Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Can Someone Kick My A**?

Confession: I have been a total lazy butt since the last 5K I was in. I'm talking maybe 1 run within the last 2 weeks. I don't know what it is. Since reaching my goal weight, I've become a TOTAL slacker in the exercise/healthy eating department. I cannot find motivation ANYWHERE!!

I know it sounds lame, but I just don't feel like it. Okay, that sounded more babyish than I thought. Guess I've been hanging out with little kids too much.

So today, I've decided I'm back on the exercise train. I'm going running/walking tonight. I know it will be hard. I've probably lost a lot of endurance. But at least I'm doing SOMETHING, right?!

Feel free to leave me a comment to wake me up. I needed shaken and slapped STAT. Do I want to gain all that weight back? Do I want to ruin all the hard work I've done? Do I need to keep asking myself rhetorical questions? Yes, if that's what it takes. YES Katie, YES! Okay, I've officially lost it.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Weight Goal Met!!

Having Parker in 2007, then Callie 10 months later took a toll on my figure to say the least. With pregnancy #1, I gained about 40 pounds, lost 20, then got pregnant with Callie and gained 35 pounds. Getting down to my pre-baby weight has been my #1 goal through this whole fitness journey I started in January. I am so proud to say that last week I met my goal.

This whole experience has taught me to say SCREW THE SCALE! It is an awesome tool for helping me stay on track and obviously doesn't lie about my progress. However, there are so many other ways to tell if I'm healthier. For example: my endurance, how my clothes fit, my energy level, my skin is clearer, quality of sleep. The list goes on and on. That being said- I have met my goal of 154 pounds and I started out at 175 in January. I have lost 21 pounds...SO FAR! And I did it the healthy way!

I tried to find some before and after pictures, but truth is I don't have many pictures where I'm not holding a kid in front of me or kneeling down. I was hiding behind others because I was embarrassed. I do have 1 before picture I took at the beginning, but I am in my bra and underwear- no way those are getting out there!! Here's what I came up with.


AFTER: note: these were taken this morning at 7 am before work. No laughing!

I hate taking pictures of myself..I feel so awkward!!

Funny thing too about being pre-baby weight: My body is still very different. I guess I didn't realize after kids your hips get wider, your boobs get bigger, and your body just changes in general. 154 today is not the same as back in 2006. And that is fine with me. My kids are so worth every stretch mark and added inch around my hips!

So, where do I go from here? Do I try and just maintain my weight? Do I keep losing? Do I put back on a few pounds from slacking off? Answer: probably all 3 will happen! My next goal is to lose 10 more pounds. Why? Not for vanity, but because that is what is considered a "healthy or ideal weight" for someone my height (5'5"). I want to be the healthiest mom I can be and set an example to my kids to live a healthy lifestyle. Especially for Callie because girls have such a huge amount of pressure to be thin. And I want to make sure she sees it's not about being thin- it's about being healthy and loving yourself!! Both of which are an everyday struggle for me, but something I hope comes naturally to both my kids.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Grape Crush Rush 5K Recap

Saturday was the Grape Crush Rush 5K where the route went around the downtown area.

I was super nervous about this race. With Callie's birthday party, Parker's 1st day of school, the kids getting sick, and then myself getting so ill I was literally crying to Cory that I was dying. I did no running for over a week! I also could not handle eating or drinking anything..thought of food was still making me a little queezy. Not a very good way to go into a race. Oh well! I was happy to be running another race with my mom, and Aunt Pam joined us as well.

Pre-race pic..sleepy!

There weren't very many people running the race, but there definately seemed to be 2 groups. Those people I call "hardcore runners" who are totally fit and run 7-8 minute miles, then us "other runner"...some new to running, trying to get in shape, some doing it just to do it, not too fast, not competing against anyone but themselves...some just trying to finish without passing out. Those are my peeps!

I was able to finish at 33:58, missing my PR by 10 seconds. Considering my lack of training leading up to the race and having the flu just 48 hours earlier, I was very happy with my time. I was able to cross the finish line with Aunt Pam, which was awesome because this was her first race. She kicked some major bootay and has only been running for a few months. Mom also rocked the house in this race, shaving 4 minutes off her PR!! Now that is amazing.

Post-race, tomato face!

I don't know what I placed, but was not in the top 3 for my age group (20-29 year olds). Damn 20 year olds! I got a participation ribon..whew who.

Self portraits are fun!

So, will I be doing this race next year? Doubt it. The course was super boring..nothing to look at and lots of traffic around us. They had us running WITH the flow of traffic too...not very safe... I tried to stay on the sidewalk. Also, it is still really hot in September and an 8:30 start time was just too late. AND the worst part? I didn't get any fun swag. That's why I do these things you know! The freebies!!

I can't go out on a negative note...there were good things. Running with my family and getting another 5K under my belt. Yahoo!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Parker 1st Day of Preschool

Parker's big first day was this week. It really sneaked up on me! I was waiting and watching all weekend because Parker got a really nasty viral infection that wiped him, Callie, and eventually myself out. I kept thinking, "please don't be sick for the first day of school!!" Luckily, it only lasted a couple days and by Tuesday, he was ready to go.

