Top 5 Things about Runnerbox

I was recently chosen to be an Ambassador for Runnerbox.  My last blog post raved on how awesome all the goodies were when I received one for Mother’s Day.

Top 5 things about Runnerbox?

  1. Nutrition
  2. Value
  3. Quality
  4. Variety
  5. Deliciousness

Now I want to share the love with YOU!

Between today and this Saturday, July 19, 2014, I’m having a contest on my Facebook page Jersey-Texan.  Share my page from your Facebook account and I’ll put your name in a hat to win your very own Runnerbox!  You can do the same on Twitter or any other social media outlet, just be sure to tag me so I put your name in the hat.  =)

Check out this pic of yummies! It could ALL BE YOURS!

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Deadline to enter my contest is 11:59pm on Saturday, July 19, 2014.  I will announce the winner here on my blog and on my Facebook page on Sunday, July 20, 2014, so get over there, like my page if you haven’t yet and share, share, share!  AND HEY!  If you share more than once, guess what?  You get multiple entries!  Share every day.  Aww yeah!

Here’s the link again in case you missed it:  Jersey-Texan .  My posts there range from health and fitness to recipes, fun, freedom and LIFE.  I try to share a little of everything I find interesting so you can too.

Thanks for the follow and GOOD LUCK!

p.s. You can still get a 10% discount on Runnerbox if you use my special top secret code:  JTRUNRB

What’s your favorite post/pre workout snack? Share in the comments below!

 

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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.  🙂

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.  🙂

 
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Run Meesh, Run!

Time flies when you’re having fun.  It’s been a couple months since I’ve shared the latest on my quest to get healthy.  Right after I posted here in October, I was soon back and work and traveling for open enrollment meetings throughout my territory.  It is wonderful to be back out living life!  With the cooler weather, my new favorite thing is to run outside.  Refreshing, crisp and clean although the sweat dripping down my back is cold!  BRR! 🙂


And with travel, came a new set of challenges to keep myself in check to make my goal set for 6/20/2014 and beyond.  This time, I have different attitude and make a point to take my exercise clothes with me, eat as well as I can while on the road and am focused to stay in hotels that have gyms.  How did I do?



Success!  I’ve continually been able to lose weight, even over the Thanksgiving holiday.  This just proves that if you focus on balance and not banning the food you love from your life, you can keep weight off and be healthy.  Just keep moving!


Besides losing more weight, my measurements are smaller too.  The tale of the scale and tape are below:

Weight:  193 (total 26.8 lbs, 12.2% change since 6/20/2013)
Neck:  13 inches (total 1 inch, 6.9% change)
Waist:  38 inches (13.6% change)
Hips:  45 inches (13.5% change)
Bust:  42 inches (7.1% change)

Thank you MyFitnessPal app for helping me keep track and see real progress in numbers too.



I’ve started following several motivational pages on Facebook and Twitter and decided to do two challenges this month.  Run at least one mile each day and a 30-day plank challenge for December.  I’m still on track to complete each challenge!  For running, here are my numbers.  I’ve never really kept track before, but I like that it motivates me to see if I can go just a little further or faster each time. 

 
Sunday 12/1 = 1.13 miles
Monday, 12/2 = 1.31 miles
Tuesday , 12/3 = 1.43 miles
Wednesday, 12/4 = 1.76 miles
Thursday, 12/5 = 1.36 miles
Friday, 12/6 = 1.47 miles
Saturday, 12/7 = 1.17 miles
Sunday, 12/8 = 2.16 miles
 
I look in the mirror and can’t believe what I see, but I like it and as always, I’m the only one who will get in my own way.  This time I have a different attitude.  I’ve never stayed as dedicated or for as long in years.  I think it’s because of all the encouragement and inspiration I’ve received and read about on social media too.  Thank you everyone!

I’m running my first 5K next month at the Houston Marathon ABB 5K so I’ve got yet another goal to meet!  Run Meesh, run!



I’m grateful for each of you who help keep me on track, inspire me with your own personal stories and give awesome advice on how to become more healthy.  Y’all rock!  If my story helps you, then even better! 

Let’s see if I can complete the December run and plank challenge and lose a total of 30 lbs by Christmas.  Replacing my 4-5 Diet Cokes a day with water, running and walking for exercise, using Arbonne and Nivea for my face and focusing less on the negative and more on the positive is working.  Game on! 

