Monday, May 16, 2011

She's Back ... But She MOVED!

She MOVED? What?!

That's right, from now on you can find me at ...

Why are you still here? Come on and check out my new digs!

Winks & Smiles,

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

What in the World is She Up to Now?

I've got a few NEW things in the works and I'm going to need to disappear for a couple days to get them all handled - yikes! 

I'm working on a NEW event that I'll be announcing later this month. All I can say now is get your running shoes ready, a wine glass ... and an overnight bag - gasp!

I'm also working on a NEW look ... for my my blog, of course. I'm in the process of sprucing things up around here and look forward to unveiling my new digs shortly.

And, finally, I'm working on setting some NEW goals. I reached my birthday goal and I'm motivated to keep on going.

While I'm gone I'll become a Warrior. I never thought I'd be so excited to get dirty. Ahem. It'll only be a few days, but in case you'd like to follow me I'm ALWAYS on Twitter at @AskWifey and on facebook at Run Wifey Run.

See you in a few ...

Winks & Smiles,

Monday, May 9, 2011

Marathon Training Week 2: I REMEMBERED to Showed Up This Week

Week 2 of training for the Chicago Marathon is in the books and I'm glad to say I remembered to show up this week. Ahem.

I'm training with the most awesome running group, Get Fit Atlanta, and we're starting from scratch so my mileage is low but I know from past experience it will build - quickly.

Monday - 4.07 miles
Tuesday - 1.3 miles (I wasn't feeling well and cut my run short. Sometimes its best to listen to your body.)
Wednesday - 3.03 miles
Saturday - 3.18 miles

Week 2 Total: 11.58 miles

I do my weekday runs solo after dropping the kids at school; so I absolutely LOVE to hook up with my Get Fit Atlanta peeps on Saturday mornings for some company and fun runs.

My pace group leader, Coach Karen, had us all moving!

We did Indian Sprints - we lined up by two (there were lots of us) then the last two people in line had to sprint up to the front of the line and repeat. It was fun to work on some speed and break up the run.

Me after. Feeling great and ready to tackle the weekend.

Looking forward to Week 3 and the Warrior Dash this weekend. Getting my mind right for some mud.

Winks & Smiles,

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Double Duty: Celebrating Mother's Day & My Anniversary

Yes, I'm literally managing marriage and motherhood today, ahem; not only is it Mother's Day but it's my 12th wedding anniversary, too.

Me, my mother, and my sister

Happy Mother's Day and much love to my WONDERFUL mother and all of you lovely Moms! May you be celebrated and appreciated for all of the crap you put up with great things you do!

A clip from our wedding on TLC's "A Wedding Story"

Happy Anniversary to my FAVORITE (and only) Husband! I love you even more than the day you put a ring on my finger. Hmm, how many years do you have to be married to get another one? Just kidding. Sort of.

Winks & Smiles,

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday's Confession: I MISSED Week 1 of Marathon Training

Friday's Confession ... I missed my first week of marathon training - GASP!

It wasn't intentional - I actually have been anxiously awaiting week 1 - but I didn't check my running group's message boards and, yup, I totally missed it.

I'm so sorry, I was a little busy bikini shopping and turning 40, ahem, but I did manage to squeeze out two 4 mile runs and one day of strength training - fortunately, training starts off slow.

I'm so excited to get back on schedule and run with my Get Fit Atlanta peeps tomorrow morning. Thankfully, I've got a good 20+ weeks to redeem myself.

Tell me I'm not alone ... ever miss a week of training?

Winks & Smiles,

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Project Me Recap: Before and AFTER Picture and Stats

In January I started Project Me and set a Birthday Goal to rock a bikini on my birthday. I’m beyond thrilled that I stayed committed and entered my 40’s more fit than my 30’s … and even my 20’s.

Here are my pics and stats:

My Before picture – Yikes!

My BEFORE Stats, 1/1/2011
Height: 5’11
Weight: 195.5
Arm: 13 inches
Chest: 40 inches
Waist: 35 inches
Stomach: 39 & ½ inches
Hips: 44 inches
Thigh: 24 & ½ inches

My after picture – Yay!

My AFTER Stats, 4/28/2011

Height: 5’11
Weight: 170.5
Arm: 12 inches
Chest: 36 inches
Waist: 31 inches
Stomach: 35 inches
Hips: 40 inches
Thigh: 23 inches

I lost a total of 25 pounds; 19 inches; moved 3 notches on my belt and dropped 2 clothing sizes (I went from a 16 to a 12).

While I’m celebrating my accomplishments, I really shouldn't call this an "AFTER" picture because Project Me is not over. My body still has some work left to do. I feel another goal coming on. I’m motivated to continue my quest to be healthy and happy and there’s nothing like a looming deadline to keep your ass you moving.

Hmm, I think that bikini would look even better with a six-pack …

Winks & Smiles,

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Soirees, Surprises & Cupcakes

Let me be honest right now, there was no running this weekend. Gasp! But, after TWO birthday soirees, a little wine, pasta, a few beers, and the most DELICIOUS little cupcakes ever made a run is definitely in order.

It all started when Husband told me we had to go out at 5 p.m. on Saturday night when my birthday celebration wasn’t scheduled to start until 9 p.m. Hmm. Yup he was up to something. We drove downtown and end up here.

Love the swanky W hotel – my new home for the night. (Thanks Mom, for keeping the kids *winks*)

After checking in he whisked me away again and didn’t tell me where we were going. We pulled into Atlantic Station where I assumed we were going for dinner – until he broke out a blindfold. Yikes! Cautiously playing along, I let him lead me into a building … onto an elevator … and outside onto a patio where I heard 20 of my family and friends shout, “SURPRISE!”

My dear friend Shameeka, The Broke Socialite, hosted this lovely surprise soiree at The Atlantic Residences. I’ve never had a surprise party so I couldn’t stop smiling.

Husband and Me

Me and my sister, Nicole

My Mama and my Auntie Kristi
My Dad and his Daughters

The Gals: Christie, Yvette and Shameeka

The Guys: Eric, Napoleon and my cousin, Rick

Around 9:30 p.m. We left party number one to head over to Shout for party number two. Husband and I made a quick change and were ready to get our dance on. We had a private cabana on the top level of the club and partied under the stars. Too. Damn. Cool. Big hugs to my favorite (and only) sister, Nicole, to Husband and to my Dad for hooking up such a wonderful celebration.

We ate ... (OMG!)

We partied ... (Yes, we got our groove on!)

We posed ... (Nicole, Wanda and I spent two weeks together overseas filming the Travel Channel's "Great Cruises: Why Not the Mediterranean?" The Atlanta Girls reunite!)

And we played ... (The camera got us doing our best Tiger faces!)

So I didn’t run and I didn’t really eat right, ahem, but I had the most FABULOUS 40th birthday. For real. Don’t worry, my running shoes are back on and clean eating restored because that bikini cost too damn much to only wear once.

Winks & Smiles,

Monday, May 2, 2011

Meet My Lovely New Running Partner, Lola

Isn't she LOVELY?

Yes, I'm head over heels for my lovely new running partner, Lola. I've wanted a Garmin for the past year, but my kids also like to be clothed and fed so I displayed some patience and waited for the opportune time to let Husband know exactly what I wanted hope for one.

As usual, Husband came through - he's such a keeper - and surprised me on my birthday with Lola. We ran together for the first time this morning and it was pure bliss. I have so much to learn about her (who knew she'd be so complex) but I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship - she vowed to keep me on pace and I vowed to keep her charged.

Winks & Smiles,
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