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About autoangel

I am a different kind of person who just tries to go with the flow but I usually make my own way.

Five Finger

For Christmas I bought myself a pair of Vibram Five Finger running shoes.  I just did my 3rd run in them today and I am still not sure about them.

My big toe on both feet keeps rubbing funny on a seam or something and feels very sore after my run.

I don’t want to make it seem that I am over doing the trying new shoes because I am not.  I actually restarted the couch to 10k program solely to do a slow transition into these shoes.  I am not going to give up just yet.

I did my run at the YMCA again today because it is super cold out.

Tomorrow or Sunday I plan to go for a 3-4 mile run but I am going to wear my “normal” shoes for that lol.  I am just waiting for January to be over so the gym classes clear out again so I can have room to do the moves.


Day 2

Today I did some reading in my new book that my kids got me for Christmas.

I hope that all of this cross training will help me stay injury free this year.  

What sucked was that I lost track of time reading and missed my chance to sneak off to the gym for a bit.  I will go tomorrow I promise.

I did manage to do Day 2 of my 30 day workout plans so it wasn’t a total loss.

Day 1

Today I took my first steps to becoming a better me.  It is going to be hard and at times I am going to want to quit but I am worth it.

I started my day being a bum and watching tv but around 9:30 I got my butt motivated and headed off to the gym.  I had my run done around 11 and had most of the rest of the day to be lazy.

This was my first over 3 mile run since my stress fracture in September as well as my first run of the year.  It was a struggle mentally and physically but I did it and I know I can do it again.

I am loving my new shirt that I got for Christmas lol.

I also downloaded a few new apps to do at home on my off days.  I got 30 day squats, 30 day abs, 30 day arms, 30 day cardio, and 30 day pushups.  Because today is Janurary 1st I started them all on beginner level 1 and went for it.  It wasn’t very pretty but I got it done and will do it again tomorrow.

I also plan to try to make it to a class at the gym tomorrow so hopefully I can do both with working 8 hours and having kids at home as well.  I am not about to give up on the second day either.

We can do this…

New Year

As I sit here celebrating the new year with my 4 year old daughter I am reflecting on what I have accomplished in the last year.

I started out the year weighing in at 129.2 and today one year later I weighed in at 127.0 so a 2.2 pound loss.  I was down to around 120 or so until I broke my leg and my fitness got sidetracked.  I am just going to stick with I maintained the weight loss for a year so far.

My goal for the year beyond maintaining the weight loss was to run 1017 K for the year in the Map My Run challenge group.

I made it more that that coming in at 1627 K which is 1010.97 miles.  I hope to make that into 2000 K for 2018.

Also in 2017 I had my first ever broken bone, ran my first 10 K race, and signed up for my first 10 mile race to be run in 2018.  

I have many things to be proud of this year as well as some regrets.  I have learned that I need to cross train and not just run as my only form of fitness.  I have learned that streaking can be a bad thing and I was running way too much at the cost of my body and my family.

I plan to run no more than 3 days a week a week and cross train or strength train 3 days a week and having 1 day a week as an all around rest day.  I am not sure how long this will last but it is my starting plan to be tweaked as I love along with my fitness journey.

Physical Therapy

I am now 2 days in of physical therapy.  I have learned lots of new exercises for strength and range of motion.  I have range of motion exercises to do 2x a day and strength stuff to do 3x a week.  I am already feeling stronger and more flexible.

I am on to week 3 of the couch to 10k training plan and it seems to be harder this time around than it was last time.  Maybe it is that I am not 100% healed yet or maybe it is that I am yet another year older.

Between all of my appointments (7 of them) I managed to make it to boot camp class this morning after physical therapy.  I also managed to do packet pick up for Thursday’s Turkey Trot and got my run in today.

I am ready to try a 10k with G again.  It will be our last 10k of the season.  After this is the 5k Reindeer Run in December.  I am ready to rock the rest of this year.

Weight: 129.9

Activity: Physical Therapy, 2 mile walk, Boot Camp, 2.05 mile run


Today G and I tried the Yoga class at the gym.  It was fun but G needs to work on balance.  When we were leaving we walked by the R.I.P.P.E.D class and G wants to try that one next week.

Tomorrow we do week 2 day 3 of the couch to 10k training program.  G and I are very confident that we can do it.  We are digging not running every day and having time to try new classes out at the gym.

