Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Fourth of July

I ran my first 10k race early in the morning on the 4th.  I had such a great time.  I didn't get to train as hard as I would have like to for the race, due to school, but considering that, I did pretty well.  I am not a fast runner.  I am short among other deficits.  I usually run about a 10:15 min/mile, but during this race, I ran 3 miles under 10 minutes.  One clocked in at 9:13.  I was pretty proud of myself. On the normal, it takes me about 1 hour and 5-7 minutes to run 6 miles.  I ran this 10k (6.2+ miles) in 1 hour and 3 minutes.  I didn't place very high... but I wasn't last, and that is all that matters to me.  I didn't stop to walk at all.  I kept running the whole time.  The slowest mile I had was 10:54, and that was mile 5, when I usually hit "the wall." 

I plan on running a couple more organized running events before the year is up.  I think I will work on training myself harder to be faster. 

Later in the day we went to "Freedom Fest" which was being hosted by a few area organizations.  We got to spend some time with our church friends and relax watching a pretty decent firework show.  Besides the traffic getting out, it was a wonderful Fourth.

This picture was taken by my friend's husband. Not perfect, but glad to have it. I am barely in  the pictures.
 This is as good as dark firework pictures get with an iPhone.

 As blurry as this one is, it's one of my favorites. :)  Brendan was having an awesome time.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Classes Start Today

Shortly after I post this, I am going to be immersing myself in Statistics and Introduction to Professional Nursing.  I am so nervous about this summer semester.  I have a feeling I am going to be dreaming statistics. This has proven to be the most difficult math class for me so far.

This past weekend was a wonderful way to end my summer freedom, though.  I spent some time with my parents.  My daddy and I had another one of our meaningful chats.  I love talking with him.  We did family day with Dave's Army Reserve Unit, which is always an awkward day for me since I don't know anyone very well.  Then Dave, the kids, and I played cards... so much fun.  Last, I got to see my sister who I haven't seen in a while.  She has lived in Florida for the past 2 years and magically was able to move back in this area, so I hope I get to spend more time with her.  Our youngest daughters are only 1 week apart in age and so far, they like each other.  YAY!

I took a 4 mile run on the roads by my mom and dad's house... what a brutal run it was.  187 ft. gain.  This is a lot for someone who is just used to running primarily flat trails.  I won't lie, I probably only ran for 3 1/2 of the 4 miles.  I did get some pretty pictures from it though... Say what you will about it, Arkansas is really beautiful.

These are my running shoes that I got not long ago.  My hips would be in a tremendous amount of pain after a run, as well as my ankles.  These shoes have been very nice.  I don't know all the technical words runners use to describe what their shoes have, but they have a 0, 4, 8, and 12 mm offset heal to toe.  I tend to hit on the outside of my foot first, when I run, so these shoes are built to where they help offset that taking a lot of impact pressure off of my hips.  They really have been great.

Anyway.  Next weekend is another busy one.  We will be in Arkansas yet again, spending time with the family.  Then hopefully, my summer will get back to more of a routine rather than being so sporadic.

That's about all the dull boringness I can conjure up for this blog today.  Off I go to start torturing myself for the next 8 weeks.  Here's to an amazingly fantastic and successful go at Statistics.  Bring it.

Have a happy week you all.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer School

It seems that a month has came and went since my last post, and I didn't even notice it at all.  I have these spurts where I have absolutely nothing interesting to blog about.  I know how blog readers prefer pictures to be the dominant feature in a blog post, and I, quite simply, have not had anything hugely interesting to take pictures of... but here is one of my daughter Avery... who is silly 99% of the time.

I have one more week of freedom before I have to hit the books for the summer.  Can I be honest and just tell you that I am not looking forward to taking classes during the summer?  I'm not.  I have to take my Introduction to Professional Nursing course and I have to give Statistics another go.  Both are online, and I hate online courses.  However, I am going to stop my negativity there.  With all of that said, I will do an about face and change my tune to excitement as I am half way to my degree.  Pretty cool.

What is on the horizon for me during the summer?  Well, first, this weekend I am getting some away time with the hubs.  Pretty excited to spend some time with him without kids and in another city. Next, my brother and his wife Liz are coming to visit for a bit, and I am getting a little giddy.  During that time, my birthday happens.  I turn into an even older fart.  35 on June 15.  Like sands through an hourglass.  On July 4th I am going to run my first actual 10k.  Then, I have my Basic Life Support Class.  Lastly, sometime between now and August I have to get vaccinated for school and figure out child care for my daughter Avery.  Okay, the further I got into that list, the more stressed and freaked out I became, soooooooo... back it up.

