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I missed my first Half Sparkivesary!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

OK. Iíve not blogged in a week... poor show, Smiffy!

So, what have I been doing? How have I been feeling? Whatís been happening!

Well, the weekend was pretty bad nutritionally. Days were good but in the evening we had 3 bbqs. I ate badly, sausages and cakes... very, very naughty. But, in the week, Iíve been much better although Iíve gotten out of the habit of tracking EVERYTHING Ė yes, tracking does mean tracking night time snacks, dinner and those nibbles that I grab when I get home from work. I am great at work... I can only eat what I take to the office obviously. I am LOVING my breakfasts at the moment, it keeps me full for a long time:

1 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch
Ĺ cup plain nofat yoghurt
1 tbsp ground flax
1 tbsp hemp hearts
Handful of gorgeous fresh blueberries

Deeeee Lish. Iíve not really eaten fresh blueberries before Ė they were always more expensive in Australia but in BC they are super cheap at the moment... 2lbs for $4 I saw yesterday! Iíve frozen some but I wish we had a bigger freezer!

Lunches have been ďcleanerĒ recently although this week because we were out all day on Sunday I was unable to prepare in advance so Iíve been on frozen entrees again this week. I prefer the fresh salads and grilled turkey with some cold wild rice medley though.

My chiro was pleased with my performance for the half. I had some adjusting and she said that Iím doing great. My knee is still a bit sore from the race but she said itís to be expected. Itís not sore when I run, but when I try to stretch. She said that the soreness in my upper thigh/hip was not from weakness but from lack of stretching. She showed me the stretches again... Why have I forgotten them! I was thinking I needed to do more squats but she said that I have the strength already. So, overall Iím pleased. We talked about the Vancouver full marathon in May and she said I should be good for it as long as I keep up my training. She estimated Iíll do it in 5hrs40... Hopefully Iíll beat it ;o)

On my day off on Friday I went for a swim and also did a run. A W5D2 workout for C25K. It went pretty well. I also did a run the day before after work. I was a bit stiff and a little tired on Saturday so I had an easy day. Mark had to work so it was me and the girls home alone. I even had a nap in the afternoon which is unlike me! On Sunday we went on another big walk and then to a bbq in the late afternoon. We also went for all-you-can-eat Japanese which was naughty.

My day off was Tuesday this week as I had to sign up for book club at the library (itís very popular so you need to sign up on the day) and I also saw my accountant. It looks like most of the tax I will have to pay will be spread over payments in November and April so that means we should really look at getting our roof re-shingled. It rained on Monday and we ended up with quite a full large saucepan of water below our leak. Iím hoping that we may even be able to get it done before we go on holiday as I donít want to leave the leak for three weeks. Weíd have to get friends to check it for us and thatís a nuisance for them.

I realised that we just need to do it yesterday. I was thinking about the extension weíre planning to put at the front of the house Ė and our idea that we should do the roof at the same time. Realistically weíre not going to be able to pay for an extension for at least a couple of years... so we should just get the roof done before it really damages more of our wood frame. How frustrating that we have to spend a big chunk of money when we only bought the house in January and there were no signs of the leak when we inspected.

Anyway, it is what it is. As my kids say, and they taught them at day care Ė you get what you get and you donít get upset.

I also am up to W6 now on C25K. I completed day 1 today Ė which was easier than W5D3! I think sometimes itís not good to know whatís coming up! I kind of held back from doing W5D3 as I have never run for 20 minutes straight before! But I did it! Woo hoo! Yesterday I also moved the recumbent bike back into the living room in front of the TV and did 30 minutes on it yesterday. Not pushing myself too hard but I did work up a sweat by the end of the 30. I need to start doing that more often. It was really nothing while I was watching a movie.

