Wednesday, July 11, 2012

10k and a Half Marathon...

I ran 10k on Sunday! I Did It!

I ran it in 1 hour 22 minute and 4 seconds.... I am still in a wee bit of pain from it, but it was awesome... April and I ran for 15 minutes then walked for 1 minute the whole time. It was hard but I felt so accomplished when I finished. We finished together, holding hands as we sprinted across the finish line. It was a good day!
The Results

Now, I just signed up (like an hour ago) for  the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February! Yikes!
I am running to cure Rett Syndrome... there is a donate button on the sidebar here that you can donate to the cause --------------------->
every little bit helps and keeps me motivated to run those 13.1 (21k)... and belive me, I will need all the help I can get!!!

And just look at this face- how could you say no to this face???

Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Orleans, Training & Goals...

You guys, I went to New Orleans last month for a Rett Syndrome  conference. It was amazing to meet other moms and other girls who have Rett Syndrome just like my daughter. I learned a lot, and I ate a lot... I really tried to be good- until the first night... food in New Orleans is awesome! I figured I would try to make smarter choices while not denying myself the tasty, scrumptious food they have there. Mmmmmmm Creole!
So because of this food I gained 8 lbs while I was gone- totally worth it though! I had almost made my goal of 167 by June. I was at 167.8, but then now I am back up in the 170's. But its okay. I am now back into the swing of things and getting ready for my 10 on this Sunday (July 8) and for the Mud Hero race on the 22nd!

the weight it wrong but everything else is right
My friend and I went out running on holiday Monday and we decided that because we both slacked a little (her) and a lot (me) while I was gone we wanted to see just if we would be able to even do 10k. SO we set out in fish creek park and ran....and ran.... and ran.... we did our Bridge to 10K app and just reset it when we got to the end and started over until we made it 10k... well we actually went a bit longer than 10k- almost 11k and then we walked for 10 minutes back to our car. I was so proud of us- we actually did stand honestly, besides being sore the next day I wasn't dead by any means.

Then last night we ran again but just did the program once, which is about 45 minutes of running (15 min run, 1 min walk x 3) and it was still hard but again, we did it. Its funny to think back to when I could barely run for 3 minutes and 6 seemed impossible!!

So I have made myself a goal for the month of July. I am going to lose 10 lbs and get rid of 100 things.
Right now I weigh 171.8 and by the 30th of July I will weigh 161.8 (if not less). My kids will be gone for a week so during that week I will be living at the gym or in fish creek or whatever I can do to get my butt in gear- plus its a bonus the 2 races I will be doing this month won't hurt in the weight loss process!
As for the 100 things. I've been reading some blogs about people who purge 100 things a month- I bet I have enough stuff to do that but I am starting small. 1 month, 100 things. I figure I probably have about 30 pieces of clothing- if not more I can get rid of so I'm already a third of the way there!!

So I will check back in and let you know how things are going. 10 lbs. 100 things. Changing my life!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

5k and BIA...

I am really not great at blogging- good thing it's not my job!!

So I have been trying really hard the last month or so... except for when I went to Mexico on a much needed vacation without the kids!

But before Mexico I was training with my good friend April to run the Mothers Day Run and Wlk here in Calgary- I probably didn't train as hard or efficiently as I should have but I still ran it- and I ran the whole way! I was so proud of myself because there were multiple times throughout the run that I thought "I'm just gonna walk for a bit--no Tanis, don't walk! Wait a little bit longer" and I kept waiting and then I saw the finish line and even though it was forever away I couldn't justify walking when I could see it- though at times my run was barely faster than the walkers beside me!!
But I finished and my time was 41:33- not too shabby for a first timer!

I'm the out of focus one in the corner- but look I'm smiling!! Ok, so I smiled any time I saw a camera so in case they took a picture I wouldn't look like I was dying!

So I went to visit Dr. Morgan again today and did another BIA test.
I'm actually proud to put this one up because I have made progress- no more stagnant results!
I have lost 3 pounds of fat!! See ya later FAT!!
fyi- on my scale I'm a lot prouder of myself since it reads that I weigh 168.8- I am back in the 160's!!! My goal for the month of June is to get to 167- I am so close you guys...
If I keep eating like I am and exercising like I am I know I can make it there and beat it... I just hope that when I go to New Orleans in a week (for a Rett Syndrome Conference) I don't let myself go too much. I am going to try really hard!

Plus, April has somehow convinced me to run a 10k on July 8th, and then we signed up for the Mud Hero run on July 22 and then I have signed up for the Spartan Race on August 18- I am going to either be so fit or dead by the end of summer!!
Lets hope it's fit!!

Oh and BTW I can now run for 30 minutes at a speed of 4.9 on the treadmill for 30 minutes without dying! I'm alternating upping my speed and lengthening my time - I gotta say April has been a great motivator in helping me through the rough patches of this journey... thanks April!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I'm back...

