Motivational Tuesday

Motivational Tuesday……it’s a real thing, trust me.  It’s a real thing if your me and you struggle to get anything other than work done on Monday! So here we are, Tuesday. Let just say this……..

You are what you do one small though one pound at a time

 

Yes I realize some people are doing Transformation Tuesdays and all that great jazz but I’m just over doing my thing……….

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Here is what I’ve failed to catch you up on lately….

*Tuesday I did speed work with the local group (I did it, I lived and that’s all you need to know right now)

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*Saturday I logged in 8 miles. It was slow (as always) but I did it. I feel like my level of fitness can be summed up with these words “If I was any more out of shape, I would be sitting on the couch.”

*Sunday was SUPPOSED to be an 8 mile group run. Somehow I ended up with a 10 year old child who’s parents failed to see the importance of sending adult supervision out with him and was left to keep up with adults who really didn’t know where they were going either! I’m sure his parents had fabulous intentions and I appreciate their “free range” parenting skills but I’ve seen chickens cross the road with more knowledge than this poor kid had. So my 8 turned into a grueling 6 (the real workout was holding my tongue).

And here we are, back to Tuesday. I guess it’s a rinse and repeat type thing (less the 10 year old)

Meanwhile Buzzfeed has a great list of 25 Things Non-Runners Don’t Understand

I can relate to  #14, #16, #19, sometimes it just is what it is.

I hope your week is off to a good start and hopefully we’ll all have a super productive, enjoyable week. Tonight is another attempt at  speed work.  Wish me luck!!

Cheers!

 

Just Keep Going

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I’ve been running since 1999. The day I started running I also ran my first 5k.  My first thought was “Sure” and then “What’s a 5k?” I did it and here we are 15 years later. There was a time I could squeak out a 8  minute mile but I’ve let my times creep up to slower paces. Why?

I let my head get in the way. I started thinking and becoming concerned about what everyone else was doing or thinking. I started coming up with  A LOT of excuses as to why I couldn’t and why I shouldn’t. All I can think is…………………

Who is this mental headcase runner I’ve become?

It was all put to the test this last weekend. I ran 10 miles Saturday……on the treadmill. Why? It was a gorgeous day outside, a little chilly but I was having a serious headcase day. I didn’t want to run on the beaten path. I didn’t want to be seen hobbling along while my peers were zipping by. My pride was hollering and throwing the worst temper tantrum but here’s the deal, if I didn’t run that 10 miles, there was no marathon in January. I had to treat myself like a 8 year old who insisted on having it they’re way while the adult in me knew what needed to be done. Saturday was rough.

If I didn’t run the 10 miles there was no marathon. It was a make it or break it workout for me.
I love running. I really do. I just am my own worse critic. I did the 10 long miles on a treadmill. I don’t know what it was that got me through but I know this, that day and that space was my comfort zone and it got me through it. I did it.
Sunday I did a 3 mile recovery run. Recovery runs are great because typically if your really stiff after a long run, it helps lessen the stiffness. There’s lots of other scientific mubo jumbo that it’s good for but that’s the jest of it. The first mile hurts and is uninspiring but close to the end of mile 2 and into mile 3 it’s like your new again. Typically.
Monday I rested. My hips were tired, fatigued and on the verge of being useless other than holding me up, even that was debatable.
Today, Tuesday, I did a Fartlek workout. It ended up being close to 5 miles. And again, my head was hollering NO but the runner in me knew this was an important workout. Not just physically but mentally. It was another workout to tell myself, “You’ve been running for 15 years you can do this. Stop saying you can’t because you can.” I wanted to stop a thousand times. I wanted to say ” No I’m on the verge of having stomach issues” (that part was true) but if I stopped and continued on with my day, I can’t go back and say I finished. It’s done. I would have known that I LET myself short change my workout. What’s the point?
I am a runner. I may not be fast (although that is a relative term but compared to most of my local peers, I’m not fast) but I can persevere.  I’m like the energizer bunny, I can keep going and going.  I love all things running but I’ve got to leave the headcase runner at home. I’m better than that. Most people to look at me would not know that I have more than my fair share of 5k, 10ks and half marathon under my belt. I lost track of triathlons. And a 7x marathon finisher. That’s me. That’s who I am. So no more headcase running Brandy. I’m better than that.
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Be proud.  Be confident. Be strong. Be a runner.
Till next time……….
Cheers!

