Get your burger on at AJ Bombers for CCFA!

Head on down to everyone’s favorite Twitter bar for good drinks, great food and P-nut bombs! I’ll be guest-bartending @ajbombers to raise money for The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America through Team Challenge. I’m doing a half marathon in July and need to raise $3800.

When: Friday, April 30, 5:30-9 p.m.

AJ Bombers
1247 N. Water St (corner of Knapp and Water)
Milwaukee, WI

I’ll be serving up drinks and selling t-shirts and candy bars.

Oh, and for $5, you can write your twitter name or signature on my shirt that I’ll wear on the plane to California! That way I can bring each of you along for the trip!

Oh, and we’ll be auctioning off the contents of TWO CASES of Horny Goat Beer tomorrow night! Thanks to Horny Goat Brewing Company for the donation!

Special thanks to Red Wall Prints for their help in printing up these fabulous t-shirts!

Struggles

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I’ve been struggling for the past 6 weeks or so. The number on the scale is not changing. I am becoming obsessed with whatever that number is. And yet, the inches continue to fall off. I’ve now lost 23 inches. That’s 23 inches in 16 weeks – an average of 1.4 inches lost PER WEEK. And while the number on the scale isn’t changing, I’m trying to focus on the number that IS changing.

So, for the next 4 weeks, I’m giving up on the scale. I will not weigh in on Wednesdays. I will not step on the scale. Ok, well I might step on the scale but I’m not going to focus on that being the goal for the week. You know I’ll be honest with y’all about what is going on. But I’m taking a break from the scale for my mental well-being. It’s been too hard to see the number stay the same or go up, despite my increasing workout regiment. I know I’m not making the BEST food choices, but I’m making BETTER food choices.

I’m going to focus on what I can control – what I do with my body and what I put into my body. I’m going to re-examine my routine. I’m going to change things up. I will get through this fork in the road.

Besides, I have that whole pound-for-pound challenge, so I need to kick my butt into gear.

Weigh-in Wednesday will return May 26. Stay tuned.

Remember, you can follow my training on DailyMile!

Certifiable

Yep. That’s me. I’m certifiably insane.

Take a look at my upcoming races in the sidebar to the left. Yeah. what do you see on my race schedule? Three. Half. Marathons.

Two of them will be with Team Challenge for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. What? Yeah. You read that right. Not only am I training for the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon in July, I’ve also been asked to join Team Challenge as a mentor in the fall! The fall training season leads up to the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Basically, just a few weeks after the Napa season ends, information meetings ramp up for the Vegas half. I’m really excited about the opportunity to train for another half, increase my pace and do more work to help find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis! Not to mention, being able to mentor my teammates! EEEK!

I’ve known about the Vegas half for a week or two, but another one creeped onto my radar. I had promised my sister I would do a half with her in August or September and then I saw some friends on Facebook talking about doing the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in August. I’ve met a few of these friends, the rest are former or current colleagues. We have either worked at sister FOX stations in the past, or currently work for sister TV stations right now. It’s going to be a MyFoxHalfMarathon! There’s Steve and his wife who live in Chicago, Patrick and his wife from DC (formerly from St. Louis), Meagan from KC, Chip from Cleveland (formerly Dallas) and then me from Milwaukee. If any other current/former MyFox folks want to join us, talk to Steve B.

So, yeah. If you would have told me 4 months ago that I was going to be signing up for like 6+ 5ks and 3 half-marathons this year, I would have slapped you silly and probably laughed so hard my drink came out my nose.

Is this really happening? In the words of David, “Is this real life?”

The answer: Yes, yes it is. And I friggin’ love it. My life is turning around in a good way. I am excited for the future. I am excited to live. I am excited to run.

My first 5k!

Today I completed my very first 5k race! It was not without some hiccups along the way, but I feel such a sense of accomplishment! Here’s how it all went down.

Last night, I went to the Brewers game and tailgated heavily prior to the game. Got to bed super late, woke up with gutrot. Tried to eat some oatmeal but I was all sorts of nervous so it didn’t go over well. Got to the race in Brown Deer and received my race bib, timing chip and tshirt. Look!!! My first race bib!

