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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Week 69

This pass week has been one interesting one. I spent the last three to four days worried about Hurricane Sandy. The weather people were pretty much dead on to how this storm was going to effect the tristate area. I feel that I was very lucky. At the height of the storm I only experienced rolling brown outs and then rolling blackouts. The black outs lasted 5 mins or less. I didn't see it as a problem. I spent much of that time horsing around on Facebook and then slept through the rest of it.  I must admit that I do eat A LOT over the pass two days and I really don't want to see scale on Sunday. My love and prayers go out to those that had to endure Sandy's fury and lost much more then electricity. 

I am happy to share that I FINALLY well enough to start working out again. I still have a small cough but not as bad as before. I reentered the workout world with RUNNING. Running is not my favorite thing to do and I hated the feeling of my boobs grabbing the attention of those watching me run. Oh the bouncing...oh the horror. I like running only when I have no choice or when I am playing softball. Running to run is not my style. 

So why am I running if I dislike it so much? I have signed up for my very first road race. I was called out on Facebook by my activity buddy, Levonda, last month. I called her out to do the Mud Run with me and it was only fare that she did the same for me. After looking over my busy schedule I picked a date of the NYRR event caldender that didn't conflict with anything. So I pick Race to Deliver on Sunday, November 18, 2012. So now that I am well I am start training for it, it's time to run. The race is 4 miles and 3 weeks away. The Mud Run was 5k so this race is 0.5 mile longer. I am using the 5k runner again and MapMyRun (add me) to help me with my training. I did my first run training at the Macombs Dam Park, across the street from the beautiful new Yankees Stadium during my son soccer practice. I finished in time to watch him play. It was pretty awesome running in new running shoes on a Track. It was a very awesome to pass MANY people on the track when my app those me to run. I ran/walked 1.41 miles in 30 minutes. 

Day two aka Sunday I was able to run before Sandy started to effect my area. I literally roll out of bed, put my clothes on, grabbed a banana and sneaked out the door before anyone woke up. The wind started to pick up so there were plenty of leaves everywhere. I had to watch my step so that I wouldn't bust my ass. The sun wasn't even up yet and it was still a little chilly. I run before my body realized what I was doing. I really wanted to stay in my bed but I am proud that I did it. I run/walked 1.88 miles in 30 minutes. I gained almost half a mile in one day. Awesome! 

Later Sunday morning, I went with my Bestie pre-hurricane Sandy shopping. Her and I were in search for a new dress. I needed a dress for the United States Marine Corp Birthday Ball for this Saturday. The dress that I had planned on wearing surprising is too big now. I lost 10 pounds since the time that I bought it and it fits all weird not. It hangs off of me in places. Here is what the dress looked like before losing the 10 pounds. 

I think I look amazing in this dress. The dress does not fit like this anymore. This is a good problem to have. I got this dress from a IG follower friend. She lost a lot of weight and never got the chance to wear the dress. She sold it to me and now I can't wear. It's a Torrid dress size 16. You know what that means? I am now a size 14. My Bestie offered to go shopping for a new fab dress. I had no idea where to start. I am new to this walking into any store and buying clothes. I am still used to searching and searching in the big girl store for dresses and clothes that I don't like and ending up with nothing. She drove us up to Yonkers and we tried Burlington Coat Factory first. We looked around for a little bit and started pulling dresses off the rack to try on. I think we picked out about 5 dresses. I tried on the first dress that we picked out. OMG! I looked amazing! It was like Say Yes to the Dress. I took my breath away. My Bestie fell in love too. You could totally see the weigh loss. This dress was the dress. I tried on all the rest but I knew this was the one. 

2 of them straight up didn't fit. This didn't phase me because I am use to that. Here is a peek at the other two dress. The lighting is horrible in the dressing room but I still look awesome! 



