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Things I Have Learned This Week

It has been a hectic week to be certain.  I did not get to make a wonderfully thought out, intuitive and informative post as usual.  Ridiculous I know.  But, I have had so much to do, plan and think about my mind is fried.

When I look down at my list of “to-dos” that I make every Monday morning without fail, I see that I am still way behind.  I think that I have made a little progress nonetheless.  Here goes:

Living Without Artificial Sugar Sucks

Paula over at Eat: Watch: Run is on a kick where she is not consuming it for one month.  She should definitely get a crown or something equally awesome because I tried it this week and I only made it to Friday.  It’s the coffee man.  I need it!!! So, I tried something new today.  I tried Nectresse today and it was pretty good!  More granular than Splenda and it claims to be 100% natural.

But, this definitely does not keep in line with Paula’s idea of getting away from the artificial stuff.  Her reasons include: “artificial sweetener leaches calcium from your bones and depletes minerals in your body, it makes you crave more sugar, it makes your glycemic index go way up.”  Obviously, clean eating is the best option but guess I can’t do it.  Truth be told – being on a low carb diet requires me to get a little sweetness from the artificial beasts.


Made from: Erythritol, Sugar, Monk Fruit, Molasses and its calorie free.

Men Definitely Workout Differently Than Women

Rob and I went to workout together with a trainer this week.  We are trying to get in some good shape for the big engagement party.  I was excited and nervous.   Excited because I love having a trainer, they are motivating, smart and very encouraging.  Also, they make it impossible for you to deny how fat and out of shape you are.

I was nervous because the trainer was a guy (my first ever) and he is my cousin’s boyfriend.  I can guarantee everyone in my family knows how chubby I am now.  Not, that I care – they obviously can see me.  🙂  But, what I learned is that men look at training differently because they focus on bulking up and gaining major muscle mass through heavy lifting.  The only bulking up I want to do is in my wallet and the heavy lifting is for shopping bags only.    Yes, these are counter-productive goals but that is my life in a nutshell.

Oh yeah boys smell gross when working out.  Yuck.

Men Women

Why yes, Rob and I look just like this when working out. Thank you for asking.

Losing Weight Is Hard

Drumroll –  I lost 1.2 pounds in January.  Boo!! I am about 8.8 short of my goals. I want to lose between 12-10 lbs per month.  I am back on track this month.  I promise to report back March 1!


Senioritis Is Real

I am counting down the days until school is complete.  I am not sure why the program requires the most labor intensive classes at the end.  But, at this point who cares.   Three good months and I will on my way to getting that FSU Alumni license plate cover I have dreamed about since 2000.  I have about 100+ pages to read about IT and Insurance.  Can you believe that I don’t want to do this?  I didn’t think so.


I Love Pinterest


I have a great love affair with Pinterest and I am sharing it with you now.  I made my Mom sign up too because I know she will be a great pinner.   My biggest problem with Pinterest is that I pin too many treats and don’t attempt all the dang workouts I pin.  If you want to follow me, you should probably do it,  I like my pins.  Here are my most popular pins this week:

PicMonkey Collage

Ok, truth be told the flip-flops from Express and that ring are not pins.  Both should be though, the flops are wedding white and that is my new “workout ring.”  My workout ring is what I wear when I am doing things, like working out, that might damage my actual ring.  It is similar to mine but about 3 carats bigger.  🙂

What did you learn this week?

Also, no one has claimed that Glow Run medal yet.   If you want to try a virtual 5K of your own you should do it.  I will mail it to you (US only please).   

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Winning – Training – Engaging


No, I am NOT Charlie Sheen.  I actually won a free entry into a 5K off of  I have been trying for years and I finally won!  I won an entry to race in the  Wrucha’s 5K Run at Gasden Park.  The value was $30 and I was so excited.  The bad part it was on a Sunday morning in South, South, South Tampa.

Rob and I had to attend a church meeting that day so I knew I would not have time to drive to the race, go home and change and make it on time.  So, I decided to post the bib up on Run Tampa and it was gone in an instant.  Ever better it went to someone who is awesome and beautiful and a Run Tampa member and I did not even know it!  Her name is also Melissa – which is cool!!  Melissa was part of my Color Run team because she is friends with my friend Brandi.  Small world…

She made it to the race and finished and looked great doing it.  I looked for her time but it was not posted.  Maybe she will share with us… (hint, hint)  She also ran in a Jack Daniels hat which further increases my fondness for her.

MM Rocked It

Congrats on your Race!


