From Weight-Loss to Running; Fitness Journey of a Busy Mama to 3

Friday, September 28, 2012

MRTT Holiday Challenge!!

You know you REALLY want to. Come on, STOP talking about and be about.

Get your booty in gear, sometimes you do need a LITTLE push. So, there, I'm pushing you, I'm shoving you to MOVE IT!!! Don't let those holiday pounds pack on, don't bring in 2013, dreading to lose them. Let's kick into ACTION NOW!! Like, right now. GO! 

Think of N'sync's BYE, BYE, BYE....let me REMIX it, sorta. I'm no singer. Hah!

...Bye Bye
Don't wanna have you to be in control no more 
Just another player in your game for ONE
You may hate me but it ain't no lie,
Baby, bye, bye, bye...
Bye Bye
Don't really wanna make it tough,
I just wanna lose enough,
It might sound crazy,
But it ain't no lie,
Baby, bye, bye, bye....

Alrighty, that was fun. Who doesn't like a throwback! Back to the CHALLENGE!!

Our Fabulous Chapter Leader for Moms Run This Town Kitsap, WA, Crystal, over at Pretty Little Loser, has a Awesome MRTT Holiday Challenge, go check it out (the link) for more details!!! Go join the group!! Plus, there's PRIZES. We want to  be losers but winners too. *wink, wink*

October 1–31: Frightfully Fabulous Arms Challenge
November 1–30: Once Through The Lips Challenge
December 1–24: Santas’s Got A Six Pack Challenge
December 26–31: Daily Wild Card Challenge

I'll be adding some routines that follow the monthly challenges into our Weekly Moms Run This Town Morning Runs, and Weekly Bootcamps!! I'll share them on the blog for those that aren't local. Crystal will also be posting challenges, so there's really NO EXCUSES y'all!!

I'm excited to kick the last, ehm...11 lbs or more in 2012. I'm giving myself a BIGGER challenge to reach that goal before Winter Vacation. And, YEAHHH, you'll see me running those Texas Streets, Mama's got some catching up to do. This deployment has been tough!!
Come on let's GET IR DONE y'all!!

"Don't wait to for inspiration to find you; BECOME IT!!"

No Doubt - Push And Shove ft. Busy Signal, Major Lazer

NO DOUBT is back and this SONG has been on REPLAY since I grabbed it off  iTunes on Tuesday!
I seriously.can't.get.enough of it. They have my HEART!!

....You work it hard (you work it) 
Boy you got me good 
How you push and shove (push and shove) 
Ooh boy you’re hustlin’ me 
You work it hard (you work it hard you gonna lie some) 
Boy you got me good 
How you push and shove (you work it hard gonna survive some) 
Ooh boy you’re hustlin’ me ....

"Don't wait to for inspiration to find you; BECOME IT!!"

Rest Day: Runners Rant!!

Rest Day?! 

Oh, you mean "active" rest day, the day you still remain ridiculously BUSY but don't have to squeeze in a workout. Well, that was yesterday and now again, today. My knee has been click, click, clicking since Wednesday's Bootcamp, I was never a fan of LUNGES! And, was reminded why! Booo!!

I'm not even sure why I'm currently sitting my as$ on the PC blogging anyways,..well I am enjoying my Dirty Dirty Venti Chai Tea Latte.  Had to run to Target to grab a new dress for picture day since a stupid stain did not want to wash out from Leanna's dress. BOO!! I've got a few errands to run before an early evening meeting with my social committee members and then PTA Event tonight. Yep, 2 other roles I have besides, Mama, Wife, Fit Mama/Runner, etc....

RUNNERS RANT: Bum Knee Drama. I have my first Physical Therapy Appt on Monday, I'm a little nervous. The thing is, it has NOT been bothering me since my last appointment, almost 3 weeks ago. Well, until Wednesdays Bootcamp. It so happens to be the SAME knee, I had physical therapy on a few years ago, 5 years ago to be exact. I've tried NOT going upstairs as much since Wednesday, that's the only time it "clicks". I was happy for my comeback but there's still drama hanging around. I'll keep optimistic!! I'll keep optimistic!!
One the UPSIDE, I lost 6.4lbs in September; BIG DEAL!!! Even with my little running time, I've had plenty of other routines to keep me active and they are showing it. I'll have a Recap of PHASE 1 for Les Mills Pump!! I can't believe I'm going into Week 6 on MONDAY, halfway through the program!! Whoop! Whoop!!

