Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sixteen Candles.

Loren and Will,

Today on your 16th birthday, I thought I'd share my hopes for the both of you this year.

  1. I hope y'all know Momma, Daddio, Jessi, Brandon and I love you to the moon and back. Seriously, you make our lives so much fun and we don't know what we'd do without you.
  2. I hope that you enjoy being young. Now's the time to be carefree.
  3. I hope you'll take risks and try new things even if you think you'll suck at it.  Go out for a different sport or try a new activity.
  4. I hope you take this year to figure out why you believe in Jesus. I know you already have a foundation, but really dig deep for yourselves. It's important for the future. 
  5. I hope you watch lots of movies. I know this might seem silly, but now is the time for you to work on your movie buff knowledge. It is a part of our family. So get on it. 
  6. I hope you inspire others. You're called by God to be set apart. Let God's light shine through you.
  7. I hope you start to explore the world around you. I know it might seem impossible right now, but the world outside is a great place just waiting for you to explore it. 
  8. I hope you take good care of my Camaro, Poison Ivy. She's been through a lot and I plan to enter her into car shows some day, so be sure to take good care of her and wash her lots. 
  9. I hope you get good grades. I know that sounds lame and like something mom or dad would say, but believe me, good grades count. So work hard so you can be whatever you want to be. 
  10. I hope you have lots of fun this year. I know it won't be the most fun ever because I'm not there, but still have a good time. 
  11. I hope you laugh a lot. Life is hard and laughter is truly some of the best medicine out there. 
  12. I hope that when you miss me, you text me and tell me so. Also, when you miss me, have a burger. And if you ever need to talk, don't hesitate to say something. 
  13. I hope you get into trouble. Not the life-altering kind of trouble, but enough to keep you in line. If you think it's bad, call me, I'll tell you what lecture dad will pull out of his filing cabinet for the occasion and we'll weigh the pros and cons. 
  14. I hope you respect Mom, Dad, and Jessi. Not that you don't already, but I want you to show them that respect. They do a ton for you.
  15. I hope you come see me next summer! 
  16. I hope you enjoy life in general. Don't take your time now for granted. It will be over before you know it.
Love you tons. Happy Birthday! Now rock on teeny boppers. ROCK. ON.

Always, Mimi

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The 411 on Running.

This week, I got asked how I got started running and how long I've been running. I realized that I hadn't ever really talked about this in detail on my blog. So this is that informational post.

The Beginning.

I actually lost a bunch of weight during college and the way I lost it was running, but I never trained for a race. Then I went through a period of not doing any major exercise until last summer. I was stressed with how I looked and super stressed with law school.

As you know or at least I hope you've started to figure out, losing weight and being serious about it is a process. Sometimes it can be long. My process has been long for sure.

Last summer I wasn't fully on "Healthy Train" board yet. But I knew that when I lost weight in college, it was while I was running. So I started the Couch to 5K program. And when I tell people that is how I got started, they are floored, but really it is the best program in my opinion. But like I said, I wasn't fully on board yet,  so I drifted on my running over break and then started up last fall, but it didn't go anywhere. I was running outside when I was on this stretch. During college, I ran indoors entirely.

This year when I made my resolution to be serious, I knew that my exercise would include running. This leads into WHY I  run.

The Why.

Running for me is VERY therapeutic. I lose myself in running and it helps me be balanced. If I am stressed, I can just throw myself into a run and afterwards, I may still not have found a solution, but I don't feel as trapped by the situation. The stress feels manageable.

I also really like that I can literally see how far I've gone after I finish a run.

There is no easy transition for this next part, but it's the how I run and what running/training looks like for me.

The "How I Run and What Running and Training Looks Like For Me" Portion.

This year I started with the Couch to 5k program on an elliptical. Yes, I started completely over. Then when it finally warmed up, I started the Couch to 10K program. I would have weeks where I was consistent and then weeks where I wasn't. I know now it was because I didn't have a race to keep me focused.

 I joined a women's running group at the end of the summer because one of my best law school pals had trained for a half with them earlier in the year and I was really inspired by that. She kept saying, "You should do it. You could do it."

