So I Joined Meetings


I changed my account to Monthly Pass yesterday, and will be going to my first meeting tonight.  I’m nervous as a hooker in church, but I’ll get through it.

I’m leaving work at around 3 to get home and get my run over with so I can be at the center by 5.  I’m thinking this will hold me more accountable than just online has.  I think the idea of going each week will keep me on track.

Just have to get in the door.

Menu:

  • Breakfast: 3 eggs, zucchini, bell pepper, onion; coffee w/ milk
  • Snack: water
  • Lunch: Chipotle – lettuce, veggies, medium salsa, corn salsa, barbacoa, cheese
  • Snack: more water for my run
  • Dinner: Pork tenderloin with zucchini pasta

Activity: 3 miles this afternoon.  I should have done it this morning, but sleep was needed.

I’m missing Moody something fierce right now.  I keep thinking his little 11 pound body will be next to my bed.  I keep thinking that I have to mix his food.  I keep thinking I have to get his shot ready.  I keep thinking he’ll be asleep next to me on the couch.  I miss his presence.  I miss his fur.  I hate that I know I won’t ever hold him again.

Moody and Jason

Moody and Jason

Breaks my heart.

I’m hoping that this new turn I am taking in my life will be exactly what I need.  I hate waiting, even though I think I am being really patient.  I’m fighting really hard, I’m trying to be strong.  I’m trying to see the progress, no matter how small.

I’m really trying.  In running and mental stability and weight loss, really trying.

Tuesday Morning Run #RunHappy


I DID IT.  I got my butt out of bed at 5:20, fed the dogs, laced up my shoes and went out for 3-ish miles.

photo 1

Prepared.

I finally got to wear my reflective vest!  You know, because wearing one while running inside might make you feel cool, but not more visible than you already are.

I set out, at first nervous, then I felt good, then my legs sucked, then the heat was getting to me (It wasn’t actually hot, I just told myself it was) and then my evil thoughts crept in.  I need to learn to banish those.   I slowed quickly.  Most likely because I have been running, yet again, on the treadmill, and not breathing right, and being lazy, and tired.

BUT.

I found this…

Trash Treasure

Trash Treasure

It was SO cool.  I stopped to inspect (and of course take this picture) and then thought about what kind of crossfit workout that would be to carry this beast home while finishing my run.  Before I threw on my gloves, pounded my chest, and activated beast mode, I took a whiff of air through my nose.

Death.  It smelled like actual death.  It also, upon further and closer inspection, had a mysterious stain.  All of these reasons are most likely why it is on the curb for trash pick up.  But I wanted to make sure.

I resigned to only have a slightly parkour run, so I jumped on and off some curbs and hurdled some sprinklers to make myself feel better.

It was not the best run, it was def. not my fastest or most comfortable.  But, it was mine, and it was done prior to work and that, my friends, enemies, lovers, and family is all that matters.

The face of accomplishment

The face of accomplishment

Nothing spectacular planned for today, but work, and then a doctors appointment.  I plan on going home and sitting on my ass, because hey, I earned it this morning.  I just really hope in all my exhaustion that when I do get home I don’t immediately lace up and try to run again.

HAH.  Who am I kidding.  I’m not going to forget that this is done.  PLEASE.

#Runhappy

#Runhappy

Running While Living On The Face of the Sun


I know Washington DC is not the hottest place on earth.  I get that.  I mean it’s not like this…

This person is not moving because their body has melted to the surface.

Death Valley, CA (HuffingtonPost.com) – Hottest Place On Earth – has reached 134 Degrees F.

Gross.

But, I am not one to live or like living in hot temperatures.  My people are from Europe.  Not the bustling party towns of Greece or Italy, where there is sun, but the quieter rainy countries of Ireland, Scotland, and England (May be not quieter, but it’s hard to talk when you’re drinking Whiskey to keep warm).

So when I see this….

Hell.

Hell.

All I can think about it jumping into our commercial freezer in the basement and dying that way.  I’d rather die cold I’ve decided.  You kind of just shut down and fall asleep.  Where as with fire and heat, you are awake.  YOU ARE AWAKE.

So the first thing I thought was – I’ll just bring extra water and wear my thinnest running garb and a hat.  I’ll be fine for 5 miles.

Then Jason said no.

So then I was like “I’ll run on the treadmill” and Jason smiled.

