Happy Birthday to Me!

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.)

Ready to Run… Part II

I had every intention of coming up with a creative title, but it’s 6:45 am on a Saturday, people.

It seems like I’ve been saying this a lot; but really, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted.  I don’t really have a good excuse.  Since school’s out, I’ve pretty much just been chillin’ at the folks’ house.  My daily routine is unbelievably exciting, you guys.  First, I wake up 6:30-7:00, have the same breakfast (blueberry Greek yogurt + ½ serving of Fiber One + ½ serving of granola, a banana, and coffee) every day and watch Morning Joe on MSNBC.  Then, I either do a double in Jazzercise or one Jazzercise followed by running, depending on what day it is.  After that, I shower and catch up on all the TV I missed the night before.  Finally, about an hour or two before my mom’s going to be home, I kick it into gear and start on the list of chores she gave me.  So as you can see, I don’t really have time for blogging.  (Don’t you feel like this could have been a third graders school journal entry? “First, Then, After That, Finally”)

Y’all, I think I’m kind of actually becoming a runner.  I can say this with confidence because I actually went running yesterday.  In the heat.  And the wind.  Running in Nebraska in the summer is just going to be so much fun.  I’m almost finished with Week 5 of my plan.  Today I have to run 15 minutes followed by a minute of walking, followed by 14 minutes of running.  It’s crazy to think that about 5 weeks ago I was worried about switching up from one minute intervals of running to two minutes.  I think every time I had to add another minute I would text Emily M. and be like, “I can’t do this!  How am I supposed to run THREE WHOLE MINUTES at a time???” She’d respond with something along the lines of, “Of course you can.  You’ll be fine.  Don’t worry about it.”  She was usually right, so I stopped texting her with pre run anxiety.

A couple weeks ago, we were in Omaha because my sister-in-law was inducted into her high school’s Athletic Hall-of-Fame for being an incredibly awesome swimmer.  For real, she’s amazing.  I knew she was a great athlete, but didn’t know just HOW great until they started talking about her at the banquet.  We stayed over Friday night, so Saturday morning I was going to go running in Omaha.  I thought I could sneak in a run without my brother noticing (he is a real, actual runner) since he was trying to buy Springsteen tickets, but he realized what I was up to and wanted to come along.  Up until then, the only running partner I had was my iPod.  Y’all (I apologize if this becomes a thing.  I know I’m not southern, I’ve just been watching a lot of Hart of Dixie and GCB.  It will fade.), I didn’t realize how slow I was until I watched Grant running next to me.  I previously had this vision in my head of being all graceful and gazelle-like, and then I saw him almost jogging in place next to me and thought, “Wow.  I have a LOT of work to do.”

Running in Omaha is a lot different Running in Lincoln.  There’s not as much shade on the trails and it’s a lot more hilly.  However, Grant was a great running partner.  I was kind of nervous, since I usually have my music on, that I would be bored or somehow it would be harder.  Those of you who know my brother know that he is a constant source of entertainment, so I really shouldn’t have been worried.  At one point, I thought he was going to get us attacked by a family of geese.  They didn’t attack, but I had a feeling we were going to find out just how fast I could run.  After we finished my workout, I told Grant he could go on running and I could find my way back to their house (I couldn’t, but that’s a whole different story).  When he took off running, I realized – for the second time, how slow I am.  We are running in the A’ror’n Days Fun Run with my sister in June.  My goal is for Greta and I to finish the 5k without Grant lapping us while running the 10k.  And then, of course, to go home and have a delicious breakfast prepared by my mom.

Also on the fun run front, I’m going to be doing the Havelock 3k with some friends.  I’ve been worried about this one, but I’ve been going AT LEAST 2 miles on my runs, and last week I did a 10-minute mile (it hasn’t happened since), so I think I’ll be okay.

As far as Weight Watchers goes, this past week I reached my 15 pound point, which was pretty exciting.  Now that I’ve been attending meetings for over a month, I can kind of see patterns in the way my body loses/gains weight.  I’ll have two weeks of a multiple pound loss followed by two weeks of really small losses/gains or maintaining.  The weeks that I don’t lose much can be frustrating, but I just keep reminding myself that I need to hang in there.  And also that, if I lose weight too fast, I’ll have all that weird extra skin, and really, who needs that?

Lessons learned during The Process, so far:

  1. Having a support group is CRUCIAL.  My family has been amazing.  My sister is doing the Couch-to-5k program, so I’m excited to run with her this weekend when we go to Denver.  My friends have also been awesome.  Emily M. recently banned me from watching old episodes of The Biggest Loser, because we decided that although it’s inspiring, it’s not realistic to lose 15 pounds in a week.  Especially without the help of Bob and Jillian.
  2. Just because YOU’RE listening to your iPod and can’t hear anything, doesn’t mean that people passing you (and trust me, I get passed a lot) can’t hear your bodily functions.  I don’t feel the need to go into too much detail on this one, but if anyone has any tips on what to do when you need to “pass gas” while on the trail, I’m all ears.  3-10-year old Sally would just totally own it.  Present-day Sally, not so much.
  3. I’ve kind of become a grill master, and can make a grilled chicken breast taste gooooood.  This could also be Stockholm Syndrome kicking it.
  4. A good playlist is much more effective when you’re running for longer periods of time.  I was listening to a lot of rap music, then decided that I needed to listen to something more empowering, so I made my Girl Power Running Mix (Yes, that is the real title).  It’s basically music that either inspires me, or pumps me up, by women who I feel are somewhat empowering.  It’s basically the Beyonce show with help from a few others.

Sally’s Girl Power Running Mix

None of Your Business – Salt-n-Pepa

Who Says – Selena Gomez and the Scene

Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce

Countdown – Beyonce

Bug a Boo – Destiny’s Child

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (This is my guilty pleasure song.  I can’t help it.  The words are SO stupid and really don’t make sense, but I love it.)

Hot As Ice – Britney Spears

Can’t Hold Us Down – Christina Aguilera feat. Lil’ Kim

Fighter – Christina Aguilera

Firework – Katy Perry

Fly – Nicki Minaj & Rihanna

So What – P!nk

What the Hell – Avril Lavigne (I fought with myself over whether or not to put any Avril stuff on here.  I’m all for a woman’s right to choose, but I really didn’t really know if I can consider someone as a role model for female empowerment when they choose to date Brody Jenner.  However, her music makes me run faster, so she stays.)

Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne (This song makes me think of Emily M. having solo dance parties with her iPod in the Fall of 2007.  And then I smile.  A lot.)

Put It In A Love Song (featuring Beyonce) – Alicia Keys

Diva – Beyonce

Independent Women – Destiny’s Child

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

How I Roll – Britney Spears

Beautiful Girls Reply – JoJo  (by this point, I think it’s pretty clear I have no shame.)

Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine

(I Got That) Boom Boom (Feat. Ying Yang Twins) – Britney Spears (any song that starts with “Shout it! We’re gonna go to the club and get crunk with Britney!” gets put on ANY playlist regardless of it’s nature)

I just realized that we’re supposed to leave in a half hour for Denver and I COMPLETELY forgot to put my clothes in the dryer, so I gotta go!  Have a good weekend, y’all!

Also… it was too windy to grill, but I made the BEST vegetables in a foil packet a couple days ago.  Zucchini, squash, mushrooms, peppers, onion, and basil mixed in a big Ziploc bag with olive oil, a bit of salt, and Mrs. Dash.  Soooo good!  Enjoy!

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