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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It Finally Feels Like Christmas

It's always been a traditional for me to put the Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. I always wanted to get the most out of my Christmas decorations each season since they sit in a box for 11 months a year. The feeling of Christmas always made me so happy. I would pay horrible disco music while I put the tree up. (Thanks Mom & Dad for that one.) The last couple of years were difficult ones. After learning about Big & Little Al's special needs I wanted to make the holidays extra great so that they knew that these things are awesome.....but.....they never understand what was going on. Big Bea would be the only one to recognize what was going on. Big & Little Al would show little to no excitement or understanding to why we had this thing in our living room taking up space. Honestly, this would make me sad. I wanted them to feel the joy that Big Bea and I felt.

Finally......I get my joy. They both finally understand what is going on. They know that we are celebrating this tradition of gift giving with our family. The tree, the light, the star and everything else that comes along with it. They get it. Big Al dances up a storm every day since the Christmas has been up. Little Al wasn't to touch everything on the dress and sings songs to it.

I can't wait until Christmas day comes.

Wow... I am tired.


I had a long long day today. I am too tired to blog but I still want to share my Skinny Snowman Points. 

Wednesday, November 28
Veggie Serving Each Meal ~~~>1opts 
(5pts each meal)

3 Fruit Servings                  ~~~> 10pts 
(10pts daily)

Log Food                           ~~~> 10pts  
(10pts daily)

5 Positives                           ~~~> 5pts
(5pts daily)

64oz of Water (5pts Daily)   ~~~>10pts
OVER 64oz Water (10pts Daily)

Meatless Monday                 ~~~> 0pts
(10pts Monday Only)

Mini Weekly Challenge       ~~~> 0pts
(25pts Weekly)

5pts per 30 mins of Exercise ~~~> 25pts
(50pts MAX)

Wednesday Total                         ~~~> 70pts

Daily Scaley

Wow... I am tired.


I had a long long day today. I am too tired to blog but I still want to share my Skinny Snowman Points. 

Wednesday, November 28
Veggie Serving Each Meal ~~~>1opts 
(5pts each meal)

3 Fruit Servings                  ~~~> 10pts 
(10pts daily)

Log Food                           ~~~> 10pts  
(10pts daily)

5 Positives                           ~~~> 5pts
(5pts daily)

64oz of Water (5pts Daily)   ~~~>10pts
OVER 64oz Water (10pts Daily)

Meatless Monday                 ~~~> 0pts
(10pts Monday Only)

Mini Weekly Challenge       ~~~> 0pts
(25pts Weekly)

5pts per 30 mins of Exercise ~~~> 25pts
(50pts MAX)

Wednesday Total                         ~~~> 70pts

Daily Scaley

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Adventures in Dieting: The Things That Roll Around In My Head.


The above image was posted on the Weight Watchers Facebook Fan Page early today. I completely agree, I need to remind myself every day... why am I doing this. Why am I on this weight loss journey? Why am I sharing my experiences on my blog and Instagram?

Weight loss is a very difficult thing to deal with. Sharing those experiences publicly my seem insane to some. Others thing its awesome and inspirational. I am not sharing my experiences to be famous or a superstar blogger. I am sharing for accountability. For a good part of this year I slowed down my blog entires. I wasn't being accountable to myself. I was derailed. Now I am staying on track. (Especially after Thanksgiving.) I want to be accountable to myself and blogging is how I am able to reflect what I am doing week to week or day to day. This works out great for me because I am an Online Weight Watchers member. I do not attend meetings. I do not discuss topics with those attending the WW meetings. I have thought about becoming a meeting member many times but it just doesn't work in my busy mom life. Online membership+ blogging + WW online community + ActiveLink = a happy Amy. 

Along with sharing publicly comes the negative. I can't even count anymore how many times over the last almost year and a half people have told me that I should have lost all the weight already. Countless times people have told me what I was doing was wrong and I needed to do what they tell me to. I usually take their information with a smile and dump it in the trash can in my brain. If I am going to do this....its going to be my way. So there!

