Weight Loss Saga {Aug 1}

Let’s begin —

I’m recommitting to this whole weight loss/exercise thing for the month of Aug. I started the 3-Day Refresh and, well, I failed miserably. I made it through one day of the shakes before I ended up with a massive headache, no motivation, and the overwhelming urge to vomit every time I even thought about Shakeology. No bueno. I’m determined to finish them though, I paid for the system and I need to see it through but we’re about to get creative. Stay Tuned for these recipes…

However, all that aside:

Week 1: -2.7lbs

Yep. I’m actually down a little over two and a half lbs this week! I’ve been loosely following the 21-Day Fix approved foods list and watching my caloric intake on MFP. I haven’t, however, gotten any time to exercise, which needs to be incorporated. That is definitely becoming a priority in this next week.

The Hubs got me a FitBit Flex for my (extremely early) birthday gift and I like it a lot. I had a FitBit Zip for a short period of time but I found myself getting way too wrapped  up in it and not moving for the right reasons. This is a little more mindless which is really helping. That and I find myself taking random trips around work, just to get some steps in.

So for now –

Monthly Goals:

* Drop 8 lbs (4%)

* Work Out 5 Days a week

* Meet or exceed 10,000 steps per day, weekends included.  

8 Days until the Charles St 12 (Half PR: 2:59:17) [I know I can’t count my Half PR against the 12 Miler but I’d like to complete this in 2:45 or less. I know that seems extreme but I’m hoping I can pull it off.]

44 Days until the 9/11 Run To Remember (PR: 32:59)

86 Days until the MCM10K (PR: 1:12)

100 Days until the 10K Across The Bay (PR: 1:12)

Back to the Grind

It’s been a month since we moved and while we aren’t settled in yet, E has a job that he really seems to enjoy (save the 98* heat every day), Beanie is loving her school and she simply amazes me with what she comes home and tells us she learned that day, and me — well, I’m employed. I’m not going to lie, I don’t love it. This a factory job and it doesn’t satisfy my craving to please people. I’m sucking it up though and moving forward.

It seems like everyone I know is jumping on on bandwagon of fitness and I’m all “HA! I’ve been on the wagon”, but I haven’t. Weight has snuck up and it’s being a menance to get off so I made the decision to recommit myself to getting this weight {back} off and keeping it off.

Ran another 6 miles this past Saturday, I was surprised at how easy it was coming back to me. I picked a route that would mimic the hills on the Charles St 12 course. Hopefully I can manage that one without dying. It’s coming up in 2 weeks and I’m horrificly under trained. My M.O….

I also committed to try the 3-Day Refresh  and the 21-Day Fix, both by Beach Body, which is where my Body Pump came from. I adore Body Pump. I actually feel like I’m doing something with this work out, not just a “blah blah blah” jumping around. I wish I could have two TVs in one room so I can play Pump on one screen and 30-Day Shred on the other. (i’m sure some Beach Body coach is cringing that I put Jillian Michaels in the same sentence but hey, the woman is a psychotic bitch but she can work out!). So I started Day 1 of the 3-Day Refresh.

I can’t choke the shit down! The chocolate Shakeology is like drinking dark chocolate syrup. I mixed it with almond milk (had to go dairy free) and I’m not sure if I didn’t use enough to what but wow. I got to the fiber drink and nope. Finished half before I gagged and had to stop. I think I could have chugged this except I didn’t mix it well enough. No one wants to chew their drinks. The Vanilla shake for lunch — I chugged that shit. I’m talking, I’ve taken shots of fireball slower than I chugged this drink. I’m going to try blending this with strawberries and a banana tomorrow and seeing if that can’t help any. I’m sticking with it because I paid A LOT for it I’m committed to trying this program and looking to see what results I can get.