I have finally started training with my new training plan!  This week I have been focusing on getting back into the groove.  Zumba and running and walking oh my!  I have been adding more veggies daily and have also been focusing on trying to get more sleep.  I usually stay up late doing homework  or reading and then fall asleep with a book on my face.  I need my ZZZZs.

Another thing I have been doing is putting lemons in my water.  After doing a little Pinterest research I am finding that lemon water is great for weight loss.  Pinterest is a reliable source right? Well either way here the stuff I have learned..

Lemons, specifically lemon juice,  is good for digestion, boosting your immune system through Vitamin C, possibly anticarcinogenic, high in potassium, antibacterial (which I am all about), antiseptic, and the list goes on!


It’s refreshing and its supposed to be very good for your liver.  It has detoxifying properties which I really need!  I found this “outfit” on Polyvore – cracks me up every time.Liver Hater

I plan to keep you posted on weight loss and the training as it comes along.  I am headed to Gasparilla for the 15K in late February so I am super nervous: my goals are to finish and beat my half pace of 16:36.  Both of which Mary is helping me do with the excellent training plan.  If you don’t know Mary find her inspirational, awesomeness here.


Lastly Rob and I are working on a playlist for the DJ at the engagement party and it is tougher than you think.  I was trying to pick songs that are lovey dovey, familiar and fun. The list below is what I am starting with but editing is guaranteed.  The are in no particular order either.

No haters please but I certainly welcome your input!  If I am missing something please tell me and if you hate one keep that to yourself.  We have an eclectic family so we have to play all kinds of music.  I really need some new ones for the Island portion. I also think I will use the “Fun/Dance” songs for my next run playlist.  Without further ado…

Engagement Party Playlist

Playlist For An Engagement Party 2013!


Bleeding Love (Leona Lewis)

Diamonds (Rihanna)

Someone Like You (VSQ)

Feeling Good (Michael Buble)

Better Together (Jack Johnson)

In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)

Lady In Red (Chris De Burgh)

The Way You Look Tonight (Rod Stewart)

Love Song (Sara Bareilles)

I Could Not Ask for More (Edwin McCain)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)

Faithfully (Journey)

Don’t Stop Believing (Journey)

Let’s Get Married – Jagged Edge

Halo – Beyonce

Have I Told You Lately That I Love You (Rod Stewart)

Marry Me (Train)

All My Life – K-Ci and Jojo

Marry You (Bruno Mars)

My Love (Justin Timberlake)

Your Song – (Elton John)

Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore (REO Speedwagon)

Love Song – (311)



I Gotta Feeling (Black Eyed Peas)

Get Low (Florida)

Locked Out Of Heaven (Bruno Mars)

Beauty and the Beat (Justin Beiber)

I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor Swift)

C’mon (Ke$ha)

Scream and Shout (Will.I.Am/Britney)

One More Night (Maroon 5)

Don’t Stop The Party (Pitbull)

As Long As You Love Me (Justin Beiber)

Cheers (Rhianna)

Pound the Alarm (Nikki Manaj)

Where Have You Been (Rhianna)

We Are Young (Fun)

Titanium (David Guetta)

Lights (Ellie Goulding)

Single Ladies (Beyonce)

Raise Your Glass (PINK)

Cha Cha Slide (Casper)

Cupid Shuffle (Cupid)

Just Dance (Lady GaGa)

Party Rock Anthem (LMFAO)

Rain Over Me – (Pitbull)

We Run The Night – (Havana Brown)

No One Like You – (Scorpions)



Dirt Road Anthem (Jason Aldean)

My Kind Of Party (Jason Aldean)

Goodbye In Her Eyes (Zac Brown Band)

Keep Me In Mind (Zac Brown)

Toes (Zac Brown)

Cowboy Casanova (Carrie Underwood)

Colder Weather (Zac Brown)

People Are Crazy (Billy Currington)

A Woman Like You (Lee Brice)

Tornado (Little Big Town)

Pontoon (Little Big Town)

Come Back Song (Darius Rucker)


Hot Hot Hot (Buster Poindexter/Arrow)

Banana Boat Song (Harry Belafonte)

Shaggy (Angel)

Shake Senora (Pitbull)

Dollar Wine (Bryon Lee)

One Love (Bob Marley and the Wailers)

Fools Rush In (UB40)

Tiney Winey (Bryon Lee)

Red, Red Wine (UB40)

Three Little Birds (Bob Marley and the Wailers)

 Have you ever won a race entry?

Do you drink lemon water?

What do you think of the playlist?

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You Glow Girl! (Free Medal Giveaway)

Hello Fitkist Peeps!

