Friday, March 13, 2015

I'm Here! Quick Update.

Oh my! How did it become March already?
I know I haven't been following through with my goal to blog more but some other things took over.

It's been a whirlwind of crazy. 
January was a complete blur. I think last time I wrote was about building us a dojo in our garage.
Yeah...that didn't happen. Our vacation was cut short because the guy that we hired to run the route, he had truck problems for the first half of the week. 
Then whatever couple days we could salvage from that week went spent driving back and forth to Columbia.

Why?

As y'all know, my Grandma suffered from Alzheimer's/Dementia for the past few years. 
And around the middle of January she got increasingly worse and passed away January 21st. 
Not going to lie, I took it hard. But found comfort in her not being in the state she was in and finally being reunited with my Grandpa. I also was extremely honored, when my Aunts asked me to participate in her memorial service. 

So needless to say my time and feelings were consumed with grief and traveling. I still found time to train for the Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon.

February, I really don't remember much of anything from this month. It was probably insanely busy between the Business and the Half training.

March, I completed my second Half Marathon. Yay me!!!

However truth be told, I'm not happy with my performance at all. As everyone, myself included, says I had a lot going on during training. Between Grandma passing, the traveling to and from Columbia, Business stuff, injuries, getting sick, and just life. It was a super sketchy training period. And I know this but it still doesn't make me feel better when I crossed the finish line at 3 hours and 10 minutes. I know I'm capable of soooooo much more. But sometimes it not about how well you do, it's about just finishing and well that's what I did.

I finished with burning thighs, my calf muscles feeling as if they were peeling from my legs, Frankentummy feeling blah during the whole race, my breathing all out of whack, and hitting that wall and not being able to find my groove during the whole race.

So here I type officially saying I am a Half Marathoner times 2. And outside the aches, pains, self doubt, and thinking about Grandma...all I could think about was signing up for another race and doing better in this one. 

Yes it was a struggle but I will gladly take this struggle any day, over the struggle I had before Gastric Bypass and running. Because before that struggle was day to day living. Now the struggle is better than I was during my last race or training run! :) It's truly amazing how much as changed in 2 and half years. 

Until next time! Happy running!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Johnston Dojo and 2015 Goals

Well after superfluously spending money on a gym membership that, like most people, I rarely use. 
I get most of my exercise on the pavement. Which is well free. 
I've decided to cancel our membership with the Gym. 
Instead we are going to build our own Dojo.

The Johnston Dojo

Next week we're going on vacation. Which means clean the house, yard work, and make room in the garage for our Dojo.
We're going to use half the garage for storage and the other half for the Dojo.
We're going to dig out and dust off the Bowflex, that Brent bought forever ago. Then over the next little while, add a Bowflex Max Trainer and eventually a treadmill.  Which we'll have one of Brent's buddies sniff out a good deal there. This guy can wheel and deal with one. 

So that's what is going on here! I hope everyone is having an amazing 2015 so far!

OH! And here are my goals for 2015!
1. Run 500 miles in 2015. 
So far I've clocked in 12.5 miles out 500 miles. Off to a good start.
2. Read more books.
Thanks to a dear friend's mother, I downloaded a new book. "The Invention of Wings", I hope it's good.
3. Maintain my healthyish lifestyle.
4. Blog more.
5. Continue to save money.

All achievable.
Until next time!
Happy Running!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Year in Review - 2014

Well here is my year in review blog.

2014 what a year, like most people some parts were amazing and some were pretty craptastic.

January and February - Were the last of my training for my very first half. Also we were blessed to add 4 more legs to the Johnston family. Gus adopted us. And what a ride that has been.

March 9, 2014 - Will be forever engraved in my brain...hopefully! Lol But that's when I pushed myself past what I thought my limits were. I set out to finish my first half in under 3 hours and I achieved that goal with 6 minutes to spare.
The rest of March couldn't top that runner's high I was on.

April - I PRed at the my annual Cooper River Bridge Run. I actually finished fast enough I was part of the papers. Which was my goal for this year. It was such an amazing feeling...knowing that I am not longer a prisoner of my body.

May - Getting ready to embark on this new business venture and all the crazy shenanigans that in entailed.

June - Four wonderful years of marriage Le Husband and I celebrated. And more business venture stuff.

