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.  πŸ™‚

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.  πŸ˜‰  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 CrΓ¨me 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)!  πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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.  πŸ™‚

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.  πŸ™‚

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

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.  πŸ™‚  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 … πŸ™‚

THE COLOR RUNβ„’ 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! πŸ™‚