December, Bring It.

As per usual, I have SO much to tell you.  But of course I’m a bit like a squirrel “ohhh shiny object!” and then I’m distracted.  I’ve been swamped since coming home from Mexico, and of course I planned to blog while I was in Mexico, but I really enjoyed being lazy, and it’s hard to be on a laptop when you’re in paradise.  I did a little bit of work everyday, which was fine, but blogging just didn’t happen.

And now, somehow it’s DECEMBER tomorrow.  Holy Hannah.  So, I’m a bit of a mess if I’m honest.  I’m up in weight, I’m completely out of routine, I’m kind of just running whenever I make plans with a friend, and I’m obviously not blogging.  All of these things kind of make my life suck a bit.  It’s just harder.  Weird because being in a routine and in training is technically much harder and much busier, but it just ebbs and flows and it’s just life.  It just makes sense, and it just works for me.

But, it’s always easier said then done to get back into the groove.  But, I have an ace in my pocket.  I already know what works for me, it’s just making that damn commitment.  So, for December, I’m making some commitments.  And guess what?  December starts tomorrow, so here we go, let’s KICK ME IN THE ASS!

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Whole 30 – Halfway There

Here we are, day 15 is in the bag, and I’m officially halfway through my Whole 30.  I’m sure you’re wondering how I’m doing, especially since I had a crazy busy weekend of race directing the 5 Peaks Alice Lake race, and co-hosting my elementary school bestie’s bridal shower.  And we all know what kind of food you find at showers….

So, how’d I do? First, let’s take a moment to just check out this view.  This is at the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola.  We took a quick ride up to the top on Saturday post race and were so impressed.  Definitely put it on the must-do list.

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Whole 30 – Week 1

It’s funny how the brain can play tricks on us, and we can forget how good we feel when we do something.  It’s like stretching, and foam rolling.  We know it’s good for us, but it takes time and effort, and it just plain hurts a lot of the time, so I don’t blame us for not doing it.

Same goes with our food habits.  To be healthy and to make the right choices takes time and energy.  If you’re eating on the go, or grabbing something last minute, it’s not likely going to be a) healthy or b) well balanced c) satisfying.  And when I say satisfying, I’m talking about big picture satisfying, not just tastes good satisfying.  I’m talking about that feeling you get after organizing your closet, or food prepping for the week.  That kind of “ahhhh” breathe out satisfaction.

Anyways, I’m satisfied right now.  In a great way.  And it just so happens to be the end of Day 8 of my Whole 30…

Oh and I’m not running still, but I did get out and on some trails briefly this weekend!

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Month of April 2014 – Training Recap

It was mostly just being busy, but also not really wanting to talk about my sub par training that had me almost forgetting to post April’s training recap.

Total Road KMs : 0 kms

Total Trail KMs : ~200 kms

KMs raced during April : 50K – Yakima 50K

Total KMs this month : 200 kms

Total KM’s this year : 800.5 kms

Hours running :  30 ish

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 2ish

# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 2 - Grind closed, but made it up & down BCMC twice.

How’s my month been?

Womp womp.  There really isn’t too much to say.  I volunteered and cheered lots in April, and I raced once, at the Yakima Skyline 50K, which I basically hated.  It wasn’t a great month for training, but I also had a prolo injection, which takes almost a week off of running as well.  If I had done this recap right after April ended, I’d probably be more positive about it, but on a whole, I think womp, womp definitely describes my month.

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Month of March 2014 – Training Recap

March, oh where did you go??

Total Road KMs : 17 kms (treadmill…close enough to road)

Total Trail KMs : ~225.5 kms

KMs raced during January : 13 km trail race at Cap Crusher

Total KMs this month : 242.5 kms

Total KM’s this year : 600.5 kms

Hours running :  36 ish

Cross-training hours (Spinning, Grinds, Strength training) : 2ish

# of Grinds/BCMC’s : 1 – Grind closed, but made it up & down BCMC once.

How’s my month been?

Surprisingly good.  At the end of February I was pushing hard to turn my month around, and I ended up being able to do exactly that.  Even though I had a prolo shot right before the end of February, and 1 in March, I’ve got a really decent overall mileage, I’m down ~7 lbs, and I’m making noticeable improvements in my foot injury.  All of this packaged together makes for a pretty solid month of March.

