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

Friday, November 30, 2012

Memory Run

It's been tough to think about but I did and waited until the end of the month. I'm talking about the virtual race, November Run to Remember.

I chose to run two 5k's, to challenge myself. First one was on the treadmill, yesterday morning. It started off slow, and I thought about, was all the memories of my dad, we last saw each other, May 2010. It was before we headed back to CA after a little vacation. He was due to head to visit his mother and siblings in Mexico a few weeks later. And, that's where things would forever change. It was tough to continue to think of the aftermath. I continued and finished strong; 5k in 37:23.

Today, as the rain continued to pour, I didn't let it discourage me. I was EXCITED, I was READY! There's nothing more exhilarating, the adrenaline rush!! At about a mile, the rain picked up and I just kept on, even past a group of marines running and chanting. I felt powerful, running in the rain with a double jogger, total badass mother runner! And, a huge challenge!! You can't beat that. I kept pushing myself and had to walk the crazy hills back to my housing community. It was fabulous and I thought how proud my dad would be, he'd always praise me in my achievements. I finished strong; 5k in 41:33.

Fun Fact Friday.

1. I broke my PC, bummer.

2. I watch "the vow" weekly.

3. I'm horrible at keeping secrets.

4. I can't say no to grilled cheese sandwiches.

5. I powerful during a run.

6. Spending winter break in TX, is intimidating.

7. My girls are amazing.

8. I'm undecided on what I want to be when I grow up, there's a lot I want!

9. Coffee is my best friend.

10. Foam rolling is fantastic!

This Super {Runner} Mama hung 2012 her race bling on the tree. Even, the girls Kids Run this Town medals are on display! Yupp, it's fabulous!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

besides running....

Talk about craziness.

I survived the holiday weekend. Still fighting this [annoying] sickness. Agh!

Logged in three fabulous 5ks. Even found a photo of us at the start, my girl in the lead.
And, she was SUPER excited when she saw her kindergarden teacher, she was running next to her for the first 1/2 mile. So sweet! She even waited for her at the finish line.

We had a fabulous time at the FRG Social Skate Party. My girls love it.

We got busy with Winter Decor/Crafts.
And started the 'elf on the shelf tradition' with Molly.

Finished up Week 13 of Les Mills Pump, COMPLETED the BeachBody Program!

Started Week 3 of Turbofire. Whewww!

Decided on the mileage for the November Memory Run, Virtual Race.
Now, I'm sitting here during naptime, 3 girls sleeping. Leanna wasn't feeling too well. She stayed home. Therefore, Ailea stayed home from preschool too. I missed out on my run, there was sunshine, I wanted to take advantage. I got a sweet phonecall from my husband, he just wanted to hear my voice. *blushing* I finished 2 more wood block projects! It's been a productive day. Yesterday, I cleared my office area of paperwork, and organized the dvd shelves. My spin bike definitely stands out more. *whoop! whoop!* I even logged in a few miles after Turbofire. One thing, I've been doing on my spare time while online, is finding new routes back in Texas. I'm REALLY looking forward to SOLO RUNNING. We are arriving in Houston late Saturday night, and I'll have a half-marathon the next morning, in a town about an hour away. I'm totally looking forward to it, even though I may not get much sleep. One other thing, I will be doing while on "vacation", is joining a MMA class in my husband's hometown with some awesome gals. Turbofire is already giving me that style, so I'll fit right in. Oh, Running in a small country town will be fun again, I enjoyed it last summer. It's definitely different, I'll be doing it in the daylight this time. No sprained ankle(s), please!! I'm also READY, to indulge in a Turkey meal and Tamales with family. Since, it's another holiday season without husband around, spending and celebrating these MAJOR ones with my family will be something special.

So, I'll keep rambling if I don't stop now. Have a fabulous day y'all.

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

Tuesday Tunes!

Well, I've got 2 that have been on back 2 back replay for the past week.

My girls P!NK & Kelly Clarkson!

P!NK - Try 

Kelly Clarkson - Catch my breath

Happy Tunes; Happy Running Y'all!!

