My New Title, Half Marathon Runner

I can’t put into words how incredibly happy and proud I am of myself and my friends who ran in the Cincinnati Flying Pig events over the past weekend. I’ve been talking about running the Flying Pig since working at DocuStar and I finally completed this goal on Sunday May 5th. I ran 13.1 miles in 3 hours with my very best friend and cousin, Kat Ottopal. It feels like I’m now part of an elite club but of course that club has thousands upon thousands of members and even some that have run this race every year since inception, 15 years ago. 

If the shoe fits, wear the damn thing :)

If the shoe fits, wear the damn thing

The experience was like none other starting with the infamous Flying Pig Expo on Friday afternoon. Kat, Lisa (my health coach), Ryan (Lisa’s boyfriend) and I (Lisa and Ryan were in from Oregon) were checking out all that the expo had to offer plus we picked up our sponsor swag and bibs. Kat and I both had personal messages on our bibs and I had completely forgot what mine said, oopsy!

{Highlights from the Pig}

  • My husband, mom, dad, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew, aunt, uncle and other friends cheering us on. NOTHING can top the feeling of seeing your family as you run towards them. Especially when you need that little oomph of encouragement which I did when I saw CJ, Sarah and Henry right before the finish.
  • Hilarious signs from spectators including my favorite one that had an image of Ryan Gosling and it read, “Girl, you look hot in your tutu!” Of course I was wearing a tutu and I wore it the ENTIRE time. photo (48)
  • Text messages throughout the run from various friends and family. My mother-in-law actually sent me a text just as I was passing the start line, very good timing on her part!
  • Starting the race was COOL! The energy, the music, the crowds already cheering you on, the sunrise, the rainbow, my friends starting with me, being surrounded by other runners and the general sense of hope that this was going to be a great experience all hit me at once. I had goosebumps! I actually looked at my friend, Andrea, and told her that I had goosebumps and I was so pumped up.
  • Random little fun fact, I saw so many people from my high school at the Pig and four of us were running. Shout outs to Jordan Flay (who did the 3-way challenge), Amber Potter and my girl Andrea Gontkovsky – Good Job fellow Falcons! 
  • The spectators were incredible! It is a hard job to run the race but it is also a hard job to get around the outskirts of the course to cheer on the runners. I was so proud of Cincinnati and those that support the running community.
  • Seeing and running with the Sharonville Mommy Runners. I’m so excited to meet these moms and join them on their weekend runs, they were all so adorable and inspiring.
  • OWNING the hill, enough said!
  • Last but not least, my medal is pretty much bad ass and I wore it around the rest of that day and to dinner at the Moerlein Lager House, why not? I earned the thing!

Pig Ladies

Just like a fellow Pig runner warned me, I’m looking forward to running the half and working on beating my own time. The experience was so incredible that I honestly can’t wait to run the half marathon again next year! I was actually reminding Kat during the race (can’t remember which mile this was) that I really only wanted to run the Flying Pig 10K but she insisted we do the half, “I’m not doing anything less than the 1/2,” is a direct text message quote! I can’t thank Kat enough for pushing me and helping me to run and show that hill who was boss.

{Other Pics from the Expo}

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10 Pounds Till Vegas

If you read my journey to a Post Preg Mom Bod then you know that I’m trying to ditch all these extra pounds I’m carrying around everywhere and I’m doing it via Weight Watchers and running. So far the journey has been rewarding in more ways than one, I have more energy, I feel better in my own skin already and I’ve dropped two sizes in the pants department. Oh and I’m getting head nods from the fellas in the hoopty cars when I run – BONUS! One last reward that I’d like to add to this list is to have dropped 10 pounds by the time George sweeps me off my feet to Las Vegas which is at the end of this month.

Am I track to lose 10 pounds in about 20 days?

Starting Weight: 8/7/12 = 193 lbs

As of 9/4/12 I weighed in at 187.6 lbs which is a loss of 5.4 lbs leaving me with 4.6 lbs to go!

The plan to pull off the weight loss in about 20 days includes more water, Weight Watcher friendly recipes, tracking my points and continuing to run. Here is a new recipe that George and I loved that I’ll be making tonight that is only 8 points and super delicious:

Blue Cheese Chicken Burgers

(courtesy of

{Ingredients include}

2 sprays of cooking spray
1/4 cup of bbq sauce
1 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce, or to taste
1 lb uncooked extra lean ground chicken breast
1/2 cup uncooked scallion diced (we didn’t include, George doesn’t like)
1/4 cup uncooked celery chopped (we didn’t include, George doesn’t like)
1/4 cup dried plain breadcrumbs
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp table salt
4 mixed grain hamburger buns
2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
1 large fresh tomato cut into slices
2 tbsp blue cheese, crumbled


Off heat, coat a grill with cooking spray and preheat to medium-high

In a small bowl, combine bbq sauce, hot pepper sauce. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, 1 tbsp bbq sauce mixture, scallion, celery, breadcrumbs, garlic and salt. Using wet hands, form chicken mixture into four 1/2 inch thick patties, brush top of burgers with some remaining bbq sauce mixture.

