March 28, 2011

My Life Since the Half Marathon...

Wow, I can't believe its been SO long since I last posted. I could've sworn its been 2 weeks tops, but no it has been 26 days! Normally, after a long absence there is not much to report. That however, is not the case this time around. I have so much to share with you guys, there's been struggles, achievements, recipes and even GREAT news that I need to share! I'm going to try to break each of those down into different posts. They each deserve their individual attention. In the mean time, I am alive and feeling GREAT.

Keep an eye out for posts to follow.

March 2, 2011

What did you do Wednesdays!

This one will be nice and simple this week:

  • I completed a half marathon.
It's going to be tough for me to top that! :)

What have you done to make you feel PROUD?

*Take part in the Wednesday posts, here are the directions:*
1. Watch The Biggest Loser Tuesday nights.
2. Post comments on my blog/FaceBook about what you did on Wednesday (or over the last week) that has made you proud of yourself. (Bloggers feel free to use the idea as well and link up).
It could be ONE thing or a number of things.

I freaking did it!

(Started writing on Monday 2/28/2011)
On Sunday I attempted was my attempt at my first half marathon and......

                   I freaking did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I still can't believe it and I think I may still be high on endorphins! I did not complete it in the time that I was hoping but at the end of the day I still completed a half marathon. I ran and walked for 13.1 miles. I completed what many have never attempted. I DID IT, and I have the shirts and beautiful medal to prove it :)

I must say, Disney's Princess Half Marathon is truly a wonderful event. It was so well organized, it was fun and it was certainly difficult. I wish I could describe exactly how I felt...even now I'm still not certain. I think I might actually still be high on my endorphins LOL. One thing is for sure, I have never, ever felt so empowered in my entire life! What is even more amazing to me is that during the entire race, I had such a clear mind. I was focused, and I was determined to finish and I did. I never once (ok maybe once) doubted myself. I just kept moving forward and didn't look back. Every ounce of sweat, tears and PAIN was all worth it the minute I crossed that finish line and saw everyone who was there to support me and getting the texts from my brother and my sister-in-law that came in literally the second I finished. My Brother quickly reminded me to let this experience serve as inspiration for the future and a lesson to never doubt myself again. I am very fortunate to have such an incredible support system that helped me get through this race (and anything I do). I am truly grateful to have such wonderful and caring people in my life.

On a side note: before the race there was a fellow princess who had this written on the back of her shirt:
"And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." Hebrews 12:1"

I quickly shared my new found knowledge with my Husband and I knew I was standing behind her for a reason. I needed to read that at that precise moment. It filled me with confidence and I carried that confidence for the entire race. God works in mysterious way and He was definitely at work at 4:30 in the morning on Sunday making sure that I listened to what he had to say.

As memorable as Sunday was, some of it feels like a blur. I can't believe it came and it went. Yet, things will ever be the same. This one day, has forever changed me. I finally saw in myself what my husband, my family and my friends have seen in me this entire time. I am strong, I am determined, and I'm certainly not a quitter. I can do anything I set my mind to. I'm here to tell you that if I can do this there is no reason why you can't accomplish your own goals. If there's something you want, something you really want go out there and get it! Stop the excuses, get off your ass, put in the work and GO GET IT, because if I can (and I CAN) anybody can.

Now on a softer note, enjoy some of my favorite pictures from Sunday :)

February 22, 2011

Half Marathon Info

Fairytales do come true. One mile at a time.

Disney's Princess Half Marathon Weekend brings women of all ages together to participate in a magical event designed just for them. The Disney Princesses are the inspiration for the weekend's events and will focus on the attributes every princess possesses: commitment, courage, determination, fantasy, perseverance, and strength.

There comes a time in every woman's life when she must blaze her own trail. A time when she has to run, not from an evil stepmother, but to her moment of glory. A day when the true princess inside of her shines through. The time has come for Nery!
The event will take place at the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort in Florida on a new date – February 25-27, 2011, and is set to celebrate the women who prove that anything is possible in life's fairytale. 

