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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

HBBC Check In with a smaller bootie

Ok so maybe my bootie isn't smaller yet but I am doing this check in 3 pounds lighter!  Yay for small victories!! I am so happy with the HBBC--- it is just  what I needed to kick my butt into gear.  I have been struggling with extra 30 lbs for over a year.  I feel like I am finally on my way back to healthier me. I hope I can keep this up through this rest of the holidays!

5 mile race (5)
2 mile walk (2)
30 min walk with the whole family 1 +1 turkey day point (2)
7 servings of  veggie/fruit (1)
20 minutes of  stretching/abs (1)


1hour of yoga (3)
4 Mile walk (4)
7 servings of fruit/veggies (1)

8 points

Total for first week 65
3 mile walk (3)
Day of one of the 30 Shred DVD (1)
20 minutes of stretching/abs (1)

5 points

10 Mile Run (10)
20 minutes of stretching/abs  (1)
7 fruits and Veggies (1)
2 mile walk (20

14 points

1 hour Yoga (3)
30 Day Shred (1)
7 fruits and Veggies (1)

5 points

4 mile run (4)
20 minutes of stretching/ans(1)
7 fruits and veggies (1)

6 points

Total for Day 8- 11 is 30

What was your small victory over the last week???

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A whole lot of thanks...

I am have been slacking on doing the 30 day of Thanks Challenge.  I figured today is a great day to catch up and be grateful.

12 A good book--- there is  nothing like snuggling on the couch with a good book and a warm cup of tea at the  day
13 Good hair days-- makes going to work a little better when you have good hair
14 Yoga-- I love the way I feel after a hot yoga class...it is a work out both for the mind and body.
15 Story hour--- I love watching L boogie listen to stories and do crafts with his friends.  Plus nap time is extra long those days
16 Catching up with old friends-  I love when you can meet up with a friend after a long period time and it feels like no time has past
17 Chocolate--- I love it!
18 Our home--- it may not be big or stylish but it is ours and I feel complete there.
19 New Running gear-- I have had the same gear for 4 years  so it is a treat to get something new.
20 The ability to run-  running just makes me happy.
21 Our Siblings-- they are supportive and have become great friends.
22 Our parents-- they have been there for us no matter what.
23-- My nieces and nephews-- I love that my boy has cousins.
24-- The aquarium--- I love penguins.
25-- Racing -- I love thrill and atmosphere of racing.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! Don't forget to check out Hot Legs Runner Thanksgiving Day Blog Hop

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ready to run with the turkeys...

Tomorrow I am running this 5 mile race.  It is my 4th time running this race and I love it!  It is packed and has a great energy.

Here is the swag
My outfit

With this added thanksgiving flare fromBic Bands 
BIC Bands Thin Turkey Run Non-Slip Headband- Proceeds go to CHARITY
More to on Bic bands later and a giveaway!!

My Goal
It is supposed to be cold and windy tomorrow.  I am hoping to complete the race in 52:00 with a 10:24... which is not a PR but would be a Pr for this race post baby.

Good Luck to everyone trotting like turkeys tomorrow!!!

HBBC Day 3 , 4 and 5

I am totally pumped for this competition.  I have been trying to fit extra points here and there and I have been striving to be healthier overall and I am feeling great!!!  I do much better when I have something to motivate and hold me accountable.

Day 3
Yoga( One hour) 3
Weights 1
2 mile walk 2
Veggies/ Fruit 1 (Orange, Pear, 1.5 cups of spinach, 1/2 cup celery, 10 baby carrots, 1 cucumber, 1/2 peas)
Total 7

Day 4
Five Mile Run 5
One hour hike 4
Stretching/ Yoga 1
Veggies/ fruit 1 ( Orange, Pear, 1.5 cups of spinach, 15 carrots, 1.2 celery, 1 cup broccoli, 1 cup summer squash)
total 11

Day 5
Yoga  (one hour) 3
Weights 1
3 mile walk 3
Veggies/fruit 1 ( 1/2 cup grapes, a pear, 2 cups lettuce, 1.5 cups spinach, .5 cup peas, 1 cup broccoli, 1/2 cup pumpkin in oatmeal)
Total 8

Total for 3 days 26

Total so far 45

How is everyone else doing?  Do you find you are more committed to a healthier lifestyle when you have something to hold you accountable???