Are You Encouraging or Being Encouraged

Encourage: a : to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope : heartenb : to attempt to persuade : urge (source: Meriam-Webster)

Where are you in life? Is your glass half full or half empty? What about your nearest and dearest friend? Is her glass half full or half empty?  Maybe your without a job, divorced, overweight, credit cards are maxed out or maybe your none of these things. Maybe you know someone who is going through all or some of these things. Either way, I bet you know someone who needs encouraging or maybe you do!

So many times we go through things (hard things) and it becomes difficult to see the other side of things. We lose our focus, we eat to find comfort, drink to find comfort or shop to find comfort. We forget to leave bed because the day is just too hard or take a shower. We lose our encouragement. Sometimes we pull away from people because seeing people in this discouraged state is too hard and it’s hard to see people in this state.

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This is when we need encouragement. I’m no expert by any means but I feel like I’ve had my fair share of experience. I’m not going to rehash it because those times need to be in the past. Reliving it won’t do any good but I can say I’ve come out on the other side for better. Thankfully along the way I had friends and family that pushed me to look at the better side of things. That helped me and encouraged me as I went along.  If any of you are reading this, there are not enough thank you’s to express my gratitude. That’s why from time to time you’ll see pictures with words of encouragement because I believe that you never know when the right picture, words, friends, or whatever will show up. I don’t know if something I post will ever lift anyone up but I’ll keep posting them just to give myself peace of mind. I also believe that encouraging others I’m also reaping the rewards of it myself.  It’s a two for one deal!!

Life is hard. There is no manual on how to get through it and sometimes the forest is not as thick as it seems. We just get bogged down in the smallest details and it turns in the ant hill into the mountain. We do this dieting. We get so bogged down in eating the right foods we forget that just eating less or adding a veggie or two to our day makes a world of difference. Swapping an apple for a candy bar is a big thing some days. Don’t diminish that. Celebrate it!  We all need to find little things in our day to celebrate to encourage ourselves. If exercising is not your thing and then you go for a walk, celebrate it!  Something is better than nothing.

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We get so caught up in what we don’t have, what we don’t do, what we can’t do that we miss all the beautiful things in our lives. Maybe you do have less money than last year, but there’s got to be a sliver of silver lining in there. Maybe you’re getting more time with your children or you’re seeing your spouse more often.  There’s more to life than money. Yes, it does make life easier but sometimes it comes with a price and your willing to pay that price?

So I hope you have a great day and I hope that you enjoy your day.  Be sure to encourage someone so that you can get some of that encouragement as well.

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Ramblin Friday

I love my Ramblin Fridays. It’s my day to purge my thoughts. I’m not as consistent with them as I should be BUT ……………….well I don’t have a but. I’m just not as consistent as I should be. Moving on!


So I’ve really wanted to grow my Blog (I prefer website, I hate the word blog) but a few things have held me back.
1. I hated the weight I gained. I realize I didn’t gain it till last year but my problems began right after my 1 year blogiversary. So any momentum I had going up until that day I lost. How could I preach the good word of diet and exercise when I ate my way through 2012. I felt like a hypocrite so I held back. I didn’t just hold back, I tried to hide it. Like crazy Stepford Wife hide it. You know, “Oh gosh all is great” as internally I was breaking down slowly . Not good.
When I started the “blog” (gawh, what an awful word) I wanted to use it to motivate and inspire you guys. I knew I needed to lose some pounds back then but since then I’ve gain even more weight. So how can I do what I set out to do if I’m backsliding? I can’t. So for once I appreciate where I’ve been but this sister ain’t going back there!!  I’ve learned my lesson. Now it’s time to get down to business and do what I really set out to do.
2. After I got myself out of the funk hole I was in I decided my reward for losing the weight would be to do what I’ve been wanting to do. But I couldn’t move forward till May 11th.

