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So I'm down 1.2 lbs. this week. Considering I didn't follow WW except for maybe half the week, I'm happy (well, content) with this. I think the Tower of Terror 10-Miler had something to do with having any kind of loss, the details of which I'll get to in a minute. But I've lost 5.2 lbs. in five weeks. Which is awesome, generally, but I can do a LOT better - especially at this higher weight I'm at now. I'd really love to be as close to my "normal" weight range (130-135) as possible by the wedding. I realize that's asking a lot, as I'd have to lose like 1.5 to 2 lbs. a week to hit it. I know I can do that but the bridal shower, bachelorette party, holidays, etc. are all very real hurdles I will have to consider while at the same time making sure I have a good time. All that on top of the stress of the wedding and this new job and aaccckkkk. I need you guys' encouragement now more than ever, so anything you can offer up would be great.

Anyway, the race was actually amazing. I almost skipped it... :[ I have been having on-and-off stomach pains - likely from stress - and they were REALLY bad the afternoon of the race. But Josh calmed me down a bit and I rested and took it easy, and the pains went away just in time, thankfully.

So glad I went because I had a blast, which I attribute to the nice weather and the fact that I got my favorite medal I've received from a race so far:

It glows in the dark, and the little elevator moves up and down on a spring. Yesssssss. ToT is my favorite WDW attraction, so it's extra cool for me. It's hanging nicely amongst my other medals - way too many of which are runDisney medals, with my marathon medal right in the middle. :o)

I also somehow managed a sub 12:30/mile pace, which is faster than my current 5K or even like, two-mile pace, so whatever. I guess my adrenaline was high and, like I said, the weather was gangsta. Low humidity, a breeze here and there, 71 degrees when we started and like 68 when we finished. It was pretty much a 24-hour nice-weather phase that is now gone but I don't even care. I will take it, universe. Thank you, universe.

Anyway, here are a few more photos of me with my buddy Liz (lizblizz) and Josh before the race, and Liz and me after the race.

Liz did freaking awesome! Killed her time by something like a half hour over last year? She is also down 25+ pounds since the beginning of the year. Look at this:

Gorgeous either way but still very motivational and so awesome. ♥ You rock, Liz. Give me some of your motivation juice.

My goal this week is to STICK TO PLAN - count everything and stick to my workouts! The only thing I will most likely skip is my 5K run on Saturday, because we're going to Halloween Horror Nights the night before and have a full day of fun stuff planned Saturday. But that is known ahead of time and I'm OK with it. I'm doing a longer run Sunday evening, and that is non-negotiable.

Speaking of HHN and fun things, these are my challenges this week. HHN I know like the back of my hand: Pack snacks but make sure to eat beforehand because the D-bags at security will likely tell me I can't bring them into the park. HOWEVER, this year I have a plan to tell them I am gluten intolerant. That's common enough now for me to totally get by, I think - especially because last time they asked me if I had a medical reason and I said NO, DO I HAVE TO!? all pissed off. So this time I'll be ready. And if not, Richter's Burger Co. or whatever that restaurant is has shitty salads and I'll just chug water all night. NO DRINKING.

Saturday we're going to Sweet, our wedding-cake (well, cupcake) shop. *shoots self* It's only to finalize our order, though. There will be cupcakes lurking behind me, but they're behind a glass case of emotion, so it's safe. Or something. We're going to this yearly fall pumpkin patch (!!!!) and carnival after that. There isn't anything super tempting there, though I may get an (iced) light pumpkin-spiced latte from Starbucks to take over. I'm very white and IDGAFFFF.

Josh and I signed up to do the Lake Eola 5K the Saturday before our wedding. I considered doing the OUC Half Marathon that same day (it's part of the same series), but with my luck I'll injure myself, so I decided to play it safe. I have the Princess Half in February to look forward to, but yeah, watch me injure myself at this 5K anyway. Knock on wood.

Nothing else to say, really. I'll be blabbering about shower-food fears soon enough, so get ready for that excitement.


