Accomplishment!

Today felt like it was going to be a crappy run. I woke up 2 hours late and had to drag myself out of the door. I took my time warming up and sauntering down the dirt trail to the path I take, I even did an extra “warm up” walk. However, I turned on my music and started my iPod fitness counter. Off I went!

Now the running part in and of itself should be considered an accomplishment; however, half a mile into the run, I began to really enjoy it. It was scary! I started to go faster. Part of this increase in speed may have been from the fact that I was going downhill but it didn’t matter, the wind on my face felt amazing.

I turned around when I got to the end if the path and started my way back up the hill. All of my happy fun time running was gone! I felt like that fat kid the high-schoolers would make fun of in gym class (I was that fat kid). I was huffing and puffing, almost on the verge of tears. Every muscle fiber in my legs was telling me to quit or slow down. I’m glad I had my music turned up because I don’t want to imagine the sounds that were coming out of me (Gamorrean from Star Wars maybe or Jabba the Hutt as he’s getting killed by Leia?). This is where the really accomplishment starts: I didn’t stop. I pulled myself up that hill and when I finished I looked at my time and found out that I had pulled off less than a 12 minute mile!

Holy Gobstoppers Batman!

I’ve been working towards this goal for a very long time now and am over the moon about this. I now know that this is possible. Fitness goals are within reach no matter what obstacles are put in front of you. What are some goals that you guys were/are having problems with but are now/close to achieving?

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Brand new shoes!

I’ve been running for 4 months now and I’ve been needing a pair of dedicated running shoes for a while. Well a few weeks ago, my father-in-law (a runner) saw my plight and gave me a gift certificate to a place called the ABQ Running Shop.

I was very excited and couldn’t wait to go and pick out a pair of my very own running shoes. When I got there, I was gobsmacked by how many different options there were. It was overwhelming. However, the lady that worked there was knowledgeable and helped out with narrowing it down to two types of shoes: The Brooks Ghost 5 and Asics Cumulus 15. I was allowed to run around in both to get a feel for how they cradled my feet.

In the end, the Cumulus won out.

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Aren’t they beautiful?

After running in them a few times, I can honestly say that these are the best investment I’ve made towards my fitness goals yet. They feel so amazing on my feet. When I run in these babies, the pain in my foot and hip disappear and running has become even more enjoyable (I never thought I would say that).

What are the little things in your life that are keeping you motivated to achieve your fitness goals?

I’ve been neglecting this blog… and other things as well

Like a pair of unshaven legs through the winter months, I have left this blog unattended as of late and I apologize. I’ve been pushing through a lot of issues lately and to tell you the truth, they’ve been pushing back… HARD. My weight loss journey has been a difficult one and it’s only the beginning. I encountered some old demons today (the passed few days actually) and I started sinking into my old habits of over eating and eating the wrong stuff.

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^This

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^And this…

I felt ashamed of what I was doing but felt like I wasn’t in control. It was honestly scary and I never want it to happen again. These feelings of self-loathing are poisonous and only breed bad things. If any of you out there are feeling this now or have felt it in the past, I urge you to talk about it with someone that knows, loves and supports you. Do not bottle these feelings up.

I find it strange that I’m just now hashing this low self esteem stuff out in my head. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long but I’m glad that this is happening now.

I hope that you all on staying on the path to wellness; however, if you should fall, please remember that you are loved and that the only way you will fail is if you give up and don’t get back up. Good luck everyone!

I got the pictures from here and here

2-ish months progess and regression

I started this weight loss journey on March 1, 2013. I have had many ups and downs during that time. My weight has gone down little bit by little bit. During this process, I hadn’t seen much progress in the way of inches lost, until I took a progress picture.

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I took my progress picture about two weeks ago but haven’t had any time to post on here. I was pretty proud of myself. I’m pretty bummed about still not being able to fit into smaller jeans. As I lose inches from my waist, the loose skin melts down my body and sticks to my hips. I keep hearing from people that have lost weight that the skin shrinks after a while but I’m still waiting for that to happen.

This have been a life changing two months and I’m still transforming both mentally and physically. Mentally changing is the hardest part by far. Living a quarter of a century with the fat girl mentality has warped my self-image to the point of almost permanent damage. Even looking at the progress in these pictures isn’t enough some days to stop me from skipping workouts or over-eating.

However, I’ve noticed that these slips are becoming less frequent. Hopefully, they will stop altogether. Only time and effort will tell. Good luck to everyone out there who’s on this journey as well.

Fun in the mud

Hello Everyone! After I ran the 5k this passed Sunday (see here), I feel accomplished and even more pumped to achieve my fitness goals. I decided on three events over the next ten-ish months that will test me in different ways and should be a lot of fun (which makes getting healthy fun).¬†Here’s a rundown of what my girly muscles will be training for:

The Dirty Dash

According to the website, this obstacle course/fun run will leave me covered in mud and feeling awesome, I sure hope so. The course for where I live will be around 4 miles long. This is on August 31st so I have some time to start training.

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Like a boss.

Duke City Marathon (10k event)

This is truly your average, run of the mill 10k. Nothing really fancy or difficult about it (except the 6.4 mile part). I want to test my endurance with this one. Why stop at a 5k? This race will be timed so I can see how I’m doing speed-wise. This event will take place October 20th. After this race, I know I’ll feel awesome and ready to train for the final event…

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I’ll be shouting Yo, Adrian! at the finish line.

Tough Mudder

This is the pinnacle of obstacle courses. This bastard of an event tests you mentally and physically. It makes you confront your fears utilizing a variety of obstacles specially designed to kick your ass. The length is anywhere from 10-12 miles. I’ve wanted to do this for a few years now and my husband has agreed to be on a team with me. This event is sometime in 2014 so it’s a while off; however, we’ve started training for it now.

What is everyone else doing to make their fitness journey more exciting?

I got the photos from here and here

My first 5k in the books

Well folks, after a lot of sweat, tears, and miles I have successfully completed my first 5k. It was an amazing feeling. I’ve never been able to complete a mile in my life before this point and to go another two miles after that without running out of breath has given me a feeling of accomplishment I didn’t think was possible. My wonderful sister in law signed up with me.

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This is her.

She has been my accontabili-buddy through this entire thing and I’m not sure if I could have done it without her. She’s been a real inspiration, I look forward to running with her in future races.

There were thousands of people there, it was very overwhelming. I’d like to think that the breathing exercises I had to do to keep from freaking out really helped with my running.

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Breathe… That’s the key.

When I was getting ready to leave for the race, my father in law (who is a running aficionado) told me to start slow and finish strong, and finish strong I did. I could see the finish line in the distance and it was the most beautiful site I could have seen at that moment. I can only describe it as seeing someone you love very much after a long absence. My adrenaline levels went through the roof and I broke out into a full sprint. My sister and I crossed that finish line and I let out a triumphant cry of victory.

What was my time? Well let me tell you. We ran a little over a 5k (5.7km) and I got a time of 43 minutes and 23 seconds. BAM!

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Post race selfie

Despite the large crowds, it was a beautiful day to get out and really prove to myself that I have the ability to complete something that I set out to do. Now to get ready for a 10k in October. Duke City Marathon here I come!

Sorry for the absence

My apologies for not posting as of late. My curious little imp son decided to experiment with water, gravity, and my computer. My computer, sadly, didn’t survive. I have been doing my work on my kindle and it can be hinky when I try to post things.
I will update this thing as soon as I can get some moola set aside for a new computer. I hope everyone is making progress with their goals.