I think I am going to go back and buy the black dress. The feeling of being able to try on dress and find something amazing is a great ego boost. My Bestie was there right with me to experience it. SWEET! Unfortunately, the USMC Ball has been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. I hope when the ball does happen I still fit into the navy dress. Again, that's a good problem to have. 
Numbers & Goals:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2 
This week's weight is: 224.6 lbs BMI 34.1 kg/m^2
Change since last week: -1.4 lbs 
Change from WW start: -43.9 lbs 
Percentage of weight loss from WW start: 16.35%

Measurements:
Arms: 14in Change since start: -2.5in 
Hips: 40in Change since start: -9.5in
Bust: 42in Change since start: -6.0in 
Waist: 35in Change since start: -7.5in
Thigh: 23in.Change since start: -5.5in

Week 69

This pass week has been one interesting one. I spent the last three to four days worried about Hurricane Sandy. The weather people were pretty much dead on to how this storm was going to effect the tristate area. I feel that I was very lucky. At the height of the storm I only experienced rolling brown outs and then rolling blackouts. The black outs lasted 5 mins or less. I didn't see it as a problem. I spent much of that time horsing around on Facebook and then slept through the rest of it.  I must admit that I do eat A LOT over the pass two days and I really don't want to see scale on Sunday. My love and prayers go out to those that had to endure Sandy's fury and lost much more then electricity. 

I am happy to share that I FINALLY well enough to start working out again. I still have a small cough but not as bad as before. I reentered the workout world with RUNNING. Running is not my favorite thing to do and I hated the feeling of my boobs grabbing the attention of those watching me run. Oh the bouncing...oh the horror. I like running only when I have no choice or when I am playing softball. Running to run is not my style. 

So why am I running if I dislike it so much? I have signed up for my very first road race. I was called out on Facebook by my activity buddy, Levonda, last month. I called her out to do the Mud Run with me and it was only fare that she did the same for me. After looking over my busy schedule I picked a date of the NYRR event caldender that didn't conflict with anything. So I pick Race to Deliver on Sunday, November 18, 2012. So now that I am well I am start training for it, it's time to run. The race is 4 miles and 3 weeks away. The Mud Run was 5k so this race is 0.5 mile longer. I am using the 5k runner again and MapMyRun (add me) to help me with my training. I did my first run training at the Macombs Dam Park, across the street from the beautiful new Yankees Stadium during my son soccer practice. I finished in time to watch him play. It was pretty awesome running in new running shoes on a Track. It was a very awesome to pass MANY people on the track when my app those me to run. I ran/walked 1.41 miles in 30 minutes. 

Day two aka Sunday I was able to run before Sandy started to effect my area. I literally roll out of bed, put my clothes on, grabbed a banana and sneaked out the door before anyone woke up. The wind started to pick up so there were plenty of leaves everywhere. I had to watch my step so that I wouldn't bust my ass. The sun wasn't even up yet and it was still a little chilly. I run before my body realized what I was doing. I really wanted to stay in my bed but I am proud that I did it. I run/walked 1.88 miles in 30 minutes. I gained almost half a mile in one day. Awesome! 

Later Sunday morning, I went with my Bestie pre-hurricane Sandy shopping. Her and I were in search for a new dress. I needed a dress for the United States Marine Corp Birthday Ball for this Saturday. The dress that I had planned on wearing surprising is too big now. I lost 10 pounds since the time that I bought it and it fits all weird not. It hangs off of me in places. Here is what the dress looked like before losing the 10 pounds. 

I think I look amazing in this dress. The dress does not fit like this anymore. This is a good problem to have. I got this dress from a IG follower friend. She lost a lot of weight and never got the chance to wear the dress. She sold it to me and now I can't wear. It's a Torrid dress size 16. You know what that means? I am now a size 14. My Bestie offered to go shopping for a new fab dress. I had no idea where to start. I am new to this walking into any store and buying clothes. I am still used to searching and searching in the big girl store for dresses and clothes that I don't like and ending up with nothing. She drove us up to Yonkers and we tried Burlington Coat Factory first. We looked around for a little bit and started pulling dresses off the rack to try on. I think we picked out about 5 dresses. I tried on the first dress that we picked out. OMG! I looked amazing! It was like Say Yes to the Dress. I took my breath away. My Bestie fell in love too. You could totally see the weigh loss. This dress was the dress. I tried on all the rest but I knew this was the one. 

