Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Recap

2012 has been an exciting year for me. Many things have happened..and I don't want to forget how great 2012 has been to me and my family. Top ten greatest moments of 2012

10) Joined a gym in January, and got serious about fitness. Ran 5 miles for the first time ever on a treadmill and I can still remember how awesome it felt.
9) Ran my first 10k..Swamp Rats 10k at the YMCA
8) Found out I could graduate a semester early if I took summer classes and a major workload in the fall. I took 15 classes between January to December. Worth. All. The. Stress.
7) Ran the Color Run in St. Louis. Awesome.
6) Finished Chalean Extreme. Lost 25 lbs and have kept it off for the last six months
5) Baby Boy turned One and our girl turned 5. Our family is complete..for now.
4) Our little girl started Preschool
3) Jason's business has grown tremendously. Thankful he is such a hardworker and provider
2) Got a new vehicle
1) Finished a half marathon, one year and two months after running my first 5k since having a baby.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Shakeology Update

In attempting to to run a half marathon, finish classes for my bachelors, I also remained devoted to my experiment with Shakeology. I've been drinking it for a couple of months now, so I feel it's time to update everyone on what I think about it.
First. I still only use 1/2 a scoop instead of a full scoop of powder. I just can't handle the thickness of a full scoop. So, I either have a shake for breakfast, and one after I workout, or just 1/2 scoop shake a day.
Using 1/2 a scoop makes it go a little further as well, giving me more bang for my buck. A 1/2 scoop shake only costs about $2 a shake ($2.50 if using the individual packets).
Second. I can tell a shift in my energy when I don't drink my shake. I have a little less energy than if I start my morning off with a shake and a piece of fruit.
Third. Sometimes, I choose not to drink it for breakfast, but have it in the afternoon between lunch and supper. When I do this, it helps me fight off the urge to turn a late afternoon snack into a 7 course meal. Seriously, 3:30-4:30 is my weak time. That's the time where I try to drink as much water as possible, eat healthy, and not crash and burn. Sometimes, its a huge struggle, other times  I'm ok. But the shake has really helped out in this area.
Fourth and final thing I like about the shakes; variety. I have tried the chocolate, tropical strawberry and greenberry. My favorite is the tropical strawberry. I have added blueberries, bananas, yogurt, pears, etc. Every time I add additional fruit, not only do I stay full even longer, but it is delicious. With the chocolate, I have added peanut butter, and my favorite shake is mint chocolate shakeology. 8 oz skim milk, 1/8 teaspoon mint extract, 1/2 scoop chocolate shakeology and a cup of ice. Blend in a blender. It remind me of a healthy version of an iced peppermint mocha. I've already had it twice this week.
So there you have it. Honestly, its worth the hype. It's worth the investment because I feel good, and I know I'm putting good stuff in my body.
Thanks for reading, have a great day and Merry Christmas!
Phil 4:13

Thursday, December 20, 2012

St Jude Half Marathon

So, its been almost three weeks since the half marathon, but between end of the semester projects and finals this is the first day I have had time to actually post about the race. I started getting butterflies in my stomach that Thursday night . Friday morning, I packed our bags, double checking that my Ipod was there every five seconds. After Jason got off work at lunch, he packed his things, we took the kids out for lunch, then finally got on the road by 3 that afternoon. We drove about two and a half hours to Memphis, went straight to the Cook Expo center to pick up my packet and buy my first half marathon sicker and t shirt. If it said half marathon on it, I shamelessly bought it. Thankfully Jason was as excited as I was about this, so I didn’t get too many snarky remarks from him.
We checked into the hotel room, met with some friends and went to a nearby restaurant to get a good meal before the race. Our waitress was ridiculously trying to flirt and acted like an idiot the entire time she waited on us, which was pretty humorous, but annoying at the same time. I decided I needed to rest, so we went back to the hotel around 9:30, set the alarm for 5 and I literally fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.  
The next morning, I woke up pretty easy, took a shower and as silly as this sounds, I put my makeup on before the race. I hate my uneven complexion, so I usually wear foundation all the time. And, like every other woman I know, I have to have my mascara. As soon as I put my makeup on, I dressed, and went downstairs to catch the shuttle to the race.
I was nervous, but no so much as I was EXCITED about the race. All the runners walking around, seeing their bibs, their gear, their CALVES, was...overwhelming.  All this time I had been focusing on the half marathon, that I completely forgot there was a full marathon going on as well.
The weather was PERFECT. It was about 65 degrees, no wind. The 5k started first, and we cheered on the runners.Next, we found our corral. We went to the 11 minute mile corral, even though we can usually start off at a 8:45 or 9 minute mile. As the race started, I was overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with excitement, and disbelief that I was actually doing this.
The first four miles were cake. I stuck to my 4:1 and felt great. Mile 6 was challenging, but exciting because I knew I was halfway finished. 7-9 were starting to get harder. There were less people in the park cheering, and that was hard. But, every time I would start to feel exhaustion set in, we would come up on another group of people with their witty signs, yelling and screaming for us to keep going. It worked, everytime. At mile 10, I was very tired, I opted for the gatorade instead of water. I knew my sugar was low. I didn’t use the gel they were passing out because I didn’t want to gag. Mile 11, I pushed myself to keep going. When I reached 12, my goal was to run until I reached the finish line. I almost made it, but I had to walk a few seconds. When I reached the baseball stadium, I was completley exhausted, but then I heard my husband yell my name, and it gave me that last boost I needed to make it to the end. At the end, I made it in 2:30:40. I had no time goal for this race, but I was satisfied