It’s too much for my butt and other crazy things you hear on race day…

“Would you like some butt water?”

“Oh, my crotch is wet!” 

Yep,  this is how race day started out for me yesterday.  Granted,  none of these actually sound like what they meant at the time.  Angie spilled water on herself when she was attempting to fill up her flipbelt water bottle.  She puts this bottle in the back of her belt,  which she then calls her “butt water.” She also let us know that she went for the smaller bottle because the longer bottle annoyed her and was “too much for her butt.” Sorry, Angie…..I had to! You never know what we will talk about when we are together, but my running friends always make me laugh.  We thought it was interesting that our shoes were color coordinated and we didn’t plan it! 🙂

Yesterday was the 40th annual Abe’s Amble 10k at the Illinois State Fair. It was the first time I had ever run it.  To be honest,  I signed up because the shirt was adorable and that’s reason enough to get up at 5 am to run 6.2 miles 🙂  We met up with our friend, Julie and her cousin before the race. Apparently,  I’m a leaner in pictures.  Haha. 

I’m glad I registered for the race.  Although the humidity was atrocious and the race was pretty darn hilly, I was proud of how I did.  I had never run an official 10k before,  so I didn’t really have any expectations. I wanted to do it so I could get a baseline time and have something to strive to beat.  I ended up finishing in 1 hour 18 minutes, not a super fast time…. but a decent one for me.  I started by doing intervals with Angie and Kathy, but ended up doing my own run/ walk method…. just walking when I felt like I needed to.  It worked out well. I need to figure out my perfect interval time and go from there,  but I haven’t mastered that yet.  Perhaps that will be my fall goal 😉 I realized that I’m able to run longer before needing walk breaks and I’m able to keep that momentum going for a longer distance.  I’m so excited to finally see changes in my running ability. It feels amazing. 

Besides the 10k, I also met up with the new running group in town on Tuesday and Saturday. I really enjoyed the group and hope to make it to more runs.  I really felt like the group did a great job pushing me. I’m not someone who is wonderful at pushing myself…I can easily talk myself out of going harder than I’m used to. It is nice to have that extra push.  

In other news,  I’m so close to my second weight loss goal.  I started this journey at 216 lbs…. and I’m really close to the 170s. The last time I lost weight,  which I did with very little exercise, I got down to 179. When I get to 178.9, I’ll feel like I accomplished my second goal of being the smallest I’ve been in years….. and not only the smallest,  but the strongest I have EVER been.  

I hope you make this week a great one and thank you for following along on my journey.  


A wedding and a challenge complete…

Last weekend,  Chris and I traveled to Wisconsin for my dear friend, Abby’s, wedding.  It was a gorgeous weekend.  The weather was cool and the location was beautiful.  It was rustic and perfect for an outdoor wedding and reception.  We even got to spend time with some old friends. (Thanks for the awesome picture,  Janette!)

I was a bridesmaid and spent most of the weekend with Abby, her mom, and the other ladies in the wedding.  We got our hair and make up done.  I was nervous because I was scheduled to get mine done first at 7:30 am, but there was nothing to be concerned about because everything stayed on wonderfully.  Let me just say,  I have NEVER had self confidence…. never. I’ve always felt bad about my body and the way I look,  but that make up artist was a magician.  I seriously loved the way I looked when she was finished.  Because of her,  I’m playing around with new make up and spending a little more time on myself 🙂 

I did manage to get my 10,000 steps in before the wedding.  I got out of bed at 5:30 and went for a walk. I ended up getting over 4 miles that morning.  Abby joined me for a little while and I really enjoyed some one on one time since we rarely get to see each another.  All in all it was a great weekend.  Abby was a beautiful bride and I am proud that I got to be a part of her day. 

When I left the reception on Saturday night,  I got a pounding headache.  It was awful and stayed around for a few days.  Once I got home, stomach issues decided to join the party.  Needless to say, it was not a good week for working out. I did get mileage in every day, walking on the treadmill, but I didn’t spend a lot of time at the gym.  

My mom was visiting this week and she joined me for a walk. I think she regretted it right after we started,  but she kept on moving.  At one point we passed my friend and neighbor, Kathy.  I love how active our little neighborhood is. 

As I have mentioned before,  I participated in a 200 miles of Summer challenge.  It started on May 27 and ends in early September.  At first,  I was really slacking and figured I would head into September with 75 miles left,  which would be impossible…. but,  July brought a determination my way that I had never experienced before.  I got mileage every single day (except the 1st) and did the same in August.  So,  I finished my challenge ahead of schedule.  I got my last miles in on Friday morning with my friend Jamie. I’m so thankful for this challenge because it really made me step up my game.  I’m signing up for another one for Fall,  which will begin in September. 

In other news,  my friend’s and I have scheduled races every month for the rest of the year.  I love planning ahead and having something to work toward.  I’m so thankful that I have such wonderful friends in my life who are working to be better and helping me achieve my goals!