Don’t worry, I’m not becoming a coach. I don’t have enough time in the day to remember where I put my child, let alone sell stuff. But I have an awesome coach, should any of my readers want to look deeper into any products 🙂

June in Review

We made it! We are moved and settled in (just in time to potentially move again in Sept, but this time to a place closer to our work places. We’re done moving from state to state).

14 Hours, 8 States, 8 Potty Breaks (ZERO Accidents from the Small Human!) and we’re finally moved back to MD.

I had signed up for the Baltimore Women’s Classic which was June 22. I hadn’t really trained for it but I was hoping for the best since it was *only* a 5K. Word of advice: Don’t ever say *only* a anything. A race is a race is a race and should be respected as one.

4,000 women running through the streets of Baltimore. I’m sure it was a sight to behold.

Nailed It!

Nailed It!

There was a difference in the official time clock and my Nike +, probably because my GPS wasn’t digging the scenery but overall, I still PR’ed. Official time was 32:51:10 with a chip time of 10:36/per mile. This was my fastest 5K ever

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The course was absolutely gorgeous, which surprised me. Of course it had a damn U-Turn in it. All of the streets in Baltimore and you have to put a U-Turn into every single race?! Try again. But Charm City Run headed this race up and I have to say, they did a great job. The atomsphere was fantastic.

Race Completed

Race Completed

E’s bithday just passed and that gave us some time off (we’ve both been incredibly busy with work and school (me), and the Small Human). I think I blocked out forgotten how Mayland really was. The traffic, the people, the over-crowdedness of it all — but I definitely forgot the scenery after a horrendous downpour until MIL and I walked out of the craft store and saw this:

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And of course, the 4th of July:

'MURICA

‘MURICA

The Parade (she was happier than she looks)

The Parade (she was happier than she looks)

@ the Fireworks

@ the Fireworks

When I was leaving Maine, a friend of mine told me about these things called “Virtual Runs”. I had zero idea what they were so I looked them up. I found out, you get medals for doing these, plus the money goes to charity. DOUBLE BONUS! I found one that has a medal that is so dang cute, I had to sign up.

Who wouldn't want this?!

Who wouldn’t want this?!

The proceeds go to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. A lot of folks (those runners who would rather use their mortgage payment to pay a race entry fee rather than their mortage BAER) don’t see these as “real races” because they aren’t sanctioned, you don’t run for time, etc. Well poop on them. I don’t mind it and I find that I push myself to better my time. I signed up for the 10K (which, really, the only difference is my bib says 10K on it, whereas others says 5K or Half Marathon) and I ran it this past Saturday AM.

Peace and Love 10K

Peace and Love 10K

Let me tell you about running MD for a minute. If the cars don’t kill you during the run, the humidity will continue to try. It was ridiculously hot and sweaty but I bested my previous 10K time by almost 5 mins. (Previous time 1:19:22) (NOTE: the HRM time was after a cool down, the actual time is what Nike is statin in the upper left hand block)

Next up – The Charles St 12 Miler which, you guessed it, we run 12 miles down Charles St. This should make the patrons of Baltimore City non too happy. (What else is news).

And another new revelation:

This is happening...

This is happening…

Not only am I really hoping I don’t die but I’m really REALLY hoping I don’t die in front of a bunch of Marines. Now I need to find an extremely obnoxious CG shirt to wear for this race 😛

Mother’s Day 5K

Last mother’s day I ran my very first 5K. It was the Mariner’s Mother’s Day 5K that benefitted the local high school’s booster club. I started the Couch to 5K journey in Feb of 2013 and I decided the Mother’s Day 5K would be my goal.

Mother's Day 5K 2013

Mother’s Day 5K 2013

I ran my ass off. I made it halfway before having to walk up this massive hill, which was discouraging but I made it. I finished in under 40 mins which was my goal but it was one of those “if I can’t do it in under 40 mins, maybe I shouldn’t be doing it at all” which are a little more discouraging but I finished. From here, the running bug had bit me.

