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The Color Run – Kansas City

The Color Run was so much fun!  If you ever have a chance to do this run, DO IT!

I went with 4 other friends from work: Victoria, Ericka, Jennifer & Tami.  We had such a good colorful time.

Our “Before” Picture! Jennifer, Ericka, Me, Victoria, Tami

We got to the Truman Sports Complex about 6:30 a.m. (for a Saturday, this is way too early, but adrenaline kept me going after my poor night’s sleep last night). It was surprising how many people were already there and we enjoyed seeing the crazy outfits and tutus people wore.

We were near the starting line a few minutes after we arrived. The race was to start at 7:30, but it was 7:45 before they counted us down to the start.  We were in the first wave and Jennifer, Ericka & Victoria started running leaving Tami & I in their dust (haha, I wasn’t ready to run right off the bat).  Here’s a map of our run:

Tami & I had a good walk and after a warm up, we finally ran.  I lasted a minute, but it was more than my 10 step minimum, so I can now say I have RUN in a 5K!!!  Maybe if the Color Run comes back to KC next year I will actually be able to run the whole thing.  The weather actually wasn’t too bad and I think we all appreciated the organizers moving the start time up by an hour to help everybody be done before it got terribly hot.  Most of the time there was a nice breeze, too.

The first color zone was yellow, then we passed through orange, blue and pink.  I was surprised how little color was actually on me when we reached the finish line. But then, we entered the festival area with a color toss every 15 minutes! They had a DJ and lots of fun music to dance to.   I definitely got most of my color in the festival area!

We walked back up to our car and got some other Color Runners to take our after picture.

We were a mess! But with some handy baby wipes (thank you twin mommy Ericka!) we were starting to get slightly clean before getting home.

I was actually surprised how well I cleaned up at home.  A little extra scrubbing power in the shower and I am mostly back to normal.  I followed the shower with a little nap and some lunch… I think I’m going to be relaxing a lot the rest of today!

Here are some more fun pictures for you to enjoy!

Victoria’s best side!

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The Color Run is Coming!

Today was a great day!  I actually got up & went to the gym in the morning!  This has been a hard thing to do this summer.  But here in KC it’s a bazillion degrees and following my evening workout on Tuesday I decided I must run in the morning when I actually have energy.  I am repeating week 1 of C25K (run a minute, walk 90 seconds) and I was able to run in all the intervals (not necessarily one minute, but almost) except the 6th interval I just walked.  I’m pretty happy with that, especially compared to Tuesday – that was just really ugly!

Anyway, I’m not nearly as excited about my workout as I am THE COLOR RUN!!! It is this Saturday & Sunday – yes, KC had so many excited people, they added another one.  And I know I read somewhere this is a record setting Color Run – they have never had so many participants in a Color Run!  Wow!!! Way to go KC!!

Several of my friends from work & I are participating.  I went to pick up our race packets today & got sooooo excited!!  I was the dork taking pictures of everything.  Packet pick-up was at Arrowhead stadium in their club.  Lil man & hubby joined me and we climbed about 10 flights of stairs (or 6 according to fitbit, but with the heat it felt like twice as many!) to get to the pick-up area.

This was at the top of the stairs in the Arrowhead Club – Seriously it’s 105 degrees outside and they have a fire going??????

They were really well organized and efficient. We were in & out in 10 minutes!

It’s official! I have a running bib for my 1st 5K!!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates on my Color Run experience!

Week 24/52: Goals Check-in

It’s been awhile since I have posted a “Goals Check-in” but in order to be accountable I think I need to make this a habit again.  Here’s how the past week went:

