Big, Huge and Exciting News

12 05 2012

I’m moving!

No, I ‘m not moving to a new home or a new state. I’m moving my blog!

After particularly careful consideration, I have yet again changed the name of my blog.

This silly little blog was originally named With Love From Brookline, which worked at the time because Brookline was where I lived, worked and loved.

For obvious reasons, the name With Love From Brookline certainly didn’t fit this blog once I moved to Connecticut.

After my move, some of my extra weight seemed to fall off, and the name The Weight Run Down just made so much sense. However, I’m slowly moving into the maintenance phase, and I wanted to switch to a new name that would reflect my new situation and lifestyle.

So What’s the New Name for My Blog?

Blogging Runner! Makes sense, right? I’m a blogger. I’m a runner, and I’ve already run most of my extra weight down!

Now this is terribly important!

Since I have changed the name of my blog and moved to self-hosting, you have to subscribe to follow my new blog. I love my followers. I love your support, guidance and generous blog love. I hope you’ll enjoy blogging runner as much as The Weight Run Down.

So here’s your out!

If your tired of my incredible blog, just do nothing and you won’t be receiving many more emails from me in the future.

The choice is yours! Chose to follow!





Running Failure

10 05 2012

Best of luck tomorrow!

I was supposed to run a race this weekend, a big race called a Ragnar.

Anyone ever heard of it? I’m sure you have.

A Ragnar relay is an overnight running extravaganza.

For a Ragnar, each team has 6 – 12 members and each person runs 3 different legs of the relay. The legs of the race vary in difficulty and distance, between 3 – 8 miles.

This dress was probably meant to be worn in the fall. Oh well.

The relay takes place over 2 days and 1 night, and for my specific race, the teams run across 200 miles of Cape Cod, specially from Plymouth to Provincetown.

I had a team, and was training but for a multitude of reasons I won’t be running in my first ever Ragnar tomorrow.

I have to say, I was nervous, but I was ready. I could have done it, and I really wanted to run with my team.

I just have to get over it…

So, just because I’m not running a relay race doesn’t mean that I can’t run!

My goal for Saturday is 10 miles, lets hope it’s sunny and that my determination is strong!

Cheers to How Bout That Run In, I’m sure the whole Ragnar race will be a blast.

Today: 4 miles.
Weekly: 17.5 miles.
Yearly: 272.10 miles.





It’s All About the Support

9 05 2012

Dad and Nicole, two of my biggest fans!

I came across a blog the other day called That’s All Joy Wrote, where Joy blogs about losing 100 pounds — and all that entails including health, fitness and training.

I especially liked her most recent post, An Ode to My Cheerleaders in which she thanked all of the people in her life who often come to support her at races.

Joy’s post got me thinking about my support system, and how unbelievably lucky I am to have so many people who have supported me throughout this long journey.

I know how incredibly annoying it must have been to listen to me cry about being fat while eating a bagel for my second breakfast or to watch me get upset about my many wardrobe malfunctions.

I’m sure hearing about my new diet of the week must have been a real blast! I can’t even begin to count how many times I publicly claimed to start a diet, only stop it two days (hours) later.

Regardless, you stood by me. You listened and were supportive without passing judgement. For that, I am grateful!

Cheers to you all! And a very special call out to Mom and Dad, you rock!





Sparkle

8 05 2012

Photo courtesy of my good friends at People Magazine.

First, and most importantly, I must talk about the Met Gala!

I love this crazy Hollywood event because it just oozes with glitz and glamour!

So what is the Met Gala all about?

The Costume Institute Gala is known as the Oscars of the East Coast and celebrates the annual opening of the Met’s fashion exhibit at the Costume Institute.

It seems only seems appropriate that so many Hollywood darlings celebrate by dressing to impress for the fashion industry’s Night of Nights.

Yep, a regular Scarjo look-alike.

What was my favorite look?

My top pick was Scarlett Johansson’s Dolce & Gabbana’s pearl-embroidered gown with a fit-to-flare silhouette. STUNNING.

Maybe if I run hard and long enough, one day I could (maybe) have a body like hers! I’m sure the possibility of wearing a D&G dress to a gala will never happen, but a girl can dream!

Anyways, I’ll talk about the real stuff now.

I finally found time to a run in the middle of all of my stress!

Running is so good for me, it takes away so much anxiety and tension. Not to mention how well it tones my (once pretty flabby) legs!

