Friday, December 31, 2010

One hell of a year- Let's do it again in 2011.

So like most of us, I cannot believe how fast 2010 went by. I can honestly say though, that 2010 was the year that changed my life- for the better. I remember always telling myself that I will start losing weight today but then by the end of the day I was stuffing my face with food. In 2010 though, I stuck to it. I worked out almost everyday, I ate healthy food. I saw changes in not only my body, but also on the scale and myself. I have met some incredibly awesome people through this journey. One day I hope I can meet some of them and thank them for the motivation they have given me when I needed it most.

My New Year's Resolution is to keep working out hard and keep eating healthy. I want to keep inspiring people to change their old habits into new, healthier habits. I want to run a 10k and possibly and half marathon. I want to reach my goal weight of 170lbs. Most of all, I want to be happy with myself- I want to be able to look in the mirror and say, "damn I look good".

So, here's to a great 2010 and an even better 2011. Make a change this year- get healthy!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

One Year.

December has come and gone pretty fast. I started my weight loss journey a year ago and I can't believe how much I have gained from this experience. I started out at 231 and I am now around 195. Losing weight has been one of the best decisions I have made for myself in my entire life. I feel so much better physically and mentally. I used to be shy and not very outgoing- I now have better self confidence in myself and I like to go out and have fun. Going shopping was something I hated to do. I couldnt fit into any of clothes I wanted and I wore a size XL- XXL in clothes and a size 18 pants. I now wear a size Medium to Large in shirts and I wear a size 14 pants.I love to shop now because I look at myself and feel good at what I see in the mirror.

One of the biggest obstacles I wanted to over come was running. I hated to run. I decided in July that I was going to run a 5k. I ran it and I decided from then on that I was going to run a 5k every month from now on and I have :) Recently, I have decided to run a half marathon this summer with my cousins. I can't believe that I am going to run 13.1 miles people. That's crazy!

Losing weight is hard if you don't have people cheering you on. From blogging and being on Facebook and Twitter I have met so many kick-ass people that are there to lean on for support. They understand what your going through, they understand your struggles, they're there when you achieve, when you feel like giving up they're there telling you to keep fighting. Honestly, I don't think I could have come this far without the help and support from other bloggers like Tara, Mike, Mel, Jess, Vinny, Rinn, and the man that helped me start this journey Tyler. They have been such a great inspiration to me throughout the year. I truely am grateful to have become good friends with the amazing people. I thank you guys and gals for keeping me in check and being great role models for me. <3

For someone who is just starting out their weight loss journey, I would encourage your to read their stories and see what these bloggers started at and where they are now. Add them on your blog roles, surf the internet for other bloggers and become friends with them. If you have facebook or twitter follow people and keep in touch with them. You can keep each other in check- kind of like a workout partner.

One year is down and a new one is soon to start. I am excited to see what 2011 has in store for me. What are you going to do in 2011? Are you going to get up and start exercising or are you going to wait another year. Make this the year you change your life.

Me at my heaviest weight 231

My first 5k- finished in 30 mins 

First Medium T-shirt. Ever.

Welcome to onederland :)

21st birthday

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Just keep swimming...or running

Ok, ok I am back! I will not lie- I missed all my bloggers but I did manage to keep up with people on Twitter. It's almost been a month since the last time I blogged and let me tell you how frustrated I was. I just needed to get away. I ended up putting my scale in a closet and haven't stepped on it since. I hate the feeling I would get when I stepped on that stupid device and how shitty it made me feel for the rest of the day. For those of you who don't know- I have been on a fucking plateau for 4 almost 5 months now. It sucks. It sucks monkey butt. I was so mad at my body for not doing what I wanted that I took a week off and didn't exercise and ate pretty much what I wanted. At first it felt good but as the week progressed I hated the feeling of laziness. So that following monday I got back on the horse and started working out and eating right again. I am still in the 190's weight wise and I really want to be in the 180's by Christmas-I know I've said that a million times but I REALLLLLY want that-seriously that would be the best Christmas present ever.