This past Mother’s Day, I made it a point to run again because it marked a year since starting my running journey. this year when a lot better than last year 🙂

Mother's Day 5K 2014

Mother’s Day 5K 2014

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The organizers rerouted the course to avoid the massive hill from last year, except they had the walkers start ahead of the runners. Now, I’m not positive why this happened but it didn’t work out fantastically because the runners caught up with the walkers and, in addition to being corraled through  a muddy alley way behind the school, we were dodging and weaving.

I was able to run a good distance but I’ve been battling this knee/back/butt muscle issue that causes my leg to throb. That slowed me down a bit and I actually had to walk for a 1/10th of a mile. I still managed to PR though, which made me insanely excited. Official records had me as 34:04. I’ll take it!

This year, I was lucky enough to run with some awesome ladies.

Me and C Mother's Day 5K <– C has been motivating me to get my rear end moving and to continue running.

There were also some ladies from my station, as well as the wife of one of the guys that decided to run   –>

 

 

 

And of course, it wouldn’t be me without something happening to make me laugh:

Go Figure!

Go Figure!

I knew I tanned easily but this was literally 30 mins in the sun and now I have a reminder of my knee brace. Fantastc.

Next up — the big move to Maryland and the Baltimore Women’s Classic

I used to have a blog

So I used to have a blog. I used to post. I used to be all into this online journal bit.

Yea…. about that….

I think I was supposed to blog once a day in Feb, that clearly didn’t happen. I was also supposed to be losing weight. That hasn’t happened either. I’ve had a lot going on.

My willpower is shot to shit. Seriously, I need a swift kick in the ass. I’ve been able to run outside which is a plus (since, you know, we live in the tundra and it’s muddy and icy all the freaking time!)

Pretty much

Pretty much

 

I survived though.

Speaking of surviving —

Race The Runways 2014

Race The Runways 2014

M, J, and I ran the Race The Runways 2014 at Brunswick Air Field. It wasn’t terrible. Well, it wasn’t awful considering I had virtually no training. I managed to eek out a PR by a minute LOL my original Half time was 3:00:24. Race The Runways, I came in at 2:59:17. That’s a huge deal f0r me.

Next up — the Mariner Mother’s Day 5K through town and after that, the Baltimore Women’s Classic.

While we’re talking about Baltimore, I got orders! We’re heading back to Baltimore for 4 yrs. Early transfer out of this joint. Not by choice but I can’t complain because with this transfer comes the news that I’m making E6. 9 years in the making and I cannot wait! I’m not overly excited about going back to Baltimore because E and I wanted to travel some more but the money will make up for the lack of movement.

Going back to Baltimore also brings the opportunity for more races. Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K, the Charles Street 12 Miler, the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon, and the inaugural running of the Across The Bay 10K. Out of 20,000 runners, I was lucky enough to be quick enough to register because it sold out. Of those 6.2 miles, 4.35 miles of them will be across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, 181 feet in the air. I’m so excited!!

I’m going to attempt to keep up with this a little more, now that we’re moving but I can’t make any promises…

The {weight} saga 2014 – Jan

Jan Recap:
Miles ran: 46.74 mi
Weight lost: 0 (UGH!)

I found out I had pneumonia in the first week of January and that took me out of the running scene. I knew I wanted to start training for the Half Marathon and needed to do it soon but the doc said “No. Absolutely no running”. After a week on prednisone, he gave me the go ahead to run but I had to keep my heart rate under 150. Have you ever had to pay that much attention to your HRM while running?

It’s pretty freakin hard. (that’s what she said). But surprisingly, some of my best runs, calorie burning wise, was during those runs.  I’ve since been cleared, after two doses of prednisone. The Black Lung is gone, thank goodness. The shoulder pain remains but I’m trying to take it easy.

I’ve decided Feb is going to be a “No Eating Out” Challenge month for the Coastie house. I want to challenge myself to make 28 different dinners. Sort of a “Julie & Julia” thing except not as in depth.

