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Happy Memorial Day!

How’s your day going so far? Mine is great! I got my work out in this morning. It was a quick cardio followed by some upper body strength training. And I’m thinking an abs workout will be thrown in later. I have finished up the laundry and most of the cleaning, but I feel like I’m never really done with it. Gotta love kids. LOL!

Last night Beryl made landfall in Jacksonville and we saw some of our first bands of heavy rain.

We rained throughout the night but hasn’t really rained today. I guess it’s coming later, but who knows. Here I was thinking it was going to be non-stop for two days. haha!
This morning I started out my day with some oatmeal topped with some peanut butter and chia seeds. I was fabulous.
I followed breakfast with folding the last of the laundry and a trip to the gym when Jordyn took her morning nap. After the gym, it was off to Kroger to pick up bananas, coffee from Starbucks and to see what I wanted to do for dinner. I couldn’t decide what we would have so I didn’t end up getting anything for tonight, but I did stumble upon a few items that were marked down. 3 bags of Alexia peas for 99 cents each!!!! I was pretty excited. Peas are a favorite for Jordyn and we’re actually out of them right now so it was perfect. They also had 2 boxes of Amy’s Cheese Pizza Snacks for 99 cents each! We all love these (although I try not to eat them too much) and this is great for Dylan for a quick lunch or snack. I just those I saved about $12!!! GO ME!!! Too bad TJ isn’t awake for me to share my joy. 
And speaking of TJ, even though he is no longer in the Marine Corp, I want to take a moment and thank him and every other soldier past, present, and future for the sacrifices they make so that we may enjoy the life and freedoms we have. I am so grateful and honored to be married to such a phenomenal man and that he was, and always will be part of the few, the proud.
Thank you babe! I love you! You are one in a million!

Just for fun. Me and TJ at the Marine Corp ball in 2009. Our last one.
C25K, life, Savannah, weightloss progress

Bracing for Beryl

How is everyone’s Memorial Day weekend going? We’re hanging in here and bracing for Tropical Storm Beryl. Personally, I’m not worried. I think we’ll end up with lots of rain and wind but nothing that will cause too much damage, although a few trees have fallen in the city. We’ve been under a Tropical Storm Warning since yesterday morning and it’s supposed to last through Tuesday. This morning they added a Flood Watch too. We’re slightly inland so I’m not worried about flooding at all.

As we speak, the front of the storm is beginning to hit Jacksonville, FL and expected to make landfall in a few hours.

After good ol’ Beryl makes landfall, she will turn and head our way. We will some rain as it heads onshore, but I think there will be more once it turns and heads our way.
Due to the storm coming, I forced TJ to help do a little bit of yard work Friday night and then we went back to more yard work yesterday. I knew with the storm coming that we may not be able to do any work today or tomorrow, so I headed to the gym as soon as TJ come home from work so we could get some yard work done during Jordyn’s morning nap.  While working, TJ was exhausted and talking about how the city was only going to 15 bags a week without charging us. More than 15 and we’re charged a bulk pick up fee. I decided we would only fill 15 bags and be done so we didn’t have a ton of bags sitting around for a week until they came back. We also knew we would have to move as many of these bags into the garage/man cave as we could to avoid them getting blown over and our work being for nothing. 
To TJ’s relief, it didn’t tale long to fill up 15 bags. The sad part though? 15 bags was only half of our front yard. We still the other half of the front yard and the entire back which is 3 or 4 times worse. 
While I didn’t get nearly as much yard work done as I wanted, I had plenty more to do around the house. Laundry, cleaning, workouts, picture edits, it all seems never ending.
Thursday was C25K day. My run was slower and I was pretty disappointed in myself but the only thing I can do is improve on the next run. I took a different route, which is mostly sunny so it was hot. I need to stick that route to a morning run.
Saturday, I decided to head to the gym instead of going for run. My main reason? I wanted a weigh-in. I don’t own a scale (most of the time I like it that way so I’m not tempted to step on the scale constantly), so I haven’t stepped on a scale about a week. I opted for an elliptical workout which I loved. I always love an elliptical workout. I wish I owned one. LOL!
After my workout, I stepped on the scale and the results…..down .8 pounds! A little disappointed it’s not more, but I’ll take it. It puts me at a quarter of the way through my weightless goal! Happy face at reaching my first goal!!!!!

