lets see how far i’ve come…

2013 has been a year of continuous growth for me. I’ve been through a lot of uphill battles and downhill slides this year, but continue to stand in awe of what has come to past this year. I’ve learned some new things, developed relationships, rekindled old friendships, moved on from unhealthy ones, ran a little, cried a little, forgave a lot, asked for even more forgiveness, and here I am.

When I created my 2013 goal list when started this blog last January, I had already set in mind things I knew for certain would be accomplished. Some things kind of fell to the wayside, but I will roll them over for 2014. For 2014, I will try to make my goals more measurable so that I can accomplish them to the best of my ability. In no way am I writing EVERY SINGLE ONE of my goals on this list. Some goals should be kept personal or shared on more of an intimate level. But, to the goals that I would like community accountability, I will share on MWA.

Twenty-Thirteen Goals:
Personal
Give time and money to those who need it more (I am almost embarrassed to have this as a goal, and even more embarrassed to consider checking this off. For me, I feel like I have been blessed with so much, and even in my times of struggle, I still have more than I need. I’ve had opportunities to give this year, and I think that God is continuing to test me in this area in my life each and every day. One valuable thing I learned this year: Some people spell the word “love,” T-I-M-E. Just spending time with someone can be a reflection of how much you care. So, for 2014, I will continue to show my love through time.)

Be more understanding (This is an understatement. For 2013, I tried to do a better job at relating more with people instead of expecting people to think and act like me. I’ve tried to take more time to listen than respond. If we’re honest with ourselves, there is something to learn from everyone.)

Stop jumping to conclusions about things (Still working on this)

Move closer towards professional goals (Back to school, back to school. Although challenging at times, especially after sitting through  my first semester of A&P, I have to continue  reminding myself it’s temporary and to stay strong. It’s going to be so worth it in the end.)  

Move closer to home (See, I told you! Some things had been decided before even writing my 2013 goals. In November of 2012, I had approached a few friends and family members about my thoughts of moving back to Texas. At the time, it was really nothing more than that. I began searching for jobs only to become discouraged that I would be moving back only to find another desk job to hate. Then, one day while listening to The Rich Roll podcast, I began jotting down notes on nutrition and several schools offering nutrition courses. I felt like I couldn’t write fast enough. And there you have it folks -the beginning of my journey into the world of dietetics.)

Read at least 12 non-fiction books (So, do my textbooks count? Can I count half-read books as a whole book? Needs improvement.)

Read my Bible or start (and finish) a Bible reading plan (Needs improvement.)

Volunteer (Check.)

Relationship
Schedule (at least) one date night a month (Discovered that dates are actually enjoyable when 1) The date likes you back 2) The date pays. Okay, okay. I look forward to dates with Josh. He always makes me smile and truly cares (or does a fabulous job pretending.) He’s the best!!!! You’ll hear lots about him in 2014.)

Have lunch or dinner plans with good friends once a month (Sometimes I take friendships for granted, and sometimes I’m just lazy. It’s too easy to be tired from work and only want to curl up in a ball and sleep. But, scheduling, in advance, a date on the calendar gives me fellowship to look forward to after a long week. I thank God for the friendships that I have in my life. At the end of the day, when everything could go wrong, I have an amazing support system and I wouldn’t replace that for the world. People are built for relationship, and I need to not take that for granted.)

Travel
Colorado (Check.)
Austin, Texas (Check.)
Las Vegas – GTC conference in April (Nope.)
Puerto Rico – Arbonne incentive trip in October (Nope.)
Missouri (Nope.)
North Carolina (Nope.)
Pennsylvania (Nope.)

Finances
Pay down debt (tackle student loan) (Work in progress.)

Fitness
Hit Goal Weight (Once I started to get closer to my “goal” weight, I realized I didn’t really like how my body was looking. I was so stuck on being a certain weight, I didn’t really factor in anything else. This year, as I continue to work on my fitness, I will experiment again with how I want to look and feel.)

