Somehow between walking from the finish line of my first 5K and my car on January 18, 2014, I decided to run a race every month in 2014, leading up to the Houston Half Marathon in January 2015.
So far, I ran the Houston ABB 5K in January, the Race Against Violence raising money for the Houston Area Women’s Center in February and the Rodeo Run for March. I’m also running two virtual races. The Running for a Cure race in honor and benefiting to raise awareness of Austin Mitchell Kirk and his battle with Batten’s Disease and the Boston World Marathon where I pledged 50 miles by 4/21. I really like the concept of both virtual races as I may never be able to physically do either as one race, but with these I can break out my mileage and a child gets a medal with the Running for a Cure and donations go to both events. Definitely check them out knowing your hard work is helping others.
I still can’t believe it. I look at these bibs hanging in my home office with pride. Each is a race against me. No one else. Yes, I’m competitive and want to be faster, but I am! I just need to look back to June 2013 when I could barely run 30 seconds. Now I’m running 3 miles every other day. Where will I be in 6 months?
I’ve signed up to run the Blue Bell 5K in April, Impact a Hero benefiting our wounded military in May (my fundraising website will be up soon) and the Texas Coast Series I Galveston 5K in June. Whew! I’m training now to finish the second half of 2014 running 10Ks. Patience, Meesh. 🙂
I’ve had good days and bad days, but this is life and at least I’m out there moving, right? I don’t want to sugar coat how difficult it is some days to get put of bed early and get outside or go to the gym. It really is! In years past for Lent, I’ve given up sweets, pasta, Diet Coke, cursing, Facebook and Twitter, but this year may be my toughest. No snooze button! So far so good and if anything, it’ll give me am extra boost to get moving. I’ve found if I don’t exercise first thing in the morning, I struggle through my day so morning works best for me. Find your comfort time and challenge yourself to do something then. Just move! 🙂
So, I apologize for falling off my blogging the past 3 months. I’ll try to be better at sharing my progress and hopefully can inspire you too. I’ve had SO many friends reach out to me personally for advice and encouragement for my own journey. Thank you. You each motivate me too! Losing 36 pounds in 9 months is pretty awesome. I’m not sure I can make the 24 left on my goal by June at the pace I’m going, BUT at long as I’m still losing, I’m happy. In percentages, I’ve lost 16.6% of my body weight. Just wow.
Tale of the scale:
Measurements as of 3/1/2014:
Neck = 13 inches with a 1.5 inch loss or 10.3%
Waist = 37.5 inches with a 6.5 inch loss or 14.8%
Hips = 44 inches with an 8 inch loss or 15.4%
Bust = 38 inches with a 7.2 inch loss or 15.9%
I’m still eating whatever I’d like, but am careful to keep balance, not eat too late at night and have snacks throughout the day with drinking a minimum of 120 ounces of water daily. I’m in the restroom a lot, but it’s doing wonders for me!
Between the water intake, exercise and my Arbonne products, I look in the mirror and don’t see an almost 48 year old. I guess we’re all like that tho, right? I mean, I FEEL better today than when I was younger. My knees still crackle from the torn meniscus’s and my hip/pelvis gets annoyed from the Gecko incident, but I’m listening to my body more than ever. I’m still a good 30 lbs overweight, but I’m feeling fantastic.
Exercise definitely gives me a high. It will for you too if you do it consistently. It doesn’t have to be running. I know not everyone can, but man, it is awesome to be able to, no matter how fast or slow. Your exercise can be biking, walking, swimming, whatever makes you happy. Just move! Getting strong and fit takes work and you know what? YOU ARE WORTH IT!
What helps motivate you to not hit the snooze button? Share in the comment section below!
Have a great week everyone. 🙂