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Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Weigh-in, Measurements, and PowerSox winner

Life happened and I didn't get this post out yesterday like I had planned.  So much has been happening lately!  This post might just be a lot of ramblings, so bear with me. :)

On Monday the 15th, we had a weigh in for Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating.  I weighed in at 181.6 lbs.  I know each scale is different so I'm not sweating this at all.  That's 24 pounds lost in 10 weeks, a total of 11.67% of my starting weight.  That puts me in 5th place, and again among women I'm 2nd.

This week in training, we did new measurements. Here is the comparison from last time to now.

Assessment 3/1313               Assessment 4/18/13
Weight: 189                          Weight: 178
Body Fat: 35.3%              Body Fat: 30%
Neck: 14.00                          Neck: 13.25
Bicep: 15.25                          Bicep: 13.50
Chest: 38.00                        Chest: 38.00
Waist: 35.50                         Waist: 33.50
Hips: 46.50                           Hips: 44.00
Thigh: 26.50                         Thigh: 25.00
Calf: 17.00                            Calf: 16.75

Ummm... did you see the body fat percentage drop?  That's in 5 weeks.  Holy ____ (use your own expletive here)!!  I went from a Poor rating with body fat to a Fair rating.  I'm not completely sure what all that means, ratings wise, but I'm getting better, which makes me happy.  My diet hasn't changed (obviously) but I have been hitting it harder at the gym and running outside with the half marathon training.  I'm hoping to get faster.  I can see the changes in my body and it's definitely time to buy new clothes.  I can't wait for that!  I bought a goal dress in a size medium, thinking it would fit me in the summer.  Surprise! It fits now!

And the last thing..... the PowerSox winner is LoHo!!! Thanks for making a comment and being a new subscriber! :)
Remember, celebrate the Non Scale Victories!  My next post will have news about Race 4 of 2013.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Why Boston Matters to Me

Source credit: Unknown. Taken from Facebook.
Today started out as an exciting day with a weigh-in for the contest. But that isn't what I want to talk about today. I want to talk about running. I want to talk about why this set of events has affected me.
I was excited to hear the results for the Boston Marathon today. But explosives at the finish line? What.The.Hell?

In order to be successful at something,  I truly believe you need to have support. When I started running I was slow and didn't really know much. Here I was this short legged chick who weighed over 200 pounds.  I found a group of runners through social media. Through Twitter,  Facebook,  and blogging, I got tips and most of all I got encouragement and love. These people I'd never met in real life for the most part, but they cheered me on from start to finish. They understand shin splints, underpronation, sub-40, PR, tempo, pace, chip time, gun start, water stops, miles, meters, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2.... there's no judgment.  I'm not an elite runner and it doesn't matter at all to those people who also run for the fun of it and to make it across the finish line.  I get high fives and congratulations.  Yes, there's competition,  but the biggest competitor is the one in the mirror.

Whenever I'm at a race, I see smiles and encouragement.  As I get lapped, I get smiles and I'm told "Good job".  Course marshalls, volunteers,  those handing out medals... Everyone is cheering and you believe when you cross the finish line that everything you gave... every breath, every second, every blister, every black toenail, and every sore muscle was worth it to get there across that finish line.

This runner is shaken up. This community is shaken. The thing we love to do, is it possible that it's no longer safe? Could our biggest supporters be at risk?  I hope and pray that whatever low life has done this sees that we still stand behind each other.

I'm sad and I'm angry.  But I haven't given up.  I'll keep running because it's what I love to do. I know I'll meet up with others who also haven't given up. We'll see each other at the finish line.

Boston, here's my 2.62 tonight for you. As I blog and run and walk and attempt to feel normal, this is me, thinking of you.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Powersox: A Review and Giveaway

***In exchange for an honest review, I was given 2 pairs of PowerSox to try.  PowerSox will also graciously give the exact same (but new) socks as a giveaway to a lucky blog reader.***

I had first heard of PowerSox when another blogger had a giveaway for a pair.  (I didn't win, by the way)  So I was surprised when I was contacted last week via Twitter if I'd be interested in reviewing a pair myself. If you know me, you know I can't say no to free stuff.  With all the miles I'm going to start putting in, I figured trying out a new brand of socks wouldn't be a bad idea.

I decided on the Advanced Dry sock in pink.  The website describes them as:
  • HydroTec® Moisture Wicking Yarn
  • Ultra Thick/Thin Construction
  • Hand Link Toe Seam
  • Moisture Management
  • Arch Support
I received them in the mail in a couple days and immediately put them on to go for a run.

Honestly, they are THE most comfortable low cut work out socks I've ever worn!  What I liked the most about them was the extra material along the heel and around the toe and forefoot.  Around the arch is less material and allowed my foot to breathe.  Here are some closer pics of the socks and me actually wearing them.  Ignore the fancy couch pattern.

They are seriously comfortable, hugged my arches appropriately, provided the right amount of warmth (I hate hot and sweaty feet!) and they weren't too high or too low around my ankles.  I even wore them to bed and I never wear socks to bed unless I absolutely have to.

So then I wondered how they would hold up in the wash.  Were they made cheaply? Would they pill and would I have all these fuzzy balls on my socks?  Would they shrink in the dryer?  Would the colors bleed?  None of those things happened.  There was just a little bit of pilling in the gray areas, but I didn't think it was too bad. 

On to the GIVEAWAY... 

I will be using to pick the winner by April 20, 2013.  To enter, leave a comment with which PowerSox Advanced Dry socks you would want, what your favorite form of exercise is AND also follow my blog.  That's all there is to it!  

Feel free to share the love!  Good luck!!!