Run/Swim/Bike 2013 miles this year (Drum roll please, 572.47 miles. It’s not 2013 miles. It felt like 2013 miles. This  is a rough estimate because I wasn’t very organized in recording my distances. I wrote them down on anything I had available at the time, and some miles (not many) weren’t recorded. In saying all this, I could have ran, swam, and biked the distance from OKC to DFW 3.71 times in 2013. That’s pretty cool.)

Train and complete a 1/2 Ironman distances triathlon (Sidelined this summer due to knee injury. Although, I think this will in the future, it won’t be in 2014.)

Nutrition
NSNG (Been off track for the majority of the year, especially after I moved and started school, time to incorporate this again)

Remember to take my vitamins (It’s clearly a miracle that I can somehow get a 30-supply of vitamins to last over 6 months. Does anyone has suggestions of remembering to take vitamins?)

Get enough sleep and drink enough water (There we go with measurable goals again. Also, the irony that it’s after midnight as I type this.)

No fast food in 2013 (Is anyone else still laughing about this? I’m human. I guess, I think I’m not sometimes.)

Here’s to 2014!!! New Goals here!

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brave and courageous.

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

Many will agree that running a marathon is more than a race. It’s an experience. Whether it takes you 2 hours or 6 hours to venture 26.2 miles on your feet, you are bound to learn something new about yourself. I’m still soaking in the fact that I ran a marathon on Sunday. It’s definitely a strange concept for me to grasp. Close friends and family that have known me for over three years, know that running was never on the top of my priority list. Or any list for that matter. I once (okay, maybe twice) completed my summer post-season soccer workout without running a mile whatsoever. I thought weightlifting would get me through. I now know that the best way to prepare for any type of running activity is to RUN! Although, I can’t think of any life-changing epiphanies I had during my run on Sunday, the only thing I have thought about this week was the marathon.

Here are a few things I learned about myself this week:

1) I am WAY too hard on myself.
At the age of 26, I should have it all together by now, right?!? I am starting to think even at the age of 100, some people still don’t have it together. I am realizing that it is alright to not be perfect and it is alright to make mistakes. I need to remind myself that I am human. In order to grow and learn, I need to make mistakes. Whether it be in my personal or professional life, I need to sometimes fall down and scrape my knees up a little bit. And you know what? It’s okay. No one is holding me on a pedestal. The ones who care most will be there with an encouraging word, prayer, or a shoulder to lean on. Like Dr. Seuss said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. .” Breathe, Krystal.

2) I minimize my achievements, A LOT.
Yes, I have accomplished quite a bit in my life. I am so blessed. Many times I look back and see that it was always God at work. There is no reason I should have been on a collegiate soccer team with no formal training or no club experience. I think this was a big defining achievement in my life, which continues to shape my future.

3) I am BRAVE and COURAGEOUS.
I have been on my own since I was 18. A few times since then, I have made some decisions that have completely changed the trajectory of my life. At the time, I never noticed them as signs of bravery and courage, but hindsight is always 20/20. Moving away to school. Accepting a position in a state where I have no family. Going back to school. My mom once told me, if I make decisions based on what other people tell me or what other people do, I will miss out on a lot things in life. I am creating my own story, and if it involves acts of bravery and courage even better.

4) Sometimes I GIVE up too EASY.
Okay, this is actually something I realized during my last 6 miles of my marathon. I can do something a hundred times, but sometimes that 101st time will seem so difficult. Sometimes I allow things out of my control to detour my good intentions. Sometimes negativity and self-doubt drown out positivity and self-esteem. I need to have more confidence in my confidence. Trust my training. Trust my education. Trust myself.

Hope you all are having a lovely Spring. Can’t wait to see what else is in store for the year.

