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Neon Dash 5k completed

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Neon Dash was a success! Even with my moms injured knee we did it and it was a lot of fun. I have no idea what our time was because it took so long just to get out of the start line that we didn't bother to look at the time.
Here we are "patiently" waiting...

It was so much fun though really. Even with the ridiculous amount of hills (I swear I didn't think I could run uphill) we made it through. We ran most of it together and then at one point I told her to go at her pace and I would go at mine and we would probably catch up to each other. And we did. There were moments when I just couldn't run for a little bit and other moments where I got my wind back and really pushed. I am really proud of the both of us and we are excited to sign up for our next one and take my sister along.

While running the course we had foam sprayed on us, neon goo of some kind and had lots of fun blacklight stations to take pictures. This pic is immediately after crossing the finish line and while we stood in line to treat ourselves to a beverage...
And this was under the blacklights while we were playing around after and listening to music (there was a DJ and we had a dance warm-up session pre-race that was pretty awesome)

So we made it through the first race and we are excited to do more. I can't wait to get back out there again!

Hope everyone had a great Spark-filled weekend emoticon

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ABAKER34 9/23/2014 8:10AM

    Looks like you all had a great time! Thanks for sharing your pictures and telling us about the race, I am excited about running my first race!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/22/2014 9:46PM

    Excellent! Glad your mom's knee didn't interfere! Races are addicting, aren't they???

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Lbs gone and a race this weekend

Friday, September 19, 2014

I am beyond happy right now! It feels so worth it to step on the scale and see it heading in the right direction. Especially when I have stuck to my plan as much as I have. I have never been this successful at not eating junk and I don't know that I have ever worked out 6-7 days a week. I don't even feel burnt out yet and by now in the past, I definitely would have. It is 3 weeks in and I am down about 13 lbs from where I started. I know that will slow down, but I will take what I can get for now because it is just so freaking satisfying.

The Neon Dash 5k is tomorrow night. I am so ready for it. Unfortunately, my mom hurt her knee while running this week and is afraid she may have to walk most of it and I know she was really looking forward to being able to run in her first race. I am not quite sure what to do, if I should stay back with her or just go at my own pace. I wish I knew what to tell her to do to prevent hurting herself again because I really don't want her to get discouraged so early on.

I took my son to his first Jiu Jitsu class last night and he loved it of course. The guy that runs the place was trying to talk me into Crossfit classes and I really kind of want to try it out. I know they are really challenging, but that is kind of what I like so much about it. Anyone else done Crossfit? I know it has been pretty popular for a while so surely some Sparks have tried it out. Just a little curious how effective it is at getting someone in shape and if it is doable.

Everyone have a great weekend!

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ABAKER34 9/22/2014 9:15AM

    So sorry to hear about your mom, I hope she heals up quickly. By now your race should be done, I hope all went well and you busted it out!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/19/2014 3:12PM

    Wow, you are doing great! Hope your mom is OK -- she'll probably tell you what she wants you to do. I know a lot of people who train together but then do their own races and just meet up afterward. My husband (who could go a lot faster than me) always stays at my pace and we cross every finish line holding hands up in the air. I really love him for staying with me because I am a big baby and would probably quit if I was on my own!!

I have not done Crossfit but I know lots of people who have -- it apparently becomes quite addictive! I hope you will blog about the race. Good luck!!

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Neon Dash 5k fast approaching!

Monday, September 15, 2014

So I entered a 5k race with my mom just so we would have a goal to work toward and it is this Saturday. We will be running the Neon Dash 5k and it looks super fun so I am really excited about it. It will be her first 5k and my 3rd. And we will have only been "training" for 3 weeks. But I feel good about it. I did a practice run on this past Saturday and did 3.4 miles in 35 minutes, 2 of those miles I did in 10 minutes each, which is an all time record for me! What, what?!?!
This running thing is really starting to make me feel stronger than I ever really have. I have always envied runners, the ease with which they seem to do it and me with my awkwardness...I just always figured I would never be good at it. And I'm not "good" at it by any means yet, but I feel like I could be if I just don't give up.
The boyfriend told me last night that this was the first relationship in his life that felt like he was supported when it came to weight loss and getting healthy. It was a really great compliment and it also made me feel really grateful that I have a partner that is willing to do this with me instead of me just trying to do it on my own, or him trying to do it on his own. I have never been in a relationship before where we supported each others goals like this. We both have just had to go at it alone before now, even in our relationship together, we have had a tendency in the past to do things and not necessarily do them together. This time around we are really making a point not just to hold each other accountable, but to do it together. It is really nice.

So, with the race this Saturday, I wondered does anyone have any tips on going from running on a treadmill to running outside? I have been strictly running on my treadmill and I know that getting outside is going to be a totally different game. Any ideas or suggestions are welcome! Hope everyone has a great week!