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  This is second nature to me now.  My phone is about to die every night because I’m using the MyFitnessPal app all the time to log what I eat and enter my workouts. (Ok, I also play stalk a lot on Facebook, but I use MFP a LOT!  I need to add more friends – always looking for positive supportive motivating friends, so if you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. Sorta – we had a lot of leftovers in the fridge this last week, but Monday I got my Emeals plan printed and got myself to the grocery store and stalked up on the ingredients needed to follow it this week. Also bought my new favorite Greek yogurt flavor – Dannon Oikos Key Lime.  It actually tastes like Key Lime Pie!  In the past when I have tried key lime yogurts, I thought they tasted like PineSol, blech!  But this is soooo creamy & truly limey.  Like dessert in a cup, but with way more protein & calcium.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. I feel so free with my “Eating More to Lose Weight” approach that I don’t feel like I have to eliminate my addiction to sugar.  Nothing feels “off limits.” Now, I must admit we had a box of Nutty Bars in the house a couple of weeks ago and that truly tested my willpower.  One “portion” of nutty bars packs a whopping 310 calories… and not exactly filling.  So it’s things like that that I need to break my addiction to.  Not feeling deprived though, especially since I track all of my calories.  I can plan around a meal out or eat lighter during the day if I know I’m going to want ice cream for dessert.
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Nope – I did 3 days.  But those 3 days were following the C25K (Couch to 5K) plan!!  Last Monday, lil man & I went to pick up my running shoes at The Running Well Store and I ran my first day of C25K that evening.  It wasn’t pretty and my knee was a little sore after the first workout, but every time I run I do improve, although it’s baby steps. Tonight’s workout just stunk… I felt so good the first 4 intervals (each interval at this point is run 1 minute, walk 90 seconds).  I was able to run the first 4, then decided to walk through the 5th because I knew I was getting tired, but then the 6th I could barely do 30 seconds and then I HAD to walk the last 2 intervals.  My legs felt so leaden that I couldn’t even walk faster than 3.0.  I don’t know what happened – advice from my running friends??
  • Get more sleep. This is happening – but only because it is summer vacation! But last night, I just couldn’t get comfy.  I woke up at 4 a.m. and laid there & laid there & laid there….. and then fell asleep about 2 minutes before my alarm went off, which was about the same time lil man decided he wanted to get up.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Check out my stats page to see the latest!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks.  So I am securely in onederland! This week I saw a new all-time low (at least for this weight loss journey) on the scale.  I’m gonna make it official – I have lost THIRTY pounds!  I have been hovering at 28/29 lost for months, so I’m wondering if the running jump-started my body into losing again.  (Totally okay with that by the way.) Now, my next milestone is 32 pounds lost – because I’ve been wanting that since April when my 32nd birthday was approaching. I’m hoping it doesn’t take another two months to lose the next two pounds!  30 pounds down 22 to go!!!!

Now time for you to check in! How has your week been? How are your personal goals going?  I would love to hear from my friend who is training for a marathon!

Restart!

L-A-Z-Y!

I ain’t got no alibi, I’m lazy, yeah, yeah, I’m lazy!

This would be the cheer to promote how my last few days have gone.  I last worked out (before today) last Wednesday.  Between the sick kiddo and then, a couple days later, sick husband, add in a church function I was organizing and normal day-to-day stuff and I was spread a little thin.  I am sure if I had really tried I could have found an hour each day to workout, but I just didn’t.  And I’m struggling with my plan to pack my lunch & snacks the night before so that I don’t graze when I’m home.  I’m supposed to weigh in tomorrow and I can guarantee you I have gained weight this week. Probably also some uh…. “natural bloating” going on, too.

This morning, I read an inspirational post by one of the bloggers I follow and while I realize she is waaay younger than I without the responsibilities of a kid, husband, house, and full-time job, I was inspired to kick my bootay into gear today. Basically, she is giving herself 10 weeks (I think that’s when her summer vacation is over) to finish her weight loss transformation. I have 8 weeks until I will see all of my co-workers again and I know I won’t be done with my journey, but  I would love (vain as it is) to hear from them how good I look.

I can do this!  I need to start my weekly reflections on my goals again.  NO matter how boring I think it sounds to the handful of you that read my blog.  I started this for accountability, so I must do that again.  Let me just start with today, and then next week I’ll give you the run down of the week as a whole.

Since the hubby was down & out yesterday, today we had planned to celebrate Father’s Day.  But hubby decided to go to the doctor this morning instead.  I still made us a “special” Father’s Day breakfast.  We had cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs and watermelon… yumm-o!  I’m so glad I decided to make the scrambled eggs because in the past I would have eaten 2 cinnamon rolls, but the eggs really helped to fill me up, so while I wanted a second roll, I knew I wasn’t really hungry for it and didn’t indulge.

