Today’s my birthday so I feel like I need to post something, BUT I am 100% exhausted. My niece was visiting us for the week and we’ve had family visiting from out of state so it’s just been an extremely awesome tornado of chaos. I’ll give an official summary of the week’s events later, but here are a few highlights.
– I lost 8.4 pounds at weigh-in on Wednesday. I even stepped on the scale twice to make sure I didn’t do something wrong. This brings my total to 28.4 (47 lbs if we’re counting pre-WW weight loss) and I got my 10% key ring and 25 pound “weight” to put on it.
– Saturday I ran my first 5k. It took 43 minutes and we got passed by a woman pulling her two kids in a wagon, but still… we ran the entire way.
– After fighting with myself over what to do about my birthday cake, I decided to indulge a little (okay, a lot) and make my AMAZING Chocolate Butter Cake with Fudge Frosting. Someone, somewhere did not like this, because after I got it all frosted, this happened (It’s supposed to be a three-layer, nine-inch round cake):
Did we still eat it? Abso-frickin-lutely. It still tasted amazing.
Also… Big shout out to the Emily’s! They both passed and made it through Jazzercise instructor training! One of the best birthday presents is the fact that I can take their classes SOON! (I feel the need to acknowledge that they are actually separate people. In fact, in a lot of ways, they’re complete opposites. It’s just easier to lump them together. I don’t want them to ever feel like Mary Kate and Ashley did toward the end of their acting careers when they got all serious about not wanting to be ‘The Olsen Twins’ anymore.)
Now… For my reverse birthday present, I would like to share the playlist that got me through the 5k on Saturday. And yes, it is entitled: Sally’s Incredibly Awesome Birthday 5k Running Playlist. (Warning… if you’re lactose intolerant, you may want to stop reading. This playlist is full of cheesy guilty pleasure songs.)
1. Sally Is A… – Shwayze (I will admit that I listen to this song at least once a day. You probably should, too. It’s not great for running, but I thought it would be good to listen to while standing around waiting for it to start. However, the gun went off way before I was ready, so there wasn’t much wait time.)
2. American Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
3. The Story of Us – Taylor Swift (Not a great choice. I regretted it when it came on. I needed something more upbeat and fun at this point.)
4. Uptown Girl – Billy Joel (This is the beat of my favorite comfortable pace to run to. I made a playlist for my mom for when she walks and included a lot of Billy Joel and Hall & Oates. I had to listen to it on a run one day and it was actually really amazing.)
5. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction (yes, One Direction may be under the delusion that teenage girls need to hear that they’re beautiful from a boy band to actually feel beautiful. But… The song’s catchy and I LIKE it.)
6. You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates
7. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (I put this on every playlist. It was at this point of the race when I started dance running. I needed it. I’m not sick of it yet. Why am I not sick of it yet?)
8. Wait Til You See My Smile – Alicia Keys (This is one of my favorite songs for that time of the run when you’ve hit your stride and are just going. There’s a good piano part that keeps the tempo up, even though it’s a really calm and relaxing song.)
9. The Bitch is Back – Elton John (At this point of the run, I passed a friend’s house (Thanks, Dawn!) and it gave me me kind of a second wind. This song always makes me want to do air punches and kicks. But let’s face it, most songs make me want to do air punches and kicks.)
10. Brokenhearted – Karmin (next to “Call Me Maybe,” it’s my favorite guilty pleasure song. And this chick’s from Nebraska!)
11. Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye (I’ve been wondering when I will become sick of this song. I discovered it much, much later than everyone else, so it’s taken awhile. The answer to my question, though, was exactly the same moment it started playing on my iPod, but I didn’t want to go through the pain of getting it out and changing it, so I suffered down most of 15th street.)
12. Hey Juliet – LMNT
13. Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel (This was playing during when I finished.)
14. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
15. Part of Me – Katy Perry (next to Bulletproof, this might be my favorite routine to Jazzercise to. I was proud I didn’t make it to this point of my playlist.)
16. Standing Outside the Fire – Garth Brooks (I decided to put this one at the end, in case I was still running. My mom used to bawl during this music video and my siblings and I were obsessed with it. Youtube it. You won’t regret it. It still kind of gets to me! I also thought there would be a possibility that my brother and sister would have to carry me through the finish line. Luckily, they didn’t.)
17. Ride Wit Me – Nelly featuring City Spud (I figured if I reallllly went slower than I though, this would cheer me up. I know every word. Every. Word.)