No real weight loss... in fact Iím up a little. Iíve signed up for BLC17 and am looking forward to the challenges! Hopefully itís just what I need to shed some kilos! I want to be overweight not obese!! ;o)

Oh Ė I was just seeing where I was 6 months ago... Iíve realised I missed my half-Sparkiversary! I weigh just over 15lbs less which isnít great... but Iíve gone from about 10 minutes of exercise a day to running 3 times a week, swimming 2 or 3 times a week, Circuit training once a week and Zumba (although not currently) Ė Iíve also run in two 5k races and a half marathon!!! And Iím considering running a full marathon!!! Thatís amazing! Iím eating the majority of my meals ďCleanĒ and I cook more meals from scratch now. I enjoy it too. Iím enjoying the exercising and I look forward to my running sessions Ė I canít quite believe that... I look forward to running?!? Am I insane! I need to really focus on my weight loss and nutrition. That is my biggest let down. I need to lose this belly, and the flabby back and arms... losing a chin would help too ;o)

So, in 6 months I lost 15lbs... now that would put me into overweight if I was to lose the same again for the next 6 months but that is not a great average. I need to try to lose more than that. In 6 months I really want to be closer to my goal weight... I must focus! I can do this!!! I have about 56lbs that I want to lose. I should see how far I get by February 8th.. my 1st Sparkiversary and just after my 41st birthday.

So, fall is nearly upon us... I am looking forward to the challenges that I will be given and also those I set myself. Are you setting yourself any bigger challenges? Where were you 6 months ago? Where do you see yourself in 6 months?

  
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JESSNSTONE 8/25/2011 1:03PM

    You have come so far and accomplished so many things! Way to go!!!

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Still a bit sore but excited about training for my next half marathon!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Itís day 4 since the half marathon and Iím still a bit sore. Mainly in the hips and upper thighs. Overall, I feel good! In fact, I feel almost awesome! I completed a half marathon!!!! Woo hoo to me!

So, on a roll, I signed up yesterday for my next half Ė as planned, itís the Seattle half at the end of November. Iím not sure if my friend will make it so Iíve booked Mark in to come with me as a back up. He wonít race as heíll look after our girls but hopefully they can cheer me through the finish line if my friend canít come. Iíve also made a reservation at a hotel so Iím all set. Woo hoo! Oh... yes.... I guess thereís the small matter of training! Iíve not got back on the treadmill yet as Iím still a bit sore. Iím going to see how I feel when I get home from work and I might do a C25K week 5 session tonight or I might leave it until after my chiropractor appointment tomorrow. I canít wait to get back into my training as I want to see how I will go in November. Itís a hilly course whereas Delta was very flat. Iím hoping to improve my time even though it is a tougher route.

Last night I went to see Mamma Mia with another friend. I wish I was a dancer/singer... I just wanted to join them on stage! I am missing my Zumba instructor! The last set of classes werenít as good Ė I prefer Luglio... Iíve signed up for the late fall session Ė we will miss too many of the first set of classes but Iím hoping I will be able to ďdrop inĒ for the weeks we are in town. And hopefully he will be teaching the class again! I hope they donít switch him to a different class. Iíve had to sign up alone as my Zumba friend is pregnant! What wonderful news! 10 weeks so far. I had just given lots of clothes away that didnít fit our girls anymore... I will save them from now on!

I weighed myself today. Iím down again! Woo hoo! Not as much as Iíd have liked but I kind of feel slimmer Ė even though my pants are not slipping down me Ė in fact, they feel the same. Maybe itís just Iím walking a bit taller now that I am a half-marathoner.

Itís just 6 weeks until our trip ďdown-underĒ. Iím looking forward to it but I will have to be careful with food/drink and my half marathon training. We will be staying with my brother so I know the area really well. Iíve not run around that area before Ė so I will have to have a think about the best routes. I will have to be really careful for the next 6 weeks as I would like to lose some more weight before I get there.... Iím silly for sabotaging myself for the past 5 months or so... and now itís too late. I wonít be wearing a fabulous designer style outfit to the wedding as they donít do them in size Obese. I might get to ďOverweightĒ by the time we go, but that will be tricky... Iím close but I donít think Iím close enough. I need to start thinking about a wedding outfit. Perhaps I should get one in Australia? Iím not sure when I can go looking for something... Perhaps on a day off in a couple of weeks...