I met up with some DailyMile and FitMilwaukee peeps before the race, but to be honest with you I don’t know what we talked about. I was so freaking nervous. My stomach was all over the place. I was praying I wouldn’t fall down, pass out or throw up. And you know what? I didn’t!

My goal was to finish in less than 55 min, with the super goal being to do it in 50 minutes or less (based on my current pace). And I DID IT!!! Of course, my knees hate me and my lungs were burning by the end, but I’m so happy with how this turned out. I was lucky enough to have the help of Rachel M as my “running” buddy. We’re both in a similar place weight and fitness-wise so we hoped our paces would mesh, which they did. It was nice to have the extra push. We ran the first 4 or 5 blocks then walked, ran a bit in the middle, and the ran the last 3 blocks or so. If you were only at the start/finish line, you would have thought we ran the whole thing, which was part of my secret plan. 😉 I was also happy to see more people behind us (even if they were doing the 10k)… because being the last person to finish would have been a bit difficult for me.

As it were, I was the second-to-last woman to finish the race. And you know what? I don’t care. I finished. I didn’t give up when it was tough. I didn’t say “oh this is too tough, I’m gonna sneak into this person’s house and hide til the race is over.” I finished with a consistent pace and couldn’t be more proud.

Here’s my official stats from the race results site:

I am so blessed to have you twitter/dailymile/facebook peeps. Anne and Rochelle came out along with Mike (who I just met today) to cheer us on. I held back tears as I was hitting the finish line because there were people CHEERING for ME! It’s so amazing to experience that. Thank you guys. Seriously, that meant the WORLD to me. #lovefest The only thing missing was my family and I know they’ll be there to cheer me on at many races to come. And, well, I may or may not have forgotten to ask them to come. LOL.

Stats according to my Garmin: 15:40, 16:54, 15:46 and the last .14 miles – 14:11.

Here are a few photos, courtesy Michael, Anne and Meghan:

PS – if you have a chance, congratulate my friend Tracey. She finished 2nd female overall and won her age bracket with a time of 22:52 finish. That means Tracey did the 5k in 27:08 minutes faster than me! Of course, to be fair, she’s been running for awhile and she’s the cutest li’l thing.

CCFA Fundraising Updates

Thank you soooooooo much! We’ve now raised $2,361.63 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation! EEK! Just about $1500 and we’ll be at my goal of $3800! I’m hoping to reach my goal by May 17 so I can focus on training… so I have a few ways you can join me for some fun and support the cause!

Franky’s Newport (and Patch) April 27, 2010 for 10 Ways to Happy!

I’m teaming up with Tiffany Weber for a fun happy hour in Bay View! Special cocktail menu, raffles and great networking in the heart of Bay View on Logan & Conway!

When: April 27, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. -7:00p.m.

Where: Franky’s Newport

939 E. Conway Street

Bay View, WI 53207

(414) 486-1768

Cost: $10 donation!

CLICK HERE to register and get an extra drawing in our raffle by registering ahead of time! (when you register, make sure you select “other” for who you heard about it from!)

The raffles ROCK… just sayin!

Guest Bartending at AJ Bombers

Head on down to everyone’s favorite Twitter bar for good drinks, great food and P-nut bombs! I’ll be guest-bartending @ajbombers to raise money for The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America through Team Challenge. I’m doing a half marathon in July and need to raise $3800.

I’ll be serving up drinks and selling t-shirts and candy bars.

Oh, and for $5, you can write your twitter name or signature on my shirt that I’ll wear on the plane to California! That way I can bring each of you along for the trip!

When: Friday, April 30, 5:30-9 p.m.

Where: AJ Bombers

1247 N. Water St (corner of Knapp and Water)

Milwaukee, WI

Cost: You decide!

Boot Camp with a Purpose

Boot Camps with a Purpose is led by certified fitness coach Jeremy Belter. He’ll kick our butts into shape!