For those that don’t have a protective partner, or the free use of treadmill… here are some running tips from MyFitnessPal.com.

myfitnesspal hot weather running

Guys, this is so easy.

Of course, I think lists are always lacking, so here are my additions:

  1. Make friends with kids.  Kids have moms.  Moms go grocery shopping.  Kids get a Popsicle from their moms.  Thus, you will get a Popsicle.
  2. Force someone who doesn’t run to go with you.  You will surely do better than them, which will make even a jog around the block seem like victory.
  3. Just Sleep Instead.  Sleep is crucial to running and recovery.  Take the day off for a nap.  You deserved it for that run you did in January when it was about 7 degrees outside.
  4. Run in Your Underwear.  Seriously, who cares what you look like.  You are running!
  5. Sing Journey The Entire Time.  Seriously.  It might work.
  6. Shave Your Head.  I mean, you are dedicated to this, right?  Summer is long, your hair shouldn’t be.
  7. Leave coolers with beer along your route.  Nothing too dark or heavy.  A nice wheat beer should do the trick.
  8. Curse.  Loudly, and frequently.  Unless you are around your children friends.
  9. Run through sprinkler systems in people’s yards.  I’m sure they won’t care.
  10. Stop running and take up swimming instead.  Who wants to run anyways.

Vacation Recap – Rome – Day 2


Day 2 Folks!

These guys were allllllll over Italy.  Just floating there.  Jason and I think there was a magnet at work here, because he didn’t float anywhere else.  What a boring job though.  No one was giving him money so much as weird looks.  I took a picture.

So today was the tour of the Colosseum!

That ish is big.  I mean you think it’s big anyways, because of the name, but man.  Up close, it’s daunting.

Our Tour Guide, David, was hilarious and perfect.  He explained that in Italy they reuse everything.  So the building itself isn’t crumbling so much as it was pilfered way back to build things like Saint Peter’s Basilica.  The metal was removed from the stone as well as parts of the wall once the actual building was no longer in use.

David then went on to explain the history of the Colosseum.  Apparently, they just gave tickets away.  There was no charge.  So normal people could come and sit in the nose bleed sections to watch the gruesome horror that was these battles.

Speaking of battles…

There were over 5,000 people and animals slaughtered in this ruin back in the day.  The Romans were more barbaric than I thought possible.  They would put two things in the arena together without letting either know who they would be fighting.

For example (This is not confirmed by history, just things I’m making up)

  • Bear vs. Zebra
  • Lion vs. Prisoner
  • Zebra vs. Prisoner (I kind of would like to see this… I mean did they just stare at each other)
  • Tiger vs. Bear
  • Prisoner vs. Gladiator

and so on.  TALK ABOUT HUNGER GAMES GUYS.  That was all I was thinking throughout the tour was how in the movie they shoot up by this pod elevator and then have to fight to the death.  Well that is kind of like here, without the training.

This was all for the amusement of the leaders and the people of Rome.  Fun times.

THE STAIRS.  OMG.  Of all the things to be thankful for not living back then, I think the one that got me the most was stairs.  Holy hamstrings.

Refurbishing because they care.

We then ventured into more Ancient Rome…

Our Elusive Tour Guide From the Back

And what would this post be without some food pictures!

Hmmmm I guess we just drank that day.  So there are pictures of Jason and wine.  Two of my very favorite things.

Sadly tomorrow we leave Rome and depart for Florence… I promise you’ll love it as much as we did!

Vacation Recap – ROME Day 1/2 and 1


So I decided that I should do some recaps, because i like talking about myself and the things I do.

We got to Rome, Italy Friday (May 16) at around 10 pm.  We got to our hotel (The Hearth Hotel in Rome… Can’t Recommend This Place Enough!) and after dropping off our bags we walked to the closest open restaurant.

Francisco I. (sadly I can’t find the website).

So good.  Especially after being delayed forever and then not eating on the plane and being exhausted.  It was good to put food in our bellies, and it didn’t hurt that it was by far the best pizza I’ve ever had.

We went to sleep rather quickly and woke to find the Vatican bustling.

Yes, that is the Vatican, right outside our window.  YES THAT IS THE LINE TO GET IN.

Because Jason is uber smart, he booked a skip the line tour of the Vatican and it’s grounds so we didn’t have to wait!

