Thursday, September 8, 2011

Feelin' Good!!!!

This week I think I've reached a whole new level in everything that I'm doing.  Last night I finally ran a 5K!  I'm sooo proud of myself because I really never thought I would be able to do that.  I had just got my Nike+ in the mail, so I used that and I LOOOOVE it!  It's awesome because it talks in your headphones of your ipod to keep  you motivated and tell you how far you have gone.  I set it to a 5K and it kept track of my distance for me.  At the end it even congratulated me on completing my workout!  Talk about having a personal cheerleader! :)  Then you can plug it into your computer and it syncs with your Nike+ account to document your workouts and compare them.  It's sooo cool I'm glad I spent the money on it.

This morning I realized that I'm getting to the point where running really doesn't suck as badly as I thought.  I still don't LOVE it, but I do love the feeling of accomplishment afterwards.  Logging my run into myfitnesspal makes me feel good, because I achieved something and everyone can see that I'm working hard.  Now I get home from work and I want to run because I know I'll feel good afterwards.  I also am big on convincing myself in my head to keep going.  One of the main things I say is "There's people without legs in this world who would kill to be running right now!  Don't be selfish and KEEP GOING!!!!"  Sounds kind of dumb but it really does help.

In order to keep going after the mud run, Jenn and I signed up for Fitzy's Run a 5K that supports Lauren's Foundation.  This is an important cause for my sorority because she was a sister in my chapter who passed away from a brain tumor.  Our chapter volunteers at the event every year, but I'm really excited to finally be able to participate in it!  After that, we're looking into doing Turkey Trot a 5 Mile run on Thanksgiving.  I think it would be awesome to be able to run 5 miles by then!  Never in my life would I ever have thought that I would be setting goals to run that far, but it feels great!

I'm really trying to use this whole thing for a huge self improvement.  I've incorporated workout time into my class schedule in order to make it a routine.  Working out shouldn't be a hassle, it should be part of life and that's what I want to make it.  Jenn said a great thing this morning about how she no longer wants to just "get by" but she wants to LIVE, and I totally agree.  Now is the time to make the most of my  life and get it to where I want to be.  And I'm PUMPED to do it! :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011


Going on vacation lead to me neglecting this for a few weeks.. but I'M BACK!  I'll go through what has gone on since then...

The week on vacation I didn't get a chance to work out.  I ran Friday night at my grandmom's which was great, but after that I was just too tired with all the walking we were doing to keep it up.  I really didn't eat great, but I also was walking all day and not eating that often so I think it kind of evened out.  I was bummed that I didn't go running like I had wanted, but at the same time I had to be reasonable with myself.  Walking for 12 hours all day is a lot of exercise, and running before/after that would not work with sore legs!
I got back into the workout swing the Monday I was back.  The other girls were running 2 miles by then, and I DIED trying to do it.  I really thought my heart was going to explode and ending up jogging/power walking it.  Surprisingly enough, the next day when we went out to run I was totally fine!  It was really weird but I guess my body just had to get used to it again.  That entire week we were running 2 miles.
This week on Monday, we ran 2 miles then did Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 Week 4!!  Week 4 was hard, but I actually liked it better than week 3 because the moves weren't crazy positions, just really tough.  After we finished that we both were feeling pretty good so we decided to go out and run another mile!  It was awesome to know that I had run 3 miles in one day, when before I NEVER would have been able to do that. Tuesday we did the No More Trouble Zones DVD which I really like.  I'm sore afterwards which makes me feel good because I know I'm working hard.  Yesterday I had to work late and then cleaned my room so I didn't have time to work out :(

So far my hardest issue with eating/losing weight has to do with drinking.  I'm in college and I love drinking it's just soooo many calories!  It puts me in such bad circumstances because I want to get fit, healthy, and skinny but I want to drink and have fun as well.  I've also thought about trying to stay away from really sugary mixers and stick with diet or club soda, but my biggest downfall for sure is beer and wine!  I just don't want to give it up, and it's so hard because I know it's messing up my progress but it's the one thing that I just don't want to get rid of.  I can manage without giving in to my urges for french fries, pizza, and ice cream but I just can't stay home when all my friends are going out to the bar!  And once I'm there I'm not going to have just 1 or 2 drinks to stay under my calorie limit.   Someone please invent calorie free alcohol!!!!!  

Besides that big issue I'm having, for some reason my weight seems to be dropping really easily this week.  I've lost about 3 pounds this week, which makes me SUPER happy!!! This is the first time I'm really even seeing weight loss.  I want to do my measurements again this week to compare from last week to see if there is any difference there as well.  Hopefully things will keep up!!! :)