"I'd like to think the best of me is still hiding up my sleeve."

I'm Michelle. I've lost 120lbs (purely through clean eating/intense exercise), and I'm always looking to grow and improve. This is a blog about my life, thoughts, pictures, exercise, fitness, running, nutrition, weight loss, quotes, love, nostalgia, and everything else in between.

 

Things:

  • My name isn’t Melissa, but people do often get it confused with Michelle. So it’s pretty funny that when I got the free 10k bib from a friend’s friend, her name was Melissa.
  • That 10k race I ran was 2 Saturdays ago and it was just awful. It started at 7:30am and it was already 84 degrees outside. It was just so hot and there was not enough water stations. But hey, I got to run a free race (first of its kind) and scored a sweet t-shirt!
  • I now have another nephew in my life! Zachary Maxwell was born on September 8, 2014. I’m one seriously happy auntie.
  • Dressed up and went to my first ever Networking event yesterday on campus  (with over 90+ employers there). I mainly did it for the experience and plan on going to more events like that in the future. It was a bit intimidating, but I think I did well.
  • I’m really loving my new CrossFit gym I joined about 3 weeks ago. The people are awesome, it’s really close to where I live, and I love how they have both H.I.I.T. classes and CrossFit classes!
  • In the short 3 weeks I’ve been there, I’ve learned how to do Double Unders! I can now do about 5 unbroken. I’m so stoked about this.
  • I’m loving this Fall weather but absolutely dreading Winter. Can we just skip to Spring and only have 3 seasons?
  • No really, the amount of snow we got this past Winter has completely traumatized me.
  • I say this all the time but I’m really going to try to update here more frequently. This place is such a great outlet, resource, and community and I want to make an effort to update more!
Today I wanted to try out my new Garmin running watch while also setting my sights on running 5 miles. I have not ran more than 3-4 miles since the beginning of May when I ran Broad Street which is a 10 mile race. After I ran Broad Street, I wanted to take a step back from distance running and focus on other sorts of exercise.
Since I randomly was offered a free entry into a 6 mile race this Saturday, I knew I needed to get some miles in. I told myself I just wanted to focus on distance and not pace (since I have not focused on running long distance at all this summer).
About 1.5 miles in, I tripped over uneven sidewalk cement and now have an awesome cut on my hand. I also have a big bruise on my hip and kneecap as well. I guess that’s what happens when you take time off running? Haha. Not to mention it was extremely hot/humid out. I ran around 10am this morning, so I thought I could beat the heat and instead I beat the ground.
I’m really proud of myself for completing the 5 miles I set out to do. It was by no means easy especially in horrible humidity. When I fell, part of me thought I should cut the run short and go home and clean myself up. The other part of me said that I was already pretty far from home, I was hot/sweaty/dirty anyway, and I told myself I would run 5 miles. That was my goal. At the end of the day, I wasn’t badly injured (thankfully), so there was no excuse to go home.
Nothing feels more badass than crushing a goal and coming home with earned battles wound to prove it.

Today I wanted to try out my new Garmin running watch while also setting my sights on running 5 miles. I have not ran more than 3-4 miles since the beginning of May when I ran Broad Street which is a 10 mile race. After I ran Broad Street, I wanted to take a step back from distance running and focus on other sorts of exercise.

Since I randomly was offered a free entry into a 6 mile race this Saturday, I knew I needed to get some miles in. I told myself I just wanted to focus on distance and not pace (since I have not focused on running long distance at all this summer).

About 1.5 miles in, I tripped over uneven sidewalk cement and now have an awesome cut on my hand. I also have a big bruise on my hip and kneecap as well. I guess that’s what happens when you take time off running? Haha. Not to mention it was extremely hot/humid out. I ran around 10am this morning, so I thought I could beat the heat and instead I beat the ground.

