Final day in first leg

Today was the Rob’s Run 5K. Which is the “graduation” for those of us in the RBL program. The final day in the first leg of this journey. I walked, jogged, sprinted this 5K. My finishing time- 46:21. I’m proud of myself! While my numbers are not where I want them,  I’m am not where I was once. I had lost about 10 pounds, have gained a few back. I have lost 2 inches off of my waist and hips. I’ve done this the hard way. Making better choices, and working hard at the Y.

Now it’s time to plan the next leg in this journey. I will be heading back to the Y. We have become family at the Eastside Y.
I don’t want to end this post without thanking a few people:

Rob Dempsey- thank you for being so open about your journey and spearheading this program.

His Radio, Jay’s Appliances, Modern Woodmen of America- thank you for sponsoring this program. (I hope I got this right)

Misty- thank you for being you!!

Annette- thank you for encouraging me every step- literally.

My family and friends- thank you for believing in me and pushing me.

Last and certainly not the least- but my first- thank you Jesus! You have loved this broken girl, and are putting me back together. You have stretched me until I thought I would break. You were there holding me. You push me when I need it. I love you beyond simple words. I’m grateful that you never let go of us. I pray that I become who Tou think I can be.



Team Eastside

The journey 

At the beginning I stated that this is a life journey. Although this segment ends tomorrow, it has been a kickstart to the rest of this journey. I will probably cry tomorrow as it feels a bit sad. Also because I’m proud of not only myself, but of my teammates. We have become like a family. I always looked forward to our weekly meetings, even the workout meetings. Misty has always been encouraging with everything. Josh and Tamika each former contestants in RBL spoke words of encouragement, and truth. For that, I’m grateful.

Thank y’all so much… I’ll save my last blog post for tomorrow, after the 5K

Week 12

This is the last week for Rob’s Big Losers. I wish it could continue longer. I have a great team at the Eastside Y. Misty has been amazing!! I find myself looking forward to the weekly meetings. Poof! Now it’s almost over like Cinderella at the ball watching for the clock to strike Midnight. I hope during the past 11 weeks and this upcoming week, I can be an encouragement to someone. Our mentor Annette, has been such an encourager to me. Maybe one day, I can pay it forward to a future RBL team. In the meantime, I’ll give it my all this last week in preparation of continuing what I’ve started.

Only, Just

Throughout these past ten weeks as we all weigh in; I’ve heard only, and just repeated. Such as I’ve only lost x amount of pounds. These two words are used quite often before titles that people use. One example is “I’m just a stay-at-home mom” or “I’m only a receptionist”. I myself have been guilty of using these two words incorrectly. Remove only, and just in this manner. You are a stay-at-home mom or a receptionist. You may be a working mom or a janitor, etc. The extra weight we carry much like our job titles or non-job title doesn’t define us. They are simply part of our journey. Don’t get hung up in the titles or the numbers. This twelve week program is only the beginning. Enjoy the ride! Be Kind! Love wins!!

Love/Hate Relationship 

It appears that I have a love/hate relationship with TRX and Body Combat. I look forward to both workouts, only to hate (not really) how hard they are to do. No lie, they are hard! I always hurt a couple of days after each. I also feel really good after each of them. If you haven’t tried either; you have to try one or both. Maybe you’ll also have a love/hate relationship with them.

Shoe tying

Funny blog topic, yet important to me. Before starting RBL, I couldn’t bend over and tie my shoes without having breathing issues. What a way to pass out right!? I can now bend over in a seated position and tie my shoes without breathing issues. Woo Hoo! The belly is going away. It’s slowly going away, but it’s going.

It feels like such an accomplishment.

Slothy Monday 

Ugh! I feel like a sloth today. No energy, and just want to sleep. I can’t. I have things to do and accomplish. The only thing I’ve managed to do is put dinner in the crockpot. I don’t have little kids any longer. I can’t call them my energy zappers. Trust me, they zapped it all when they were younger. I teased them and called them energy Hoovers. Luckily as they got older they understood what I meant. Maybe this is residual tiredness from the weekend. We went to North Augusta to see my brother-in-law and his family in Saturday. We had so much fun! We did’t get back until late Saturday night. I took a wrong turn.

Oh well…. it’s Monday. I’m going to attempt to make it a great one despite wanting a nap, and cookies, and Kool-aid. Kindergarten, that’s what I want. 🙂

For the rest of the day, I will in tease my water intake. Hopefully that will help a little. Zumba is at 7:00 tonight, and I need energy for it.

(Image found in Google)

Early mornings 

When you decide that you want to go workout early in the morning, set an alarm. Do NOT count on insomnia to wake you. Set the alarm. If you trust insomnia to be your alarm; it will fail you. Insomnia will instead wake you at 3:00am, and will have you drift off to sleep when it’s almost 4:00am. Thus you will surely sleep until 5:25am when your brain jolts you awake with a “I was to workout at 5:00am!” heart pounding messsage. At which point the brain kicks in “it’s too late now. Kids get up soon. In the meantime, lets go over every single thought you’ve had in the last week. Also create some scenarios that may never happen.”

Save yourself the frustration and set the alarm.

This may or may not have actually happened to me.
It did, this morning. It’s already a week of Mondays. 🙄

“Tomorrow is another day”- Scarlett O’Hara