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Monday, March 31, 2008

6 days and counting...

Until my FIRST ever HALF MARATHON!! I cannot believe it is almost here. 3 months ago when I started training I thought I had all the time in the world and now April 6is about to be here.

I had a GREAT weekend. I didn't get in my 6 mile run but it is planned for tonight so that is fine. I helped out at the Horse Festival. I was an Animal Science major in college and was involved with the Equine program and I miss it terribly. So this is one way that I can help out and be around the horses and the great events.

On Sunday we had our soon to be 1 year old's (tomorrow) birthday party. I will post some pics of it tomorrow. It was so much fun. I just can't believe my baby is about to turn ONE!!!

My food this weekend was really good! I had one small piece of cake with no icing and a really small scoop of ice cream at the party. I went out to eat twice this weekend and made really good choices. I am really proud of that.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Confession time

If you can't be honest on your blog then where can you be, right?

I must confess...I ate THREE chocolate chip cookies today. Yes, you read that right, THREE!!! That is really un-like me. I had an uncontrolled day and I just gave in to temptation. I do agree that this is fine and it is not the end of the world and I will bounce back tomorrow from it. I think it is a good reminder to myself that I am not always going to be the perfect eater and some days I am just not going to make the best decisions. I have learned so much about myself along the way in this getting healthy and fit journey. Remembering that I AM HUMAN and I am going to slip up is just part of it. As long as the good days out weigh the bad days and they do then I will be fine. I think I just need to get back into my "weight loss mode" now that I am in "maintenance mode" I feel a little more free to eat things that I normally wouldn't eat. I do have some more pounds of fat I want to drop and that was my goal after the half marathons were over but I think I might need to get my mentality back NOW and not wait the 5 weeks until my races are over. I don't really plan to lose weight that much until the races are over but I could at least get my mojo ready to go so that when the races are over it is FAT LOSS 100%!!! My mind is just not in the right place right now and that is obvious from my choice to eat THREE chocolate chip cookies today. I am by no means beating myself up over it but at the same time I have to recognize it, learn from it and move on.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The scale lies!

I know I have told you before but I will tell you again that the SCALE LIES and that it is ONLY ONE measure of your success. I have been trying to maintain at 153 and I have been doing pretty well at it until the last couple of weeks and my food has been off and I have had too many treats and so it has said 156 and 155 so I have re-focused and am back at the closer food monitoring and doing well so I decided to weigh this morning thinking it might be around 154 or so. Well, no chance of that and it said 156.8. But I actually felt like I looked smaller so I pulled out the trusty measuring tape and what do you know. I have lost 2 inches. This is adding up between my chest, natural waist and abodmen (across my belly button). So as we all know you would rather LOOK SMALLER THAN LOOK LIGHTER and that is what I am doing so I am snubbing that ol' scale and chalking it up to water retention.

SCALE, YOU DO NOT RULE ME!!!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

8 miles = complete

I did the 8 miles yesterday and it went well. I did some inclines this time and my calves were feeling it but not too bad. I am much better today. My legs are sore for a few hours after I run then the next day they are really good. The best thing about my run was after I got home J had cooked salmon, broccoli and green beans. What a great healthy way to finish my run.

The rest of the week I need to do run 3-4 miles twice and then this weekend do a 6 miler. I CANNOT BELIEVE my half marathon is in less thatn 2 WEEKS!!! WOW!!! This training time has flown by.

I am still busy but my project is going smooth so far. I will be back tomorrow for a brief check in.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Quick post

I am BUSY BUSY BUSY at work today and for the next 3 weeks really. My biggest project of the year came Friday and it is due on April 14th. Can't wait for April 15th to get here.

As for running, I didn't do it this weekend actually. I had a sick daughter and a busy schedule on Friday and Sunday so I didn't get it in. I am doing the 8 miles this afternoon though. The weather seems pretty nice just really windy.

