2015 to 2016

2015: The Year I Gained

2015 was the year of big change for me. I gained a lot.  But I also witnessed too many suffer with cancer and other diseases. The fight continues for my cousins Raffaela and Oscar and my 10 year old nephew Adam. I pray for them and everyone else going through this as I am reminded life is precious. 2016 will bring more awareness and support for everyone in need. #TeamAdam will use for The Force for us all!

I ran my first half marathon in 2015.  Then a second, third and fourth. Overtraining and injury stopped me from running as much as I wanted to this year, but 340 miles this year isn’t too shabby considering the circumstances. I was thrown off my groove and gained 20 pounds while staying in the same clothes, albeit more snug, but I gained knowledge by the end of the year in anatomy and nutrition. This knowledge will stay with me and will help going forward. I’m at race 40 of my #50by50 so I’m still on track and will succeed.  I plan on running the Blue Bell Fun Run as my 50th race.  Hope to see you there to help me celebrate! #JustMoveYall

2015 Medals

I quit my great career of 20+ years in 2015. Toughest and best decision I’ve ever made. And yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks. I worked at a gym to gain new experiences. I became an Ambassador for RunnerBox, Esprit de She and FitFluential.  I also became a contributor to Rare Life and was hired as the Social Media Coordinator for Onurmark Productions running point for their Run Houston! Race Series, Bayou City Half Marathon Series and Bayou City Triathlon Series.  I filed my dba for my future personal training coaching business, CyFit Freedom. I returned to college to become a Personal Trainer. I was the oldest in my class other than my instructor and it was awesome! While the state of Texas sees me a Personal Trainer, I’m studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). I will proudly serve other women to help them achieve their health and fitness goals as I continue on my journey. I will change the perception of what a Personal Trainer looks like too. This will happen in the first quarter of 2016.

LSC Certifications

Our son and oldest daughter both graduated college in 2015 and have begun their own careers out in the “real” world. I’m super proud of them both. Our youngest daughter turned 16 and now has her driver’s license. Errands anyone? 🙂 We won Houston Texans season tickets and became more active in our fan love. My mother retired after 58 years of teaching and we celebrated with her in NC. I really thought she’d never retire, but she showed me! 🙂 My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and we partied again in NC with family and friends. I traveled for fun more than ever before in 2015. Vegas, Canada, Philly, Boston, just to name a few. Check out my silly 2015 video here:

I gained a love for coffee in 2015. Strange, but true. I also enjoy cooking when I plan. I can make some yummy monkey bread and cookies now. I find myself more busy today than a year ago, but with different priorities.  I gained many new friendships in 2015. Kindred spirits really and women I’d call my family without hesitation. You know who you are. I have some mad #GirlLove for you. 🙂

I’m not certain where 2016 will take me, but I do know that my focus on helping others with daily resolutions will lead the way.

2015

What is your ONE focus in 2016?

I wish you and yours a very blessed New Year!

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Government Shutdown? PFFFT. Work Your Core OR ELSE! #Fit4Meesh

Well hello there stranger!

Yes, it’s been more than a month since my last post.  Shame on me!  I complete C25K and then disappear, but I’m baaaaaaaaaaack.  🙂

Our view of the Teton Mountains from our cabin in Jackson Hole, WY.


The first of September found us on vacation in Wyoming.  OH MY STARS it’s gorgeous up there!  Hiking, sight seeing, wildlife watching, napping, relaxing.  No words can truly express how breathtakingly beautiful it is in Wyoming.  I’ll share more cool pics soon, but wanted to give you an update on #Fit4Meesh first.


It’s always challenging to get back in the swing of every day life after a week of vacation, but Chulo Handsomehub Steve and I seemed to do rather well … albeit slowly.  I started the 5KForever app to help me with speed and endurance.  The first day was tough, but I did it.  The next run day was on Wednesday, 9/18, and I was able to run 33 minutes without stopping and felt as if I could do more! This was the first time I wanted to keep going. Breakthrough!  


Then I made a huge mistake.
 

After my run that morning, I noticed my cats had surrounded a baby gecko on my kitchen floor.  Fearing more for myself that this teeny tiny lizard would somehow make it into my bedroom alive to crawl up the bedspread and get in my hair, I decided to save its life.  I found a small, clear piece of Tupperware and bent over sideways to put it over the baby gecko while sliding a piece of paper under it.  As I stood up, I felt a pull in my lower back, but figured it was NBD.  Boy, was I wrong!

As the day progressed, it became increasingly difficult to sit due to the pain.  My entire body had become completely stiff and I could barely move by late that afternoon.  What. The Heck.

Chulo Handsomehub was out of the country on biz so thankfully my sister-in-law Christine was able to drive me the next morning to see my good friend, Dr. Melissa Clouthier at The Alternative Health Center of The Woodlands.  After a thorough exam and me whining like a big baby, I learned I’ve not been working my core while running these past 3 months and because of that, my pelvic and lower back have been picking up the slack when they shouldn’t have been.  

My bending over wonky was the preverbial straw that “broke” my back to where I became unable to stand up straight or sit.  What I thought would be a couple days of laying in bed to recover has turned into almost TWO WEEKS.  Although I’m still on bed rest as I type this, I am much better.  I’d say 60% and every day getting better thanks to physical therapy with both Dr. Clouthier’s three times a week. I highly recommend their office!
 
