Monday, May 26, 2014

Week 2 Recap

Have you ever had one of those weeks where the Earth feels like it is spinning around you and you are just standing still? This was how my week started. Work was demanding, personal life obligations were demanding and then...bam. I got hit with a bomb, as if things weren't spinning fast enough.

This week I went home because my grandmother passed away. She passed away early in the morning on Tuesday and by Tuesday evening I had a plane ticket home. Rather, to Buffalo. Buying a ticket from Florida to New York last minute is never pretty, so I chose the cheapest route, which was Buffalo. Since my middle sis lives there I flew into the Buff and drove the 5 1/2 hours home with her. So after my 3 hour flight to D.C., layover, delayed flight, 2 hour flight into Buffalo and drive across the state, Wednesday was over before I knew it.

Thursday was a day with my sister and mom and then the private service at the funeral home. My grandmother's house is on a huge farm in upstate NY and I spent a lot of time getting into a ridiculous amount of trouble there with my siblings and cousins. So, when we arrived at her house for a family gathering after the service, the memories definitely came flooding back. The window we broke, the hill we went down in a plastic pool, the rock wall I hit with a 4-wheeler. It was a lot to take in. [Side note, what is it with white people and funeral food?! Casseroles, carbs and sweets...the 3 groups of food for those in mourning.] But, I digress.

I will leave any other details of this week out of this post out of respect for my family, but I will say that I was glad to be there for my mom and rekindle relationships with family members. It was a good couple of days to remind myself to slow down, because life is short.

On the weight loss front, I wasn't expecting much. I tried to do extra laps in the airport and log my food, but when I stepped on the scale I was pleasantly surprised!

 lbs lost: 1.4 
$ earned: $1.40? Nope, mama rounds DOWN!
Toughest Part of the Week: Making good decisions on the road & not eating my feelings
Easiest Part of the Week: Logging-LoseIt is so convenient!
Pic for this week:
Congress Park selfie

My fam

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Week 1: SUCCESS!

Week one is over with! Not bad, not bad. Let me tell you, the FitBit is the coolest thing ever. I didn't meet my 10,000 steps goal on a couple of the days this week, but it was fun getting as many as I could. This week was cray busy, so next week will be better as far as that goes. I literally was driving from one thing after another each day. I also drank an insane amount of water. 4 lbs is a great weight loss week. I was worried my stress level would kill any progress. Think I can lose 2 this week? That's my goal.

lbs lost: 4!
$ earned: $4....hmmm....I guess if I stopped now I could buy a lip gloss....NOPE!
Toughest Part of the Week: This week was insanely busy. I sing with a local chorus and our performances were this weekend so I was super stressed. It definitely took a lot of planning and thought.
Easiest Part of the Week: Using this FitBit! MAMA LIKEY!
Pic for this week:
Like my hair scarf? It's all part of the show!

Ok, back to eating my chocolate covered cashews. Noms.

#MoveItMay-Arm Circles & Superman Holds

Remember that upper arm strength thing I was telling you about? Yeahhhhh...arm circles hurt too. But, I finished out my week of social media fun with The Heart Truth & #MoveItMay!
Rocking my moves at a training

Friday, May 16, 2014

#MoveItMay-Chair Dips, Stretchin'

Yesterday I completed my chair dips as well as a person with my upper body strength could do. This is definitely a good reminder that I need to lift some WEIGHTS this summer!

Today? Stretching. Made this ah-dorable video for your viewing pleasure. You're welcome.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

#MoveItMay-Calf Raises

You thought I was kidding! Today's challenge was calf raises. Since I had chorus practice tonight I rocked them out on the risers!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

#MoveItMay: Baby Carrots!

Today's #MoveItMay challenge was to eat 13 baby carrots...mission accomplished! I ate them as my pre-run snack this afternoon with a little 100-cal guac! Delish!

Monday, May 12, 2014

#MoveItMay? More Like Move It, Sarah!

This #MoveItMay has me all sorts of inspired (today I rocked my 12 flutter kicks. I hope you did too!). I'm embarking on a new challenge!

At the time of the heart attack I had another 20 lbs to lose. Instead of losing these 20, I've gained another 20, making me 40 in the red. No bueno. I know this isn't good for my heart but I've had such a hard time finding any energy to do ANYTHING. On weekdays the battle is just to get through the work day without kicking it. By 4 pm I'm beyond exhausted. But I need to do something.

I know this isn't a weight loss blog. Never has been, never will be. So my challenge is driven by heart healthy reasons. Time to get my energy back, reclaim my body, and make my heart happy.

My challenge has 4 components:
1. Log my food on Lose It. I've been doing this for awhile, but I lack consistency. Time to kick it up because it syncs with....
2. FITBIT! The fur babies got me a FitBit for Mother's Day! How sweet! ;) I WILL meet my 10,000 steps goal everyday.
3. green stuff....dough. I put a dollar for each lb I want to lose in one jar and I will move them to the other jar when I've lost the weight. When that bad boy is full, mama is going shopping.
4. RUN! The new session of my running group starts June 3. Time to log some miles baby!
Make it RAIN!

