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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.

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,


Make that 2

Today was I’d last day of cross country and he did not run with his team.  He has been complaining that his shin hurt for the last few weeks but he said that it would be fine after a day or 2 of rest.  Well today I took him into the orthopedic place that I went to for my ankle and yup K has a stress fracture in the left Fibula.

K and I both now sport walking boots.  I have mine on my right leg and his is on the left but we are both stuck in a boot.  He is only on day 1 with the boot and already hates it lol.  I only have a week more to be stuck in mine.

Today’s happy/healthy tip is:


What we eat can have an effect on all areas of our bodies, and that includes the appearance of our hair.  So if your locks are looking lackluster, consider adding the following to your diet:

  • Pumpkin seeds add shine to your hair.  They’re also a good source of iron, which supplies oxygen to the hair roots, makes hair grow faster and prevents hair loss.  Pumpkin seeds also contain protein, which is crucial to the production of keratin, the ha it’s protective coating, and zinc, which strengthens hair follicles.
  • Walnuts can help if your hair color is fading.  They contain copper, which is needed by the body to produce melanin pigments.  Melanin gives hair its color, and it also helps to thicken and add shine to the hair.  Eating walnuts may also help to reverse the graying of hair.

Weight: 125.9 (+/- 0)

Calories: 2,155

Time left in boot: 6 days 18 hours 40 minutes

Next race: Halloween Half 10k 10/28/17


Today I went into work early so I could get things accomplished and it was chilly when I left.  After work it was a perfect 69°F and I wanted to go for a run so bad.  O had conferences for 2 kids today so running was put even if I didn’t have the broken ankle.

Conferences went awesome for both kids.  I am so proud of all my children. 

Today’s happy/healthy tip is:


All of us have items that we’ve kept in our lives for their sentimental value, items that were given to us at some point and were once of use or things that have simply managed to avoid all the usual clear-outs and have lain gathering dust for years.  Donating to your local second-hand stores provides an excellent excuse to clear out your wardr3while contributing to a good cause.  Whether it’s that top you once loved, or that book that you obsessed over during your teens, it’s nice to think that someone else can get the same joy again from that item.  Not only are you helping yourself to move forward and organize your life, but others along the way can gain something from your actions, too.

Weight: 125.9 (-0.4)

Calories: 1,860

Time left in boot: 7 days 18 hours 17 minutes

Next race: Halloween Half 10k 10/28/17


Now that I had my confirmation appointment with the doctor about my broken leg I told my boss what was going on.  I am now on light (boring computer stuff) for the next 4 weeks.  Ugh I miss being outside in the sunshine already.  No more 10,000 steps a day at work.  I am so frustrated and having a hard time keeping my spirits up.  It sucks watching others walk around and have fun when I am stuck in a stupid boot.  I have learned my lesson about over training so leg heal quick please.

My end table is overflowing with crap that I just don’t have the energy to deal with.  I think that I should tackle my large stack of books that need to be read first lol.

Today’s happy/healthy tip is:


Intellectual activity is as important to a long and happy life as remaining physically fit and active.  Continuing to learn provides new knowledge, promotes intellectual stimulation, and increases satisfaction.  It can also boost your enjoyment of life, your self-confidence and your ability to cope with everyday challenges.
*   Take up a new hobby that requires new skills and learning.

*   Go back to school or enroll in a class: it’s never too late to continue your education with a university degree or master’s course.

*   Rather that a fictional film, watch a documentary.

Weight:  124.1 (-1.1)

Calories: 1,360

Run streak: 0 days

Days left in boot: 27 hopefully

Next race: Halloween Half 10k 10/28/17


I saw the orthopedist today finally.  Yup I have a broken Tibia and Fibula.  The doc was actually impressed that I was doing ok with the boot because with how bad it looked she wanted me on crutches.

I don’t want to be on crutches so I am glad that the boot is helping.