I knew going to bed last night that is I wanted to get a run in today, I was going to have to go as soon as TJ came home from work since at that time we didn’t know exactly when the rain would start. It still hasn’t started, but I’m actually really glad I went so early. It was cooler and not as humid. And I HATE humidity. Yes, I know I live in the south and have lived in the south for almost 20 years but truthfully this isn’t my choice. If I had my way, I’d live in Colorado. It’s gorgeous there and there isn’t the humidity like there is here. And they have snow. I love snow! Anywho, I went back to my normal route this morning. My end time was faster than Thursday but only by 2 seconds. However, while running, I was trying to figure out why my time is slower this week than the other weeks, and it’s because the actual amount of time I’m running is less. so I’m not as disappointed but I’m still a little disappointed. 
Something that did make me happy, was my Map My Run app and my Runkeeper app. I used both in conjunction with my c25K app. As always, I started the Map My Run app, at the beginning of my first run and stopped it as soon as my last run was done. I averaged 12:17 between the 4 runs and 3 walks. While that is only a jog, I’m happy with it because of my Runkeeper app. The Runkeeper app will give you an audio cue every 5 minutes letting you know you’re average pace, current pace and distance. during these cues, I was running and hd current paces between 10:34 and 10:56. That makes me happy! I definitely want to be faster but that will take time. Knowing that the running parts were under 11 minutes gives me the motivation to keep going and that I may not have a horrible first 5K run. HAHA!!!
I’m a little nervous to move on to Week 4, the runs will be 3 and 5 minutes and the 3 minutes were rough on me. I know I have to push myself but I hope I can do this!
It’s late and it’s time for bed. I want to hit the gym (or run if there’s no rain) in the morning when TJ gets home. For now, I leave with the some Tropical Storm Beryl cloud pictures I took before the sun went down.


The weekend and a few more runs

The days have just seemed to slip by lately and are going by way to fast. I wake up for work and before I know it, it’s the end of the day. It’s now Tuesday night and I am sitting here watching Dancing With The Stars and I have no post about the weekend. As I’m watching this Sheri Sheppard is dancing to It’s Raining Men and I have missed her. She may not have been the best dancer, but she is hilarious!

Saturday, after my run, I was able to finish some if what was on my long to-do list but not everything before heading downtown to take a few pictures for a friend.

I know, I know, I shared a ton of pictures but I had so much fun I couldn’t just pick a few I liked to share. Just like the other pics, these are unedited for now and I will share some of my edited pics when I get them done, but I hope you like these.

I know I talked about how perfect the weather was and my failed apps. Well, I figured out the problem…it was too cloudy. Sunday I had the same problem with the apps not logging correctly or at all. There were a ton of clouds due to Tropical Storm Alberto being just off the coast (well 100 miles off the coast but they in comparison to the size of the ocean, that’s close. haha). I even got a little rained on towards the end of my run but thankfully it was just light rain.

Look at those Alberto cloud (and view of downtown Savannah as I drive towards Beaufort. I don’t recommend this. It’s not easy). This picture doesn’t really show just how dark this clouds in the distance really were.

So these clouds are what messed with my apps this weekend. But here’s what it did clock. This looks a little closer to what my time could be but I’m not sure it’s completely accurate, especially when you look at yesterday and today’s runs.
My apps were working again yesterday and I’m so glad to have a better estimate on my times. This was my farthest distance and fastest distance with walking and running combined.
Today, I began Week 3 of the C25K. I was nervous how I would do with the 3 minute run portions. I finished each 3 minute run interval but I could tell I was slower. I’m disappointed in that but I just have to keep going and I’ll get there but I want to be there now. My time was a little faster but I also ended the workout a little early. I cut part of the cool down out so I could get home and get a few things done tonight. 
Well now that I have taken my sweet time writing this post, it’s time for bed, so I can go to the gym in the morning. Good night everyone!


Perfect Weather

I stepped out the door this morning to get back on the C25K train and it was gorgeous outside. It was a cool 63 degrees outside. If only TJ didn’t have to head to SCAD, and I didn’t have what feels like a million things to do, I think I could have stayed out there all day. But that is not the case. I have to dig through Jordyn’s newborn clothes for a few outfits to go up as decoration for a baby clothes line at a baby shower tomorrow. I also need to paint the clothes pins to match the theme. I have endless amounts of laundry and cleaning to do, need to do some Pinterest searching for some picture ideas for a photo session later, and then have to head downtown for the photo session. I’m hoping I’ll be able to scout out a few side streets or other locations for future ideas as well.