Sunday, November 21, 2010

In honor of my upcoming 30th birthday...

I am closing in on 30 in a couple of weeks.  I thought as a way to celebrate I would do another giveaway when I get to 30 followers.  I am almost there so spread the word.  I will give bonus entry for spreading the word on your blogs.

What of giveways are your favorite?

Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge Day 1 and 2


Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge

The 3rd annual Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge is here!!  We have had over 120 participants for the last two years and I expect even more this year.  The goal of HBBC is to provide a little additional motivation to stay active and make good choices throughout the holiday season.  The stats say the average American may gain at LEAST 5lbs…but even if you gain 2lbs and don’t lose it that adds up each year. 

A. We had an awesome time! The involvement from everyone and encouragement is amazing.
B. It kept folks from gaining holiday poundage
C. Some seriously good prizes…Sweaty Bands, Once Again Nut Butter, Lara bar, New Balance Shorts, Oiselle Running tank, CEP socks, green teas, yoga bag…to name a few…more details to come.
HBBC Rules
1 Point per mile (run/walk/snowshoe)
1 Point per 3 miles biked
1 Point per 20 minutes of weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, stretching or abs
1 Point per 15 minutes of another form of cardio (i.e. kick boxing, aerobics elliptical)
1 Per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and veggies
Challenge will run from Nov 20 to Jan 7…this helps to cover you for the major holidays!

Additional points: Because I am all about taking care of your entire mind, body, soul connection there will be additional posts/questions where you can earn points throughout the challenge.
Today is day one of the booty buster 1challange.  I plan to do check in couple times a week to keep me accountable.

Today I did:
3 mile run
20 mins of lifting
2 mile walk
Total 6 points

Fruit/ veggies
1 Pear
1 Cup Spinach
1 Cup Lettuce
2 Baby Cucumbers
1/2 cup grapes
3 stalks Celery
1/2 cup brocolli slaw
Total 1 point

Day One total points-7


Activity points:
8 Mile Run
2 Mile Walk
20 minutes streching/yoga

1 Orange
1/2 cup grapes
Salad (2 servings)
1/2 cup Celery
1/2 cup grape tomatoes
1 green pepper.
Day Two Total- 12

Overall So far 19

I am so pumped for this challenge!  I keep looking for ways to add to my points.  How is everyone else doing?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Resting is hard sometimes.

Last week, I posted that I was not feeling well and should I run or not.  I got some inspirational comments about powering through it.  So that is what I did.  I ran 3 times last week but could not shake this cold/cough.  At the urging of J, I finally went to the doctor and found out I had bronchitis.  It was actually pretty surprising to me since I did not feel that bad expect my horrible cough. The doctor advised rest for a week since my lungs were very irritated. 

Tomorrow is the day I can finally run again.  For so many months, I looked for excuses to work out.  Now I am completely bummed I can't funny how things change.  I cant wait to hit the pavement again.  I do worry that I have lost come fitness.... guess we will see tomorrow.

Have you been force to take a rest period from running?  Did you notice any loss of fitness?

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

30 Days of Thanks days 8, 9, 10 and 11

Wow... slacker much.  I have been sick, swamped at work and plain tired.  Enough with the excuses and on with the thanks.

Day 8: My Husband

I am so thankful for my husband J.  He is my biggest supporter and wholeheartedly believes I can do whatever I want to.  He makes me want to be as good of a person as he thinks I am.  He is an amazing father and loves L Boogie with his whole being.  He supports and encourages my running.  Without his support, I could not run and train.  I am so thankful to be blessed with a man like this in my life.

Day 9 Scenic Runs at the Beach
I am thankful that this is 3 miles from my house.  It is a 6 mile stretch of beach with a boardwalk that run along it.  It has mile makers so I can do speed work.  It is well lit and many other run/walk along it so it is safe early in the morning and later in the evening.  I love that I get to run this on a regular basis.