No, I haven't reached goal weight yet. No, I haven't even reached 20% lost yet but I am feeling better then ever. I feel comfortable in my skin....muffin top and all. 

I am doing things that I never thought that I would be doing. I actually want to run! No way! I never thought in a million years that I would actually like running. I tried this time last year to start running but I wasn't ready. Now, I see big things in the future. 

Time for more accountiblity....my Skinny Snowman summary for today. 
Tuesday, November 27
Veggie Serving Each Meal ~~~>15pts (Carrots are my friends) 
(5pts each meal)

3 Fruit Servings                  ~~~> 10pts (I <3 apples!)
(10pts daily)

Log Food                           ~~~> 10pts  (I am using the Weight Watchers Online App to track)
(10pts daily)

5 Positives                           ~~~> 5pts
(5pts daily)

64oz of Water (5pts Daily)   ~~~>10pts
OVER 64oz Water (10pts Daily)

Meatless Monday                 ~~~> 0pts
(10pts Monday Only)

Mini Weekly Challenge       ~~~> 0pts
(25pts Weekly)

5pts per 30 mins of Exercise ~~~> 20pts
(50pts MAX)

Tuesday Total                         ~~~> 70pts


Daily Scaley

Adventures in Dieting: The Things That Roll Around In My Head.


The above image was posted on the Weight Watchers Facebook Fan Page early today. I completely agree, I need to remind myself every day... why am I doing this. Why am I on this weight loss journey? Why am I sharing my experiences on my blog and Instagram?

Weight loss is a very difficult thing to deal with. Sharing those experiences publicly my seem insane to some. Others thing its awesome and inspirational. I am not sharing my experiences to be famous or a superstar blogger. I am sharing for accountability. For a good part of this year I slowed down my blog entires. I wasn't being accountable to myself. I was derailed. Now I am staying on track. (Especially after Thanksgiving.) I want to be accountable to myself and blogging is how I am able to reflect what I am doing week to week or day to day. This works out great for me because I am an Online Weight Watchers member. I do not attend meetings. I do not discuss topics with those attending the WW meetings. I have thought about becoming a meeting member many times but it just doesn't work in my busy mom life. Online membership+ blogging + WW online community + ActiveLink = a happy Amy. 

Along with sharing publicly comes the negative. I can't even count anymore how many times over the last almost year and a half people have told me that I should have lost all the weight already. Countless times people have told me what I was doing was wrong and I needed to do what they tell me to. I usually take their information with a smile and dump it in the trash can in my brain. If I am going to do this....its going to be my way. So there!

No, I haven't reached goal weight yet. No, I haven't even reached 20% lost yet but I am feeling better then ever. I feel comfortable in my skin....muffin top and all. 

I am doing things that I never thought that I would be doing. I actually want to run! No way! I never thought in a million years that I would actually like running. I tried this time last year to start running but I wasn't ready. Now, I see big things in the future. 

Time for more accountiblity....my Skinny Snowman summary for today. 
Tuesday, November 27
Veggie Serving Each Meal ~~~>15pts (Carrots are my friends) 
(5pts each meal)

3 Fruit Servings                  ~~~> 10pts (I <3 apples!)
(10pts daily)

Log Food                           ~~~> 10pts  (I am using the Weight Watchers Online App to track)
(10pts daily)

5 Positives                           ~~~> 5pts
(5pts daily)

64oz of Water (5pts Daily)   ~~~>10pts
OVER 64oz Water (10pts Daily)

Meatless Monday                 ~~~> 0pts
(10pts Monday Only)

Mini Weekly Challenge       ~~~> 0pts
(25pts Weekly)

5pts per 30 mins of Exercise ~~~> 20pts
(50pts MAX)

Tuesday Total                         ~~~> 70pts


Daily Scaley

Monday, November 26, 2012

Brooke: Not On A Diet's Skinny Snowman Challenge.

Yesterday, I started the Brooke: Not On A Diet's Skinny Snowman Challenge. This challenge is to help us all stay on track during the holiday season and not turn in a "pudgy snowman" by the time we make it to the another side of the holidays. You still have a chance to sign up. The deadline was extended to 1am EST Cyber Monday. What are you waiting for? JOIN!