Crushing goals…

I’ve been spending a lot of time walking lately.  I do at least 3 miles every day,  sometimes up to 6 depending on the company.  I was starting to get down on myself because I “should” be running. But, I consistently told myself a mile is a mile….it doesn’t matter how I get there.  

I like to make lists and set goals.  Sometimes the goals aren’t realistic.  Sometimes they seem just out of reach.  But,  sometimes… sometimes…I crush them! 🙂 

Ever since I began running again I set a goal of a sub 40 5k. I have had a 40, a 47, a 42…. but never under 40. Awhile back Angie suggested a 5k in Warrensburg.  My first thought was,  “A 5k in July sounds like torture!” So,  what did I do? I signed up any way. 

As the time for the 5k got closer and closer I thought I was in no way prepared for this race since I’ve basically only been walking.  I really had no expectations.  When we got to the race I had no nerves…. none…. because I had put no pressure on myself to do anything spectacular today.  I had planned to show up, get my shirt, and cross the finish line. Nothing exciting.  

We started the race and it felt good.  Angie mentioned that we were on pace to beat my goal. I immediately thought there was no way that could happen because I hadn’t trained properly. As we kept moving forward,  Kathy told us to leave her and go.  She said she wanted me to have a successful run and make good time.  Let me be honest,  that was hard for me.  As much as I wanted to crush my goal,  I also wanted to run together.  I wanted to do it as a team.  I’m thankful to Kathy for seeing that I was planning to stick together,  but for kicking me in the butt and helping me move toward my goal.  I would never had done it if she hadn’t encouraged me.  

So, we double checked with Kathy to make sure she was good with us leaving and we took off. Angie was by my side, telling me our pace… making sure I knew I could do it. We didn’t run the entire time,  but we ran almost all of it. Our walk breaks were short and few and far between. Angie is awesome at keeping you focused, but also distracting you by her stories. I know for a fact I wouldn’t have finished the race strong without her. At one point,  she told me to take off….we were nearing the end and she wanted me to finish strong.  I could hear her cheering me on as I ran.  I literally came across the final curve with tears in my eyes.  I crossed the finish line at 36.09….. something I never thought possible. 

My point of this entire story is this: Sometimes your friends see something in you that you can’t see.  They push you to be the best version of yourself. These ladies have helped me train for a half,  they’ve lifted me up when I am feeling sorry for myself,  and they’ve never stopped believing in me. I’m not sure what I did to deserve their friendship,  but I will forever be grateful.  

Do something today that will help you meet your goals. It’s a good day to make a change! 

Things have changed…

I really can’t say when things changed. I don’t know that exact moment when I no longer dreaded getting up and heading to the gym. I can’t pinpoint when making changes to my eating habits became easier. I may not be able to establish a timeline for these events, but it happened. Things have changed.

I haven’t taken a day off from exercising since July 1st and the only reason I skipped that day was because we had a wedding to attend out of town. Working out has become my routine. If I am not at the gym, I am on the treadmill or the roads around our little town. When I am not in the gym I am thinking about being in the gym. Danita has created a monster, but I like this monster and have invited her to stay. 🙂

Yesterday, I looked at Chris and said (for the first time in my entire life), “I am really starting to like my body!” I know I still have a lot of work ahead of me, but I love how strong my legs are. I love that I can feel muscles in my arms and back. I love the shape my face has taken on. When asked before what I liked about my body, my answer would always simply be my green eyes. While I am still rather partial to my eyes, I have found so many things about myself that I love. And it doesn’t just stop with my appearance. I am finding the more my physical body changes, the more my mental state does as well. I am not saying I have everything figured out or that I won’t ever complain about my body again, but this is a huge step in the right direction for me. Happiness looks good on me!

In other news, I kept up my 10,000 steps every day last week and intend to do the same this week. I walked every day and did my normal classes at the gym, but added in a kickboxing class on Saturday. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about it, but it was something I had always wanted to try. I really enjoyed it. I wish I could fit it into my schedule a little easier, but I will go as often as I can manage.


Oh, and don’t tell Danita or Julie Wubben, but I actually like yoga. I even bought myself a yoga mat and am attempting to get my husband to do yoga with me at home (and maybe a class too!)

I hope you all have a great week and can move closer to loving all of the pieces of yourself…every little one.

100+ miles done…

Since May 27, I’ve been working toward completing the 200 Miles of Summer Challenge.  I started out really slowly,  but I finally reached my halfway point this week.  I have until September 3rd to finish the challenge. I’m so thankful for this endeavor because it’s gotten me moving outside of the gym and pushes me to do more every day.  

When I started this week I had two goals 1) get at least 10,000 steps daily and 2) get in 21 miles. These both go hand in hand,  the more mileage I did,  the more steps I was able to accumulate. I ended the week yesterday with 28 miles. I’m currently at 107 miles for my challenge.  I managed to get over 10,000 steps every day and on Thursday hit 20,000. It feels so good to keep progressing. 

