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Race Day #2

I did it!

Saturday, I completed my second major race, the Baltimore 10-Miler.  It was a beautiful course through Druid Hill Park and then through JHU out to Lake Montebello and back.  Ten miles of officers and people being supportive and plenty of Gatorade and water.  It was awesome… until it wasn’t anymore.  I got to the finish with a broken blister on my right heel again, two rolled ankles, and cramps so bad in both legs.  Oh and my mid-upper back on fire.  Reasons?  I didn’t really train for this one.

Bmore 10 Miler

I finished though… in under the time limit with almost a minute faster pace than the Frederick Half.

Bmore 10 Miler medal

There would have been no way I would have done either of these last year.

So what’s the difference?

Surgery.

In December 2016, I had weight loss surgery.  I was sitting at 396 at this time last year (right picture).  Right now, I’m at 280/281 (left pic).

Comparison

This was not the easy way out.  There is a lot of work that went into getting the surgery.  I started the process a year ago this month in fact.  Every day is a struggle to get through all the fluids and all the protein that I need to intake just to keep going.  Hence the walking more, the getting out more, the doing more things, etc.

Last year, Maryland’s King Crab Challenge was just a thought on a piece of paper of things I wanted to do.  Now, thanks to the surgery and the support I have, it’s a reality this year.  My feet aren’t thanking me for it yet, but my esteem is.

Now to get my legs elevated so my ankle and heel can heal.  19 weeks and 5 days until Baltimore Run Fest!

Have a great week everyone.

Listening to:  Hamilton

Reading:  The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

Quote of the Day:  “Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It’s a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.” ― Thomas Carlyle

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June’s Goals

Happy June!

Wow.  Just wow.  Can someone tell me where May went?  Sheesh.

This year is going so fast!

I completed two 1001 day goals:

I also complete one non-1001 days goal I thought was pretty neat.

Just because May went fast didn’t mean a lot of things didn’t happen.

  • Miles reached: 439.89 (18.11 miles to Rivendell!)
  • Weight lost: 11.4 lbs (Down to 281.6 from 293 on 5/1).
  • Books read: 26.  Several of these were graphic novels but yeah…
  • Blog Posts: 5
  • Went to Cross-Fit: 6
  • Started passport process
  • Saw Weezer and Fitz and the Tantrums in concert.
  • The three aforementioned goals.

June’s goals are fairly straight forward.

  • Reach 550+ miles.
  • Lose at least 16 more lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading five more books.
  • Finish and frame my cross-stitch project.
  • Do Cross-fit at least eight times this month.
  • Write 10,000 words on any story.
  • Build emergency fund back up.
  • Complete my second race in the King Crab Challenge
  • Go camping.
  • Start Half Marathon training again for October.

It’s going to be another exciting month with plenty to look forward to!

Listening to:  Three Doors Down

Reading:  The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton

Quote of the Day: “ People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them. ” ― Tony Robbins

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Bragging

Morning everyone.

Yesterday, I completed my first ever half marathon.

Finish

I really want to stop talking about it because I feel like I’m bragging about it.  I get that I should be proud of my accomplishment because not everyone has done a half-marathon before.  Maybe I’m just a little weird on this one and I don’t like bragging.

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A half-marathon is definitely not something I would have ever done before losing 100 lbs.  I had thought about it and had even put it on my Day Zero Someday list.  I signed up for the race in February when Crystal and I had been talking about it.  I reasoned that it would be a good goal and reward to myself for getting the surgery and for staying mostly on track.  With me, it’s go big or go home so I signed up for not only the Frederick Half that I completed yesterday, but also the Baltimore 10-Miler (June) and the Baltimore Half (October).  Completing all three runs puts me in the King Crab category of Maryland Races.

After that run, I’ll have gotten five medals this year and completed three in-person races, just in time for the Time-Turner event through the HRC.  In October, there is the chance to order the medals/register for the events we may have missed throughout the year.  There is only one medal I want from that one this year:  The Perfect Prefect!

So other than getting over the soreness I’m still experiencing from yesterday, I’m not doing too much right now.

Have a great week!

Listening to:  Amazon’s Long Weekend Rock playlist

Reading:  Fables Volume 10

Quote of the Day:  “Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.” ― Bear Bryant

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May’s Goals

Happy May!

Last week was a depressed week.  I did not want to do too much and I wasn’t sure what all I was going to do to make it through last week.  I didn’t exercise, I got really low miles, my Uber rides were kind of crappy, and I was just in an all-out funk.

