Thursday, January 22, 2009

Still Here!


So I wish I had a really good "knock your socks off" reason for not posting in awhile, but I can only claim long hours at work, the holidays, and just stress (I know....laaaaaame!). I am SO embarrassed to admit that I do not have the internet at my house yet, but I'm hoping to get it in the next few months and be able to post more regularly.

So a few things have happened, most of which are very positive: :-)

1. I am running!!!!!!!!! Not back to my normal, crazy self, but hey....I'll take what I can get here. I'm currently doing about 10-12 miles/week, and I REALLY want to try to stick to the 10% increase/week rule (for the first time in my life, hahaha) so as to avoid yet another injury. But I cannot tell you how happy I am when I'm sweating it out on my runs! My tentative goal is still to attempt the half marathon on May 2nd.

2. I am going to do a TRIATHLON in August!!! I'm a tri-virgin. :-) A few of my friends are interested, too, which is great and very motivating. It's a Sprint Triathlon: 500 meter swim, 10 mile bike, and 3 mile run. I think it'll be a great way to test the waters (hahaha) to see if I can/want to do a half-ironman next summer.

3. I've lost the weight (10ish pounds) that I gained during my time off from exercise! Honestly, I think it's a combination of getting back to working out, being very happy and content, and being binge free over the holidays. I didn't think I could make it through December without at least one or two good holiday binges. However, I really tried to take that pressure off myself. I can't explain it, but for the first time in years, I didn't gorge myself at holiday parties/gatherings. I ate a little of what I wanted, then stopped. Amazing concept, I know. :-) Easier said than done, but I hope I can take that with me in the future.

4. I've had some personal things that I've been somewhat stressing about lately, and I am already conscious of me needing to keep my calories at a normal level and not restrict. I have a tendency to do that when I am stressed, and while it's been great to lose the weight recently, I DO NOT want to get back on the path where I am compromising my health.

Hopefully now that things are slowing down, I'll be able to post on more blogs and post on mine as well. I missed the blog world! :-)


Erica said...

HEYYYYY! I've missed you! What great news! Congrats on the running and weight loss- you rock! Blog when you can, I love reading your entries :)

kristen said...

Welcome back! It's great to read about someone doing so well during the holidays and while on a blogging hiatus. Usually when I'm not blogging it's because I'm not doing well and I don't want to write and remind myself of it.

Congrats on the running and the sprint tri! I can't wait to hear about the tranining and the race. I'd love to do something like that, but I really don't think I could do the swimming, I've never really learned how to swim the "right" way.

Your post was definitely an inspiring read today. :)

seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) said...

this is such a precious mindset. congratulations on all your success- staying healthy is KEY!!! You got this girl--i admire u for taking the reigns and doing things YO WAY!

Every Gym's Nightmare said...

yay! glad your back!

No internet? is there such a thing?

Kelly Turner

livinghealthyintherealworld said...

You have been busy! Glad that you're back:)

So exciting about the triathlon. And that will be great to have some friends doing it along with you for added support and motivation.

- Sagan

Holly said...

Awww - you girls are the BEST!!!

Erica - thank you! I feel like I'm boring, so it's good to hear I'm maybe not. :-)

Kristen - I am usually the exact same way...sometimes I feel like I have to be on the right track to write stuff on here, but then I guess it's always a battle. I'm excited for the tri! I DESPISED swimming until I had to do it when I hurt my, I kind it? Still a little boring, but kind of relaxing in a weird way.

Lee - thank you, girl!! I just have to remind myself of it now and then. :-)

Kelly - hahaha, I KNOW - I feel like a caveman. And no cable or phone line to boot. How have I survived?

Sagan - thanks! I love doing races and things with friends...that way they can check in on me and keep me in check. :-)

sweetsandsweats said...

Welcome back!!! What great news!!! So exciting! Especially the running! And way to go with the stress management!


Holly said...

Fitzalan - thank you! I'm most excited about the running, too. You are a runner so I know I don't have to explain how it feels when you can't do it....I just hope (fingers crossed) I can continue.

Tyler said...

yay, triathlon!!! that sounds like a perfect distance for your first one! you will become addicted! good luck!

Erica said...

Hey girl! We move in Feb 20. Cannot wait!

Holly said...

Tyler - I may be bugging you with questions! I hope I am able to's something I've always wanted to do.

Erica - that will be here SO SOON!!! Yay. :-)

HangryPants said...

Congrats on the triathalon news! That is super exciting.