Now let me take a moment to clarify something, my weight does not define me. At my heaviest I was unhappy, tired, irritable, lazy, unmotivated and lifeless. As the pounds have fell off I feel so much better. I have more energy, I feel better, I’m in a better mood. So no, my weight does not define me but I know I am better version of myself at a lighter weight. I know the scale doesn’t tell the whole story but let’s be realistic the scale has to go down some to reflect the fat that I’ve lost. Yes muscle weigh more than fat but trust me I’m not going to put on 70 pounds of muscle. Heck 131 pounds of me is muscle already and I’m 5’9.  So let’s all be realistic and realize I need to lose some weight and the scale at some point has to reflect those changes. Now, let’s move on………………

What can you expect after May 11th?
*I vow to be more personable with you. I’ve held back. Yes some aspects will remain where they are but my struggles and achievements and dull boring days will be documented more.
* I want to Vlog more. I want to do more video post. I feel like you guys will see more of ME (not physically although you will, but more of who I am.). I love, love the written word. I love to write but I feel like sometimes that holds me back. I can edit and edit till it’s more formal writing with my style but less of me.
*I’ll be posting more  recipes and nutrition.
*I’ll be posting more workouts

My goal for 2013 is to make Pounds To Miles more personal. I want to show you that you don’t have break the bank to get in shape. Yes I love to run but I want to show you that you don’t have to enter a gazillion races to be a runner. I love all aspects of fitness. I have had a passion for it for most of my life. I want to show you that but it’s going to have to wait just a bit longer. I feel like after May 11th you’ll like some of the changes coming your way. I hope you’ll stick around and bring a few friends to see what I have in store.

(P.S. BAM! It’s out there, no take backs. Now I’ve really got to do it or there will be some serious egg on my face!)

Random Rambling Friday!

I haven’t done these in a long LONG time.  So whats there to ramble on about?  Well……let’s see……
This weekend I’ll be running 8 miles. Very excited about this.  Did I mention I have a half-marathon in January?  In Auburn, Alabama. Thanks to my wonderful friend, Pam, the dietitian and well just great friend after she found out about my weight gain (yeah I was hiding it as much as I could) she called me up and told me to sign up for a half marathon and not just any half marathon the one in Auburn(P.S. she’s training for Boston, SO PROUD OF HER!!) She knows me well enough to know I have to have something train for. So the Auburn Classic Half Marathon here I come!! 
One of my favorite little towns.  Years ago in college, two of my dear friends got married and I helped move them over there.  While I was there I got to ride my bike around town and fell in love with the town.  Of course it’s grown since way back then and since then Pam and her hubby have moved there. So gives me even more incentive to get my rear in gear.  
Speaking of rears, I worked mine this week. So much so, that last night (Thursday) I was in bed and passed out by 8:30 p.m.  I mean lights out, not knowing I was even part of this world!  To top it off I slept hard till 7 A.M. this morning.  And of course, today is weigh in day! 
Yeah, there’s no super celebrations today. Thanksgiving celebrations got the best of me.  I GAINED………GAINED two pounds. 

It could have been worse I guess.  Oh well, those peppermint smores were phenomenal so I can’t complain!!  
As of right now I have 161 days to get this weight off.  I’ve given myself a deadline. I’ll be happy with 20 pounds of fat gone.  I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I know it’s going to be frustrating and hard work but I’d rather be thinner and frustrated than fatter and frustrated.  
Just this week I got tired and frustrated because I wanted the weight off. I just wanted it gone.  I wanted to blink my eyes and it be gone.  That’s okay though, I overcame it and lived.  Just 161 more days.  
That is all for today. Just another mindless rambling clearing my head for the weekend. Till next time, Cheers! 

Points To Ponder

This is what I learned last week…….

  • When a person is not connected to others, they become idle and unaccountable.
  • We become weak and weary leading to  making bad decisions
  • You never know who is weak and weary, so be patient.  It could be you one day who is weak and weary, and needing someone to be patient  with you.

Oh and NEVER and I do mean NEVER ask a woman how far along she is in her pregnancy……she might not be preggers!!

That is all!

I’m Beautiful!!

So my hubby and Trinity from HipFitFAm says I am!! That’s all that matters. The end!

The point of the award is unfortunately not to tell me that I’m super hot but to recognize some of the bloggers that we choose to read on a regular basis and give them some props.  But there are a few rules:

1.  Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
2.  Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
3.  Tell readers 7 things about yourself that they probably don’t already know.
4.  Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

So…………….

