Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Ponytail

I posted this picture on Instagram this morning...

I was at the gym lifting some weights and then adding miles to my #30Miles30Days goal. I looked in the mirror and noticed The Ponytail.

The Ponytail and I have a long history. I'm someone who feels way more comfortable rocking a long pony than when my hair is down and perfectly styled. The Ponytail is my comfort zone.

I grew up in sports. I didn't do dance or gymnastics, I played sports.... Basketball, volleyball, slow-pitch softball, fast-pitch softball, soccer, even ultimate frisbee. I loved competition, winning, being part of a team, and the challenge. 

Basketball practices were terrible. Volleyball was even worse. But I loved it. I soaked it all up. My poor parents went to every single game. Even the 3on3 basketball tournament outside on blacktop in 100 degree weather.

Throughout my entire sports career, there was always The Ponytail. Somehow it became a staple to my athletic success. If I didn't have The Ponytail, I didn't do well. It got to the point where if my Dad showed up to my basketball game and he saw me walk out with a bun, he would yell at me. 

On game days, Dad would always say, "Don't forget...ponytail today." (This coming from a man who couldn't create a ponytail if he had a thousand lifetimes.)

Sorry, sister. I can't get up until The Ponytail is fixed.

My mom was going through my old stuff a couple weeks ago when I was home and pulled out trophy after trophy. It was fun to see my childhood passion sitting there all together.

Sports were such a huge part of my life. Not only were they my passion, but they taught my so many great life lessons along the way. Dedication, determination, hard work, teamwork. Sports taught me how to not get discouraged when you're losing, or when someone else is getting more playing time, or when the coach is screaming in your face. Sports taught me that nothing good comes without the effort. And maybe most importantly, sports taught me that girls can do anything boys can do. (And even better most some of the time.) :)

There's no way I can keep all of these trophies. I have no storage and strong "purge" tendencies.

But I'll always hold on to sports. I'll always hold on to The Ponytail.

We play in a kickball league every week. And you know I'm rocking The Ponytail every game.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Run 30 Miles in June

The problem with sharing your fitness goals on your blog is that you have to own up to not meeting them. But, that's always why I like it - it's holds me accountable. Because I don't like to fail. I actually dislike it very much.

I joined a May challenge to hit 30 miles in 30 days. I was going to do with with a mix of walking and running because I knew my wisdom teeth removal would hinder me a bit.

What I didn't know is that I would not be allowed to exercise for a week and then one of my extraction sites would get an infection so my recovery time was much longer than expected. So, I ended up only getting 23.03 of 30 miles in May. Whomp whomp.

But it's a new day and a new month, so I'm ready to get back out there! I've set a personal goal for myself to RUN 30 miles in 30 days in June!

Follow me on Instagram and if you're feeling frisky, join me using the hastag #30Miles30Days.

Running with the pups will be even more fun because I finally tossed the old running shoes and upgraded to these pretty little things...

I'm going back to Tuesday/Thursday mornings in the gym. I know that strength training is just as important as cardio so it's coming back into my life!

I'm also going to try to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon. I was doing well for several months and for some reason it's been really tough as of late. I find myself craving things constantly. So, I'm working on curbing those cravings.

If you're like me and need all the fitness motivation you can get, I suggest checking out Southern Shrinking Yankee. She's on an awesome weight loss journey and her dedication to boot camp and meal planning is on point! Also, her very honest writing is refreshing!

I also like to go back and read some of my previous fitness posts. Some quotes that stuck out to me today:

"The important thing I've found to remember about fitness is that yesterday has no bearing on today. ... even if you fell off the wagon yesterday, that doesn't mean you can't do well today.

"I've never gone down in weight, just up, so this is new territory for me. I also think that is why I'm less concerned with the number right now, because I'm not desperate to lose 15 pounds (although that's the ultimate goal). I am desperate, however, to create good habits now, realizing that if i don't, I may be at a point later that I don't want to be. Instead of letting myself get to that point and then try to fix it, why not just try to prevent it altogether?"

If you have recently posted anything about fitness motivation, please share! I love to read others thoughts on how they stay on track and what works for them.

