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!

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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!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

No Pain.....No Gain!

This week has been a good week all in all. I was very worried how I would do with the Superbowl party we had on Sunday. No I was not good and buy healthy snacks for everyone else. I picked easy things. I ate well, ended up picking a few yummy things and took them downstairs to watch the game. I stayed away from the kitchen so I wasn't tempted to get seconds. But I was good and didn't even think about it.

I didn't do much "working out" this weekend per se. I did do a lot of cleaning and laundry Saturday and Sunday morning, which did include a lot of trips up and down the stairs. Monday night I opted to take the kids for a walk in their wagon since it was nice outside. Bundled them up and walked in our neighborhood. I figured pulling 65 lbs in the wagon took place of the running. Our stree is a constant gradual grade, so it's not so bad going down the street but coming back up is a workout in itself. Tuesday night I attempted Step class at the gym with Beckey. I asked her if it was crazy hard before I agreed to do it, she said "No." HA! YEA RIGHT! I probably looked like the biggest fool ever! Well even though I did, everyone in the class was very encouraging at the end. I guess I will have to start doing it more often to get the hang of it. Plus it was a GREAT workout! 15 minutes into the class though I thought to myself "OK, I don't think I can do this for 45 more minutes!!" I hung in there though and finished, calf cramp and all.

Today was weigh-in day. I lost 4.4 pounds! Actually it was a 3 pound loss since I gained 1.4 pounds last week. I couldn't believe it! Now to push even more this week since I know if I got results like that this week, without doing a ton of exercise, imagine what the results would be if I did a lot!

My next goal is to go for a walk/run for 2 hours, and see how far I get. Do I have any volunteers that want to do that with me? I was thinking heading to Loveland Bike Trail for this. I don't want to go by myself, as there was a man that tried to abduct a woman a few years back, if I remember correctly. Plus it's just not safe for a woman to be out all alone like that in my opinion.

That's all for now, as its time for the kids to get ready for bed!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Step By Step

I have to admit when I finally decided the name for my new post this popped into my head:

Who didn't love these boys? OK sorry for the nostalgia back to our regular programming. And I will probably have this song in my head for the rest of the day. Along with you if you listen to it, HA HA.

Wednesday I had my weigh in at WW, I gained 1.4 lbs. Not what I wanted. Expected? A little. I am going to have to email my WW Coach, I don't understand how I am supposed to get in all my points in a day AND get in all the fruits/veggies/water. Right now I am supposed to eat 37 points a day. I am having trouble meeting my 37 points since so many fruits and veggies have no points. Sometimes I feel like I am overeating. So hopefully he can explain that better to me or we can lower my points down.

Working out has been going okay also. I feel like I need to step it up a little bit. I posted earlier in the week that I kept feeling guilty about not going running one of the days, so after dinner I just said to myself "Stop sitting here thinking about doing it, and go do it!" So I did, it was the weirdest feeling to want to go running, but felt like I was holding out. It was a nice run in the neighborhood even though it was dark. There are few street lights throughout so I could see enough. I am going to keep doing the C25K, although I will be doing Week 2 Day 3 over one more time, as I didn't feel I did well enough on Wednesday. So on my other 2 days a week I am going to start walking a longer distance. My first goal will be 3 miles. I don't care how long it takes me to do it, I will get it done though. I have to start building my distance up before May 9th. I know I'm not supposed to do it too fast but I also don't have all the time in the world. Right now with the C25K I am getting in anywhere between 1.75-2 miles.

I did go to the gym last night and met up with a friend from high school (BL). I only did 7 minutes on the elliptical because it really set in that I am not a fan of machines. I just couldn't get into it more than that. Plus it didn't help that we got in the movie room at the end of the movie that was playing. So BL found that the rowing machine stretches your shins perfectly! The rowing machines were open so I hopped on, man I forgot since high school how much work those are! I do love them and how they work every muscle in your body though. I only lasted about 2 minutes on the rowing machine, but again, it was more to get my shins stretched. I did lift weights last night as well, arms and legs. All in all I probably got a 40 minute workout in.

My right knee has been bothering me the past couple of days too. It doesn't hurt walking or when I am running, but when I have to go up and down stairs it hurts to put weight on it. I manage and still put the weight on but hope that it's just a fluke thing with all the working out lately.

So here is to a better week! I have to keep making smart choices. Any healthy/go to/on the go snack ideas send them my way! Sorry if this post seems mumble jumbled or doesn't make sense. I am trying to fit this into my day quickly.

