Plans Being Made!

Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is going as well as mine is!

First and foremost, I am TRYING to be better about updating this little ol’ space of mine! You’re welcome!

Just a few updates.  I have been… not necessarily off the wagon, but not as tight with my macros as I should be.  If I go over, no big.  Well, today is day 2 tightening them back up.  I LOVE the fact that with The Faster Way to Fat Loss®, it really isn’t “work”.  It is just a matter of diligence and tracking.  I have halfway tracked but again, wasn’t diligent with it. Monday and Tuesday are always low carb days and they are my favorite! It is easy for me to hit my macros on these days!

Along with being better with my nutrition, is realizing I have my FIRST EVER runDisney event ELEVEN weeks from Saturday.  That is not a lot in runner weeks. (does it count as a run if I actually walk really fast?) Anyway, my plan yesterday was to do speed work to start moving from walking to running but the tempo app I found that gave me the tempo for a 14 minute mile (my plan was to do this to see how far I could go at this pace) but that tempo ended up putting me at a 20 min mile, which is what I was already doing. So, plan B is to do the Couch to 5K program. I was going to begin that today but… poor planning, I worked too late, had to eat dinner so I could close my feeding window (I can’t exercise with food in mah belly!) so I will complete day 1 tomorrow.


Also, I am registered for my FIRST EVER HALF! I have signed up through Girls On The Run to raise money for them. I am so excited to raise as much money as I can so if you feel so inclined to donate, please do!

Have you run any races for a fundraiser before? Do you have any fundraising tips?

Day 2 and 3

Good evening! I am so stinkin happy to be back I don’t know what to do with myself! I said in an instagram post yesterday, I feel like I’ve been on a long unwanted but needed vacation. Glad that’s over!


We went on another walk yesterday morning.  We waited until the sun was blazing and no further than we walked, it made a difference in our time.  We added about 30 seconds to the mile.  When you’re as slow as we (I) are, 30 seconds is a lot! That is going in the total wrong direction. We still went and that made me happy. I did wake up this morning at 5 to go and realized how dark it was. Living in the country with no street lights put that to a halt real quick. My plan was to come home tonight and get it in, however, we had the mother of all storms.  Literally, they believe a tornado hit about 2 blocks from where we had dinner. Then it followed us to our house (the rain not the tornado). We need an indoor track here! Or a treadmill. I REALLY don’t want one of those though. I’d MUCH rather be outside. After we didn’t get home until nearly 830, I decided to just call it a “rest” day (from what? I have literally only been at this 2 days!) but life happens. I need to plan better but today was highly unusual.

Eats have been fabulous!

After yesterday’s fiery walk, I cooled down with an awesome Shakeo…


Lunch was scrambled eggs and fruit.  I was still hot and craving something cold.  That fruit hit the spot!


For dinner, Kevin grilled some pork and chicken breasts.  I chose pork for my evening meal with some fresh roasted squash.  I seasoned the squash with some Old Bay and it rocked my face off.  SOO. GOOD!


Tuesday morning began with a vanilla shakeo and a cup of coffee.


Lunch was chicken breasts and some more of that rock my face off squash.  Sadly, this was the end of it.  Should have made more.  DANG! And fruit.  This is seriously flavorful. I do NOT love when I get fruit that has no flavor.  This is perfect.


We stopped for dinner Tuesday night and it is enough for lunch tomorrow also.  So good! A (2!) baked potato with brisket, cheese, sour cream, bbq sauce and green onions. My sides were sweet potato casserole and corn. (That is tomatoes in the corn!). I also had a monster cookie for dessert.  This place has amazing desserts as well.


I am very pleased with my progress so far.  One day at a time!

Your turn:

How do you accommodate for “life” when training for a race? I know when it starts getting closer, “life” can’t get in the way. I know I should just adjust my training schedule but I don’t feel like I have room for that.  Am I being too hard on myself?