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

Monday, November 26, 2012

Motivational Monday

In everything!
Make it happen y'all!

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

Sunday, November 25, 2012

#anywhere 5k stache dash

Mama got her run on this evening.
After 6 miles on Thursday and 3 days straight of work.. body needed some miles!

I've been a happy runner participant over at #anywhere5k virtual races for most of 2012.
This was a fun one!!

I got to the gym a little early, logged in .44mi in about 6 minutes
but lost the data when Ailea distracted me to go use the bathroom. Agh!!
Once, my friend arrived, I got back on and started my run. It was a little rough, legs were heavy.
We gave ourselves time, walking intervals, picked it back up and RAN!
I logged in my 5k in 43:31.
I went on for a little more 3.67 in 50:03
November daily challenge is almost over and I need to update my times.
Back to foam rolling, a runner's best friend!!

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

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Running is... time...and so much more.

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

Thankful Heart 5k Fun Run

My legs weren't done for the day.
My original plan was to dual my miles from this mornings race ....but....
my legs wanted MORE! So, after a yummy lunch of roasted veggies/chicken and baby girls naptime was over, Mama laced up her running shoes and we headed to the gym.

Uhmm, I might of still have been wearing this morning running gear, yep!
I pinned on my race bib for the Thankful Heart 5k Fun Run hosted by our fabulous MRTT Chapter Leader over at Pretty Little Loser. Oohhh, I finally met up with her this morning, it's been a few months since we actually saw each other. We've still been busy running, just different times and routes. I also met another MRTT member. We've got some busy running mama's. I've missed hosting the morning MRTT Runs but have been having a hard time kicking the sickness off completely. Boo!

I was pretty happy to be able to get back out for a run. And, throughout the entire run, all I was thinking was, I'm thankful for these legs. I'm also thankful for my determination, my heart, my love for running. It's grown drastically over the last few years. I still remember only jogging, as a release, my escape, after a busy day w/a full-time job and as a college student. That was, literally, 10 years ago!! I was a little 18 year old, going into my own., I'm balancing my running with the day to day of motherhood. I love it, and I woulnd't change it.

I logged in my 5k in 37:18
2 minute warm-up and cool-down

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

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!

YMCA Turkey Trot
food donation = running a race
Trail Running with double jogger and Leanna by my side.
it was wet, it was muddy, it was rough.
walking, crying, whining, jogging, running,...repeat.
it was quite an adventure....and I'm thankful!

According to my Garmin, which I forgot to stop right away,

We finished strong at 48:59!!

We rushed home to skype/oovoo with our man.
 The connection was in/out but we got to see and hear him and we are truly thankful!!
Now, to roast a load of yummy veggies and start our movie marathon.
Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!!

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Ohhhhh, just a few hours ahead of Thankful Thursday,
but I'll be busy with holding down the couch.
It's been another exhausting week of fighting off this sickness. Boo!

Today, like everyday, I'm thankful for my little growing family....

My husband, who has been in my life for nearly 10 years. WOW!!
Who is the love my life.
Who supports me and my [fitness] adventures.
Who is proud of all my accomplishments and looking forward to more...
Who is currently on a never-ending deployment.
Who is the most amazing father to 3 precious girls.

My girls, 3 girls, Leanna 6, Ailea 3 and Serena 1.
They are full of LOTS of energy and LOTS of drama.
They most certainly keep me on my toes, daily.
I wouldn't have it any other way.
And, they are excited for the Thankful 5k, we are all running.
They get excited for workouts and seeing Mama on the Run.
I truly am thankful for their intrest in all things fitness, green smoothies!!
I love those 3 and am thankful for all that give me as a Mama.

We are each very thankful for our man, their daddy.
We love him. We miss him. We can't wait to have him back home.

*Ailea had a little breakdown, she misses her daddy, terribly.

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Turkey Trot Vlog Linkup

Today, I'm linking up w/a VLOG over at Mama Laughlin with the Turkey Trot Linkup.
Oh, you can add your linkup over with Holly too.

Go ahead link up, answer the questions in a vlog or just a post.

