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Back at it ... but I'm gonna need support!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I've been cruising for the past several months and feel that it's time to get back into spark people. I need some motivation to get back into exercising too so I'm hoping this will help. I'll step on the scale tomorrow and see what the damage has been while cruising and not exercising... not looking forward to that one! But it will just be the first step to getting back into this journey. My biggest excuse that I can think of is that working full time with a 3 year old and a 22 month old leaves me drained by the time I get them into bed. I just have to decide that I'm a priority for both my nutrition and fitness goals and crush that excuse! Tonight I'll think about my fitness goals and I've already decided to start with a combination of the flat belly diet and the 400 calorie fix. It just makes a lot of sense to me.
Tasks for tonight:
shopping list so I have the right foods on hand
develop short term and long term goals for both fitness and weight loss.
Wish me well!

  
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TREEBW 1/10/2011 5:18PM

    I am right behind you!

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MOTHERUV2 1/9/2011 8:04AM

    Welcome back! The new year is a good time to set goals and see them through! A trick for me is to commit to just 10 minutes of exercise a day. Often when the 10 is done I figure I can just keep going a bit longer (some days 10 is enough...especially if it is late at night!). Good Luck! emoticon

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IN2BHEALTHY 1/8/2011 7:51PM

    You can do it!! Being a mom is hard, but we are better moms when we take care of ourselves. Go for those goals!!

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NEWJEWELS4LIFE 1/8/2011 5:43PM

    emoticon Whatever the scale says tomorrow just look at it as a starting weight! Don't beat yourself up over a possible gain!! emoticon on setting goals!!

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Butterflies... today is my first ever race day!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

This is it! My first ever race day. I finished the C25K program 2 weeks ago and can't believe how far I've come. I was scared to tell ANYONE that I was embarking on this 5k program for fear that it would be too hard and I wouldn't be able to do it... letting it just fizzle out. Now I love telling people that I graduated from the program.

Race kit pickup was Thursday night. What a rush! 39000 people entered in the Ottawa Race Weekend... marathon, 1/2 marathon, 10, 5 and 2k races. I love my (first ever) bib and my (first ever) souvenir race chip! Start time is 5pm so I think it will be a LONG day waiting for our departure for the venue!

And I can't stop smiling!

  
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GALSAL59 6/1/2010 8:46PM

    What a challenge you've conquered. Kudos to you !

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ANNE7X7 5/30/2010 7:52PM

    Hey!! I ran the 5K this weekend as well!! How did your race go??

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HELLORITA 5/30/2010 6:21AM

    Good for you! emoticon

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MSUEQUILTS 5/29/2010 12:51PM

    I'm envious. This is something I have always wanted to do, but have been afraid to start! You are motivating!

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AZUREM 5/29/2010 10:30AM

    WOW that is truly awesome. I have signed up for my first 5K on October 3rd in Denver Colorado. "Run for a Cure". I am nervous and wish there was a 5K class here. CONGRADULATIONS and good luck.

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FITLIFE6 5/29/2010 9:33AM

    Good luck! I'm also participating in the Ottawa race weekend - I'm a walker and doing a 5km. It's my 2nd time doing a 5k, but the first time at this event. So many people!!
I'm a little nervous! emoticon

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Great day to start week 2 of C25k!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I was looking at our weather forecast for the week ahead and decided that today was the day to begin Week 2 of my C25K program!! It was definitely a step up from last week, but I felt really good throughout the whole run/walk. The 90 second runs went by faster than I thought they would and before I knew it, I was done the podcast. I also liked Podrunner's week 2 music better than week 1. Not sure if the pace was better for me, or I was not so focused on matching my steps to the beat of the music. I have to keep stopping myself from looking too far ahead of myself. I continuously am thinking about how the current run feels pretty good, but how will I feel next week when I have to do 3 mins of running intervals or even way beyond that... will I be able to run a 5k by the end of this?? I have to keep reminding myself to just look at this week's demands and no further. Regardless, it felt great today and I'm so pleased with myself!!
To top it off, I just spotted a male and female cardinal and a bluejay out my window in my back yard. The day just keeps getting better!!! :-)

  
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SLPCOWGAL72 3/24/2010 8:15PM

    Congrats on moving forward!
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CASHEN9 3/22/2010 2:36PM

    This was the first day of Week 3 for me and I just did the same thing, looking ahead to Week 4 thinking, "Ugh! How will I run 5 min by next week?" But I pushed that out of my head & just did the schedule for today & it felt GREAT! We will be running a 5k in just a few weeks and you get to watch the seasons change in the process!

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TREEBW 3/21/2010 8:52PM

    I'm doing the same as you, going far ahead and thinking 'this is hard, there is no way I can do next week'. But we just keep going and doing and knowing that yes, we will run a 5k!

