Monday, January 2, 2017

Starting the New year

While grocery shopping at Costco on Saturday after I ran the Black Eyed Pea Run (not a race, just a bunch of people running somewhat together for different distances…3 to 24 miles, your choice), an older gentleman remarked that he liked my braids (I wear my hair in 2 braids when I run or workout currently).  I said “THANKS!  I try to keep it fun!”  He liked that.  And it made my day to get a compliment.  I mean, seriously, what girl doesn’t love a compliment about their appearance?  Even if it’s just a random one about your braids?  I really liked it because that’s not something that people remark on a lot.  Most people point out how thin/skinny/trim/fit/whatever I look now.  Which, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE when people point that out, but sometimes I want a random compliment, you know?


I ran the Cobweb Chaser 5K down in Helotes, TX just west of San Antonio on Sunday.  I won’t go super in depth here about the race itself (I want to save that for the recap!  And, according to my 2017 goals, I will get that posted within the next 1-2 weeks!  So stay tuned!  Of course, I also plan to start posting all the race recaps I’ve written but failed to post for the last 6 months…HA!).  I want to say that this was a great little race and totally worth the 1.5 hour drive each way.  There was a nice tech shirt at packet pickup, which I was able to do race morning…YAY!  Shortly after grabbing my packet I bumped into Paige and Ian from Feline Nomad and we became instant friends!  I look forward to a long friendship with them and following along with their nationwide adventures and shenanigans!  Go check them out!


Rewind a smidge back to Saturday, New Year’s Eve.  I didn’t get much sleep Friday night and was already tired because I had worked overtime Thursday night and slept about 3.5 hours of sleep Friday morning before going back to work (which, really, is quite a good, solid sleep for that time frame for me considering I only have about 4 hours in which I can actually lay down and attempt to sleep in that situation).  Anyway, so I was pretty tired on Saturday and then I ran that 11.8 super hilly miles for the Black Eyed Pea Run and was just completely spent.  After I got home from Costco, I showered and took my car to her oil change appointment. 
I was on point with my yellow game on Saturday!

After that it was to Amanda's house for some Inkie Quill videos!  Since I’m going to be starting a Project Life scrapbook this year to chronicle my own adventures and shenanigans, I took my new album and my mass amount of pocket pages, and also some journaling cards I had bought, to show her.  While I was there, she was going through her PL journaling cards and gave me quite a few!  YAY!


After that, I stopped at Target to get the last few things I needed on my grocery list and then went home and crashed on the couch.  I meant to wake up around 10:30 and ring in the new year while drinking some apple pie moonshine a friend of mine had made and gave me as part of my Christmas present.  However, I woke up just as the countdown was happening on the TV (I fell asleep with the TV on…I tend to do that when I nap on the couch) after “napping” for almost 5 hours…oops.  BUT!  I did record it so I could watch it later, which I did Sunday evening.  Then I went back to bed around 2 am and slept for another 3 hours until it was time to get up so I could drive to Helotes for the 5K.

After the 5K, I drove into downtown San Antonio to buy a Come and Take It hat for a friend (and a second one for me in a color different than the pink one I bought last month).  Then I ended up cutting through the mall to get back to my car and found myself in Claire’s where I bought a “SQUAD” trucker hat and some leg warmers that will be fantastic for the 80’s 8K later this year!  Speaking of, I was going to register but I missed the super early bird pricing.  That ended on the 28th.  D’oh!  Now it’s $33 to register instead of just $19…that’s not expensive, but I’m just going to wait now.  The price doesn’t go up again until August 1st.  So I’ve got time.

Anyway, now the “SQUAD” hat is my favorite hat and I want to wear it all the time.  On my drive back home, I made my obligatory stop at the Buc-ee’s in New Braunfels.  I got me the biggest salad in the world and a coffee with ice in it (I like to drink my coffee without scalding my mouth when possible).

OH!  Ok, I’m all over the place here.  Right before the race, Soler’s Sports was giving away a bunch of race shirts from the Dam Tri, so I managed to find 2 in my size and grabbed those.  YAY!  They’re tri shirts, so they’re like sleeveless shirts with the quarter zip.  And they’re both really attractive!  Makes me want to do the race so I can “earn” one of the shirts!  We shall see.  I do eventually want to do a triathlon anyway.

I meant to post a post about my measurements and weight and body fat % with progress photos yesterday.  See, I want to do that on the 1st of every month.  And, while I did everything and I posted it all on my Instagram and the Facebook page for this blog, I completely spaced on creating a blog post for it.  Oops.  So I’ll just include that here and now.

And here’s the breakdown of my current stats:

• neck 13"
• chest 32"
• upper arm 12"
• forearm 11"
• waist 31.25"
• hips 36.6"
• thigh 24"
• calf 16"
• weight 162.7#
• body fat 28.5%
(for my weight and body fat I use a Fitbit Aria scale)


I bought my calendar for 2017 a couple months ago from Joann’s Crafts & Fabric store.  It’s a sewing themed calendar and I got it specifically for the art for the month of January!  I will be framing this page for sure!  It will be part of my running wall!
isn't this just awesome?

And, while we’re on the topic of calendars, for 2016 I had one of those motivational calendars.  You know the ones.  They have a nice picture and then a nice quote.  The last one for 2018 was a beautiful snowy scene with an old barn and a tree with leaves turned red.  The subject was “change” and the quote was by Sheryl Sandberg (think Facebook CEO).  “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”  Wow.  What a note to end a year on. 

And here’s to 2017 being better than 2016.  You may not have had a crappy 2016…I know I didn’t…but I’d still like 2017 to be better for me and for everyone!  So, HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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