To keep myself on track, every couple of days I am going to share my points charts and my daily scaley al la Jack Sh*t. Yes, there is a magical prize to win at the end of this challenge. I can't wait to see what it is.

Week 1

Sunday, November 25
Veggie Serving Each Meal ~~~>10pts
(5pts each meal)

3 Fruit Servings                  ~~~> 10pts
(10pts daily)

Log Food                           ~~~> 10pts
(10pts daily)

5 Positives                           ~~~> 5pts
(5pts daily)

64oz of Water (5pts Daily)   ~~~>10pts
OVER 64oz Water (10pts Daily)

Meatless Monday                 ~~~> 0pts
(10pts Monday Only)

Mini Weekly Challenge       ~~~> 0pts
(25pts Weekly)

5pts per 30 mins of Exercise ~~~> 15pts
(50pts MAX)

Sunday Total                         ~~~> 60pts



Monday, November 26
Veggie Serving Each Meal ~~~>15pts
(5pts each meal)

3 Fruit Servings                  ~~~> 10pts
(10pts daily)

Log Food                           ~~~> 10pts
(10pts daily)

5 Positives                           ~~~> 5pts
(5pts daily)

64oz of Water (5pts Daily)   ~~~>10pts
OVER 64oz Water (10pts Daily)

Meatless Monday                 ~~~> 10pts
(10pts Monday Only)

Mini Weekly Challenge       ~~~> 0pts
(25pts Weekly)

5pts per 30 mins of Exercise ~~~> 25pts
(50pts MAX)

Monday Total                         ~~~> 80pts




Daily Scaley
Kind of sleepy. 
I should go to bed.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Week 73

Well... Thanksgiving...was terrible. Let me type that in a different way. I absolutely loved the company I kept on Thanksgiving. I spent the time with the Bestie and family. There was food as far as the eye could see! I ate three days worth of food on Thursday. OMG! My tummy was so full! My body was not happy with what I had done. Yes, I took a before and after of my Thanksgiving belly. No I am not brave enough to share that picture on my blog.

As a result of my food filled turkey day I gained 3.5lbs. I am not upset about the gain. It's time to take it in and move forward.

Before my turkey day binge eating I had been feeling very liturgic and suffering from headaches. These are symptoms of my anemia. I have been living with anemia since I was 13 years old. I do my best to eat right and rest so that it doesn't "acted up." Sometimes there is nothing that I can do to help with it. Other symptoms that I have associated with my anemia are: pale skin, dizziness, cold hands and feet, headaches and fatigue. Life has to move forward when I feel this way. My mommy duties don't stop. I am very lucky when my husband watches the kids and I am able to take a cat nap to re-gain some strength. Even when I am relaxing in my favorite chair someone is always not to far away.


Since I needed to rest and not be my normal 'always on my feet' self. I spent my Saturday afternoon looking at old blog pictures of myself. I like doing these when I am down or out of it. I get to see my current progress in my weight loss. I made this blog public in July 2011. That's when the left picture below was taken. I referenced myself in that white dress a bunch of times during the lifetime of this blog. The picture of the right I took a few weeks ago. I look so awesome! In the July 2011 picture you can really see how big my belly was. I started measuring my inches loss progress after about six weeks in Weight Watchers. I don't know what the start measurement of my belly was. As you know my belly is the area I dis-like the most. Progress is happening there, little by little.

The navy dress brings me to my hairstyle trials. I was suppose to be resting Saturday evening but I ended up playing with my hair. I will be attending the USMC Birthday Ball on Saturday. I had no idea what I was going to do with my hair. So I decided lets have some fun with my long locks.
This was a lot of fun. It took some energy from me because remember I was suppose to be resting and not playing around with my hair on my feet. Anyway....#6 is the winner!

Today I started to feel some what better. I got some of my lip color back. YAY! I still had to take it easy. Which isn't easy to do with special needs kids and a husband that works nights. I am pretty much on my own. I am hoping tomorrow will be a better day. Instead of sleeping like I am suppose to be I am on blogger blogging away. I am a bad patient.

