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UPDATE (7/31/13): I have really been getting back on track for the past two months. I have started losing weight again (down 4.5 pounds) though I still have about 12 to lose. I am being pretty faithful running & cycling & even started swimming a bit. I'm training for my first ever duathlon (August), my 5th half marathon (October) & possibly another triathlon (September). I'm feeling GREAT and don't ever want to get so 'off track' again!

UPDATE (10/9/12): It is October and I just had my first competition of the year. Yes, I suffered from burn out... and weight gain... and nagging 'injuries'. But, I'm trying to get back on track! I have 10-12 pounds to lose and speed to gain. And, I have to get my body stronger & more flexible so I don't keep having all of these aches & pains. But, it'll happen if I stick with it!

For the rest of the year, I hope to lose 5 pounds (it's so hard during the holidays!) and get back in the 130's. And, I have 3 races left this year: a 10 miler (this weekend) and 2 Half Marathons, #5 & #6, in November & December. My last Half was last December where I made an incredible PR of 2:28:38! I will be running that same race this Dec and hope to do as well!

2011 Events:
Jan 29 - Fillie Trot 10K (1:14:29) (adjusted)
Apr 10 - Caveman Sprint Triathlon (my 1st tri!) (275 yds/13 mi/5k)(1:50:37)
May 7 - CB&I Sprint Triathlon (500m/15mi/5K) (1:54:09)
Sep 10 - Bearkat Bash 5K (32:00) PR!!!
Oct 9 - Mother Road Half Marathon (2:37:00) PR!!!
Nov 13 - San Antonio RnR HM (2:33:02) PR!!!
Dec 11 - RunGirl 13.1 HM (2:28:33) PR!!!

UPDATE (11/5/11): I am now one week away from HM#3! Then, on Dec 3rd, I'll be running Vegas at night...and become a Half Fanatic! My speed has steadily been improving lately, thank, in part, to the cooler weather! And, in bigger part, to my hard work!

As far as my weight, it has been up & down lately between 131-135. I have not been eating well for months. If I didn't work out so much, I would be gaining a lot more. I need to start eating well for my health...and because I AM an athlete!

UPDATE (07/23/11): My SP journey is now about 14 months old. I have lost almost 30 pounds in that time and went from 'nothing' to running to a half marathon to 2 sprint less than a year. I continue to faithfully workout and LOVE running and many other sports now.

I have discovered "Half Fanatics", and that is my current goal! There are different ways to qualify, but one way is to run 3 half marathons in 3 months. I've only ran 1 HM Nov of last year. But, I'm now 'in training' for 3 HMs...Nov, Dec & Jan! That'll be a LOT of running, but to me it's a good alternative to a marathon (which I'm not ready for). As my running group says, a HM is half the distance, but twice the fun!

UPDATE (4/16/11): Last weekend, I competed in my first sprint triathlon! It is difficult, but a lot of fun, to juggle training for 3 sports at once. I was really nervous race day and it was HARD to complete the run. The course was windy (25 mph steady winds) and hilly (compared to where I train). But, I DID IT! I AM a triathlete!

I'm now training for sprint tri #2 and half marathon #2, though today I'm sitting on the couch with a possible stress fracture. I also continue to lose weight and am almost in the 120's! I bought my first size 6 pants this week, which I thought was a fluke. But, yesterday I tried on some 8s and they were too big! The 6s fit just fine! I can't imagine being a 6, and it really wasn't even a goal.

UPDATE (2/6/11): 2011 has started out great. I've been working out hard! I'm getting fitter, thinner(met my original goal weight in January!), faster, and stronger. And, I'm trying new things: like pilates, rowing, and bootcamp.

I am currently training for my 2nd half marathon (April 10 - Go St Louis) and my first sprint triathlon (May 7 - CB&I Tri). I have bumped up my workouts to about 9 per week with several days having a morning & evening workout. I also started getting up at 5:40 two or three times a week to squeeze in those extra workouts. And, it's paying off!

UPDATE (11/30/10): I did it! I ran my first half marathon in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 21st. I did it in a little under 3 hours. I'm a half marathoner!!!

UPDATE (11/10/10): I never thought I'd be a runner, but I am! I am currently only about a week and a half a way from my first half marathon! I'm excited, and nervous. I can't believe that I went from barely being able to run 60 seconds to running 13.1 miles (about 3 hours!) in less than 5 months!!!

After my Half Marathon, I will decide if I want to continue to focus on running or start training for a sprint triathlon, which was my original plan. Either way, I need to remember that I don't need to 'do it all' now... I just need to keep moving forward!

UPDATE (9/8/10): I finished C25K (couch to 5K) several weeks ago. I am still amazed that I did it! When I started at the beginning of June, I could barely run for a minute at a time. When I ran my first 3 minute run, I felt like I'd run a marathon. Now, I'm regularly running over 3 miles... which takes me about 50 minutes because I'm so slow! But, I'm proud of my accomplishment.

With school back in session and darker mornings, my workouts aren't as often or as long as they were in the summer. But, I'm excited to start runniing some 5Ks. I'll run my first on Sept 11th and then 2 more in October.

I'm hoping to buy a bike soon so I can start riding and planning on taking some swimming lessons to improve my stroke. I plan on doing my first Triathlon in April.


