It Doesn’t Matter How Fast You Run

6.2 Miles - Just Keep Going. Eventually you'll get there.

I know, I haven’t even done my “Weekly Weigh In” post from last Wednesday. And I’m trying to be better about it, but I’m sure I’ll re-cap it in my next update. I just feel that the number on my scale pales in compared to what happened today.

I have my first 8K race this coming Saturday. My training plan, as usual, got derailed. During what I thought would be an 8-week trek to maybe increasing my pace and getting to 5 miles again, in usual high-expectation-fashion, left me scared.

I got strep throat and a sinus infection for a large part of this plan. And when I don’t run every day, I get scared. Scared that I can’t live up to what I was before. I start hating running. It’s so weird.

But today, I faced that fear. I told myself that “I can do it.” That it doesn’t matter how fast I go. I believed. I was brave. Not the sun, the heat, the hills, my pace, my size, my sweat, or my pain was going to stop me today. Not even as every other runner passed me.

As the birds, butterflies, and squirrels crossed my path, I imagined that they were cheering me on. I ran at a comfortable pace, and for the first time, the first two miles were not horrible, but enjoyable. But the hills and the heat did provide moments I would have most likely given up.

But I didn’t. These mantras are always going on in my head:

Just keep going. Eventually you’ll get there.”
“If you need to slow down, it’s ok, just keep going.”
“No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone else on the couch.”

I haven’t run in 2 weeks. I’ve barely completed a few 5K races in the last 6 months without hating it. I’m slower than I was two years ago. My training plan was not even a plan. But I made myself go out there. And although there was some pain, and some moments I wanted to give up, I just kept going.

It may have been the article I read from Competitor Magazine: If You Run Slow, Who Cares? It may have been that I wanted to contribute to the #118forBoston project on RunKeeper supporting the upcoming Boston Marathon and those that suffered last year. It may have been my new Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Bravelet bracelet that told me to “Be Brave” that I kept looking at. It may have been my draw to Meg and Cameron‘s running inspiration… both stories from Virginia, the state that formed the later part of my childhood and where I call home.

Most of all, it was just an abandonment of what I “should” be… at a certain pace or a certain size… and just enjoy the ride and the achievement without comparing myself to anyone else. I quit “shoulding” on myself, and I did it.

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Awesome Deals on Healthy Lifestyle Stuff!

You guys, you guys!!! I just got overly excited about some deals I found just like a little kid! Well, really, I think the sale excitement is the woman in me! And I’m home sick so far this weekend, so of course I’m all over online shopping! So, I found some cool health related things at pretty decent prices that I just had to share!

So first, have you seen Groupon Goods? You can buy all kinds of things at what looks like pretty low prices. If you purchase more than $19.99 worth of goods, shipping is free, and you get free returns in the US.

Here’s where it gets better! If you become a member of Ebates.com, you’ll get 4.6% cash back on all Groupon purchases. And TODAY ONLY (sorry,  I didn’t see this sooner!) it’s 8% cash back! So go sign up for Ebates first, then look up Groupon and head on over!

Now I, of course, compared them to prices I found on Amazon. And I’ll be honest, most of these items are on the Marketplace (both new and used) for much cheaper, but you take your changes with those independent sellers and you usually pay shipping. But if you have an Amazon Prime membership and the item qualifies, you’ll get your goods in 2 days! Shipping on Groupon Goods appears to take longer.

Speaking of Amazon Prime, it’s pretty cool. So many things are Prime eligible giving you 2-day shipping for no extra cost, and you get free streaming video. And if you don’t have a smart TV, all you need is Google Chrome to play it on your TV! PS You can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime!

Jillian Michaels DVDs

So first, there are Jillian Michaels DVD’s for $5.99 on Groupon Goods! No, sorry, not all of them! 30 Day Shred is already sold out. :( You can still get 6 Week Six-Pack ($8.86 on Amazon, $6.49-$6.97 on the Marketplace), Shred-It with Weights ($7.75 on Amazon, $5.00-$6.16 on the Marketplace), No More Trouble Zones ($8.64 on Amazon, $1.77-$4.45 on the Marketplace), and Yoga Meltdown ($8.93 on Amazon, $4.62-$8.43 on the Marketplace). And hey, if you have Amazon Prime, they are all free unlimited streaming right now, so you can get a preview! But if you want the actual DVD’s, you gotta hurry! This deal ends in 1 day!

Dance with Julianne DVDs

You know Julianne Hough from Dancing with the Stars? Dance with Julianne DVD’s are $5.99 on Groupon Goods! I love my dance classes, but sometimes I’ve gotta get in a workout at home! Get Cardio Ballroom ($6.49 on Amazon, $0.50-$3.01 on the Marketplace) or Just Dance! ($6.90 on Amazon, $1.26-$3.00 on the Marketplace), or get both for $9.99!

