Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hurt knee and a half

So I am off to a great start at blogging again...LOL!  I'm a work in progress....

The weekend before last I hurt my knee.  Dr. Google said it was a sprain. I took his word for it. Not sure if it happened while working out (probably should have modified those burpees more) or running after my nephew.  It was probably the exercise.  My nephew is an angel!  I spent that week doing the R.I.C.E method on it and not doing any activity.  I had to have it in less pain for a half marathon.  

Last weekend, I had my first half since June.  I was much slower than ever before.  I want to blame the knee but I know that lack of training and carrying around a small elephant  didn't help the matter.  Thank goodness my friend Kim stayed with me and kept me going when all I wanted to do was ice my knee and stop.  The race was beautiful.  It was in Amish Country and was so fun to interact with the residents!  I knocked out lifetime half #36 and state #17!  I really do love doing these races!!  It made me want to sign up for more. 2017 is starting to get busy! 

I lost 1.8 pounds in week 2.  I gained a little (a pound) when I weighed this Monday for week 3.  I expected it after traveling over the weekend and the monthly love of being a girl.  I am owning it and moving on. 

This week I have taken it easy.  My knee is feeling 80% better.  Since I am not exercising, I am trying to watch my food intake and make better choices.  Again, I am a work in progress and I have to keep at it every day.  I am hoping to head out on Sunday for a short run and test it out.  

Next week, I start a Country Heat challenge.  I am excited for something different to do as a workout.  If you need a laugh, this weekend would be a great time to put a camera in my house.  LOL!  It is going to be a riot!  Gotta keep it fun!  

Until next time!  


Hurt knee and a half

So I am off to a great start at blogging again...LOL!  I'm a work in progress....

The weekend before last I hurt my knee.  Dr. Google said it was a sprain. I took his word for it. Not sure if it happened while working out (probably should have modified those burpees more) or running after my nephew.  It was probably the exercise.  My nephew is an angel!  I spent that week doing the R.I.C.E method on it and not doing any activity.  I had to have it in less pain for a half marathon.  

Last weekend, I had my first half since June.  I was much slower than ever before.  I want to blame the knee but I know that lack of training and carrying around a small elephant  didn't help the matter.  Thank goodness my friend Kim stayed with me and kept me going when all I wanted to do was ice my knee and stop.  The race was beautiful.  It was in Amish Country and was so fun to interact with the residents!  I knocked out lifetime half #36 and state #17!  I really do love doing these races!!  It made me want to sign up for more. 2017 is starting to get busy! 

I lost 1.8 pounds in week 2.  I gained a little (a pound) when I weighed this Monday for week 3.  I expected it after traveling over the weekend and the monthly love of being a girl.  I am owning it and moving on. 

This week I have taken it easy.  My knee is feeling 80% better.  Since I am not exercising, I am trying to watch my food intake and make better choices.  Again, I am a work in progress and I have to keep at it every day.  I am hoping to head out on Sunday for a short run and test it out.  

Next week, I start a Country Heat challenge.  I am excited for something different to do as a workout.  If you need a laugh, this weekend would be a great time to put a camera in my house.  LOL!  It is going to be a riot!  Gotta keep it fun!  

Until next time!  


Monday, September 12, 2016

Hey there bloggersphere it has been a really long time.  I can't believe I haven't posted anything in almost two years.  Oh who am I kidding;  I completely believe it.  My life has been all over the place the last couple of years.  Got a new job, moved mom to a nursing home, ran a couple marathons and a bunch of halfs but then my journey kind of hit a wall.  I stopped caring about myself.  I stopped training.  My diet went to shit (but boy, all those french fries were delicious).  I stopped fighting for myself and my health.  I let my job consume me.  I hung up the running shoes except for an occasional race here or there.  If I am being honest....I gave up.

Fast forward to present day.  I removed myself from a situation that wasn't working and followed my heart to a new job back in a familiar department.  A job with a schedule that allows me to get back on track. I could never get a handle on my old schedule and working "me time" around it.  Maybe I don't adjust well to new curve balls or maybe I am less flexible as I age but I like a "normal" work day!