Hello to any of you who still may be following this blog. In case you hadn't realized that I tend to shy away from blogging when I'm not doing the best.

I am still stuck in the 169-172 plateau that I've been on for the last few, well, months. I know the answer is get back to eating the way Dr. Morgan told me to and get back to the gym regularly.
So I am trying.

I actually signed up for the Mothers Day run & walk on May 13th- its a 5k. My first ever. This wasn't supposed to happen until August when I run the Spartan Race but my good friend just returned from school out in Halifax and we have become workout and running buddies.
Actually tomorrow we are going to try to do a practice 5 k in her community while her mom watches Owen.
I don't run outside, I never have. Until monday, I tried and man its hard- I remember someone telling me that running outside is easier than on a treadmill but I beg to differ. On my treadmill I have music, TV and no hills. Outside its hot, hilly and boring. But, after using GPS I was thrilled to learn that I had gone just over 2 miles and a 5k is 3.1 miles- So I am a little more okay with possibly not dying while running on the 13th!

Well, wish me luck for tomorrow and the 13th! I will try harder to post more often and hopefully it will be good news more often than not.

ps. I am now on monthly visits for my BIA so I will be posting that next one right before I leave for Mexico!!!! yay!

Saturday, March 31, 2012


So this weeks BIA (sorry I am late posting again- Melia is on spring break and makes blogging hard) was not as bad as I thought it would be. Still not great- I am still trying hard to get back into the mind set of healthy eating and exercising more. You would think I would be able to get back quickly but it has been hard. I guess old habits die hard, and honestly if Owen doesn't cut some of his teeth soon I am going to give him some steel wool to chew on!!! Kidding, but seriously he has been teething FOR-EVER!! Those teeth of his keep coming to the surface and then going back down and I am at the end of my rope with that kid- which usually sends me running for crappy food... but I am going to try really hard not to let it affect me as much.

So if you look at my fat mass it is at 61.0 lbs. When I started back in January it was at 70.9 lbs thats 9.9 lbs of FAT!!!
My lean body mass is pretty much the same 117.5 now and 117.6 then. Hmmm guess I gotta hit the pump class a little more often!!

Anyways, I am going to make a goal right now- and I've heard its not a goal until you write it down and tell someone else, so I figure here I will kill two birds with one stone. My goal is no Mcdonalds for the whole month of April.... I'm hoping this will just lead to not ever wanting it again since I've also heard it takes 21 days to create a habit- I want my habit to be not eating mcdonalds when I am stressed out. 
My other goal is to get down to at least 165 (on my scale) but the end of the month... hopefully more but I'm looking at baby steps again. So on Dr. Morgans scale I guess that would be about 173.

So there we go - it is written so I will do it!!!

ps. How bad is it that my brain just thought 'I should go get mcdonalds right now since its the last day before I can't for a whole month' urgh... stupid brain!!!
Good thing the kids are in bed and I can't leave the house!!
Let the health begin again!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Back on track??

Well this week I have followed Dr. Morgan's rules on getting my butt back on the treadmill.
I had my wonderful older brother come over on Thursday night to help move my 3-400 lb machine upstairs to the main floor so I would be more motivated and could watch my good tv with my pvr'd shows- anything to get my mind off the actual exercise!!!

Anyways, I've also been eating lots better and this morning I weighed myself and it read 169.6! The lowest weight I have been since before I got pregnant with Owen. And .2 lbs lower than I was before I fell off the wagon.

That is motivating and encouraging. I'm excited (or as excited as I can be about exercise) to get back on the weight loss track!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

urgh x 2

Ok, so the reason I haven't been blogging is first- my life is insane. and second- I'm embarrassed at my lack of progress and as of toady my set back :(

I can't for the life of me find my BIA test from Friday but here is my one from today.

I don't even want to go over the numbers. I'm quite upset with myself. Not that it is terrible, I mean I've technically only gained a few pounds but still, I am headed in the wrong direction!

I have realized that Mcdonalds is like crack cocaine for me- Once even a little bit is in my system it is SO HARD for me to stop. Though as of Saturday I haven't had any. A friend and I are doing a '12 step' program for my Mcdonalds addiction, she is my 'sponsor'.

I need to get back on track- I guess that has been my song and dance for the last couple posts hasn't it.
But seriously I do.
I did pretty good today. I need to go on the treadmill though and motivation is hard to find.
Dr. Morgan told me I have to go on it everyday for the next 7 days. So I guess I had better do it.
I think I need to move my treadmill upstairs so that I can watch my PVR'd shows while I walk/run because honestly it is so boring watching regular TV downstairs.

Ok. I'm headed to the treadmill.... lets hope I can get my act together already!

ps. Thanks for all the helpful tips and encouraging words either in the comments here or on FB or through my email. I really appreciate them all!!