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So I owe you guys an update because I have things to say.

First off, I have a 12-week plan to get to goal, as well as a six-week plan to get back down to 125 lbs. Which means I need to lose an average of about 1.5 lbs./week in the next six weeks to do it. This is going to be hard, but I am going to take it one day at a time and do what I can to get there. I have been doing extremely well the last few days, and I want to keep it that way. Knock on wood.

So, I haven't mentioned it yet, but I went ahead and signed up for the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! D: / :D I am super nervous. At this point, much more nervous than excited (hence the scurred face before the happy one), because I feel like physically I haven't really earned the right to the excitement yet and that being like LOL I'M RUNNING A MARATHON, GUISE would be jumping the gun a bit. Which I'd barely have the energy to do right now with just getting over these shinanigans (see what I did there?), but more on that in a bit. But yeah...I mean, anyone can pay for it...it's the training that is going to test me. So I'm trying to be humble and if I do great, great! If I struggle a lot...at least I didn't say I wouldn't. :p

The marathon is having its 20th year, so this will be a good year to do it! Here's the race course - just released yesterday - with a guided tour by Mickey Mouse himself:

I also signed up for the Galloway Marathon Training Program I told you guys about a while ago. My glass-half-empty side is saying "OK sooo three more Saturday mornings you get to sleep in until January?" But my glass-half-full side (yes Kitzzy, I have one, even though it's buried!) says, "Hey, maybe you'll be a morning person after all!" I mean, my plan at the moment is to use the early-Saturday runs to get my ass in bed at a reasonable hour on Fridays and then set the pace for the rest of the weekend, so that's good. It'll be nice to come home after the run, eat, shower, go back to bed (don't judge me), then wake up and be like WELL DAMN, I'M GOOD ON EXERCISE FOR A COUPLE DAYS. I will never say I love exercise, guys. Mark my words. I love feeling energized and being thin and healthy, but I love the indoors too much. I actually do hope that changes one day. We'll see.

Anyway, re: marathon training...I am excited about this journey, but very, VERY intimidated. You will all probably be seeing many expletive-laden entries come June...but hopefully when the heat/humidity lets up a little and my body gets used to running longer distances, I won't whine as often or as...loudly. Hah.

Now for the shinjury (I slay me sometimes) update...I am happy to report things seem to be all good! If I sprint, I still feel a little pain...but the slow runs actually seem to be helping. I did a 2-mile treadmiller on Tuesday and the same distance outdoors last night with my co-workers, and while my endurance has suffered over my two-week hiatus, my shin held its own. I should have some KT Tape coming in the mail any day (hot pink, of course)...I have a feeling it will not be my last order. Thanks again for introducing us, Kitzzy!

I bought Bob Harper's new book, The Skinny Rules, for my Kindle today.

I read a few chapters on lunch today. I love Bob - he has a way of communicating that is very real, down to earth, and honest. He is firm and straightforward but appealing - he makes you want to make him proud, lol. His rules are pretty common sense, but the kind of things I usually whistle and turn my head about - i.e. drink a crap ton of water, stop with the artificial sweeteners, eat protein at every meal, stop being a fast-food junkie. I hope to finish it this week. I'll keep you guys posted.

No updates on my brother yet. I sent him a scale and a food plan. I think he may be going shopping this weekend, but I am not going to meddle. He knows where I am if he needs to reach me.

One more quick thing - going to Jax this weekend for Josh's mom's birthday. We are stopping at Publix tonight before we get there, so I have what I want to get for dinner planned out, plus some PP budgeted for a glass of wine. Tomorrow I believe we're going to go to this place called Mimi's Café for lunch. Luckily it's a chain and I already have my meal planned out (thank the lord they have more healthy options than just salad). At night, Josh and Jeremy are going to cook dinner. Not sure what yet, but I'm going to make that WW maple-balsamic Brussels sprouts dish that Josh and I love, so I know I'll at least have that to fill up on. Sunday we might go to First Watch for breakfast, and I have an order there I always get that fills me up and is easily countable. Oh, and Josh and I are going on a 2.5-mile jog in the morning beforehand. I hope everything goes as smoothly as it sounds, lol. At the very VERY least, I want to hold myself accountable.