Anyway, back to work. My last working day of the week. I have a nice easy day planned for tomorrow Ė a swim, my chiro appointment just before lunchtime and I hope to squeeze in a run. I must start writing again soon...

Have a wonderful Thursday my Spark friends. I hope you are all getting closer to your goals.

  
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A_RARE_BEAN 8/19/2011 3:51AM

    Mamma mia is a great musical :o) Love musicals an eve of wonderment is good for the soul!

Yay for you signing up for the next half mara, so cool. Congrats on the loss, it al counts! :o)

You're doing great chick, loving it!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/19/2011 3:00AM

    Great job on signing up for another one. YOU GO DIVA!!!

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TAMIK1964 8/18/2011 10:37PM

    Way to walk taller!!! You deserve it. I bet you're gonna rock out that next HM!!!

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PATTIE441 8/18/2011 1:45PM

    You are amazing! Way to go!!! You definitely are a total inspiration!! Thank you so much!! Woo Hoo!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonMamma Mia was wonderful! I would like to join you on stage also!!! Woo Hoo! emoticon emoticon

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JESSNSTONE 8/18/2011 1:42PM

    How awesome! I'm so glad you signed up for another marathon. I used to do 5k's all the time. You are inspiring me to take up running again!

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My post-half marathon blog! Did I really think I would be writing this?!?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The night before the race I felt nervous... would I make it in less than 4 hours... would I still be able to walk afterwards! Would my bad knee hold up OK? Would my friend agree to iHOP after the race!?!

I slept badly... It took me a while to get to sleep and then I woke at 4 and I donít think I got back to sleep. It was an early start and my friend picked me up at 6.15am. We got to Ladner and had to line up to pick up our chips and bibs (sounds a bit like chips and dips).

My number was 831. There were 165 registered in the half marathon. It was pretty chilly and I debated wearing my rain jacket for the run... the forecast had said there was a 90% chance of rain and the clouds looked threatening. However, by 7.15 the temperature had warmed a little, or perhaps it was just me getting hotter and more nervous! I saw my massage therapist there too. Iíd told her about the race a few months ago and she sounded interested. I think it was her first half marathon too. But she is definitely not carrying an extra 50lbs with her, like I am.

At 7.32 they sounded the gun and we were off. Most people ran to start but Iíd already decided to walk for 2 minutes as my warm up. Within a couple of minutes there was only one person behind me. For the first 50 minutes or so I ran cycles of 6 minutes running, my interval timing bell would chime and I would go a little faster for 2 minutes then walk for 2.5 minutes. This worked for a while but I then played with a setting and lost the bell at the end of the walk section so I would walk until I felt my body recover a little, then Iíd start running again. By about half distance, I decided that 8 minutes of running was too much for my overweight untrained body to handle so I changed my interval bells to 4 minutes, 2 minutes and 2 minutes. From then on I would run, hear a bell then decide whether to continue or not. By about 8 miles I was kind of doing my own thing. The bells were still going off but I was listening more to myself and pushing myself by saying ďIíll run to the white car then Iíll walkĒ and using landmarks rather than the bells.

I completed the first half in just under 1.5 hours and was pretty happy with my performance. I didnít imagine that I could do it in 3 hours as I expected my second half to be slower. I was experiencing muscle soreness in my thighs, inner thighs, hips and calf muscles. I had been worried about my calf muscles as theyíd been sore after my much smaller runs that week but after Iíd ran my intervals for about 7 miles, they didnít hurt any more Ė it was the inner thighs that were the troublesome area for me.

I passed another competitor at about 8 miles and didnít see anyone else for the rest of the race except for volunteers. I also remembered passing two other ladies at about 2 miles, so I believed I wasnít last, which was a bit of a fear of mine.

At mile 11 a volunteer gave very bad directions and I ran past the turning and found myself lost and I got into a bit of a panic. I was gulping air quite loudly as I tried to calm myself down a bit. I would estimate I wasted about 4 or 5 minutes with my wrong turn and expended quite a bit of energy with the extra running and trying not to panic. I had to double back and calm myself. It was very frustrating as when I ran through the finish line the time was 3:00:27 Ė so if Iíd not made that wrong turn, I would have been under 3 hours!

