Thursday, August 28, 2014

DietBet Recap...Plus Another Game!

I had a BLAST hosting and playing my first DietBet game!!! It was such a fun way to lose weight! And the best part about it....winning money!!! It was so successful that I decided to host another game!!! This game is called "Road Runner Girl's September Slim Down" and it starts September 1st!


To refresh your memory, here's how DietBet works:

1) Join a game. You can join my game HERE!
2) The pot grows as players join
3) Whoever hits the goal splits the pot!

Sounds easy, right? The game I'm hosting is a 4 week game with a goal to lose 4%. You start out with a bet of $25. During official weigh in time (August 30-31st) you will submit two digital pictures to the DietBetter referees. One picture will be a head to toe shot of you standing on the scale in airport security attire (that's light indoor clothing with no shoes, belt, hat, outerwear, pocketbook, watches or accessories and empty pockets).  The second picture will be a close up of your official weight on the scale with a piece of paper in the shot showing the word of the day (will be distributed by Dietbetter at the time of the weigh in and serve as an official timestamp). No one will see your weight or pictures except the Dietbetter Referees.

At the end of the game you will have a final weigh in (with photo proof). If you made the 4% goal...you split the pot with the other players that also made the goal! It's a win win situation! You win by losing weight AND you win by earning some money! The more players that play...the bigger the pot!


Sounds fun right? I promise you it is!!!

I told you I had fun playing didn't I? Well here's how it went for me. I started the game with my official weigh in photos. 


To win the DietBet I needed to lose 4% in 28 days...or 5.1 pounds. The weight I needed to be at the end of the game in order to win was 121.7. 

So for the next few weeks I counted my calories using My Fitness Pal. I ran. And I checked in on my DietBet page every day to see how all the other players were doing. We commented on each other's posts and encouraged and motivated each other. It was great! I could weigh-in as much as I wanted (they weren't official weigh-ins so I didn't have to submit photos) to see my progress. 

Was it tough? Well yes. Dieting IS tough. But when you have money on the line it makes you even more motivated. And I had all the other players in the game that I felt like I couldn't let down. 

The 28 days FLEW by! Before I knew it it was time to do my last weigh-in to determine if I had won. I was so nervous stepping on that scale. I thought it was going to be close! 


I was shocked to see that I lost 7.3 pounds during the DietBet!!! I had lost 2.2 pounds more than what I needed to win! I was so excited!!! I ended up winning $34.96!!! 

Because it was such a blast I was super excited to get asked to host another DietBet! This time I will only be hosting, not playing, because I really don't need to lose another 4%. I am about 2 pounds away from my goal weight and I want to be at a healthy weight not an unhealthy one. But I LOVE encouraging and motivating others in their weight loss journey so I'm super excited to host again!!!

I hope you will join my Road Runner Girl's September Slim Down DietBet!!! Sign up to play TODAY!!!

QOTD: Have you ever participated in a DietBet game? Are you going to join my game? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Beachy 10K!

This past weekend we stayed out at the beach. So my long run and #RRGRunStreak had to happen at the beach! I know what you are thinking....how awesome to get to run at the beach right? Well...it's definitely very pretty...but it is about 10 degrees hotter and the humidity mixed in with the salt air is so not fun! But I was determined to get it done! I made sure to wake up early enough to try to beat as much of the heat as I could.

This scene was gorgeous! It was worth being hot and miserable!


The sweat hadn't started pouring yet in this picture!


The first mile and a half led me into the historic Fort Morgan. I've run here many times but it never gets old!






Of course once I reached the Fort I had to turn around. I usually go out the same way I came in. But this time I decided to take one of the side gravel roads. I had to watch my footing here because of the rocks. But it was a nice change. And it looked like I was running straight towards the sunrise for a bit!


This road took me right in front of another part of the Fort...Battery Dearborn!


From this point I headed back on the main road. But then I saw a side street that headed towards the beach so I decided to take it. It lead me straight to the sand!




Then I turned back around and headed back to the main road. This is where I started to struggle. It was soooo hot! It was soooo humid! I was soooo thirsty! We WERE under a heat advisory so it wasn't a surprise that I was struggling. Luckily I knew that in the back of my hubby's truck was a cooler of waters. So I kept telling myself to make it to the condo parking lot and I could get some water.

I reached mile 4....and the parking lot! I grabbed a bottle of water out of my hubby's truck and I drank the ENTIRE water bottle!!! Usually I only drink a few ounces of water during water stops. But my body needed that full 16 ounces of water!

I headed back out knowing I only had to go 1 mile and then I could turn around and run a mile back to make my total of 6 miles. The water refreshed me a bit so I didn't struggle as badly those last 2 miles. But I will say that I was so happy when my Garmin reached 6.2 miles!



The best part about running at the beach? Stretching on the beach after the run! I love stretching and listening to the waves and seagulls! So peaceful!

QOTD: Are you ready for fall temperatures? 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sawyer's Birthday Beach Weekend!