I hope you all are having a productive week!  I know I am not.  School started this week and is already tearing at my soul (mantra: four more months, four more months).

But I did have a super, fabulous weekend!  We finally got to do the Glow Run.  It was awesome!  For those of you who don’t know the Glow Run is a night-time 5K that encourages glow sticks, flashing lights, and black light fun.  There are three chances to go through “black light fun zones” where you can stop and play around, dance to the rave music and snap a few photos.

Glow Run Sign
I went with Rob and my friend Shannon, who by the way I am SO proud of.  She has lost about 30 pounds and has participated in a three 5Ks in the last four months.  To me that is so inspirational and exciting.  I am really excited for her new “racing” hobby.   Although, in case you are reading this Shannon, you better not get faster than me!

three amigos

Overall, the race was really put together well.  Packet, shirt and glow stick pick up was really easy.  The race started on time too which is really great because of my corral anxiety.  But, everyone was in a great mood it was just so much fun.  The more I do them the more I enjoy these non-competitive races because there is no pressure.   It’s just fun and relaxing!  We spent about twenty minutes breaking and connecting glow sticks and glow glasses.  I actually broke one and my shirt turned a little glow-y for a while.

My Glow Love

The starting line was away from registration and when we lined up we were in the second wave.  This a my view from the corral.



The course wound through downtown St. Petersburg and despite it being January it was pretty hot out.  The glow zones were fun because the black light makes you look like Violet from Willy Wonka.

Photo bomb

I wonder if J-Lo will rock my sweaty blueberry look at the Oscars??

We walked the course so we were rounding up the tail of the race.  I don’t think I have ever been last at a race but I’m only waiting for that day.  When we finished they had great places to take pictures, medals, beer and Nutri-Grain bars waiting for us. Of course in keeping with the spirit I opted for the Blueberry option.

Photo Finish

At the end of the race there is a big 21 and up party where you can get free beer (all you can eat Nutri-Grain bars) and dance the night away in a glowing festival.  We opted not to stay for the party for two reasons – we are old and we were starving.  Since we decided to stay down there we went back to the hotel to get food and change and then we hit the town.   During our night out we saw tons of Glow Run people running around in tutus, crazy socks and wacky outfits.  I think someone had too much fun because they lost their medal and the bartender Brandi was talking to gave it to her!  Well, she gave it to me and now I am going to give it to one of you.


If you are interested in running your own Glow Run (your own safe path, your steam, your time, your liability) write a comment below.  Make the commitment to try a ‘virtual’ 5K!  After you run post the date you ran/walked on my Fitkist facebook page.  At the end of February I will randomly select from the racers to get the medal. Get extra entries by posting a photo and commenting on Twitter (#fitkist).

For those of you interested but without social media you can email me your entry too.  Glow Baby Glow!

Have you ever run the Glow Run?  If not, are you interested now? 🙂

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I Am A Virtual Runner Now

So, I managed to take six minutes out of my day and come up with my January 2013 workout schedule.  I am already behind in it but I think I need to share it with the world anyway.  It should help me meet my goals and catch up on my running skills which have been thrown by the wayside in my over-celebration of Jesus’ Birthday.  I definitely am a victim of FSS.  I did not workout like I should and I definitely did not run like I should have.  I am most looking forward to Yoga/Fun Cardio Sundays and getting back to strength training! Zumba started on Monday so I am back to that fun-diversión as well.

January 2013

My only race over the break was on December 22nd.  I participated in a Hooters Race “The Mayans Were Wrong 5K.” It was supposed to be a celebration on the beach because the world did not end.

However, the actual race on  Clearwater Beach was sold out.  So, I decided to become a virtual runner.  For those who don’t know, a virtual runner is one who runs the race on their own honor.  You make the course and vow to complete the 3.1 (or whatever distance) on your own.  You time yourself and you run the distance solo. It is a great opportunity to be a part of the race community, accomplish goals and earn medals/kudos from races you normally would not be able to do because of travel and time constraints.  It really is neat because you can do it whenever you have time!  Which to me means you don’t have to wake up before dawn, drive and wait in the cold to be a road race runner!

Virtual registrants of this race received a bib, sweatshirt (which is terribly ugly but I love) and finisher’s medal.  So, we got quite a lot of swag!   Honestly, a lot more than some races.  The cost for the virtual race was $35.

