2012 Fitness kickoff

Well, I might be two weeks late, but I am starting my fitness routine today. I can blame 10 days on sickness, 2 of them making sure I was better, and, well, 2 were just plain lazy. But I am starting today. I still have some congestion and a sore throat but I cannot put it off any longer. I have a training buddy at school who is in good shape so I need to spend a couple of weeks catching up! We are running a half marathon April 28th.

I have a few goals for myself: Not only do I want to workout more and lose fat, but I REALLY need to eat healthier. It’s really bad. So, for now, my goal is to simply EAT more fruits and vegetables. “More” is not really a measurable term, so my literal goal is at least one fruit and one vegetable a day. (I know, the fact that that is a goal just shows you how unhealthy I am.) Confession: I had puppy chow for breakfast and lunch and as a snack in between today… I mean there was real food in there too, but ya. Who does that?! I am going to have clogged arteries by 35.

For the record in case a stranger stumbles upon this blog (and so I don’t have to do the math when I am old and looking back on this) I am 27; 5’6 and my start weight is 140.2. I have an at home “body fat calculator” on my scale. From past experience with a real trainer I know it is not very accurate, but it is consitant, so as long as the number goes down I am happy. Right now it says I am at 33.3 — like I said, it is not accurate. Based in the BMI calculator I found on-line being 140lbs and 5’6 means I stand at 21.3. Either way, I just want it to go down.

My goal is 130 by our first lake day; we normally start going in April, so I will use 4/1 as my deadline; that is 11 weeks away so I have a goal of about a pound a week.

These pictures are my motivation. We were opening wedding presents over at Kyle and Christin’s a few days after the wedding. I want to be more toned than that though.

Here  I am now.  You always have to look bad in your “before” picture, so don’t judge my no makeup-havent left the house all day-face and wardrobe :)

Now I am off for the gym for the first time this year, my goal is 4 miles, wish me luck!!!



***update: it has been a month since this post and I have lost 3 consistent pounds (meaning once it goes off the scale it doesnt come back:). I still don’t eat healthy :/ healthy food bores me…. but I am working out so lets just not get so greedy here.


Jingle Bell run for Arthritis

Erica asked me a few weeks ago to run the jingle bell run in Knoxville, TN to help support those suffering with arthritis. I ran for my mommy and she ran for Mamaw Spoonemore.

The best part about this run is exactly what you would think… the jingle! Everyone participating was there with bells on.

On their shoes, their wrists, their shirts, their hats and heads; it was so much fun and by the end I hardly even noticed I was jiggling with each step :)

It was a bit on the cold side, which slowed both of us down, but seeings as we just started training the week before, we both did really well. My goal was to end in under 30 minutes and the official timer game me exactly that. 30:00. Now I know technically it was even better time than that since when you first cross the start line you are still walking until people get more spread out.  All in all, it was a good race, and I am looking forward to training and getting in shape for the REAL race in April.

Although it may look like I am smiling, I believe that is a cringe of misery.

xdf  We were a lot happier when it warmed up and we were headed into The Brewery to eat :)

Day 1

I think I am actually going to do it.

sweat. pain. shortness of breath. cramps. carbs. more sweat. fatigue. and maybe a change in diet.

can you guess?

I am going to run a half marathon!

There is a girlfriend at work who asked me a few weeks ago, and after she did, several others followed! Erica Fair, Sarah Fair, and possibly Beth Lovelace! :) It is going to be a great time.

Valarie and I are going to do the one in Nashville. I hear there are less hills and you get live music :) Not that I will actually be listening to it, because I am a rule breaker and like to run with my ipod.

The training technically starts in January, but Erica and I are running the Jingle Bell 5k this Saturday so I started training today. I ran 3.2 miles in either 32 or 34 minutes… i could tell you better if the treadmill would not have turned off on me at 30:00……..

that was miserable.

Yes, I know a 10 minute mile is slow but that is the first time I have run since….. pre-wedding…. so let’s say MAY.


