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This Weather Can Stay

I’m sure I’m jinxing myself, but the weather here in GA over the past few days has been beautiful. The humidity hasn’t been unbearable (and coming from me, that says a lot) and the temperatures have been in the 80’s. It’s been fabulous! This morning, I went for a run and it was 69 outside. Perfect! But before I get to that run, let’s rewind to Saturday.

Saturday, I spent the day outside working at a baseball tournament for a friend. It was the easiest money I ever made. I sat at the back gate, selling admission tickets and checking for a stamped hand if they already paid. But since I was at the back gate, I wasn’t busy, so I got a lot of 50 Shades of Grey reading done, along with some photography ideas and locations written down. This was my view all day. I love that my Nook was able to stay in my lap almost all day.

And off in the distance, planes would take off from the Savannah Airport nearby. There were also some jets taking off and watching the jets made me really miss that sounds and living in Beaufort. We were so close to the Air Station and the sound of the jets was an all day, every day thing. While it was loud, I miss that sound of freedom. *sigh*
Yesterday was a fairly low-key day. TJ wanted to get some sleep after work, so I set out to do some laundry, clean Jordyn’s room (for the millionth time this week). Around 10:30 a good friend of ours in Beaufort called us wanting to know where, “the park with the fountain” is. I explained there were two and that we were heading to one later in the afternoon, so said they would go to the same one. They were heading to the Oglethorpe Mall, or the “the good one” as she calls it, so we met them there after they were done shopping so they could follow us to Forsyth Park. All the kiddos had a great time and it’s always great catching up with friends. After the park, it was back home to relax for the rest of the night and work on editing some pictures

  

 This morning I decided to go for a run before work instead of after workout. I definitely think that was the right choice. It was gorgeous outside. Today I started Week 5 of the C25K program. There were 3 runs in 5 minute intervals with a 3 minute walk between each run. I really thought this would kill me, but I surprised myself. I paced myself a little better than I have before and did well. I wasn’t dying by the end of that run. My time was a little slower but I’m OK with it because it wasn’t too bad and I’m learning to pace myself in the earlier runs so that I’m not dying by the end. I have hit the point where I’m really starting to enjoy going for a run and am quite anxious to get to the point where I can run longer periods of time.

For now, it’s back to work, but I’m thinking about a walk on the neighborhood with the family sounds perfect tonight.
How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun for Father’s Day?


C25K, running, weightloss progress, yoga

C25K Week 4 and June Yoga Challenge Week 2 Recap

Another week has flown by and I’m ready for the weekend. Is anyone else ready? Let me hear ya holla!

Last night, I wrapped up Week 4 of the C25K program. It was a much better run than Tuesday’s run. My time was faster, my distance was longer and I have finally started to feel myself doing better with each run. I love that I’m starting to see some progress.

I hit my longest distance since I started the C25K program with 2.49 miles and since I wasn’t back at the house yet, I added another .2 miles walk on top of this to get me back to the house. Overall, I am pleased with this and looking forward to my next run, which may not be until Sunday. I have a TON to do tonight and I’m working at a baseball tournament all day tomorrow.

Now, onto that yoga challenge I’ve been participating in hosted by Courtney from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

Challenge: To complete 3 yoga sessions per week

Actual: 

  • I got a late start this week. Last weekend was crazy busy so there wasn’t a whole lot of fitness going on. Tuesday was my first yoga session of the week, which was a 30 min session brought on by Comcast On Demand. 
  • Earlier in the week, Courtney told her readers about MyBarre3 and later offered a 15 day trial. I jumped at this chance after reading her post about the sire and their workouts. Last night, I was pretty tired but decided to get a quick 10 min yoga session in using one of the videos from the site. If their all as awesome as the video I chose, I am on board. I loved it! They are fabulous! I will definitely being do more of those workouts
Unfortunately, I only completed two yoga sessions for the week, but I know I will do better this week, especially after completing one of the my barre workouts. I already can’t wait for the kiddos to go to bed so I can get my yoga on.
HUGE thanks to Courtney for reaching out to MyBarre3 and scoring her readers a 15 day trial membership.
       *****Did you miss my Week 1 Recap? Check it out here
For now, it’s back to the grind at work. This weekend, I plan on making a little extra money this weekend working a ball tournament, and Sunday, it’s all about TJ. Whatever he’s wanting to do for Father’s Day is what we’ll be doing. Who wants to make a bet that he’ll choose absolutely nothing except hang out at the house and relax. lol.
What are your plans for the weekend? Any fun Father’s Day plans with the dads in your life?

C25K, running, yoga

Finally…….

…….it’s sunny and not raining when I get home. That means a run definitely happened. But before I get to that, let’s start with the morning workout. This morning, I woke up early to fit in a wake up yoga session. As always, I chose a workout from On Demand. This one was called Gentle Yoga. While it was definitely towards beginners and I felt a challenge in a few of the moves, I felt it was too slow for me, and that each movement carried on a little too long. I guess they all can’t be winners, right. By the time I finished the workout, Jordyn was letting me know she was awake. Dylan also woke up and I had some hungry kiddos.

