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!*

Weekly Update – 4/4/16

Monday

Monday was a day off of work and a travel day back from Atlantic City.  Nothing too crazy, but we did stop for a yummy lunch at a cool place called Blacksmith Bar and Restaurant.  They are a farm to table type restaurant.  Totally unexpected up on the Eastern Shore in the middle of nowhere!

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Yummy locally sourced salad!

 

We also stopped at Island Creamery because ice cream.  I didn’t take a picture of my ice cream, but I’ll recycle an old picture because I get the same thing every time!

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Tuesday

Work kicked my butt. I didn’t work out, and I don’t feel bad about it.

Wednesday

Went for a normal checkup at the doctor and my blood pressure was high (its normally on the lower side of normal).  Does anyone else get high blood pressure at the doctor’s office? I hate going to the doctor and it sends my stress levels through the roof!

Made it back to yoga on Wednesday and class was great.  My knee is able to tolerate a lot more pressure on it, so I don’t have to modify poses as much.  Its been a month since my fall at work, so I’m relieved its finally feeling much better.

Thursday

I had to work late on Thursday.  Stopped by my mom’s house on the way home and had her check my blood pressure.  It still high.  This is a clear sign to me that I need to find a way to reduce my stress and do all the other things I should be doing to take care of myself.  My lack of consistency in working out and eating right has certainly started taking more of a toll.  How can I be this stressed after a vacation!?

Friday

Friday was a surprisingly relaxed day at work.  We went out to dinner with my dad and stepmom.  I resisted the urge to get all the bad things, and got one of the healthier options on the menu.

Saturday

On Saturday I got up and got in 3 miles on the treadmill.  I showered, enjoyed an iced coffee, and vegged out for awhile.  I had some Jersey Mike’s for lunch, then went to get my bridesmaid’s dress altered (for my brother’s wedding).

I spent the rest of the day being a complete bum and watching Jurassic Park on TV.

Sunday

Had church responsibilities in the morning.  Afterward, we had tickets to the Norfolk Tides baseball game (minor league team).  We got them from work…didn’t realize how nice the suite was!

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We stayed until the 8th inning, then got on the road.  I wasn’t feeling well. We spend the rest of the night vegging out.

How was your week? Do you like baseball?

Race Recap – April Fools 7k 2016

This was the first race I’d ever traveled for, and the certainly the first one I’ve done out of state.  It just so happens that my husband likes gambling (responsibly!) and I had heard of this race from Hollie.  Thought it would be a great little long weekend!

Packet Pickup and Expo

When we arrived into Atlantic City, the outlets are one of the first things you come to, and we had packet pickup at the Nike Factory Store.  It was relatively organized.  Although I had my bib number, they still looked up my name and verified my number, then I had to go to another table to get my shirt.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was forecast to rain for the race.  It was going to be in the high 40s/low 50s, so I opted for long sleeves and my rain jacket, a hat, capris and my compression sleeves.  Since I had just lived though rain at Shamrock a few weeks ago, I thought I was prepared for what was to come.

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Why do I look so happy to be going out into the rain?

 

Pre Race

Since it was raining, I decided to stay indoors as long as possible.  We were staying at the hotel right next to the starting line, so I didn’t have far to walk.  When they called 5 minutes to race time, I headed out there.

I tried to start up my garmin, but it had died.  When I tried to charge it the night before, it said it was charged! UGH. I decided I would just run blind and hope all the mile markers were up so I could gauge my time.

Race Time

The 7k and 11k started at the same time.  I lined myself up about 2/3rds of the way back.  I planned on walking/running intervals.  I got started and the rain picked up even more.  I was very impressed with the amount of runners versus walkers at this race…but I guess the weather probably scared off a lot of the would be walkers.

After about the first mile, I was so over the rain.  I tried to run as close to the buildings as possible, thinking that maybe it would shield me from some of the blowing wind and rain.  It didn’t.

It was really nice to run down the boardwalk and take in all the sights.  Most of the shops were not open yet, but the shop owners were standing in the door ways watching and cheering us on.  All of the volunteers were rockstars as well, cheering us on and braving the weather.

At mile 2, I was waiting for the turn around to show up, and I realized that I had been running/slogging the entire time, no walk breaks.  I was relieved to hit the turnaround and was glad to be halfway done.

I didn’t know this, cause I’m a wuss and don’t choose to run in the rain, but when you where a rain jacket, the rain kind of collects in your elbows.  I had to empty out my sleeves of water puddles about 10 times.

I took a very small walk break after the 3 mile marker…maybe just a tenth of a mile.  It was a nice break, but I got right back to running because I was ready to be out of the rain!

The last mile was tough, but I dug deep and kept pushing on.  I finished in 1:00:26.  I had hoped to be under an hour, but with the conditions, I can’t be too upset with myself.

After Party

I totally had zero interest in an after party.  I grabbed my medal, food and headed straight for my hotel.  I looked for Michael in our designated meeting spot and he wasn’t there.  Turns out he had headed toward the finish line to look for me, and I had already finished!

I was soaked through and through, not a dry spot on me!

We caught up with each other and I headed back for a nice warm shower before going to a nice big lunch!

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Showing off my well earned medal!

 

When was the last time you had a Garmin fail?  When was the last time you traveled out of state for a race?

Weekly Update – 3/28/16

This week was good because it ended in vacation!!! I went to Atlantic City for a race and to do some gambling with my husband at the casinos.

Monday

Finally made it back to yoga class! Jumped on the treadmill for a leisurely 1/2 mile walk before yoga.  Class was a bit frustrating.  I’m still having trouble kneeling comfortably on my bruised knee. Also, Monday was a very stressful day, and my heart rate was high, which made my breathing not as relaxed as it should be…which then stressed me out more.

Tuesday

On Tuesday, my in-laws called and asked if they could drop by after work.  I really wanted to get a workout in, so I jumped on the treadmill for a quick 2 miles so I could still spend some time with them.

Wednesday

Skipped yoga on Wednesday to pack for my trip I would be taking on the weekend (We left Thursday night).  I tend to over pack when I’m rushed to pack, so I decided staying home and taking my time would be the better option.

Thursday

We left work early on Thursday to head up to northern VA.  Michael had an early meeting on Friday up in NOVA.  Since its over a 3 hour drive…he didn’t want to make that drive on Friday AM.

Friday

Michael had the aforementioned meeting, so I went exploring around a town center near his meeting. I went to the Kendra Scott store and got in a bit of trouble 🙂

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Friday was BEAUTIFUL out!

 

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Pretttttyyyy 🙂

 

After his meeting, we continued on our drive up to Atlantic City.  We got up there and went straight to packet pickup for my race on Saturday.  While the weather was really nice that day elsewhere, when we pulled into AC, the temp dropped about 20 degrees and it got really foggy!

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Fog is scary on the 88th floor.

 

Saturday

Saturday was the April Fools 7k.  Recap to come soon.  I have one word for you: RAIN.

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Ready for the rain….I think.

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After I prettied myself up!

 

We spent the rest of the day at the casino!  We went to the Landshark bar for dinner.

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The winds and thunderstorm were horrendous on Saturday night.  I thought the entire building was going to come down!

Sunday

We ordered room service! Spoiled!

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We didn’t even do this on our Honeymoon!

 

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The view is much better when not foggy – 88th floor!

 

Another casino day.  We went to Margaritaville restaurant twice on Sunday…oops!

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Tacoooooos.

 

I had a great weekend and it was nice to get away from work for awhile. Hard to come back to reality!

Did you race this weekend? When was your last vacation?