I’m really proud of myself for completing the 5 miles I set out to do. It was by no means easy especially in horrible humidity. When I fell, part of me thought I should cut the run short and go home and clean myself up. The other part of me said that I was already pretty far from home, I was hot/sweaty/dirty anyway, and I told myself I would run 5 miles. That was my goal. At the end of the day, I wasn’t badly injured (thankfully), so there was no excuse to go home.

Nothing feels more badass than crushing a goal and coming home with earned battles wound to prove it.

Hello Tumblr world! It feels like it’s been forever. Well, maybe because it has been. This summer was a chaotic one and a lot has been going on lately. To give you just an idea:

-I completed the first month of Insanity, but after that I just found myself missing doing other sorts of exercise. I missed lifting weights and running. There were only 3 main videos in the first month so I found it very repetitive and boring, so I decided it was best to stop for now.

-I missed running so much that I signed up for a 10 mile race in New Jersey at the end of October with my best friend! I’m so excited. I’ve never ran a race in the mid-fall and typically all of the races around here are in downtown Philadelphia. 

-After being an avid runner for the past 3-4 years, I finally invested in a garmin watch!! My bff got one not too long ago and she let me borrow it. I ran 4 miles with it. I love how much it pushes you, so I decided to get one for myself and use it as an accurate training tool for not only this race but for many other running endeavors and goals.

-I joined a CrossFit gym! I was in a Crossfit gym last summer for about 4-5 months, but there were a lot of things about that box I didn’t like. It was a good 25-30 minute drive, it was really expensive, there were many “cliques”, and I just didn’t like the overall atmosphere. I found a box that is less than a 10 minute drive, way cheaper, offers more variety (like H.I.I.T. classes), and I got a good feeling about the community right off the bat. I’m really excited. I saw amazing results last summer when I did crossfit, so adding it in again to my workout regime + running will really help get me to where I want to be.

-Life’s funny. Yesterday a friend of mine texted me out of nowhere saying that he had an extra bib for a 10k (6 miles) race next Saturday. His friend couldn’t make it and he offered me the bib for FREE! This race apparently sold out within hours and he basically just texted me and told me it was mine. I couldn’t pass that up. So, now I will be running an unexpected 6 mile race. I also figured it’d be good practice for the 10 miler in October!

-Side note: The sheer fact that he texted me and asked me if I wanted it shows that he thought of somebody who likes to run and would want to have it. I know him from a friend and we aren’t close at all! He is a really fast runner and for him to think of me (a girl who at one time weighed 272lbs) as a runner that would utilize this… it’s just incredible. It totally made my day.

-School started back up this week, so things are going to get really busy. I’m actually excited though because I seem to work best under time crunch/pressure. Between work, school, running, crossfit, assignments, etc, I become forced to fit a workout into my day like I fit studying & work into my day.

So that’s really what’s been going on. I’ve missed blogging here so I’m going to really try to do it more. Plus, since school is back in session, there will be many coffee dates (with pumpkin spice, obv) in the near future.

shrinkingjennywren:

I got my four stone (56lbs) sticker today! 14 months progress, Jillian Michaels, water, clean eating, yoga and a food diary! You can do it too, my ask box is always open :) SW:204 CW:147 UGW:140 and toned Height:5’7”motiveweightshrinkingjennywren
Thanks mission-not-so-impossible and hidingupmysleeve and funeralformyfat for all the INSPIRATION. YOU GUYS ARE ROCKSTARS!

Wow, can I just say how awesome this transformation is? I had NO clue I inspired this lady. Thank you so much for tagging me in this and showing me your progress. You look SO good and have done an amazing job. Keep it up, lady! You are fabulous.

shrinkingjennywren:

I got my four stone (56lbs) sticker today! 14 months progress, Jillian Michaels, water, clean eating, yoga and a food diary! You can do it too, my ask box is always open :)
SW:204
CW:147
UGW:140 and toned
Height:5’7”
motiveweight
shrinkingjennywren

Thanks mission-not-so-impossible and hidingupmysleeve and funeralformyfat for all the INSPIRATION. YOU GUYS ARE ROCKSTARS!

