The Great Milwaukee Race

Last year I joined three friends in running The Great Milwaukee Race, an urban scavenger hunt across the city. This year, with my bigger role with FitMKE, I’m helping plan the race! In fact, I just designed the race website. Check it out!

So, what’s The Great Milwaukee Race? It’s an adventure for everyone. Teams of 2-4 people will get clues to seek locations throughout the city. They will travel on foot and perform fun tasks at each location then move on to the next. This is a team race that is part foot race, part trivia and part challenges. Teams of 2-4 players must solve clues to find checkpoints throughout the downtown area. Once the checkpoints are reached, the teams must complete the challenge before moving on. Each team must determine their own route to the checkpoints. Depending on the route chosen, the total course mileage should be 6-8 miles.

Registration opens March 1st at 9 a.m., so get your team together today!

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.

Gym humiliation: I’ll have what she’s having

We’ve all had them. A slip. A fall. A trip. A drop. An inopportune fart. A wardrobe malfunction. But when you’re at the gym, these embarrassing moments can be amplified in severity because you are surrounded by people you don’t know.

Check out my latest post over at FitMilwaukee.com. I promise you will laugh. If you don’t, well, you suck.

You have to visit FitMilwaukee to see my favorite story (titled I’ll have what she’s having)… but the one below is a close second:

Is that a roll of quarters in your pocket?

I was working out commando because it was laundry day. I wore cheap shorts that slide around a lot. I decided to do crunches on a balance ball. As I was sitting on it, I started to slip off the ball because of the slippery nylon shorts.
Because I was in the middle of my sets, I didn’t want to stop.
I failed to realize as I was sliding down the ball, the leg of my shorts was sliding up. Way up. Like ALL THE WAY up.
“Is it locker room cold in here or is it just me?”

~J.

Embarrassing gym moments

I’ve been asking my Twitter, Facebook and Dailymile friends to share their most embarrassing gym/working out moments for an upcoming article at FitMilwaukee.com. Do you have a funny story to share? Please let me know! If you’d like to be a part of this article but want to remain anonymous, that’s fine with me… just let me know.

And just because I can’t ask you to share without sharing myself… I’ll point you in the direction of two recent blog posts, dealing with farting at the gym and a wardrobe malfunction.

Feel free to use the Contact form or shoot me an e-mail (me-at-losingitwithoutlosingme.com).

FitMke: Get into the groove with #fitmkemix

Here’s a li’l taste of my latest post at FitMilwaukee. Head on over to read the entire article.

In case you haven’t noticed, Fit Milwaukee has become a huge movement in Milwaukee (have you seen the Facebook page? We have more than 550 members). Now, #fitmke has its own podcast!

The #fitmkemix is a collection of motivating, energizing (and sometimes relaxing) independent music from across the globe, all put together in a podcast to listen to while you work your bootay off. Think of the podcast as a radio show that you can download to your computer, iPod or other MP3 device.

The host and creator of #fitmkemix, Tracy Apps, is a Milwaukee graphic designer, web developer, photographer, drummer and social media addict who loves music. Apps says she started #fitmkemix to keep herself motivated by working out to good music. “I need a distraction to keep me going on that treadmill or elliptical.”

She is a fan of independent musicians, so Apps thought it seemed like a good fit to have a podcast with upbeat music highlighting lesser-known artists.

Because Apps is a drummer, she likes workout music with a good beat and chooses songs with a faster tempo. “I subconsciously will workout to the beat of a song,” says Apps.

Weigh In Wednesday: Milestone, achieved

First things first. I lost 1.4 pounds in the last week, bringing my total weight loss in 6 weeks to 10.6 pounds. Not too shabby. 🙂 I updated my inspiration board too! I was e-mailing with my mom about this today and she said to me, “Do you realize that you’ve lost 10% of the weight you wanted to lose?”

Holy crap. I totally have.

I’ve also lost 4% of my total body weight in 6 weeks.

