Runnin' Down A Dream

Losing Weight and Finding Myself

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My Lincoln Half Marathon training has not been the best lately. 
In the past 3 weeks I’ve been sick with a head cold and a tooth infection. I’ve been busy with work and life. I’ve let my weekday runs go by the wayside. I’ve pretty much only run my long runs on the weekends. Maybe a mile or 2 during the week. 
So it’s no wonder that my runs have been suffering. I feel like I’m not conditioned enough. Like my legs are dead and I’m super sore. So, with 3 weeks until the Half, I decided to get my proverbial crap together. Today, I ran 3.1 miles. On the treadmill. Without stopping. I usually take a few walk breaks. My legs felt good, for the most part, but they know what’s coming: I’m running 3 miles tomorrow too, and Wednesday, or Thursday. There will be a run on Saturday, and then I’m doing 10-13 miles on Sunday. So, in that spirit, here’s today’s post-run selfie. 3.1 miles//33:52 //10:54 pace.That was a good, sweaty run.
It’s time to re-commit to this. I have 3 weeks . I’m in good shape. I want a sub 2:25 half. I can do it. I WILL do it. 
It’s on.

My Lincoln Half Marathon training has not been the best lately. 

In the past 3 weeks I’ve been sick with a head cold and a tooth infection. I’ve been busy with work and life. I’ve let my weekday runs go by the wayside. I’ve pretty much only run my long runs on the weekends. Maybe a mile or 2 during the week. 

So it’s no wonder that my runs have been suffering. I feel like I’m not conditioned enough. Like my legs are dead and I’m super sore. So, with 3 weeks until the Half, I decided to get my proverbial crap together. Today, I ran 3.1 miles. On the treadmill. Without stopping. I usually take a few walk breaks. My legs felt good, for the most part, but they know what’s coming: I’m running 3 miles tomorrow too, and Wednesday, or Thursday. There will be a run on Saturday, and then I’m doing 10-13 miles on Sunday. So, in that spirit, here’s today’s post-run selfie. 3.1 miles//33:52 //10:54 pace.That was a good, sweaty run.

It’s time to re-commit to this. I have 3 weeks . I’m in good shape. I want a sub 2:25 half. I can do it. I WILL do it. 

It’s on.

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catiw asked: (PART 2) SO !! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! foor inspire me !! OMG i cant express it correctly! I will be starting this monday ( tomorrow) again ! and I just ( if is not too much to ask) need suppport since its have been really difficult any tips ???? and THANKS for inspire me !!! a lot of hugs for you !!

Starting over is hard, but it is the first step to taking control of your life. What worked for me was not to make HUGE changes all at once. I started by simply eating better. After about a month of that, I had lost 20 pounds. I cut back on Pop and fast food, and ate a lot of salads with grilled chicken and light italian dressing. Then, I added in exercise. At first, just walking and weights with friends. Then I tried the elliptical and then later, running. That is my passion now….even though some days it seems that running and I are having a fight! (burnout is common!). 

My tips:

-plan your meals. Don’t make excuses because you don’t have time. Bodies are made in the kitchen and toned in the gym. You can’t out exercise a bad diet. I counted calories. It worked for me.

-Find an exercise buddy. In the beginning my besties had to drag me to the gym. But I went. I needed the accountability partner. Now? I like to run by myself. I’m funny that way. :)

-Find an activity you enjoy doing. Whether its running, walking, swimming, Zumba, bootcamps, biking, whatever. If you like doing it, you’ll KEEP doing it. And enjoy yourself and see results. 

-Lift weights. I know, I know, I hate doing this too, but muscle burns more calories than fat when you’re just resting. And it takes up less space in your body, even though it weighs more. So do yourself a favor and lift. And get strong. That’s awesome.

-Don’t eliminate whole groups of foods in your diet. The instant that a food or a group of foods is off limits, it becomes the only thing you can think about. Moderation is key in everything in life…even water! (you can drown, you know!). Feed your body healthy, whole foods from the earth. Fresh fruits, veggies, proteins, whole grains, fats. You need them all. But do so in moderation. (I will never do fad diets. It’s not a diet. It’s a lifestyle change. Think of it that way and it will become easier, I promise.)

-Celebrate small victories. But not with food. Why do we reward ourselves with food? We’re not dogs! Get a massage, a manicure, a pedicure, a new haircut or a cute new top you’ve been eyeing. My reward for 60 pounds lost was a massage. It felt GREAT to earn it.