Day 10: My Job

For a long time, I just went to work did my job and came home.  I finally found a job that I enjoy and look forward to.  I am thankful I found a family friendly company that appreciates we have a life outside of work.  Although, I wish I could stay home full time with L Boogie, 3 days a week is a good comprise. 

Day 11: New Fuzzy Socks
I look  foward to slipping my cold sore feet into these at night.  Sometimes it is the little things!

What are you thanks for today?

PS Dont forget to enter my giveaway!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Running Date??

(not J and I )
Today I was driving and I saw six different couples running together.  At first, I thought nothing of it but then I started to get a little jealous.  I wish that J and I could run together.  When I was pregnant with L Boogie, we would talk about going on family runs and  doing a 5k with the jogger.  I was excited to be that kinda of family.  J claims he came to his senses and remember he hates running.  He used to run and now decided it is not for him. Although, I have accepted that we may never do that family 5k, I hold out hope that we will some. 

Sparked by all the running couples, I decided to look up some articles about the benefits of working out together.  I found this article about the  benefits of workout together. I decided to make list for J of all the reasons we should workout together.  

Here is the list:
Why the Smaileys Should Run Together:
Safety: You know I am klusty... I am bound to fall better to fall with you then alone.
Common Interest:  L Boogie is a wonderful interest we share but we could use another!
Encouragement:  You are the best cheerleader a girl could ask for and I can make up some great cheers for you!!
Quality Time:  We could always use more time together...
A Deeper Bond:  Studies show couples who exercise together have more sex... (hope that seals the deal)

He found the reasons somewhat compelling and agreed to give a try in the next couple of days.  I will keep you posted.

Do you exercise with your partner?  If not, do you wish you did?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Running while sick... what do you do?

So I have come down with my first cold of the season and I feel like crap.  It is cold, rainy and windy here so that does not help.  I was planning on running tomorrow morning but with this cold and how I feel I am not sure.  Part of me wants to give myself the extra day to rest and part of me wants to push myself.  Of course, my husband the sweet non runner that he is says take the day off.  I guess i will set the alarm and see how I feel in the morning.

How about you... do you push through illness or give your body a rest???

My first Giveaway...

In honor of renewed love of my iPod and music while running, I have decided to giveaway a $10 iTunes gift card. I really feel that having the right music for the right situation can make the difference. I love being able to add new songs to my play list and get pumped when I hear them.  I wanted to share that with you.

To Enter:

You must be a follower of runningmumma.blogspot.com and leave a comment

Leave a comment with your all time favorite song to workout to and 3 songs you would download with your gift card.

For an extra entry, link my giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment

The giveaway will end on 11:59pm November 15.  I will pick a winner at random and notify them on November 16th.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Goals for the week and 30 Days of Thanks Day 6 and Day 7

Last Week in Review:
I had kinda of a bad week.  I only worked out 3 times and did not make it on my long run.  I fell last Tuesday  and got a terrible cut/ bruise on my leg.  My leg was really hurting so I decided to give it a rest.  Kind of a lame excuse but I trying not to dwell.  I also ate like crap and need to get my eating back on track. 

Weekly Workout Goals:
I have finished my first two weeks of baseline training and this week calls for some moderate runs.. so I vague so here it goes:

11/8 Monday: 30 day Shred
11/9 Tuesday: 5 mile Run at 10:30 pace
11/10 Wednesday: Spin / 30 day Shred
11/11 Thursday: 5 Mile run at 3 miles at 10:30 and 2 miles at 9:30 pace/ 30 day Shred
11/12 Friday: Rest
11/13 Saturday 4 mile run at 10:30
11/14 Sunday 7 or 8 miles

Other Goals:

Eat out planned meals and no impulse snacking
Limit myself to one cup of coffee a day

30 Days of Thanks

Day 6- Lazy weekends

I love lazy weekends with no plans.  They always end up to be the best.  This weekend we had no plans which is very unusual and much appreciated.  There was lots of time spent in pjs, yummy breakfasts and extra naps.  These weekends almost never happen but are pure bliss in my book

Day 7- Blogging

I may not have lots of followers or know as much about running as other but I love blogging.  I have made other attempts at blogging before about various subjects and have always failed.  But I love all the blogs/bloggers and I love running so this maybe the prefect combo to keep me blogging. 