July - December - These last 6 months have been a weird and crazy adventure!!! And I would want to do them with anyone else except Le Husband. The Business took some to get use to...naturally. But in the short 6 months we've owned the route, we already made out market value you up by month 4. We've become semi-financially smarter. We've been able to pay a ton of things off and are starting to actually save money.
But since the business became the golden goose egg, I put my running on hold until we found a new "normal", well thankfully we have found one. Last couples weeks, I've gone HAM on some half marathon training.
HAM means Hard Ass Mofo! For those who aren't in the know. ;)
But I already have 2 halfs on deck for 2015, a couple 5Ks, and a couple 10ks also.
I'm really excited to see where 2015 takes me personally with my fitness and health goals. Along with I'm excited to see 2015 tales Brent with the business. He's done so well and I'm extrem proud of him.

But as I close these final blog for 2014, I must take a moment to remember those who I lost theis year.
Thank you to Mr. Bobby, Josh, and Grandmother.
Thank you for the memories and the fact I was able to know you. Y'all will be forever missed.
Xoxo Lydia

And thank you to you guys for reading keeping up with this crazy adventure!!
Hold on 2015... I'm coming for ya!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

What's This?

So yeah. 
Remember, I use to blog here. I just realized my last blog was waaaaaaay back in August. 
I guess when I took my hiatus from le Facebook and Instagram, apparently that meant my blog too. 
First of all, so sorry for staying away for so long.

Second of all, here is what's been going on.
INSANITY!!!!

They say when a blogger doesn't blog there is a chance they've gained weight. Well unfortunately, I fell into that category. 
Yes, the bariatric badass, the half marathoner, and super awesome me...gained weight. I gained about 20 pounds. Sadly, for no other reason than I just got plain lazy and reckless with my food choices. I didn't go to support group for MONTHS. I stopped running. 
Also between the business venture we've embarked on the and the fact I "THOUGHT", I didn't need any help after losing all the weight or help maintaining the loss. And we all know, that life has a funny way of showing me what's up.
However, I've lost about 5 pounds of that gain. I'm back to running and training for another half marathon in 2015. 
Lastly, Brent and I aren't working long ass hours anymore. We aren't pulling the 12-14 hour days, living in the drive thru, and not having a life. So that's been an adjustment. Lol

Unfortunately when we stopped working long hours, my Grandma had a health scare. She has dementia. Which meant I had to be there with her and my family. Because at the end of the day family comes first for me. So my half marathons I was going to run this year went on hold because I wasn't conditioned enough to running 13.1 miles. That's just asked for an injury. 

So that's been the past 4 months for me. But I'm back with a vengeance and ready to own 2015. Here's to wrapping up 2014 and not staying away for so long! 

And after the Christmas holiday has passed, I'll write my overview of 2014. So until then have a safe and Merry Christmas. As always happy running!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Facebook and Instagram Hiatus

I'm unplugging from the social media world...excluding the blog and my fitness pal.

Why?

Because I want to go back to living a life unplugging. I found myself logging into Facebook and Instagram way too much. I roughly calculated, the amount of times I logged in to each sight everyday, I could've gone for a run, made a healthy dinner, spent time with Brent (outside of the business), or gotten back to taking care of me.
There just aren't enough hours in the day to update y'all on what I was eating or what the 4 legged beasts are doing. Something has/had to go. I figured the best thing for me is to unplug.
I've been experimenting my theory with Instagram and it's been nice. I have to admit. I don't feel like a mindless drone. Plus all Facebook as turned into is ads, bullshit, and negativity. If I want that I'll turn on the TV! :)

Things I'm planning on accomplishing while being unplugged.
Get back to running!
Cook.
Actually TALK to people.
Spend time with Brent, outside of the business.
Spend time with the families.
Enjoy the great outdoors. Did you know there is a world out there?! Mindblown!
Just enjoy the simpler life...again.

Nothing to exciting.

So long Facebook.
Adios Instagram.

Heelllllooooo the REAL World! Yikes!
 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Well...Hello July 2014...

Did anyone see where June went?
*in her best Ferris Bueller voice*
June...June...June...

Yeah, June came and went. Hard to believe that half the year is over with already.
Quick recap of June:
I left June with a 12 pound gain! (YIKES!)
I've lost 5 of those pounds already. BOOYAH
In June, I ran the most miles...since my first Half in March.
I realized running in the humidity SUUUUUUUUCKS!!
But I am getting better and stronger with each run.

