“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

-Lance Armstrong

Monday, January 16, 2012

7 Day Clean Eating Challenge: Day 1

Today is day 1 of the 7 day clean eating challenge that I am doing with a group of girls.  A good friend of mine started it and I am so glad she invited me in it.  I have been wanting to start a new diet, because the way I am eating now is just not getting me to my goal.  I have actually gained a little over the holidays... So I am hoping that this clean eating diet will stick with me for more than 7 days so I can lose this holiday weight and THEN some.  I need to lose about 12 lbs to get to my goal of 140 lbs.  I had a very filling breakfast..  a serving of oatmeal (steel cut oats), 1 cup of blueberries, and about 20 almonds.  And then for lunch, a nice big salad with spinach, cucumber, tomato, mushrooms, chicken, and light balsamic vinaigrette.  Feeling good and not hungry at all.  When I feel like I want to snack, I just drink a lot of water, and it helps.  Also, we went to the movies after lunch, so I chewed a piece of peppermint sugar free gum to help me with the smells of the popcorn and candy :)   I am proud of myself, and right now (the afternoon) is the worst time I snack, and I haven't given in!  Just keeping my water by my side.  Here are my starting measurements/weight:

Bicep: 11
Chest: 35
Natural Waist: 34.75
Hips: 37.5
Thighs: 22.25
Weight: 151 lbs


Today is MLK day, so my hubby and I both got the day off!  We did our run this morning.  I did an easy 4 miles and felt a little sore still from the long run this past Saturday.  I love to speed up during that last mile and finish strong.  Such a rush!  On Saturday, I did my first 16 mile training run.  It is so surreal to me that I am running at that distance.  And what is even more surreal is that it felt great!  I completed it in 3:09.. which was 2 minutes faster than the 15 miler I had done the previous weekend.  I felt so strong.  I am so excited about this marathon in March! This is my first, so I guess I shouldn't set a goal time, but I hope to finish in 5 hours.. that would be AWESOME!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hello old friends!

Well it's been a LONNNG time since I have written on here.  I decided that I was spending too much time on blogger, so I gave myself a break.  I was just too much into entering give aways and such... and my hubby was kind of getting on to me for always being on here.. oops!  Haha

SO.. since May 30 of last year.. 2011... I have done a lot with my running!!  I ran 3 more 5k's, one of which I ran in 26:53!!  That's an 8:30 avg pace that I NEVER thought I would be able to do!  AND it gets better.... I finally ran my half marathon!!!  In fact, I ran TWO half-marathons! Here are some pics from the half marathons:

Gulf Coast Half Marathon in Mandeville, LA
Time: 2:13!!
How it went:  This was my first half, and I ran it HARD!  I ran it strong and did not give up!  It felt so great to complete this race.. I was brought to tears when I saw that finish line.  I can't describe how great that felt... but I'm sure my runner friends know all about it :))

Whiterock Half Marathon in Dallas, TX
Time: 2:33
How it went:  It was cold, wet, and rainy!  But it was fun "swimming" through this 13.1 miles with my fabulous friend, Christina!

As far as my weight loss goes.. I am still maintaining my weight loss of 75 lbs!  I haven't been doing that great with my diet since the month of December is evil for diets.. especially for me since both my birthday and anniversary are in that month!  Here I am with my hubby on our 2nd year anniversary on Dec. 19. He is looking pretty darn good himself... he has lost 20 lbs and has gotten into running! YAY!

So what I am up to now... I am training for my first FULL marathon!!!  I am running the Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon on March 4th.  I am so excited and nervous at the same time.  And my hubby is doing  the half marathon!!!!!  So proud of him!! :))

My training has started getting really tough.  I ran a 14 mile long run this past Saturday.  It felt great, except for some heel pain in the last 2 miles.  I have been stretching a lot, and I think I am good now.  I did a 6 miler today, and it didn't give me any problems at all.  So, maybe it was just my body showing me some love and telling me to slow my booty down!  I am just sticking with a nice 11-12 min avg pace, since the stress of adding mileage is enough on my body. 

Well, that's enough for today!  I will try to update more often, as I do want to journal my experience with weight loss and running!! :))

Monday, May 30, 2011

Back from a long hiatus!

Sorry about no blogging for like forever!  I was getting on here too much, and felt like I needed a break.  Bloggyland is very addicting, and I have an addicting personality..

I wanted to just say that I am still running and eating healthy.  Also, I have gotten new running shoes!!!!

Sauncony Progrid Guide 4's!  And I looove loooove them!  My feet don't hurt at all after my runs anymore!

And I have set a new 5K PR of 27:09 on some hilly trails at Kiroli park!!!!!  I think its a combination of the new shoes, plus the training program I have been doing, "Run Less, Run Faster." 

Well, I just wanted to do a little update real quick.. and to let you know that I may or may not blog as much.  I just get too into it and then all my time is wasted on the computer!!  I am on summer break though, so you may hear more from me :)

Happy Memorial Day friends!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Aint no party like a Holy Ghost party....

HEY IT'S MAY!  Wow April sure did fly by.  I shall do a post on meeting my goals in April, and my new goals for May.  I am doing just one 5K this month.  I hope to get a sub-30 time!