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ABAKER34 9/16/2014 1:19PM

    3.4 miles in 35 minutes is a great time! I'm a treadmill runner too who also has to get training outside. I'm signed up for my first 5k on Thanksgiving morning (it's an awesome race that has shorter distances my two young boys can run), and I've also signed up for a half marathon next I'm on the look out for some 10k's to sign up for in between.

That's is so perfect that you are able to run and workout with your boyfriend. Keep up all of your hardwork, and if you have any tips on switching up your training from the treadmill to outside - pass them along! emoticon

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OMMAMA7 9/16/2014 10:02AM

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's lovely to see you here :) It sounds like you are doing great which is awesome! I remember that feeling when I was running and training for a 5k, how I was getting stronger. I miss it and can't wait to get back to it! It was one of the greatest things I ever did for myself. All I can say about going from treadmill to outside is expect your lower legs to be sore. The uneven surface makes you work below the calf a lot to stabilize. It's different for everyone but my first run outside I was sore for days, so I wouldn't try it before the race since it's so close, you don't want to go into it sore. Unless maybe you did it today you'd have time to recover if it happens to you. But you've done 5k's before so if that tends to happen you probably know it by now. Now I'm just rambling ;) Have a GREAT run - I want to hear all about how it goes!

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TRAVELGRRL 9/15/2014 7:09PM

    Personally, I think running outside is EASIER! You can vary your speed slightly which doesn't happen on a treadmill.

In my experience these Neon/Color/Rad runs are sooo crowded you probably won't be running much!

My husband of 25 years is my fitness partner, and lots of women tell me how lucky I am. I sure do know it; I wouldn't be nearly as successful if it wasn't for him! Congrats for finding a "good one!"

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    Yay! SOOOO happy to see you back. I'm sure you'll have a blast!

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The only thing in my way is ME

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I don't really even know where to start. I haven't been on the site in almost a year and I am not really even sure why. I think I moved to another state about a month after my last post and I just never got back on after that. But that would make sense because if I am being completely honest, when we moved it was like I completely forgot all my healthy habits I had worked so hard to learn and adopt. I went back to eating out on a VERY regular basis (read LOTS of Mexican food and pizza) and I am pretty sure that I completely stopped working out also. Which makes absolutely no sense at all because I didn't even work for the first 6-7 months we were living here and I had all the time in the world to do anything I wanted for my workouts.
I thought about this a month or two back and realized how much my environment affected me. I moved to a rather small town compared to where we were from and I noticed fairly quickly how little effort most people put into themselves here. I was so used to looking my best even to run to the grocery store that when I got here and so many people everywhere looked like they had just crawled out of bed, I just eventually gave in and decided that I didn't need to try that hard to look decent. Which in turn meant that I cared less and less about what I looked like at all. And I became kind of comfortable being a "bigger girl" because everyone else around me kind of looked the same way. And by the time that I started to acknowledge that I was letting myself go, I was back up to 230+ lbs. Which means that in the 7 months or so that I was not paying attention to what was going in my mouth or that I was tending to sit on the couch and watch marathons on Netflix all day instead of getting up and doing ANYTHING that required physical exertion, I gained back about 20 lbs. I didn't even want to acknowledge that it was possible to gain that much weight that fast. But I did eventually step on the scale. And that was all it really took. I have had a few slip ups since then but for the most part I have had a little bit of a slap in the face and been reminded that I need to make myself a priority and get my life back on track.
I think I really made the decision to make some changes a few weeks ago while watching an episode of Extreme Weight Loss (yeah, I was probably sitting on the couch eating while watching) and Chris Powell looked straight at me (for real, it was like he knew I was there and needed to hear what he was saying at that EXACT moment) and asked what I wanted to change and did I know that I could be well on my way in 90 days if I would just DO IT. And something clicked. And I decided to set a very specific goal for myself and to STICK to working towards it. Because in all reality, 90 days is not that long and if I can just dedicate myself to those 90 days, maybe I can change my life.
I'm tired of thinking about myself as the fat girl. I am tired of telling myself that I can't do something, because the only thing that is standing in my way is ME. And that was what I needed to fully accept and deal with. I think that now that I have really admitted that all of this really is the way it is because I have allowed it to be that way, I think that it is easier for me to accept that it can be changed. I needed to look myself in the mirror and be okay with saying to myself that this is not okay. If that even makes any sense. But when I did, and when I made some very open statements about my weight and my goals out loud to people I knew would hold me accountable, it made the entire process so much easier. I have been more dedicated to my workouts and have been eating so much better since that moment and the crazy thing is that I don't feel like it is a chore to work out or that I am being deprived of food. I just feel good. And hopefully it will continue to be that way. I set a 40 lb weight loss goal for myself to hit by December 1st and so I am working hard to get there. I am down about 10 so far and have to work really hard to be able to get to hit that goal in that amount of time, but that is kind of why I set so large a goal. I will HAVE to be dedicated and work hard to make that happen.
So wish me luck.

