Monday, June 24, 2013

New Blog Jo Mo Runs

So, I've been MIA for a few weeks.  I got married! Yay!  The fam and I went to Vegas for the wedding and for celebrating!

Ever since I titled this blog, I haven't really liked it.  It was a sort of spur of the moment thing.  Now, with my married name, I have a fun nickname - Jomo, for Jordan Molina.  My sister in law gave it to me and it stuck.  I thought it would be a catchy title, so I just created a new blog page where that can be my url.

So, come continue to follow my running adventures at and read Jo Mo Runs!

Monday, June 3, 2013

June Week 1 Mini Goals

I've tried making month long goals, but I usually forget about them pretty quickly.  I blame old age.  I'm going to set some mini goals for the week.

1) Stay in my calorie range.

I'm supposed to stay at about 1600 calories a day.  As you can see, I've been going over that by quite a bit.

I've been tracking my foods and workouts on My Fitness Pal for about a month or so. My problem has been staying in my calories. I haven't lost weight in about two or three weeks, because I have been eating like every meal is my last meal!  I need to buckle down and eat better!

2) Swim and Bike

I have a Tri in August, so I really think I should start swimming and biking. I haven't done either of them in a couple of months.  I was focused on my half plan and was too tired/lazy to work on any other sports.

3) Finish Born to Run

Born to Run

I have had this book forever!  I got it from the library and have renewed it 3 times. It's due on June 5, so my goal is to finish it so I don't have to renew it again.

4) Continue with plank a day


I had gotten up to 6 days of planks. This morning I woke up and realized that I completely forgot to do one yesterday! Whomp, whomp. I have no memory. Hopefully, I can remember to continue with them through the week. 

What are your goals for this week?  This month?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Shopping Saturday

Yesterday I got a ton done!  I made a list and got everything but one thing finished off of it.  For some reason, I am way more productive that way.

I had an eye appointment, went to Hobby Lobby, walked to the library and back (thus knocking off two things at once), went to Target, Walgreen's, and picked up lunch for Kevin.

Later on, right after I had eaten supper, Kevin's parents called and invited us to dinner.  I went and had a drink since I was still full.  This place has the best Strawberry Margarita's.  They are so sweet, I don't even taste the alcohol.

We went back to his parent's house for dessert where his dad insisted that I try this frozen slushy drink.  It was really good!  By then, I was starting to feel the alcohol a bit since I basically never drink.

One pouch fits right into a glass.  How convenient!

I had plans today too.  My mom and I had some running around to do.  We had bought some flowers at Hobby Lobby and they were on sale now, so we got a price adjustment.  Then we shopped for 4 hours for things for our trip.  We both found shoes, and my mom found a dress and a couple of shirts.

My mom found some shoes she just loved.  They were purple, like her dress, but just a bit too high.

She went with some cute, strappy, black ones.

I started reading The Hunger Fix by Pam Peeke.  It's a three stage detox and recovery plan for overeating and food addiction.  I've read the first chapter and was surprised that the forward is written by Tara Costa from the Biggest Loser.  I am interested to see what she has to say.  I'm sure it will come down to clean eating since all the additives and sugars in food keeps us addicted to them.  I'm hoping to get some coping techniques on how to manage my food addiction better.  I'll give my thoughts once I've actually read it.

Tomorrow is my last fun run until my marathon training officially starts.

Happy Saturday!

  Have you ever struggled with food addiction?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer is Here

I wanted to get a run in today before work.  My problem is that since I work sort of second shift hours, I am not an early riser.  So, by the time I get up, drink my coffee, have breakfast, watch I Love Lucy, and get dressed, it's close to 11.  Nothing about that was different today.  So, I didn't head out until almost noon.

Made my own iced coffee.  Yum!
The forecast for today was hot and humid.  It was around 80 when I headed out, but the humidity wasn't too bad until I was running through the woods on the loop that I did.  There, the humidity was so bad it was like running through a sauna.

My after my run.  Yuck.

I was really proud of myself after the run.  I didn't set any time goals.  I just wanted to keep running with no walking.  At one point, a half mile had passed before I even realized it.

My splits are pretty even.  I missed mile 2, because my watch doesn't beep anymore.  Time to start looking for new Garmins...but that's not for a while yet.

Otherwise, my fallback rules have been working pretty well.  I haven't written anything yet.  Drinking water has been working the best for me to curb my hunger.  I think it just really helps me focus on serving sizes.

I am also up to Day 4 of plank a day.  I started at about 20 seconds and now am up to just over a minute.  And let me just say, my whole body is definitely getting a workout.  I feel it in my arms, shoulders, abs, legs, etc.

Plank a day Day 4

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Spontaneously Planned

After coming up with some coping techniques for my excessive eating, I've had a good couple of days.  I've become more conscious of what I want to eat, what I'm going to eat, and how eating something has made me feel.

Making sure I drink my water!
I've gone over my daily calories still, but not like I have been.  It's been more like 400 calories over instead of 1600 calories over a day.  That stuff adds up!  I also braved the scale today AFTER I had breakfast and coffee.  I almost didn't do it, using already eating as an excuse.  I'm at the same weight I was at the beginning of last week, which was good news since I had been up a few pounds.  Hopefully staying on track will help me drop one-ish pounds this week.

Seriously. There's a Gosling Meme for everything.
Becky and I had plans to either run outside or meet at the gym.  The weather has been rainy and dreary here, so we met at the gym.  I really didn't feel like running on a treadmill, so checked the class schedule.  There was a Zumba class starting right when we would be getting there.  We went to the class and it was packed!  The teacher was SO full of energy, had amazingly fun songs, and the whole class seemed to come regularly because they all seemed to know the routines.  I haven't sweat that much in a long time!  It was a nice change-up.

I also started doing a plank a day challenge.  Yesterday I did one for about 20 seconds.  Today, I managed to hold it for 41.  Those things are beasts!

Here's to a great and healthy week!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

New Week, Fresh Start

I took the week off of running and my eating has been out of control!

On my run today, Becky and I talked about goals we can set to help us be successful with our eating.  When we feel like eating tons, even if we know we aren't hungry, we came up with an escape plan.

1) Write about it.  Even if it's just using our phone.  Maybe writing out why we are having these impulses will help curb them.

2) Drink water.  Maybe we are just thirsty.  I also bought some of the powder flavor to put in my water.  I've really started getting tired of chugging down plain water.

3) Eat a healthy alternative.  If all else fails, find something else to eat that is healthy.  Fruits, veggies, salad, whatever.  Just not a whole bag of chips (hypothetically).

My run today went pretty well.  It was the first run in a week and I felt a little rusty.  We kept a comfortable pace and walked a couple of times.
The weather was perfect, though!

Before the run, I was hoping not to die.
Today's splits
So, hopefully following our steps to avoid binging will help us.  And we have a plan to run together this week.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

I'm spending the rest of the night watching Jem and the Holograms.  Remember them?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Running Music

I have had the same running music for EVER!  I am so sick of every song that comes on.  It's hard to get into the groove of running when I am constantly flipping through the songs.  So, I am finally cleaning out my playlist.  It is officially called, "Run That Shit".  So far, I have incorporated songs I already have in my music that I have either forgotten about, haven't listened to in forever, or my absolute faves that I will never get sick of (Like, "I Like to Move It Move It).

Some surprises?  An embarrassingly large amount of Ke$ha.  Who knew?

Anyway.  Here's my mix so far.  Feel free to use them and feel free to share yours with me.

Happy Running!