My path to becoming a runner and a mom.
Seeing Myself as Beautiful, One Run at a Time.
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2013 is almost over...
I cannot believe that it is almost Christmas and that 2013 is almost over...
This year did NOT turn out how I expected it to in the fitness/weight loss department.
I just knew that if I kept up all of this running and these workouts that the weight would finally melt off of me and I would finally be down at least a size or 2 and have something to show for it.
Instead, I'm 12lbs heavier, running less (for various reasons), and still refuse to buy new clothes, because I just know that eventually I will lose this weight.
I want to say that 2014 will be the year! I will run more! Lift more weights! Eat less of whatever it is that is keeping me from losing weight...
But I'm afraid to say that this time.
I failed this year.
I did not run my 13 races in 2013.
I did not run 1000 miles like I had planned.
I barely made it to 400, when last year I was at 800!
Instead, I was stupid, didn't train like I should have, became injured and stopped running.
Then I found Stroller Strides!
I thought, maybe this could help me lose the weight and I can build up hip strength to start running again!
While it has made me stronger and I LOVE the workouts and the wonderful ladies that I workout with, for some reason, my body still doesn't care...
Then I found BodyPump!
I LOVE BodyPump!
It makes me feel amazing!
I love lifting that heavy (to me anyway) weight over my head!
Makes me feel proud and strong!
That also didn't help, but I know it's because there aren't enough hours in the week for me to do it often enough...
So THAT one is my fault.
I have worked out 5-6 days a week for a the past 2 1/2 months and have seen no results.
I have a good friend who says I need to just go harder on my workouts, but I honestly don't know how!
I seriously give it my all each time, because I know that the only person it would be hurting is myself!
And if I am there to run or workout, then I better give it my all! And I do!
And now I'm ending my year by falling down my stairs and landing on my tailbone.
It hurts to walk, bend over, and sit down.
Much less run or workout!
So off to the couch for a sulk fest I go...
So now...It's the beginning of a new year and I don't want to make all of these promises to myself that I just can't keep.
I have no idea what 2014 will hold for me.
I was accepted as a Train Dirty Fitness Ambassador a while back and I have to admit that this group of ladies are the most inspiring, uplifting ladies I have ever "met"!
I'm hoping that I will find some help, in at least the inspiration department, in that group!
Then I have also ventured out and have become a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor!
They have these 2 awesome oils that I am going to try for a while and see if they help in any way with my weight loss!
I do know that I will be going into 2014 with an awesome set of oils to help me get through the year and then after that, I guess we will see what happens!
I have the Diva Half Marathon in Georgia in September and I would truly like to be fully prepared for that!
I also have the Hot Chocolate 15K in February and the Women's Rock 10K in March that I would love to run, but I haven't signed up for either just yet.
Running is still a huge passion of mine, but I just haven't yet found a good way to fit it, my new love of weight lifting, and Stroller Strides in together.
I'm a person who loves to follow plans and see them written down, so if anyone has any *free* plans they can direct me to, let me know!
I kept a journal this entire year of my workout and running and I loved that, but I'm looking for a different one now. This one did not have enough room to keep as much info in it as I would have liked.
So please let me know if you have a great one to recommend!!
THANK YOU to everyone who has "liked" my Facebook Page and is now following along with me on my journey!!!
And a big, special THANK YOU to everyone who shared my page to help me make it to the big 500!! :)
Now, as I have promised, I have a pair of Compression socks OR sleeves to giveaway from PRO Compression!
This is what PRO Compression has to say about how they work: "PRO Compression socks are designed specifically to deliver both maximum comfort and speedy recovery times. The science is complex, but benefits such as improved blood flow, stability and comfort are universally understood. The moment you put these socks on your feet and incorporate them into your game, you will feel and understand the difference."
I have 4 pairs of PRO Compression Marathon socks and I LOVE them! They have been wonderful for recovery after my last two halfs and after my long training runs!
I didn't own any after my first half, and it took me almost 2 weeks until I could …
One of the reasons I haven't been blogging much is because we just bought our very first house!!!
Isn't it beautiful!
We don't move in until next week, but buying a house has taken a lot of time!
I've been packing our apartment up a little at a time, but we still have A LOT to do!
It's hard to move with a toddler, because you don't want to shake their world up too much.
They need their usual toys and to be able to find their favorite shoes amongst the boxes.
Taking it slow and moving a little at a time just seemed like the best option.
We are going from a 2 bedroom apartment to a 4 bedroom home!
With a backyard!
Down the street from a park!
We are going to have so much space!
Being able to go outside in the back and down the street to the park is a huge deal for me!
Sophie and I LOVE being outside!
I am so excited! I just can't even describe it! lol :)
And that's not all of the big news!
I also got a job!
It is an office job, where I will be doing t…
I just wanted to share some of my favorite Running gear right now! :)
I'll start with the one thing that everyone knows I already love...
My BOBRevolution SE!
I've been using it for a a few weeks now and I'm still in Love!
I'm not sure how I've lived without it these past 15 months!
You can read my BOB "review" here! :)
My newest favorite thing are my hotpink Locklaces!
They are elastic shoelaces that tighten by a "lock". They make it easy for me to just slip my shoe on and go! They are also wonderful because I have had issues with my shoelaces being too tight on the top of my foot and these fix that problem! No more pain! I wish I had known about these forever ago! I will have them on all of my future running shoes!
I love their moto!
Now onto something that I think every single person who is active outside should own.
In this case the Personal Saver and the Wrist Saver.
This i the Personal Saver
I carry it on my keychain everyw…