Weekly Update – 4/25/16 + My brother got married!

This was a great week.  Mostly because I was lazy and because my brother got married!!!!

Monday

Got in a quick mile before yoga.  Class was pretty crowded.  My knee is still getting better, but there are some things I do that it says “nope” to.  Its been two months!

Tuesday

I didn’t get a workout in.  My hand wash/gentle laundry (aka all of my work clothes) has been piling up and I needed to get it done.  I hate doing it because I have to hang dry all of them and it stinks.  So I got that done and starting getting myself together for my brother’s wedding this weekend.

Wednesday

On Wednesday, I got some more laundry done, and packed for the weekend.

Thursday

Left work early to head up to Charlottesville for my brother’s wedding!  The trip was pretty uneventful.  We got checked into our hotel, then grabbed dinner at a steakhouse.  I had some wonderful salmon!

Friday

On Friday, we got up to head into Charlottesville so I could get my nails done with the girls.  It was a fun time, full of mimosas and getting to know each other.  After Michael and I left Charlottesville, we went back to the hotel to get some lunch and get ready for rehearsal.  We got to Veritas early for rehearsal and had a glass of wine.  Rehearsal finished early, so we had some more wine until it was time to go to dinner.

Dinner was at a cool place called “The Local” in Charlottesville.  Yummy food and a great time.

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Michael, me and my sister Grace

 

Saturday

My brother got married!!! I’ll spare you all the details so here are the highlights:

  • getting ready starting at 10am for a 6pm wedding
  • Lots of champagne
  • pretty hair and makeup
  • bride freaking out about the weather
  • deciding to hold the wedding outside because its not supposed to rain until 9pm
  • rains through the entire outside wedding
  • we dance and party the night away
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A little rain can’t stop these two! *

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stunning!*

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Ignore my dumb face I’m making…isn’t my brother handsome?

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Dad, Laura and Jaryd!

 

* Photo credit to William Walker Photography

Sunday

Sunday was spent recovering from our hangovers.  We got on the road around 10:30, stopped at Tiffanys to get our rings cleaned, then stopped at the Continental for a late brunch, complete with mimosas and omelets!

It was a great week and now its back to reality! How was y0ur week?

Weekly Update – 4/18/16

This week was a pretty decent one! It helped that it was my birthday week.  I got a few good workouts in, got to hang out with Jerry Frostick, see Tori Kelly in concert, and celebrate my birthday with my loved ones!

Monday

On Monday I got a quick .75 miles in on the treadmill before yoga.  Class was good.  Kneeling is still a bit uncomfortable since my fall almost 2 months ago, but its getting better.

Tuesday

On Tuesday we had a celebration at work for all the Shamrock race attendees.  My work sponsors the 8k, so its pretty big deal! We had over 70 people from my work compete in Shamrock.  I was one of 7 Dolphin Challengers, and we even had one marathoner.

J&A Racing even sent two representatives to join our celebration.  Jerry Frostick (the J in J&A) came, and one of their employees, Kate.  Kate previously worked with our company.  It was great to talk to them and hear a bit about their thoughts on the race.  Jerry mentioned that he can’t promise the weather would be great next year, but he can’t imagine it being worse!  He called us all bad-asses:)

Wednesday

On Wednesday, I got in .75 miles before yoga.  Class was nice and I felt strong.

Thursday

Thursday was my birthday! 29 years old – only one more year till I’m 30!  My husband organized a lunch for me with all my work friends, which was really sweet of him.

Since it was so nice out on Thursday, Michael and I decided to walk outside.  We went to my mom’s neighborhood since its a nice big loop.  Plus we wanted to stop by and see my mom.  We did two loops which my fitbit said was around 1.6 miles, but I think its actually closer to two miles.  I think my mom drove around the loop once and said it was just shy of a mile.

Friday

Friday was my birthday treat from Michael.  He got me tickets to see Tori Kelly at the Norva!!!!

The opening act was a group called Thirdstory; they are known for their 3 part harmonies.  I enjoyed their performance, but I don’t know if I’m a huge fan. I think their songs would all start to sound the same after awhile.

