Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Challenge for the End of the Year

So while I was playing on Twitter early tonight I found something that caught my eye. It was the Power of One Challenge at It is a challenge to keep you motivated to lose weight and possibly win some prizes too!

So, I began the challenge. I hopped on the scale and recorded a starting weight of 156.4. Hopefully it will be the last time I see this number, EVER!

Now on to the weekly challenge part of it all. I am supposed to let everyone know my healthy living goals for the challenge and for the New Year. It may be somewhat of a repeat of yesterday's post. 

My first healthy living goal is to eat better overall. To fill my diet with more fruits and vegetables, less processed junk. I also want to get away from eating "snacky" foods, chips and trail mixes. While I could be eating much worse things, these still aren't my best choices. 

Secondly, more exercise. Need I say more... I need more running and I would love to try some exercises that I have never done before. I would love to try yoga, pilates, and even a spin class. 

Third, more water. I drink water now, but not as much as I should. I tend to drink too much diet soda and Crystal Light, I need to break away from these bad habits!

And lastly, NO MORE EXCUSES! I have been trying really hard to leave the excuses behind, but I still find instances where I make them. I'm tired...I have to work...I don't have the time... 

I am going to take better care of myself. I deserve it. 

I am going to post a current full length picture tomorrow, camera is currently charging, and I do have to be up in 2 hours for work. Time to get some beauty sleep, good night all.  

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wishes For A Better 2011

As the year draws to a close, I am forced to contemplate 2010. It has been a roller coaster of a year and seems as though it will end on a high note. I have conquered a lot and accomplished just as much, but somehow I feel like my year will fall short of some of my goals. I have worked hard, but I know I can work harder. I am starting to see some things in myself that maybe even I started to doubt. 

I NEVER thought I could or would enjoy running! I never thought I could lose the weight that has been plaguing my life for the last 10 years. I never thought  I could be happy here after leaving NJ.

So now my year in review:
  •  Started running!
  •  Ran a 5k - Tunnel to Towers 
  •  Ran a 4M - NYRR Jingle Bell Jog  
  •  Joined Weight Watchers - and lost 26 lbs to date!
  •  Became a NYS Certified EMT!
  •  Began improving my HORRID credit score!
  •  Made some new friends: Sheryl, TrixieMelanie, and Carolyn
  •  Made more really wonderful friends (really too many to list) but you can check them out on my Twitter.
  • Became a NYRR member.
  • Started this here, lil' ole, blog.

Now for my NEW and IMPROVED 2011:
  • Run more. 
  • Get out and be more active with friends. (I tend to go out alone.)
  • Find a new job (One I enjoy! If any of you have leads on jobs in the NYC area let me know)
  • Find a 2nd job. (Part-time, can't have too much fun if you're broke!)
  • Spend more time with my family.
  • Help encourage my husband to lose about 100 lbs.
  • Stay more on top of this blog. 
  • Lose another 26+ lbs. 
  • Have a kick ass credit score. 
  • Get ready for the 2012 NYC Marathon! 
  • Take my butt to the gym. (I pay for it, yet haven't gone!) 
  • And take time for ME!!!!

  And to those of you on the East Coast, I hope you are braving Snowpocalypse 2010 well! I have been snow bound with everyone since Sunday, and I am ready to jump out the window. Not to mention my body wants to run, and I simply can't. 

Hopefully, I will be able to update before Friday again, but in the event that I don't Have a Happy and Healthy New Year! Please be safe!

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy December!

Sorry I haven't updated in forever. My life has been slightly crazy. I started this blog in the beginning of the month and I guess I will just continue it for all of you. 

Happy holiday season everyone! So far so good this month. I weighed in last week, although it was not my regular meeting. I was up by about .4 lbs, even after eating like crazy on Thanksgiving and not being able to go out and run. I consider that a serious victory.

I have been trying to get used to the PointsPlus program from Weight Watchers. I have been having a little problem though trying to get used to the fact that many of the point values of things I have in my house have changed. But the most exciting change is the ZERO POINTS FRUIT!!!! I love fruit, and usually begin every work day with an apple on my way to the train.

I have been trying to get back on the exercise horse after my little accident. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I went to the supermarket. I figured I would pick up my Zipcar and off I would go, it was late and I figured the store would be relatively uncrowded. So, I proceed to shop and I run into a neighbor. He asked if I wouldn't mind dropping him off at his building, I said ok. Now, I finish the shopping and check out. I bring the stuff outside and my neighbor watches the cart while I get the car. I am on the 2nd to last bag when it happens.....I was turning to put the bag in the trunk and down I go! Like a ton of friggin' bricks! Being as I am a Taurus to the core, VERY stubborn, I get up and insist I am ok. I am a little upset that I ruined my awesome new Old Navy fleece (it was the prettiest color blue), I have a few scrapes and bruises, and I am covered in Goya Olive juice, but I get in the car anyways. As I am driving I notice that my shirt is sticking to my chest (Thinking "Olive juice shouldn't be this sticky?!?). So, I look down my shirt. F#%$, F&*@, What the F^&%? I all I could say. I proceed to drive the 20 minutes home and have my husband come down with my daughter and get the groceries, then I calmly walk across the street to the ER. My friend Adrenaline is now gone and I am now having a meeting with my friend Pain, the hospital decided that I shoud be tested for pregnancy before they give me something for the pain (other than 2 stupid Tylenol). Well after pacing and sitting alternately for 3 hours, I am seen by the doctor. Who then tells me, "This is a nasty cut, you're going to need 7 stitches".....

"7 stitches??" Despite an entire back covered in tattoos and the urge to get some more, I DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT like needles. And the last time I had stitches in my head to remove 3 cysts, I almost punched the doctor in the face. This doctor was pretty good I have to admit, most painful part being the local anesthesia, and thankfully she moved quick.  Now, I ask the burning question "Can I run??" I am told I will not be allowed to run for at least 8 days, when the stitches come out. Now, I panic. The Jingle Jog 4 Miler is in like 2 weeks, and I can't run to get ready for it. 

Fast forward 8 days, I go to the hospital to get the stitches out. I ask this doctor about running, he tells me no running for at least 5 more days. This brings my recovery time to the Thursday before the race. Oh My Flying Spaghetti Monster!!!! I have to go buy winter running gear and a tacky Christmas shirt on Friday after work. Looks, like I am going to have to run this one cold.

It's now Saturday morning, and I am getting ready for the NYRR Jingle Bell Jog 4 Miler. I plan on meeting the wonderful ladies of WW there, SherylTrixieKitty, and  Carolyn. I get to Prospect Park and the race is almost about to start. I give up on trying to find anyone, I check my bag, stretch and enter the corral. I am nervous, I am not ready for this, not by a long shot. The race begins, I hit the starting line and swear I am going to die at some point during this. Alas, I didn't die! I finished the 4 miles in 51:11, with an average pace of 12:47 per mile. I am proud as I cross that finish line. Mind you, I am asthmatic and ran this without my inhaler. I even paused a little to walk and catch my breath and I even used the bathroom. I still made amazing time! At the end of the race, I find Sheryl and eventually run into Trixie as well. This is our 2nd time to gather finish line photos (the 3 of us ran the Tunnel to Towers 5k back in September), you can check out our original finish line photo here

Well, I have a long day ahead of me so I will end this with some photos from the race, as well as one I found of me from September (Holy Moly, I lost weight since then). This pictures are courtesy of Sheryl, thank you for allowing me to use these pictures!!!!

                                                       Sheryl and I at the Tunnel to Towers

                                                                Sheryl and I at the Jingle Jog!

And finally a finish line shot!!!!