4 miles and 10 weeks to Race Day


This past weekend on Saturday, Larry and I survived our 4 mile long run. While Larry caught a cramp on his hamstring at the last mile…like in a movie he said “Go on without me, I’ll be okay–don’t let me hold your progress”. (Aww)

However, before I did. I made extra sure that was what he wanted and that he was okay (because during race day–there is no way I will leave my man behind, lol). He was able to push through it and finish the 4 miles a few minutes right behind me. I am happy that he is doing his best and like I tell him it’s about completion, not time. We sat on the grass stretching and reflecting on our run, he mentioned that he was almost in a zone before he caught the cramp. Excitedly, I mentioned that he was experiencing his first “Runner’s High” as I also started too get, into in my run.

Slowly he is developing into a runner, and even though he and I are facing challenges such as knee, hamstring, hip pains and pulls that sometimes Motrin doesn’t cut it for us. We manage or at least I manage to keep it positive and fun that we are getting ready to do a half marathon in 10 weeks as a couple, and that we will have a story to talk about in the “long run”–with a awesome medal to show for it. And because of that we stay motivated because we know we can do it, besides trying to just shed excess weight and losing our registration fee, lol.

Now forgive me but I wish I had pictures of our run at the lake, but somehow my mind isn’t programed to snap pictures. Like what kind of pictures should I be even taking? As runners how do you document your story?

No clock watching on holidays.

fireworks5-lr Hope you all  had a wonderful and safe July 4th yesterday.

I actually started my July 4th with a morning workout at the gym. I ran 2 miles, then biked for 5 miles. Then Larry met me at the gym and we trained legs–turning out to be a 3hr workout. Honestly, if workouts could be 3 hrs everyday I swear I would be a WHOLE lot closer to my goal. Plus the best part of holidays is not having to keep looking up at the clock. No worries about getting back home on time to get the little one up for school/camps or getting to work on time! Just a pure focus on a quality workout.

Being that I am a single mom, working full-time and commuting 80 miles a day and still getting home to make dinner is just freaking time consuming and tiresome–reason why I squeeze my workouts in the morning or else I won’t do it. I really hope I reach my goal in October. Speaking of October, I am trying to get Larry convinced to do the Baltimore Half Marathon. I did it last year, it was an awesome experience to know that I could push my body for 13.1 miles. I haven’t registered yet, waiting to convince Larry so I have a running buddy. I just think having him tag along would actually be more fun, then being in a sea of runners and crossing the finish line alone.

9 Weeks of Sweat, But going Strong.

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Yes, I am still alive, and motivated in staying consistent on going to the gym. I have my bad days, but if I miss a day–I make sure to go the next day. So because I haven’t been quite on here for a moment, I decided I should weigh in for you. So take a look!!

So eleven pounds lost so far, naturally I would have loved to drop more, but the first 2-3 weeks I just wouldn’t drop anything. But then I switched my beef consumptions to chicken and fish. I have also upped on my cardio to 1 hour every other day. Then on lifting days, I make sure to do cardio either before or after it for 30min. So far it looks like it working, and have seem to found my rhythm in the gym.

11 lbs is a lot, but I know I can do better. Its been 9 weeks but even though its been slow melting the fat away–I know I’m also building lean muscle. Hey! it’s better for fat to melt away like molasses, then having the scale tip the opposite way. So check out my weigh in 🙂

Jan. 16, 2013

Age:  32
Height: 5″7′
Weight: 218 lbs

Goal Weight: 155 lbs
Total to lose: 63 lbs
Goal Date: June 7, 2013

TODAY. March 19, 2013

Age:  Still 32
Height: 5″7′
Weight: 207 lbs

Goal Weight: 155 lbs
Total to lose: 52 lbs 
Goal Date: June 7, 2013

In conclusion, my coworkers and family are starting to notice my transformation.

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Deprived of the yummy things in the WOooorld, ugh.

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I haven’t posted anything in a minute….Only because I have been focusing on my workout and regimen plan. (Along with my PTA MOM duties, that I wish were over–4 more months, woosaah)

I seriously started a program last week on Monday with a new protein shake that got me excited (Labrada Pro8) and by Friday 2/22 I went from 218- 213lbs (yay!) Not bad. Of course that meant minimal carbs in my diet, and then NOOOO CHEATING and getting cardio days in, without skipping a beat.

Today, Day 10. I feel so deprived of the yummy things in the world. Im not a sweet tooth kinda gal, but boy what I would give for some Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey lol. BUT NO (looks away) I can’t. I musn’t. I’m doing so good and June is around the corner, I would like to half way reach my Goal then. At the same time, I’m starting to get all vanilla-out from my protein shake–so definitely need to look to having various flavors. I tried to trick my mind a couple days ago by putting my protein shake in a vita-mix blender with a bit of water and ice cubes and turn it into  ice cream…..yea I won’t do that again, it was just ok. I could have done more to it, but remember I’m doing minimal carbs for now.

