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Friday, May 31, 2013

And life goes on

Hey! Guess what?  The Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating (SSHE) Slim Down Challenge ended on May 15th.  The results are on their page and all the contestants kicked butt! I came in 5th, but I didn't lose anything except weight and fat.  I am so happy that SSHE picked me as one of their contestants and gave me such a great opportunity to show how nutrition and eating and food play such a HUGE role in our journeys to a healthy life.

My half marathon training seems to be going well!  I did run Race 5 on Memorial Day and didn't do a sub 40, but I had run 11 miles the day before and my left knee seemed kind of wonky.  I did rest it this week and I'll be running 12 miles this weekend.  It's actually kind of exciting to get up in mileage :)

And then there's this blog... I haven't always been a consistent blogger and mainly it's because I #1) don't have time, and #2) don't want to have my posts feel forced.  I like to have the words come to me and to write what I'm really feeling that could be inspiring for others who are struggling to get or stay healthy.  Most days lately, it's just not in me.  I've started a book blog with some of my friends and I love talking books so much more lately.  I haven't decided to abandon this blog entirely yet.  I just may not always be here posting after I've run a race or had some other awesome thing happen. I'm still very active on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram so you can find me there!  I'll hold your hand and support any way that I can.  I have
 another product review to do too and will get that up as soon as I finish the sample they gave me.

So this was my quick check in.  Life is good and uncomplicated and I'm still making progress.  In fact, I just got some measurements done last week and I'll try to post the actual numbers soon.  But I can tell you that I am now down to 25% bodyfat.  I never imagined I'd be that far down in such a short time.  Hard work pays off and I have had some awesome trainers.

Until next time!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Race 4 of 2013: Challenge Obesity and other happenings

I guess you could say I've been a little busy, considering I haven't written a post in over 2 weeks!  I can't even really remember much about the race, other than I PR'd. :)
                                                           
                                                Race photos credit: Gary Westlund, Charities Challenge 2013 www.charitieschallenge.org
It was a cold "spring" day around 30°F.  You can see that there was still snow on the ground and the lake was quite frozen.  I had on 2 pairs of pants and lots of layers!  I was pretty excited to do my own race dedication for Boston and even had on my custom made hat.  Gary spoke and we had a moment of silence at the start of the race too.  I know a lot of others were inspired as well. 

I ran my 2 laps around the lake in 38:47... and then I had to run 4 more miles.  Yup!  Seven miles was on my half marathon training schedule.  I was a little chilled, but I got it done.

So, what else is new?  I've been training hard with my new trainer Martin when we've been meeting.  Most nights my shirt is drenched when he's put me through some hard intervals.  I usually complain a little bit, but I do it.  (I still hate mountain climbers.)

The final weigh in for the contest is on Monday the 13th.  I'm a bit anxious because I feel like I have a lot to do with picking out clothes for that day.  I know it'll be fun and all that, but anyone who knows me knows my tendency to overthink things.  Especially the whole going to be on tv thing.

I've also been thinking about how I'll be eating after the end of the contest.  I've been eating such healthy food for the last 13 weeks!  It'll be a huge change, but I know I can do it.   Admittedly, I've been frustrated with a few people in my life because of their "advice" such as, "You don't want to go out to eat.  You've worked so hard."  Ummm... geee... thanks for having so little faith in me and my decision making skills.  I'm not done losing weight yet, and one meal out is not going to undo all the hard work that I already put in.  I hope they remember that when I don't ask them to hang out later on.  Seriously.

In other news, I'm working on a book blog with some friends and I am super thrilled!  I will still be blogging here too and I hope that my book nerd followers will follow the book blog too.  I hope you all have a fabulous week!