I will try to post some in the next 3 weeks although it might be short and sporadic.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

OK, So I had a plan...

and I didn't follow it. I had that great healthy menu planned out for yesterday that I posted and then what do you know, I didn't even follow it. Convenience and my love of pizza got in the way. I did the oatmeal and almonds in the morning then at lunch J and the girls came to town so we went out and we went to a pizza place and I got a mini thin cheese pizza and salad bar. It kept me full the rest of the day so I ended up not eating an afternoon snack. Then after work I ran and then went home and was just lazy and didn't want to cook so we went to a local pizza place AGAIN that has a buffer and I had pizza, salad and a cinnamon roll. Talk about waivering off my path. OH WELL, I am moving on. I am human and I mess up just like everyone so I don't beat myself up. Now, if I did this 2-3 times a week then we might have a problem but thankfully I have this "lifestyle" down and I no longer do that. This is a very rare thing for me so I OWN IT, LEARN FROM IT, and MOVE ON!!

The plusses from yesterday are that I passed up teh chocolate in my office and the freshly cooked chocolate chip cookies and then when we left the pizza place last night they gave us a bunch of extra cinnamon rolls and J took them to his friends that he played cards with, well I woke up this morning and he brought 4 of them home so they are here at work cut up in the break room to share. I didn't even lick my fingers after I cut them up. OH, I SO BAD wanted to eat one but I had mine last night and I said I am moving on and that is what I am doing. I got out of that break room FAST!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Menu!

Cara asked me if I ever posted my menu and actually I don't do it very often at all but I need to and I should so here goes. This is what I am eating today.

B - oatmeal
S - whey protein drink and 15 almonds
L - la tortilla low carb tortilla, deli turkey, .75 oz. of cheese, steamed peas, 15 baby carrots and laughing cow cheese wedge
S - apple
S - pure protein bar (I typcally eat 2 snacks in the afternoon b/c that is when I get hungry. I eat one around 2:30 and one around 4)
D - not yet determined but probably grilled chicken, broccoli and salad or something healthy along those lines.

I am trying to up my protein to get ready for my 8 mile run this weekend. I am going to do 3.6 miles this afternoon. I am shooting to drink 100 oz. of water too daily to keep myself hydrated.

Did you see Biggest Loser last night??? MAN, I LOVE THAT SHOW!!! I love the makeovers, they all just looked SO GREAT!! I loved how they just couldn't believe that this was the "new me". They lived so long not feeling pretty or proud of themselves and now they do. That is just such an awesome feeling. Dan finally got his haircut, yea!!! Brittany is gorgeous! Kelly looked GREAT!!! I loved Ali's haircut and her pretty dress. I thought that Jay looked SO MUCH YOUNGER!! It is amazing how weight will age you. Mark and Roger were very handsome. I hated to see Brittany and Maggie go b/c I really liked them but I knew they would do great on their own. I can't wait to see them at the finale.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Spring Break!

Well it is Spring Break and J is at home with the girls all week. I had a quick drive into work today since the traffic was thinned out by people not taking their kids to school. I will be off on Friday but we have no big plans. Just hanging out I suppose. We are expecting LOTS of rain beginning this afternoon sometime and into tomorrow. I brought my running close in the event that it doesn't start until later in the evening and I could go get it done after work. We shall see. I am diong 2 - 4mile runs this week then an 8 mile run. I was hoping the weather would be good and I could do them on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and not have to do it over the weekend but it doesn't seem that it is going to cooperate. We shall see though.

My food was kind of out of wack last week and not the cleanest. I do think it helped me some though with the 12 mile run so I am not going to fret over it. I am back at it hard today and staying on track so far. I didn't feel very good last night and I was sluggish. I am certain it was from the not so good food I have been eating. It is amazing how that can make you feel when you are used to eating good then you don't your body feels it for sure.

I hope everyone's week is off to a good start. Do you have your meny planned for the week? Your exercise schedule nailed down for the week? If not get it done!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

I DID IT!!! 12 MILES = COMPLETE!!!