This is behind glass because some psycho tried to throw a hammer at it.

Our Awesome Tour Guide Valentina!

I would have taken pictures inside the Sistine Chapel, but because it is a holy sacred place, no photographs are allowed.  A Japanese company came recently to restore the ceiling by meticulously cleaning and repainting portions to bring it back to it’s original (or as much as it can be) state.

Here is a picture that doesn’t do it justice at all:

The Vatican only took like half the day, so we set out to see other things…

The Pantheon

A Pretend Roman Guard

Something Important? Jason? What was this?

We then decided to walk around a bit, find food, and go about our day.  We met this guy…

He was kind of broken up that we wouldn’t stay and chat…

We were then swindled.  This always freaking happens.  We were walking through a court yard, this guy gave me roses, and then told Jason to give him money.  I tried to give them back and it didn’t work.  Then another guy came up did the same thing, and then took more money.  We spent 30 Euros on crappy roses.

After this lesson, anyone who approached me got a “NO.  GO AWAY.”  Jason would laugh because I went from nice American to “YOU’RE NOT TAKING MORE MONEY FROM ME.”

This lasted the rest of the trip…

We had an amazing dinner from the Restaurant down the street (Crap… what was the name… I suck at this).

Gnocchi and Clams for Jason

Gnocchi and Ricotta with Black Truffle for Me

Braised Veal Cheek for Jason (Apparently the best cut of meat he has ever had)

The Best Meatballs I have Ever Had

Wine soaked sweet cake with whipped cream and custard

Of Course Coffee

Two very happy diners…

We went back to the hotel, tucked ourselves in and went to sleep happily.

Tomorrow we go to the Colosseum!

Defeating The Scale Tuesday – Week 10


I’ve stolen your idea Meagan

  • Starting Weight: 190.8 pounds
  • Current Weight: 193.2
  • Week Difference: -0.4
  • Total Difference: +2.2
  • Emotion: Whatever

I know what I did wrong.  I know how to fix it.  I know that my exercise rut has taken over my life.  I know that the depression and mania is not under control.  I know my drinking isn’t under control.  I know I can’t live like this.

All this and I leave for vacation on Thursday which is pretty much a get out of jail free card with regards to food.  Right?

Nope.

I’m actually going to be mindful, or at least try.  I tend to not go crazy on vacations anyways because we are constantly doing things, and therefore I can’t simply be like “Oh wait, I need to buy a pastry”.  Not that I do that normally, but you get the idea.

I tend to eat the meals, and then that’s it.  MAY BE we stop and get something special if we are in the vicinity of something awesome (I see this happening a lot with Gelato and coffee), but mostly, no.  We just stick to meals.

I’ll be walking a lot, which will log with my FitBit and thus Myfitnesspal.  I’m actually considering forgetting about WW for the vacation and focus on MFP.  When I get back from vacation it can go back to it’s blended way of present time.

My exercise was non-existent for the most part this week.  I’m not sure where that drive went.  I used to feel guilty if I didn’t workout.  I would be constantly looking for validation that it was okay for me not to do anything.

Now, i’m like “Meh.  Whatever.”

Tonight I am planning on taking the dogs to the vet for their vaccinations, and then coming home, throwing dinner in the oven, and going for a run.

It will be cooler this evening and I need to get back into the swing of it.

I will either run outside or on the treadmill but I will run darn it.

Props Where Props Are Due


I had another great day yesterday.  I tracked everything, I worked out a lot, and I went to bed without folding and getting a snack.  I need to up my water though, because that is still a hard task.  Which is odd.  I used to be able to guzzle down like 200 oz no problem.  Gotta get back in that habit.

The red circles are exercise

The red circles are exercise

That was yesterday’s read out from FitBit.  I love this little gadget.  I really do.  It makes me feel awesome to see the steps and the calories burned (that’s overall even while I’m sitting, so don’t get too excited) and how many miles I’ve traveled.  It will be awesome to see the read out after the marathon. :-)

Grades were finally posted to PatriotWeb for this semester, and while I knew I had received A’s in both classes, I wanted to be sure.

grades

And now I am.

Go Me.

Today’s Plan (Which is tracked already!)

