Undertrained But Enthusiastic

Tomorrow is the day I've been dreading  looking forward to - the Air Force Half Marathon...which will be my fourth half marathon.  Crazy.  I know that I'm not as well trained for this race as I should be (which is no one's fault by my own) but I still feel confident in my ability to finish it, and after the expo last night, I'm excited.

Parts of the Air Force Marathon/Half Marathon take place on Wright-Patterson Air Force base, so security is tight - there is no packet pick up the day of, you have to go to the expo.  Last year we went on Friday and it was SUPER crowded...this year we decided to go on Thursday which was a good idea.  Much less crowded and I think we will feel much less rushed tonight knowing we have to get up at 4 and have a big day tomorrow.

My friends Michelle (she's my cousin too...and she is a mom of 5!) and Dianna (who drives up all the way from Florida for this race) are doing the race with me, and we went together to the expo last night.  Michelle and Dianna didn't know each other before last night at all, but they clicked right away and we had a blast!

Super fun girls night, even if I had to work today and was home by 9 :)

I really love the expo, there is so much to see, and so many freebies to be had.  The picture below is a very small portion of all the booths they had, the entire upper level was packed with stuff too and even some outside as well.  

We got our packets and bibs of course which includes a very nice long-sleeved t-shirt, and I also picked up two other shirts (one free, one $5) and a very random assortment of free stuff - everything from a light bulb, to chapstick, to glow sticks and slap bracelets which made me a hero to my three year old when I got home.  I really wanted a zip-up jacket that says Air Force Marathon but they were $100 and up which is too rich for my blood.  

After the expo we got dinner at a mexican restaurant and I restrained myself pretty well.  No temptation for margaritas because I was driving, and I stuck to chicken and got no rice.

In other important matters, for the race I'm wearing a tank I got at Maurices (wearing something new is never a good idea but I was specifically looking for a tank long enough that I won't be tugging on it for 13.1 miles so I'll take my chances).  Maurices recently came out with an activewear line, and I've only tried on the tanks so far but I have to say, I'm obsessed with them - they are LONG!  And lightweight and just seem to fit really well.

And of course, a matching headband from Brady Bands, because, priorities.

Until last night I was feeling very apprehensive about the race, but the expo got me really excited, as well as getting to do this race with my friends.  Our plan is to stay together, have a good time, and finish the race...and that's about it...which is good enough for me!  Really looking forward to a fun race weekend!

Seven Things Weight Loss Has Taught Me

Sometimes I think that if I could choose to have been thin my entire life, I would in a second.  On the other hand, I have learned a lot in the process of attempting to lose weight over the years.  Here are a few.

1.  Perseverance.  Losing weight isn't easy and it takes a lot of time.  You can't give up the first day or even the 100th day.  For many of us it's a lifelong struggle...for me probably the longest thing I've ever done, as I have struggled with weight my entire life.  I do believe that hanging in there results in good things in the end.

2.  Consistency.  I've tried a lot of things to lose weight, but I know now that the only thing that makes results happen (and stick around) is consistency.  Good habits and good choices, day in and day out, are a must.  This is one that I'm still trying to get through my thick head.

3.  People treat you differently based on appearance.  Like it or not, they do.  I don't talk about it much because I feel weird about it, but it's a real thing.  In a lot of situations I feel like people talk to me more and include me more now.  On the other hand, I am more outgoing, friendly, and fun than I used to be, so I'm sure that has something to do with it.  But I've been all over the spectrum of weight/appearance and I believe that looks do make a difference when making a first impression anyway.  It makes me sad in a way so I don't dwell on it.

4.  To work harder.  Weight loss does not come easily to me and I've had to work hard at it, harder than I've ever worked at anything else, probably.  Sometimes this annoys me but a lot of the time I'm glad I know how it feels to see results of my own hard work.

5.  Patience.  Weight loss takes time.  A lot of time.  

6.  Different things work for different people.  I like low-carb because it makes me feel my best and it's easy (easy enough anyway) for me to stick to.  Many people love Weight Watchers.  My husband recently lost weight by cutting out pop and energy drinks.  You have to find what works for you.

7.  To be good to myself.  I am the only one who can take good care of my body inside and out.  I've learned throughout this process just how important that is.  So important.  I spend more time taking care of myself now because I deserve it and it's essential to my happiness. 

What are some things you've learned from the weight loss process?

Five Miles and a Great Weekend

Good morning!  Is it Monday already?  My Monday (along with every other day this week) will be spent trying not to freak out that I have a half marathon on Saturday.  You would think that since this is my fourth half marathon I wouldn't get nervous anymore...you would be wrong.  I think I can, I think I can...

This past weekend was a good one and it went by WAY too fast.  The weather was perfectly fall-like.

Friday night we had a date night, we went to the mall (Bath and Body works coupons plus a sale = more candles for me on the cheap), dinner, and Menards to spent a rebate I had burning a hole in my pocket.  We were home asleep by 10:30 which was just perfect.  

Saturday was spent doing things around the house, finishing up some small projects, and I got my fall/Halloween decorations out.  My theory is get the stuff out early and enjoy it longer.  This year was really fun, my son is old enough to be into it and he had a blast helping me get everything out.

Wall sign on the left purchased with my Menards rebate, the candle on the right is one of my sale purchases from Bath and Body works and is officially my new favorite scent.

My sister is in town from Texas, so Saturday night the family came over for a cookout and bonfire. At the end of the night I was sitting on my deck by the light of the tiki torches (my favorite) and my son wanted to sit with me...within 5 minutes he was out.  We cuddled up under a sleeping bag and sat out there forever, I did not want it to end.

Wearing my AF Marathon shirt from last year to get pumped up for next weekend.

Sunday morning we went to church and then out to lunch, my husband wanted to eat at Captain D's which is his favorite fast food, not my favorite but I choose where we eat most of the time so I said ok.  They have some grilled options now which were actually pretty good.

After lunch we stopped at Lowe's to get a light switch and I walked out of there with a flat bed cart full of shrubs.

There are several areas of my yard that I've never done anything with.  Everything you see pictured on the cart was marked down to $3, some of them were originally as much as $18.  They should all come back year after year with minimal maintenance.  I felt like I scored big time.  I spent the afternoon planting my winnings with my helper.

Sunday evening I met up with my cousin to do 5 miles, which will probably be out last run/walk together before the half marathon next weekend.  All summer long we have been walking/running at a track at a local school.  Last night when we got there the track was locked up like Fort Knox.  What the heck.  We didn't let it stop us though, we just walking a huge loop around the school parking lot (she has a Garmin, I have Runkeeper on my phone so we didn't have a problem keeping track of distance).  It was so good to get a few more miles in together before the big day, and to have some girl time of course.

When I got home, we ended the weekend with chicken on the grill, and ate outside in the dark, you guessed it, by the light of the tiki torches, which was the perfect way to end such a good weekend.  I said I will be out there in February when there are 10 inches of snow on the ground, clinging to my tiki torch in my winter coat :)  

To top it off, this morning the scale is down a couple of pounds.  Yay.

Have a great week!

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