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Gidget is Fixin it

This started with a goal to fix the 15 lb weight gain after I quit smoking in 2008. It evolved into self discovery. It has now become my responsibility. I am training for the life I want to live.

I am a photographer, foodie, teacher and counselor. My work is always more interesting when I'm honest about my personal journeys and experiences. My most recent adventure was a bike ride across Iowa, RAGBRAI, during July 2010. The next of several challenges I've set for myself is to ...
This started with a goal to fix the 15 lb weight gain after I quit smoking in 2008. It evolved into self discovery. It has now become my responsibility. I am training for the life I want to live.

I am a photographer, foodie, teacher and counselor. My work is always more interesting when I'm honest about my personal journeys and experiences. My most recent adventure was a bike ride across Iowa, RAGBRAI, during July 2010. The next of several challenges I've set for myself is to compete in a triathlon in May 2011. I realized last year that I needed to get myself in better shape so that I am physically prepared to trek through the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea with my gear and supplies. This is about being as prepared as I can be so that if I need to run, I can do it.
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Member Since: 6/3/2008

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Fitness Minutes: 8,293

My Goals:
In a quest to become a whole, aware and healthy person, I am charging forward with my fitness and habit issues. I eat very good food. I love real food and avoid processed food. I have a firm belief that the additives in foods are harmful to us and one of the culprits of the weight problems suffered by an increasing number of people.

My Program:
Mon: Run 20 minutes, Strength training full body

Tues: Swim 30 minutes, Spin Class

Wed: Run 3 miles intervals working speed,
Strength training full body

Thurs: Swim 30 minutes, Spin Class

Friday: Run 20 minutes,
Strength training full body

Saturday: Long Run increasing to 3 hours adding 10% to time weekly starting in week 43 at 30 minutes consecutive running

Sunday: Bike Long ride (40 miles in the winter, 70 in nice weather)
Once spring arrives I will only have one spin class and 2-3 rides outside to prepare for tri. After the tri I will concentrate on cycling 80% and running 20% until August, when I will ramp running back up to prepare for a 1/2 marathon in October.


Personal Information:
2010 Goals:
16 lbs in 9 weeks:

Running:
5K Pace: 7.5 mph
Endurance: 1 hour 10 min

Cycling:
Climbing work: quad strength to keep closer to my pace when riding hills current pace 18-22 mph

Swimming:
Swim 30 minutes of laps consistently, work on stroke

Other Information:
Nothing changes if nothing changes.

The thing I will never be sorry for is starting today.

My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny."
~Elaine Maxwell

My blog: Me and Ira
meandira.wordpress.com

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Member Comments:
KAYZAKCX
11/10/2010 1:02:47 PM

Thanks for the comment on my blog. Cyclocross is a hoot. There's nothing like hearing your daughter say, "Daddy, there's mud in your teeth...again."



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BARRONVC
11/9/2010 4:12:01 PM

Nice Goals! Nice Program! Great effort and thank you.

You have accomplished much.



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TRINITYJOY
3/21/2010 5:42:13 PM

I really enjoyed reading your blog today. I know exactly what you mean by 'filling the space' with snacks. I'm an emotional eater too. When times are tough, boring, upsetting I just go and stand in front of the fridge and stare. It is really helpful to hear other people's stories and feel that sense of connection. I'm rooting for you (and me)! We can do it! emoticon emoticon




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JANEJEULAND
12/22/2009 12:33:47 AM

good for you for quitting smoking. I smoked for five years and quit 11 years ago. It is sooo hard!



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HEALTHYBEAR24
3/5/2009 2:04:37 AM

Hello I'm Esther. I want to welcome you to Spark People New YOU Bootcamp Program. I'm pleased to meet you.



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