One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Dodging Toads and Escaping Storms

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Here’s what I discovered about myself. I LOVE running at dusk. What a great way to end the day. I love seeing the sun going down, reflecting on the day, relaxing and getting in a little “me” time before vegging out with the husband. I love it! The funny thing about running when darkness falls is the nocturnal creatures that take over the streets. I was dodging toads and wiping moths out of my hair the whole way.

Now, I planned on a trying a 40 minute run tonight. However, the lightning started when I first headed out the door and the storm was getting dangerously close with every minute that passed. I started hearing the cracks of thunder through my blasting music and I thought “It’s about time to turn around”. So I did.

I ended up getting is just about 25 minutes and 2.29 miles. I tried to increase my pace a bit to make up for the loss of time and overall, I’m happy with the run. I’m writing this wiping the sweat from my brow and I feel fan-tab-ulous! Again, I could have gone longer and only 2 runs into training and my confidence is building.

my run

Besides the run, I had a great day! I got a crap load of work done even recording a new video. The toddler had fun at school. We hit Chick-fil-A for dinner. Overall, it was a nice paced, unstressed, productive day. Just the way I like it. :~)

ok, It’s Closer time! I need My Deputy Chief Johnson Time. She’s my favorite character on television!

Food Points
Quick Strawberry Banana Smoothie 4
handful of roasted soy nuts 3
Warm Turkey Club Salad with Sweet Dried Herb Dressing and a few bites of the leftover Beer Chicken and a cob of corn 7
another cob of corn (I love it cold out of the fridge!) 1
Triscuits and Luaghing Cow cheese 3
Chick-fil-a Soutwestern salad with 2 of the toddlers nuggets and about 3 fries 8
Ice Cream with fresh berries 3
Whole Grain Ritz 3
Add On: Canned chicken & rice soup – I was hungry and it was the “safest”, most filling choice that I couldn’t go overboard with. 3
Total : 35
25 minute run

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    August 25, 2008

    Don’t you hate the elements and every other factor except *wanting* to? The weather, the terrain, fueling, etc. All factors. And quite annoying, especially when you just wanna GO! :)

    PS: I got a gnat in my EYE yesterday on mile 4. It stayed there until 30 minutes later when I finally got it out (TMI, sorry).

    Poor gnat.

    [I’m so proud of your running! Maybe I’ll run into you at a race one of these days lol!]


    August 26, 2008

    first – I love the CLOSER too!!!

    second – I was out all hours of the day night with kids and their paper routes – if you are running in anything but the brilliance of the noon sun – you need to be blazing like a christmas tree.

    Reflective stuff helps – but is NOT enough!!!

    you need to be wearing WHITE and have lights on you. I think there are crossing guard type vests with light on front and back. or there are hats with lights on front and back.

    Unless you are always on a sidewalk – this is a must – you have a child/husband that need you in one piece for a long time.

    I can not tell you how many bikers/runners we used to NOT see.

    And every once in a while there would be one that a newspaper person would comment (at the warehouse) that they were going to get themselves killed and then within a few months the notice would be in the paper. And in EVERY article – the family would comment that the runner/biker was so careful/knowlegeable and they actually were NOT (they were invisible).


    August 26, 2008

    Just a question about the Nike I-Pod Tool, it looks AWESOME! I heard that you can program it so that higher paced or faster music kicks in when you are struggling… is that the case?

    Great post btw -love when the stars unite ! It sounds like a great day had by all!


    August 26, 2008

    Hi, it’s Melanie, the one who always calls you a Rockstar :-)

    I just wanted to tell you how proud of you and psyched I am for you that you discovered the world of running! We have had similar weight loss journeys, and I also became a runner after losing and maintaining the weight….. It started with 4 mile and 10K races….and the time has flown by and I am now getting ready to run my THIRD marathon! Have you considered doing the full 26.2????

    Also, you should try, just once, running at sunrise. Getting out of bed to do it is tough, but once you’re out there and moving….you’ll love it. No bugs, either :-)

    Keep it up, Rockstar!!


    August 26, 2008

    Hey Roni,

    Did you know that the Fiber Gourmet site has a link to the Woman’s World cover with your picture on it? Go here and click on Woman’s World on the left:

    They’ve got you all blown up, lol! Pretty cool!


    August 26, 2008

    we are all about the toads in this house lately. My 6 yr old hunts for them and then scoops them up :) He always brings them in to show me but only for a sec ;)

    Lightning scares me too. I heard that if you hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.


    August 26, 2008

    Thanks everyone! and Vickie – I HEAR YA! I tried running on the road and it felt like a death trap. Sidewalk and trails all the way for me!


    August 26, 2008

    Michele – I did NOT! lol thanks for the memory and laugh! ;~)


    August 27, 2008

    CONGRATULATIONS on the cover photo of Woman’s World magazine. You look sooooo healthy and very pretty. I had no idea you were so famous! You go, girl!


    August 27, 2008

    Famous No. LUCKY, YES! ;~P