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Thirdstory

Tori was amazing as expected! What I didn’t expect was to go deaf from all the teenage girls screaming in my ear.  WOW.  She is incredibly talented, and you can tell she loves what she does.  When she finished the show, she appeared to be genuinely overcome with emotion from the applause she was getting.

Saturday

On Saturday we celebrated my birthday with my dad and stepmom.  We went out to a cool place called The Broken Egg.  I got blackened chicken, broccoli and baby baked potatoes.  I didn’t know baby baked potatoes were a thing, but they were good!  They gave me a brownie sundae and sang to me for my birthday!

After we got back from our early dinner, Michael and I went for a walk to see if we could burn off some of those calories from dinner.  We got about 1.75 miles in before the allergy attack set in and we decided to finish our walk!

Sunday

We had church responsibilities on Sunday morning. After church, Michael left to go on a gambling trip (don’t worry, he always gambles responsibly).  I went shopping!  I did not shop responsibly!  After shopping, I had to tackle the lawn in style.  Allergy season is in full swing, so I tried wearing a mask to see if it helped.  It only helped moderately.

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After that, I pretty much spent the rest of the night vegging out.  It was a nice end to a good week.

How was your week? Are the allergies kicking your butt?

Lifestyle Change & Goals

I’ve not talked a lot about it, because its been quite embarrassing to talk about.  I’ve gained weight.  A lot of weight.  I now weigh more than I ever have before, more than I did in 2012 when I lost 30 lbs.

 

Now, before you lecture me about proper body image, I want to say that I know that a number on a scale is not everything.  There are many other indicators of health – fitness, good blood pressure, good cholesterol, a strong, healthy body.  Unfortunately, a lot of those other markers are not where they should be, just like my weight. In fact, my goal weight is still considered “overweight.” But its a weight I have felt strong and healthy at in the past.  I’d even like to get down into a more healthy range, but that’s for phase 2!

Michael and I sat down and laid out some goals recently.  Both of us want to see some improvement.  We will be traveling to Las Vegas in late August, and have set that as a goal to lose some weight.  We have just over 4 months until then.

Some of my goals:

  • Lose 25 pounds (that translates to about 1.5 lbs a week)
  • Get back to under 35 minutes on my 5k – or better!
  • Workout a minimum of 3x/week
  • No eating after 8:30pm
  • Fewer than 2 sodas a day (SUCH a bad habit).
  • No more than one fancy Starbucks drink a week (regular or iced coffee not included)
  • Log food, exercise, and monitor blood pressure
  • Monitor portion sizes and eat appropriate portions

I’m sharing these goals with you as a means of keeping myself accountable.  I find that I very much need accountability to be successful.

One challenge I have is that my doctor and I have decided to tweak some of my medication that I’m on to control some of my “female issues.” I’ll spare you from any more TMI than that.  That being said, I’ve had some wonky side affects in the past.  One of the side affects of my last medication was some of my weight gain.  I’m hoping the side affects will be minimal, but that is something I’ll need to monitor to make sure it won’t derail my plans.

I share all this with you since I’ll probably need some help and encouragement.  Anyone who has struggled losing weight will tell you that its very difficult and can be very discouraging if progress is not being made.

I like to think of this blogging community as very mutually encouraging.  Everyone is at a different place in life and has different goals.

What are some goals you set for yourself recently? What encourages you?

 

 

Race Recap: ODU Big Blue 5k 2016

This was my first time doing the ODU Big Blue 5k, and my husband’s first race EVER. J&A always puts on great races, and this was no exception.  The highlight of this game is that you get to finish on the 50 yard line of the football field!

Packet Pickup and Expo

We opted for race day pickup, since we didn’t feel like fighting traffic on Friday night.  It was pretty quick, like most J&A Races, and we found a place to hang out for awhile.  We didn’t feel like taking our stuff back to the car, so we opted to do the dry bag check.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

High in the low 60s and not a cloud in the sky…perfect running weather, and much better than the weather I’ve had recently. I opted for a short sleeved shirt, capris, and a hat.  I’m becoming more of a fan of running with a hat on.

