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Happy 4th Of July

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Happy 4th of July everyone!!!! I have to start by sending a HUGE thank you to all our troops, past, present and future. Without them, we wouldn’t have a reason to celebrate and continue to celebrate! So THANK YOU!
Hope you’re having a fabulous day, enjoying good friends, family, and fun.
Before I get into our Independence Day festivities, let’s rewind to yesterday. Yesterday morning, I got up with every intention of going for run. I laced up my shoes and headed out the door. I took my 5 minute warm-up and began my run, but very early into my foot began hurting. I knew if I kept going and put that kind of pressure on it, I would only make it worse. Instead, I decided to continue the workout but make it a walk. Hey, it’s better than nothing right. I walked 3 miles before heading home for breakfast and to get ready for work.
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And I squeezed in a plank for the #plankaday challenge.
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Work was pretty uneventful. But once I got home, TJ and I decided to head to Hunter Army Airfield for some fireworks.
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We arrived to Hunter just in time for the fireworks to start (after having to go back home because we forgot our car registration. I sure do miss the days of flashing my military ID and being on my way. lol). The fireworks were good but they were short. The grand finale was tiny too. When it was over, we started getting in the car, and the real grand finale began. Me and TJ called it a Parris Island grand finale. Two years ago, PI did the same type of thing and we watched their real grand finale while waiting in traffic to get off the island. LOL!
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Now, let’s come back to this morning. Today, we were supposed to head to the beach. Unfortunately we had a few things come up, so we had to cancel that but we’re going to make the best of it. Once everything we need to get done gets taken care of, we’re going to relax at the house today, Dylan and I are going to make some Muesli chocolate chip cookies and we’re going to grill out for dinner. We will of course be thanking TJ for everything he did in the Marine Corp too. Can’t forget our troops. And later tonight we’re heading downtown to see more fireworks. We can’t get enough. LOL!
What are your plans for today? Anything fun, or is it more of a day of relaxing?

 

family, fitness, goals, life, Savannah

July Goals

Yesterday’s trip to the Farmer’s Market was a success! We picked up some sweet potatoes, zucchini, corn, rainbow carrots, and peaches all for $15.

The heat was already slowly kicking in, so I made sure to get the items I wanted without leisurely looking. Well, it was the heat, and the fact that I realized after (and by after, I mean once we got to the park) we left the house, that I forgot Jordyn’s stroller. 
After I purchased our veggies and peaches, I let the kids run around to let out some energy and get in some physical activity before heading home and pretty much staying in the house today. With temps as high as they were and me hating the heat and humidity, I figured it was best to keep them inside, but I knew that they needed some type of physical activity so they got it in at 9:30am. Early? Yes. Better than nothing? You betcha!

After getting home yesterday, I started thinking about what I really wanted to accomplish in my fitness journey. I began writing a list of goals for July. This is what I came up with:

  • Walk 10,000 steps a day on the weekends
  • Walk 5,000 steps a day during the week ( Because I work a desk job, most of my days are spent sitting, so reaching 10,000 steps may be unrealistic. This is a goal that I may change and up  the number if I see that this can be done very easily. I definitely want a challenge. lol)
  • Finish the C25K program
  • Strength train 2-3 times a week (this is something I really need to work on. I don’t do this nearly as much as I should and I know how important it is)
  • Eat more fruits & veggies. I have already made my menus for the month so this should be easy as long as we don’t stray from the menus
  • Photograph each meal & snack at least 3-4 times a week. This is something I have been meaning to do, but remembering to do it it another story. Hope you don’t mind some iPhone and Instagram pics. haha
  • Participate in at least two What I Ate Wednesday parties hosted by the amazing Jenn of Peas and Crayons
  • Complete a plank and bridge each day
Those are my July goals. What are yours? Are they fitness related, personal, anything? I’d love to know what you hope to accomplish.
C25K, life, running, Savannah

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?


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!
life, Savannah

Date Night

It’s Friday! WOO HOO! I am so ready for the weekend. I’ve got C25K plans, a bridesmaid dress fitting (fingers crossed I’ve dropped a size since I tried it when it was picked out 2 months ago), and cleaning plans (as if cleaning plans were a surprise to you).

And it’s the start of a new month with dinners planned ahead of time, which means healthier dinners in the Jackson house! I am so excited to try some of the new recipes I have found (and pinned). I’ll do my best to share them with you and let you know how they turn out.
To end May (and TJ’s first full year at SCAD), we were able to have a date night thanks to our amazing friend, Beth. Thanks Beth for watching the kiddos. I know they had a blast and love you! Last night SCAD had their 2012 Animation Graduation Show. It’s a collection of 33 short films made and submitted by seniors. Originally TJ thought the project he had worked on for a student would be entered but when we got there we realized, it hadn’t. No biggie, we had a fabulous time anyways and these students are so talented and amazing. I enjoyed almost all of them and I wish I had a few links to some of the films to show you. If I find any, I’ll be sure to share them later.
Once the show was over it was a quick stop to the grocery store for some almond milk and fruit and home. It was short but fabulous date night!

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.



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!
events, Savannah, weightloss progress

Busy Week

The last two weeks have flown by and this weekend is just as packed. Well tomorrow at least.

A quick update on my weight loss progress. I have been working out at least 3 days a week and eating a lot better, So far, I have lost 9 pounds! 36 more to go! I am no down to 141. I weigh in again on Sunday, so I’ll let you know how it goes. I don’t expect it to move much though. Curiosity got the better of me mid-week, so I stepped on the scale at the gym, so that loss is already included in the 9 pounds.

*For those you unaware, I know that 141 isn’t terribly high but I stand tall at measly 4’10” so thats WAY too high for a person of that size. I am working hard to attain the proper weight for my height.

Tommorow, TJ is participating in SCAD’s Sidewalk Arts Festival. With 852 squares of chalk art, it’s quite fascinating to see. The participants make up current students, alumni, and prospective students. You walk the sidewalks of the park and on either side of you there are fantastic drawings on the ground all done with chalk. The participants have a chance to win a number of prizes with the top prize being a $1,000. It’s an all day free event with tons of stuff to do for the kids. Check out some of the artwork last year!

I just thought this one was funny!
Gross? Yes! Funny? Yes! Fantastic artwork that doesn’t even look like chalk? DEFINITELY!

Part of a group team!

 Just cute!

Love this!
So girly and cute
I know, that’s a ton of pictures, but there are so many great ones, I had a hard time narrowing it to just a few. Beware for the next post about how tomorrow goes. Since TJ is participating there will be even more pictures showing off how proud I am. LOL!
We also have family coming in to town to support TJ. He’s pretty humble about it all and is trying to act like it’s no big deal but I know he’s excited. Bring on the family, sun, chalk and fun!