Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blessings and Trials

BLESSING: It reached 60 degrees here in Illinois today... on January 31. This weather is freakin' unbelievable.  Who knew if I decorated my blog with seasonal snowflakes, it would be the mildest winter in history?!
TRIAL:  The wind just won't ease up.  I live near the airport, so we feel every ounce of the windy blasts as they pick up speed across the flat runways.  Our street is like a wind tunnel.

BLESSING: I ran today! 5.6 miles. I never ever take this for granted.
TRIAL:  Did I mention the wind?  Yeah, I can handle that.  But my hamstring muscles were still sore this morning. It took me 14 minutes to complete my first mile.  No joke.  Once I started running, I felt a popping sensation, particularly in my right hamstring.  So I stopped, stretched, and walked it out. I debated turning around... and then it gradually grew numb loosened up.  I iced the hammies as soon as I finished my run. It's feeling much better this afternoon, so maybe the run helped?

BLESSING:  I can feel the quickness of weight loss.  With 15 lbs off my frame since Jan. 9, I'm running at a quicker pace (without dying).  It feels good... and that makes my runs happy.
TRIAL:  I'm still fighting to eat the right foods.  It's a double edge sword: eating to fuel my workouts AND to lose weight.  You gotta know when to eat 'em (CARBS!) and know when to walk away...

BLESSING: I got mail!!  I arrived back from my run just in time to meet my UPS man.  He had a Saucony box for me.  I'm so nervous getting new shoes - especially when I switch brands.  I've run exclusively in Asics for over a year now - but these Saucony ProGrid 5's fit like a glove!  Review to come once I give them a test run...
TRIAL: Hmmm, how to explain to my husband that I NEEDED another pair of running shoes.

Little Girl and I went shopping today to get my -15 lb Reward... TaDa!
Guess what I'll be doing during Biggest Loser tonight?


  1. Congrats on the 15 lbs! It's been super windy here too and it's wicked annoying. Wind kinda makes EVERYTHING harder!

  2. Congrats on the 15 pound loss! Wind has been brutal here lately. Thankfully it doesn't look too bad tonight.

  3. Wow! 15 lbs off is amazing. You are definitely working hard, and it is paying off!

  4. You had an amazing January and I see February is going to be great for you! Your motivation is inspiring.

  5. Way to go on the 15 pounds!!! Love the new shoes! Erica

  6. Great job on losing 15 pounds since the 9th, that is super impressive!! I can't wait to hear how you like Bob's workout, those kettlebells are cool. Where did you get them? The new shoes are pretty! Enjoy!

  7. Our weather is crazy - I'll take it over shoveling any day:)

  8. congrats on 15! WOOHOO!!! BE PROUD :)

    Our weather is all over the place around here, but sorry about that wind...that's hard to push through! Hang in there!!

  9. I love kettlebells. I took a once a week class last fall with kettlebells. it was awesome. I was bummed it didn't fit into my new work schedule. Congrats on losing 15!

  10. I wear asics too and I have my eye on those saucony's! I can't wait to read the review!

  11. I LOVE Sauconey!! I run in them for years and currently have the ProGrid 4. And I'm in love! They feel comfy and cushioned and the wide toe box works really well for me.

  12. Congrats on the 15 lbs and the reward! It was nearly 70 today. I'm really not sure when winter is going to get here!

  13. Way to go on the 15 pounds, I was just sitting here catching up on the blog and wondering how much weight you had lost, cuz you have been working so hard and doing a great job with your food too!! That is great. I have to get better on my food. The Journal starts now again. Keep it up girl!! :)

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