I am trying a new lifting program for the next 4 weeks. No more circuit, this program is more of building muscle. I am also going back to HIIT for running. Lately, I have been in love with biking at my local YMCA. So I will be doing some intervals on the bike to get the HR going as well. I would like to also share with you guys and gals that I have been keeping up my promise of running atleast one 5k a month. In November I ran two turkey trot's. One in La Crosse, WI with my sister and one in Pewaukee, WI Thanksgiving morning. I can honestly say that running 5k's really has kept me in the mood to go to the gym and workout. My saving grace I guess you could say.

Pre Turkey Trot in La Crosse, WI w/ my sister

Post Turkey Trot- Love the T shirt we got!

Pre Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving 730am. My sister, cousins and I

After the race and ready to nom nom nom on Turkey :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Break time

For the past 3-4 months I have been hovering around 195-196. I changed up my workouts and I was told by a metabolic and body composition coordinator to consume around 2,000 calories a day. For some reason my body, at least on the scale has not shown any degree of change. I am not going to lie to you, seeing other people's accomplishments, when it comes to losing weight is great but it also is rubbing me in the wrong way. How can this person lose weight every damn week and I have trouble losing a pound in 2-3 weeks. I work hard, I eat right, I drink lots of water. I try to make good and healthy decisions everyday. Don't get me wrong-losing almost 40 pounds in 8 months is awesome. I want to lose more though and for some reason my body likes staying right where it is. I feel like my hard work is not paying off. I know that exercising and eating right in itself is great for me but I want to SEE it. So for right now I am taking a break on my blogging. I will still be on twitter tweeting (MollyMFNitka) and my Facebook (FluffyGirl). I think when I hit certain goals I will blog about it, let's say when I hit 190. But right now, I need to figure out why I haven't lost weight. I realize people plateau. But let's get serious, a plateau for 4 months, something needs to change.

It's not good-bye, it's I'll see ya soon.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh hey 21st birthday..Be good to me

The 21st birthday. What every underage person cannot wait for. I didn't go out last night at midnight because its only tuesday. Today I woke up to a shit ton of Facebook notifications and Tweets. One of the best feelings in the world is knowing other people take the time to wish you a happy birthday.

Today I am going to workout and later tonight I am going out to dinner with my family and a close friend of mine. I'm going to then go out after dinner and get a couple drinks with my mom and another friend. This weekend on the other hand, I'm going to Whitewater, WI. My friends are taking me out to the bars and I hopefully will survive. I'm hoping I don't gain to much weight this weekend. I know with the going out to dinner, cake and drinks adds up. But I figured you only turn 21 once- so go big or go home right?

So, I figured out a neat idea to keep me focused. If you wish me a happy birthday on facebook, twitter or on here- I will add 10 minutes to my workout. So- Happy Birthday to me!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

5k numero tres with a noob.

On saturday morning my friend Heebs and I ran the Panther Prowl 5k run down in Milwaukee. It was a beautiful morning, the high was supposed to be 78 but go into the upper 80's as the day progressed. Heebs came over around 8:30 and we were planning our attack on where to go and park. We figured it out and we were on the road by 9:15. The sun was shining, it was warm and the sky was blue. We found a parking structure on the UWM campus and parked in there FO FREE! We stalked followed a group of people who looked like they were runners to the start/finish line. We both had to really pee so we went into the library and made a pit stop.

We came back outside and stood around talking and people watching for about 20 mintues. The funny thing about me and my girl Heebs is that when we see something/someone- we look at each other and think the same thing. There were some real winners at this race. But I digress..

The announcer told us to line up near where we thought we should be in line. I thought I should be in front where the 5 minute milers it's a joke people. We headed back to where the 10 minute milers were, and there was a shit ton of people there. We did a little warm up stretching and then at 10am the countdown began. We were off! for most of the first mile we ran on the concrete road. It was pretty flat but I almost jacked my ankel up in a pot hole- That would have been awesome, not. We headed into a park which was beautiful. There was a lot of shade that kept us cool as we were going into mile number 2.