This past weekend we spent the weekend at the beach! We were able to stay in the hubby's Aunt and Uncle's condo! And Andy's parents stayed with us! We had an absolute blast! You may remember we stayed at the beach a few weeks ago for Hayden's birthday? Well Sawyer so wanted to do the same thing for his birthday but we didn't think we would be able to. Well thanks to Grandma she got it all worked out so we could! I had a very excited birthday boy!!! :-) Enjoy our weekend in pictures! :-)

















It was an absolutely amazing weekend! The summer crowd was gone so we almost had the beach to ourselves! The water was calm (just like I like it) and crystal clear! We saw tons of fish, crabs, dolphins, and stingrays! It was so relaxing and just what we needed after the hectic first week of school!

QOTD: What is your favorite way to relax?

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Weekly Chase #86!

We had a wonderful weekend!!! We had so much fun at the beach celebrating Sawyer's birthday! It was hot out there but we were able to keep cool in the water! Stay tuned tomorrow for a post about our beach weekend! :-)


We also survived the first week of school! Yay! I know this week will get us even more into our routine. And the boys will most likely be coming home with lots of homework this week. Luckily the teachers gave them a break last week! ;-)

Now it's time for another Weekly Chase! I'm ready to tell you all about my goals for this week! I hope you will link up your own goals with me too! And feel free to use the badge below in your post too! You can grab the badge HERE! :-)

Road Runner Girl

Here are my goals from last week!

  • Goal #1: Run every day! Yes! But it was harder running at night on tired legs!
  • Goal #2: Roll, stretch, ice daily. I did ok with this but not every day like I should have. 
  • Goal #3: Log and stay under all my calories this week. Yes!!!
  • Goal #4: Endure the first week of school! Yes! The boys had a great first week and so did I! I have the sweetest little class!!!

Here are the goals I will be chasing this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! I so want to make it to day 100 of my #RRGRunStreak! It's been so tough running every day since I've gone back to work. I only have 7 more days until I reach 100. I can do it!!!

Goal #2: Roll, stretch, ice daily. I've got to do better with this!!!

Goal #3: Log and stay under all my calories this week. I only have 2 more pounds and then I will be refocusing my weight loss to maintaining it. :-)

Goal #4: Get my September monthly calendar completed for school. We give our parents a calendar each month of what we will be learning. I need to get this done this week so I can give it to them next week. 

So that's my plan for the week! Good luck with your goals this week too!

QOTD: What goals are you chasing this week?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Runner Spotlights #100

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! We are having a great time at the beach celebrating Sawyer's 7th birthday!

It's time for another runner spotlight...my favorite time of the week! I love reading other runners' stories about their running journey! If you are interested in being spotlighted on my blog please email me at mindy@roadrunnergirl.com! I'd love to spotlight you! You don't have to have a blog to be spotlighted...you just have to be a runner! ;-) And I'm running low on spotlights so now's your time to shine!!!

Today I'm spotlighting Jen from Dare Run Share! She has such a great story and I was lucky enough to meet her in person at The Biggest Loser Half Marathon last December! Keep reading to learn more about her and her running journey!


Name: Jen McCormick
State: Tennessee

When and why did you start running?
I started running in November, 2011. My husband was diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. His doctor suggested exercise to combat these issues, and he started running. I had always wanted to be a “runner,” but was never very athletic, and was at the highest weight of my life (heavier than I was even at 9 months pregnant with my children). I decided to try Couch to 5K anyway, and was determined to stick with it, and the rest, as they say, is history.

What is your favorite race and race distance?
My favorite race distance is the half marathon. The training is doable, but it still keeps me challenged. (And the bling doesn't hurt either!) I am very proud of the first half I ran, the Smokies Santa Hustle in December, 2012, and I love that my husband and children were there at the finish line to cheer me on. It was such an accomplishment for me.


What is your race day routine?
I get up a couple hours before we have to leave and have a Kashi bar and bottle of water with a ½ tablet of Nuun. I'm really good about getting everything ready for the race the night before, and I really like having plenty of time to get to the race. Of course, my husband and kids often race too, and none of them are early risers, so many times we are racing to get there on time anyway.

What is your most favorite piece of running gear?
This is a hard question to answer! If I think about the one thing I would not want to run without, I guess it would be my SpiBelt, because I use it on almost every run to carry my phone and/or fuel for long runs/races. I am also very particular about logging my miles, so my Garmin Forerunner 10 is also essential, though I have used RunKeeper in a pinch (like when I've forgotten to charge my watch).

Do you follow any diet or take any specific supplements that complement your running?
I don't take any supplements at all. When I started my running journey in 2011 at 192.2 pounds, I also started tracking my food using My Fitness Pal. In about a year, I lost nearly 50 pounds. My weight loss stalled out at that point, and I've struggled to lose the remaining 30 pounds ever since. I've tried a lot of different ideas/gimmicks to get back on track, but I'm realizing that the only way to conquer this is tracking, even though I really dislike having to count every calorie. I would love to be a person who can eat whatever, whenever, and still be a healthy weight, but that just won't work for me (or most people). At 41, I hope I'm finally growing up a bit and realizing that I have to consistently work to achieve my weight loss goals.

