It's time to stop making excuses and reach my goals!

Ok, January is half over. This makes me realize that I really need to get my shit together.

My goal is to run my first FULL marathon in September. So I will start my training plan in April. BUT, before I can start that, I need to drop some weight and get my base mileage back to where it needs to be.

If you are new here, just a bit of history… I started running in 2010. In 2011 I ran my first half marathon. In 2012 I ran THREE half marathons and started to think about a full. In January of 2013 I started grad school for my MBA and got a serious dose of reality. I did run two half marathons in 2013, but after that, school got more time-intensive…. I stress-ate and didn’t run much…. I gained weight….. Boom. Here we are.

I finished school in August 2014. I did a decent job of getting back into running. I ran some 5Ks. But my running hasn’t been consistent and I keep waiting until “tomorrow” to eat less. The New Year was going to be my time to stop making excuses and get my shit together and get serious. But here we are, January 16th, and it’s still the same old thing.

I read somewhere that it isn’t motivation that you need to do something, it’s more about making it a habit. When I think about this, it really resonates with me.

In the past, when my healthy habits were strong, if I were to stop at a gas station or something, I would NEVER get candy or chips or some other kind of junk. Now, it’s more often then not that I do get the junk. Why? I need to get back into the habit of not doing that, and once the habit is set, it will be easier. That is kind of a stupid example, but you get the picture.

Motivation and habits

Same with running. I used to be in the habit of running Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. But now…. I come home from work, eat a snack, turn on the TV, have another snack, and my desire to run is overtaken by my desire to binge watch Gossip Girl on Netflix (that show is sooooo good, but I think it’s ruining my life).

Stephen Covey quote

So, I need to get my old habits back.

Stay tuned!!

What habits have you let slide? Do you watch Gossip Girl? I’m on Season 4, so DON’T TELL ME what happens or who the Gossip Girl is!

I Joined Boot Camp!

Sorry to leave you all hanging after the last post! Still trying to get back into the habit of blogging.

YES! I joined Boot Camp! I put all my fears, doubts, and EXCUSES aside and did it! And it’s been amazing! The instructor Trish is very creative and always keeps it fresh and the hour-long class seems to fly by. It is HARD and makes me sweat and leaves me sore (but not so sore I think I’m gonna die). The class is on Monday and Wednesday nights. Trish also incorporated some “bonus” challenges during the week, such as getting bonus points for not drinking soda, or bonus points for including vegetables with our meals.

I work as a registered dietitian, so I get very uneasy when those with no background in nutrition start to dole out advice. I mean, I had to pass a really hard registration exam and keep current on my education to maintain my license to practice as a nutritionist, so it makes me angry when any Jane Doe thinks that because they’ve “read a lot about nutrition” they are qualified to tell other people what to do.

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Anyway, I digress. The instructor hasn’t crossed this line, so I’m happy about that. I think this was one of my major fears of joining this class–having to quit because of my professional standards and personal ethics.

The “challenge” part of Boot Camp is over. Sadly, I was not the Biggest Loser, but I did come in second place for highest amount of points earned (and she said it was a close second!)! I’ll take that. Too bad I didn’t win any $$$ though.

I am continuing to go to Boot Camp. I really like the style of the class–it is mainly high intensity interval training (HIIT). I like that it gets me out of the house a few nights a week and that I get to catch up with some friends in between circuits.

Now that it’s the New Year, I also want to get back on track with consistent running. I have my eye on a half marathon in June, and of course, my first FULL marathon in September. But I need some base mileage first!

Do you do any group classes? Have you tried HIIT? Leave me a comment and tell me all about it!

I took some time off from blogging when I got busy with work and the MBA degree. I can’t believe the break was so long! Almost a year and a half! It was definitely busy and seems like it FLEW by! I normally work part-time as a consultant. I started grad school in January of 2013 and finished 20 months later. During that 20 months, I would estimate I worked full-time for maybe 14 months. So between work and school, my free time was pretty much non-existent.

So, here are the highlights from my blogging break!

July 2013: I completed the Bull Run Half Marathon! It was a good race. I remember feeling like I could have kept running after I was done, so that was a definite improvement over the 2012 race! My time was 2:07:01.

Crossing the finish line!

Crossing the finish line!

