Friday, April 25, 2014

Cooper River Bridge Run 2014 Recap

FINALLY it is written!

Y'all know this is my annual run.
I started this yearly date with myself in 2012.
In 2012 I was at my highest, or with in 10 pounds or so.
I wanted to finish in under 3 hours. I finished in 2 hours and 30 minutes.

In 2013 I was 6 months post op from Gastric Bypass. I was around 250.
I wanted to finish in under 2 hours. I finished in 1 hour and 54 minutes.

In 2014 I was 18 months post op. I was 180 pounds.
I wanted to be fast enough to get in the paper. Because they feature the top 10,000 fastest Men and top 10,000 fastest Women. I finished in 1 hour and 15 minutes!

I GOT IN THE PAPER BITCHES!! I'm number 9,225 of the fastest women! Overall I finished in 18,000 something...out of 40,000 people!

Say WHA?!

I set my goal and killed it. It was such an incredible experience. I actually finished while there was still stuff going on Downtown in Marion Square.

I can't even begin to process what this year's race meant for me. From just completing my first Half 4 weeks earlier to achieving my goal for the Bridge Run. I have such an incredible sense of proud, accomplishment, and badassness!!

This year my baby Brother and I had our sibling rivalry taken out on the Bridge this year.

Since he is a runner too, we had a friendly competition going on. Well as friendly as siblings can be! :) I was actually in a coral further up than he was. So I lowered myself to his level to make it an even playing field. And to make my victory that much sweeter. We were in the last coral. Let's just say it took us an hour to even begin our race.
But nonetheless it was on once they said GO!
My brother darted ahead of me. Leaving me in the dust. I had some issues with my new running belt. Yes, I'm THAT runner. The one with all the geeky running stuff!
And to be honest, it was because I didn't run much after the Half but I was doing spinning and yoga. I did some cross training.
Once I got everything situated, it was time to focus and keep my eyes on the prize.
I knew if I pushed myself to much before the Bridge, I wouldn't have enough gas to finish strong. I set my pace to about 12 minutes a mile. Which from the start line to the bridge is about 2 miles.
All of a sudden I was at the bridge.
I was weaving in and out of groups of walkers. Once there was enough room for me to slow down and speed walk. I huffed up the bridge.

Courtesy of

Yeah it doesn't *look* too bad. But the incline is insane. So I told myself, just speed walk to the half way point on the top of the bridge and it'll be downhill from there!
HA! See what I did there! I'm so funny!
That was my plan and I stuck to it. All of a sudden, I was half way through. I was at the top of the bridge and then "Let It Go" came on. I ran my heart out and down the other half of the Bridge into Downtown Charleston. It was such a freeing thing for me. I had my mojo. I had my pace. Then BAM 4 miles down. Now I'm downtown bobbling and weaving out of people. Passing people for other corals. Feeling like a hot sweaty million bucks. Then I saw the sign for mile 5. Say what! I only have 1.2 miles left. At this point, I slowed down some. I wanted to RUN across the finish line this year. I walk for about half a mile. Now it was go big or go home.
Then "Run For The Hills" came on. By Iron Maiden for you non-metalheads. Naturally when that song comes on you HAVE to run. So running is what I did. Then "Eye of the Tiger" came on right as I turned the corner to finish that last .2 miles. Perfect timing.
That last .2 miles was amazing. I thought about where I was 2 years ago to now. And where I'm going. It was incredible.
I crossed the finish line at 1 hour and 15 minutes.

I found my family in the sea of people. I asked about Andy and no one had seen him!
Twenty minutes later my brother crosses the finish line. 
However, I'm also very proud of him. He took about 10 minutes off his time. He said he had a rough start and just couldn't shake it.

So this was the best Bridge Run to date. I'm so proud of myself and all my accomplishments. But I could not have done it without my super amazing support system, my equally incredible team at MUSC, and of course Frankentummy.

And my goal for next year is to finish under 1 hour. 
Watch out Kenyans...I'm coming for you!! :)

Final Farewell

So after an insane week of emotions, traveling, and a final farewell to an old friend. I made it back to Charleston safely but on the way home I had a lot of time to think. A good hour almost two hours, depending on when I hit traffic.

I just want y'all to continue to keep his Family, Girlfriend, and Best Buddy in y'all thoughts and prayers over the next while. He was a well loved guy. He had an amazing turn out. Which goes to show y'all the lives he touched

After the viewing on Monday a couple of us from the posse went to dinner and to remember him, catch up, and just to remember the old times along with making plans to start some new memories. I had such a blast just hanging out, bonding, and laughing. We laughed a lot. It felt like the old days.
I can't believe I'm saying "old days" What the heck?!
It was just nice to be able to remember our friend in that way.
Tuesday was the funeral. Again he had a packed house. And it made things very real. This was the final farewell. He had beautiful music playing. His sister read a poem, the family put together. Of course it brought the room to tears. It was a nice service.