And June was Hubster's last full month with his current company. Kind of a bittersweet feeling. The move, job wise, was a great move for him. It showed him how to harness his skills into something he liked to do. And honestly, how many people can say that? He matured into a more hard working guy, that will stand up for himself...in the working world. Which I'm so proud of him.

So begins the new adventure, July 7th. He will be his own boss. He will be his own responsibility. I'm excited to see where this road takes us.

Last year was my adventure and now it's time for Brent to have his adventure. Not that being married to me isn't an adventure in itself! ;)

This must be the calm before the storm. And not a bad storm but an unknown storm. After a few weeks we'll have some sort of system. And that system will be our new "normal".
As Sheryl Crow says "A change will do you good."
So here's to change and new adventures.

Since my little slice of the dot com word is in MUSC's Newsletter...I probably should write more...right? :)
Also I may not be able to post here as often as I would like, I post like a mad woman on the Blog's Facebook Page. So like the page and show me some love!

Time to finish le coffee and lace up the shoes.

A quick thanks and an update!

A big thank you to everyone for helping/bearing with me, while I talk out the monsters in my head.
It's nice to have such a wonderful support system.
I feel mucho better after getting all that out of my head! I haven't been perfect, which we know there is no such thing. But I've been consistent with tracking and trying to eat a little more healthyish. :)

Other than that things are rolling right along. We have t-minus 24 days until Brent's new job starts. Things are falling into place. Not to much we can do right now. Just doing the legal mumbo jumbo. Then he'll be hitting the ground running. I'm honestly really excited for him. This is something he's wanted to do (be his own boss) for as long as I've known him. If he had his way, he would've started yesterday!

And I got some exciting news.

I'M FAMOUS!!!

Well in my own mind but you'll see...just watch.
Each month my wonderful and amazing bariatric team puts out a newsletter. At my 18 month check up, Debbie got my blog address and said she was going to add it to the newsletter. And I'm in the newsletter for June!!! My little slice of the world wide web in a newsletter. I'm super stoked about that!
Here's the proof!

MUSC's Newsletter

I've been taking the puppies out for runs with me. Actually it's more like Sally, our almost 9 year old basset hound/lab mix, takes me for a run. And I drag Gus, our almost 1 year old box/lab mix, along for a run. It's nice to have company while I'm out there.
Which brings me to what I want for my birthday, I want to join the Charleston Running Club. I would love to be part of a group of people who *get* my love for running that are in real life. As much as I LOVE my niche of healthy people on my social media sites, I kind of miss that real life human interaction. Hopefully my wonderful husband, parents, or in-laws read this and get the hint! :)

Speaking of running., it's almost been a year since running has be come way of life for me. I can't really express how I feel about running. It's such an amazing, "oh my gosh, I'm dying", "I can conquer anything", "there is nothing that can stop me", "am I done yet?" feeling. I never thought I would want to join a running  group much less do a half marathon or 3 in one year. This is an amazing adventure I've been on for the past 22 months and I don't ever want to get off. I've grown by leaps and bounds. I'm not the same person I was. I'm so much stronger than I ever thought I could be. I'm the healthiest I've EVER been in all my (almost) 31 years of life. What more could a gal ask for?
Sure I've had my days/weeks where I'm like screw it, like the other day. And sure life gets wild, crazy, and unpredictable. But that's life...it would be boring if it was anything else.

Brent and I had a milestone this week! We celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary! And boy I can tell you it doesn't feel like 3 years. We kept it low key because we decided that we were going to do big blow out celebrations every 5 years. So I convinced him for our 5th year to let me do one of my races of my running bucket list.
Naturally it will be a Disney Half!!
More importantly it'll be the 2016 Disney Wine and Dine Half and Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K!!!!!! I figure that will be a good one for him to enjoy also. Because of all the foods, beers, wines, and etc! :)
Naturally since we're down there, we would stay the rest of the week and celebrate our anniversary!! Damn it, I will be going on rides this trip. I didn't on our honeymoon because I was at my heaviest and I didn't want the embarrassment of not being able to fit on any of the rides.
Oh no! But not this time!! It's on this time!!! 
I would like to renew our vows in front of Cinderella's castle. Nothing fancy just something fun to do and capture such an amazing moment in our lives! I really couldn't have asked for a better guy to spend the rest of my life with.

Well that's all folks! Time to eat and then lace of the ole running shoes!