The Happiest 5k On The Planet

I have never really considered myself a runner. In high school, we had to run in gym class every 3rd day and I truly dreaded it. I wasn’t in the best shape in high school. Mix that with my lack of popularity and it was just another way for others to make fun.
When I was finishing up my masters, I visited GWU in DC during the cherry blossom season. I fell in love with the city and knew it was the right place for me. In December of ’09, I decided to start training for their annual Cherry Blossom 10 Miler. I was so nervous to run but I had a ton of people there supporting me and I did it. I ran the whole thing! I have to admit, running races are kind of addictive 🙂

I haven’t done much running lately BUT, I decided it was time to get back on the saddle and I am really looking forward to November 17th, 2013. A good friend and I will be running a hip new race called The Color Run! I knew this was a run I wanted to do once I saw a picture of him after he ran it last year. 

I guess I should take a second to explain his title. Tim, aka husband #2, is life long friends with Rob. They grew up together, played soccer, got into trouble, helped each other survive high school and remained close throughout college and after. Tim was the best man in our wedding and even came on our honeymoon (we invited anyone that wanted to come). He got his nickname on our honeymoon actually. He is the one that dances with me at weddings and bars. He also checked in on me when Rob was deployed last year. 
The Color Run, also known as The Happiest 5k On The Planet, made its debut in January 2012. It has become one of the hippest new races almost doubling in number of races and participates this year. 
One of the things I love most about The Color Run is that it is an event for anyone. It’s main goal is to promotes HAPPY, HEALTHY, INDIVIDUALS of all running levels, ages and fitness levels. There are no winners or race times. It’s all about the FUN! I mean, how could you not have fun getting sprayed with colored cornstarch 😉 
This is the perfect even for a group of friends or family to spend some quality time together, getting dirty, and having a blast. While you’re getting all dolled up, the proceeds from the race go to a local charity in each city. 
Still don’t believe it’s a good time? Check this out! 

Yeah, I thought that would help you see it my way 😉

Enter the promo code COLOR5OFF to get $5 off your online registration. Don’t wait though, these races are selling out FAST! You can also get an additional $5 off if you register with a group of 4 or more.

130’s by 30

While I am serious about all of the goals I have for 2013, this particular goal is #1 on my list. I don’t want to get too much into a pity party here but I am so tired of being unhappy… Looking back at the last 6 months of pictures taken with P, I am hardly in any of them :/ The thought of one day P looking at pictures and having little to none with his Mommy brings tears to my eyes. I need to do this for myself, for my husband and for my baby.  I have done this before. I can do it again. 
My goal is to reach the 130’s by the time I am 30. This will be fairly difficult as that means I need to lose roughly 67-77 lbs to achieve this in my 6 short months. I started getting my act together at the end of November through my FB Moms group and lost 4.4 lbs so far. I have also joined a few competitions. Between those, my ability to go to the gym 5-6 days a week (thanks to the amazing gym nursery) and WW ETools online, I have NO excuse to make it.

I came up with some of the following tools to help me along the way. I took an old picture frame and dressed it up a little with scrapbook paper. I write the word on the frame glass with a white board marker each week (more on that below). Thanks to Pinterest, I decided to use pebbles to represent every .2 ponds I needed to lose. I started with doing 1 pebble for every pound but it didn’t seem like very many and I know how hard it can be to even lose .2 ponds some weeks. I also used two pieces of poster board to keep track of my progress for each competition. Visuals ALWAYS help me :). And since we have a guest bathroom that is usually not being used, I have turned it into my little weight loss area. Again, visuals and convenience are always better!

Two of the competitions are Last Loser standing challenges. The goal, lose or maintain every week. A gain means you are out. The last person still losing is the winner. Pretty simple and straight forward but what an impact. I actually lost weight over Christmas and New Years but didn’t deprive myself of anything thanks to Weight Watchers! Each week we are given a word and need to snap a photo of the word and our feet on the scale showing our current weight.