I realized that my hair is getting extra long and extra heavy. My hair is at this length after one year of growing. My last hair cut it was cut to my jaw line. I see a extreme hair cut in my future.

To wrap this weekend up I have enter the Brooke: Not On A Diet Skinny Snowman Challenge. Since I  can not join the Weight Watchers Online Challenge because I am an ActiveLink user this challenge is perfect. Those who signed up before the deadline enter the challenge by logging points according to Brooke's guideline. I plan on sharing my log with my readers. YAY!



Numbers:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2 
This week's weight is: 230.8 lbs BMI 35.1 kg/m^2
Change since last week: + 3.5 lbs 
Change from WW start: -37.7 lbs 
Percentage of weight loss from WW start: 14.04%

Week 73

Well... Thanksgiving...was terrible. Let me type that in a different way. I absolutely loved the company I kept on Thanksgiving. I spent the time with the Bestie and family. There was food as far as the eye could see! I ate three days worth of food on Thursday. OMG! My tummy was so full! My body was not happy with what I had done. Yes, I took a before and after of my Thanksgiving belly. No I am not brave enough to share that picture on my blog.

As a result of my food filled turkey day I gained 3.5lbs. I am not upset about the gain. It's time to take it in and move forward.

Before my turkey day binge eating I had been feeling very liturgic and suffering from headaches. These are symptoms of my anemia. I have been living with anemia since I was 13 years old. I do my best to eat right and rest so that it doesn't "acted up." Sometimes there is nothing that I can do to help with it. Other symptoms that I have associated with my anemia are: pale skin, dizziness, cold hands and feet, headaches and fatigue. Life has to move forward when I feel this way. My mommy duties don't stop. I am very lucky when my husband watches the kids and I am able to take a cat nap to re-gain some strength. Even when I am relaxing in my favorite chair someone is always not to far away.


Since I needed to rest and not be my normal 'always on my feet' self. I spent my Saturday afternoon looking at old blog pictures of myself. I like doing these when I am down or out of it. I get to see my current progress in my weight loss. I made this blog public in July 2011. That's when the left picture below was taken. I referenced myself in that white dress a bunch of times during the lifetime of this blog. The picture of the right I took a few weeks ago. I look so awesome! In the July 2011 picture you can really see how big my belly was. I started measuring my inches loss progress after about six weeks in Weight Watchers. I don't know what the start measurement of my belly was. As you know my belly is the area I dis-like the most. Progress is happening there, little by little.

The navy dress brings me to my hairstyle trials. I was suppose to be resting Saturday evening but I ended up playing with my hair. I will be attending the USMC Birthday Ball on Saturday. I had no idea what I was going to do with my hair. So I decided lets have some fun with my long locks.
This was a lot of fun. It took some energy from me because remember I was suppose to be resting and not playing around with my hair on my feet. Anyway....#6 is the winner!

Today I started to feel some what better. I got some of my lip color back. YAY! I still had to take it easy. Which isn't easy to do with special needs kids and a husband that works nights. I am pretty much on my own. I am hoping tomorrow will be a better day. Instead of sleeping like I am suppose to be I am on blogger blogging away. I am a bad patient.

I realized that my hair is getting extra long and extra heavy. My hair is at this length after one year of growing. My last hair cut it was cut to my jaw line. I see a extreme hair cut in my future.

To wrap this weekend up I have enter the Brooke: Not On A Diet Skinny Snowman Challenge. Since I  can not join the Weight Watchers Online Challenge because I am an ActiveLink user this challenge is perfect. Those who signed up before the deadline enter the challenge by logging points according to Brooke's guideline. I plan on sharing my log with my readers. YAY!



Numbers:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2 
This week's weight is: 230.8 lbs BMI 35.1 kg/m^2
Change since last week: + 3.5 lbs 
Change from WW start: -37.7 lbs 
Percentage of weight loss from WW start: 14.04%

Friday, November 23, 2012

Dear Santa,

Dear Santa,

I know you are very busy man and I don't want you spending too much time trying to figure out what to get me Christmas.....sssssoooooooooo........ I created a list of things that would be awesome as Christmas gifts.