I am going to be keeping track of my training on one of my pages; I didn’t want to clog up my blog with running and time/weight posts.

If any of you want to join us in our training let me know.

sweet misery


Very very excited! :)

Very very excited! :)

I never got around to blogging about my eyes because I was enjoying them too much! I had LASIK 2 months ago and am so impressed! For local readers, my surgery was done at the Tennessee Eye institute by Dr. Froula. He was a great considerate doctor and I have no complaints. I mean, it hurt a little, but I think that’s normal.

This is a picture of my eyes when I woke up from my nap, even before I went back that night for my follow up consultation. You can see the red spots that are either busted vessels or where they cut my eye open (sorry, not for those with weak stomachs).

My poor [but perfect] peepers!

It was totally worth it. It was definitely more uncomfortable that I expected though, everyone I knew said the surgery was nothing…but mine was definitely something, not so much painful, but awful! I think they just sent me in there before my valium had enough time to kick in so I was super nervous. I am (err was) legally blind, one I was -10 and the other was -12 WITH an astigmatism. The doctor said since my eyes were so bad the surgery was going to take longer. 6x longer! The actual LASIK procedure normally takes 10 seconds per eye, but took 60 per eye for me. SOoOoo I had to stare (scared to death I was going to mess up) at this tiny little light I could hardly even make out in the first place!  for what seemed like eternity! Ahhhh the agony!!

I think I was more stressed out than anything.

But, I have never been happier about a decision in my life. Well I mean, besides the whole giving my life to Jesus thing.

I went into surgery at almost 11:00 a.m. I sat up to look at (and see!) the clock at 11:15!!! — I immediately started crying.

These are the beautiful glasses I wore to bed every night for 5 days. I am not sure how useful they were seeing how I caught my self sliding them up to my forehead in the middle of the night to rub my eye balls. (Very bad of me!) I was alseeeeeeep!!!



Every morning when I wake up and all I have to do it open my eyes, I smile. Literally two month later and I am just as happy as the moment I walked out of there. Happier actually.

And every night when I am ready for bed, I sigh a sigh of relief when I remember I do not have to take my contacts out.

No regrets.

(but don’t watch the videos online…)

The best sign at my gym

I am not sure how much longer I can afford this personal trainer thing. I am going to need someone to work out with me at 180, maybe around the New Year, so if you are interested let me know. I also think he’s also bad for my mental health. The two days before I weigh in I am always freaking out and thinking I am hugely obese and fat and then I get there and I’ve lost two more pounds and two and a half inches! Wahoo! That’s good but the point is I think its bad for me and I’m going crazy lol.

I will say this morning’s workout kicked my butt. I did weights with Harith and then biked ten miles. It was insane.

I have been meaning to take this picture for a long time. There is a sign on the bench where we put our bags and waters. I’ts outside the racquetball courts and it cracks me up! Well, mainly number 1 and 5 hahaha


Biking on the Greenway

OK so I must say, Knoxville is getting cooler every day. I have a Greenway trail that starts (or you can jump on rather) right outside my apartment. I run it often and it’s definitely a good trail. Very pretty and not too hilly for my average 5k loop. Well, my friend Jaime discovered something even more exciting about the Greenway over the weekend… you can get from our house to the Cedar Bluff shopping center without ever getting on the road. Mind you the shopping center is even on the other side of the interstate! So we went yesterday to redeem our Best Buy gift cards (I think that makes us frequent spenders) and it was awesome. We both stopped at one point and were like, “really? This is Knoxville?” We were surrounded in all directions with grass and trees an skies and it was so beautiful. There were a few bridges over rivers and we went under the interstate…so it was perfect. Very peaceful. I ended up getting a UV lens for my camera, the Ingrid Michaelson CD and The Princess Bride DVD. ALL FOR FREE and I didn’t even use gas to get there! In fact, I got exercise. What a good day. I felt so productive and young again as we worked to save the planet one bike ride at a time.

