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.

Monday, August 9, 2010

It's Official.

Yes, I finally did it! I signed up for my first 5k EVER! Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post, you all gave me a lot of encouragement to JUST DO IT! The race is Aug 28th. That doesn't give me to much to train but I just want to run one for the hell of it and to know what it feels like. If all goes well, then I will sign up for another one on sept 4th.

Today, I started running in preparation for my first 5k. Let me tell you, it felt so good to run. I used to hate running. Like I would rather swim with sharks than run. I just never really enjoyed it. When I started blogging, a lot of the people that I talked to started doing 5ks which turned into 10ks which turned into half marathons. They looked so happy after they were done racing. I wanted that. I wanted to feel a sense of accomplishment when I cross that finish line. I want to enjoy running, I want to love running.

August 28th = The start of something new and awesome!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

First possible 5k.

So, alot of the amazing people I blog with run. I started running during the first couple months of my weight loss journey but now since I stay home and do my workouts in the garage, I go on the elliptical. Sometimes I'll take a jog around the block but for the most part, I haven't really just ran in a while. As I've been reading blogs and looking at pictures they post before and after races, it looks like they are having so much fun. I miss being competitive ever since high school. Sports were my life. I want to get that competitive nature back and I can do that by racing.

My sister has been bugging me all summer on trying to find a 5k to run before the end of summer. Yet, I've put it on the back burner because of number of excuses. I think I have found a my first 5k to run. It's at a huge church just down the street from my house. I think know this is my first 5k. I am nervous to sign up because of how much I haven't run. I think I might just do it to get the nervousness out of the way. What do you guy and gals think?

My first 5k

Any words of wisdom?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Operation B-e-a-utiful.

Today as I was getting ready to workout, I was reading Mary's blog. I loved it so much because it reminded me of one of the reason I knew I HAD to lose weight. Last year at my job I was with a group of girls. We were getting ready for swimming. I was standing waiting for the rest of the girls to get ready, while I talked to a smaller group of girls who was already done and ready to hit the pool. One of the girls literally looked at me and asked "Are you pregnant?"... I was so embarressed. I tried to make it into a joke by saying something else and it just made all of the girls laugh. That moment has stuck with me in the back of my head ever since.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, I was outside with two girls playing a game of mancala. One of the girls started talking about her weight and grabbed the excess skin on her stomach and said the she was fat. This girl is 12 years old and is no where near fat. I looked at her and told both of them that they are beautiful the way they are and I grabbed the excess skin around my stomach and said that I was working on getting rid of it. They both told me that I was skinny and beautiful and that I didn't need to lose weight. I was wearing sunglasses, thank God because I teared up a bit. That only happened about a month ago, but that has stuck in the back of my head also.

I believe today girls need good role models to tell them that they don't need to be a size 0 to be pretty. They need role models to tell them to play sports, to try new things, be adventurous, dress appropriately for their age and to just enjoy their childhood. Too many time they are calling each other Fat and talking behind each others backs. When I go to work, I try to be the best role model possible for these girls because some of them don't have one at home.  I try to encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and try new things, to play with the boys and to just try and make them enjoy this stage of their lives. You only get one childhood, make the most of if.

Now, back to Mary's blog. Operation beautiful. You take a post-it and write something positive about yourself and take a picture and post it on your blog. As I was on the elliptical this morning, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to write on it. Something that people would look at and be like, that's an awesome post-it. Here it is...

STRONG is the new Beautiful. Do you agree?

Coffee and its benefits to losing weight.

So like a lot of other people, I love a good cup of coffee in the morning. It just puts me in a good mood. Coffee has a lot of benefits to drinking it, but did you also know that it helps in weight loss? I looked up some articles online and here is something I found. Read it. Share it with others. Maybe this will help you in your weight loss.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Back to the state of Beer and Cheese.

Wow, I havent been on the internet in awhile- a week to be exact. The reason, I went on vacation with my friend, heebs and her parents. We drove from Wisconsin to North Carolina. We stayed in Sunset Beach, which was kind of close to Myrtle Beach. This vacation was what I needed to just sit back and get some well deserved R&R. I did manage to work out a bit. We got a pass for the fitness room and worked out 4 of days we were there. They didn't have too much to chose from in there fitness room, so I stuck to my elliptical. I went on it for 50 mins each time at a good incline. After we were done, we would just go lay by the pool until 3 and then head back to the condo to get ready for dinner. It was the good life. Easy to get used to but hard to leave from. The hardest challenge for me on vacation was eating, especially when we went out to dinner. Since we were down south, a lot of foods were fried. I also noticed that I drank a lot of diet coke at dinner. As we got to the end of the trip I tried getting water with my meals. I just really missed cooking my own meals by the end of the trip. It was really hard being out of my routine and comfort zone but I managed to get through.

It's funny, the thing I missed most while on vacation was my blogging friends. I wanted so bad to talk to them and hear their words of wisdom to give me. I have become accustom to talking with these people everyday and then for a week I couldn't. I also noticed that when we would be on the road and stopped at a place to eat, I would get a weird feeling after I was done eating at a restaurant. It was like I felt dirty or something. Back home, I rarely eat out or try to not eat at certain restaurants. Before I lost weight, I would eat out a lot with friends and wouldn't care what I ordered or how much I ate or if I felt full I would still eat. I noticed that if I was full, I stopped eating. That's a big deal for someone who has been reteaching them self to eat for four months. I'll admit, I did make poor decisions some night eating out, I'm not going to cry over it. I know that this week, come monday- I'm going to work hard and get back into my RAWR mode. I got to get back to losing weight instead of just maintaining. Tomorrow, I get back to work, I get back on track, I get back to eating good and start losing weight.

Here are some pics from the trip, enjoy!

Me at the UNC basketball Museum, so cool!

We got to go into Duke's jealous.
Duke's Chapel, we would have gone in but there were weddings going on.
What's up Sunset Beach! Getting out tan on.

Virginia Tech's mascot...the hoakie- Don't know his name but we look pretty B.A.

Woke up the last morning to leave and watched a beautiful sunset rise. Good way to end vacation.

If you had to chose one which would you chose... UNC or Duke?

Me- UNC all the way! (That's right Eric, UNC ;) )