Pre Race

We had a lot of time to kill before the race. I had a chance to eat my Clif bar and drink a bit of water.  Michael had to use a porta potty, which he was not a fan of (I guess I’m used to it?!)  I fangirled over Kris Lawrence when I spotted her at some point pre-race. We watched the kids fun run, ran into my friend Kim (who I’ve done a few races this year with), a friend from college, and had plenty of time to head to our corrals.  I started in corral 4, Michael was in 5. I put my headphones in and got ready to start while Michael settled into his corral.

Race Time

They started the corrals within about 30 seconds of each other.  I hoped to run the whole race, but ultimately left it up to how I felt.  I ran the first mile with no issue.  I took a small walk break right after the 1st mile marker since I wasn’t breathing correctly (yay allergies) and took a second to catch my breath and start taking deeper breaths.  I ran though the second mile, and saw Michael at the turnaround.  He was not far behind me.

It took forever to get to mile 3 and when I hit it and saw how far we had to go, I knew that I had longer than a tenth of a mile to go.  Darn it all that weaving I did.  I had hoped to get under 40 minutes (and when my garmin hit 3.10, I definitely made it), but I finished officially in 40:29. Michael ended up finishing in 40:10.  He beat me!!!! I demand a rematch.

While I’m a bit frustrated that I didn’t hit my time goal, that was the best 5k time I’ve had since 2013.  I can’t be mad at that progress!  I’ve gained quite a bit of weight since 2013, so it makes that victory even sweeter.

After Party

I think this was the longest I’ve spend at an after-party.  Michael got to ring the PR bell and write his PR up on the board. I fangirled over Kris Lawrence again. The after-party was tailgate style, and they had free Moes (yum) and Corona for us.  We also found some free Krispy Kreme.  Michael and I devoured our burritos and got a beer.  I spend the whole after party just in awe of him and I am beyond proud of him.  He even mentioned wanting to do a race with me next month!

Do you run with your significant other? What was the best food you’ve had at an afterparty?

Weekly Update – 4/11/16

This week was a week of only one workout and a race. Not exactly what I planned, but we had a lot of “life” things this week.  On the flip side, my blood pressure seems to be getting a bit better!

Monday

I skipped yoga on Monday to do some yard work.  I didn’t realize how bad the backyard had gotten, so I went out and weeded and cleaned up some branches that had fallen, etc.  I really needed to mow. However, we just found out that we have black widows in our shed, so until it is treated by the exterminator next week, I’m not opening up that shed to get out any of my tools! The grass is just going to have to be long.

Tuesday

Went to the gym even though I was not feeling great.  Got in 2.75 miles on the treadmill.  It was a very tough few miles.

Wednesday

We had a ton of errands to run on Wednesday.  We also had a budget meeting to check in on our progress with debt payoff and some of our other goals.

Thursday

On Thursday we had a meeting with our builder to go over the building process.  It was extremely informative and scary.  We are praying that our hopes align with God’s plan for us regarding a new home, so I hope that it all works out!

Friday

Friday was a little rough at work.  We went out for Mexican after work with my brother in law and it was wonderful!

Saturday

Saturday was the ODU Big Blue 5k and my husband’s first race! Race recap to come:)

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We spent the rest of the vegging out, which was nice.  We got a few errands done in between the being lazy.

Sunday

After church on Sunday we went out to get Mexican food with a couple at our church. We came home and did some more errands.  Another lazy day!

Did you have good weather this weekend? How did you enjoy it?

 

April Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #17)

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I say this every time: I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!

Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

Item Number 1 – Yosi Samra Samara Metallic Ballet Flats ($89)

I asked my stylist for gold flats for a wedding I’m in and she delivered!  I was hoping she did, cause I need to wear them soon! I’m loving the addition of shoes to their repertoire!