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OMMAMA7 9/16/2014 12:18PM

    Oh I can relate so much, Netflix marathons and all! I gained everything back and more but am trying to be motivated again! emoticon SO glad to see you back on here, though I'm sorry you gained. just nice to see a familiar friend again :)

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TRAVELGRRL 9/11/2014 4:59PM

    WELCOME BACK! emoticon

Big life changes can be very difficult to navigate. When we moved from Michigan to rural Arkansas 12 years ago, I lost all of my support systems: my safe walking paths, my friends, coworkers, and family that all were nutrition conscious, fitness classes at the community college, etc.

I floundered and worked my way up about 35 pounds. And at 5'2", that's a LOT.

So, I totally empathize! When you are surrounded by fat people, it just feels OK to be fat. If you are like me, you play the comparison game: well, at least I'm not as fat as SHE least I am in the store in sweatpants rather than pajamas! You get the picture.

But that's all behind us now, right?

I am glad you are back, and if you blog regularly, I will be right there to cheerlead for you. Sparkpeople is like the Prodigal Son story; we'll always welcome you back -- no matter what!

Congrats on your comeback story, and on the pounds you've lost so far!

Keep it going!!

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MISSMUFFETT101 9/11/2014 4:10PM

    wishing you luck :-)

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Should I or shouldn't I?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I am seriously considering signing up for one of these "Diet Bet" thingy-ma-jigs. I keep hearing people talking about them and there is something so tempting about putting money down on whether or not I stick to my plan and make it work. Not so much really to win money (but that would be a bonus I suppose) but more to not lose my own money. Especially with the holidays coming up, I could use a little extra motivation to NOT devour everything in sight. I have done so well recently that I REALLY, REALLY do not want to just put it all back on over the next few months. And we all know how it is in an office at Christmas-time. There are constantly cookies and candy and potlucks and everything else imaginable that could suck me in.

I did have TWO (yeah, that's right, that is plural) coworkers tell me today that they can really see my weight loss and that was reassuring. It was also weird because I never really know what to say when someone comes up and says "I can really see how much weight you have lost." I always just smile and say "Oh...yeah, thanks. I am trying....." But I always feel awkward. Part of me wants to be happy and "YAY!! Someone else noticed!" but the other part of me doesn't want anyone to bring it up. I don't really completely understand it. I am not really doing this so others will pat me on the back...I am really only doing it for me. Well....and for my boyfriend, because let's face it, if he's gonna lose weight and get all smokin hot, then I gotta catch up. I mean, c'mon, he has lost almost 50 lbs and it is ridiculously maddening. And extremely motivating. I think that him doing that has been more motivation than just about anything else, and not because I feel like he is judging me or won't be as attracted to me or anything like that, but more because I see the dedication that he has had and it made me realize that if he can be that healthy and still be so happy throughout it then I can do the same. It doesn't have to be a miserable process.

So all that being said, should I or should I not do the Diet Bet? Has anyone else done one and did it help curb any bad habits that may have tried to rear their ugly, hungry heads? Or am I better off just sticking to what I have been doing and hope that my willpower stays strong in the coming days and months? That tis the question of the day....

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KELTIC-CARA 10/15/2013 4:13AM

    I have never heard of it, I guess we don't have it in Australia. I would say you have been doing very well the way you have been going and with your boyfriend also losing weight that is great motivation. It also all depends on your attitude.

Attitude changes everything


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OMMAMA7 10/14/2013 11:08AM

    Mine totally backfired...I lost. Also they charged me an extra $5 for my "first one" and it was supposed to be for a welcome kit with info and coupons and i never got anything. So I lost $30 total. Some people find great success with it, I know someone who keeps winning one after another. I really struggled with losing at the pace they wanted me to which ended up being 2.5 lbs/wk . Once I got to a certain point where I knew there was no way I could hit my goal I got frustrated and disappointed in myself and got grouchy and gave up. I would say if you know that you can currently lose at a good pace, and you are really interested, go for it. But for me I lose much slower than I used to, so it just didn't work.

I know this is late, but better late than never, right? :)

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PRINCESS_SOFI 10/11/2013 11:38AM

    I've lost almost 30 lbs and no one at work has really noticed. If money motivates you I say go for it.

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TRAVELGRRL 10/11/2013 9:50AM

    They aren't for me, but did you see ShrinkingSara's blog? She got back $43 from her $25 bet.

When it comes to crap in the office? I don't even start. I just tell myself, "I don't eat that junk anymore."

And for whatever reason, it works! Whatever you decide, good luck. You REALLY don't want to undo all your hard work, right?

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