9/6/13 Almost Week

Its been almost a week on the Herbal Life Shakes – I am sleeping better (due to new bed and shakes), I have more energy and I am down 9 pounds.  It is a bitch to choke down all those supplements at each meal but if this continues to work I will get used to it. 

Work C25K big race is tomorrow morning – I am looking forward to getting it done and over with.  I am nervous and excited about it at the same time.  I want to finish before the parade starts but will want to help others finish on time too.  Time will tell – I might not even be able to keep up with the ones I want to help but I will try.  We can help motivate each other to finish faster.  I ran last night but barely broke a sweat and tonight is total rest day so I will be rested up for the race tomorrow. 

Its football tomorrow too – I will be rushing to get to the game on time.  Mid 80’s is the forecast with storms in the afternoon.  Good thing the race and football game are in the morning.  Might not be too warm and get it all done before the rain.

Time to put my big girl panties on and run like I mean it!  I sure hope I packed the dri-fit big girl panties!

9/5/2013 Resting and Running

Yesterday was kinda of nice – no running for me so I actually got to show up at football practice and not be in spandex and sweaty.  I don’t think some of the parents recognized me LOL.  Hair down, regular shorts on and sandals.  Big difference from the norm.  They will get the norm tonight. 

Last run before the big C25K race this Saturday with my group from work.  Should be fun and interesting.  Run the race and run to my car to make it to the boys football game. 

Stayed on plan yesterday – shake for breakfast and lunch, Atkins bar for snack in the afternoon, hummus and pita chips, venison tacos for dinner (yum)! 

My dear Momma is coming to take me to lunch today – so today is shake for breakfast and one for dinner. 

Have a great day!

7/4/13 Weight Loss Update

With less than a week to report on I can honestly say I am down 9 pounds since last Saturday and I have not once felt deprived or unable to partake in a little snack here or there.  I received my order yesterday and also a jar of PB2 – who knew that powdered peanut butter would take so good in a shake.  I have not tried adding water and putting it on toast – my son really wants to try that.  I got the one with chocolate mixed in it 45 calories for 2 tablespoons, 1.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of sugar, 5 grams of protein – how can you go wrong.  Ingredients in the plain are roasted peanuts, cocoa powder, sugar and salt AND  you can buy it at Walmart in the peanutbutter isle. 

I ran last night with my other C25K group and had to leave them – I needed to run more than 2-3 minutes at a time.  I finished 3 miles in 42 minutes.  I need it to be under 40 for Satuday.  I know race day I will push harder because of all the people.  I should be ok to finish before the Shriners find me in those little cars.  I hear they can be pretty mean 🙂

Engery level for my run was great!  I had some hummus and pita chips before I left for town to run.  I just love burping hummus while running – oh I just gagged a little.  Temps were pretty good last night – I did sweat a bit but it was not overly hot.

Well that is my update – I will continue to try and post daily.  It helped me before so maybe it will help me again now! 

Have a great day!

9/3/13 Herbal Life

I appear to be going in a “whole new direction” yet again.  I gained all my weight back from what I lost with the New Direction shakes at the hospital and have been struggling to find a diet plan that will work for me.  Low carb, low fat, low calorie, shakes, points, bars etc….how do you know if it will work for you? 

A friend has been using Herbal Life shakes for two meals a day and a sensible dinner.  I know I can live on shakes/meal replacements and I know it sure makes packing my breakfast and lunch super easy when all I have to pack is shake powder so I figured why not try it again.  I did it before but did not take the supplements that went along with it.  My friend gave me enough supplements and powder to get me through the holiday weekend until my order arrives (I hope today).  I actaully lost weight over a holiday weekend.  I know its mostly if not all water but it feels good to see the scales going down again.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday on two shakes a day with a sensible dinner and a few snacks I was not suppose to have and I feel great.  I did not run at all this weekend so a good test of my engery level will be during and after my run tonight.  Pretty costly to do anything like this but it is much cheaper than the shakes from the hospital and my son can have one for breakfast every morning.  Maybe my grocery bill will go down too.

School started today – very exciting for my 12 year old son.  I am happy I won’t get the dozen phone calls during the day telling me he is bored. 

I have a race coming up on Saturday – 5K with my group from work.  Should be interesting – I am going to try and run the whole thing.  Not sure how that will work out but I have something pushing me – the start of the parade.  If I don’t finish in 40 minutes or less I will run into the parade and I don’t want to do that!  I could be struck by a Shriner in a little mini car……Somone is going to get hurt and I am guessing it will be the Shriner!

I am back – feeling good and ready to start blogging everyday again. 

7/31/13 – Training Run

Great training run tonight with the Cough to 5K group at work.  We planned an extra training run for Friday – 2 mile run scheduled for Friday.  Looking forward to it.

Got home and dinner was literally on the table waiting for me.  Steak and potato – yummy!  Cleaned the kitchen and got a little extra cleaning done before I crashed.