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 2 – Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean ($88)

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OMG MINT JEANS. I was super excited when I pulled them out of the box.  MINT GREEN JEANS.  Can you tell I like mint green? However, they were too small😦

Verdict: Return

Item Number 3 – Brixon Ivy Athena Crochet Sleeve Blouse ($54)

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This was a little different than I would have normally picked out for myself.  However, it is perfect for work.  It matches the Kendra Scott jewelry I just got too!

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 4 – Pixley Eileen Honeycomb Texture Knit Tank ($54)

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This was the same pattern as the dress I got in my last fix.  I almost thought she sent me the dress again! However, it was a tank! It super soft and comfy and I can’t wait to wear it!

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 5 –  Renee C Kaleia Maxi Dress ($78)

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I wanted so badly for this dress to work out.  I had asked for a maxi and the pattern and color was so cute!  But the bottom of the dress was a little narrow and my poor hips didn’t fit well! 

Verdict: Return

Overall Impression

Had the sizing worked out, I would have kept everything in the box. EVERYTHING.  But, I’ve learned not to keep anything that doesn’t fit right, or you won’t wear it!

If my stylist is on point with the next box like this one…and all the sizing works out…I might be to the point where I keep EVERYTHING.  I’d love it!

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If you are interested in getting your very own Stitch Fix box, click here.

*Note: This post is not sponsored.  I love Stitch Fix and purchase it with my own money and desire to share my love of it with you all fine people!  If you do chose to use the above link to sign up, I do receive credit toward my next purchase! (So click away!!!) If you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will also get a referral link for you to share with friends and loved ones!*

March Stitch Fix Review (Stitch Fix #16)

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I say this every time: I know this is outside of my normal fitness/running blogging, but hey – its my blog, and I want to blog about my awesome clothes!  I forgot to take pictures before I sent everything back!

Here’s how it works: You set up a style profile and you receive a box with 5 items in it.  You can choose the frequency with which you set up the box …once a month, every other month, etc.  You pay $20 to receive a box.  If you keep anything, that $20 goes toward your purchase.  If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount!  They send you anything from jewelry, to clothes to handbags. If you don’t want to keep an item, they have an envelope to send them back.

What I love about this is that I get a stylist that looks at my style profile and picks out items just for ME.  You can even link to a pinterest board so they can get inspiration and a better look into what you like.

Item Number 1 – Kut from The Kloth Siena Cropped Pant ($58)

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I tried to like these, I promise.  I wanted to give them a try. I would NEVER pick out a pair of pink pants.  I did like the color and the fit, but I just don’t look good in cropped pants.  They make my legs look too short.

Verdict: Return

Item Number 2 – Renee C Samera Pintuck Detail Blouse ($54)

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This item was a pleasant surprise.  It is a bit different than things I normally wear.  Its a bit see through, but its got this great texture and detail to it that I just loved.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 3 – 41Hawthorn Hendrix V-Neck Blouse ($58)

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My stylist knows I cannot resist a loose flowy blouse.  The color is amazing and it is so soft and comfortable.  Huge win.

Verdict: Keep

Item Number 4 – Pixley Millie Textured Dress ($68)

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This dress was pretty cute! I don’t normally gravitate toward navy blue, but I thought I’d give it a try.  I know the cut is supposed to be flattering, but it didn’t flatter my midsection.  I wish it had worked out because it would have been great for work!

Verdict: Return

Item Number 5 – Skies are Blue Olina Embroidered V Neck Top ($54)

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My husband loves this top on me.  Perfect shirt for the summer, provides full coverage so it is appropriate in all settings, but still cute!

Verdict: Keep

Overall Impression

This box was much better than the last.  I really did like everything she sent me, but I didn’t like the fit of the pants and dress.  They just introduced shoes to their offerings, so I will probably ask for some shoes the next go around!

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If you are interested in getting your very own Stitch Fix box, click here.

*Note: This post is not sponsored.  I love Stitch Fix and purchase it with my own money and desire to share my love of it with you all fine people!  If you do chose to use the above link to sign up, I do receive credit toward my next purchase! (So click away!!!) If you sign up for Stitch Fix, you will also get a referral link for you to share with friends and loved ones!*