-Weigh or not to weigh? I weigh myself everyday. I have for years. It works for me. It may not work for you. If it motivates you, then good. But if you become crazy obsessed, then don’t do it. Go by how your clothes feel. Just remember, you are NOT a number on the scale. 

That’s all I can think of right now. Please keep me posted with how you’re doing!! Good luck!!

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catiw asked: omg !! you know Im reaaly REALLY depresed these days... feeling down, my weight is just on and off, and these past weeks I have been soo sad and tired and without any motivation... so in on my phone looking at tumblr and ... suddenly i see your picture with your pants... i was like REALLY ???? that´s my size !! and I need to loose !100 pounds too !!! so went to my laptop and check your story OMG !!! IM LIKE WHOAA!! THANKS !! YOU INSPIRE ME !! (PART ONE )

Hi there! I’m so sorry you’re depressed. I know how feelings can be tied to your weight. I am so glad that my story inspired you. That’s why I share it. Losing weight has been one of the best things I have EVER done for myself, and for my future self. When I found those pants, it was like a piece of my past coming back to remind me who I used to be. I can’t ever forget that girl. I will answer your questions in the next ask.

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Huskers

xfitlibrarian:

Spring Game today

Coach led the team out with a cat.

I’ve never loved the Huskers more.

Bo Pelini does the spring game tunnel walk with the Faux Pelini cat.

This is fantastic.

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What’s that I see? Are those Melissa’s legs in SHORTS for an outside run for the first time in forever?

Why yes, yes they are! It is so nice outside. I wanted to run 13 miles, but woke up too late for that. I then decided I could run 7, but cut it down to 5 when I realized my cold was still kicking my butt.

I’m not complaining, but you guys! It was almost humid out! I am not acclimated to the warm weather yet. They’re forecasting thunderstorms possibly tonight, so that explains the humidity and warmth. It was a rough, rough run. 5 miles//12:07 pace. So slow for me. 

There were a few houses with their sprinklers on. I was a fan, especially when the wind caught the water and I got a cool, wet breeze. I was HOT!

And, some trees are blooming. Hooray for spring!

I’m going to hit the showers and get ready to head to Corky this afternoon.

Happy Weekend friends!

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Happy Friday!!!! I’m in a pretty great mood because:
It’s 78 degrees and PERFECT outside!! Light breeze, no clouds. LOVE IT. And the day is almost over. I’m happy, happy.
80 tomorrow, and some thunderstorms possible. Gotta love it.
I went to the Dentist again for my poor teeth. The good news? I need 4, count em 4, fillings. But NO ROOT CANALS or crowns YAY! He thinks that is the problem…there are some surfaces that are mini cavities. I’m a mess. But its better than any other alternatives. He also says I need to use a Sonicare Toothbrush and this product called Sonicare Air Floss. So that will be expensive. But will hopefully prevent further issues.
I’m planning a long run tomorrow, then 2-11 at Corky. MONEY!!
I got a $1 off coupon to my favorite Froyo place. Love that!
Happy Weekend Friends!

Happy Friday!!!! I’m in a pretty great mood because:

  1. It’s 78 degrees and PERFECT outside!! Light breeze, no clouds. LOVE IT. And the day is almost over. I’m happy, happy.
  2. 80 tomorrow, and some thunderstorms possible. Gotta love it.
  3. I went to the Dentist again for my poor teeth. The good news? I need 4, count em 4, fillings. But NO ROOT CANALS or crowns YAY! He thinks that is the problem…there are some surfaces that are mini cavities. I’m a mess. But its better than any other alternatives. He also says I need to use a Sonicare Toothbrush and this product called Sonicare Air Floss. So that will be expensive. But will hopefully prevent further issues.
  4. I’m planning a long run tomorrow, then 2-11 at Corky. MONEY!!
  5. I got a $1 off coupon to my favorite Froyo place. Love that!

Happy Weekend Friends!

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It is 80 degrees outside. I repeat 80 degrees!!!!! 
Why am I stuck inside ALL FREAKIN’ DAY? Gah!
Straight to Corky after work tonight for a sold out class on Wine Down Wednesday. (half price bottles of wine).
Let’s talk about Life:
As of yesterday, I paid off another Credit Card!!! This is so, so awesome. I have one left to pay off. I’m thinking that will happen by the end of the year. Fiscal Responsibility FTW!