  • B: 2 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, iced coffee w/ fat free half and half
  • S: Banana
  • L: Turkey Salami and Cheddar wrap, pop corners, apple, yogurt, snapple
  • S: water
  • D: Baked chicken and a baked potato cooked with EVOO
  • Activity: I’m supposed to run 3.1 miles.  I am going to attempt to make myself do this outside.  Please send me messages at like 3:30 pm EST and tell me to run outside.  (Twitter or Facebook will do)

I can’t believe a week from today I will be traveling to Italy with Jason.  It’s so weird, so surreal, and so abrupt.  We planned this and booked it like 6 weeks ago – and I ignorantly was like “I can totally lose 30 pounds by then” – HAH.  I’m aiming to look better by my birthday.

Last thought:

brooke birmingham sbs watermark

Unless you have been living under a rock the past few days, you know who this gorgeous woman is.  Her name is Brooke and she has become famous overnight for standing up to Shape Magazine for their ill treatment of her story.  After losing 172 pounds, this woman should be celebrated, not told to cover up.

Read more about her at one of the many outlets that have picked up her story:

Goodbye April/May Goals


This month has not been kind.  I have made some pretty poor choices and they kicked me in the butt.  I am attempting to make May the exact opposite and work towards a better me.  I think that the trip to Italy in a few weeks will aide in this, or it will make it worse if I come back 20 pounds heavier (That’s not the goal).

I felt pretty good about myself this week so far (well Monday and Tuesday at least).  I did Yoga Inferno via Jillian Michaels on Monday and my abs are still screaming.  Well, my abs that are underneath my pooch and stomach flab, they are screaming.  The fat is just like “I look weird when you do planks”.

30 Days of Weight Loss Humor, Day 6 - "DEATH to CARBS!"

Yesterday I ran on the dreadmill and managed to eek out 3 miles.  I figured that after not running for a week I’d be fresh and good to go – hah.  That never happens.

I’m still bummed about the Nike Half Marathon.  Like really bummed.  If I think about it long enough I actually tear up a bit.  I hate that my stupidity made that happen.

But on to the good things this month:

  • I am blessed with a great group at school for our final project.  It has gone swimmingly.
  • The big milestone meeting at work went well – in my mind – and everyone seemed to exit the room at least with a hint that we are on the right track.  Plus my slides were almost perfect.  No complaints from management for the most part.
  • I hung out with a friend from work (Forcing friendship!) in order to break out of my constant shell of just watching Netflix (although, there is nothing wrong with that).
  • I ran a 10 miler on the 6th that although wasn’t my best time, was a great route and I had so much fun.
  • I’m finishing up 1 of 2 classes today for my masters – and my last in class session for this program.  It’s scary to think that I will have a higher education degree soon.  The idea of a PhD is getting closer and closer.
  • We found and decided on getting another dog who will be coming home this weekend!  I’ll post pictures!

I am attempting to focus on the positive, and while that will be an interesting change of pace… I think it’s doable.

May Goals

  • Exercise in some way shape or form 5 days a week (Italy time will consist of walking everywhere… so that shouldn’t be hard.  Debating on buying a fitbit to measure all that)
  • Be more aware of what I am eating and make better choices (it’s hard to measure this, yes, but I think just staying within my points will be sufficient)
  • Lose Weight (Not a particular number, but I will weigh myself tomorrow, and will aim to be less than that come May 31)
  • Be more positive at work (Hah.  I think my coworkers will think I am on drugs, but oh well)
  • Run the Mother’s Day 4-Miler and may be not PR but do your best.

French Press


Our coffee machine broke like a week ago, so we – in our broke state (THANKS TUITION AND CARS) are saving some cash and using the French Press(es) we have already.  It’s actually kind of nice.  The coffee tastes cleaner, and smoother, and even sweeter.  It’s a nice change from the normal way of things.

I was going to run yesterday but that didn’t happen.  My legs were really bad yesterday afternoon so instead I soaked in scalding water and Epsom salt.

Run To The Finish gives the low down with a comparison to Ice Baths (WHICH I HATE):

The ice bath…it’s one of the most dreaded and most loved long run recovery tools.  I will admit to having tried it a few times, but that was back when I lived in Kansas City and it was like 32 degrees outside to start with…so yes I really, really hated it.

At that point, I turned to Epsom salt baths after my long runs and for the most part I haven’t looked back (except after that 19 miler in 100 degree temps here).  It’s very likely that I will embark on more ice baths next year when the temps rise with my distance, but for now I am going to stick to the Epsom salt.