October will be a Fabulous Month of Races!!
The Girls are registered for the Kid Run This Town Virtual Challenge!!
Local Moms Run This Town will have TWO Virtual RACES!!
Let's get those RUNNING SHOES tied and get MOVING!!!
Upcoming Races for October:

"Don't wait to for inspiration to find you; BECOME IT!!"

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fabulous Fall Y'all!!

It was a Fabulous Fall Day in the Great State of Washington and ONE MONTH since husband left on deployment!! Whenever I'm on the PC, I see my family to my right; little reminders to smile!

After the double school drop offs, I had an EPIC fail of changing out the tire tubes on the single jogger, I don't know why I thought I could do it, I never have. And, now I'll be on the search for a bike store to do it, it's only been like almost 2 years since I used it. Hahahhahaaa

Sore and bloody fingers were DONE. So, I decided to head outdoors with baby girl and take our crazy dog for a walk to the lakes. Absolutely Perfect Weather!!

The rest of the afternoon was spent w/Social Chair duties, we have a fabulous fall festival in the making. My FIRST event as Social Chair. Aghhh!!! 

Can you tell we had a DRY SUMMER, the grass is dead and needs RAIN!!

A girl and her puppa!

Run, Baby Girl, Run!

 Fabulous 1 Mile Walk!!

"Don't wait to for inspiration to find you; BECOME IT!!"

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fit Mama on the Move!!

My morning started off FOGGY, it seems like we kept getting thicker driving into in, as we headed to this morning location. Another fit mama followed to meetup for a quick run before BOOTCAMP!! We started off with a brisk walk a a few running intervals for .71 in 18:20. Not as long as I wanted but I was having some baby girls drama, so we cut it short.
Mama need s a BIG break, soon. REALLY SOON!

We only got through ONE ROUND of the 5,4,3,2,1 Go! Routine:
  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • 40 Back Lunges
  • 30 set Squats
  • 20 Side Abs
  • 10 set of mountain climbers

As we were on our way out, another Mama at the playground approached me, she actually stopped us earlier while we were walking to tell us that they are a walking group, if we wanted to join them afterwards. I mentioned the bootcamp to them at that point and we both said, thanks for sharing and continued on our ways.
Anyways, she asked if I wouldn't mind teaching a class for their group sometime.
Without hesitation, we exchanged numbers. And, she said she was starting Zumba (exciting) soon, for other Mama's in the AMs; here we are two Mama's trying to get our Military Community Active. I also mentioned Moms Run This Town Group, especially since she said she just ran a MILE in under 15:30, huge accomplishment and we cheered her on.

"Don't wait to for inspiration to find you; BECOME IT!!"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Moms Run This Town!!

Busy is the mother runner who is SO involved with running/pushing the double jogger, so another mother runner can get busy with running/jogging intervals, that she totally forgets to snap some photo's. It's all good.

It was a FABULOUS Morning, just one mother runner, who is a good friend!! She's working her way into running and is EXCITED about her FIRST upcoming 5k!! I was more than happy to push the jogger with our baby girl's in it,so she could focus on her strides/posture.

We logged in 3.37 miles in 1:12. She did AWESOME!!

Can't wait to get back out there tomorrow for another morning run, making it regular nowadays with the fall weather coming in! Then, it's BOOTCAMP!! Whoop! Whoop!

"Don't wait to for inspiration to find you; BECOME IT!!"

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Reflecting back on 8 years!!

Whoop! Whoop!!

This Mama is 2.2 lbs DOWN, currently at 158!! BEST ANNIVERSARY GIFT EVER!! I weighed in at 165 just before he left, 28 days ago. It's a big deal, since I've been back on the weight loss journey. I was 147 mid-February and my new "deployment goal" is at 140. Giving myself a little leeway to gain and not beat myself up. Of course, it's not all about weight loss, I am seeing the toning of my arms, once again. In my legs too, over all really. Les Mills Pump is doing it again. Week 5 starts tomorrow!! 

Back to the weight gaining drama!
That's right I said, my military wifey's know it. With homecoming, usually comes some weight gain, husbands back home, home-coooking, dining out, late night grubbing. You know all the stuff you avoided during that deployment. It happened to me and while I didn't necessarily care when it was happening, I was actually enjoying it, I didn't enjoy the gaining weight from birth control though. And, it's finally shedding off. Thank Goodness!!! 

 I'm also celebrating 8 years of marriage, 8 years y'all!! And, as a military spouse to a husband who has had a VERY demanding schedule in the last, almost 2 years. That's a pretty big deal. I mean, being a sailor is pretty demanding, especially on the Stennis, his current back to back deployment hit me hard but I love that my man. And, stand behind him 110%. If anything, it's made our marriage stronger, I don't base it on the military lifestyle, more of parenting, partnership...all that mushy stuff. I can't wait to have him back, really.can't.wait.

