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.

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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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My Top Runner Gift Ideas

Has it really been 4 months since I posted to my blog?  SHAME ON ME!

Well, hopefully today’s post will help make up for it.  🙂

 

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After a year and a half of running regularly, I thought I’d share some of my favorite “running” items purchased or received as presents from family and friends.  Of course, every runner has a list of gadgets and goodies they’d prefer, but I hope this list will help with that surprise gift this holiday season for someone you love.

GPS watch with HRM  ~ My parents gave me a Garmin Forerunner 210 last year for Christmas and I really like it.  I had been running for several months without a heart rate monitor, but I wanted to target my workout intensity and use an HRM help me get there.  Not only does the GPS tell me how far I’ve run/walked, it monitors my heart rate and provides the pace as well.  When I get home, I charge it through my laptop which then automatically logs my exercise to Garmin Connect.  It even works with MyFitnessPal to share calories burned so that’s one less thing to have to enter manually.  🙂

Road ID ~ It’s super important to have emergency contact info on you while on running outside.  I hate to think of anything bad happening to someone, but being prepared is key to safety.  My road ID has my husband’s cell phone number, my blood type, allergy info, etc.  I wear the band on my wrist like a bracelet so it can easily be read if needed.

Hips Sister ~ I wear this product every time I run.  I keep my keys and phone and identification in my hips sister with no worries about them ever being lost or falling out.  A definite two thumbs up!

Event Clips ~ OMIGOSH where do I begin to share how amazing these clips are for your race bibs? No more poking holes in your running shirts and they stay in place!  They’re made in Great Britain, but arrived within one week of purchase.  Awesomeness!

Runner’s Daily Log ~ I’m the type of person who likes to keep track of how I’m feeling after a run.  This may wear off after a few years of running, but for now, I love it.  I can look back and see my accomplishments as well as what worked and didn’t work for me.  I tend to forget so having it written down helps me remember and keeps me motivated.

I <3 To Run Wall Calendar ~ Visualizing my accomplishments is another motivator for me.  My wonderful husband had this large wall calendar dry mounted at Michael’s arts & crafts store and it sits in my office.  I love coloring in each day I run and look forward to a more colorful 2015!  Here’s mine today.

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Runnerbox Subscription ~ Want to know the latest “running” goodies out on the market?  Leave the research to Runnerbox and get a bimonthly box filled with “everything from gels, chews, protein shakes/supplements, nutrition bars, energy boosters, healthy snacks, personal care, and other running accessories!”  As their website says, many products will be brand new to the market while others will be tried and true favorites. Want a discount?  You got it!  Use my Ambassador 10% discount code today:  JTRUNRB!

RedFox Wireless Headphones ~ Wires be gone!  I LOVE my wireless headphone from RedFox!  They stay put and don’t fall out.  No more getting tangled either.  The headphones can be worn different ways for running, biking or lifting weights at the gym.  I especially like that I can put them either on my visor hanging down near my ears or around my neck so I can hear the traffic around me AND my running mix while running outside.  Here they are around my neck with Santa at this year’s Rudolph Dasher 10K.

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Running The Wall ~ More visualization and this is one of most treasured running items.  Every day I walk into my office, I see the reward for all my sweat, tears and joy that running has provided me.  The 45 pounds of weight loss (so far) and all the miles I’ve run (over 500 so far this year alone … that’s A LOT to me!).  Ah, I love seeing this every day.  EVERY. DAY!

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There are so many other cool gift ideas out there to choose from so I hope this list helped narrow it down.

A couple more quick ideas:  magazine subscription to Runner’s World or Women’s Running or a VIP subscription to Fabletics.

I also like to wear “crazy” running pants and get asked all the time where I find them.  So, here are a few links to my favorites:

Juna Lai

Online Legging Store

Running Funky

And don’t forget your stocking stuffers like Gu Gel, Compression Socks/Sleeves, Nuun electrolyte tablets, ProBar Energy Chews (addictive!), Handanas, Hand warmers, Running Stickers and oh yes, Body Glide!   🙂

Are there any other suggestions we should add to this list?  PLEASE share in the comments section below so I can add them for my wish list to Santa too.  Thank you!  🙂

 

 

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!