Friday, July 25, 2014

Fitness Friday...July 25th Edition!

Happy Friday! We are headed out today for a weekend at the beach! It is also my Hayden's 9th birthday on Sunday! Lucky boy gets a mini vacation for his birthday! ;-)

We've had a pretty low key week. It has rained several times and that has put a damper on things. We did get to eat lunch with my sister Christy this week. After lunch we went to Michael's Crafts to get my Sawyer some new Rainbow Loom bands (he's obsessed). They had their collage frames on sale 50% off! I bought this really neat one for some of my San Francisco pictures! I can't wait to get it put together and hung on the wall!

I also got new running shoes this week! My hip started hurting and that's my sign that it's time for a new pair of shoes. I got the same model Asics that I always get...the GT 2000 2! I LOVE my Asics! I've worn them for years and they are the only shoe that works for me so I keep on buying them! I liked the neon yellow so much last time that I got that same color again! :-) Here they are all set with my Lock Laces (which are amazing if you have trouble with your laces coming untied mid run) and Shubeez!

My sister Christy and I went to a Young Living Essential Oils class last week and my sister bought some oils. They came in this week so we experimented with a few! I wanted to use one on my sore hip. Panaway was the first one that came to mind but the directions said to dilute it and Christy didn't have another oil to dilute it in. So instead I chose Frankincense. And it definitely helped! I may be looking into these oils more. Does anyone use them?

Now it's time for Fitness Friday! I'm ready to tell you all about my runs this week!

  • Friday- 1.55 mile run in 13:35 average pace 8:46
  • Sunday- #plankaday 1:15, 1.55 mile run in 13:34 average pace 8:45

  • Monday- #plankaday 1:05, 3.11 mile run in 27:35 average pace 8:52

  • Tuesday- #plankaday 1:10, 1.56 mile run in 13:19 average pace 8:32

  • Wednesday- #plankaday 1:10, 1.60 mile run in 14:20 average pace 8:57

  • Thursday- #plankaday 1:06, 3.11 mile run in 28:09 average pace 9:02

Weight loss this week: 1.3 lbs.
Weight loss total: 25.8

The running went great this week! My legs have felt really strong this week. right hip started hurting a little after my fast 5K on Monday. I think it's time to slow down some since I've started officially training for my next half marathon. I also looked at my shoe mileage and it was time for new shoes. So I got those ordered asap and received them on Thursday. Hopefully they help the hip calm down some. My hip always hurts around this time every's so weird! Usually new shoes help. I'm not ready to stop streaking yet but if the hip gets worse I will listen.

The weight loss went great this week! I'm right on track with my 1 pound a week goal! My DietBet started this week too! I need to lose 5 pounds to win money! 5 more pounds will also put me at my goal weight! So I'm hoping the DietBet helps me lose these last few pounds! You can still join in! DietBet accepts players until day 14 so join HERE!!! The pot has gotten pretty high too! :-)

I'm running my long run tomorrow at the beach! My training plan calls for 5 miles but I may do 6 depending on how I feel. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

QOTD: What was your best run or workout this week?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Healthier Snacks for a Healthier You!

On my weight loss journey I've had to rethink my snacking. In the past I've always gone towards the unhealthy snacks....cookies (Oreos are my favorite), chips, candy (Blow Pops and Rolos), soda. But when you are trying to lose weight those snacks don't cut it. So I had to start choosing healthier snacks for a healthier me.

These are some of the snacks that I choose on a regular basis!

You can never go wrong with fruit! I love it! And my body actually craves fruit now over sugary snacks. My favorites are strawberries, fresh pineapple, and fresh peaches. I do most of my fruit shopping (and veggie shopping) at a local farmer's market. The fruit tastes so much better and I love supporting the local farmers in my area.

Tip for buying fresh Pineapple! Cutting a whole pineapple is a lot of work and already cut up pineapple is expensive. A cheaper alternative is buying the pineapple core. The outside of the pineapple is already cut off. All you have to do is take the core out and cut up the pineapple yourself. The hardest part is already done for you! It's about $3 cheaper to do it this way.

This is like heaven in a cup! Yogurt is good for you anyway but when you choose Greek yogurt you get the extra protein in there. My favorite brand is Yoplait Greek 100 calorie cups. My favorite flavors are key lime, lemon, strawberry, strawberry cheesecake, and apple pie! And when you freeze them it's a whole other experience! So yummy!