P.S. I keep forgetting to tell you guys, I read something online, I forget where, but it was talking about the faster you move your arms, the faster your legs go. I felt this was a really good tip, now when I am running and feel like I have slacked off on my pace, I remember to move my arms faster. Then my legs automatically go faster, just a little tricking of my mind, but it helps!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


So today I pulled myself off of the couch and decided to do my run outside in my neighborhood. It is chilly and windy, but at least the sun was out today. I figured a bit of fresh air would do the trick. I can't tell you how awesome it was!

Today like I said I ran in my neighborhood. I did C25K Week 2 Day 1. For those of you not familiar with the C25K app ~ this is what I did today: Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Then a 5 minute cooldown. Last week I did the same thing except I would jog for 60 seconds and walk for 90 seconds. I struggled less with the 90 seconds of running outside than I did with the 60 seconds on the treadmill. I felt so good that I was going to walk the main street in my neighborhood one more time after my 5 minute cooldown. My Iphone had different plans. It died 5 seconds before my app finished. I wanted to keep walking with the music but now looking back guess I could have just enjoyed listening to the leaves and wind. Speaking of the wind, at times it was VERY strong and it was definitely hard breathing when I was running into it. Cold + Wind + Gushing in your face + fat girl running = definitely can't breathe. I would just hold the back of my hand up in front of my face when it got to bad until it surpassed.

OH!  I think I might have figured out my mental games all has to do with one little word I wouldn't think I would ever say I hate. So many of my runner friends have all said this before and I always wondered why, it never seemed like a big deal to me. So what is it that I am talking about?  The TREADMILL. That's it folks, I know its winter but I think I am going to have to train outside on all days that are possible! I think in the back of my head I always knew the problem might have been the treadmill. You see treadmills are boring, you have nothing to focus on to keep your mind off what you are doing. Also, I tend to focus on the screen in front of me wondering when I am going to be done and monitoring that too much. At least at the gym you might have a tv to watch. I loved running outside today. WAIT......

Did you just see that? I typed a sentence that had RUNNING and LOVE right next to each other. I don't believe it folks!

So all in all today was a GREAT day for me! I almost want to go back out and do it again! Anyways, I need to go, in-laws got here during my run so I need to go spend time with the family!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Lots of things to blog about today! This may be a long one folks. Today I decide was going to be a day with big changes aka commitments. Like I need more commitments right? Well I am the type of person if I have something structured to rely on I will follow through. Kind of like why I am blogging, I am being held accountable by those of you that want to follow my journey.

I saw this on Pinterest today and I am going to do it for a visual for me. Each stone = .1 lb. So my goal is to lose 100 lbs. That will be 10,000 stones. Obviously I am going to have to get a lot smaller stones than the person in the picture has or I will have a ton of jars on my counter, or I could use a bigger vase instead I guess.

Second thing I did today was join Weight Watchers. Like I stated above I am all about structure and accountablity. Otherwise I will slip up. MOST of you know this about me. I think that is why I have gotten as far as I have. On the other hand I have been holding steady at my weight, I have not gone over 245 that I know of.

As you recall, when I started this journey I weighed in at 241. When I weighed in today (which was my weigh in day anyways) at WW I was 238.4. That means when I go get my stones tomorrow I will already get to start out with 26 stones!! How awesome is that!??! I also had my mom help me do my measurements tonight. So I can track that as well. With WW I get 37 points a day to eat, and 49 points extra weekly if I choose to use them. You also can earn more points with activity and use those if you choose to as well.

So after I left WW I headed to the gym since I was kid free. I did C25K Week 1, Day 3. Felt pretty good about it, but still playing mental games with myself. I can't tell you how fast my brain goes back and forth with "I can do this!" and "What the *#@$ are you thinking? You can't do this!" I know most people go through this and I will overcome it as well. I just hate the mental game you have to do with yourself over and over. I hope it gets easier down the road!

And with that I have been trying to find a picture/thought to leave you with for the past hour and can't find one that I want to post. I found one, but it wouldn't let me save it from the web. Oh well! I will leave you with all the addons I did tonight for now and we will see what I can come up with for the next post.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Outlook

OK So I went to my parents again to use the treadmill. Fred is sick so I didn't want him to have to watch the kids while I was gone at the gym and my parents like spending time with the kids, so I took them with me. As I was walking up the steps when we got there, something in my knee popped and I couldn't put weight on it going up the stairs. It felt okay walking though.

