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Monday, December 13, 2010

I actually had a good day in the world of Spark today. Logged my food and stuck close to my meal plan...forgot to add things for dinner (like rice and corn, derr) during the pre-plan stages BUT I had plenty of breathing room in my ranges. Woo hoo! I have lunches packed for tomorrow already - just need to look thru some recipes that I printed last week and I'll have dinner figured out too. I drank over 10 glasses of water and also exercised for around 50 minutes. I had to go with OnDemand workouts today. Mondays are usually my gym day but since we had some snow Mike drove me to/from work and unfortunately that path did not include the gym.
I've been thinking about doing a picture blog challenge that I keep seeing pop up on my update feeds. I'm so nervous about posting pictures of myself though, very self conscience! I think it would be great though and definitely add accountability/consistency to my workouts. I was also hoping it would keep me going on the C25K plan. IDK, it's really going to take some self convincing!
Anyone have any advice on shin splints? I get them running...though I've noticed if I get a good warm up of 10/15 min walking, work on some other machines, then come back to C25K I don't suffer as much. My shoes are pretty old so I think that is a culprit as well.

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PINKBEANBOO 12/14/2010 12:02PM

    My shin splints only lasted the first couple weeks of C25K. Sorry yours keep bothering you.
Posting weekly half naked pictures of myself has been a huge factor for me to keep in line. I'm not too strict on myself over the weekends, but come Monday I'm thinking "I've only got a few days until picture day" so I tighten my diet up.
That first week was so embarrassing, but week 2 was so much better. Maybe it was all the comments or having to look at my pictures over & over again that made me appreciate what I've got.

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BUTRFNGRZ 12/13/2010 10:12PM

    Way to go on a successful day today!! emoticon

I also get shin splints EVERY time I run. I've read about some strengthening exercises you can do that may help, and stretching. Someone else recently suggested shortening my stride, too. I haven't tried any of these solutions myself because I'm terrified of getting shin splints again and not being able to exercise at all, but I'll see if I can find some of the links to send to you. Good luck!

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Welp I've started C25K over again this morning. My last stab at it only took me to week 5 but it took about 4 months to get there...weak! The plan now is to actually do it 3x/week like you're supposed to instead of whenever I feel like it. W1D1 was pretty easy today as expected. I actually looked forward to the one minute runs and was bored during the walks. I ended up running an extra minute but I'm being careful not to push it too much so I actually stay on course. While I was running I felt really comfortable and paid a lot of attention to my stride. I struggled last time around with shin splints so I really want to be careful and do it right this time so that doesn't stop me.

In other HS reunion last week was amazing. We had such a great time catching up with people (the open bar didn't hurt either). Yesterday was my niece's 5th birthday, how time flies! She had a party at Chuck E Cheese's and was adorable, so much so that I actually teared up lol. We had a great time there and I can STILL beat Mike at basketball even if I'm only 5'1. emoticon

Tonight my friend from college is coming with her finance in about an hour or so. He has a show in town then they're going to stay over. Hoping to make it to the gym tomorrow and Monday!

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PINKBEANBOO 12/5/2010 6:09AM

    Glad to see you are still going to the gym. I finally joined one about a week ago.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

I am moody today. It's been a bad few weeks for exercising. Mike's grandpap died on the 13th. Last week was a whirlwind of emotions, food and funeral. It was sad; he was 91.5, lived an amazing life and died at home just as he always wanted to. I was upset with the lack of support from coworkers - friends and family were great. My coworkers didn't understand for some reason. I guess they don't get that Mike and I are basically married and have known each other for 5 years now. His family = my family. Someone very close to me at work had the nerve to ask me why Wednesday (the funeral day) sucked so bad, was it because of the weather? Really? I let all of that nonsense get to me and I've been stress eating and not exercising. I tried to put an end to all of that today but my gym clothes remain packed at work. Really Becky? I dragged Mike out with me and we just took the dogs on a good 2.8 mile walk. After I'm done whining here I'm going to do my WATP Pilates dvd and make some tea.