My cheat meal is on a Saturday evenings, so that was heaven–definitely looking forward to this coming Saturday. In the meantime I really try to stay motivated and look at motivational videos. One that has recently caught my eye is CT Fletcher on Facebook and Youtube. Though this crazy man has a Huuuuuge foul mouth, I can’t help but to watch his videos and get hyped about going to the gym. I don’t know what it is about him, lol he’s quite a character but most importantly he keeps it REAL. I have included the first video I saw of his and totally got hooked to watching all his other videos.

Pictures Don’t Lie.


Me, far left corner.

Well the usual happened, for the last week and half , I have lost focus.

Work, Mom duties, and Sisterhood quality time took over my schedule. While there were real busy moments, I have to admit some were worth it. Especially having time in connecting with my Sorority sisters from my college years, along with sisters I never met before, to interested undergrad ladies. However, with being M.I.A and attending events last week–along came the crazy Facebook (FB) picture tagging, lol.

valNilta2.2013529476_10151756973093298_1741730315_n(Sigh)…Man oh man. The moment FB alerted me that I was tagged in pictures, I cringed to myself. What? I’m just saying-keeping it real, lol. Anyway, I went and woooow, first all I could focus on was how round my face was and OMG HOW TIRED I Looked! (looking set-up). Clearly, I’m not working-out hard enough…aaaand maybe eating what I shouldn’t beyond my cheat day on Saturdays. But what can I say, I just need to be better about it, and Spring is around the corner and I want to make my transformation by October. I’m starting to think I may want to get checked out for Thyroid problems. The more I read into it–I notice I have most of the symptoms–not all a once but I can definitely say I can relate with the symptoms especially how I’m having such a hard time dropping the weight and when I do everything correctly. This means one thing, I will have to get tested at some point, hopefully soon this summer when my contractual job goes Full-time with Benefits, smh.

profile ME me2.2013WTH! sorry for the french But where the heck is my chin!! OH NO…The truth be shown. Oh, on the next picture, that’s my little one.

Sigh……yes I know don’t be  so harsh. But seriously if I’m not going to be realistic with myself and truthful–then who else?

64531_516170698565_1566479132_nAfter viewing the pictures (clearly there were more), I felt I had to justify with a better picture and updated on my FB wall, lol. I took this picture yesterday morning before going to a business meeting, but honestly, don’t just want to be a girl with a pretty face. I know my potential as a full-package 🙂 and I want to feel good inside and out. Got to get sexy back, I just have to. No more excuses.

Well back to my planning board, I need to take full control and stop going off my workout routine and losing control or I’m going to get no where near my goal. I only have this life to live, and I want to look good, be healthy and feel awesome.

A Road to Fitness Motivation and Inspiration.

2012 Olympia Weekend
74523_488598714525738_222483460_nAs I mentally prepared Friday night, for my Saturday morning HIT Full Body workout. I hopped onto Bodybuilding.com for inspiration and motivation.

It was the best thing I could have ever done. During my viewing of videos of making sure I use proper form, I eventually bumped into a Brazilian IFBB Figure Pro, IFBB World Champion named Gal Ferreira Yates…WOW, Beautiful physique. Then after googling her I found videos of her doing her workout, and this woman is no joke. I instantly was so motivated and inspired by her workout ethic and focus–that I couldn’t wait to go to the gym and find my focal point as well, lol. Naturally, I am not lifting no where near as her, but it’s definitely awesome to know and see a woman’s ability of strength.

38758213652769978339210I know some  women may think this is way too much muscle mass (heck some men as well), to their liking–and I’m not saying I want to be this rock hard either. The top two are more then likely at her competitive state and the last one seems to not to be exactly. As you can see she looks a bit softer, more then likely because she’s holding more water in her body. This last image is my inspiration and motivation. I loooove her thighs and arms, they are fantastic, and not to sound like a stalker, I clipped a couple of more pictures to add to my visual board.

On Saturday morning…it was AWESOME! I was on such a natural high (ok and on some fat burner supplements), that I was so pumped to get started. I got to the gym and  reviewed my routine one last time. I started my workout and looked for a focal point and went hard with my music and determination like Ms. Yates. At the end I felt so accomplished and proud of myself, that I knew I can train myself hard without the help of a trainer or anyone…well for now since I’m not a heavy lifter. BUT, you have to start somewhere.

Want a peak at my Saturday routine? Check it out below:
All 3 set | 15-20 reps  with only one minute of rest, between the circuit.

Push Press
Barbell Deadlift
Bent Over Barbell Row
Wide-Grip Lat PullDown
Stiff Leg Barbell Good Mornings
Dumbell Rear Lunges

A White Out Morning, Can’t Stop Me!

