Be Well With El

Mom, Wife, Runner and Business Partner regaining her life back

Weekend review- otherwise known as SHOE post.

Had a really great weekend. Sorry I am just posting today. My computer is on the fritz and I had to wait to get to another one. I ran a 5k Saturday for Make Every April Better foundation in  Tyler state Park. My sister and mother joined me and walked the trail. A whole week of no running and resting my knee prior to the race really did help. My knee felt great prior to run and did not hurt during the run. I came in at 30:26 which is a PR(personal record) for me!!! I was super stocked about this because after the first really big hill I thought I was a goner. I had to walk a little once I got to the top of that hill but ran the rest of the time and made great time. Even my sister had a personal best, walking 3.1 miles in 47 minutes. It was a cold one but we did it and we dedicated it to Boston with all our Boston gear!!!Image

 

We also got creative and took some shoe photos. lol

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I had already decided it was time for new shoes after this race but after seeing this picture I knew I needed a brighter pair!!! I love my Nikes! Scored a sweet deal on these from Kohls and can not wait to try them out tomorrow morning.

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 We will have to take a new shoe picture now!!! LOL

After the run came party time. We had a great time at Austin’s First birthday and of course I have to show you my shoes again (this is nicknamed the shoe post)

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Yes those are MINT snake skins!!!!! LOOOOOVE them. I am totally obsessed with Mint! Loving the new mint and coral combinations this season and just love how mint goes with my complexion. Way more mint to come from me this season. 

We had family photos on Sunday at the park. It was super cold and Phoebe was a little booger but all and all they went really well. Hoping to get a sneak peek soon! Here is the aftermath

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Wait is that MINT again……LOL maybe!!! Wait and see

Pat and I needed a nap afterwards! 

Monday morning I woke up at 530 to run before Pat left for work. I am hoping to do this Wednesday and Friday this week as well. It felt really great to get my run done early in the morning and not have to worry about fitting it in later.  I ate really well so far this week and hope the scale is nice tomorrow. I will be getting ready for Phoebe’s 2nd Birthday all week. Getting a little crafty, trying some new things, lots of cleaning and some baking. She turns two on Saturday!!! EEEEEKKKK Where has the time gone? Till then I will leave you with a selfie!!

This is me

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(if this was a color photo you would be seeing a mint shirt) OK OK I need MINT REHAB!!! HELLLLP

 

 

 

T4R

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who the hell knows what the title for this post should be?

Feeling quite sluggish all week without my runs. I decided early in the week to rest and ice my knee this week because I have a race Saturday. Already being off track “diet wise” and then not being able to run is really putting a damper on things. My run makes me feel alive. I absolutely eat better on the days I run. For some reason I feel more attuned to my body. I give my body what it needs and find it easier to not over indulge. I obviously get an immediate energy burst from my runs and without that have found it hard to even walk. So pathetic. I have walked a little this week but not nearly as much as I wanted to. Some good news….My knee feels great. I guess the real test is tomorrows race. In my extremely professional opinion, as long as it doesn’t hurt when I run its fine but don’t worry I will ask my doctor (AKA best friend who is a nurse) 🙂

I will keep you updated on how tomorrow goes…..

This quote really has helped put things in perspective.

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I was being a rebel these last 2 weeks. Not counting calories, not worring about everything I put in my mouth and it was so freeing. But not true to my goals. Not true to the path I want to be on. I can not get anywhere if I stay off track. Maybe a mini cleanse (clean eating) is in order to step up my game.

 

 

T4R

 

P.S. We will be dedicating our run tomorrow to Boston. Always in our hearts!!

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Wellness Wednesday

Weighed in at 188lbs this morning. That is a .5 weight gain. I can truly say that I am so happy that my off days/week is not resulting in major gain. I know even though I have been out of sorts with my diet that I am still not overly eating like I use to. I still pretty much eat 5 meals and have good portion control. I did have a goal to hit this Sunday. I wanted to be 185 for my family pictures on the 21st. I am obviously not expecting that anymore but a pound or two loss by Sunday would be nice 🙂

 Icing the knee and itching for Saturday’s 5kImage

T4R

P.S.Ran out of coffee this morning so right now I just hope I make it through the day with all kids alive 🙂 EEEEEKKKKKK

Me right now

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Off track

One thing after another in this household lately. Two different viruses went through the house and I hurt my knee. I haven’t been on top of my diet at all. Literally eating everything in site 😦

 

 My friends and I are signed up for a 5k this Saturday. In hopes that I can run on Saturday, I am not gonna run this week and just ice the knee when I can. Already feels better after icing all day yesterday. I don’t wanna lose my work out routine so a lot of walking this week and of course my strength training days are the same. I usually do an arm workout I found on pinterest twice a week. I absolutely hate my arms so I hope this helps with tank top season around the corner.

