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)

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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 thinking...so 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.

February 10, 2011

What a day(s)!

It's almost Friday! Can you feel it?? I sure can! The past two days have been very stressful at work. There is so much to do and not enough hours in the day to get everything done. The worse part is that work sometimes tends to sneak into my personal life. When that happens my workouts are the ones that suffer. It's hard to be selfish and concentrate on yourself when your work life requires more of you. However, even though work can sometimes be overwhelmingly stressful I am still very grateful that God has kept me employed.

When we're not stressed out we have lots of great moments at work and I have GREAT co-workers. As a matter a fact one of the highlights of my day happened at work. It was a comment from my co-worker Christine. I was in her office and she thought she saw something on my arm, when I flexed my arm to see what she was talking about she stated that I had nice and toned arms! Ah ha! Can you imagine my excitement to hear a compliment that anything in my body is "toned"? Especially my arms, I've work hard on them. Thanks Hilarie!!!


Here's an old picture of me/my arms:



I need to take a current picture for comparison. I notice most of the change in my strength. I know I'd said it a hundred times but it is amazing what your body is capable of doing when you put it to work.

On another note, I received final instructions/information for the half marathon. Just seeing the email sitting in my inbox, I automatically got nervous. I'm really going to attempt this aren't I? Luckily, my great friend Amanda (a marathoner) is going to meet with me on Saturday and give me some tips and help me work on my pacing. I'm hoping her running fairy dust rubs off on me. I value her opinion greatly and I'm looking forward my longest run (10.6 miles), until the half marathon that is. Oh Lord, please let me finish that!
Here's the route for the half marathon. Since I don't know how to convert my route thats in a PDF format to a picture file, I just copied this route from last years race. It appears to be the same route.

Isn't that scary? LOL Well we shall see 16 days to go! I'll keep you all posted in the mean time! Hope you all had a great day today!




February 9, 2011

What did you do Wednesdays?!

It's that time again!! The time to look over the past week and think about all the things that you have done that have made you proud of yourself. It is so easy to think about our inadequacies, our flaws, and our feelings of failure and we never truly take the time to celebrate our personal victories. I too am a victim of not celebrating my successes. I started doing these posts, as a result of the motivation I gain after watching The Biggest Loser. It  always makes me want to push harder and do more to achieve success on my journey. However, sometimes I feel as if the contestants have so much to be proud of and I don't. I was so wrong; I have plenty to be proud of. I'm sure you all do as well. We just need to take the time to realize those accomplishments we attain everyday! These are mine:
  • I'm proud that I have kept up with my blog/Wednesday posts.
  • I'm proud that I hit 50 followers on my blog! That's so exciting!
  • I'm proud that I completed a 5K last week (well 2 if you count my practice run)
  • I'm proud that I'm mentally/physically preparing myself for the half marathon (and that I haven't chickend out).
  • I'm proud that I have been keeping up with logging in my calories.
  • I'm proud that I'm almost done with my Masters program in Education.
  • I'm proud of the great weekend I had with my Husband and Mom/Grandma.
  • I'm proud of how hard I'm working at my job even though it doesn't feel like I'm catching up.
That's it for now! 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.



 

February 8, 2011

Sometimes you just gotta know!

Hello again! Are you proud of how often I'm posting :-D

Today I used one of my favorite motivational tools http://www.weightmirror.com/. This is a snap shot of what I look like now at a current weight of 264.2 (I know I gained a lot back) and what I would look like at 185 lbs.

                      

















                                      
Sometimes you just need a little reminder of what you're fighting for. I remember!!! I want to look like that, or close to it. Although 185 is not my stopping point I can't wait to look like that! I just have to remember  that although my body isn't always appreciative of what I'm doing for it; I can't stop. Not now, or ever this is a race without a finish line. For the rest of my life I have exercise and make healthy choices. That's a scary thought, I know. "Forever" is a little scary in any context but if it brings happiness, "forever" is the best description. So, like my marriage, I'm in this FOREVER.

Our bodies are our greatest instruments and we're supposed to take care of them. I haven't done that but luckily it's not too late to reverse the damage I've done, and that's what I intend to do. Who's in.

Special thanks for my friend Denise for the great conversation we had on this topic! :-D

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February 7, 2011

Let the races begin!

Hello again! This Saturday I completed my first 5K of 2011, the Lady Track Shack 5K. I had a rough morning so my run didn't quite live up to my expectations, but that's ok. This 5K marked the one year anniversary of my first 5K ever! I must say bad run or not the difference is remarkable. I felt like a totally different person in this race than I did a year ago. This past week my my friend Erin did a practice 3 mile run and we finished it with in 45-48 minutes including chat time. So I know what I'm capable of which is why I wasn't upset with my time. Here are some pictures from Saturday's race:

I finished the race with this remarkable woman. We motivated each other through out the race trying to keep up with each other.
Ran with my friend Erin. She rocked the 5K and accomplished her goal time!

