Monday, October 13, 2014

Let the Countdown Commence

I try to write at least once a I feel bad that it has been 2 weeks since I gave y'all an update. I didn't weigh-in last week because Monday morning I was up at 0400 to go on a hot air balloon ride! I was in the right place at the right time and got a free hot air balloon ride for me and one other person so I took my momma with me and we went up into the sky! It was so beautiful and peaceful. If you ever have the opportunity to go up in the sky...Carpe diem!!

So I didn't weigh in last week but I think my excuse is understandable! :) I did, however, weigh-in today! Two weeks ago I was at 218 and today I weight 210.4!! Down 7.6 pounds in two weeks. I'm super happy with that. Another exciting thing about this weigh-in is that my BMI is no longer considered obese...I'm now simply overweight (BMI is 29.3)! :D Hahaha...who would've thought I'd be so happy to be considered 'overweight'?! When I started on my weight loss journey my BMI was 44.6. you're considered morbidly obese with a BMI >40. Obese is a BMI of 30-40. Overweight is a BMI of 25-29.9. Normal weight BMI is 18.5-24.9. When I am at 178 pounds I will be a BMI of 24.8 putting me at a normal weight. That means I am 32.4 pounds away from being at a normal weight! Currently my goal weight is 170 (BMI of 23.7)...but I may want to get to a lower weight once I'm's hard to tell at this point! 

I didn't get a chance to update y'all on how my nurses group run went. By the time I took down the sign-up sheet I had 14 people signed up. Friday evening I sent out texts to everyone and reminded them about the run the next morning...Saturday morning 1 person showed up...the manager of my floor! She said, "I'm sorry I'm the only one who showed up" to which I replied, "I'm not! I'm so glad that you're here....if this was easy, everyone would've been here!" Now I'm not dogging anybody who didn't show up. Several of the nurses had to work, others were sick, and others had children they didn't have childcare for...all understandable reasons. So I ran with my manager. She said she didn't think she could run the entire mile but she would try her hardest. I just told her I was with her. She could set the pace and I would follow along and be there to support her. So she ran nonstop for 0.6 miles. We then walked for about 0.2 miles and ran the rest of the way. We ran a mile in 12:35!!! I was super impressed and excited for her. It was fun watching someone else push themselves and complete something they didn't think they could do! A few months ago I would've said that day was a failure...but today I know it was a bigger success than I could've hoped for...and I will have more days arranged here soon..whether or not someone shows up..I'll be there!

So the countdown has commenced! 6 days until the Duke City Half Marathon! October 16 is when the siblings start to trickle into town. I had asked for the week off anticipating everyone being here sooner...but because of life its not until later this week that everyone gets into I was talking to my sister, Erika, on the phone Thursday and came up with the brilliant idea of flying out to Dallas (where my brother David and sister-in-law Elise live) and then driving back to Albuquerque with my sister, Erika and brother-in-law, Drew, and my 2 nephews who are driving to ABQ from Mary Esther, Florida and will be in Dallas Tuesday!! So Friday afternoon I looked at flights and booked a flight to Dallas for Sunday morning at 0615!! here I am writing this post from Dallas, Texas!! :D It's super exciting. I haven't seen David and Elise since the half marathon relay I did in Dallas late March! I'm about 60 pounds lighter! I decided I wanted to re-create some pictures of me with them! 

11/21/13 and 296 pounds

10/12/14 211 pounds
 We're drinking some boba tea at a delicious place called Fat Straw!! Yummy!!

David at Dallas Half Marathon in March 2014

David 10/12/14

Elise and Me - March 21 2014 (259 pounds)

10/12/2014 (211 pounds)
 It's fun being able to see changes...and even more fun being able to makeover past pictures. I love the places that running has taken me...and I can't wait to see where else I will go because one day I was brave enough to start running (even when I didn't think I could). I really enjoyed my run today through Dallas. It's always fun to run on paths you haven't ever traveled on. Today was the perfect day for running. It was mid 60's and so beautiful. I almost died...I was running and came upon an area that looked like hardened mud...yeah well the instant my feet hit it I realized it was not hard..indeed it was quite slick...however, I was running and I don't know if you've ever tried to stop running in the middle of mud...yeah, not so easy! Somehow I made it through without eating dirt...but I don't really know how! You know, there are times I actually wish someone was around recording embarrassing moments so that way you could look back and see that it was exactly as silly looking as it felt in that moment! If I had to guess how I looked while running through the mud I would guess I looked a little something like Bambi when he was testing out the ice!! ;)

 So now y'all know the latest and greatest! Tomorrow my sister, Erika, brother, Drew, and two nephews, Andrik & Ander get into Dallas! This evening I got to spend with David and Elise at a little Community Center that helps teach English to individuals that have recently come to the United States! I got to work with a young lady and was truly humbled and blessed to have had the experience. I know I would feel like a fish out of water in another country and not knowing the language...she was so sweet. After the class she said, "Maggie, you be back Wednesday?!" I had to sadly tell her that I wouldn't be back :( I love having experiences like that. It's such a good reminder of how fortunate we are here in the United States! The area that this community center is at is just down the street from Dallas Presbyterian Hospital...or as everyone knows it as "Ebola-ville" so I took a picture:

Big shout-out to all the hospital staff working hard to keep everyone safe! :)
Alright, folks! That's all I've got for now...I don't know if I'll have time to write again before the Half Marathon...but have no fear...I'll be back soon! :)