Life's been busy between work, working out, basketball games, etc... so sorry I haven't been on here to stalk your blogs and update mine!  I will start out with my workouts since this is a running/fitness blog :)


I ran my tempo run on the track.  Have I mentioned how much I love my Garmin so I can do these track workouts now!?!? The workout called for 2 miles of running a short tempo pace of 9:56.  I ran it a little faster and felt good about it! Here are my splits:

Mile 1 Warmup - 10:44
Mile 2 Tempo - 9:43
Mile 3 Tempo - 9:42
Mile 4 Cooldown - 10:54

Ran the 4 miles in 41 minutes with an average pace of 10:17.  I enjoyed this tempo run much much more than my interval run from the other day.  I don't know what was wrong with my legs at the beginning of the week, but I am glad that they finally got their act together.  Can't have that anymore, ok, legs!?!

I did some foam rolling and stretching and did my pushups:

5 sets of 4-5 reps on each set to equal out 22 pushups on my knees!  My rest interval is about 120 seconds between each set.   My arms have been sore since Wednesday.  I love the feeling.

This is the day I live for all week.  I love my long runs the best.  The workout called for 5 miles at long tempo pace of 10:30.  I did my run on the treadmill since I had a workshop that morning.  I could've gotten up early, but I am just not an early morning runner.  Here is how I paced myself (the best I can remember)

Mile 1 - 5.3 mph
Mile 2 - 5.7 mph
Mile 2.5 - 5.8 mph
Mile 3 - 5.9 mph
Mile 4 - 6.0
Mile 4.5 - 6.1
And then I sprinted it out the last quarter mile at about a 6.7 mph speed!
Mile 5 - Averaged out at a 10:22 pace! :)

This was probably the best long run I have ever had on the treadmill.  Usually I go slower on the treadmill for some reason, but this run went well.  I really think this Run Less, Run Faster program is already working!  I can't wait to see if I get a faster 5K time this month.

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So yesterday we had a technology workshop for school.  I don't go to these quite often on Saturdays, so I was kind of not looking forward to it.  I really wasn't looking forward to it because it was about technology and I already know a lot about that.  But when I got there, I found out that we get a digital camera for our classroom.  SWEET!  Getting up to go to a workshop on a Saturday morning was worth it.  I also had fun laughing with my co-workers.  It's nice being around them with no kids around, ya know?  They are the best!  We had sandwiches and chips for lunch... there goes the whole foods diet again! :) 

So after the workshop, I went for my long run that I talked about already :) and then came home to clean up for the Big Al concert! 

Big Al is this local Christian hip hop/gospel singer.  I always have a lot of fun at his concerts.  He came to the ministry program I was a member of during college a few times.  This concert brought me back to those fun college days.

Donnie and I at the concert.

Me and Kelley showing how gangsta we are!

And then a cute picture!

Big AL!

Get low! This was awesome to see the whole crowd do it!

Big AL in his "fresh" jacket!

Love this one!
Overall, we had a blast singing and dancing and just praising God. 

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Today I have cross-training and cleaning on my schedule.  We have family coming over later this evening!  Hope everyone has had a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods...

So last night I was scared out of my mind!  Here in Northern Louisiana we had a tornado watch from like 9 PM until 7:15 AM this morning.  There were several places that had small tornadoes spotted, one place within 2 miles of us.  Thankfully, we didn't experience the tornado full on and have any damage from water or trees.  Only one branch fell in our yard and our basketball goal was knocked down.

School was canceled today because of flooding... so no work for me!  My prayers are with those who experienced damages and even loss of loved ones.  There were 2 deaths last night after the severe weather.  One of the bodies was found floating near the school where I teach.  Very sad....  I went to the newspaper's website and looked at the pictures of all the trees down and damages.  It is very sad, and we are so blessed that nothing happened to us or our house.  This really opened my eyes to things and that severe weather CAN happen here and affect us. 

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On a lighter note, I have incorporated some more "healthier" foods in my diet.  I have been hearing more and more to stay away from processed foods and eat whole foods.  So for supper, I have had salads twice in a row.  I knew that I have always liked baby spinach, but I really LOVE baby spinach!  Last night I had a shrimp salad with baby spinach, carrots, and cucumbers with a splash of lemon juice and olive oil.  I am not really sure if the olive oil is ok, but I figured it is better than the light ranch I usually use.  Sorry, no pic of my salad. :(  My only problem now is lunch foods.  I know that packaged dinners aren't the best thing, but it's so much easier for me to bring a "smart ones" or "lean cuisine" to work. I save on money and time, both of which I don't have a lot of!

Do you have any tips for easy and cheap WHOLE foods lunches for a tired little first grade teacher ;) ???

But anyways, I want to read more up on this whole foods thing and start to incorporate more of the foods into my diet.

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I have also started on the FIRST training plan from the "Run Less, Run Faster" book that I got this past weekend. 

You may have heard about it already.  It's a big thing in the running blogs right now.  Its a training program that they call "3plus2" where you do 3 days of quality runs a week and cross-train 2 days a week.  There are 3 workouts for the runs that they call "Key Workouts." 

