Thursday, October 29, 2009

A weeks worth of words...

Coming up with some inspiration to write these days is far and in between! I'm exhausted this week. Emotionally, physically, mentally, and "weatherly"! It snowed on Monday, and Tuesday. However, it didn't stick to the ground. It's gone now and it's just cold out. I hate being cold!! It's the worst, but I am thankful that I have a warm bed to sleep in every night and a handsome man to warm me up when I get home from work ;)

Exercise wise, I'm not doing fabulous, but not terrible. Skipped running Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm going everyday the rest of the week and also doing the "30 day shred" twice a day to get caught up to where I should be for "Operation 4 by 11/24". I don't think i'll be a size 4 by then, but i'm going to push myself HARD!! I'm getting a treadmill from Loves brother, but I have to replace the "motherboard"'s 100 bucks! I hate paying it, but at least I don't have to buy a new treadmill for 800, right? I'm so excited to bring my running inside though, for real!

Food wise: I've been decent. Not great, but decent. Lots of fruits and veggies. Lots of chicken. Some enchiladas(I know!!). Not many sweets at all, which are my number one weakness!

Family wise: My parent's divorce is a soap opera! I often say "These Are The Days of Our Lives", very dramatically with a thick accent! I wish they'd just get divorced and my mom would tell someone the truth instead of feeding us full of BS!!

To my readers: I am still reading all of your posts! However, I haven't had much to say lately! Comments will resume ASAP!

Stay tuned for a better post....Tonight, the story of my weight!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Motivational Tools....

I can't believe i've been doing this running thing for 8+ weeks now!! I never in my wildest dreams thought I would actually stick to it. The furthest i'd ever run in my life was 2 miles with no walking and that was back in '04 when I went to the gym EVERYDAY for 2 hours a day. Side note, I didn't lose an ounce and I wasn't eating like garbage either, but I really didn't eat much!

Anyways, along this road, I've had so many motivational moments that i'd like to share with you. Bullet points are ideal for this!

  • Motivation #1: Telling myself that I could stick to a 5k training program, knowing it would be hard but totally worth it! I believed in myself from day 1! I never gave up! I pushed and I admired myself more everytime I did!
  • Motivation #2: Once my 5k training was over, Loves and I bought me some new kicks. Asics, which are ACTUAL running shoes. My first pair of shoes that I dedicated strictly to running!
  • Motivation #3: I was going through a rut last week, and I decided to keep motivated, I wanted another little gadget. So, Loves and I bought me a super cool Nike+. I love that thing. It feels so good to know when I reach .5 mile, 1 mile, 1.5 miles, and so on! It's been huge in getting remotivated!
The above are only exercise motivators. I'll save the body and food motivators for another post! Right now, i'm off to work. My Reader is full so tonight I will be playing catch up and posting comments! I see I have a few new followers "HI!!! and THANKS for STOPPING by!!!!!" You guys rock!

Have a fantastic day, y'all!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Nike+ Review...

I bought a Nike+ on Saturday morning and was so excited to use it! However, at first I couldn't figure it out! So, I did my 3 miles at the track with my ipod. I later realized it was an easy problem to fix. So, Sunday I put on my "game face" and calibrated it. I ran 1 mile and it was dead on.

Today I took it outside to give it a test drive and it rocks!! Not kidding, the second best investment i've made in my running, the first was obviously my shoes. I had just bought new Asics, so I didn't want to buy the Nike shoes. So, I stuck the sensor under the tongue of my shoe!

I ran 5k today. It's nice because now I can take any route and not have to worry about mapping or anything. I just plug in the Nike+ and go. I ran until it said I was half way through, stopped and stretched for a minute and then ran back the same way i'd come! It was so awesome!

Update on the personal life....I thought my parents divorce was so horrible, but even worse were the details. Not that the reason why they're splitting is awful, more watching who my momma is becoming. She's confused and lost and sad(has been for 15 or more years) and all we want to do is help her, but she feels my dad has made sure that my brothers and I are against her. I feel so terrible for her. I just hope she reaches out for someone and soon. I worry about her everyday. I wake up and my mind is on her, I work and my mind is on her, I run and I think of her. I know in time we'll all heal, but the road to the "healing place" is going to be long and windy, i'm sure. Thanks for all of your kind words! This has been a battle of a week(especially the past 3 days) and all of your sweet words really help me out!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Dust is Settling...

Thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate it. I know that there will be good days and bad days, but "life goes on" says my "big" little brother! I'm not going to let them get me down.

I was running a 5k yesterday and kept thinking about it, when I realized that I need to focus on me and MY life. I feel like a wreck this week, but I shouldn't. It's okay to be sad, but miserable...Not Okay with me! Love has been so supportive these past 3 days. When I cry, he just holds me. He listens when I talk about it. He gives me his honest opinion. He is my rock!! I can already feel how this is changing our relationship for the better. We are both the same way, we only want to get married one time....preferably to each other. That's why we don't push the whole marriage thing. We're letting it take its course. I know that it will be a long road and it will be hard, but I am strong and I always survive....ALWAYS!

Onto cooler things...eating this weekend was not perfect, but not horrible. My worst choices were: wine(2 bottles), the cheesecake, and the late night chips, salsa and queso. Then again, it was all done in moderation(except the wine...yikes)! I am not weighing myself though so I can't say I have a gain or a loss. I can say...I am STILL A 6! Haha! ***TMI is coming up in the next sentence*** I only skipped running on Sunday though(I was hungover), but I threw up just about everything in my body that I had eaten in 2 made me feel so much better!!

Like I said, I ran a 5k last night and I felt so good. My time was long, but I haven't done neighborhoods or HILLS yet. So, i'll be working on speed and such for the next few weeks and then I will dive into 10k or maybe i'll just start 10k training today!

Does anybody have any tips for working on speed?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Good and Bad....

Saturday started out being the best day EVER!! Ended not great! I'm doing this bullet form, because my brain is just fuzzy and not really processing.

  • Reef tour was a hit. We probably had 50 or 60 people come over to look at our fish tank. Everyone was impressed and that made me feel great, because Love really works hard on it and he deserves all of the wonderful compliments!! I'm so proud of him!!!!!
  • I went on a 2.5 mile run and did the "30 day Shred" and I was feeling great!!
  • Went out with my mom, dad, and Love to Cheesecake Factory and ate really well, but did have some cheesecake. It was delicious!!
  • Saturday morning I put on my "goal jeans", they're a size 6. I have a little muffin top, but they fit!! I'm a 6! Love said he's really proud of me and it feels so good to hear that!
  • After dinner my parents came back to  the house and I poured my mother and myself some wine. We were just talking and my dad said "We have something to tell you"! I said "Who died?"! Then, my mom said,"we're getting a divorce!"! My heart, my whole body stopped and I laughed and told them they must be joking! They weren't! I'll probably be sharing more about how I feel about this in the future, but right now, i'm shocked.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Run, Tiffi, Run...

I don't think i've ever posted my name before, it's Tiffani...with an "I".

Anyways, the new shoes are perfect!! I ran my fastest mile last night since starting the training program! The second mile was a lot slower, but it was my first "tempo" run ever. So, I was exhausted by lap 7. Overall actually, last night was my fastest 2 mile run. I did it in 22 minutes :) I hope to get that into the under 20 min range soon. I want to be running an 8 or 9 minute mile. I do understand that I am a slow runner, I always have been, but now I have the tools to make myself faster(new shoes, researched being a faster runner lol).

I did skip "The Shred" last night! We're getting ready for "Reef Tour" which starts tomorrow. I'll have a lot of free time tomorrow to tell you what it's about, but this week has been clean, clean, clean, and scrub, scrub, scrub.

Have a nice day, y'all.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Running Shoes & Lunch Boxes

The past few runs, my knees have hurt so bad. I kept trying to figure out what in Lord's name it could be. The way I run...hmmm...I don't think so. Not stretching enough or the right way....Not that either. Then, I remembered that I'd had my workout shoes for probably close to 4 or 5 years. I didn't exercise all that much in that time, but I did wear them a lot. FYI(tangent), I'm planning a blog to tell y'all about my weight issues, but I have to sort my thoughts on it.