What do you wish you’d known when you first started running?
I actually can't think of anything. When I decided to start running, I poured over running magazines, books, websites, blogs, and tried to soak everything up so that I would be successful. I guess I'm just a nerd like that.

What is your fondest running memory?
One of my fondest running memories was the first time I ran 20 minutes without walking. Our family was at Disney World for the week, and instead of slacking off about exercise while on vacation like I would have done in the past, I got up super early three mornings that week and followed my Couch to 5K plan. The morning we left to go home, the workout on the plan was to run 20 minutes with no walking. I was so scared that I couldn't accomplish that, but I refused to let myself walk, and when the app on my phone said that 20 minutes had gone by, tears came to my eyes and I was so proud of myself. For the first time in my life, I felt as though my body was not my enemy.


What is one thing that most people do not know about you?
I decided when I was six years old that I was going to grow up and be a country singer. While I never actually accomplished that goal, it is what led me to move to Tennessee, where I met my husband. So I tell my children never to think a dream is not worth striving toward, because you never know, it might be leading you somewhere you can't even imagine yet. For me, a much better dream came true – I now have an amazing husband and two beautiful children.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I am a super-slow runner, and in fact, because of my size and my speed, I don't always feel like I belong in the running community. My average time for a half marathon is 3 hours, and when I think that elite runners can finish a full marathon in much less time, it is easy for me to feel this way. (In fact, I debated for months before I even sent Mindy the email to have a “runner spotlight.”) But truthfully, no one cares what my finish time is, and every runner I've ever met – in person and online – has been nothing but kind and supportive. We can be our own worst enemies, and I need to remember that I would never put another runner down, so I shouldn't do that to myself either.


Here are all the different ways you can connect with Jen!

Twitter: @darerunshare
Pinterest: jenmruns
Instagram: @darerunshare

Thanks so much for sharing with us Jen!!!

QOTD: Anyone race this weekend? Or run a long run?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fitness Friday August 22nd Edition!

Today is my Sawyer's 7th birthday!!! I can't believe my little man is already 7 years old!!! It seems like yesterday when he was born! Here are some pics of his last day as a 6 year old!


My mother-in-law called on Wednesday with a great surprise! She got us a condo at the beach this weekend for Sawyer's birthday! Remember when we went for Hayden's birthday? Sawyer was sad we wouldn't be going to the beach for the weekend for his birthday...but now we are!!! It will be a great way to unwind from the busy first week of school!

This week was BUSY! It was the first week of school! So far the boys are loving their teachers! They've come home with smiles on their faces each day! It was also the first week for me! I have a super sweet little pre-k class! It's going to be a great year!



Now it's time for Fitness Friday! It was a lot harder getting in my runs for my run streak this week since I've started back to work. I've gone from running first thing in the morning to running at night. I forgot how much hotter it is running at night in the summertime! But I love my sleep too much and don't want to wake up at 5AM every day to run. So night time and hot it is!



  • Friday- #plankaday 1:05, 2.05 mile run in 17:33 average pace 8:33

  • Saturday- 9 mile run in 1:33:14 average pace 10:20
  • Sunday- 2.05 mile run in 17:41 average pace 8:38
  • Monday- #plankaday 1:30, 3.11 mile run in 31:03 average pace 9:59

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:05, 2.05 mile run in 16:59 average pace 8:17

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:11, 2.05 mile run in 18:05 average pace 8:49

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:10, 3.11 mile run in 27:29 average pace 8:50


Weight loss this week: 1.1 lbs.
Weight loss total: 29.8 lbs.

This week the running got a little harder. After a full day of teaching it is hard to come home and run on tired legs! And the heat and humidity make a big difference too! It is so very hot in the evenings here. But I got those runs in and kept the streak alive! I'm really thinking day 100 might be the end of streaking for me though. It's just super hard to run every day now that I've started back to work. 

The weight loss is going great! I'm almost to my goal weight! And this next week I'm pretty sure I will reach 30 pounds lost! Wow!!! My DietBet also ended this week! I ended up losing 7.3 pounds during the DietBet (I had to lose 5.1 lbs to reach the 4% goal to win)! So yeah...I won!!! Yay! The DietBet was so much fun and even though I don't need to lose another 4% I'm still hoping to host another one soon. I had fun encouraging everyone along! :-)

Tomorrow I will be running my long run at the beach! The plan is to run 5 or 6 miles. Last time I ran at the beach it was super hot. I have a feeling this time will be hotter. :-( The Gulf Coast is under a heat advisory right now. It's way too hot! And to make matters worse...there is a system out there that they think may enter the gulf and become a hurricane headed our way. :-( Hopefully not...but with the extreme heat the water gets hot and that's breeding ground to make a hurricane stronger. So send some prayers our way please! 

EDIT: They are now predicting the system to turn and NOT enter the Gulf! Yay! But please pray for those that may be affected by this storm!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

QOTD: What was your best workout or run this week? Is is super hot where you live?

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