Weigh ins, for work, are coming up quickly. I’m determined to make weight via the scale. I only have 6 lbs to go but these 6 lbs are kicking my ass. It doesn’t help that I’ve been in true fat girl mode recently and have been needing to eat all of the food. I need to kick this habit, ASAP.

I ran my 6m long run today and shocked myself to PR my 10K time! I was pretty stoked. I’m hoping to be able to shave a few solid minutes off my Lobster Fest time. Fortunately I have until Aug  to work on that 😉

January can suck it

Eleanor Roosevelt said:

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

Ain’t this the truth!

January and 2014 is off to a bang up start. Pneumonia, Beanie not wanting to sleep, the dog is just a mess in general, work is picking up, E is working a lot. We’re all dealing with madness in the Coastie house but at least we’re all on the mend.

I’m halfway through my English class and about to start a Political Science class on 3 Feb. I decided 2014 was the year to finish my degree. I won’t be complete with my Bachelors but I’ll have finished my Associates Credits by Oct. This means I start a new class every month and am taking two classes per month. How much fun does that sound like?? Yea, I’m not raising my hand either.

Pneumonia had kept me down for about 3 weeks but I think I’ve finally kicked it. I wasn’t able to run for those 3 weeks and when I tried, I thought I was going to die so I (for once) followed the doc’s orders. I’m back on the dreadmill again and have a new Half Marathon in sight. Since, obviously, I didn’t have enough going on 😉

Race The Runways 2014

Race The Runways 2014

I was lured under the pretense of it being a flat course so I’m willing to give it a whirl.

Honestly, for a while, after reading many blog posts about people running races, I started to feel down on myself about my performance on the Baltimore course. I finished in exactly my goal time (3 hours) but I was feeling down about it. I walked a lot, I took the water breaks, my stomach wasn’t feeling it, etc. But then I read an article about how Baltimore is one of the tougher courses out of a lot of races all over the country. And I actually met my goal. So I broke up with MapMyRun and I refocused. I downloaded Nike+ and got on board with their (FREE!) coaching plans and now I’m well into Week 3 of training and, while I’ve had to do all of my runs on the treadmill, I’m feeling pretty good about it. I run to finish, not to win. I’m not running to win the world and all that jazz. Truthfully, I run for the medals because they’re pretty 🙂

I read a post about a girl who admitted to cutting mileage off her race during one of those Hot Chocolate 15Ks. I applaud her for putting herself out there and putting herself on blast but my main question, why bother? If you aren’t going to run for you and you aren’t going to finish strong, why bother starting at all? Running isn’t a sport that has hand outs. It’s all you. You don’t have someone to pick up your slack. You can’t expect someone to be all “YAY! YOU DID IT” because you didn’t. I get that some people legit can’t finish a race, for whatever reason. But if you aren’t going into the race with the intentions of doing your best and finishing strong, don’t waste your money. It doesn’t affect me, obviously, just merely an observation. I had to giggle because the whole tone of the post was defensive and attacking. Your readers aren’t the ones that did anything wrong, lady. You admitted to not finishing the race, yet you still allowed yourself to obtain a FINISHER mug and prizes.

I haven’t decided what resolutions I want to do in the upcoming months. Last year I did pretty well with sticking to them. I completed almost all of them. I failed at the Photo A Day challenges but that’s the norm. I didn’t fair well with the NaBloPoMo challenge but I’m thinking I might try that again. It’s funny. I love the write but I’m having a tough time at learning up to write correctly. My English class is teaching me this and I think I much prefer to remain uneducated, in that sense. Maybe another NaBloPoMo will help with that (doubt it).