I start my first day of physical therapy tomorrow as well.  Hopefully this will help me get back to where I started.  I feel like I don’t have the strength or range of motion that I used to have before my injury.

I also finished the cross stitch that I started a while ago.

Now I need to buy a frame for it and find somewhere to hang it lol.  I started a new one this evening as well.

It doesn’t look like much now but Z is very anxious for me to get it done so she can have it lol.

Weight: 129.2

Activity:  Yoga 45 minutes

Week 2

G and I are on week of the couch to 10k trainer.  This one was run for 90 seconds walk for 2 minutes.  It went very well.

My ankle is a wee bit sore now.  I don’t mean that it hurts but it is sore.  I am icing it in hopes that I won’t be sore tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow G and I hope to be able to do a class together at the gym.  We are thinking about doing yoga at 5:10,  R.I.P.P.E.D class at 5:30, or Zumba at 6:40.  I have not tried yoga or Zumba at this gym yet so I guess I will wait and see what G picks.

Friday after work I start physical therapy for my ankle.  I am nervous and excited to learn exercises to do to feel better as well as prevent another injury.  Friday is another run day so it is going to hopefully be a long day but it is ultimately up to how I feel and what the physical therapist recommends.

Weight: 130.1

Activity: running couch to 10k week 2 day 2 (2.15 miles)


Wow what a weekend.  I guess I should recap by days.

Friday I tried Body Pump class at the YMCA and wow my upper body needs a ton of work.  I am trying hard to stick with the 3 days a week of running but it is tough.

I was so sore when I woke up on Saturday I didn’t want to do anything.  I made it to the gym in the afternoon to do week 1 day 3 of the couch to 10k program.

Today is Sunday and I am still sore from the class on Friday so I went to a different class today.  This one was called R.I.P.P.E.D and it is a strength and cardio mix class.  I enjoyed it but not as much as Friday’s class.  I also caved and hit the treadmill for a mile today.

My excuse was that I was 20 minutes early for my class and had nothing better to do but we all know that was a lie lol.

Tomorrow G and I start week 2 of the couch to 10k trainer and I am so excited to see how far we can go this time.

I am learning to take things slow and steady to not over do my fitness this time I hope for no not injuries.

See ya soon,



I know I haven’t written for a few weeks and honestly it was because I fell into the feeling sorry for myself groove.  I am now boot free and starting to get back to my usual self.

The kids and I even joined the YMCA last week and as of yesterday I can run again.  Ok I am approved to run a minute walk a minute but I can start running again.

So today G and I ventured out to check out the indoor track and restart the couch to 10k program.  We made good time and figure that on Monday we will be ready to try week 2.

My ankle feels a little sore but I am sure that it is from being in a boot for 6 weeks and then only walking for the next 2 weeks.  

Tomorrow evening I am going to try and make it to the gym to try my very first class.  The one I am planning on going to is called body pump.  From what I am reading on it the class jelly you improve your strength and tones muscles.  

I figure that I got hurt because I only ran with no strength training at all to support my body.  I am working on fixing that so I can try to be injury free in the future.  G and I also plan to run no more than 3 days a week and cross train 3 days a week.  Cross training will be doing weight training or attending a class of some form.  Our last day of the week will be for fun weather it be a fun class to try or swimming but we will continue to be active that is for sure.

I gained some weight back on my time being couch bound so I hope to get rid of that soon and replace it with some awesome new muscles.

Weight: 128.3 (-0.4)

Activity: Couch to 10k week 1 day 1


I am so dissappointed.  I had my follow up with the doctor about my ankle today and got the boot for another week.  So 1 more week in the boot, 2 weeks of walking, then I can do run for a minute walk for a minute intervals if it feels ok but first sign of pain I have to quit.

So here I am wearing the boot for another week.  You better believe that next Wednesday I am going to go for a nice long walk lol.  I can’t wait for these 3 weeks to be up so I can run again.  I only have 20 more days to go.  I do start physical therapy next week as well so I might get to run a little bit in that or I hope that I can.

Today was a fundraiser at our local McDonald’s to support the Ronald McDonald House charity and man I couldn’t resist the French fry ear buds and I am so ready to run again to try them out.  The headband Z talked me into but it matches my hair lol.