Before I go, I want to give a little shout out to our Piper Jane. Today she is 3 years old! She is our original pup and I love having this little rambunctious rug-rat in our lives! Read about the day we adopted her here!

Happy Monday!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Four Teeth Lighter - I'll Take It

I had my wisdom teeth pulled last Thursday. All four of them. BLAH. I'm still not feeling 100% but I'm glad I'm this far along in the healing process already.

I never really had any pain or problems associated with my wisdom teeth. But, I just spend a pretty penny on Invisalign (post to come later), and I didn't want those little jerks under the gums to shift my now perfectly straight teeth.

Also, once taking a look at the X-rays, those jerks were big and sideways and looking like they were definitely up to no good. So they had to go.

I haven't had any type of surgery since I was about seven when they cut my abnormally large tonsils out of my throat. (Apparently they were trying to strangle me.) I guess that's the reason I was a hot mess last Thursday morning. I just didn't know what to expect and I was nervous about being sedated. As soon as the nurses started hooking me up I lost it.

Luckily, they just pump a bunch of stuff in your veins and you pass out and wake up 45 minutes later talking all kinds of nonsense. The doctor told Tim they gave me more "juice" than others since I was all worked up. Apparently I'm not great with any type of medical procedure. Looking forward to pregnancy.. whoo hoo!

Four teeth lighter. They told Tim they were so big they had to use a drill. Thank whoever invented sedation meds for said sedation meds.

There is a video of me in the car after surgery and I must admit it is hysterical. But I look absolutely ridiculous and pathetic so I'm not sure I'm ready to post it on the big bad blog. Facebook was hard enough.

Now on day 5, I feel better in terms of not being in as much pain and not being dizzy from all the meds. But I still feel like there are big blueberries shoved behind my teeth and I so badly want to remove them.

I'm also still sticking to soft-like foods. Even though I want nothing more than to house some Chipotle chips and guacamole right now.

Do you know how hard it is to watch Tim eat all of the things I love to eat for four days while I slurp down yet another spoonful of applesauce?

Let's just say I think we should start considering it as an alternative form of torture. It's effective.

Until next time!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

30 Miles in 30 Days

I've fallen off the fitness wagon a bit. I wouldn't say I tumbled out the window and am watching it pull away into the sunset, but I'm more like dragging along side of it as my ankle is wrapped up in a rope.

Needless to say, I'm ready to swing back up and onto the platform. I went through my blog to find the last time I posted about fitness. It was Monday, February 9. Yikes, that seems like forever ago. I believe it was around that time that there was a foot of snow on the ground. Twice. Now it's sunny and glorious here in the bluegrass.

I just went over to MapMyRun to see how and when my fitness efforts started fading. February and March were still pretty good. Despite travel weeks, I was still going to the gym early a few times a week and getting in cardio and strength.

So from about September 2014 to March 2015 I was riding the fitness train like nobody's business. But it always seems to happen that once we get close to one of my events (3 per year) I prioritize other things and slack on the workouts. And then we GO to the event for a full week and I literally have zero free time.

Sunday the motivation struck to get back on there on a consistent basis. I got an email from Map My Run to participate in a 30/30 challenge (30 miles in 30 days). And it just so happened that Monday we had a wellness seminar at the office and kicked off a fitness challenge among our staff. We just have to tracked our exercise activity for the month.

So I'm all in for those two challenges. Here's my progress on the 30/30 so far...

Despite starting a few days late, I'm still doing OK. I'm actually long overdue for some new running shoes so I'll be heading to John's Walk/Run Shop this week to finally upgrade. (And I have a gift card from winning a 5k a while back!)

The only hiccup I foresee for May is that I'm getting ALL FOUR widsom teeth pulled next Thursday. So I will be bed-ridden for a couple days. (Can you say dreading this more than I've ever dreaded anything ever before???)

Hopefully I can still make up those days with longer runs on other days in the month. I just love little tracking challenges like this because you can do it with friends (Hey Joanna & Kylie!!) and you have a way to keep yourself accountable.

I'll be posting some updates on Instagram throughout the month using the hashtag #30Miles30Days. If you're feeling squirrely, feel free to join us!

Happy Running!