed replacing pretty bad, my wallet is not all that happy about it but I am.

Sorry, I got side tracked with the ode to my crappy appliances.

This afternoon I did take a break to get a traditional workout.  I went out running with some of the members of my NoBo group.  I am just loving this program, and I am loving seeing people get so motivated to go out and run.  This afternoon I was going to do my regular 2:1 running walking.  I asked the girl that wanted to do my intervals if she wanted to make it a little more intense and do 3:1....then she said those words that I love, "I cant do that!!!"  Gueeeeeessss what?  She could.  ha ha ha ha ha

It was a great run.  I got a total of 3 miles in today and was just pouring sweat.  I have missed the joy of sweat, I am so happy for sunny weather.

My hip is still hurting pretty good today.  Instead of going back to the doctor and being that crazy person that cannot stay out of the waiting room, I am going to call and see if there is some correlation between the screwy knee and my hip.  Once way or the other I need to know what is going on with this hip!  It hurts!

My food today has been better too.  I made some more good decisions today and stopped eating when I was full instead of just eating til all the food was gone.  I feel much better the last couple of days than I have in the last few weeks.  Now I'm finishing up my water for the day and then going to bed.  Actually I have to vacuum my floors before I go to bed because they come to deliver my appliances tomorrow.  Right now I have cracked leaves all over the carpet. 

Nighty Night!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

An Actual Busy Day

I have busy days....lots of them....and this one has challenged them all.  I have been going since 7:00 this morning.  I know for some of you that is not early but for me it is.  I really like to sleep until 8:30.  I don't have to be at the office until 9am on regular business days so I have trained myself to be ready in 25 minutes for the day.  Well once I started this running thing I adjusted and started waking up early 3 days a week.  It could be 5am like it was last fall but 7 still sucks!!!!!

Aaannnnyway, I woke up to go run this morning.  We had a crowd of three this morning instead of 2 which was nice.  We ran a grand total of 4 miles and this was not my best run.  Most of my soreness from the weekend is now gone, Praise the Lord, but I am still having some pain.  My knee is holding up exceptionally well but my entire leg is swollen and my hip is killing me.  I don't know why!  It has hurt off and on for about 2 years now.  I went to the doctor about it not that long ago and he said there was nothing wrong with it but it is hurting bad enough that I think I might have to make a follow up visit to see if something is going on.  Basically my entire left leg is rejecting my body right now. 

My food over the last two weeks has been horrible.  I haven't been eating great, still no fast food (I gave that up for Lent) but I have been making poor decisions (Basically, I have been eating my feelings.)  And I haven't been drinking my water like normal.  Well today I really made a conscience effort to do better on my food and actually drink my water.  It has helped.  I didn't realize how much I have missed my water.  I have already noticed the swelling in my knee go down a little bit...duh!  I knew better than that. 

I didn't go to Zumba this afternoon because of my hip.  I just didn't think jumping and shaking would be the best idea on a hip that is already hurting.  But I will be working out tonight.  Two a Day!!!!!  Its been a while.

I am excited to workout with my late night buddy tonight.  She came a couple of times last week but we didn't really get a good workout.  Mostly walked around the track.  One night she ran and I sat on the bike in front of her and talked.  I didn't do anything.  Then Monday this week I cancelled so I could hopefully watch the National Championship game.  I saw the end of what was a very un-anticlimactic game.  But tonight we box again!!!!!

Other than the daily work that must be done in order to make a living I have had tons of errands to run and it just seems like I have been on the go all day long, and to top it all off I get to go to Wal-Mart today.  I avoid Wal-Mart at all cost, especially from 8-5 but I am kinda ready to get my butt in bed and I know that is not happening any time soon.

I probably wont be on again today unless we have an incredibly crazy good or bad workout tonight.  I hope for the crazy good.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


My soreness has lifted a bit since Sunday.  I was pretty sure on Sunday that I would never be able to walk upright again.  My running buddy assured me that if we went and ran on Monday that I would feel better and some of my soreness would go away.  She lies too!

