Monday, September 27, 2010


Hi Everybody!!

I had a pretty decent running week last week. 4.5 miles Monday, 3 miles on Thursday, 4 miles on Saturday and 9 miles on Sunday!

Monday's run was the best run I have ever had. It was the fastest and least mentally challenging. I couldn't believe how quick I was going and with little to no fatigue.

Thursday's run...Ha....3 miles in 28:56! I was quite proud of that and I started thinking that maybe, just maybe, I have found my stride and I really could be a fast runner. 

Saturday's run...well, it was awful. I was tired and just not wanting to run as hard and fast as I know I can. It was a pace run. So, I should have pushed myself to run 9:50 miles. Did it! I averaged a 10:08. I am not going to beat myself up too badly, but I was frustrated for sure. I kept telling myself, 'You have to take the good with the bad, Tiff! Your last training program you rocked basically all but 3 of the runs. C'mon, you can do it sis!'. Did it help? Meh....yes and no!

Sunday's was just insane and annoying.
Mile 1: 10:22
Mile 2: 11:01
Mile 3: 11:03
Mile 4: 11:44
Mile 5: 11:42
Mile 6: 11:22
Mile 7: 11:44
Mile 8: 11:38
Mile 9: 11:51

I read somewhere that  you are supposed to do your long runs 1 minute to 1.5 minutes slower per mile. I want to run this with an average of 9:50 or so per mile. I am nowhere close to that. One of the biggest factors to my poor performance yesterday was that it was HOT! I have not spent a lot of time running in the heat this summer. I ran in the 90 degree weather 3 times and wanted to die! Yesterday, I left the house when it was 65 degrees and thought, 'Oh, that is pretty decent. 50's would be better, but whatever!'. Yeah, when I got home my thermostat said it was 85 degrees. No wonder. Especially because I was caring powerade and that was the only hydration I had. The water fountain along the trail I took has been broken forever. Duh! I should have worn the backpack.

At mile 6.5, I sat down and cried for a minute. I needed the shade because I thought I was going to pass out for the better part of 6 miles. I am really stressed with the divorce, family issues, working 2 jobs, taking care of the household chores and now going into the busy season of work....I promised I was going to kick the last 2.5 miles butts. That didn't happen, but I. DID. FINISH! That's what I am proud of.

10 miles on Saturday and I will:
  • Properly hydrate before and during the run.
  • Not pressure myself too much.
  • Push myself.
  • Run in the morning when it is cooooooooolllll!!!
Have a great week everybody!! See ya tomorrow!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CSN Review

Hi Ladies and Gents! How is your day treating you? Crazy for me to post 2 times in one day, but I really am hoping to get here more in daily :)

Remember a while back when I had a giveaway? Well, thanks to CSN Stores I have the opportunity to do a review and I am sooo excited.

CSN Stores has everything from dining room chairs to Picture Frames and my favorite SHOES!!!!!. I love a place that I can do 1 stop shopping because really, I am a busy, busy lady.

I don't really know what I will be doing my review on. I figured I have a healthy living blog, so I need something cooking/fitness related. Stay tuned for my review!


So, I am up .4 lbs this weigh in, but all is okay. I have been between 125 and 128 for the past few months. That all ends here. I am going to kick my diet into shape and fast. Clean eating does make me feel SOOOOO much better. So, I will be going grocery shopping tonight. I haven't had time to do a grocery shop/meal plan in a few weeks with having to work 15+ hours extra a week at the part time gig. Plus, camping, a social life, cleaning, and the fair.

Did I mention we went to the fair on Saturday? Well, we did. The breeding ground for poor food choices. I had 4 blue moons(2 at the fair & 2 at home), ate less than a 1/4 of the pork and rice bowl that Love ordered, but decided he didn't want-we switched, he ate my chicken legs and rice while I had the pork with veggies and rice-and I didn't have 1 sweet treat while we were there. I wanted something sweet, but nothing sounded good. So, I skipped it! Go me! Also, I just ate the pork bowl until I felt satisfied and just threw the rest away.

The goal for my weigh in on the 6th is to be down 2 pounds into 124. Then, I will not weigh again until the Wednesday after my half marathon! So, I am hoping to be 122 or even 120 by that time.

I am off of the part time gig until next Saturday. So, I am going to use this time wisely and really focus on getting back into weight loss/marathon mode. Today I plan to grocery shop after I head out for a 3 mile run and coming home to do some lunges/squats/pushups/crunches.

I hope you all have a fantastic day! See ya tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Best! Run! Ever!!!

4.5 miles in 42:47.
Mile 1: 9:20
Mile 2: 9:36
Mile 3: 9:06
Mile 4: 10:05
Mile 4-4.51: 4:38(9:08)

I took a short break at the half way point and at mile 4.32. Then, sprinted to 4.51!

I have never been so proud of myself!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

First Steps to Planning....

Hi Guys!! How many of you still read my ish over here? :)

So, I got to some thinking today at the part time gig after I read Annie's comment on my post yesterday. Maybe HCG isn't the right thing for me right now. I haven't been putting my all into it, so no wonder why I am not close to my goal. So now, I can at least start to figure out where I want to go from here.


  • I could start my half marathon training today(this was pre-written on Sunday so I am thinking of starting Monday) right where I was supposed to. I know I can run 4.5 miles, it is Saturday's 9 miles that would kick my butt.
  • I could focus on getting my speed and mileage to a good place.
  • I could just focus on losing the weight only and not focus too hard on my running, more on losing weight.
  • Or I could do a combination of all of the above.
I am choosing the last one. I am going to try my best to get up to my speed and endurance for the half marathon. I have 6 weeks to do this so.....

