Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 - A Work in Progress

I'm really not a great blogger.  I do this mostly for myself and I don't expect thousands of pageviews, making myself a brand, popularity and sponsorships.  But maybe just maybe I could post more than once a year, ha!

So I didn't reach my WW goal in 2012 and while I did run every day starting with the 1st, I only ran every day for 69 days.  Now I'm into 2013 and working on it all again.  This is my THIRD year of not eating meat.  My New Year's resolution for 2011 was to not eat meat.  With the exception of a piece of andouille sausage in my jambalaya after my New Orleans Jazz 1/2 Marathon in October of 2011, I was meat free for the entire year.  I was meat free all of 2012 with the exception of two Jack in the Box tacos one drunken evening when Tonia was here.

Tonia was here and we went to LA to go to Dolly Couture to pick out my wedding dress.  Ah yes, my sweetie proposed on July 8th of 2012 and we are getting married on May 11th, 2013.  Most of the broad strokes are in place.  Some of the smaller details are still in the works, but I am looking forward to the event, to the honeymoon, to being married to my sweetie and to the possibility of having a little Scottie or two (yikes!).

In the mean time, my WW is going well.  I've been fully recommitted for about three weeks now.  I would still like to lose about 30 lbs.  But hey, never give up and slow and steady wins the race!!!!  I'd like to hit lifetime before I get pregnant and have to go off of WW.  And I'd like to look good for my wedding.  So, WW it is.  Also, my running has been on hiatus due to what I believe is plantar fasciitis.  My heel started hurting Thanksgiving weekend after a Turkey Trot, a 3 miles run, and two two hour Zumbathons and it hasn't stopped hurting since.  I've been doing Booty Blast, limited Zumba and some mild elliptical and treadmill, but my running has been pretty curbed.

So, I'm still a work in progress.  I'd like to see that Lifetime so I can say at some point that I am a Lifetime member of WW.  My outlook has changed a bit though and I don't feel so much like it's a race to a finish line as it is just a constant work in progress.  It's something that you have to think about and work on and be committed to every single day.  It doesn't come easy, it's just something you always have to work on.  You can take the weight off by sheer force, but then it will just come back.  The goal is for all of this stuff to become ingrained and become a habit.  I guess it's like quitting smoking.  Years later there are days when you still want a cigarette.  I have to remember to consciously eat right and exercise and if I make a mistake, just go right back. 

Maybe I will always be a work in progress, but I guess that's ok.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Resolution

Happy 2012!!!!

I have resolved this year to run at least one mile a day every day for the next 100 days.

Today I ran for two miles and then did a 4 minute Tabata workout. (alternating running with mountain climbers).

We will see if this gets easier.  Day one is done. 

I'm also getting to my Weight Watchers goal this year.  I am super inspired by their new BELIEVE ad campaign.  "If you want it, you got it.  You gotta believe."

If you haven't seen the commercial, check it out and check out WW Success Story Suzi Storm.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Running, colds and vaca

Just a quickie update.  I am down for the count with a cold.  Trying to rest up for my vacation next week - leaving for New Orleans Tuesday for three days, then driving to Pensacola for three days with my girl Tonia, should be a good time.  I am trying something new and doing outside night runs after the sun goes down since it's been in the 90's here (96 yesterday).  Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yes, ANOTHER race.


My name is Anya and I am a running-aholic.

I signed up for a 1/2 marathon in Laughlin on Saturday, but I am probably going to wuss out and change to the 5K.  Yes, three races, three weeks in a row!!!  woot woot!

More to follow, stay tuned.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Meatout! 3/20/2011

Tomorrow is Meatout Day!

Meatout is a grassroots movement to educate people about a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The purpose is to expose the public to the joys and benefits of a plant-based
diet, while promoting the availability and selection alternatives to meat and dairy in mainstream grocery stores, restaurants, and catering operations.

Tune in tomorrow for more on Meatout and vegetarianism!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Cirque du Soleil 5k

Yay!  Another official 5k race is on the books!

This race was called "Run Away with Cirque du Soleil" and it was at the Springs Preserve which is kind of an outdoor garden, nature, conservation center here in town.  The race was to raise money and awareness for One Drop which is an organization dedicated to ensuring that everyone has clean and safe water.  The chairman for the charity is the founder of Cirque du Soleil.  They said today that a child in the world dies every 20 seconds due to not having access to clean water. 

