10lbs down and feeling great

This time around my journey to better health and body feels effortless. I feel as determined as when I first embarked on my health many years ago. My boyfriend has given me tough love and I returned some tough attitude. I think that argument… no. Not argument. I think that conversation and honesty from him was an eye opener. I admit I opened my eyes very slowly because I needed to feel right about it.

Part of the accountability I am placing on myself is posting my weight on my bathroom mirror. The number on the scale is a small motivator. I am also keeping track of my food intake and getting back to reading nutrition labels and watching the amount of sugar I consume. I’m on Fitbit so if you want to add me I think you can now find people by username, right? I think it’s weird it populates by phone contacts, Facebook and email only… Really, Fitbit? 

I like sharing my progress and my stats because why not? I get flack from the bf. He tells me I do it for attention and that it’s unnecessary. But you know what? Share it, Baby. Be proud of your progress. Be proud of what you’re doing. We have cyber voices and I want to speak, dammit.

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Hollywood Half Marathon

Hi everyone! I recently ran the Inaugural Hollywood Half Marathon and it was such a great experience. I didn’t start on time (not surprising), but I finished. My time was 2:18:25.2 (my clock time was 2:56 something <- that’s to give you an idea how late I started) – I’m so proud. Can you believe I ran a Marathon before a half? With that said I wasn’t nervous at all and was able to kill the hill.

I took a few pictures along the way of a group of Elvis’, a man running with a watermelon on his head, a lady hula-hooping her way to a world record, a genie, a man as a Marylin Monroe, and Jackie Moon among others. I am definitely going to be running many more Hollywood Half Marathons- I have to, look at the medal!

I feel special and honored to be a part of this inaugural event.

Me after the race taking a self-portrait!

The red carpet! I felt properly dressed and like a STAR!

This was my first race in which I dressed up. The dress I wore was supposed to be my prom dress but because it was made horribly I never wore it. I cut it (waaay) above my knees and thought I looked awesome in it.

I’m running the Nike sponsored SheRunsLA (80’s themed) next Saturday (April 14th) and I’m looking forward to dressing up as well! I’m really on this running bug, aren’t I? Here are some photos of my and my friend’s son who joined me on the race (he was with me, so he was late too :0 ).

PS:

I think I’ve only made it on time for 2 races out of the 5 or 6 I’ve registered for (i say registered and not participated in because I woke up late to the Halloween Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon last year and didn’t make it). EEK!

PSS:

I really need new running shoes. Any suggestions?

I Ran the LA Marathon

PROOF!

I’ll be the first to admit that this is not the greatest picture of me. However, the feelings I felt inside were some of the best.

To start the day off I was late in meeting my sisters at my mom’s house to get dropped off (all three of my sisters and myself ran it). Then on the way to the Dodger Stadium I realize that I forgot my bib. NOOO!! I called my friend to bring it to me and she made it just in time. I’m saddened to say that I did not start the run with my sisters by my side, but I made some impromptu running buddies along the starting line.

As I started running and turned up my music the thoughts going through my head were louder than ever. “Am I really starting to run a marathon?” “Is it too late to quit?” “Should I quit?” “What’s my excuse?” “I can do this!” I AM doing this!” “I’m running this marathon!”

I finished my first marathon!

My chip time was a whopping 5:47:09. I had not set a goal- only to cross that finish line. I assure myself that if I would have trained properly I would have a better time. Nonetheless, I feel great about it– I placed 13,000 something overall ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that the greatest part of this experience was knowing how proud my mom was of me and my sisters. She was the only familiar face I saw throughout the race and it made me feel so loved and cared for. I’m sure the oranges she had for us were naturally sweet and tasty, but maybe just knowing they were from her made them that much more amazing (also, she was at mile 22 so maybe my body was just aching for the citrus flavor and vitamins). I’m truly happy I can cross this item of my life’s to-do list. L.A. Marathon DONE!

Here all my sisters!

and for my final thought >>>>>> ——ย  >>>>>>>

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” -John Bingham