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I’m baaaaaaaaaaack.

May 12, 2010

That’s right.  I’m back.  Not only to my blog, but to Insanity! 

Our Recovery Week became a Recovery Three Weeks, and we just started back.  I think both of us thought the Month 2 stuff was a bit much, so we’ve gone back to Month 1.  We did it on Monday, and plan to do it again tonight.  I also ran both days.  Monday was a kick ass speed day.  I did ladders, starting out at my normal pace (5.4) and I increased it .1 mph every 30 seconds, until I couldn’t hang on anymore.  Then I jogged for 5 minutes, then I did it again.  Woohoo!  My friend is helping me out with some speed workouts, and this was his suggestion.  He thinks I already have it in me to run much faster, and he is just helping me find my speed and get it out there. 

We’ll see.  😀 

The fun news in my life:  We leave for Cozumel on Monday!  We’ll be there for five days, and I CANNOT WAIT.  I’m so frickin stoked it’s not even funny.  We went shopping for summer clothes and bathing suits this weekend, since all of our stuff is too big.  DH went down 2 full pant sizes, that fucker.  I only went down 1 size.  (I’m kidding, I’m so proud of him!)  I got the FUNNEST (yes, that is a word) dresses to wear.  I wanted to wear one of them to work this week, but it’s fucking snowing here.  On May 12th.  Lovely.  This only makes me look forward to my beach vacation even more. 

I’m down a bit more from the last time I posted (I think).  I’ve lost about 12 lbs since January, which I know isn’t exactly blazing fast, but it’s movement in the right direction, so I’ll take it. 

Have you all been watching Biggest Loser?  I watched the makeover show last night (thank God for DVR) and HOLEE SHITBALLS, those folks look great.  It’s amazing.  It was a good reminder to myself of what it felt like to be able to shop in a regular store (thanks, but no thanks Lane Bryant, I hope to never need you again), and prompted me to look at my before pics (from YEARS ago, before I dropped 70 lbs, I’m now working on another 20 or so).  Big difference.  I don’t even remember what it felt like to be that big.  And sometimes I don’t think I look any different, because from my perspective, I was just me the entire time.  Lately people have been saying things like “Oh, your hair is getting longer!” or “You look great!” or “Have you lost weight?” or “Is that a new dress?” to me.  Some of those are directly addressing the fact that I look smaller, and the others are (in my experience) people’s way of saying they have noticed something different, but they are not sure what it is.  Regardless, it’s nice to hear.

Week 1: Successful… Mostly :)

December 28, 2009

Well, I ran all of my runs, including my 7 mile long run.  Each and every one of them on the dreadmill, due to the frigid fucking weather.  But done, none the less. 

Christmas was awesome.  Highlights:

Good food:
Well, it was a highlight.  Even if it was a fairly fattening one.  Cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, mom’s home cooking…  that’s the kind of stuff that will probably guarantee a gain this week, but it was worth it.  Good stuff. 

Cowboy Snuggler:

SNUGGLES!

Me and my Cowboy Snuggler

Seriously, this was the best. gift. ever.  Not only am I a crazy-ass Cowboy fan, but I spend about 85% of my life freezing my ass off.  Thank you MOM!

Spent time with my family:
I miss my family.  I’m always at least a 6-8 hour drive away from them, and I frickin’ miss them.  So it was great.  Specifically, I got to spend time with my fat cute as hell, super duper baby niece, who is 11 months old now.  It’s imperative that she know her Aunt Courtney 😀  I got to hang out with her, playing and waving, reading books, and some serious snuggling.  Some while wearing my Snuggler! 

So Week 1 of my “12 Weeks till Dallas” went well.  I got my runs in, and that is the big key.  19 miles in total, over 4 days.  I may still Spin (at home) tonight, depending on how tired I am after the football game.  Now that I’m home, I can control the food available easier.  I’m going grocery shopping tomorrow for fresh veggies and fruits to get me thru the week. 

Next week, Week 2, will present its own set of challenges.  New Year’s Eve is Thursday night, but I don’t think we are going out.  So that will help.  I am planning some wine, since it’s NYE, but we’ll have a healthy home made meal.  However, on Friday, we head to my in-laws’ house for the weekend for our holiday with them.  The challenges there will be many:

  1. Eating well.  Once again, I will be surrounded by crap food.  Junk food everywhere, with nary a veggie to be found, other than perhaps some iceburg lettuce for “salad” with our big meal.  The challenge will be to bring some healthy stuff, and to stay away from the junk, as much as possible.  If I can keep from starting, I’ll do ok.  It’s like when you are drinking, and you don’t have to pee until you break the seal…  and then you have to pee every 8 minutes until you pass out.  😀  Once I start, I’m fucked. 
  2. Not eating out of stress/anxiety.  I recognize that I do this, especially when I’m cooped up with my in-laws for the weekend.  I love them, but my SIL stresses me out.  I tend to eat to have something to do, to avoid confrontations, or even hanging out.  Stupid. 
  3. Getting workouts in.  I’ll be in a hilly-ass town, with limited gym possibilities.  I’ll probably fork over the $10 a day to go to 24 hour fitness, but I’d love to be outside instead.  We’ll see.  I may take my weights with me. 
  4. The smoke.  My FIL and BIL will chain smoke all weekend long, and I can’t escape it in the house.  It sucks.  By the end of the weekend, there is this nasty ass smoke fog cloud everywhere in the house.  I’m going to seal up our room as much as possible, and leave the window in there open, weather be damned.  But jeebus h. crikey, it sucks.   

