Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

I wish I had some super cute pictures of my family opening presents, or the neighbor gifts I gave out, or even of our tree.  But...I don't.  I spent this morning recording on the video camera and neglected my other.  Sad day.  Anyway, My husband surprised me this year with something WONDERFUL!  A Kindle Touch.  I'm really excited and I love it.  So, of course, as soon as it was charged I had to find some books to purchase.  First ones I found?  Runner's World Essential Guides: Weight Loss and Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running.  Yup, two running books.  I am also seriously considering Run Less, Run Faster.  I've heard lots of good things about that training program.  Looking at my book choices, I might want to consider a subscription to Runner's World.  Apparently, I like their stuff..
Well, I'm really looking forward to reading both of the books I bought and focusing on my half-marathon goal for 2012. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

*By the way, I also bought The Help and I'm loving it so far!

Monday, December 19, 2011

A new chapter begins

Anyone who has made a major change in their life knows how great it is to have a partner along for the ride.  Someone who had the same goals, can perk you up when you are feeling down, is there to support, and, yes, there for you yourself to support.  I always feel I can do better if I'm helping someone along the same path as myself.  For some reason it just gives me more drive in my goals.  Well, this week I have been joined in my fitness goals.  Not just running, but eating better and losing weight to feel better.  I'm so excited because, though I've had great friends there to support me along the journey, I now have my BEST friend!
Our wedding day.  I was 190 lbs, the lowest I could
remember having weighed in my life.

This summer, I was 266.  The highest I have ever been.
My husband and I will be working together to eat healthier and be more active.  This will make meal planning so much easier and *hopefully* fewer temptations. D and I are both sugar junkies. Especially ice cream and oreos, sometimes eaten separately but most of the time mixed in the form of a shake.  This will be good.  I can't wait to see how much better we both feel and I'm excited for the examples we are setting for our girls.  I hope to look like my wedding pictures again, and perhaps even better.  With twenty pounds down since this summer, I'm on my way.

Monday, December 12, 2011

update and some running gear deals

Obviously I have been gone for a bit.  These last few months have been full and I don't see myself coming back to my regular blogging schedule for a little while longer.  That said, I scored some awesome running gear deals that I just had to share for those, like me, who are on a tight budget.

-Old Navy had a discount code for 30% off right now.  I love their compression gear and I scored a pair of capris (I know, wrong season, but a deal is a deal) for $10.50 and a moisture-wicking jacket for $29.50.  I'm so excited and can't wait for that package to come.  By the way, the code is HOLIDAY

-My one and only BondiBand decided to take off last week.  I was so sad that it dissapeared but it gave me a reason to buy some more.  Finally.  I used the code FIVE to get five new BondiBands for $25.  A little bit more than a replacement, but hey, I'm worth it.

Quick update on me and running.

 -I have lost almost 20 pounds!   I participated in a local weightloss challenge and took third place and I feel so good.
 -I can now run for at least 15 minutes without walking.  That is huge for me since until September I had never run for more than five minutes at a time.
 -I have a tentative half marathon planned for April 2012.  There are a few factors that may change that.  However, if they fall through, I start training on December 26th and I can't wait!