10.6 pounds is the equivalent of:

  • 42 sticks of butter
  • 5 liters of soda
  • 7 dozen eggs
  • 3.2 chickens
  • a 6-pack of beer
  • a 12-pack of soda

In case you were wondering… 🙂

Now, on to even BIGGER NEWS!

I started Couch to 5k this week. If you’ve followed my dailymile training, you know I’ve been struggling. Today was different.

I ran y’all. I RAN. I ran 100% of the time I was supposed to. I F*cking RAN. This is HUGE. The last time I did C25K, I averaged my running “speed” at 3.7-4.0. This is walking for y’all, but was jogging for me. Today I ranged between 4.1-4.7!!! It wasn’t until I was in the last running leg that I realized what I had just done.

I started sobbing, while I was running, on the treadmill, at the gym, during peak time. It didn’t matter. I was running. I did a li’l stretching then decided to head home. I got to my car. I started crying. I got home. I walked in the door, told my sis and started sobbing for a good 5min! She gave me a much-needed hug and said she was proud of me. It meant the world to me.

I ran today.

Hells yeah.

Fit Milwaukee: Getting Fit Doesn’t Mean You’re Thin

Anne and Tracey (the fabulous ladies who run FitMilwaukee.com) asked me to join the team as a guest blogger! I was so incredibly honored they asked me to contribute. My blogs at Fit Milwaukee will likely focus on my journey to becoming “fit” and stepping out of my comfort zone. I may also discuss how my thyroid condition affects my journey.

My first post was published this morning, so you should go check it out! Stay tuned for more posts from me.

Getting Fit Doesn’t Mean You’re Thin

This year I committed to living a healthier lifestyle. I haven’t been “fit” by conventional means for years. I’m fat. I weigh 265 pounds. I have health problems beyond belief. But I refuse to bow to the easy way out. I’m not giving up anymore. I’m taking charge of my life. I am FIT – Fabulous In Training. To me, being fit is more than just your outward appearance. It’s your actions. It’s taking charge.

If you’re overweight like me, you shouldn’t be afraid of exercising or eating better. We’re all going to slip and fall… but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pick yourself back up. Just stepping out of your comfort zone will get you on your way to being fit.

Fearless Amy and the fitness expo

On Saturday, I joined Anne Munkwitz and Rochelle Van Hart for the Salus Corporate Treadmill challenge, a challenge to run or walk around Wisconsin (held at the RACC Multisport Expo). I saw the tweets and Facebook posts about this challenge and was intrigued but also a bit scared. Anne and Rochelle signed up to run on a treadmill for 2 hours straight. No potty breaks, no stopping to catch your breath… running, on a treadmill, for two freaking hours. I asked Anne for a li’l more info Friday and decided, what the hell. I contacted the organizer and booked a spot next to the other FitMilwaukee gals.

I know what you’re thinking – surely Amy didn’t run on a treadmill for two hours!!!

And you’re right, I didn’t.

Run that is.

I think God made me without certain “fear” receptors in the brain. Sometimes, I just don’t think about things before I do them. I am a li’l fearless like that. I’ve done some stupid things in my life (no comments from the peanut gallery) and I’ve embarrassed myself more times than I’d care to admit. But that’s never stopped me from doing something stupid, or in this case, friggin’ awesome.

Looking back, I’m a little mortified at what I did on Saturday.

  1. I am fat.
  2. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo.
  3. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill.
  4. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill for two hours.
  5. I am fat and I went to a FITNESS expo and walked on a treadmill for two hours, walking a total of 5.6 miles.

What was I thinking? Seriously, what WAS I THINKING? I was on a treadmill facing the expo (thank God they couldn’t see my fat butt) with people walking past me for two hours, seeing me, all 267 pounds of me, walking on a treadmill. Shiz. Two hours. TWO FREAKING HOURS. AT A FITNESS EXPO.

Like I said, I can be a bit fearless at times.

It happens.

