"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.

 

Cantaloupe > Honeydew
AM I RIGHT, OR AM I RIGHT?
Add me on myfitnesspal, only if you agree: runnermicheller
Actually, you can add me if you disagree because Honeydew is amazing as well.

Cantaloupe > Honeydew

AM I RIGHT, OR AM I RIGHT?

Add me on myfitnesspal, only if you agree: runnermicheller

Actually, you can add me if you disagree because Honeydew is amazing as well.

So, I ran my 2nd half marathon today.
Back story: I was not planning on running this race.
I signed up for it with my best friend back in November. We ran our first half marathon together and wanted to train again for another one.
Well, if you live on the East Coast and anywhere near Philadelphia, you know this Winter was probably the harshest Winter we’ve ever had. So. Many. Snow. Days. So much shoveling. Just not ideal running conditions by any means.
Anyway, my best friend came home from college this weekend to run this race with me. Neither of us had really trained for this. The most we’ve ran since our first half was probably around 6-7 miles. Knowing we had to run more than double that (13.1 miles) seemed very daunting.
Oh, I forgot to mention it rained heavily the entire race.
But, I’m skipping around here. Lets get to the good part.
So, the running expo was this weekend and you need to pick up your bib, shirt, etc there. The expo on Saturday was from 9-5. I got a text from my friend at 3pm asking if we were going to run this race. At this point at this time of day I figured we were just not going to run it. We talked on the phone a bit. She was giving me really good points on why we should run it. I still wasn’t sure, but then I immediately called her back and said, “Let’s do it!”
So, I picked her up and we headed downtown to the expo. It was about 4:30pm (half hour before it closes) and we picked up our race essentials.
We told ourselves that we would just have fun with it and to not put pressure on ourselves. We said we’d run as far as we could then walk. We really expected to run maybe 6ish miles then walk the rest.
How about we BOTH ran the ENTIRE thing without stopping!!! It was crazy raining and super windy. We did not train for this. We did not expect it to go well at all. Honestly, if it were not for my best friend there by my side, I probably would have stopped. Having her there motivated me to keep going. We motivated each other and knew by the time we hit mile 8 that we could actually finish this without stopping. And we did just that.
It was so cold. We were so wet. Completely drenched. We decided to run the race at the VERY last minute. We were not prepared. The cards were stacked against us in every way possible. And yet, we finished. And we finished damn strong.
This race opened my eyes. This race woke me up. This race that I was NOT going to do… It lit a fire in me. It made me realize how capable I really am. I feel like I forgotten for a while how strong I actually am.
This race was a testament to putting your mind to something and just DOING it.
And I’m going to keep doing it. Watch me.

So, I ran my 2nd half marathon today.

Back story: I was not planning on running this race.

I signed up for it with my best friend back in November. We ran our first half marathon together and wanted to train again for another one.

Well, if you live on the East Coast and anywhere near Philadelphia, you know this Winter was probably the harshest Winter we’ve ever had. So. Many. Snow. Days. So much shoveling. Just not ideal running conditions by any means.

Anyway, my best friend came home from college this weekend to run this race with me. Neither of us had really trained for this. The most we’ve ran since our first half was probably around 6-7 miles. Knowing we had to run more than double that (13.1 miles) seemed very daunting.

Oh, I forgot to mention it rained heavily the entire race.

But, I’m skipping around here. Lets get to the good part.

So, the running expo was this weekend and you need to pick up your bib, shirt, etc there. The expo on Saturday was from 9-5. I got a text from my friend at 3pm asking if we were going to run this race. At this point at this time of day I figured we were just not going to run it. We talked on the phone a bit. She was giving me really good points on why we should run it. I still wasn’t sure, but then I immediately called her back and said, “Let’s do it!”

So, I picked her up and we headed downtown to the expo. It was about 4:30pm (half hour before it closes) and we picked up our race essentials.

We told ourselves that we would just have fun with it and to not put pressure on ourselves. We said we’d run as far as we could then walk. We really expected to run maybe 6ish miles then walk the rest.

How about we BOTH ran the ENTIRE thing without stopping!!! It was crazy raining and super windy. We did not train for this. We did not expect it to go well at all. Honestly, if it were not for my best friend there by my side, I probably would have stopped. Having her there motivated me to keep going. We motivated each other and knew by the time we hit mile 8 that we could actually finish this without stopping. And we did just that.

It was so cold. We were so wet. Completely drenched. We decided to run the race at the VERY last minute. We were not prepared. The cards were stacked against us in every way possible. And yet, we finished. And we finished damn strong.

This race opened my eyes. This race woke me up. This race that I was NOT going to do… It lit a fire in me. It made me realize how capable I really am. I feel like I forgotten for a while how strong I actually am.

This race was a testament to putting your mind to something and just DOING it.

And I’m going to keep doing it. Watch me.

hidingupmysleeve:

The difference of over 120lbs lost!Wait, is this real life? ;)

hidingupmysleeve:

The difference of over 120lbs lost!
Wait, is this real life? ;)

Decided to start using my fitnesspal again.

Not focusing solely on calories and not being incredibly strict with it. Just using it to keep me on track since things have been a bit fuzzy lately.

I just checked my chart for today and ironically enough look at my total vs. goal! That totally was not done on purpose. Pretty awesome.

In other news, I’m pretty exhausted. Physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

There should be a pie chart for that.