- A Hello Kitty iPhone 4 case

- Any Sparkly Soul Headband in shades of pink or blue.

- Warm stuff: socks, PJs, slippers, etc. I've shrunk out of that stuff.

- A gift card to Old Navy (My favorite store)

- Old Navy sweaters and long shelves shirts (L or XL) ... I have shrunk out this stuff too.

Be Delicious

- A gift card for the purchase of a New York Road Runner Membership

- A Bern Helmet to match my bike.

- Another pair of Skechers running kicks.

- A gift card for the purchase the entry fee to the NYC Half 2013.(Deadline for this is 12/14/12)

Thank you in advance Santa

With Love,

Amy, The Awesome Mom




Dear Santa,


Dear Santa,

I know you are very busy man and I don't want you spending too much time trying to figure out what to get me Christmas.....sssssoooooooooo........ I created a list of things that would be awesome as Christmas gifts.

- A Hello Kitty iPhone 4 case

- Any Sparkly Soul Headband in shades of pink or blue.

- Warm stuff: socks, PJs, slippers, etc. I've shrunk out of that stuff.

- A gift card to Old Navy (My favorite store)

- Old Navy sweaters and long shelves shirts (L or XL) ... I have shrunk out this stuff too.

Be Delicious

- A gift card for the purchase of a New York Road Runner Membership

- A Bern Helmet to match my bike.

- Another pair of Skechers running kicks.

- A gift card for the purchase the entry fee to the NYC Half 2013. (Deadline for this is 12/14/12)

Thank you in advance Santa

With Love,

Amy, The Awesome Mom

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My First NYRR Race: Race to Deliver 2012.

I ran/walked my very first New York Road Runners race. A few weeks ago I signed up for Race to Deliver and started training. I ran/walked about two to three times a week for the last three weeks to get ready for this race. I used 5KRunner & MapMyRun apps to help with my timing and pacing. I have yet to complete the training program with 5kRunner but I felt that I had come along enough in the program to do well in the race. When I signed up for the race I entered my pace to be 17:32 minute mile. That was my pace for the mud run. When I started training I paced at a 17:00 minute mile. Each run/walk training I did my pace improved. I was able to improve to a 14:39 minute mile pace five days before the race. I knew I was ready.

The day before the race I was uber nervous. I got lots of cheers from my family, friends and fans. My favorite cheers and kudos were from Weight Watchers superstars Trixie and Sheryl. These ladies are my inspriation and they are bad ass!

The night before the race I headed to bed pretty early because I want to be up on time for this early race. Little did I know that I was not going to have a good night's sleep. Snoring, my middle child's nightmare and my youngest wanting to party at 3am didn't make for a good night's sleep. No es bueno. I woke up with a massive headache that was effecting my vision. Double no bueno. I kept it moving. I didn't want to miss this event especially since I am still sore about missing that Tour de Bronx. I got my clothes on my body and headed out the door. Everything that I wore I got from Old Navy minus my sneaker, socks and sports bra. I am addicted to Old Navy clothing! You can't tell from this picture but my favorite color is blue. HA!
I quickly stopped at D&D for some coffee for the caffine and to fill my tummy a little. I don't like eating heavy before a major workout. I didn't like the feeling of almost vomitting or vomitting. I took two bite of my everything bagel and the coffee filled me up nicely. To get to the train station I walked the path that I normally run at night. Things look a lot different in the sun.


Hello Bronx Zoo! I love the Bronx Zoo signs. They are dramtically lit in the evening.


When I got to the train station I saw an old from from years passed. She is my favorite Jerky. Her favorite pet name for her friends is Jerky. I love it! (HI, Jerky!) We caught up on kids, school and life. It made my train ride to E149 Street go very quickly. When I got off the train I had no idea what time it was. I looked up at the time at the station and we in a panic! The time said 8:37! Holy crap I am flipping late! I quickly took out my iPhone to check the time. Darn MTA didn't change the time when Daylight Savings ended.
I got to Central Park just in time to run my bag to baguage and get to the last corral. My BBB (Best Bike Buddy), Levonda, we there waiting for me. She had done more than a few NYRR races so she is my coach. It's great to have someone to do go on these adventures with. (Hi, Levonda!)