Ready for bed now.  Thinking of signing up for a 5K in August – Glow Run in Grand Rapids.  Thought I would take the boy and spend the night at a hotel.  Get it done before Football Season officially starts.  Something to try and plan.  Read the registration information on it and 12 year olds and younger are free – can’t beat that!

7/30/13 Training

It is sad how fast one can go from running for 1-2 miles to not being able to run for 5 minutes.  Last nights training run was 5 minute warm up, 5 minute run/3 minute walk – repeat 2 more times and 5 minute cool down.  I did it but I was slow and ended up running alone AGAIN.  Seems like no matter how hard I try to keep up with the others in the group I can’t!  I try so hard but slowly drop back with each run.  I know I will never be a fast runner – never was.  I just need to keep at it and finish what I started.  We got 2.5 miles done in the 35 minutes.  Maybe I will be able to do the 5K in 30 minutes or less if I keep going like this.  Tomorrow is 8 minute runs – oh my.  I have to keep telling myself I used to do it all the time. 

7/29/13 Vacation….not this summer!

I should be on vacation right NOW.  We were suppose to be on vacation starting Saturday.  We rented a cottage for a week on a lake up north but had not cancel due to my hubby’s terrible wiffle ball accident that involved a trip to the ER and no pay for 4 or 5 weeks.  He is back to work now but no family vacation this summer.  Bummer – I could use at least a couple days away. 

Driving into to work this morning its cool and rainy – what a nice morning to wake up too on vacation.  I could sit and drink a whole pot of coffee and read a book.  There is always next year.

I did NOTHING all day yesterday.  I had two days of rest in a row.  Last week was 5 days in a row for working out and two days off.  This week will be the same.  I will keep plugging along on my exercise and trying to fix my eating habits.  Breakfast this morning is one Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal and 1/4 cup cherries all mixed up last night and put in the fridge.  I can’t wait to try it.  I saw it…wait for it……ON THE INTERNET so it has to be good.  It said you can make it and it will keep for up to 3 days.  It took all of about 3 minutes to mix together.  Kinda looks like this except I did not get too fancy with the cut up fruit.  Just tossed it in and stired it all up and put a lid on it.

If it’s good and sticks with me until lunch I can make a few up at a time and just grab and go.  I see on line there are some different variations of it too.  Might have to try some. 

Today is training day with the C25K group.  Looking forward to the run tonight.  Weather is going to be nice and cool.  I hope somone shows up to run with me but if they don’t I will still do it.  I am going to have to figure out what to do starting next week.  Football practice starts and I have to have to boy to practice by 5:30 each night.  Might be hard to do with my C25K trainings on Mondays and Wednesdays and Spin class on Thursdays.  I wish his practice started at 6:00 – would make my life easier. 



7/27/13 Day of Rest? Really?

Day of rest today – clean house, grocery store, football helmet shopping, pull some weeds and probably much more so is it really technically “rest”?

This is what a rest day should be like…..

7/26/13 Work Outs

I got a total of 5 works outs in this week.  Monday was training run, Tuesday was stationary bike at the gym, Wednesday was training run, Thursday was spin class and tonight I did another training run at the track.  Tomorrow is going to be a day of rest for me.  Finally…..rest.

7/26/13 Where Does Time Really go?

Seems like just yesterday I was taking my boy to t-ball games.  Now I spend most of my summer traveling from baseball game to baseball game to practice.  Don’t get me wrong – I love baseball – but holy hell that took a lot of time this summer.  Baseball is offically done.  We have moved on to football.  The boy had football camp this whole week and I think he is ready for this season to start.  We are going to try on a top rated helmet tomorrow morning – I spend so much money on him for cleats, gloves, mouth guards etc……but use what ever helmet the program gives us to protect his brain.  I have decided this year he will be getting a 5 star helmet and I am hoping he will be able to use it this year and next year. 

Running training has gotten me down a bit.  I keep sending positive messages to the group to help motivate them to keep going but in reality those messages are for me.  I am struggling with my own running demons.  That little bitch that sits on my shoulder is not so little anymore.  She sits there and torments me through my training runs and slows me down and talks me into weakness.  I continue to try to flick her off my shoulder but she keeps coming back.  I know I can do this and will carry on but sometimes crying while running is the only thing one can do – which is what I did on Wednesday.  Lucky for me the sweat running down my face covered up the tears.  I will get through this…..I always do!  Just need to figure out how to get past this. 

A friend is a TRI-QUEEN and I am jealous.  I wish I had the courage to do it.  I am a chicken when it comes to the swimming part of it.  I could do the running and biking but swimming……I don’t like weeds and lake water.  I prefer to float and it has to be a hard sandy bottom with no weeds.  This is me…..in lake water with weeds and mucky bottom!

Yep – chicken shit!  Crying like a baby.  If I could just over come that fear……maybe that would be a good challenge for me.  NEXT YEAR.  Why rush into anything.  GOOD LUCK CD – I know you will do just fine.  You don’t need no stinking wet suit!  Just stick noodle in your suit or use swimmy’s on your arms.  Whose going to say anything?  You will do AWESOME!

Have a great day!



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