So the plan is 4 weeks in the boot with no running.  Then more xrays and probably some physical therapy and hopefully a return to running in 8 weeks.  I made my follow-up appointment for 4 weeks from today.

I did manage to talk her into a shorter boot because the one I had was making my knee hurt.

This one is much better to walk in.  Now I just need to walk farther in it lol.  Or I could just go to the gym and work my upper body and core like mad.

Today’s happy/healthy tip is:


Your shoulders can become tired through prolonged or repetitive movements, such as sitting at a desk for long periods.  This is an easy STRETCH that can be done anywhere, helping to improve posture and reduce muscle tension.

*   Stand a little away from a wall.  Place your hands on the wall and walk your feet away until your upper body is horizontal, with back and arms straight and hands still pressing on the wall.

*   Press your armpits toward the floor to feel a flexing in the shoulder joints.  Press and release a few times to extend the range of movement of the shoulders.

Weight: 125.2 (+1.5)

Calories: 1,795

Run streak: 0 days

Days left in boot: 27

Next race:  Halloween Half 10k 10/28/17


Tomorrow is my follow-up with the ankle foot specialist.  I am so anxious to know when I can start running again.  I want my me time back.  Beck at this point I would love to be able to go for a long pain free walk without a boot on.  I hope to hear good news tomorrow so say a little prayer for me please.

Today’s happy/healthy tip is:


One of the main theories about why the body degenerates as you grow older is based on a chemical process known as oxidation.  During normal metabolism the body produces unstable molecules called free radicals, but there are other factors in the environment that also increase free-radical production.

Fortunately, you have a supply of natural antidotes called antioxidants, which mop up free radicals.  However, levels of antioxidants fall as you age, resulting in damage to cells and tissues.  By increasing your intake of antioxidants as you get older, you may be able to protect yourself from the worse effects of this process.  A wide range of chemicals in food can act as antioxidants, but among the most important are beta-carotene and the vitamins A, C, and E.  Research on people whose diets are rich in antioxidants, rather than relying on supplements, has been promising, for example in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Foods that are rich in antioxidants:

*   Beans: pinto, red, black, and kidney beans

*   Berries: cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries

*   Nuts: pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts

*   Other fruits: plums, cherries, apples

*   Artichoke hearts

*   Russet potatoes

I am so ready to go to my appointment tomorrow.  I will do whatever it takes to be able to run again sooner.  I have 160 hours of vacation at work so if I need to take a month off then fine lets do it.

Weight: 123.7 (-3.7)

Calories: 1,990

Run streak: 0

Next race: Halloween Half 10k 10/28/17


Today was back at the work week.  My work buddy took today off so it was rather lonely without him.  He will be back tomorrow so it will get better.

My ankle is still rather sore and with my next race just over a month away I am getting desperate for answers.  Wednesday can’t come soon enough.  While G was at football today I dug out my knitting.

I have been working on this sock for over a year now and actually finished it today!  Now I just have to make the matching one lol.  I guess I will start it tomorrow while I am stuck in a boot and not running 😦

Today’s happy/healthy tip is:


Seeing a live theater performance is an emotive and uplifting experience.  You become more involved and invested in the story and characters because you are immersed in the action on stage.  The theater is also a great way to escape the stresses of life for an evening and will give you something to look forward to.

The iconic national and international music and theater shows are great, but don’t forget the local scene.  Bars and other small, independent venues offer a fantastic way to discover new talent and tickets are often much cheaper.  You can also feel good about attending local performances because they allow you to contribute to your community’s art scene in a more direct manner.

Aside from school field trips I have only attended one play in my life and that was when K was in the school play last year.  He loved being in Spamalot and if he keeps his grades up he can audition for this years play as well.  I am going to look into plays in my area and try to see one.

Weight: 127.4 (+1.7)

Calories: 1,310

Run streak: 0 days

Next race: Halloween Half 10k 10/28/17