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It’s official….I need to blog more.

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I feel like every time I publish a blog post it begins with the words, “It’s been awhile.” When I hit the publish button I always intend to keep up with the blog and post more on a regular basis, but then life happens and I find myself not looking or thinking about the blog for months. I am really going to try to change that.

As most of you know, my dad died unexpectedly on Father’s Day in 2015. It took my entire family and all of our friends by surprise and none of us were really equipped to handle it. I can only speak for myself, but I went through some definite dark times. It’s been 8 months and I still have days when I just don’t feel like myself. Days when crying is my natural response to nearly everything. I know it will get better with time, as it has already, but I long for the days when I can think back on my memories of him and smile without a tear immediately coming to my eye.

After dad’s death I got really down and didn’t really care about myself or anything else. I finally got out of that funk and began (and completed) the Couch to 5K program on my treadmill. I attempted to train outside, after finishing the program, but quickly became discouraged with my inability to run on pavement with the same ease I could on my treadmill. I am sure I will begin again in the Spring, but for now I have put running on the backburner.

So, what have I been up to since then? Well, I originally set out to have 2016 be the YEAR OF SERENITY. I vowed to be more calm, not quick to anger, and happy. Serenity lasted a month, which honestly was longer than I expected. Making that vow, however, did help in a lot of ways….I do still get angry and I am not perfectly happy all the time, but I am happy more than I was. Chris and I also decided we wanted to get healthier. In 2014, I ran my first 5K and lost 29 lbs, but the weight did not stay away. I made poor choices and did not keep up with my routine. Right before the new year, a friend posted on Facebook that he was going to have a Biggest Loser style completion in our small town. Chris and I decided to join even though we didn’t have high expectations (or at least I didn’t.) Chris immediately lost weight…it melted off him🙂 My weight loss was a little bit slower, but I found that I got more and more excited and competitive as time went on.

For years, Chris had mentioned Intermittent Fasting. I pretty much ignored him because I know that I  HAVE to eat. I need food in me or I get angry and lash out–the complete opposite of serenity🙂 I told him I would give it a shot for a day or so just to see if I could manage it. I found that it was a lot easier to do and I was successful. There are numerous types of IF, but the kind we did was eating within a specific time window and not eating before 16 hours had surpassed. I am sure many of you are thinking that 16 hours sounds awful and that this is terrible for your body….TAKE A BREATH🙂 First, 8 or more of those hours are when you are asleep and if you do a quick google search for Intermittent Fasting you will find tons of information about the health benefits. Many people do not use it for weight loss, specifically, but use it as a tool for their health in general.

After a few weeks of IF, I decided I wanted to try something different. I have been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which causes stomach cramps and pain and many unwanted trips to the bathroom. IBS can mimic Celiac’s Disease. My doctor and Chris have been telling me to cut down on my carb intake, not only to lose weight, but also to try and manage the IBS symptoms. I have considered cutting down on carbs before, but only made it half a day before I got angry and ate every piece of bread in sight..ha! I thought I would give it a try since I was in a competition and wanted to have results. I ended up having GREAT results….on the scale and with my IBS. I kept my carbs under 25g daily for 3-4 weeks. I was probably consuming 250-300g prior to this change, so it was definitely a drastic measure. The first day was difficult, but I found it becoming easier and easier. I stopped eating pizza, pasta, and bread. My carbs came from starchy vegetables and milk. I did NOT have a single IBS occurrence during that 3-4 week time period whereas before I was having 3-4 a WEEK. Carbs were definitely part of the problem.

In the end, Chris won the competition losing a little over 23 pounds. I came in second losing 20.4 pounds. It was a team effort at our house and we were working on our health together. It was awesome to be able to cheer one another on and make positive changes as a couple. I definitely learned that I need to make some lifestyle changes to ensure I have a longer, more enjoyable life.

What are you doing to make your life more enjoyable?

4 months later…

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I have not updated this blog in quite some time. I fell off the face of the Earth. I actually wrote a long post a few weeks ago, but never posted it. I am glad that I didn’t because I am in a completely different frame of mind now.

Today marks 4 months that my dad has been gone. It is the first “monthly milestone” in which I haven’t bitten anyone’s head off or sat in my car and sobbed. In fact, I am smiling today. The post I didn’t publish was all about how angry I was and how pissed I was that my dad is not here with me. I am sure I will still have angry days in the future, but they are no longer my constant. Do I miss my dad? Sure, every day. Am I sad that I can’t pick up the phone and call him or give him a hug? You bet. Do I wish he could be here to see my kid’s grow up? Absolutely! But, I no longer wish to focus on all of that. Dad visited me in a dream last week and he told me that he was okay and that I would be too. For some reason, that moment seemed to change the way I looked at his death. I would definitely prefer for him to be here with us, but I cannot bring him back. I am going to choose to focus on these things:

  1. I was beyond blessed to have a wonderful father–and grandfather to my kids.
  2. I know my dad loved me and was proud of me.
  3. Dad instilled in me his love of music…and we will always have that connection.
  4. I know he is with me every day.
  5. I know I will see him again.

So, it’s been 4 months and I am doing okay.

It’s been awhile…

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I clicked on the link to my blog and I was astonished to see I had not written since September 29th. A LOT has happened since then:

-I lost 30 pounds

-I gained most of it back

-I ran my first 5K and ran/walked my 2nd

-I was offered the full time secretary position at my children’s school, which I started on November 1st

-I resigned my position as the full time secretary effective yesterday

-We decided to change schools and start our children at the public school in the fall.

-We are looking for a new church

-My best friend moved.