Today is a new month though, so time to lace up the sneakers and get cracking.

I completed two 1001 day goals:

  • Reach 200 postcards both sent and collected. 

I also complete one non-1001 days goal I thought was pretty neat.

  • Participate in the Inaugural Quidditch Cup via Racery.  Ended up walking more than I thought I would for this one.  It was only intentional miles and it put me closer to the 350 mile mark.

Before I get started on May’s goals, I want to go over what I did in April.

  • Miles reached: 345.12 (112.88 miles to Rivendell!)  That’s also over 100 miles in month!
  • Weight lost: 10.4 lbs (Down to 293.0 from 303.4 on 4/1).  UNDER 300 LBS!
  • Books read: 9
  • Blog Posts: 6
  • Went to Cross-Fit: 5
  • Planned June’s vacation
  • Booked our first Timeshare Vacation to Mexico in October.
  • Scheduled Passport appointment.
  • Started working on a story and did some research into it.

So what’s May’s goals?

  • Reach 450+ miles.
  • Lose at least 15 more lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading five more books.
  • Finish and frame my cross-stitch project.
  • Start on the next story to finish.
  • Do Cross-fit at least eight times this month.
  • Write 10,000 words on any story.
  • Buy more stamps.  I’m going through these like crazy thanks to mailing postcards and birthday cards to my fellow HRC’ers.
  • Build emergency fund back up.
  • Complete a half-marathon.
  • Enjoy the cooking class!
  • Go to DC’s Kerfuffle (OMG, Weezer!!!)
  • Complete the Glacier National Park Racery Event (101.7 miles in 31 days).

It’s going to be an exciting month with plenty to look forward to!

Happy Beltane today too.

Listening to: Nothing yet.

Reading:  Sandman Vol. 3.

Quote of the Day: “Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.” ― Paul Tillich

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April’s Goals

Happy April!

Facebook Memories is one of the best things they did and sometimes the worst.  Most of my memories of today are of sadness or frustration.  One has a comment from my mom, who passed away last February.  I wasn’t crying until I read that comment.  Now, I’m having issues focusing on other things.

So let’s focus on accomplishments and what I’m doing in April.  Maybe that will help.

These are the 1001 day goals I completed in March:

  • Complete Dave Ramsay’s Financial Classes.  If you haven’t taken them, I highly recommend it.  Weekly budget meetings are saving my sanity (and hers too).
  • Publish a novel!
  • Donate clothes you no longer use to Goodwill.   This was round one of what I can see will be a few more this year.  My outfit today, while cute, makes me feel like I’m playing dress-up.

Before I get started on April goals, I want to go over what I did in March.

  • Miles reached: 243.35 (214.65 miles to Rivendell!)
  • Weight lost: 14 lbs (Down to 303.4 from 317.4 on 4/1)
  • Books read: 7
  • Blog Posts: 8
  • Signed up for a cooking class
  • Signed up for a Paint Nite event

So what’s April’s goals?

  • Reach 300+ miles.
  • Lose at least 15 more lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading five more books.
  • Finish and frame my cross-stitch project.
  • Start on the next story to finish.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Do Cross-fit at least eight times this month.
  • Start work Weight Loss Challenge (4/2)
  • Go to Paint Nite event with Ray (4/1)
  • Write 10,000 words on any story.
  • Buy more stamps.  I’m going through these like crazy thanks to mailing postcards and birthday cards to my fellow HRC’ers.
  • Reach 200 postcards both sent and collected.  I’m at 199 and 196 respectively.

It’s going to be an exciting month with plenty to look forward to!

Since today is the 3rd, Paint Nite happened already as did the start of the weight loss challenge.  For the challenge, we have three months to lose a certain percentage of weight.  Because I had surgery, losing about 14 lbs a month hasn’t been so bad, so I set my goal at 13 percent of my starting weight.  In three months, I have to lose about 40 lbs.  I can do that!

Oh and here’s a picture of our paintings:

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Looking forward to making today a better day than it has been.

Listening to:  My writing playlist on Amazon

Reading:  Masques by Patricia Briggs.  I wanted something familiar right now.

Quote of the Day: “Joy is something that we have to choose and then work for.” ― Francis ChanCrazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

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Food and Celebration

This weekend, I went to an event with one of my best friends.  Something that came up in conversation was how much food has become a part of the holidays and most celebrations.  For birthdays, there is cake and ice cream.  For St. Patrick’s Day, there is corned beef and cabbage.  For Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is almost never a party or event that doesn’t have food of some kind, be it holiday pies, turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, cookies, you name it.

