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Thursday, January 03, 2013

I decided that this year is going to be the year for accountability. I am going to track each meal as well as my water intake and take responsibility for what is going on inside of me. And after talking about waking up at 5:00am to be at the gym by 6:00am has gotten me NOWHERE, so I have enlisted the help of my best friend. Starting on Monday, she is going to call me when she wakes up so I will hopefully wake up and get my butt to the gym. I asked her if she could do it for a month until my body gets used to waking up at that crazy time...I honestly do not wake up until 7:00am most days and am out the door to go to work by 7:30 (I'm really low I'm hoping that this year or next year my husband and I finally have our wedding (we were married by the Justice of the Peace almost 7 years time flies!), plus, my best friend just got engaged so I will be in a lot of nice dresses. It's time to make this a habit that sticks!

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FATHINSN 1/4/2013 7:25AM

    Me, too, I'm starting over, taking things slower and enjoy every minute! The first three months I'm "training" myself to get used with proper sleep schedule, consistent workouts and tracking ever bite :D

For waking up, other than asking your friend to call you, how about set a "wake up, it's tine to get active" tone for your alarm AND put your hp far enough that you have to realky out from bed but near enough to hear the loud alarm. I'm using fast-beat anime song as alarm tone (wake up and dance a bit with the tone LOL) and most of time, I'm out of bed and no hitting snooze button coz the hp far enough that i have to get out from bed :D

Good luck for accountability 2013!

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BILL60 1/4/2013 7:23AM

    Hang tough and do it.

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Insanity - Day 1 Fit Test

Thursday, December 20, 2012

So, my mom bought me the insanity workout series for Christmas. I am hoping that by the end of the 60 days I can finally have the body that I had in high school. I really need to get rid of the food belly. Anyways, here are the stats from my first fit test

Switch Kicks - 79
Power Jacks - 36
Power Knees - 46
Power Jumps - 24
Globe Jumps - 15
Suicide Jumps - 12
Push-Up Jacks - 18
Low Plank Oblique - 36 (I think if you are counting each leg pump individually)

Pretty good. I am fairly confident that with practice, I should be successful at this. I recently completed a half-marathon so endurance wise I think that I am ready to tackle this program. I'm hoping to continue running also to keep up on my half-marathon training too, so I'm looking forward to changing my body for good!

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BILL60 12/21/2012 6:55AM

    Super!! Now, get tough and "Do It".

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YA_YAYA 12/20/2012 8:14PM

    That is a great Christmas present. Good for you. Sounds like you have down the workout thing. I hope you have that body you are looking for after the 60 days. Nonetheless you are beautiful even if you were to stay the same.

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PJBONARRIGO 12/20/2012 7:19PM

    Woo hoo! Good for you! I'm sure that you will enjoy your Christmas present! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! emoticon

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Half Marathon season is almost here!

Monday, September 03, 2012

Well, after an unplanned five week hiatus, I have finally started running again...just in time to prepare for the three half-marathons that I am planning on doing this fall. I think that I was using the gym being so far from my new job and the wicked humidity as an excuse, and frankly, I was scared for some reason. I was mostly scared because I thought that I was going to have to start from the beginning again and that I wouldn't be able to run even half what I worked up to (I was up to 8 miles five weeks ago!). It's funny though because over the last couple of weeks I have been antsy and anxious because I NEEDED to run. It's like a drug, I swear. And it's funny because I didn't think that I even liked to maybe it has become a habit which is awesome. So, with me preparing to run the big 13.1 runs this fall, I will be stepping up my running and trying to run at least 5 days a week. Thankfully I proved that I could run 4 miles without a problem so I should be back to 8 in a couple of weeks at the least, and I really only need to train to 10 to feel comfortable with running a half-marathon. This looks like it's really going to happen this year. I can't wait to complete this goal!


Back to Work!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Yet again I am back on Sparkpeople. I was doing so well with exercise and eating well...I even won the Biggest Loser Challenge at my work! I had a pretty consistent routine going, but I didn't like the job that I was at so instead of focusing on exercising I needed to focus on looking for a new job outside of childcare. So two Mondays ago I interviewed and got a job as a Staff Assistant for the Duke Pediatric Bone and Marrow Transplant Family Support Program. While the job has better hours, I am now NOWHERE close to my gym emoticon. As luck turns out, there is another gym in the same complex as my office, so as soon as I cancel my current gym membership I am looking forward to joining this gym, since location is apparently VERY important to me and will actually go if it is near me. In any case, starting today I am starting up exercising again. I've been pretty good with the nutrition portion, but need to get back to drinking 8 glasses of water a day. My new goal is to get down to 130 by Christmas (I'm 136-137 right now). I just need to get back on point again, but am confident that I can do this...AGAIN!


I Need Running Tips!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Today was just not my day to run. I am proud to say that I have been running pretty consistently, which is important. This week I have run on Sunday, Monday, and this evening, except that on Sunday and Monday I ran with my husband around our development, which at the time, I thought was difficult! I was more than happy to go back to the American Tobacco Trail after work and decided to run 4 miles (since we ran 4 miles on Sunday and 3 on Monday). Wow though, it was HARD. I'm not sure if it was because of the temperature (it was 89 degrees after it being in the 70's this week), or that I didn't eat (the past two days I have eaten something before the run, although today I had tons of water), or that my body was just tired. I'm not sure, but yeah, today wasn't an easy run. It doesn't help that my breathing isn't the best according to my husband (he says that I sound like I am in labor and would probably stop less if I breathed correctly), and the fact that I didn't eat any food beforehand, although over the past couple of days I have had some crazy GI issues immediately after running hence me not eating today.

I would LOVE some suggestions on what I should/could be doing better!

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    As far as the breathing goes, I have found that after a few minutes of running, I need to take a deep breath and then take a short inhale before exhaling to get my breathing more regular and not so "labored". I was sounding like I was dying and I couldn't get my breath.

The heat zaps my energy as well. I have my first 5K this weekend and I'm actually hoping for rain so I can stay cool!

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K8CAL917 5/16/2012 10:05AM

    Hey Amanda, I totally agree with the previous post - I think the difficulty you had was the direct result of running 3 days in a row. Most would recommend every other day. I do go two days in a row pretty regularly just because I need to get miles in and I'm used to it now, but try to work in gym workouts, cycling, swimming, or workout tapes to mix it up. If I go 3 days in a row or try to do two big runs in a row I feel like I'm dragging through it and it's no fun!

As for eating beforehand, I never do (unless I'm doing a bigger run or a race) but that's because that's what works for me and everyone is different. My husband feels slow and unmotivated if he doesn't eat, even if we're just doing a 2-3 miler.

Your breathing probably sounds the way it does because you're working closer to your VO2max. Try to focus on taking bigger, deeper breaths (you're probably taking quick shallow breaths now?). Although it seems like you need the quick breaths b/c your heart rate is high, the deeper breaths will actually help you get the O2 you need.

Great job!
Hope this helps!

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BILL60 5/16/2012 7:50AM

    Listen to your body. If it's run down, take a break or just walk it off.

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PASTAFARIAN 5/15/2012 9:15PM

    Since you want suggestions: Do not run two days in a row! You're setting yourself up for injury. Cross-train instead. Much better for your body.

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