Long story short, I have a busy summer ahead of me, and much of it will not be exactly fun... but it will be productive and quite possibly result in some form of awesomeness.  Hopefully I am able to photo document some of it and slap it up here in blog form.

Happy Weekend and Happy "SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER" to you all.

Monday, April 28, 2014

My First 5k

One of my New Years Resolutions was to run some 5k's and 10k's this year.  I never would have ever thought that running would be something on my resolutions list.  I used to be the person who said, if you saw me running, you better run too, because something bad is happening to make me run. Ha.  I have since changed my mind.  I ran my first long distance in October of last year in the throws of my weight loss journey.  I had no idea how fit I was getting cardiovascular wise, but 1 hour a day on an elliptical for a month had really done wonders.  I was able to run 4 miles, only taking a couple of walking breaks.  The next time I ran  I didn't walk at all.  I have ran 6 mile runs without walking.  It became a time for me, where I was just concentrating on the music in my ears and releasing stress.

I decided my first 5k experience should be fun and not a serious race.  I signed up for the Color Me Rad 5k.  I was supposed to run it with my husband, but he had to go away for training that weekend, so I gave his spot to a friend of mine from church named Melissa.  We were perfect running partners because she is short like me.  Our strides matched and we pretty much kept the same pace.  I was so glad that she came out to run with me.  My friend Danielle ran it with her husband... she is a good 5 inches taller than me so she was KILLING it.  She ran the 5k about 2 minutes faster than Melissa and I did.

All in all, it was fun.  I want to do some more fun races, but my next run is a 10k on the morning of the 4th of July.  I have never run 6.2 miles so I am hoping that I can conquer it.  Usually by the end of my 6 mile runs I am ready to stop running, so adding 2 tenths of a mile onto that run seems so daunting, but I know I can do it.

One thing I made sure to go out and purchase after this run was some running tights.  My loose fitting pants are annoying to run in... so I will be good to go for the 10k.

What are you doing to stay fit and have fun?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Catching Up

I go back and forth on whether or not I want to blog anymore or not.  I can say with certainty that blogging is not on my top list of priorities right now.  I am BUSY... but, I just can't seem to abandon this place completely.  I actually deleted this blog... and undeleted it.  I realize that this is an outlet for me and I need to take advantage of that, even if the only person reading it is me.

First off, I want to state on my blog that after 2 years of school at OTC slowly chipping away at prerequisite courses, I have gotten accepted to a BSN program at Cox College here in Springfield.  I begin in the fall, and I am so super excited.  When I first decided I wanted to be a nurse, I really didn't have a specific plan in place, I just kinda went for it.  I knew I wanted to go through Cox College though, so I specifically worked toward their list of classes to take.  I quickly realized that I was one of a very few that didn't get an LPN first then go for my ASN or BSN.  Most everyone in my classes already have their LPN and are entering into RN bridge programs.  I never even entertained going the LPN route, because I saw it as a stop in the road. I just wanted to go straight for the goal. 

I have three more prerequisite courses that I am currently taking: Microbiology, Lifespan Psychology, and Humanities.  I am enjoying the classes and Microbiology is like my most favorite class ever.  

Back to my blog.  I have decided that I am going to use my blog as an outlet for my journey through nursing school.  I have heard that it will be the toughest 2 years of my life, and I am hoping to give a play by play and use my blog as a dumping place for all of my school successes and frustrations (all within HIPPA guidelines, of course).  I'm hoping that it will serve as an example of what going through a BSN program is like.  We will see if I follow through.  I get these grand ideas, and then I get so dang busy I just don't have the time.

This summer will be the first summer, since starting college again, that I will be taking classes.  I will be taking Statistics (which I attempted this semester, but dropped it... it's that difficult) and Intro to Nursing.  This summer will be rough, and then I jump right into nursing school in the fall.  When I look at all that I have coming my way, I tend to get overwhelmed, but my mother in law gave me great advice to focus on what comes first, first, then I can focus on what's next.  One step at a time, one course at a time, one day at a time... don't get overwhelmed, basically.  It has been the one cliche piece of advice that I always repeat to myself when I start to worry and get upset about all that I have yet to do.

I am nervous, I am scared, but more than that, I am optimistic.  I am so excited about the future.

Class of 2016! eeeep!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Visualize... My Weightloss Progress

It has been a long journey, which REALLY slowed down during the holidays.  I came from 152 lbs all the way down to 125.2 lbs.  I still have 3 lbs until I have reached my main weight goal, but since I am not budging much lately, I decided to go ahead and do a picture post of how far I have come.