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lose 15 pounds - MET 9/26/10
lose 20 pounds - MET 12/20/10

run 2.5 mins - MET 7/1/10
run 5 min - MET 7/12/10
run 8 mins - MET 7/24/10
run 20 mins - MET 7/26/10
run 1 mile - MET 7/26/10
run 3 miles - MET 8/8/10
run 5K! - MET 9/11/10
run 4 miles - MET 9/25/10
run 5 miles - MET 10/12/10
run 10K or 6.2 miles - MET 10/30/10
run half marathon! - MET 11/21/10

run 5K in under 40 mins - MET

swim 50 yards straight - MET 7/7/10
swim 100 yards straight - MET 7/15/10

bike 5 miles - MET 6/23/10

Bearkat Bash 5K - 46:30 (9/11)
Houston Race for the Cure 5K - 40:36 (10/6)
Dallas Race for the Cure 5K - 37:48 (10/16)
Williams Route 55 Half Marathon - 2:57:10 (11/21)

...reach goal weight (136)...MET 1/21/11
...reach weight of 133...MET 3/30/11
...reach weight of 130 5 miles without walking...MET July '11 5K under 35 mins 10K under 1:15 HM under 2:45
...sign up for swimming lessons/group...MET 1/5/11
...swim 200 yards without break...MET 2/2/2011
...swim 300 yards without break...MET
...swim 500 yards without break...MET 2/25/11 10 miles...MET 1/1/11 15 miles...MET 3/20/11 20 miles...MET
...first organized bike ride...MET
...first brick workout: 5 mile bike ride/1 mile run...MET 2/3/11
...brick workout: 10 mile bike ride/2 mile run...MET 3/27/11
.. 20 toe pushups...MET 3/25/11

Member Since: 10/28/2008

Fitness Minutes: 32,184

My Goals:
...get back to 133 lbs more than 24 miles in 1 week (current PR is 23.09) a 5K in under 31:00 (current PR of 32:00) a 10K in under 1:05 (current PR of 1:14) a HM in 2:30 or under...DONE! Dec 2012 15 miles...DONE! (11/28/11) 25 miles...DONE! (4/13/12)...actually, I did 34!!! 40 miles... DONE! (Feb 2013) 50 miles in a 'paying' event...DONE! (Feb 2013) a stair climbing race

My Program:
Currently my main workouts are:
pilates reformer
strength training
Fitness Blender online workouts

Personal Information:
I live in Texas and am 43 years old. I am married and have a daughter who is 12. My starting weight on June 1, 2010, was 159. I reached my original goal weight of 136 on Jan 21, 2011. That was my high school weight! I eventually dropped to 131-133 and held that weight for most of the year. Then, throughout 2012, the weight started creeping up. I got back up to 149 (ugh!) and am currently trying to get back to about 133 and STAY there.

Other Information:
Besides my new found love of fitness, my hobbies include traveling, photography (especially nature...especially insects!), genealogy, & reading. I also will be homeschooling my daughter this year for 8th grade - our 7th year of homeschooling.

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    Good morning!!! I am so proud of you for being able to get those size 10 shorts out of storage and wear them again!!! AWESOME!!!

    The Train Like a Mother (TLAM) book has plans for 5k, 10k, half and full! And as previously mentioned they have the two levels: Finish It and Own It.

    I got mine on my Nook and it was under $10 which was so totally completely worth it just for the plans alone, but the rest of the book is fabulous too!! I actually want to get their Run Like a Mother book too (that was their first one). I listen to their podcast all the time as well...I just love them! LOL

    And yes, programming the Garmin does take a little bit of time, but oh man - it is so much easier if you are trying to hit specific paces or running intervals!! :-)
    1422 days ago
    I'm not really tracking calories right now but should be getting about 1,500 a day and I'm burning about 300-400 each day so I should have a pretty good calorie deficit going...but I do also recognize that there might be days I need more calories than are on the "plan" so I'm trying to eat intuitively...let's put it this way: if I'm absolutely DYING I will be eating something even if it wasn't planned. LOL I'll just make sure it's something healthy like a handful of almonds or a piece of fruit. :-) I've been hungry, but definitely not dying of starvation either, so I tend to think some of it is mental for me too.

    My training plan this time around is from the book "Train Like a Mother" and is the Marathon Finish It Plan. They have two levels for each distance, Finish It for beginners to that distance or if you are experienced and aren't necessarily looking to PR, and the Own It plan that is for runners experienced in the distance and looking to PR.

    It's a FABULOUS book and the training plans are great. I really like that they are challenging, yet realistic. For example, each week they have about 5 running workouts - one of them is usually an ABSOLUTELY CAN'T MISS workout, as in rearrange what you have to, but get it done; then they have another that is optional, so if life is busy or you are extra tired, you can skip it without feeling like you're bailing on an important run. They incorporate hill training, speedwork, and of course easy and long runs.

    If you want to give me an email address I can send you a copy of the plan so you can check it out...but I can fully endorse it and I did a lot of reviewing other plans and even changed what I had planned on doing originally to this one after already having the other plan plugged into my Garmin and everything!! :-)
    1423 days ago
    Thanks for commenting in my blog! I'm so ready to make this weight loss final too! Maintaining is always the hardest part isn't it?? I'm always tempted to be lazy and to eat all my favourite foods all the time... But moderation is key... I just need to keep in remembering that! We can do it!!!
    1423 days ago
  • v TIMOTHY53
    Back to normal, you commented on my Foot Suck blog post? Some kind of pain seems to BE the normal anymore.

    And I call it fun.
    1423 days ago
  • v GAILANN48
    Yes, grateful for my blessings and all the grace and mercy I've been shown. Hope you're well and happy! :)

    1434 days ago
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