It was off to do my Mommy duties. Dylan opted for just a banana while me and Jordyn each had some of this:

Jordyn’s was missing the chia seeds and she actually had most of the banana. I just had the few slices that were on my piece of toast. The girl is loves bananas. 
Once breakfast was eaten and the kids were settled for the morning, it was time to wake up TJ so I could get ready for work.
Work was nothing exciting, so I’ll skip to the good stuff. The run. For some reason, that last run interval kicked my butt. I don’t know if it was because I didn’t wait long enough after dinner and my stomach wasn’t fully settled or what, but it was rough. LOL!

I wasn’t super pleased with myself when I got home but it had been a little bit (a week and a half since my last run), so maybe it should have been expected. I’m hoping for some more sunny days this week (even though there’s a chance of rain everyday through Saturday) so I can get at least 1, if not 2, more runs in this week to get myself back on track. And Sunday, I need to do a weigh in. It’s been almost two weeks since I had a weigh in.

For now, it’s off to bed to do a little reading.

How was your day? Did your workouts go they way you wanted them to? Do you have any tips to share when it comes to becoming a better runner?

C25K, life, running, yoga

A Relaxing Sunday

The weekend is almost over and I’m not ready for it to end. It was such a great weekend. Yesterday was a girl’s day with one of my best friends, Beth. It started with a bridesmaids dress fitting for her wedding in December. And then it was off to her apartment to help her pack up her car with a load of items to take to her fiancé’s house. Her lease is up at the end of the month and rather than renew for 6 months, she’s moving on with him early. It was then off for lunch at Chili’s and finally to Sam’s Club for LOTS of fruit!

There were also bananas but I forgot to include them in the pictures, but half the bananas and grapes are gone already. It’s crazy how much fruit we eat on this house so Sam’s Club is perfect for us when it comes to buying fruit. LOL!
Once I got home, it was off to laundry and a little bit of cleaning. Jordyn sure knows how to mess up a house. HAHA!  I ended my Saturday night on a very low-key way. I spent a quiet night with a book. If only I had had some wine to make it even better.
This morning I woke up, as I do every morning, to the sound of Jordyn. TJ was already home and in his man cave (it’s the fancy way to say the garage. lol) working on some music and when he heard me get up, he told me to go back to sleep, he’d get her. No objections from me. I went back to bed to sleep in, something that has only happened once or twice since Jordyn has been born. I only got an extra hour of sleep, but getting up 8 was nice.
Once I was up, it out for a run. Due to the rain and other events last week, I wasn’t able to get any of the C25K runs in. I kicked off this morning with Week 4, Day 1. While my overall time isn’t a run, my time is the best I’ve had and when using Runkeeper, I am able to see what my pace is during the running portions and I’m not disappointed. It’s not the best time but it’s a great starting point for me.
I came home from the run and wanted to get some strength training. I waited until Jordyn went down for her nap and was off to the gym. I got in a quick stationary bike workout to get my heart rate up and then started with some free weights to work on upper body
It was then home for breakfast. A chocolate, banana and peanut butter protein smoothie. It was AMAZING and be on the lookout for the recipe later this week.
Time for laundry and later lunch, which was a delicious Spinach salad with dried cranberries, crispy noodles, sliced almonds, half of a hard boiled egg and sweet onion dijon dressing.
And finally for dinner, it was off to the grill for some fabulous shrimp and veggies.
Now, I am relaxing and editing some pictures and heading to bed. Have a good night everyone!
How was your weekend? What did you do over the weekend?
5K, C25K, events, running, Savannah, yoga

I Am Registered……

….for my first 5K!!! I am SO excited. It’s the 2012 Enmark Savannah Bridge Run. It’s a 5K that starts on Hutchinson Island, goes across the Talmedge Bridge (the bridge below) and ends in downtown Savannah by the Civic Center. The bridge is 1.4 mile span, has a 5.5% grade and is 196 feet above the Savannah River (facts straight from the race website).  
The race isn’t until December 1st, exactly 6 months form tonight, so I hope to run at least one if not two before then but this is the first race I have actually registered for. I’m excited but a little nervous at the same time. That’s probably due to the fact that I’m still not done with the C25K program but I’ll get there. The rain just needs to stop. LOL!
On another note, I completed my first yoga session for the June Yoga Challenge I talked about earlier that is being put on by the fabulous Courtney from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life. Boy, do I have some work to do. I’m so glad I did it and I feel great that I did it, but I’m not good at it. LOL! I used to be better at Yoga but I seemed to have lost what little bit of skill I had. The only thing I can do is keep going with and fingers crossed by the end of the month, I will be much better.
Your turn: What kind of race was your first race? What kind of training did you do for your first race? How about Yoga? Is it something you enjoy? Do you struggle like me or are you a pro and have some tips for me? LOL!
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.



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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!

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 Active.com and Map My Run’s appActive.com’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!