We ran early, with me whining every single step.  I hurt all day yesterday.  Like walk doubled over and moan when I stand and sit hurt, but today I am feeling better.  I still have certain positions that I cannot stand but for the most part I am back.  Now do I have any desire to do anything physical for the next day....NO!!!!!

I actually don't get to workout at all today.  I wanted to but I am stuck at the office all day long and then I am going to an event tonight and wont get home till really late so I just have to deal with no workout today.  I might go run in the morning if it is not raining but in these parts the last three weeks have been nothing but rain.

Nothing but rain until today.  Today I had to go to the eye doctor...I cannot see...and its the first day that we have had sunshine in weeks and I cant even enjoy it because of the stabbing pain in my eyes every time the sun shine in them.  I have been sitting in my office with sunglasses on because the glare of the windows is giving me a headache.

And tonight I will miss the next episode of Biggest Loser.  I'm not even recording it because I still have not caught up.  I am one week behind and don't want to see the new ones until I know what is going on.  I am just hoping to catch up by the finale.  

Hopefully tomorrow I can get in a normal workout day because I need one so bad.  I am hoping for a morning run, Zumba in the afternoon and a late night boxing workout.  That would be ideal....but we will see what the day brings.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

No Boundaries Group

I just got an email from one of my NoBo girls and it brought a smile to my face!

Just got back from my sat run. Each time, I'm understanding a little more why y'all are hooked on running.

I just love it!!!!

Oak Barrel Half x2

I have officially been running long enough now to run a second annual race.  This was my first half marathon last year and to make the second annual race a little bit more exciting my niece was running it with me this year.  When I say with I mean running the race not along side me.

We actually started off our preparation last night with a small shopping spree to make sure she had everything she needed for the race and then lots of carbs at Nothin' But Noodles.  I have heard people talk about how good this restaurant was but I have never eaten there....and they were not lying.  It was absolutely delicious.  We both got chicken and pasta dishes and they both had such a different flavor, but both tasty.

Then we slumbered at my house.  We just made an entire night of it.  I know how nervous I was before this race last year so I walked her through my obsessive getting ready for race day just to make sure we had everything packed and ready to go so we could sleep to the absolute last second and not have to be up super duper early.

At 6 am we were up and getting ready.  She ate breakfast while I obsessively applied my Body Glide.  I made her skinny little butt put it on too because it does not matter what size you are, it has to do with your clothes eating you through the race.

We made it to Lynchburg and got to packet pick up....and then time to wait for the race.

It was cold at the start line but warmed up quickly.

When we got to the start line we say my sisters and niece, her mom, aunt and sister, and got to talk for just a bit before the race started.  Then it was off to run.

I was a bit nervous because I knew I was not ready for this race like I should have been.  I know I am in better condition than I was last year but I have not run to be ready for 13.1.  I started off at a modest pace.  Emma stayed with me for about a half a mile but I needed her to run her race.  I know I cannot keep her pace but I honestly thought she would pitter out about 8 or 9 miles into the run but boy was I wrong.

When I got to the end of mile 4 I called her and she was about a mile ahead of me.  When I called her at mile 9 she was at 11 and going strong, so obviously I was not going to catch her anytime soon.  Yes, I talk on my cell phone a lot during a race because it can get lonely out there....we will get to that in a minute.

Mile 4 is the hardest part of this race by far.  It is called Whiskey Ridge, it could be because the hill is in Lynchburg or the fact that when you get to the top of it you NEED a shot of Whiskey!!!!

Yes, I take pictures while running too.  I wish this picture had been just a bit better.  If you notice at the upper right hand side of the picture the hill curves and gets just a bit steeper.  Just for the fun of it you know.

From this point on it is mostly flat and downhill, so basically 9 long miles.  I talked on the phone a little bit more but mostly I was just alone.  Lots of alone time means lots of time to think, and lets get real there is a lot of stuff on my mind.  So I cried.  Mile 5 tears. 

I saw my sisters again at mile 6 and was able to stay composed a little bit.  One of my sisters said she got a little choked up as well which made me feel a little bit better.  I am not much of a crier so I felt so stupid running around the back roads of Lynchburg.  Oh and yet again they had some classic signs.