Afterwards a couple of us went for dinner to catch, remember, and talk about things. Nothing too crazy.
Then it was time for me to head on home.

As I mentioned before I had some time to think. A lot of time to think. And I mentioned in the previous blog about how naturally a death makes you think about your own mortality.
I began to think about mine.

I thought about how I would want my funeral to be.
I want my funeral to be a celebration of my life and all that I've accomplished. I want the music to be New Orleans jazz style...with the horns and everything. I want to have a "Honey Roast", it's a roast but with nice things. I want people up there saying, "I remember the time Lydia and I did..." and then attach some story where we were being dumbasses! I want all my race medals in my casket it with me. Just saying! Hahaha!

I thought about how I wanted to continue to maximize my new release on life.
Now that I'm 19 months out, I'm not losing as much or losing as fast or sometimes not even losing. Which is fine because when I look at the bigger picture. I am just blown away on what I've already achieved in just 19 months. I've worked my ass off. And I want to continue to reach new levels of my running, eating, and overall well being. As I've mentioned before I didn't go through all this crap to go back to 377 pounds. Now I'm currently looking for another half to do! HOLLA!

I thought about how I've been half assing my eating and exercise.
And I have been half assing for sometime. Not just this past week. And not all the time. I'll do awesome for a few days. I'll get fruits and veggies in, get my water in, and exercise. Then some days "Unhealthy Lydia" surfaces and things go sideways. And sometimes it takes longer to get back in line, then it did in the beginning. Along with maximizing and amping things up. I'm going to be trying new recipes, blogging more, and trying new exercises and maybe even become an instructor for some of them!

I thought about my 18 month check up, that was on Thursday and thank goodness they call. Because home girl had forgotten about it. Can't believe it's been a year and half. I'll blog about my incredible appointment.

I thought about how this drive sucks and I wish the rain would stop.
The facts of life.

I thought about what I needed/wanted to do with my time on this Earth.
I've come to the conclusion, I want more Halfs, some Marathons, traveling, eating new and exciting foods, stepping out of my comfort zone. I rather say "At least I tried it." Then "What if..." or "I'm scared..."

These are the thought that have been in my head over the past week. Time to execute them and begin another chapter of this crazy Adventure.

So thank you, Josh. Thank you for the memories, the ass whooping in video games, your dorkiness, and your humor. You'll be missed dearly. Until next time.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Shameless Saturday 4/19/2014

Ha! Look I'm being consistent! Two blogs in my new series! Look at me go!

Let's review my Health Goals
Health Goals for Week 4/19/14:
Sunday: Rest - Check
Monday: 5K Run - Nope
Tuesday: Spin - Negative
                BodyFlow - Hell no
Wednesday: Rest - Check
Thursday: Spin - No sir
                 BodyFlow - Nada
Friday: 2 Mile Run - Playa Please
             Combat - HAHAHA...nope
Saturday: Bike 6.2 Miles - Yeah not so much
                 WERQ Class - Check

Well I'm glad I got my "rest days" in! Those were sure some hard days...
As for my WERQ class, I'm hitting that one this morning. I really enjoyed it last Saturday. The instructor was awesome. She pretty much said just have fun, there is no right or wrong way to do this class.
Okay! You don't have to tell me twice to shake my booty like a dirty, dirty hooker. I told one of my Instagram WLS friends that I just needed to smooth out some of the moves and I was ready to hit the club! Naturally, because I'm so funny, she laughed at me.

Especially after the week I had I'm going to need to let loose and shake out these feelings.

Monday and Tuesday: I got in a super hyper microscopic Spring cleaning. I'm going to be painting our house in the next couple of days/weeks. So I want the rest of the house to look nice and neat. Plus I was being lazy and avoiding exercise.

Thursday: I found out an old college friend passed away. He had an accident at work the week before and the injuries were too much. But he fought extremely hard. He'll be greatly missed everyone. My heart breaks for his Girlfriend, Family and Best Buddy. So please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers this week and the coming weeks. RIP Josh. You'll be most definitely be missed.

Hence my lack of moving and posting on the Facebook page. My eating was insane. Everyone deals with grief differently, my way is baking cookies and stuffing my face with them. Yes, I deal with grief the same way I did when I was 377 pounds. Not a healthy way. But I can't be mad at myself...these things are part of life...unfortunately. My goal is to find another way to cope with them.