I RAN 12 MILES, I RAN 12 MILES, I RAN 12 MILES!!! I DID IT I DID IT I REALLY DID!!
WHEW!! It went GREAT!! I felt good the entire time. About mile 9 mile legs got a little tired but I just kept pushing through those last 3 miles and I finished it.

As I was reminded the other day by my friend Jill from Phit-n-Phat this is a mental and physical game. Mental game for me more so than physical. My body can do it at least the 12 miles anyway but believing that I can do it and keeping a positive attitude the entire time is what I fight with. I felt confident going into it but as you get started and you do 2 miles and you think OH MY GOSH I have 10 miles left then you do 3 more miles and you still have 7 miles left you have this continuous conversation in your head pushing yourself and giving yourself positive vibes and feedback that you TRULY CAN DO THIS!! Well, all of my conversations in my head went well I kept saying over and over "Dawn, you can do this, you know you can just keep going and don't quit". That is what I did and now I have completed the longest distance that I have ever done in my life and it feels GOOD!!!

My girls are asleep, I have had a shower and I am going to grab some water and my People magazine and sit in the quiet living room in my recliner and relax. Then I will look like an old lady when I try to get up from my legs being so stiff but I will worry about that later when I get ready to get up. HAHA

WOOT WOOT!! I am still so excited!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Tomorrow is D-day

Yes, I am doing my 12 mile run tomorrow. I can't decide if I should do it in my flat neighborhood or go to the hilly park. I really should probably do it at the park but then again I am a little nervous about that b/c it is 12 miles. I was thinking I might do this 12 mile at home and then every other time I run up until my half marathon I could do it at the park including my 8 mile run next week and my 6 mile run the following week. It would be good for me to do it with a 12 mile run though so I just don't know what I am going to do. I have to think about it some more.

I am going out to dinner tonight with BIL's girlfriend, Jordan, that will be fun. We will probably go have pizza or pasta to prepare me for my run.

I am downing the water today!

I don't have much to share really. Just focusing on that 12 miles and getting it over with.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hump Day!

Well it is Wednesday already. I actually pushed my 3 1/2 year old in the single jogging stroller yesterday and whew that was tough. I had not done that in several months. We just went 1 3/4 miles b/c J got home too late and it was getting dark and cooler. Oh well, I guess it was better than not running. J will hopefully get my double jogger put together tonight so that tomorrow night I can go for a jog and take both girls. OH MY!! NOW THAT WILL BE A WORKOUT!! Not sure how that will go b/c 1 year old has never been in a jogging stroller before. Hopefully, she will like it. I have my plan for Saturday. My BIL's girlfriend is coming over at 9:30 or so and is going to watch the girls while I do my 12 mile run. I am going to do it at a park that has some inclines. I need to do this to prepare for my half marathon. I am not necessarily looking forward to it but I NEED TO DO IT and I WILL!! I am glad I am getting it over with Sat. morning then I have the rest of the weekend to not worry about it. I figure it will take me about 2 1/2 hours. I am actually going to do 11.7 miles b/c the park is .9 miles around so I will do 13 laps. It is a nice place to run and there are typically a lot of people there so I will feel safe.

o.k. so that is the plan now I just have to stick to it.

Monday, March 10, 2008

10 miler = DONE

I did 10 miles yesterday and it went well. I felt pretty good considering I was so tired with the girls being sick and then the time change. I had a lot more energy than I thought I would. I do 12 miles this coming week on my long run and then it is down hill from there. Well at least until the half marathons get here. Those won't seem so long though b/c they will be exciting and so many other people will be running and I will have my running buddy, Jess, with me. I can't believe my first half marathon is aproaching. It is still hard for me to grasp that I am actually doing this. Never in my life did I ever think I would want to do something like this much less that I COULD do something like this and then to think that I AM doing it just blows me away. I still have a hard time believing that I can do it sometimes but yesterday I realized I was going to be able to. If I had to go 3 more miles yesterday I could have but I was glad to stop at 10. HAHA I am just blown away by the fact that I set my sights on this and that I am actually achieving this very tough goal. Kind of a fake it until you make it sort of thing. Every time I have a longer distance to go I am always unsure of if I can actually do it so I just go with it and sure enough I get there. The fear kind of gets me sometimes and I get nervous before my long runs b/c they just seem SO LONG so I really have to just not think about it and just do it! It is kind of like if you think about something too much then you usually talk yourself out of it b/c you start second guessing yourself. So I try to avoid that by just not thinking about it. I guess whatever works for me. The point is that I am almost there and I have almost achieved this goal and I am THRILLED about it!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Tiredness continues