So how does this relate to moving my journey of running and weight loss forward?

I stood on the scale on Labor Day (it was ugly but more on that below).  I got up and worked out.  I had planned meals on the day before and went grocery shopping.  I grabbed a large black trash bag and de-junked my cabinets and fridge.  I made decisions that would set up my success for the week rather than leaving me scrambling at lunch/dinner time.  I recommitted to MYSELF.

It sucks to be starting over from ground zero....again.  The process toward breaking all those bad habits that resurfaced overnight.  I can't believe that I am back here but I am owning it and moving forward.  It will take effort.  It will push me to do all sorts of things I don't want to do but it will be worth it.

I started the 21 Day Fix (Beachbody) on Monday.  It worked pretty well when I sort of gave it an effort a year or more ago.  I just stopped giving it any effort.  My head wasn't in the right place that time.  This time I am motivated to get back to feeling better about myself.  I ordered a sampler of Shakeology to test it out.  I hate to say that I don't mind the shakes.  I remember tasting it before and hating it.  I may add this in permanently once my sampler week is over.  I stuck to my meals and workouts for the week.  I even ran yesterday.  It wasn't a pretty sight but I put in 3.2 miles and enjoyed the beautiful day we were blessed with.

Now for the ugly part.  I weighed in on 9/5 at 306.4 (gah, when did I get over 300 again?  Damnit).  I weighed in today for week 1 at 298.6.  I lost 7.8 pounds the first week.  Now that the water weight is off, it is time to buckle down!

Week #2 started today both for my journey and my new job!  I am here to tackle them both and find myself again.
     

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dopey Training: Inspiration

Today I ran my 19th half marathon since I started in Oct 2011.  Next weekend will be a major accomplishment in my running career.  I am super proud to be hitting the 20 half marathon milestone.  Not bad for a girl that hated being physically active from high school on.  

Over the past two weekends, I have watched friends accomplish their goal of running a marathon.  Seeing all their pictures and reading their stories has renewed my love for running.  They have reignited my passion and inspired me to reach for my goal.  

To say my motivation has been lacking over the past 8 months is an understatement.  I have viewed running as a chore.  Just one more thing that I needed to do.  It was no longer something I got to do.  Running and I were on break.  Much like Ross and Rachel.  I cheated on it by being a slug.  It wasn't pretty.  

Now I can't wait until Tuesday!  I want to run. Now. 

I have my passion back.  I want to be out there pushing my own limits and seeing what this body can accomplish when I push it.  This isn't going to be easy.  It will test every inch of my being but I need this challenge more now than ever.  I will be a marathoner in January!

I'm back with a renewed sense of purpose.  

Dopey you will be my bitch!  Got it little dude!!   

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dopey Training: I am SO behind and possibly screwed!

This has been a rough summer.  

I haven't been training.  

It sucks.

I may be screwed....

I am slowly getting back on the running path.  I am trying not to freak out that training for my very first marathon has gone off the track.  But it really was beyond my control.

My mom has been ill for most of this year.  She has been in and out of the hospital with various ailments.  July/August/September have been particularly rough, extremely emotional and all-around dreadful.  At some point in this period, she had a stroke(s) which exacerbated her dementia.  My once very independent mother no longer can do anything for herself.  She is unable walk.  She can't really carry-on a conversation.  She is reverting back to childlike behavior.  Even simple task such as brushing her hair, teeth or feeding herself require assistance.  It has all be incredibly painful to watch.  As her only child, all her care has fallen to me.  I tried to keep her at home for as long as possible but I couldn't do it anymore.  I was forced to place her in a nursing home.  It killed me.  

However, she is doing better and trying to settle into her new home; probably more for me than herself!   She misses her dogs terribly and unfortunately I can't take them on the days they are allowed to visit.  However, I am planning to at least get them all together for a little snuggle time outside before the weather turns bad.  I know this will put a smile on her face.  She is always so happy to see me.  It makes me feel a little less guilty that I had to put her somewhere.  A little.  But I know it is for the best.  For both of us.  