I was recently introduced to some new craft porn:

pumpkinbanner2013_ShadowA bunch of ladies that I follow on IG have started the “Once Upon a Time” Sampler and I decided to get in on the action. You pay a one time fee and, every month, you will receive a new .PDF that contains the pattern for that month, along with a list of supplies you need. I figure why not resume yet another hobby 😉 Plus, it’ll look good in Beanie’s room. At least until she tells me she hates it all and makes me redecorate.

Here’s to finishing January strong and having a happy and healthy Febuary!

Saying Goodbye

I’ve had to say good-bye more times than I may have like, but everyone can say that. And no matter how many times we have to do it – even if it’s for the greater good, it still stings. And although we will never forget what we’ve given up, we owe it to ourselves to keep moving forward. What we can’t do is live our lives afraid of the next good-bye because chances are they are not going to stop. The trick is to recognize when a good-bye can be a good thing – when it’s a chance to start again

This seemed to be the theme of my Thanksgiving.

My parents and IL’s ascended upon our home in Maine, after a horrid drive up from Maryland. I think it took them about 15 hours because the East Coast had a storm from VA to ME. Gross. It was a good time though. Beanie loved having her grandparents around and, of course, they spoiled her rotten. I’m already working on undoing all of the spoiling. Least favorite parental task ever.

Thanksgiving was a good day. The women-folk cooked while the men folk entertained Beanie. I don’t have any pics of the feast because, lets face it, we all eat the same crap. We know what it looks like and, unless you’re in a food competition, it’s not really fun to look at food.

The highlight of the day, though:

A Big Win!

A Big Win!

And despite Mike Tomlin and his devilish ways, we still came out on top. I really wish our defense would figure their nonsense out. I mean, we’re one of the top rated red zone defenses yet we consistenly flub at the end. But this was a good turning point for us. We’re in contention for a Wild Card spot and here’s hoping we can keep Purple Friday going through December and into the new year!

MIL and I walked the Turkey Trot on Black Friday. It wasn’t terrible for her first 5K. I took the stroller with Beanie. Beanie wasn’t impressed but to her defense, it was wicked cold out. 57 mins to walk it. I’m proud of MIL for this accomplishment. We definitely attempted to burn off some of the cals we took in on Thanksgiving LOL

My parents and I took Beanie to see Santa being brought in via CG boat. Our Station brings Santa into Rockland Harbor to visit, every year, and this year was no different. It attracts a pretty decent crowd and the community loves us for it.

(I have movies of both but go figure, my computer is being stupid.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Another thing I had to say good bye too: My MFP streak.

434 days of tracking my food/caloric intake and exercise and I forgot to log in yesterday.

I FORGOT!

For 434 days, it was a way of life. I logged almost everything. But yesterday. Yesterday didn’t happen. To be completely honest, I was bummed this morning. But I’m looking at this as a new start. I’ve been slacking since I busted my ankle up before Halloween. I haven’t been working out, I’ve been slacking on the food logging, and my weight has be bouncing back and forth with the same 2 lbs. 2 lbs isn’t terrible but it’s the 2 lbs that is on the cusp of two weight classes. That’s what’s got me irritated. So I figure, fresh start, time to bring it and get these next 10 lbs off. Weigh ins for work are coming up mid/end of next month and I told myself, I won’t have to be taped this time. I want to get on the scale, show my peeps that I made the standard via weight, and move on with my life.

I also got an app that will have me working on speed work. It’ll have to be on the treadmill because we’re in our winter season. I love running outdoors but the thought of potentially running over ice has me less than thrilled. On super dry, sunny days, I’ll get a run in outdoors but for this new app (Running for Weight Loss PRO: Trainer. On special today for $3.99 which I think is a great deal considering most are $5.99 and up) I’ll be on the dreadmill.

I’m ready to face 2014 head on and move on.