So I got up at 6:30 and I was about to put on my cute new running skirt and t shirt and lo and behold I let the dogs out and it was 52 and cloudy and overcast and windy (NO SUN) outside - in other words, it was COLD.  So I got out my compression pants and I had to search for a long sleeved running shirt.  Luckily I found my Full Moon Extraterrestrial Midnight marathon shirt from when I did that race last year and I was set to go.  I tried to wake Scott up but that wasn't happening, so off I went alone!  This isn't a problem for me except that when I'm alone I don't have a photographer.  I didn't want to run with my camera so I left it in the car but for the future, I am going to just have to learn to do so, especially if I want to be a blogger.  Not that anyone reads this anyway.

Here I am in the mirror before I left the house:

I think my hips are looking a little slimmer, but that could just be wishful thinking on my part!

So off I went.  When I got there I left everything in my car except for my car key and my iPod.  It was pretty darn cold.  Actually it wasn't sooo horrible except for my fingers and I really wished that I had brought gloves.  But alas, Starbucks was there so I had a small cup of Pike's.  I told the Starbucks girl "bless your little hearts for bringing coffee".  lol.  There were about 20 Cirque characters gadding about for photos while we were waiting and they were on stage talking about the charity.

There was a lot of waiting and they did this thing where thy had the parachute sheet from the bed scene in Love and they had painted it with the One Drop logo and they took it and stretched it over the whole crowd, so we sat under it, which was nice because it was warmer under there due to the wind being blocked.

We had a warm up and Mayor Oscar Goodman came out and spoke for a few minutes.  This was the 10th annual race, and the first time they affiliated with a charity and didn't have to use the Springs Preserve as the charity.  And off we went to the starting line.

Cirque characters at the starting line, I'm way back there somewhere

Mayor Goodman shot the starter pistol and off we went.  The run itself was pretty easy and I warmed up quickly once I started moving.  I was moving along pretty fast until after the turn around and I had to run INTO the wind.  Ack.

I still made decent time overall and my time was a mere 30 seconds longer than my six tunnels run.  Which I think was amazing considering that I was running into the wind for half the race.  And I got sad because before I knew it, it was over...

So, here's my overalls....

I finished 38 out of 73 in my age group (women 35-39)

I finished 484 out of 827 overall.

Chip time: 32:56

Pace: 10:35

Honestly, I just wanted to finish in less than 35 minutes, so I did good.  Someday I will get my 5k pace under a 10 minute mile.  Someday.

When I finished I got my picture taken with some Cirque characters:

Look at those pearly whites - got the teeth whitened yesterday and they are looking good!

That was my favorite part of the whole experience :)

They had all sorts of events after the race, they had a Cirque band play, they had circus stuff for kids, like a tightrope walk and balancing on balls.  They had these high schoolers with big like 10 foot kite butterflys, they had Whole Foods there with fruit and a big piano with bubble mix in it and all the kids were blowing big bubbles.  It was just a fun event overall and I was sad that no one else went with me - not because I was alone but because it was just such a good time and I thought that other people would have appreciated it and had a good time.

I stayed for the raffles and awards (I didn't win anything) and then I was off to my car where I blasted the heat and went HOME.  Overall, a great time, I am glad I went.  I have my sights set on a 8k next which is about a 5 mile race.  Wish me luck!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Run Away with Cirque du Soleil

Ok, so I am doing another 5k tomorrow!

Cirque du Soleil 5k

Running is becoming a bit of an addiction for me.  While I am running I like parts of it, and parts of it are hard, but I crave it and I am so elated when I finish!  This race should be fun, it's at the Springs Preserve, Mayor Oscar Goodman is going to be there and different Cirque cast members.  Should make for some good photo ops!  Recap tomorrow!

Also, I was down THREE lbs at my weigh in on Tuesday, so i believe that I am WELL on my way to goal again (sooo happy!).  As of Tuesday, I was exactly 8.2 lbs from goal (go me!).  Again, I should have got a small race shirt today instead of a medium.  When will I ever learn?  I am wearing a shirt today that I haven't worn before because it's been too small.  I have actually gotten smaller on the top, all of my shirts are big, even though I haven't lost but three lbs in the past two months, my body has redistricted a bit and my top half is smaller.

I went to the dentist today for the first time in many years...they were super nice and I got my teeth whitened with Zoom! whitening.  Wait until I get my happy smiling race finishing pictures tomorrow so you can see me happy white teeth, woo woo!  Best get your sunglasses out now!

Gotta finish my laundry and wind down to get to bed early to rest up for my race tomorrow, wish me luck!  I don't have any goals for this race except to finish at 35 minutes or less.  We'll see if that happens.