Folks, it is time to see what I am made of!

Wish me luck!

Tomorrow...Weigh In.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hopes Fading....

Well, my hopes of running the half marathon are starting to come to an end. Between not training enough and now with being sick...I just don't know if the Halloween Half is going to happen. I know I shouldn't say this, but I am okay with that. I reallly want to focus on getting to my goal. Even though, I am still reevaluating what that means.

Confession...I am debating doing 1 round of HCG.
Now, I have always been against the HCG diet because it is a quick fix. Most of the time, they gain all of the weight right back. I don't mean to sound hypocritical, but really, I think it could work in my favor. I have no problem maintaining. I have been sitting at 125 +or- a pound or so for the last 4 months. Maintaining is not a problem, but I am discouraged that I have stopped losing. I know people who have done it and some have succeeded and some have not. I am torn as to whether to try it or not.

Tell me What do you think of HCG?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Taking It Back.....

It's been forever since I have been here for a true post! I am sooo very sorry(to those who care haha). We're going to cover a lot in this post:

  • What I have been up to....non healthy lifestyle related
  • What I have been up to.....healthy lifestyle related
  • Weight Loss goals!
  • Goals in general
  • Skinny Days vs. Fat Days
First up, What I have been up to...non healthy lifestyle related:

I went camping 2 weekends ago and it consisted of a LOT of Jager and Rockstars, which I followed up with some cigars and even cigarettes(BARF!). Tangent: I smoked from age 12-18 on and off. Once I turned 19, I was a 1-2 pack a day smoker. Yeah, I was that girl. I was overweight, ate fast food 2-3 times a day, smoked like a chimney, and drank my body weight in liquor. Then, I met Love and that all changed. I have been smoke free(minus the camping trip) for 2 years. End Tangent! I have been working 3 night shifts and one weekend shift at the part time gig. The money is not a necessity per se, I am saving just in case. On my days off from the part time gig, I clean! It's becoming hard to keep up with it. So, I have obviously been crazy busy and let blogging/commenting fall to the wayside. I do read blogs, but do it on my phone and most sites I can't comment, just know I am keeping up :)

What I have been up to.....healthy lifestyle related:

I have been making pretty good food choices, however the portion sizes have been WAY off! Sunday I was up 6 pounds from 3 weeks ago and I believe it. Tomorrow I will weigh in and see how that goes. I am saying a little prayer for sure. With the working/cleaning/camping schedule, I have not had much time to work out. I do 10 minutes even if that is all I have, but didn't workout at all for over a bad! I am trying to pick myself up and move forward.

Weight Loss goals!:

I was at 130 on Sunday and am sooo upset with myself for that. I want to be at 110. That means 20 pounds to lose and it is tough! I am going to give up the scale the whole month of October and see where I am at after the half marathon on the 30th. I am getting my eating/portions back on track and I am getting my cute ass to goal!

Goals in general:

I had originally planned to run the halloween half marathon in under 2 hrs and 10 minutes, however I have slacked in the training department. So, I am just aiming for better than 2 hrs and 16 minutes(the time of my first half). I started my training schedule on Sunday which is 4 weeks later than I had planned. So, I am hoping that the pain of the past 2 runs goes away and I get my fitness back up to par ASAP! Another goal I would like to achieve is get on a strength training schedule. I need some muscles.

As I mentioned above, I began 1/2 marathon training on Sunday. I decided 6 miles was a good amount to shoot for. Mile 1 & 2 were a little tough...I was mentally there, but physically I wasn't feeling great. Miles 3 & 4 rocked! I was cruising and really found my groove! Miles 5&6 I constantly repeated "I am taking it back!" "I am taking my health and fitness back!" "I took the time off and now I have to push to get it back!" "You can do it, you are doing great!"! I finished in 1:03:48s. Which is great for me considering that I haven't run that far since April! It feels good to be back to running! Just gotta stay mentally strong!

Today, I ran 3.5ish miles because my Garmin was being stupid! Check out the sweat on my back and post workout glow!

Today, I ate very well:
Breakfast: Blueberries, Pineapple, Greek Yogurt, and Fiber One cereal.
Lunch: Chicken & Pepper wrap with baked BBQ chips(Not horrible, but my carrots went bad and my tummy was begging for the chips)
Dinner..In Pictures!

I started with 2 handfuls of lettuce.

Add cooked chicken and peppers. Top with Poppyseed dressing!

And  VOILA...a DELICIOUS salad!

I have been having skinny days this week and it is soooo frustrating because I see the change in my body, but then I wake up and I see the 175 pound girl again! It is sooooo frustrating!

Do You Have Skinny Days? How Do You Deal With Fat Days?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Working On A Plan...

I had sooo much fun camping!! There was a lot of food, friends, booze, and fun!! Now, it is time to get a plan into action!

Tomorrow(Tuesday) I will weigh in. I will have Love take photos of me in a sports bra and shorts. I will take measurements. I will have a plan in place to finally get to goal!

Expect a long post tomorrow from me with all of the plans for getting to goal!

I hope you all had a fabulous labor day weekend! I will leave you with an awesome picture I took on the way back to the valley today :)
It's a moose! She was very photogenic and very aware that we were there!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Not back yet....

My computer charger will be here today. Which will put me here more regularly...YAY!! However, this weekend is our final camping trip of the season. So, I will not return until Monday or Tuesday. Upon my return, I will have photos from this weekend!!!

Can't wait to come back more regularly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you guys are doing awesome!!