We were at about 2.5 miles when Heebs was having some trouble so I told her we were going to catch these two girls in front of us. We paced ourselves and I knew that we had a hill coming up before the home stretch. We turned the corner and I flew up the hill passing people left and right. Heebs was behind me and she was going as fast as she could. I kept telling her, "We're going to catch those girls!". We turned another corner and we could see the finish line. We got to about 50 feet from the finish-line and I pushed her to sprint and finish strong and that's exactly what we did.We beat one of the girls, so we were pretty happy about that. Our time was 33:52. Not bad for a first time racer.

After the race we stretched and got some food. Overall, this race was my favorite. I loved running through the park and I got to run with one of my best friends, plus it was a gorgeous day!


Reppin that # 800


Post 5k. We dominated.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Trainer Joey.

Today I got to workout with a trainer, named joey at Fitness Together. My dad knows the owner and she needed people to work with this trainer before he was "legit". I was supposed to go yesterday to do a full body workout but, do to technical difficulties and getting lost/not finding the place, I didn't get to workout with him yesterday. But today, I did find the place, woot!n

I got into the gym and there were three trainers working with clients. Joey came up to me and introduced himself. He said he wasn't going to be done with his client until 12:45 so at 12:30 I was to warm up. I jumped on the treadmill and did some face paced walking for about 15 minutes. Then I cranked it up and ran for about 10 more minutes. I had a good sweat going.

He asked me what I wanted to do today and I said kickboxing. I have done it before but not really as a work out. He got me some boxing gloves and we started working out. Most of the workout was high intensity, a lot of reps and him telling me to "hit it harder!". Every time he said that I wanted to laugh and say, "that's what she said". But I kept it in my brain. He was a very talkative trainer, which was good because I didn't want some gorilla juice head type of trainer that says two words every 10 minutes. He actually went to the same college as I did so that was a topic of interest for him to talk about. He was also an avid Michael Jackson lover. Joey also liked to serenade me during the workout...unfortunately he isn't my type. I was hoping for a gorilla juice head ;)

At the end of the workout I was dripping sweat and I smelt horrible. It was a good feeling though, because I haven't had that kind of intensity in awhile. We stretched at the end and he gave me an apple for the ride home. I ate the shit outta that apple, nom nom nom! I think I'm going to try and get another session with him for a full body workout. As for tomorrow, I'm going to do some running. I got a 5k on Sunday. My third one-I never though I would be signing up for 5k's every month. Crazy what happens when you lose a couple pounds.

What are you doing this weekend?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

#DDGBD week 6.

Goals for this upcoming week...

1. workout 5 times
2. Drink more h20
3. Write down everything I eat

My brag- I went out with some friends for the first time in months.

I need to work on- Self control. I thought I was getting better at it but its been creeping on me lately.

Top Priority-My 21st birthday is coming up in October. I would love to be in the 180's by then.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

When I'm doubtful, I look back at how far I've come.

So I was facebook creeping and I came across this picture of me at my sister's 21st birthday.

My jaw dropped when I saw this picture. I cannot believe how I let myself get to this point. I said outloud, "I look bloated".

Looking now at the pictures from my brother's wedding this past weekend, I look and feel like a whole different person.

This was when I was getting my make-up put on.

Waiting to get my hurr did.

Me and my sis before the ceremony


My lil bro, who clearly is not "little", my sis, me and my dad- Big mike

I have doubted myself lately. I doubt myself and think that I am not going to lose anymore weight and get down to my goal weight of 170. I doubt myself that my eating habits will not stay healthy, I doubt myself on a lot of things... but looking at pictures, which truly do say a thousand words, I believe I can do anything. I have come a long way since last December. I chose to live a completely different lifestyle, which has changed me and my life. I don't doubt that I made one of the best decisions in my life and I know I will continue to live this way for the rest of my life. You may struggle, a lot, and think that what your doing may not be helping or changing you. I did. But don't doubt yourself, because everyday you chose to make healthy decisions, is a day that you are changing your life for the better.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

I'm back.

So lately I haven't written a post. I have been super busy with, working, working out, my brother's wedding. Yeah, you get it. I've been feeling really blah lately. I'm so tired and I don't have the "mojo" to get my ass in gear. Basically, I'm struggling. I'm sick of doing my circuit workouts and all I wanna do is run or go on the elliptical. I think I may be going back to just doing reps for lifting. I have noticed that that my muscles have shrunk but that's because when you lose weight you also lose muscle.