I have more to whine about but trying to keep it at a minimum. I'm super excited for Thanksgiving. Early dinner at Mike's parents then another dinner at my parents. I'm off on Friday for the first day after Thanksgiving off since 2002! I'm super excited, no shopping for me though, that is crazy. Nail appt and my 10 year hs reunion that night, jewelry party on Sat then nothing on Sun. Sounds like a good long weekend to me!

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BUTRFNGRZ 12/4/2010 6:21PM

    Sorry I only just saw this... My condolences to you and Mike on your loss. emoticon

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AMYETALK2 11/22/2010 8:16PM

    I am SO sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose loved ones in death. But you have to remember that you are healing and you can't expect perfection from yourself right now. Try to take it slow and just deal with one day at a time. Don't look at it week by week, but just day by day. I don't mean to sound unkind, but the pain will be get less severe as time goes on. It's always there, sure, but it will be easier to function with it. Again, I'm so sorry and I hope you and your family will heal soon.

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C25K W5D2

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

...was SO hard yesterday! Oh boy, those 8 minute runs are rough! I managed to run straight thru the first 8 minute run but the second one was not as easy. I had to stop twice to stretch out my legs. My shins get stiff very easily so they need a little coaxing to get thru. I think before I move to D3 (20 min run yikes) I'll redo D2 at least once. After completing C25K I stayed on the treadmill for another 25 min. My gym is awesome, there's a bunch of TV's lined up and you can plug your headphones in and listen. I like to watch the top 5pm news stories but I dialed in a little earlier yesterday because Oprah was talking about animal shelters. I was definitely getting emotional over some of the animals, then they had to play a clip of Faith, the dog that only has 2 back legs. Ah, I love her!

Between the gym and the ARL I definitely over did it yesterday. I had a bad migraine when I got home last night. I showered, took medicine and was in bed by 9. I'm still feeling some effects from it all today. Migraine or no migraine it was all worth it when I stepped on the scale this morning! 147.6! I've been hovering around 149 for the longest time so I was very happy.

Gym clothes for today are packed and sitting next to me here at work. I'm planning on some quick cardio then hitting the leg, arm and ab machines for an hour or so. emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 10/6/2010 10:21AM

    Running for 8 min straight is a BIG DEAL. Way to go!!!!!
And how about that bonus of the scale going down? You are going to keep getting further away from that 150 all the time. A drop like that always gives me motivation to work harder.
Keep it up!!

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HEATHMARIE43 10/6/2010 8:10AM

    great job! god bless ya for being able to run 8 minutes straight lol.... maybe someday i'll be able to do that! wish i had a gym like that to go to.... the gym where i went to college was kind of like that and is open to alumni but i feel pretty stupid going in there with all the kids looking at me thinking "why is she still here???"

congrats on the weight loss! keep it up!!!

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  awesome job on the loss!!

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OUBACHE 10/5/2010 8:02AM

    Wow! You are doing an awesome job. It sounds like it's paying off for you -- keep up the great work.


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Monday, October 04, 2010

Yay for the start of a new month and week. I need to really re-evaluate my goals and dedication to exercising. I still think I have the eating well part down. Last week for example, I went to the ARL on Monday where I prob only walked for about 20 min total. Then I did C25KW5D1 on Tuesday. That was it for exercise. Is that really going to get me to lose 15lbs? That's a big fat no.

Starting today I'm making a serious effort to go the gym more. My current goal is 2x/week but I'm thinking more like 4x/week to get my butt in gear. I'm also going to switch it up - rotating C25K and the strength machines (I normally only do cardio). My boyfriend is giving me crap about leaving him at home alone all this time while I'm at the gym. Wth? I asked him not to give me a hard time - he is constantly away playing hockey!

Other than the actual act of getting to the gym (driving/traffic) I don't think this should be hard for me. If I stick to this I should be finishing C25K in no time!


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