Don’t worry if you’ve never done a boot camp before or if you’re out of shape. Boot camps are low-impact (meaning little jumping and no running). Strength training and circuits minimize pain and focus on muscle. If I can do this, trust me – anyone can! It’s just 30 minutes of your time, what do you have to lose?

The cost is just $15 for an awesome, kick-butt workout and the money is all donated to Team Challenge. If you can’t make the boot camp but would still like to donate, you can do so online at http://tinyurl.com/napa2010.

Pledge to workout with us 9-10 a.m. May 22. Even if you’re in a different city, you can join us in spirit.

When:  Saturday, May 22, 9-10 a.m.

Where:  Star of Bethlehem Gym

3700 S. Casper Dr.

New Berlin, WI 53151 US

Cost: $15

Weigh In Wednesday: Debbie Downer edition

I’m trying to figure out how the above chart translates into a 1lb weight gain. I don’t get it. I’m really struggling today. I’ve been floating between 261-263 for 5 or 6 weeks. I’ve really been cranking up the workouts and last week I introduced biking into my routine to switch things up. I really don’t want to start journaling my food intake. I REALLY don’t. But maybe I have to.

Add that to my desire to run but inability to do so and you have a depressed Amy. I have found it difficult to manage the desire to run with the realization that if I try to push too hard, I’ll screw up all my training for the half in Napa. I have to keep telling myself that it’s ok to walk. Never in my life have I WANTED to run. So this desire to run is new for me. I am having issues dealing with it, because in my life when I want to do something and I put my mind to it, I DO it. I don’t wait around for things to happen.

I’ve also been yearning to adopt a dog. Most people my age have baby fever. I have baby doggie fever. I fell a li’l in love with a three-legged cutie at the humane society. I told myself that when he would be ready for adoption, if his adoption fee was less than $250, I would adopt him talk to my landlord and beg him to let me adopt him. I mean, look at that face. How could he say no to that face? I mean, really. Isn’t he the cutest? Well, Max went up for adoption today. His adoption fee is $450. I can’t justify spending that much to adopt a dog. I certainly wouldn’t have the extra funds to provide him the life he deserves. So you could say I’m upset. I almost started crying at work today when I heard the news (I’ve been in close contact with the humane society peeps since I found out about Max and his story).

Needless to say, I’ve had better days.

Ok, well I need to stop this pity party real quick.

Thanks for letting me vent.

Hair makes a world of difference

Yesterday I got my hair did. I haven’t had my hair cut since December. Yes, I’m a slacker. It’s been awhile since I dyed it too. I am happy to be a brightly colored red head once again.

It’s funny how getting a new haircut/color after losing some weight and inches makes you finally realize that your body is changing. My gal Dawn is fantastic. If you wanna get your hair done by the fabulous Miss D, let me know. I’ll get you the hookup!

Spread the word: Let’s Beat Crohn’s and Colitis

I need your help. As you know, I am training for a half marathon to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. I’m not asking you for money (but if you’d like to donate, here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/napa2010)… but rather for your help in spreading the word. I know my emails/tweets/facebook/dailymile messages are out of control, but I’m totally freaking out. I have to raise $3800 and if I’m not close by May 17 (re-commitment date) I may not be able to continue with the program. Currently, we have raised $1,811.13. I have 31 days to raise $1,988.87. That means I need to raise an average of $64.16 EACH DAY for the next 31 days.

What’s the big deal with Crohn’s and Colitis? They’re quite literally shitty diseases.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases. Crohn’s disease is a chronic (ongoing) disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Although it can involve any area of the GI tract, it most commonly affects the small intestine and/or colon. Ulcerative colitis on the other hand, affects only the colon. The inflammation involves the entire rectum and extends up the colon in a continuous manner. There are no areas of normal intestine between the areas of diseased intestine. In contrast, such so-called “skip” areas may occur in Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis affects only the innermost lining of the colon, whereas Crohn’s disease can affect the entire thickness of the bowel wall.

I have three family members with either one or both of these diseases. When I was 20 years old, I had a colonoscopy because my doctors thought I, too, had Ulcerative Colitis. There is a strong possibility I could be diagnosed with the disease in the next 15 years (most people are diagnosed in their 30s).