August 2013: I completed the Leading Ladies Half Marathon! This was a fantastic race. This course is so scenic and beautiful. Last year I was thiiiiss close to finishing with a sub-2:00 time. So I really, really wanted to finish under 2:00 this year. Aaannd… I DID! My official time was 1:59:00! I had a minute to spare😉 I should mention that this was an all-downhill race which is how I was able to shave 8 minutes off my time from the Bull Run. The Bull Run is also much warmer with little shade.

Coming in to the finishing chute!

Coming in to the finishing chute!

September 2013: I broke my toe! Actually, I don’t know if it was officially broken, but it was all crooked, painful, and lots of blood under the toenail. It was the 2nd toe on my left foot. It happened when, before a storm, I was trying to make sure our patio furniture didn’t blow all over, so I was going to set the coffee table-type thing on its side. Well, the glass isn’t attached and it dropped on my toe guillotine style! Ouch!

So that slowed my running a bit, but I was able to do one 5K in the fall of 2013. Normally I do lots of 5Ks in the fall, but I think I used my toe as an EXCUSE not to run.

I started working again full time in November 2013 and continued with work towards my MBA degree.

May 2013: Graduation! Although I wouldn’t officially finish until August, I was able to walk in the graduation ceremony in May! Such a great feeling!

Getting hooded!

Getting hooded!

Things after graduation were a busy blur of work and finishing the degree. Our last 10 weeks of school involved working in a group (something I DESPISE!) and running a shoe company via the Business Simulation Game (BSG). There were a million little decisions to make. We met via video conference twice a week and each meeting usually took 1.5-2 hours. So to say it was time intensive would be an understatement.

During this time I ran very little. I was so upset that I didn’t do the Bull Run Half Marathon in July 2014 because I had done it in 2011, 2012, and 2013. I really would have liked to have done the Leading Ladies Half again in August 2014, but that was a pipe dream. Oh well!

But August 22, 2014, finally came–my last day of school! Such a great day! And by August I was back to working just part time.

This is me turning in my final paper, a 16 pager detailing the ASICS shoe company along with my recommendations for their business. NBD.

This is me turning in my final paper, a 16 pager detailing the ASICS shoe company along with my recommendations for their business future. NBD.

Close up!

Close up!

Leading up to August 22, 2014, I had big plans for what I was going to do once my life settled down. This included buckling down and losing the 10 lbs I had gained through stress-eating and not running (or really doing much exercise of any kind). BUUTTT… here we are two months past that time and I really don’t have much to show for it😦

I shouldn’t say that. I have been easing back in to running. I’ve done four 5Ks so far this fall. My time/pace isn’t quite back to where it used to be (likely thanks to the extra pounds I’m carrying). And I’m only running 2-3 days per week instead of the 4 days per week I used to run, but I’m thankful I’m at least back to some running.

So that catches you up! Keep checking in with me as I get back into my groove!!

Should I Join Boot Camp?

Hello! Yes, I have been gone a long, long time. I apologize.

But life has finally slowed down a bit and I’m anxious to get back to blogging!

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Hello! I got glasses yesterday (thanks for ruining my eyes MBA!) I only need to wear them for driving or other far-away things, not all the time.

As you may remember, I live in a very small rural town. Actually, I live 18 miles from this tiny town on a cattle ranch (pretty much literally the middle of nowhere). So my fitness has always been kind of a singular activity. Before I got married I belonged to a gym and I loved it! That was when I lived in a bigger city. But when I went to the gym, I went alone and worked out alone. I didn’t do any classes.

There is a lady in my current hometown that does Boot Camp-type classes. She started doing these classes again in September and I thought about joining. I really need a kick-in-the-butt to get going again and get back on track now that I’m done with my MBA degree. I tried to talk my sister in to going with me back in September, but it was a no-go and I just wasn’t brave enough to go by myself. I don’t really know a lot of people that live in my hometown, at least not that well anyways (since I live out on the ranch I always feel kind of “out of the loop”).

Well, now she is starting a “Biggest Loser”-type challenge on Monday. It involves a weigh-in and fitness ability test that Monday. Classes are on Monday and Wednesday nights. The Monday classes are called “last chance workouts” because we text her our weight (on our own home scale) on Tuesday morning. It lasts 6 weeks and we weigh-in and re-do the tests on the last day. The person who has lost the most weight will win a cash prize!