While waiting for our group of runners/walkers I started my apps to track and pace. I started my app about 14 minutes before I cross over the D-Tag tracker. This made my first mile's pace longer then it really was. I was ok with that because I was using the app to keep me on track. The D-tag was going to be the holder of the truth.

When we started everyone was off and running. A lot of the folks around me were at a much quicker pace then I can go at this time. I tried to find my pace but I felt a little thrown off by those around me. Once Levonda passed me I knew it was time to find others that were close to my pace. I found an older couple jogging at a pace to my liking. I following them for a while. I found myself with a "pack" of ladies that were going at the same pace as me. When I walked they ran, when they ran I walked. It was pretty awesome. As I reached the first mile mark the MapMyRun app told me that my first mile was at a 22 minute pace. When I know that it was off because of my delay in my actual start. It didn't even feel like I reached one mile yet. That's a great feeling.

I reached the 2 mile mark and I totally forgot to take a picture. I was too focused on getting water. I only took a few sips. I needed the moisture but not the water log feeling in my tummy. I kept it moving. Suddenly, Out of no where came Levonda from behind me! No way she was behind me I was suppose to be behind her. She stopped to PEE! NOOOOOO!!!! That screwed her pace up. She was suppose to be at the finish line before me! That's how it always is.

At the 3 mile mark I started to feel things. No so good things. My ankles were talking to me. They were telling me, "Hi, How are you? You are suppose to stop now." My ankles started to hurt from the pounding of running. Also the headache that I had early in the day made a lovely comeback. The only thing keeping me going was my apps in my ear. My 5kRunner telling when to walk and run and MapMyRun telling me my pace. At this point I was at a 16:30 minute mile pace. That made me very happy since the app told me I started at a 22 minute pace. I kept going because I wanted to finish strong.
When I saw the 1/2 mile left mark I was so happy. I wanted to run the last 1/2 mile but my ankles were not happy with that idea. I only slowed down and walked two or three times in the last 1/2 mile. It was great to hear the volunteers cheering us all on. Those shouting "Go Wonder Woman!" gave me a boost.


I wanted to badly to finish. I wanted to feel the joy of finishing my first race. As I crossed the finish line the greatest thing happened! The MC announced me as I finshed. He announced me as Wonder Woman! (I am tearing up as I am typing that.) I didn't cry when I crossed the finish line like I thought. When I crossed my apps started talking to me I couldn't focus my hearing on anything else. Then I hear my name! It's Sheryl! She was waiting for me at the finish line. I ran over to her and gave her the BIGGEST hug. I almost knocked her over. She took a great picture of me when I discovered it was her calling me. My inspiration came out in the cold for me! AWESOME! I wanted to come back around and talk because I got lost in bagel and water land.
Photo by Sheryl Yvette
I got home pretty quick. Running is not like biking. I got home by 10am. When I do tours I am home way later.  I was very hyper and excited to share my story with my family. I was greeted with warm hugs and kisses by my kids at the door.

The best part of being home was warming up with a hot shower! I call this picture "A Pile of Sweat."
When I stepped out of the shower I quickly changed the NYRR site for my results. When I saw my pace....I bursted into tears! I improved my pace by one whole minute! The tears was also the enjoy of finishing my first race, having my BBB and my inspiration at the finish line and coming home to love of my children. (Damn it! I am crying now.)


I really enjoyed this experience. It was so exciting and I want more. I am going to check my schedule and sign up for another race. I am thinking the Jungle Bell Jog on Dec. 8th might be the next. 

My First NYRR Race: Race to Deliver 2012.