So I decided that I wanted to get serious about this running deal. I am very much an all or nothing type person and I also am a very traditional person. In other words, I keep doing things because I like the routine or tradition of it.

When I signed up for the Half and then signed up for the running group in the same day, I knew that I was signing on for this to be part of my life like being a Sooner or an attorney (some day) is part of my life.

I am part of a local women's running group. I am a person who also thrives on accountability. So, when I do my long runs, they're on the days that I go to my running group.

I have a running coach that leads the group. I love her. She is this little bitty thing that used to be in the Navy, but she is such a fount of knowledge. I am constantly emailing her with my questions based on blogs I've read or articles I've read on

She also is really creative with our workouts. For example, this weekend, I ran ten miles, but 5 of those miles was running to and back from a stretch in the road that had hills. I ran the other five miles running those hills.  As a side note, hills suck balls, but they make you super strong as far as endurance is concerned. But we don't always run hills. Last week, we ran one of our regular routes, but along the way we had to stop and do different strength training exercises.

I actually will miss my running group a ton when we move back to Oklahoma. I'm already looking for a good fit now because I've been so spoiled. This women's group is all ages and different programs as well. I'm the youngest in the group and the oldest is 68. The women that you'd think were the ones only doing 5Ks are the ones who have been running for years. They are absolutely wonderful!

So to answer the question from the very beginning, how long have a I been a runner? 

Only in the last year would I consider myself a runner. And truthfully, for half of that year, I was a wannabe runner.

Within the last two months, would I only consider myself somewhat legit.

I'm still stalking runner blogs like crazy and I read the emails like they're the Gospel. I still am learning a ton and when I write about running, it is very much from the "this is what I think about it so far" perspective more than it is the "I'm a seasoned runner."

I write it all down here so I have a place to keep my thoughts, but also so that others can see that if I can do it, they can do it too.

I am a runner. It's just taken me awhile to get here.

Also, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I am an open book!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday.

This Week's Loss: 0.8 pounds!

Total Loss: 53.4 pounds!!

What I craved this week: I didn't have any major cravings that I thought about regularly this week. Not sure why. Just didn't.

What I noticed was different about my body: I noticed how towels really fit me well yesterday morning. This hasn't always been the case. I think I've talked about it before, but it still doesn't get old.

Workouts I did this week: A Ten Miler and a Three Miler. I was in a bit of a funk still, but I think I'm on my way out of it.

Personal Goal for this week: Stay on top of homework, hit my runs, and stay away from flex points except on Saturday to carb load for Sunday.

Favorite Quote for this week:
This picture was posted on Half's race page and I LOVE IT!!
How is your weight loss journey going? What are you struggles?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Mumblings...all things running.

I mumble on Mondays sometimes. It's a thing. You get used to it.

  • I ran 10 miles yesterday. DOUBLE DIGITS y'all!
  • Running in the cold is a very different experience. I am going to have to figure out the right clothes combo to keep my joints just right. 
  • I plan on running through the winter this year. I think this will be a feat just like running a half marathon will. Not being from a state that experiences winter each year like Michigan, it will be cool to tell my kids some day that I ran during the winter time.
  • There are two different Turkey Trots in November I'd like to run. One is a 5K on Thanksgiving Day and I'm definitely doing it. The other is a couple of weeks before and includes an "Iron Turkey" race where you run the 5k and the 10k courses. The Iron Turkey is a little over three weeks after the Half and would be my first week back to running after my two week rest period post race. So I'm not sure if I'd be pushing it and should just stick to the 5K or 10K.
  • I also plan on running a holiday run during the month of December.
  • This also reminds me, what are your favorite winter running must haves or go-to's?
Hope this finds you well! Happy Monday!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Show Us Your Single...LITTLE SISTER!!

Hi y'all! You're here for a specific reason, so let's get to it.

10 Things You Should Know About My Little Sister: 

1. Her name is Jessica, but her closest of friends and family call her Jessi. She does go by Jessica or Jess, just not as often as Jessi. 
This is Jessi on her birthday. She turned 25 in August!

2. Jessi has an older sister and a brother in law, and a younger sister and brother. Our family is extremely close and we love spending time with one another!