I already have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and am scared of the possibility of developing this crappy disease. I hope that if I am every diagnosed, there is already a cure in place because I’ve seen first-hand how difficult it is to live with. And let’s be honest, I don’t want to have a raw ass for the rest of my life because of constant diarrhea.

Can you help me find 76 people to donate $2/mile ($26.20)? With your help, we CAN find a cure.

What am I asking of you? Please spread the word.

  • Tweet: @amykant is running a half marathon to #beatcrohns. Help us find a cure! #pushamy http://tinyurl.com/napa2010
  • Tweet: Help rid the world of IBD: Donate now to #beatcrohns #beatcolitis http://tinyurl.com/napa2010
  • Tweet: Save a tree! Help reduce the use of toilet paper! #beatcrohns #beatcolitis http://tinyurl.com/napa2010
  • Tweet: Save a colon! Support @amykant’s quest to raise $3800 and run a half marathon to #beatcrohns http://tinyurl.com/napa2010
  • Facebook: My friend Amy Kant is training for a half marathon to help find a cure for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Can you spare $2/mile ($26.20) to find a cure? http://tinyurl.com/napa2010
  • Facebook or Tweet: Save an ass, save a life. Help find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis. http://tinyurl.com/napa2010
  • Facebook or Tweet: Spare a square? Help find a cure for crappy Crohn’s and Colitis http://tinyurl.com/napa2010
  • Facebook or Tweet: Help send a child with Crohn’s/Colitis to summer camp http://tinyurl.com/napa2010
  • TUESDAYS – Facebook or Tweet: For every $ donated today, @amykant will do a crunch. #feeltheburn #tuesdaycrunch http://tinyurl.com/napa2010
  • TUESDAYS – Facebook or Tweet: Make @amykant feel the burn. $1=1 crunch tonight. #tuesdaycrunch http://tinyurl.com/napa2010
  • Send an e-mail to family, friends and coworkers. Copy this blog post and send away! Why not send a forward that could actually help save a life? So many times forwards pose threats of bad luck, hoaxes or useless jokes, photos and sayings. This e-mail has the potential to save a life.
  • Blog about it. Even a post as simple as “My friend Amy Kant is training to run a half marathon to raise money and awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis. Please check out her fundraising site and consider donating $1/mile ($13.10). I know you can spare 3 Starbucks lattes this week to help find a cure for these crappy diseases. http://tinyurl.com/napa2010

These are just a few ideas. Thank you for your help, your support, your encouragement and especially your love. I am on this journey because of you.

Half Marathon is just a 5k with a 10 mile warm up T-shirts for sale

It’s time for another crazy fundraising idea from your favorite blogger… I’m selling fabulous t-shirts to benefit the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

The shirt below (which will be blue with orange design), says, “A half marathon is just a 5k with a 10 mile warmup.” This design was inspired by some of our fabulous Team Challenge mentors, who sold shirts like this in years past. It’s also a fun saying in the running world. In case you were wondering, a half marathon is 13.1 miles. or, a 5k (3.1 miles) plus 10 miles. Please consider purchasing a shirt to benefit this AWESOME cause, and please wear them for your next 5k, workout session or just to support finding a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis!

PLEASE NOTE: You can pre-order til April 20 at 5 p.m. to save $1! (just place your order and I’ll issue a refund via Paypal). Shirts will be ready for pickup April 30. Any orders placed after April 20 will be the regular price of $15-18, depending on the size of the shirt.

Click here to place your order!

Weigh In Wednesday: Wait, What?

So this morning I stepped on the scale, as I’ve done every Wednesday since January 6. I was nekkid, as I always am (for the most accurate reading, of course). I check my weight 3 times, as I always do, to make sure the number is accurate and repeatable.

This morning, first time the scale said 264.4. Second time the scale said 261.2. Third time, the scale said 262.6.

What. The. Heck.

I think my scale is broken.

I will have to buy a replacement scale this weekend. Any suggestions?