1. What do you look forward to more: the food, football or parades?
2. What is your favorite non-traditional Thanksgiving Day dish?
3. After dinner, is it football or a nap?
4. Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Which is your favorite float?
5. Where do you go to celebrate and eat your big meal? Who is there (family, 
6. What is your favorite turkey day dessert?

Happy Thanksgiving. Happy Running.

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

G.O H.A.R.D!!

G.O    H.A.R.D

Happy Globally Organized Hug a Runner Day!!

I'm a lucky mama, who gets hugs from my girls.

Yuuup, even after a swety-filled RUN!

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

Tuesday Tunes

Usher still jams!!
He's been on my playlist lately
Fabulous Running Tunes..
And, YES, I am dancing too!!

......Shake it up, let it go I don't care anymore
Just go numb
You never know until you let go
Let's go numb.....

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

Monday, November 19, 2012

Motivational Monday

Happy  Monday Y'all

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

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fun Fact Friday!

1. I love all things Aqua/Turquoise.

2. I fell in LOVE for the first time and kept him....that was almost 10 years ago.

3. I really, really, really enjoy vegetables, in all kinds of creative ways.

4. I love it when it rains, all day long.

5. I can't swim.

6. I love all kinds of music, in a random orders.

7. I weighed 147, my lowest, in February.

8. I am about 9 lbs away from my goal, #7. 

9. I like to get carried away in life...

10. I'm looking forward to being pregnant with #4, some day.

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

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Today, I'm thankful for Keeping it REAL!!

It's what I like to say, It's what I like to do, It's what I live by.

I've kept it real from the beginning, sharing my success, struggles, ...sharing MY journey.
I've had many challenges, I've had lots of success, all at the same time. 
There's been up & downs, there's been 3 kids and husband in the mix, the daily routine of a Mama with the military lifestyle. There's been PLENTY of times, I could of stopped to give up. There has been plenty of times where I had to re-group. Like, currently.

I've been an inspiration to many, I've been a motivator, I've been myself the whole.entire.time. 
I started this blog, almost a year ago, kept it to myself and then decided to share it once [the unexpected] deployment rolled around. Why? To show others, that's it's NOT always easy, that it takes works, that it is possible. To share MY continuous fitness journey. There's no finish line for this mama, no limits.

 I've shared set-backs, like weight-gain & food struggles. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a food problem. I LOVE TO EAT. And, sometimes I just eat horribly. I love fast foods, and I've been a  frequent guest lately. And, it's shown on my body, I don't regret it. And, I've had to face the reality of it, it hurts. This week was the wake-up week; muffin top!! My favorite pair of non-skinny jeans weren't so fun to wear. The fact that I wore them a few weeks ago, and they fit just fine.. The junk caught up to me. I don't diet, I don't like the word nor do I like to talk about. Maybe, it's because it's just too disciplined and I don't like limitations in life. Call me, stubborn, Call me, REAL. I already had a plan in motion, to shed a few pounds off before Winter Vacation. SO, that was completely bothersome, I was devastated. Just as I fell apart, I was quick to pull myself back together. It's what I do, I don't dwell on it, I rise from it. 

Bring on another set-back or so; this insane sickness I have been dealing with. It's been a few weeks now, with a doctor visit last week and meds. Slowly, I've come back to a steady routine but my running has suffered, I can't breath without coughing. And, with coughing comes the discomfort. Ehhh, not the end of the world. I'll have plenty of running days ahead.. Like, a fabulous Texas half-marathon. And, many other [solo] running days while on "vacation", for now, I'm not killing myself to get those miles. I am easing into it; I like to push myself. 
I like to test my boundaries, and if there's a bad result from that, I've learned. That's where I keep it real to myself, go after it Rosanna. And, if it doesn't work out, you feel worst afterwards, you get injured. YOU LEARNED! 

Sometimes, going back to the drawing board is necessary. Just like switching up the fitness routines. Sometimes, you need a break, to let your body rest. No shame, as long as you stay in the game. As long as you make it happen. As long as you keep it real.