Place burgers on grill, sauce side down: brush tops of burgers with remaining sauce. Grill, turning once, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Lightly toast open-faced buns on grill during last minute of cooking.

To server, place 4 bun bottoms on each of 4 plates, top each with 1/2 cup of shredded lettuce, 2 tomato slices, a burger, 1/2 tbsp of cheese and a bun top. ENJOY!

Post Preg Mom Bod

Ah yes, we are going to talk about weight and getting back what I’m calling a “Post Preg Mom Bod.” Even though it will make most of us cringe and sweat and possibly break out into hives, it is still a topic worth discussing. This is NOT a fun topic and can also be extremely emotional as it is an individual journey that we are all faced with soon after our bundle of joy is birthed. But I also think it is a topic that most of my mom friends and I discuss on a fairly regular basis so I thought I would put it all out there in hopes that my honesty and “current” motivation (emphasis on current) will be a motivation for others as well.


When I was pregnant with Abbey my goal was to only gain 30 pounds or less for the entire pregnancy, one is because I’m so short and really couldn’t gain much more and still make it from point A to point B and the other is because my doctor strongly suggested the limit. Don’t get me wrong, I still indulged on some foods that I would not normally enjoy as care-free like I did when pregnant but I was also lucky enough to crave weird things like broccoli. About two weeks after having Abbey I had pretty much lost all the weight (about 28-29 lbs) I had gained while pregnant and I really appreciate that it came off so fast. I had lost a few extra pounds around this same time but then pretty much teetered at the same exact weight for 8 long months.

{Here is what I thought}

  • I am breast feeding and this weight is supposed to literally melt away so that I’m automatically skinny by the time Abbey turns one. {false}
  • I am at my pre-pregnancy weight but not my pre-pre-pregnancy weight and I have an excuse because I lost our baby. {not a great “excuse” but I used it}
  • I will be more active when Abbey is active and again it will just melt right off. {did I think weight came off via some sort of crazy weight-loss microwave?}
  • I will walk every night with Abbey when I get home from work so I’ll lose the weight easily. {working full time and trying to squeeze in dinner, play time, bath time and then bed time within a two hour window, NO time for a walk}
  • I am supposed to eat a crazy amount of food anytime that I want because I am breast feeding. {while this is slightly true, you still just can’t have 3 Oreos every night}
  • I am breast feeding still and this weight will just fall off, right? {ummm NO, see first excuse answer}

As you can see, I was coming up with all kinds of awesome excuses in my head and I really had myself believing that most of them were really good and I was even telling people some of these crazy things out loud. The best one is the “I am breast feeding and the weight will just fall off” because this is really the biggest misconception. I believe that breast feeding helped me to maintain my weight for the 8 months that it never changed but that is because I still ate like a pregnant woman.

{The reality}

When I saw myself in pictures and realized that Abbey was almost as old as the months that she was in my belly, I finally realized that I needed to make a change. I purchased an app on my phone called “Ease Into 5K” and started working on the weekly walk-run combos that would help ease me back into running. The only way that I could make time for this a few nights a week is getting Abbey on a solid bedtime routine and of course with the help of George! Once I started running and feeling like I was on a solid track I still felt like I wasn’t losing any weight. OH-kay here is a big confession, I had been paying for a Weight Watchers online membership since January and was ignoring the emails and ignoring the program. Whew, now that I got that off my chest! I went ahead and really looked back into Weight Watchers and decided that my problem was the food. I decided that it was time to put 100% back into tracking what I put in my mouth.  And after some research I could add additional points because I was still nursing Abbey, which eased my concern of making sure I was eating enough for the two of us still.

Starting weight on 8/7/12 = 193 lbs

Weight today = 188.2 lbs

10% Target weight = 174.1 lbs

Ultimate weight goal = 130 lbs

I know that I have lofty goals but we’ll see where this journey takes me. There was a time before George and I got married that I was at my lowest weight ever because of Weight Watchers but since then I haven’t been able to give 100% to the program. I’m hoping that I can continue to make this a more important priority in my life. Losing weight can feel like a part-time job but the payout is much greater than what I was doing before which was making excuses, eating Oreos and plopping my butt in front of the TV when Abbey finally went to sleep. There are times when I still want to do that but then I miss out on my “Post Preg Mom Bod” journey which includes getting honked at when running (wasn’t sure if it was a compliment or they were making fun of me because I look like I’m about to pass out) and FINALLY fitting in some pre-pre-pregnancy jeans!

Please share any of your own “Post Preg Mom Bod” journey stories with me so we can help to motivate each other.