2 of them straight up didn't fit. This didn't phase me because I am use to that. Here is a peek at the other two dress. The lighting is horrible in the dressing room but I still look awesome! 



I think I am going to go back and buy the black dress. The feeling of being able to try on dress and find something amazing is a great ego boost. My Bestie was there right with me to experience it. SWEET! Unfortunately, the USMC Ball has been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. I hope when the ball does happen I still fit into the navy dress. Again, that's a good problem to have. 
Numbers & Goals:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2 
This week's weight is: 224.6 lbs BMI 34.1 kg/m^2
Change since last week: -1.4 lbs 
Change from WW start: -43.9 lbs 
Percentage of weight loss from WW start: 16.35%

Measurements:
Arms: 14in Change since start: -2.5in 
Hips: 40in Change since start: -9.5in
Bust: 42in Change since start: -6.0in 
Waist: 35in Change since start: -7.5in
Thigh: 23in.Change since start: -5.5in

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Week 68

It's been about 10 weeks since I last blogged about my weekly Weight Watchers Online weigh ins. I believe it's about time that I return to this tradition and share my thoughts, emotions and plans week by week. This makes things easier for me of course. A lot of things have strayed me from being loyal to this and my mom blog. Some good but mostly bad reasons have taken my attention off blogging. Blogging is my favorite non-active hobby. If you know me well, you would know that I have a boat load of non-active hobbies. I love crochet, photography and scrap-booking to name a few.

On my last post was proudly celebrating no longer being severely obese. Now I get to celebrate passing the -40 lbs mark. YAY! It's a great feeling to know that I have lost over 40 lbs with Weight Watchers. It's an even better feeling knowing that I have lost 64 lbs in total.

When I was 290 lbs I did not like the skin that I was in. I was far from the athlete that I was in high school and college. My friends and family tell me now that they loved the way I look even if I was that large. I love them to death but I hated being that big. My doctor had offered many many (maybe too many times) the referrals to get weigh loss surgery. Many times I said no to the referrals. One time I did say yes. The Doctor quickly filled out of the paperwork before I changed my mind. I made the necessary appointments to start the progress. I remember sitting in my sister's living room the day of the first appointment. I was very nervous and cloudy. I was cloudy because I didn't know if this was the right thing to do. At the time my health had yet to show signs of being effected by the weight but that didn't mean I was happy. I decided not to go. I stood at my sister's and thought about what I was about to do to my body. I'll tell you the truth, I was still not ready to start my weigh loss journey. I wasn't really until 2.5 years later. Feeling tired all the time, retaining water and fluid another my face and legs was my wake up call. It was the moment where my body started screaming at me. I wasn't at my highest weight at this moment but the way my body was functioning I might as well have been. I still have another 62 lbs to lose to be in the normal weigh range. It's a great feeling to know that I am half way there already.

Some times I look at myself in the mirror and I don't believe what I am seeing. If you follow me on Instagram you'll see that I do a muffin top check. I do this because I am still in disbelieve that my belly is getting smaller. It's starting to no longer line up with my boobs. That's what I like to call awesome sauce. I love the way my clothes fit. I don't get upset trying to figure out what to where. In the past,I would cry because my clothes are all too small and my "big" were too tight. I do like my clothes to be tight but some clothes cut off circultion. Now I have a hard time figure out which cute L or XL shirt should I wear today.

Since being sick I haven't been able to do my insanity workouts. In fact, I am not hitting my target activity points plus with my active link. I have an annoying coughing that is getting in the way of getting my cardio done. The cough is driving me insane. I feel fine and suddenly I am hacking. My doctor said that I can not do any moderate or high intensity workouts until the cough goes away. So I have to stick with low intensity workouts but I am not going to reach my daily active link goal with it. I am have to just deal with that until my lungs are better. 

Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2 
This week's weight is: 226.0 lbs BMI 34.4 kg/m^2
Change since last week: -2.8 lbs 
Change from WW start: -42.5 lbs 
Percentage of weight loss from WW start: 15.83%

Measurements:
Arms: 14in Change since start: -2.5in 
Hips: 40in Change since start: -9.5in
Bust: 42in Change since start: -6.0in 
Waist: 35in Change since start: -7.5in
Thigh: 23in.Change since start: -5.5in

Week 68

It's been about 10 weeks since I last blogged about my weekly Weight Watchers Online weigh ins. I believe it's about time that I return to this tradition and share my thoughts, emotions and plans week by week. This makes things easier for me of course. A lot of things have strayed me from being loyal to this and my mom blog. Some good but mostly bad reasons have taken my attention off blogging. Blogging is my favorite non-active hobby. If you know me well, you would know that I have a boat load of non-active hobbies. I love crochet, photography and scrap-booking to name a few.

On my last post was proudly celebrating no longer being severely obese. Now I get to celebrate passing the -40 lbs mark. YAY! It's a great feeling to know that I have lost over 40 lbs with Weight Watchers. It's an even better feeling knowing that I have lost 64 lbs in total.

When I was 290 lbs I did not like the skin that I was in. I was far from the athlete that I was in high school and college. My friends and family tell me now that they loved the way I look even if I was that large. I love them to death but I hated being that big. My doctor had offered many many (maybe too many times) the referrals to get weigh loss surgery. Many times I said no to the referrals. One time I did say yes. The Doctor quickly filled out of the paperwork before I changed my mind. I made the necessary appointments to start the progress. I remember sitting in my sister's living room the day of the first appointment. I was very nervous and cloudy. I was cloudy because I didn't know if this was the right thing to do. At the time my health had yet to show signs of being effected by the weight but that didn't mean I was happy. I decided not to go. I stood at my sister's and thought about what I was about to do to my body. I'll tell you the truth, I was still not ready to start my weigh loss journey. I wasn't really until 2.5 years later. Feeling tired all the time, retaining water and fluid another my face and legs was my wake up call. It was the moment where my body started screaming at me. I wasn't at my highest weight at this moment but the way my body was functioning I might as well have been. I still have another 62 lbs to lose to be in the normal weigh range. It's a great feeling to know that I am half way there already.

Some times I look at myself in the mirror and I don't believe what I am seeing. If you follow me on Instagram you'll see that I do a muffin top check. I do this because I am still in disbelieve that my belly is getting smaller. It's starting to no longer line up with my boobs. That's what I like to call awesome sauce. I love the way my clothes fit. I don't get upset trying to figure out what to where. In the past,I would cry because my clothes are all too small and my "big" were too tight. I do like my clothes to be tight but some clothes cut off circultion. Now I have a hard time figure out which cute L or XL shirt should I wear today.

Since being sick I haven't been able to do my insanity workouts. In fact, I am not hitting my target activity points plus with my active link. I have an annoying coughing that is getting in the way of getting my cardio done. The cough is driving me insane. I feel fine and suddenly I am hacking. My doctor said that I can not do any moderate or high intensity workouts until the cough goes away. So I have to stick with low intensity workouts but I am not going to reach my daily active link goal with it. I am have to just deal with that until my lungs are better. 

Numbers & Goals Weight:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2 
This week's weight is: 226.0 lbs BMI 34.4 kg/m^2
Change since last week: -2.8 lbs 
Change from WW start: -42.5 lbs 
Percentage of weight loss from WW start: 15.83%

Measurements:
Arms: 14in Change since start: -2.5in 
Hips: 40in Change since start: -9.5in
Bust: 42in Change since start: -6.0in 
Waist: 35in Change since start: -7.5in
Thigh: 23in.Change since start: -5.5in

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mid-October Success

Keeping up with my weekly post has been impossible. I really need to stop playing myself start doing that again. It keeps this blog going. I promise you that I will start posting my weekly WW weigh ins again. Now you know what I have been up to since I have posted about the events have been apart of. Yay for me! This pass weekend I was scheduled to participate in the Tour de Bronx. Unfortunately, I was too sick to go. I had been fighting a seem to be an increasing bad cold and/or flu. I finally gave up on denial and went to see a doctor. I have Strep. Grossness! I have been M.I.A. from work because if it. If you know anything about me and work I hate being absent, let alone absent before 60 schools days have passed. However, I am happy that I was finally giving the meds that my body so desperately needed. I was in tears because I didn't want to be sick anymore. When I was at my heaviest I would get sick a lot more often for longer periods of time. Since eating healthier, working out and losing over 10% of my body mass, I rarely get sick and if I do it's usually a small cold that is gone in two days. After this experience I am going to be an uber clean freak ninja! I can't go through this again. I also need to learn how to take my booty to the doctor before it get to the point where I feel like death. Shame on me.