Happy Monday!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

30 Days of Thanks... Day 5

I am grateful for Mom Friends.  Obviously, I am grateful for all my friends but this post to dedicate to my  mom friends...

I just got home from our monthly Mom Night In and I was thinking of how blessed I am  to have these women in life.  I had my wonderful friends prior to becoming a mother unfortunately I am the first of those friends to pave the path of motherhood.  I felt alone and isolated I decided to join the local mother's group.  After a little while, I met some wonderful women and we began to bond over breast milk, colicky babies and sleepless nights.  Overtime, we began to form real friendship and alliances.  These women are there to share a laugh, a cry and a glass of wine.  Only common interest is motherhood but somehow that is enough. Although, it has been over 18 months and people come and go the core group remains and gets together with and without babies and husband.  I am so lucky to have them in my life.

Lessons learned from Last Night's Speed Workout

I have done speed work before but not in a long while.  Last night was my third speed workout since starting this round of training.  Here are somethings I learned at night from my speed workout.

-My headphones suck and I need new ones.
- Don't eat dinner and then do a speed workout.
- I prefer to warm-up and cool-down outside and not have the whole workout on the treadmill.
- I really need to get my own treadmill-- I hate the gym esp how crowded it is about to get
- Speed workouts really do make you faster and stronger
- Music makes the workout tolerable
- I love speed workouts once they are done

What have you learned from your workouts recently??

Thursday, November 4, 2010

30 Days of thanks... Day 4

During my speed workout today, I realized how much love  my I-Pod shuffle.  I have not had music to run with for a while since my last I-pod broke.  I really never thought that music made a difference in my running until I started running with music again.  Tonight I really was struggling getting in the running mood... my favorite song came on and I pushed through my speed work out.  I know in the grand scheme of things this is a silly thing to be grateful for but it sure made my workout a little more enjoyable tonight.  Sometimes it is the little things. 

What  is something that made your day a little more enjoyable???

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

30 days of Thanks... Day Two and Day Three

For some reason Day Two did not post so you get two in one day...

Day 2
I am thankful for Trader Joe's Gingerbread Coffee.  I know this is a silly thing to be thankful for but the flavors just scream the holiday season to me.  Each cup is like a little trip down memory of Thanksgivings and Christmases of the past... remembering all the family, laughter and good time.  The holidays always have held a special place in my heart and even more so now that I have my own family.  I cant wait for all the joy to come this season and more gingerbread coffee!!

Day 3

I am thankful for family dinners.  Today J, L Boogie and I were all home to make and eat dinner together.  This is a rare occurrence in our family maybe once a week do we get to eat dinner together due work and school schedules.  I typically cook something the night before or in the morning and we reheated in the evening.  Today we got to savor our time as a family...dancing in the kitchen listening to Jimmy Buffet ( a favorite of L Boogie's) while I whipped something yummy up for dinner.  Then sitting down and eating together discussing our day  well at least J and I were L Boogie still does not add much to the conversation...Ha!  I am so thankful for anytime we can connect as a family and enjoy our time together.

Monday, November 1, 2010

30 days of Thanks... day One.

 Always a Reason to Run, launched her 30 days of Thanks and invited other bloggers to particpate.   Everyday I will post one thing that I am thankful for... big, small, silly or serious.  I have been wanted to take find more joy in the little things so this perfect for me.


Day One-

I am thankful for my son, L Boogie.  He is the best thing that happen to me/ us.  He made us a true family.  I never knew I could love someone so much for just simply being them.  He is such a happy and sweet boy.   He is inquisitve and adventorous with a zest for life!  I am so thankful I get to be his mama.

L Boogie the Spider

What are you thankful for?