After hubby ate & took his good ol’ drugs from the doc (dx: bronchitis, poor guy) he zonked out.  So in a way it was his Father’s Day – an almost whole day to himself while the little guy & I went out running around.  We went and picked up my new running shoes!  These wide-width shoes are the same as what I had before, but fit sooo much better.  And I picked up some fancy (read: expensive) moisture wicking socks by Balega so that I don’t end up with blisters.

After the shoe store, we went out for lunch at Jason’s Deli. If you have kids & you have never been to Jason’s Deli, you need to go!  They have a lot of healthy options, an awesome salad bar and most of the produce appears to be organic.  I’m really not one of those crunchy mommas, but I’ve breastfed, done tried the cloth diaper thing and made my own babyfood.  I just like to know what I’m giving my kid is quality food, especially knowing that I have made some unhealthy choices that resulted in my current predicament. Anyway, back to the deli – so not only did my lil guy get a wholesome turkey & cheese “hamwich” (as he says) with organic carrots and organic apple juice, but after we ordered and I was looking around, I discovered that kids meals are only $.99 on Mondays during the summer – bonus!  I had a delicious Mediterranean wrap with olives, hummus, turkey, tomatoes and fresh fruit on the side (about 350 calories total)… soooo good!  (And friends that follow a gluten free lifestyle, they have a gluten free menu!)

The lil’ guy zonked out on the way home and if I hadn’t been driving, I would have taken his picture – so angelic. While he finished his nap at home, I got my new shoes on and headed to the gym. Nerves struck again, as I decided I was going to tackle the Couch to 5K plan again.  By the time my warm-up was complete my heart was hammering just because I was nervous about running!  I was really cautious not to push myself too much.  And it still wasn’t as easy as I thought it might be.  The plan calls for 1 minute of jogging with 90 seconds of walking, but I did more like 30 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking.  And I even walked right on through some of the jogging intervals. The next time I run I’ll try to make it 30 seconds for all intervals and then hopefully the third day I’ll be able to run closer to a minute.  But, I don’t want to push it.  My knee is a little achy this evening, so I hope it feels better tomorrow!

As I left the gym, I snapped a picture of the quote I posted earlier today. “Be better today than you were yesterday. Do better tomorrow than you did today.”  I was better today than yesterday and I know I can do better tomorrow than today. I have 8 weeks to do better than I have been and to make each day better than the one before.

Now I can’t say dinner was better… we had McDonald’s… however, in the past I would have chosen a quarter-pounder, but tonight I chose a grilled chicken sandwich. But I still ate fries – and it all fit within my calorie allotment for the day. Tomorrow I will do better than I did today!

The Running Shoe Purchase Experience

As you know, I was nervous to get fitted for running shoes.  If you don’t know me, I live in the general Kansas City area, so I went to The Running Well Store, which for you locals, used to be the Sports Medicine store.  By the time we reached the front door, my palms were super sweaty and I was ready to run (pun intended) back to the car. I had a pre-conceived notion that although they said they were knowledgeable and helpful on the website, that I would be looked down upon or made to feel stupid with not having any running experience. I was so completely wrong – thank goodness!

As soon as we walked into the empty store, I met Linda.  She was super nice and when I started to tell her what I needed, it all came rushing out: the knee injury, the Color Run coming up, my weight loss, my nervousness. She was so supportive and really pumped me up about being able to complete the run. She asked if I had ever had a stride analysis, which of course I have not, hence the nervousness. And by this time a couple of other customers had come in, so I cannot tell you the relief I felt when she said I could “jog if I wanted to, but you don’t have to.” I chose the not having to option! I walked on the treadmill about a minute while they videotaped me.  More relief: the only part of me videotaped was my mid-calf down… whew.

Then she played back the tape and explained to me what she observed in my  stride. I overpronate, or my ankles roll inward, which means I need a good arch support (and was probably a good reason I injured my knee).  So then she measured my foot and got some boxes of running shoes.  I tried on several different brands: New Balance, Saucony, Brooks and Asics. They were all comfortable in their own way, but the Brooks really fit the best, although they felt a little tight across the top of my foot.  I got to wear them for awhile before deciding to take them home.  I even have two weeks to decide they’re not for me. I have never spent so much on a pair of shoes in my life! But I am sure it will be well worth it especially if I don’t want to re-injure myself.