The third started tomorrow and I am super excited about it. I am not sure how new/old it is but it’s called DietBet. You can start your own challenge with 2+ people or join an existing open one. Each challenge host decides on a bet your must make in order to join and the goal. Anyone who reaches that goal, splits the pot. The one I am participating in was a $10 bet and the post, last time I checked, was up to $1,040. All I have to do is lose 4% of my body weight in January. If I achieve this, I will at least get my money back! 
I decided to also take a trip down memory lane to find a little inspiration and hopefully a ton of motivation. In a nut shell, here is my weight loss journey over the last 16 years…
In February 2006 I was out in California and decided it was time to start taking care of myself and loose some weight. I knew I wanted to loose weight the smart way and the best and only choice was Weight Watchers. They were affordable, effective and just the right amount of support. One February 14, 2006 I weighed in at 181.6 lbs, the highest I had ever been. I jumped right in and lost 5 lbs my first week and continued to do so. The meetings were unbelievable. I often joked but in all seriousness, WW meetings are really like AA for eaters. There is support beyond words even if someone doesn’t share. We all got to the same place on different paths. The journey before didn’t matter, the journey we were currently on is what counted.

That June I moved back to the East Coast and started Graduate School. It was very easy to stay on the plan and in June 2007 I had reach within 10 lbs of my weight range and applied to become a receptionist with WW. My final days in grad school, the formal and graduation were amazing. Not only because I had completed a Masters degree but also because I looked and felt amazing. The last weight I remember was about 141 lbs.

The next few years were rough. I slowly began to gain the weight back. I “married and divorced” WW more times than I can count. I would show up to a meeting maybe continue for a week or two and then stop. I met an amazing man and was married in April 2011. I was engaged for 15 months and tried so many times to lose weight. It got so close to the wedding that I became desperate and found a rapid, medical program which got me to 160 lbs. I don’t regret it because it got me to an okay place for my wedding but I wish I could have been at 140 and done it myself.

After the wedding I swore I would get back on track. Again, I “married and divorced” WW from April until September when I decided I had had enough. So, I weighed in on September 29, 2011 at 186, cried a little and decided I NEEDED to make a change. Rob and I want to start having kids and the doctor said I was too heavy and unhealthy. Here is a picture of me at my Sister’s Law School graduation in May 2011.

Much to our surprise, on October 21st, about 3 weeks after I started back up, we found out we were pregnant. I spent the next 9 months growing our beautiful baby boy in my tummy. I ate pretty healthy but indulged when I wanted. Looking back, what a mistake… I maintained my weight for over half my pregnancy but I didn’t exercise and issues swelling made the last 6-8 weeks really rough.

MaryKay Giveaway ~ Satin Hands Set

Earlier this month I announced three giveaways I will be hosting over the next few weeks! With the first two giveaways finished, we’re moving right along to giveaway #3!

The Satin Hands Set includes the Satin Hands Hand Softener, Satin Smoothie Hand Scrub and Satin Hands Hand Cream. I love this product so much I even have a set in our guest bathroom for when friends and family visit. I use this product 1-2 times a week when ever my hands are feeling dry. I first massage a small amount of the Hand Softener into my hands. I then add about 2 pumps of the Smoothie Hand Scrub and massage that on my hands and fingers making sure not to miss a spot! After washing it off under warm water, I apply the Hand Cream. They feel silky smooth all night long and well into the morning! 

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MaryKay Giveaway ~ Pedicure Set

Earlier this month I announced three giveaways I will be hosting over the next few weeks! With the first giveaway finished, we’re moving right along to giveaway #2!

The MaryKay Pedicure Set is your go to for a quick, easy and cheap pampering session. This set includes the Relaxing Foot Soak and Soothing Foot Balm and Pedicure Brush in a stylish travel bag. About once a week, or when I am needing a little pampering, I add the Relaxing Foot Soak to warm water and soak my tooties for about 15 minutes (or as long as P will let me!). Once they are nice and soft I use the Pedicure Brush to exfoliate. Afterwards, when I am in bed, I apply the Soothing Foot Balm. I love have soft smooth feet when I wake up in the morning! 
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MaryKay Satin Hands Set: December 5th – December 19th

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MaryKay Giveaway – Satin Lips

Earlier today I announced three giveaways I will be hosting over the next few weeks! This first product you can enter for a chance to win is the MaryKay Satin Lips Set.

The Satin Lips Set includes a Lip Mask and Lip Balm. At the end of my nighttime routine, I apply the Lip Mask generously on my smackers and after about 5 minutes I wash it off with warm water and then apply the Lip Balm. My lips feel so smooth and healthy even when I wake up the next morning. 
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MaryKay Pedicure Set: November 21st – December 5th
MaryKay Satin Hands Set: December 5th – December 19th

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