My name is Sam and I'm the big sister, and this is my husband, Brandon. We live in Michigan.

This is Jessi with our baby sister, Loren.

This is Jess with the "baby" of our family, Will.

3. Jessi is a follower of Christ. If you're interested in my sister, you must be too. Her love for the Lord is evident to all those around her. She loves investing time the youth girls from our home church.

4. She is a PROUD alumni of THE University of Oklahoma. If you're a Texas Longhorn or an Oklahoma State Cowboy, and you're still interested, GOOD LUCK! She is a Sooner through and through and there will be NO conversion. As you can probably tell, education and football are important to her.  Someday, Jessi wants to be a nurse and is currently finishing up the last of her pre-reqs for that.

5. Jessi loves to bake. She's one of those that can smell when something is done before the timer goes off.

6. Her favorite color of all time is YELLOW!!

7. Jessi likes to read for leisure, which hasn't always been the case.

8. My sister just finished the Couch to 5K program and is looking for her first 5K race. She then wants to train for a 10K.

9. Jessi loves to travel and is always up for a road trip to work on her bucket list. She also loves blaring country and oldies and pop on those road trips! Other bucket list items include skydiving, even if someone would have to push her out of the plane, and riding in a hot air balloon. 

10. Jessi is a total sweetheart, a baby whisperer, a dog lover, loyal, and very sassy. 

So there ya go! If you're interested, please let us know in the comments!

Happy Friday!

Uno mas.

A month from tomorrow is the big day.

Race Day.

13.(freaking)1 miles.

At this point, I'm 40% excited and 60% nervous.

So in order to tackle my nerves, I've decided to ask for your support.

I'm using an idea that Katie did for her first 5K.

If you've supported me in any way through the blog, text, Instagram, The Twitter let me know in the comment section.

I'm going to write your name down on a piece of legal paper and you'll be along for the ride in my fuel belt!

Your support means the world to me and I want y'all to know that. You're a part of this day as much as I am.

Happy Thursday and THANK YOU.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday is "Playlist" Day.

Playlist: a way of organizing music on an MP3 player or computer

I wrote last week that I am bored with my playlist. I should have said that I'm getting bored with my playlist. It takes me a bit to get completely bored. I get bored with my playlist about five or six times before I'm officially done the music. I'd say I am at the first round of getting bored. (If you followed that hot mess, bless you. Also, I used the word bored 5 times. I need to work on my descriptive words apparently.)

So what do I do to avoid boredom? I add new music. So here are some of the songs that I'm digging right now, along with some that I'm bored with, and some new ones. I left the old ones because one man's trash is another man's treasure and it might be what you're looking for right now.

  1. Everybody Talks by Neon Trees
  2. Gangnam Style by Psy
  3. Wild Ones by Flo Rida feat. Sia
  4. Back in Time by Pitbull
  5. Call Me Maybe by Carley Rae Jepsen
  6. Boyfriend by Justin Bieber
  7. Dynamite by Taio Cruz
  8. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
  9. Fastest Girl in Town by Miranda Lambert
  10. The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes (feat. Ryan Tedder)
  11. Good Time by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen
  12. Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress) by The Hollies
  13. Marry You by Bruno Mars
  14. One More Night by Maroon 5
  15. Stacy's Mom by Fountains of Wayne
  16. Titanium by David Guetta (feat. Sia)
  17. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
  18. Whistle by Flo Rida 
  19. Starships by Nicki Minaj
I am feeling a Jim Morrison & The Doors and The Who kick coming on soon. It happens every I may have some new old songs to add.

What is on your playlist currently?

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday

This Week's Loss: 2.0 pounds!!

Total Loss: 52.6 pounds!!

What I craved this week: I still really want a dark chocolate brownie with dark chocolate icing. I may have to make a serious effort to get this brownie this week. But I also am still dying for some chili cheese tots from Sonic. So who knows...

What I noticed was different about my body: My current skinny jeans (as in the style not my ultimate skinny jeans) are to the point where I have to wash them every time I wear them because I'm almost ready for the next size.