Week 15 mileage-
April 16- 7.10 mile run
April 18- 3.20 mile run
April 19- 0.25 mile swim
April 20- 8.02 mile run

Week 15 mile totals: 18.57 miles

Week 16 mileage-
April 23- 3.00 mile run
April 26- 26.20 mile run

Week 16 mile totals: 29.20 miles

We all like pictures!!! Here are some from the past weekend. Enjoy!

My little brother and me at the OKC National Memorial

My little brother and me at the OKC National Memorial

Race Expo We Run to Remember. In Honor of the 168.

Race Expo
We Run to Remember. In Honor of the 168.

Mile 25 with Mat.

Mile 25 with Mat.

bucket list

Glad to be back on track. Three weeks until my first marathon, and finally my Achilles is starting to feel a whole lot better. It’s pretty miserable sitting on the sidelines after putting in so much preparation. Reminded me a little of my senior year of collegiate soccer. I spent the entire summer getting into the best shape (until now) of my life, and right before my first scrimmage, I pulled my hamstring. But, I’m slowly learning that REST does a body good as well.

Achhhhooooo!!! Okay, so my leg is feeling better, but Friday morning came the wrath of allergy attack. I could barely even hold my eyes open. Although, I’m feeling better today, I just feel exhausted after my run. Not getting enough oxygen, I’m sure. I slept through my training run yesterday promising myself to get up and go today on my own. This was a little daunting for me to attempt, since the most I’ve ever run on my own has probably only been about 7 or 8 miles. I told myself, I won’t be “running with” anyone during my race, so better get prepared now.

I set of towards a lake near my house. It’s a 2 mile run to a wildlife trail and from there about 1/2 mile to the lake. So, it was the perfect distance for my 12 miler today. Actually, it’s almost 13 miles, but I walked the last mile 🙂 It’s nice to run through the nature trail. Of course, I’m a big scaredy-cat! Although, I love observing nature from afar or the zoo, or the Discovery Channel, I don’t like them being in reaching distances from me. I just don’t know how I would explain a weekend goose attack or hawk pecking. The course brought my down a small portion of Route 66- The Mother Road. Something is really cool to me about being able to run down Rt. 66. I dunno. It’s such a big part of American History and transit system. A piece of it lies within running distances from my house!!! “Oklahoma City looks oh so pretty!” Had to throw in a Route 66 lyric (My older followers aka Dad, will appreciate that.)

Week 13 & 14
Week 13:
April 2- 8.00 mile bike
April 7- 5.65 mile run

Week 13 mileage total: 13.65 miles

Week 14:
April 9- 3.00 mile run
April 10- 6.25 mile run
April 12- 12.90 mile bike
April 13- 1.00 mile run (warm-up, I’m making up for lost time)
April 14- 12.01 mile run

Week 14 mileage total: 35.16 miles

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Also, on my run today I overheard a cyclist mention that running a marathon is on his bucket list as they zoomed passed me on their bikes. Good thing, I seem to have impeccable hearing, because my sight is failing me daily. It got me thinking. Maybe, just maybe, I should create a bucket list. I surely don’t think I would consider running a marathon as a bucket list item, because to me it seems like anyone to could do it if they just tried. Maybe, I’m just becoming one of those people. You know? One of those people that have set my mind to accomplish something, so I volunteer as the over peppy cheerleader for everyone else. So, here’s a rough draft of some things on my bucket list.

– Compete in a 1/2 Ironman distance triathlon
– Own and operate a successful business
– Go to Disney World
– See all 50 States (been to several states growing up, but never really took it in)
– Hike up a mountain
– See and swim near a waterfall
– Run to another city and back
– Learn and master a new fitness routine
– Travel all of Route 66
– Re-learn French and have a conversation with someone
– Stay in a hostel (At least once. My friend does this all the time, and she’s still alive)
– Travel to a different city and just go with the flow. (I freak out without an itinerary)
– Go to Hawaii
– Go back to school and study something I love
– Own my home
– Compete in 5 Cowtown marathons or half-marathons to complete my Texas star

This is just the beginning.