Before getting sick I restarted Insanity. I actually got passed the first three days. I made it all the way to Day 17 before the dang germs stopped me in my tracks. I tracked my daily session on Instagram. It's always exciting to know that their are others in the world fighting the same battle as me. I found a handful for WW members and Insanity users on Instagram. It's very motivating to see their success and to share mine. With Weight Watchers AND Insanity I successfully lost 1.6 pounds at three weight ins giving me my long awaited 35 pounds lost star. My last weigh in I successfully lost 3.4 pounds. I made it to my current goal. I set this goal in December of last year. The weigh in was 230.1 pounds. At this weight I am no longer in the severely obese BMI category but in the obese category. I weighed in at 228.8 lbs giving me a BMI of 34.8. YAY!!! It's a great feeling to know that I am just regular obese now. I have to do something to celebrate this accomplishment. I think I am going to do my very own Tour de Bronx to make up for missing out on Sunday's event.

Also after last month's mud run I have being seriously looking into starting running. Now...if you know anything about me I am NOT a runner. I want change that. I am going to look joining NYRR for the new year and possibly do an event before this year is over. New things are so awesome. 

Mid-October Success

Keeping up with my weekly post has been impossible. I really need to stop playing myself start doing that again. It keeps this blog going. I promise you that I will start posting my weekly WW weigh ins again. Now you know what I have been up to since I have posted about the events have been apart of. Yay for me! This pass weekend I was scheduled to participate in the Tour de Bronx. Unfortunately, I was too sick to go. I had been fighting a seem to be an increasing bad cold and/or flu. I finally gave up on denial and went to see a doctor. I have Strep. Grossness! I have been M.I.A. from work because if it. If you know anything about me and work I hate being absent, let alone absent before 60 schools days have passed. However, I am happy that I was finally giving the meds that my body so desperately needed. I was in tears because I didn't want to be sick anymore. When I was at my heaviest I would get sick a lot more often for longer periods of time. Since eating healthier, working out and losing over 10% of my body mass, I rarely get sick and if I do it's usually a small cold that is gone in two days. After this experience I am going to be an uber clean freak ninja! I can't go through this again. I also need to learn how to take my booty to the doctor before it get to the point where I feel like death. Shame on me.

Before getting sick I restarted Insanity. I actually got passed the first three days. I made it all the way to Day 17 before the dang germs stopped me in my tracks. I tracked my daily session on Instagram. It's always exciting to know that their are others in the world fighting the same battle as me. I found a handful for WW members and Insanity users on Instagram. It's very motivating to see their success and to share mine. With Weight Watchers AND Insanity I successfully lost 1.6 pounds at three weight ins giving me my long awaited 35 pounds lost star. My last weigh in I successfully lost 3.4 pounds. I made it to my current goal. I set this goal in December of last year. The weigh in was 230.1 pounds. At this weight I am no longer in the severely obese BMI category but in the obese category. I weighed in at 228.8 lbs giving me a BMI of 34.8. YAY!!! It's a great feeling to know that I am just regular obese now. I have to do something to celebrate this accomplishment. I think I am going to do my very own Tour de Bronx to make up for missing out on Sunday's event.

Also after last month's mud run I have being seriously looking into starting running. Now...if you know anything about me I am NOT a runner. I want change that. I am going to look joining NYRR for the new year and possibly do an event before this year is over. New things are so awesome. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Germs Have Arrived!

Oh how I hate the fall!

Fall is the time of year where the germs attack! They don't always attack in the fall sometimes they wait until winter.

So far we have had two germ invasion and it's not even November yet! That is how the germs have attacked.