It’s Been A While…

How the heck are ya? Remember me? I used to blog at a little hole in the wall, Alma’s Days? Well, I went through a medical crisis after losing a bunch of weight (65 lbs!!) and during my recovery, I had a complete identity crisis and was searching for what “caused” my illness. I went through a laundry list of reasons and one of those, in my head, was my blog.  So I got rid of it.  I deleted everything about it. Crazy, huh? Well, my illness was a regular hiatal hernia that turned into a para-esophageal hiatal hernia.  Fun stuff, I tell ya!

My grandma had been in and out of the hospital for a few weeks, I had some pretty major stuff going on, just life stress. On January 4th, I had a meal and was not able to keep it down. Nor the one after. This was a problem I’d had for a few months and I thought it was a gluten issue. I treated it by removing gluten from my diet.  What is funny is, anytime I would eat something and have the issue, I could trace my meal to a possible gluten-laced ingredient. I was convinced this was my issue. Well, when I had the issue on January 4th, it never got better. As a matter of fact, it continually got worse. I held no food or drink down for 14 days.  I finally called in sick to my job on January 18 and went to my mom. I just needed my mom because I knew subconciously that I couldn’t go another minute. Looking back, I have no idea how I went 14 days with no food or drink.

Well, she and Kevin convinced me that night to go to the ER. When I got there, they did a CT and decided I was being admitted. I think they still didn’t know the answer to the problem, but they new there was a problem. On Friday, I saw a surgeon I had seen a few years ago for a gastric sleeve consult.  At that time, he refused to do my sleeve, as he said my hiatal hernia was too large and I could end up with a feeding tube for the rest of my life. When he came in Friday and told me I needed surgery, the same surgery he refused to do years ago, I did not want anything to do with it. He left and told me to think about it. Well, I didn’t think long at all before I realized no matter what, I wasn’t currently eating so even if I ended up with a feeding tube, I needed to live. Within just a few hours, I was on the operating table.


(pictures like this is what I recently found on my phone! Scary stuff!)

Fortunately, he was able to repair my stomach with no lasting damage and I have had nothing but the best recovery. It wasn’t an easy recovery.  It was 6 of the hardest weeks of my life, as a matter of fact. But, for the first time in my life, I am “normal”. I can eat anything with no heartburn, no issues whatsoever. It is pretty amazing.


I had 2 amazing birthday cakes (this was the best because it was decorated by my nephew!)

Which is why I’m back here. Between January 4th, when I was able to eat my last meal, and about 2-3 weeks after surgery, I lost about 20-25 lbs, bringing my total weight loss to about 65 lbs. Since I’ve been back to work March 2nd, I’ve put on that 20-ish lbs plush 5 more.  The 20-ish I can understand because that wasn’t “real” weight loss. I was consuming nothing. When I saw that last 5 creep back up, I knew it was time to buckle down.

I had stopped with the shakeology and was really scared to begin drinking it again because a part of me wondered if it contributed to my illness. I finally talked myself down from that crazy and brought Shakeology back into my life.

I have cleaned up my diet and hit the pavement. It is about to get crazy up in here!


I am exercising pain free, eating clean(er), drinking shakeology for breakfast and signing up for 1/2 marathons! Wait, WHAT???

Girls on the Run Orlando 2018 Princess SoleMates Registration
Registration Receipt

Yep.  That happened.  This blog is going to talk about my training, meal plan, weight loss on the way to all of this and life in general. I am so happy I can’t stand myself right now!

I have never run a race before. I have barely been able to walk pain free. This morning when I got back from my walk and realized there was zero discomfort, I nearly cried! tomorrow, I’m going to double my walk and see what happens. And when I complete my first race for a medal, I’m getting a tattoo.  I have it picked out.  I’ve wanted it for a while so I’m pretty excited about that!

I am linking up with Katie for a Marvelous in My Monday post, because, if you can’t tell, this Monday is pretty flipping fabulous!

Have you ever run a Disney Race?

Have you ever fund-raised for a race? Any advise?