Monday, October 8, 2012

rear view mirror:::: september 2012

after a slow two months, i picked it up [a little]. finished with 38 miles for the month, but more important than the numbers, i finished my first half since july. i was beyond worried that i would struggle [new meal plan, new workout plan, etc] but as Jill mentioned to me, apparently cross training suits me! 

i finished the cherokee harvest half marathon, which was number 7 of 12 in 2012. it really hit me this month (the one year anniversary of my first half marathon) how far i've come. this time last year i'd just finished my first half and who knew i'd have finished 8 total now! it really is proof that you can do what you want. i used to think running a half was crazy talk. now i've signed up for my first full [and that IS crazy talk! lol]

weight training::::
september wrapped up my 11th week of my new training plan. i am losing the weight slowly but surely. it's crazy how strong i feel though! i really wish i had one of those things to measure body fat percentage... I think it'd be very interesting to see how much that has changed. another interesting thing, i actually weighed what i do right now around april of this year [then managed to gain back the 18 pounds i'd lost plus some] but my clothes fit SO differently from how they did then. i put on a pair of capris yesterday and they literally almost fell off. it was awesome! so even though the scale might be moving a little slower than i'd like, i know i'm gaining lean muscle in the process and that's VERY important to me!

crossed:  i am really enjoying this series but unfortunately the last book doesn't come out until november. it's a cross between the hunger games and the maze runner series. set in the future where the government has decided that we are overstimulated and it keeps us from reaching our full potential. so they get rid of so much  art, writings, etc and leave them with the 100 paintings, 100 songs, so on and so forth. they also match them with their mates and kill the citizens on their 70th birthdays. but there is an uprising and a love story involved. 

this is why you're fat: i downloaded this book while i was in tybee in june. i was out of books and i was also mad at myself for how i'd let all the weight i'd lost come right back. i quit reading it when i decided to try the fitness poynters plan. i went back and finished it when i realized that the third book in the crossed series wasn't out yet! it all made a lot of sense, but i didn't agree with everything in it. her meal plan is pretty good though. if you want it though, i'd recommend getting it in printed form vs. the digital copy. it's a book you'd need readily available and want to be able to flip through it. 

left behind & tribulation force: i am really enjoying this series. i'd started reading it a few years back [my mom had read them and recommended them] but honestly they scared me and i wasn't ready to read them. now i can't put them down but when i do it's mostly to spend more time reading the Bible. i know they're just one person's interpretation of the end of times, but i've really enjoyed them and they've helped me to become more focused on my walk with God. 


  • my best friend got married last month! we traveled to ky for the beautiful ceremony which was in a vineyard. it was so wonderful to celebrate with friends that have become family over the years.
  • we were able to drive up to cincinnati after the wedding and watch the reds play with brad's parents. they're in the playoffs so brad's pretty pumped. 
  • i held a bridal shower at my house for another one of my friends that's getting married. it was the first thing like that i've ever hosted and i was pretty pleased with how it turned out. 
  • i got to drive home and see my family and also my sweet aunt who is battling breast cancer. i always love time with the fam and it was especially great to see sherri. she's an amazing person who's fighting a battle right now. it would mean the world to me if you all would keep her in your prayers.
  • brad took me to the pumpkin patch (my favorite fall activity)!


  1. You are doing awesome and reading about your goals and reaching them really keeps me motivated :)

  2. Congrats on your half! I love the Matched series--can't wait for Reached to come out next month!

  3. I read the Left Behind series some years ago and really enjoyed them, thought provoking.

    Great job with the weight training. Muscle is pretty awesome to have really :)

  4. No way, you signed up for a full!? I must have missed it, which one!?

    1. i signed up for the asheville marathon in march 2013!! it's on the biltmore estate, wanna come run it with me?!

  5. I am so glad you love weight training:) I really need to start doing more of it. Probably after my race goal is over at the end of 2012. Then I can concentrate more on other things:) Glad you like the Left Behind series:)

  6. I read the Left Behind series as a teenager and while it was a little scary it also opened up my eyes and I loved it and still remember most of the books now! I actually was thinking of reading them again, funny!

  7. Looks like you had a great month!

  8. September was a great month for you! I wish I had one of those things that measures body fat too. I'm definitely checking out Crossed series. Have a great weekend!

  9. Pumpkin patches are so much fun! I'm glad you were able to see family and close friends recently. It's been years since I started reading the Left Behind series and I think I was on the fifth book when I stopped reading for whatever reason. After hearing how much you are enjoying them I'll have to pick them up again and start over.