Each Sunday, here's what you'll get:
$ EARNED: $0
Toughest part of this week: Seeing the number on the scale
Easiest part of this week: It's always easy starting...
Pic for this week: (Do I call this week 1? week 0? Whatevs.)

Friday, May 9, 2014


Guess who is taking over The Heart Truth's social media next week for #MoveItMay? This girl! This is a perfect opportunity for me to jump start things. I have been in a bad cycle of fatigue and inactivity. I have big plans. Look for a video on Monday to explain my new challenge and my activities for the week! Interested in participating with The Heart Truth? Check out this info graphic for more info!

Also, looking for a Spotify playlist to get you moving? Look no further! Click on this picture to get your jam on.

Happy moving kiddos! Look for my next post on Monday! Let's #MoveItMay!

Go Red for Women Luncheon #OrlandoGoesRed

The American Heart Association has done it again. They have left an amazing impact on my life. I was asked to speak at the American Heart Association-Greater Orlando's Go Red for Women luncheon and the experience did not disappoint.

First of all, anyone who knows me knows I am HORRIBLE at doing my hair. My usual hairstyle is a high bun on the run. So I decided to conquer this mop and get a blowout before the big event. Here's what it looked like Thursday night.

Aaaaand here's what happened this morning. FAIL. #EPICfail. I tried pinning it overnight but by the morning it was a hot mess. So back to the bun I went. Florida weather + my hair = frizz city. This was another challenge for another day.

I arrived at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios bright and early. So glad I took the day off from work. Hurrying there would have stressed me out and I was already nervous as anything. The lobby looked amazing! Ladies were bidding on fantastic silent auction items (I thought someone was going to get cut for the Tory Burch clutch), taking pictures, having their makeup done and even getting their numbers checked with Florida Hospital! I was also interviewed by Channel 6!

Check out the selfie stop! Great idea! I was a tweeting fool with #OrlandoGoesRed!

Right next to the stage, just before Orlando Ballet performed! They were amazing! What a view for this event!

Table #1 y'all! This was the media/speaker table. Check out Martie Salt (WFTV) & Leslie Gale (Magic 107.7) in the background emceeing the event. They sat at table 1 as well.

Here I am, giving my speech. Also choking back tears. I really love speaking in front of people, no matter how nerve-wracking. To see reactions to what you're saying and to see the impact on their face is so rewarding. See below for my speech.

Sweet swag bag.

After the luncheon I was able to connect with amazing women. I even met a 28 year old stroke survivor and a 27 year old who had a quadruple bypass surgery. This is why I continue to blog, tweet, Facebook and speak. These connections. These women. Survivors.

Speech: (the picture is below)
This picture was taken in October of 2011 when I was 31. Today I stand before you at the age of 33. At the time of this picture, I had just finished my first half marathon. This picture was taken just moments after I crossed the finish line. It’s pretty obvious that I was thrilled. You can see the Daytona track in the background, since this was at the Daytona Half Marathon.

I had worked so hard to get to this point. 2011 was my year of positive change. I joined a training group, running 3-4 times a week, eating well and discovering my love for running. However, one thing I had yet to conquer was stress. At the time I was single, working on my doctorate and teaching middle school.  I was definitely living life one to-do list to the next. Running became my solace.

Just 3 months after this picture I had a widow maker heart attack. They nickname it the widow maker due to the low survival rate. My LAD was 99% blocked.  I had no idea what a heart attack looked like or felt like. No family history and a clean bill of health. In fact, I knew so little I thought a cath was a catheter. But, I knew something was desperately wrong.

Call it luck, fate, a miracle, but I stand before you today as a survivor. Widow maker heart attacks get their gruesome names from the damage they cause. The sooner you get treatment the better. I survived mine after suffering for 4 days. I shouldn’t be standing before you.

To say that those 5 days in the hospital were a low point in my life isn’t doing it justice. My entire world was shattered. I wondered if I could run again, how I would date again, if I could have or even want kids anymore and how I would manage to deal with the thought of a little metal spring inside of my heart for the rest of my life.

On my way out the door to the hospital I grabbed 3 things-my glasses, my phone charger and my iPad. I’m so glad I did. Instead of lying in my hospital bed writing lesson plans, doing research or writing a paper, I began to explore the world of a heart attack survivor.  As I began googling, I found the American Heart Association. I read stories of survivors and their triumphant return to their real lives. I read articles that validated my feelings All hope was not lost. I became inspired.

After the heart attack I started my blog, Heart Attack at 31. I’ve communicated with heart attack survivors from all over the globe, hearing their stories and bonding for life. My blog, which began as my own little piece of cathartic happiness, turned into opportunities and experiences.

However, since the heart attack my most rewarding work has been working with the American Heart Association. I have been a highlighted You’re the Cure Advocate, spoken at Cocktails for a Cause and at the Go Red for Women breakfast, guest blogged, and I’ve even been on TV and radio. I will never tire of hearing women tell me their stories after these events or making connections with other survivors. The American Heart Association is the reason I move on. Although I’m not thankful for my heart attack, I’m thankful for the work I’ve done with the American Heart Association and the amazing things they are able to accomplish daily. These connections have saved my life. Let’s continue helping survivors like me *point to picture* live better and richer lives.
This pic was displayed on the screen