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Tumbling about getting healthy & fit (lost 116 lbs but gained back 50 #sadpanda), learning to love myself and trying to live life to the fullest.

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In April I:

Ran some miles & completed my first half marathon.

Felt miserable & uncomfortable due to the horrible food choices I made.

Realized (again) that it isn’t about what I eat. It’s about changing my behaviors and how I view food.

Worked on setting a budget.

Plan for May:

Run some miles.

Work on changing behaviors by reaching out (WW meetings).

Be kind, rewind. Whenever I have doubts or feel like I’m going in the wrong direction, take a moment to look back and remind myself of what I have accomplished.

101 days soda free. However, I am developing an addiction to kombucha. That stuff is pricey!

My birthday month will be all about running. Registered for a 3rd race for June. This will be the second year that I participate in this race.

Progressive marathon = 23.1 miles in training + 5K race day.

At the beginning of the year I set 13 goals that I want to accomplish this year.  This is part of the 13 in 13 challenge I am taking part of.  Here’s an update on some of those goals:

Run 360 miles this year - I ended up running 30 miles this month (29.7 to be exact) which brought me to 25% of my goal which is right where I wanted to be.  


Give up diet soda - 92 days strong. I almost had some diet Coke this past Friday when I went to a baseball game & my mom bought it for me.  I almost drank it because I felt bad that she spent the money but at the same time, I didn’t want it.  That has been the only real temptation the past 3 months.  


Continue with the healthy lifestyle by following Weight Watchers - I’ve tracked off & on for the month of March. I really haven’t made it a priority and last week I renewed (once again) my commitment to tracking - both on MFP & WW.  I did well the first 4 days but it was downhill from there.  Hoping April will be a fresh start and that I will improve this month. 


Participate in 12 races (plus one more for good luck) - I participated in my second race of the year in March - The Biggest Loser 5K.  I’ve also signed up for two more races which will be in June. 

Work on lowering debt  & create a budget - these are the goals I will be working on this month.  Now that I am employed (yay!), I’ve reactivated my Mint account and will be creating a budget that I can follow. I’ve never really had one but since I am not making the same money as I used to I need to make sure that I spend my money wisely especially if I want to reduce my debt.  

March has had it’s ups & downs but getting a job is definitely the most memorable thing that happened.  I didn’t realize how much I like to have a routine and structure and now that I will have it, I hope that it will help me reach my goals for this year.  


Signed up for a Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) in June.   This race is part of the Live Ultimate Run Series.  For those in the Bay Area, you can take advantage of the Groupon that’s available right now ($20 for the 5K,  $27 for the Quarter Marathon).  

June will be a busy month for races for me:  

  • See Jane Run 5K on 6/8
  • SF Progressive Marathon (23.1 miles in training & 5K on race day) on 6/16
  • Live Ultimate Run Quarter Marathon on 6/30

I have to continue to show the old me that I am capable of doing those things that I didn’t think I could do.

At the beginning of the year I set 13 goals that I want to accomplish this year.  This is part of the 13 in 13 challenge I am taking part of.  Here’s an update on some of those goals:

Run 360 miles this year - to be able to meet my goal, I have to average 30 miles per month. I am happy with the total although it could’ve been more if I didn’t make excuses because I know I can do better.  



Give up diet soda - 62 days & it’s not even an issue anymore.  I didn’t really have an addiction to diet soda. It was more that I drank it out of convenience. 


Continue with the healthy lifestyle by following Weight Watchers - I’ve also tracked food & activity for the past 28 days.   Although not an official weigh in, my loss for the month of February is 4 pounds.  I was on a good tracking streak but there were a few bad days in February.   Live & learn. 


That’s some of the progress I’ve made this month towards my goals for 2013.  I was also going to start working on a vision board but unfortunately I was not in the right frame of mind so my goal will be to have a finished board by the end of March.  
I watched Dr Oz yesterday because Michelle Obama & Jillian Michaels were on the show.  Jillian talked a bit about her book Slim for Life so I’m going to start reading it this weekend.  


One of the tips she talked about was interestingly weird but it makes sense though.  If you don’t want to put a ribbon around maybe wear your skinny jeans for the same effect.
While there was some progress made this month I do wish I would’ve done more.  That will be my goal for March - to be able to look back & be satisfied with my results.  

One of my goals for this year is to read 13 non-fiction books.  I love to read. It wasn’t until I got my Kindle a few years back that I started to really enjoy it.  Reading has been able to keep me sane the past few months because it gives me an opportunity to immerse myself in a story & just forget my troubles for a bit.  I will admit that I do have a tendency to read a lot of books that I consider brain candy…ah hem 50 Shades of Grey.

I don’t have a list of books that I want to read as far as my non-fiction reads go.  I decided that I would read what caught my eye and things that currently interest me.  For the next couple of weeks, I will be spending some time with some pretty awesome ladies - Jillian, Tina & Mindy.  

Got any other book suggestions?  

Following a plan (tracking everything on WW) & working out 4 days this week helped me achieve a 4.4 pound loss.  Woot woot! I think that giving up soda has also helped as I have been drinking more water.  I know that most of the weight is just from the excess of the holidays but I feel like I made good choices the past 7 days.  

My plan for this week is to continue to track diligently and complete Week 10 of my half training.  I looked at my schedule and in total I have to do 11 miles (3, 4 & 4) and I thought “wow, this will be an easy week.”  When did I become this person?  I might as well enjoy it as the week after I have to do 18 miles (3, 4 & 11).  Part of me is panicking at the thought of doing 11 miles in one day but I will get it done.  

Tomorrow one of the local sporting good stores is holding an a free event for those of us participating in the SF Rock n Roll half.  Since the gym has been so crowded, I figure I could go to the meet up & then head over to Crissy Field to do my 3 miles. 

I also want to check out running belts & they are offering a discount that day if you attend the event.  Any brand suggestions?  Anything I should look for?  I really just want something that will hold my keys, iPhone & GU.  I don’t want an armband & I don’t like carrying water with me as I like to have my hands free but I have a Nathan handheld bottle that I should start using during my longer distances.  I know that hydration is something I need to work on.  I remember that after Bay To Breakers I felt extremely dizzy once we stopped walking and it was due to lack of water.  I just didn’t want to use the porta potties in a race with 40,000 people.  Can you blame me? 

Using technology to help me stay on track with my #13in13 goals. I miss you Diet Coke.

Here’s to a happy & healthy new year #13in13 (at Brazen New Year’s Day Run)