So, for now, I’m going to meal plan for ths week, and try some new stuff from my Clean Eating magazine.  I’m also going to get a jump start on my workouts, getting in all my miles, plus hopefully 2 weight workouts and 2 Spin workouts.  Eat well, move a lot.  That’s really the secret.

Big workout day

December 6, 2009

So I’m subbing a Sunday Spin class off and on for a while…  today was my first one of those.  I had 14 people, which was SHOCKING, since the roads were total crap.  But it is always so much more fun to teach a full classroom, versus just a few people.  Either is good, but I prefer more people. 

I actually got up and ran 3 miles before class, because I neglected to run yesterday.  So I did that, and then did Spin.  Lots of working out.  I feel good. 

Yesterday was a horrific day of eating.  I’m going to just move past it and not dwell on it.  I can’t go back and fix it, so I’m just going to eat well today and not worry about it.  Football is on, I need to get a bunch of sewing done, and it’s cold and snowy out.  It’s one of those days where I just want to curl up on the couch with a cat.  And my hubby!  🙂

The Thanksgiving aftermath

November 30, 2009

Report:

Anthem Turkey Day 5K race.  Fun.  Semi-hilly.  It really seemed to be gradually uphill for most of it.  34:49, no PR.  But such is life.  I ran with a friend, and it was nice to have someone to chat with!  Beautiful morning, ended up in my short sleeves! 

However, Redline Races needs to get their shit together.  This is the second year for this race, and while it was a little better run than last year, you should never have to stand in line for 20 minutes after running to get a bottle of water and the after-race food.  That is simply unacceptable.  Last year you had to stand in line forever at the finish line to get your time.  I totally said “fuck it” and skipped the line, but this year in order to get some freakin’ water, I had to stand in line.  If you are reading this, Redline Races, FIX THIS.  You had chip timing, FFS (for fuck’s sake), there should be none of this shit. 

I spent the rest of Thursday watching football (GO COWBOYS AND BRONCOS!) and sewing.  I got lots of it done, and finished up my projects on Friday morning.  We headed to the in-laws’ house mid-day.  Big dinner that night, where I provided mashed potatoes, roasted green beans, and a healthy corn/green pepper dish.  It wasn’t too bad, calorie wise.  Saturday was iffy, with too much candy, but could have been worse.  I did get a kick ass workout in at 24 Hour Fitness, who let me work out for FREE!  WOO!  We came home today, and the eating has been “meh” since there isn’t a ton of fresh food in the house.

Grocery shopping is on tap for tomorrow.  Workout tomorrow.  I’ll check in afterwards.  I hope all my girls had a good Turkey Day weekend!

Turkey Trot Thursday

November 27, 2009

So now that I finally know what day it is…   Go me, right?  😀

This morning I did the Anthem Turkey Day 5K with my friend Leigh.  We did good, chatting and running, and finished in 34ish minutes.  No PR, but it was a good race with a good friend, and really, on Thanksgiving, what more can a girl ask for?

We’ve been at home today, watching football.  The Cowboys won, BOOYA!!!  Love me some Romo.  Watching the Broncos now, and getting ready to do some more sewing.

Tomorrow starts the 48 hour food fest.  I’m making mashed potatoes, a corn veggie dish, and a green salad to take.  I’m going to work very hard this weekend to stay away from the snack and crap food.  I tend to eat out of anxiety and boredom (at the same time, if that is possible) while at my in-laws’ house, so this will, as always, be challenging.  I’m going to shy away from alcohol, since I know that will only impair my already stressed out thought processes. 

Here’s my mantra for the weekend:  Clean Eating, Whole Foods, Get off my Ass.  I am considering having it tattooed on my forearm.  That won’t be weird, right?

Running My Ass Off

October 25, 2009

So I am a 31 year old chick, married, no kids by choice, who likes to read, spends too much time online, and is finally getting her shit together to lose the final 30-ish pounds.

About 6 years ago, I lost 70 lbs on weight watchers. I’ve kept it off, and managed to take up running, biking, and being fit in the meantime. I teach Spinning (along with my day job), and I know that I don’t represent the Spinning brand by being chubby. As part of my mysterious day job, I am in charge of employee wellness, and again, being a chubber probably doesn’t do much for my credibility.

So, it’s time. GAH. I’ve been so complacent for so long. So happy to weigh 185 instead of 255. Can you blame me? I mean, it’s nice being here. I used to wear a bulging size 22-24, and now I am solidly a 14. Go me, right?

Right. But, it’s time to get the last pounds off. I want to get faster at running, and if I can lose some weight, I know this will happen, without speedwork even (booya, mothertrucker, I hate speedwork!). But I am the epitome of a slow fat runner, being chubby and running 11-12 min miles.

I’ve run 5 half marathons, and each of them has sucked. I have to be realistic with myself that the extra chub I’m carrying around my abs (there are there, I swear to god, you just can’t see them RIGHT now), and my laziness in training are the reasons. So I’ve set myself some new goals, and I’m using a coach (a good friend of mine, who is FREAKIN awesome) to help me with this. I’m signed up for the Rock ‘n Roll half marathon in Dallas TX in March, and I’m tracking my food intake. I’m hoping this blog will provide me with some accountability, maybe some support of some fellow chubby runners, and a place to vent when I want to. God knows I’ll need that!

So, please check in often. This was a kind of serious post, from someone who is rarely ever serious, so expect some snarky, witty (I hope) and potentially pissy posts in the future. I know this isn’t an easy process. I’m also a bit of an attention whore, so expect pics of me doing random crap, too. I don’t have kids, so I don’t really have a swear filter, so consider yourself warned.

Ok, I’m off to watch football. I hope I don’t have to drive to Dallas and kick someone’s ass later today if they lose. Don’t break my fucking heart again, Tony!