NaBloPoMo – Nov 16th

25 Things About Me

I know I’ve done this before but there is one of those annoying “Like My Status And I’ll Give You A Number”. I’ve seen some people do it 4 times. 29 facts later, I know all but their shoe size…That’s just a lot of information for FB to handle. But I decided

1) I wear a size 5.5Y workboot. I have ridiculously small feet. It’s abnormal. I’ve heard all of the jokes. “Did you break into TRU and steal GI Joe’s combat boots?” and “How do you not trip more?” and my personal favorite, from my old supervisor on the ship “We can’t find you boots from this distributor so I’m going to need you to go stand in shit and hope your feet grow”. I’ll get right on that.

2) I’m a Car Rockstar. I’ve attracted a LOT of attention and have had people outright point and laugh at me as I drive by because I sing (and sometimes dance) while I’m driving down the road. Sometimes I’m Carrie Underwood, other times I’m Jessica Simpson. I’m even part of the TSO during the holiday season. It depends on my mood.

3) I ran a 5K, a 10K, and a Half Marathon in 2013. I know this seems like it’s not a big deal at all but to me, someone who was 217lbs at delivery, having packed on a substantial amount of weight during my pregnancy, this is a huge accomplishment for me. I call myself an “accidental runner” because I never intended to fall in love with this sport. I started the C25K as a resolution for Feb through April and it skyrocketed from there.

4) I’m deathly scared of water I can’t see the bottom of. I know, I know. “But Lara, you’re in the Coast Guard”. I understand the confusion. I just don’t go in water I can’t see the bottom of, whether it be a lake, river, ocean, etc. I did go into the ocean while I was in Hawaii because I could see the bottom, but even then, I didn’t go past my knees. I wanted the option to run if I needed to. This started during swim call in 2001. I jumped off the side of the ship, into the Caribbean Ocean. I got some goggles and, under me, a school of hammerheads. I made like Jesus and walked on water. No Thanks.

5) I entered the Coast Guard when I was still 17 yrs old. I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up but I knew I needed to get away from my mother and sister so I signed up. My mother had to sign the papers so I could leave since I was still, legally, a minor. I turned 18 during the last week of Basic Training.

6) I’m taking college classes and working towards a BA in Hospitality Manangement with a concentration in Event Planning. Yea. I don’t know why but I love planning parties. I don’t really like dealing with people, especially when they are at a particularly shrill time in their lives but seeing the faces of people who are impressed makes it totally worth it. I thrive on pleasing people. Even though I don’t give a shit what people think of me, I like to see people pleased.

7) I’ve driven across the Bridge Between The Americas. It’s just like any other bridge except it connects North America and South America. I did this when I was in Panama. While I was there, I crossed through the Canal. It’s annoying and a pain in the ass because it took forever. And it rained the entire time.

8) I’m obsessed with the History Channel, the Freemasons in particular. E and I will DVR and watch any and all shows relating to the Freemasons. I actually know some members of the Masons and while they tell me a lot of these shows are propoganda, I still love them and find them absolutely fascinating. I love making the connections to how their actions created our country.

9) I am one of the most loyalest and most fiercely protective people you will ever meet. I’m hard to get to know. I don’t like people in, very easily, because I’ve been hurt by “friends” but once you’re in, I’ve got your back. I still have the same 3 best friends that I’ve had since kindergarten. We’ve lost touch through some years and my first marriage almost destroyed them, but they’ve remained by my side and I know, if I were to call them tomorrow, crying, one would ask if I needed her to come up to Maine, another would tell me the guest room is clean and to come back to MD, the third would ask me if she needed a shovel or cement. They get me. No matter how long between visits, we pick right up where we left off. If you mess with my family or my friends, I will come after you and make your life hell. I hold grudges for a long, long time.

10) I have OCD. It’s not awful. Like, I don’t have to walk in and out of a door frame 13 times before I can sit down but my DVDs are alphabetized, my CDs are organized by genre and then alphabetized, I have to count my daughter’s Little People before I can go to bed (once, Snow White was missing, and I tore our living room apart to find her), the TV or radio volume must be on an increment of 5. At any given time, the TV in our house is either way too low or way too loud. When I run, I have to end at an even time. I either have to run for 30 mins or 35 mins. I can’t stop at 32 mins. I try to time my mileage to my clock because it drives me batty to have 30 mins but only 3.32 miles. My mileage needs to be an increment of 5, as well.