ICE BATH
icecubeCauses muscles to tighten and drains the blood, once you step out blood starts flowing and in theory this flushes lactic acid and speeds recovery.

icecubeReduces swelling and tissue break down

icecubeNo major studies can agree on whether or not this works…but if you think it works well with running that’s generally all that matters.

EPSOM SALT BATH
saltBody more easily absorbs magnesium through the skin than in a pill this results in a number of benefits.

saltReduces inflammation
Eliminates toxins which helps to easy muscle pain

saltImproved nerve functions by regulating electrolytes

Helps your adrenaline glands ensure they have enough magnesium, which they likely do not after a run because it causes so much stress on the body.

Interesting….

101 Running Tips also has an article on this!

Who’d a thunk?

So this whole Government Shutdown thing – I know it’s the big elephant screwing up people’s lives, but I really don’t want to hash through it here.  There are people on both sides and frankly, I am not gonna drum up anymore drama here than I already have (you are more than welcome to find me on Facebook and see my rants there :-) )

Today’s Plan:

  • Breakfast: Yogurt, Blueberries, Coffee
  • Snack: Banana
  • Lunch: Salad, Yogurt, apple, Turkey Muffins
  • Snack: Protein Shake w/ Water
  • Dinner: Ezekiel Bread w/ Peanut Butter & Iced Coffee
  • Activity: 3 Mile Run

There is a chance that race might be cancelled for Sunday… :-(

From Wilson Bridge Half Marathon: WE WILL BE MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT ON WEDNESDAY MORNING ON THE STATUS OF THE 2013 WWBH. At this time, we are in full preparation for a race on October 6.

I hope it still happens.  Worked too darn hard for this!

  • Is your job furloughed because of the shutdown?
  • Do you French Press your coffee?
  • What are you doing to be active today?

Newsworthy:

Friday Things – Giveaway Winner Announced!


  • Wow I am tired this morning.  That’s what not falling asleep till way after midnight will do to you.  Luckily it is Friday!  I’m running – or going to attempt to run – 12 miles this afternoon.  It’s my last viciously long run before my next race – The Perfect 10 Miler by Potomac River Running.  I’ve run that course before, earlier this year in fact for the Reston 10 Miler, and it’s a great, not really crazy hilly course.  I was running with a friend last time, which made it amazing, but this time I am solo, with my music, and my thoughts.  Scary Eh?  I feel bad for Jason as he will just be hanging out at the finish line for like almost 2 hours waiting for me, but he doesn’t seem to mind that.  I also feel bad for anyone who has to see me that day, because I am sure to be hunched over and crying in pain.  Oh yeah.  I’ll be covered in Compression Clothing and sucking down water I’m sure. 
  • I’m thinking I’m going to start Paleo again on Monday for 30 days.  I think I need a reset.  My energy level has plummeted, my body is reacting in weird ways, and I just want a reset.  I also want to get rid of all the yuckiness I am sure that is in my body at this point.  So I’m figuring Meat and Veggies will be an awesome venture for the next few weeks.  We’ll see if I stick to it. 

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Meeeeaaaaaaatttttttt

  • There are some big meetings coming up at work that I am in the midst of prepping for.  While I am super excited to once again prove my amazing abilities with meeting logistics and development, the fact that they are back to back is annoying.  I am tired and don’t really want to spend two days in a conference room. 
  • Like I said before – today is my 12 miler.  I am super nervous about it, because of a various amount of reasons.  I am just always anxious about everything with it.  I am promising myself that I will stretch for 10 minutes afterward and then shower and then Ice everything to make sure I’m good to go.  I’m just being dumb, I realize.  I did 11 last week, I can add one more to that.  I just now wish I had decided to go for one more mile last week, instead of this week.  Stupid hindsight. 

Give It To Me:

  • What are you doing this weekend?
  • Are you running any races anytime soon?
  • What are your feelings on Meat?

News Worthy:

AND THE WINNER OF MY GIVEAWAY IS: 

Amanda Bowen @MiLadyBowen 

Amanda, please email me at bebegetswordy@gmail.com with your address and any flavors of LaraBar you DON’T want. Thanks love!  

Thank you to all who entered!  I’ll have another tasty giveaway in October!