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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Tunes

Still stuck on Mumford & Sons; I have it on play in the car
while run or spin
it's so DEEP in my heart

Press my nose up to the glass around your heart
I should’ve known I was weaker from the start
You’ll build your walls and I will play my bloody part
To tear, tear them down 
Well I’m gonna tear, tear them down

Cause I know my weakness know my voice
And I'll believe in grace and choice
And I know perhaps my heart is fast
But I’ll be borne without a mask

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

Monday, November 12, 2012

Motivational Monday!

 Make it happen y'all!!

Today was the start to BeachBody DOUBLE WORKOUTS!!
Only 2 weeks left of Les Mills Pump.
Week One of Turbofire.
Mix in Spinning/Running with the November [Daily] Challenge.
I've got this!!

59 sec plank
29 push ups
32 tricep dips

Now, for some spinning while we finish up a movie.
Foam Rolling & Stretching Tonight!
Happy Monday Y'all!

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

Sunday, November 11, 2012

the view from here

The runner in me has already  been thinking of Races for 2013. 
And, I've decided to go for 13 half-marathons in 2013. 
I've already added 6 on the calendar, looking through the ones I wasn't able to do this year.
This year took a beating, unexpected deployment. I've managed a few races but not as many as I had planned for. So, even if they are virtual runs for the first half of 2013, that still counts as a race in my book. Ohhh, I also need to add the Turbofire schedule in for 2013. It's going to be interesting while I'm in Texas for the Winter break, to get those in. I'll be back to an EARLY or LATE routine!! I also found a Half-Marathon I will be running, along the beach, Santa Hustle. I'm SUPER excited!! Mama needs a GOOD LONG SOLO RUN!! It'll only be a few days after out arrival; PERFECT!! And, I get to see my sister & baby girls at the finish line. Sweet!!!

Another thing, I plan to do it VOLUNTEER at races, not only with MRTT, it's been mentioned but as a SOLO gig too. More so, when husband returns. I have to take in account that I have 3 girls to care for FIRST. Once, husband is home, I'm all in. He's already planned to go running with me AND.....dun, dun, dun....register to a few races with me. Ain't that lovely!!

Alrighty, back to planning and watching the HOUSTON TEXANS do their thing. 

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

Runner's Rant

Happy Running Y'all!

Happy Veteran's Day to our special man. He is on deployment, serving his country, and we are SO proud!! He was a veteran when I met him, almost 10 years ago. And, I've continued to stay by his side in support. It's not always full of smiles but we get through it. He is making his career a big one, and we have never discouraged him. We are SO lucky to have him in our lives. Show appreciation to all veterans, not just today, those who served, are serving or made the ultimate sacrifice. 

*cough, couch*
Yep, I'm still fighting the virus; yuck!! And, guess what I pushed past it and RAN! 
Baby girls were up and at it, EARLY, 7 am on a Sunday. I was TIRED! Especially, after baby girl hardly slept, she was up between 11pm-1am. Grabbed my cup of coffee, woke up, got into my running gear and out the door we went at 9am!! (of course after breakfast, getting the girls dressed). This has been the only "break", I have had since Friday.....Yay!!
[Treadmill view; Happy Girls]

I set the treadmill at 60 minutes, I was ready to give my legs a good beating!! I was HAPPY to have an empty gym, and I left the lights OFF!! There was a few stops, I was coughing and had to visit a trash can, Yuck!! The girls kept fairly content with playing however, there were a few times that  I had to grab the girls attention, and stop them from climbing or fighting.  

I was sweating HARD, I was running HARD.
Logged in 5 miles in 60 minutes!!

 I needed this LONG Run, needed to shake the legs up after all of Saturday's driving. 
We had a FABULOUS time at the Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream Show!! 
I'm definitely looking forward to next years line-up!!!

The Week Ahead; I've tweaked my fitness calendar!! I start TURBOFIRE tomorrow!! And, it's week 12 of Les Mills Pump, ALMOST DONE!! And, I have some catching up to do for the November [Daily] Challenge. This sickness won't derail me this week, it's in for a fight.
Now, for some REST!! 

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