My sleeping pattern has been shit lately. If there is one thing I need in life, it's the right amount of rest/sleep. If I can't get atleast 8 hours of sleep. I feel like shit and I am one cranky mofo. So, my goal is to start going to bed before midnight and getting at least 8 hours of sleep.

My next 5k is in October. Its on 10/10/10, cute right. It is down in Milwaukee by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus and along the lakefront. I am excited to travel down there to run, I heard running by the lake is a beautiful sight. I am really excited because I am running it with my friend Heebs. Heebs doesn't like running but I told her, after this I won't force you to run with me ever again.

So, that's what's been going on in my life right now. I feel so out of it because I haven't read a lot of blogs for the past week. I'm hoping to get back into the groove of things and start blogging again regularly. Send positive vibes my way to get my ass out of this damn slump I've been in. Thanks!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Another 5k.

So this morning my sister and I ran another 5k. It was at a local park in our city called Frame Park. The event was called the Dream Mile. On the way to the race my sister said we're going to run it in 28:59. I just shook my head- as long as I was under 30 minutes I was going to be one happy camper runner.We got there about a half an hour early. We went to the bathroom, because I didn't want to pee my pants while running. We asked a lady what the course was like, she said it was a lap and a loop. What ever that meant. I looked at my sister and was like, whatever i'm just going to follow the crowd. It was a cool morning, the sun was out and it was about 55-60 degrees. There was a pretty good turn out for runners and walkers.

At 8:30 we lined up for the shot gun start. My sister and I were at the back of the line and as soon as the gun went off, we were passing people like it was our J-O-B. The whole course was pretty flat and easy to run. There were a couple inclines here and there but no hills. The pace that we were running at was pretty fast 7:30-8 minute pace. My sister was keeping track and I was just jamming out to my music and keeping up with her. Everything felt really smooth running. We got to the last half mile and we picked up the pace some more. I was trying to catch a girl in front of me but she kept on moving up a little bit more than I could catch her at. My heart rate was pumping and I saw the finish line time at 27:50 and at first I thought holy shit! But then I was like GET YOUR ASS MOVING! I sprinted the last couple of meters and my official time was 28:01! A two minute PR. I felt great after I stopped running, my legs didn't feel heavy like my first 5k and I wasn't as out of breath as before. basically, I felt fucking awesome!

My next 5k is in October down in Milwaukee at UWM. It's called the Panter Prowl and I am excited because one of my friends decided to run it with me. I can't wait to see how this next one turns out :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Versatile Blogger.

So two days ago I got an award. The Versatile Blogger Award from Brigette Mittler over at Poohpees World

The award states that I must do the following...

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Share seven things about yourself.
3. Nominate fifteen newly discovered blogs.

4. Let your nominees know about the award. 
So, Thank you Brigette for finding my blog and giving me this award!

Here are 7 things about ME

1. I live in Wisconsin- the beer and cheese state.
2. I ran my first 5k 2 weekends ago in 30:07
3. I have one tattoo, stars on my wrist.
4. I am going to school for dental hygiene 
5. My favorite actor is Vin Diesel
6. I was a state free-throw champion in 5ht grade.
7. I used to weigh 231 Lbs but not any more! I'm down to 193 and my goal is 170
8. I love athletic shoes, Adidas and Nike.
9. My favorite TV shows were/are Lost, The office, Jersey shore, Teen Mom, and Modern Family.
10. I am a Libra, Oct 19.

Now I get to share this award with others! I don't know if I'll get 15 but I'll try!

#DDGBD week tres.

Starting weight 196

Current weight 193 ( just stepped on the scale)

One thing I am proud of this week: Running for an hour and two minutes-NON STOP.

One thing I need to improve on: No starch for 2 weeks.

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Labor Day!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

An hour of running.

Today I got back to working out. Yesterday I took the day off to rest my body. I just wasn't feeling good at all and I didn't want to push myself. I have been running a lot for the last month and I really am enjoying it. I was going to do my circuit today but didn't feel like doing it, so instead I decided on running. I told myself that I would run for 45 mins and that would be a good workout.