Friday: Again no movement. Just sat around and thought about things. Thought about how young he was, thought about all the people his life touched, thought about my own mortality (which I think is a natural thing one does when someone passes away), thought about everything. Still trying to sort out my feelings. All I know is I can't keep coping with things how I use to because it'll get me back to where I was. And that is NOT an option. I refuse. So it starts with me heading to class today. One day at a time.

Health Goals for Week 4/19/14:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: Run 2-3 Miles
Tuesday: Run 2 Miles
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Spin
Friday: Bike 10 Miles
Saturday: Run 2 Miles
                 WERQ Class

Like always things are subject change. Here's sticking to it!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Shameless Saturday 4/12/14

I've decided to start a new series to recap my week to keep me honest. And to have something to write.

I'm using Jodi's idea over at 13.1 Miles to Disney. I'm using her "Fateful Friday" series format. Since Saturday is my end of the week that's the day I'm using.
I hope you don't mind Jodi! I just love your idea of a weekly recap and plus I think you're brilliant! :)

This is obviously the first entry so the format is going to change.

My fitness goals for the week 4/12/14:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 2 Mile Run
Tuesday: Spin
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Spin
Friday: Run 5K
Saturday: 2 Mile Run
                WERQ Class

The only goal I reached, so far, was Tuesday's classes.
Saturday is still early and I'm going to do them.

Not really sure why I didn't do anything but Tuesday. I know Tuesday's classes were difficult for me. I guess I wasn't in my right frame of mind. I went but wasn't there. I wasn't focused. I didn't get what I NEEDED out of them. I didn't maximize my time.
Plus BodyFlow launched a new set and I honestly found it challenging. I could barely get any of the new moves. They threw a back bend in there. WTF!? *rolls eyes* I got aggravated and pissed. Because we all know if I can't get it the first time, of ever trying it, than there is something wrong with the program.
After talking with Brent about it though and reasoning with myself, I realized that this is going to be a new challenge for me. I want to do a back bend. I want to be able to do crunches and planks and not feel like the awkward hot mess I am! :) I AM going to do all those moves. It's just going to take time and patience! *rolls eyes*

PATIENCE!?!? Who has time for that bull!? Whatever! Kiss my ass! ;) Patience is overrated!

I've also noticed another thing this week.
Well I've actually noticed it long before now but I'm just openly admitting it now.
Since it is Shameless Saturday after all.

I've noticed I days I do not exercise, my eating gets CA-RAZY!!! And when I don't plan my meals out for the day, I graze like like a mofo. I go to the kitchen and grab an Oreo (or 5), some strawberries (to balance the Oreos), some pretzels (because now I need something salty), or something else craptastic. And I normally plan my meals but yesterday was just a weird day. I was kind of bluesy, went the to grocery store hungry, and was in a "whatever" kind of mood.
I know these days happen and can recognize the behavior now and switch to what needs to happen. Hence is why my meals are planned and I'm going for a run and WERQ class today.

On to next week!

Health Goals for Week 4/19/14:
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 5K Run
Tuesday: Spin
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Spin
Friday: 2 Mile Run
Saturday: Bike 6.2 Miles
                 WERQ Class

Well that is all. Time to get ready for the morning run! Until next Saturday if not before! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

What Now?

I don't know!
I don't have anymore races in the books until November and December.
I haven't found one that I NEED to do.
I have found a bajillion I WANT to do but with Brent's new business venture, I have to be selective on my races...for now.

I just completed my annual Cooper River Bridge Run. I did awesome, as always. I'll write my recap on that later today or during the course of the week. Since I have ALL this time because I'm not training for anything. :)

Don't worry I'm still going to run but I'm just not train for anything. I've found my way back to the Gym. I am obsessed with Spinning and Cycling. Since I want to do a triathlon, I figure that would be a good place to build up my cycling strength.
I've also gotten into yoga. Dare I say I've become a "Yogi"...let's not get crazy. But I really love the focusing on the mind part of yoga and letting everything go. Hence the reason I do it. Those are my two classes that are on regular rotation along with Combat...which I'm getting back to this week. I'm also going to try a class called WERQ. Apparently it's a dancing/cardio class. And y'all know me...I love my dancing.

As I posted on the Facebook page. Which you should go check out! And if you haven't "Liked" it FOR SHAME!! Well here is the perfect time to "Like" it because we all know you do! :)

I'm asking y'all to get interactive with me.
Since I have NO clue what to write.
Tell me what would y'all like to read about.
To be honest, maintenance is super boring so that's why I haven't written anything pertaining to my weight in a while.

So I ask my people:
What would you like to read?