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I think I need to try harder

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I've been loving this journey on SP for many reasons... and I don't have time to list them right now because my 2 little darlings will be waking up from their naps in minutes. But I feel like I'm becoming complacent. I'm at the point now that my pre-pregnancy clothes fit really well (or even a little loose), people are noticing my loss and I've got boosted self esteem because of this. All of which is positive. However, I feel like it is blurring my sight of my actual goals. I have some resistance to being as diligent as I have been for the past few months with my fitness and nutrition... but not sure why! Up until now I've been on a continuous but slow losing streak, my fitness has blossomed, and I feel that I've been making some healthy food changes in our household. I think I need a kick in the butt though! I keep putting off my workouts and have been haphazard with my nutrition. I need and want this to keep going. The 11 or so pounds that I want to lose (and lately, in my head, I've even been contemplating making that 21 or so pounds to go) are right there for the losing! I've got the tools that I enjoy for fitness (EAsports active 1 and 2; some Leslie Sansone DVDs and a set of Jillian Michael's DVDs); I've got an eating plan that I like (flat belly diet) and don't feel deprived when I follow it well; I've got support from my husband and the SP community. What more do I need?

  
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MEGANJO83 2/15/2010 6:01PM

    I have been there. I gave in to the feeling that "I'm done" -- and ended up gaining some weight back. So maybe a little fear of falling of the wagon is a good thing to keep you motivated?

Don't slack off and choose something to reward yourself when you get there. For example, I got a bonus check and REALLY want to go clothes shopping BUT I think I should wait until 20 pounds are gone and use it as a reward (and hopefully an added bonus of buying a smaller size!)

Keep at it! emoticon

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HAPPY0408 2/10/2010 3:22PM

    Just the Determination and the I CAN DO IT attitude! Be Positive!!! Tell yourself Positive things and Encouraging words to yourself and eventually you will believe them and get back on track. You are so Worth It! emoticon

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The end of the maternity leave

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yesterday was a tough day. I had it all planned out but I actually had to *say* my date for return to work from mat leave to my boss. Such mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, I don't want to go back to work. It has been so nice to be home with my girls and watch them develop and grow. There's no feeling like it! And being a speech therapist - watching my 2 1/2 year old explode with her language and speech is unbelievable. They are a joy and it truly has felt like one big vacation from the time we came home from the hospital with #2. And aside from loving the time with my girls, I've also had time to devote to myself. SP has pushed me to do things I never thought I would be interested in before. I've said it before... I came on here to have a way to track my nutrition so I could lose 27 pounds... there wasn't supposed to be any fitness, or learning, or opening my eyes to new things, or balance in my life, or friendships... it was just purely to have a way to be accountable for my "calories in" so I could see the scale go down (now it seems like a side benefit that the scale has been going down!!). I've also had time to quilt which is a passion... no other way to describe it. And I've been so productive with this leave. I seem to always have "show and tell" at our twice-a-month ladies quilt group. People always say to me "how do you have time to quilt with 2 little ones?" and I guess we always find time to do the things we are passionate about. Now, they haven't had a look at my housekeeping devotion.... where they would see that I'm clearly not passionate about housekeeping! Some people have a house that is neat as a pin, others don't. I must say that I am envious of people who can have an immaculate house AND pursue their passions!! There's also been time to spend with my parents as well. I'm fortunate to have them relatively close by and healthy.
But - on the other hand, it will be nice to have a change with going back to work. There is a whole social network that I miss. And the sense of accomplishment with the help I give to my patients. There's routine to the day as well. Hmmm. As I type this, I see that my "pros" for going back to work are not nearly as fun to think or write about. When I return, it will be a different environment as well. Before I left on this leave I was the Senior of our department reporting to a Director (above her was a VP and then the CEO of our hospital). We have had an excellent working relationship in many respects. Just before leaving, the hospital hired a Manager for our greater department who is now between the Director and me. She started the week after I left. I think it was a great move for the hospital and a much needed position. However, I'm really sorry that I've missed her first year with us. Instead of growing a relationship with her alongside everyone else, I'm coming in cold a year later. It is a self confidence thing. The others who report through me to her have been establishing that relationship directly with her, and I think, successfully. I just fear that it will be hard to establish where I fit now. After the first mat leave, when I returned I was going back to a boss who knew and liked how I ran our department. Now it is the fear of the unknown.
So, yesterday was a day of angst trying to digest the changes that will happen in my life as of March 29th. I realize there are people in more desperate and dire situations... and this may seem trivial to them, but stress comes in many forms. I do count my blessings every day. I do have a great life and am very thankful for that!

  
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MITURN 1/27/2010 9:48AM

    What a tough thing to be thinking about. I hope you can enjoy the next two months. Maybe you can go into your department for a couple of lunches, staff meetings, or something and just hangout with everyone before you have to go back to kinda feel things out. Sparks is such a great resource, I know what you mean about the weight loss seeming like a side effect at times. I too am not passionate about cleaning my house. My mother always has a spotless house, but I'm happy if things just look neat. HUGS!

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