 

Everybody seems to be feeling better. The laundry is piled up and it’s beautiful out today. Today is a new day.

T4R

P.S. Boston is forever in my heart and I hope to run next year next to my cousin with my middle finger in the air. Races are exciting, adrenaline filled, happy moments. They create bounds between people. They create lasting memories in families. They are positive experiences and no one will take that away.

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Mommy Summer Joys

The beginning of the week really got us all excited for summer. After a teasing winter, the nice weather hits and everybody is “facebook status” stoked to be out in the sun and fresh air. Believe me I am stoked for these things as well but my priorities have changed a little since becoming a mom.

Now one of my favorite things about the nice weather is the fact that you don’t have to bundle the kids up to go outside. What does this mean for mommy? Less of a fight to get everyone dressed and less clothing/accessories thrown all over the house. Plus slip on shoes make for more independence on the kids part. Second thing is the fact that we can eat outside. Since apparently I am raising food slinging monkeys, not children, I love that the mess stays outside and hopefully mother nature has the dirty job of clean up. Of course playing outside exhausts the monkeys kids and mama as well but I am more willing to exhaust my energy when I know I will have sleeping babies later 🙂

So you would think with all these great benefits of nice weather that my house would be clean all summer because all the mess is outside…..HA hell nooooo , who has the time to clean when you are outside all day?! 🙂

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The Monkeys themselves playing in the water in APRIL!
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T4R

PS. ONE thing I love that has not changed since becoming a mom. Nice weather = Shirtless tattooed MEN husband!!!! 🙂

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Wellness Wednesday!!!

Weigh in day. Scale read 187.5 this morning. YAY Buddy!  I have been able to keep up with my 5 meals a day and shake in the morning all week. Went back to produce junction to stock up on fruits and veggies. Yesterday I made a summer salad that I found on Pinterest. Its from Skinnytaste.com….Great recipes there.

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Left is Pinterest picture and right is mine. My pic sucks but it was good. I did not have the cilantro and can see how it would be even more amazing with it plus I added cucumbers. Good stuff.

A none scale victory for me this week includes me having to dry all my jeans after every use because they are falling off of me. LOL I am a size 12-14 right now. I don’t think I am ready for a 10 or anything, so I won’t be shopping just yet. I am just at that awkward in between stage. Happy with a lot of my choices this week. Avoided milk shakes and cheesecake!!! It was hard but this accountability factor really helps. Thanks for keeping me accountable.

T4R

 

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Let’s hear from you

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Poor little Phoebe has been sick for days so my life has consisted of boogers, crying and children Tylenol. She is a hot mess. Without knowing how horrible my week was gonna be I registered for the 5k in my neighborhood on Sunday. It was very uneventful. I got there, I ran, I came home to the same hot mess I left 45 minutes ago. I did a pretty good pace of 11 miles per minutes. I am not gonna lie I was kinda hoping for a steady 10 minute mile but I think the lack of sleep this week really got to me in mile 3. Here is my after pic!
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Since my week was pretty boring I would like to hear from you. I would love to know more about my readers. I was looking for a fun question that would get everyone thinking and here it is….

If you were to see your 16 year old self today, list 5 things you would tell him/her?

My answers

1. Be single

2. Join a team

3. Put the mac and cheese away ( NO MORE CAITLYN)

4. DANCE as much as possible bc someday it just won’t look right when you try to drop it like it’s hot!

5. You ARE Beautiful!!! Enjoy Everyday!!! Live in the now 🙂

Let’s hear from you on this beautiful Monday.

T4R

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Wellness Wednesday.

Well today is dooms day  weigh-in day. I weigh myself right when I wake up, after I pee and pretty much naked. (you’re welcome for the details) I weighed in this morning at 191. I am actually extremely excited about this. I was so afraid that my weekend would bring back all 6lbs I worked hard to lose the weeks before. A gain is never fun but only 1lb really is not bad. I know I can do better this week and come back with a loss next Wednesday. My small goal is 6lbs before family photos on the 21st.