Hope you guys all have a great weekend!


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May. 18th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, the puns, they amuse me.

And girl, you know you're gonna slay that marathon. I'm so disappointed that they don't have the Chip and Dale marathon relay this year. Of course, I only wanted to do it for the medal, but still. Boo Disney.

Good luck going back to sleep after getting up early. I had a 7 am monday tennis class at UCF that I would go to, and I was like "It's cool - I can just come back and sleep".. but I never did. Usually I would try to go to sleep, but I was so pumped up from working out I would just roll around and give up after an hour.

Here's hoping your luck is better than mine.
May. 21st, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
I promise I thought of you when I wrote them, lol! Hoped you'd notice. ;p

Thanks girl. I hope you're right. My shins are being such bitches, and my endurance isn't really too hot either. I am going to start working on some core training a couple times a week and hope that helps...it has in the past, so here's hoping. I've never heard of the Chip & Dale relay! That's right up your alley, aw. :[ Sorry. Any idea why they aren't having it? Did they replace it with something else?

Oh no worries - I have NO problem going back to sleep after a race, lol. In fact, it makes me sleep better somehow. I sleep more soundly and feel so rested after I wake up! I do it after 5Ks all the time, lmfao. I'm such a wuss with mornings.
May. 21st, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure why they are not having it. They had issues with the first one. Marathon relays are harder to coordinate than just regular marathons or halfs because they involve 2 people.

I'm so jealous of your ability to get up, do stuff, and then go back to sleep. I could never. But I also hate naps since I wake up feeling worse than before too :(
May. 21st, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Laaaame. Sorry. :[ You can still come watch me and like...wear a Chip 'n' Dale shirt or something. That's kind of the same thing, right? ;x

Girl, the promise of the nap is probably like 50% of what makes me roll out of bed. The other 50% is like...25% knowing I'll get to eat more that day, and 25% that I have already paid money for the race and I'm cheap. Haha. Even that isn't enough really, but I normally coordinate the races I run with work, so if I don't show up it's kind of dumb. Naps are my life. Part of me dreads the day I have children because of my love for naps and sleeping in general.
May. 21st, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, from what I hear you pretty much give up sleeping well for the first few years of a child's life, especially if you breast feed them.

If you love sleeping now, just imagine how much you'll love it when you're a senior citizen.

How long are your naps usually? I get myself in trouble because I nap an hour or longer, which you're not really supposed to do..
May. 21st, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
Maybe by the time I have a baby they will have invented an easy way to breastfeed while I'm asleep.

If you love sleeping now, just imagine how much you'll love it when you're a senior citizen.

Lmfao why is this making me laugh so hard? It's like the most random sentence and I love it.

I'm the same. I can't just nap for 20 minutes. I am so cranky when Josh tries to wake me up after that long because I love to sleep. Once in a while I only nap for 20-30 minutes and I feel great, but for the most part it's like 3-4 hours, lol. Then I regret it when I can't get to sleep that night. But during the nap, it's the bessstttt. #lazyass
May. 19th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
So exciting!
It sounds like you've got a plan and realistic expectations and good support. These are the things winning is made of.

Although toe lifts and looking at carb heavy eating plans for after you lose the weight won't hurt either ;-)
May. 21st, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! I hope so. I am really making an effort right now, and it shows based on the weekend I just had (I'll write a blog about that on Tueday), so I have hope. :o)

Uhhhh yeah lol I have a feeling marathon training will make the eating-light thing a lot more difficult LOL, so I have to be prepared!
May. 19th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
I LOVE Mimi's! It's one of my favorites out of the chains. Some really yummy options.
May. 21st, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
Damn, I wish I'd have tried it - we actually ended up going to Bahama Breeze, but I did well. I will update about it in the next couple days.