Needless to say, running was the furthest thing from my mind. I had no help so being away from home was impossible.  In home care is freaking expensive and I could only afford to cover my work hours.  I was so thankful for one morning away to make meals at Time for Dinner (FYI, if you live in STL check it out)!  That was a Godsend!  But there was absolutely no way I would ever ask friends to come stay with mom so I could run.  That just seemed really selfish.  So there went my training. And truthfully, I didn't care.  I was/am overwhelmed.  I was barely treading water between work and home.  (Work there is another overwhelming story for another time.)

But mom is in great hands and being well taken care of now.  So I am getting back out there.  I ran a half marathon in Philly last weekend!  It wasn't pretty and I had to walk a bunch but I finished!  I did a 5k today.  Slowly but surely I am getting back out there and enjoying myself.  I am trying to dig up the passion once again.  It is still down in my soul.  It just has a bunch of crap on top of it.  I am starting to see the treasure again!  I am still incredibly overwhelmed but trying to push myself back out there.  After all, the roads are calling!

Stay tuned blog world!  The rest of my training may not be pretty but I am not giving up on myself.  My mom wouldn't want me to.  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dopey Training Week 1

Training for the Dopey Challenge began this week!  

So I'm really going to do a marathon..... 

And I can't wait!!!

The training schedule starts off pretty slow and that is a very good thing.  I haven't been running much. Taking care of my elderly mother has consumed every waking hour or at least non-working ones.  But I need Brigitte time again.  I need to run.  I also really need a vacation but that will have to wait.  

I had forgotten how much I love being out there.  Tuesday evening I saw a deer and finished to fireworks!  I even managed to stick with my normal 2:1 interval.  However, Thursdays run got pushed to Friday because I was uber busy!  Friday morning, I was pretty wore out from the day before and my training session.  I decided to back my intervals up to 1:1.  I still managed to finish the same 3.3 miles regardless of interval!  So yay!  

The only problem is that Saturday's long run hasn't happened yet.  It's Sunday at 11pm.  Um, oops.  Good thing it was only 3 miles and I'm not missing too much.  Makes the goal for this week easy. Complete all 3 runs!  I'll get my groove back.  

At least I wasn't a bum all weekend or anything.  I painted our newly remodeled bathroom and spent today hunting the STL 250 birthday cakes!  I hit my step goal everyday!  So if nothing else I was way more active than I have been since mom took a turn in the wrong direction back in February. 

I feel like all of this will help my running.  Baby steps to making this marathon dream a reality! 

Off to week 2....

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dopey Challenge 2015 - Home for Our Troops

Two blog post in one night!  WOW! 

I have be kicking around the idea of doing the Dopey Challenge at Disney in January.  It is a true test of endurance or mental stability (depends on how you view runners)!  It is a 4 day challenge consisting of a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon.  The last one scares the crap out of me.  

I had this plan to run a 17 miler and then decide about registering when it opens April 22. Then Disney announced the prices and that got people excited.  People started posting about running for charities.  I had never given that much thought but it sounded like fun.  If I'm going to run my first marathon shouldn't I do it for someone else!  

Someone posted a link to a charity called Home for Our Troops. I did some research and read all about them.  I really like the organization.  It provides homes (think Habitat for Humanity) for injured veterans.  They build houses that give these soldiers their freedom of mobility back.  I can't wait to help someone that has given of themselves to protect and serve our country! 

What I liked most was that I only need to raise $500.  So I took the plunge and registered! The beauty of being on a charity team is that I have a guaranteed registration to the Dopey Challenge.  Now all I have to focus on is training and raising money!   

I hope that over the next 10 months many of my friends will help support me and this wonderful charity. The link is below! 

Brigitte's Dopey Challenge Fundraising Page  

Thanks in advance!