Here's a couple pictures from the Lady Track Shack 5K in 2010:




My time in 2010: 58:11
My time in 2011: 50:54


On another note my half marathon is in 20 days! 20!! I can't believe it. This weekend my Mom got me my running shirt and I got pants for $4.50! Whoo!! The outfit is all picked out. Now all I need is confidence. Anyone know where I can pick some of that up? I'm all out! I need the confidence to believe that I can finish it. I must admit, the thought of not completing the half marathon is consuming me. I know I didn't prepare well enough to run the whole thing and that's ok. I just want to finish it. I will be mortified if I cannot maintain my pace and get hauled away.

I set this goal for myself SO long ago. At this point I was supposed to be 90-100 lbs lighter and ready to start a family at the completion of the race. Although that is not the case at this point; I am still going to give this half marathon a try. I'm not backing out of this challenge. If I can't finish it, well then I can't. There's always next year, but I can't not do it and then forever wonder if I was capable of it. If I pull this off it will be the greatest test of my endurance and the biggest accomplishment of my life. Right now I'm concentrating on eating healthy, working out, running and mentally preparing myself for the run. Mental preparation is just as important as physical preparation. It astounds me how negative I can be while running. My mind constantly tells me that I can't do it, that I'm too tired, that I'm too overweight, that I'm incapable yet, as I'm thinking all of this...I'm still going, my legs are still moving, and I'm still running, then suddenly I stop. The negative thoughts take over and I have to push myself to overcome them. It's a vicious cycle! Why are we more apt to accept failure in our lives that success?  Is it because success leads to the unknown? What do you think?


"Runners just do it - they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first."  ~Author Unknown

"Only think of two things - the gun and the tape.  When you hear the one, just run like hell until you break the other."  ~Sam Mussabini

February 3, 2011

Remembering what's important...

I came accross an old email that my husband and I saved. The email is now probably at least 6 years old. We've had it posted in order to to read it constantly and live by it's powerful words. However, in the hectic lives that we lead though seeing it often I can't even remember how many times I've actually re-read it. Words that I found worthy enough to hang in a place where I'd appreciate them...I don't. Today, however it caught my eye. I took a moment and I read them. I remembered all over again why it is we've kept it posted in our homes since the day it hit our inbox. So here it is:

RULES FROM GOD

1. Wake Up!!
Decide to have a good day.
"Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalms 118:24

2. Dress Up!!
The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
"The Lord does not look at things man looks at. Man looks outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the hear."
I Samuel  16:7

3. Shut Up!!
Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
"He who guards his lips guards his soul."
Proverbs 13:3

4. Stand Up!!
For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
"Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..."
Galatians 6:9-10

5. Look Up!!
To the Lord.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 4:13

6. Reach Up!!
For something higher.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."
Proverbs 3:5-6

7. Lift Up!!
Your prayers.
"Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING."
Philippians 4:6

Reading this today really made me remember what's important in life. Without faith nothing is possible and I am in a journey that requires a lot of faith and prayers. This old email helped me realize that all over again.

February 2, 2011

Just Dance!

Ever since I was a little girl I loved to dance. I even thought I would be a professional dancer one day! HA!!! That obviously didn't happen. However, on Thursdays I go to Zumba and for an hour I sweat it out to some awesome music. I pretend if even for a little while that I am a dancer, not just any dancer but a darn good one at that.

It's hard at first to get used to what Zumba entails. It's fast movements, hip swaying and booty shaking. Since I have always been overweight those are movements that I would avoid at all costs. I would never purposely expose myself to the possibility of being ridiculed. However, at Zumba I DO NOT CARE! I absolutely love it. No one there has come to class to make fun of you or judge you, they are just there to dance and work out in. Sometimes, it really amazes me the things you can do when you let your guard down and just dance!

Now let me tell you a little bit about our instructor Terry. Aside from the fact that she rocks as an instructor; she does her Zumba class in intervals where she brings the heart rate up and down. Making it easier to really focus on the moves and tuning into the music. She also incorporates different international styles of dancing. You find yourself dancing to music/rhythms you have never heard of. She is also makes the moves easy to learn and her classes are never intimidating. If you're in the area come check it out! For details click HERE.

The video that I posted is our cool down/stretching song. At the end of each class I always feel a big sense of accomplishment however this song just brings it home! It may be silly to some, but it is so inspiring to me! Listen carefully to the words and remember...life is so hard sometimes and when you feel like nothing is going right just remember to take a deep breath and JUST DANCE!


What did you do Wednesdays?!

Here we are again. It's Wednesday! Time to talk about what you've done over the past week that has made you proud of yourself.

I'm proud of myself for:

1. Signing up for a 5K. Its been a long time since I last did one. My last 5K was not a great experience so I'm hoping to get back out there and have a good run. I'm hoping this will give me the ego boost I need to get me focused on the half marathon. If you're in the Orlando area and would like to patricipate in it. click HERE.

2. Staying on top of my house chores. Our home looks beautiful!! :)

3. Trying to work out harder. I'm ready for more results. This week's weigh in was not as joyous as last weeks so it's time to pick it up a notch!

4. Having a nice girls shopping day with my Mom and Grandma on Sunday.

5. Keeping up with my Wednesday blog posts. Two weeks in a row now!! :)

That's it for me. What about you?

What have you done today 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.