Workouts I did this week: My long run this week was 9 miles and then I only hit one other run because I was in a running funk. I also got in another workout at the Michigan game on Saturday. I forgot how exhausting day games are.

Personal Goal for this week: Hit all of my runs and get in some quality time with B. Of course, I want to also stay away from flex points as much as possible.

Favorite Quote for this week: 
This quote really resonates with me right now for the naysayers.

What I'm looking forward to: My half-marathon is next month!!  In fact as of Friday, it is less than a month away. That makes me nervous and excited at the same time!!

Happy Tuesday!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday Mumblings...

I mumble on Mondays. It's a thing. You get used to it.

We went to a Michigan game this weekend. It was a blast....but it was no Oklahoma.

  • Is anyone having issues with Blogger recently?
  • I had my first freakout about the end of school. No one should be surprised by this. 
  • What does everyone think about the Duchess's topless photos?
  • I feel a major purge of my house coming on...not sure when it will strike, but I feel it coming. 
  • I'm not a Giuliana Rancic fan. There I said it. I feel so much better now. 
These legs carried me 9 miles yesterday. BOOM SHAK A LAKA!

  • My sister is going to be on Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Singles this Friday. I am excited! 
  • Pictures are next month and I have no idea what I'm going to wear.
  • I'm kind of in a blogging funk. It happens every time this year. I wonder if it's correlated to my post-birthday haze. It takes me a while to re-focus.
  • I bawled when Penelope Scotland Disick was born. I know how lame I sound.
Happy Monday!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Running Woes.

I am struggling with running right now y'all.

When school started last week, everyone wanted to know what I was doing to get rid of the weight. (And side note: I really have a hard time not being snarky sometimes and saying, "I've taken up magic tricks like Houdini. This is all just an illusion.")

But y'all. I am having a hard time with running.  It seems my running mojo has run out the door.

I know part of it is that I'm bored with my running trail. I need a new area to run. But I'm afraid the boogie man is going to get me. It's my own stupid anxiety that is getting to me and is also another post in and of itself.

The other part is hard to explain. It seems like almost all of our friends (the IRL ones!) here are on the weight loss bandwagon now. I'm super happy for everyone, but all the questions they have are really overwhelming and intimidating. I'm no expert and I honestly don't know how big bloggers like Mama Laughlin do it. I just imagine people in her every day life constantly asking questions. I'm still in the middle of my battle and I have to dig for motivation on a regular basis. So how I can I pass that on to others?

Something hardly any one ever says is that weight loss can be a selfish process sometimes. I really do have to focus on what I'm doing to stay on track...and sometimes that is all I can handle. And that's kinda where I am.

I hope someone has experienced this. I also hope I don't sound pompous or full of myself. Because I am here to tell you that I am not.

In the meantime, I'm on the hunt for some new running songs to help cure my ails.

Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday is "Exhausted" Day.

Exhausted: drained of one's physical or mental resources; very tired.

I am exhausted. Plain and simple.

I also happen to have a monthly visitor make a stop today. So exhaustion plus Aunt Ruby and I am one hot mess.

Basically, I just want to lay on the couch and do nothing.

Happy Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday: The Post Birthday Haze

Today can never go by without mentioning the lives lost in our country. I hope that the families are able to remember the good more and the bad less today.

Yesterday was hands down one of my favorite birthdays of all time. I ate a great salad at Red Robin, had a caramel apple spice, got my nails did, and then we went out with my friends from school. I had a fabulous dinner that included baby back ribs, fried mac and cheese, and curly fries with a peach trifle and a drink called A Southern Peach. There were a lot of laughs and great times that I'll remember always.

Dress from The Loft, Boots from Lane Bryant, and Motorcycle Jacket from Old Navy.

Yes, I took my flowers outside. The light was better and I wanted them to be in their best light.

It was a beautiful fall day and it even smelled like fall outside.

I haven't had one yet, but they look fabulous.

This drink was wonderful.

Love this movie.

Love this man. He made my day so special.

I also was extremely spoiled this year by my husband. I got a new iPod, new running clothes, and two very cute dresses from The Loft. I also got a new Vera Bradley wallet last night that is very fall oriented and of course is the color that my sister loves. My boy done good.