My girls are sick today so I am taking care of them. They were both up last night with fevers so J and I were up with them. I hope they get better soon. I can't wait for them to take a nap so I can too. Two sick kids is not a good combination. Oh well, this too shall pass.

I haven't gotten in my other 3 mile run. Not sure if I am going to get it in. I am still planning to do my 10 miles on Sunday most likely. I hope I get some rest between now and then. The thought of running right now while I am exhausted is not sounding good at all. Maybe the next couple of nights I can go to bed as soon as the girls to do catch some z's. Of course the time changes on Saturday night so then we lose an hour. What great timing. That is all I need.

I am done complaining. Off to take care of my babies.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

I'm sleepy, very very sleepy!

I went to a childrens clothing consignment sale last night at 5 and shopped until 6:30 then ate a quick dinner at a restaurant next door then volunteered to help at the sale from 7-10. It went really well. I got some good bargains and it wasn't bad helping them out at all. It was worth it in order to get to shop early. I will do it again for sure.

Anyway, I got home about 10:45 and I had to do some things to get ready for today like lunch and the girls stuff ready. I got in bed around 11:45 but I couldn't go to sleep. That makes me so mad when I am tired and I can't fall asleep. Then Lizzie woke up at 5. She had a fever and didn't feel well so I was up with her dozing in and out of sleep in the recliner until 6:30. I am dragging this afternoon!!!

Tonight I will be home hanging out with the girls since they don't feel well. J will probably cook dinner and we will just relax and rest tonight. I think we all need it. It might snow here too so maybe we could watch it snow. I love to watch it snow. It is just so pretty.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Training continues

My training must go on. My first half marathon will be in 4 weeks on Sunday, April 6th. I did 4 miles yesterday and it went really well. I felt so good and rested that it just made for a great run. I will do 3 miles on Thursday or Friday then 10 miles on Saturday or Sunday.

I was off work yesterday due to snow in our area. Not much but just enough to close the public schools and the University which rarely happens. It could not have come at a better time b/c I was so tired from the weekend and I had a lot to get done. I did the laundry, cleaned the bathrooms, paid the bills and I even got in a 1 1/2 hour nap then I did my run. It was SO NICE!!!

That is all I have for today. I must get to work and make up for not being here yesterday.

Monday, March 3, 2008

TOGETHER we completed a MARATHON!!!

