Saturday, October 29, 2011

I followed a pink fairy for 3 miles.

I ran another 5K today. Didn't beat my Nestle 5K time, but still I'm proud.

Nestle time: 32:30
Salem Witches time: 34:56

The weather was freezing. Seriously, it didn't get warmer than 38 degrees out there. I intended to wear a witch costume. I had a hat and a skirt and black and purple socks with skulls and crossbones, but then it turned out to be so cold that all I managed to wear of my costume was the socks. Then I bundled up in this outfit, plus a hooded Salem sweatshirt and mittens. Now that I look at it, it looks like I got dressed in the dark. Maybe a witch cursed me with this outfit.

My friend Annie ran too. She kicked my trash. And she was pushing a stroller.

This is how we felt after the race. (Not true. I'm always so energized after a good workout, but this is definitely how we felt about the cold weather!)

Pulling up the witch knee-highs in my new Salem Witch Run tee. I won it in a drawing. It's actually last year's tee. I didn't opt to get the tee from this year. Didn't have enough cash on me.

Funny thing about this pic is that I'm wearing my HS soccer shirt underneath the black tee. My soccer shirt is bigger than my race t-shirt and seems to be spilling out from under the other shirt. Also, it looks like I'm sucking in my stomach, but I'm not. I swear. I just don't have a gut anymore. I wonder when that happened?

"To the victors go the spoils." which in this case is awesome bread from Kneadin' Bread and raspberry Jelly from a local farmer. YUM! I didn't really win the race, but our school's team beat the other schools in the district!


Ah well. I'm dressing up tonight for the trunk-or-treat thing at my church, so that'll be my chance to wear the witch costume. Although, I'm still torn b/n witch and Miss America. I do look damn good in my old prom dress. Hmm...decisions. decisions.

Here's some more race info:

I took 12th in my age bracket (21-30).
I took 104th overall (out of 194 runners).
I came in right after a pink fairy and a witch from Wizard of Oz.
The best costume in my eyes was the guy who wore a black body-suit with underwear over the top, and a sign on his chest that said, "El Bandito". He looked awesome. Plus his toddler was dressed as a chicken. (I wanted to ask him if her name was Beyonce.)You'd have voted for him too.

Friday, October 28, 2011

"Yes, but are you thin enough to fit into your old prom dress?"

I know what you're thinking:

"Sure, Rena lost a ton of weight. She looks great. The calves are toned like they were when she played on the soccer team in high school, but what I want to know is can she still fit into that prom dress from junior year?"
My junior prom photo. Yeah, the dude is upset. It's a long story.

Well, readers, I'm not going to lie. I spent a good part of last 13+ years not being able to fit into that dress. In fact, I didn't even know where that dress was until several months ago when my mom was cleaning out her closets and she found it buried behind some pioneer dresses and Halloween costumes.

Of course I tried it on then, but couldn't get the darn thing zipped. [sad face.] I still took it as a win since at least I could get my arms through the sleeves and I prolly couldn't zip it because my chest had graduated from its 11th grade status, right? heh. heh. That's how I justified it to myself anyway.

Anyhoo, I promptly forgot about it until I realized that I'm going to a Halloween party tomorrow night and I have no clue what to wear! I thought about wearing cat ears and drawing on whiskers with eyeliner like last year and calling it "GOOD!" but I decided maybe I needed to give something else a try. So as a joke, I told Rick that'd it'd be cool if I had a Miss America sash and a tiara, then I could just wear my old junior prom dress. He cocked his head to the side and told me to try it.

So I did. (drum roll please.)

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My 30-year old ass fits in the dress I had as a 16 year old.
zipped up and everything fits.
It fits! I can literally zip up and comfortably wear my junior prom dress from *cough* 1998. I apologize for the creases and terrible wrinkles in the photos; I was too overjoyed to care about that stuff. I guess my hair is pretty "Nell" too. Yeesh.

Anyway, I'm so thrilled. I did it. And I had to share my excitement with you peeps.

I'm so excited, I even have crazy eyes.
Plus I lost another 2 lbs this week. I'm down to 154! WHAT! [fist bump]

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My Date with Jillian Michaels...

I didn't actually win this, but I did borrow it from the winner.
Hey friends,

I haven't forgotten you. I just have redefined the word busy to include 4 conferences in 4 weeks, double the amount of articles I usually write for the Herald, and a round of flu, cold, allergies, and possibly strep.

Are these all the preface to me whining about how much weight I gained?

Nope.

I weigh 156 and PROUD!

So, here's a little blog interview adapted by questions given to Jillian Michaels in a REDBOOK October issue. Only, I will be answering the questions. If you wanna read her answers, buy the damn magazine. You won't be sorry.

REDBOOK: You talk a lot about your mom being your biggest role model. What did you go to her for when you were younger, and what do you rely on her for now?

ME: I went to my mom for lots of stuff. Chatting about life, school, boys, friends, money, jobs, anything. Currently, I rely on her to take my kids off my hands for a few hours here and there. ha ha! But really, she's so great, always supportive and she always believed in me.

REDBOOK: How does someone know they're ready for change?

ME: Well, I can't speak for everyone, but I knew I was ready for change when my doctor told me I was almost diabetic. It was a genuine "health scare".

REDBOOK: What would you tell other women about how to face their fears if they feel like they do want that change?

ME: People who really want to change, just change. They suck it up, make the sacrifices necessary, and change. They don't look back and celebrate every change. Some days are more successful than others and it certainly is a long distance goal, but people who REALLY want to change, just CHANGE.


K, dieteers. Gotta go do more stuff. Yeesh.
Do you realize I only have 2 1/2 months left of this year to reach my goal. And I still have 11 lbs to lose. (sigh.) And it's nearing holiday season. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas: The holy trinity of diet nightmares! I need to recommit.
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