"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.

 

beforeandafterfatlosspics:

hidingupmysleeve
There’s about a 120lb difference between the two pictures.Oh and a half-marathoner on the right.


Scrolling through tumblr as I’m on lunch at work and I see myself on my own dash… Love it!!

beforeandafterfatlosspics:

hidingupmysleeve

There’s about a 120lb difference between the two pictures.

Oh and a half-marathoner on the right.

Scrolling through tumblr as I’m on lunch at work and I see myself on my own dash… Love it!!

Sometimes it’s the little things like cucumbers, carrots, hummus, and wearing my boyfriend’s black socks because my feet were freezing and I didn’t wear any socks today with my boots (even though tomorrow is the first day of winter).

Because 4 years ago I wouldn’t be eating carrots and cucumbers and hummus. And I wouldn’t be wearing my boyfriend’s socks.

My boyfriend was non-existent. Healthy eating was non-existent.

And I’ve realized just how much my life has changed with just these two little parts of my day.

So, I loved my birthday.

-The Dunkin iced coffee was actually on Monday (the day before my birthday), but I pulled the sticker off and won a free one! I counted that as an early birthday gift haha.

-One of the birthday gifts my boyfriend got me was a year’s subscription to Runner’s World magazine! The issues pictured are for November and December. I was so shocked and thought it was a really creative and wonderful gift idea. Running is my favorite source of exercise and I love that magazine :’)

-Speaking of running, I went to the gym and had an amazing birthday work out! I pushed myself so hard on the treadmill. I felt so good after that work out. I was head to toe drenched in sweat (as pictured), and I just felt a sense of accomplishment afterward. It was much needed.

-I didn’t have work on my birthday, but I did have class so I went to school and then my boyfriend took me out to dinner!

-We went to my favorite place to eat, and I got the salmon salad. It was delish! I also got a side of sweet potato fries (not pictured) and usually they give you a small side of them, but the waiter brought me out a huge basket hahaha. Needless to say, I have about 5-6 servings of sweet potato fries in my fridge right now. I ain’t mad.

-We then went out for dessert and got frozen yogurt. I got a mix of coconut flavor and snickerdoodle with sugar-free chocolate chips and granola. It definitely hit the spot!
It’s funny, we got to the frozen yogurt place and they were having a special where you get your yogurt, weigh it and pay for it, then after you pay for it go get as many unlimited toppings as you want. Usually you put the toppings on and then pay, but that day in particular it was all unlimited toppings haha. I didn’t really take advantage of this, but my boyfriend sure did haha.

Funny how I won a free iced coffee, got a huge basket full of sweet potato fries, and free unlimited toppings all during my birthday haha.

I also love how I still ate healthy AND worked out on my birthday. It’s one of the many reasons I know I’ve made this a lifestyle change. I enjoy working out. I love the food I eat. If I didn’t, I would use my birthday as an “excuse” to take a day off from working out or go pig out on junk. And yet, effortlessly, I did the opposite.

Overall, my birthday was just so good. I wasn’t expecting anything special at all this year. I was really just going to treat it as any other day, but it turned out to be both productive and fun. I felt really loved and it was hands down one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had.

I’m A Serious Rebel.

I went to Victoria’s Secret on Black Friday and after I made my purchase I realized the girl at the register never gave me one of those “secret” reward discount cards where you can get $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, or $500 off your next purchase.

I needed to return the item I bought, so the next day I asked the girl who exchanged my item for one of those cards since I never received one.

Then today I wanted to exchange my item again for another color (okay, so maybe I’m a little indecisive).

I asked the girl for another secret rewards card and made it seem like I never got one.

So, now I have two. BAM.

Santa, I’ve been a naughty girl.

Post Thanksgiving Dinner and Pre one hour and 20 minute run.
Because I refuse to have any sort of guilt or mental battle involved with food and the holidays.
Been there, done that.
I ate a lot. I enjoyed it. I moved on.
And by “moved on” I mean I ran. I ran a lot. And it was great.

Post Thanksgiving Dinner and Pre one hour and 20 minute run.

Because I refuse to have any sort of guilt or mental battle involved with food and the holidays.

Been there, done that.

I ate a lot. I enjoyed it. I moved on.

And by “moved on” I mean I ran. I ran a lot. And it was great.

I’m thankful for many things in my life, but today has a double meaning. This year, Thanksgiving happen to fall on my two-year anniversary with this man. The past 2 years he has been nothing but supportive, loving, thoughtful,  selfless, and so so so many other adjectives. I sincerely didn’t know what love was until I met him. We’ve grown so much together in such a short amount of time. He makes me better. Today, we get to celebrate our love with our friends and family.

There really is so much to be thankful for.

I’m also thankful to you all in the tumblr community! You guys keep me going and you’re all so inspiring. I’ve met so many people and learned so many things since I started blogging here. The amount of knowledge and strength I’ve gained from this one community alone is so massive. It’s like another world on here, and I’m thankful that so many people are willing to expose themselves and I get to share my world with you all.

P.S. I’m thankful for apps like “pic stitch” where I can make a quick sleek photo collage like this. God knows without this app I’d be fumbling around in Microsoft Paint for 2 hours to get a collage that even looks somewhat even.