Getting excited about your trip? :o) Bummed I'm going to miss you! I'll wave to you from the plane when we cross! :p Even though we won't. Boo, universe!

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May. 21st, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
Thanks Katy! ♥ Do you have any tips for becoming a morning runner? What helped you to transition? I'm a serial snoozer. My alarm goes off like four times. Josh is even used to it by now...fail! Lol.
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May. 21st, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Haha wow this is all really good stuff that is going to help me during the week! Thank you!
May. 19th, 2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I'm proud of you for the marathon! It'll be worth it, bb. I know it will.

I'm glad your shin is holding up, too!

The book looks interesting...let me know how you like it as you get further into it.

Good luck in Jacksonville this weekend! It sounds like you have a plan, so have fun, and kick some ass! LOVE YOU!
May. 21st, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Thank you my love. I hope so! Hope I don't get some crazy injury or say F IT. Knock on wood!

Shin is being a little bit of a ho, but not too bad. I got my KT tape in and will be putting it on tonight after my shower. Going to hold off on running again until Tuesday, so I should be OK by then.

I'm about 1/4 of the way into it now and I love it. Bob has such a great personality, and he is real - he's like, "I know you're going to tell me organic is expensive, so don't buy it if you can't. Just put vegetables and fruit in your face." Hahaha love it.

I did really well considering! I only have 18 WAPP left, but I am going to earn 1 tomorrow with a little strength training and 6 on a run Tuesday, so I am aiming to end my week with 25 WAPP unused. Wish me luck bb.

I'll get into more detail in my next entry, but here's the gist:
- had one glass of wine Friday and picked up dinner at Publix before getting to the Haupts'. Ended the day having used my 3 earned APP and 4 WAPP, so 45 still left
- Saturday, I had oatmeal, almonds, coffee, and fruit for breakfast, a salad at Bahama Breeze for lunch, grilled shrimp and scallops and Brussels sprouts for dinner, 2 glasses of wine, one mini cupcake, and 1/2 cup of key-lime pie
- ran on Josh's mom's treadmill Saturday for 30 min., and also did 150 crunches
- had a big salad at Mellow Mushroom for lunch today, went 6 PP over

I call that a victorious weekend considering how many temptations were in front of me!

Gotta go shower. I need sleep, lol. Love ya!
May. 21st, 2012 07:44 am (UTC)
You've made up your mind and paid the money -- you're committed! ;D

I guess I'm more interested in his actual advice, and if it's nothing more than common sense, "Eat less, eat healthier, and move more," ad nauseum, then I'll skip it. I always feel bad buying all these books that basically say the same thing. He does sound like he's very personable to read, though. Hmm. I'm going to keep bugging you about this book as you read it. I also want to get David Kirchhoff's book, too.

It looks like you did REALLY well! You made some healthier choices, and got activity in, too! That is DEFINITELY a victorious weekend! The goal is never perfection; it's to be realistic and know that we CAN indulge a bit without going completely overboard, and that's exactly what you did! VERY proud of you, sweetie! ♥
May. 21st, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
Lol true buttt I've also been paying for WW meetings consistently since September and I'm only down 3 lbs., but I'll go ahead and ignore that for now. PRESENT/FUTURE FOCUS! :p

Nah, he gets into the science of a lot of different ingredients and makes some great suggestions even I haven't thought of, actually. I have been talking to Josh about some of the things I'm learning. It's worth a read, IMO. If I'd bought the hardcover I would totally send it to you when I finished, but alas I got the Kindle version. :[ I didn't know David Kirchoff had a book! Is it recent?

