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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!

 

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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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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?
 

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My Wish For You In 2014

I make New Years resolutions every year. Most if not all are forgotten by February, but this year feels different.  Starting my journey to better health in June 2013 has given me a head start on the new year and my resolution is to keep on track and help motivate others to do the same.  Oh, and more phone calls with less texting too.  🙂

I’ve been asked by many on Facebook what I’m doing to lose weight and stay motivated.  I’m not on a diet, but I do keep track via the MYFITNESSPAL app of my exercise and food intake.  I always thought keeping track of every calorie was too time consuming and pointless, but this app makes it easy and it’s a great tool to see where you are and were you can go.  After all, it’s all about balance, so I can eat what I want, when I want.  I’ve learned that withholding the foods I love only makes me discouraged and less likely to stay on goal.  Balance all things!  Just be sure to move too. 🙂

It was ultimately C25K, or Couch To 5K, that helped me get off the couch and get moving.  I have never been a runner nor ever engaged the thought of running.  When I used to go to the gym regularly, I lifted weights and walked the treadmill or rode one of the bikes.  That was it.  Running?  Pffft.  But I can say now that this app saved my life.  I had no intention of running a 5K when I first downloaded it, but now I WANT to run one.  I had to walk The Color Run in October last year because of the Gecko Incident, but I’ll be running the ABB 5K here in Houston in 2 weeks.  EEEK!  I have two torn meniscus from years of snow skiing in Garmisch and thinking I was 18 on the moguls of Snowmass in 2003 and I’m really slow, but I’m running.  If I can do it, so can you!

I recommend downloading the C25K app I linked above, get fitted for running shoes at a local athletic shoe store and take a free running clinic to make sure you have proper form.  Yes, you must have proper form when running or you’ll end up with an injury like I did that put me on 6 weeks of bed rest.  Start walking, start slowly, but just move.  Texas has Fleet Feet and Luke’s Locker so if you’re in our awesome state, click their links and check them out! 
I had a very nice Christmas with my family and friends and I hope you were blessed too.  I was lucky to receive this day-by-day runner’s log where I can keep track of my miles and how I feel day to day.  Writing down that day’s thoughts on my run is very helpful and I look forward to seeing how I progress in 2014.  Click the picture to get your very own running log today!  You can use it for walking too.
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Runners-Day-By-Day-2014-Calendar/dp/1449430236
A couple of my Christmas wishes were answered with cold weather running gear and a Garmin watch to track my miles and heart rate.  I guess I wasn’t too naughty in 2013.  Haha. I was blessed by family who decked me out from head to toe.  Here is a pic of me before a run in North Carolina with a wind chill in the 20’s last week.  Brrr!  More importantly, if you had told me I’d be comfortable wearing running tights and shorts in public, I’d have laughed and laughed and laughed, but here I am and it felt great!  Imagine what Spring will bring.  I look skinny in this pic, but I’m not … yet.
This past week’s tale of the scale made me smile.  Twice.  We were out of town at my parents house so no measurements this week, but I’ll be sure to see where I am to share for next week’s blog post.  My once tighter smaller clothes are now getting loose too so I know I’m going the right direction, even through the holidays of chocolate, whiskey and pie.  I will run for whiskey!  
 
The Facebook Challenge by I <3 To Run really helped me stay on track by challenging page fans to run at least one mile every day in December.  I did it and I’m shocked I was able to do it.  Yay me!  Now, I’m doing their Run 100 days in 2014 challenge.  🙂
 
This pic is from North Carolina on New Years Eve 2013.
 
 
 
And this pic is from our scale at home yesterday, January 4, 2014.  Another goal met by getting under 190.  Next?  Getting under 180 by March 2014!  Let’s see if I can do it!  Challenge accepted!  🙂
 

I also signed Chulo Handsomehub and I up and joined the Cypress Running Club “No More Excuses” training program.  It’ll help us train to run the upcoming Blue Bell Fun Run in April 2014.  Eating all the ice cream you want after running in this event?  HECK YEAH!  🙂  Want to join us?  Click the Cypress Running Club link above and come on!  🙂  One way or another, no matter the failures, set backs and/or successes that will come throughout the year …

 

The new year brings new promises with a new slate.  You can do whatever you set your mind to do.  That little voice that says you can’t?  IT LIES.  So I wish you love, laughter and everything that makes you smile.  I wish you strength, faith and the determination to make all your dreams come true.  I wish you this:

 

Change your thoughts and you’ll change your world.

Have a 2014 new years resolution?  Share it in the comments section below and how you plan to keep it.

Merry New Year everyone!  🙂