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Thursday, May 23, 2013


I sort of fell of the band wagon with blog writing. Not being able to do it on my phone makes it difficult but I will try to get better about it. I am proud to say that I finished Week 1 of C25K and am almost finished with Week 2. Week 1 really wasn't that bad. Day 1 of Week 2 was another story. It was def. harder and I had to push mentally to get through it. HOWEVER! Day 2 was easier all things considered. I had really contemplated pushing my day 2 until the next day because I had had a paper to write and it was 5:30 by the time I got to the gym. I was not in the mood and I was starting to feel crappy from my allergies. Nevertheless I made it to the gym. The first 7 mins were not pretty because I kept complaining in my head and just really beating myself. I finally had had it and said listen, you're here, you're getting a workout, now shut up and just do it. Think about your goals and why you want to be there. After my mini pep talk it was A LOT easier. Again, not a walk in the park, but I didn't feel like I was going to die.

I am proud to say that up until today I have been to the gym every day this week. Today was different because I am watching my cousins so I wasn't able to get a workout in after class and before I had to be there. BUT! I am still really proud of myself. Spark people has my weekly calorie burn at 650, and I am already at 1107 so I am blowing it out of the water!!!

Overall I feel really good. I have more energy, I feel like I am getting more accomplished in my days instead of just wasting hours either in bed or on the couch. I have routine. I am learning that I like routines!

I have lost about a pound though it doesn't show on my tracker because I thought m starting weight was different than it actually was, but I know that I lost it and that means more to me to know that I did.

I also have discovered a new 5K that I want to train for. I am planning on doing the Color Run in October already, but I found out about a new one. I work at a renaissance faire in the summer and we are hosting a 5k called the KNight's Quest 5k. It is the perfect combination of every 5k because it will have color, mud, obstacles, MEDIEVAL ZOMBIES!, and flames for you to jump over!!! I am sooooo pumped for this 5k that it makes me even more determined!

Happy Sparking!

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    I'm really proud of you for pushing through. For finding a way to overcome that inner smack talker. Phone issues make your journey harder right now. Hopefully, we can get it fixed this weekend. Love you girl!

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BRADMILL2922 5/24/2013 2:11AM

    Congrats on getting through week 1 and for pushing through the start of week 2! It is almost as hard mentally at times as it is physically! Being able to push yourself and to get it done is a big deal. Way to go!

That Knight's Quest 5k sounds really interesting and fun! Might have to look into that one myself!

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Couch to 5k Week 1 Day 2

Friday, May 17, 2013

Just completed my week 1 day 2 of Couch to 5k! Overall it wasn't too bad. Today was a little harder than the first day but knowing that it is a mental game I pushed forward and proved to be successful. On day 1 I ran at 5.0 comfortably, however today when i put it 5.0 it seemed to be too slow for my pace so I put it at 5.5. It made me excited to see that I was already doing C25K faster, but successful.

In other news I seem to be doing well with counting my calories. the 2nd day has been the hardest so far because I had almost eaten my allotted calories and had 84 left. There isn't much you can eat or 84 calories in my apt and I was still HUNGRY! I waited it out and drank some water, but it still was not going away. Eventually I made a cup of tea with a tb. of honey which put me right at my limit without going over. This seemed to tide me over a little. On top of everything I also had a migraine from the oh so wonderful allergies...

Now that I have gotten past that I seemed to be doing much better with eating. I also noticing that commercials are BIG triggers for me. I will be watching a tv show, minding my own business when a giant, juicy , delicious looking cheeseburger will come on the screen. HELP! I promptly will look away or manage to find something interesting to look at on my phone instead. Another trigger for me is Pinterest. I am on it quite frequently passing the time away and there is SO MUCH FOOD on Pinterest! I had a hard time looking at Pinterest before i started this whole thing because it would usually be meal time, I would be casually browsing, and next thing I knew my hunger was comparable to a starved mountain lion. Knowing now that these are triggers I am taking steps to finding ways around them.

Last but not least! I am so excited to be starting a healthy program, that it is already causing me to me a little scale crazy. I have only been doing this for 5 days and I have thought about getting on the scale 4 out of those 5 days. I have told myself that doing so would cause my motivation to diminish and that you can't move or "lose" a mountain in a day. So to compromise between getting on the scale everyday and not getting on the scale at all I have decided to do a weigh in once a week.

Even then I think this might be too much. What do you all think? How often do you all do your weigh in's?

Happy Sparking!

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BASSOONMAGIC237 5/18/2013 3:28PM

    Thanks everyone for your thoughts and advice! I'm finding all of this advice very helpful!