Now let's get to it.

This Week's Loss: .6 pounds!! BOOM SHAK A LAKA!!

Total Loss: 50.6 pounds!!

What I craved this week: I'm still craving a dark chocolate brownie with dark chocolate icing. I also need a good burger in my life.

What I noticed was different about my body: I am starting to get muscles in my arms!! 

Workouts I did this week: Two runs. It was a light week. I didn't get my third run in, but I got a walk in. Back to the grind this week.

Personal Goal for this week: Hit all my runs and keep losing weight!

Favorite Quote for this week: "Just keep swimming." -Dory, Finding Nemo

Happy Tuesday!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

28 Wishes.

Last night I stayed up late thinking about my life this past year.

I also thought about what I wished for this year on my birthday.

In no particular order...

  1. I wish for more good hair days than bad.
  2. I wish for my husband to have continued success.
  3. I wish for a fabulous Fall, a hard winter, an early spring, and one great summer. 
  4. I wish for world peace.
  5. I wish for good times in my last year of academia. 
  6. I wish for caramel apple ciders from STarbucks to be zero points.
  7. I wish for the last 39 pounds to get lost. 
  8. I wish for a Speedway Special (<--Best Burger in the World).
  9. I wish for a boyfriend for my sister Jessi. 
  10. I wish for my sister Loren to land her full.
  11. I wish for my brother Will to kick butt this year in baseball.
  12. I wish for a great football season for my Sooners. 
  13. I wish for a great race day.
  14. I wish for good health for my parents and Brandon's parents.
  15. I wish for all things to go smoothly in the transitions to come.
  16. I wish for the laundry to be completely done at least 2 times this year. 
  17. I wish for a new Camaro upon graduation. 
  18. I wish for a White Christmas.
  19. I wish for discernment on what our next move will be.
  20. I wish for peace, love, and happiness.
  21. I wish for a great margarita.
  22. I wish for a Burrito Grande from my favorite Mexican restaurant.
  23. I wish for great films to actually be nominated by the Academy.
  24. I wish for clear skin.
  25. I wish for good tunes.
  26. I wish for my relationship with Brandon to grow.
  27. I wish for a dark chocolate brownie with dark chocolate icing.
  28. I wish for a Boxer puppy.
I'm not technically blowing my wishes because I'm not saying them out loud. So don't worry superstitious readers. 

Rock on and Happy Birthday to me and Boomer Sooner!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Captain Random.

  • I have a stuff to do. And yet, I find ways to put it off. Like watching the Kardashians.
  • Went running today without my iPhone running and just used my iPod instead tracking my miles. Think I'll still use my iPhone. 
  • I suck at taking compliments. People from school have been complimenting me all week long and I say "thank you so much" and it is awkward every stinking time. Is there a class I can take for this problem?
  • I need a night of drinking a bottle of wine with my husband. It just sounds fun. 
  • Are there any good shows coming out this fall that are original?
  • I have a haircut and highlight this week. Amen.
  • I'm saving points this upcoming week for a caramel apple cider from Starbucks. That's my pumpkin spice latte. 
Happy Sunday!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

An Open Letter to Weight Watchers...

To the powers that be at Weight Watchers:

I won't waste your time. I'll get right to the point:

Your current choice for a spokesperson SUCKS!

According to an article released in People, "My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel," says Simpson. "I'm just your everyday woman who is trying to feel good and be healthy for her daughter, her fiancé and herself."


(Sorry mom!)

Yes, Jessica Simpson is not a super model, but she's not the every day woman either. If she thinks she is, she's kidding herself. Your marketing department is also kidding itself. 

No everyday woman that I know has the opportunity to drop off the kid at the nanny to go workout with a world renowned trainer four to five times a week. She also doesn't shovel in the food like there is no tomorrow because she's getting paid to lose weight to the tune of $4 MILLION DOLLARS post-pregnancy!

Your choice not only sucks, but it pisses me off. 

You see, I've been on your program for the past six months. 

It works. 

As in, I've lost 50 pounds and only have 39 pounds to go works.

But I have done it all myself. 

