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3/22/11-
Ahhhh. There's nothing like running on soft and springy trails after the thaw from winter. What's a little mud? Overall, haven't lost (or gained :) ) this year but running more consistently. Focus is on fitness and the hope that if i pay just a bit more attention to my intake that the rest will follow. It's the little things that add up whether it's milage (yay) or nibbles (grrr).
Anyway, HAPPY SPRING!

3/28/10-
In the first 6 months of 2009 I lost 25 pounds, bringing my weight to the low 140s from ~170. Since then I have lost another 30 pounds and my weight is 147 today. Yup. That's the math in plateau-land. I've lost the SAME 5-7 pounds every other month for 10 months as I've weaved and bobbed around life's curve balls. I am ready to let that pattern go now and take it to the next level.

2/9/09-
Hi. So glad I found this site. Stumbled across it while looking up the calories in walnuts and I've been on SP ever since.
The weight snuck up on me: 5+ lbs per year( x 5 years) through a combo of unconsious eating (nibbles here and there while prepping school lunches, making family dinners, eating on the fly, feeding stress etc) and less exercise. Then came a year of illness ( a looonnng year but recovered, phew) that lead to deconditioning and more weight gain.

Although caring for others through work and family, only slowly have I learned that it takes the same assertiveness to take care of myself. And I have also learned that it is not enough to eat healthy food, for me. Too much is too much. Portions are key. At first I wrote off my weight gain as the famed slowing of metabolism that comes in ones 40s. And in fact, I was found to be hypothyroid. But that doesn't make the 25 to 30+ extra pounds easier to carry around.

So here I am, with the goal to slowly and happily (b/c it's a relief to stop despairing and to take action!) reverse the weight gain, to embrace the transformation to a healthier and fitter self.


Member Since: 2/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 78,343

My Goals:
To be stronger/fitter/healthier, weigh less and look good.


My Program:
-walk/hike or run daily (avoid car as much as possible, take a why not walk there approach)+/-exercise dvd's, walking to include some of the 20-40 degree grade hills that i can walk to. Autumn '09 was running a half marathon galloway style at least 1X every other week. Then injured myself (too much, too soon), now building back up WITH rest days, embracing ChiRunning.
-strengthtraining
-nutrition tracker, cal goal 1200-1500/day (when I go higher my weight plateaus x MONTHS)
Re: nutrition:
key-whole grains and beans, lots of veggies
- i feel better w/o processed carbs and sugar



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  • v SUGIRL06
    Thanks for the tips on my blog about barefoot running!! I've also heard to start slow like no more than a mile max. I will definitely keep in mind trying it out on trails and tracks first. I am still trying to decide which pair of vibrams I should get (traction or no?). Can't wait to try it at least!
    ~Ang
    1958 days ago
  • v CAROLYN1213
    Hey sweety!!! I say your comment in the Coffee House on Fabulous Fitness. Sorry I missed your intro to the group. This is a an uber busy time for me until June 1.

    I hear your frustration with the weight not moving. Looking at your current weight and the fact that you are a runner, I would say you probably need to make sure you are eating more fats in the form of nuts, seeds, olive oil. I would also encourage you to eat more sweet potatoes w/cinnamon on them. 1/2 a sweet potato twice a day (half at lunch, half at dinner). Keep your other veggies green (asparagus, broccoli, kale, spinach). You will want to keep your calcium (milk, almond milk, coconut milk, plain nonfat greek yogurt, plain nonfat yogurt).

    A good post workout (run) snack for you would be 1/2 banana mixed into 6 - 9 oz. nonfat greek yogurt, and a handful of walnuts. You could sprinkle some cinnamon in it or drizzle just the smallest amount of honey into it for taste if you desire.

    Make sure that snack is AFTER your exercise. You want you body to use stored fats as fuels during your workout. Before your workout you could have a protein shake an hour before or some lean protein and a green veggie. Stay away from fruits or grains before your workout if your goal is to lose fat (weight).

    To increase your metabolism, focus on your lower body strength training. Squats, lunges, jump rope, step ups onto a bench or a box.

    ***Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Fierce and Be Fabulous***
    1963 days ago
  • v CAROLYN1213
    Hey sweety!!! I say your comment in the Coffee House on Fabulous Fitness. Sorry I missed your intro to the group. This is a an uber busy time for me until June 1.

    I hear your frustration with the weight not moving. Looking at your current weight and the fact that you are a runner, I would say you probably need to make sure you are eating more fats in the form of nuts, seeds, olive oil. I would also encourage you to eat more sweet potatoes w/cinnamon on them. 1/2 a sweet potato twice a day (half at lunch, half at dinner). Keep your other veggies green (asparagus, broccoli, kale, spinach). You will want to keep your calcium (milk, almond milk, coconut milk, plain nonfat greek yogurt, plain nonfat yogurt).

    A good post workout (run) snack for you would be 1/2 banana mixed into 6 - 9 oz. nonfat greek yogurt, and a handful of walnuts. You could sprinkle some cinnamon in it or drizzle just the smallest amount of honey into it for taste if you desire.

    Make sure that snack is AFTER your exercise. You want you body to use stored fats as fuels during your workout. Before your workout you could have a protein shake an hour before or some lean protein and a green veggie. Stay away from fruits or grains before your workout if your goal is to lose fat (weight).

    To increase your metabolism, focus on your lower body strength training. Squats, lunges, jump rope, step ups onto a bench or a box.

    ***Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Fierce and Be Fabulous***
    1963 days ago
  • v TRILLIUM22
    Great job on your race and on your PR.
    1965 days ago
  • v LIVE2RUN4LIFE
    I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your race and even PR'd! It's quite possible that you ran faster because you walked a little rather than in spite of walking a little. I am faster when I run/walk than when I run straight. Giving the legs just a little bit of recovery lets them go faster. At least it does for me.
    1966 days ago
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