I can do 6 weeks, can’t I??

My worries are as follows:

-I will look like a fool. I should mention that I actually have done a group class since I’ve moved here–group yoga classes. I remember the first class–I didn’t have a yoga mat, so I brought my exercise mat thinking it was the same thing. The instructor made a comment and I felt like an IDIOT! I bought a yoga mat after that and learned the difference between a yoga mat and exercise mat.

On the left=yoga mat. On the right=exercise mat. Duh.

On the left=yoga mat. On the right=exercise mat. Duh.

-I will skip classes and everyone will think I’m a flake. I definitely have problems following through on weight loss. I used to belong to a Weight Watchers group, but skipped a lot and I don’t think I ever lost any weight.

-I won’t get to eat dinner on Mondays and Wednesdays. Yes, this is very silly, but I do love to eat! The classes are 6:15-7:15 pm and it takes me 20-30 minutes to drive into town. I really don’t want to eat before I go (really don’t want to puke or shit myself or something). I won’t really have time to cook when I get home because I don’t want to stay up all night (I love sleep almost as much as eating). I was thinking about doing some slow cooker meals on those nights, OR I could just eat a light meal and hopefully shed those pounds a little faster. I could rely on my husband to cook, but that is a scary thought.

My husband rarely cooks, but he does want to make a recipe using this caribou sausage! I think I'll eat leftovers!

My husband rarely cooks, but he does want to make a recipe using this caribou sausage! I think I’ll eat leftovers that night!

I don’t know, I really think I need to just suck it up and go! It’s only 6 weeks and it will help keep me on track during the Holidays. It was last year around the holidays that I gained weight and to this day have not lost it (thanks for the fat ass MBA!). Actually grad school has trained me to get out of my comfort zone, embrace a few hectic nights, and to just keep your head down and power through.

Should I do it? Have you ever done Boot Camp? Are you near-sighted? Leave a comment and tell me all about it!

Blogerversary Part II

Yesterday’s post was rather negative and whiney. Shouldn’t a post celebrating my one year of blogging be a little more upbeat? Apparently not. Yesterday’s post was about how I was pretty much right back to square one with making excuses not to run.

Depressing!

So let’s forget about the whining and celebrate!

celebration fireworks

 

I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but, you know what? I have done some pretty awesome things over the last year!

Since starting my blog one year ago, I’ve run three half marathons! That’s awesome!

Deadwood Mickelson Trail Half Marathon 6/2/12. Read recap here.

Deadwood Mickelson Trail Half Marathon in June.

Read the recap here and here.

Bull Run Half marathon in July. Read recap here.

Bull Run Half marathon in July.

Read the recap here.

Leading Ladies' Half Marathon in August. Read the recap here.

Leading Ladies’ Half Marathon in August.

Read the recap here.

 

I bought a “real” bike and did a duathlon. That’s amazing!

Here she is! The Trek Neko S 18". Isn't she a beaut?

Here she is! The Trek Neko S 18″. Isn’t she a beaut?

Southern Hills Duathlon. Read the recap here.

Southern Hills Duathlon.

Read the recap here.

 

I started grad school, and I’m getting my MBA with really no previous college experience in business. That’s a huge leap out of my comfort zone! And honestly, so far I think I’m killing it! My grades have been awesome so far (please don’t jinx it, Tracy!).

Over the last year (specifically on 11/21/12) my newest beautiful niece was born! I LOVE spending time with Jayla. That has been such a blessing over the past year.

Jayla sleeping while I'm babysitting.

Jayla sleeping while I’m babysitting.

 

Yes, I’m still dealing with my own personal demons when it comes to my weight and my level of motivation to run. I’m going to stay positive in that regard. Who knows? Maybe next year during my blogerversary I will have gotten those things kicked.

So, Happy Blogerversary Enough Excuses!

Thank you, dear readers, for tuning in and sharing my experiences!

It’s My Blogerversary!

Well, I have been blogging now for one whole year! Happy Anniversary to me!

I think it’s time to get back to the basics with this blog.

Excuses.

I have had SOOO many lately! I have not been consistently running lately (cue the excuses…) BECAUSE:

1. I’m too busy.

I work as a consultant. I have some steady contracts and normally work 3-4 days per week. Extra work had been a little slow and February and March were glorious as I had most every Monday and Friday off. But I picked up some extra work at the end of March, so I’m back to working 5 days a week (and possibly 6 days a week in June, but that will be worst-case scenario). That is great for my bank account, but not so good for my training schedule.