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I read on a site that there are over 41 miles worth of paved greenway in Knoxville alone. Check it out and see if there is one near you:   http://www.ci.knoxville.tn.us/greenways/

Just maybe I can get from my house to yours :)

p.s. I updated my Summer 08 page again!

Race for the Cure

We may not have been racing, but we did jog for the cure…Lindsey Haas and I decided to do the Race for the Cure last Saturday in World Fair Park. It was really last minute. In fact, I don’t think we decided until about ten o’clock Friday night. She invited me over so I went down town to her place for a way past due slumber party :) We watched P.S. I love you and tried to google the race course map, but I promise the trail we looked at was like 900 miles long so we were terrified!

But we got up anyways, ate our Wheaties, and ran to the park for our warm up. The trail was not nearly as awful as we expected although it did have about four terrible hills. We finished in about 28 and a half minutes, which isn’t bad for us considering neither one of us have been running… and it was soOo crowded; we didn’t actually start running until about a minute after we crossed the starting line. It was a great time overall and I love a good 5k. There’s just something about the atmosphere that gets me really excited.

I guess we didn’t run quite hard enough because after the race and out walk home we still had enough energy to take pictures like these:

She shoots, and scores!!!


Able (the top scorer on my soccer team) was not here on Sunday for the game so I got pushed up as forward. Everyone joked that I had to carry his load since he was missing (which is normally at least a hat trick) so we knew that wasn’t quite possible. I did play hard and somehow believe it or not was the first to score!!! Matt shot and missed and I chipped it over the keepers head for our first goal! I was super excited and the guys were really encouraging. I played forward the rest of the game and was so exhausted.

Kat also scored and it was beautiful. For all who don’t know Kat is the reason I am even on this team and truly a best friend. She is so good to me and always there for me when I really need her. (Even if it means getting up at 8am on a Sunday morning or making herself watch UT football when she really isn’t in the mood).

She told me the other day how she was thinking about how much we argued but still how close we were. We do bicker a lot, like an old married couple most of the time and sometimes we actually hurt each others feelings but we always come back to one another loving even more than we did the day before. We are both outgoing and funny but still have very different personalities. Its hard to remember how different people react differently to different things but I am learning to take that into consideration when I am with her. She and another best friend of mine are the two people I care about the most here in Ktown and both have personalities I love and want to keep around forever.Kat said even though we argued and it stunk, she wouldn’t trade it for the world. It isn’t fun when we fight but I guess she would rather fight with me than have peace and boring life without me.: )It made me happy. Yes it stinks we fight but she cant imagine her life without me in it :) awwwww *the crowd sighs* what a good friend and I love her.

soccer with friends

I am trying to focus on all the things that make me happy. Being active and working out definitely help. That’s not just me though, that’s everyone. Something about releasing endorphins and making you feel happier. Who knows. But Sunday was a great day for me. And the fact that it rained somehow, only made it better.

I love soccer and I love my team. There is something about being a part of a team, where people count of you, respect you and want the same thing you do…to win!

I really do like a team. I don’t know what it is but I love being out there. Many of my worries disappear and all I am thinking about is where I am going to go next. (or the ball or the man I am marking) but you get my drift. It is nice to have a mental vacation for those 90 minutes where your biggest worry is if the ball is going to get past you or not.

This to me is better than running because my worries don’t go away when I run, they actually surface. I have those 45 minutes to think about anything and everything and although it may be good for me, it is not always a happy experience. So at least with soccer my mind is at ease. I am amongst friends, and I am happy.

Praise God for recreational sports!

These are our fans. There are even more behind me but two pictures are enough.
I am kind of jealous of them. Well not them but the spouse they are there supporting. How cool is it that they have no other place they would rather be than watching their husband/wife play a ridiculous game of soccer… in the rain. That is so special and something to admire. I hope one day I have that.