Thanks! I think I did EXTREMELY well considering I could've just been like, F it. Josh was such a huge help and very supportive, making my shrimp and scallops separately (everyone else had a delicious creamy shrimp and gnocchi dish - I had a couple bites and it was heavenly) and being mindful. We had a conversation on our way up and I asked him to be mindful and that I was really trying to start making lasting changes, and that if he helped me I'd put the effort in on my end as well. So far so good!

Thank you for being so supportive. Dunno what I'd do without you, girl. :-*
May. 24th, 2012 08:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, well, we'll ignore that for now.

Ooh, tell me more about the suggestions? I'm still kind of leaning towards getting this book...I'll harass you more about it in your latest entry. David Kirchoff's book JUST came out, like, a week or two ago, no lie! It's on my "to buy" list, for sure.

You DID! I'm proud of you, sweetie. And right back at you, bb. :3 We CAN do this!
Jun. 1st, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)
:p Yes, yes ye shall. Especially because now I'm down 5.4 lbs. Ba BAM! Dude I am so hoping to reach my 125 in four weeks but damn, that's a 1.75 lb./week average. D: I am going to try my best, but IDK if my body will allow that much loss. We shall see. I will definitely be in the 120s though - no excuses.

Oooh I want to read that! I didn't know he'd written a book. Shit, it's been a week or so since I've opened Bob's book so let me think...here are a couple I can remember off the top of my head:

1. Drink a 16-oz. glass of water before EVERY meal to get your water in and fill you up.
2. Go to bed somewhat hungry because your body starts burning solely fat reserves five hours after your last meal.

Pretty interesting stuff! There is a lot more in there, but those are a couple rules that stuck out to me. I've been trying #2, but it's hard. Haven't worked up to #1 yet, because I don't want to take bathroom breaks every half hour lol, but I am going to try and start training my body. I need to drink more water anyway.

YES WE CAN - and we are! :-* Love you!
Jun. 1st, 2012 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he wrote a book about his weight loss experience. I haven't bought it yet, but it's on my list.

Interesting! I'm definitely leaning towards getting it. Perhaps I'll add it to my list.

Love you, too, sweetie! ♥
May. 21st, 2012 12:34 pm (UTC)
Hey Lady! So this may be coming out of left field, but since you have a specific time-oriented plan of action and since you mentioned you kind of fell off the Spring Challenge wagon, would you maybe be interested in a distance accountability buddy?

I'm currently in the midst of this hardcore actor marketing program where we each have to have an accountabilibuddy to check in with briefly once a day and I know in that area of my life it's helped so. freaking. much. Because if it's just me, I'd be all "eh I'll do it tomorrow" butwhen I have someone texing me being all "yo, did you get your shit done?" I do it. Especially when it's not a close friend that you can either blow off because they'll always be there, or they'll be all sympathetic and be like "aww it's fine. I know you had a rough week" and let me off the hook. And it's totally helping her too. My partner is rocking it out.

I'm doing fairly well weight-loss wise, slow but steady, but I know if I had someone checking in I'd be less likely to blow off the gym. It could be like a quick text or email being all "how many points did you have today? Did you go to the gym? cool." and move on.

If not, it's totally cool. Just thought I'd put it out there! Also- congrats on marathon training...one of my best friends runs the Chicago Marathon every year and couldn't love it more! You're gonna rock it!
May. 21st, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
I WOULD LOVE THAT! Let's make it happen. I will inbox you my full name and phone # (I have unlimited texts, so text away). I will try my best to be consistent and firm! Do you have a workout schedule online so I know the days to bug you about the gym? ;p Mine is linked around my blog, but here it is too, just in case!

Slow but steady is the way to go, lady - that is how you KEEP the weight off, seriously! When people make drastic changes in their diet that aren't sustainable, the weight comes off quickly and temporarily. No bueno. You will be happy with your results!

Thank you so much! At this point I can't imagine covering 26+ miles on my legs, lol, but hopefully I'm singing a different tune within the next few months. ♥
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