Like I said, I was 152 lbs when this whole thing started, which looked a lot like this...  The below picture was taken in April of 2013, several months before I REALLY started to lose weight, but I was around 152 here.
(excuse my dirty mirror. ha.  It was really embarrassing for me to take this.  Mainly because I do not wear form fitting clothes even when I am not chubby.)

Moving along.  So this is what I look like currently... and hopefully you can see the 27.6 lb difference between the first photo. :)  I am currently 125.2 lbs in this picture.

I am still on the journey.  Still working out and still managing my calorie intake.  Those jeans are the size jeans I wore when I got pregnant with my first baby.  Size 5 juniors...

I still want to lose 10 lbs, but I am not stressing over it, and I am really just concentrating on remaining healthy and not gaining weight at this point.  I feel good and fairly confident with my current weight... although I know that I have it in me to lose more and 115 lbs is my ideal weight.

I hope that all of you have made New Years Resolutions to lose weight are doing good on your journey.  If you need encouragement, just get on instagram and look up weight loss tags.  There are so many inspirational weight loss stories on there.

Well, that's it.  I apologize for the poor quality of the photos.  They were taken with my phone in very poor lighting situations. Have a great week everyone!

Monday, December 30, 2013

2014 Resolutions

With the New Year quickly approaching, I decided to put together my list of resolutions, and while some people may scoff at resolution lists, I find that they bring purpose and they give a sense of direction for the year.  Resolutions help to keep me grounded, focused, determined... and when accomplished they bring such a sense of well-being and success.  I like to look back on a list and see if I did what I set out to do.

I didn't make a resolution list for 2013, but I did for 2012 so I will reference that for this time of looking back.  2013 was a year in which I saw a lot of strength in myself.  I continue to do well in school, I have only made one B in 4 semesters.  One thing that has plagued my resolution lists since 2008 has been finding a great church... we found a church where the entire family feels at home.  A HUGE accomplishment has been my fitness; in the last 4 months of 2013 I shed 27 lbs and reached the weight that I had set and failed to achieve for 2012. On a more superficial note, I am still keeping my hair longer than chin length (which is a big deal, I like to chop it boy short).  While there were a few things that I didn't accomplish, overall, I feel pretty good about 2013.

2014 has a lot in store for me and I need to accomplish a lot.  Here is my list:
1. Apply and get accepted to nursing school and do awesome!
2. I still have at least 10 lbs to lose.  By the end of 2014 I want to see the scale read 115 lbs.
3. I want to run some 5k's and 10k's.  I can already run 6 miles straight, so I want to keep myself fit and keep running.
4. Blog more, even if it is just for me.
5. Do more mommy-daughter stuff with Lindsey.
6. Do better at making sure that my husband knows that I love and respect him.
7. Keep "Taco Tuesday" as a tradition and stay-in date night with Davis. (Taco Tuesday is when Dave and I order take-out tacos and watch either Sons of Anarchy or some show on netflix with each other).
8. Make as much time for friends as I can with my busy school life.
9. Potty-train Avery.  I don't want her to turn 3 and still be in diapers.  That's just because I am sick of paying for diapers.
10. Get Silver Dollar City passes and spend some time with my mom during 2014.

... That's it.  Some goals are more frivolous than others.  I am excited for this year.  Before we know it, it will be Christmas time again, and I will be looking back at this list to see if I did what I set out to do.

An open letter to anyone with weight goals for 2014,

Good luck to all of you making resolutions.  I want to give encouragement and advice to anyone who is making weight goals.  Don't make it more complicated than it needs to be.  First of all, you have to comitt to the process of losing weight.  Unrealistic expectations of quick weight loss will surely thwart your efforts; be patient and 1 - 2 lbs a week is a healthy steady weight loss pace.  To start out, focus on calories in v. calories out.  You can use apps like My Fitness Pal to help you track how many calories you need to stick to to lose weight.  When you exercise you can eat some of those calories back, so think of exercise as earning your treats.  Don't make it about dietary restrictions as much as about calorie consumption.  Keep track of what you eat and your exercise.  Exercise an hour a day.  Start out easy and then gradually push yourself further.  Don't feel like you have to do things you don't like to do to work out.  Find what you like and do that.  I like to run and do the elliptical, so that's what I do.  Once you start shedding the pounds, THEN you can start worrying about the dietary restrictions, but when you tell yourself you can't eat ice cream or can't have a hamburger, you will get frustrated and give up.  WORK for that ice cream, WORK for that hamburger.  If you put too many restrictions on yourself you set yourself up for failure.  Just work out and watch how much you consume... then you can fine tune as you go along.  Some people might disagree with me, but this is what has worked for me.  Most importantly... YOU CAN DO IT!