The Challenge

Ok, bear with me, my brain is going about 20 different directions tonight after working a closing shift at Universal (wait, what? When did I switch from Disney to Universal??? WELLLLLLLL……. Maybe that can be another post! But Universal is just a part-time job I started to have me not being bored in the summer while I’m not teaching!), so I felt the need to blog.

Anywho

Do you know the toughest thing about trying to get back on track while living in Florida? I had planned ALLLLLL day to go for a run once I got home from work because I knew I had extra energy (I slept in! Huzzah!!!), but of course it starts with a lightning storm as soon as I step out of work. I got done at 9:30, almost 3 hours ago. It’s still storming. And Florida is ALWAYS like this, I plan to run, and it rains as soon as I have a chance to go! 😦 Boo.

So, I’m doing a back up type of workout. Namely: cleaning, and quasi-packing for the big move at the end of next month! woot woot! 😀

So many things in my life you dear readers don’t know about because I’m a horrible blogger! So sorry about that!

 

So, about the title of this post (see? I told you… MIND. EVERYWHERE.)…. my mom has challenged Shaun (the boyfriend) and I to lose 25 pounds between the two of us by the end of this month. Which is really what helped kickstart this getting-on-track-again bit. I mean, we had planned to revamp our eating habits and start running training with it being summer and me not teaching anyway, but it gives us a good incentive.

this was us a year ago… in our Iron Man glory! And look at my pretty hair, I miss it 😦

 

andddd us back in May. I love and hate this picture. Love because, well BOBA FETT and hate because of how terrible I look!

 

we definitely have the weight to lose. My mom had us take pictures of our feet on the scale when we started and then we’re going to take pictures again at the end of the month. I can’t tell you where we’re at now though… our scale is broken. I mean, I don’t think I went from 237 to 102 in just over a week. That would be bad. And seeing as I still look like the girl in the Boba Fett picture (but with super short hair now), I don’t think it’s true.

It is kinda really sad that the only pictures we have of each other are actually only selfies because I hate seeing myself. The only reason this picture made it online in the first place was because of who we got to meet… my face is even blotchy from crying, a sight I would never allow on the web!

Goal: see this girl? She was in a size 12 just last April. This was me 70 POUNDS ago. I know i can do that and more.

 

I wore this blue dress a couple months back, and let me tell you it looked nothing like this on me. It barely covered my butt! But, I know I can get back to her again – a girl who was just starting to feel okay with herself and was on the way to being healthy.

Which is why I jumped at the chance of my mom’s challenge. Shaun wasn’t as keen, but I think that’s partially because this is his first time ever doing anything concerning weight loss besides a few runs with me. The poor boy.

 

So, in honor of the challenge… what are things you’ve found that work? That didn’t work? I’m trying to help Shaun understand what to eat and do and what’s bad (hard for picky eaters like us!), but it is definitely a struggle. Where were the little things you started with? If you were to start fresh, what would be your biggest goal?

 

 

I’m going to try to really use this blog again… it was a motivation for me when I could use it often. So hopefully I’ll get some of the pages up top updated with new things and whatnot. Stay tuned! 🙂

~Courtney

The journey…. 12 months ahead of me

Hey guys, guess what! I’m still alive and existing… in Florida! I’ve been living right outside of Disney for almost 2 months already, time has gone crazy quick… and I’m another year older! wooooooo. Happy birthday week to MEEEE.

 

Also, this has happened:

482650_4593681115340_806383059_nyes, that says HALF MARATHON on it.

I can now say that I’ve completed my first half, but I’m nowhere near where I want to be in my weightloss journey (I’m still right around the 200 mark), and am a bit disappointed in my timing for the race since I didn’t train as much as I said I would. So, the next 12 months are going to be a long, hard working journey for me, and I would like to invite you to join me in it.

 

So, where do you see yourself in 12 months? And how are you going to get there?

Follow along, let’s all help each other! Remember… even a 20 minute workout is just a small fragment of your entire day. Make time for it! Facebook and tumblr will still be there afterwards. 🙂

I plan on starting by following this calendar for March (brought to you by Back on Pointe’s wonderful tumblr), so join me! 🙂

 

I’ll update all about the race later, with pictures of my timing and everything. Right now, I have to get a quick shower since I ran a recovery run earlier, and head out to work!

Ciao lovelies!

 

Challenge – Week 1

Sorry I haven’t posted again!!! Today’s the first day I’ve been at work since last Friday (and the only day this week), so if that tells you how busy my week has been… ack!

I am currently on Day 3 of the second week of this challenge… I’ve decided to continue it on, and I invite everyone to do it with me! If you want, up your time more (I know that’s not a problem for all of us, the time… but, maybe you’re just getting into the swing and took the challenge for 20 minutes a day and are ready for an increase!) to 30 minutes a day instead of 20.

So, last weekend I pretty much killed myself at the gym (woo!). Saturday, I started my day with Zumba since class was cancelled, and used that as a warm up… and then went to the gym for 2 hours for an intense workout. Sunday, I was there for another hour, doing almost the exact same workout (though not as intense). It was insane!