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Monday, Monday, Monday!

Normally, I hate Mondays, it’s hard to get the brain back into “office mode” after a weekend outside and on the trails.

But today, the sun is shining, and I have lots of good news.

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1) I won my Dietbet that I did last month as a kickstarter back into healthy habits and to get down to a more comfortable weight.  I won $53.88!!  I bet $30, and won that back, along with $23.88.  A solid payout if you ask me.  And, the best part, obviously, is that I’m down ~7 lbs, and back in the 160′s.  Celebrate!

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No Fooling this April Fools – It’s Diet Bet time!

Whenever I talk about my weight; my weight struggles/successes/setbacks, the views on my blog soar, and I’m overwhelmed by comments from friends and strangers alike that are reaching out, saying they understand, they struggle too, and that it’s a life long battle for many of us.

And while I do agree that for me I will never had a super model’s body, and be able to eat whatever I want, whenever I want, I don’t necessarily agree that it has to be a full cycle.  Every time I lose weight substantially, I chip away a little bit more, and get a little bit closer to my goal weight, or goal size for those of you who don’t like to just have body image discussed in lbs.  I’ve never gone all the way back to where I started, and I take pride in that.  Yes, I’ve fluctuated up and down, but it’s still closer to the down than to the up.

I still have faith that one day I’ll reach my goals, and I still have faith that even though I have fluctuated, that I’m still at a much more comfortable place than I was at 10 yrs ago, 5 yrs ago, and 3 yrs ago.  1 year ago, I was the lightest I’ve ever been, so I’m not as comfortable as I was then, but I’m back on the track to being back there.

This is a really long post, about my weight struggles, and how I’ve had some success in the past, and how I think I can help you if you’re struggling right now.  Nothing is worse than feeling like you’re treading water in the weight loss game, and you’re tired, and you feel like you’re close to letting go and sinking.  Hopefully some of these thoughts and tips can help throw you a life raft for right now.

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Dietbet, Coffee, Injections.

Again, thank you for all the great support coming out of my weight post from earlier this week, you guys are the best and I love blogging because of readers like you.

The rest of this week has been really random.  Since making my confessions, and putting myself out there, I’m already making a change and moving in the right direction.  I also decided I needed to quit coffee for a while again.  And then, then I got needles in my foot.  And not like nice needles like acupuncture, no, mean needles of injections into my foot.  Owwie.

So, it’s been a bit random, so what’s a girl to do other than blog about it on a Friday night?

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Weight Confessions : I’ve Been Here Before.

Sigh.   I’ve been struggling for weeks now to get back into the groove of a healthy lifestyle.  Weeks.  First it was the Christmas and holiday season. And then it was the never ending plague of Solana being sick to start the year.  And when you’re sick, there’s no motivation to do anything productive.  Then you get better, and you’re already in the cycle of feeling like doing nothing, and eating easy food.  And the thing about easy food, or food when you’re sick, is that it really isn’t healthy.  So because it’s not healthy and you’re out of the healthy routine, you put on a couple pounds, and you get even more lazier, even less motivated.  Last year, end of January, I was the heaviest I’d been in a long time, and even though I haven’t stepped on a scale yet, I’m fairly certain, just by the way I feel and the way I look, the way my clothes are fitting, that I’m pretty much right back there.

Ugh.  I HATE having to admit this out loud.  It pains me even thinking about this, admitting it to myself, let alone admitting it to you, in writing.  But, when I see pics like this…I know I can’t hide under a rock anymore, and pretend it’s not happening, and that everything is alright.

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But, like the title says, this isn’t a new thing, or a foreign place for me.  I’ve been here before.  And quite honestly, I know what I have to do.

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I’m Backkkkkkk!

So…we’re back!!  And I’m feeling terribly swamped.  It’s just amazing how much can pile up in just a week.

Before I say anything about our trip, I have to say thanks to my fabulous guest bloggers James & Cath for providing us with great posts while I was away, as well as a thank you to Dianna, Candice, and Katy for leading the 5Peaks Ladies of the Trails Tuesday night run.

So, how was my week in Cali without running shoes?  Did I get to see Minnie & Mickey at Disneyland?  Did I eat my weight in churros & dole whip as suggested by Nikki??

I know you’re dying to hear the answers to these burning questions…so without further ado, here’s the scoop!

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