So, dust off those glass running slippers and get set for an experience nothing short of happily ever after! 
(Disney words not mine LOL)

This Sunday 2/27/11, I'm going to attempt my first Half Marathon (13.1 miles). I have to maintain a 16 minute per mile pace in order to be allowed to finish the race. I am not sure if I can do that yet but I know I am going to give it everything I've got. You all have been there and supporting me as I try to lose weight. I was unsure if I should remind everyone that the race was this weekend, so incase I failed not everyone would have it fresh in their minds. I decided however, if I don't finish; that's ok. You all are going to support me regardless. I'm doing this to prove to myself what I'm made of. So I'm giving it a shot! I also want all of you to be a part of it. 
For my out of towners I was made aware that you can track my progress via texts/emails. Here is how to sign up for that:
Nery Tracker (<--Click)
For those of you in town who would like to wake up extremely early on Sunday to be part of the race, here are the Spectator details (I will not know my start time until I go to the expo this Saturday):
Spectator Info (<--Click)
After the race, we'll probably go have lunch somewhere in the area. I'll have to see what's a good place to go and I'll keep you posted.
I know the race is extremely early, and I totally understand if you can't make it (especially since most of you are in Miami..LOL) what I do ask though that you pray that God gives me (and my legs) the strength and the courage to finish this race!
I'm still ironing out the details and my nerves. I have included the course so you can understand why I'm so nervous!! LOL
Course (<-- Click)
Thanks everyone for all the support and motivation you've given me. Thank you for your prayers. God willing I'll be emailing/blogging  a picture of the medal I got at the FINISH LINE! Regardless of what happens, I'm leaving every ounce of energy on the course. I know now that I am capable of finishing it, maybe not in Disney's time but I certainly CAN do it.
The best support you can give me are your thoughts and prayers! Wish me luck!!

February 16, 2011

What did you do Wednesdays?!

I almost forgot!! Ok, I practically did considering that there is less than an hour left of the day. So it's that time of the week where you take time to brag about yourself. Share with yourself or others about the great things you did over the last week that have made you proud of yourself. Here is an overview of mine:

  • I lost 2lbs (23 more before my first milestone)!
  • I walked 11 miles on Saturday!
  • I'm proud of how I'm keeping up with my blog.
  • I'm proud of my new found confidence.
  • I'm excited about going to Miami to help my brother and my sister-in-law with their baby shower and I get to see my Godson. (OK, I didn't really do something BUT I'm excited!).
Check out my brother and my sister-in-law, aren't they gorgeous?!

Here's my very handsome Godson! I can't wait to love on him this weekend!

What have you done today to make you feel PROUD?

Happy Wednesday and have an active/healthy rest of the week!

*Take part in the Wednesday posts, here are the directions:*
1. Watch The Biggest Loser Tuesday nights.
2. Post comments on my blog/FaceBook about what you did on Wednesday (or over the last week) that has made you proud of yourself. (Bloggers feel free to use the idea as well and link up).
It could be ONE thing or a number of things.

February 15, 2011

The Email That Made My Day!

I'm not sure how I came across her blog but somehow I did and I'm so thankful. In my search for blogs to motivate me I found this one--Plus+Runner (make sure to check out her page entitled BEEN THERE. DONE THAT.)

Let me tell you that Sallie is an increbile athlete and an even more incredible woman. In my email to her I expressed how inspiring her blog was and how greatful I was to have found it. I explained my concerns about not being able to finish the race and about my complex about being the "biggest girl" there. This was so her response:

Nery -
You are so very sweet to write that :)  Thank you so much for your note...

I'm very very excited that you're running your first half. Remember that you've done the hard work and the race is really the best part of it.  Your weight might distinguish you from the pack, but it does it in so many ways you can't imagine.  You've likely trained more diligently than most "normal" sized people. Your training has also been harder!!  And though you may not be the fastest person there, you will have beat the dozens who didn't show up for that race - and the millions who never dream to try.  Size doesn't limit our ability to run - as long as we listen to our body, take care of ourselves, and train right. 