I don't eat nearly as much cheese as I used to. But every now and then I would like some. The regular string cheese that I buy has 70 calories in it. They also have low fat versions that probably have less calories.

I know it's weird but I don't like apples. So that's one fruit I don't eat and never have...unless it was in a pie! But I've always loved applesauce! And my boys love it too. You can buy regular or natural applesauce. The natural has about 50 calories per serving and the regular has 90 calories per serving. We also like flavored applesauce like cinnamon and strawberry.

I love these cereal bars! The strawberry and blueberry ones are my favorite. There are only 90 calories in each bar. I eat these for breakfast sometimes, before runs, or as a snack.

These are one of my favorite snacks! There's something about peanut butter on a cracker! This snack has 180 calories in it so I don't eat it every day. It is one of my treat snacks.

Raw broccoli, cauliflower, and cherry tomatoes (I know they're technically a fruit) are my favorites. Carrots are good boys love them raw but I don't like carrots at all. My boys like to dip the veggies in ranch dressing but I like to eat them by themselves or dip them in hummus.

Sorry this picture isn't the best...I told you we loved our raw veggies! ;-)

Hummus is an absolute treat around here! I love it but don't have it all the time because I could eat way more than the portion says lol! I used to dip crackers and pretzels in hummus but now I usually dip veggies.

So those are a few of the snacks I'm eating. I find different healthy snacks all the time! I love exploring all the foods that are better for my body than chips and cookies! :-)

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, doctor, or expert in any way. I am simply sharing the things that have worked best for me and my weight loss experience. 

QOTD: What food is a staple in your refrigerator or pantry?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Training Has Begun!

Well last week marked the first official week of the fall half marathon training season for me! Me and my friend Paige are training a group of ladies to run one of our favorite races (this will be my 4th year running this race)...the Gulf Coast Half Marathon in Mandeville, LA! Saturday was our first long run of 7 miles!

We were all super excited! I got our route all mapped out and we had a water stop all set to go. But then Friday things started to go downhill. The weather was not looking too promising for Saturday morning. There was an 85% chance of thunderstorms at the time we were supposed to run. And it was supposed to rain all day. We went to bed with the promise to make a call about an hour before the run time on whether we would run or reschedule.

Well guess what I woke up to? No, not my alarm.....thunder and lightning! I immediately checked my phone and had several texts and emails. The radar looked like the thunderstorms would clear after that storm. So we delayed the run by an hour.

Because so many of the ladies didn't want to chance it there were only 3 of us that showed up to, Paige, and Donna. Paige's boyfriend Billy was there too riding his bike (and being our bodyguard and photographer!).

The run started out great. It was not raining although there were storm clouds in the sky. We had to dodge and run through puddles. But we were determined to get in our 7 miles!

Paige and Donna were doing a run/walk so I ended up running ahead and on my own for the majority of the run. Billy said I was giving him a good workout since he was riding back and forth between us to check on us!

Here I am around mile 3! I was feeling great! And yes I am holding a ziploc bag in my hand! I had my phone in there in case it started raining! ;-)

You can see how wet the roads were. They weren't slippery but I had to watch for puddles. I tried to go around the puddles as much as I could but there were a few times I had to run through them due to traffic.

At mile 4.5 I stopped at Billy's truck for water. He had a water cooler and cups in the back of his truck. The water was still cold and tasted so good!

Almost done!

I didn't waste much time at the water stop. I only had 2.5 more miles to go! I entered the neighborhood that I run in about twice a week. I only had to run about half of it before I turned around. I was still feeling good and I could tell that my pace was picking up a bit. My legs seemed to know that I was almost done! I made the turn around, made it back out of the neighborhood, and then I saw Paige, Billy, and Donna! We cheered for each other as we passed.

Then I saw a biker coming my way. He gave me a thumbs up sign and that was just the push I needed! I started running faster. And then I saw something on the sidewalk that scared me to death! It was a crawfish! And he had his claws out and raised at me like he was fussing at me! Lol!

Luckily I was almost done after seeing that little guy! My heart rate was high lol!

I did it! 7 miles! It had been awhile since I'd run past 6.2! My legs and body felt great the entire run!

And then I looked at my Garmin and was amazed! My average pace for this run was 10:00!!! I couldn't believe I had run 7 miles at that pace! I usually average around 10:30-11 for long runs!

I was thankful for such a great run!

QOTD: Have you ever surprised yourself with how fast you ran?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Transformation Tuesday!