Wow, can I just say how awesome this transformation is? I had NO clue I inspired this lady. Thank you so much for tagging me in this and showing me your progress. You look SO good and have done an amazing job. Keep it up, lady! You are fabulous.

Hey Tumblr world!! Here’s me trying to catch everybody up with what’s been going on the past couple weeks!

-I went and visited my best friend in Virginia for July 4th weekend and had such a good time. I’m visiting her again this upcoming weekend too!

-I went to the beach with my boyfriend last weekend and worked majorly on my tan.

-Our aviator sunglasses game seems to be on point.

-I’m officially on week 4 of Insanity! I’m really enjoying it and I can see myself improving drastically. My endurance has gone up, I’m feeling good, and I’m proud of myself for sticking with it. I’m determined to finish it all.

-Eggs, turkey, and hummus have been my go to lately. I can never get tired of the threesome.

-I’ve recently become obsessed with the television show Shark Tank. Over the past couple days I’ve binged-watched too many episodes to count. I’m not one to really get “into” television shows, but this one has seriously got me hooked. So. Good.

-My summer internship is over in a couple weeks!

-I just came back from my nephew’s 2nd birthday party and a few people commented on my tan. Priorities have been met.

Growth is painful. Change is painful.But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.

Mandy Hale (via exiie)

(Source: onlinecounsellingcollege)

Insanity Week 2, Day 3!

-I was supposed to wake up at 5:30am to do it, but it was just not happening for me. My alarm went off and without a second thought I went back to bed. Sometimes I’m great at early morning work outs, but today was not one of them.

-I had work today and my internship so Wednesdays are the days I try to work out early because it’s a lot to travel to work, do my job, leave work, travel to my internship, do that, then drive home.

-I promised myself I’d do it when I got home since I didn’t this morning. When I got home, it took a bit to find the motivation but I’m SO glad I did!

-Today was Plyometric Cardio Circuit. Do you see that sweat?! This is exactly how I look like after every video. It’s amazing what that man Shaun-T can do to you in just 40 minutes!

-I see so much progression. Not only physically with the work outs, but mentally too! I can directly remember doing the insanity videos a while back… and I was not sweating much. I would get mad that I didn’t feel exhausted after it. I was obviously not putting my all into it even though I thought I was.

-Flash-forward to now, and it’s the complete opposite! I’m really feeling it now with each and every video! I even ended up talking to myself today right before I hit the second workout circuit in the video saying, “Oh man I’m not ready for this.

-In case you’re wondering, that circuit consists of push ups, running in place in a plank, ski abs, and in and out abs. But I got through it like a champ and felt so good once it was done!

I’m really excited for what is to come with this program. I’m putting my all into it and I’m having a blast! In my opinion, that’s the best combo for success.

Insanity Update, Life Update:

Happy July 1st!

I have successfully completed Week One of Insanity!

I am now on Week 2, Day 2. 

Notes:

This time around, Insanity is much different. 

-When exercises like push ups come on, I don’t skip them. Shaun T goes from regular push ups, to push up jacks, to moving push ups, etc. I go down as far as I can go and complete the move. Before, I would skip those segments and wait until the next move comes. Not anymore. I’m so happy about this.

-I find myself feeling completely depleted after each workout video. I’m drenched in sweat. I feel accomplished. 

-Cardio Recovery is a stretch video. It’s not intended to burn a ton of calories or be intense. It’s always in the middle of the week and to stretch out your muscles. This past week, I found myself super exhausted and craving that Cardio Recovery video, where as in the past I would dread it or want to skip it because I thought it was a ~waste~ of time if it didn’t burn a lot of calories.