I don't have a world renowned trainer.
I don't get paid to lose the weight. In fact, I pay to use your services!
I don't have someone to cook my meals for me. 

I am not naive enough to know how the system works. She's a businesswoman. You're a business. You get a big star, you think you'll get more business.

But don't lie to everyone and act like what she  is doing is inspiring. 

Because it's not.

I am not inspired by Jessica Simpson. 

You know who inspires me? All of the other real women I know who are on Weight Watchers and work at it every day. 
An every day woman has to motivate herself almost every day to make better food choices and to get in exercise between work, school, or taking care of kids WITHOUT  the option of nannies, world renowned trainers and a very lucrative deal.

So what's my point you might ask? 

Am I going to walk away from Weight Watchers? No, I'm not. It works for me.  

What I want is respect. 

But all us every day people are getting from you is a slap in the face by showing that you care more about your image than you do the every day person's fight to be healthy. 

Hopefully, next time you'll pick a REAL every day person AFTER they've lost the weight doing the program the old-fashioned way.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wednesday is "First Day of School" Day.

Per the Urban Dictionary...

First Day of School: Argueably the most anxiety producing day of school. It marks the end of your Summer vacation and the beginning of a long nine months back in the system. You have to readjust your sleeping habits from sleeping in to getting up at the crack of dawn. Not that you'll get to sleep early, you'll spend most of the night anxiously pondering the awaiting day. All in all, it's not that bad. You get to catch up with friends you haven't seen over the Summer and there's hardly any work on the first day.

Yesterday was my LAST first day of school. I really won't graduate until December 2013, but my last semester will be spent entirely in a courtroom. And yes, I still have two semesters after this, but really who celebrates going back to school in the winter or summer? NO ONE!

So I picked out a really cute outfit for the day the night before as per usual tradition. I didn't have trouble sleeping for once because over break, I really made an effort to get to sleep at a reasonable hour because of my running schedule. That was a big first for me. It also helped that I didn't have class until later that afternoon.

I got dressed for the day, watched The View a little bit. Half-way through getting dressed it hit me that yesterday was my last first day of school.

Let me say that one more LAST first day of school.

Holy smokes Batman!  I can't believe that I'm at this point.

I remember what I wore for my first day of kindergarten. I wore a neon orange peplum dress with white hearts all over it. I wore white sandals and I'm pretty sure my hair was either in two pig tail braids or two pig tail curls. What can I say? I was stylin' in 1990. My dad took the picture. He took pictures of all our first days of school every year. It's a tradition that goes on to this day with Loren and Will. 

So I did what was natural to me. I took a picture of my first day and sent it to my dad. He responded with a "Kool. Have a good day sister. Love you."

And I did.

Happy Wednesday!

I would have been a bra burner...

...but I insist on wearing the closest thing to a Jackie Kennedy Chanel suit when I step into a courtroom.

I can't wait for the day we have a female POTUS...but I can't stand female football commentators.

I'm pro-choice...but abortion is not an option for me.

I'm anti bullying...but no discipline and no dodgeball are the reason why our schools and kids are the way they are.

I love hole in the wall restaurants...but I love to shop at Wal-Mart.

I'm pro-gay marriage...but I believe homosexuality is a sin.

I believe in teacher's unions...but I don't believe in tenure for life.

I believe in health care reform...but I'm not sure Obama-care is the solution.

I believe in the auto industry...but I think that Chevy and Ford and Chrysler need to make a better smaller car option.


I have lots of political policy beliefs, but I also am willing to listen to others as well about their political policy beliefs.

After all, what makes our country so great is the diversity of it all.

What has been awful in the last few years is the lack of civil political discourse in our country. I'm not sure how we go about fixing that issue, but I'm here to say that I want to be a part of it.

After all, I would have been a bra burner.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Healthy Train Tuesday.

This Week's Loss/Gain: .8 pounds

Total Loss: 50 pounds!!! PTL I didn't totally crash my plane!

What I craved this week: I didn't really have to worry about what I craved because I stuffed myself all week long.

What I noticed was different about my body: I felt EXTREMELY bloated this week. I also noticed that my digestive system

Workouts I did this week: Two runs- a 3.1 mile run and an 8 MILE RUN!!

