Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday Mix Tape

Hey all! I missed my Friday post again - Friday is the busiest day of my work week and it seems to get crazier as it gets closer to the end of the year!

SO I'll start with my weigh in!

Jan 14 - Start of liquid diet - 250
Jan 29 - Surgery weight - 237 -13
Feb 8 - 231 -6
Feb 15 - 222 -9
Feb 22 - 220  -2
Mar 1 - 218  -2
Mar 8 - 216  -2
Mar 15 - 213 -3
Mar 22 - 209 -4
Mar 28 - 208 -1
Apr 5 - 206 -2
Apr 12 - 199 -7
Apr 26 - 196 -3
May 3 - 193 -3 
May 10 - 190 -3
May 17 - 187 -3
May 24 - 186 -1

May 31 - 184 -2
June 7 - 177 -7  
June 14 - 177 -0   
June 21 - 175 -2
June 28 - 171 -4
July 5 - 167 -4
July 12 - 167 -0
July 22 - 165 -2
July 26 - 159 -6
Aug 2 - 158 -1
Aug 9  - 157 -1
Aug 23 - 154 -3
Aug 30 - 150 -4
Sep 6 - 149 -1
Sep 13 - 146 -3
Sep 20 - 146 -0
Sep 27 - 144 -2
Oct 4 - 143 -1
Oct 18 - 138 -5
Nov 1 - 136 -2
Nov 11 - 134 -2
Nov 18 - 131 -3
119 pounds total. 6 more to goal!
It's weird and wonderful and sometimes hard to believe that I'm almost in the 120s :)
The weekend started early when the U.S. played Scotland in a friendly match and we were in the pub with all our friends by 3:00 on Friday. 
I found it really difficult to stick to just one beer but I HAD to --my official course run was getting me up at 6am the next day. Sometimes we have to do sh*t we don't want to do and that was just one of those times!
USA vs Scotland - A house divided! 0-0 was the score so they were both bad :)

Saturday night I had a great nights sleep and bounced out of bed for the practice run. It was dark and foggy as I drove to the start and I was ridiculously nervous. Not sure why - I had already done 12 and this was only 10. I think it was the fear of the unknown hills!

I had set out with the 2:30 pace group and ended up coming in with the 2:15 group. It was easy for the most part and I felt great!
The sidewalks were tough - it's very hard on the joints to have to go up and down curbs and avoiding obstacles. I also felt like the worlds biggest b*tch running by the homeless shelter in my lululemons with my mouth covered. You forget how much downtown smells like pee until you're running through tunnels and your respiratory system is wide open. Still, I enjoyed every minute of it  - well maybe not that minute but you know what I mean! :)
I LOVE the Track Club. They take such great care of us!

Saturday afternoon, because I worked all of last weekend, I wanted to do something fun with my husband so I told him we're getting in the car and going to Athens. We had seen on the news that an amazing little soul food place called Weaver D's was closing - they were made "famous" by inspiring the name for REM's album "Automatic for the People". That's their tagline at the place - that good service is automatic. Everytime you say thank you to Dexter Weaver, he says "automatic". He's truly a legend.

Some meals are just worth a splurge and this one definitely was. I was able to eat almost all of the chicken breast and a few bites of my mac and cheese and a few bites of the squash. 

I feel like it's important mention that I burned 1100 calories before I ate this :)

Totally worth it!
Sunday I got up and did 90 minutes of Bikram in which I sweated out every last bit of that fried chicken and then some. I couldn't believe I wasn't even a little sore from 10 miles the day before but that's how I know I'm in good shape - when recovery is quick!

For the week ahead, have to taper and have been told by 2 people to run 3 miles a day, every other day until the race. It's totally counter intuitive but I'm going to listen to the pros.  I will do some extra yoga and strength training to fill the void. 
I'm so excited and so ready for this race. Now I have to not get sick or step in a hole or something stupid.
Have a happy, healthy week!


  1. I just am so amazed and impressed by your incredible progress this year - you have done great work!

  2. Wow! I am truly in awe of your transformation this year!! You are so inspiring :).

  3. Whoever told you to run that way this week is correct! AND DO NOT be tempted to run the day before the race - save your legs. Tapering sucks - especially mentally because your brain will be saying, run run run but if you do it right, you'll have a great race.

    That soul food looks delicious! I always tell folks that good food and wine is why I run :)

  4. hi Tina,
    why there's always a tape cassette on every of your blog ? :)

  5. Tina, thank you so much for your post and every post this year. It has been so encouraging to follow your progress, and also very, very helpful to me to see your post-surgery experiences. My sister had the surgery in May, and it was helpful for me to see how it changed your life so I could help support her the best way I could. I just want to let you know that she just passed the 100-pound lost mark, with only 25 pounds to go! Thanks again for sharing your story!