IMAG1366Woke up to a typical morning (finding a reason to not make it to the gym). I check my phone and noticed a alert text from our counties school “2 Hour Delay”. Therefore that meant snow did in fact fall, and like a 7 year old, I jumped out of bed and ran to my window. Sigh our first snow fall (Finally!). Knowing that I didn’t have to rush to get my daughter up for school. There was no reason to skip my gym workout today, and I made it!

After my workout, as I drove home and observed the paranoid drivers in this weather. I thought to myself…yea I can see how some people say “The DMV panics with a bit of snow fall”. Then I realized why snow never phases me when I’m driving. I lived in Detroit for 2 years in college. So any time the DMV gets snow, Pssssh it’s nothing compared to living in the Motor City, lol. Snow fall there is serious, it would come up to mid-thigh–you couldn’t even walk a block without your legs feeling needles in them, and your nose hairs crystalizing as you breathed in–seriously not joking, lol . The interesting part is, it didn’t phase the Detroiters–and thats what I loved about living out there in the winter.

Anyway, workout was awesome and have lots of energy this morning! Want to see the workout I followed? Check it out below. I wasn’t able to fit in 20min cardio at the end of it, but definitely get in this evening with my little girl with “Just Dance 4” on the Xbox 360.

Lowe Body Workout:
Freehand Jump Squats      2 sets| 15 reps
Plie Dumbbell Squats         3 sets| 20 reps
Barbell Side Split Squats    3 sets|15 reps
Clean                                       3 sets| 12 reps
Leg Press                                3 sets| 15 reps
Seated Leg Curl                     3 sets| 15 reps
Leg Extensions                     3 sets|15 reps
Seated Calf Raise                  3 sets| 15 reps

Fall Back Blues

Change-Clocks-Back_s640x427I’m really tired of the whole winter process.

It really makes it hard for me to get up early and go workout. I literally find myself dragging to the gym at 6:30am! Why is that? Oh I don’t know, maybe because it s pitch black still at 6am, when the alarm goes off!!

I am a morning person, but this Fall Back time change is still killing me since November. My body loves daylight, and can sense it coming through the window. But this “darkness” it’s just messing with my workout routine. I wake up as the alarm goes off, and turn it off. I look at the time and sigh at not only how dark its still is outside but how cold it is. It’s 17 degrees today!  Ya think I want to be out there? Just walking from my car to my office today had my face hurting. So as I sat here ranting about time and darkness, I googled to see when Spring Forward would take place…March 10th !! Aye dios mio, give me more strength to make it to the gym for the next month and half.

12 week challenge faced with…challenges.

Last week on Monday, January 7 I decided I would start the bodybuilding.com challenge. It’s basically a 12 week competition to transform your body. There are no catches what so ever, so I had nothing to lose then my dignity on submitting my “Before Pictures”.  Now, I know why fitness program before images of people look so sad. For one, its so uncomfortable knowing that your almost half naked to show….well how FAT you look. Needless to say, my pictures are well…Good Lawd !  you really need to lose the weight.

Clothes and confidence does a good deal of hiding the reality of where your body stands, but looking at my pictures made me realize wow it’s time to stop joking around and get to business. (No I’m not posting those pictures up, so don’t bother scrolling down) Though I am not trying to set myself up for failure, meaning I don’t plan on winning this challenge-but to compete and challenge with myself. I did this to follow a structure that will motivate me to stay focused and on schedule.

So I am happy to announce that I am on my 2nd week Day 3 of my challenge, and so far so good. As always life wants to interfere with flu symptoms last Friday, but I was able to conquer it and get back on schedule this past Monday. Also the challenge has opted me to try new things such as Bikram Yoga last week. (Hot Yoga in a room of 105 degrees and about 40-50% humidity) Now let me tell you Bikram Yoga is no joke, and for a first timer WOW was it hot in there, but I made it through the entire class and I loved it! Unfortunately, I haven’t been back since then because I got sick but hope to attend at least 2 sessions before the beginning of next week.

Since the 13.1 I gained 12 lbs so I’m at a 220 lb well that was when I started last week. (yea I know, hard to believe, well don’t let my last picture in my running gear fool you, thats the frontal pic, lol) What I liked about Bikram Yoga is that, even though you may feel insecure with your body…NO ONE IS LOOKING. Everyone comes in picks a spot on the floor and when the session begins it’s about focusing on yourself in the mirror. Then once it’s all over, you feel like you totally accomplished something really huge in your life. You feel like new again mentally, and ready for the next thing…it was awesome I tell you. You should try it sometime.

So I will end with my stats and every now and then I will update on a posting, to show you and myself my progress.

Age: 32
Height: 5″7′
Weight: 218 lbs

Goal Weight: 155 lbs
Total to lose: 63 lbs
Goal Date: June 7, 2013