Key Workout #1 is your interval run or track repeats.  Key Workout #2 is your tempo run.  And Key Workout #3 is your long run.  You base your paces on each of these workouts according to your 5K time.  If you are interested in it, they have some charts on their website that you can look at for free right HERE!

I am starting with the 5K one, since its mileage starts at about what I am running now.  I thought it was pretty insane that the 5K training plan had a 5 mile run for its first long run.  But then it does say that you shouldn't start any program until you have been running 15 miles/week for at least 3 months and have already completed several 5K's and maybe a couple 10k's.  So the 5K training program was just perfect for me!

The FIRST program does have a novice program for 5K you can start with. Also there is plenty of info for a beginner... lots of information on  things like form, flexibility, stretching, nutrition, recovery, treating injuries, etc.  I have really enjoyed it so far, and cannot wait to build up my running mileage and speed with the training program I am starting on!

I also wanted to share the website that helped me get to where I am at with my runs.  I used some of the training plans from Hal Higdon.  They are pretty easy to use, and basically you just build up your runs until you are running the required mileage for the race you want to do.

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I know this post is getting long, but it's been a while.  I wanted to update you really quick on my workouts....

I have been doing GREAT with my pushups challenge so far.  I had a couple of people wish me good luck on here.. THANKS :) My days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to do my sets of pushups! I haven't been doing that great on my runs :(  I had a HORRIBLE run this past Saturday.  I talked about it on DailyMile here.  To put it short, I felt like knives were driven into my ribs!!

Sunday - EASTER! Had a great time with family.  Maybe I will do a picture post tomorrow about our Easter adventures!

Monday - 16 total girl pushups (done in sets of 2-4 with rest intervals) and worked on arms and created my very first circuit for arms and abs.. Maybe I will post my workout plan later. 

Tuesday - RUN DAY!  My first time doing the interval workout from the FIRST program.  My hamstrings were hurting soooo bad . I stretched/foam rolled a lot the night before and after this run, so I don't know why they are so sore.

But here is the interval workout:
10 min warmup at 5.3 mph (11:20)
8 x 400m repeats at 6.7 mph (9:00) with 400m RI
10 min cooldown (I walked because my hamstrings are on fire!!)

Took me a good 42 minutes to do, and I didn't even do the actual prescribed program... it had called for 8 repeats, but my hams wouldn't let me, so I did 6 repeats. It was tough, but I am going to keep up with it.  Lots of bloggers swear by the program and have seen results!

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Well I am off to do my Jillian video and my sets of pushups.   And then cancel it all with pizza... so much for my whole foods diet today ;)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

100 push ups challenge!

Ok, so I can't even do a push up like this girl is doing, but I have started a plan to get me there. *hopefully*  I googled "I can't do one push up, please help" (no joke) and this website came up.

I don't even care to get to the 100.  I will settle with 10-15! This website has a nice little plan that you choose based on your initial test.  Well my initial test was 1 very very girly push up.  And not even a nice looking one at that... My arms are not strong at all and its very sad.  I want to build my arm muscles up SO bad.  So here is week one's plan.  I put a yellow box around the sets that this wimp I am doing.

I did day one, so I happily put a red check by it :)  I did the push up on my foam roller, which seemed to help since I seriously cannot go all the way down to the floor.  I really want to get a step so I can do them off of the step.  I took a video of me doing one so I could get a picture to put on here.  Here is my glorious push up, bad form and all. 

I hope I get stronger and better at these with this plan.  My back just cannot get straight enough, my butt sticks out, my arms can't go all the way down... its a mess. 

So this is going to be my challenge for the next few weeks.  If you want to, you should totally try this challenge with me!!  I hope I keep it up.  The best part about it, there is an app for it on my iPhone!  They also have other phones like droid and such.  Just check out the website. 

Please ask me how I am doing on this if I don't talk/blog about it!! 

I want 




Like these.

J U S T   K I D D I N G !    

Haha.. I don't want to scare my first graders away...
....or my husband. I don't want veins bulging out... ew.  I just want to be toned.  More like this...

Jessica Biel has the perfect toned arms in my eyes.  They're just a little toned, but not too much.

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How many push ups can you do?
- Today I did a total of 12 girly push ups on my foam roller. It took me a good 6 minutes, but I did it.  I hope to get to 10-15 REAL pushups by the end of this plan.

Are you working on something that is a bit of a challenge?  What are you doing to make it better??
- Working my arms and abs is the hardest thing for me.  I am such a weakling when it comes to lifting weights, crunches, pushups, situps, planks, and all that mumbo jumbo. I am doing this 100 pushups plan 3 days a week and a Jillian Michaels workout video 2-3 days a week.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Daily Vitamin F's Giveaway by Degrees!

Daily Vitamin F is having a HUGE giveaway where you get more stuff if she gets more followers.  So go check her out and enter her giveaway.  The main prize is a Run necklace, and if she gets enough followers she will give away a bondi band, itunes gift card, gum, and chapstick! SWEET!

Go check this giveaway out


Ends April 30!