Sunsets, and Skylines, and Sequins….Oh My!

All that glitters may not be gold, but it sure can be silver!

I am super excited to share the photos from my company Christmas Party last night! I feel like it was one of those defining post-weight loss occasions. Shimmery sheath dress(anyone with some curves knows what a challenge a sheath dress can be, holy cannoli!), heels, an amazing date, and I wasn’t self conscious the entire night. Blissful! We boarded the Hornblower Adventurer dinner cruise ship, and between the mai tais, buffet, and spanish guitar, it was quite a night! The best part? We boarded right as the sun was setting, and the colors were PHENOMENAL!!!! I’m telling you…there is just nothing like California Sunsets in the winter! NOTHING! Plus, as you’re boarding, they are handing out glasses of champagne! It felt simply divine, dahhhhhhhling!

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City Skylines and Sequins. Best night EVER!

City Skylines and Sequins. Best night EVER!

Doesn't show as much leg...but that skyline again! My goodness!

Doesn’t show as much leg…but that skyline again! My goodness!

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Overall, it was an amazing evening with some amazing friends/coworkers! So excited that we all got the opportunity to ditch the scrubs, dress up, and have a ball! I think I was totally designed with yacht parties in mind. Lol.

Moving on, I believe this next installment of the Thirty Day (which should now be called the Sixty Day) Challenge are long overdue!

Here we are….almost 18 months post-VSG!

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I am going to see my doctor tomorrow because my knees are really suffering from the running and working out. Part of it has to do with the extra skin on my thighs, and the force it’s exerting during intense exercise, and in order to get excess skin removal surgery and a thigh lift, I need to be 18 months post-op. I am going to see if he will submit my consult referral to plastics now, so that I can get the ball rolling and plan  that adventure for next year! I am so happy with how far I come, but I know that I will see more results and suffer a little less in the pain department if I can get rid of some of this extra stuff weighing me down!

It’s hard to believe that 18 months ago, I was 315 lbs. I couldn’t run a mile if you paid me, and I was afraid of taking a Yoga class because I didn’t want to be embarassed. Now? I have ran a 5K, have plans to do another in February. I will be doing the San Diego Half Marathon in March, and I want to be able to do the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco next fall (hello? Hot men and Tiffany’s necklace at the finish line? SIGN ME UP)!

I have always been my worst enemy. Step by step, I am learning to be my biggest fan…and it makes all the difference in each and every day that I wake up and decide that I am worth the hard work. I decide to be worth the sore muscles, the sweaty face, and the aching knees. I am worth the organic groceries, and the chia seeds! Lol.

I guess I just want everyone to feel that way: Feel like you are worth the hard work, and dedication and extra time that it takes to reach your goals! Whether they are fitness related or now…take the time to pursue what you are passionate about, and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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I’m done ranting (for today), but I shall leave you with my favorite thing of this very moment:

July 2010 to now...NEVER GOING BACK!

July 2010 to now…NEVER GOING BACK!

I will never forget where I came from…it keeps me on the road to where I’m going!

I hope you all have an AMAZING week, and I can’t wait to post again soon!

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO

 

Run Like Someone is Chasing You.

Ok, so I have two big runs coming up in the future, both near and far.

As I was running on the treadmill today, I realized that I am slightly terrified. I mean, I am sweating gallons trying to run constantly without the 2:2 intervals anymore…and so far, I am succeeding for the most part. I need the occasional minute or two to speedwalk…just to regulate my heart rate and catch my breath!

Here is what I am trying to do:

But still….I am doing the Del Mar Mud Run in less than a month…and that’s 3 miles that I want to run as much as I possibly can….in mud! You can check out the event here. I will not only be getting dirty (and I mean, I don’t LIKE being dirty. I just barely accepted being ridiculously sweaty, for crying out loud), but I have to try to make decent time in my first actual running event, you know! It’s about having fun…but for me, it’s also about accomplishing something I have always wanted to be good at.

On the 22nd of this month, Sean and I will be competing in the Ben Bridge Diamond Dash. While this is not an actual run, I still feel it warrants mentioning, because it’s basically a big San Diego scavenger hunt to find a $14,ooo diamond ring! Yeah, you read that right. $14,000 diamond engagement ring. Nice to know someone can still be super generoud for no reason in this economy, right?!?! So, Sean and I applied as a team and were accepted…and Alex and Josh did too! This will be fun! You can check out the Diamond Dash here, and if you’re in San Diego, Portland, OR or Los Angeles…you should apply to be a part of the chaos and fun!

The most important race I have to train for is the San Diego Half Marathon next year, in March. 13,1 miles of determination. Check out the crazy awesome interactive course map here….and wish me luck!! Also, if you’re in the area and want to participate….the more the merrier!

I am still trying to figure out whether I will try to wiggle in my excess skin removal surgery before then, or just keep training and go in strong…and do the surgery around Spring Break time after the race. It seems the general consensus is that 4-6 weeks off will be necessary to recover, and I just don’t wanna lose that kind of time pre-race.

I feel like these running events are something I’d really enjoy doing a few times a year to keep me motivated, and to keep me proud of myself…and for that, I am excited and thrilled!

But man….when I’m that treadmill? I just feel sort of like dying. Thank goodness for my Workout Mix, chock full o’ hip hop, and Glee tracks!!!

In other news, Sean and I have began Sunday juicing, and we buy TONS of fresh fruit and veggies. We made almost 200 oz of juice this past weekend, and I bought these awesome carafes at Bed, Bath and Beyond and brought one to Ashley. That is our new breakfast/energy boost….complete with a sprinkling of chia seeds! It’s good to know I am getting my fruits and veggies, and the energy level is definitely there…so it’s great!

I am still a smoothie girl! Check out this AWESOME infographic I found on pinterest:

Admit it. It’s amazing!

This infographic led me to a new blog/site that I am currently obessed with! SuperSkinnyMe. Another awesome post on there is the Beginner’s Running Program, that is a must-read if you have any type of running aspirations: whether you are trying to get back into running, or you’re like me, and just forming a new addiction!

Another awesome infographic I found on SSM?

Running 101…we can ALL use this!

I am certainly going to do my best to implement all this new information in my training from now on. Also, I joined this awesome active/social website called VaVi that lists training clubs and events for your zip code…and I am hoping to find a group nearby that will motivate me to hit the pavement on the weekends for further training, as well!

This should be fun!

I think that’s the juice as far as updates are concerned. I think I’ll have new 30- day photos up this weekend…and we shall see how that goes!

I hope everyone is having an amazing week so far, and that it continues to be such!

I shall leave you with a smile:

TRUTH!

 

‘Til Next Time!

XOXO