Half Marathon Training is here!!

So I have been very busy, and thus this poor blog was left unused. But I have decided to give it another try and track my half marathon training over the next six months!

In the last few months I have become a personal trainer, injured my knee, and started my own company! I have a lot more to come so just try and keep up!

March 2013 starts half marathon training, and I gave up pizza completely last spring. My loving and understanding husband begged and cried, for me to not do the same! So instead I created a reward system!

When I finish an entire week’s training, without missing or cutting short a session, I early one “dessert” coupon for myself to use. I did this because that was my problem last season was staying true to my training program and it undeniably showed in May.

2nd, no drive thru foods- granted this concept goes without saying, fried foods and running do not work together! So I figure this is an easy give up. I felt so much better when I was not eating it last year also.

So far that is all I am doing. I am sure I will adjust it as the first half marathon passes and we head into 2nd round of training.

In honor of my half marathon training, I am giving away on body composition session away each month!! $30 value will include a proper calorie intake evaluation (fitness level evaluation) and body fat calculation. I will also do a skype session with the winner for any other questions!!

To enter just comment here on your favorite alternative food choice- maybe you pick greek yogurt over sour cream (huge in my house!) Also, you can add M4 Revolution on facebook


and post on the wall “new in march” for another entry.

I will total up all the numbers of entries and have random number drawn for the winner!

I will draw the name in 3 weeks (march 27th) !!

Comment away!



Nook is Awesome!

2012 is ending on and awesome bang, and i will do my best to keep up with this blog more as 2013 starts!
In September, I finished my personal trainer certification through ISSA and I am nearly finished with my fitness nutrition also! I have added a few new certifications throught NASM for 2013 including their CPT with weightloss specialist, women’s fitness specialist, and corrective exercise certification. I have my eye on a few certificates from AFAA for february also.
My running has improved greatly and I still enjoy it. Weightloss is at 150-155 with a healthy bodyfat and BMI. I have more i would like to lose over the winter.

Well that’s all for now,

First week back!

Oh man did this week feel great!

Monday I ran 5 miles and only had to walk the smallest amount ever for me!

Then Tuesday, well family is my other priority- my oldest had her last girl scout meeting before bridging ceremony- and our bathroom was still all crazy- so I had to skip Tuesday.

Wednesday, was amazing! The weather was perfect- left a little late because the hubby was home from work- but I managed to squeeze in 3 miles of non-stop running! I didn’t walk for my 3 miles! I was so proud of my self when I got back home. I stayed perfectly in pace, average 11 minute miles- and felt perfect. Thursday night I ran with my running group, and it was an easy run night of just 2 quick 11 minute miles again. Got to run with a friend from the group that has been out with an injury. Afterwards, we all went for drinks and pizza, until 10pm! Yeah, Friday was my off day for a 5k charity run Saturday morning. Which I am still not sure I am going to do or not, just because it is not timed at all and it is the biggest garage sale weekend of our area.

Next week I am hoping to get in a few good long runs early- then nice and easy runs Thursday and Friday night- Saturday is the BIG 10 mile run downtown ! 7 am start too- hubby was hoping to join me but with no baby sitter and having to leave at 5am with four kids – yeah you get the picture! Maybe next year.

What do you have planned for the weekend?

Back on the trail again!

Well, today I restarted my half marathon training- hoping to learn to actual run my 2nd half marathon, not light jog or walk!
I first need to find socks. I have been searching for what seems to be months! I love my compression socks most of the time, but in the summer- not so much!
I have “sports” socks that are to keep the moisture from being an issues, but my feet are blistering from rubbing in them! Glad I don’t post pictures not right!?

I also started a little wager with my No Excuses group- all of them againist me! If I don’t lose the most inches and most weight- I have to contribute to a gift card for the actual winner of that week- so I have returned to my training diet this week- complete with my 50g of protein shake with my health lunch (or post run depends on the day!). Today I did great, and am not at all worried about Sunday’s weigh-in!

What pushes you to your next goal?

Zero, Zilch, NADA!

Yep, that is what my Cardio Trainer said today for “calories burned” this week. I have not seen that in over a year! My half marathon last Sunday, sucked the life out of my body. A huge part of why I am restarting my training program this week at Day 1. Run 10 mins (six times) walk 3 (five times). Simple enough. But now without music! I need to figure out why I struggled so much at the end of my training to just keep focused. Music I think was actually distracting. So I am going to try podcasts, if I actually get really bored. 

You have to understand, music is part of my soul. I love my music! For me to truly run without it, actually hurts a little. But my goals are that important right now. My goal of beating my time of 2 hours 32 mins down to 2:15- which I should be able to do if I actually thought about it! My average pace this race was 11:41- If I knock one minute off, and actual am ready to run at the start line, I am all over that time!

I have had a few people ask me how my weight is doing – now that I am not posting about it all the time. Thankfully, I am holding steady in the 160s and so far I am happy here. I would like to gain some muscle, and that will come with time, I am sure. But for now, this works! Even with a week off, I lost 5 inches! Sometimes your body just needs a break to rebuild! 

I have a few races: Frankfort 5k (5/19) and Chicago Soldier Field 10 miler (5/26) for the rest of May. June I have a couple more 5ks (Run for Hope Oak Lawn and Summertime Stride Mokena 6/9) and my second half marathon June 24, the Women’s Inaugural Half Marathon!  July, August, and September are just one race each, for now! October is empty- but November I have my 3 for the season all in one week! All in all, I am happy with my choices this year. Next year will be different- for sure!

Today is Mother’s Day, which turned out great! Made progress on my house, went to see my parents, and managed to crank out a few chapters in my personal training course. But tomorrow starts my crazy week!

Hope everyone had a great day!



yes those are all me- from january 2008 through last summer 2011. I have to do pictures for the last year still. I don’t have a lot of pictures of me from the last year on this computer yet.

My first, top left, picture I venture to guess i was 255 there. Now the top all the way to the right, I am pregnant with Olivia there (like 35 weeks or something!). The bottom row are all last summer, with the last picture I think being August (but not sure on that one) and I think I am 190 there.
Yes I am naturally a brunette now- I was not when I was younger. I went back to blonde because I feel more “me” with it lighter.

But you can now see how drastic losing nearly 100 lbs of the last 4 years change a person!


Swelling with pride- literally

Yesterday every time I logged into Facebook, my profile picture made me so happy. Like I said yesterday, following through to the finish of something has not been my strong point. I don’t think everything actually hit me until Monday.
Well except the side effects of my lovely event- that is!
Pain I expected – I was completing 13.1 miles! I was sore Sunday night to the point that i took half of a prescription pain killer. Something I just don’t do at all. This was after ibuprofrin and tylenol had not worked at all!
Monday was rough. But I managed through the day at work, grocery shopping, and normal mom duties that night. Foam roller was a huge help!
Tuesday, I actually forgot how sore I was in the morning. Some steps hurt more than others. The they started swelling!  Now I do take medication every other day for water retention but this was something more intense. 
I came home and rolled again hoping to help the flow in my legs. But it just seems worse.
I now sit on my couch, have horrible flashbacks od my last pregnancy where I gained 30 lbs of water weight, hoping this burning pain goes away!

Coming tomorrow: the transformation pictures! From 250 lbs to 160 over 2 years time!

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