(photo by Anne Munkwitz)

If you follow my workouts on DailyMile, you know that I haven’t walked more than 2 miles since I started this whole thing. The fact that I walked 5.6 miles without a lot of training (and at a very consistent pace of 3.0-3.5 mph) is a huge deal. This alone is evidence to me that I have changed. Sure, there were a few times I wanted to stop, but then I looked to my left and saw Anne and Rochelle running away and I knew I couldn’t stop. In fact, at one point, I even contemplated running for a bit. Yeah, you read that right – I wanted to run. What is wrong with me?

It all seems so surreal… I still can’t believe I did that just 2 days ago.

Thanks to Anne and Rochelle for pushing me and inspiring me to do this. I seriously couldn’t do it without you.

And here’s a li’l video Mike Collins took of us near the end of the two hours (don’t I look hawt?).

Putting on a brave face but crying on the inside

Right now I feel like jumping off the bridge anyway.


Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dannyman/ / CC BY-NC 2.0

But I won’t. Well not this weekend anyway.

I digress.

Tonight was the #fitmke Weight Loss Challenge kickoff and official weigh-in. And BOY did I weigh in. LIKE WEEEEEIIIIIIGHHH in. Before I post the numbers, I would like to mention the following:

  1. He made me keep my big winter boots on
  2. I’m fat
  3. I was a bit dehydrated (apparently, if you’re not well hydrated, it throws off the body fat % number…)
  4. I’m fat
  5. It was a PM weigh-in and you typically weigh more in the evening (or so I’ve been told)
  6. I’m fat
  7. I have a thyroid condition that has definitely contributed to a massive weight gain over the past year.

That said…. I weighed in at 274.2. Holy !@#($!#$%@$!#*(&! I wanted to cry, but I stayed strong. THEN, I was dragged kicking and screaming had the privilege of getting my body fat percentage taken. It was 45. I am almost HALF FAT. !@#($!@(#$$%&^%^&*%@#$!@#$. But, please keep #3 in mind.

The trainer didn’t take measurements, so I did that when I got home. My sister helped me cuz I could not measure my arms for the life of me.

I’m going to keep track of everything on the Stats page… so if you want to see the damage, click on over. WARNING: content may not be appropriate for the young or faint of heart.

What has this taught me?

I am in need of some SERIOUS changes in my life. Y’all need to keep pushing me, because all I want to do right now is to drown my sorrows in large amounts of alcohol, ice cream and deep fried goodness.

Did I ever mention I’m an emotional eater? Cuz yeah, I am.

I seriously SERIOUSLY want to give up. But I know y’all have my back (all 274.2 pounds of it) and instead, I’m going to steam some veggies. It’s time to say a big ol’ EFFFFF U to the fat.

One more thing. If we’re on a plane and it crashes in the middle of nowhere, I give you permission to eat my fat ass when I die.

Fit Milwaukee Weight Loss Challenge

Later this week, I’ll be measured and weighed by a trainer from WAC as part of the Fit Milwaukee Weight Loss Challenge. Can you say heart attack? YAY!

I am totally freaking out about it, even though I obviously need to know where I stand… (which is ginormous, so bleh). It needs to be done. I had a physical in December (where I found out about my current health problems) so I know about where I stand weight-wise… just not with the measurements. Luckily, my weight was about 10 lbs or so lower than my highest weight ever (a number I hope I NEVER EVER see again… unless it’s from a slot machine).

I haven’t decided if I want to post the numbers here or not. I’m leading towards yes, as mortifying as that will be. It’s all about accountability.

As for health goals… I plan to give myself little goals along the weigh way along with rewards such as new clothes, a new book, new workout attire and the occasional splurge. Let’s be honest. When you lose weight, you want to reward yourself with a 1500 calorie piece of cheesecake. Am I right people? Be honest and I know you’ll agree. Unless you’re one of those skinny beyotches. And in that case, you can stick it.

I plan to mark the following milestones:

  • weight loss in intervals of 5
  • % of weight loss in intervals of 5
  • inches lost (combined)