Have you ever heard of #TransformationTuesday? It's a popular hashtag on social media that occurs on....yep you guessed it...Tuesday's! Basically you post a picture of a transformation. It could be a picture of you as a baby and an adult. Or the ladies may post a fashion or makeup transformation. One of the most popular ones is the before and after (or then and now as my friend Dani likes to call it). And this refers to mostly weight loss. I posted my very first #TransformationTuesday picture last week with this caption:

Only 6 months ago I was miserable in my own skin. I was running all the time but wasn't happy with my body. I was overweight and knew it but just didn't have the fight to do anything about it. About a month after this Disney Marathon Weekend I became determined to get healthy. I've since lost 24 pounds and feel amazing and so healthy!

I got such a response from posting this picture! So many people commented on how great I looked and felt! Thank you all so much! But one of my favorite comments was asking how I did it. What did I do to lose weight? And how could I help them?

If you've been reading my blog for awhile then you know I've been using the app My Fitness Pal to help me count calories. The biggest part of losing weight in my opinion is logging every single thing that you eat. Because even that bite of that cookie adds up! And logging calories has naturally made me start choosing healthier foods...because they are less calories! :-) I promise to do a longer post about my weight loss success later!

Posting these photos is not because I am vain. I post them to encourage others. I want them to know that I've been there. And I overcame! And I lost that weight that was literally weighing me down.

I post these photos in the hopes that I can encourage someone else to become a healthier version of themselves!

Losing weight is hard work! And I'm not ashamed to show my success! I'm not ashamed to show the new glow in my smile from feeling and looking healthier and healthier!

And I will admit that looking at the pictures from then and now makes me feel good inside too. I feel more confident in myself. And that is a good thing!

My weight loss journey is not over yet. I still have about 5 more pounds to lose to reach my goal weight. But this has been more than just a diet. This has been more than just losing pounds. This has been a lifestyle change for me. And it's one that I plan to keep for the rest of my life!

QOTD: What is your favorite healthy snack? (I need some more ideas) ;-)

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Weekly Chase #81!

What a fun weekend! It started off Friday morning (yes since it's my summertime I start my weekends on Friday mornings lol) with a walk with my sister Christy and niece Ella before the rain came in! I'm loving that they live here in my town now! We met at one of the downtown piers and of course we took some pictures! :-)

I just love how Ella is looking up at her cousin Sawyer in this picture! So cute!

Saturday started a little rocky. I woke up to thunderstorms when I was supposed to do my long run. We ended up delaying the run an hour and were able to run with no rain or lightning! Later that day I went to my friend Rhonda's house for her daughter in law's baby shower! Rhonda's sister made the shower cake and it was beautiful! And yes I had a small piece! ;-)

It rained on and off the rest of the day so I got in some great cuddle time with ALL my babies!!! :-)

Sunday morning we went to church. And then we went out to eat lunch with some friends afterwards! And...I got to wear another one of my new dresses! 

The rest of the day was we hung out at home!

Now it's time for another Weekly ChaseI'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 and how I did with them!

  • Goal #1: Run every day! Yes! The #RRGRunStreak is still going strong! I had a few days last week when I just didn't feel as strong running but by the end of the week I was back to running fast and strong!
  • Goal #2: Roll and stretch daily. 75%. I missed a few days this week. :-(
  • Goal #3: Log and stay under all my calories this week. Yes! I stayed under all my calories all week! :-)
  • Goal #4: Recruit players for my DietBet! Success! Last Monday I told you the pot was $125! Well now the pot is at $2100!!!! WOW!!!! The DietBet officially started today but it's not too late to join in! You can join in until day 15! Join HERE
  • Goal #5: Complete my Bible Study each day. Yes! I'm doing a bible study for moms and it's been amazing so far!

Here are the goals I am working towards this week!

Goal #1: Run every day! Gotta keep the #RRGRunStreak alive!!!

Goal #2: Roll and stretch daily. Gotta get better about this!!!!

Goal #3: Log and stay under all my calories this week. We are staying out at the beach this weekend with the in-laws for a mini vacation. I need to make sure I choose healthy foods while there!

Goal #4: Pack for our beach weekend! I need to pack the obvious things like our clothes and beach stuff. But I also need to pack healthy foods and snacks so I won't be tempted!

Goal #5: Shop for Hayden's birthday! My baby will be 9 years old on Sunday! I can't believe it! We will be at the beach on his birthday so I need to get his presents bought before we leave! 

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

QOTD: What goals are you chasing this week?



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