Coming up to the finish line I saw a lady who said ďlovely day for it and itís easy as itís so flat!Ē Ė That was the last thing I really wanted to hear Ė that it was easy! I am not sure if she was a competitor or not but that really is not a good thing to tell a virgin half marathoner struggling through her first time. That last mile seemed longer than all the others. It seemed never ending. I kept trying to run a bit more but I was exhausted. I wish I had now Ė I did this for my first 5K race too and just missed out on a time under 40 minutes Ė I got 40 minutes and about 10 seconds. As I reached the finish line, they announced my arrival Ė reading my number and saying ďCome on Abigail! You can do it!Ē It was great that everyone was cheering me on. I ended up feeling quite emotional as I ran/hobbled over the line. I felt like I was going to cry so started trying to stop myself from crying Ė which made me sound like I was having trouble breathing. An official said ďtake a moment to get your breath back as I get your chipĒ and my friend said ďYou sounded really out of breath!Ē but I explained I was feeling emotional and it wasnít breathing difficulties at all. I stretched a little and grabbed a banana... it was such a good feeling to have finished it! And not be last! I was worried that I wouldnít finish in 3.5 hours as thatís when I thought they were taking the finish line down, but it was taken down at 4 hours. I was 4th from last and I am happy with my performance considering beforehand the longest Iíd run/intervals for was 4 miles on Friday!

After the race we got changed. I put on my surgical support stockings that I was given when my youngest was born. They are super tight fitting and Iíd read an article that support stockings are supposed to help with muscle soreness Ė I think they worked too as my calf muscles were not really sore at all Ė itís more my thighs and inner thighs. I had a massage yesterday (but not with the racing therapist as she had the day off too) and went in the hot tub a few times. Iím better today and am hoping it wonít be long before the soreness has gone and I can start training again on my treadmill.

We went to iHOP for brunch. OK so not the healthiest of choices but after 3 hours of racing, it tasted sooooo good. I know treats are really not supposed to be food but well, it's what I wanted, what my friend wanted and it was a one-off... You only complete your first half marathon once in a lifetime!

So, now the countdown begins for the Seattle Half. I hope to train properly for this race as itís more challenging Ė itís got hills. I will be going to Australia for 3 weeks about a month before the race but hopefully I will get a chance to get out and pound the streets of Sydney to keep my training up.

Woo hoo!!!! I must keep thinking about my achievement! A HALF MARATHON! Whoíd have thought it! I just checked my C25K app and my first session was at the end of May... 2.5 months ago I started this running business... Not bad progress for an overweight 40 year old with a dodgey knee.

  
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A_RARE_BEAN 8/17/2011 2:41AM

    Abi you are simply AWESOME!!!! I'm so happy for you and immensly proud, you did an amazing job emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm bursting with pride for you, you saw it you conquered emoticon

You've inspired me to work a little harder today! Congrats again :o)

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 8/17/2011 2:34AM

    I posted a whole thing, and it got munched!
You rock. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WRENRAMON 8/17/2011 2:26AM

    Awesome! What are you doing in the C25K group and you just ran a half?? :-) That's great!! Are you doing the Seattle half in November? I live in Kirkland (outside of Seattle). I've actually done three halfs, but I am recovering from a back injury so I've only just completed week one of C25K. Congratulations on finishing your half, that's just great! Hopefully we can inspire each other to reach for the stars! (or at least for the finish line!)
Cheers!
Elisabeth

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/17/2011 2:17AM

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You did it!!! You should be very proud of yourself. You went out there and did it.

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FINALLYBEINGME 8/16/2011 11:22PM

    emoticon I am so impressed - A big congratulations on your first half marathon. Sounds like you paced yourself pretty well! I'm getting inspired to sign up for something challenging as well - although a half marathon sounds scary :). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JESSNSTONE 8/16/2011 5:09PM

    So proud of you!

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ALICIAYOUNG1127 8/16/2011 2:51PM

    Wow! I am so happy for you and soo inspired by you! Ive been scared to do a 10k..now I'm going to find one and do it!!thanks!

