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50 by 50

Well, I didn’t make my goal to run/walk/bike 30 miles this past week like I had said I would, but I’ve been feeling really good lately with my exercise regime.  I finally fell under 185lbs after months of remaining stuck there.  I’m not sure if it was my being able to run faster in less time the past week, my adding more strength training to my week, watching my eating habits more carefully or the fact I decided to participate in Heidi and Chris Powell’s Diet Bet.  Whatever the reason, I’m happy to get off the plateau.  Finally!  It was probably a combination of all.    =)

I also decided recently to give myself a new challenge and run 50 races by the time I’m 50.  I’ve got 12 completed so far between “real” races here in Texas and some virtual races where you can run wherever you are.  The virtual races are via US Road Running, Virtual Running and Fit4LifeRaceSeries where you pick the race and pay to receive your bib and medal.  It’s all on the honor system so if you cheat, you’re only doing it to yourself!  I’m really enjoying challenging myself to push harder and go faster.  My ultimate goal is to be a steady 12-13min mile pace.  I know I can do it!  Here is a list of my upcoming races so far for 2014.  I keep track of them using an app called Race Addict.   

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Yesterday, I ran my fastest pace using the 5KForever app.  It’s really helping me with interval training on stepping up my pace.  So far, so good and I’m THRILLED to run further more quickly.  I’m still happy today.  I guess those endorphins really do carry over.  Check out my 5K record pic below!  WOOHOO!

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So, the lesson I’ve learned the past few months of exercising regularly and doing all the right things is that sometimes you need to mix it up to keep losing weight.  Bottom line, NEVER GIVE UP!  =)

I’m super excited for my #50by50 and will keep everyone updated on the latest and greatest here.  You can also follow my progress at my Facebook page Jersey-Texan or via Twitter at @skigarmisch.

Have a great week everyone!

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!

 

Runnerbox Nom Nom!

I received a subscription for Runnerbox from my husband and kids this year for Mother’s Day. I saw a Facebook ad and shared it, not thinking they would notice, but they did!  They love me, they really love me!

Check out all the goodies inside:

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I ate the CORE PRO bar for breakfast last week and let me tell you, it was AHMAZING! Filled me up and took care of that sweet craving I was having that morning. I will definitely be buying some of those in the future to keep in our pantry.

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I’ll keep you updated on the rest of the goodies in my first Runnerbox. I’ve been a bit out of commission the past couple of weeks, but hope to back out on the road running soon.

Until then, tell me, what is your favorite healthy snack?  Let me know in the comment section 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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Emotional Rescue

For some reason this week has been overly emotional for me.  I’m crying at work.  I’m crying at commercials. I’m crying at watching TV shows.  Crying looking out the window at the beautiful Texas weather.  Cry, cry, cry, cry.  What a big whiny baby.  Being in menopause clearly continues to allow my emotions to be in overdrive.  GAH!

Is there a full moon?  People seem to blame stuff on the moon, so maybe it’s the moon. Maybe it’s just because I’m a woman.  Yeah, we woman get emotional. That’s a fact, Jack!  Or maybe it all comes down to the ABB5K this weekend.  My deeply rooted fear of failure is seeping through fueling the fire for my emotional rescue. Will I be saved?

Enough of the crying!  🙂

I’ve accomplished so much since June of last year.  I know it.  I can see it.  I can feel it. My life has changed for the better thanks to C25K.  Exercise has turned from a chore to a habit I actually enjoy.   But it hasn’t all been easy.  I still gain weight, I lose weight, I stagnate for a week or more.  I’ve received so many wonderful words of encouragement from friends, family and sweet strangers via this blog and social media.  My last blog post My Wish For You in 2014 has had over 2,000 views alone.  Your kind words inspire me to keep pushing towards my goal.  Y’all are the best cheerleaders.  Thank you.

So, why all the crying?  I pulled out my favorite work pants and had Steve take a picture of me holding them this past weekend.  WOW.  These slacks are a size 18 and they were really tight when I started exercising and focusing on balance last June.  The only new clothes I’ve bought since June are workout clothes so I think I’m in a 14 now, but as we women know, that number could vary on the brand. 


I’m going through my closet the next couple of weeks and will be giving all my clothes that are too big away to charity … except these black slacks.  I’m keeping these forever and leaving them in the front of my closet as a reminder that if you start something and keep at it, you win.  Period.  No number will define me.  Not a number on the scale.  Not a number on clothes.  It’s not about coming in first or even breaking a PR (personal record) because those are awesome, but instead simply, my best is good enough and I’m happy with me. 

One of the contestants on The Biggest Loser, Marie, said in this week’s episode, “The belief in myself has increased as my weight has decreased.”  That’s true for me too, but I still battle with a negative image of myself.  I think anyone who has struggled with weight their entire life will continue to do so.  We just have to keep telling ourselves every day that we’re gosh darn good enough!  🙂  Be your own personal cheerleader for any accomplishment.  No matter how small.  No matter how slow.  Fear is fear and we must never give up.  Never surrender!  Man, I love Galaxy Quest.



What am I afraid of?  Succeeding?  The ABB5K is a big deal to me.  Huge really.  I can play it off as another “completed” off my list, but it’s more than that.  It’s a fight against myself to beat my own demons.  Oh boy, do I have demons!  🙂  The theme to this years 5K is “Running Down A Dream” and my goal is to run the entire race within an hour.  I’m really slow, but if I can run over my own insecurities at my own pace, I will do it.  The only thing stopping me is me.

So take heart, everyone.  You can set your mind to whatever you want to do.  Everyone gets a second chance. A third.  Whatever number you want to put on it.  Finish your own race and focus on YOU.  Any age, any size is capable of great things.  Join me in letting go of fear and making it so.


I’ll be turning on my Runtastic app this Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the race start time of 0800 am so you can follow me and cheer me on from any computer or mobile device through Facebook or their website.  You do have to register to send the cheers to my headphones so if you’d rather not, it’s all good because you can also follow me via my Bib Number of 52431.  Which you also have to register to follow.  Ha!  Your support as always is so appreciated. I’m getting teary eyed just thinking about it!  🙂

Speaking of teary eyed, I’ll definitely be crying on Saturday after the race (and maybe during), but those tears will be of the joy of accomplishing something I never thought I could do. 

Join me, will you?