I ran/walked my very first New York Road Runners race. A few weeks ago I signed up for Race to Deliver and started training. I ran/walked about two to three times a week for the last three weeks to get ready for this race. I used 5KRunner & MapMyRun apps to help with my timing and pacing. I have yet to complete the training program with 5kRunner but I felt that I had come along enough in the program to do well in the race. When I signed up for the race I entered my pace to be 17:32 minute mile. That was my pace for the mud run. When I started training I paced at a 17:00 minute mile. Each run/walk training I did my pace improved. I was able to improve to a 14:39 minute mile pace five days before the race. I knew I was ready.

The day before the race I was uber nervous. I got lots of cheers from my family, friends and fans. My favorite cheers and kudos were from Weight Watchers superstars Trixie and Sheryl. These ladies are my inspriation and they are bad ass!

The night before the race I headed to bed pretty early because I want to be up on time for this early race. Little did I know that I was not going to have a good night's sleep. Snoring, my middle child's nightmare and my youngest wanting to party at 3am didn't make for a good night's sleep. No es bueno. I woke up with a massive headache that was effecting my vision. Double no bueno. I kept it moving. I didn't want to miss this event especially since I am still sore about missing that Tour de Bronx. I got my clothes on my body and headed out the door. Everything that I wore I got from Old Navy minus my sneaker, socks and sports bra. I am addicted to Old Navy clothing! You can't tell from this picture but my favorite color is blue. HA!
I quickly stopped at D&D for some coffee for the caffine and to fill my tummy a little. I don't like eating heavy before a major workout. I didn't like the feeling of almost vomitting or vomitting. I took two bite of my everything bagel and the coffee filled me up nicely. To get to the train station I walked the path that I normally run at night. Things look a lot different in the sun.


Hello Bronx Zoo! I love the Bronx Zoo signs. They are dramtically lit in the evening.


When I got to the train station I saw an old from from years passed. She is my favorite Jerky. Her favorite pet name for her friends is Jerky. I love it! (HI, Jerky!) We caught up on kids, school and life. It made my train ride to E149 Street go very quickly. When I got off the train I had no idea what time it was. I looked up at the time at the station and we in a panic! The time said 8:37! Holy crap I am flipping late! I quickly took out my iPhone to check the time. Darn MTA didn't change the time when Daylight Savings ended.
I got to Central Park just in time to run my bag to baguage and get to the last corral. My BBB (Best Bike Buddy), Levonda, we there waiting for me. She had done more than a few NYRR races so she is my coach. It's great to have someone to do go on these adventures with. (Hi, Levonda!)

While waiting for our group of runners/walkers I started my apps to track and pace. I started my app about 14 minutes before I cross over the D-Tag tracker. This made my first mile's pace longer then it really was. I was ok with that because I was using the app to keep me on track. The D-tag was going to be the holder of the truth.

When we started everyone was off and running. A lot of the folks around me were at a much quicker pace then I can go at this time. I tried to find my pace but I felt a little thrown off by those around me. Once Levonda passed me I knew it was time to find others that were close to my pace. I found an older couple jogging at a pace to my liking. I following them for a while. I found myself with a "pack" of ladies that were going at the same pace as me. When I walked they ran, when they ran I walked. It was pretty awesome. As I reached the first mile mark the MapMyRun app told me that my first mile was at a 22 minute pace. When I know that it was off because of my delay in my actual start. It didn't even feel like I reached one mile yet. That's a great feeling.

I reached the 2 mile mark and I totally forgot to take a picture. I was too focused on getting water. I only took a few sips. I needed the moisture but not the water log feeling in my tummy. I kept it moving. Suddenly, Out of no where came Levonda from behind me! No way she was behind me I was suppose to be behind her. She stopped to PEE! NOOOOOO!!!! That screwed her pace up. She was suppose to be at the finish line before me! That's how it always is.