WE DID IT!!! We started that bad boy at 6am and finished a little after 11. I have to say that this was one of the greatest experiences I have had in my life thus far (besides having children of course). I am obviously so proud of our team, Lorie, Jess, Mary and I did SO GREAT!! We did it faster than we had predicted and we were just so excited along the way and it was so rewarding to cheer each other on and see each of us start and finish our legs. On top of how great it was for us personally to accomplish this was such a neat experience to see the other particpants. This is the very first marathon I have ever been to and I promise it won't be my last even if I am not participating. To see these marathon walkers that started when we did at 6am walk every step of the 26.2 miles and then to see the 5Kers take off, then the wheel chair and disabled people take off then the marathon/half marathoners and other relayers was so neat. Cheering them along through the course and then at the finish line was simply AMAZING!! To see the looks on the faces of the participants as they crossed the finish line is truly priceless. Now that I realize how much commitment and dedication that it takes to train for an endurance event such as this it just makes it that much neater to see all of these other people doing it. Even when you don't know them you feel a bond with them b/c you know what it takes for them to get to where they are. Then to think that everyone at some point could not even jog or walk a 1/2 mile and then now they are achieving these great things is just indescribable. Along the course there were hundreds of people outside of their homes rooting me on as I passed during my 7.8 miles then I would pass some of the slower marathoners that started when we did and I would tell them how great they were doing and in return they insisted that I was doing great too even though I had only been on the trail for 3 miles and them for 15. Then around mile 17 when I was crossing a bridge taking my time eating my fig newtons for my last little bit of fuel to the finish and the 3 first marathoners passed me and I stared at them in awe. Then I was going at the mile 19 drink stop and there was a group of sorority girls handing out the water and they were yelling so loud for me and all the others that went through their little path. Then I passed the older gentleman that had a laminated piece of paper on his back with a title that said "In memory of my daughter" and had her picture. Yes, I started crying at mile 19 b/c of this. Finally there was a little boy on his deck way up in the woods yelling down to the racers saying "good job" and I waved to acknowledge him and probably made his day but little did he know he made mine for yelling for me. If you can't tell this was such an AWESOME but EMOTIONAL GOOD TIME FOR ME!! Words really can't describe how it feels to do this and to see others do it too even when you don't know them. I wish I would have had all day to sit at the finish line and watch ever last person cross. I cannot wait until April 6th when Jess and I cross the finish line for my first ever half marathon and her 2nd one. OH WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY THAT WILL BE!!

The big question: Will Dawn ever do a marathon???? Probably so. Making no commitments now but I do forsee this in my future at some point. Right now while my kids are young I will stick to half marathons. The time that I put in to train currently is a lot and I enjoy doing it but anymore would take me away from my family just too much at this time so later in life when my children are a little older I can see myself putting in the time and crossing that MARATHON finish line!

Now for the pics:

The gang from l-r, Jess, Dawn, Mary and Lorie. This was before the race around 5:45. We weren't sure how long it would take us so we wanted to do the early start. Most people started at 8. Yes, we were up at 4AM. Oh the things we do to be fit and healthy and have fun. Most people would call us crazy!



Lorie crossing her finish line. Lorie walked due to a knee injury but she hoofed it every step of the way. We were proud of her for still wanting to participate even though she couldn't run. Just proves that it is not about the speed but the determination to get there.






Lorie getting her medal!



Jess taking off for leg 2 of the race. She's smiling and the weather is perfect.






While we are waiting on Jess for me leg to start. Mary, Lorie and Dawn in front of the State Capitol.


Dawn goofing off. I am striking a "running pose".



Jess finishing leg 2 and she is STILL SMILING!! She surprised us actually. We weren't really expeciting her so soon. She made us proud as always.




The hand off. We had this electronic thing that kept up with our time. So on a relay you obviously have to pass it off to the next person. So here I am suiting up getting ready for leg 3.





Jess at the end of her leg. She smoked it!!!




Dawn coming across the finish line of leg 3.




Dawn after the race. Dawn and Jess with our medals waiting to go to the finish line



We didn't get a picture of Mary crossing the finish line. We were trying to watch for her but we couldn't see far in the distance b/c of where we were standing and she kind of snuck up on us. She raised her arms in celebration as she crossed the finish line. It was AWESOME!

Here is after we all finished with our medals and our proud smiles!!!




It is so fun to have these medals. I feel like a kid getting a trophy. Just a neat way to show your accomplishment.



Lorie's husband Bill ran the half marathon and he did AWESOME!! We were so proud of him too. Here he is with us girls. Isn't he lukcy!!!

The marathon couple...Bill and Lorie! Aren't they cute!!!

Dawn and Jess after the race.



Mary and Lorie, not sure whay they are doing. Probalby talking about how AWESOME they are for finishing a marathon together!! Well, probably not actually, they are probably discussing how cute the man was in his cut off shirt and purple spandex. HAHA (inside joke there)





The END!! I am sure you can see what an GREAT time we had. I can't wait until next year!!


Special thanks goes to Daniel, Jess's husband he is the bag carrier, driver and the photographer.