One aspect of weight loss that seems to be hard for some people is eliminating fast food. I have never been a huge fast food fan, If anything Taco bell is my weakness but never several times a week. Kaine has been asking for McDonald’s and Taco bell a lot lately. Every commercial he sees and if we drive by one all hell breaks loose. It becomes hard to say no when he doesn’t stop and just the thought of not having to cook is amazing. I have made a new rule in our household which is fast food only one time a week Max. A felt even better about our decision to make fast food only once a week after reading an article in my Vitality Magazine. The article focused on the link between fast food and childhood Asthma and eczema. Kaine has already been diagnosed with Asthma but the severity of his condition has greatly decrease due to diet and a chemical free household. He barely needs a treatment anymore. When he was first diagnosed he would do a treatment almost every other night. He doesn’t even need one once a month now. I can see how easy fast food makes life but I have a job as mommy to teach them healthy choices. So I am very happy with our new rule and hope daddy can stick to it!!! LOL 🙂

T4R

Ps. sorry about no pictures in this post. Totally boring. Sorry

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Weekend fail?

A part of me feels like I totally failed this weekend. I didn’t keep track of anything I ate. 90% of my food was far from clean and I drank a lot of coffee (maybe some wine) 😦

Activity wise though,  I would say it was a very successful weekend with a run on Friday and Sunday mornings and a nice long hilly walk in the park on Saturday.

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The kids really had a great time!!! Beautiful day 🙂 Great way to hang out with the family that doesn’t revolve around food. I loved the idea!! Thanks to Heidi and Sarah for thinking of it!

The fresh air and spring weather really makes me happy. I can not get enough of it. I am not happy with my food choices but I am not gonna get to upset about it. I am back on track with my healthy eating today!!! I just hope this doesn’t affect the scale too much for Wellness Wednesday’s Weigh in. (I might get down if it does but for right now I’m thinking positively and keeping up with what i have learned so far)

April is filled with new challenges and fun! Two 5k scheduled for this month. Arm and Ab challenge accepted online. Daily workouts include

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Family photos on the 21st and My baby turns 2 this month!! eeeeekkkkkkk!!!

Don’t Blink…..They sure do grow up fast.

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Love them

T4R

 

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Running motivation

Today I thought I might give you a little idea of what my runs feel like. When I started running I was 220lbs and I hated every minute of it. It sucked. I was easily motivated by the small the progress I was making every week. Every week I would run a little longer and it felt amazing. There just came this point where I wanted to run. I would get antsy just thinking about running. Dont get me wrong there are still days that I hate it but the feeling at the end of my run is indescribable. I have had the same playlist since the beginning…. I know LAME. I never remember to download more music. lol Each song has a different meaning to me. I love Carrie Underwood’s Undo it!! Here is a little look at what goes through my mind while running and listening to this song…..

“Undo It”
(I sing this song to the fat girl inside me)

I should have known by the way you passed me by
There was something in your eyes and it wasn’t right
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I should have walked, but I never had the chance
Everything got out of hand and I let it slide

Now I only have myself to blame

(so true. I have control over my lifestyle)
For falling for your stupid games
I wish my life could be
The way it was before I saw your face

You stole my happy, you made me cry
Took the lonely and took me for a ride
And I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it
You had my heart, now I want it back
I’m starting to see everything you lack
 FAT you blew it, you put me through it
I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it

(I start to literally clap it up in my head)
Na, na, na-na, na
Na, na, na-na, na
Na, na, na-na, na, na

Now your photos don’t have a picture frame
And I never say your name and I never will

And all your things, well I threw them in the trash NoChocolate<
And I’m not even sad

Now you only have yourself to blame
For playing all those stupid games
You’re always gonna be the same
And, oh no, you’ll never change

You stole my happy, you made me cry
Took the lonely and took me for a ride
And I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it
You had my heart, now I want it back
I’m starting to see everything you lack
FAT you blew it, you put me through it
I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it

Na, na, na-na, na
Na, na, na-na, na
Na, na, na-na, na, na

You want my future, you can’t have it

( I can image an older, larger me during this part of the song)
I’m still trying to erase you from my past
I need you gone so fast

You stole my happy, you made me cry
Took the lonely and took me for a ride
And I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it
You had my heart, now I want it back
I’m starting to see everything you lack
FAT you blew it, you put me through it
I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it

You stole my happy, you made me cry
Took the lonely and took me for a ride

FAT you blew it, you put me through it
I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it

There it is. Now you all know the very simple inner workings of my brain! Recap = I want to undo my love for cake…LOL
T4R

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