I’m thankful for many things in my life, but today has a double meaning. This year, Thanksgiving happen to fall on my two-year anniversary with this man. The past 2 years he has been nothing but supportive, loving, thoughtful, selfless, and so so so many other adjectives. I sincerely didn’t know what love was until I met him. We’ve grown so much together in such a short amount of time. He makes me better. Today, we get to celebrate our love with our friends and family.

There really is so much to be thankful for.

I’m also thankful to you all in the tumblr community! You guys keep me going and you’re all so inspiring. I’ve met so many people and learned so many things since I started blogging here. The amount of knowledge and strength I’ve gained from this one community alone is so massive. It’s like another world on here, and I’m thankful that so many people are willing to expose themselves and I get to share my world with you all.

P.S. I’m thankful for apps like “pic stitch” where I can make a quick sleek photo collage like this. God knows without this app I’d be fumbling around in Microsoft Paint for 2 hours to get a collage that even looks somewhat even.

I ran my first half marathon a little over a week ago!

The difference between running 10 miles (the most I’ve ever officially ran) and running 13 miles is huge. But I pushed through and did it! What’s also pretty awesome is that I set myself a goal in the beginning of this year to run a half marathon in 2013. I didn’t actually think it was something I was going to do, it was more so a fun idea. The fact that I actually accomplished that really makes me happy.

Now that I have set the stage for my first half, obviously the only logical thing to do is run another half! So, I signed up for another half on March 30th! I’d like to improve on my time and it will give me something to work toward (especially during the next few winter months). 

I’ve realized the only good thing about the winter time is bringing cold foods (like fruits and yogurt) around with you while traveling and leaving said food in the car while I’m out and about and it doesn’t spoil. Leaves for more on the go snacking ideas! Other than that, I’m ready for winter to be over and it hasn’t even actually begun yet haha.

In other news, Thanksgiving break has officially started! Im going to try and start studying for finals early for once haha. We shall see.

My 23rd birthday is in exactly one week! I’m pretty stoked. Hoping Blink-182 is wrong and people will still like me when I do turn 23.

Bad 90s music jokes aside, I’m doing pretty well. And I hope you all are too!

I ran my first half marathon a little over a week ago!

The difference between running 10 miles (the most I’ve ever officially ran) and running 13 miles is huge. But I pushed through and did it! What’s also pretty awesome is that I set myself a goal in the beginning of this year to run a half marathon in 2013. I didn’t actually think it was something I was going to do, it was more so a fun idea. The fact that I actually accomplished that really makes me happy.

Now that I have set the stage for my first half, obviously the only logical thing to do is run another half! So, I signed up for another half on March 30th! I’d like to improve on my time and it will give me something to work toward (especially during the next few winter months).

I’ve realized the only good thing about the winter time is bringing cold foods (like fruits and yogurt) around with you while traveling and leaving said food in the car while I’m out and about and it doesn’t spoil. Leaves for more on the go snacking ideas! Other than that, I’m ready for winter to be over and it hasn’t even actually begun yet haha.

In other news, Thanksgiving break has officially started! Im going to try and start studying for finals early for once haha. We shall see.

My 23rd birthday is in exactly one week! I’m pretty stoked. Hoping Blink-182 is wrong and people will still like me when I do turn 23.

Bad 90s music jokes aside, I’m doing pretty well. And I hope you all are too!

I’m officially a half-marathoner!

I ran my first half marathon exactly one week ago.

I’ve been so bad at updating here lately.

I have been in such a weird state of mind the past couple of weeks. A lot of ups and downs.

I want to really sit down and write out my thoughts, but lately it’s been hard to. I’ve also been really busy with school, work, and life in general. So, here’s a picture of me right before I went to class wearing my half marathon shirt to prove that I’m not lying haha. Oh and some random girl totally walked in on me while I was taking this picture in my school’s bathroom. We both just looked at each other and there was a mutual understanding of what was going on. It was cute haha.

Thanksgiving break starts Tuesday, so things should slow down a bit. 
Just wanted to let you all know I’m still here! Hope everybody is doing really well.

I’m officially a half-marathoner!

I ran my first half marathon exactly one week ago.

I’ve been so bad at updating here lately.

I have been in such a weird state of mind the past couple of weeks. A lot of ups and downs.

I want to really sit down and write out my thoughts, but lately it’s been hard to. I’ve also been really busy with school, work, and life in general. So, here’s a picture of me right before I went to class wearing my half marathon shirt to prove that I’m not lying haha. Oh and some random girl totally walked in on me while I was taking this picture in my school’s bathroom. We both just looked at each other and there was a mutual understanding of what was going on. It was cute haha.

Thanksgiving break starts Tuesday, so things should slow down a bit.
Just wanted to let you all know I’m still here! Hope everybody is doing really well.

Today I went downtown with my best friend and we went to the race expo for our half marathon we are running tomorrow!!!!

Look at all the race goodies I got! Nothing says happiness like freebie healthy food and an awesome technical race shirt.

Not going to lie, I’m definitely a bit nervous going into this race. I’m more so excited than anything else, but I’m just hoping for the best. I am so happy I get to run it with my best friend! I started my weight loss journey with her, and she was the one who initially got me into running.

Well, it’s time to go carb-load on some whole wheat pasta and bread… I wish every day was Pre-Race day for this sole purpose.