11) I played the trumpet in elementary and middle school. I wasn’t fantastic or anything but I only started playing because I knew me practicing it would drive my mother bananas. She got the last laugh because she would send me over to a friends house to practice with him and his mother. Touche Ma. In hindsight, I wish I had played the clarinet.

12) I was the best parent I have ever met…before I had a child. Before I had Beanie, I used to roll my eyes at the parents that complained about being tired or how hard being a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) was or how much laundry needed to get done, etc. I was all “dude, the kid sleeps. It can’t be THAT hard”. Then I had Beanie. She was an easy baby so I still got my “chores” done but the lack of sleep – that about did me in. I still don’t think it’s that hard to get things done with a child in the house but I rarely ever admit that for fear that I’d further fuel the Mommy Wars.

13)  I despise being called “Mommy”. I have called myself “mama” ever since Beanie was born. E refers to me as “Mama” when he needs Beanie to recognize me in some way, shape, or form. Beanie, in turn, has never called me “Mommy”

14) I think the “Mommy Wars” are the dumbest f**king thing ever. I think it all started from a mother who insisted she knew everything and when someone dared to differ from her way of thinking, it became a huge deal. Now, the people who continue the war, I think, are the most insecure. The people who will BF in public simply for a reaction, the people who stop others to tell them the carseat isn’t correct (when they aren’t asked), the people who tell people formula is poison. There are people from every department and, just once, I’d like everyone to STFU and understand that no one knows what’s best for any child but they’re own. And, for the love of all that is Holy, if you don’t have a child, you don’t have a dog in this fight so please keep your opinions to yourself.

15) I have 10 tattoo “pieces”. I have “Deifuir” on the top of my shoulder (it means “Sister” in Gaelic), “Nochtann Gra Noi” with a shamrock between my shoulder blades (it means “Love Reveals Beauty” in Gaelic), 4 Japanese characters on my lower back (they are supposed to mean: Courage, Beauty, Love, True” but they probably mean Chicken Noodle Soup), “There You’ll Be” with my uncle and grandfather’s initials under it, a Honu turtle on my stomach (under my belly button) with “True to One, Enemy to None” which is a play on Ben Franklin’s speech and also stolen from Dee, a hibscus on my right foot, a teal cherryblossom with Beanie’s name on my left wrist, a support ribbon on my left side ribcage with “Unbreakable Strength” over it and my maternal grandfather’s birth date (18) in roman numerals, and three sparrows on my right side ribcage. I’m planning on getting “V, X, XII.I” on my left calf to represent the races I’ve run (5K, 10K, Half Marathon).

16) I can touch my nose with my tongue. I’m pretty sure I was drunk when I figured this out but yea. I have a freakishly long tongue.

17) Some of my greatest friends are people I’ve met on the internet. When I was planning my first wedding, I joined the message boards on WeightWatchers.com. Now, 8 years later, I’m still FB friends with a lot of them and, a lot of them I’ve never met in person.

18) I’m extremely opinionated. I, often times, make a terrible first impression because I speak my mind but one thing I pride myself on is that I won’t ever say anything behind your back that I wouldn’t or haven’t already said to your face. I once threw someone off during an argument because I corrected them when they said “well you said…”. I interrupted them and said “no, what I said was…” and that was actually worse than what they thought I had said. It ended up ending the argument because I was truthful and forthcoming. Most people think it’s that I lack a filter. It’s just that I’m opinionated and have zero tolerance for the bullshit.