Chris was out of town this week for work so I didn’t have the chance to lift with him,  but my mom was visiting (and able to be at the house with the kids) so I was able to get in mileage early in the morning without using the treadmill. I am so thankful that I have friends who are on this journey with me.  I walked with three different people this week.  I definitely get in more miles when I have someone to chat with.  I love my workout buddies. 

Jamie was on a limited schedule,  but she gave me the time she had. This girl is shorter than me, but walks like she’s trying to escape a murderer behind us. She’s fast….. super fast. Jamie and I started this journey together.  We took our very first Zumba class together. 

Janette and I had some interesting walks this week.  We walked in the rain and wondered about lightning strikes.  We walked on a busy road and had to keep an eye out for semi trucks. Janette was my very first friend in Pulaski,  so it’s nice when we can catch up.  

Angie has been one of my workout buddies from the beginning.  She’s the one who got me going to the early morning classes. Angie always has a story tell, so walking with her doesn’t feel like work 🙂

Since Chris was out of town, I decided to add a few more classes to my schedule. This week I did Bodycon, Balls and Bands,  Circuits, Guns and Guts,  and Yoga. I can’t keep this schedule up,  but it was nice to mix things up a bit.  I really enjoy Circuits! Circuits pushes me to do better.  On one of the stations,  Danita told us we could push ourselves further if we wanted and add a push up. I started at that station,  Danita gave me the side eye and encouraged me to do the push up. Without thinking, I got down and did it….. and I wasn’t on my knees.  I did a full on push up. Danita even mentioned my form was good.  #itsthelittlethings. I had to do a little dance to celebrate. It’s who I am 🙂

My week was filled with lots of good things. I’m definitely finding much more positives these days. Speaking of positives,  my wonderful friend Amber sent me some goodies to celebrate my success.  She has given me so much encouragement along the way.  It feels amazing to have such a great support system.  

I hope everyone has a great week and crushes their goals! 


Yesterday, Chris and I lifted at the gym and followed it up with a new class, Guns and Guts. Unfortunately, we were the only ones that showed up.  It always boggles my mind that the 4:30 am classes are so full,  but it’s difficult to get people into the gym in the evening.  I get it, there’s a lot on people’s plates (mine too- I share in the struggle),  but I never would have imagined that so many would get up for a workout before the sun comes up. Because of the popularity of morning classes,  Danita added in a Balls and Bands class this morning.  It was nice to do something different and to have my workout and miles in before 7 am. 

Chris has been doing my measurements since October.  We haven’t been very consistent, taking them only when one of us remembers.  I actually remembered tonight and had him jot down the numbers.  Since I started at the gym in August, we have taken measurements only 5 times.  I’ve lost a total of 16.5 inches since October.  I never really feel like I’m losing that much until I see the difference in the numbers.  

He accompanies the measurements with pictures. These are the ones that blow my mind.  There are many days when I look at parts of my body and I’m disappointed in the way I look, but these pictures show me how far I’ve come. This collage is October,  May, and today.  I highly recommend doing pictures and measurements… sometimes the scale doesn’t move as quickly as you’d like, but it doesn’t mean you aren’t making progress. 


The good, the bad, and the ugly…

I started today at the gym with Danita and 4:30 am class.  I joked during class that I was immediately coming home to go back to bed.  I had every intention of taking a shower and heading straight to my bed,  but on the way home I started thinking: 1) I was already dressed for a workout 2) I needed to get some mileage in for my 200 mile challenge today. So,  I got home and jumped on the treadmill.  My left leg was having knee problems and my shin was hurting when I tried to run,  so I walked 3.1 miles.  I had my entire workout done today before 6:30 am. It felt nice to be done!
The good…every day I check my Timehop app, it reminds me of things I’ve done over the years. Today this picture of me from 2 years ago showed up.  I honestly do not remember my face looking this big. 

I snapped a picture right away so I could compare and see if I still looked the same.  My hair is a mess,  but I HAVE A CHIN! Who knew?!?

The bad…Chris and I had no plans today.  It was just another day in our house.  The kids are spending the holiday with Chris’s parents and there didn’t seem to be a lot going on around these parts, so we decided to clean our kitchen and get rid of a bunch of junk.  It is amazing how much stuff you can fit in one room.  We found things we didn’t know we had and wondered why we had kept other things.  At the end of the day we decided to order pizza. I had been thinking of pizza for a few days and had talked myself out of it.  Pizza tasted good,  but it made me feel gross. I’m glad we had it just so I could get it off my mind,  but I wish I had made a healthier choice. I’m chalking it up to a cheat day. 

The ugly… it’s Tuesday NOT the weekend.  It feels like a Saturday. Middle of the week holidays are the worst.  Back at it tomorrow.  Chris and I will head to the gym tomorrow evening and I’m hoping to get some more miles in.  I hope you all have a great rest of the day!