Tonight, I got to the gym late so I just ran a quick 4 miles in 32:45! Just call me rocket! 🙂

I finished up with a half mile walk and called it a day. It wasn’t the worlds best workout, but it still counts!

I’m not giving up without a fight!

Today: 4.5 miles.
Weekly: 13.5 miles.
Yearly: 268.10 miles.





Happy Nurses Week!

7 05 2012

To all the nurses in my life: Amy, Megan, Natalie and all the unfortunate souls who have had to take care of me throughout the years – THANK YOU!

Panera’s BBQ Chicken Salad. I removed the tortilla strips and swapped the ranch dressing for balsamic to save 140 calories. But at 590 mg, it’s high in sodium.

I admire your dedication, your commitment and your passion. It truly takes a lot to do what you do each and every day. You are all exceptional.

Nurses Week 

National Nurses Week is celebrated each year from May 6 (National Nurses Day), through May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

While nursing has always been a profession I deeply admire, I know I just wasn’t built to handle that career.

I’m pretty tough. I can run miles and miles, but if I see a minor scrape or cut, there is a strong possibility I will squeal, shake, faint or freak out!

I can barely have blood drawn without it becoming an epic event.

Lately, I’ve become deeply interested in the human body, food, nutrition, exercise science, and I wonder if I just allowed my childhood fears to keep me away from something I’m extremely passionate about now.

For now, I’ll stick to learning more about calories, fats, sodium, carbohydrates and see where it takes me!





What Tired Can Do

6 05 2012

I let tired win.

I came off a runner’s high last week. Monday morning felt incredible, and I was on top of the world! I ran a strong race, I posted a GREAT time, and I was looking forward to a lot more races in the next few months.

Then Life Happened

I struggle a lot with work/life balance. I’m not always good at remembering to take time for myself.

A pretty dress can’t hide tired eyes!

Monday was hard and stressful, and as a result, I worked until 9:30 PM and went right home. After a long day I can usually rally and go for a late night run, but that didn’t happen. And each day of the week got increasingly longer and more stressful.

I somehow forgot I was a woman on a diet and by Tuesday I became a bottomless pit.

Food was available at work each night, and there was always an abundance of diet killing sections. I ate pasta, pizza, and paninis, without giving any calorie a second thought.

It was pathetic, and by Saturday I was ashamed of all of my poor choices.

Just another view.

I have worked so hard, and I shouldn’t have so carelessly let all my hard work go to waste.

Just because food is available, doesn’t mean I have to indulge. Just because it’s a stressful week, doesn’t mean that my rules no longer apply.

Today, I picked up my lazy, overworked body and went straight to the gym. Yes, it was beautiful outside, but I knew I would be more successful exercising inside of the gym walls. I ran through the beginning of We Are Marshall (great move) and I finally stopped at 9 miles in 1:20 minutes.

Now, I know one day of vigorous exercise doesn’t make up for all of my crummy choices, but it is a start.

I have to believe that most weeks won’t be as bad as the last few, and hopefully this was just a minor set back.

I’m glad I have this blog, it keeps me on track, and I feel guilty when I don’t post as much as I would like!

Today: 9 miles.
Weekly: 9 miles.
Yearly: 264.60 miles.





Wardrobe Malfunction

3 05 2012

Forgive my apperance, it’s been a looong day!

Sometimes I get so excited when I fit into my smaller clothes, that I fail to thoroughly “test” them out first.

Today, for example, I pulled out a dress I haven’t worn in three years. It’s a beautiful Calvin Klein wrap dress that snaps at the waist.

It’s one of those work dresses that’s both work appropriate and fun.

I think, in the past, I was a bit skinner when I wore the CK dress, because I never remember having any issues with it.

Today was a different story!

This morning when I got in my (new) car all of the snaps came undone. I was worried that the dress wouldn’t work, but I was already running late, and there was no time to change my outfit.

Yep, hating the camera tonight!

During my 30 minute car ride, my dress unsnapped about 5 more times. I knew I had a BIG problem.

I run around at my job and meet with different people all day long, so there was no way I wanted to worry about flashing everyone by mistake!

After my second meeting, I drove down the street to Marshalls, and picked a stretchy size small dress off the rack and hoped for the best.

Surprisingly, my new dress fit exceptionally well, and my whole adventure took less than 20 minutes.

The moral of this blog is to take a moment to think, if something doesn’t fit properly at 8:00 AM, it sure as heck won’t fit any better as the day goes on!