Where I’m At in My Fat Loss Journey (with Before Pictures)

I’m not happy about where my body is. It’s fine, but I know I’m capable of being stronger and fitter. You guys know I love Metabolic Effect (especially their book The New Metabolic Effect Diet), so I was already getting back to following a fat loss lifestyle when the authors released their latest workouts called Metabolic Prime. The ME Prime has videos, which have really made me push harder in the workouts–so I’m loving that.

I signed up for the marathon early last year and then it seemed like the whole year was focused on that, and my fat-loss goals got buried in my trail dust. It’s time to dig them up again.

I’m following ME Prime (although I’m rereading The New Metabolic Effect Diet because I love how they explain the metabolism and hormones in that book, and I’m a huge-ass nerd who finds it interesting). You can get ME Prime for $37 through Friday (I think). If you get it through Tara’s (a ME coach) link, she will add you to her private group page–and she is extremely helpful at answering questions. She is also hosting a 12-week challenge that I think will help keep me focused on my goals without getting sidetracked by shiny marathons.

This week, I asked Tara (Prime Life Fit) about incorporating running into your ME routine since she is also a runner. Her answer confirmed that I had been doing things right back in 2014 when I was doing the intense 20-minute ME routines 3x a week and doing two days of 20-minute sprint intervals with a long run on the weekend (and walking at least 30 minutes a day at a leisurely pace). Ahhhh 2014. Even though I was up a few pounds in this picture, I love the way my body looks–I also felt really good:

See Jane Run 5K Race Recap 2014
Me with Kim at the See Jane Run 5K.

That was at a 5K that I hadn’t really trained for, but placed 2nd in my AG–both me and Kim did! You can read that race report here.

And now the bad pictures.

I really can’t believe/don’t want to post these, but I think it will be motivating for me to have before and afters. *deep breath* Okay. Here goes:

Metabolic Effect Before Pictures | Mom vs. Marathon
No filter. Haha. This was taken Feb. 24, 2016, at 5’8″ and 160.4 pounds (although I measured inches for a better look at body changes).

That one from the back is rough. I don’t usually see that side. 🙁

But taking the pics was super motivating. I feel fitter than I look. I mean I just ran a half marathon, and I can lift pretty heavy dumbbells. I just need to get the fat off my frame. You know what that means, right? Nutrition.

Unfortunately, diet is like 90% of the equation. You can’t eat pizza and cupcakes and lose fat. Or, at least, I can’t.

I’m going to update often (weekly?) on my progress during Tara’s 12-week ME Prime challenge–I think it starts March 7.

Sign up to get my posts in your email (upper right corner of the page) if you’re interested in following my progress. I really just want the way I look to align with the strength I feel.

Thank you for reading. 🙂

My Better Half Marathon Race Report

Lately I run half marathons like a boss.

I give someone else my bib and they run it for me.

Sunday, however, I ran a half like what I really am: a lowly desk jockey.

But everyone knows the truth: Underlings have more fun.

Okay, I don’t actually think that’s true. I feel like we’re going to have to let this analogy go. We’re phasing it out. It’s a matter of copy editing cuts.

Okay, I’ll stop. I should’ve quit while I was ahead.

Okay, okay. Seriously now. I’m done with that analogy, but just know it will be all I’m thinking about for the rest of the day, and by not writing my thoughts down, my brain won’t be well-suited for anything else.

Why am I here again?

OH yeah. To give a race report for the My Better Half Marathon, which took place on Valentine’s Day 2016. See? I’m really getting down to business now.

The plan was to wear Tina Fey and Amy Pohler shirts with Mel in honor of Galentines Day.

My Better Half Marathon 2016 Race Report
Mel and me in our sweet shirts at Sisters.

But you know what they say: The best-laid plans of mice and men often have to go ask for directions.

The problem was A) we didn’t know how our non-running shirts would hold up in the rain, and B) where the hell would we pin our bibs so that you could still read the big text on the shirt? We couldn’t answer these questions, so we had to go to our back-up plan, which was there wasn’t one.

This is why in the picture below (Exhibit A) Mel is wearing a green jacket and I am wearing the race shirt. We ran with our friends Tiffany and Alyssa, who as you can see, are obviously  better at matching outfit back-up plans than us.

My Better Half Marathon Race Report
Exhibit A.

The rain did stop about the same time as the race started. Of course, it got windy because we hate being warm in the Pacific Northwest. Luckily, there was a nice big tent that was warm inside. We huddled in there till it was time to start.

The race was a matter of loops. Each loop was about 2.5 miles or so, except for the first one that took us up a hill and off the main trail for an extra half-mile or so, presumably to get us out of the way for the 5K and 10K racers or so. If you’re a list-maker, you might like the loops as I did. Also if you you have three fun friends to chat with.

The trail ran along the shore of Lake Washington, and it turns out, it was only windy on the park side where the start was, so we were all rather comfortable for most of the race. The paved trail was also plenty wide for the number of racers, so it never felt congested, except for the start.

At the end of the loop, there was a steamy “Tunnel of Love” (don’t worry it was a fog machine, what were you thinking?) stocked with running-themed candy hearts and chocolates. Right after was the water stop, which we took literally.

On our 5th loop, we were done and excited to get back to that warm tent where smell of soup had been taunting us each time we ran by. Obviously, it was lentil, which as you know, is the tauntiest of the soups. Seriously, lentil, get over yourself. (It was really good, though.)

Other good stuff:

-The candy hearts were actually pretty freaking good while running. Plus, I helped come up with some of the sayings so I felt special and also that I should just try to eat all of them.

-Free Clif-Shot Gels for us dum-dums that forgot to bring our own.

-Running along the water.

-Lots to look at even on a loop, like the gatrillion-dollar homes across the lake.

-Flat, except for the first loop, so if you’re into that sort of thing.

-Cute shirts that work well, too. I wasn’t wet, too cold or hot. Oh, who am I kidding, I was totally hawt!

My Better Half 2016 Race Report
Start-of-race hawtness.

Oh, and FREE photos. So you know we were posing for all the shots.

My Better Half Marathon Race Report
Blowing a kiss to…whomever.

Thank you Orca Running for putting on a great race. You can check out upcoming Orca Running races here.

I decided I won’t be quitting half marathons quite yet. And I won’t be running them like a boss.

I’m gonna OWN them like a muthafuckin CEO.


3 Somewhat Important Things I Need to Say

Mom vs Marathon Blog
Mel, me, Alyssa and Tiffany after the My Better Half Marathon on Sunday. All smiles!

Okay, I have about 5 minutes to write this before my laptop dies…and I’m not going downstairs to get the plug because I need to work out.

YES. I know that seems contradictory, but if I go downstairs to get the plug, then I’ll remember that I forgot to turn on the dishwasher, and then I’ll notice that I didn’t wash the countertop in one spot, and then I’ll remember that I need to put some clothes in the washer, and then I’ll forget why I came down in the first place! And after all that, it’ll be time to get ready for bed.

SO. Here are three things I’ve been needing to say for the past week (or two–no time to go look when my last post was):

1. This blog is about the JOURNEY from setting to accomplishing goals. It’s not really about the marathon. It’s about what it takes to get to the marathon.

2. This blog won’t always be about running. I don’t always feel like talking about running. But I want to add value to the world. I want to focus on the journey (see first item in list)–whatever that journey might be.

Not this Journey.

3. I am sorry I swore off half marathons. I take it back. I wasn’t feeling good at the time. I ran the My Better Half Marathon on Sunday (see photo above), and had a fabulous time and didn’t get sick after. Sore? Yes. Sick? No. Race report coming soon. (No really, I swear!)