Improvements

I’ve been doing pretty good with running regularly and eating healthy the past several days. Except Tuesday. Tuesday was a wash. I had school most of the day, and if I don’t make myself get up early and run before I leave for school, chances are, it probably won’t happen that day. After school I had dinner with a school friend at Chili’s. I ordered the Santa Fe Salad with black beans instead of chicken, no cheese, and sauce and dressing on the side. Extra Pico de gallo sauce. Extra delicious.

After that I went wedding shopping with my friend/bridesmaid. It was a productive trip that scored me my gorgeous wedding shoes, and a dress for my bridal shower on Sunday. Aaaaaand then we had coffee and dessert at The Cheesecake Factory. Womp womp. We shared a piece of cheesecake, thank goodness, but I certainly didn’t earn that half piece of decadence on the treadmill Tuesday.

Yesterday and today were good running days for me. The last week or so I’ve been feeling so…I don’t know what the right word is….heavy? I just felt slow and unmotivated. I think I’m slowly figuring out what works best for me to keep the endurance and energy I need to power through my run. I think 2 of the mistakes I was making was watching T.V while running on the treadmill instead of listening to music, and running too soon after breakfast. Yesterday and today I listened to an awesome workout playlist on Pandora while I was running and that really seemed to help me push myself further than the previous days. Also, I’ve been waiting an hour or more after eating to run and I definitely feel lighter on my feet. (Not to mention it seems to help with the side stitches). Both days I did 3.2 miles and they sucked so much less! They were almost enjoyable at times.

That keeps me motivated!

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Chase your goal

Today’s 3.2 miles were tough, but I got em’ done! I also did strength training today. I’m pooped! I guess I’m a little weaker than I thought I was since getting sick.

I am far from being the fastest runner, nor do I have the endurance I’d like to have, but I am getting better. I am growing and that takes time. My biggest goal right now is consistency. Pushing myself every day til it becomes routine. Along the way, I’m hoping to gain better endurance and speed. (And far more love for running)

Dare I say that I’m entertaining the thought of entering the Disney Princess Half Marathon  next February? It’s a possibility. The race will be just a few months before my 30th (!!!)  birthday and I’d like to leave my 20’s with a big bang. See also: Sky diving.

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Happy Hump Day!

Notes from bed

I have a little secret. My wedding dress is a bit too snug. It fits, it zips up, but I have zero wiggle room. I have decided to amp up my exercise routine to combat this little problem. I’ve been doing good with a healthier lifestyle since Christmas. I’ve even lost 8 pounds of fat that I’ve gained over the Holidays.

I fell into a health rut after I first went back to college in the Fall of 2010 and I’ve been struggling to maintain my weight ever since then. I would start exercising and eating right again and it would last for several weeks or months, and eventually the combination of school, stress, kids, work, and family would overwhelm me and I’d fall back into bad habits. From the start of college to this past Christmas I gained 28 pounds. Granted, now that I look back I feel like the weight I was at in 2010 was borderline too skinny. That year took a toll on me emotionally and physically and my weight followed. Some of the weight I’ve gained needed to be slapped back on my body, but not to the extent that I allowed it to.

I’ve been doing good over the last few months but now it’s time to step it up a notch. Writing your goals down is always a great way to make sure you follow through, so I’m going to hold myself accountable here by saying that I will commit to at least 3-4 miles on the treadmill each day and strength/weight training on alternate days, 5-6 days a week for the next several weeks leading up to the wedding. Combined with a clean, healthy diet.

I started this new routine yesterday and fully planned on continuing it today but guess who got the stomach flu in the middle of the night last night? This girl! I’m feeling much better today, but Jonathan insists I rest so I’m typing this from bed!

Tomorrow I’ll continue with Mission Shrink These Puerto Rican Thighs!

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Little Bunnies

We had an enjoyable Easter Sunday here. It was a pretty lazy day where we indulged in delicious food and treats and just enjoyed each other’s company.

Later in the afternoon we had ourselves a little Easter egg hunt at the big soccer field in our community. I went ahead of Jonathan and the kids to hide the eggs, then they came, running down the hill towards me to find the colorful treasures.

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Which they did indeed find. A whole crap ton of eggs!

IMG_20130331_210921Happy Easter to all!

Second Chances

I am overjoyed to announce that I am engaged to the most wonderful man! After almost two and half years of dating, Jonathan popped the question on Christmas morning. While I can’t say that it was a total surprise, (I was dropping a few hints here and there) it was a day I will never forget, and always treasure. After the kids and family had opened all their presents, Jonathan whispered to me “I have one more gift for you” and walked in the bedroom. He came out with a present, which after unwrapping I discovered to be a video game I wanted (because I’m fun like that). But, Jonathan said “Open it”, and so I did, to unveil a gorgeous diamond ring strung on a ribbon inside the case. Before I even realized it, he was down on one knee asking me to marry him. And I said yes!

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I am so happy to be engaged to this thoughtful, wonderful man. We are planning for an early May wedding of this year. I just want to be with him. Every day. Forever. He makes my life wonderful and I only hope I can make him as happy as he makes me.

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Does he know how to pick em’ or what?! Lots of wedding plans in the works! I’m one lucky gal!

Green

I am taking a Sustainable Design class this semester. It teaches about all the ways we as designers can build green, energy efficient, and healthful environments for the building’s inhabitants with the use of Eco-friendlier materials. Even before this class I had started to become more aware of the issues we face with our environment and feel deeply that changes should be made in the ways we get our energy, the materials and products we use in every day life, and the ways we can handle their disposal. At home we have started a recycling bin and reuse things when we can, like glass bottles for water bottles and jars to store brown rice, quinoa, etc,  instead of throwing them away. We are involving the kids in the process and they really enjoy helping.

I don’t consider myself a tree hugger, but I am becoming more passionate about living healthier overall, with what you put into your body and the products you surround yourself with. I care about our planet. We were given this one earth to live in and cultivate and we are meant to be good stewards of God’s creation. That’s not the case though and we are destroying our planet faster than we think. And in the process we are hurting ourselves and our family’s health.

Yesterday in class, our teacher showed us a documentary film that talks about the steps it takes to process coal for energy use, and the effects it brings.  As I sat there watching, I choked back tears when it began showing the pollutant effects from the power plants. Children are developing serious neurological illnesses that they have no way to protect themselves from. It breaks my heart and makes me want to spread awareness.

This video is about an hour long, but I hope you will find the time to sit down and watch it, and maybe even share it with your family and friends.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein