Thursday, May 22, 2014

What? Who am I? Where did this come from? Should I start over?

HI EVERYONE! I can't believe I even am posting again. It has been what?!? A little over 2 years since my last post? OBVIOUSLY I fell off the bandwagon of blogging! I am a pretty busy lady that is for sure. So this will probably be short and sweet to start off with. Anywho, what have I been up to for the past 2 years? GOING CRAZY! LOL, no really I have been pretty busy. I was mainly going back and forth on the getting healthy bandwagon and off.
I plan to be back for good though. I have been working out consistently since the end of January. Thanks to some friends of mine that invited me to an Introduction to Crossfit class they were going to attend. I was very nervous at first but I LOVE IT! It is the community factor that I need for sure! I love how everyone encourages and cheers each other on. I want to give a big shout out to all the new friends I have made and to each and every coach!
Have I lost much weight since joining Crossfit? Not much - only about 14lbs. to date, BUT all of those pounds have come off in the last couple of weeks when I have been trying to be pretty diligent about what goes in my mouth. I have to tell myself anytime I get a craving for something "bad" that do I really want to just throw away all that hard work, sweat, and tears (yes there have been many shed at Crossfit) away just because I want a candy bar or fast food. Have I been perfect? No, but a lot better and THAT my friends is what matters.  I can't wait to see where this journey takes me and I can't thank my friends that made that simple gesture to invite me along with them. It means the world to me!
As things should be slowing down since the end of school is near, you should hear a lot more from me, that is if you would like!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon

Ohhhh, where do I even start?

I woke up at 3am Sunday May 6, 2012. I ate a banana and hopped in the shower. For not falling asleep until 11pm last night with my head spinning with thoughts, I thought for sure I would be tired. I can thank the adrenaline for that I think though. I surprisingly felt pretty well. Left my house around 4:15am to go pick my cousin up. We drove downtown and only got lost once looking for the carpool parking lot. Took the shuttle from the parking lot to the start of the race. I had to drop my bag off on a bus then we ran into a few people we knew and had fun people watching, with all their cool outfits. I think the best one I saw was a guy dressed up like Forest Gump when he did all his running in the movie, long hair and long beard. The energy while standing in the "Pig Pen" Corrals was amazing. I was so pumped. Little did I know how I would feel in just a short time.

When we reached the Starting Swine my cousin wanted to run, I knew this was a bad idea but went ahead. We ran for just a few minutes and then I had to walk. I didn't want to push it to hard right out of the gate, knowing it would kill me later in the race. By Mile 3 I was in so much pain with the top part of the ball of my foot. I could barely feel 4 of my toes at this point. I think with my feet hitting the pavement hard at the beginning with running, I did something to it. Even when I have done run/walk intervals I have never had this happen, so I am not completely sure why it did. We did run down about 5 of the hills, which helped with our pace times. I think I stopped running hills around mile 4. Right around Mile 4 we actually passed by where we were parked. You have no idea how bad I wanted to just get in my car and leave. I think around Mile 5 or 6 was when I first felt like I wanted to give up. I definitely had not trained for this at all. The farthest I had trained was 6.5 miles. I was warned by Beckey @ More to Love Running to make sure I did the full 13.1 or more to be ready.

Did I listen?

NO! Of course not!

Anyway, once I got to Mile 9 a trainer (Princess Theresa - from here on out PT) my cousin had while in high school came up behind us, she was walking with people she had trained for the walk. We introduced ourselves and when my cousin told her it was my first half, she put her arm around me and hugged me. Well folks, I LOST IT! So many people had been passing me and I just really wanted to give up at this point. It brought back a lot of memories from my childhood where I always came in close to last. I had even mentioned to my cousin earlier in "As long I don't come in last I will be happy." Well as people kept passing me the joke I stated earlier I felt was becoming a reality. I wanted to quit before it could happen. That is what I have always done, quit so I can't "fail" at the task at hand. I would rather quit and fail than finish and be last. How sad is that? PT asked me why I started this journey and I cried even harder and said it was for "My kids." So we were just coming up on Mile 10 - she did the typical trainer thing and said Mile 10-11 is for Bella, Mile 11-12 is for Freddie, Mile 12-13 is for Fred, and the last .10 of a mile is for you. While I walked the last few miles I thought of my kids and husband during each of their mile. I knew they would be so proud of me. I stopped a couple times from Mile 9 3/4- 12 to just rest my feet for a couple seconds.

You know, it's not very easy to carry 220 lbs for 4+ hours! My official finishing time was 4:32:32. The last 2 1/4 miles took us an hour, I was so tired at that point, I don't know how I kept moving. We were at the 11 mile marker when I saw we were 15 minutes away from what I had originally put my goal as 3:45:00 - but knew before the race that this would be hard to achieve since I did not do the proper training I should have done. I am proud to say I did not finish last, there were only about 20 people behind me though...which is disappointing to me when we were doing so well at the beginning and staying pretty steady with people.

You can check out the photos (which are horrible of me btw!) here. Last name Heise, Bib # 13317; Race: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon 2012. I have a few photos we took before the race on my phone but have not uploaded them yet. Sorry if this is all mumbo jumbo, I just typed what I had going through my head. I hope it makes sense. I will post again soon, I have a 5k coming up May 19th.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Quick Update!

I know! I know! I have been MIA way too long. Things should be calming down here soon though with the March for Babies walk already done, we only have a few more fundraiser left. Although now it is time to start planning VBS stuff. It never ends, but I love it.

Anyways, quick update stuff, I promise to blog more after the pig, I just don't know what to say right now.

I am down a total of 16.6lbs. and -14.5 inches total since January 25, 2012. I am struggling with staying on top of tracking and it hasn't helped that I keep losing without tracking. I even know that if I track I will lose more. I just don't know how to get myself motivated again.

I am walking in the Flying Pig Half Marathon on Sunday! I can't believe it is almost here! 3 days!! I recruited another cousin to do this with me to motivate me. Otherwise I am sure when I start to hurt I would quit. I am worried because I have only gone about 7 miles in my farthest distance. I had decided I wasn't ready and quit training about 2 months ago. Then I decided what the hell, I am doing this. I should be okay though! I am excited and scared at the same time.

I also signed up for a 5k in my hometown that is on May 19th. I am excited because I get to represent my high school! The whole family is doing this walk/run. I signed up as a runner because it said if you plan to run at all, you have to sign up as a runner. My daughter is 3 1/2 and I signed her up as a walker, although she will probably run with me a bit, and may get in the wagon that my Husband will be pulling with our 2 year old son in it.

The most exciting race I have signed up for is the Color Me Rad race! I can't wait, it sounds like so much fun! I am doing this race with a few of my cousins and some of their friends as well.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring and Random Updates!!

It's spring time! The weather has been unusually warm out the past few days though, even for spring. I love spring, it is my favorite time of year. I always get a renewed grasp on motivation and wanting to be a healthier, better me. Anyone else love Spring and how it always seems to lift everyone's spirits out of the old gloomy winter depression that sets in?

 I have been researching the past couple of days on what I want to do with my garden. I am so excited! We tried to have a garden a few years ago, and couldn't keep the dogs out, so I kind of gave up half way through the season. This year I will go full force to keep the dogs out of the garden! I am going to buy taller fencing than what we had last time. I also will do raised beds this year, as they are easier than getting tiller out! Although, it would probably be a great workout!

I want to give a shout out to my cousin Ry and her weight loss blog. She is an amazing person! She does not give herself the credit she deserves. Right now she is dealing with Cellulitis in her foot which the staph infection turned to a MRSA Staph infection. She had to go to the hospital last night for them to drain the fluid out of her foot. She will in no way let this get her down. She did have to back out of the Flying Pig Half Marathon this time around, Dr.'s orders. I have been researching some other 1/2's to do later this year so we can do one together. Yes, I can't believe I just said I will do another half!

Yesterday was weigh in day! I stayed the same. I know why, I haven't been exercising as much as I should, we are eating out, and I haven't tracked for 3 weeks. Back on the wagon of tracking I go! The weeks I track, I lose, the weeks I don't track, I don't lose or even gain. Makes total sense!

For those of you that may not know, Fat Mom 2 Skinny Mom is on Facebook as well.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Wow, where do I start?! It feels like it has been forever since I have blogged. Let's see here, last week I was in a funk because I hurt my foot. I didn't track, I ate like crap, we ate out a lot. Although Monday and Tuesday I didn't have any pain in my foot so I did Step Class at the gym. I did have a little pain about 15 minutes in but it went away and I was fine after a few minutes.

Wednesday was weigh in day. I went and did Zumba in the morning at the gym, took the kids to Subway for lunch, then had to head into work. With it being a beautiful 68° outside, I quickly did what had to be done at work and headed out for C25K W3D3 before my weigh in at 4:30. I ended up going to the Anderson Community Center and running the track we used to run for our timed mile run. Little back track here, for those of you not familiar with the C25K program this is what I did: Brisk five-minute warmup walk, then do two repetitions of the following: Jog 90 seconds, Walk 90 seconds, Jog 3 minutes, Walk 3 minutes, then a 5 minute cooldown. The track from BC was 2 1/2 times around to be a mile. I wasn't very happy with the time it took me to do this. It seems a week off with no running really set me back. Oh well, at least I did get a run in right?

Weighed in and lost .4 pounds. Which means I am still up .2 pounds from the previous weeks gain. I couldn't believe I had a loss! I will take it though as a blessing from above, since I really fell back into my old ways with feeling sorry for myself because of my foot issue. Still trying to work on getting over those little bumps without any issues.