I have 11 more months of Student Loan Payments left!! 
I did NOT run last night. One of my bestie’s called; she and her boyfriend went ring shopping on Sunday. There was girl talk to be done. I regret nothing.
My cold is kicking my butt. No morning run this morning. :(
However, I’d rather be sick now than the week before the marathon. So I’m fine. No worries. I need to run for my sanity and because I love it. So maybe tomorrow or Friday.
My friend made me a marathon music playlist. I’m excited to listen to it. I need some new jams.
That’s all I got friends.
 Happy Hump Day!!

It is 80 degrees outside. I repeat 80 degrees!!!!! 

Why am I stuck inside ALL FREAKIN’ DAY? Gah!

Straight to Corky after work tonight for a sold out class on Wine Down Wednesday. (half price bottles of wine).

Let’s talk about Life:

  • As of yesterday, I paid off another Credit Card!!! This is so, so awesome. I have one left to pay off. I’m thinking that will happen by the end of the year. Fiscal Responsibility FTW!

  • I have 11 more months of Student Loan Payments left!! 
  • I did NOT run last night. One of my bestie’s called; she and her boyfriend went ring shopping on Sunday. There was girl talk to be done. I regret nothing.
  • My cold is kicking my butt. No morning run this morning. :(
  • However, I’d rather be sick now than the week before the marathon. So I’m fine. No worries. I need to run for my sanity and because I love it. So maybe tomorrow or Friday.
  • My friend made me a marathon music playlist. I’m excited to listen to it. I need some new jams.

That’s all I got friends.

 Happy Hump Day!!

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Yuna- “Rescue”

She thinks she’s all alone
And all her hopes were gone
And so I wrote this song
So she can move along

Yeah, she’s got a light in her face
She don’t need no rescue and she’s okay
Yeah, she’s got life in her veins.
She don’t need no rescue and she’s okay.
No SOS needed; no rescuing, she’s fine out there


This song speaks to me right now. I don’t need rescuing, I’ll be fine. Someday.

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I have on my happy pants today!
When I bought my white pants it was a bogo situation so I bought these lovely yellow ones. I’m a fan. Such a bright, cheerful color. And my sparkle boat shoes are the best part!
Some Tuesday Things:
Busy week ahead, work, more work, A Dentist Appointment about my tooth (and 6 month checkup, yay!), a visit to my Cardiologist for my annual Heart Echo. (at 7am so that should be fun!)
Long run this weekend: 13 miles. 
It’s going to be 80 degrees here tomorrow. Yeah baby!
The sun is coming up at 6:57am tomorrow. An early morning outside run may be happening!
My bestie, her husband, and I are going to run a 5k together in Omaha in July. I’m so happy about this.
Our Local running company had a post on Facebook last week where you tag your friends who inspired you to start running. My sister in law tagged me. Made my day!
Froyo tonight with my Lincoln girls!
I have a stupid cold. Sore throat, runny nose, foggy head and stuffed ear. I do not like it. I’m seriously annoyed right now.
My training for this Lincoln Half has been lacking for the past 10 days. Whoops. Tonight we run. 
That’s all I got for now. Have a great Tuesday friends!!

I have on my happy pants today!

When I bought my white pants it was a bogo situation so I bought these lovely yellow ones. I’m a fan. Such a bright, cheerful color. And my sparkle boat shoes are the best part!

Some Tuesday Things:

  • Busy week ahead, work, more work, A Dentist Appointment about my tooth (and 6 month checkup, yay!), a visit to my Cardiologist for my annual Heart Echo. (at 7am so that should be fun!)
  • Long run this weekend: 13 miles. 
  • It’s going to be 80 degrees here tomorrow. Yeah baby!
  • The sun is coming up at 6:57am tomorrow. An early morning outside run may be happening!
  • My bestie, her husband, and I are going to run a 5k together in Omaha in July. I’m so happy about this.
  • Our Local running company had a post on Facebook last week where you tag your friends who inspired you to start running. My sister in law tagged me. Made my day!
  • Froyo tonight with my Lincoln girls!
  • I have a stupid cold. Sore throat, runny nose, foggy head and stuffed ear. I do not like it. I’m seriously annoyed right now.
  • My training for this Lincoln Half has been lacking for the past 10 days. Whoops. Tonight we run. 

That’s all I got for now. Have a great Tuesday friends!!