He's been with me since my slimmest, at 145 before marriage. I got careless and comfortable there after. Even though, I worked out, almost daily with a full-time job and college. I still let myself go. Stupid. I remember moving to Hawaii, in September 2005 and being in the 170s. He 's said, he hardly recognized me. I easily gained 15lbs while working/drinking (oh, to be a 21 yr old again), in 3 months. Yes, I can't believe it either. That was wreckless. So, being pier side at homecoming was nothing but uncomfortable.

 I began working out once I got settled into Hawaii, he was there too but honestly I wasn't feeling it, especially since I was pregnant with my first kiddo. You know how that can go. She gave me insane morning sickness and I was pretty miserable for 3 months.  m.i.s.e.r.a.b.l.e.

Hello, San Diego. A new duty station, July 2006. And, Having a baby a month after moving into a new State was rough. And, single parenting a new born was harder since he was out to sea A LOT. I hardly new what I was doing, I thought I was prepared. I was wrong. He then then left for deployment when Leanna was about 6 months old. I started somewhat of a routine but it wasn't enough. Running with jogger, walking, pilates. And then came another homecoming. I don't even think I had lost any baby weight, I was actually "comfortable" with that then. 
That.was.crazy. y'all! 

[March 2007]

[Oct 2007]

[Dec 2007]

Hello, China Lake!! Moving again, to a super secluded area, had me motivated to lose weight before we started for baby #2.  I found a newly started "stroller strides" group, May 2008 and went every week, every week. I even started a weight loss meetup with a few other Mama's on the weight loss journey, we'd walk/jog/run to the gym on base for a workout. I lost about 15lbs. Once, the pregnancy symptoms started with super nausea I stopped stroller strides in November. I tried to keep up with daily walks, or evening walks with the family.
[August 2008]

[October 2008]

Fast-Forward to 6 weeks post-baby August 2009,I started to hit the gym; fitness classes like Spin, BOSU, Body Sculpting. I reached my lowest (then) at 154, at 8 months post-baby.  It was far from easy, trying to juggle a new baby, a preschooler, in home daycare business. It was ROUGH waking up at 4AM to nurse Ailea and then hit the gym for a run, spin, or elliptical workout. And, then adding evening classes was my outlet, I found energy and got it done. It did the job and I loved it.

[March 2009; 154 lbs at 8 Months Post-Ailea]

[Baby #3 in the oven; June 2009]

After an AWESOME [SUCCESSFUL] WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY, what do you think happened??! We turned around and got pregnant with baby #3. Oh, what a HUGE surprise!! And, of course it started all over, trying to hold on to a fitness routine while pregnant. And, then getting back at it after baby arrived. Hello, Baby Serena!!

[Hiking w/baby Girls; April 2011]

 There wasn't much time to get a routine going since we were due to move AGAIN, but this time we were going to Texas for 4 1/2 months, during the Summer. Yay and Boo!! It was tough. My runs happened LATE, I started several different routines, sprained my ankle, bought a spin bike...reached 154 lbs at 4 1/2 months POST-BABY!! 

[July 2011]

[August 2011]

Hello, Washington!! Once, we moved to our current duty station, he left a month later, Nov 2011. That left me to once again juggle this fitness business with 3 girls in tow. I did it. I ran, spinned, walked, worked out, lifted, started running races. Did it all!
In February 2012, I reached another MAJOR weigh loss milestone; 147 lbs!!!

[Dec 2011]
Treadmill Running

[January 2012]
First 10k

 [March 2011]
5k in the Snow

[April 2012]
5k with my family

[May 2012]
Color Runned with my girls on Mother's Day

[July 2012]
First Half-Marathon

[Even Leanna gets in on the action; Little Runner Girl]  

[July 2012]
Mud Run

I run, hike, walk on several types of terrain; pavement, trails, anywhere! 

So, as I reflect on the last 8 years of marriage and weight loss challenges. I can't say I "really" had excuses just a few obstacles. We all have them. We all have husband who deploys,....oh wait. No we don't. So, there's no excuse to not claim your body back from whatever it is. Pregnancy, depression, eating too much, lack of motivation, anything. If you've got the drive and dedication, make it happen. The last 8 years of marriage have opened my eyes, as a mother and wife, there's always time for Rosanna to take time to herself. It wasn't something I realized early on but I certainly take "my time" each day, I'd say, it makes me a better person to them. every.single. day.

"Don't wait to for inspiration to find you; BECOME IT!!"