Challenge is Accepted: Be Present

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First off, I was very excited yesterday when I found out that Holly from Where We Can Live Like Jack and Sally is reading my blog. I recently found her blog and it's quickly becoming one if my faves! Thank you for reading, Holly!

Last week, Mama Laughlin posted a pic on Instagram with a challenge called 'Be Present.' I immediately knew I needed to do this challenge because I am ADDICTED to social media, especially Facebook. It's gotten to the point where I can't go thirty minutes without checking my phone.



...and since I can't afford professional help, I'm gonna let Mama Laughlin's challenge be my therapy.

For the month of April, I will only check social media (Facebook, email, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) from 6 am-7 pm on the weekdays. On the weekends, I will only check social media once in the morning and once in the evening.

I do have some exceptions to these rules. First, if I need to type a blog post in the evening, I'll go ahead and do it. Also, if there is a picture that I absolutely need to post on the weekends, I'll go ahead and post it.

My problem is the constant checking, so that's what I'll work on.

So Mama Laughlin, I accept your challenge




Lets rock those pounds. 

Not the nasty pounds that we're wanting to get rid of, but these pounds:

#poundbepresent #MamasAprilChallenge

Opportunity to grow your blog following

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Happy, happy Friday!

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Weigh-In Wednesday...On Thursday

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36 pounds lost
40ish more to go

I'm down three pounds!! I am positive this weight loss is because of the 15K race I ran on Saturday. Maybe the 9.3 miles jump started that scale CUZ IT HASN'T BEEN MOVIN' MUCH LATELY.

Actually, I had gotten on the scale Sunday morning and I was down 13 pounds from last Wednesday, which is not good. Later Saturday afternoon I ended up getting sick. I did not follow through with re-hydrating or eating the way I should after running the race.  Lesson learned...the hard way.

I'm trying to eat better even if I'm still not logging my food in My Fitness Pal. Honestly, until the half marathon is over I don't think I'm going to pay real close attention to my calories. I'll continue making good choices. When the half is over at the end of April, I'll start focusing on my eating.

I wish I could just snap my fingers and be where I want physically. There are days when eating healthy is such. a. struggle. 

I have come to the realization that the biggest part of my weight loss journey is undoing a lifetime of unhealthy habits. It's not an overnight process. It's a journey...and eventually I'll meet my goal. I just have to embrace the lessons I learn along the way.


Special Kids 15K Race...I did it Y'all

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Back on January 1st while spending the afternoon with some friends, a friend of mine asked if I would be willing to do a half marathon with her. I had just done my first 5K race at the beginning of December and had decided I was going to try yet again to run a half marathon (nothing like jumping from a 3.1 mile goal to a 13.1 mile goal). 

Last year, I had started training for a women's half marathon in Nashville. For several months I stuck to my training schedule; but it didn't take long to convince myself there was NO way I was going to be able to run 13.1 miles. I was down on myself every time I had to stop and walk. I worked up to six miles and just quit.

I've always been good at quitting things. I have never believed in myself or believed that I could accomplish a seemingly impossible task. 

Running a half marathon, to me, was an impossible task.

So, when I started training again this year, I really didn't think I would stick with it. But, it turns out that this time was different. My fitness had improved and I noticed that even though running didn't come naturally to me, I started to enjoy the time alone. I began to learn how to control my breathing and find my pace. I still had to walk, but that was okay because my goal was just to finish. 

A few months into the training, another friend of mine posted a link on Facebook about a 15K race coming up in March. Liz (my friend who's running the half marathon with me) and I decided it would be a great opportunity to evaluate our progress before the half marathon in April.

This past weekend we ran the 15K...9.3 miles. This was the first time Liz and I have been able to run together. She is by far the best running partner. We both run about the same pace and before the race decided we would stick together. I can't even describe the feeling of crossing that finish line and realizing I just ran my longest distance ever. On top of that, Liz and I ran the whole thing. Other than the drink stations, we didn't walk ONCE. 




Next stop: The Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville!

If I can reach these goals, then anyone can. I'm still 40 pounds from my target weight. I'm not an athletic person. But, I decided that I could do this. I might be slow...but I could do it.

I am so blessed to have an awesome support system, including a wonderful boyfriend. He got up at the crack of dawn to drive Liz and me to the race and waited at the finish line. He posted this Saturday night after the race...I couldn't have said it any better:

Weigh-In Wednesday

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33 pounds lost
40 pounds to go

Sigh....

I remember back before October when I was all gung ho about counting calories and losing the rest of these 40ish pounds  And then Halloween happened with all its candy goodness.

I've been floating between the same three pounds for a long, long time. I'm trying to find the will power I had last year.

I just love food y'all.

Any food.

All food.

I'm not a discriminator..it's all good.

My exercising has stayed pretty consistent though, so I have that going for me.

I am currently on strike from spin class, which has been my favorite class for two years. The instructors have changed and I miss my old instructor, so I'm voicing my unhappiness by not going.

That'll show them...

Because of my spin strike, I have recently discovered step class.


This class is not for the coordinately challenged, but it sure is fun.

Saturday I did this:


That last mile HARD

This coming Saturday is my 15k race. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. Eight miles was rough and I know nine miles won't be any easier! But, given that a year and a half ago I couldn't run for 30 seconds without losing my breath, I know I can do this.

The weather was absolutely beautiful in Tennessee this past weekend, so we also got a hike in on Saturday.

(Such a good lookin' hiking partner)

I guess I'm going to start at the beginning again with my healthy eating. Next week, I'll work at planning my daily menus. Back to My Fitness Pal I go. Friend me here if you like...I give you permission to yell at me when I don't log in.

Mom...I'm thinking I might want to be a politician

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Ahh, I've heard those words recently and EVERY. PART. OF. ME. CRINGES.

But, the government needs some good people like my boy. Maybe those debating skills that he constantly tries to use on me will pay off one day. 

Last week, he had the opportunity to be a legislative page for our state senator. He looks so grown up! 



Next month, I will officially be the mother of a teenager. Please prescribe the Xanax now.

Wait...it's 2013? When did that happen?

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Let's catch up...

In December, Brenn and I ran our first 5K. I can't even describe the feeling of crossing that finish line and seeing the faces of so many friends that have supported and encouraged me through my weight loss journey.


 We spent Christmas with our family in South Carolina and had a great time. We might be a tad dysfunctional, but we sure do have fun.



The most unexpected part of December was when I received a Facebook message from a guy I've known for several years. This happened right before Christmas:


And, we made it official in February...because nothing is official until you put it on Facebook:


Great things happen when you least expect cuz that's the way God works, ya know.

We also added a new member to our family. I thought he was such a cutie...


And then this happened on many occasions...which made me come to the conclusion he is in desperate need of Ritalin.



But, he still is cute...

We brought in the new year with some great friends


Have you ever played this game? It is absolutely hilarious.



And, I've been training to run in this race, which is happening in two weeks: 


I will be doing the 15K...that's 9.3 miles people! This is in preparation for the half marathon that I will be doing at the end of April in Nashville. I never in a million years thought I would be planning to do a half marathon! 

Weight loss wise, the scale has not budged in many, many, MANY months. I exercise regularly but my eating has not been good. I'll get back on track. I'm still determined to lose these 40 lbs. When I get down in the dumps, I have to remind myself of where I've been...


and where I am now...