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SAHARASUE 8/16/2011 2:38PM

    emoticon Good going Abigail!! I'm so proud of you. It's a huge accomplishment. You did great! emoticon

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FOUR days to Half Marathon!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Itís Wednesday. Hump day. At this time in 4 days Iíll be nearly 2 hours into my half marathon... roll on lunchtime I say!

This week I have done some running on Sunday and Tuesday. I was pleased with my sessions both days. On Sunday I did my own thing on the treadmill, doing longer intervals than I ever thought possible! Intervals of 8 minutes, running at 5.3mph! Wow! I am amazed! I had no idea that my body would get this much better in a fairly short space of time Ė and even with a couple of weeks off, I donít seem to have gone backwards at all. My breathing is not too bad and after the 45 minutes on Sunday, I actually felt like I could carry on if I wanted too!

On Monday I had my circuit training class.

On Tuesday, I settled back into a W4D3 C25K session, which was a lot easier. The maximum run was 5 minutes. I supercharged it and did an additional 7 minutes in total, and increased the 3 minute runs to four. I would have gone longer but my lower calf was a bit sore. I went upstairs limping and stretched Ė but couldnít find a stretch that I could feel in the area... I then laid on the couch and watched most of Barneyís Version while icing my calf. This morning it feels much better.

I set my alarm for 5.10am and was going to get up for another 35 minute C25K session but decided to have a rest day instead... Iíll go for a 20 minute walk at lunch instead. Tomorrow I WILL get up at 5.10! Thatís twice this week Iíve snoozed it and done the running session later in the day instead! I need to get my rhythm back!

I weighed myself today... down 0.3kgs which is great. I hope to keep it going in the right direction. Food wise Iíve been a little binge-ey... not too bad. Yesterday I made some excellent choices and we had baked salmon for dinner. I had a way smaller portion than usual.

OK. Now I have a meeting so I must get back to work. Have a wonderful day Spark friends. I really love this community and the encouragement I get and enjoy giving. Good luck in all your endeavours today and all week! Letís all keep those scales heading in the right direction!

  
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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 8/14/2011 1:32AM

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Abi, wishing you all the best for your half-marathon. I am in awe of your hard work preparing for this. Will be watching out for your results.

Scootergirl in Oz
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PS. Jane had a rainy morning during her City2Surf so hopefully she was rugged up enough.

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PATTIE441 8/12/2011 4:14AM

    You are awesome! Way to go! I know you can do it, and you are doing it!!! Woo Hoo!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMYBINTN 8/11/2011 2:24PM

    Good luck with your half marathon! You're doing great with your running and your weight loss! Baked salmon is one of my favorites.
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JANEZAP 8/11/2011 7:19AM

    congrats on the runs! its hard getting back into a routine after having a few weeks off! i was struggling with that too but ive been up for my 6am gym session 3 out of the 4 days this week and god does it feel good to get out of the shower at 730 and feel like you have already conquered the world haha i also had wednesday off :) i was just in a blaaa mood and kind of just bummed around all day doing bits and pieces of uni work, nothing overly productive hehe and i caved in and had a donut hehe oh well!

yay cant wait to share race stories with you after our super sundays!!!!

so proud of you :) you've come so far!!!! i am absolutely jittering with excitement to meet you in a few months and catch up with scootergirl!!! yayyyyyyyy!!! xxxxx

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BD3269PM 8/11/2011 6:04AM

    You are doing great! Keep it up--stay moving and motivated. emoticon

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 8/11/2011 1:09AM

    You are awesome! Can't wait until I can run that long...week 4 for me next week. :)

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/11/2011 1:06AM

    Just keep thinking ....
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TAMIK1964 8/10/2011 11:26PM

    Best of luck on your HM. Can't wait to hear about it!!

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A_RARE_BEAN 8/10/2011 1:24PM

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Weekend in review: Exercise boxes ticked but also the Binge Box

Monday, August 08, 2011


I had a great weekend fitness wise:

Friday: 50 minutes swimming in the morning followed by 35 minutes on my new treadmill.
Saturday: 50 minutes swimming and 20 minutes walking.
Sunday: 50 minutes swimming, at least 35 minutes walking and 45 minutes on my treadmill.