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36 Things Only Runners Understand

About 10 years ago, I laced up a pair of old tennis shoes, slapped on a pair of shorts, and walked out of my dorm, resolving that I would attempt to run just one mile. Within one minute, I was racing over the dark Chicago pavement. Within five minutes, I gave up. That day, I was convinced: I was not a runner, nor would I ever be. 

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OF COURSE It would happen to me!

Last night, while at a Omaha Symphony Orchestra performance, Ghosts of Boyfriends Past came up to bite me in the butt.

Sigh. Seriously.

I was a friend’s concert and a guy that I went out with 3 times 2 years ago was there.

Oh, not only was he at this concert with about 400 people in attendance. But he sat RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME! 

A backstory: he’s related to my friend’s co-worker (who is now a friend of mine) I found this out when I met this co-worker in December. We laughed about it. Never in a million years did I think I’d see him. Or sit less than a foot away from him!

So that was awkward.

But it gets worse!

There was a reception afterwards ($75 or you had to be on the list. I was on the list, thankyouverymuch!) And co-worker and his boyfriend and my bestie and I were all sitting together. Since co-worker and This Ex are related they had to say hi. So he comes over WITH HIS FIANCE! to talk to co-worker. I am having a discussion with co-worker’s boyfriend. And then there’s a tap-tap-tap on my shoulder.

Yup. You guessed right, the Ex wanted to say hi and introduce me to his fiance. Oh yeah. Did I mention that HE STARTED DATING HER AFTER WE BROKE UP? I am Good Luck Chuck. I quit.

I stood up, he introduced us, I was polite, sweet and ON. He was saying “Melissa and I…” And then his fiance interrupted him. I really wish I knew what he was going to say! I ended up saying “Ex and I went out a few times a couple of years ago!” It was fine. We were laughing about how small the world is. That’s because his fiance is cousin’s with my rooomie and co-worker!

I GIVE UP! Gah.

Oh yeah, Ex Man Friend was supposed to be there too, but he texted me and said he wouldn’t be able to make it. Probably for the best, let’s be honest. That would have been 2 exes in 1 room with me.

I need to move. Far, far away. I’ve dated too many men here in Nebraska. I can’t get away from my exes. They just keep coming out of the woodwork.

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My passport came, my passport came! 

What a difference nearly 15 years makes! 
The first picture was taken when I was 17 years old. They told me not to smile. Look how round that face is! 
My new picture was taken last month. They made me put my hair behind my ears. Something about they needed to see my ear lobes? I don’t know. Seems odd. Whatever.
Either way, I like this one much better than the old one! And now I’m good to go to go see Brooke two-o-nine in June! Hooray!

My passport came, my passport came!

What a difference nearly 15 years makes!
The first picture was taken when I was 17 years old. They told me not to smile. Look how round that face is!
My new picture was taken last month. They made me put my hair behind my ears. Something about they needed to see my ear lobes? I don’t know. Seems odd. Whatever.
Either way, I like this one much better than the old one! And now I’m good to go to go see Brooke two-o-nine in June! Hooray!

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A decent day for some miles.

With my vacation and the tooth infection coming back I have not done any running since my 12 mile run last week. Its all good though. 
Last week I did pretty good pace-wise. I want a sub 2:25 for this Lincoln half Marathon. I let myself walk more than I would during race day. But i ran some of the Marathon route (which has a decent hill at mile 9) and i dominated that hill, so i think I’m fine.

3.1 miles today in 34:49. 62°, and 20mph wind gusts in my face the whole time. 
I’m calling this a win.

Vacation has been good to me. Shopping, time with the fam, good food and fun. I’m a lucky girl.

Happy weekend friends!

A decent day for some miles.

With my vacation and the tooth infection coming back I have not done any running since my 12 mile run last week. Its all good though.
Last week I did pretty good pace-wise. I want a sub 2:25 for this Lincoln half Marathon. I let myself walk more than I would during race day. But i ran some of the Marathon route (which has a decent hill at mile 9) and i dominated that hill, so i think I’m fine.

3.1 miles today in 34:49. 62°, and 20mph wind gusts in my face the whole time.
I’m calling this a win.

Vacation has been good to me. Shopping, time with the fam, good food and fun. I’m a lucky girl.

Happy weekend friends!

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Remember when I said that we did a promo shoot for the song “Happy” this week?

Here’s the finished product! Check out my sweet moves at the 1:08 mark!

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