Personal Goal for this week:
-I want to hit all three runs. This is a recovery week in my running plan, so I will run 3 miles twice and my long run will be a 5 mile run.
-Because I need serious accountability this week, I'm posting my daily points on Instagram. I should say that my birthday is on Monday so I will probably have a cheeseburger and I'm having BBQ for dinner...and maybe a cupcake. I promise to be hard-core the rest of the week. If you don't follow me there and want to cheer me on, I'm therubyturtlehippie. If you follow me already, then keep me accountable.

Favorite Quote for this week: ( Look over here! -->)

What I'm looking forward to: Kicking butt this week!

What did you struggle with this week or when you went through your last struggle how did you get through it?

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 3, 2012

What motivates me to run.

One of my buddies from The Twitter asked me what motivates me to run the other day. I mentioned a few things and then I got to thinking about it and thought I should probably do a post on what gets my motor runnin. (<--Name that song!)

So, the following are a list of reasons why I like to run or if I'm having a hard time getting myself out there, these are some things that get my rear in gear.

1. Post-Run Feeling: The fact that post-run, I'll have earned some activity points or burned calories depending on how you look at it. It also is a major motivator to see how far I ran or to set a new personal best.

2. The Twitter: For me, posting my runs on The Twitter and Facebook keeps me accountable. It also pushes me to keep going so I can check off a tweet or a Facebook post that I've run.I also have started to make a concerted effort to encourage others I see being active. If you seen someone who goes for a run or hits a yoga or pilates class and then mention it, don't be shy! Make sure to send them a tweet or a Facebook message to let them know how awesome they are.

3. Accountability: My sister and I keep each other accountable. We are each other's person through this journey. We keep each other going and encourage each other on our worst days and make sure we keep the drive to reach our goals going strong. So my advice is find your person. Most likely you'll know who this person is for you already. Have a serious conversation with them about it. Set some goals and limits and then go for it! Also, like I mentioned above, post your workouts on The Twitter or Facebook. If I see it, I'll make sure to say something.

4. Encouragement: I mentioned this in The Twitter section above, but seriously, you have no idea what it means to me when someone says "Way to go!" or "You're awesome!" or "Keep going!" does for me when I log a run or mention that I've lost a couple of pounds.

5. All The Things: Let's be real. Sometimes a girl needs some good old fashioned retail therapy. I certainly am not above buying some new running duds every once in awhile to keep my going. If you feel good about what you wearing, you'll feel good about going for a run or workout too.

6. Stress Reliever: I don't know if you know this or not, but getting a doctorate involves a major load of stress. Guess what makes my stress level manageable? A serious run or even one of my maintenance runs. It's the whole killing two birds with one stone approach. I hit a run to keep up with my half-marathon training ANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNND I also get some stress and tension out of my system. Now I realize that not everyone's stress is going to look like mine, but I know that you've still got some stress. So throw on your running shoes, grab your ipod with your favorite tunes and throw yourself into your workout. You might even break a personal best record or two in the process.

Exhibit "A"
7. Nose Dives: Read this post to understand what I'm talking about. They push me big time.

8. Blogs: I don't know how many times I've watched vlogs or read blogs to encourage myself to keep going. Find women that are similar to you and who totally blew their goal out of the water. These two sisters were a huge inspiration to me.

9. Motivation Board: I am a lover of check lists. It gives my heart great joy to grab my pen and put a line through a task I've accomplished. Know what sends that thrill into overdrive? (Exhibit A -->)

10. Fitting into those jeans or that dress: Everyone runs for different reasons. I'm running for a half-marathon and also it's good exercise to keep my weight loss journey going. When I can fit into a pair of jeans or a dress that I couldn't fit into before because of all the running I've done, it makes me want to do a serious happy dance.

So come on and tell me what you drives you to keep running!

Happy Monday and Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

On Nosedives and Crowds Going Wild.

NOTE: This post has lots of honesty, a few cuss words and might seem a bit dramatic at times. But's all me.

I ran 8 miles today with a pace of 11:48. I've never run that far before in my entire life.