Iím pleased with my running progress. Yesterdayís session was 3 x 7 minutes running, each followed by 3 minutes walking, followed by 1 x 8 minutes running, 2 minute run, 3 minute run then a 2 minute walk. I canít believe that I can run for 8 minutes straight, walk fast for 2 minutes and then run again! My lungs are definitely stronger since I started this running malarkey.

Planning wise I did well. I looked through my Clean Eating Magazine cookbook and latest issue of the clean eating magazine and planned out the meals for the entire week. New recipe yesterday for clean chicken and asparagus casserole was a hit, although the girls donít like ďsauceĒ and I had to wipe their chicken pieces clear of any sauce. I also cooked up some wild rice medley and grilled some turkey for workday lunches this week.

On Friday, at Costco I bought some delicious kiwi fruit so I have been eating one of those each day. I also bought over 1kg of blueberries so have frozen some for later and baked some into 100 calorie blueberry muffins which I turned into clean eating muffins but taking out the sugar and adding agave nectar and sucanat sugar. Theyíre OK... definitely edible but not totally awesome. I need to work on my recipes I think.

I bought some new fitness clothes at Costco too... but still in XL. Itís a bit frustrating that Iím completely sabotaging my weight loss efforts with eating badly.

On Saturday night I had a binge session.... There is no other word for it. I was hungry, yes, but I think I was more driven by boredom and I should have just stopped eating. I also had a couple of drinks on Friday Ė Mikes Hard Limeade with some crushed ice Ė but I then found out that they were 220 calories each! So I stopped at 2 which meant it was not even worth drinking them Ė I could have just drunk diet limeade as two drinks donít really do anything alcohol wise, especially when I drink them slowly. They were a waste of calories. I should stick to wine if I am going to drink.

So, all in all, not a super bad weekend. I certainly ticked some of the boxes on my August goals spreadsheet. I weighed myself this morning and it wasnít as bad as I expected, but still up from a month ago... but I still am going to be carrying way more weight than I wanted on the half marathon on Sunday.

So... HALF MARATHON ON SUNDAY! I am going to take it steady, not push myself too much Ė I just would like to finish before they take down the finish line at 3.5 hours! I will be walking for most of it, Iím sure. I just havenít trained enough. However, it is a great test for me Ė and following the race I will hopefully feel confident enough to sign up for the Seattle half in November.

This week Iíve got quite a bit of fitness booked in my calendar to keep me going and hopefully help me to increase my ability to go for the duration!
Monday: Circuit training.
Tuesday: C25K before work.
Wednesday: C25K before work and possibly Cardio Kickboxing class.
Thursday: Zumba
Friday: Swim and C25K
Saturday: Swim and probably a walk with the family to a spray park.
Sunday: HALF MARATHON!!! ARGH!!!

Eating wise, I am better on work days as I only eat what I bring to work and sometimes I donít eat it all. I need to focus on the evenings and stop picking and eating empty calories.

Anyway, Iím at work and should be writing some kind of procedure document so Iíd better get to it. Have a great week fellow sparklers. Have you reviewed your weekend? What did you do that was better than the weekend before?

  
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A_RARE_BEAN 8/10/2011 3:48AM

    You're plan for the week looks good. Good on ya for taking on a half marathon, and sensibly too, you can totaly do it!!! :o)

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JANEZAP 8/9/2011 10:34PM

    good luck with the marathon!! i have the city to surf on this sunday im hoping my cough will be gone by then haha i havent been training at all besides cardio at the gym but thats not generally running haha oh well i'll just have to do my best i guess :)

i have the same problem, i do really good exercise wise and then ruin it with crappy eating and binging :(

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/9/2011 2:27AM

    Good luck with the training. I know you will be able to be successful with it.

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FINALLYBEINGME 8/8/2011 11:09PM

    Good luck with training for the half marathon! That is so ambitious..looking forward to hearing about it when you're done :). emoticon

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