  1. I’m a fan of perezhilton.com and tmz.com.  I have to have my fix of useless celebrity gossip.
  2. On the flip side of it I hate, no……make that loath reality tv.  I miss comedy, slap stick television. I miss MoonLighting, Friends, Frasier. I’m such a rerun junkie.
  3. I love to laugh!  That’s one of the many reasons I love my husband is that he takes very little serious and he makes me laugh.
  4. The other day I heard someone ask, “If you had no clue how old you were, how old would you be?” Right now, I feel 25ish. Old enough to know better but still to young to care. Most days I feel 40ish (I stress out too much) but on a real good day I feel 19.
  5. I’m not a very good group exerciser. I never feel very comfortable running or biking in a large group. If you do see me with a group you’ll probably see me more towards the back. I’m not sure why it’s something I’ve always done. And as far as taking classes I have no attention span. 15 minutes into class I’m wondering how much longer. Such an oxy moron for someone who loves to teach classes!
  6. I really want a tattoo but I have serious commitment issues.
  7. I have the worst time with patience and patient. I constantly have to Google this!

And my 7 Beautiful Bloggers………..

Slow Is The Fast

The Fittest Fat Girl

Miss Molly

i Run 4 Him

Sweat Junkie

Knickers In A Twist

Tee 2 Run

 

Ramblin Runner

That’s me, a ramblin runner. Lately I feel like I’ve been all over the place with what I’m trying to do and how I get there.

So I guess I should point out what I want (in no particular order)

  • weight loss
  • running consistent miles with no walk breaks
  • running faster
  • bike more
  • get in more workouts that are more high-intensity interval bodyweight workouts
  • “dress for the job” in other, look like what I want to promote.

So what’s the problem? Everything is going accordingly BUT I love love love (did you get that, love) high-intensity workouts that require throwing some body weight around or even some heavy weight. My problem how do I fit i all in and not harm myself like I did two years ago.

Two years ago I was rockin it!  The last time I felt like I was where I wanted to be I was not only doing the WOD (workout of the day) I was heavy lifting,  training for a marathon and teaching a couple of classes at my gym as well. It was the first time in years I felt on fire.  I love exerting myself and feeling strong. It brings me alive.  It sounds dramatic I know but I would be downplaying it if I wasn’t totally honest. So my body said enough is enough and one day I know exactly when I did it, I deadlifted THE most weight I had ever lifted (220 I think) and then I turned around and did the WOD and ran 6 miles. Dumb Dumb Dumb. I know. Shortly thereafter I slowly started falling apart. I didn’t run for almost 6 months.

Running is most important. All the rest falls in line behind it. I guess I’m deathly afraid of overdoing it again. I’ve been doing a little bit of all of it but trying to delicately balance it. If I feel tired and worn out I listen to myself and lay off the heavy lifting. Before I refused to listen to myself If I felt tired and drained. I wrote it off to being just lazy if I felt exhausted. I know now  my body was screaming for some relief.  As I was saying, I’m trying and experimenting with scheduling but  I find that the best thing is reps. When It comes to the bodyweight/weighted workouts it’s in the reps for me. I say that because everyone is different and it may not be the case for someone else. Instead of worrying with getting in a set number of reps I’m just getting in the workout with a set time. When the timer goes off that’s it.  I don’t even write down my reps.

Until my base is stronger I’m just going to have to take this route.  Baby steps right?

Meanwhile this is where my motivation is coming from……………

BodyRock.TV (fabulous workouts, love their energy! )

Fierce Forward ( I just love her personality. Seems like such a sweet person. Blog is here also)

JNL (she’s just hot, enough said!)

Kelly Olexa (she vlogs mostly.  I love her passion for what she does.)

All these ladies (and some gents) love what they do and they portray that and for me, that’s what I need.  I know it’s going to take time but I’ve proven to myself time and time again a little patience and perseverance will get me a long ways.

Post Philadelphia Marathon

 

Lessons Learned

So today brought this new blogger some new lessons.

1. Thinking REALLY hard about doing something is not the same doing it.

2. If I’m going to be a healthier version of myself I absolutely must get up in the mornings and get it done.  I realized today  no matter how much i want to sleep in and no matter how much I want to workout after work, it’s not realistic  for me.  If I’ve had a rough day work then all I want to do is go home, put on my comfy clothes and snuggle up on the couch.  This habit is what got me to where I am.

3. If I’m going to blog as much as I would like to then I need to start scheduling my time a little better. Time is not my friend.  Nobody’s fault except for mine.  Nobody makes me stay in bed till 6:30 a.m.  Nobody makes me come straight home after work and do nothing.  I really have no right to get antsy at 8:00 pm. when I realize that I’ve just spent the last couple of hours doing nothing.

All I can say is, tomorrow is a new day.