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Run 5 Minutes Straight Goal

During the Fall of 2013, I was the Mentor for the Walkers in the Fleet Feet Sports Couch to 5K Training Group.  Our Coach, Kelly, asked us to come up with a goal that we could be striving for during our time in the program.  On September 9, 2013, I set the goal to run 5 minutes straight.  I didn’t know if it would happen during the 12 week training group, but it was a goal I was striving to achieve.  I finally achieved my goal on March 26, 2014.  I couldn’t believe the day finally came when I could run 5 minutes straight outside.  I had done about 7 or so minutes on the treadmill, but this was my first time outside (in the elements).  It felt so good to achieve a goal I had been working so hard to meet. 

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Pi Kappa Alpha Founder’s Day 5K

On March 1, 2014, I got a new PR of 41:53 at the Pi Kappa Alpha Founders Day 5K!!!! Thanks to the Couch to 5K (C25K) app on my phone. I did Week 2 Day 2 during the race. The app really helped push me beyond what my mind thought possible. I’m very proud of myself!!!

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Panther 5K

Today I did the Panther 5K in 45:30 (newest PR).  This was a pretty good size race.  The course was diverse.  There was a lot of up hill, then down hill, and also on the track.  I was able to run consistently for almost a half mile.  I have been training and got up to a 1/4 of a mile, so I was surprised to see myself do this much.  This was the first time I got to the point where I forgot I was running.  IT WAS AWESOME!!!  My friend, Courtney (from FFS), has been helping me with my running form.  I have been having a lot of back pain after I run and we pinpointed that it’s probably because I was running with my posture too straight.  She told me there should be a natural lean.  I was overcompensating for fear that I would lean too much.  I worked on it at this race and my back is already feeling better.  Courtney also suggested I work on my core.  I knew I didn’t have a strong back and now I have reason to focus on strengthening not only my back, but also my abs, which will help all of my core.  I’m excited to start training for the next race, on March 1st back home.  I want to beat my time from this race.

Oh, and at this point I’m down 105 lbs! :)

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Hummus and Roasted Seaweed

Hummus and Roasted Seaweed

Low calorie/point snack. 14 seaweed chips and 2 tbsp of hummus = 3 pts. The seaweed chips are a great alternative to chips. They are super yummy and salty. I enjoy spreading the hummus on the chips.

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My Story Shared

My Story Shared

I met Meghan through Fleet Feet Sports.  She’s a Mizuno rep and came to share about their new line-up of shoes.  When I meet athletic people, I always feel I have to let people know where I came from to explain why I’m not a hard core runner like almost everyone else that works at the store with me.  I always say “I’m just a walker” or “I walk/jog”.  I really don’t consider myself much of a runner…but somehow this non-runner (me) inspired this hard core tri-athlete to write her first blog post about me!  Again, this non-runner is being featured on her blog.  This proves that you never really know who you are going to touch.  I pray I’ll keep being me and pointing people to God, as He has been the One to make all this weight loss possible!

FREE Clothes…After Matthew 6:33

One of the scariest parts about starting to lose weight is the thought of having to buy new clothes.  It sounds like an exciting thing for normal people, but not for those who have little money and have a long journey ahead of losing weight.  When I joined Weight Watchers on December 31, 2012, I was unemployed.  I had been released from my last job due to lack of work.  I had been receiving unemployment since September of 2012.  I joined WW knowing it would be a huge sacrifice, paying close to $50 a month.  I was terrified at the thought of also having to buy new clothes.  I honestly didn’t know how the Lord was even going to provide the cost of WW.

Girl of little faith am I…I should have known and believed the Lord would provide for my every need.  I remember now that a friend of mine gave me 2 bags of clothes before I even joined WW!  She had started losing weight and was getting rid of her bigger clothes.  I had already started eating healthier by following a meal plan.  One of my best friends, Megan RD, gave me a plan that let me know what I could eat for each meal, including snacks.  That’s how I started out eating better.

I was able to wear my friends clothes for a long time, then they started to get too big.  I had a part time job by this point, and was starting to look sloppy.  I really needed more professional clothes.  I decided I would post on Facebook about my need.  I did this on July 5, 2013.  Since then I have received clothes from more than 24 people/groups.  I have had to buy zero clothes since I started.  The Lord has completely provided for me.

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Most recently (12/27/13), I posted on Facebook about a red leather jacket I found at Kohl’s (pic. above).  It was normally $320, but was on sale for $128.  This jacket was amazing and I looked really good.  I’ve discovered that I look good in leather…if I do say so myself. :)  But ya, I didn’t buy it because I had already spent so much money for Christmas and knew I couldn’t afford it.  Fast forward to 1/18/14 when I was approached by a friend about the jacket.  She said she had a red leather jacket she hadn’t worn in a year and wanted to give it to me.  I picked the jacket up this week and it’s amazing!  (Picture below)  Leather…for free.  This is now the 3rd leather jacket I have been given.  I was given 2 black leather jackets by my bestie Megan.

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I say all these things to point back to God.  The Lord not only meets our needs, but also our wants.  I surely did not NEED a leather jacket, but the Lord delights to answer our prayers.  It was such a silly thing, but it has already brought me much joy.  When I get dressed every morning, I am reminded of God’s amazing love for me.  Everything I have is from Him.  He has used the people around me, to meet my needs.  I have had no worry of financially clothing myself.  I fully believe the Lord will continue to provide.

Matthew 6:25-34 is all about this.  We are told that we have nothing to fear or worry about because the birds of the air are cared for, so how much more will the Lord care for us.  Scripture encourages us to “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (verse 33).  I have certainly not done this perfectly or even well, but I am striving to do such.  I desire to have God first in all that I do.  I want Him to be my priority.  I love also that in the midst of our inability to do this perfectly, there is grace.  Praise the Lord, there is grace!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

1/4 cup creamy reduced fat peanut butter

8 oz (16 tbsp) fat free cream cheese

3/4 cup powdered sugar

5 Reese’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

30 pieces semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large mixing bowl, beat peanut butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar until creamy.  Crush up Reese’s.  Stir in Reese’s and chocolate chips.  Enjoy!

I divided the recipe into 8 servings, which brings it to 4 pts per serving.  I dipped apples into my dip, which made the snack a total of 4 pts.  It was very rich and filling!

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The next time I make it, I want to try PB2 in place of the reduced fat peanut butter.  We’ll see how that one turns out.

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