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BRADMILL2922 5/17/2013 8:49PM

    Sounds like you are off to a pretty good start with your C25K program! You will be crushing a 5k real soon at that pace!

I would definitely go with the calorie range that Spark recommends. You definitely don't want to many calories but you also have to make sure you eat enough. You have to eat calories to burn calories. I recommend eating 5-6 smaller meals a day instead of the usual 3. Spread it out and keep that metabolism going all day!

I don't own a scale so not weighing in is easy for me. I weigh in every two weeks or so and that works for me. It isn't good for the mental to weigh in daily and see the flux that your body goes through. After a week or two, it won't be a flux, it is what your body is doing.

Good luck, hope some of that might help you!

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    Congratulations on starting...and making it to Day 5! Finding the right amount of calories can be difficult and you will always second guess yourself. I recommend you start with what SP recommends. You can always tweak it later if it doesn't work for you.

As far as the scale goes, don't weigh more than once a week. That's my two cents. Some people need to weigh daily, but that makes me more neurotic than I already am.

I had to force myself to stop looking at recipe sites. Huge, huge trigger for me. You might just stay off Pinterest for a while?

Love you girl!

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MIESPERANZA 5/17/2013 5:05PM

    Way to go Phoebe emoticon
I know perfectly well how you must be feeling about completing another day of c25k , because Im feeling the same emoticon
I have to lose a lot of weight , and being a yo-yo dieter all my life let's say my relationship with the scale is less than friendly , now Im weighing in on Saturdays and keep the scale downstairs to avoid the tentation to weight myself every single morning. Now I'm trying to measure my weight loss in other ways(loose clothes , level of energy , etc)
My relationship with food is funny (and not in a good way). When I'm in one of my binge eating moods I dont pay attention to food , but right now I'm addicted to the food channel emoticon

Sooner than we think we will be completing the week 9 (I wish) , we only have to keep going.


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Couch to 5k Week 1 Day 1

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Yesterday, I started the Couch to 5k program. I have previously attempted this less than a year ago and fell off the bandwagon. WELL NOT THIS TIME! I'll admit I was really nervous starting this again. The first time I did Wk1/D1 it did not go very well. It absolutely kicked my butt and not even half way through it I was panting like a dog and was walking faster than I was running. Yesterday however proved to be a new day and a new me. Much to my surprise, it was relatively easy! Half way through I realized that I wasn't even really out of breath and my heart was not going to jump through my chest!
I have a few issues with running. One of them is ignorance, and the other is the fact that I am afraid to run with my heart condition. I was diagnosed with POTS syndrome about 2 years ago. In years past I had been running on a treadmill and would check my HR on the machine and more often than not it would be around 200. Here's where my ignorance comes into play. I had NO IDEA that this WAS NOT normal! I assumed that my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my chest simply because I was out of shape. Another story of my ignorance and exercise was when I was in gym class back in elementary school, after exercising the teacher would always have us calculate our HRs. Whenever I would tell them mine, they would always look at me like I was crazy and say "That's impossible, you would be dead." Now, because I have always been really bad at math I assumed that it was a math error. While that may be the case, I wonder now if it just wasn't signs then about my heart condition, but back to my C25K!
During my session yesterday, my HR was around 166bmp right after running and around 148 when I was walking. I felt really confident with those numbers! I wasn't running ridiculously fast or hard that made my HR jump up, and overall I felt great during my run.
I am very excited to continue this program, and can't wait to see my progress and completion of the program!

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SIMONEKP 5/23/2013 10:01AM

    The Color Run is awesome, good luck

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BASSOONMAGIC237 5/18/2013 3:29PM

    We can do this together! :)

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MIESPERANZA 5/15/2013 4:57PM

    Hi , Im new to c25k too , in my second day still. Let's just say that I dragged myself more than running , but one day at a time.
Hope we can advance , even though my week 1 is going to last several weeks in fact.

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    One day at a time. A journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step!

Make Today a Great Day!

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Hello out there!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


My name is Phoebe and I am finally going to jump on the SparkPeople train. I have technically been a member since 2011, but I never really used SparkPeople, If i did it was very sporadic. Since it is summer time, and my life has become simpler I've decided to give this thing a go. Currently I am trying to lose about 30 pounds to achieve a healthy weight status, as well as the Couch to 5k to help train for The Color Run 5k in October.

Happy Sparking! :)


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SIMONEKP 5/23/2013 10:00AM

    Welcome back, I did the same, joined in 2011 and only really committed this past January.

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BASSOONMAGIC237 5/18/2013 3:30PM

    Hello! Thanks for the welcomed return!

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INITANURSE11 5/15/2013 2:16PM

    Welcome back. I'm proud of your choice to start to becoming a healther you. emoticon

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