Oct. 8th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
That race was so perfect. I don't know what we did to get that weather, but we were SO lucky. I'm sure I'll be back next year since it's my potential legacy race, but efffff it'll likely never be that nice again! I didn't even feel like I was sweating!

My time last year was 2:46, and this year was 2:20. Huzzah! The training and the weather definitely made a huge difference.

My game plan for HHN this year has been to just eat before I go. None of the theme park food is that good anyway, honestly. You can totally make it through the night without eating any of that junk! (EDIT: Butterbeer excluded from this, but it's not available at HHN anyway).

Fitting into my old clothing has been a great motivation to keep going. I was able to dig out my favorite Harry Potter shirts that I bought in 2010 when WWoHP opened the other day and wear them comfortably for our trips to Universal. That was a great feeling! Downside: I have literally one pair of jeans that fit, and I HATE shopping for jeans! ARGGGG.

Edited at 2014-10-08 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oct. 8th, 2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
RIGHT!? You must've done something great because I think I used up any and all good karma I might have. I'm good with doing this race just the one time, as I doubt it can get much better, lol. Watch me pull a you and sign up again though. IDK though...with the Wine & Dine, I don't think I'll be able to justify it. We'll see.

Yeah I'm definitely going to make sure I have dinner before, but if we leave at 4:30 p.m. that's like...10+ hours after dinner. I will need to eat at least one more meal and snacks in there somewhere. I can do the meal at that Richter's place, as much as it will suck, but do you know if they sell healthy snacks anywhere just in case security does confiscate mine? I hope water keeps me full enough not to be starving but not full to the point of peeing on the scareactors.

YESSS oh man, that's such a good feeling. Love the feeling of zipping up old jeans that didn't fit for ages. I can go jeans shopping with you one day if you want! It does suck, I agree. Old Navy is my go-to for jeans because of their vanity sizing...oops.
Oct. 8th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
I really want to do W&D next year too. OY! Dammit, Disney. Just take all my money!

Do you NEED to eat one more meal after 4:30, or WANT to eat one more meal? That is the question. :) Eat something substantial before you go and just snack later. Remember - having another meal at the end of the night isn't fueling you. You're going to bed soon after that! That's been a big thing for me this past year - reminding myself that food is fuel. Delicious fuel, but still has a purpose beyond just eating because I want to.

Also - are you doing Stay and Scream or just getting there super early? I can't remember if you renewed your Universal pass!

Healthy snacks at Universal are tough. I know Richter's has a veggie burger and Krusty Burger has a delicious black bean burger (which is probably higher in calories than I'd like but not nearly as bad as the other options). Krusty also has some healthy snacks in the little "Lisa's Teahouse" section. I've seen hummus and carrots, wraps, pita chips, etc. in there before. That's probably your best bet!

Funny you should mention Old Navy - I do love the fact that I'm currently a size 14 at Old Navy even if I'm a 16 everywhere else in the world. But Old Navy jeans only work for me if I get their super skinny jeans. Otherwise the legs are always way too baggy on me. My waist is not proportionate to my skinny legs! I typically will have success at Target, but it's always a pain trying on 2904801984091284 pairs to find one I actually like. And then I buy it in every shade they sell. LOL

Oct. 9th, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
Hm. You know normally I'd say I can stick it out, but we're going to be up until like 3 a.m., you know? I'm going to be STARVING. I really want to avoid stopping at Taco Bell on the way home lol so maybe I'll eat at 4 p.m., bring some snacks (or have the ones from that Lisa's Teahouse section, thanks!), and have something light at Richter's around 9 or something. I know they sell a salad with grilled chicken. It's not exciting but it's something. We'll see.

I'm getting off work at 3 but Josh may not be able to get out early because one of his employees has to go to a funeral, so he has to cover for her, wahhh. I really want to get there when it opens but IDK if that will work out. I'll let you know when we're on our way if that's cool.

Aww yeah that is tough man. I kind of have the opposite problem, lol - my thighs are my problem area, so sometimes they'll be fine everywhere else but too tight there. UGGGHHH shopping.
Oct. 9th, 2014 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hey Liz! Congrats on your weight loss!

But you look beautiful in both pictures! <3
Oct. 9th, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! <3


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