Whew! I’m tired just thinking about all this.

As for my run this morning, I’d like to think I did better, but I honestly have no clue. My C25K app decided to not log any times and my Map My Run app gave me some times that I wish were right but I don’t think are.

If you look at the second picture you can see I have an average pace of 9:39 and a max pace of 6 min/mile. I wish. I know I can’t run that fast. I think somewhere along my route, I must have lost a signal and when the app caught back up it messed with the times. I feel like I had a faster time today than the first week but it’s hard to tell. I know my distance is farther even though this says otherwise as well but how far, I’m not really sure. Hopefully I won’t have the same problem again tomorrow and I’ll have a better idea of how I did. For now, I just have to be satisfied with completing another day, which s=isnt easy when I want to know my times.

Has something like this happened to you? A failed app, heart rate monitor or even piece of gym equipment?

life, weightloss progress

If It’s Not One Thing, It Seems To Be Another

I am SO happy it’s Friday! This week is almost over and this week has been crazy enough.

Saturday, I was leaving you with happy thoughts and promises of a few maternity pictures I took for a friend. They came out great and here are a few of the pics I took. They are all unedited though. I will share these, or some others once I edit them. I have had no time to edit these pictures yet, but am hoping to get them done next week.

What do you think? I’m no professional by any means, but I am honored that my friend allowed me to do a little experimenting and try my hand at some pictures for her.
It was after these pictures were taken that the craziness began. TJ met me with the kids downtown so we could spend some time at the park before he had to head to work. As I’m saying goodbye to my friend and her husband, I see TJ walking towards me carrying Jordyn and Dylan riding his scooter to me. I hear Jordyn crying and ask what’s wrong. TJ says she fell. Jordyn is pretty tough so you know when she gets hurts. She was crying but not screaming and didn’t want anyone to touch it. We sat down with her and debated on whether or not to take her to the ER. TJ has had a decent amount of broken bones and he didn’t didn’t think anything was broken so we eventually decided to wait til the morning and see how she was. TJ heads to work and I head home with the kids. Dylan eventually heads to bed and I cuddle on the couch with Jordyn. She struggles to fall asleep but finally does but can’t stay asleep. After a post on Facebook and a call to the NurseOne line (a 24 hour nurse line in Savannah), it’s a middle of the night for this mom and her kiddos.

We arrive to the ER just before midnight and thankfully don’t have to wait long to be seen. The doctor immediately wants some X-Rays. That was difficult. My poor baby was in so much pain and I had to hold her down. After X-Rays, the orthopedist trauma surgeon comes in and tells us my sweet little 15 month old daughter has broken her arm above the elbow, and the bone has shifted. She would have to have surgery in the morning so they could move it back and possibly put pins in her arm to keep in place. He, of course, has to go through the risks of the surgery and how unfortunately this procedure is not as simple as many people think. Because she will have to have surgery, they will be admitting her, and a tired mom, 6 year old and 15 month old are finally settled into a room around 3:30 in the morning. It wasn’t until 4am before Dylan fell asleep, who was such a trooper through the whole thing. Not one complaint from that kid. Gotta love him. After giving Jordyn some pain medication she has fallen asleep, but they still had a million questions for me and I needed to call TJ.

Just a mere few hours later, Jordyn goes in for surgery and comes out great. The doctors all praised how well she did. Look at this poor baby.

And look, they even put a cast on her puppy.

We finally head home around 6:30 and all I wanted was dinner and to relax. It was take out from Outback and an about an hour at home with TJ and the kids before TJ had to head back to work and the kids went to bed. Not my favorite Mother’s Day. On the bright side, they did get me some pretty great gifts.

My card is so cute along with my very own newspaper. And my fitbit is AWESOME! Next week, I’ll share some of the details of the fitbit.

After an exhausting first night home, I have to work Monday and come and am exhausted. The lack of sleep from the two previous days has me so worn out that a workout is not happening. I obviously didn’t get a workout in Sunday either due the events, so I have every intent on kicking butt, the rest of the week.