Big Bea has officially moved on to Middle School. This is a new breeding ground for germ warfare. We have never encountered germs like these. In elementary school Big Bea was on the top of the germ food chain. She has encountered each and every germ that has come through elementary school. She was able to build a defense against attack. The moment Big Bea walked into Middle School she never saw it coming. She is now on the bottom of the germ food chain. Easy to attack! The germs attacked and she bought them home to us last month. #fail

Big Al is the lucky on. No new germs at all. He moved to 1st grade with his entire class in the same class room. The only things that changed was the teacher and para. They have been successful in not share their germs with the class. Big Al's interacts with other germs are limited. He spends 98% of his day with the same germs. #win

Little Al.....she is the source. She is exposed to new germs all the time. She was placed in a new class with new kids and staff. She still puts things in her mouth. It's an invitation for the germs. She also loves sharing she germs. She shares them with everyone. I am her favorite person to share with. Her asthma weakens her defenses too. She is the source of the 2nd germ attack.

Yes this mom is sick.

The germs have arrived!

This is going to be a long cold and flu season.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mommy Giveaway: Exergen TemporalScanner Infrared Thermometer


I'll be being reviewing the Exergen TemporalScanner Infrared Thermometer. I've actually never seen one of these thermometer used in person. I've seen it in Babies R Us many times over when I was expecting one of the child. I was turned off by the price of it. It can cost up to $60. Yes that's right $60. I don't know anyone that would spent that much money on a Thermometer. 

I agreed to review it because I wanted to know what was the big deal with this thermometer. I was already skeptical and I wanted to go for a test run.

"The TempotalScanner Thermometer is a totally non-invasive system with advanced infrared technology providing maximum ease of use with a quick, consistently accurate measurements. Advanced, patented technology measure temperatures with a gentle stroke across the forehead." (Exergen Corp, 2012)

Taking Big and Little Al's temperature when they are sick has always been very difficult. Big Al doesn't want to stop talking when the digital thermometer is in his mouth. The reading is never right.  Little Al has echolalic speech. She repeats and repeats. Explaining what to do with the digital thermometer usually sounds like this. 

"Open your mouth, Alyson."
"Open your mouth, Mommy." (Insert thermometer)
"Closed your mouth."
"Closed your mouth." (Mouth is still open)
"Like this." (Models)
"Like THIS!!" (Mouth is still open.)
I look at her, She laughs and says :
"Closed your mouth, closed your mouth, closed your mouth." (Runs away chanting)

I can never get a reading for her. Let's see if I can get something from this TempotalScanner. I took it out of the package, read the direction and got to measuring. I scanned Becky...96.7? Big Al...96.6? and Little Al...97.2? What the heck? That can't be right. 

I put the thermometer down and said, "I am either doing it wrong or this product sucks!" I sat on my dresser for a few days. 

Little Al had a case of school germ invasion. That was my chance to use the thermometer again....99.6? For reals? Something is wrong! 

I sat with it...I looked at it....AH-HA!

I never took the protective cap of the darn thing. I fell extremely special. Of course it wasn't working, I left the flipping cap on. I blamed my lack of sleep and the camouflaged cap. Shame on me. I can't help but to laugh at myself. I need an IEP use correctly use a thermometer. 

Once I stopped laughing at myself I started attacking everyone. Taking temps left and right. After using it for a week I loved it. 
No fighting, no crying and no headaches. It's so easy to use. Swipe and done. I feel that the readings are very accurate. When Little Al's forehead was sweaty I took the reading behind her ear and it was easy as can me. Key word: easy. 

This is a baby shower gift for a special mommy. It's also great for tired, zombie moms like myself. 

Just remember to take the cap off before using it. 

Now here is the fun part. I am giving away one (1) Exergen TemporalScanner Infrared Thermometer. To win you must do the following: 

1- Submit an email to aguobadia@aol.com. The email MUST included your online user-name AND your real first and last name AND your hometown.

2-- Go over to The Awesome Mom  and Changing Amy Facebook pages and click like on BOTH pages.

3- What was your funniest Mommy mistake? Leave a comment below

Here's the legal stuff:

-       Prize:   One (1)  Exergen TemporalScanner Infrared Thermometer. 