19) I hate birds. I hate them with a passion. I can’t eat outdoors because I am too distracted with where they are and how close they are to me. I have them tattooed to me for a Sailor tradition but actual, real life birds, I don’t want them near me. I was running once when three turkeys came out of the bushes. I screamed and took off.

20) I am a HUGE Ravens Fan.

I grew up, born and raised in Baltimore and I remember when the Ravens came to Baltimore in Aug of 1996. I went to high school with a guy that played for the Ravens (he's now out of the NFL due to a severe knee injury). I've met several players from the Ravens.

I grew up, born and raised in Baltimore and I remember when the Ravens came to Baltimore in Aug of 1996. I went to high school with a guy that played for the Ravens (he’s now out of the NFL due to a severe knee injury). I’ve met several players from the Ravens.

21) I’ve traveled to a lot of places but still haven’t hit the places on my Bucket List. With being on the ship, I was given the opportunity to travel all over the place. I can’t say “world” because it was narrowed down to North and South Americas but I had an absolute blast. I spent my 19th Birthday in NYC (after 9/11), my 20th birthday in Manta, Ecuador, in addition to hiking through the jungles of Costa Rica, seeing the drug slums of Colombia, the lush terrain (but shitty economy) of Haiti, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Jamaica, to name a few. I still have the clay fish that K stole for me in Costa Rica. He stole it to make me feel better after a monkey pooped on me. I still want to make it to England, Scotland, Ireland, Greece, and Italy. Someday, I hope.

22) I’m pretty positive that I’m addicted to York Peppermint Patties. I eat a ridiculous amount of them. I’m pretty sure those are the blame for my weight gain.

23) Contrary to my friends, I did NOT know I would be marrying E when I first met him. So many of my peeps have said “I knew I was gonna marry my man when I first met him”. That wasn’t me. I thought we would just be friends and I could take advantage of him and make him take me to dinner. That backfired. But in a good way 😉

24) Reality TV is my non-food addiction. If there is a reality TV show on, chances are I probably DVR it, unless it’s Big Brother. I don’t understand that TV show. I DVR The Amazing Race, The Real Housewives of Everywhere (except DC), Survivor, those godawful MTV shows, to name a few.

25) I’ve never not lived near the water. Where ever I’ve lived, I’ve never been more than 20 miles from the water, whether it be the bay or the ocean.

NaBloPoMo – Nov 6th

Day 6: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Simple. WILLPOWER.

I have the attention span of a gnat. I’m completely serious when I say I have ADHD coupled with ADD. I was on Ritalin for most of my childhood (of course when you have family that diagnoses every damn thing, you’re bound to have something wrong with you…). I have zero willpower. You bring cookies into the house, I’ll eat them. And be sad when they’re gone. I wanted to train for the Half Marathon. I trained until I got bored. I still ran it and finished it within my goal but the training along the way – BORING.

I never had a role model of someone who finished what they started. Up until this Half Marathon, I didn’t finish what I started. I could rant for days about Mommy and Daddy issues and whose fault it really is but, in reality, it’s *MY* job to finish what I want. And I want the willpower to do that.

This past January, I made a commitment to lose weight. Well shit, everyone promises that. That’s the #1 New Year’s Resolution. And as of Feb 15, all the “resolutionists” (as I call them) have left the gym, not to return until the next January. Then I decided, I didn’t want to make a year long resolution. I wanted to make monthly resolutions. But I stopped. Although I can’t blame that on willpower, that was because my February resolution consumed me.

I started running. I said “for the next 8 weeks, I’m going to complete the Couch To 5K program” and I did so on the treadmill. It took a little longer than 8 weeks because I took some time off but then I decided, I want to run an official 5K. So I did (Mariner’s Mother’s Day 5K). And it took off from there.

Now I want the willpower to continue to lose weight and continue to be motivated to run. I want to start setting new records for myself. I want my daughter to grow up, seeing someone who finishes what they start. And I WILL make sure that happens.

Right after I eat some oreos.

rachelkern152

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