The weather here today was a bit chilly. A cold front came through and for the past two days its been long sleeve t-shirts and jeans- that kind of weather. Now, I'm not complaining because just 3 days ago it was humid as hell and I was complaining of it being too hot. I digress... So I bundled myself up, got my ipod gear on, laced up my shoes and was off. As soon as I started running, I noticed that I seemed to be running faster than normal. I was running for the first two laps at a ten minute pace. Not bad. When the third, fourth and fifth lap(s) came around, my mile was down to 8.5-9.5 minute miles. I was trucking and feeling good.

The weather was awesome. The sun was shining and the breeze felt good. I wasn't sweating as much as usual and it was nice. Usually I get sweat in my eyes and it burns. Not fun. My feet felt good, my shins were golden and the rest of my body was feeling good also. I hit the 45 minute mark and I was like, I can go for an hour. I kept running and it was crazy awesome! My feet/legs just kept going and going. They didn't want to stop and I had no problem with that. I noticed around lap 7 going up the last big hill my quads were getting a little tight but I still kept running. I hit an hour and noticed that I was in the home front to finish at my house, I decided not to stop because I was so close. I kept running. I ran for one hour and two minutes! That is the first time I have ran, NON-STOP for an hour plus. I couldn't believe it because I hated running, then I started running and enjoyed it and just finished my first 5k a week ago. Now, I ran for an hour. Holy shit, what is wrong with me right? I thought it was impossible for me to run. I thought it was impossible for me to like running. I thought it was impossible for me to run a 5k. I thought it was impossible for me to run for over an hour-non stop. Put your mind toward something and nothing will be impossible.

I think that I am going to sign up for another 5k in two weeks at a local park not far from my house. I figure since it's close enough, I might as well take advantage of it. How is running going for you? Do you like it/enjoy it/hate it? Do you prefer long or short distance?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

#DDGBD week dos.

My positive Picture :)

Current weight 195.2

A goal I added on to my other ones was to run a 5k every month

One thing i'm proud of for the week is, Running my first 5k in 30:07! Holla.

One thing I am going to improve on is eating enough so I am full. Then I won't binge throughout the day.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

First 5k- Completed. It was awesome!

Today I did it! I ran, that's right, RAN my first 5k! No walking. All running.  I woke up excited. Got my breakfast in and some water. Put on my awesome T-shirt that my sister made. I Made sure my ipod wasn't acting dumb- for the past couple of weeks it just froze while I ran and I was hoping it wouldn't do it today. Put on my sock and shoes and was ready to head to the race.

Yeah, the sun was really bright out this morning. Shoulda worn my stunna shades. Team Fluffy woohoo! So we headed down to the church where the race was located. It was about a 5-10 minute walk from my house. As we got closer to the church I started getting butterflies in my stomach. I havent had that feeling in a long time. It was exciting for me because I miss competing in sports. We got to the check in table and I got my first 5k t-shirt and race number.

I was ready to go at that point. I was like, Wow- I'm actually doing this! The weather was beautiful. The sun was shining, there was not one cloud in the sky. It was in the mid 70's and a slight breeze. We were hanging out for a bit and talking. And all of a sudden I was at the starting line. Holy Schnikes!!!

Racers take your mark! And we were off.

The first 1.5 miles we were running at a 9.5-10 minutes pace. It felt good, my legs felt good, my breathing was good- Everything felt in place. The last mile I was starting to feel my legs we getting a little tired. I was still pacing myself for a good time. There was a girl in front of us who was sucking wind but she was further up. I was trying to catch her the whole second half of the race but never did. It's cool- she was my target that kept me going. What I really enjoy about this race was that it was the first one they have hosted here. There was about 25-30 runners total. A decent turn out for a first time race. The course wasn't too bad- There was a decent hill but other than that it was a flat parking lot. Everyone was cheering everyone else on- That's what I loved. No matter if it was your first race or your 500th race- People were clapping, yelling and encouraging you to keep on going. That's awesome.