Anywho, My running shoes were more of everyday shoes(up until 2 years ago when I moved in with the beau and they stayed at my parents, until I found them 3 weeks ago). Yes, that had to be the problem. Last night, Babes and I went to a shoe locally owned shoe store. This place has been in business for almost 20 years and has always had the best deal on shoes. I remember when my dad first discovered them in the early 90s, Ossine shoe days were my favorite :). Back to the point....So, I walked in and the guy there did a "foot analysis". He watches me walk away from him and towards him, and then the same for running. He picked 3 pairs of shoes that he thought would work best for me. One was even a wide shoe. The wide shoe felt to big, but the Asics were nice and tight. I actually don't really remember the third pair... So, I stuck with the Asics and wore them last night while I did the shred and could FEEL the DIFFERENCE...WOOHOO!!

Here they are:

Then, we went to Sunflower Market, MY FAVORITE STORE. They're kind of like a health food store, I would say and got me a lunch box, so now I don't have to bring my lunch to work in a grocery bag....I know, i'm classy :)
Look how cute:

I put it with an apple we bought and my food journal with the frilly pen. I'm such the photographer haha.

I think yesterday was an all around win and it also gave me lots of motivation to keep going with the running and packing my lunch thing.

I have to start writing down my blog ideas because I have a million running through my brain all the time and then, I sit down to write and nothing.

Thanks for all of your comments everyone. I love sharing in this journey and reading about yours as well :)

Have a good day!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Thank you...

So, Miss Sharon over at The Incredible Shrinking Sharon, has given me the "Over The Top" award!!! 

 I couldn't be more excited about it! I've never been recognized in such a way and i'm so EXCITED! 

Sharon began her journey shortly before me. I had started reading blogs about other women who were starting, in the middle of, or even at the goal poi5466nt in their journey's. Miss Sharon really truly inspired me from the get go! I love her blog and how she continues to stay motivated! Thanks Sharon, you are an inspiration!!!

1)Where is your cell phone? Dresser
2)Your hair? Curly
3)Your mother? Amazing
4)Your father? #1
5)Your favorite food? Grapes!!
6)Your dream last night? Hmmm...
7)Your favorite drink? Water
8)Your dream/goal? BusinessOwner
9)What room are you in? ChillRoom(Bedroom)
10)Your hobby? Running!
11)Your fear? Distant
12)Where do you want to be in six years? Married
13)Where were you last night? Cuddling
14)Something that you aren't? Ignorant
15)Muffins? Blueberry
16)Wish list item? Size 4
17)Where did you grow up? Utah
18) Last thing you did? FishTank
19) What are you wearing? Tank
20) Your TV? Awesome
21)Your pets?AbLen(Abigail and Lenny)

22)Friends? TheBest
23)Your life? Dynamic
24)Your mood? Exhilirated
25)Missing someone? Always
26)Vehicle? "Subi"
27)Something you are not wearing? Earrings
28)Your favorite store? Banana Republic
29)Your favorite color? All
30)When was the last time you laughed? Constantly

31)Last time you cried? Wednesday
32)Your best friend? LifeLong
33) One place I go to over and over? Reader
34)One person who e-mails me regularly? Cousin
35)Favorite place to eat? Tepanyaki

Tagging: HCG Diet and that's really it! I don't really have tons of bloggy friends, but someday I will lol! 

Friday, October 2, 2009

Jillian, Shred My Love Handles, Please!!

Starting yesterday(October 1st), I decided to begin the "30 Day Shred" program!

I am on Day 2 and it's a kick ass workout. I can feel the burn basically every minute. I had to take a couple of breaks, but only a second or two. So, i'm not all too disappointed in myself.

I am on Week 5 of my training program and I feel great!!! As you can tell, if you clicked the link, i'm running 2.5 miles for 4-6 days. Today, I did day 4 and I feel so confident now!

Let me just say, I am so happy that I chose to start this running program and now "The Shred"! It's made a huge difference in my life and i'm loving every moment of it!! I will not be weighing myself for a while, because i'd like to SEE the change with my eyes, not let my weight be the thing I see!! I get discouraged easily, so I think NOT weighing will be the best!!