Speaking of my foot, yesterday when I woke up, it was hurting again...go figure. It still is bothering me today as well. I really am freaking out about this once again. Typically I wouldn't worry about it and would just switch to walking and trying to walk faster. Thing is, I have this damn half marathon I have to worry about! I wanted to complete it in 3 hours and 40 minutes, which is about a 15 minute mile. I know a 15 minute mile walking is good, but damn. When I figured out my pace for my Monday run a couple weeks ago, it was 14:39....that was with running/walking folks. This is why I am scared! I guess I will ice and stretch my foot some more this week, and try to see where I am at on walking fast. My half marathon is only 8 weeks away!!! AHHHHHHH!

Next thing on my list to catch the blog back up is I decided to pick a goal dress for my 30th birthday. My original goal for my 30th was to weigh 165 pounds, that is a loss of 2 pounds a week. Better get on that! So that should put me around a size 12. This is the dress I am going to get IN A SIZE 12!

I really am anxious to dig into my workout dvd's that I own and actually see how many I do have. I know it's a lot and I know a lot are not even opened! Gonna try and see how many I can do! Would be a fun little challenge!

Well I am sure that I have bored you enough with all this ranting and was probably all over the place with this post, but hey its me. I am sure I will think of at least one more thing I wanted to say when I hit post.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Quick Update!

Just a quick check in! I did step on Tuesday and it felt GREAT! I kept up with the steps this time around for the most part. I weighed in on Wednesday and lost 1.6 lbs, bringing me to -8.2 since I first weighed in at WW 5 weeks ago. I haven't worked out since Tuesday night and its irking me. I went after WW last night to see my cousin and her new baby! Then tonight we had a Spaghetti dinner for our March for Babies team. I really wanted to get out and run this evening since it was so nice out. I am hoping it will hold out for me to run tomorrow evening. I haven't watched the news in a couple days so I am not sure on that. I started P90X on Monday but really only did it Monday and Tuesday. I think I will use that as fillers in the mornings for now. Instead of following their regimine.

I did do my measurements tonight instead of waiting for Saturday. So far: -.75 in.Waist; -1.75 in. Bust; -.5 in Hips; Arms: Same (guess what is getting worked to death this week!); Thighs: -1 in. I was really surprised that I lost what I did. Everyone keeps saying they see changes, but I just don't see it or feel it.

I did set a new goal today to be around 175 lbs. by my 30th birthday, September 10th. That is 28 weeks away with an average of 2 lbs. per week. I feel this goal is achievable since I know some weeks I will lose more, some less, or not at all. It really puts it all in perspective when you think only 2 lbs. per week and I can reach that!??! If you look at "Hey, I'm gonna lose 65 lbs. before my 30th birthday." That's a bit scary thinking of it that way. Sounds unachievable. What really is shocking is if I reach this goal I will only be 35 lbs. away from what my goal weight right now is. The reason I say right now, is I just want to be happy with how I look and feel. I don't know what number that will be. I definitely don't want to go under 140 lbs. though. I would be happy with 160 I think, but I am shooting for 140 for now!

So this is my quick update! Time to get the kiddos in bed!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What Comfort Zone?

I apologize ahead of time that this post will be a wall of text!

This past week was kind of exciting! I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried quite a few new classes at the gym. Last Tuesday I tried the Step class, I liked the workout, but it was tough! I ended up having to take the risers out of my step and just use the step about 15 minutes into the class. I definitely want to go back to that class again. I skipped last night because I was just so exhausted and wanted to spend time with my family for Valentine's day. Wednesday I did a Biggest Loser DVD here at my house. It was an okay workout, got my heart rate up that's for sure. Thursday night I ended up trying the Zumba class at the gym, it was a lot of fun! I went with my friend Erin and convinced my cousin, Stacey, to go with me as well.

This past Monday night I went to Pilates with my Erin. Before we did Pilates, I went to the gym early with the intention to walk on the treadmill for 2 hours. Well I got on the first machine and it kept decelerating so I moved to the one next to it. It ended up doing the same thing. Instead of looking like a moron, and moving to yet another treadmill, I decided to do the bike. I walked .8 miles on the two treadmills and did 6 miles on the bike. The movie was over at that point so I got up and went to the locker room, checking the time to see how much longer it was for the class. I still had plenty of time so I stretched a bit and hopped back on the bike in the Women's area of the gym. I ended up doing 2 more miles, got off for a short break for more stretching, then did 2.5 miles more. So all in all I did 10.5 miles on the bike! We then went in for Pilates and WOW, maybe I shouldn't have done 10.5 miles haha! I was able to hang most of the legs workout but had to slow down and really push through in order to make it! The next day I felt okay, my shoulders were a little sore, and my legs were surprisingly not too bad. I couldn't believe how sore my abs were though! I didn't really notice that they hurt until I sneezed! Whoa! Hello ab muscles!!!

Today was weigh in day at WW, I lost another 3.6 pounds! Taking me to 6.6 pounds total for the month! I am only 5.4 pounds away from my 5% goal! I can't believe it! I will definitely be trying to reach that goal next week! Tomorrow I will be trying the Core Ball Class and I think I will do zumba or step in the evening! Hope everyone has a great week!