So back to the race- We were on the home stretch to finishing the race. My sister looked at the clock they had and it was at 28 minutes. She's like, let's go you can make it in 30! There was a guy who had a microphone and he would say when someone was coming to finish so everyone would cheer them on. I dont remember what he exactly said, but I remember him yelling in the mic at me and we ended up pushing ourselves faster and fast until we were in the straight away and my sister screamed, GO MOLLY, RUN THROUGH THE FINISH! I dont know how- my legs were full of lactic acid by then but I SPRINTED through the finish line. My muscle were burning but after I made it through, words can't describe how awesome a feeling it was to accomplish the race in 30:07!

Race time = 30:07. Not bad for my first race.

My butt was cramping.
Stretching my legs..haha they feel like jello still.

My sister was so jacked that I finished in 30 minutes. Honestly, I thought if I finished in 35 minutes that would have been great. But, I pushed myself and didn't give up. I wanted to stop running a couple of times but I knew I had to keep going. All along the way I had a great group of fans. My mom and dad of course were there but I found out that my older brother Matt and his fiance, Melissa were coming to watch. I was really appreciative of that.

My cheering section. You guys rock <3

The sign my sis made. We look pretty good for being all sweaty and what not.

After the race we went to get a bottle of water and powerbar that they were handing out. I talked to an older lady who has been running for awhile. She told me her goal was to run a 5k every month. I like that idea- I may have to "run" with it also. They were figuring out official times and then they were going to hand out awards. Guess who took home 3rd place...This Girl :)

I like trophies :D

My sister ended up getting a medal as well for her age group. So we both ended up taking home some hardware to brag about.

Overall, it was an awesome race. I officially got my first 5k done with an out of the way. This was a great experience and I already think I have my second race lined up. I want to dedicate this race to all of my fellow blogger's who have inspired me to lose weight and to try running. You guys know who you are- Your awesome and I love you for all the advice you have given me over the past 6 months. I also want to thank my sister for helping me out with my running and actually running with me. She could have ran faster than me numerous times but didn't. She paced me and she encouraged me to keep running and stay with her. Thanks Megan. Your a peach. xoxo

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Any Last words of Wisdom.

My first 5k is on saturday morning! I am excited, nervous, anxious, etc for this race. So many emotions. You may ask why? Well, to tell you the true- I remember saying out loud, "I will never run for fun". I remember being 231 pounds and thinking, why do people run? It's so boring. Plus running isn't fun. Running is something that skinny people do. I remember walking to class in college and going up a flight of stairs made me lose my breath. I remember thinking to myself, how did I let myself get so big. Looking back at pictures from 6 months ago, I can't believe I thought I was in good shape. I wasn't. Running for the past 3 weeks has been so awesome for me mentally/emotionally. Never would I have thought that I would be signing up to RUN a 5k. Never would I thought I would ENJOY running. Never would I think I would weigh under 200 pounds. Things change. You change. People always say something is impossible. It's impossible to lose weight. It's impossible for me to work out with a schedule like this. It's impossible for me to eat right. Nothing is Impossible. You make something impossible- when it can actually be possible. To all of you who think you will never like running. I was there. I had that in my head all growing up. Until 3 weeks ago- I got my ass of that stupid elliptical and actually went for a run. I enjoyed how calming it was, how I got to be by myself, I got to think about different things and I went where my feet took me. Running has changed me. It may take a while for others to find out they like to run- it took me 20 years. But I finally found it and it has been awesome.

I got two more days until the first 5k of my life. I know many of you have ran 5k's before. What is one thing you would like me to know about the race. It can be anything- I want to hear from you. Any last words of wisdom for this noob?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Drop Dead Gorgeous by December

So Jess over at half of jess decided to come up with this crazy, cool idea called Drop Dead Gorgeous by December. Check out her link, there's a lot of awesome stuff that goes with it. She gave us a list of things to do for the first part of it and here they are.