I’ve had foot and knee injuries in the past, but my lower back/pelvic injury has been the most debilitating.  Simple acts like getting dressed, putting away groceries, picking up a dropped pen, feeding pets and even using the restroom have become difficult.  And I didn’t realize how much is done sitting.  Geez!

How do you avoid an injury like mine?  There are tons of articles and charts on how to work your core.  Find them and use them. Like NOW!  I can still throw my chancla at you from bed.  😉  Even the simple act of breathing in, holding your tummy in for a few seconds and breathing out will help.  And please, bend with your knees always.


This is me today. I’m thinking of hiking in those mountains behind me or running around that lake.  I’ve not been able to run for two weeks.  It’s all I can think about.  It’s all I want to do … besides work.  I’m unable to sit for more than few minutes so yeah, I can’t work either.  I knew I was a workaholic, but wow, I’m bad.  The thought of how many emails are in my inbox will put me in a panic, but I have awesome teammates who are running point for me while I’m on medical leave.  

I’m lazy at heart on my own time so while my days have been filled with a lot of naps and bad TV, I’m kinda going a little stir crazy!  But I need to focus on the positive that I’ll come out of this with more knowledge on how to listen to my body and slow down.  

Oh, and ladies?  Look at my face in this picture of me today.  I started using Nivea Crème the day I hurt myself.  I haven’t had a breakout and my skin feels like it did many, many years ago. Yay Nivea (and less than $7 a jar)!  🙂

As of this post, I’m able to walk almost straight!  No more “Old Lady Walking!”  I also am blessed that I’ve been able to continue losing weight and inches despite this injury.  Last week I posted a pic on FB showing the tale of my scale at 200.0 and how excited I was to almost be under that number.  I get that numbers aren’t what matters.  It’s all about how you feel about yourself in and out of your clothes, but breaking this barrier is my big frickin deal. 


It’s “more loose,” not looser.  FYI 🙂

Then today, it happened.  I broke past that number. I haven’t weighed under 200 in 6 years.  I am so excited, and I just can’t hide it!  Yep, sing the song with me.  I’m about to lose control and I think I like it!  

Buh-BYE 21.2 lbs!  Only 31.6 lbs to go before I hit my goal.  Yippee!  Now if only I could go run right now … I know. I know.  Patience grasshopper.  🙂


Along with the weight loss, here’s my tale of the measuring tape of where I am as of today:

  • 13.5 Neck
  • 38 Waist
  • 46 Hips
  • 43 Bust

Total losses to date since 6/20/2013 are:

  • 21.2 lbs
  • 1 inch from neck
  • 6 inches from waist
  • 6 inches from hips
  • 1.5 inches from boobage

Can I get a WOOHOO?!  
 
Where can I get in 90 days from now when I’m back to my normal schedule?  The sky is the limit!  

I have the right tools at my disposal:  Chulo Handsomehub, working my core, 5KForever, food balance, MyFitnessPal to keep track of carbs, proteins, fats and calories, and the awesome support of each and every one of you. You keep me honest.  You keep me motivated.  And your kind words will get me through this injury and back to work, life and play!  After all, I have The Color Run in Houston on 10/27!
So, what’s the moral of this story?  I’ve made a meme!

Or next time the baby gecko dies!  Just kidding!  No one call PETA.  I’ll bend with my knees too. Promise.  🙂

What do you do to work you core?  
Please share in the comment section below!  
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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 … 🙂
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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!

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#Fit4Meesh is in Week 8!

Two months of regular exercise and better eating habits has its advantages.

Despite a rough start being sick on Monday and not going to the gym that day, I made up for it by staying balanced.  It paid off and it always will if I just stay active and off my couch.  So, another 2.4 lbs ran off, making 12.4 lbs my total loss to date. I still can’t see it in the mirror, but yippee for me!  My goal is getting closer with each step.  And I haven’t been starving myself to do it.  A very different approach for me this time.  I like it. 


I read an article yesterday that reiterates what I’ve been saying to myself for my new journey:  “Just eat food. Eat real food, be active, and live your life. Forget all the diet and weight loss nonsense. It’s really just that. Nonsense.” The complete piece here:  An Open Apology to All of My Weight Loss Clients

For me, balance is key and I find myself making better choices most of the time.  I did have an amazing Ravioli dish this past week and a few Jack and Diet Cokes so I’m not perfect … But that’s ok. This is LIFE!  🙂



Friday at the gym gave me two badges.  Yes, I love my stinkin badges!  🙂


Oh, I’m fancy.  Haha 😉


I’ve completed Week 7 Day 3 of the #C25K plan and am coming up in my “final” 2 weeks before I’m officially ready to run at 5K.  Or so I’ve heard.  🙂  I was able to run 25 minutes straight yesterday. Although I’m really, really, REALLY slow, I’m still in shock I can jog at all.  The first 15 minutes of that 25-min run, I’m all like “damn, I’m doing this!”  Then the last 10 minutes, I struggled, but powered through thinking of how far I’ve come … where this journey is taking me …. of all your support …. and that my Chulo Handsomehub Steve has been by my side the whole way.  THANK YOU all.  

I changed my own made-up hashtag to #Fit4Meesh since the other has apparently been used for Michigan.  Took me 8 weeks to figure it out, but I <3 using Meesh.  That’s my nickname from one of my high school BFF’s Juanita Chulita.  Yes, that’s my name for her. xox

Do what makes you happy and have a great week y’all!  

How often do you exercise?