Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Brain dump

What to write, what to write?

Hmm, so I have a few quiet minutes here with the laptop. I've ignored my blog for too long but now that I have the time to sit down and write a post, I have absolutely no idea what I want to say. 

Solution? Random thoughts in a bullet points list, of course!

  • My struggle to lead a more disciplined life continues. I've had a lot of success losing weight these last 10 months and that has certainly required a lot of discipline. Heck, it's the most success I've ever had as I've discussed several times on this blog. I've just got to find a way to be more disciplined in other areas as well.
  • Since I started this blog as a place to capture my thoughts about running, I'll point out that's one area that I'm still lacking discipline. I'm in the midst of training for the Medoc Trail Races in October. It's so freakin' hot here in NC that I'm having a hard time getting in my mid-week runs. I really, really, REALLY need to get these runs out of the way and do them in the early morning. And again, we go back to the lack of discipline thing. I am not a morning person - never have been. I swear it's like my semi-awake, early-morning self is another person. I go to bed with the best intentions to get up early. But that other person takes over and my feet never even hit the floor.
  • Speaking of waking up early, school starts in 5 weeks. Yikes! Kate will be in the 6th grade and Will starts kindergarten. I can't think about that too much yet. I just can't believe he's old enough for school ...
  • It may be stifling hot outside (even now at 9:00 pm), but it's very cool in my house (my husband Taylor and I definitely have different ideas of what room temperature really is). I stopped writing for a few minutes so I could put on my pajamas and socks.
  • Kate's softball team has a tournament this weekend in Angier. The temps are supposed to be around 100. Already dreading it even though we love watching her team play. 
  • I'm thinking of giving Taylor a short list of running "things" that I'd like to have for my birthday in October. I really don't want to put anything big on that list (although a Garmin would obviously be nice). The first item I've thought of is a fuel belt. I enjoy having a bottle with me but my handheld has started leaking so I need something else. It would be nice to have my hands free. Christy has a Nathan fuel belt for women that she recommends. Anybody else have any suggestions for a fuel belt or other gift ideas?
  • We have Vacation Bible School next week. The pictures taken of me last year during VBS were what finally gave me the motivation to take control of my eating and lose weight. So, in honor of the changes I've made during this past year, here's a "before and after" collage of pictures to close this post. Based on the noise my children are making, I think my quiet time with the computer is over for now ...
What a difference a year makes


  1. D you look fantastic! I'm so happy youve been so successful on that front. It WILL carryover into other aspects of your life!
    Sounds like your summer is busy. Enjoy it as it flies by!

  2. A year makes a huge difference! You look completely different and very happy! :) Congrats on a year of success.

    I like the idea of a list of running things for your birthday! I LOVE my Garmin. I have a FuelBelt that I have never used, mostly because it has like 5 bottles and since I've never run more than a half marathon I never really felt the need to use it. I've had luck with my Nathan handheld but hubby loves his Amphipod belt.

  3. amazing transformation in a year- great success story.

    I have no idea how old you are, but i can honestly say that the last picture in you look younger- added bonus!

  4. You are so dang amazing. Just LOOK at those pictures of you. You are too hard on yourself for being undisciplined.

    I have the amphipod hydration belt and love it. I see they have the runlite trail which I think I would like better. They only had the one at the store when I bought it 4 years ago

  5. Discipline? You think you can't make yourself get up in the morning and run? Dude ~ did you LOOK at those photos? Set the alarm for 5am. Get up, do your pre-run ritual, and go. I suggest a head lamp. I... never thought I would say this, and am about to blog on the topic so you can skip reading it on this day... but I am addicted to running at 5am. There. I said it.

  6. Wow! You look great! A year made a big difference for you! Great job!