He got on our stretchy shorts so there would be no problems at potty time (those buttons get me every time too, bud!), ate a nutritious breakfast of Cocoa Brownie cereal, and headed out the door with his "Cars" backpack. Callie was still very sick in bed, so my mom came to sit with her while I took the little guy big boy to school.

Dropping off went so-so. Parker went right in and started playing. After I told him I was leaving, he started asking me to wait in the hallway and not leave. I explained that wouldn't be happening, but I would be back in a little while. Then, another schoolmate completely lost it saying goodbye to his dad. In turn, a couple other kids started whining, begging their parents not to go. The teacher said once one kid freaks out, others will too. Isn't that great?!

I tried to give him and hug and kiss, turn and walk out..but he ran after me. Eventually the teacher got him to sit at a table with the other kids and play. I slowly backed out of the room. As I was out in the hallway, I heard Parker say, "Hey! Where's Mommy?" Ugh, heartbreaker. I kept going..walking out to my car with a lump in my throat. I turned up the radio and drove home to my sick baby girl.

Phew. No tears from either of us. A success!

When I picked Parker up, he had a HUGE smile on his face and kept saying he had so much fun. "That was really fun Mom! I want to do that again!" For his first day he made a picture with a handprint and a cute little poem about the first day of school. Also he brought home some letter and line tracings. I couldn't really get too much information out of him. Except very important details such as they had crackers and milk for a snack, and he went potty and pulled up his pants and washed his hands all by himself!

I am very proud of the guy! With his first week over, the teacher told me he is doing great- just keeps taking his shoes off in class. I say at least he is keeping his pants on!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Happy Birthday, Callie Dee!

It was my baby's 3rd birthday party over the weekend. We decided to have an "art party" with lots of different arts and crafts for the kids to do.

Callie had a great time and got lots of fun presents. Lots of dress up and tinkerbell stuff.

Happy Birthday Callie.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

August Rewind

Summer is over :( Well, kinda. It's still super hot around here so I guess it's more just back to school than anything.

I'm linking up to Run With Jess' blog for a monthy rewind recap. I think it's such a good idea and great way to reflect on the last 30ish days.

Here we go!


August Miles: 31 miles
Longest Run: 4 miles
Rodeo Fun Run 5K (33:48 PR Baby!)
Not Over the Hill Virtual 5K (33:36..I don't count this as a PR cuz it was on a treadmill and it's just easier for me to run on a treadmill. You don't have to agree with that..just my opinion!)

Monthly Weight Loss: 0.3 lbs. Hello Plateau!
Year to Date Weight Loss: 17 lbs

Yeah, plateauing when you are trying to drop weight SUCKS! I can honestly say I'm most likely not dropping any weight due to my diet. We all know I love pop and McDonalds and I still struggle with that everyday. I know if I tuned up my caloric intake and started eating right, I could jumpstart weight loss again. I KNOW what to do- I just have to do it. Ugh, self control- Blah!

Books I'm Reading: I haven't done a book review in awhile and I think one is acomin'. I finished a bunch of books lately- just need to let you in on them. Ones I'm reading this week are "Bossypants" by Tina Fey. Love her. The book is HILARIOUS! Also, reading "Total Money Makeover" by Dave Ramsey. I love his radio show- makes me motivated to work hard to pay off my debt. Also, people call in with their money problems and it makes me not feel so bad about mine. Things can always be worse!
I also caught up on a bunch of old Us Weekly's at my sisters, but you probably don't want to hear about that. Or do you?

Songs Downloaded This Month: basically the whole hot 100 list! Favs are TGIF by Katy Perry, Save me, San Francisco by Train, What the hell by Avril Lavigne. I mixed in some old school like Ride with me by Nelly and My humps by Black Eyed Peas. Again, I only listen to this kind of music when I run..I swear!!


I totally pooped out on my last couple weeks of my training plan. After my last 5k, I took a whole week off of no running. Yikes! I am the kinda person that needs a plan or I totally slack. I make excuses. So, I'm sitting down this weekend and writing a new training plan.

-Grape Crush Rush 5K. Not planning on PR'ing (although it would be nice!). I'm just psyched because we have a few family and friends that are joining us. And by us I mean my mom and me.
-Callie turns 3. 3!!? I'm going to try and not think about the fact that she will be in school soon.
-Speaking of school- Parker starts preschool. I'm going to try and keep it together and not have the teacher have to escort me out of the classroom. Gahhhh, why do they have to grow up? I know, I know...they do and will. Just let me have a day to mope, okay?!
-Increase my long runs to 5 miles by the end of the month.
- Do some exterior work on the house. This means I will tell Cory what I'm thinking of doing and magically it will appear!
Speaking of which, I need to show ya'all my bedroom makeover. It's not complete because I'm NEVER done redoing my house. It's an addiction! But I can share what I got so far. Okay. It's a deal then.