Decided to start using my fitnesspal again.

Not focusing solely on calories and not being incredibly strict with it. Just using it to keep me on track since things have been a bit fuzzy lately.

I just checked my chart for today and ironically enough look at my total vs. goal! That totally was not done on purpose. Pretty awesome.

In other news, I’m pretty exhausted. Physically, mentally, and emotionally.

There should be a pie chart for that.

Sorry guys! I’ve been so quiet lately! Tons going on!

I will be making a longer update later, but for now I just wanted to drop in and show off my interview outfit for an internship I applied to!

P.S. I think the interview went really well!

Sorry guys! I’ve been so quiet lately! Tons going on!

I will be making a longer update later, but for now I just wanted to drop in and show off my interview outfit for an internship I applied to!

P.S. I think the interview went really well!

I got new shoes y’all!! I’ve had my previous Nikes for over two years, and it was about time I retire them and get new ones. I still have my Mizuno’s, which I use for solely running because I can’t use them for when I cross-train and do other exercises. Any kind of plyometrics/lifting/jumping/etc is not good in running shoes. There’s just too much support.

Anyway, I love these babies. So comfy. I highly recommend the dual fusions to anybody, and I’m not even a Nike girl. My 2-year old pair is a past season dual fusion. I loved them so much that I knew I wanted to get them again in an updated version.

I tested them out today at the gym and they were awesome. Having that fresh kick swag definitely amped up my work out.

Today I realized I need to increase my weight in my dead lift. I’m currently at around 85-90lbs, but I’ve been at that for a while. Today when I did them, I could just tell it was time to increase so I’m excited about that! Getting stronger as showed by my baby biceps!

Health blogging & Intuitive eating

rachelsfithealth:

I realized more than ever while traveling how different my eating style is compared to how I used to be. When you follow a strict or rigid diet, traveling is a nightmare- the unpredictability is stressful and scary. You (may or may not) realize that the strict style of eating is a way to cope with…

Pre-Valentines Snow Day:

-Both my job and college are closed today due to a big snow storm here

-I’m seriously over snow. If I never see snow again, I sincerely wouldn’t be mad about it.

-My nephew is snowed in with us! He’s the absolute greatest. I tried to take a cute valentiney picture, but I think he’s just as bummed as I am about the snow.

-One good thing about snow days though is that I already got a ton stuff done!! I did an at home workout video (Insanity), shoveled for over an hour, did Laundry, did Statistics homework, and made this awesome lunch.

-They say to eat all your greens, but really all I think about when I hear that is avocados, avocados, avocados.

-It’s a lot more fun to type posts like this with dashes instead of paragraphs when you’re updating tumblr on your phone.

-I’m stuck at home so really I could update from my laptop, but something about updating it in bed before a quick nap was just more appealing.

-I miss running outside. With all this snow and ice it’s been incredibly hard to run outside. I complain about how I get bored of my running routes, and now all I want to do is run that same familiar route more than anything.

-I’m glad I’m not afraid to eat the yolk in eggs anymore. What a silly way to live.

This is me:
-After an hour of shoveling snow outside (such a good work out!)
-Sitting in gigantic comfy sweats (my boyfriends pants)
-Eating a delicious pink lady apple
-Feeling content because I got all my school work done on this unexpected snow day
-Twinning with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
-Admiring my eyebrows because nothing feels better than tamed eyebrows. Nothing.

This is me:

-After an hour of shoveling snow outside (such a good work out!)

-Sitting in gigantic comfy sweats (my boyfriends pants)

-Eating a delicious pink lady apple

-Feeling content because I got all my school work done on this unexpected snow day

-Twinning with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

-Admiring my eyebrows because nothing feels better than tamed eyebrows. Nothing.

A Different Kind of Before and After

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My hard work is paying off, guys!

The other day I was looking through my closet and I found this shirt.  I decided to put on the shirt and it felt significantly different than the last time I wore it. I then put the two pictures together and couldn’t believe the difference I saw. The picture on the left was taken around 9 months ago.

What you can’t see between the two pictures is how much I’ve changed since the first picture was taken. Sure, you can see that the shirt fits differently and that I’ve lost weight, but there has been a huge mental transformation between the two photos.

I feel like I’m in such a good place now. I feel like I’ve finally found the balance I’ve been looking for. It took a ton of trial and error. I’ve made lots of mistakes. But, every time I’ve fell down, I picked myself up. I’ve never quit. I’ve never thrown in the towel and said, “Forget this healthy lifestyle! I’m going back to eating whatever I want and never working out again.” I’m just literally so ecstatic and excited about this.

Just a couple quick notes:

-I haven’t weighed myself in months.

-I’ll be weighing myself at the end of February to know where I’m at.

-I eat intuitively. I’ve been on this journey since October 2009. It has not been quick. So yes, it takes time to find out what works best for you. Embrace the journey.

-I push myself during my work outs and make sure that no two work outs are the same consecutively.

-Even when I don’t have any motivation, I dig deep and just do it. Some days are easier than others, but it’s always worth it.

-I’ve made this a lifestyle.

To sum this up, even though I’ve lost over 120lbs, I still have my own demons to battle. I still struggle. But, if it there’s one thing I’ve learned is that with struggle comes progress. I’ve grown so much between those two pictures and I cannot wait to see what is to come!