So yesterday since I knew I was going to do a crazy amount of walking at work, I decided to wear the shoes for awhile to make sure they were really going to work. Well, it became pretty obvious after the first hour or so that I needed to adjust the laces.  They still felt really tight across the top of my foot.  But then I noticed if I adjusted them enough to be not so tight, that the part around my heel felt really loose… hmmm…. not such a pleasant feeling either way.  So I called the store and asked them to order me the wide width shoe.  It should be in in a week – which feels like forever when I’m finally feeling pumped up to start C25K again, but I’m okay with it.  When I get the new shoes I will start C25K and when the Color Run gets here June 30th, I will just do whatever training day I’m on and have a good time!! It may take me longer, but I will run a 5K!

I never did tell Linda about the blog, but if she ever reads this I want her to know that she made me so much more at ease and I truly appreciate her help and support!  If you need a new pair of running shoes, go to The Running Well Store and ask for Linda!

Nervous

I feel ridiculous, but I am so nervous. We are on our way to get me fitted for running shoes. You probably think that’s silly and I sort of agree, but I am still stinkin nervous! Why? Because I will have to run on a treadmill at the store to check the fit. In front of people. Fit people. And they will videotape me… running. This is a nightmare! I’m scared I will do something stupid and hurt my knee again. I’m nervous my boobs will hit me in the face. (Can anybody recommend a good sports bra for the well endowed lady?) But mostly I just don’t want to pass out in front of these people after running a few minutes.

So nervous…. Sweaty palms, butterflies in the tummy… But I can’t back out, because the Color Run is in 23 days and I don’t want to just walk it!! I have to must start C25K! Not that I plan to run the whole thing, but it’s my personal goal to run half. Is that doable?

I’ll let you know how the fitting goes, if I don’t die of embarrassment…

A Flowchart

In case you’re indecisive like me…

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Summer Plans

Hahaha… gotcha – you thought I was going to write about some vacation to an exotic paradise, didn’t you?  Reminder: I’m an educator with a toddler – exotic vacay ain’t happenin’ any time soon!  The summer plans I’m referring to are summer fitness/eating plans!  I thrive on structure, organization, routine, etc. I’m slightly type A. When I’m home alone or without structure, all eating and fitness plans quickly fly out the window, so I’m going to write the plans down here and you guys will keep me in check!

  • First, I want to read New Rules of Lifting for Women.  I’ve been reading all about it on MyFitnessPal, and I like the principles of it, so I want my own copy of the book and get all the info straight from the authors.
  • I’m going to “pack” my lunch everyday.  Literally I think I will prep, package and place all my food for the next day in a lunch box and keep it in the fridge.  I’m thinking this will keep me from grazing and snacking all day.  Eat from the lunch box and nothing else – except maybe the fruit & veggies drawer.
  • Workout – in the morning just like it was a work day. I do love my sleeping in, but maybe I can use naptime for a little extra snooze.
  • I’ll easily continue to log my food and exercise.  It’s such a habit for me now.

Do any of you have tips for keeping on track in an un/less structured environment??

Week 17/52: Goals Check-in

Week 17 brought my new diet into play, MUSIC and the last of my birthday celebrating!  Busy, but good week!  I promise I will tell you about the new diet, just give me time.