My Bib

They mailed my bib in advance of race day.  Technically, you can run the race whenever but I ran it on race day about the same time the race started on the beach.  I wore my bib and ran the 3.1 through my neighborhood.  I felt a little stupid wearing the bib but I did it.  I had a picture but Rob had it on his old phone so its gonzo.  😦

FinisherMy time was 49:25.  Which sucks but at least I did it!


My new jewelry has gone to live with his brothers and sisters

Race coordinators mailed the sweatshirt and medal after the race in January.  I love the medal because it is dated and it has a bottle opener on it!  Sweet no?

I thought it was a great experience and I would definitely partake in another one.  The only downside I see is that you miss out on the runner’s high that the starting line corral gives you.  Also, you miss out on the post race party which to me is half the fun!  I did eat a post race banana though.

Have you ever participated in a Virtual Race that you actually paid for? If not, would you? 

I will be back next Monday to recap the Glow Run!   TTYL

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Race Recap: The Color Run – St. Petersburg

Color Run Review!

On Saturday, December 15th a bunch of my friends and I got together to participate in The Color Run – St. Petersburg. It was a cold and foggy drive to St. Pete and when we left our car I was freezing but we were excited.  After trying to park the car in six different spots – this is a weird habit I have on race day – we were off!  Thank God for Target touchscreen gloves ($1.50 on Black Friday)!

Foggy and Cold

For those of you who don’t know, the Color Run is national race that promotes itself as the “Happiest 5K on the Planet!”  Every kilometer, you are dusted (or drenched) in colored dust: Pink, Blue, Orange, & Yellow.  The dust is colored cornstarch and smelled like flour so it’s not harmful.  The race route started at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, FL and wound down the Pier and through downtown.

Map Color Run St Pete

I had assembled a pretty great team and we all met up before the race to take a group photo in our white clothes and party glasses/goggles.  Rob was a great sport being the only guy on a team called the “Color Cuties.” We look very clean here but that did not last long.


The race had approximately 10,000 runners/walkers and I have to be honest the corral wait was brutal.  The race should have started at 9:00AM but we couldn’t get on the course until about 9:45.  Which is no fun…

Corral Madness

I think we were in the fourth or fifth wave (which was not organized by speed but rather on what time you arrived to the race).  By the time our wave was ready we were much happier.

Starting Line

Obviously, the best part of the race was the color dust but unfortunately the miles in between were a little weak.  They needed more cheering and music and overall fun I think.  The majority of the time you spend recovering from the color zones.  BUT, the color zones were really fun so it definitely made up for it.


Yellow zone was crazy!

At the end of the race at the finish line you are supposed to open the color packet they gave you in your race packet and get crazy which many people did.  That is why some people are more colorful than others. Also, the color packets were different colors than the course colors like teal and purple.


The COLOR aftermath: Shannon and Brandi

after 56

Group “after” photo


There was also a great stage with tons of music and every fifteen minutes they had a color explosion.  This was really awesome to see.  I got this picture from their Facebook wall since we had to leave earlier than we would have liked.  We got to see the countdown and explosion but we were not close enough to take this good of a picture. Color Boom!

Color Run St Pete

Also, it was great to hear that part of the race funds went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research and awareness.  This is a really great cause!  It is nice to know that a portion of our $50 registration fee will be used for some good. It was a fun time overall and I recommend it anyone who likes to smile a lot and get a little dirty once in a while.  The blue was the hardest to get out but it was not bad at all.  It was a great addition to the “Races” page even though we did not time ourselves.

Have you done the Color Run?  What did you think? 


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My First Half Marathon Part 2

So much to talk about and so little time!  Thanksbirth week is sneaking snuck up on me! I had plans all day and all night the last three days.

But, I would not be a good little blogger without doing a race recap on my biggest fitness accomplishment of the year!  I finished my first ever half marathon this last week.

As a side note,  I want to be a part of the movement to change the name to Pikermis to denote that people who finish this distance are important on their own.  “13.1 miles should not be considered half of anything!”  Attacking the elusive marathon may not be for everyone.  I can almost guarantee that it is not for me.  (Unless I hit Powerball and dedicate my life to training which is doubtful because if I do hit Powerball running a marathon will be WAY down on the to do!)  Pikermi is the town in Greece that is halfway between the two towns that started the whole marathon phenom: Athens and Marathon.  Check out this to read more!

Back to my race – below is the route I went.  I must admit that it was a lot of fun, the route was scenic and full of spectators on almost every mile.

The the morning was cold and the day was cool and overcast for the entire race.  One of my only regrets was not rocking a long sleeve.  I think I would have been more comfortable along the way if I was a smidge warmer but then you would miss my Run Tampa shirt!  At 6:30 I posed with the girls from Run Tampa.  And!!!! Run Tampa came in third out of all the teams that raced on Sunday!  Rock on ladies.