What are some things on your bucket list? What are some things you’ve already crossed off your list?

spring has sprung

Enjoyed a weekend of fantastic weather and fellowship with family and friends. Caught up with a dear high school friend, Hollie, and her little family on Saturday. Who would have ever imagined two Texas girls who have fallen into the grasp of Oklahoma’s arms?

Started the weekend off with a Saturday morning run with my training group. I was so eager to return to my training after my week’s hiatus of running. So, I had 12 miles on the menu. Woke up and started my morning with a hot coffee and fresh scrambled eggs. I guess I am going to have to start getting used to the warmer days ahead. Even after the thunderstorm that had passed through the night before, Saturday morning welcomed us with a springy 60 degrees.

My run started off UH-MAZ-ING. I was just thrilled to be back on my running game. I even got to break in my new shoes. My Achilles was feeling great for the first 2 miles, and then it started to hurt- the same type of pain I was having a week ago. I said and prayer, and kept running. It didn’t give me any more problems during the remainder of my run, but I made sure to stop at every water stop just to rest it a bit. I finished my 12.25 mile run, and headed to the gym.

Saturday was an upper body at the gym. I have officially completed 1 unassisted pull-up! To complete a pull-up has been a goal of mine for years running, but never took the time to put in the work for it. After weeks and weeks of pull-up negatives, weighted pull-ups, assisted pull-ups, wide grip pull-up, narrow grip pull-ups, and any pull-up under the sun you can think of, I FINALLY can complete 1 pull-up on my own.

OH Press- Look a those biceps :)

OH Press- Look those shoulders and back 🙂

I will also be interviewed on NPR this week on Zobra Paster’s, On Your Health. I will let you all know when it airs.

Since I spent most of the week resting my leg, I did mostly lifting and resting this week. Plan on making a call to the doctor tomorrow. I will keep you all posted.

Week 12-

March 30- 12.25 mile run

Week 12 mileage total- 12.25 mile run

March total mileage: 84.81 miles

in training

Whew! So, much has gone on this month. Ran my first 25K, last weekend I ran in the Strides of March Half Marathon, and clocked my first official half marathon PR. 1:57:01. Every second counts. I have to brag on myself a little, because I mean that’s why I have a blog. But, I ran this race without using my watch. As I began to “locate satellites” at the starting line, I got the alert every runner hates to see before a race. “Low battery.” At the point, I could do one of two things, 1) I could start my watch and be completely bummed and thrown off on my pace when it dies, or 2) just run. I opted just to Forrest Gump it, and I’m so glad that I did. I will NOT be doing that in the big race, but for the case of a small, local, half marathon, it worked out wonderfully.

I also received my “IN TRAINING” shirt, and couldn’t open the package fast enough to wear it. One and only rule for wearing your OKC Marathon training shirt: Train smart while wearing it!

In saying this, I will be taking one week off of my running program. I am starting to have some tendinitis in my Achilles, and think that means I should take it easy for a little. Your body doesn’t get strong while you’re working out anyway. Your muscles and body strengthen during times of REST. This is really hard for me to do, but I’m confident I will be alright. I’ve already gotten a 20-miler under my feet, so I think taking a week to rest and focus on my nutrition will do this body good.

Week 9, 10 & 11 mileage:
Week 9-
March 5- 7.25 mile run
March 6- 3.60 mile run
March 7- 2.00 mile bike; 0.50 mile swim
March 10- 20.30 mile run

Week 9 total mileage: 33.65 miles

Week 10-
March 12- 3.00 mile run
March 14- 3.00 mile run
March 16- 3.26 mile run
March 17- 13.10 mile run

Week 10 total mileage: 22.36 miles

Week 11-
March 19- 5.00 mile run
March 20- 4.00 mile run
March 21- 7.55 mile bike

Week 11 total mileage: 16.55 miles

During this week off, I will finally post some new recipes. 🙂 Get ready!