Is there anything you do differently during the holidays to stay healthy?  Please share in the comments section below!
 
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Freedom Is The Oxygen Of The Soul

It’s almost been 4 months since I started my journey to better health.  Time flys when you’re having fun!  Posting pics of my progress with my runs, walks and food have kept me strangely interested and motivated to one up myself.  Whatever works, right? 
306 calories of nomnom lunch this week!
Despite my injury and prolonged bed rest, the tale of the scale keeps getting better as I lost more weight and inches this week.  Clearly, it’s not just about exercise, but about eating your “guilty pleasures” in moderation.
How low can I go?

And while I am still unable to run, I was cleared by my awesome docs at the Alternative Health Center of the Woodlands to walk, so I’ve been doing just that along with physical therapy twice a week.  The difference this time with walking is that I’m using my core while doing so and working up quite a sweat in a short amount of time and distance.  Baby steps yet again.

 
As I finished up one of my physical therapy sessions last week, I turned and noticed my flabby arms.  I mean, I knew they were flabby.  I even call them my bat wings, but dang. 
 
Fly Me To The Moon
So I added new goal to my better health journey.  I’m now doing light strength training with 3 pound weights  3 days a week to lessen the chance of flight with my arms. Haha Here’s a pic from Day 1 of the app “Arm Workout – 12 Days to Perfect Arms.”  Well, it’ll take me more than 12 days, but it’s a start.  I love the little awards for completing a workout.  It’s like getting a treat. 
 

My great news today is that I have been cleared to go back to work!  YIPPEE!  I never thought I’d be so excited to return, but I am.  I’ve been blessed with awesome colleagues who stepped up and took care of my clients while I was out on medical leave for these past 3 weeks.  Now, onto getting through this:
 

 UGH, that number of emails is scary, but I’m back to work today so YIPPEE!
 
And soon I’ll be cleared to run.  Insert bigger happy sigh here.
During the past 3 weeks, I’ve had a lot of time to think while being on bed rest.  Not being able to sit or stand is quite the eye opener.  
  1. Tell those you love every day how much you mean to them. Every day!
  2. Work will go on without you.
  3. Shave your legs ladies, because you never know when you physically can’t do it.
  4. Bend with your knees and not with your back.
  5. Work your core at every opportunity because it will save you from possible injury.
  6. Find joy in what you do and peace when you do it and when you can’t do it.
  7. Keep clothes in easy to reach places.
  8. Running is addicting and you’ll want to do it more when you can’t.
  9. When you’re hurting, your pets will want to sit on you.
  10. Listen to your body and do not ignore it.
 

It’s amazing what you want to do when you can’t do it.  So don’t delay what you want to do.  Get out there and just do it!
 
What exercises are best to help strengthen your core?  Please share in the comments!  Thank you. 
 
 
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#Fit4Meesh Continues! Week 8 of C25K Complete!

Although June 20th wasn’t very long ago when I began this new journey of mine to get healthy, it seems as though I’ve been exercising for so much longer.  I guess it’s true that exercising and staying fit becomes an addiction.  I’ll take this addiction over all others because my results, albeit slow to show, are worth it!

Another .6 lbs run off this past week.  Yippee!  I’m most happy seeing inches disappear.  Goodbye to .5 inch from my waist, and an inch from both my waist and hips.  Totals are getting higher and I love it!  To date, I’ve lost:

  • Neck, 1 inch
  • Waist, 4.5 inches
  • Hips, buh-bye 3 inches
  • Boobage, seeYA 1.5 inches

I still don’t see that I’ve lost 13 lbs and all these inches, but it’ll come.  While there is a part of me that would prefer to see the scale drop dramatically week after week, I must constantly remind myself that slow and steady wins the race.  This race I have … with myself … has been and will be a constant battle, but I’m going to do it, DAMMIT.  🙂

There is one thing I’ve been completely blown away from in the past couple of months. The support of received from family, friends and complete strangers through emails, phone calls, texts and social media.  It’s been overwhelming and my heart thanks each and every one of you … YES YOU TOO … for your encouragement.  It helps motivate me to keep moving!

We’re taking our oldest to Texas State Technical College in Waco this weekend.  I’m very proud of my son moving ahead on his new journey too.  Looks like moving is becoming a very good family tradition.

Happy Friday y’all!