1. Post a pic of yourself with a positive sign

2. My current weight = 194.7

3.Goal(s) from now until december
  • Run a lot more, especially outside before all the snow falls
  • Drink more water every day
  • Try to incorporate more vegetables throughout the day
  • Look myself in the mirror and point out something positive
  • Try something new be it food, exercises, ect
  • Become a Pen Pal - Any takers?
  • Realize how far I have come in almost a year
4.One thing you are proud of for the week
Running 10 miles this week- not bad for a beginner

5.One thing I can improve upon for next week

What will you accomplish before this year is over? There is still time, get up and DO IT!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I started running last week in order to get ready for my FIRST 5k on August 28. I also wanted to do/try something new instead of just doing the ellpitical all the time. Let me tell you how scared I was to just run. I have hated running ever since I started playing sports. I could never get my breathing down and I was always so slow. It honestly scared me to run. Recently my sister made me a running schedule for the 5k so I wouldn't suck totally in my first race. The first day my sister and I ran together. We were going to only run on lap, which is a mile and then walk another lap. When I started running, it was so simple for me. It kinda took me by surprise how I wasnt struggling to get my breathing under control. We were even having a little conversation here and there, which back 6 months ago would never have happend. We ran the lap and she asked me if I could keep going..."HELL YEAH!" I said. We ran another half of lap before we stopped. She didnt want me doing too much too soon. We ran for 15 mintues straight and it didnt even seem that long. My sister was impressed with how well I did and actually so was I.

The past week I have been running everyday and I enjoy it a lot. Running feels so good right now. I jam out to music and I have time to think about a lot of things. I love the feeling after I get done running, I feel so accomplished. Six months ago, I was out of breath walking up stairs. I weighed 231 pounds and I was in the worst shape ever in my life. Today I am 34 pounds lighter, I weight under 200 pounds (197 baby!) and I am running and loving it.

Do you enjoy running? How much do you run? Why do you enjoy running?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Deep fried what?!

Ask anyone who lives in Wisconsin or is from the beer and cheese state about the Wisconsin State Fair and you will not believe some of the stuff they say. Most people come to the fair to try numerous different food(s) that only come around once a year. But your probably wondering, what food is worth a trip to West Allis, WI? How about anything you can think of on a stick, chocolate covered bacon, anything you can find to deep fry and the infamous cream puff. My best friend Andi and I went to this once a year occasion, which usually marks that the end of summer is near. When we went we had in mind what we wanted to find and try. It was kind of like a treasure hunt. All I wanted was some $.25 milk and a cream puff. Andi wanted to try deep fried cream cheese, deep fried PB&J and root beer milk.

So, most of you right now are probably thinking. What the hell?! Rootbeer milk? Deep Fried cream cheese?! Holy shit. Here are some pictures to prove that I am not pulling your leg.

Our first stop in this adventure was the $.25 glass of milk. Of course WI being the dairy state and infact where REAL HAPPY COWS come from, the fair always have a shit ton of cows. They milk the cows daily and use the milk to make different flavors. The flavors are chocolate, strawberry, cherry vanilla, and root beer. I tried the root beer and strawberry for the first time and they were both delicious.

Yes, three cups of different flavored milk. Total cost $.75 

We next wondered through the fair to find the new iteam this year. Deep.Fried.Cream Cheese. I new I was not going to try this, just because the thought of it made my heart hurt. But my friend loves cream cheese and what could be better than having it deep fried.

I just wanted to hold it. Did I mention it came with a small cup of ranch dressing...

 The first nibble of the heart attack on a stick...

Don't let that face fool you, she enjoyed it.

After I let the 3 cups of the most tasty, creamy, ice cold, refreshing milk settle, we decided to go hunt for my cream puff.

Yes, you can watch them make cream puffs. It's kinda a big deal.

This is something you want in and around your mouth...

Worth every calorie..don't worry I burned them off the next day.

After I was done eating that once a year cream puff, we walked around for a bit and people watched. We then went to find the deep fried peanut butter and jelly for andi. Andi tried it last year and she loved it, so she got it again.

She's really excited to eat this.

I was forced to try it. As you see Peer Pressure really works on me. I'll have to admit- It was good.

So, as you see there are many weird and yet tasty foods on a stick at this fair. I'm pretty sure the Food Network could come here and do a week long show with all the stuff we have. Hope you enjoyed the pictures to prove how crazy us Wisconsinites are.