-The next day after doing Cardio Recovery, I was super sore! Shaun T has you do lunges and pulses. I didn’t think anything of it, but the next two days I was really feeling it! I was NOT expecting to feel muscle soreness after a “light” stretch video.. so it was definitely a nice surprise and shows that I am following the program correctly.

-Even though I completed Week 1, I found myself struggling a lot this past weekend. I ate well the entire week, but I ended up indulging in sweets way too much during the weekend. Because of this, t made me feel as though this whole week of Insanity went to waste. I decided to put those negative (and ultimately triggering) thoughts behind me, and continue on to week two. The more you dwell, the easier it is to feel sorry for yourself and just keep on that path.

-I’m visiting my best friend in Virginia/Washington D.C. for 4 days for July 4th weekend. This will put me off schedule for Insanity, but we will be doing all sorts of fun ways of working out (hot yoga, gym, running, etc) so as soon as I get home, I will continue where I left off.

For a little over a month now, I’ve been doing random Insanity/T-25 videos as part of my work out routine. Today, I made the decision to do the entire 60 day Insanity program in order.

I feel like the structure and challenge is what I need right now. I’ve been in a little bit of a funk, and I think switching things up and doing this will really help. It’s out of my comfort zone, it’s different, and it’s constantly varied. I’m ready.

Today I did the Fit Test and also ran about 25 minutes outside. The fit test consists of doing 8 different moves for 1 minute each. You count how many you can do in the given minute. Every two weeks you do the Fit Test again and check your progress. I’m excited to see what it will be two weeks from now.

I first did the Insanity program back in Fall 2012, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot since then and my results will be better this time around. Like with anything in life, with the more you do it, the better you become.

This program is going to be tough. No denying that. What I love about it is that I always feel so good when I’m done a video. It never gets easier, you just get better.

On a slightly but not really related note, I scored those candy suckers today! 3 suckers are only 50 calories! Can you say perfect go to when cravings hit?! It’s definitely a good alternative to gum and to keep your mouth busy when you think you’re hungry but you’re not.

Livejournal, anybody?

Did anybody else have a livejournal (or another similar blogging website) before navigating to Tumblr?

I just got done reading my old livejournal that I started in 2005, and it’s absolutely insane how much I’ve changed since then.

It also makes me wonder what I am going to think about this Tumblr 10 years from now.

I honestly hope I can look back and say the same thing… that I’ve made so much progress in my life since typing this post. I want to keep evolving, changing, growing, and moving forward.

I also saw how dedicated I was to losing weight. I was reading posts from 2009-2010 (when I started my journey), and the determination I had then was unreal. I also had no idea what I was doing (in terms of health and exercise) and I’ve learned so much since then. There really is no excuse. Back then I didn’t even know what an excuse was. I literally just got. it. done. I lost 100lbs in a year because I was so focused.

This October will be 5 years since I’ve started my journey, and I really want to feel good going into that landmark. I need to channel that girl who was so determined to get what she wanted. I know I can bring her out again.

I now have the knowledge, experience, and variety to be able to get to where I want to be. I didn’t have any of that when I started… but I had willpower, determination, and consistency.

It’s time I add those nouns back into my vocabulary.

T-25 work out video, an extremely hot run outside, and some fabulous watermelon. I believe this is just the best combination of things.

Such a Sunday Funday!!!

-Woke up early and went to the gym. Got in a really good treadmill work out and stretch in the sauna.

-Got coffee with my dad and gave him his Father’s Day gift.

-Got my nails done with a fancy little jewel. I dig it.

-Went tanning at my best friend’s pool for a couple hours. I love showers after laying out in the sun.

-Got my favorite iced coffee. You guys, toasted almond is the best flavor! And there’s no calories in the flavor, too!

-Bought myself a $10.00 denim jean jacket at Ross! I’ve been really wanting one, and I stumbled across it at Ross today and usually they’re anywhere from $30-$50 so what a steal!

-Going out to dinner now with my boyfriend’s family for Father’s Day. There will be a salad bar. My kind of holiday.