Monday and Tuesday I kinda cheated a little (oops), and counted just walks as my exercise because my schedule was that messy… this is what Jury Duty does to you! But, I got back into it last night and went to the gym – by myself, gag – and kicked my own ass. This resulted in an increase in weights on multiple different exercises, and I was able to run a 12:37 mile on the treadmill. Without my inhaler. Like no inhaler help at all.

Which is big for me, seeing as my asthma is my biggest obstacle that I need to climb over. Usually, when I’m out doing my c25k runs, I have to pause for a few seconds so that my lungs won’t close up on me. I’m hoping that I can push myself through that and get it so I don’t have to stop at all anymore.

 

Well, how was everyone’s week 1? What did you do? What are you going to be doing this weekend to fight off Easter?

 

🙂

 

PS. I’m down past my pre-vacation weight!!! So, I’m now at 30.6 lost… next step: getting out of the 180s!

Challenge Days 2 and 3

sooooo what’d you do?

 

Yesterday, I first went for a run before class. 30 minutes of awesomeness, and I managed to make it 3 miles… though it wasn’t complete running the whole time, but that’s a huge improvement for me! My next run puts me into week 6 of the c25k program. 🙂

Then, after class,  I met up with Lorie and Dan’s brother’s fiance Angel (that’s a lot to say) at the gym. Angel is doing the Tower of Terror 10 mile race with me in September, so we’re going to be training together on run days. I’m so excited!!!! We were at the gym for a little over an hour, starting with 15 minutes on the treadmill (got to about 1.3 miles), then we did upper body weights for 40 minutes… followed by another 20 on the treadmill. I walked the last treadmill, because I was completely worn out… but in total, I went 5 miles yesterday in my trainings, so I’m super proud of myself!!!!!!! 😀

 

Today, I’ve gone on two dog walks with mom (I don’t count those though), so that was 30 minutes… but I just got finished a 25 minute ride on the bike, so it’s dinner time for me! Maybe I’ll practice my push ups after dinner? Let’s see if I feel like doing homework or not after 😉

 

Well, your turn guys! What’d you do??

March 27, 2012

It’s been a week since I’ve posted that challenge (give or take a few days?), and let me tell you… I barely did it. That migraine had me out for almost the whole week (a migraine that goes from Saturday to Saturday is not fun), so I’m going to restart the challege. Now. *It’s posted at the bottom for those who missed it before*

But, before we get to that… I’m reassessing areas of my life, and have determined I need to change my diet around to match with my running training. So for anyone that runs/trains (and I know there’s a bunch of you who read this), what do you eat? I’m looking for suggestions!

 

**Challenge for my readers**: I challenge each of you to do at least one 20 minute workout a day for 7 days, and then tell me if you notice a difference or not. I bet you will. Don’t start it tomorrow, do something right now.

Let me know if you’re in on the challenge, let’s make something of it! Start at one week, and we’ll keep moving up with it. I’ll do it right along with you.

Are you in? 

Reason

There are so many reasons for wanting to lose weight, and every person that goes on that journey – both full fledged, and half hearted – has reasons specific to them. Smaller clothes, smaller figure, more attention, health reasons. The list can be endless.

For me, the look and the numbers do play a factor into it of course. I want to be a smaller size in cuter clothes, I want to look in the mirror and not see a muffin top, or a huge ass staring back at me.

I want to sit on a rollercoaster without the sides of the seat bruising my thighs. Ouch.

But… there’s also the health reasons involved.

I want to be able to sleep better. To get rid of my asthma. To lessen my chance of diabetes. To live longer.

To run without the extra impact hurting my knees.

 

What’s your reason?

A fun reason 🙂

Back on Track

I’ll be the first person to tell you I’ve been slipping.

Not by much, mind you. Just a little bit here and there. For instance, regardless of the fact that my Brita bottle is on my desk staring at me, I haven’t been drinking enough water. Every once in a while (once like every 4 days), I have a soda. I had a donut this week.

Little things, here and there, that aren’t exactly healthy… but they aren’t big enough standing alone to make a difference (and it takes a bit of them added up to actually make a difference). They’re still there, and I noticed them. And it’s stopping today, right now.

Which is why I’ve already chugged a bottle of water, and had a cup of warm tea instead of green tea from downstairs (I’m almost 100% certain that there’s too much sugar in their green tea to make it healthy, but I love it). I’m counting down to the end of work to get outside and work on the running. I have Luna bars with me, and celery. And a Slim Fast shake. So I won’t be tempted by the Subway next door at all.

But, I haven’t worked out as much as I could have this week… I could have ran on Monday and Tuesday between work and school, but I didn’t because I decided to go to class early since it’s a new block.

Last week, I worked out almost every day… Friday was the only day I had off. This week? I’m struggling like there’s no tomorrow… between my asthma fighting me from one side, and laziness fighting from the other, it’s been a battle. And I was even on the monthly last week, and still able to get my exercises in!

I gained 1.2 after all that working out last week too (either muscle or water weight. Or both.).

People are still commenting on the “Distance” update from last week, and I just wanted to tell everyone thank you so much for your kind words. I’ve been told it’s inspirational to hear my story, but in reality… it’s you guys that are the inspiration.

So, with the inspiration you guys have given me… no more slacking here! In a few months, I’m determined to have another picture up showing progress. I’ll have better stats from the gym, better running times. And my asthma will be down more, and not suffocating me like it tried to do the other night.

Watch out, this girl means business!

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