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Where have I been? Running!

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.  ðŸ™‚

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!  ðŸ™‚

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.  🙂

 
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C25K COMPLETED! Now What? #Fit4Meesh

I began this journey on 06/20/2013 after hearing James Gandolfini died.  He was only 4 years older than I am now and for some reason, his death was my wake up call to get healthy and keep moving.  I went from barely being able to run one minute to running 30 minutes without stopping.  

Regularly exercising for the past 10 weeks has also helped me be able to walk down stairs “normally.”  Before running regularly, I had to take steps one at a time because of knee and ankle discomfort.  Now, I can walk down steps like the rest of the world.  🙂  I also went from drinking an average of three 16.9 oz bottles of Diet Coke a day to maybe 1/2 of a 12oz bottle.  If even that. Caffeine has been replaced by water. And a lot more of it.
 

With all my success the past couple of months, week 9 made me very nervous.  It was my final week of the C25K program and I’d be running 30 minutes. Without stopping.  Three times in a week. Even though last week I ran 3 days and was able to run 28 minutes non-stop, my mind continued to focus on doubt.

Just more proof that if we focus on succeeded and try with all our might, success can be accomplished because I didn’t allow myself to stop running and I completed the C25K program this morning!  WOOHOO!  Check out my funny before and after photo below.  HA!  I’m such a goofball sometimes.

    
Running and C25K has changed my life.  I want more.
This week I lost only .4 lb and another 1/2 inch from my waist — not much on those measurement numbers, but I’ll take it.  I need to start eating better when I’m on the road because my busiest travel season picks up in a couple weeks and I must keep up my momentum!  #Fit4Meesh has lost 13.4 lbs, but still has 40.6 to go so my journey continues.  I’m thinking of trying paleo … hmm …

Since I’ve completed the C25K program, should I be content with where I am now by just running a few times a week?  The C25K program gave me a goal.  I feel like now is the time to find my next challenge. 
What apps do you use to physically challenge yourself?  Please share in the comments section so I can start downloading stat!   
Whatever program I decide to work towards next to continue my weight loss and quest for health, I know I CAN and WILL do it. Especially when I’m keeping myself accountable like I’ve been doing here and on social media with all of you!  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU all for your supportive messages, words of encouragement and helpful advice.  


Wishing you and yours a very safe and fun upcoming holiday weekend!  xox

More soon … 🙂

THE COLOR RUN™ is coming to Houston, TX in October!

I cannot believe I signed up to actually run (and walk) a 5K. It will be my first, but it looks like it will be a lot of FUN!

Join me and my fellow Houstonians by running/walking in The Color Run 5K on Sunday, 10/27/2013!

Click here to sign up today!

Just do eeeeeeeeeeeeet! 🙂