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26 year old on a quest to get healthy, lose weight and find my happy. Currently in a love/hate relationship with running and just completed my first marathon What's next?.

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Hey guys! I know it’s been forever but I just wanted to share with you all that Jon and I decided to start a new blog. We’re just getting things started so there’s not a lot going on yet but I’d love for you guys to check it out.

Please excuse the appearance as I am way new to all this website design stuff and I’m attempting to learn it all at warp speed. It’s not going so well…

Without further ado: The Joy Jar

The Weekender


And what a fun weekend it was! Friday evening we hosted an engagement party/get together to honor two of our out of town friends who were home for the weekend. You know your crowd is getting old when everyone is gone by 10:30.

Saturday was an impromptu trip to Buckingham Valley Vineyards to sip some wine and catch up with two friends I haven’t seen in way too long. I had never been there before and I enjoyed that the tasting was set up to pour your own wine and you could sample at your own pace.

The above pictures are from our Sunday bike ride around Nockamixon State Park. Jon is competing in the Steelman Triathlon next weekend and wanted to check out the course. It forced us to try something new. We said we would have loved to have a kayak or sailboat to take out on the lake afterward and relax on the water the rest of the day. Maybe someday!

We finished up our weekend with a late Phillies game. Sadly, they lost, which I suppose should be no surprise considering their recent streak…

Half Marathon Training Week One

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 mile run in 3.11 at 10:08 pace & 45 min spin class
Wednesday: 3.27 mile run in 32:38 at 10:00 pace
Thursday: 3.2 mile run in 32:35 at 10:11 pace
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 4.08 mile run in 40:28 at 9:55 pace
Sunday: 15.29 mile bike in 1:00:25 at 15.2 mph

Links I Love

And this is why you just have to do what works for you. How to Lose All the Weight You Want In Just 89 Simple Steps

I would love to see a picture of me and my sister/mom/dad side by side. Why Genetics Are Awesome

I definitely had my fair share of awkward years. Heck, I can still be pretty awkward. Awkward Years Project

The cutest and most inspiring 4 minute video you will see all week. Amazing Mick

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Operation Fit Back Into These Shorts

Clearly these wrinkled khakis have not been worn in ages. And the sad reason behind this is that they simply do not fit anymore. They were purchased about 2 years ago when I first lost 30 lbs and was in desperate need of a new wardrobe.

I’m sick of the scale. I’m sick of counting calories. I’m sick of being obsessed about everything I eat or don’t eat; do or don’t do to lose weight. So I’m throwing all that away.

I still want to be healthy. I still want to feel good. I still want to be strong and fit.

And I really want to get back into those freakin’ shorts.

But I don’t want to judge my self worth and healthiness by a number on the scale. I want to enjoy my life and enjoy delicious food without always worrying about it. It just isn’t good for me and I need to step away.

And maybe having a goal to fit back into a specific article of clothing isn’t the best either, but I felt great when I wore these shorts and it sure beats agonizing over a stupid number every week.

So let’s do this.

Greetings from the depressing side of a ten day vacation; the fastest ten days of the year. It was much needed rest and relaxation, and perfect timing as half marathon training started yesterday.

I am running the Runner’s World Half Marathon in October and once again using Hal Higdon’s training plan to prepare for it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it (or I’m just too stubborn and scared to change…)

Week one looks a little something like this:

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 3 Miles
Wednesday: 3 Miles
Thursday: 3 Miles
Friday: Bike Ride
Saturday: 4 Miles
Sunday: Bike Ride

I am simultaneously training for the MS City to Shore ride in September, therefor my cross training and one rest day have turned into cycling days and I may throw in a spin class here or there. Because it’s not hard enough to just train for a half marathon…

Alright running friends - I need your help. I’m in the market for new sneaks. I’ve been wearing Brooks Ghosts since I began seriously running about 2.5 years ago (and they haven’t let me down yet) but I’m in the mood for something different.

I tried on a few options that I really liked (the New Balance 880V3 and Mizuno Wave Rider 16 pictured above) and one pair that was…interesting to say that least (the Newton Gravity pictured above) at my local running store but would love to hear your feedback as well.

What are your favorite shoes to run in? I don’t have any issues that need correction so I run in a pretty neutral shoe. No need for any extra support at this time. And go!

Edit: I realize that shoes are such a personal preference - just looking for ideas! And thanks for the recommendations so far.

The Weekender

And what a busy weekend it was. We made three separate trips to Philadelphia in two days. It was a whole lot of fun but I am still absolutely exhausted from it all.

Saturday

• Went for a quick run and had brunch with Jon’s mom and sister.

• Went to my 5th Phillies game of the season. We have a six game package but Saturday’s tickets were courtesy of my boss. Unfortunately after a 20-ish minute rain delay they lost to the White Sox in extra innings.

Sunday

• Woke up bright and early for the Color Run. It was our second year participating and it was just as fun as last year! We decided to bring a change of clothes and water/towels to rinse off with as apposed to jumping in the car full of color and it worked out nicely. We’ll most likely do it again next year but are hoping more of our friends will join us - the after party would be way more fun with a big group than just the two of us.