My office right now. I am not proud of this.

My office right now. I am not proud of this.

2. I’m working on my masters degree.

In January I started taking online classes to earn my MBA degree. In February and March I had Mondays and Fridays off, but they were spent reading textbooks and writing papers. Now I don’t have those days off, so trying to squeeze in time to read and work on assignments has been tough.

Doesn't this look like a fun way to spend your free time? No?

Doesn’t this look like a fun way to spend your free time? No?

3. It’s not nice out.

We are still dealing with winter here in north-central SD. We’ve gotten quite a bit of snow over this last week. It has been about 30 degrees outside, a far cry from what we had last spring when it was very nice and warm in March and April. I just can’t deal with the treadmill. I just can’t do it. I try, I really do, but it just ends up frustrating me which completely robs my confidence.

The view from my patio door. Yuck!

The view from my patio door. Yuck!

So, let’s get back to basics and say, “Enough Excuses!”

I started this blog a year ago because I was experiencing the same problem: a lack of motivation to get back into a regular running schedule. This year is definitely going to be more of a challenge: I will be working full-time through at least the end of June, I still have another 15 months of grad school (what? Oh my God!), and I don’t know when it’s gonna warm up and stay nice.

I think I need to be realistic about my expectations. I know I’ve been talking about doing a full marathon this year, but I don’t know if that is realistic.

It’s a very fine line between making excuses and being realistic. I want to be realistic and not put too much on my plate and then feel like a failure if I don’t get it all accomplished. But how do I know this isn’t just another excuse?

I want to run a half marathon on June 3rd. I did the same half marathon last year and fully expected to do it this year too. I don’t know if that is realistic right now. There are plenty of other options for half marathons later in the summer. I think I need to adjust my expectations.

Oh my! Stay tuned and see how I juggle it all!

And THANK YOU for reading my blog over the past year!

Several months ago I found out about the Bountiful Baskets program on Facebook. A gal in my area was wanting to set up a drop-off site so people around here could participate.

Bountiful Baskets is a fruit and vegetable co-op. You make a “donation” to receive a “basket” of produce. I say “donation” because, since they are a non-profit, they can’t really sell things, so instead of buying a basket (which is what you are really doing), it is called making a donation. I say “basket” because you don’t really get a basket, you have to bring your own containers to haul your produce home in.

Check out these super cool canvas bags I got to haul my produce! They have a healthy message and everything!

Check out these super cool canvas bags I got to haul my produce! They have a healthy message and everything!

They got a drop-off set up in my area in January. It has been the coolest program! We get a “basket” every two weeks. Our site has its pick up on Saturday morning.

In addition to your “basket,” there are usually several add-ons you can choose from. I once got the Italian add-on which included an eggplant, mushrooms, garlic, a bunch of fresh herbs, and more!

I got the Mexican add-on which included a gray squash, lemons, limes, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, pablano peppers, and more.

The Italian add-on.

The Italian add-on.

This is a "juice pack" add-on. I don't juice, but I'll eat this stuff!

This is a “juice pack” add-on. I don’t juice, but I’ll eat this stuff!

I split a 40 lb box of navel oranges with my sister. These are sooo good!

I split a 40 lb box of navel oranges with my sister. These are sooo good!

Multi-pack of bread.

Multi-pack of bread.

Here are some pictures of the “baskets” which are different every time.

Look at all of that luscious produce!

Look at all of that luscious produce! This is the “basket” and the Italian add-on.

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The very cool thing is that you “donate” (order) online and you don’t have to “donate” every time. If you are going to be gone when they do the drop-off, you don’t have to get a “basket” that time. Or you can have someone else pick up your basket. I frequently get my sisters’ baskets for them (they have kids).

The bad thing is that the program has become very popular and they only have 95 baskets available. So you have to be fast on “donation” days! For our site, you can start to “donate” at 10 am the Monday before the pick-up. The past few times the baskets have been gone by 1 pm on Monday! Lucky for me my work schedule has been pretty lax lately so I’ve had Mondays off.

Are you part of a food co-op? Tell me all about it!

Happy eating!