There are even food calendars which list which foods go with each day!

So what are former/recovering food junkies supposed to do?

Keep a Log

This seems like a pretty basic thing to do since everyone can do it.  That’s the point, though:  Everyone can do it.  I prefer Lose It!, a free application for both Apple and Android.  I can add my own recipes, serving sizes, calories (if I go to Potbelly and use their nutrition calculator), or search their database of foods.  I’ve also tried Weight Watchers before, too.  Both systems let me track the food I’ve consumed.  Sometimes I go over the limit I set for myself, and that’s okay as long as I don’t make it an everyday thing.

Host Alternative Events

Happy hours are a great way to network, but they aren’t often held in places where calories and portions are small, not to mention the drinks.  I will be the first to say that I miss going out with some of my friends but that seemed to be the only time we hung out was when there were drinks involved.  If your friends live close by, hosting different events like a game night or a book club night or even a movie night either at home or out.  I’m doing a Paint Nite event with Ray, but there are companies that will come to a person’s house for a paint event.  It depends on what you and your friends like to do that doesn’t revolve so much around food.

Create a Non-Food Reward System

One of the issues that I’ve always had and have noticed in others is that food is often part of our rewards system.  I lost 15 lbs this month?  Great!  Now I can have that cookie I’ve been craving all week, right?  I could, but isn’t there something else I’d like to do?  Sure.  I could go get a new book, get a pedicure, take myself out to a movie, go for a walk through the mall and not buy anything, go play in the park, binge watch a few episodes of a show I like, etc.  These are just things that I use for my rewards.  Find something that works for you and keeps pushing you to reach for your goals.

Find People on a Similar Journey

Youtube, Google, Facebook, Pinterest, and Meetup can be your best friends when it comes to finding other things to do besides eating.  I’ve found videos on how to self-publish my book, alternative history, crash courses, and vloggers who are on their own weight-loss journeys.  Sometimes seeing other people going through similar things helps keep things in perspective.  I use Google and Pinterest to come up with exercises, non-food rewards, and other blogs or information that I can use for this blog.  Groups can be found on Facebook and Meetup.  There are running groups, coffee groups, social groups, etc.

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These are just a few things that can help in a recovering foodie in a foodie world.  It’s so easy to fall back into old habits.  I still want pizza and soda some days.  I can have a few bites of a slice, but I don’t want to stretch my stomach back out with soda.  But finding alternatives like a ricotta bake and infused water can help me stay on track.  Keeping that log holds me accountable and having a non-food reward system isn’t always exciting but using some of my 101 goals for those rewards helps me tackle both.

Listening to:  Sunday Spiel:  Let’s Talk about Health by Glitterandlazers

Reading:  The Line by J.D. Horn

Quote of the Day:  “Nothing happens by itself… it all will come your way, once you understand that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions.” – Ben Stein

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Goal Update-March

Holy cow.  It’s March 1st already?  Wow, this year is going quickly.

Since it is the first of the month, time for a goal update.

These are the 1001 day goals I completed in February:

  • Visit Rainbow Row in Charleston, SC.
  • Visit South of the Border.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt.

Before I get started on March goals, I want to go over what I did in February.

  • Miles reached: 175 ( miles to Rivendell!)
  • Weight lost: 14 lbs
  • Books read: 4
  • Blog Posts: 7
  • Signed up for the Maryland King Crab (The Frederick ½ Marathon, Baltimore 10-Miler, and Baltimore ½ Marathon).
  • Drove to Charleston, SC, and Charleston, WV on back to back weekends.

Not too much done but it was a lot of fun visiting

So what’s March’s goals?

  • Add 100+ more miles.
  • Lose at least 15 more lbs.
  • 12 blog posts.
  • Finish reading 5 more books.
  • Finish and frame my cross-stitch project.
  • Start on the next story to finish.
  • Sign up for a cooking class.
  • Get our commitment tattoos.
  • Buy a lottery ticket.
  • Pass two of classes and start my third class.
  • Finish Dave Ramsey’s financial class.

Lots of things to do.

Today is also the first day of Lent.  For the next 40 days, I’m writing at least three pages a day in my notebook, for good or for bad.

Here’s to another awesome month!

Listening to:  The Scourge of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler.

Reading:  The Scourge of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler.

Quote of the Day: “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” ― Karen Lamb

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