- An outside provider will handle the fulfillment and mail the prize to the winner

- Giveaway is Open to US Residents only

- The giveaway is being provided to Mom but the thoughts and opinions are Mom's and are not influenced by the prize or prizing. 

Contest ends Friday, October 19 2012 @ Midnight. Winners will be picked Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My First Down & Dirty 5K Mud Run 2012

Sunday was my highly anticipated Down & Dirty Mud Run. I signed up for this mud run back in April. I didn't feel the nervousness for this events until after the Century Tour. When that event was over my brain flipped the nervous switch.

The day before I picked up my packet from Eastern Mountain Sports SoHo. I was so happy that I listened to the Merrell emails and went early because Sunday morning was insane. People everywhere! I got a few goodies along with my bib.

I got a head wrap thingy. I have no idea what it is called all I know that I can wear a bunch of different ways.
I also got an awesome tee-shirt to get dirty in and a D-Tag. The tag goes on my shoe tracks my time on the run. My first one...yay!
 When I woke up on Sunday morning I wasn't sure if I was going to the mud run. My daughter was sick and coughing up a storm. I debated if I should stay home with her. She stood home with her dad so I was able to run in the mud.
I debated on what to wear over and over again. Cotton? Spandex? Basketball shorts? I went with an old pair of workout capris. They are skin tight so I figure the mud and water wouldn't drag them down too much and I don't care of they get a hole in them.
Holy crap! When I got there the 10K had already started. I saw lots of muddy people running around and a lot more trying to get their bibs. I walked over to bag check and my nerves kicked in more. My brain started racing. "What if I didn't see any of my peeps?" "What if I fall?" "Am I really ready for this?" Here is my nervous forced smile.
At that moment I decided to take a picture of my feet when they were clean. Please note: I was not wearing new sneakers. They are just really clean.
After a text, a phone call and some searching I found my peeps. Hi Ladies. I love this shot of us. We are so clean, happy and nervous as all heck!
As we got closer to the start the more nervous I got. What the heck was I thinking? There is no turning back now. I am here...I am going to do this.
Yes, all of these pictures were taken with my iPhone. I place my iPhone in a snack sized Ziploc bag and placed it in a little fanny pack I have. I couldn't do this event without snapping pictures. Some pictures I take with the Ziploc nag still on. They came out pretty good.
It was finally our turn to start. We were in the +15 minute mile section. We were surround by the non-athletes. Which was great. People in all shapes and sizes were there. Young and old. We were off. My events pal, Levonda, jetted off in front of me. She is WAY better at running then I am. You rock socks girl! I just kept going. Obstacles came and went. With each of them I can more excited about doing them. I was happy to get in there and do it!
This was when I realized that the later 5K start began to pass me. That's ok guys I'll see you at the finish line.
I kept going!
And going...
and going!
I knew the end of the run was near when I could hear the cheers of the finish line and I was heading to the beach for a dip.
So refreshing! It was my last chance to get clean before I got all dirty. Now it was time to climb. I love the helps at the wall. The soldier at the wall was very nice when I got there. He gently told me if I need help he is here for me. When I started up that wall he proclaimed that I didn't need any help and it get going! The volunteer at the top of the wall was screaming at me "You don't need help YOU GOT THIS!!"

Next up was the inclined plane. Levonda coached me to get the long rope to help me. Bad though ran in my mind. Holy crap I have poor upper body strength. I am going to bust my ass! Guess what? I didn't I rocked it out! I did it at a speed I never thought I could go.
Last but not least...the mud pit! It was easy and painful. The rocks had all filter to the bottom and the crawl to the end hurt. It was a good pain because I was done!!
What an amazing feeling to complete that entire course.  Check out the mud sleeves.
It was awesome to do it with a great friend and cheerleader!
You know we are crazy to have such great big smiles after dragging ourselves in the mud!
We were just a little dirty. We cleaned up a little and had a picnic.
I completed the race at 1:07:02. I feel that it was an awesome time for my first running event ever. I didn't train for this event and I rocked. This the beginning of running for me. 
When I got home it took me about an hour to get all the mud and dirt off of me. It was all worth it! 

My victory wall is filling up nicely.