It's a big milestone for me. I was super proud of myself.  If there ever was a time where I felt like a world class athlete and I can do anything, it was today.

My runner's high sounds a little bit like this...

Imagine Owen Field (where the Sooners play) when Oklahoma scores a touchdown.

You see the receiver make a catch and race for the end zone. The crowd gets excited and the cheers and screams get louder and louder the closer he approaches...


The place goes wild! There's a ton of whoopin' and hollerin' going on. The Pride of Oklahoma is playing "Boomer Sooner." The Ruf-Neks are shooting off their rifles and the Sooner Schooner rides out onto the field with the ponies running as fast as they can. The fans are still going crazy with their pride!

Except instead of a receiver running into the endzone, it's me running across the finish line. I feel like a million bucks and what I've accomplished is really great. I also do really hear Boomer Sooner. I'm bursting with pride because I've found my greatness like the inspiring Nike commercial that came out during the Olympics.

But there is also another sound just as important.

While I ran 8 miles today, I also ate like total shit this week. Anything I wanted, I pretty much put it in my mouth.

I am terrified to step on the scale this week because of the damage I did.

The more that I get into my journey, the more I think I have an addiction to eating the shit I used to eat regularly. I know this school of thought isn't for everyone, but for me, that's how I totally see it.

I lost 50 pounds and immediately what did I want to do to celebrate? EAT.

That's how my life has been. My parents announced they were pregnant with twins, we went out to eat to celebrate. I got into all the colleges I applied to and we went out to eat to celebrate. When I got into law school, same thing. On the flip side, if we were having a bad day, my sister and I used to run to Sonic for a drink and some chili cheese tots. Or if we were stressed about finals, we would eat terribly as well.

(Side note: I don't blame my parents or sister for any of my actions.)

I didn't let my eating when I hit that 50 pound mark get out of control last week, but this week I can't say the same thing.

I break into my flex points pretty regularly. But, what I don't touch is anything beyond that. I run to get activity points to offset the flex points I've used.

Well guess who broke into her activity points and then some?

Told you it was bad.

My shitty eating and gaining weight as a result sounds like this...

Imagine a plane flying across the sky. You admire how beautiful the plane is and are impressed that the pilot earned his license. Makes you want to be just like him or her. You notice the plane's features and how sleek and chic it might look.

And then out of nowhere, the plane's engines cut out. You suddenly realize the plane wasn't so chic after all and that something within the engine system is faulty.

The plane goes into a straight nose dive.

A nose dive is an awful sound. One that you'll never forget....

I keep hearing the nosedive over and over again and it is definitely driving me to be rigid the next two days so I can hopefully avoid a total plane crash.

But the bigger pictures is that at some point, I've got to break this cycle. It almost makes me hate the milestones that I hit because I know that I'll have to settle back into being serious about my weight loss journey. Again.

I've got to figure out a way to avoid the nosedives.

I've got to figure out how to take the good with the bad.

I've got to figure out how to find some serious balance. 

I'm open to suggestions, comments, feedback, and encouragement. If you're nasty, step away from the computer because I don't want to hear it and I'm feeling ballsy enough to call you out on it.

Happy Sunday and to those in the weight loss struggle with me, keep up the good fight!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

It's officially my birthday month AND football season has commenced! Can I get an Amen?

Exhibit A: Running shoes, new iPod, fuel belt, and running clothes.
Listen, I don't know about you, but I am a big birthday person. I blame my momma. She made and still makes a big deal out of our birthdays. As a result, I've been pondering my birthday wish list since July.

Yes, I'm aware it's obnoxious and juvenile of me. No need for a reminder thank you!

My birthday wish list can be put into two categories this year: running stuff and clothes from Old Navy.

What can I say? I may be losing weight, but my love affair with Old Navy will never die.

I also want some new OU attire, because one can never have too many game day t-shirts!

What's on your birthday wish list this year?

Happy September and BOOMER SOONER!!

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Hi y'all! The name's Samantha. You can call me Sam if you like. I am a lover to a boy I met at Falls Creek in the summer of 2005, that is a student of Jesus, a Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die I'll be Sooner dead, Democrat by party, blonde to the core, and oldies but goodies kind of girl.
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