Then in the middle of the night I wake up sick. UGH! I felt horrible and it was definitely carrying over to Tuesday. I never call out of work but there was no way I was going in. I did start feeling better as the day went on but I wasn’t 100%, so again no workout. As for Wednesday and yesterday, I don’t really have an excuse for not working out. I was going to go to the gym after work Wednesday but TJ had a meeting to go at school and I took some pictures of a friend in her wedding dress so her mom could see it, but I could have done an at-home workout and didn’t. Bad Sabrina. LOL! And yesterday was worse. I wanted to go running, but it was running so I didn’t go and that was it. TJ had no where to be so I could have gone to the gym, or could have easily done an at-home workout. Double bad Sabrina. And today, I get home from work and Dylan is sick. I’m ready for a new week. LOL!

I DID get up this morning and head to the gym. It’s about time!

I also did a weigh-in since I missed my Sunday weigh-in. I am down .2 pounds. Can’t complain since I didn’t really workout.

And I ate pretty well today too.

Thomas 100 Calorie English Muffin topped with one wedge of Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese and some Chia Seeds, and washed down with Silk Pure Almond Dark Chocolate Milk (my excuse for this was I keep hearing how low-fat chocolate milk is a good after-workout snack. hehe). Sorry about no picture but I completely forgot to take a picture of this

Grande Iced Coffee with Sugar Free Hazelnut

Spinach Salad topped with a hard boiled egg, tortilla strips, almond slices, feta and sweet onion vinegarette dressing

Caramel Brownie Luna Bar

Kroger Frozen Shrimp Stir-Fry

After a not so good workout week, I plan on combining Weeks 2 and 3 in the C25K program to catch myself up along with some more gym time and I need to get more strength training in. I’ve done some but not enough.

On a completely random topic, look at my new shoes!

As for this weekend, other than workouts, I have more pictures to take. This time it’s a combo of engagement pictures/family pictures for a friend (if the rain holds up like it’s supposed to) and a baby shower in Beaufort on Sunday.

What are your weekend plans? Are they social, or are they productive things like housework and yard work?

C25K, Savannah, weightloss progress

Little Behind

So, I’m not keeping up with this as much as I would like. 🙁 Right now, we don’t have the internet at my house. It keeps cutting out on us so we left AT&T and are switching to Comcast, but they can’t come out til Monday or Tuesday so reading my blogs in Google Reader from my phone isn’t the easiest and either is blogging for that matter.

This morning, I have brought my computer to Starbucks and enjoying the gorgeous weather outside while I give you a little update. AHHHHH……the life (mostly, the only thing missing is the beach. LOL)

The last few weeks have been pretty crazy for me. We had family in town for SCAD’s Sidewalk Art Festival that TJ participated in. That was an all day event and was a blast. Check out a few of the pictures!
Me and my crazy family before TJ got started
Hard at work!

The finished product
A few others

If you’re interested, go here to see more of the artwork that was created. These people are fabulous. 
I guess, I should move on to an update about my weightless and fitness, the reason you’re here.
I started the C25K program this past Sunday, which means I have officially finished Week 1. I use both the C25K app from and Map My Run’s’s app is great. It tracks that day’s particular run with its pace, along with giving me audio cues as to which step I’m one, whether it’s the warm-up, cool down, run or jog. The app also has a log which allows me to add notes about the run and share it on Facebook and my active. com profile. The one thing I wish I could do was track my pace without the warm-up and cool down included. For that I use Map My Run’s app. I start the app at the start of the first run (the end of the warm-up) and end the app at the end of the last run (at the start of the cool down). I know it’s not the most accurate way to get my time, but it gives me an idea of where I’m at, or could be. Here are my “runs” from the first week.

I started the program with a friend. She wasn’t so sure it was something she could do but she gave it a shot and I think she did great for not being a runner

The next two days were in my neighborhood and on my own. I felt pretty good for both of these days and am excited to move on to the next week.

A slightly faster time and longer distance. It’s not much but I’ll take it. I’ll take each and every second portion of a mile I can get. LOL!!!! As Dory from Finding Nemo says, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” In my case the swimming is running. LOL!
And now my favorite part of the post: my weightless update. I have officially lost over 10 pounds!!! I am so excited. I’m almost a quarter of the way there. WAHOO!!!!!! I’ve been working my butt off and finally I have hit my first goal.
For now, my coffee break is over and I have to head home. I’m sure Jordyn is awake, TJ wants to go back to sleep and Dylan is bored. Ahh, the life of a mom. HAHA! And on top of kiddos and a hubby, I have laundry to do, a house to clean and later this afternoon I am heading downtown to take some maternity pictures for a friend. Stay tuned later for a few pics!