At the 3 mile mark I started to feel things. No so good things. My ankles were talking to me. They were telling me, "Hi, How are you? You are suppose to stop now." My ankles started to hurt from the pounding of running. Also the headache that I had early in the day made a lovely comeback. The only thing keeping me going was my apps in my ear. My 5kRunner telling when to walk and run and MapMyRun telling me my pace. At this point I was at a 16:30 minute mile pace. That made me very happy since the app told me I started at a 22 minute pace. I kept going because I wanted to finish strong.
When I saw the 1/2 mile left mark I was so happy. I wanted to run the last 1/2 mile but my ankles were not happy with that idea. I only slowed down and walked two or three times in the last 1/2 mile. It was great to hear the volunteers cheering us all on. Those shouting "Go Wonder Woman!" gave me a boost.


I wanted to badly to finish. I wanted to feel the joy of finishing my first race. As I crossed the finish line the greatest thing happened! The MC announced me as I finshed. He announced me as Wonder Woman! (I am tearing up as I am typing that.) I didn't cry when I crossed the finish line like I thought. When I crossed my apps started talking to me I couldn't focus my hearing on anything else. Then I hear my name! It's Sheryl! She was waiting for me at the finish line. I ran over to her and gave her the BIGGEST hug. I almost knocked her over. She took a great picture of me when I discovered it was her calling me. My inspiration came out in the cold for me! AWESOME! I wanted to come back around and talk because I got lost in bagel and water land.
Photo by Sheryl Yvette
I got home pretty quick. Running is not like biking. I got home by 10am. When I do tours I am home way later.  I was very hyper and excited to share my story with my family. I was greeted with warm hugs and kisses by my kids at the door.

The best part of being home was warming up with a hot shower! I call this picture "A Pile of Sweat."
When I stepped out of the shower I quickly changed the NYRR site for my results. When I saw my pace....I bursted into tears! I improved my pace by one whole minute! The tears was also the enjoy of finishing my first race, having my BBB and my inspiration at the finish line and coming home to love of my children. (Damn it! I am crying now.)


I really enjoyed this experience. It was so exciting and I want more. I am going to check my schedule and sign up for another race. I am thinking the Jungle Bell Jog on Dec. 8th might be the next. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Week 70 & Back on the Emotional Rollercoaster

This week is not a good week at all. I am not blaming Sandy for this week's gain. I am to blame for this week's 3.3 pound gain. I let my triggers effect my focus. I am going to refocus. I am not going to beat myself up about it. I am going to be strong and step over the drama that is my life. I have a race to prep for in two weeks. I can't let this drag me down. 

I was able to sum up some motivation to run yesterday. I am starting to get use to this run walk business. I really like the track across the street from Yankee Stadium  The cold winter killed at the bugs that were flying around last week. I hope to go for a run/walk later today. 


Numbers & Goals:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2 
This week's weight is: 227.9 lbs BMI 34.7 kg/m^2
Change since last week: + 3.3 lbs 
Change from WW start: -40.6 lbs 
Percentage of weight loss from WW start: 15.19%

Measurements:
Arms: 14in Change since start: -2.5in 
Hips: 40in Change since start: -9.5in
Bust: 42in Change since start: -6.0in 
Waist: 36in Change since start: -6.5in
Thigh: 23in.Change since start: -5.5in

Week 70 & Back on the Emotional Rollercoaster

This week is not a good week at all. I am not blaming Sandy for this week's gain. I am to blame for this week's 3.3 pound gain. I let my triggers effect my focus. I am going to refocus. I am not going to beat myself up about it. I am going to be strong and step over the drama that is my life. I have a race to prep for in two weeks. I can't let this drag me down. 

I was able to sum up some motivation to run yesterday. I am starting to get use to this run walk business. I really like the track across the street from Yankee Stadium  The cold winter killed at the bugs that were flying around last week. I hope to go for a run/walk later today. 


Numbers & Goals:
Start weight: 268.5 lbs BMI 40.3 kg/m^2 
This week's weight is: 227.9 lbs BMI 34.7 kg/m^2
Change since last week: + 3.3 lbs 
Change from WW start: -40.6 lbs 
Percentage of weight loss from WW start: 15.19%

Measurements:
Arms: 14in Change since start: -2.5in 
Hips: 40in Change since start: -9.5in
Bust: 42in Change since start: -6.0in 
Waist: 36in Change since start: -6.5in
Thigh: 23in.Change since start: -5.5in