Fitness Magazine

And then, you can get a 2 year subscription to Fitness magazine for $7 on Groupon Goods! This is an even better deal than $10 on Amazon and $11.98 on the Fitness mag website! But hurry, the Groupon deal ends in 5 days!

Hip Hop Abs and Rockin' Body DVDs

And then I saw some commercials on TV (because you know I’m watching some TV while I’m sick too!) that the Hip Hop Abs (usually $79.85) and Rockin’ Body (usually $59.85) DVD systems are only $19.95 (+$7.99 s&h) each, while supplies last! These look like fun dance workouts brought to you by the creator of Insanity, Shaun T! And by the way, you get 4% cash back through Ebates!

Happy Healthy Shopping! :)

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Weekly Weigh In: Aiming For A No Gain April!

Alexis {Diva on a Diet}'s Offical Weight Watchers Weigh In April 2, 2014I’m taking a cue from my friend Kelley’s instagram post (who, by the way, I also did a Fit Friends Friday feature on!). I’m gonna try to make this a No Gain April! Off to a good start with 1.1 more pounds gone this week!

I was just reviewing my progress reports in the Weight Watchers tracker for the last two weeks. My APs were 35 last week and 30 this week, so not too far off. But I find it interesting that I lost more weight last week, and I used up all my weeklies and APs except one. This week, I only ended up using 3 APs and lost less. You just never know, do ya? It’s not an exact science, but it work! That’s why you just gotta stay the course!

Ok, so I didn’t exactly do that the last 6 or so months. And, ok, so those months were pretty rough. But man, ya’ll, I really feel like I am getting back into my old habits again, and it feels great!

I’m still not entirely perfect, but I just make better choices, and I’m tracking everything, and I know I will feel better when I work out, so I do it! I even end up surprising myself by pushing myself when I just don’t think I have it in me! It’s super-fab!

So this past week, I’ve sort of been cleaning my freezer out of the more processed foods I had in there. Yes, by eating them! I’m fairly certain my sodium intake was pretty high! (Hmmm, maybe why I had a little bit less of a loss this week?) But starting this week, I’m trying to focus on eating less processed foods and making sure I get enough protein.

Nope, I am not going to be one of those people who never has processed foods again… I’m still not perfect! But it has come to my attention that I’m relying on prepared foods way too much lately, and we all know that eating natural, unprocessed foods is better for you, not to mention, I don’t need all that sodium!

So yesterday, I checked the grocery store weekly ads flyer and stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, center cut pork chops, chicken cutlets, and lean ground beef… almost all on sale! Now to find recipes to make something out of all of this. Good thing I’m a recipe hoarder! It is hard when it’s only one person, with most meat in packages over a pound and recipes with 4 or more servings. But I’m going to try to half the recipes (especially useful if they end up sucky!), and I can always freeze the rest of the meat and use it later.

And because I’m not perfect, I chose a few “lesser” processed prepared items, like Chobani Simply 100 Greek Yogurt, Valley Fresh 100% Natural Chicken Breast (canned), Amy’s Organic Low Fat Cream of Tomato Soup (it’s high in sodium, but will do in a pinch), Lean Cuisine Honestly Good 100% All Natural Pomegranate Chicken (haven’t tried this one yet), and Amy’s Pesto Tortellini Bowl (haven’t tried this yet either, and it’s a little high in fat and saturated fat, but a fast Meatless Monday meal!).

So oh yeah, as you can see, there’s some yogurt, cream in the soup, and cheese in the tortellini in that list. Well, I have definitely cut back on dairy like I said I would last week. I so did not meet the Healthy Guideline checks for that. I’ve upped my calcium supplement to make up for it and figure I must be getting some from the veggies I eat. I mean, I know people who don’t eat dairy who are perfectly healthy, and the advice to cut it out came from my doctor, so I don’t think it will kill me! But as much as I was advised to try to avoid it entirely, I still just can’t entirely cut it all out! Has just cutting back helped? No clue! Especially since…

Guess what?… I think I may have a sinus infection! Well maybe. I have something! I have been partially under the weather for 10 days now, and it’s starting to get worse… To the point where I just can’t drag my butt out to work out anymore. My body is screaming at me… REST!!! So off to the doctor I go today. So much for my 8K training once again. It never fails! So, I’m bummed. and I don’t feel good, but I’m determined to make the most of this week!

So do you plan on having a “No Gain April?” Anyone have any experience with cutting back on or eliminating dairy? Anyone try any of the foods I got on my shopping trip?

~Weigh In Status: 27.6 lbs up from goal (you can see my entire weight loss log here.)~

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