  • Log my food & exercise. Check! I learned from my fitbit that I burn about 2300 calories (on average) per day.  I find it really interesting that even though it resets itself at midnight, when I wake up at 5:00 a.m., I have already burned about 350 calories – just laying in bed!  It has really put what I learned about BMR and TDEE in the front of my mind.  It’s  making so much more sense that I cannot eat just 1200 calories a day – if I can burn nearly a quarter of that just laying in bed for 5 hours.  I must feed myself to keep my body happy and satisfied with dropping some weight.  If you use My Fitness Pal, there is an excellent group called Eating More to Weigh Less.  I would encourage you to check them out.  The ladies that moderate the group give excellent advice, ideas & support. I would love to add you as a friend on MFP so we can keep each other motivated – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK!  I had to make quite a few modifications this week to make it fit my new eating plan, but everything was still yummy & the whole family enjoyed it! We went out to eat for the last of my birthday celebrations on Sunday, where I completely  enjoyed an ooey-gooey cheesey enchilada (and a half).  So yummy, so worth the calories.
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. My new way of eating is going to make this a reality!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. Eh – only 3 days.  One morning I couldn’t seem to pull myself out of bed and then the next day apparently I didn’t even set my alarm, so by the time I woke up it was the time I would have gotten back from the gym – whoops!  But Friday I worked out in the morning, ran around (ok, not literally) work like a mad woman and then mowed the grass – I was pooped after that!
  • Get more sleep. Hmmm… except for that forgetting-to-set-my-alarm morning, I haven’t gotten much more sleep.
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. Still way behind!  But never fear – 6 more days until summer vaca!  Then you’ll get sick of me! At least until my summer job starts…
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. AAAARGH! At this point, I’d be happy with 30!  Do you hear me, Me?  I just want to see that 30 pounds lost badge appear on my blog – come on!! I’m getting so impatient!!! (if you couldn’t tell)

And for the music part of my week?  Well, I finally got to check out the new community band and for a small fledgling organization, the group sounds really good.  Unfortunately I couldn’t play at their first concert because I was playing in another, but I heard great reviews!  The concert I played in was an alumni concert for the group I played in in high school.  I must tell you, these high school musicians are so talented.  Absolutely amazing – it was an honor to be allowed to play with them.

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

Week 16/52: Goals Check-in

I am way behind!  I’m halfway through week 18, and I haven’t even had a chance to tell you about weeks 16 or 17!  I feel like a lot of changes have happened since I last wrote.  In a nutshell, I still haven’t reached that magic 32 pounds lost; I’m trying a new diet (read: a new way of eating, not a fad diet); I got an awesome birthday present; and I’m feeling more self-confident every day (reminder – this is how I felt during week 16).

  • Log my food & exercise. Check!  And I have a new “toy” to help keep me in line.  Meet the Fitbit!  I had heard things about it here and there and then when I was at my conference a few weeks ago, a lady behind me was talking about how great her fitbit is, so I just butted right on into her conversation and asked her all about it.  Then I texted my hubby and said, “if you still need a bday idea for me, how about a fitbit?”  I’m still learning to use it and the website it syncs to has all sort of tools, but probably the greatest thing is that you can link it to MyFitnessPal (and other similar websites), so they talk to each other and if I’ve had a particularly active day, my Fitbit will tell MyFitnessPal to let me have some extra calories!  If you use My Fitness Pal, I would love to add you as a friend so we can keep each other motivated – look me (dizzymomma) up by clicking on the “Community” tab and then “Find Members.”
  • Follow my Emeals Portion Controlled plan. CHECK! I know I haven’t posted any “What I Made Monday” recipes lately, but we’ve been enjoying yummy food.  I’m really looking forward to vacation to cook more!
  • Eliminate my addiction to sugar. My new way of eating is going to make this a reality!
  • Exercise 5 days a week. ALMOST – I made it 4 days.  I will explain more later, but  I was in a lot of pain.  Like, this-is-all-I-can-do-to-get-up-and-pretend-I-feel-good-at-work pain and popping 4 ibuprofen every 4 hours. So I decided not to work out that morning.
  • Get more sleep. Yeah – my awesome lil’ Fitbit even tracks my sleep! It informs me that I sleep just about 6 hours a night – but get this – I hardly wake up, so once I’m out (according to FitBit, it takes me about 5 minutes to fall asleep), I usually stay asleep, so I am 99% sleep effiicient!  Yay for efficiency, but let’s bump up the duration to 8 hours!!
  • Blog on my progress of my goals and post my weight. As mentioned above, I am so behind!!
  • Lose 52 Pounds in 52 Weeks. This is the holy grail. Lately it’s two steps forward, one step back.  I’m still hovering on the border to onederland.  It’s like the border patrol can’t figure out if I’m a legal resident, so they are keeping me in a holding cell until I can prove I deserve residency in onederland!  Someday I will push through and kiss my old homeland goodbye!!

Now time for my friends to check in! How has your week been? Have you accomplished any goals?

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