I was going to try my Nike+ app tonight but I don't know if it wasn't logging things right since my phone wasn't "moving" and I was on the treadmill. I think it would have worked fine if I was holding my phone and it was moving? Plus it was playing my music really low after I turned the app on.

I ended up walking 1.6 miles tonight at 3.3mph, figured I would take it easy on my knee. I did run for 2 minutes of it at 4.5 but my knee wasn't liking that too much. Hopefully it was a fluke thing for the night and I can get back with trying to go further in miles this week.

As I was walking tonight I was thinking about changing it up and walking a little slower like 3.0 or maybe even 2.7 a couple days a week. My reasoning behind this is to get more distance in now but taking it slower. Or should I just keep doing what I am doing and work my way up in a couple weeks? I mean I only have what 14.5 weeks left to train. So what are you runners and seasoned walkers in distances suggestions? Walk slower at first and get the miles in and work the speed up or keep going at the faster pace and shorter distances and work up to more miles? HELP!

I was going to have my mom help me do my measurements tonight and completely forgot. So maybe I will see if she has time to help me tomorrow. I know boring post tonight, maybe something fantastic will happen that I can post about! I know I am just starting out but its frustrating when it seems I am posting that I am not doing what I want to be doing. I suppose 1.6 miles is better than 0 right?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Workout #2

So I went to my parents again tonight and walked/ran on the treadmill. I sure hope I didn't bite off more than I can chew with this half marathon. I wanted to quit before the halfway mark on C25K tonight but I didn't. It does always get better when I hear "Halfway" and I think to myself, "I can do this for 15 more minutes!" I hope it sure gets easier as I go because right now with walking at 3.5mph and running at 4.5mph is about killing me (but like I said at the end I feel great that I stuck it out). Even Monday when I was wanting it to be over before it was, at the end I thought to myself, "That wasn't that bad, I could go a little longer." I did end up walking for about 15 more minutes after my app ended tonight as well. As you can see I keep going through these little struggles with myself of back and forth of how I can't do it, and I can, and I do. I am guessing this is normal??

 I did drink more water today, which is a plus. We did go to the museum this morning though and had lunch after the kids played. I wish I would have been stronger and gotten a salad or something but no, I got a piece of pizza. I suppose once in awhile isn't bad, I just need to be stronger when I am out and about.

I hope I don't bore you all and if there is something I am not documenting or telling you about just let me know. I am completely new with blogging so I have no idea what I am doing!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Workout #1

Well I skipped the gym, but went to my parents house to use their treadmill! I told my parents if it goes missing I have no idea where it went! LOL It is really cool, I could plug my iphone into it and it plays the music through speakers as well as my C25K app - was so nice not having to wear my earplugs! It also has where you can plug in maps,  and will change your incline like you are outside. I wonder if I can find and input the flying pig course to practice on. I am very proud of myself as I completed the Week 1 Day 1 of C25K again, which I haven't done since Freddie was a month old. I kept trying to start over with it and would end up stopping it and just walk when I was at the gym before. So I am so proud of myself that I stuck it out. I was also pushing myself with the speeds as well and not going too slow (well as fast as a fast mom can go in the beginning!). I didn't drink as much water as I wanted today because I forgot my bottle of water when I left work to go get new shoes. But I did only have one coke today which is a big achievement for me just right there! I am going to try and fit a workout in tomorrow morning while Bella is at school because I have a meeting at Church in the evening. So I will probably just do a video here at home with Freddie. He is at the age that he likes to do what Mommy is doing so that will help keep him occupied too. I also plan to do some sit-ups and push-ups before I go fix myself a nice big salad for dinner!

Fat Mom 2 Skinny Mom's Journey

My name is Amy and I am a fat mom. I have decided to blog about losing the weight and becoming a skinny mom! I believe this year is my year! My starting weight is 241 lbs. - I vow I will never see this number again after this week! My goals are: to drink more water, eat and cook healthier, exercise 4 to 5 days a week, I will also try and blog at least 2 times a week, and my ultimate goal is to lose 100 lbs. My newest challenge that I have set for myself is my cousin and I have signed up for the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 6, 2012. We will be doing run/walk intervals for this race, but mainly walking it. I also walk for the March for Babies every year and that will be a 5k on April 29, 2012. I am signing my Uncle who just recently passed away up as an honoree in the Run to Remember Race in Anderson Township as well that is on September 8, 2012. My goal for that race is to actually run the whole thing! I have a big year ahead of me and cannot wait to see what else is in store for me!