I'm glad you've been inspired - but it's reading comments from readers like you who remind me why I started the blog in the first place.  You've really made my day - so thank YOU! 

Sallie, you made my day as well!! Thank you for making me realize that although the race hasn't even started, I've already won!

February 13, 2011

Just Pace Yourself

On Saturday at 7am sharp just as I ate my last cracker with cream cheese Amanda arrived decked out in her running gear ready to instill all of her knowledge and initiate me into the "runner's" club. Naturally, I was nervous. I'm not really a runner, but I want to be...I think. I haven't properly trained, I'm not at the weight I should've been by now, and HELLO did I mention she's a marathoner?! I was so worried that I would embarass myself infront of her. (SIDE NOTE: Amanda is an awesome and supportive friend who was already proud of me before we even started, clearly irrational unlike me LOL).

I woke up several times through out the night in fear that I would over sleep. When it the alarm finally went off, I woke up (after a few snoozes), tuned into the local news and was informed that it was 41 degrees!! Great...just great!! Immediately I told myself that this was going to be a sucky run since its so hard for me to run in the cold (I work best in the summer). I immediately psyched myself out. To some extent I lived up to the very expectation that I so early on set for myself.

Before we left I drank my anti-inflammatory medication to that my knee wouldn't bother me. (NOTE TO SELF: Drink the medicine at least an hour before activity so that it takes effect). Amanda asked if I wanted to do 4&1's or 5&1's (4/5 minutes running, 1 minute walking) and I went with the 4&1's. She plugged in all the info into her handy dandy running watch (pic below) and we were off.

This watch is quite the gadget!! It tracks your pace, your distance, heart rate and notifies you when its time to switch from running to walking. It was awesome!

Unfortunately there was not a lot of running...I had to walk way before we even hit the first mile. Between the temperature, an achy knee, and my self doubt I had to result to walking. I was mad for giving up on myself so quickly. So from that point on we walked, but that's ok. During our walk I opened up to Amanda about my fears, my frustrations with my weight loss, and how my mind seems to always win the battle. It was a long walk in which there was pain, crying, laughter, advice given and taken, a deepening of friendship and a true moment of enlightenment. The walk finished a lot better than it started and I think I came back a different person.

There was a moment on on our way back that I will never forget. Amanda was sharing her story from when she first started running and how difficult it was for her. During one of her first runs she lost all control of her breathing and was finding it hard to finish. Then she took a moment and told herself  that "If Jesus had the strength to endure getting nailed to the cross there is no reason why I can't do this!" When she said that something inside of me changed. She was so right! That statement holds very true in my heart and its something that I will try to live by in everything that I do.

On Saturday I walked 10.7 miles (we can round up and say 11 miles LOL) and here are a couple of things that I learned:
  • I learned that, I'm doing this half marathon for ME. No one asked me to do it. If I don't finish/don't do it I'm not upsetting or disappointing anyone.
  • I learned that, if I don't finish that's OK because I know damn well that I CAN do it. I wasn't sure before but now I know.
  • I learned that my pacing on Saturday was 18.23, I need to do it in 16 mins per mile. I need to pace myself better. I may not be able to do it on Disney time but I can definitely do it on Nery time!
  • I learned that, I may doubt myself a lot but I am much more capable than I give myself credit for.
  • I learned that, I may not have ran on Saturday but I did not quit. I completed an 11 mile walk!
  • I learned that, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
It may sound cliche but I rediscovered who I was on Saturday and I like who I found. Its a marathon not a sprint and my journey is far from over.  Come 2/27/2011 I am going to celebrate whether or not I am allowed to cross the finish line. For over a year I've been on this journey and I will never be the same woman again. Attempting this race proves that. So on that day, I will say a prayer, take a deep breath, turn my music on and just pace myself.