• Took the train into the city for the 3rd and final time to grab dinner at El Vez and see Grease at the Walnut Street Theatre. Dinner was amazing as usual (guacamole galore, margaritas and delicious mahi tacos) and the play was just OK. It was a lot of fun but I am still on a high from Wicked and Grease just couldn’t compare.

Workouts

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 3 miles
Sunday: The Color Run

Obviously not the best week of workouts to date…

Links I Love

1. Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life. I’m totally guilty of this and need to get over it.

2. Greatist had an article about a new fitness app called Argus. I downloaded it and it looks pretty interesting but I have yet to really play with it much yet.

3. I found this infographic on how to create the perfect post on social media pretty interesting, specifically the information on what time of day is best to post.

4. I whipped up this zucchini lasagna from Skinny Taste on Thursday with the surplus of produce we have in our garden and it was pretty darn good!

Covered in color from head to toe. Just a small (yet awesome) part of our busy weekend. Full details to come…

Friday Weigh In

Starting Weight: 187

Weight Two Weeks Ago: 179.6

Current Weight: 181.6

Weight Change: + 2.0

Womp womp… I can’t say I’m surprised. I missed last Friday’s weigh in because I was on my mini Cape May vacation for the holiday weekend. My healthy eating habits took a little vacation of their own.

I find it so hard to stick to my guns on vacation. I don’t want to deprive myself of the full experience (which includes eating delicious foods) but I always tend to go overboard rather than just being moderate in my indulgences.

How do you guys deal with vacations? Stick to your usual habits, all bets are off or somewhere in between?

Throwback Thursday: Tough Mudder Edition

Jon and I minutes after painfully completing the last obstacle (Electric Shock Therapy) and crossing the finish line. 

I signed up for the Philadelphia Area Tough Mudder sometime during the winter months. My goal was to get in bad ass shape and totally dominate that course. What really happened is as follows:

1. It was HOT. Uncannily hot for the beginning of June in PA. I did my best to lather up with SPF 50 and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate but nothing could prepare me for that heat. 

2. Oh my God the hills. They should have counted as obstacle number 23. If I wasn’t running walking up or down I was walking sideways. 

3. And yes, I walked more of the course than actually ran it. It took our team about 4 hours to complete the ten-ish mile course and I was bringing up the rear. 

4. I was super nervous about the obstacles (not really knowing what to expect) but they were a lot of fun. Minus the Arctic Enema (freezing cold ice bath that nearly killed me) and aforementioned Electric Shock. Those just sucked. Period. 

5. Holy cramping! By the last mile or so I couldn’t walk more than a few strides without feeling a cramp coming on in my calves. Obviously due to the extreme heat and my dehydration (definitely would bring my own water with me next time).

6. That’s right, I said next time. Despite this probably being one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, I would totally do it again. The accomplishment you feel is unmatched by anything else I’ve done (even my marathon).

So there you have it. A quick rundown of “probably the toughest event on the planet”. I might be just a little proud of myself for making it out alive (albeit sore for the next week straight).

Throwback Thursday: Tough Mudder Edition

Jon and I minutes after painfully completing the last obstacle (Electric Shock Therapy) and crossing the finish line.

I signed up for the Philadelphia Area Tough Mudder sometime during the winter months. My goal was to get in bad ass shape and totally dominate that course. What really happened is as follows:

1. It was HOT. Uncannily hot for the beginning of June in PA. I did my best to lather up with SPF 50 and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate but nothing could prepare me for that heat.

2. Oh my God the hills. They should have counted as obstacle number 23. If I wasn’t running walking up or down I was walking sideways.

3. And yes, I walked more of the course than actually ran it. It took our team about 4 hours to complete the ten-ish mile course and I was bringing up the rear.

4. I was super nervous about the obstacles (not really knowing what to expect) but they were a lot of fun. Minus the Arctic Enema (freezing cold ice bath that nearly killed me) and aforementioned Electric Shock. Those just sucked. Period.

5. Holy cramping! By the last mile or so I couldn’t walk more than a few strides without feeling a cramp coming on in my calves. Obviously due to the extreme heat and my dehydration (definitely would bring my own water with me next time).

6. That’s right, I said next time. Despite this probably being one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life, I would totally do it again. The accomplishment you feel is unmatched by anything else I’ve done (even my marathon).

So there you have it. A quick rundown of “probably the toughest event on the planet”. I might be just a little proud of myself for making it out alive (albeit sore for the next week straight).

I make my triumphant return to blogging only to leave you all with much to be desired. Truth be told, I’ve been a busy gal! My four day trip to Cape May over the holiday weekend was nothing short of perfect. My mom and I settled into a nice little routine:

• Sleep in (and by sleep in I mean roll out of bed around 8:00, which is by all means late for me)
• Brunch (we tried out Zoe’s, the Mad Batter (pictured above) and our hotel’s restaurant Sea Salt)
• Laying on the beach until about 3:00 and soaking up all the rays (which lead to my subsequent sunburn)
• Drinks at the hotel pool bar
• Shower
• Dinner (we ate at Sea Salt, 410 Bank Street, The Lobster House and Cucina Rosa)

Add in two runs (3 and 5 miles), a Bruce Springsteen cover band, fireworks, and a little dose of Johnny Depp in the form of Tonto and you have the makings of a pretty awesome beach getaway.

And now the week just drags on…