Looking Good For 630AM!

I was so encouraged by them all during the race.  It was especially nice to get all the high fives and smiles from their water stop at mile 10.  They all did an amazing job!

The above photos courtesy of Debbie Voiles Director of Run Tampa

I ran the first five miles with my new friend Erin.  She was a great motivator but lets face it I was holding her back so I told her to go on ahead and I would catch her at the finish.  She did great with a time of 3:14!

My only problem to report was around mile eight when I got a pain in my stomach but I think it was dehydration because I loaded up on water at the next stop and felt better.  I did not have any problems or injuries during the race except for two med station stops for tissues – I have runny nose what can I say.  Erin said the rest of you is running maybe your nose just wants to take part too!

We ran through Tropicana Field which was awesome.  I had to stop and take a picture.  Actually, a very kind woman saw me self-snapping and helped me out.

Around mile 12 I was ready to be done.  The running was getting less and less frequent and I was tired.  So what a boost when I saw a guy holding a sign that totally invigorated me.  I also forced him to let me borrow his sign and snap a photo!

At the very end, I ran the last quarter-mile and I am glad I did.  I pushed myself even at the end, even when I was tired.  And, that is why running is so awesome.  You get to do things you never though you could.  So, now I can say I did it and I won’t be afraid to try something else but I really feel that if you put your mind to something no matter who doubts you.  You can do it!

  • Have you ever run a Pikermi and what do you remember most about your first one?


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My First Half Marathon Part 1

I finished the Lady’s Speed Stick Women’s Half Marathon yesterday.  Today I will review the expo from Saturday and my race preparations and tomorrow I will post a race recap.

The expo was held at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Hotel.   This is wonderful, old but beautiful hotel on the water and it is perfect for hosting a women’s health and fitness expo because the entire hotel is PINK!  Rob went with me to the expo and helped me take pictures.  I also met my new friend Erin there and we walked through the race packet pick-up and expo together.  I am glad we finally met up because we started the race together and she raced for the first five miles with me.  More to come on that tomorrow…

Pink Hotels Are Fun

Your prize for all your hard work!

There were many vendors there but not as many as I thought.  All the major names were there: Spi-Belt, Bondi Bands, Sweaty Bands, Newton Shoes, Fit-To-Run, Publix, Dr Scholls.  That is just to name a few.

And, as usual there were representatives from many different races there all trying to recruit you to sign up.  The medals are all so enticing!!!  Rock-N-Roll series (which I found out bought out Women’s Running Magazine and the Women’s Half Marathon series), Divas, and Daytona were representing.  One of my favorite booths was the run Disney booth.  I love all things Disney and I am adding a run Disney event to my goals because I need one of these medals.  They have a strict pace requirement of 15 minutes for all of their races.  I am not there yet but I plan to spend the later half of the season increasing speed and maybe do one more long run but not another half.  (Maybe next season!).

Yes, thank you I will have all of those.

My new favorite booth was Running Princess!  I love this place.  Everything is adorable and the quality is good for the price.  Some of the other booths had cute shirts but I am not buying a $60 t-shirt with three words on it.  Thanks anyway!  I bought a new tank for Zumba class and a new Headsweats Visor with a tiara embroidered on it.  It even has rhinestones.  I love it!

I really wanted to wear the visor but decided against it, following the rule that says don’t wear anything new on race day.  I believe you have to wear it in first!  Since I did not get a chance to use them in the 24 hours prior to the race I will be saving for something better.  Maybe my new class at Flava Fitness Studio??  I also bought a new Bondi Band.  I thought this was very fitting because everyone who is running at break neck speed looks really miserable.  I can honestly say I smiled most of my 13.1.  So that is my happy pace.

So, after we left the expo Rob and I went to the mall for lunch, I just had a turkey sandwich.  We did a little bit of shopping and we were home by the early afternoon.  I worked on homework and rested and then ate the rest of my turkey sandwich for dinner.  I was in bed by nine and asleep by ten.  I must have been nervous since I usually fall asleep in fifteen seconds.  My alarm was set for 3:30 and I was up and showered on time.  Stay tuned for the rest of my first half marathon experience coming soon…

  • Do you like packet pick up day at the expo?

F.I.T. Monday 11-19-2012 #003

Weekly F.I.T. Monday Recap

CLASSES: 0 (0 Hours) – Bad!

MILES: 15.1

WEIGHT: -1.2 Any Loss Is Good!





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