-I got addicted to the TV show Nashville🙂

-My kids turned 6 and 8 and finished with school for the summer

 

So, that’s my life in a nutshell. There is a lot more, but I can’t even remember it all in this moment. What I have gathered from 2015 so far—life sucks sometimes and you have to make difficult decisions. In the end I wanted to make decisions that would make me a better me for the rest of 2015. I want to be happy with who I am (at whatever weight I am at the moment and whatever job I have at that time). I don’t want to be stressed and angry all the time because of things that are out of my control. There are so many people in this world that I can’t change, but I can change what I allow into my life. I have stressed and worried about things every day of my entire life and what has it gotten me?!? All I have to show from it is depression, sadness, weight gain, back pain, etc…..I want to be happy and I want to live in the moment and most of all, I want to surround myself with people who like me for who I am and not who they want me to be….people who like my friendship, but want nothing from me….and people who I can let go around and actually be myself. So, here’s to the rest of 2015.

Lemon Shake-Up Martini(s)…

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The kids spent the night at a friend’s house on Saturday night. Chris and I debated about whether we should stay in and do nothing or go out and spend some quality time together. We finally decided at 6:30, got ready, and headed out. Our original destination was Donnie’s Homespun for pizza, but they were having live music and did not appear to be serving food beforehand. So, we went to nearby Julia’s. The food was fantastic. I had bone-in pork chops, asparagus, and mashed potatoes. Chris had bacon wrapped scallops and we both started with gumbo. The atmosphere was great too. It was very open and they had a singer playing the guitar. It was an all around great evening.

After only losing .4 pounds this week, I decided I was going to sample something alcoholic. (I was a little down in the dumps.) Chris ordered me a Lemon Shake-up Martini. It was delicious. It tasted just like lemonade–very dangerous! I ended up drinking three, which for someone who never drinks ended up being a lot. I was definitely in a better mood the rest of the night!

Yum! One of the best drinks I have ever had.

Yum! One of the best drinks I have ever had.

In other news, I ran again this morning. I shaved a little over a minute off of my mile time. When you are super slow it isn’t too difficult to hit milestones🙂 And I decided to change my weekly weigh-ins to a weigh-in every other week. A good friend of mine told me to stop weighing altogether because it is negatively affecting my mood. She has a great point, my clothes felt better last week and I accomplished some major running goals, but I let the number on the scale dictate my behavior and how I felt about myself. I can’t stop weighing completely, so I thought I would change it up a bit.

So, here’s my question to you: How often do you weigh, when you are trying to lose weight???

Crying on the treadmill…

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It has been an incredibly long week. I feel like we were busy every single day, but I don’t feel like we accomplished much. Last week Maggie started soccer, which now means we have soccer practice once a week, a game every week, and this week we had an additional day for pictures. My husband is the coach (by default). I had two meetings at the school/church and it was my Saturday to work at the library. Add it all up and it was an exhausting week.

Mondays are my long day. I start at the school and work from 8-11. Have lunch and then work at the library from 12-7pm. When I got home and had dinner I got it in my head that I was going to run (Chris was watching the Jets lose!). So, I hopped on the treadmill and thought I would do two miles (like always) but attempt to run anything over 10 minutes in a row. I was feeling great so I kept pushing myself. 11 minutes went by…12…13…eventually I told myself that I could make it to 20 minutes. I was pumped. I had never officially ran an entire mile before, let alone ran twenty minutes in a row. At minute 18 I accidentally pulled the automatic stop for the treadmill. I immediately started crying uncontrollably. My husband thought I was insane and kept trying to calm me down. He kept saying, “You ran longer than you ever have. Who cares if it wasn’t 20 minutes?!” He was totally right, but I did care. I finished my two miles and vowed to run 20 minutes on Wednesday.

I decided that on running days, from now on, I am going to get up before work and just knock it out. So, on Wednesday I woke up at 5:15 and started my two miles. I ended up running 26 out of 30 minutes (I had a 2 minute warm up and a 2 minute break after 20 minutes). It felt awesome.

Yesterday, I got up early again to do my run, but this time I ended up running the WHOLE two miles!!! I cannot express how proud I am of myself. I went from running my first mile ever on Monday to running two miles on Friday. I have a ways to go before I am ready for the 5K, but I am confident that I will be prepared. I will start doing three miles in a couple of weeks. Wish me luck!!

In other news, I started my 5K training last week and only lost .7 when I weighed-in, which was discouraging, but I told myself that my body is getting used to exercising. This week I ran three times and continued counting my calories and I lost only .4. What gives?!? It is so frustrating! My clothes fit better and I feel like I am losing weight, but the scale is not showing it. Maybe next week…

5k Training…

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As I have mentioned before, I am not really a runner. I have always thought it would be awesome to run, but I have never been good at it. I have spent a lot of time lately (during my Facebook hiatus) reading blogs. I feel totally inspired and motivated to run. I know I can do this if I get my head in the right mindframe.

So, last night after putting the kids to bed, I asked Chris if he would help me start training. Chris was on his track team in high school and has way more experience than I do with running. My biggest problem, according to my husband, is that I started out attempting to run at much too high of a pace. This is the reason that I could only run for about 3 minutes at a time, which was a struggle. He lowered my pace and that made a world of difference.

My first night of 5k training looked like this:

34 minute total run.

2 minute warm-up walk

10 minute run

2 minute walk

5 minute run

2 minute walk

5 minute run

3 minute walk

3  1/2 minute run

1  1/2 minute cool down

I ran for a total of 23 1/2 minutes….and I ran TEN minutes in a row to start. I know this may not sound like a huge accomplishment to everyone, but I am beyond excited about this journey. For the first time I actually feel like I can do this.