This sign apparently cracked up quite a few runners and a cop or two.

I have no pictures of them holding the signs, I have very few pictures this year because the little photographer from last year was running the race!

I spoke to my niece again when I got to mile 9 just to check on her.  She was about 2 miles in front of me at this point and said she was doing good.  That made me cry again.  I was so proud of her.  She has not run like she needed to but she has the willpower of an ox so I knew she would finish, I just wanted it to be a good experience and not something that she would never want to do again.

The last time I talked to her she was just finished with the race and I could hear the smile on her face...and yes I cried yet again.  Just so you know, when you are running and you spontaneously start sobbing: 1.  People look at you really funny. 2. You will begin to hyperventilate and it takes forever to catch your breath back. Not pleasant!!!!!!!

About mile 11 I was ready to be done.  I had slowed way down between mile 5-10, could be the lack of preparation or could be the constant hyperventilation but I was ready to be done.  I was running so hard and seemed like I was getting no where.  Once I hit mile 12 I could smell the finish line.  I ran the rest of the way in looking forward to being done.

I could see the finish line but about 25 feet in front of it was the chip reader that technically ends the race, so when I crossed it I stopped was not the finish time so I lost a few seconds but I was not going to set a PR today so I just jogged the rest of the way in.  I finished in under 3 hours, I think my time was 2:57.  My niece finished at 2:27.

I know you are going to be shocked but I cried at the finish line too.  I was not expecting a half marathon to be this emotional.  I told my sister it was just too much time alone.  I got composed and was able to shop around the square just a bit before I had to head out. 

I'm Sooooooo Proud of this girl!!!!!!

It is now that I am understanding the joy of being properly trained to run 13 miles.  I was able to do it, and do it easier than last year, but because I had not one long run leading up to the run my legs are paying for it now.  My knee held up remarkably well, my hips and ankles not so much.  Everything hurts. 

I have enjoyed the last few hours laying down with my feet up and ice on every square inch of my body.  I'm still hurting and walking around like a 90 year old woman but I have that runners high that just wont quit.  All in all it was a great race!

Friday, April 1, 2011

New Things

I am so excited about my run tomorrow but I am really more excited about tonight.  My precious niece texted me a few weeks ago and asked if it was a good idea to go to Nothin But Noodles to fuel for our race the night before the big run.  As you could guess I think it is a great idea. 

We are going to take a small getaway to Huntsville and get some food, and even take a little trip to Fleet Feet to get all the things she needs for the race that she doesn't know about and no one tells you before your first race.  I have told her everything I can think of and now we get to buy them.  I am so excited for her first half and if she is anything like me it will grab her and she will be hooked for life.

Next, I have been so crazy the last week I forgot to tell you about all my new fun things.  I went and got a phone.  I researched and studied and found what was going to be perfect for me.  I purchased the Samsung Fascinate because I knew I would just love it....WRONG.  I hated this stupid phone.  The fact that it made it through the week without being on the side of the road in pieces is truly amazing.

So on Friday I took it back.  I all but threw it at the little girl at the store.   It turns out that I am cool enough to have an iphone.  I have had it for about a week now and I am really enjoying it.  So far it does everything I need it too and more.  I actually let my dad play on it one night and he played a fishing game.  Right off the bat he launched the phone into his bowl of food!!!  He was trying to cast the fishing line.....

I also got a new pair of house shoes.  Again in my attempt to be like no one else I have not been able to get on board with the Ugg phenomenon, but since I have been staying at my Dad's house for the last week I sort of took over his Ugg house shoes.  Oh my gosh they are the warmest most comfortable things I have ever put on my feet.  So now yet again I am conforming and I officially own a pair of Uggs.  I think I should follow the trends more often because in the last 2 examples they were so right on the money. 

I have no workouts tonight, just a little shopping and a lot of eating, then slumber party at my house.  This is no up all night party, we will actually slumber!

Ill let you know how the race goes tomorrow.
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